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Gigabit Ethernet cards serve MIL designs
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
GigExtreme ET-71000 Gigabit Ethernet cards from Data Device Corp. are designed to meet demanding flight-critical military applications and harsh military environment applications.
Asustek adopts MIPS architecture for portable devices
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1/27/2005   Post a comment
MIP Technologies Inc. announced Thursday (Jan. 27) that Asustek Computer has licensed the MIPS32 4KEc and 4KEp cores as well as its consumer audio platform and software tool kits.
PCI graphics card supports Apple Cinema HD Display under Windows
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1/26/2005   Post a comment
Board maker Matrox Graphics is rolling out a new graphics card that supports very high-resolution dual-link monitors under Windows 2000 and Win XP. Display drivers are available for Linux and Sun Solaris x86 operating systems.
Liquid cooling sub-system dissipates board-level heat
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1/25/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a cooling sub-system that uses liquid cooling to efficiently and cost-effectively dissipate heat from embedded systems. The ruggedized unit---suitable for MIL/aero applications---combines a pump, heat exchanger, and control systems in a single enclosure. It's capable of dissipating a kilowatt.
Board runs DSP apps at 48GFLOPs
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1/25/2005   Post a comment
CHAMP-AV IV is high-performance quad processor DSP VMEbus board with quad 1.5GHz FreeScale MPC7448 PowerPC processors.
Getting Wireless Video in Focus: A new WLAN chipset is designed specifically to handle the challenges of video
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1/24/2005   Post a comment
Focused on ensuring quality of service, link stability, and standards compliance, the engineers at ViXS Systems created their own WLAN chipset to team with their video processor.
Nifty mini data-acq pods talk USB
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1/21/2005   Post a comment
National Instruments is kicking up portable USB-based data-acq and control a notch or two. NI's latest data-acq pods dish up eight channels of 12-bit or 14-bit analog input capability, and pack two analog outputs, 12 digital I/O lines, and a counter. Both draw operating power from the USB bus. eeProoductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn offers his notes, along with NI's.
Transceiver targets 4x Fibre Channel Applications
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1/20/2005   Post a comment
New optical transceiver chipset and reference design from Analog Devices supports both gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel data rates up to 4.25 Gbps
Video and graphics processor targets C4I applications
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1/20/2005   Post a comment
Radstone Embedded Computing announces the Octegra3, a flexible, high performance, cost-effective and rugged video and graphics processor targeting C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence) applications.
MIPS, Q-Logic report strong quarters
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1/19/2005   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies Inc. and QLogic Corp. reported year-over-year gains in earnings and sales for their December quarters, as demand for the products and services of both companies continue to remain robust.
RapidIO reference book, white paper reveal connectivity details
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1/19/2005   Post a comment
A new 380-page book and white paper are available detailing various aspects of RapidIO interconnect/communications technology. Providing a detailed description of RapidIO applications in several types of systems, the book is billed as the first such comprehensive reference.
High-Speed USB 2.0 added to FPGA development board
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1/19/2005   Post a comment
Orange Tree Technologies adds High Speed USB 2.0 to their Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA development board to achieve bandwidth of 40MBps.
Mini USB board bridges to I2C bus
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1/19/2005   Post a comment
These days, USB impacts everything from memory sticks to test-and-measurement and data-acq. Here's a new product from Saelig that can help you use and embed USB in your next instrumentation and/or data acquisition and control project. The mini interface board comprises a straightforward way to get a drop-in 12-Mbits/s USB interface with your host PC, providing a 5-pin connector for 90-kbit/s I2C serial interfacing.
Data Translation expands its USB data-acq module family
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1/19/2005   Post a comment
A growing family of USB-connected data-acq boards and boxes at Data Translation now includes screw-terminal and embedded versions. Both provide 32 analog-input channels running at an aggregate throughput rate of 500-kHz, using USB v2.0 at 480-Mbits/s.
Satisfying the need for an inexpensive non-isolated PoE dual power supply
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1/19/2005   Post a comment
Power Source Equipment like Hubs with Power over Ethernet capability are emerging and any of these applications are very price sensitive. To serve the powered devices with a supply voltage of 3.3V or 5V, it is necessary to have a buck converter that scales down the available input voltage from the power source equipment. A Texas Instruments engineer details how you can develop one.
Industry's First PC2-5300 FBDIMMS?
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1/17/2005   Post a comment
Micron's modules used on the first demo of FBDIMMs running in systems as early as IDF, September 2004
Perpendicular Data Recording
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1/17/2005   Post a comment
A breakthrough technology in hard disk drives (HDD) based on perpendicular recording will set new benchmarks for data density
Dual-channel rms power detector accurately measures RF signals in cellular base stations
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1/14/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices' new TruPwr dual-channel RMS power detector simultaneously measures two complex input signals, enabling accurate calibration and monitoring of signal path gains with a single device.
Freebie board test service underscores efficacy of boundary-scan system
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1/13/2005   Post a comment
IEEE-1149.1 JTAG support company XJTAG Ltd. is now offering a free board test service to prospective users. The company's goal in doing so is to demonstrate the claimed speed, efficiency, and ease-of-use of its Windows-hosted XJTAG boundary scan development system.
Analysis: Intel's results mask underlying problems
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1/12/2005   Post a comment
Although Intel's fourth-quarter results exceeded projections, rising production costs could pose increasing problems.
LXI-standard thermocouple conditioner is an industry-first
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1/12/2005   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews an industry-first: an LXI-compliant thermocouple conditioner from VXI Technology. Its new rack-mounted box is a 48-channel instrument based upon the emerging LXI standard. With a built-in Web page, this scalable instrument can also communicate across your Ethernet network.
Triple delay lines with programmable skew sharpen RGB video
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Intersil claims its EL9115 is the industry's first integrated triple analog delay line that enables razor sharp images over 1,000 feet of CAT-5 cable.
2.4GHz single-chip digital wireless audio streamer product delivers 4Mbit/s for CD-quality wireless audio
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Nordic Semiconductor launches its nRF24Z1 that combines a QoS subsystem with a 2.4GHz transceiver and digital audio interfaces.
Characterizing PC audio devices -- some challenges and their solutions
Design How-To  
1/5/2005   6 comments
The ubiquitous PC is no longer just a sophisticated word processor or email tool; it's migrating into a personal jukebox or even the entertainment center of the home. But what level of audio performance do today's PC audio systems actually deliver? While 24-bit converters provide excellent THD+N specs, the PC environment is noisy and even the interconnections can degrade the overall system performance. An Audio Precision engineer offers insights into the measurements manufacturers can make to en
Philips zeigt BluRay-Laufwerk für den PC
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1/4/2005   Post a comment
Einen echten "Allesfresser" stellt Philips Optical Storage auf der Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas vor: Ein PC-Laufwerk, das CDs, DVDs und BluRay-Disks liest und beschreibt.


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