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Designers are taking back the JTAG test bus!
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10/30/2003   Post a comment
It's not just for test anymore: Recent extensions to JTAG not only enhance its test coverage, but also make it useful for design as well, says this National Semiconductor technologist. Suppliers of CPLD's and FPGA's were quick to support IEEE 1532 standard for Boundary-Scan-based In-System-Configuration of programmable devices. Now designers have a way to develop flexible systems where functionality can be adapted to a specific customer or application, he says.
Pericom announces asynchronous mode support for PCI-to-PCI bridges
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Asynchronous mode allows users to run the secondary bus at a frequency that is not derived from the primary bus, thus providing far greater support for next generation PCI bus designs. Asynchronous mode support is significant as customers engineer newer faster designs that need to merge with slower legacy devices, Pericom says.
Lattice Semiconductor and Tyco Electronics Demonstrate 10 Gbps SERDES Across High Speed Cable Interconnect and FR-4 Backplane Solutions
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation and Tyco Electronics announced the demonstration and interoperability of Lattice's XPIOTM 110GXS physical layer electronic transceiver with Tyco Electronics' FR-4 backplane and High-Speed long cables. The demonstration utilized Lattice's XPIO 110GXS 16-bit, 9.953 to 10.709 Gbps transceivers and Tyco's HM-Zd based QuadRouteTM backplane and ZFP-I/O high speed cables in conjunction with passive equalizer and active equalizer device.
Conduction-Cooled PMC Board Supports 128-bit Graphics
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Exploiting IC maker Silicon Motion's 128-bit Type SM731 graphics accelerator chip, Peritek is rolling out a ruggedized IEEE P1383.1-compliant PMC graphics board. What makes this one different is that it's conduction-cooled.
LVDS serializer touts dc balance feature
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9209 21-bit low-voltage differential-signaling serializer offers users a programmable dc balance, which allows isolation between the serializer and deserializer by using ac coupling. The device serializes 21 bits of LVTTL/LVCMOS parallel inputs to three LVDS outputs
Pericom announces asynchronous mode support for PCI-to-PCI bridges
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Asynchronous mode allows users to run the secondary bus at a frequency that is not derived from the primary bus, thus providing far greater support for next generation PCI bus designs. Asynchronous mode support is significant as customers engineer newer faster designs that need to merge with slower legacy devices, Pericom says.
DSP development platforms support real-time COTS
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10/28/2003   Post a comment
Pentek has been in the habit of supplying cost-effective, standard system boards for high-performance, multi-channel embedded applications. But a strategic alliance with DSPCon enables the company to target fully-integrated, cots-based solutions. TRS off-the-shelf products eliminate the time and risk associated with new technology system development, the company says.
Altera and Gidel Announce Stackable Development System
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10/27/2003   Post a comment
Altera Corporation and Gidel, an Altera Consultants Alliance Program (ACAP) member, today announced the immediate availability of Gidel's stackable PROCSuperStar Stratix 80 development board for reconfigurable system development.
Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC) Devices Combine Low-Power Digital and Instrumentation-Quality Analog Blocks, Flash, SRAM, M8 MCU, Clock--for under $2
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10/27/2003   Post a comment
Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC) Devices Combine Low-Power Digital and Instrumentation-Quality Analog Blocks, Flash, SRAM, M8 MCU, Clock--for under $2
AMCC, IBM, INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS AND XILINX TEAM TO ALIGN 10Gbps STANDARDS
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10/27/2003   Post a comment
AMCC, IBM, INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS AND XILINX TEAM TO ALIGN 10Gbps STANDARDS
Lattice Semiconductor and Tyco Electronics Demonstrate 10 Gbps SERDES Across High Speed Cable Interconnect and FR-4 Backplane Solutions
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10/27/2003   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor and Tyco Electronics Demonstrate 10 Gbps SERDES Across High Speed Cable Interconnect and FR-4 Backplane Solutions
TI claims First Demo of PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge
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10/26/2003   Post a comment
PCI Express is a dual-simplex, point-to-point serial differential low-voltage interconnect that will consolidate all application requirements for use by multiple market segments. PCI Express architecture will be a high-performance, highly flexible, scalable, reliable, stable and cost-effective general-purpose I/O architecture that will seamlessly complement existing PCI buses and transition the market over the next several years, allowing system and communication designers to use new topologies.
TI crosspoint switches promise low-noise, low jitter in fault-tolerant systems
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10/26/2003   Post a comment
The SN65LVCP22 and SN65LVP23 2x2 crosspoint switches support 2:2 buffering (repeating), 1:2 splitting, 2:1 multiplexing and 2x2 switching. In addition, the devices incorporate wide common-mode (OV to 4V) receivers, allowing for the receipt of LVDS, LVPECL and CML signals.
AMCC, IBM, Infineon Technologies, Texas Instruments And Xilinx team on 10 Gbits/s Standards
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10/26/2003   Post a comment
A multi-company initiative - dubbed "UXPi" " hopes to spearhead a common physical-layer standard for 10 Gbits/s data bus transfers.
Innovative I^2C devices for controlling light emitting diodes
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10/26/2003   Post a comment
Philips says its I^2C devices for controlling light emitting diodes expand use of the i^2C bus in computing, communication, and networking applications.
Notebook card fits USB 2.0, Firewire
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10/26/2003   Post a comment
Orange Micro's OrangeCombo card for PC and Macintosh laptops has two USB 2.0 ports, a six-pin Firewire port and a four-pin Fire-wire port, all of which can run simultaneously.
Bus switch chip families aim for mixed-signal apps
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10/26/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. says it has designed its CB3T, CB3Q and CBT-C bus switch chip families to meet the needs of system designers who face the challenge of supporting mixed-mode signal operation and need bus interface devices that provide voltage translation.
TI's transceivers satisfy TIA/EIA-485
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10/24/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' SN65HVD1176 and SN75HVD1176 Profibus transceivers have been designed to provide improved output transition skew of less than 1 nanosecond (0.2 ns typical), giving system designers the ability to tighten up the total timing budget of their networked applications.
AdvancedTCA adoption could be fast, but boards are moving slowly
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10/23/2003   Post a comment
A new study says that that the AdvancedTCA components market could reach $3.7 billion by 2007, but boards makers are hesitating to roll out new products.
USB Data-Acq Attack
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
Legacy PC users may miss them, but most new PCs are devoid of parallel printer ports, and in many cases even the venerable serial I/O connector. Universal Serial Bus is taking center stage, as Centronix and RS-232 conventions fade into PC history.
TI's transceivers satisfy TIA/EIA-485
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
Backplanes get reference designs
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
As the speed of backplane interconnection systems increases, whether for networking, server or storage applications, connector manufacturers are finding it necessary to collaborate with silicon vendors on backplane reference platforms to validate their high-speed solutions. It's getting common today to find reference platforms that demonstrate the performance of a high-speed interconnect, backplane and transceiver products in real-life environments that show the entire system-level performance.
Lost Link Bandwidth " How to get it Back
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10/21/2003   Post a comment
Link bandwidth can be a slippery animal, writes TriCN's John Ellis, in this article adopted from the recent Comms Design Conferent. Without careful thought on the front end of the design, he says, attenuation, reflections and system noise can quickly turn a planned 10 Gbits/s link into mush. A thoughtful approach to the entire signal path " chips to leadframes, leadframes to boards, boards to connectors, connectors to backplanes, and back again " and inclusion of well-chosen equalization techniq
LSI Logic ZSP Boards Support ARM+DSP Suites
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10/20/2003   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp. has released two ZSP processor core module boards, the EB500P CM and EB400P CM.
Quellan preps noise canceler chip
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10/20/2003   Post a comment
Quellan Inc. will announce an analog noise-cancellation chip that supports 5- and 6.25-Gbit/second backplane designs at the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society's IMAPS 2003 symposium. Quellan's Nx600 noise-canceling receiver extends the "speed reach" of gigabit backplanes, the company claims. Steve Ohr has this repoty.
Elma unveils controls, development system, for AdvancedTCA
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10/16/2003   Post a comment
Elma has rolled out a new shelf manager, interface board and development chassis for AdvancedTCA.
Multiple vendors smarten up their hot-swap protection ICs
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10/15/2003   Post a comment
Hot-swap controller chips are coming to market in greater numbers and packed with more smarts. They've quickly evolved from discrete circuits into highly integrated chips, equipped with thermal sensing, that are proactive in maintaining power and board stability during transient events, as when a card is inserted into a live backplane. Concurrent with EE Times' InFocus report on backplane power management, Vince Biancomano has this survey on new controllers.
Not a short list: High-speed backplane design considerations
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10/14/2003   Post a comment
A new generation of backplanes is emerging that achieve 5 to 10 GBits/s signal speeds, and even higher speeds are on the horizon. In this paper, adopted from the recent Communications Design Conference, a Flextronics engineer - an old hand at high-speed board design - discusses the design tradeoffs, materials, connectors, transmission line and signal integrity effects necessary to finding workable board and backplane solutions.
Small DSP board touted as 'the size of a coin'
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10/10/2003   Post a comment
Traquair Data Systems Inc. is offering what it claims is a DSP board that's the size of a coin.
Wireless data card carries connections
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10/6/2003   Post a comment
Raising the bar on "always connected," the Nokia D211 wireless network card keeps notebook PC users on the air via low-cost 802.11b or pricier wireless carrier data plans, all at the flick of a software switch.
Miniature PowerPC SBC runs Linux
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10/2/2003   Post a comment
The Linux Rocket is a Power PC computing environment on a pluggable board less than two inches square.
Graphics controller cuts display costs for military, aerospace
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10/2/2003   Post a comment
Graphics board maker Peritek rolled out a ruggedized PMC board on Monday (Sept. 29) that could dramatically cut the cost of graphics boards for military and aerospace applications. Chuck Murray reports.
Fanless SBC boasts speed for embedded PC apps
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10/2/2003   Post a comment
Processing speed, low power consumption and wide operating temperature are desirable, yet conflicting, goals for industrial computers.
Aeroflex develops PXI-based modular wireless tester line
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10/2/2003   Post a comment
Aeroflex Inc. is coming out this month with a line of modular wireless test products based on PXI. The Aeroflex 3000 series includes an RF synthesizer, a digital RF signal generator, an RF digitizer and an RF combiner.


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