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Line driver lowers supply voltages and supports DOCSIS, EuroDOCSIS, or OpenCable designs
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
The AD8324 from Analog Devices allows designers to lower supply voltages and reduce system costs in their DOCSIS, EuroDOCSIS, or OpenCable designs. It's optimized for driving coaxial cables in cable modems and digital set-top boxes.
Controller handles multiple hard drives
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
small startup has crafted a novel controller for high-end gaming and video-editing desktop PCs that use multiple hard-disk drives. NetCell Corp., based here, claims its TurboDisk chip can control up to five hard drives while providing better performance and data protection than RAID Level 5 controllers, at a lower cost.
Kontron pre-announces embedded/mobile PCIbus module
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11/20/2003   Post a comment
Kontron is revealing a few tidbits about a new embedded computing module the company will dish up as an OEM "building block." When it hits dealer's shelves next year, Kontron claims the small form-factor product will herald a "new class" of embedded computers, with control boards housed in a secure module that can be combined with other technologies within larger systems.
PC/104-compatible power supply modules ease distributed power schemes
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11/20/2003   Post a comment
Here's a line of low parts-count power-source plug-in cards for modular PS/104 systems. They can simplify power distribution, and sidestep power-line routing problems.
1-GHz bandwidth now an option on Gage PCI bus digitizers
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11/20/2003   Post a comment
Canadian instrument maker Gage Applied Technologies is debuting a 1-GHz bandwidth option for the company's most popular digitizer.
ARM expands smartcard portfolio with ARM SecurJC
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11/19/2003   Post a comment
Advanced RISC Machines rolls out an openly-licensable Java Card virtual machine optimized for ARM processors used on smartcards.
CD-ROM or paper: PXI guide's available
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11/19/2003   Post a comment
A new guide, in either CD-ROm or paper, showcases over fifty PXI products, including a 3U/6U "combo" chassis and what's billed as the industries fastest PXI controller.
Agilent Technologies demos PCI Express development tools
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11/19/2003   Post a comment
New additions to Agilent's PCI Express test, validation, and management products promise to help EEs bring PCI Express and other serial I/O technologies to market a lot faster.
Yet another Bluetooth module for portable system developers
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11/19/2003   Post a comment
Here's yet another product, this one from SMART MOdular Technologies, that promises to ease development of Bluetooth-compatible products. The company's diminutive module acts as a Class-2 Bluetooth-compliant drop-in component.
Addressable 2-Wire bus buffer brings cards and backplanes together on command
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11/17/2003   Post a comment
I2C and SMBus compatible bus buffers. They provide capacitive buffering, rise time acceleration - and facilitate input-to-output connection control using 2-wire bus commands.
The Military Technology Design Challenge
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11/14/2003   Post a comment
Today's military spending is driving the procurement of sophisticated systems. This trend presents new challenges for EEs designing-in components and board-level products. System testing is paramount to maximizing mission success.
Graphics, video PMC packs 128-bit accelerator chip
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11/13/2003   Post a comment
Here's a dual-head graphics display controller and video capture PCI Mezzanine Card that's designed for VME bus and CompactPCI embedded systems. Key to its sparkling performance is a powerful 128-bit graphics chip.
Differential signaling provides noise cancellation for backplane clocking
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11/12/2003   Post a comment
To distribute clock signals over the backplane, topologies include point-to-point, multidrop, and multipoint. Each solution has its benefits and shortcomings, writes this Texas Instruments' applications specialist. Multipoint LVDS offers good broadcast capabilities, but requires an understanding of the voltage swings and signaling patterns required.
Board makers may be on the block
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11/11/2003   Post a comment
The embedded-boards market is abuzz with speculation that Force Computers and Dy4 Systems Inc. had been placed on the trading block by parent Solectron Corp. While industry watchers suggest that the sale of board makers might not herald a period of contraction in the boards industry, Planet Analog magazine says, "Where would turn for cover art?"
Spit out data fast: 21-bit LVDS deserializers support high-data rate applications
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11/11/2003   Post a comment
It works like a fire hose: Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9220/MAX9222 21-bit LVDS deserializers segregate three LVDS serial data streams into 21 single-ended LVTTL/LVCMOS outputs. The serial-to-parallel converter uses a parallel-rate clock received with the LVDS data streams provides timing for deserialization.
Mux rolls for serial attached SCSI storage
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra Inc. has become one of the first chip makers to dive into the nascent market for the serial attached SCSI interface. The launch of its PM8380 QuadSMX 3G reflects a growing consensus around existing Fibre Channel storage networks and direct-attached SCSI markets, as opposed to still-emerging Ethernet-based storage. Rick Merritt has this report.
Mellanox rolls first 30 Gbit/s Infiniband switch
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
In love with Interface components: This one goes faster than 30 Gbits/s. A startup called Mellanox Technologies is supporting Linux clusters and rolled out Monday (Nov. 10) its first Infiniband switch capable of handling 30 Gbit/second data transfers. The InfiniScale III is aimed at port aggregation and lowering cost per port for the high-speed, low latency interconnect. EE Times even had the price and delivery.
Parallel port transceiver features power-on protection feature
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' 74LVC161284TTR is a low-voltage, high-speed IEEE1284 transceiver. A "Z" version, the 74LVCZ161284ATTR is almost identical, but features an error-free power-up function as well. Each of these transceivers can replace the function of two previous-generation 74ACT1284 devices. Both parts support both IEEE1284-I and -II (level one and level two) bi-directional parallel communications between personal computers and peripherals.
Input Capacitor and Stability Considerations in EMI filters - Part 6 in the series
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
There are things we may do unintentionally at the input of the converter that can have a major impact on the performance of the EMI filter and the converter itself, writes National Semiconductor's Sanjaya Maniktala in this new installment of the series on EMI. If we don't know the rules, we can end up saturating our filter chokes and even inducing loop instability. Pick your capacitors carefully!
Fixing EMI across the board " Part 5 in the series
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11/5/2003   Post a comment
An ounce of prevention (okay two ounces) is always better than cure. In part five of this now popular series, National's Sanjaya Maniktala looks at some of the practical design aspects involved in controlling and testing EMI.
Crosstalk and Common Mode Impedance Noise: Part 3 in the Series on Lost Link Bandwidth
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11/5/2003   Post a comment
Having covered the impact of attenuation and reflections on link bandwidth, John Ellis examine the role crosstalk has in potentially diminishing throughput. Crosstalk impacts signals by coupling undesired energy into victim lines reducing noise margins and possibly inducing false switching on quiet lines, he says, in the finale to his three-part series.
Serdes claims 10-Gbit backplane channels
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
Agere Systems has built a 90-nanometer serializer/deserializer chip that can deliver 12.5-Gbit/second throughput, giving designers a way to provide 10-Gbit channels across backplanes in networking-box architectures.
Fail-safe 40Mbits/s transceivers support Profibus, RS-485/RS-422
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX3465-MAX3469, announced this week are fail-safe, 40Mbits/s Profibus transceivers. These devices are high-speed, differential-bus transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communications, and are designed to meet TIA/EIA-422-B, TIA/EIA-485-A, V.11, and X.27 standards. From eeProductCenter's postings, here's the scoop.
Fail-safe 40Mbits/s transceivers support Profibus, RS-485/RS-422
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX3465-MAX3469, announced this week are fail-safe, 40Mbits/s Profibus transceivers. These devices are high-speed, differential-bus transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communications, and are designed to meet TIA/EIA-422-B, TIA/EIA-485-A, V.11, and X.27 standards. From eeProductCenter's postings, here's the scoop.
New tools could boost non-commercial Linux acceptance
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
TimeSys Corp. has unveiled a software toolset aimed at developers of "roll-your-own" Linux-based systems.
D2Audio vies to redefine digital amplifiers
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Two-year-old startup D2Audio Corp. is gambling that the growing popularity of home theater--surround-sound "stereos" with five or more output channels--will turn its digital amplifier modules into a cash cow. What drives module-maker D2Audio's business is the need for fast time-to-market. David Lammers interviewed company principals in Austin.


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