VMIC's CompactPCI SBC packs Intel's latest Pentium M micro Product News 12/24/2003 Post a comment GE Fanuc Automation Americas, also known to board users as VMIC, previews a new hot-swappable single-slot CompactPCI board that features Intel's latest Pentium M processor technology. The new board's processor clocks at up to 1.6-GHz, yet performs many applications comparable to a 2.4-GHz Pentium---but it dissipates half the power. Although only a preliminary datasheet is available, eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn enumerates some if its salient features.
Single-slot PowerPC-based VMEbus SBC salutes MIL/aerospace applications Product News 12/23/2003 Post a comment With military budgets flush, and defense spending in full swing, board-level MIL-Std. products are in their ascendancy. DY 4 Systems has a new single-board computer that has both flexibility and vast processing power---and Mil-Std.-1553 airframe bus communications hooks. It runs dual Motorola PowerPC microprocessors clocking as fast as 1.3 GHz.
SuperMicro's dual-Itanium-2 platforms scream Product News 12/11/2003 Post a comment eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor looks at what's billed as the world's first 1U Itanium 2 platform. Designed to meet the ever-growing demands of the high-computing server segment, two products are sophisticated 1U Itanium 2 server boards in standard form-factors.
Trending into data-acquisition: a mini-study in contrasts Product News 12/4/2003 Post a comment To show how diverse data acquisition products are, we compare two recent data-acq boards that are truly "horses of a different color." One is a high-end high-speed data-acq board for VMEbus assemblages. The other is a slow-speed low-power board intended for embedded applications where slowly changing sensor signals are conditioned.
Spreadsheet tools estimate available wattage for Power over Ethernet applications News & Analysis 12/3/2003 Post a comment The recently approved 802.3af Power over Ethernet standard is gaining wide industry acceptance. But the appliance designer is faced with both a limited number of choices about getting power to the application, and a limitation in the amount of power that is available to the application's functional circuits. A Texas Instruments engineer calculates how much power is available, and suggests some tools and techniques that will help you maximize what's available.
Accelerant pushes binary serdes to 6.25 Gbits/s Product News 12/2/2003 Post a comment Ratcheting up the capabilities of its binary serializer/deserializer technology, Accelerant Networks announced Monday (Dec. 1) a 6.25 Gbit/second serdes with enhanced adaptive equalization. The part rounds out a family of binary, PAM4 and dual-mode serdes from the startup.
Sun, Alcatel back spec for multilevel signaling backplanes News & Analysis 12/1/2003 Post a comment A group of seven semiconductor and systems companies unveiled an alliance and draft specification Wednesday (Nov 26) for high-speed multilevel signaling, potentially gaining an edge over a group advocating a rival binary technology. The Multi-Level Signaling Alliance was formed quietly in July to promote PAM4 signaling for serializer/deserializers used in backplane systems. Rick Merritt has this report.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.