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USB OTG for Faster Cores and Faster Streams
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Embedded ASIC and SoC Designers Gain Hi-Speed USB Host, Device or OTG Support.
Keyless Car Access: More Options for Drivers
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
Remote keyless entry (RKE)is becoming more common as many new cars come equipped with the option. Here's the tech basics and a look at even more cutting-edge systems coming to market.
Focus-On: Data-acq study reveals segment complexities
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
A report just released by market researchers at Frost and Sullivan shows the mature, densely populated data-acquisition systems market is highly fragmented. But, the report also reveals that the DAQ arena is intensely competitive, and has made rapid technological advancements. Its complex and varied nature, and the presence of well-entrenched participants, also deters the entry of smaller hopefuls. But, don't lose hope if you're a market entrant. There are golden opportunities.
USB-to-GPIB adapter transforms PC into IEEE-488.2 controller
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
Test equipment maker Keithley Instruments has a USB-to-GPIB adapter that's priced at less than $500. It transforms any computer with a USB port into a full-function IEEE-488.2 controller.
Wireless infrastructure gets a boost from variable gain amplifier
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
The ADL5330 from Analog Devices is the first monolithic VGA to provide broadband operation from 1 MHz to 3 GHz with a precision 60-dB linear-in-dB gain-control range.
Taeus holds first Web auction of patents
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12/21/2004   Post a comment
Taeus International Corp. is initiating the first known Web auction of intellectual property for specific electronic subsystem designs.
Cutting the cord: Atmel's new transceiver links up to 10 cordless handsets across 300 m
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12/19/2004   Post a comment
With the launch of its ATR2806 SiGe BiCMOS transceiver IC, Atmel has brought together more than a decade of work in silicon germanium (SiGe) as well as low-IF and integration expertise in this 5th-generation product. The team at Atmel focused hard on the trade-offs between technical performance and price, and kept its aim keenly fixed on superior sensitivity.
PCI Express gibt Gas - mit bis zu 5 Gbit/s
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Die nächste PCI-Express-Generation soll eine Datenrate von 5 Gbit/s erreichen.
Reconfigurable analyzers tout high-speed dual-channel sampling
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Digitizer board maker Acqiris now offers dual- and single-channel 6U-sized CompactPCI analyzer plug-ins that capture and perform synchronous dual- and single-channel realtime signal processing at rates of up to a whopping 2-Gsamples/s.
Focus-On: --- Demand for ruggedized/industrial computers to reach $1.9 billion by 2006
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12/16/2004   Post a comment
Focus-On: Ruggedized Computers --- North American and European demand for ruggedized and industrial computer systems is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of a healthy 4.4% between now and 2006.
Focus-On: Next-gen PCI Express
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12/16/2004   Post a comment
Focus-On: PCI Express --- The PCI-SIG has some amazing news. Hang onto your hats! The PCI-SIG says the data rate for the next planned revision of the PCI Express spec will be a super-fast 5-Giga-transfers/s.
Engine test system enhanced with wireless connectivity
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12/15/2004   Post a comment
Working with instrumentation for large motors or automotive engines? If so, engine and power train test company SAKOR Technologies's updated version of its DynoLAB PT product may interest you. It's designed to support National Instruments's popular Compact Fieldpoint System (an industrial control-and-measurement system comprised of I/O modules and intelligent controllers). The redesigned DynoLAB PT supports testing of engines, vehicles, and related drivetrain components, seamlessly integr
PCI Express accelerates to 5 Gbits/s
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12/15/2004   Post a comment
The PCI Special Interest Group has voted to make 5 Gbits/s the data rate for the next-generation of PCI Express.
Rack-mountable 1U platform slated for development purposes
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12/15/2004   Post a comment
As a supplier of custom embedded systems, WIN Enterprises is now offering a Pentium-equipped rack-mountable 1U-sized development platform. Intended to help you achieve fast time-to-market, WIN's new product can be used for networking, so-called Internet appliance, industrial automation, and point-of-service applications. Significantly, it's priced at less than $600 a pop.
VXI plug-in provides precise timing pulses
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12/14/2004   Post a comment
In this day and age of militarization and concomitant MIL contracts, radars are a focal point of many defense system designers' efforts. Here's news of a table-driven digital delay generator VXI bus plug-in that's in lockstep with the times. It can be used as a precision and ultra-stable timing generator to do radar pulse simulation. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn goes over its salient features.
Making it Cheap and Simple: New wireless protocol targets low-power, low-data rate applications.
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12/14/2004   Post a comment
Taking a stab at some of Zigbee's market, Cypress Semiconductor comes up with an alternative for those looking for a simpler wireless network for applications like home automation, building security, and industrial automation.
Tiny board computer has CompactFlash form-factor
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12/13/2004   Post a comment
Need an ultra-small single-board computer for embedded system design? Here's one that's targeted at low-volume developers, or OEMs doing proof-of-concept development. Priced at less than about $300 a pop in OEM quantities, this new SBC is a CompactFlash-based device, with a tiny CF-sized footprint and low Z-height. Running a Motorola Coldfire microprocessor, the tiny board packs 32-Mbytes RAM, and 8-Mbytes of flash.
Dual-Format HD DVD/DVD Disc
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12/13/2004   Post a comment
Joint development of a dual-layer ROM (read-only) disc
Communications board handles wire-speed packet processing
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12/10/2004   Post a comment
Communications computer board maker Gateworks Corp adds a new networking board to its product line-up. For designs of wired and wireless network routers, backhaul repeaters, switches, bridges, access points, and concentrators, this board runs an Intel XScale IXP425 network processor and a Micrel Kendin KS8995MA five-port Ethernet switch. Most amazing is that, thanks to today's level of chip integratiom, the board is priced at less than $300!
Module adds 3D/2D graphics to industrial applications
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12/9/2004   Post a comment
The P517 PMC graphics mezzanine card from MEN Micro enables system designers and integrators to include high-resolution 2- and 3D graphics into systems that accommodate PMC cards, such as VMEbus, CompactPCI, and PXI systems, or even bus-independent systems.
Multi-port serial I/O cards are low-profile PCI plug-ins
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12/9/2004   Post a comment
Board maker ACCES I/O Products is rolling out a number of multi-port serial communication cards. One is an 8-port low-profile PCI bus card that provides asynchronous field-selectable RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 connectivity on a port-by-port basis. But wait! There's more. Four-port and RS-232-only versions are also available.
Modbus Remote Terminal Unit runs 8051 derivative
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12/9/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of an 8051-based Remote Terminal Unit designed for field and industrial relay-based applications. It will accommodate remote configuration, monitoring, and control applications needing a high degree of I/O isolation and high-current output control.
I/O box expands PC systems with plug-and-play USB
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12/8/2004   Post a comment
Got I/O? If you need more, check out Measurement Computing's latest USB-based digital I/O interface. As eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn points out in his review, it provides 96 bits of digital I/O in four independent 24-bit groups, each divided into two 8-bit ports and two 4-bit ports. It's also based on an emulation of the industry standard 82C55, and ships with gobs of software.
Ultra-low jitter performance marks Analog Devices' entry into the clock IC market
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12/8/2004   Post a comment
The acknowledged leader in data conversion technology adds clock ICs with sub-picosecond jitter to its portfolio of high-performance analog circuits. One device has 8 outputs with adjustable frequency and phase for controlling complex timing trees. LVDS/CMOS or LVPECL meets you need for speed.
Wi-Fi system takes it outside
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12/7/2004   Post a comment
Strix Systems' Access/one Network outdoor wireless system serves public safety, rural, and metropolitan applications.
Serial platform supports multiple high-speed interface standards
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12/7/2004   Post a comment
Agere Systems claims its platform meets a wide variety of serial interface standards. It serves storage and enterprise networking applications with 90- and 130-nanometer SerDes designs with data transfer rates up to 6.25 Gbits/s.
Tech accord promises liquid-cooled sub-systems
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12/7/2004   Post a comment
Recognizing a growing need for commercial off-the-shelf sub-systems that operate at higher power levels with higher dissipation, board maker Radstone Technology and the Aerospace Group of Parker Hannifin Corp. announce an agreement to collaborate on the development of a range of liquid-cooled products for MIL/defense applications.
PCI plug-in DMMs outperform benchtop equivalents
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12/3/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of two 7-1/2-digit PCI-bus plug-in DMMs that tout measurement rates to 20,000-eadings/s, current measurement capabilities down to the picoamp regime, resolution to 10-nV, and precise triggering functions. Read the manufactuerer's release notes, and a review by eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn.
Power-Computermodul mit niedrigem Energiebedarf
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12/3/2004   Post a comment
Für Echtzeit-Rechneranwendungen, bei denen es auf minimalen Stromverbrauch und passive Kühlung ankommt, hat Kontron sein Computermodul E²Brain EB405 konzipiert. Systementwickler können sich damit auf die Applikationsentwicklung konzentrieren.
GPS receiver front end shrinks real estate requirements
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12/2/2004   Post a comment
Maxim's new receiver reduces BOM for navigation and tracking systems
High-Speed Data Logger Withstands Racing Heat
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12/2/2004   Post a comment
The saying 'Racing improves the breed' could apply to Infineon Technologies development of a high-speed data logger for Ferrari's 2005 Formula 1 race car. The emphasis on performance results in severe conditions for both the device and the driver.
Designing external cabling for low EMI radiation
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12/2/2004   Post a comment
The advent of equalizer circuits that compensate for cable loss allows systems to send high-speed data over very long copper cables. The use of integrated circuits for equalization of cable loss has enabled a major reduction in the cost of interconnects for communications systems. For optimum performance, such systems must minimize any radiated emissions from the cables and connectors. A Maxim engineer offers this assessment of EMI reduction techniques, including coax, twisted pair cabling and e
Fast multi-media platform fits 3.5-in. HDD form-factor
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12/1/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a 3.5" single-board computer with GHz speed as a multi-media platform for the embedded applications. The SBC packs an on-board 1-GHz microprocessor and chipset to support hardware MPEG 2 decoding, AGP 8X 3D graphics, and both CRT and LCD dual displays.
Fibre Channel analysis module powers-up multiple test applications
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12/1/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a new multi-application Fibre Channel analysis module for stimulating and analyzing SAN traffic. Highly scalable, this tester is replete with an easy-to-comprehend graphical state-machine oriented GUI, and can emulate virtual SANs.


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