Asian automakers join FlexRay
News & Analysis 2/25/2004 Post a comment
The FlexRay Consortium has confirmed that Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Hyundai Kia Motors have joined the consortium, thus putting the weight of the overwhelming majority of major automakers behind the FlexRay effort to create a common standard for automotive by-wire technology.
Intel's Barrett sees digital home products by end of year
News & Analysis 2/25/2004 Post a comment
Intel Corp. CEO Craig Barrett, again stressing interoperability among consumer electronics devices for the "digital home," said the Digital Home Working Group (DHWG) will deliver its first technical guidelines in the second quarter with first products expected later this year. From Tokyo, Yoshiko Hara reports.
Clock generators support XDR memory systems
Product News 2/23/2004 Post a comment
A cross-licensing agreement between Texas Instruments and Rambus will result in a new line of XCG clock generators. Get ready for fast data transfers in next-generation consumer, networking, and PC computing systems, the companies say.
PXI Systems Alliance releases new PXI 2.1 specs
Product News 2/19/2004 Post a comment
The PXI Systems Alliance announces the release of new PXI 2.1 specs. These are expected to enhance PXI requirements, and separate hardware and software specifications, permitting each to evolve separately in the future as required by PXI standards.
ISSCC panel refuses to say analog age has passed
News & Analysis 2/17/2004 Post a comment
"Twightlight of the Gods"? Steve Ohr sat in on an ISSCC panel debating whether the Golden Age of Analog Design has passed. While the consensus was an emphatic "no," the analog designer's shackles with digital technology provides new challenges - as well as food for thought.
Industrial strength PC/104 plug-ins house STMicro's Atlas microprocessors
Product News 2/17/2004 Post a comment
Here are some new PC/104 form-factor boards that are examples of what you'd expect from full-blown PC systems---but in very small form-factors. With their industrial temperature range specs, these plug-ins shape up as candidates for many types of industrial and hardened embedded applications where real estate might be at a premium.
Automated test summit's coming to a city near you!
Product News 2/13/2004 Post a comment
Hosted by data-acq and test instrument maker National Instruments and partners, The 2004 Automated Test Summit looks like it's shaping up as a nifty way to explore developments in test-and-measurement, and to learn new test strategies and techniques.
Toshiba PCX2600: cable modem's analog origins
Teardown 2/11/2004 Post a comment
While consumer broadband is still in the relatively early phase of market share of cable-based delivery is claimed lead over the primary competition from DSL solutions. Inherently a fat digital pipe to your PC, the cable modem must first deal with the analog realities of RF frequency control, tuning, line filtering, modulation, demodulation, and general power management for the supporting components. For Planet Analog, David Carey looks Under the Hood of a new cable modem.
A bird InHand spells Xscale ultra-portability
Product News 2/11/2004 Post a comment
If you're designing very low power, ultra-small form-factor, or battery powered products, check out this low-power OEM platform that can be the basis for handheld and wireless end products. It runs Intel's latest Xscale micro.
Infiniband preps for leap to 100 Gbit/s
News & Analysis 2/10/2004 Post a comment
Developers of the Infiniband system-to-system interconnect will meet Monday (Feb. 16) to lay out a plan that revs the technology to 100 Gbit/s. During a developer's conference in San Francisco the group will discuss whether it should move to 5- or 6.25-Gbit/s signaling and possibly wider links for its next generation. Rick Merritt has this preview.
Modular test system gets Serial Attached SCSI boost
Product News 2/6/2004 Post a comment
High-speed data storage test equipment maker I-TECH announces that it now has Serial Attached SCSI analysis support for its existing modular storage tester. This add-on makes the system a multi-protocol tester for analysis and monitoring of storage devices and infrastructure. With the popularity of SAS on the rise, this announcement of an upgrade to the mainframe is timely.
Fast switch technology an add-on to the engineer's tool box
News & Analysis 2/5/2004 Post a comment
Multimedia and networking applications have created a need for faster, smarter, and broader bandwidth ICs that enable multi-tasking of video, voice, and the bridging of high speed LAN protocols. Emerging cellular phone, server, PC, LAN, and Storage Area Network platforms require a switch technology that simplifies the manipulation of differential broadband signals and enables the processing of full range analog signals. Concurrent with the company's 700-MHz switch introduction, a Pericom markete
Gbytes of acquisition memory land on CompactPCI/PXI platforms
Product News 2/4/2004 Post a comment
Board-level test-and-measurement and data-acq vendor Gage Applied Technologies is releasing very large memory options for CompactPCI/PXI platforms. Gage has adapted its hardware and software, previously only available for the PCI platform, to create digitizers with up to 2-Gbytes of on-board acquisition memory.