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Asian automakers join FlexRay
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Shake Your CAN! Get moving (graphics)!
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2/19/2004   1 comment
There's a new moving graphics Web site on the netthat can help you understand the Controller Area Network Bus (CAN)---using nifty moving graphics.
Ruggedized 486DX and 386SX embedded boards bolster PC/104 lineup
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2/19/2004   Post a comment
A line of low-power embedded processor boards, slated for demanding operational requirements, is debuting at board maker Parvus. The company is announcing three rugged CPU boards in its SpacePC line of embedded PC/104 boards.
ISSCC panel refuses to say analog age has passed
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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
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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.
China's First CDMA-1X Smartphone Utilizes the Mobile DiskOnChip Flash Disk
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2/17/2004   Post a comment
M-Systems Provides the Flash Memory Solution to China
Toshiba and Samsung Electronics Announce Details of Integration of Optical Disk Businesses
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2/17/2004   Post a comment
New Joint Venture Will Integrate Product and Business Planning, Product Development, Procurement and Sales and Marketing of ODDs
Automated test summit's coming to a city near you!
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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
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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.
ETX CPU Board - delivers customized solutions
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2/11/2004   Post a comment
ESM-2645 Transmeta Crusoe ETX module
A bird InHand spells Xscale ultra-portability
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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.
Geotest, Sealevel Systems accord to offer cPCI serial I/O plug-ins
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2/11/2004   Post a comment
PXI and PC-based test equipment maker Geotest-Marvin Test Systems has an accord with Sealevel Systems that promises to enhance your choice of CompactPCI serial I/O board-level products.
Infiniband preps for leap to 100 Gbit/s
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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.
PCI mezzanine card provides high-speed data acquisition
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2/9/2004   Post a comment
The PMC-FPDP front panel data port PCI mezzanine card from Thales Computers provides high-speed data acquisition in VME or CompactPCI single board computers.
Focus-On: Intel sees NetStructure boards as unifier for cellular, WiMax services
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2/9/2004   Post a comment
Intel is starting to promote its NetStructure board-level products for signaling and gateway functions as a means of unifying infrastructure for wireline, cellular wireless, and WiMax 802.16a services.
Modular test system gets Serial Attached SCSI boost
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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.
Crosspoint switch allows designers to drive extended backplanes
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2/6/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's SCAN90CP02 claims to be the first 1.5 Gbits/s 2x2 LVDS Crosspoint Switch. It includes programmable pre-Emphasis and IEEE 1149.6 Testability for reduced jitter and improved testability.
Powerful video engine resides on miniature PC/104-Plus module
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2/5/2004   Post a comment
Thanks to whiz-bang silicon, it's amazing what $144 can buy these days. Check out this full-tilt video engine, packed onto a palm-sized PC/104-Plus-based plug-in module.
Fast switch technology an add-on to the engineer's tool box
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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
Industry's First UART With Real Time Data Error Detection
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2/4/2004   Post a comment
To support the ever-increasing speed and complexity in today's designs, Royal Philips Electronics today announced the industry's first Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) with 256 Byte FIFO and real time error detection.
PCMCIA card converts notebooks to MIL-Std.-1553 bus analyzers
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2/4/2004   Post a comment
Here's a PCMCIA plug-in card that converts a notebook into a MIL-STD-1553 tester. It can then perform all required tasks associated with simulation, testing, monitoring, data communication and production/validation test for various components of the Avionics Multiplex Bus.
Gbytes of acquisition memory land on CompactPCI/PXI platforms
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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.
Mercury Computer poised to put FPGAs on RACE++ VME board
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2/3/2004   Post a comment
Board maker Mercury Computer Systems is pre-announcing a VMEbus board that, when it debuts later this year, will integrate FPGAs for RACE++ VME so-called multi-computers.
IEEE gears up for Ethernet backplane standard
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2/2/2004   Post a comment
The IEEE could start work as early as March on a plan to draft its first standard for Ethernet-based backplanes, aiming to address a broad range of computer and communications gear.


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