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10 Gigabit Ethernet ATCA switch separates control and data planes
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Diversified Technology introduced the ATS1936, an AdvancedTCA board that can be used as hub, node or mesh enabled board. It complies with PICMG 3.0 R2.0 ECN002 and PICMG 3.1 Option 1 and Option 9 and implements 2 separate switched networks on a single pc board. By separating the Base and Fabric networks, the ATS1936 provides a separate control plane and data plane.
Fundamentals of ISM-Band and short range device antennas, Part 3
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Part 3 of this four part series on antenna fundamentals focuses on RF propagation for ISM-band and short-range antennas, specifically covering path loss and multipath propagation effects on the communication link.
PFC evaluation board provides better than 95% efficiency
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
BI Technologies Electronic Components Division offers a power factor correction (PFC) evaluation board for circuit testing.
Israel-China fund backs video surveillance startup
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Infinity Equity Capital has led a $6 million VC round in Mate Intelligent Video. In addition to Infinity's $3.2 million, other investors in the round included I-CSVC, Infinity's Chinese partner, as well as existing Mate backers such as The Peleg Group.
Express far outpaces RapidIO in comms
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
PCI Express is far outpacing RapidIO as a chip-to-chip interconnect in communications systems, according to a market research report from In-Stat.
Toumaz readies RF chip for medical monitoring
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Toumaz Technology, a developer of RF, analog and mixed signal semiconductors targeting medical electronics applications, has successfully tested its integrated Sensium platform in a device aimed at health and lifestyle monitoring.
Cypress taps UMC, considers selling remaining fabs
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Cypress joins up with foundry United Microelectronics Co. to expand its capacity at the leading edge for its new SRAM products. The company also says selling remaining fabs is an option.
Future Tech rolls 8-channel USB data acquisition module
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Future's 8-channel USB data acquisition module provides a low-cost and convenient method of acquiring temperature data, measuring voltage and providing digital control.
cPCI board offers single or dual MPC7448 processing capability
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Interface Concept unveiled a CompactPCI/6U board, the IC-xe6-cPCIb, powered by one or two Freescale's 1.4 GHz MPC7448 PowerPCI processors. This single or dual PICMG2.16-compliant processor SBC is aimed for use in defense, aeronautics, transportation and medical fields.
Motherboard eliminates need for card cage or backplane
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Arista has developed a PC104-A2512 industrial CPU motherboard for industrial computing applications. The motherboard features a unique self-stacking bus design, allowing motherboard expansion without backplane or card cage support.
Free2move's Bluetooth 2.0 module streams MP3 stereo
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
The F2M03MLA streams MP3 stereo, handles voice communication, and enhances data transmission connectivity.
Sanmina-SCI ups high-speed signal integrity
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Sanmina-SCI is at the APEX show in Los Angeles this week demonstrating new technology to improve the signal integrity of high-speed data links in printed circuit boards.
REVIEW: Outboard box endows bit error rate test with dial-in de-emphasis
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
REVIEW: Test-and-measurement house Agilent Technologies rolls out a de-emphasis signal converter with the ability to characterize Gbit-speed speed ports and channels that operate with de-emphasized signals. Use it to characterize signals to ensure conformance testing wherever interface de-emphasis is applied. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Showa Denko tips hybrid process for compound semis
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Japanese conglomerate Showa Denko K.K. is claiming a major breakthrough in the production of compound semiconductors based on gallium nitride (GaN) and other nitrides with a process dubbed "Hybrid PPDTM." The company has already started building a plant at its Chiba site that uses the process, to make devices targeted at blue/white LEDs.
FPGA-based development packages roll for M-Modules, PMCs
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
MEN Micro is offering development packages for M-Modules and PMCs that are designed to easily transform specialized I/O requirements into a series of standard products.
Texas researchers claim fastest photonic waveguide
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Texas are claiming the world's fastest silicon photonic waveguide, which achieved a 1,000-fold increase in speed combined with lower power consumption than previously demonstrated chips.
Avnet names Paget to head computer biz
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Avnet named ex-Synnex exec, John Paget, as president of Avnet Technology Solutions, a $5 billion enterprise computer distribution business.
REVIEW: Linux mini-cubes comprise self-contained industrial controllers
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Take a look at these miniature self-contained controllers that run Linux on PowerPC processors. They pack Ethernet ports, serial I/O, and SD Card interfaces. Three or six slots accommodate a variety of industrial I/O boards. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
PHS growth stalls in China; decline expected in 2008
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
The go-go days of growth in China's PHS market are over, with a contraction expected in 2008 or 2009.
High-density SS7 controller doubles signal capacity
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Adax has released its HDCIII board, a high-density SS7 controller for NGN convergence platforms. The HDCIII delivers up to eight T1, E1 or J1 trunks, and offers a combination of up to 128 MTP2 low-speed links and eight high-speed links.
HDMI gains traction in PCs
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
In what amounts to the first volley in a battle for mindshare with rival DisplayPort for digital display interfaces in PCs, the group responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface announced more than 50 PC products are currently using HDMI.
REVIEW: Have you got the (NTP) time?
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of a carrier-class NTP plug-in server that supports next-gen applications such as IPTV, billing record management, QoS measurement, or IP Service Level Agreements monitoring. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
ADI shrinks 3G transceivers
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices is using this week's 3GSM World Congress as the launch pad of the latest version of its direct conversion Othello radio architecture line.
Antenova outlines 3G antenna module strategy
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Antenna specialist Antenova Ltd is launching at this week's 3GSM World Congress the first version of its Radionova RF antenna module, one that integrates GPS, and has outlined a roadmap for the range that includes multiband 3G modules and versions incorporating Wi-Fi capabilities.
Consumer and automotive electronics converge: Part 1 - Ethernet, USB, and MOST
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2/9/2007   Post a comment
Automakers are developing connectivity systems that bridge the benefits of Ethernet, USB, and Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) to deliver fast and efficient data. But rapid evolution of consumer electronics has to be reconciled with longer automotive design cycles.
Emerson's first MicroTCA systems hit the market
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing business, formerly Artesyn Communication Products, announced its first production MicroTCA system, the EMC6000 series.
VPX3-125 SBC aids I/O expansion
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has announced the VPX3-125; a VPX (VITA 46) single board computer (SBC) in a 3U form factor. The company also announced a companion board, the VPX3-125 ExpressReach, a 3U I/O expansion carrier card for use with the VPX3-125.
Fabric switch targets MicroTCA implementation
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2/7/2007   Post a comment
CorEdge Networks has released a 10-Gbits/s Ethernet fabric card using Fujitsu's 20-port 10-GbE switch chip for MicroTCA carrier hub modules, which is expected to drive a host of 10-Gbits/s implementations using the MicroTCA standard.
ATM NIC provides seamless migration to AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA platforms
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2/2/2007   Post a comment
Interphase Corporation has introduced its iSPAN 3676 AdvancedMC OC-3/STM-1 intelligent communications controller for high availability, high bandwidth access applications
Fluid heater module fits automotive apps
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2/2/2007   Post a comment
TT electronics and AB Automotive Electronics have co-developed a windshield washer fluid heater module that combines anodized aluminum substrate technology with a thick film resistive element to produce a tubular instant fluid heater.
LCD startup sampling design kits for e-paper apps
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2/1/2007   Post a comment
Nemoptic SA, the French group developing bistable nematic liquid crystal display technology dubbed BiNem, has started shipping prototyping kits that would allow system integrators to test the performance of the technology and develop applications for consumer and professional products using an e-paper display.


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