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Tiny board comprises ready-made USB interface
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Adding a USB port to your favorite circuit, with baud rates up to 1-Mbit/s, is now as simple as adding eight pads to your target board on a standard 100-mil grid. The 0.7 x 0.5-in. Micro-USB board from Saelig uses a standard USB B connector to connect to a PC.
Ultimate Products of the year
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Here is a list of the most significant products introduced in the past 12 months, chosen by qualified readers of EE Times and eeProductCenter. Electronic balloting was conducted quarterly, based on a list of 10 nominees submitted to readers by expert editors.
Fast FPGA-based modules prototype logic on your PC
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a fast Xilinx FPGA-equipped tool to help get a logic circuit up-and-running, with a bonus of controlling and interactively monitoring your circuit while it runs. Software permits you to program your design---using a PC graphical interface---into the FPGA, then run, control, and observe it. You can even save your design for automatic FPGA configuration at power-up.
Board first to feature VIA C7 micro
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Chip maker and PC vendor VIA Technologies is debuting a series of ultra-compact so-called mainboards that feature the company's C7 microprocessors. The boards dissipate 21-W and have 7 x 7-in. footprints. They're slated for digital media appliances, where the company's chipset imparts full hardware HDTV encoding, hardware MPEG-2 acceleration, and multi-channel audio.
RoHS-compliant single-board computer runs low-power AMD Geode processor
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Embedded controller maker WIN Enterprises announces its IP-06060 single-board computer, a RoHS-compatible board that uses an Advanced Micro Devices Geode LX 800@0.9W processor. This SBC dissipates 15-W and runs from single 5-V sources.
Battery powered embedded processor board packs realtime video interface
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Shown for the first time recently at the Embedded World 2006 conference in Germany is a user-specific realtime platform intended for mobile video use. Developed by board maker MAZeT GmbH, it packs a Fujitsu Coral PA video/graphics processor and a Freescale Semiconductor MPC5200 micro.
Modules give I/O flexibility to industrial computer
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Looking for an alternative to industrial PLCs or PC motherboard-based industrial computers? Then check out Sealevel Systems's latest ruggedized rack-mounted box. Running up to a 1.4-GHz Pentium M, Sealevel's R2000 offers modular I/O expansion, fanless operation, and embedded Windows that lets applications execute from CompactFlash.
Conduction-cooled cPCI boards to combine Altera FPGAs with DSPs
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3/18/2006   Post a comment
Board maker BittWare is pre-announcing a family of ruggedized hybrid signal processing boards based around Altera Stratix II GX FPGAs and Analog Devices ADSP-TS201S TigerSHARC DSPs. These boards will be CompactPCI compatible.
Development tools support wireless USB silicon
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
If you're considering WiMedia-based ultra-wideband for your next product design, check out this reference design kit. It supports UWB silicon that works at wireless WiMedia data rates from 53-Mbits/s to USB's 480-Mbits---and even to 1-Mbit/s. The PCI Express mini card kit is based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB Implementers Forum.
EPOS unveils Flash-based smart pen
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
Startup EPOS Technologies has unveiled a smart pen based on USB Flash Drive technology.
Two dual-core Xeon CPUs power PICMG 1.3 host board
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
Catching the multicore, multiprocessing bug, Trenton Technology has just introduced its SLT single board computer powered by two dual core Xeon LV processors.
AdvancedTCA SBC sports dual core 2 GHz Intel Xeon CPUs
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has taken the wraps off its ATCA-7820 Single Board Computer offering two 2 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors with up to 8 Gbyte DDR-2 400 SDRAM with ECC.
Four dual core CPU SBCs target medical computing applications
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
Kontron has just released four medical computing platforms incorporating the 2 GHz Intel Core Duo T2500 processors: a mini-ITX motherboard, a 3U and a 6U CompactPCI board, as well as an ETXexpress module
Web-enabled programmable signal conditioners are Windows-equipped
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
A 5U-sized chassis is the platform for a Web-connected 64-channel sensor signal-conditioning system. Multiple chasses can also be Ethernet-linked for high channel-count requirements. The compact unit features high performance capabilities powered by an onboard Pentium IV processor running Windows.
Boundary-scan test software extols system-wide coverage
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3/13/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a productivity-enhancing software application that extends the use of IEEE-1149.1 boundary-scan tools to testing and programming multi-assembly systems. These systems can comprise multiple boards, daughter cards, backplanes, connectors, and cables.
Airgo to partner with Taiwan board specialist Asustek
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3/13/2006   Post a comment
Airgo Networks Inc. has signed its first Wi-Fi pact with a major Asia-based ODM, Asustek Computer Inc.
PC/104 module packs eight configurable serial ports
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3/10/2006   Post a comment
A stackable PC/104-form-factor serial I/O module gives you eight multi-protocol serial ports. It's ready to work in PC/104-expandable embedded computer systems running virtually any operating system.
10GbE transceiver claims lowest power
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3/6/2006   Post a comment
Broadcom announces industry's lowest power 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN/WAN transceiver
ATI buys Shanghai-based board supplier
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3/6/2006   Post a comment
Graphics processor supplier ATI Technologies Inc. has acquired Macrosynergy, an XGI Technology alliance graphics board supplier based in Shanghai.
DSP gets help from development tools for WiMAX
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has put together a package of DSP, software library, and development tools to speed the design of advanced WiMAX basestations.
Acqiris time-to-digital converter offers wide-range, single- and multi-start
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Acqiris offers a wide-range, single- and multi-start time-to-digital converter (TDC) module, expanding the company’s extensive product line. The TC840 CompactPCI module, with 50 ps timing resolution, is designed specifically for use in large scale experiments, including hydrodynamics, particle accelerator timing, nuclear fusion studies, and explosive testing, as well as in time-of-flight measurement in mass spectrometry and 3D mapping.
Silicon-on-insulator technology optimizes in-vehicle networking
Design How-To  
3/2/2006   Post a comment
Development of ICs that can maintain integrity in the electrically noisy and hot world under a car hood is prompting suppliers to turn to silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.
Opteron-equipped single-board computer can house dual dual-core CPUs
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3/2/2006   Post a comment
Embedded controller and single-board computer maker WIN Enterprises is showcasing a PICMG 1.3-style board that can be powered by one or two single-core or dual-core Advanced Micro Devices Opteron processors.
Plug-in digitizers get on-board peak detection
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3/1/2006   Post a comment
Digitizer maker Gage Applied Technologies is releasing on-board peak detection for its existing PC-hosted digitizer boards. Gage's eXpert Peak Detection adjunct now permits detection of peaks within a set of digitized waveform data.
Discretix, UIQ team on DRM for handsets
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3/1/2006   Post a comment
Israeli embedded-security solutions provider Discretix has teamed with Sweden's UIQ, a subsidiary of Symbian Ltd., to put Discretix's multischeme client for digital rights management on the UIQ mobile-phone platform.
Plug-in module accurately measures timing
Product News  
3/1/2006   Post a comment
Check out this CompactPCI timing module. It offers the ability to measure events spaced as far apart as 20-seconds, with 50-ps timing resolution. The module can operate in either single-start or multi-start acquisition modes, with timing information on all independent channels encoded relative to a common channel.


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