Tiny board comprises ready-made USB interface Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Modules give I/O flexibility to industrial computer Product News 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.
Development tools support wireless USB silicon Product News 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.
Web-enabled programmable signal conditioners are Windows-equipped Product News 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 Product News 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.
Acqiris time-to-digital converter offers wide-range, single- and multi-start Product News 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.
Plug-in digitizers get on-board peak detection Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.