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Focus-On: Cards to enable Gbit-speed Ethernet
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Focus-On: Cards to enable Gbit-speed Ethernet. With 1-Gbit/s and even 10-Gbit/s Ethernet in the offing, at least two board-level products are almost ready for deployment.
PC-operated JTAG controller relies on fast LAN or USB connections
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Here's a review of a high-performance intelligent boundary-scan controller that can be connected either to a PC via high-speed USB 2.0 or a 10/100BaseT Ethernet LAN connection. The unit can also test and in-system program CPLDs, FPGAs, and flash memories, on up to four ganged JTAG chains.
Modern serial buses demand sophisticated level translation
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Electronic design has changed considerably since the days when TTL and 5V CMOS were the dominant standards for logic circuits. The increasing complexity of modern electronic systems has led to lower-voltage logic, which in turn causes incompatible input and output levels for the logic families within a system. It's not unusual, for example, that a digital section operating at 1.8V must communicate with an analog subsection operating at 3.3V. In this article from Planet Analog magazine, a Maxim e
Industry's fastest single-board computer?
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Board vendor General Micro Systems is rolling out what it claims is the industry's fastest CompactPCI single-board computer. Featuring a pair of hyper-threaded Pentium-4 Xeon micros, the SBC packs a six-channel video subsystem and a four-port switched-fabric hub. That lets it achieve an aggregate I/O bandwidth of a whopping 10-Gbytes/s-plus!
CompactPCI boards bolster leading-edge software-defined radio designs
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Wideband software-defined wireless receivers that accommodate both voice and data demand ultra-fast A/D converters and DACs, with algorithms implemented in FPGAs. Leading-edge high channel-density receivers---with their fast tuning rates and programmable bandwidths---must also accommodate multiple standards. Key is the use of a common hardware platform. Once implemented in hardware, you can then leverage growing libraries of IP cores from FPGA vendors and third-party developers. Here are two new
PC/104-Plus module packs PC Card port
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5/22/2004   Post a comment
Board maker WinSystems now has a PC/104-Plus-compatible module that supports both CardBus and PCMCIA plug-in cards.
Pentium board carries GPS, Ethernet, CAN bus, data-acq options
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5/20/2004   Post a comment
Based on a Pentium core, here's a feature-rich controller board in an EBX form-factor. It supports up to 32 channels of 16-bit A/D and four channels of 14-bit D/A, as well as an optional on-board GPS that can time-sync data-acq of geographically distant systems, as well as reveal location and altitude.
PCI Express graphics module rolls
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5/20/2004   Post a comment
IC house Nvidia has developed a spec for a standard graphics module based on PCI Express. The chip maker is delivering board schematics free to Taiwan's notebook PC makers, hoping they will ease the transition to the new, fast serial bus and open up design wins.
Low-power switch offers low power, high bandwidth for USB and ultra-portable applications
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5/19/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's low-voltage analog switch in MicroPak packaging facilitates the move to smaller ultra-portable devices.
Wide bandwidth video switches optimize RGB and composite video
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5/19/2004   Post a comment
A wide bandwidth and low on-resistance make these switches ideal for RGB and composite video switching, says Texas Instruments.
First Smart Card Chip Manufacturer to Win Mastercard CQM Approval
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5/19/2004   Post a comment
Design, qualification and production processes of ST's secure microcontrollers are formally verified to ensure interoperability, reliability and overall quality in financial applications
Wide bandwidth video switches optimize RGB and composite video
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5/18/2004   Post a comment
A wide bandwidth and low on-resistance make these switches ideal for RGB and composite video switching, says Texas Instruments.
Supercomputer-Leistung vom FPGA-Board
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5/18/2004   Post a comment
Eine erhebliche Steigerung der Rechenleistung gegenüber bisherigen Lösungen verspricht der schottische Subystem-Anbieter Nallatech den Anwendern seines Prozessor-Boards BenData-II. Das Board ist für die Verwendung in Aerospace- und Telekommunikations-Anwendungen sowie in der medizinischen Bildverarbeitung vorgesehen. Kernstück des Rechners und verantwortlich für die hohe Verarbeitungsleistung ist ein FPGA von Xilinx.
Agreement promises ultra-fast digitizer cores, cards
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
RF Engines Ltd., a UK-based signal processing design house, and Swiss-based high-speed data converter supplier Acqiris are announcing details of a new high-speed digitizer design and processing core. For its part, RFEL will supply an SoC for one of Acqiris's new high-speed digitizers, a 2-Gsample/s CompactPCI card. Acqiris's card carries a Xilinx FPGA that will hold RFEL's realtime processing engine.
Motherboard marries Pentium-4 with PCI-X
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
Board maker SuperMicro has a new motherboard that puts a Pentium-4 processor on the PCI-X high-bandwidth architecture. This product promises Internet and multimedia functions for applications ranging from gaming to graphics-intensive workstations.
Multiple digitizer cards drop into PCs, give 14-bit performance at 12-bit prices
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5/14/2004   Post a comment
Look at these new 12-bit digitizer cards. They can give 14-bit A/D performance at 12-bit prices. What's more, they can be combined in multiple in an industrial-type PC to create systems with up to 128 synchronized channels.
Celeron M-based CompactPCI plug-in breaks $1000 barrier
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5/14/2004   Post a comment
HHere's news of a 3U-sized CompactPCI (cPCI) single-board-computer (SBC) that delivers mid-range performance at an entry-level price. Thanks to the use of Intel's Mobile Optimized Micro Architecture, and power management, the board's Celeron M offers fast instruction execution at a reasonably low level of dissipation.
Intel-PXA255 processor board is (much) smaller than a credit card
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
Here's a review of one tiny microprocessor board. If you're not careful, the flat cables, headers, and other interconnects and mounting hardware in a system built around one of these boards can occupy more room than the board itself! This tiny board houses a 400-MHz Intel PXA255 XScale microprocessor, making this an incredibly powerful and power-stingy multi-media-ready micro-board.
ATA/ATAPI Devices Bridge the Gap for USB 2.0 Cable-Powered Drives
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) has been the most successful peripheral interface in the history of PCs. USB 2.0 is capable of keeping up with the high bandwidth requirements of mass-storage peripherals. The basis for any USB 2.0 mass storage peripheral is a USB 2.0 to ATA/ATAPI bridge board. The USB 2.0 bus, however, neither communicates with nor understands ATA/ATAPI commands. A USB 2.0 to ATA/ATAPI bridge board must act as an instruction translator and data manager between the two buses.
Satisfying the Analog Interface Demands of VDSL
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
ADSL technology has been a resounding success and the number of subscribers is expected to continue growing over the next several years. But with the consumer quest for more speed continuing, many believe that VDSL is the next step in the evolution of wired data communications. For the ChipCenter archives, here is an authoritative look at the analog interface issues that designers must grapple with when developing a VDSL front-end.
10 Mbps and 250 kbps transceivers are drop-ins with high-performance
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
RS-485/422 transceivers, the ISL8489E and the ISL8491E. These new transceivers are drop-in upgrades from competing parts of similar nomenclature and offer full 15 kV ESD protection.
10 Mbps and 250 kbps transceivers are drop-ins with high-performance
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
RS-485/422 transceivers, the ISL8489E and the ISL8491E. These new transceivers are drop-in upgrades from competing parts of similar nomenclature and offer full 15 kV ESD protection.
Industriekameras von Sony
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5/7/2004   Post a comment
Für den Einsatz in der Automatisierung und industriellen Imaging-Anwendungen stellt Sony Europe zwei neue digitale Farbkameras vor. Die Kameras sind für Applikationen, bei denen ohne Kompression gearbeitet wird und nur begrenzte Prozessorleistung verfügbar ist.
Cable, server module versions of PCI Express gain steam
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5/7/2004   Post a comment
Two new implementations of the emerging serial PCI Express interconnect are in the works, according to presentation at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference.
PC-hosted Fibre Channel analyzer is portable, scalable
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5/5/2004   Post a comment
Communications protocol test company Computer Access Technology Corp. is readying a 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel analyzer. This portable platform combines display, analysis, capture, and reporting tools---just the ticket for early adopters of high-speed Fibre Channel.
Pericom hopes to carve memory and backplane slots with 500MHz bus switches
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5/4/2004   Post a comment
Pericom is introducing eight low-voltage 500MHz digital bus switches " part of product line they call "NanoSwitch." These switches are ideally suited to address the operational requirements of next Generation Servers, RAID, Super VGA, Memory bank switching and high performance Networking/Telecom Backplanes. Expanded performance capabilities will meet the challenges of advanced buses like PCI-X, and emerging memory standards, the company claims. These devices may also simplifies the I/O migration
National Instruments gives LabVIEW yet another shot in the arm
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
Data-acq and instrumentation company National Instruments is announcing the latest upgrade to its venerable LabVIEW automated instrumentation software. NI's latest spin, dubbed LabVIEW 7.1, is billed as a significant upgrade to the company's family of graphical development products.


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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