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Single-chip ICs optimize adaptive front lighting system design
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Electronic control of automotive HID headlight aiming, via stepper motors, directs beams both to minimize glare for oncoming traffic and illuminate curving roadways. But the location of the motor driver chips in the vehicle impacts system efficiency.
16-bit PCI-bus plug-in lets your PC do high-speed signal analysis
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
PC instrumentation house AlazarTech says it's got the world's fastest 16-bit PCI waveform digitizer. Designed for both OEM applications as well as lab use, the digitizer can be used for RF signal analysis, biomedical imaging, ultrasonics, radar, and more. The plug-in's two simultaneous analog inputs can each be sampled at rates up to 125-Msamples/s.
Wireless functional tester slashes cost-of-test
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies now offers a mobile-phone functional tester that's priced starting at about $25,400. The tester includes a mobile test station and test software, as well as a special RF-shielded box with build-in antenna coupler.
High-density AdvancedMC signaling controller debuts
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
This high-density narrow-band AdvancedMC signaling controller board should fill the bill for designers of media gateway controllers, and SGSN, GGSN, MSC, HLR/VLR, and BSS nodes in next-generation networks. Up to four modules will be able to be mounted with an AdvancedTCA carrier card, for a high density ATCA signaling blade.
ClearSpeed, IBM extend supercomputer collaboration
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
ClearSpeed Technology and IBM have extended their partnership for building powerful supercomputer installations by integrating ClearSpeed Advance accelerator boards into the IBM System Cluster 1350 range of computers.
Data-acquisition board implements parallel realtime processing on your PC
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
If your data-acq application needs realtime processing, yet you typically run engineering applications on a Windows PC, check out Microstar Laboratories's latest Data Acquisition Processor. The company's mid-range DAP plug-in provides concurrent processing, using an on-board Pentium, to achieve deterministic acquisition on a PC.
16-bit hybrid A/D modules address digital RF, imaging, ATE
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Slated primarily for RF systems, here are some low-distortion 100-Msample/s hybrid 16-bit A/D converter modules. These $80 hybrids can reduce non-linear distortion in pipelined data converters as designed into high-IF radio strips, where they offer an enhanced ENOB, bestowing higher data rates. They also lend themselves to scalability, letting you include more channels in a system.
Tech Tutorial: Driver Assistance Systems, an introduction to Adaptive Cruise Control: Part 1
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
The first installment of this primer on Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) discusses "surround sensing" and a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar as the basis of an all-weather ACC system.
3.5-in. realtime SBC clocks cool-running Geode LX 800 processor
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
Here's a less-than-$300 single-board computer for power-stingy x86-based applications. The 3.5-in. SBC runs an Advanced Micro Devices Geode LX 800 at 0.9-W microprocessor that can clock up to 500-MHz.
MicroTCA chassis line adds 4U subrack, a 7U subrack, and a 7U cube
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Elma Electronic's new line of MicroTCA chassis include a 4U subrack, a 7U subrack, and a 7U cube. The first to be introduced is a 4U subrack.
Molecular switch promises to solve sticky situations
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Researchers have grafted organic light-switchable molecules onto a polymer so it can be switched from slippery to sticky with UV light. The technique could improve microfluidic chips used in medical applications.
10-Gbit/s AdvancedTCA platform packs AdvancedMC
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
At the leading edge, board-level equipment supplier Performance Technologies rolls out an ATCA application-ready platform replete with AdvancedMC functions and a 10-Gbit/s Ethernet fabric. The platform also packs two AMC compute modules, and an ATCA 10-Gbit AMC carrier blade. These products are also available individually.
Emulation Extension Chip eases high-speed automotive embedded processor integration
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Debugging and calibrating are becoming more difficult as microcontroller clock speeds increase. An embedded emulation device provides designers true visibility inside highly integrated SoC microcontrollers.
NCT hardware module cleans up speech
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Noise Cancellation Technologies (Europe) Ltd, (NCT) has released a hardware module for engineers looking to remove noise and echo from embedded communication systems. The ClearSpeech Module targets applications including wireless systems, intercom systems, voice over IP and voice recording.
100-kHz realtime DSP systems shake out vibration
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Working with low-bandwidth sensors? Need a turnkey data-acq system that can be expanded to include as many channels as you need? Then take a look-see at these realtime DSP data-acq boards that are also available packaged, equipped with BNC connectors, and supported under Windows.
Technique takes flight to quickly erase hard drives
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Since the forced landing of a U.S. spy plane in China, researchers have been looking for a way to quickly erase computer hard drives to deny access to sensitive intelligence data.
UWB RF silicon to deliver broadcast-quality video
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
Check out this 2-chip UWB chipset supported by reference design boards. The ICs will let you transmit near-flawless broadcast-quality video over wireless networks. It can meet the IEEE's link-reliability and MPEG packet error-rate requirements defined by Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony.
RF intellectual property serves high-volume consumer gear
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6/13/2006   Post a comment
If you're designing your own chips, check out these RF intellectual property offerings. Two cores are for developers of video-enabled handheld appliances and personal navigation devices. As CMOS-based RF platforms, they'll help you craft a DVB-H mobile tuner and GPS satellite receiver.
LNA module comes in ultra-thin package
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6/13/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of an ultra-thin GPS LNA that can improve receiver sensitivity to assure reliable satellite location. This MMIC is for handsets for location-based services, and for those that must meet the FCC E911 mandate.
HSDPA/W-CDMA reference design uses efficient PA modules
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6/13/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor vendor Avago Technologies is starting to sample some RF PA modules that are in a reference design. These devices are fabricated as InGaP HBT MMICs that draw just 32-mA.
8-GHz PLL synthesizer IC streamlines converter stages
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
Eliminating the need for frequency multiplier stages, thereby slashing cost in RF designs, IC maker Analog Devices rolls out the industry's first 8-GHz PLL synthesizer chip. It can be used to implement LOs in up-conversion and down-conversion stages.
Eval kit exercises multi-standard mobile TV chipset
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
As mobile TV takes off big time, many design teams are searching for routes to shorten time-to-money. Serving designers of TV handsets, digital-radio chip vendor Frontier Silicon is now offering an evaluation kit for its TV tuner and baseband chipset.
AdvancedTCA platform to run 2-GHz Intel Dual-Core Xeon processors
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6/6/2006   Post a comment
Exhibiting powerful network performance and power efficiency, an AdvancedTCA processor board will serve telecom equipment manufacturers. The board will run two Dual-Core Intel Xeon 2-GHz microprocessors and support two AdvancedMC modules. It should serve well as a compute-intensive mobile IP Multimedia Subsystem network element.
Wireless USB system-in-a-package includes development kit
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6/6/2006   Post a comment
Wireless USB is taking off, and vendors are now supplying OEMs with ICs and tools for implementation. Here's news of a fabless semiconductor company that's debuting a reference design kit for developers of Certified Wireless USB HWA and DWA designs. The kit supports the company’s latest WUSB all-in-one CMOS silicon.
Down-converter covers 18-GHz to 40-GHz
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6/2/2006   Post a comment
Check out this slim 19-in. rack-mounted RF converter that spans 18-Ghz to 40-GHz.
IEEE-802.15.4 RF modules upgrade with data-acq and encryption firmware
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6/1/2006   Post a comment
The IEEE-802.15.4 standard serves as the RF backbone for the increasingly popular ZigBee wireless protocol. Firmware updates to popular ZigBee modules now support features such as A/D conversion, digital input-reading, and AES encryption.
2-kbit EEPROM RFID chips build long-range asset-tracking circuits
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6/1/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a pair of 2-kbit EEPROM-equipped long-range RFID chips that are are compliant with ISO/IEC 15693 and ISO/IEC 18000-3 Mode 1 RFID standards for tracking applications.


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