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Pentagon orders Taser stun guns
News & Analysis  
6/29/2007   Post a comment
The Defense Department is buying its first batch of stun guns.
AMC reference platform runs Freescale dual-core PowerPC in target mode
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
GDA's Advanced Mezzanine Card or AMC offers Freescale's leading-edge MPC8641D on a high-performance industry-standard platform running seamlessly in target mode and supported with Linux source code.
ADI Engineering bases platform on Intel IXP435 network processor
Product News  
6/27/2007   Post a comment
ADI Engineering announced immediate availability of a CPU module based on the Intel IXP435 network processor.
Mobilygen fields H.264 codecs to turn on flash-based TV
Product News  
6/26/2007   Post a comment
Fabless chip company Mobilygen (Santa Clara, Calif.) is betting its new family of next-generation H.264 codecs, in tandem with swiftly sinking prices for solid-state memory, will spur development of such products as TVs that can accomplish "pause" and "instant replay" of broadcast programming without a hard drive.
Nallatech launches rugged Virtex-5 products for defence and security applications
Product News  
6/25/2007   Post a comment
Rugged deployable Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT and SXT FPGA-based product family leverages the latest processing and I/O technologies and delivers new capabilities to users.
Lattice and PLD Applications announce partnership for PCI Express connectivity solutions
News & Analysis  
6/25/2007   Post a comment
PLDA delivers PCI XpressLite core for LatticeECP2M FPGAs; Partnership focused on expansion of connectivity solutions for Lattice devices.
Did you know?: Good, bad news from electronics equipment industry
News & Analysis  
6/25/2007   Post a comment
Growing at a double-digit clip and well ahead of the global economy, the electronics equipment industry is forecast to exceed $1.3 trillion in revenue within the next three years. It is expected that the industry's performance will be driven by its continued strength across most market segments, including the telecommunications, medical, industrial and automotive sectors. That's the good news.

Step-down DC/DC converter delivers low quiescent current
Product News  
6/25/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has developed a 2A, 36V step-down switching regulator with Burst Mode operation to keep quiescent current under 50-µA.
Moon walker Aldrin: Mars mission is 'one-way trip'
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, says planetary exploration will be a "one-way trip."
3U CompactPCI SBC operates in harsh military environments
Product News  
6/20/2007   Post a comment
With a conduction-cooled option, the CR5 rugged 3U CompactPCI single board computer from GE Fanuc based on an Intel Core Duo low voltage processor is well-suited for military applications in harsh environments.
Server card provides NTP support for IPTV, VoIP
Product News  
6/19/2007   Post a comment
Symmetricom's second carrier class PackeTime server card provides network time protocol (NTP) capability for next-generation service provider applications such as IPTV, billing record management, QoS measurement systems and IP service level agreement (SLA) monitoring.
Alliance demos 40 Gbit/s backplane
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
Five technology companies are rolling out a new group-- the Road to 100G Alliance--that aims to accelerate the deployment of high-speed backplane technologies for communications systems, demonstrating a proprietary 40 Gbit/second line card.
'Plug-and-fight' missile defense advances
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
A $4 billion transatlantic missile defense program designed to replace the aging U.S. Patriot system is poised to move the program from the drawing board to a detailed design phase.
Cadence Improves Allegro PCB Technology for RF Printed-Circuit-Board Design
Product News  
6/19/2007   3 comments
Cadence has added RF technology and design methodology to its Alegro PCB Design XL and GXL product offerings.
NXP, Andrew partner for satellite LNB
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and Andrew Corporation have collaborated on the development of a fully integrated down converter for Ku-band digital video broadcasting satellite Low Noise Blocks (LNB).
Intel tips new details on Itanium
News & Analysis  
6/14/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will roll out next year Itanium and Xeon CPUs along with a common south bridge I/O chip using a new high-speed interconnect, beginning with the Tukwilla CPU.
Polatis picks Poland for production plant
News & Analysis  
6/14/2007   Post a comment
Optical switch specialist Polatis Inc. is to start production in a facility in Poland as a response to increasing market demand for and application of its switching technology to new sectors.
Build simple and inexpensive FlexRay nodes
Design How-To  
6/13/2007   Post a comment
The FlexRay protocol provides time-triggered communication at rates 10 times that of CAN. With its nodes being critical pieces of the FlexRay-based design, how can an automotive electronics designer get one started?
Are PC chip sets passe?
News & Analysis  
6/13/2007   Post a comment
Process technology may mean that CPU and core logic integration is possible, but don't expect the venerable chip set to quietly fade away.
REVIEW: Surface-mount point-of-load DC-to-DC converter can be handled like an IC
Product News  
6/13/2007   Post a comment
Chip maker Linear Technology Corp. rolls out a DC-to-DC regulator module that operates from lower voltage input supplies. Handled much like an SMT device, the LTM4604 module comprises a complete 4-A regulator system with on-board controller, power switches, inductor, and bypass capacitors, all enclosed in a tiny land-grid-array package. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look.
MEMS IMU module provides calibrated, six-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) triaxial motion measurements
Product News  
6/8/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices' multichip device has three axes of gyro-based angular rate sensing, plus three axes of acceleration sensing, with calibration, compensation, and accuracy, in a small package
6U CompactPCI Express CPU board offers front-panel I/O
Product News  
6/8/2007   Post a comment
One Stop Systems released a 6U CompactPCI Express (CPCIe) Core Duo 1.66 GHz CPU board.
VXS payload extender board tests circuit cards outside the box
Product News  
6/7/2007   Post a comment
Elma Bustronic has developed VXS payload extender boards that are designed to bring a circuit card completely out of a card cage or enclosure so that it can be tested or debugged.
Development board delivers wireless connectivity
Product News  
6/7/2007   Post a comment
Coridium Corp. has introduced a wireless ARMmite development and connectivity board that features a 32-bit processor and embedded Bluetooth and Zigbee communications protocols.
When design becomes fun
Blog  
6/6/2007   Post a comment
Open, extensible and eminently hackable, Chumby might be viewed as a "stem cell" for an electronic appliance.
IC firm promises wireless USB sets for $99 retail by year's end
News & Analysis  
6/6/2007   Post a comment
Chipmakers insist they will enable much cheaper, and far more reliable wireless USB systems in the market by the end of this year, with at least one promising $99 dongle and hub packages will be on retail shelves.
Low end phones no pot of gold, says analyst
Survey  
6/6/2007   Post a comment
Volume is no promise of success for suppliers of semiconductors, IP, software, sensors and tuners in the complex market for handheld multimedia devices, according to analysts at Jon Peddie Research.
TI targets power savings with floating point DSCs
Product News  
6/6/2007   Post a comment
Touting better energy efficiency and improved performance in industrial controller applications, Texas Instruments will start sampling in September a floating point digital signal controller that provides 300 million floating point instructions per second (MFLOPS) performance at 150 MHz.
Via touts business card sized UMPC platform
Product News  
6/6/2007   Post a comment
Via Technologies rolls out its ultra-mobile PC platform, playing on a major theme of Computex and adding to a line of reference designs that just keep getting smaller.
1.8-GHz Pentium M EBX SBC operates in industrial temp range
Product News  
6/5/2007   Post a comment
WinSystems recently launched its EBX-compatible Intel 1.8GHz Pentium M single board computer (SBC).
REVIEW: PCI Express data-acq cards support simultaneous I/O
Product News  
6/5/2007   Post a comment
Check out these multi-function data-acq cards based on the high-bandwidth PCI Express bus. These cards can update up to eight channels of 12-bit analog output simultaneously at a sustained rate of 1-Msamples/s. The cards also features hardware-based arbitrary waveform generation that frees up CPU resources, even when all analog outputs are updating at full speed. Read eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn's review.
PICMG 1.3 backplanes support multiple SHB segments
Product News  
6/4/2007   Post a comment
Trenton Technology has released five PICMG 1.3 backplanes that support SHB Express system host boards and a variety of PCI Express (PCIe), PCI-X and PCI option cards.
Board evaluates how IP controller provides Internet connectivity
Product News  
6/4/2007   Post a comment
Connect One has released the II EVB-630, an evaluation board that demonstrates how its iChip CO2128 IP controller provides Internet connectivity, encryption and security in architecture and software for a host processor or device.
Toshiba scales rewritable HD-DVD drive for notebooks
Product News  
6/4/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. will begin sampling a low-profile rewritable HD-DVD drive for notebook PCs in July.
PLDA delivers Virtex-5 LX PCIX prototyping platform
Product News  
6/3/2007   Post a comment
PLDA has developed a PCIX prototyping platform for the Virtex-5 LX330, the industry's largest 65-nm FPGA from Xilinx Inc. The board is also available with Xilinx's Virtex-5 LX110 devices.


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