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DDC-I's SCORE compilers available to Wind River Workbench developers
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
DDC-I's SCORE compilers are available for the Wind River Workbench, an eclipse-based development suite, and Wind River's VxWorks real-time operating system.
TTPCom's 3G stack first to gain testing accreditations
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
TTPCom has raised the stakes in 3G mobile phone development and has become the first company to have its third generation multi-platform protocol technology accredited by both the GCF and IOT handset testing organizations.
Module embeds DAB receiver in portables
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Digital audio receiver vendor RadioScape Ltd. announces its first module in a series of low power software-defined Digital Audio Broadcasting modules. The module also uses the company's latest component-slashing RF IC front-end chip.
Pentium M-based SBC uses hardware byte-swapping
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
GE Fanuc Embedded Systems rolls out a VME-32 single board computer called the V5D. Significantly, it can perform byte swapping in hardware, providing better performance over software approaches when data is transferred to and from different processor-based systems.
Biosensor tested on shuttle
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
A recent Shuttle experiment could yield biosensors that harness living cells to detect harmful chemicals or biotoxins.
UHF ASK/FSK receiver ICs lay claim to industry's smallest footprints
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Low cost silicon can help implement remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitoring circuits in automotive subsystems. Here are two RF receiver ICs that lay claim to very small size and high performance. They can demodulate FSK and ASK transmissions.
500-kHz PCI board comprises quiet high-resolution data-acq plug-in
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
A PCI-bus Windows PC and one of Data Translation's DT3034 data acquisition boards will let you make 16-bit measurements on up to 32 single-ended or 16 differential channels with a sampling rate of 500-kHz. This board ensures an ENOB rating of more than 14 bits, along with 100-dB of spurious-free dynamic range.
VME/VXS open-standards boards pack Intel CoreDuo processor
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
A family of RoHS-compliant processor boards feature the latest dual-core processors from Intel's embedded roadmap. The boards run 1.66-GHz Core Duo L2400 processors and 2-GHz Core Duo T2500 processors. A VXS VITA 41.3 switched serial standard is optionally supported.
'MOMS' boost DLP applications
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
A University of Delaware engineer claims to have solved a power issue that has prevented wider use of digital light processors in power-sensitive applications.
Fractus demos passive antennas for mobile TV
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Fractal antenna technology pioneer Fractus has started sampling a range of internal passive antennas for receiving mobile TV using the DVB-H standard that , it says, will enable handsets far smaller than current DVB-H devices.
Configurable data-acq box provides gobs of analog and digital I/O
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Sealevel Systems is expanding its family of modular I/O boxes. Its latest system provides 16 single-ended, or eight differential, 12-bit analog inputs. It also provides two 12-bit DAC outputs, as well as eight optically-isolated digital inputs, and eight open-collector digital outputs.
Data recorder writes to deep-memory SDRAM
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Micro Memory has a PowerPC-based PCI-bus recorder that uses large SDRAM arrays to capture fast sensor data. Data streams can be interleaved to deep-memory buffers to ensure data isn't lost to irregular transfer rates that are inherent with secondary-storage media that's based on hard disk drives.
Mini-board comprises turnkey TCP/IP interface
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Want to quickly Web-enable your design without fussing with software development? Check out this 1 x 2-inch module from Saelig. It's a hard-coded network interface board that acts as a turnkey lead-free component for quickly adding Internet connectivity to microprocessor systems.
Boundary-scan tool peels the lid on FPGAs, CPLDs
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a USB 2.0 programming system that runs on a PC. It can handle JTAG boundary-scan and perform in-system programming of CPLDs and FPGAs, as well as other devices. Utilities let you program in minutes, rather than hours or days.
Switching matrix relays heft 60-W loads
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7/14/2006   Post a comment
Could this be the world's highest density 1-A 2-pole relay switching matrix in a single-slot PXI module? Pickering Interfaces says so. Its latest module supports a matrix with up to 264 crosspoints, and can switch signals up to 150-V and 60-W.
JPEG2000 codecs run on mixed DSP/FPGA platform
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
BroadMotion's JPEG2000 codec software is now available through Kane Computing. The codec is designed to run on a platform that combines a Texas Instruments TMS320DM64x digital media processor and an Altera Cyclone II FPGA.
Delay generator is programmable for delay, width, and polarity
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
If you're dealing with sequential event triggering tasks, here's a board-level or box-packaged digital delay generator that should fill the bill for a ready-to-go multi-channel precision delay block.
Streaming data recorders save Terabytes
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7/12/2006   Post a comment
As mass data collection assumes significance, it becomes critical to accurately capture, archive, and retrieve mass amounts of streamed data. Here's a family of single channel, dual channel, and quad channel Serial FPDP data recorders that can assist. Configurations can store Terabytes at rates up to 245-Mbytes/s/channel.
Color sensor board checks LEDs
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7/12/2006   Post a comment
Need to test LEDs? Check out this board that integrates a true color-sensor chip, a trans-impedance amplifier, microcontroller with EEPROM, and a 10-bit A/D converter. It communicates using USB and runs PC software.
Army enlists nanotechnology for vehicle armor
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7/11/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. Army has launched a research effort to find new ways to join different materials used in vehicle armor.
$69 ARM-equipped DIP runs fast BASIC
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7/11/2006   Post a comment
Imagine marrying a 60-MHz ARM7 processor with a lightning fast BASIC compiler---all on one 600-mil-wide DIP? That's what you get with Coridium's ARMexpress plug-in.
Development kit supports interference-cancelling point-to-point systems
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7/11/2006   Post a comment
Fabless communications SoC vendor Provigent offers a modem development kit for wireless point-to-point systems implementers. The kit lets you develop both digital and IF sections of a wireless PTP system using interference cancellation.
USB module packs 15 independent counter/timers
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7/10/2006   Post a comment
Event counting, frequency measurement, pulse counting, PWM, position measurement, and pulse generation are just a few sub-system elements that can be implemented with a timer/counter circuit. If you need functions like these, check out this USB plug-and-play module.
PCB design software boasts intuitive user interface
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7/7/2006   Post a comment
Novarm Ltd.'s latest version of its DipTrace 1.23 PCB design software offers a PCB Layout module, a powerful auto-router, schematic capture and component/pattern editors enabling board designers to develop their own component libraries.
Plug-in comprises wideband multi-channel software radio deck
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7/6/2006   Post a comment
RF board maker Pentek is rolling out a software-defined PCI mezzanine card module that can be used as an RF transceiver or as an IF strip. It's equipped with dual Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGAs, four 125-MHz A/D converters, and lots more memory than its predecessors. Multiple boards can also be readily sync'd for high channel-count applications.
Software radio module sports heavy-duty hardware
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7/5/2006   Post a comment
Pentek today released its latest software radio transceiver module, the Model 7142. This dual-FPGA module is suitable for IF or RF communication systems. It is available in a variety of form factors including PCI, 3U and 6U cPCI, as well as a PMC conduction-cooled version.
CAT-certified PXI module switches high-voltage
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7/5/2006   Post a comment
Take a look at this high-voltage PXI switch module. It's capable of routing signals up to 600-V, and uses an innovative interleaved topology for making differential measurements on eleven channels of a battery stack, with just two 6 x 1 1-wire multiplexers.

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