Tundra bringt Host-Brücke für PowerPC News & Analysis 9/29/2004 Post a comment Der kanadische Halbleiterhersteller Tundra Semiconductors will bis Anfang kommenden Jahres eine Reihe von Unterstützungs-Bausteinen für den PowerPC auf den Markt bringen. Als erstes kommt eine PowerPC-to-PCI-X-Bridge.
Toshiba, Microtune team to develop HDTV module News & Analysis 9/27/2004 Post a comment Microtune Inc. (Plano, Texas) and Toshiba Corp.'s Toshiba Module Group have cooperated to develop a digital cable-ready TV tuner module that will be used in a number of high-definition televisions (HDTVs) Toshiba is unveiling
LG.Philips LCD launches sixth-generation fab News & Analysis 9/24/2004 Post a comment LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd. (Seoul) has announced that its new sixth-generation thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) fab, designated P6, has begun mass producing panels for LCD TVs and desktop monitors.
Jaco Electronics sells EMS unit, expands display ops News & Analysis 9/22/2004 Post a comment As electronics manufacturing service (EMS) providers continue to be profit-challenged, Jaco Electronics Inc. is exiting the business to focus on a segment that has been a boon for components distributors with the knowhow: flat panel displays.
Hitachi, Agilent raise bar on Fibre Channel drive performance News & Analysis 9/21/2004 Post a comment Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Agilent Technologies Inc. announced they have successfully achieved 4 Gbit/s (gigabyte per second) performance in the Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FCAL) interoperability test, paving the way for 4 Gbit/s Fibre Channel hard drives for fast enterprise computing systems.
Agilent, VXI Technology roll out LXI standard Product News 9/21/2004 Post a comment Combining the attributes of rack-and-stack instruments and modular test capabilities rolled into compact and flexible packages, Agilent Technologiesand VXI Technologyare debuting a new LAN extensions for instrumentation standard called LXI. It's billed as the industry's next-generation LAN-based modular platform standard for automated test systems.
Power plant is safe from the elements Product News 9/18/2004 1 comment Transistor Devices' (TDI) new environmentally sealed DC power plant provides outside plant power, DC distribution, battery back-up and remote monitoring and alarm capabilities in a front access, weather-resistant enclosure for remote site telecommunications applications. The systems deliver up to 1,000 watts of 24 or 48 VDC power with up 4 hours of battery backup if the power line fails.
PDUs for Pulsar UPSes extend flexibility Product News 9/17/2004 Post a comment MGE UPS Systems' new Pulsar power distribution units (PDUs), for the company's line of uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) carrying the same name, provide a full complement of mounting options, numerous input plug/output receptacle choices and configurations that include a convenient maintenance bypass switch. In addition, the new PDUs are fully compatible with any UPS sporting an appropriate output receptacle.
World's smallest PXA270 embedded CPU card? Product News 9/15/2004 Post a comment Board maker Strategic Test has a tiny single-board computer with an Intel PXA270 processor aboard. Measuring just 1.2 x 2.6 x 0.16 inches, it's packaged as a DIMM200-compatible module that's optimized for embedded and mobile designs where low-power and extremely small size are design factors.
RFID tags ubiquitous by 2010, MIT prof predicts News & Analysis 9/15/2004 Post a comment Kevin Ashton, vice president of ThingMagic Inc. and cofounder of the MIT Auto-ID Center, told a keynote audience at the Embedded Security Seminar conference in Boston that global RF sensor networks will be ubiquitous to the point of invisibility within a few years.
Multi-channel 105-MHz data converter PMC module is DC-coupled Product News 9/15/2004 Post a comment Board maker Interactive Circuits and Systems is debuting a DC-coupled version of a previously released 4-channel PMC module. The latest board can handle high-speed baseband sampling requirements as needed for communications, radar, and test-and-measurement applications. The DC-coupled inputs are especially useful for baseband sampling in software defined radios.
CompactPCI high-bandwidth board is highly scalable Product News 9/14/2004 Post a comment Board-level computer maker Innovative Integration is rolling out some highly scalable cPCI-based SBCs with very high bandwidth specs. These boards are fast enough to support high-end applications such as software-defined radios, wireless Internet, ultra-fast data acquisition, vector signal generation, signal identification, radar, and electronic warfare systems. They also pack fast DSPs and up to 6-million gate FPGAs.
Powerful single-board computer houses dual DSPs Product News 9/13/2004 Post a comment Here's news of a powerful standalone DSP board pckaged in a 160 x100-mm 3U form-factor that's capable of completely autonomous DSP and networked operation. Packing a C-friendly TI TMS320C6713 floating-point DSP, this single-board computer features two open-architecture I/O expansion sites that are compatible with more than fifteen off-the-shelf daughter cards.
STMicro schnürt Paket für Trusted Computing News & Analysis 9/10/2004 Post a comment Eine Plattform für die Entwicklung von Trusted-Computing-Lösungen hat STMicroelectronics auf den Markt gebracht. Die Plattform besteht aus einem 8-Bit-Mikrocontroller nebst komplettem Softwarestack. Damit soll das Trusted-Computing-Konzept nicht nur auf PCs heimisch gemacht werden, sondern auch auf Mobilrechnern und Geräten der Consumer-Elektronik.
Qualcomm to acquire display supplier News & Analysis 9/9/2004 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Iridigm Display Corp., a privately held display technology company, for $170 million as the wireless handset provider seeks to lower manufacturing costs for color mobile phone displays.
CAN We Talk? Design How-To 9/9/2004 Post a comment Niall Murphy recently spent some time working on systems with more than one processor and had some fun getting them to talk to one another. Distributed systems require protocols for communication between devices. CAN and SPI are two of the most common. In this column, he looks at some of the issues that arise in designing ad hoc protocols for small systems. He also comments on his experiences with SPI and CAN. A tutorial from Embedded Systems Programming.
Embedded optical time-domain reflectometry modules can work as sensors Product News 9/7/2004 Post a comment Anritsu's got some nifty optical time-domain reflectometry modules that can be applied to quite a wide variety of applications. Not only can they be used to maintain cabling in lightwave-based networks, but they also have applicability as sensors. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn gives them an approving nod.
Soft PLC packs motion control functions Product News 9/2/2004 Post a comment Soft PLC PC Worx Softcontrol MC from Phoenix Contact software provides machines with powerful sequential control and integrated motion control. A variety of motion functions such as electronic gearing systems, cam discs and flying saws can be coordinated and implemented in the same PLC program along with the sequential control.
PC-hosted software rides herd on CAN Bus Product News 9/1/2004 Post a comment Here's a review of new PC-based software and hardware that can acquire data from an in-vehicle network. Use it to gather engineering data to analyze a vehicle's performance, using data from networks conforming to both CAN and J1850 standards. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn describes the system in detail.
Chip liest Fingerabruck und verarbeitet die Daten News & Analysis 9/1/2004 Post a comment Ein komplettes Biometrie-Modul mit integrierter Datenverarbeitungseinheit stellt der Mixed-Signal-Spezialist Atmel vor. Das Modul ist zum Einbau in Zugangskontrollanlagen, Schlösser, Point-of-Sales-Terminals und andere Sicherheitseinrichtungen vorgesehen.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times