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Challenging young engineers
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Summer jobs and co-op assignments put student engineers in the real engineering world—but the Challenge X competition takes that experience even further.
CompactPCI boards are conduction cooled
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Conduction cooling and no socketed devices make these CompactPCI single-board computers suitable for harsh environment applications across an extended temperature range. They pack Pentium M processors and PCI Express architectures.
Dual GPS/Galileo chips to exhibit sub-second acquisition times
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
A family of GPS and Galileo-ready satellite navigation and position location chips and chipsets are coming. These devices, when they roll off the fab lines early next year, will exhibit acquisition performance of under one second. That ultra-fast acquisition time will be due to a 50-channel GPS architecture, with over one million correlators and separate acquisition and tracking engines capable of massively parallel searches.
GoAhead, Performance ink deal on ATCA, CPCI
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
One month after inking an ATCA deal with Radisys Inc., GoAhead Software has increased its presence in board-level telecom markets by pairing with Performance Technologies Inc. (Rochester, NY) on various ATCA and CompactPCI platforms.
German carrier takes strategic stake in CoreOptics
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
T-Com Venture Fund — the corporate venture fund of the broadband/fixed network division of Deutsche Telekom AG — has made what it says is a strategic investment in CoreOptics , a developer of 10-and 40-Gbit transponders and subsystems.
Pentek's digital receiver board boasts factory-installed DDC
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9/22/2006   Post a comment
Applications include wideband recording and systems, real-time DSP and software radio systems, and data-acquisition applications for wideband communication.
Ruggedized PMC delivers FPDP II performance
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Operating at 400-Mbytes/s, ICS Sensor Processing's PCI mezzanine card is claimed to be the first such PMC with the performance of FPDP II. It uses a PCI 2.2 64/66 PCI bus interface.
MPEG-4 frame grabber is PC/104+ card
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Video acquisition board maker Sensoray has a PC/104+ frame grabber that processes MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and MJPEG video. It captures full-frame 720 x 480-pixel video at 30 frames/s.
Down-converting receiver board sidesteps FPGA development
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
Check out this software-defined radio board that can be used virtually out-of-the-box. It packs dual Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGAs containing factory-installed wideband digital down-conversion intellectual property.
Galileo-ready receiver IC to enhance consumer gear navigation
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
RFIC maker SiGe Semiconductor is sampling what it says is the world's first Galileo-ready receiver chip for consumer electronics navigation and position reporting. It's a power-managed IC using a software-based architecture. In its Standby mode, all circuits are off and the IC draws only leakage current. The IC will also decode GPS birds.
3U CompactPCI SBCs run next-gen Freescale CPUs
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9/15/2006   Post a comment
Here's a pair of single-board CompactPCI computers that run Freescale Semi's latest PowerPC microprocessors. These boards permit power vs. speed tradeoffs, and can serve MIL and harsh environment applications.
Converged application platform supports Internet PBXs
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
Embedded controller maker WIN Enterprises rolls out a so-called Converged Application Platform for Internet Protocol PBX and similar converged applications. Built around Intel building blocks, the CAP relies on a standards-based Intel reference design.
16-bit A/D cards pop into PCI bus slots
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9/12/2006   Post a comment
Using separate multiple 16-bit A/D converters to ensure true simultaneous sampling, here's a family of PCI bus plug-in cards with a choice of maximum sampling rates from 200-ksamples/s to 3-Msamples/s.
Fault-robust microcontrollers allow automotive technology convergence: Part 1, the nature of faults
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
In automotive, semiconductor technologies and electronic systems are converging into a "car-on-a-chip." However, this convergence results in a new population of faults and failure modes, so how to make such systems more robust?
PCI bus plug-in engineering endures
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: Multi-lane point-to-point serial buses such as PCI Express and RapidIO are revolutionizing PC high-speed architectures. But, the venerable parallel PCI bus and PCI plug-ins still reign as engineering and lab mainstays. This is especially true where cost-effectiveness is paramount.
Xyratex expands Asian data storage operations
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
Xyratex, a specialist developer of enterprise and data storage process technology, has acquired Jastam Trading Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, for about $1.5 million.
2.4-GHz ISM-band WirelessUSB modules come pre-certified
Product News  
9/7/2006   Post a comment
Wireless Universal Serial Bus is catching on big time. Addressing that phenomena, module maker Artaflex is rolling out four WUSB modules that can put USB connectivity into your products. These modules free you from a lot of RF design, as well as compliance testing.
The human touch
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/6/2006   Post a comment
The Cadillac presentation I attended last week talked about the latest electronic and technical improvements to the car line—but there was also renewed emphasis on hand craftsmanship and quality.
Evaluation Board released for Infineon XC88x MCUs
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9/3/2006   Post a comment
Keil has just introduced its MCMXC88x evaluation board for creating and testing programs for Infineon's 8051-based XC88xd microcontrollers.
TEK Micro creates U.K. design and support center
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9/1/2006   Post a comment
TEK Microsystems Inc. has created a design, engineering and support center in Malvern, England.

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