Across the Network – 2007.10.05

4D Systems microOLED
microOLED is the easiest way to add a small color display with sophisticated text/graphics/animations to a project. microOLEDs are compact, cost-effective, ready-made smart organic LED displays with a full-color embedded graphics controller that will deliver ‘stand-alone’ emissive display capability to any PIC, AVR, Basic Stamp, ARM or any other microcontroller — even a PC. Simple-to-use embedded commands over a serial interface not only control background color but can produce text in a variety of sizes as well as draw shapes, including user-defined bitmap characters (signs, logos, etc.) in 262,000 colors, freeing up the host processor from processor-hungry screen control functions.

Implementing Toshiba Magma-Based Multiple Voltage Island Design Methodology
In Magma’s next Tech Talks event, they will demonstrate Toshiba’s comprehensive multiple voltage island and fine-grain MTCMOS low-power design methodology that is based on Magma’s software. Attendees will see how both dynamic and leakage power can be reduced by switching some of the voltage islands to a lower voltage or completely powering them down.

Agilent Momentum GX 3D-planar EM Simulator
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) Momentum GX is a planar 3D electromagnetic (EM) simulator designed to significantly expand the accuracy and range of passive circuit libraries, including parasitic models and entire circuits. Fully integrated with the Genesys EDA platform (previously known as Eagleware-Elanix Genesys), the Agilent Momentum GX enables RF and microwave designers to reduce design steps and speed the design and verification process for complex RF and microwave passive circuit designs.

Analog eLab Webcast
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas are offering a live Analog eLab(TM) Webcast for designers. The webinar is titled “Filter Design for PWM Systems, Digital Audio vs. Switching Supplies” and will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. CDT (18:00 hrs CET). The event will highlight how the function of an L-C filter is modified when used with a power converter or a Class-D amplifier. The online seminar will discuss how to maximize performance of the L-C filter in various designs.

AIS-I7621 Single Board Computer
American Industrial Systems’ AIS-I7621 single-board computer is a flat panel SBC that utilizes the Ultra Low Voltage Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor. It is ideal for slim panel-PC systems, POIs (Point-of-Information), POSs (Point-of-Sale), kiosks, digital signage, gaming, slots, and lottery machines. The AIS-I7621′s ultra-flat design allows support for DDR 266/200 RAM (up to 1GB). With ultra low voltage consumption, the embedded system board boasts a lightweight compact design, generating less heat for more system stability. As a result, a fanless feature was implemented onto the board, minimizing any system noise. Within the panel itself, the AIS-I7621 is designed to work with a wide variety of input voltages, ranging from 8-30 volts (optional).

Vision 2007 Embedded Linux Developers Conference
The Vision 2007 Embedded Linux Developers Conference will held at the Santa Clara Marriott in California, October 8-10, 2007. The event is hosted by MontaVista Software, Inc., and features platinum sponsors: Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Intel, and Texas Instruments. The Vision event is expected to bring the latest tips, techniques, and tools to hundreds of embedded Linux developers.

Semiconductor Chip Sales – August 2007
According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), worldwide sales of semiconductors increased in August grew to $21.5 billion, an increase of 4.9% over August 2006 and an increase of 4.5% from July of this year.

AXIOMTEK PANEL6100 Industrial Flat Panel Monitor
AXIOMTEK’s PANEL6100 is an ultra slim, super compact industrial LCD monitor. It features 10.4-inch high brightness (230 nits) SVGA LCD and supports multi-signal interfaces including DVI, VGA, S-Video, and Video. The NEMA4/IP65 compliant front bezel, screw-type adaptor plug, and 12/24V DC-In means it is fit for all kinds of industrial environments. The PANEL6100 was designed for POI, HMI, transportation applications, and more. Plug and play convenience offers easy setup and maintenance. In addition, the on-screen control allows quick customization of the display to match user preferences.

Ready for the Billion-Cycle Challenge?
EVE is hosting a series of seminars titled the “Billion-Cycle Challenge.” The events deal with the situation when a design team can no longer manage a billion cycles with ordinary simulation. Each seminar, which run from 9 a.m. to noon, will demonstrate a different kind of approach through the use a proven verification methodology known as hardware-assisted verification.

TI OPA376 Operational Amplifier
The OPA376, by Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), is a single-supply operational amplifier with e-Trim(TM) precision and very low noise. The OPA376 combines low offset voltage of 25uA (max) and wide bandwidth of 5.5MHz in micro-packages. In addition, the device offers low noise density of 7.5nV/sq rt Hz and quiescent current of 950uA (max). These attributes provide a balance of parameters required to meet both AC and DC specifications for filtering, data acquisition and single-supply processing systems. The device works well in sensor and signal conditioning, wireless communications, medical instrumentation, handheld test equipment and consumer audio equipment.

2007 NI Technical Symposium
National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) 2007 NI Technical Symposium is a free series of virtual instrumentation conferences that will take place in 26 U.S. cities as well as Mexico and Canada. The conferences offer new product demonstrations, hands-on tutorials, technology presentations, and exhibits on the latest solutions in design, control and test. During the NI Technical Symposium, attendees can exchange ideas on innovative approaches to technical challenges, further their expertise in NI tools and evaluate upcoming technology trends in the areas of design, test and control.

BERTScope PLA Phase Locked Loop Analyzers
SyntheSys Research’s BERTScope PLA Phase Locked Loop Analyzers are the first single instrument solution for validating the response of PLLs used for transmit clock generation in Add-In cards is compliant to PCIe test specifications. Conventional approaches use multiple instruments and require complicated setup, cabling and calibration. The BERTScope PLA simply requires the user to connect the four included cables to the PCI-SIG specified Compliance Base Board test fixture and connect the included USB cable to a PC. Once the control and display software is loaded from the included CD-ROM, the user is ready to test.

CEA Industry Forum 2007
The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA(R)) 2007 Industry Forum is a four-day conference designed to inform, connect and educate consumer electronics professionals, industry analysts and media on the latest trends, technologies and legislation affecting the industry. The event will take place on Sunday, October 14 – Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA.