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Tech forum tackles world of wired, wireless nets

Posted: 01 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless? wired? iic-china? networking?

A conclave of design engineers from leading networking suppliers and providers will host a number of forums at the 10th International IC-China Conference and Exhibition (IIC-China) in Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai this April. These companies will present various papers on the latest technology trends surrounding the world of the wired and wireless networking arena and their impact in the global market.

PowerDsine Ltd will provide several latest design currents regarding the implementation of power-over-Ethernet (PoE) in networking systems. The Israel-based PoE technology provider will introduce various concepts on PoE and several details about the current highlights of the IEEE 802.3af standard. Agilent EPSG, on the other hand, will tackle issues on signal analysis and debug for embedded circuits. The session aims to provide key information on protocol syncrhonization and signal decoding for I2, SPI, SDRAM, as well as debugging methods from a vast number of signals in a design.

RF solutions

The reduction of unit costs and power consumption is the driving force behind new RF chip developments for short-range wireless communication systems. The recent release of Zigbee-compliant devices has caught other wireless standards on a defensive stance as the new technology presents a far more extensive feature and cost-saving value in short-range wireless devices. There others, however, who remain skeptic about this new technology but keeps constant watch to its movement in the market. The paper titled "Implementing IEEE 802.15.4 and Zigbee Compliant RF Solution" by Chipcon AS will help describe what the Zigbee standard is all about and will feature various applications and network topologies that make it a viable wireless standard in today's market.

Wi-Max may be the networking hype to date, but its predecessor Wi-Fi, continues to provide more dynamic and flexible features suitable in today's evolving net systems. Moreover, as data traffic is expected to surge in the communication space, the role of high-speed serial interconnects such as PCI Express, RapidIO and other advance-switching interface will also be put to the test. RF Micro Devices will try to decipher these issues by presenting a paper on designing Wi-Fi cards. The topic probes on the implementation of a card design using a system-in-package module and how it interfaces with the PCI Express interface in modern laptops.

Other learning forums lined up at this year's conference menu include topics on handheld devices, embedded systems and audio/video systems.

Dubbed as the biggest gathering of traders and suppliers in the Asian rim, IIC-China has exceeded its target number of exhibitors this year with an impressive 30 percent increase compared to 2004. Global Sources, the show organizer, has been successful in rounding up a number of IC manufacturers, designers, vendors and suppliers who are able to showcase their products that could possibly set new trends in the industry. IIC-China will run from April 4-5 in Shenzhen, April 8-9 in Beijing, and April 12-14 in Shanghai.

- Rey Buan Jr.

Electronic Engineering Times- Asia

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