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STMicroelectronics offers 2-axis accelerometers in a tiny, lead-free LGA package
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has extended its range of dual-axis acceleration sensors with the introduction of two new devices housed in the tiny, lead-free LGA (Land Grid Array) package measuring just 5 x 5 x 1.5mm.
PowerPC MPUs integrate RAID acceleration hardware
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
The newest versions of the PowerPC processors from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. integrate both RAID 5 and RAID 6 acceleration hardware. The units offer increased redundancy and protection for critical embedded and networking applications.
Integrated graphics processor chipset features DirectX 9 support
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
VIA Technologies Inc.'s VIA K8M890 core logic chipset features the new S3 Graphics DeltaChrome integrated graphics processor (IGP) core designed to meet the requirements of the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
Soft ARM7 processor optimized for ProASIC3 FPGAs
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
Actel Corp. has started to sample three devices—the M7A3P250, M7A3PE600 and M7A3P100—with CoreMP7, a soft ARM7 microprocessor optimized for use in its ProASIC3 family of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Canon tips fuel cells for printers, cameras
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
Japan's Canon Inc. said that it has developed a line of fuel cells for use in digital cameras and printers.
Energy metering ICs with web tools ease designs
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
In a dual announcement, Microchip Technology has released its MCP3905 and MCP3906 stand-alone energy-measurement integrated circuit (ICs), and also launched its on-line Utility Meter Design Center to provide designers with the tools and resources they need to create accurate and low-cost utility meter solutions for a wide range of applications.
3.5-inch TFT-LCD packs performance for next-gen mobile devices
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Touting outstanding price/performance value, Sharp has rolled out a 3.5-inch QVGA thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) with an integrated touch screen for next-generation handheld applications. This new LQ035Q7DH06 display also serves up high brightness, low power consumption and high color saturation.
Micron rolls out second generation auto image sensor
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Micron Technology, Inc. has unveiled a new automotive image sensor that is designed specifically for scene viewing applications. This second generation MT9V125 CMOS image sensor incorporates several key enhancements and features including NTSC and PAL video outputs, extended operating temperature range and dual electronic rolling shutters that will help automotive manufacturers design in camera functionality in a variety of safety applications including a reversing camera so the driver can see w
Flywheel adds a turn to UPS performance
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Pentadyne's VSS+ is the next generation of the company's advanced Voltage Support Solution (VSS) flywheel power system for replacing lead-acid batteries in uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes). The VSS+ is designed to provide significant cost savings in parallel system applications for industrial plants and broadcast facilities. For instance, four VSS+ units will supply back-up power to a 750 kVA UPS for 17 seconds.
Development tool supports hardware-independent mobile test
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a hardware-independent and modular R&D tool for the development, testing, and debugging of mobile terminal applications. The GCF/PTCRB-compliant platform is a one-box tester facilitating the development and implementation of individual test scenarios during the engineering design phase of mobile applications.
Freebie RF terminology guide clears the air
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Keithley Instruments is publishing a free guide to understanding the vocabulary of wireless. The 32-page booklet defines a variety of technical terms and acronyms, and includes some useful tables.
Analog switches crank out bandwidth
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.'s dual, single-pole, double throw and dual, single-pole, single throw analog switches are said to offer low on-resistance (2.5 Ohms) and high 3-dB bandwidth (up to 360 MHz) in a tiny package.
Wireless USB tools to address ultra-wideband development, test
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Supporting certified Wireless Universal Serial Bus and WiMedia UWB interface standards, new protocol analysis and traffic-generation tools soon to be released from LeCroy promise to provide insight at each stage of a product's development lifecycle. These tools come just as the WUSB v1.0 spec has been published.
IC test software gets better, supports Teradyne FLEX
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor test provider Pintail Technologies is releasing the latest version of its SwifTest 5.2 realtime statistical sampling software suite for semiconductor testing. This new version promises to reduce test cost, improve quality, and boost test efficiency. The company will also be supporting Teradyne test platforms.
Melexis rotary position sensor provides non-contacting 360 degree detection
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
The Melexis MLX90316 is a monolithic, programmable Triaxis™ Hall IC designed for absolute non-contacting 360 degree rotary position sensors. In combination with an inexpensive, ordinary magnet, the MLX90316 simplifies the angular position sensing challenges found in many automotive and industrial applications.
Multiplexer brings dual-ported interface to SATA drives
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
As serial ATA (SATA) technology quickly penetrates many types of enterprise storage applications, SiliconStor has developed a device that transforms a single-ported SATA drive into a dual-ported active-active drive.
Altera releases Quartus II Version 5.1 to support new Stratix II GX designs
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
On the heels of yesterday's announcement Altera's new Stratix GX FPGAs feature embedded serial transceiversAltera today introduced version 5.1 of its Quartus II.
Zoran announces SupraHD 660 HDTV Processor now shipping in volume production to flat panel makers
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Zoran Corporation announced that its SupraHD 660 HDTV processor is now shipping in volume production to leading Flat Panel television manufactures targeting the ATSC market in the United States.
ARC adds configurable SIMD to processor line
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
ARC International plc has created a set of 104 128-bit wide instructions that can be applied to a multimedia hardware subsystem as an optional extra to ARC700 configurable processors.
Wideband tuner targets high-end military RF signal processing
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
M/A-COM has introduced a new wideband tuner that spans 0.1 to to 40 GHz
Wireless mesh networking nodes raise reliability bar
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Dust Networks claims its new SmartMesh-XR systems deliver at least 99.9 percent end-to-end data reliability in real-world industrial and commercial building environments.
Motorola goes open with VoIP platforms
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Motorola’s Embedded Communications Group has added a SIP-based VoIP option to its range of open application enabling platforms. The company also revealed it is readying VoIP gateways that integrate SIP software with AdvancedTCA and the emerging MicroTCA standard hardware.
Subwoofers get active room equalization
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Velodyne's digital High Gain Servo technology is used in all Digital Drive subwoofers. This patented technology uses a sealed digital accelerometer to measure the actual movement of the subwoofer cone. The C2000 controller then compares the cone movement to the input signal at a rate of 15,800 times per second and controls the 1250 watt amplifier to modify its signal, keeping the cone’s motion under control.
Altera's new Stratix FPGAs feature embedded serial transceivers
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Altera today launched Stratix II GX family, third generation of FPGAs with embedded serial transceivers.
Reference design offers tuner, baseband, and video processing
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Frontier Silicon and C&S Technology have teamed to offer a system level terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) design for Korean TV
Tiny 1.5-inch display touts high brightness
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
One Stop Displays claims its new 1.5-inch full-color passive-matrix organic light emitting diode (PM-OLED) is the brightest display of its kind with a brightness of 130 cd/m2. Suitable for small-area display applications, the new ultra-thin 1.60-mm thick OLED may be used in next generation ID products, security cards, and programmable cards that call for a thin profile.
Virtio enhances virtual platforms with cycle-approximate simulation
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Virtio Corporation, creator of Virtual Platforms for embedded software development, today extended its Virtual Platform technology to support highly accurate timing analysis in software simulation.
Virtio adds cycle-approximate simulation to virtual platforms
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Virtio has extended its Virtual Platform technology to support highly accurate timing analysis in software simulation.
Host bus adapter handles 250,000 I/Os per second
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Slated for server and workstation applications, here's a PCI-X plug-in board that packs dual 1-Gbit/s IEEE-802.3 Ethernet full duplex ports. This host bus adapter can dish up 440-Mbyte/s throughput in full-duplex simultaneous line saturation across both ports, with up to 250,000 iSCSI I/Os per second.
National Semi integrates equalizer to deliver improved signal integrity
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
National Semi today introduced the DS40MB200, a signal conditioning and repeating product that extends the reach of high-speed switch, router, storage area network (SAN) and server backplanes.
10.4-inch TFT-LCD suits industrial applications
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas has launched a new 10.4-inch thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) with a greater viewing angle, improved contrast and faster response to meet the needs of industrial product design engineers.
CMOS imager targets hi-rel camera applications
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
A combination of high performance, wide operating temperature range and high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) makes AMI Semiconductor's new CMOS image sensor with VGA resolution a perfect fit for intelligent camera applications in automotive, industrial, security and surveillance systems.
Power management delivered to satellite radio
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
A power management IC from Austriamicrosystems is an integrated smart power management unit that includes voltage regulators, a lighting unit, step down battery charger, and housekeeping functions required for satellite radio applications.
8-bit MCU line adds more integration for under $1
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its 8-bit MCU offerings with the launching of the S08QG family at pricing below $1 in large volumes.
Mux-buffer extends reach of serial interconnect
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Dual signal-conditioning multiplexer/repeater supports data transfers from 1 Gbps to 4 Gbps
New configurable processor from Stretch
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Stretch software-configurable processors' multiple GigE Ethernet ports supported by Treck TCP/IP protocol stack.
Dual mux-buffer boosts signal integrity
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp.'s dual multiplexer/buffer with integrated equalizers, programmable pre-emphasis, and up to 4 Gbits/s of serial I/O performance, are said to provide the lowest jitter and longest cable reach in the industry.
Intelligent distributed control devices combine flash MCU and analog ICs in single package
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
The new Freescale system-in-package devices combine the local interconnect network physical layer with high-performance flash microcontrollers and analog integrated circuits. The result allows design engineers to easily integrate power and control.
Actel ARMs the masses with the M7
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
The most popular 32-bit embedded processor, the CoreMP7, a soft ARM7 optimized for size and speed, is now available for use in Actel FPGAs.
CML’s two-way radio processor enables design of multi-standard radios
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
CML announces the CMX7031 two-way radio processor IC. The ‘one for all’ radio chip provides a comprehensive feature-set as standard, along with a roadmap of function enhancements available through CML’s FirmASIC™ component technology.
4-Mbit EEPROM tailored for military sector
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Mintech Semiconductors Ltd.’s Interconnect & Test Division has introduced a 4-Mbit EEPROM with access times of 120-, 150- and 200-ns.
FPGA vendors mine specific niches
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Two stalwarts in field-programmable gate arrays are looking to capitalize on growing niches that show signs of eventually becoming mainstream applications for FPGAs.
WIRELESS: Teams craft single chip for cellular
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. will move further up the integration food chain with the unveiling today of an almost completely integrated GSM/GPRS phone for entry-level, low-cost applications.
Dobberpuhl's startup claims processor breakthrough
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
P.A. Semi Inc., founded by microprocessor designer Dan Dobberpuhl, has announced the PWRficient processor family, a 64-bit multicore, scalable processor line based on the Power Architecture from IBM.
DESIGN LANGUAGES: Verisity verification tools tuned for SystemVerilog
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Verisity's Specman environment and the SystemVerilog language once seemed like bitter rivals.
ARM7 processor available for Actel FPGAs
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
As expected Actel Corp. has announced the availability of a soft ARM7 family processor optimized for use in Actel field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
The Incredible Shrinking Radio: Monolithic radio for GSM/GPRS integrates a complete phone on a single chip.
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Clear the inventory shelves! This breakthrough product is a single-chip phone that integrates the power management unit (PMU), battery interface and charging circuitry, digital baseband, analog baseband and a quad-band RF transceiver in a monolithic 12 x12mm CMOS IC.
High-efficiency transformer delivers 720 watts in a compact package
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Tabtronics Inc. has introduced a highly efficient transformer for 150 kHz bridge converter applications. The new HXTH01260 transformer, using the company's Hyper-X Magnetic Technology to dissipate less than 1% of output power, delivers 12 volts at 60 amps from a 400 volt DC input in compact PQ32/30 package.
Microchip unveils 64-pin PIC microcontroller with integrated LCD driver module
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Microchip announces its new PIC16F946 microcontroller, which features an integrated LCD driver module that is capable of driving 168 LCD segments.
Driver/boost regulator illuminates LED-LCD combo
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT3466-1, for single cell lithium-ion applications, contains a DC/DC converter for driving up to 10 white light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a separate converter for generating the bias voltages for thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) or driving an OLED display. Each channel has independent dimming and shutdown control.
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