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MGV says 1-kW DIN supply can't get any slimmer
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MGV's SPH613 and SPH1013 series, an extension to the company's Super Slim family, set claim to the slimmest 600- and 1,000-watt power supplies on the market - 56 and 66 mm, respectively.
Temperature sensor for DDR memory is accurate to 1 C
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Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6604 temperature sensor is accurate to ±1°C for DDR memory modules in notebook computer applications.
SMA connectorized wideband 0.5-W PA modules span 10-MHz to 15-GHz
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Many low-power broadband RF devices are difficult to embed in a working circuit, especially at UHF and above. But these devices amplify from 10-MHz all the way out to 15-GHz, and are ready to go building blocks, replete with heatsinks and SMA connectors.
Adhesive delivers high temp resistance up to 205 degrees C
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Master Bond offers a high-temperature thermally conductive epoxy adhesive, sealant, and coating for a variety of metal, glass, ceramic and plastic substrates.
Automotive relays offer small size, light weight
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CIT Relay & Switch offers the A2 and A3 series relays for automotive applications. The devices feature a typical electrical life of 100,000 cycles with a mechanical life of 10 million cycles.
Online design guide speeds up RF cable configurations
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Gore expands its online capabilities with the GORE Microwave/RF Assembly Builder, an online interactive design guide that provides step-by-step instructions for configuring GORE microwave/RF cable assemblies.
Early developer kits offered for microdisplays
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eMagin Corporation will begin shipping pre-production samples of its SVGA-3DS 0.44-inch microdisplay in December 2006.
POL converters optimize transient response and enhances system performance
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The TLynx Series is Tyco Electronics Power Systems’ third generation of the Austin Lynx Series non-isolated dc/dc converters. These Point-of-Load (POL) modules with industry standard footprints are designed to provide higher power, higher density, and faster transient response in board mounted power applications. Offering greater flexibility and efficiency for power designers, the 3A and 6A PicoTLynx modules are the first introductions of the TLynx Series.
India's Ittiam rolls multiformat high-definition video decoder engine
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Ittiam Systems' Trinity multiformat high-definition video decoder (MFVDEC) soft IP core for high-definition DVD and set-top ASIC solutions is said to maximize the number of functions available per die size. A demonstration chip is expected in a few months.
National flashes smallest LED driver
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National Semiconductor says its LM2754 is the world's smallest, fully-integrated flash LED driver.
Industrial LCDs feature LED backlighting
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Kyocera introduces a new line of industrial LCDs that feature a unique LED backlighting system instead of conventional CCFLs .
Boost converter operates from single cell, delivers 95% efficiency
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Austriamicrosystems introduces a synchronous, high-efficiency, step-up converter which comes in a small 6-pin TSOT package.
Dual output 2-phase synchronous controller operates from 2.75 V input
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The LTC3836 is a dual output 2-phase, low input voltage current mode synchronous step-down switching controller. Operation from an input voltage from 2.75 V to 4.5 V makes the device ideal for 3.3 V, single cell Li-Ion, multi-cell Alkaline or NiMH input sources.
Samsung, Sony back SiBeam at 60-GHz
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LG Electronics Inc., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), NEC Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SiBeam Inc., Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. have announced they are working together in a special interest group called WirelessHD. The group is developing a specification to pass high-definition multimedia material using an unlicensed frequency band at 60-GHz.
Compact sensor allows perceptive color recognition
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The PCS-I is a 3-channel compact color sensor including a fixed optic. It complements the industry proven PCS-II, with which it is software compatible. The integrated photodetector possesses filter curves that correspond to the ones of the human eye.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says
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Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch. The firm noted that third quarter growth was slower than any of the past 12 quarters, which had ranged from 73 to 170 percent year-to-year.
AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card
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AMD rolled out the first product borne of its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies, a graphics card that makes use of ATI's CrossFire technology and is billed as providing "gaming enthusiast-class" technology at a low price point: $149.
MEMS resonator touts small size, high Q
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Startup company SiTime claims to introduce the industry's smallest and thinnest megahertz MEMS resonator aimed at automotive, consumer and industrial frequency control applications.
AMCC expands family of PowerPC evaluation kits
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has expanded its family of PowerPC evaluation kits, with the addition of four kits supporting its PowerPC440EPx, 440GRx, 440GX and 440SPe processors.
Lattice announces PCI Express solutions for LatticeECP2M AND LatticeSCM FPGAs
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Successfully tested against the PCI Express version 1.0a specifications, these solutions enable single-chip, programmable PCI Express endpoints.
Lattice expands ispClock5300S family of clock distribution devices
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New sixteen- and twenty-output devices feature programmable skew and programmable termination.
Integrated radio card platform for W-CDMA and WiMAX standards from Xilinx and AXIS
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Platform delivers high power amplifier efficiency and reduces operating and capital costs for wireless base station OEMs.
Xilinx announces new MicroBlaze embedded kit
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Low-cost kit includes Xilinx Platform Studio Integrated Design Environment, Spartan-3E embedded board, and flexible 32-bit MicroBlaze soft processor.
AC/DC supply assists compact 250-watt medical applications
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One of the smaller, mid-power supplies for cost-effective medical applications, Tamura's PAM250/PAS250 Series of single output switching supplies, measuring just 4-by-7-by-1.5 inches, delivers up to 250 watts at 12 to 48 volts.
Xilinx XtremeDSP development tools reduce Power for Virtex-5 DSP applications
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Xilinx, Inc. has launched version 8.2 of its XtremeDSP development tools. These tools consist of the System Generator for DSP and AccelDSP, which feature optimized DSP support for XilinxVirtex 5 LX and LXT.
Nokia finds new direction with sat-nav device
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Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia has found a new direction with the launch of a dedicated personal navigation device, the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation. The company is pitching the device against established higher-end sat-nav providers such as TomTom.
7-inch TFT display suits automotive and industrial apps
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OSD has introduced a 7-inch WVGA 800 x RGB X 480 transflective TFT display with white LED backlighting for automotive and industrial applications.
User-friendly sensor net ties into enterprise data
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Building on the TinyOS operating system for small, wirelessly connected computers that sense the physical environment and form vast embedded networks, Arch Rock Corp. has developed a wireless sensor network that it says is simple enough to be deployed in an hour as a pilot network in a factory, office building or data center, yet sophisticated enough to be seamlessly integrated into enterprise applications as a set of standards-compliant Web services.
Quad-MAC CEVA DSP core targets cellular and portable multimedia
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CEVA, Inc.'s newest DSP core called the CEVA-X1641 is fully compliant with the company's CEVA-X Instruction Set Architecture and the first Quad-MAC DSP core in the scalable CEVA-X family.
New Class D Boomer audio amplifier from National Semiconductor significantly reduces EMI
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A mono, 2.65-W, Class D Boomer audio amplifier from National Semiconductor Corp. reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) more than 11 dB below the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limit to lower system noise in portable devices including cell phones, smart phones, music players, notebook computers, DVD players, gaming devices and other portable electronics.
Nextek Launches Lightning Protection for Wi-Fi/WiMAX
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Optimized for 802.11/UNII /ISM applications, NexTek's SurgeGuard quarter wave weatherproof stub lightning protectors are specifically designed with compact footprint and minimal VSWR and insertion loss for Wi-Fi and WiMAX applications.
VERIFICATION: MathWorks links tool to Cadence
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Chip designers will have an easier time verifying their hardware designs with Link for Cadence Incisive from The MathWorks Inc. This add-on product for the Matlab language will verify HDL implementations based on Matlab or Simulink models. The co-simulation interface brings Matlab and Simulink into the Incisive platform by providing a bidirectional link between hardware designers using the MathWorks programs and verification teams using the Incisive platform of Cadence Design Systems Inc.

MathWorks links tool to Cadence
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Chip designers will have an easier time verifying their hardware designs with Link for Cadence Incisive from The MathWorks Inc. This add-on product for the Matlab language will verify HDL implementations based on Matlab or Simulink models. The co-simulation interface brings Matlab and Simulink into the Incisive platform by providing a bidirectional link between hardware designers using the MathWorks programs and verification teams using the Incisive platform of Cadence Design Systems Inc.

VIDEO: Transmitter chips aid PC's HDMI move
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While enjoying rapid adoption in the consumer electronics market, the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is now starting to be incorporated into more PCs, enabling consumers to transmit high-quality digital audio and video content, such as high-definition movies from HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc drives to HDTVs and other displays.

LogicVision tool plumbs test data for clues on IC yields
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A lot of test data can be used in optimizing IC yields, but to be useful the information must be captured and analyzed. LogicVision's Yield Insight product, rolled out at last week's International Test Conference, is being offered as a solution.
Address maps find new route
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Nineteen years of work as a chip designer convinced Richard Weber of the need for an automated tool to generate register specifications for digital IC design. So Weber launched Semifore Inc., which is just now starting to ship such a product.

Hybrid IC reopens analog mobile-TV debate
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An upstart chip company has the mobile-TV community asking whether cell phones should be designed to receive analog-TV signals.

Quad-MAC CEVA-X1641 DSP core targets WiMAX, 3G, multimedia
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The quad-MAC CEVA-X1641 core is compatible with the established CEVA-X1620 and CEVA-X1622 dual-MAC cores. The core targets advanced wireless applications like WiMAX, as well as multimedia standards like H.264.
Texas Instruments introduces lowest-power DSP
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The TMS320C5506, said to be the lowest-power DSP in TI's lineup, operates at 108 MHz and features 128 KB of on-chip memory and a full-speed USB 2.0 interface.
Triple video amp has integrated filters and sync circuitry
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Texas Instruments says its THS7327 is the industry's first video amplifier IC with integrated filters for handling both analog RGB and digital horizontal and vertical (HV) sync signals.
Submini pushbutton switches deliver logic-level switching
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The BB series of logic-level, subminiature pushbutton switches from NKK Switches enables automated processing and high-density mounting.
Dual-port transceivers target high-speed industrial apps
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Take a closer look at this dual-port industrial physical layer transceiver family from National Semiconductor. The DP83849 PHYTER family offers flex-port switching technology and advanced cable diagnostics, two key features for embedded design engineers developing products that require high-speed industrial connectivity and dual-port functionality for redundancy and system management.
Ultra-thin power inductors target mobile devices
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Total Frequency Control's BRI series of power inductors features a magnetically shielded construction with an overall height of 1 mm, making them suitable for a new generation of mobile phones and other miniature electronic devices.
Audio alerts produce higher sound output
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The TRPB series of piezo audio transducers from Transducers USA offers a higher sound output thanks to a unique ceramic process.
120-W desktop medical supply carries Class I, II approvals
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One of the highest-power AC/DC desktop supplies carrying full medical approvals, XP Power's AMM120, a 120-watt AC/DC unit for medical and other high-isolation, low-leakage applications, meet both Class I (with ground) and Class II (no ground) specifications.
Protection devices tout ultra-low capacitance for HDMI data lines
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Offering half the typical capacitance of traditional TVS arrays, Semtech has unveiled two 5-V protection devices - the RClamp0524P and RClamp0522P - that are touted as the first solid-state devices to offer 0.3 pF in capacitance to meet the requirements of HDMI 1.3 and other high-speed data lines.
Chip resistor operates reliably in high-sulfur environments
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Stackpole said it has introduced a chip resistor series that is more reliable in high-sulfur environments including automotive and industrial applications than traditional resistors.
LDO touts lowest quiescent current for automotives
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ON Semiconductor says its NCV8664 is the industry's first linear regulator to incorporate reverse-battery, short-circuit and overload protection with the lowest quiescent (Iq) current performance specified over the automotive temperature range.
52-kHz USB module samples sound, vibration
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A USB-powered module from Data Translation packs four independent 24-bit IEPE sensor inputs. All are synchronized with a tachometer input to provide data streams matched in time. The module includes a 4-mA current source, and supports AC or DC sampling at rates to 52-kHz.
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