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Mouser stocks DLP-FLASH2 debugging and programming device
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Catalog distributor Mouser Electronics has announced it is stocking the DLP-FLASH2 debugger and programming device from DLP Design.
Agilent expands HDMI test platform
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Agilent has expanded its HDMI test platform to address four sectors: source testing, sink testing, media physical layer evaluation and protocol test.
Power relay provides 40-A switching capacity per pole
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Omron has introduced a unique power relay that provides up to 40-A switching capacity per pole on the N.O. contact.
Nitronex expands distribution agreement with Richardson Electronics
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Nitronex, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance GaN on Si RF power transistors, has expanded its partnership with Richardson Electronics to include distribution in the Americas and all of Asia.
Helion Vision selects Lattice FPGAs for next-generation camera modules
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The combination of low power consumption, small footprint, and high security were critical factors in the selection process.
Intersil : RS-485/RS-422 single receiver delivers superior ESD protection
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The ISL328xE series of single RS-485/RS-422 receivers (Rx) are designed with excellent IEC61000-level ESD protection (±16.5 kV air gap and ±9 kV contact) and feature an ultra-low supply current requirement in a small SOT-23 and TDFN package.
ST to close R&D center in Sophia-Antipolis
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Good and bad news for the city of Sophia-Antipolis, on the French Riviera. While NXP has clearly expressed plans to reinforce its local R&D activities in wireless technologies, rumors are floating around that STMicroelectronics NV will close down its center.
TriQuint touts green credentials with basestation PA
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RF front-end specialist and foundry services provider Triquint Semiconductor has started sampling high-voltage gallium arsenide (GaAs) power amplifier transistors it claims substantially increase the efficiency of 3G cellular base stations, leading to meaningful energy savings.
Smallest LED, OLED display drivers extend battery life
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Three new drivers from National's PowerWise family extend battery life in handheld multimedia applications
Power inductors deliver wider inductance ranges, more sizes
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Stackpole Electronics has expanded the inductance ranges of its shielded and unshielded power surface-mount inductors. Several package size options were also added.
Switching regulators provide up to 95% efficiency at full load
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Murata's 78SR series step-down switching regulators provide high efficiency for applications requiring 3.3-V or 5-V outputs at 2 amps or less from 8-V to 32-V inputs.
TXCO offers 10-MHz to 500-MHz frequency range
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Raltron delivers high-frequency TCXO with a frequency range from 10 MHz to 500 MHz.
Non-volatile fast SRAM takes aim at expanding markets
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Simtek announced the first two 4-Mbit products in its 130-nm CMOS SONOS family of nvSRAM ICs, which are said to deliver 40 percent better access times, four to eight times higher densities and increased system performance over their predecessors.
ARM unveils Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core
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Processor technology licensor ARM Holdings plc has unveiled its latest processor architecture at its own ARM Developers Conference which is taking place in Santa Clara, California, this week.
Casix doubles crystal production capacity
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Casix, a Fabrinet company, has doubled production capacity for its high grade Nd: YV04 and YV04 crystals used in laser and telecommunications applications.
16-channel LED driver targets large LED video displays
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Catalyst has expanded its LED driver family with the release of its CAT4016 16-channel constant-current LED driver for large LED video displays.
National Semiconductor : Ethernet transceiver offers IEEE 1588 PTP hardware support
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National Semiconductor has introduced an Ethernet transceiver with integrated hardware support for the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP).
Audio ICs deliver audiophile sound for HDTV experience
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Expanding its Advantiv advanced television solutions portfolio, Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced audio processors and Class-D audio power amplifiers that deliver a complete advanced TV audio sub-system. Designed to work together, the chips provide all the critical sub-system functionality required for an advanced TV audio implementation, including an embedded processing engine.
New HDMI transmitter to feature Consumer Electronic Control support
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Analog Devices' ADV7520NK is a low-power HDMI v1.3 transmitter for portable media and DVD players, video recorders, and other mobile multimedia devices capable of supporting high-definition audio and video content. It is the first HDMI transmitter to incorporate a CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) buffer on-chip.
TUV Rheinland to conduct C-TPAT validations in China
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The TUV Rheinland Group has been chosen by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a third-party auditing body to participate in a one-year pilot program to conduct C-TPAT validations in China.
Texas Instruments : Audio amplifiers provide new features in smaller packages
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Texas Instruments has introduced its next generation of high-performance digital amplifier power stages.
Automotive image sensor delivers improved features, extended temp range
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Micron has introduced a 1/3-inch, wide-VGA automotive CMOS image sensor that the delivers an improved dynamic range control, finer shutter control and an extended temperature range.
DC/DC converter delivers 30A at a regulated 5V output
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FDK has introduced a regulated DC/DC converter in the industry-standard quarter brick format that provides 30A of output current with minimal derating at elevated temperatures.
Supervisor monitors 0.5-V to 12-V input range
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Linear's single voltage supervisor with a watchdog input is capable of monitoring a wide input range of 0.5- to 12-volts, and can monitor 27 unique pin-selectable thresholds, ranging from a 1-V drained single AA battery up to 12-V industrial applications.
Hantro wins video decoder slot in Atmel microcontrollers
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Atmel Corp. has licensed a multiple format video decoder from Hantro Products Oy (Oulu, Finland) and is planning to deploy it in microcontrollers aimed at portable equipment.
ARM debuts tool for embedded software analysis
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ARM has started shipping a tool specifically designed to enable non-intrusive analysis of software performance and code coverage of real system workloads running over minutes, hours or days.
16-bit RISC MCU integrates dot matrix LCD driver
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Epson's flash-based 16-bit MCU offers a circuit size equivalent to an 8-bit device.
IGBT module withstands voltages of 600-V
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Allegro has introduced a series in its Inverter Power Module (IPM) product line that is designed for applications in variable speed control and power inverter systems.
Three-phase brushless DC motor targets low-current applications
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Allegro MicroSystems Inc. has introduced a three-phase brushless DC motor pre-driver targeted at the office automation, telecommunications, consumer and industrial markets.
High-current flash LED drivers target high-end cell phones
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AnalogicTech has introduced the first device in a family of flash LED products capable of driving either two LEDs up to 500 mA or a single LED up to 1 A
Image sensor delivers high dynamic range, anti-shake technology
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OmniVision has launched the OV2650, its third generation 2-megapixel CameraChip sensor. This 1/5-inch format image sensor delivers low-light performance, ultra-low noise and anti-shake technology to camera phones.
Webcast: LC filter design for Class-D audio vs. switching supplies
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A webcast by Texas Instruments and Avnet Electronics Marketing on Wednesday, October 10, will highlight how to maximize the performance of an L-C filter in power converter and Class-D amplifier designs.
Compression codec enables HD wireless transmission
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Expanding its Advantiv advanced television solutions portfolio, Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced a video compression CODEC that enables a rich viewing experience for consumers with high-definition home entertainment systems by enabling the wireless transmission of high-definition (HD) video in real-time—without any loss in picture quality—over home connections.
MEMS motion sensors deliver embedded smart features, smaller package
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STMicroelectronics has introduced a new generation of 'nano' three-axis linear accelerometers with embedded smart features, housed in a small 3 x 3 x 0.9-mm package.
Ultra-small LED driver targets portables
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Micrel has launched the MIC2299 high-brightness (HB) LED driver in a 3 x 3-mm MLF package for portable device applications.
LED driver housed in TSOT package
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Exar Corp. has entered the industrial and architectural lighting market with the release of a high-voltage step-down DC/DC controller. The SP7601 LED driver delivers an input voltage range up to 30 V in a small 6-pin TSOT package.
GaN-on-Si broadband power amplifier boosts WiMAX apps
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RF power transistor vendor Nitronex has partnered with Prescient Wireless to design a GaN-on-Si broadband Doherty power amplifier for WiMAX applications.
Matsushita claims a first with 45-nm chips
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Matsushita Electrical Industries Ltd. is using a commercial 45-nm chip in the Diga-brand Blu-ray optical disc recorders it will start shipping in November under the Panasonic label.
Groups team for Powerline audio project
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Broadband over Powerline networking chip specialist SiConnect (Swindon, England) has teamed with Taiwanese group ST&T Corporation to develop powerline communication based audio equipment.
Service Pack 1 now available for Lattice ipsLEVER 7.0 FPGA design tool suite
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ispLEVER 7.0 now includes full design support for LatticeXP2 FPGAs, Reveal Logic Analysis/Hardware Debug, and Power Calculator Tools.
Altera releases Quartus II FPGA design software Version 7.2
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New release of Quartus II FPGA design software from Altera claims a 20 percent reduction in compile times when running on a multi-processor computer.
3.2-MHz dual micropower comparator operates below 2V
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Linear's LTC6702 is a fast, micropower dual comparator in a 2mm x 2mm DFN package that operates down to 1.7V and delivers less than 60-µA of maximum current consumption.
Broadband MMIC amplifier delivers high linearity
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This broadband MMIC amplifier from Filtronic operates over the 250- to 4000-MHz frequency band and is fabricated using high reliability GaAs pHEMT technology.
Compact RF front-end modules target 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi products
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Epicom has developed what it claims is the industry's smallest RF front-end module in a 4-mm x 4-mm x 0.6-mm QFN package, supporting 802.11a/b/g/n dual band and multi-mode WiFi products.
Dual-channel difference amplifiers deliver high-speed measurement
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Analog Devices' 10- and 12-MHz different amplifiers are designed for applications that require fast and precise measurement without compromising signal fidelity, such as avionics, industrial process controls and high-performance audio equipment.
Class-D audio chipset delivers scalable 50 to 500-W high-performance solution
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International Rectifier has announced a Class-D audio driver/MOSFET chipset that can scale to address high-performance audio applications from 50 to 500 W by simply replacing MOSFETs.
Mentor to Address Manufacturing Test Requirements for 65/45nm ICs
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Mentor has announced new technology in its TestKompress automatic test pattern generation product to address the industry's increasing demand for scan test compression.
Mobile WiMAX chip integrates MIMO, PHY and MAC
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GCT Semiconductor has started to sample a Mobile WiMAX 2.5-GHz Wave 2 single chip, the GDM7205, which integrates RF, MAC and PHY, all into one monolithic die.
Broadcom processor achieves HD quality in mobiles
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Broadcom Corporation has started sampling a multimedia processor that enables a high definition (HD) video camcorder and playback in cell phones and portable media players.
Infineon, Hosiden join forces on MEMS microphones
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Infineon will cooperate with microphone vendor Hosiden in developing MEMS-based microphones. The Japanese company is particularly interested in miniaturization and ruggedness through the use of MEMS technology.
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