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MODULES - FPGA processing AdvancedMC module has PCI Express interface
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10/31/2009   Post a comment
The AMC-V5Fe Advanced Mezzanine Card from CommAgility includes a high-speed PCI Express interface and a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA. It provides flexible I/O and high processing power for industrial, scientific and telecoms applications.
Low-side intelligent power switches target harsh 24-V automotive environments
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the AUIPS2051L and AUIPS2052G 75V low-side intelligent power switches (IPS) for harsh 24V automotive environments including truck junction box applications.
Jennic : Wireless MCU uses energy harvesting
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Jennic has demonstrated the capability of its JN5148 wireless microcontroller to perform multiple packet transmissions from 100 uJ of energy harvested from an electro-mechanical switch, thus enabling ZigBee communication with very low energy consumption.
Customization makes the difference, Dialog CEO Bagherli says
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
With a share price hike of more than 1000 percent in less than a year, Dialog Semiconductor (Kirchheim, Germany) currently is one of the most successful chip vendors in Europe. The fabless company has built its remarkable success on power management applications for portable devices. But isn't power management a rather commonplace application with little chances to differentiate? Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli says no — if some critical factors are taken into account.
User-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card offers 160 digital I/O signals
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Geotest launched a user-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card that features 160 digital I/O signals for specific application needs. The new GX3500 employs the Altera Cyclone III FPGA that supports clock rates up to 150MHz and features over 55,000 logic elements.
ZigBee based transmissions use only 100 microjoules of harvested energy
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Jennic has demonstrated the capability of its JN5148 to perform multiple packet transmissions from 100 microjoules of energy harvested from an electro-mechanical switch.
In-system emulation technology support for the MPC85xx
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Goepel electronic announced the development of a special model library for Freescale processor types MPC85xx to support its in-system emulation technology VarioTAP.
Quad power-supply controller creates accurate digital power-management solutions
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
A fully integrated, accurate (±0.3 percent), quad-channel digital power-supply controller which offers a PMBus interface for programming, sequencing, monitoring, and margining power supplies has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, October 30, 2009 edition
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Versatile microwave hybrid devices can be used as combiners or dividers
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
RF and microwave component specialist Link Microtek has added a range of general-purpose 90-degree hybrid devices to its LYNX portfolio of microwave components.
Infotainment SoC supports advanced multimedia
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
The latest iteration in Renesas' SH-NaviJ chip family supports OpenGL ESL1.1. Thus the chip runs advanced 3D graphics software earlier required a dedicated PC add-on board.
Austrian researchers double Li-ion battery energy density
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Austrian researchers say they have doubled the energy density of lithium ion batteries through the use of a silicon gel.
Atrion International and Microsoft help businesses achieve corporate green
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Atrion International announced that it is working together with Microsoft to help businesses design and distribute greener and safer products.
30V, N-channel devices improve switching performance, power efficiency
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced 24 new 30 volt (V), N-channel Trench MOSFETs in DPAK, SO-8FL, µ8FL, and SOIC-8 packages, featuring enhanced switching performance for synchronous buck converters in computing and game console applications.
Dual-SATA RAID storage controller features real-time encryption
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology announced the OXUFS946DSE, claiming it to be the industry's lowest-power (391mW), highest-performance dual-storage controller that bridges two SATA hard disks with eSATA, FireWire800 or USB2.0 serial interfaces.
Nvidia licenses Synopsys' yield management tool
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Graphics chip vendor Nvidia Corp. has licensed Synopsys' Yield Explorer, a yield management tool said to expedite the discovery and mitigation of yield limiters in leading-edge ICs, to reduce time-to-volume.
700mA step-down converters provide flexible control in a tiny CSP
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8884Y/MAX8884Z 700mA step-down converters with dual 300mA LDOs in a 2mm x 2mm CSP (chip-scale package).
Linear Tech : Downconverting mixers satisfy 4th generation LTE
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology’s LTC554x family of four high dynamic range downconverting mixers covers the 700MHz to 4GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
Austriamicrosystems : Rotary encoder targets safety-critical applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has expanded its magnetic rotary encoder portfolio with the AS5245, a fail-safe magnetic rotary encoder IC specifically designed to address safety critical automotive applications such as pedals, transmission and steering wheels, where a failure can be lethal and is completely unacceptable
AMS : Fiber-coupled laser modules have 488 and 532 nm wavelengths
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
The FiberTECII series is Blue Sky Research’s recently released, second generation of high performance, fiber-coupled laser modules.
Toshiba : CMOS image sensor is highly sensitive
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba has announced a CMOS image sensor that will bring 14.6 million pixels to digital still cameras and to mobile phones supporting video imaging.
Downconverting mixers reduce power consumption in 3G & 4G wireless basestations
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has unveiled a family of four new high dynamic range downconverting mixers covering the 700 MHz to 4 GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
Automotive-grade digital optocouplers feature high speed, low power
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Avago's R2Couplers are aimed at CANBus interface isolation applications, and meet stringent automotive AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualifications.
Microchip houses synchronous buck MOSFET drivers in tiny packages
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Aiming to provide maximum efficiency in a small footprint, Microchip Technology Inc. is housing its MCP14628 and MCP14700 synchronous Buck MOSFET drivers in small 8-pin SOIC and 3 mm x 3 mm DFN packages.
Conexant launches SoC line for embedded audio applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has launched an audio system-on-chip (SoC) product line for embedded audio and voice applications.
ST licenses ARM Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has licensed the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in its next-generation set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.
TTi : Bench power supply has improved accuracy
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
TTi has upgraded its EX354D bench power supply to improve its precision. The new model, EX354RD, has 4-digit meters for both voltage and current along with switchable remote sense terminals.
STMicroelectronics : Smart-reset chip supports two-button control
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
To overcome the frustration people can feel when electronic products ‘freeze’ in mid-operation, a smart-reset chip announced by STMicroelectronics allows the system to be restarted safely without removing the battery or finding a tool to push the reset button, usually hidden behind a hole in the casing.
Coupling relay for fail-safe controls in process technology
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
The PSR-FSP safety relay from Phoenix Contact has been specifically harmonized to operate with fail-safe controls (F-PLC) in process technologies.
Silicon Laboratories combines capacitive and IR proximity sensing
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
With its QuickSense portfolio, Silicon Laboratories Inc., launched three new products aimed at the human interface market, supporting accurate and fast-response touch, proximity and ambient light sensing within a common development environment.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Sybase updates its iAnywhere Mobile SDK
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Sybase has just released a new version of its Sybase iAnywhere Blue SDK with support for the Bluetooth Core Specification version 3.0+ High Speed (HS).
700 mA step-down converters offer enhanced control flexibility
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8884Y/MAX8884Z 700 mA step-down converters with dual 300 mA LDOs in a 2 mm x 2 mm CSP (chip-scale package).
Lattice, Affarii offer RRH solution for wireless infrastructure
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor and networking and telecommunications solutions provider Affarii Technologies said have developed a complete 3G/4G-based Remote Radio Head solution for wireless infrastructure customers.
Gresham : High-power supply offers N+1 redundancy
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Gresham Power Electronics introduces two power supplies for high power or MIL applications where ultra-high power density is required.
Microchip : MOSFET drivers and LDOs are power efficient
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces a range of solutions that complement market trends toward ‘green’ products.
Nokia, G&D, SAP launch anti-piracy JV
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Nokia has launched a joint venture with German smart card and authentication expert Giesecke and Devrient GmbH (G&D) and software giant SAP AG. The company will use the respective parent's technical expertise to protect valuable brands and goods against counterfeiting.
WiMAX 802.16e compliant radio targets 5 GHz spectrum
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
BFi OPTiLAS claims to offer the first WiMAX 802.16e compliant radio solution for use in the 5 GHz spectrum released by leading Broadband Wireless vendor Alvarion.
Report: Power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
The HEV and EV power electronics market is booming and may use SiC or GaN technologies before 2020 according to a report by Yole Développement dedicated to power electronics in vehicles: Power Electronics in Electric & Hybrid Vehicles Report.
SiRFstarIV modules deliver enhanced GPS receiver capability
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10/27/2009   1 comment
The first modules, from Vincotech, based on the latest SiRFstarIV technology integrated into the GSD4e chip from CSR open the door for enhanced GPS receiver capability across a broad range of customer applications, including telematics, commercial and consumer mobile devices, providing a significantly improved level of performance.
12-bit ADC with 1-GSPS sampling simplifies wide-band analog front-end design
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced an ADC that combines 12 bits of resolution with a 1-GSPS sampling rate, effectively doubling the amount of signal bandwidth that can be captured in a single ADC, designated the ADS5400.
Class 3 femtocell reference design targets enterprise, metro and rural applications
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
A Class 3 femtocell reference design, the PC8219E from picoChip claims a world first that brings femtocell technology to campuses, rural areas or 'metrozone' hot-spots.
Nanoradio supplies "Always on WiFi" for Sharp
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Nanoradio has announced that it is to supply the NRX700/2 WiFi chipset to Sharp for WLAN modules to the wireless mobile industry in Japan and Asia.
Graphics SoC supports APIX data transport
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
With a SoC based on the combination of an ARM 32-bit core and a Coral PA graphics processor, Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) targets automotive applications requiring 2D and 3D graphics.
FPGA processing AdvancedMC module for the IST markets
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
CommAgility targets industrial, scientific and telecoms applications with its AMC-V5Fe, a mid-size advanced mezzanine card that includes a high-speed PCI Express interface and a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA.
PowerPC 440 demo on Xilinx Virtex 5 FPGAs runs gigabit Ethernet link
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Designer of IPv4 and IPv6 solutions and related real-time embedded internet protocols, Treck, Inc. released a TCP/IP demo based on the Xilinx ML507 evaluation board.
Semiconductor Capacitance-Voltage testing fundamentals
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
On Thursday, 29 October, at 14:00 GMT, Keithley Instruments Inc., will host a free 45-minute online seminar about the fundamentals of testing semiconductor capacitance and voltage.
CISPR-compliant digital EMC-EMI receivers
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
The Narda PMM 9010 EMI receiver from Teseq is a fully digital receiver covering the frequency range 10 Hz to 6 GHz, aimed at EMC emission and immunity testing.
Toshiba to revise its first-half net profit forecast upward
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. revised Tuesday its first-half operating profit forecast to be 2.0 billion yen, against an earlier prediction for a loss of 30 billion yen, attributing it to exceeded business results in areas such as semiconductors, digital media and power systems.
Analog Devices broadens low-power data converter family
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has expanded its low-power data converter portfolio with 26 analogue-to-digital converters, ADCs, for effective high-performance, power-efficient communications, portable device, instrumentation and healthcare applications.
Arch Rock 'ENERGY OPTIMIZER' lets data centers conserve energy while meeting efficiency goals
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Arch Rock has introduced a wireless monitoring system that provides continually updated information on a data center's electrical usage and thermal status.
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