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Nichia develops high-efficiency white LED
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Nichia Corp. said it has developed a white LED delivering 150 lumens/W efficiency.
AC/DCs focus on 600-watt, 1U building-block designs
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Product recap - Reflecting the run towards more compact, yet power ready solutions, the newest high-power AC/DC supplies tend towards basic designs for the 600-watt region and 1U-high applications, with more efficient building-block solutions that extend to 5 kW.
Phototriacs isolate low-voltage logic from AC voltages
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Vishay has introduced two non-zero-crossing 1.5-kV/us dV/dt phototriac optocouplers that are designed to isolate low-voltage logic from AC voltages up to 380 V.
CMOS image sensor brings higher quality pictures to camera phones
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics says it has introduced the industry's first 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor with a 1/4-inch lens aperture that delivers digital still camera picture quality to mobile handsets.
Synchronous clock supports SONET, SDH frequencies
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Connor-Winfield has released its STC4130, an integrated single chip solution for the synchronous clock in SDH and SONET network elements.
Resistor meets lightning strike specs
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
IRC has certified its HSF series surface-mount resistor meets or exceeds GR1089 lightning strike specifications, providing a smaller alternative to larger through-hole components typically certified for this spec. The HSF series resistor provides secondary lightning protection for board-level telecommunications applications.
Samsung claims 3-megapixel image sensor for phones
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics it claiming the world's first 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor.
AVR microcontrollers feature integrated LCD controllers and picoPower technology
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has announced four AVR microcontrollers that incorporate power-saving technology for multi-year battery life in LCD, lighting control, security, home automation, ZigBee and other battery applications.
Compact USB CCD Cameras suit industrial and scientific use
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Lumenera Lm cameras measure only 44 x 44 x 56 mm. A single USB 2.0 connection provides for data transfer, camera control, and power supply. The Lm camera line suits industrial and scientific use.
Shanghai firm readies chip for China digital TV spec
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
A Chinese company is hoping to ramp up volume production of chips supporting China's digital terrestrial TV standard
3.5-inch SOG LCD module displays high-definition images
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Targeting industrial mobile devices, NEC has developed a 3.5-inch system-on-glass (SOG) LCD module, which features a QHD array of 960 x 540 pixels, enabling the reproduction of images in resolutions over 300 pixels per inch.
Inductors feature higher current, lower inductance
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Vishay has expanded its IHLP family with the release of the IHLP-4040DZ-01 and IHLP-4040DZ-11 low-profile, high-current inductors, which feature high maximum frequencies and low inductance values.
Lattice and ANAGRAM provide crystal clear audio solutions
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
ANAGRAM Technologies has optimized its audio DAC and digital audio amplifier IP cores for Lattice's LatticeECP, LatticeECP2, and LatticeECP2M FPGAs.
Sarance Technologies delivers Interlaken protocol IP core for Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Interlaken protocol IP core from Sarance Technologies implements next generation high-speed serial chip-to-chip packet interface in Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs.
Cambridge University licenses projector technology to Alps
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
The University of Cambridge has granted an exclusive license to a core patent for holographic video projector technology, developed in the Department of Engineering, to Alps Electric Co. Ltd.
Current sensors measure automotive battery pack current
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Targeting automotive battery-monitoring applications, LEM's HAB series current sensors will enable the accurate measurement of battery pack current in electric, hybrid and conventional vehicles.
NEC's MPEG decoder integrated into DIRECTV entry-level STBs
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America, Inc. and NEC Electronics Corporation have announced that their MPEG decoder chip for digital set-top boxes (STBs), the uPD61128, has been integrated into an entry-level STB receiver from DIRECTV, Inc., the leading digital television service provider in the United States.
3GPP wireless library eases way through evolving standard
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Hastening next-generation mobile communications product development, Agilent Technologies rolls out its 3GPP LTE Wireless Library for use with the company's existing Advanced Design System EDA software. The library is expected to help you speed development of evolving 3GPP Long Term Evolution designs.
Ceramic capacitors double capacitance ratings
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden expands its multilayer ceramic capacitor offering with the WK series devices that deliver double the capacitance ratings in 0402, 0603 and 0805 packages.
1.8-V UARTs housed in tiny packaging for portables
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
For portable devices that need to interface with Bluetooth EDR and wireless modems, NXP has launched a 1.8-V UART line that can support data rates as fast as 5-Mbits/s and meet the small form factor requirements of these applications thanks to their TFBGA packaging measuring just 3.5-mm x 3.5-mm.
NEC's LNA targets SDARS and ISM Band
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
The UPG2310TK provides high gain, low noise, and a high intercept point all in a compact 1.5 x 1.3 x 0.55 mm package.
High frequency 400 mA step-down converter meets mobile space constraint needs
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
A step-down converter from AnalogicTech with a low profile and a small footprint inductor meets tight portable design space requirements.
Qualcomm chips to support Samsung flash
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Samsung Electronics said its OneNAND flash memory will be supported by new Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem chip sets.
Interface chips support updated HDMI v1.3 standard
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices has expanded its line of HDMI interface chips with multiplexers, receivers and transmitters that support the updated HDMI v1.3 standard. The latest additions to ADI's line address growing consumer demand for high-definition content in multimedia products ranging from 1080p deep-color HDTVs to low-power portable applications, including digital video and still cameras, portable media players and cell phones.
Cambridge chip firm changes name to DisplayLink
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
U.K. fabless chip company Newnham Research Ltd., which is developing a networked display technology, has changed its name to DisplayLink. The renamed company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with the main R&D and product development activities in Cambridge, England.
Digital potentiometer comes in tiny 2 x 2.5mm TDFN package
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. has added five 32-tap devices to its family of over digitally programmable potentiometers. The CAT5123, CAT5124 and CAT5125 are volatile devices, while the CAT5127 and CAT5129 feature on-chip, non-volatile, EEPROM memory, and offer non-volatile wiper storage.
NEC releases high gain LNA for satcom
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Targeting SDARS and ISM-band applications, the UPG2310TK is an InGaP LNA MMIC optimized for high gain, low noise figure, and high intercept point.
Agilent ships 3GPP LTE wireless library
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
New Library works with Agilent's Advanced Design System to help speed 3G mobile communications product development.
AC/DC supply packs 600 watts in 1U
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Tamura Corp's AAD600 series of single-output switching power supplies delivers a tightly regulated 600 watts in a package measuring just 9-by-4-by-1.59 inches for telecom, datacom, industrial, and networking applications.
Gas gauge chipset advances Li-ion battery protection
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' bq20z90 advanced Impedance Track gas gauge chip for multicell, lithium-based battery packs, for use with the company's bq29330 analog front end (AFE) battery protection IC, uses one-third fewer components than its predecessor.
Microcontrollers integrate power-saving technology
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Atmel has released four AVR microcontrollers that incorporate a power-saving technology for multi-year battery life in LCD, lighting control, security, home automation, ZigBee and other battery applications.
Cadence claims RTL synthesis boost
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
A substantial R&D effort has boosted quality of silicon and slashed run times for Cadence Design Systems' RTL Compiler synthesis tool, said Pradeep Fernandes, vice president for synthesis R&D at Cadence.
Newsteo taps Nordic transceiver for monitoring system
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
The system addresses applications such as temperature, humidity, pressure and acceleration sensing.
HDMI 1.3: Better images and sound for all DTV products in 2007
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Image outlines the benefits of HDMI 1.3 offering the hope of improved visual images and high-definition sound quality to numerous products in 2007. The majority of HDMI 1.3-enabled won't start to appear in the market till next Spring.
Conversion module puts RS-232-to-USB in a connector
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a simple but effective product that may save some engineering time. A small module from Timewave Technology comprises an RS-232-to-USB converter. As a replacement for board-mounted DB-9 and DB-25 connectors, the modules offers an upgrade to 12-Mbit/s USB 2.0 of an existing product's legacy RS-232 serial port.
Matsushita unveils heat-proofed Li-ion battery
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
In a bid to quell recent problems with batteries that overheat, Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. said it is ready to mass-produce a new lithium-ion battery that does not generate excessive heat even if it short circuits.
Rocker switches offer quick connect terminals
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
NKK Switches adds a 0.250-inch quick connect terminal option to its WR series of environmentally-sealed rocker switches.
Current sensors deliver lower noise, higher accuracy
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Allegro beefs up its Hall-Effect current sensor line with two low noise 2100 Vrms isolation devices aimed at consumer and industrial applications. The ACS712 and ACS713 current sensors offer lower noise and higher accuracy than previous generations.
Power factor correction IC implements interleaving to boost efficiency
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology's R2A20112 is a critical-conduction mode power factor correction control IC for AC/DC power supplies, which the company says is the first device of its type to implement interleaved operation in order to boost efficiency and cut supply size.
Flex cable helps prevent lost data or data integrity issues
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
FireWire high flex round and flat cable assemblies provide motion control and vision systems with reliable flex life performance. The cable assemblies help prevent lost data or data integrity issues.
Low-profile 600-watt AC/DC runs cool at 70 C
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Excelsys' Xhite series of modular, low-profile 400- and 600-watt AC/DC power supplies, for use in harsh environments, touts full-load operation up to 70 C.
150-volt, 35-amp DirectFET MOSFET runs cooler
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's IRF6643PbF, a 150-volt, 35-amp DirectFET MOSFET for isolated DC/DC converters, touts superior thermal performance and higher efficiency in a low-profile SO-8 package.
Tyco expands digital storage connector line
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics offers digital storage connectors in a variety of configurations for Memory Stick media products.
Kleer's audio models deliver low power, robust performance
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
The Audio LP line features high quality audio, low power consumption and robust ISM band coexistence.
Dual 14-bit ADC supports 3G and WiMAX basestations
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
With sample rates of up to 150 Msamples/s, ADI's latest ADC can support 3G and WiMax basestations with half the board space of typical solutions.
Temp sensors boost thermal management for 90-nm processors
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - SMSC's temperature sensors include resistance error correction, beta compensation, and automatic diode-typing for 90-mm processors; the same technology is also a part of their fan controller ICs.
ARM-equipped modules acquire GPS signals, generate reference
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Check out this pair of GPS modules designed for acquiring and tracking satellites in weak signal areas such as under dense foliage, in urban canyons, and even inside buildings. Both run embedded ARM processors. One can act as a timing module capable of outputting a GPS-disciplined frequency up to 10-MHz.
eInfochips component verifies Mentor's Questa
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Services company eInfochips has come up with a verification IP for Mentor Graphics' Questa platform, enabling quicker verification at lower cost.
Battery gas gauge chipset taps unused energy, provides safety
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments unveils battery management chips to manage and protect multi-cell, li-ion battery packs.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS: SMSC spins temp sensors, fan controllers
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
In an effort to control and manage heat dissipation in today's hot systems, Standard Microsystems Corp. has rolled out separate lines of temperature sensors and fan controllers.

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