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Novalux delivers 1.5-Watt red laser arrays to CE partners
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Novalux, Inc., has announced that it has delivered red 1.5-watt Necsel laser prototypes to key consumer electronics partners. 1.5-watt output is twice the power of previous red Necsel devices and puts Novalux on track to produce RGB (red, green, blue) Necsel lasers for integration into high-definition (HD) projection TVs.
Signal integrity analyzers encompass triple-domain measurement
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Slated for signal integrity analysis during design, characterization, and production, test-and-measurement maker Wavecrest is rolling out a family of all-in-one triple-domain signal analyzers for testing clock circuits, PLLs, and oscillators.
Class D audio system tunes in for digital TV
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Product Review - Integrating a stereo analog-to-digital converter, sample-rate converter, digital audio processor and a 30-watt Class D amplifier that includes a PWM controller and power stage, Cirrus Logic touts its CS4525 as an innovative Class D audio IC that greatly simplifies system design for the global flat-panel digital television market.
Pericom expands HDMI switch product portfolio
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Pericom Semiconductor has expanded its high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four high-bandwidth differential signal switch products for multi-source or multi-sink video applications, including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box and game consoles.
High-side driver ASSP aimed at 24-V industrial apps
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AMI Semiconductor's latest high-side driver ASSP is qualified for operation up to 28-V and suited to designs with nominal system supply voltages of 24-V. It is designed to control LEDs, relays, solenoids, transistor gates, valves and other loads in industrial systems.
Gigle achieves 1-Gbps bandwidth over home wires
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Hispano-Scottish startup Gigle Semiconductor Ltd. has received its first test chip back from its foundry and has performed "real-house" trials of its technology demonstrating 1-Gbit bandwidth data transmission over powerline, phoneline and TV coaxial cable wiring.
3A non-nynchronous PWM buck regulator offers high frequency and small footprint
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The MIC4722, a 3 x 3 mm MLF 2.7 MHz 3 A PWM buck regulator is the latest member of Micrel’s MHz operating, small footprint non-synchronous buck regulator family that also includes the MIC2207 and MIC2208.
IrDA transceiver and remote control receiver targets multimedia PCs and TVs
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The TFDU7100 integrates a remote control receiver and an IrDA transceiver into a single, 3-lens, surface-mount package for the PC market. When assembled into a notebook or multimedia computer, the device enables several functions including remote control of video or music playback and wireless sharing of photo, MP3, and other file formats.
Xilinx rolls out Spartan-3a low-cost I/O-optimized FPGAs
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New Xilinx cost-reduced Spartan-3a FPGA family targets high-volume applications requiring high I/O gate ratio, low-power, and anti-cloning security capabilities.
$8000 software is free to Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscope users
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Focusing on clock and timing engineering and related measurement science, Amherst Systems Associates announces a North American kickoff of a program that will aggressively give away premium oscilloscope analysis and productivity software. The company's M1 Oscilloscope Tools will go to targeted users of Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscopes.
Smart turnkey modules implement Bluetooth
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Two very small PIC controller-equipped RF modules implement Bluetooth. One module requires a modicum of development; the other is turnkey.
Small displays integrate LED backlights
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Displaytech has expanded its TFT display module line with 1.8-, 2.0- and 3.5-inch models. Available with LED backlights, these TFT modules may be customized.
Module enhances temperature measurement accuracy
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The 143-131A cold junction compensation module from BI Technologies is designed to enhance the accuracy of temperature measurements.
Mimix Broadband introduces 3.5 to 8 GHz Low Noise Amplifier
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Mimix Broadband targets C-band applications, such as WiMAX with its XL1007-QT LNA. The RoHS Compliant, GaAs MMIC, 3x3 mm QFN packaged amplifier achieves a 2-dB noise figure.
Beceem introduces Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 terminal chipset
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Beceem Communications reports that its BCS200 is the industry's first baseband and RF chipset that supports all of the features of the Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 Profile, and it is available now.
ADI doubles clock speed of direct digital synthesizers
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Targeting high-speed communications, instrumentation and military applications, Analog Devices introduces 1 GSPS DDS ICs with integrated 14-bit DACs for improved dynamic performance.
Long-life capacitor targets battery back-up apps
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CDE has developed a 15-year long-life Type EDL capacitor specifically for use in battery back-up applications.
Mil-spec POL converter delivers 33 watts at 125 C
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VPT's DVPL0510S mil-spec point-of-load converter delivers up to 33 watts at 10 amps.
Beceem intro's mobile WiMax Wave 2 terminal chipset
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Beceem Communications has announced the availability of the first baseband and RF chipset that supports all features of the Mobile WiMax Wave 2 Profile.
New Edge services at heart of Cisco's router updates
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Cisco Systems has prepared one of its broadest router announcements of the year on the eve of the International Telecommunications Union's Hong Kong meeting, but core CRS-1 routers play virtually no role in the launches.
Beceem debuts Wave 2 WiMax silicon at ITU
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Beceem demonstrates samples of first baseband and RF silicon to meet WiMax Forums Wave 2, based on IEEE 802.16-2005
Samsung develops new mobile display driver IC
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Samsung Electronics said it has developed what it claims is the world's first mobile display driver IC combining the display driver and readout functions for embedded display panels.
UCLA spinoff touts UWB chip for all bands
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An ultrawideband IC startup spun from the University of California at Los Angelos is demonstrating a universal UWB chip providing 480 Mbits/second speeds across all 12 WiMedia channels defined by the WiMedia Alliance.
Noise canceler ICs target handsets
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When Quellan Inc. introduced high-speed analog signal conditioners for 10-Gbit data centers last spring, CEO Tony Stelliga promised the company would next bring noise cancellation to consumer platforms. This week, Quellan will make good on that promise with Q:Active, extremely small noise-source emulation chips intended for handsets, particularly those for mobile broadcast video.

TI takes VLIW to low-cost GSM
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A triple-core, very long-instruction-word DSP is not usually associated with mass markets for wireless infrastructure, but Texas Instruments Inc. hopes its 3-GHz TCI6487, debuting this week at ITU Telecom World, will find its first applications in high-density GSM backbones.

HANDSETS: Chip set gets retuned for China's 3G standard
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Analog Devices Inc. is updating its two-year-old chip set for China's third-generation standard, boosting the processing power to handle more multimedia features and revving up the data connection to full-on 3G speeds.

Marvell brings former Intel Monahans to market
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Marvell Technology Inc. has wasted little time in launching Intel Corp.'s former Monahans application processor as the Marvell PXA 3xx series. By releasing samples of the fastest and highest-performance device, the PXA 320, Marvell hopes to carve out a niche at the higher end of the handset and gaming platform market.

Chip closes distance to real-time 3-D images
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The problem with machine vision is that cameras are 2-D recorders of 3-D scenes. One company claims to have solved the problem with a real-time 3-D camera that uses pixel-level hardware to reveal the distance to any object in any scene.
Synthesis software takes Matlab to C
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Catalytic is offering Catalytic MCS, a product that offers Matlab-to-C synthesis for Matlab algorithm developers.
Verification tools bring ESL to enterprise
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Changing the definition of ESL from electronic system-level design to "enterprise system-level" design, Cadence Design Systems Inc. this week will unveil an approach to IC functional verification that encompasses hardware, embedded software and system-level interactions. New offerings include an ESL option for the Incisive Enterprise Simulator, a revamped Incisive Enterprise Manager and the Palladium III acceleration and emulation system.

Tensilica rolls 'drop-in' video processor engines
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Tensilica has introduced four new Diamond Standard VDO processor engines customized for multi-standard, multi-resolution video in system-on-chip designs. According to the company, each of the four Diamond Standard VDO engines are being introduced to meet the varying needs of the market.
Rival machine vision approaches take to the road
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Two companies are developing rival automotive machine vision solutions using inexpensive digital cameras. But while International Electronics & Engineering S.A. (IEE) has crafted a sensing system based on a combination of 2-D and 3-D cameras, Mobileye Inc. has opted to use a normal 2-D camera.

More options for pin headers
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FCI has expanded its FCI BASICS+ range of commodity connectors with two new versions of its Quickie Shrouded Pin Headers for cable-to-board applications.
Real-time clock chip includes EEPROM and crystal
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STMicroelectronics' real-time clock (RTC) includes EEPROM and an embedded crystal in a single 18-pin SOIC to boost reliability and cut board space and overall cost.
Integrated-inductor DC/DCs boost efficiency, thermal performance
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Enpirion's second-generation DC/DC power converter families with integrated inductors, the 3-amp EN533x and 6-amp EN536x, tout improved thermal performance and efficiency, lower ripple and noise, and a 25 percent reduction in footprint over competing solutions.
RAST headers target PCB apps
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Tyco Electronics has introduced a new line of RAST 5 tab header assemblies for PCB applications.
Receptacles make it easier to replace LEDs
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Mill-Max Mfg. offers a full line of low-profile, above board and elevated barrel receptacles suitable for socketing LED devices in display backlighting, automotive signal lights, electronic signs and custom array displays.
CMOS image sensors aim for true machine vision
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New CMOS imager chips are emerging that directly sense depth--3D pixel-by-pixel--enabling machine vision to realize its goal of perceiving objects, and reacting appropriately.
Chassis line adds 2U height
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Elma Electronic expands its Type 39C HA chassis line with the Type 39 2U EasyPlug CompactPCI enclosures.
Vishay's IR modules range from 30 to 56 kHz
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The infrared receiver modules come in a new Minicast package that delivers high EI immunity and a high-precision band filter.
Evaluation board speeds up design time for processor power management applications
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Dialog Semiconductor introduces an evaluation board for its recently introduced DA9034 IC that enables designers to configure designs based on the Marvell PXA3xx application processors.
Hot products: Fast-sampling oscilloscope, auto signal-conditioning IC
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Among the hottest products at eeProductCenter are a digital sampling oscilloscope with a real-time sampling rate of 1-Gsample/s and a signal conditioning IC for automotive applications.
Battery charger accepts two power sources
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Intersil's battery charger accepts power inputs from both a USB port and a desktop cradle
Single/dual/quad comparators draw just 8.5 microamps per input
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austriamicrosystems' initial line of comparators, its AS1970-75 family, available in single, dual, and quad versions, tout low power consumption—down to 8.5 microamps per input.
VIPAC modules expand military COTS horizons
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Vicor's MIL-COTS VIPAC family is a new class of user-defined, modular power solutions for military applications, including radar, ground vehicle, communications, and aerospace equipment.
Smallest high-frequency 3-amp regulator serves satellite radio
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Micrel says its MIC4722, a 3-by-3 PWM buck regulator working at 2.7 MHz, is the industry's smallest and highest-frequency 3-amp device.
Nonvolatile SRAM modules tout integrated reflowable battery
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Dallas Semiconductor's newest nonvolatile SRAM modules integrate a reflowable battery into surface-mountable devices.
Layout tool speeds MEMS design
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GenISys has started sampling to designers of MEMS based devices, sensors and flat panel displays a flexible simulation platform for mask aligner lithography that lets them virtually model, redesign and optimize device layouts and processes in hours rather than weeks.
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