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Fujitsu : Touch controller operates in digital domain
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics distributes the FMA1127, a high-performance, low power touch sensor controller (TSC) from ATLab, Inc. of South Korea.
Torex : Voltage regulators offer low dropout voltage
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Available in the tiny USP-6C package (1.8 x 2.0 x 0.6 mm), as well as in standard SOT-25 and SOT-89-5 versions, the XC6220 Series of voltage regulators from Torex Semiconductor offer low dropout voltage – typically 20 mV with a 100 mA load.
Low voltage, bi-directional DC motor driver housed in small package
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Allegro's latest device has a high output current and wide operating voltage range, making it a key component for portable applications.
Lattice rolls 65-nm FPGAs, clock chips
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to grab share in a down market, programmable logic device (PLD) specialist Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has launched a three-prong attack.
Point-to-point embedded 240-to-960 MHz RF link gets feature-rich TX/RX front end
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Silicon Labs' EZRadioPro provides extra link budget due to sensitive front end, higher power PA, despite ultra-low-power design
ARM preps tiny core for low-power microcontrollers
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2/23/2009   2 comments
With help from lead partner and licensee NXP, ARM Holdings plc has designed a very low gate-count ARM processor core suitable for use in microcontrollers aimed at ultra-low power applications. Chips are expected to ship from licensees before the end of 2009.
Micropelt readies thermoharvester-driven wireless sensor for commercialisation
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
German thin film thermoelectric specialist Micropelt says that its thermo-powered wireless sensor system is now ready for commercial evaluation and has launched an evaluation kit to enable potential customers to compare it to conventional battery technologies.
Maxon Motor : Coaxial drive is silent and powerful
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
The low noise coaxial-drive (Koaxdrive) KD 32 planetary gearhead from maxon motor is well suited for use in noise-sensitive, highly demanding applications.
Mitsubishi : GaAs HEMT suits digital satellite radio
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Mitsubishi Electric begins shipments of its GaAs low-noise HEMT (High Electron Mobility Transistor) MGF4921AM.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: ObjectAda 8.4 supports tasking for Wind River VxWorks 6.6
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Aonix's new Ada release works with Wind River Workbench Eclipse-based development environment.
MCUs: 16-Bit MAXQ MCU extends battery life in portable equipment
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Extended voltage range enables utilization of up to 95% of battery capacity
MEMS barometric pressure sensor could be used for watches or phones
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2/22/2009   Post a comment
A compact MEMS pressure sensor was introduced by EPCOS AG at electronica & Productronica 2009 in Shanghai, China.
8-megapixel camera platform with backside illumination for phones
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
The platform combines Omnivision's OV8810 device with the Fujitsu Microelectronics mobile Milbeaut M-5MO advanced image signal processor.
Russian materials company offers customized graphene
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Carben Semicon Ltd. (Moscow, Russia) has developed a method for producing graphene-based material in any of three states: insulating, semiconducting and metallic. The material is called RibTan.
French startup teams with TI for 3D handset display
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
MicroOLED SA (Grenoble, France), a spin-off from the CEA-Leti research institute there, has added a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) to its high-definition microdisplays allowing them to connect to the Texas Instruments OMAP platform.
Single-conversion tuner sharpens analog, digital TV broadcast reception
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Maxim has developed a single-conversion silicon tuner that employs a single downconversion step from RF to 36MHz to provide artifact-free reception of analog signals and high-quality reception of digital signals.
802.11n client device forms core of WiFi sensor networking systems
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Redpine Signals has developed an 802.11n wireless sensor module it is marketing under the brand name SenSiFi that it says provides all the control and wireless functionality required to build and deploy wireless sensor nodes in the industrial and enterprise sectors.
Dual-channel 1 MHz synchronous boost regulator offers integrated output disconnect and soft-start
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced the LTC3535, a dual-channel 1 MHz, current mode synchronous boost DC/DC converter with integrated output disconnect and soft-start.
Hyperstone : 32-Bit MCU suits cost-sensitive applications
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Hyperstone has introduced the high-performance E2 – 32-bit RISC/DSP microcontroller with additional on-chip highlights such as programmable serial communication engine, an analog to digital converter and 32 kBytes on chip (I-RAM) complemented by an external memory and peripheral interface controller.
Agilent delivers real-time LTE base station test for R&D engineers
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2/19/2009   Post a comment
Agilent is offering what it claims is the first LTE real-time signal generation and channel emulation product for base station test.
Thermoharvester-driven wireless sensor node enables battery-free operation
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2/19/2009   Post a comment
Micropelt GmbH claims to offer the world's first commercial availability thermo-powered wireless sensor system, the TE-Power NODE. The company's built-in chip thermogenerator takes a few degrees of temperature differential and harvests that thermal energy to operate the wireless sensor node, enabling unlimited battery-free operation.
NXP demonstrates world's first integrated dimmable mains LED driver IC
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2/19/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has launched what the company claims is the world's first integrated dimmable mains LED driver at the Strategies in Light Conference in Santa Clara, CA, USA.
Car-to-car becomes bike-to-bike
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2/19/2009   Post a comment
In a joint research project, Technical University of Darmstadt and automotive technology provider carhs.communiation GmbH (Alzenau, Germany) are trying to transfer car-to-car communications systems to the world of motorbikes. Besides warnings of potential dangerous road conditions, the system will include a human-to-human communications option for biker groups.
16-bit industrial DAC comes with +/-10V, 4-20mA outputs
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
This DAC from Maxim incorporates a voltage-output amplifier, current-output amplifier, and pass transistors on the same silicon.
Get answers at ESC to the age-old question: How do they do that?
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
New, first-time tract at ESC: Meet with guru design teams and find out how they designed some of the most popular devices and programs ever to hit the embedded world.
Actel rolls out low-cost IGLOO nano starter kit
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
IGLOO nano starter kit from Actel immediately available for low-power, high-volume designs.
Imagination offers VGX150 vector graphics processor core
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Mulitmedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) has announced the first core in a family of vector graphics processor IP cores. The series is known as VGX and the first core is the VGX150.
Teardown ESC: Beat your child to a real 3D gaming experience
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Check out the teardown of a 3rd SpaceVest from TN Games at ESC in Silicon Valley--your child will envy you.
Teardown ESC: Oregon Scientific's SmartGlobe Deluxe
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
The SmartGlobe is the first Internet-updatable model of the earth. Check out its innards at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose.
Vishay : Schottky diodes offer 20 A in D-Pak
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has introduced four Gen. 5.0 high-performance 45 and 100-V Schottky diodes that extend the D-Pak current capability up to 20 A.
Gen. 5.0 Schottky diodes extend D-Pak current capability up to 20A
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Vishay's latest 45-V and 100-V Schottky diodes built on submicron trench technology feature maximum junction temperature to +175 degrees C, very low typical forward voltage drop down to < 0.54 V, and low reverse leakage down to 3 mA.
Newport Media launches system-chip for Chinese mobile TV
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Newport Media Inc. (Lake Forest, Calif.) has announced a 65-nm system-on-chip (SoC) that can serve as a receiver for China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting (CMMB) broadcasts.
KOA : Shunt resistor is miniaturized, low ohm
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
KOA expands its SR73 series of low ohm shunt resistors with the size 0201 inch (0.6 x 0.3 mm).
KOA : Power shunts have 1 and 2 W ratings
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
The TLRH power shunt developed by KOA is now available in the sizes 2512 inch with a power rating of 2 W and 2010 inch with 1 W power rating.
DC/DC converter range acts as drop-in replacement for DOSA PoL modules
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Murata's non-isolated single output PoL DC/DC converter line provides designers of equipment requiring high efficiency PoL power with compact and reliable products that deliver output currents of 3A and 5A.
Maxim releases online simulation tool to accelerate power-management designs
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products and Transim Technology Corporation (Portland, Oregon) have collaborated to launch Maxim's EE-Sim Design Center, powered by Transim's WebSIM online design technology.
LCD equipment market to fall 41%
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
The flat-panel display equipment market grew 30 percent in 2008, but the sector is expected to drop by 41 percent in 2009, according to The Information Network, a New Tripoli, Penn.-based market research company.
BOARDS: C160 SBC combines low power, rugged design, virtualization
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Aitech's 160 is Core2 Duo-based and runs multiple applications simultaneously using Intel's Virtualization Technology
Stimulus: DoE readies $4.3 billion for smart grid
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The U.S. Department of Energy has 60 days to set up a competitive process to award an estimated $4.3 billion for projects that will upgrade the nation's electric grid as one of the top clean technology provisions of the $787 billion economic stimulus package signed by President Barack Obama.
Fairchild PFC controller scales to 1000W designs with BCM scheme
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
The FAN9612 implements automatic phase control that provides a relatively flat efficiency curve across a broad load range.
LED driver claims flickerless dimming
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Responding to a significant number of requests for a TRIAC dimmable LED driver, National Semiconductor has introduced a constant-current controller that enables uniform dimming of LEDS without flicker.
On Semiconductor targets notebook, TV, and lighting power
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor rolls PFC controller for notebook PCs, and demonstrates LCD TV and LED-lighting power-supply reference designs.
Infineon showcases third generation SiC Schottky diodes at APEC
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
At the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exhibition, APEC, in Washington, DC, Infineon Technologies AG has introduced its third generation thinQ! SiC Schottky diodes that feature the industry's lowest device capacitance for any given current rating, which enhances overall system efficiency at higher switching frequencies and under light load conditions.
LSI rolls multicore strategy
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
LSI Corp. rolled out at the Mobile World Congress a new multicore strategy behind an upcoming family of chips targeting wireless infrastructure gear, mixing and matching its portfolio of cores and on-chip interconnects from recent acquisitions to create new standard products and ASIC offerings.
Molex : Card edge connectors support 12.5 Gbits per second
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
EdgeLine is a family of one-piece, low-cost connectors supporting high-speed signal transmissions using a card edge interface and a vertical or right angle insertion.
Microprocessor supervisor circuits provide battery backup, CE gating
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
In small TQFN or TDFN packages, these supervisory circuits from Maxim integrate a variety of features including a microprocessor reset circuit, battery-backup switchover, power-fail warning, and chip-enable (CE) gating.
LCD TV power, inverter supply design eliminates power conversion stage
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
On Semiconductor's reference design for up to 180W LCD TV power supplies uses Microsemi's CCFL inverter controller and supports ENERGY STAR 3.0 efficiency standards.
Trend Communications : Fibre optic testers are inexpensive and easy to use
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Six fibre optic testers from Trend Communications include optical power meters, attenuators and multimeters, laser sources, fibre identifiers and fault locators, and a PON (Passive Optical Networks) power meter.
Voltage regulators deliver benchmark efficiency, reduce system size
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier, IR, introduced its second generation (Gen2) of SupIRBuck integrated point-of-load (POL) voltage regulators for energy-efficient high performance server, storage and netcom applications.
Schroff : Plug-in housings have slide-in cover plates
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Electronics packaging specialist Schroff has launched a family of 19 inch plug-in units that feature a slide-in cover plate, providing a reduction in assembly time compared with screw-on cover plates.
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