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Omnipolar Hall switches reduce power consumption in hand-held devices
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Diodes Incorporated has unveiled two low voltage Omnipolar switches that reduce power consumption in battery-powered, hand-held devices and also simplify production processes.
CSR : Wi-Fi chips occupy only 16 mm2
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CSR announces the UniFi UF6000 range of Wi-Fi chips, claimed to be the world’s smallest and lowest-cost 802.11n compatible devices.
Smart sensor targets advanced machine vision
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A smart sensor that aims to lower the cost of automotive, industrial and consumer electronics machine vision systems integrates a DSP chip with a CMOS imager, according to the Swiss Center for Electronics.
Enpirion : 3 A dc-dc converter has an integrated inductor
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Enpirion has announced an ultra-small 3 A synchronous buck dc-dc converter with an integrated inductor, delivering an increase in power density over competing solutions.
Bicker Elektronik : Compact UPS features USB port and replaceable front bezel
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The IUPS-401 uninterruptable power supply from Bicker Elektronik can be installed into any 5.25-inch PC drive bay.
Kyocera : 8.5 inch TFT LCD suits office and industrial environments
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Kyocera has renewed and optimized its wide format 8.5 inch TFT liquid crystal display TCG085WV.
Pin- and software-compatible, multichannel DACs offer enhances design flexibility
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To address the requirement for high-precision multichannel DACs while maintaining design flexibility, Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a family of quad (MAX5134/MAX5135) and dual (MAX5136/MAX5137), 16-bit and 12-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) which are pin and software compatible.
Vishay : SMD resistors offer fast thermal stabilization
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Vishay Intertechnology has enhanced its SMRxDZ ultra-high-precision Z-Foil molded surface-mount resistors with an almost instantaneous thermal stabilization time of < 1 s.
16-bit microcontroller extends battery life in portable equipment by 15 percent
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAXQ610 16-bit microcontroller, which has been designed to extend battery life in low-power applications.
Precision Z-Foil molded surface-mount resistors offer near instantaneous thermal stabilization time
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Vishay Intertechnology has enhanced its SMR1DZ and SMR3DZ ultra-high-precision Z-Foil molded surface-mount resistors with an almost instantaneous thermal stabilization time of less than one second.
Triumph is goal of TriQuint's next-gen 3G converged RF architecture for mobile devices
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TriQuint unveiled a TRIUMF Module family, convergence architecture for mobile device manufacturers designing next-gen 3G/4G products.
Texas Instruments : Differential amplifiers have low quiescent current
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A fully differential amplifier family from Texas Instruments drives the highest accuracy data conversion across single- and multi-channel successive approximation register (SAR) and delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) in a wide range of applications, including industrial, medical and audio.
Precision Devices : Miniature clock oscillator suits many applications
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Precision Devices' OC2 ultra miniature clock oscillator has an operating frequency range of 1.544 to 80 MHz and features a TTL/HCMOS output.
Maxim : Secure supervisor IC has active tamper detection
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Maxim introduces the DS3645, a secure supervisor for servers, cryptographic coprocessors, POS terminals, and communication applications.
Software tool customizes automotive systems
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A software tool developed by Fraunhofer ISST (Dortmund and Berlin) helps automotive E/E designers to customize the up to 80 networked microcontrollers and their parameters working in today's cars.
ADC enables high slice count CT scanners for faster, cleaner images
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ADI's current-to-digital converter technology lowers CT system cost and enables enhanced imaging with high levels of channel integration and speed.
Broadcom drives combo ICs into Android platform
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Broadcom Corp. (Irvine, Calif.) , an early supporter of the Android platform through its membership of the Open Handset Alliance, says that combo drivers for its popular Bluetooth/Wi-Fi chip have been ported to the Android operating system.
CSR touts Synergy for wireless connections
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Wireless chip specialst CSR plc (Cambridge, England) says major Tier 1 handset OEMs and ODMs have started developing terminals using its Synergy software package, a multi-radio host software suite that brings together the connectivity technologies of its Connectivity Centre.
Next generation 125 kHz LF wakeup receiver offers ultra low power consumption
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austriamicrosystems has expanded its RF product portfolio with the AS3932, a 3-channel low power low frequency wakeup receiver which offers highest sensitivity at lowest current consumption for industry's best range.
Video: Startup's founder describes 'black silicon'
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James Carey, co-founder of SiOnyx, talks about "black silicon," a material he developed that boasts more than 100 times the sensitivity of silicon, detects energy from the ultraviolet to the short-wave infrared bands, operates at a low voltage bias and, at less than 0.5 micron, is extremely thin.
Video and images in low detail sharpened by NEC "Super Resolution" chip and IP
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NEC's new processor boosts sharpness 6x, enhancing 640 x 480 images to 1920 x 1080 HD, or from QVGA to WVGA, and handles up to 60fps.
World's smallest wireless LAN power amplifier reduces design complexity
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Microsemi Corporation has introduced the world's smallest wireless LAN power amplifier.
Gesture control enabled by 3-D sensor
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Emerging consumer electronics applications have prompted smart 3-D sensor chip maker Canesta Inc. to adapt its 3-D CMOS image technology from automotive applications to a new consumer version of its 3-D image processing chip.
congatec unveils new COM Express module for high graphics performance
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congatec AG has introduced the company's fourth embedded computer module based on the Intel Atom processor family which is designed to exhibit a maximum power dissipation less than 10W making the module ideally suited for all mobile and fanless applications with high demands on graphics performance.
Schurter AG : Appliance inlet with resettable overcurrent protection
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The power entry module 6135 combines an appliance inlet and circuit breaker into one component.
Phyworks : Low power equaliser, driver and retimer simplifies 10G SFP system design
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The PHY1066 equaliser, driver and retimer IC from Phyworks enables host board designers to create 10 Gbits/s Ethernet SFP+ receive and transmit interfaces for ‘direct attach’ passive twin-ax copper cables and 10GBASE-SR optical modules.
Silicon Line broadens VCSEL driver chipset spectrum
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Fabless chip startup Silicon Line (Munich) has expanded its product line with a quad-transimpedance amplifier chipset, offering an aggregated bandwidth of 14 Gbps at very low power consumption.
Qimonda : DDR3 DRAM uses 46-nm technology
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Qimonda has announced first functional modules based on the smallest 2 Gigabit memory chip ever announced in the DRAM industry.
Profits, revenues decline sharply at Wolfson
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Mixed-signal chip supplier Wolfson Microelectronics (Edinburgh, Scotland) saw dramatic plunges in revenues and profits in the last quarter of 2008 due to a decline in demand in consumer electronics products.
Amplifer targets satellite applications
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NEC medium power MMIC IF amplifier delivers 25 dB of gain flat from 100MHz to 2.6 GHz
IEEE WCET examination registration deadline extended
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Click here to find out how to earn the IEEE Wireless Communication professional (WCP) credential in the next cycle.
iSystem rolls development environment for R8C/3x
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Embedded software tool vendor iSystem AG (Schwabhausen, Germany) is supporting Renesas' R8C/3x family of 8-bit microcontrollers. With the move, the software vendor reacts on demand from automotive tier ones, but the scope of the software is not restricted to that industry, the vendor claims.
NXP extends power management solutions with new GreenChip PFC and SR controllers
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NXP Semiconductors is set to unveil a suite of new power management solutions that will reduce power consumption in desktop PCs and laptops for the mass market.
Samsung touts 40-nm DDR2 DRAM
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Samsung Electronics has validated what it suggests is the first 40-nm DRAM chip and module, a 1-Gigabit DDR2 compliant device.
EPCOS : EMC filters offer high attenuation
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With the B84771A, B84771C and B84771M series EPCOS offers compact filter solutions that cost-effectively combine an IEC connector with an EMC filter.
Industry's first secure supervisor to support FIPS 140-2 Levels 3 and 4 is released
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the industry's most secure supervisor for servers, cryptographic coprocessors, POS terminals, and secure communication applications.
New SATA Bidirectional Repeater ICs offer low dynamic power characteristics
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Fabless semiconductor company, Parade Technologies Ltd., has introduced two new SATA Bidirectional Repeater integrated circuits that exhibit low dynamic power characteristics.
Ultrasonic sensor system w/USB scope simplifies design
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Senscomp's X1 Ranging Module Pro ultrasonic sensor system is designed to make it simpler to incorporate ultrasonic technology in end products and applications.
Mini SSR targets low-voltage, high-current switching apps
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The CPC1020N solid-state relay from Clare combines 1.2 Arms of current handling and 0.25 Ohms on-resistance in a 4-pin SOP.
Tracking down analog parts won't be a cat and mouse game
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Mouser Electronics has signed up analog and mixed signal specialist, Leadis Technology to supply display drivers, power management ICs, LED drivers, touch sensors, and audio CODECs.
Atmel acquires ZigBee IP
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Taking a step into a new market, Atmel Corp. has acquired the ZigBee-based intellectual-property rights from LuxLabs BVI for an undisclosed sum.
Pressure sensors with CANopen interface
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With the series PDRJ and PDAJ, Baumer's product segment Process Instrumentation offers rugged pressure sensors that communicate via the CANopen protocol and can measure a relative or absolute pressure from -1 up to 1000 bar.
MAZeT : Non-contact color measurement uses Bluetooth or USB
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As part of its Jencolor range of function boards, MAZeT is introducing several solutions and OEM systems for hand-held applications.
Process variation tool targets analog/mixed signal design loss
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Solido Design Automation has introduced Variation Designer, a statistical tool used in analog/mixed signal, custom digital and memory IC design that helps overcome design challenges created by process variation.
ARM tips plans for Swift and Sparrow processor cores
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ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), a licensor of processor-related intellectual property, has disclosed plans for processor cores to be introduced into its Cortex range, codenamed Swift and Sparrow.
Serial BERT performs up to 12.5-Gbit/s with complete jitter tolerance
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Agilent's J-BERT provides complete jitter tolerance characterization, compliance testing for PCI Express 2.0, USB 3.0, QuickPath Interconnect, Hypertransport 3 and FB-DIMM 2 devices.
EB Guide Studio 4.0 speeds model-based HMI design
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Elektrobit (EB) has released version 4.0 of its EB GUIDE Studio software tool for the model-based development of HMI environments. The new version offers users many new functions which, lead to significant improvements in performance and memory utilization, the vendor claims.
Mentor rolls power integrity analysis for PCBs
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Mentor Graphics has thrown its hat in the ring of vendors addressing power integrity in the printed circuit board space, rolling out HyperLynx PI.
Torex : Step-up converter is ideal backlight driver
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The XC9133 fixed frequency, constant current, step-up dc-dc converter is well suited for driving the white LEDs used in LCD backlighting applications in a wide range of hand-held designs, such as PDAs, mobile phones and digital cameras.
Laird Technologies : Shark fin antenna covers multiple standards
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An automotive shark fin antenna from Laird Technologies offers high-performance SDARS, GPS, AMPS, and PCS coverage in one compact package.
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