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6-channel system managers with nonvolatile fault memory facilitate diagnostics
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX16067/MAX16068 integrate nonvolatile fault registers to facilitate failure analysis and are available with an easy-to-use graphical configuration tool that simplifies diagnostics and configuration.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CoWare SPW boosts signal processing prototyping for advanced wireless systems
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
CoWare SPW boosts signal processing prototyping for advanced wireless systems and combines LTE libraries with advanced Xilinx implementation flow.
Resistors perform current-sensing in high temp environments
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
IRC has tailored its latest SMT current sense resistors with a flameproof alloy, open-air design, enabling metal element resistors to prevent thermal damage.
MOSFET and Schottky diode share the same SOT-563 package
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
Central Semiconductor Corp. has released the CMLM8205 Multi Discrete Module in the SOT-563 surface mount package.
Quartet of intelligent power devices focus on automotive lighting applications
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
NEC Electronics has unveiled four new intelligent power devices (IPDs), the μPD166017, μPD166019, μPD166020 and μPD166021.
High-power, flat LED modules
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
The MiniZeni series from Sharp radiates high efficiency, deliver high color rendering index (CRI) values of up to 87 and boast a long service life whilst measuring only 15x12x1.6mm
Adjunct SOC for power amplifier performs complex signal processing in RF domain
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Scintera has developed a power amplifier linearization SoC that performs complex signal processing in the RF domain, resulting in low-power consumption, wide signal bandwidth, and broad frequency operation.
ST beefs up SPEAr MPU line
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has added four new devices to its SPEAr microprocessor family, targeting embedded-control applications across market segments from computer peripherals and communication to industrial automation.
Dual, low noise, positive/negative ±20 VIN ±150 mA LDO offers 20 uVRMS noise
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has unveiled a dual, low noise, positive/negative low dropout voltage linear regulator.
MSC Vertriebs offers lowest power SERDES capable FPGA
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
MSC Vertriebs GmbH is offering the Lattice ECP3 family which defines a new mid-range, value-based class of FPGAs, not only by further reducing costs, but also by reducing total power consumption by more than 50 percent for typical designs, compared to competitive SERDES-capable FPGAs.
Coax antenna connector system
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Yamaichi Electronics unveils a new high frequency connector, the HF201 series consists of a one or two-pin plug connector and an insulating body on the cable side
Tektronix launches Scope Central online test and measurement community
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Tektronix launches Scope Central, an online community dedicated to oscilloscope users
IR introduces new GaN-based power devices at APEC
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
From the show floor of APEC, International Rectifier has introduced the industry's first family of commercial integrated power stage products utilizing Gallium Nitride (GaN).
National Semiconductor introduces industry's first PMBus system power management and protection IC
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor has introduced what the company claims is the industry's first system monitoring, protection and control integrated circuit (IC) with on-chip power management bus (PMBus) support.
PMIC integrates three regulators to provide high-efficiency, fixed-frequency operation for LCD HDTV panels
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a multiple-output power-supply IC that integrates three regulators whose high-efficiency and fixed-frequency operation allow the use of small inductors and capacitors.
Impulse C adds support for C-language math.h functions
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Impulse Accelerated Technologies announced a new FPGA hardware library supporting C-language math.h functions.
Mentor unveils thermal characterization, design tool
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. has introduced FloTHERM IC, a productivity tool for semiconductor package thermal characterization and design.
HARDWARE TOOLS - connectBlue offers Development Kits for Wireless LAN modules OWL221a and OWL222a
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
connectBlue has launched ten Wireless LAN Development Kits designed to evaluate the connectBlue third generation Wireless LAN modules OWL221a and OWL222a. The kits offer complete system functionality with an out-of-the-box testing capability designed to accelerate the customers' product design, development and delivery.
Mephisto adds usability to analog design platform
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
For the latest version of its M-Design platform, Mephisto Design Automation NV (Leuven, Belgium) said it has improved functional and usability. Interoperability will be the company's next point of focus.
New EDA tool release boosts analog and mixed-signal design productivity
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Belgian EDA tool innovator, Mephisto Design Automation (MDA) has unveiled its M-DESIGN 3.2 release which offers analog and mixed-signal designers immediate productivity gains for their front-end design tasks.
TSV foundry embeds capacitors in interposers
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Allvia Inc., which bills itself as the world's first through-silicon via (TSV) foundry, has announced it has integrated embedded capacitors on silicon interposer substrates.
Samsung is mass producing 4-Gbit DDR3 DRAM
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2/24/2010   3 comments
Memory chip vendor Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has announced it has begun mass production of a 4-Gbit DDR3 devices using 40-nm process technology.
Altera transitions its 40nm Arria II GX FPGAs to production
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Altera announced it is shipping in volume production the first members of its 40nm Arria II GX FPGA family specifically targeting 3-Gbps transceiver applications
0.7mm-high slide switch targets mobile devices
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Alps Electric Europe announced the development of the SSAJ series, a 0.7mm-high slide switch that enables the design of more compact electronic devices including mobile phones, digital cameras and compact music players
Molex sockets for servers, desktops and notebooks earn Intel validation
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Molex announced that three of its socket products have met the stringent criteria for Intel validation across all three computer market segments of server, desktop and notebooks
IR rolls GaN devices
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier Inc. has introduced the industry's first family of commercial integrated power stage products utilizing IR's gallium nitride (GaN)-based power device technology platform.
PIR sensor touts tiny footprint
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Murata Electronics North America is calling its latest pyroelectric infrared (PIR) sensor the world's smallest with a 5.0mm x 4.7mm x 2.4mm footprint.
Power management chip debuts with on-chip PMBus support
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
National has unveiled a system power management chip dubbed the LM25066 that is designed to reduce data center operating expenses and improve system reliability.
iPhone/iPod dock ref design enables bit-perfect audio streaming
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2/23/2010   1 comment
An iPhone/iPod dock reference design from XMOS eliminates analog audio processing components, reducing RF interference and enabling bit-perfect digital audio for highest fidelity audio performance.
Fairchild PSR PWM controllers target designers of mobile chargers
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is offering a portfolio of primary side regulation (PSR) PWM controllers to meet the stringent power and regulatory specifications such as ENERGY STAR Level V faced by designers of mobile chargers, adapters and LED lighting applications.
2.5-A automotive gate drive optocoupler is ideal for HEVs
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced a new compact extended temperature automotive grade optocoupler for use in hybrid electronic vehicles.
Ultra low-loss rectifier diodes offer efficient, greener power supplies
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a new family of high-efficiency power rectifiers that will help product manufacturers achieve energy-efficiency approvals, such as 80 PLUS.
Metamaterials antenna supports multiple bands
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The world's first metamaterial antenna permits multiple bands--LTE, 3G, WiMax, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS--to share the same antenna without the usually switching circuits and matching components.
Ultra-high-precision resistors for metrology and laboratory use
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Vishay's Z203 metrology and laboratory ultra-high-precision resistors feature a maximum TCR of 0.5 ppm/degree C, a load-life stability of 50ppm at +70 degree C for 10,000 hours, and a tolerance to 0.005 percent
163 million smartbooks will ship worldwide in 2015, estimates ABI Research
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
What is a smartbook? That depends on who you ask. “Smartbook” isn’t a product category, nor is it a brand. According to ABI Research senior analyst Jeff Orr, a smartbook is a low-powered device running a mobile operating system that is always connected, either via Wi-Fi or (more often) using cellular or mobile broadband
LED-based edge-lit illumination solutions expand beyond LCDs
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Global Lighting Technologies expands its range of LED-based edge-lit illumination solutions beyond LCDs, keyboards and keypads and into areas of egress lighting and general illumination
GateRocket rolls new version of FPGA debug tool
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket Inc. Tuesday (Feb. 23) announced the newest version of its RocketVision debugging software, introducing new capabilities that allow designers to select individual design blocks to run in their simulator or GateRocket's RocketDrive hardware verification system.
Xilinx banks on power efficiency for 28-nm
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
By the end of this year, Xilinx Inc. will begin sampling 28-nm FPGAs that consume half the power of its current devices while offering twice the capacity as previously possible, the company said Monday (Feb. 22).
Mentor Graphics to address variant diversity
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
With the acquisition of Freescale's Virtual Garage software product line, EDA software vendor Mentor Graphics plans to address two aspect that increasingly complicate automotive electronic designer's work: First, the conflict between added value and costs associated with the complexity of multiple electronics options in cars. The second aspect is the availability of vehicle-specific design data to service workshops — for instance dynamic circuit diagrams.
Powersolve extends encapsulated AC/DC power module portfolio with 10- to 50-W models
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Powersolve is extending the company's Traco TMT Series of encapsulated power modules with new models from 10 to 50 W.
Cornell Dubilier extends voltage range of high current power film capacitor series
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
For power electronics design engineers looking for bulk energy storage and ripple current filtering for DC link applications, Cornell Dubilier has expanded its high current power film capacitor series to include more than 120 different ratings with extended voltages up to 1300 Vdc and capacitance values up to 1500 μF.
KEMET releases new high temperature C0G dielectric platform
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
KEMET has released new High Temperature Surface Mount C0G multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) that feature a robust and proprietary base metal dielectric system that offers industry-leading performance relative to capacitance and case size combined with capacitance stability at extreme temperatures up to +200 degrees C.
Infineon has unveiled additions to its OptiMOS power MOSFET portfolio
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
At the Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition 2010, , Palm Springs, CA, USA, Infineon Technologies AG has announced additions to its OptiMOS power MOSFET portfolio.
Vizio takes lead in U.S. LCD-TV sales
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Vizio Inc. became the leading seller of LCD-TVs in the U.S. in 2009, leaping over giants Samsung and Sony by nearly doubling its 2008 shipments, but Samsung holds its position as top vendor of flat-panel TVs overall, according to the latest figures from market watcher iSuppli Corp.
Tiny RF switch delivers +67 dBm IIP3
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Peregrine Semiconductor recently announced an SP4T RF switch that is designed using the company's green UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire process technology, yielding broadband RF performance to 3-GHz.
IEEE 802.3af/at-compliant PD interface controllers enable PoE+ powered devices
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Maxim is offering IEEE 802.3af/at-compliant PD interface controllers that feature a 100V absolute maximum rating and built-in wall-adapter detection to simplify the design of PoE+ PDs.
Real-time oscilloscope solutions, 4 channels at 30GHz or 8 channels at 16GHz
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
LeCroy has extended its WaveMaster 830 Zi 30GHz real-time oscilloscope by providing a simple and fast method to combine two oscilloscopes and provide 4 channels at 30GHz
Custom layout automation tool now compliant with OpenAccess
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
SpringSoft announced the compliance of its Laker custom layout automation system with the OpenAccess (OA) database standard, offering standard interoperability and a robust ecosystem
Endicott enhances plug-and-play LED driver modules for displays
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Endicott Research Group (ERG) is offering a new range of Smart Force plug-and-play LED driver products with enhanced performance features for high-power, high-brightness mid-size LED-backlit displays.
Scalable integration between OneSpin's ABV tool and Platform LSF
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
EDA software vendor OneSpin Solutions GmbH (Munich, Germany) has presented the customizable integration between its 360 MV formal assertion-based verification (ABV) tool and Platform Computing's LSF infrastructure, a workload management solution for high performance computing (HPC) environments.
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