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Semiconductor Fabrication Advances Means More Density, Higher Performance, and Reasonable Costs
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Without advancements in the semiconductor fabrication process, we wouldn't be able to enjoy many of the things we take for granted today.
Changing Your SoCs
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
FPGA Development Tools Bring the Dream of a System On A Chip Closer as They Integrate Core Micros and Peripherals Better
Appealing to the Masses - Great Low Cost CPLD's
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Lower Cost, Higher Density, Lower Power, Higher Speed... Talk about improvements....
FPGA Development and Prototyping Boards Flourish
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Prototyping and Verifying An FPGA Based Design is Getting Easier as More Development Boards and Systems Are Introduced.
A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To An ASIC
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
A Strategy of Tightly Coupling an ASIC Design and Verification Tool to FPGA Verification Boards May Make Many Rethink About Using FPGAs.
How Low Can They Go?
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Semiconductor Fabrication Process Technology is Achieving Smaller and Smaller Geometry Sizes. New Fabs and Agreements Are Pushing For The Next Generation.
DDR II And QDR II Get Bigger and Faster
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Cypress Samples World's First 72-Mbit QDR SRAMs
Multi-Gbit Layer 2 through Layer 7 PCI-X network-content acceleration cards debut
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Here's a family of PCI-X-based network content acceleration cards that let you turn a standard 1U/2U rack-mount server into a multi-gigabit, multi-service networking platform.
16 and 32 Mbit Devices Added to Serial Flash Family
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
ST Pushes Bus Frequency to 50MHz on all SPI Serial Flash
Eight Transfers Per Clock Cycle
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
New XDR Architected Parts Push Bandwidth and perform 8 Operations Per Clock Cycle
Agilent to sell used instruments on eBay
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3/23/2004   1 comment
Instrument vendor Agilent Technologies announces an agreement with auction Web site eBay, permitting sellers to offer used owned test equipment on eBay.
Ultra thin tactile sensor fits into tight spaces
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. (PPS) has developed a new user-configurable Industrial Tactile Sensor (ITS) that is designed to quantify high-pressure measurements in industrial and elevated temperature environments.
Choke features high performance in small size
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
J.W. Miller Magnetics has expanded its conformal coated RF choke line with the introduction of the 79F series. Incorporating many design characteristics of the company's existing conformal coated choke offerings, the 79F devices feature a significantly smaller subminiature design, measuring 0.10 inch in diameter with a 0.16-inch length.
QML Class V Floating-Point DSP targets mil/space apps
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Addressing the demanding performance needs of space-level electronic systems, Texas Instruments has launched it's SMV320C6701 floating-point DSP that's qualified for space-based applications.
Tiny diodes save space for portable devices
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Offering high reliability and a wide voltage range, Vishay Intertechnology's new zener diode series is housed in an ultra-small SOD-523 (SC79) plastic package, measuring 1.2 x 0.8 mm with a 0.6-mm height.
EMI suppression filter integrates four circuits in small package
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Designed for a variety of high frequency applications including cellular phones and digital televisions, Murata Electronics' new NFA21SL EMI suppression filter series combines four circuits in a compact 0805 package size.
Teradyne expands GbX family with high-density connector
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Teradyne, Inc. Connection Systems Division (TCS) has expanded its high-speed GbX interconnect platform with the launch of its GbX L-Series connector. This new connector enables designers to develop custom configurations that meet their specific performance needs and cost targets.
Pushbutton switches offer many options
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3/23/2004   Post a comment
Shogyo International Corp. has launched a new line of illuminated pushbutton switches for a variety of applications including medical equipment, audio/video systems, household electronics, CNC equipment, and computers and peripherals.
Centillium plans double play in passive optical net ICs
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Centillium Communications Inc.'s new optical business unit is developing chip sets for emerging passive optical networking applications.
DC/DC converter drives 20 white LEDs from a Li-Ion battery
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology announces the LT3466, a dual step-up DC/DC converter that drives up to 20 white LEDs from a Li-Ion battery. Its high efficiency, current mode and fixed frequency operation ensure uniform LED brightness, low noise and maximum battery life.
Tiny PowerPC processor boards are credit-card-sized powerhouses
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Could these board-level products be the world's smallest single-board full-tilt computers? With a footprint smaller than that of a credit card, and dissipating as little as 4 watts, Spider boards support standalone or networked operation, are hot swappable, and run IBM PowerPC chips.
Sensors handle tough auto environments
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed two new sensors that can withstand harsh automotive environments. The new OPB350 non-contact fluid sensor detects virtually any liquid including water, oil, gasoline, coolant or hydraulic fluids for braking or power steering systems, while the new Hall Effect sensor provides position sensing of rotary shafts.
Image sensor packs in the features
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Hamamatsu Corp. offers a new CMOS linear image sensor that provides high sensitivity, low dark current and low noise, which makes it suitable for image input applications such as position detection and image reading. In addition, the new S9226 features a built-in timing generator and an advanced signal processing circuit in a small package.
Switch serial backplanes boost performance
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Compliant to the new VITA 41.0 specification, Bustronic Corp.'s new line of 12-slot VXS switched serial backplanes feature a Dual Star switched fabric topology and a special high-grade material to maximize performance.
Autosplice beefs up assembly services for auto apps
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Autosplice Inc. has added integration services to support the production of Smart Junction Box (SJB) assemblies for automotive applications. These services include prototyping, design validation (DV) and high-volume production of subassemblies.
Analog front-end solution has the speed for multi-function printers
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a high-speed, high-performance analog front-end circuit for use in flatbed scanners and multi-function printers. It features a 40MSPS conversion rate, and a new flexible clocking scheme.
Current sense resistors withstand auto apps
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3/19/2004   Post a comment
Driven by increased usage of small motor controls in automotive applications, TT electronics IRC Wirewound and Film Technologies Division has introduced two new lines of precision current sense resistors. Designated as the OAR and OARS series, these resistors offer increased high dissipation and cooler operation for automotive applications.
Digi-Key offers ADI products
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3/19/2004   Post a comment
Digi-Key Corp., a leading electronic components distributor, has signed an agreement with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) that allows Digi-Key to distribute the IC manufacturer's products in the Americas
Chip bead inductor combines high impedance, high current
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3/19/2004   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) Inc. claims to offer the industry's first chip bead inductors that provide both high impedance and high current for superior noise suppression in the 1 to 3 GHz frequency range.
Goal embeds more peripherals on 8051-based MCU
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3/19/2004   Post a comment
Goal Semiconductor has beefed-up its Versa family of 8051-based microcontrollers with the launching of the VRS900, a unit that embeds an 8-bit A/D Converter, 14 segment LCD driver, 8KB of on-chip Flash and 256B of RAM on-chip.
16-bit DAC sees a good fit for optical networking
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3/19/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduced four 32-channel, 16-bit digital-to-analog converts (DACs) for optical networking designs, delivered in an 8 x 8-mm, 56-lead QFN.
Integrated satellite tuner chips enable inexpensive implementation of digital satellite reception
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Philips Electronics unveiled its TDA8262 and TDA8263 silicon tuner chips for quick and easy implementation of digital satellite reception. The new silicon tuner solution simplifies the entire circuit board design.
Evaluating Wideband 802.11 WLAN Radio Performance
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
The popularity of Wi-Fi has recently caused the creation of an array of unique country-specific channels in the 5 GHz band. These channel additions have spawned a new class of wide bandwidth dual-band 802.11 network interface cards (NICs) that cover a frequency range from 4.9 to 5.9 GHz
Credence, NPTest to target non-DRAM test
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Buesiness is picking up---literally. ATE giant Credence Systems, a provider of design-to-test approaches, and NPTest Holding, a provider of test and diagnostic products, announce they've entered into an agreement where Credence will acquire NPTest.The target is non-DRAM test.
Accord eases rental, leasing of Anritsu test gear
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement vendor Anritsu is inking an accord with Electro Rent to expand a partnership to include Anritsu's Scorpion Family of vector network measurement systems.
Quad-band GSM/GPRS PA module offers internal reference
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
The TQM7M4022 GSM/GPRS power amplifier module covers the 800, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz bands. Delivered in a 7 x 7 x 1.3-mm package, this amplifier features internal power control and internal reference voltage circuitry.
Digital up-converter technology reduces peak-to-average power in 3G basestations
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices says the AD6633, a digital up-converter featuring breakthrough technology, significantly reduces output power requirements for 3G wireless base station power amplifiers.
Dual-output PWM controller enables design of half-, full-bridge power supplies for telecom
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the MAX5069, a dual-output, high-frequency, current-mode PWM controller that allows the design of half-bridge, full-bridge, and push-pull power supplies.
Signal integrity modeling targets 40-Gbit/s systems
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a partnership that's demo'ing what's billed as the industry's first software model for testing signal integrity of a 40-Gbit/s backplane.
1-W regulator cuts cost of single-CCFL backlighting
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC1697 is a 1-watt regulator in an MSOP-10 package for driving a single cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) fused in small handheld displays. It's offered as the most compact, efficient, and low-cost backlighting solution for a single-lamp application. Operating from a 2.8- to 5.5-volt input, the LTC1697 is designed for use with single-cell Li-Ion and multicell NiMH/alkaline sources. An internal PWM dimming system maximizes both efficiency and dimming range (dimming frequen
Connector targets LVDS
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
Japan Aviation Electronics (JAE) has designed its new FI-E series connector to support the transmission of low voltage differential signals (LVDS) in digital devices including LCD, PDP and rear projection TVs.
Substrate eliminates heatsinks for auto LEDs
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
Giving automotive lighting system designers a lighter, cooler and less expensive method of mounting visible LEDs, TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division says it has developed an economical anodized aluminum substrate material with superior thermal conductivity that addresses the problem of heat dissipation in direct-mounted LEDs.
Software to accelerate time-to-test for first time users of JTAG/boundary scan
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
Boundary-scan test and device programming vendor ASSET InterTech claims that when it rolls out its new software later this year, the time it will take first-time and occasional users to develop a functional JTAG test, or to reach time-to-test, will be reduced significantly.
Terminal block connects to appliance, HVAC gear
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
Serving as the connection point for device power wiring and the incoming service wire or power wiring, Tyco Electronics' new low-profile, aluminum wire, 65-amp terminal block is used for consumer appliances, commercial refrigeration units and HVAC equipment.
Precision connectors meet medical requirements
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
ODU-USA, Inc. says its three precision push-pull connectors meet requirements for instrumentation and medical electronics applications.
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