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STMicro demos embedded system solution for printers
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics unveiled a prototype formatter board for laser-printer applications, based on the company's Spear embedded microprocessor technology.
Data acquisition front-end IC offers battery management benefits
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has unveiled a high precision data acquisition front-end IC for automotive battery current, voltage, temperature sense applications and in general for sensor interface applications where precise measurement of small signals close to ground is required.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. offers three new development kits that enable the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and many new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
GPS front-end module delivers low noise figure for mobile applications
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Avago is offering a miniature GPS front-end module that integrates a low noise amplifier with pre- and post high rejection FBAR filters in 3 x 2.5mm package.
Intel rolls Xeon chips for high-end servers
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Intel Corp. officially rolled out its new high-end x86 server processors, the Xeon 7500 family, using up to eight dual-threaded cores with support from more than twice as many OEMs as Intel's previous high-end server CPUs, including an SGI system delivering a up to 256 processors.
Production shipments of Cyclone IV available
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Altera has begun production shipments of Cyclone IV FPGAs and made available a Cyclone IV GX-based transceiver starter kit.
Pigeon Point offers BMR starter kits with SmartFusion
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Pigeon Point Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of programmable logic vendor Actel, announced new AdvancedTCA IPM Controller and ATCA/AdvancedMC Carrier IPMC board management reference starter kits using Actel's new SmartFusion mixed signal FPGA.
Micrel unveils PoE power sourcing equipment controller
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Micrel Inc., has introduced a Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) Controller that provides 8-ports of IEEE 802.3af-compliant power delivery in a compact 64-pin LQFP package.
WLED driver with PWM-controllable boost converter maximizes power efficiency
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a high-efficiency WLED driver with an integrated boost converter and five GPIO ports that can be used to drive LEDs (powered from an alternate power supply) in parallel.
4.0-mm profile Inductor delivers high maximum frequency to 2.0-MHz
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has launched a new IHLP low-profile, high-current inductor in the 6767 case size.
GaN-based military RF power amplifier delivers 100 W from 20 to 305 MHz
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
BC Systems has introduced the Model RF40015, an RF power amplifier designed for defense applications in which broadband frequency coverage of 20 to 305 MHz and RF output power of at least 100 W in Class AB operation is desired in a compact, rugged package.
NEC expands 32-bit MCU line
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America Inc. announced 78 new members to the V850ES/Jx3 family of 32-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with low power consumption, optimized pin counts and expanded functionality.
Infineon uses Synopsys' Galaxy for baseband processor
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Munich-based chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG said it has deployed Synopsys' Galaxy Implementation Platform, including IC Compiler, for the 40nm processor aimed at the X-GOLD 626 multi-million-gate analog and digital system-in-package (SIP).
Mentor optimizes Veloce emulator with Platform LSF
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. and Platform Computing (Ontario, Canada) said they have deployed Platform LSF high performance computing solution to optimize Veloce emulation systems as shared resources.
Virage, MIPS match memory, processor IP
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Processor IP company MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is teaming up with another IP licensor Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) to offer embedded memory IP for joint customers.
Programmable timing devices promise low power for portables
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
IDT's family of VersaClock devices offers lower power and greater flexibility for designers of mobile consumer devices.
Plastic interconnect device eliminates board-to-board connectors
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a plastic connector that does not require harnessing, eliminating the need for board-to-board connectors.
Ultra FRFET MOSFETs reduce component count in LCD TVs
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's solutions for LCD TV power applications provide designers with significant advantages when compared to traditional methodologies in use today.
8-bit MCUs support energy efficient designs
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies recently expanded its XC800 microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with two powerful 8-bit device series—the XC82x and XC83x—which reduce system cost and allow for improved energy efficiency of a wide range of industrial applications.
Synopsys adds physical guidance to topographical technology
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. has introduced Design Compiler 2010, an RTL synthesis solution that is claimed to achieve a two-fold speedup in the synthesis and physical implementation flow.
Renesas licenses Synopsys' OPC software for 28nm node
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. announced it has selected Synopsys' Proteus optical proximity correction (OPC) software for 28nm development.
DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
DesignArt Networks Ltd. (Ra'anana, Israel) has announced its DAN3000 family of ICs for use in 4G LTE and IMT-Advanced basestations. The company said its chips would allow the deployment of multi-gigabit mobile radio access networks (RANs).
ESC helps drive Android beyond cellphone
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3/29/2010   5 comments
The ESC-Silicon Valley Conference will add fuel to the effort driving Google's Android software into a wide range of embedded systems beyond the smartphone by hosting three presentations on using Android in embedded systems.
ESC: Microchip simplifies access to embedded wireless
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3/26/2010   9 comments
Recent moves regarding ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Google have greatly increased the opportunities for designers of embedded systems, once they overcome the many issues associated with embedded wireless, from determinism to FCC regulations to rising concerns regarding security.
Google and Microchip partner to enable easy development of Google PowerMeter designs for smart energy monitoring
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
Microchip has announced the result of its strategic partnership with Google PowerMeter.
Dolphin Integration rolls stem optimized for low leakage
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) has introduced an additional stem optimized for low leakage, LL-BTF.
New tool allows simulation of FlexRay, CAN
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
A new version of a cluster emulation tool from Elektrobit Corp. allows automotive designers to use the same tool for both FlexRay and CAN simulations.
Tanner EDA, Dongbu deliver foundry-certified PDKs
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), and analog foundry specialist Dongbu HiTek of South Korea have teamed to develop foundry-certified process development kits (PDKs) for critical process nodes.
Altera, Apical offer wide dynamic range FPGA solution for surveillance
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Claiming an industry first, programmable logic vendor Altera Corp. and noise-reduction technology specialist Apical Ltd. Wednesday (March 24) introduced a high-definition wide dynamic range (WDR) CMOS image-sensor-processing solution for video-surveillance cameras.
High-performance 32-bit stereo DAC optimizes sound quality for pro audio, high-end A/V
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3/24/2010   1 comment
The AK4480 32-bit stereo DAC from AKM Semiconductor features an advanced architecture designed to offer higher quality sound for professional and high-end audio applications.
Avnet offers Spartan-6 DSP dev kit
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing is offering the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA DSP development kit for $1,995, including a device-locked version of ISE Design Suite: System Edition 11.4.
TSMC certifies Mentor's Calibre LFD for 28nm
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville, Ore.) has qualified its Calibre LFD (Litho-Friendly-Design) tool for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.'s 28nm process.
Microchip provides reference for Google PowerMeter
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology is providing a Reference Implementation of the Google PowerMeter API for embedded developers.
Report highlights emerging 'killer apps' for MEMS
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
An emerging set of killer applications of micro-electro-mechanical systems is on the horizon, according to Yole Development , which predicts that the total MEMS market will climb from $7 billion in 2009 to over $18 billion in 2015.
RF Micro Devices features Ember ZigBee Technology in new family of high performance front end modules for smart energy applications
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices, Inc. announced that it is teaming with Ember Corporation to introduce ZigBee FEMs for smart grid applications.
Smart Grid Consumer Coalition announced to educate the masses
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The GridWise Alliance has just announced the formation of the Smart Grid Consumer Coalition, a consumer education group.
USB-OTG bus port protection array offers low capacitance and leakage current
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has introduced a new ESD-protection array featuring low capacitance and leakage current to protect USB-OTG ports against transient voltage signals.
Anritsu's MP2100A BERTWave series to halve test time and costs
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The MP2100A BERTWave series measurement solution announced by Anritsu is an all-in-one instrument that performs simultaneous BER measurements and eye pattern analysis of active optical devices.
Hardware platform transmits control data over power lines with no new wires
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has launched a programmable product for data communication over existing power lines.
Microchip expands DSC portfolio for digital power applications
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's eight new dsPIC DSCs support complex digital power applications, and add more memory, PWM Channels and CAN.
Wireless carrier capex expected to decline again
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Global spending on capital expenditures by wireless carriers is expected to decline in 2010 for the second consecutive year, with carriers remaining cautious as they recover from the recession, according to the latest forecast from iSuppli.
IDT rolls Serial RapidIO Gen2 system modeling tool
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
IDT's new modeling tool enables architects to virtually build and test systems, improving design efficiency and speeding time to market.
SiGe downconverting mixer delivers high linearity, noise performance
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest SiGe downconverting mixer delivers a combination of high linearity, noise performance, and component integration over a wide band of operation.
TI unveils fully integrated analog front end for portable medical equipment
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
TI's first device in analog front end family reduces component count and power consumption by up to 95 percent for improved system portability and patient mobility.
DC/DC converter powers digital systems
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The BEI15 series of isolated, wide input bipolar DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions offers a small footprint for high-current applications in mobile and battery powered products, test equipment and telecom and wireless designs.
AppliedMicro's PQX provides world's highest density framer/PHY SoC for Multi-10G/40G/100G carrier ethernet and OTN applications
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
AppliedMicro has announced the PQX, the industry's highest density, lowest power 10G/40G Optical Transport Network (OTN) framer/PHY SoC for Carrier Ethernet router and WDM transport systems.
Linear Tech converter regulates currents up to 20A
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
A synchronous step-down DC/DC converter from Linear Technology Corp. is designed to regulate output current up to 20A.
Dialog preps power management IC with audio
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced a system-level power management IC that includes a class G codec. The device is called the DA9057, and has five on-board dc/dc converters to support 24-bit stereo audio headphone playback on a 5-mW power budget.
Chelsio debuts Fibre Channel over Ethernet chip
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
With its latest 10 Gbit/second chip, the four-port T4, Chelsio Communications Inc. aims to push ahead of a pack of competitors seeking design wins in data center systems expected to converge networking, storage and clustering functions on to Ethernet.
CPUs: 3rd gen Diamond Standard controllers boast up to 15% improvement in speed/power and 20% smaller size
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3/21/2010   Post a comment
Tensilica, Inc.'s third generation of Diamond Standard controllers comprises five upward-compatible processor cores based on a common Xtensa architecture. The new controllers deliver up to 15 percent faster clock speed, up to 20 percent smaller die area and up to 15 percent less power consumption.
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