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Blue Wonder launches LTE modem core, software
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Blue Wonder Communications GmbH (Dresden, Germany) has launched what it claims is the world's first embeddable LTE modem core.
Forte enhances ex-Arithmatica's CellMath Designer
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High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has started to ship the latest version of its CellMath Designer datapath synthesis and CellMath IP software.
The MathWorks automates industrial programmable control
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The MathWorks has introduced Simulink PLC Coder for industrial control engineers to automatically generate IEC 61131 structured text for programmable controller devices.
Hall-effect sensor interface provides flexibility through analog and digital outputs
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3/4/2010   1 comment
Maxim's dual, 2-wire, Hall-effect sensor interface offers an analog output for linear information and a digital output for Hall-effect switches, giving designers multiple sensor-monitoring options.
Virtex-5 USB module packs power in small footprint
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Opal Kelly is shipping its fastest FPGA USB 2.0 integration module, the XEM5010, which is based on a powerful Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, and delivers 256-Mbytes DDR2, 36-Mbit synchronous SRAM, 32-Mbit flash, and up to 200 high-speed user I/Os.
Thin-film resistor offered as high-power, low-cost alternative to thick film
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Stackpole Electronics' sulfur-resistant, thin-film chip resistor provides stability and long-term reliability in industrial applications
Agilent pads oscilloscope line
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Agilent's 14 latest models in its InfiniiVision 7000 series mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope portfolio offer bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz, a 12.1-inch display, and hardware-accelerated search and navigate capability.
Nangate releases 45nm Open Cell MegaLibrary
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EDA startup Nangate A/S has presented the 45nm Open Cell MegaLibrary to be used with the Nangate Design Optimizer (NDO). The purpose is to allow easy access to design performance improvements ahead of final design implementation.
Illuminated switch delivers life cycles to 1 million actuations
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C&K Components has developed a sealed pushbutton switch with life cycles to 1 million actuations.
Wi-Fi tester encapsulates "keep it simple" principle
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This handheld unit provides extensive insight and troubleshooting for IEEE 802-based LANs
Altera unveils safety data package for automation
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Altera announced an industrial safety data package for automation applications at the Embedded World tradeshow.
Cypress introduces high-precision stylus support accurate to 1 mm for capacitive touchscreen mobile handset market
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Cypress Semiconductor has announced highly accurate passive stylus support for capacitive touchscreen technology.
Xilinx rolls automotive Spartan-6, app kits
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At the Embedded World 2010 conference Xilinx introduced a new family of Spartan-6 FPGAs optimized for automotive applications and Spartan-6 application development kits for video processing and industrial Ethernet.
I2C Battery Gas Gauges for Single Li-Ion Cells Offers 1% Accuracy
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Linear Technology introduces the LTC2941/LTC2942 battery gas gauges with an I2C interface.
Analog IC market to grow 15% in 2010, says firm
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After declining along with the rest of the chip industry in 2009, the general purpose analog IC market is poised to grow 15 percent to reach more than $15 billion in 2010 as inventory levels normalize and demand increases, according to market research firm Databeans.
Current-sense amplifiers and fault-protection switches target remote RF LNAs
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Maxim's new automotive-grade current-sense amplifiers with switches protect against open-load and short-circuit conditions while providing phantom power to remote RF LNAs.
Dual-interface EEPROM enables remote access to electronic device parameters
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STMicroelectronics has started to sample RFID-compatible EEPROMs that provide the flexibility to remotely program or update electronic products, anytime during their lifetime, and anywhere in the supply chain.
Freescale chip built to power sub-$99 e-readers
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Freescale's low-cost hardware E-Reader controller--the i.MX508--combines an advanced ARM Cortex A8 applications processor with a hardware Visplex E-Ink display controller for faster page turns, integrated touch control and extended battery life.
Host controller handles USB data transfers to boost processing power
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Future Technology Devices International has enhanced its Vinculum device line with the VNC2 user programmable dual USB 2.0 Host/Slave intelligent SoC controller that is designed with its proprietary 16-bit MCU core.
Dolphin Integration presents library to build behavioral models
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EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA announced the first release of its Electro Mechanical Behavioral Library of Engineering Models (EMBLEM-MATH).
Atmel develops floating point unit for 32-bit AVR UC3 MCUs
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By adding a floating point unit to its 32-bit AVR UC3 MCUs, Atmel is enabling designers to replace a two-chip MCU and DSP solution with just one Atmel MCU for applications in the automotive and industrial control markets.
Tanner EDA, IC Mask Design to boost analog layout design
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Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), and IC Mask Design Ltd. (Limerick, Ireland) have joined forces to develop a toolset aimed at accelerating analog layout design.
Xilinx, Inova team on in-car video links
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Xilinx Inc. and Inova Semiconductors GmbH have introduced a communications transceiver design called Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) that can be deployed on the Xilinx Automotive (XA) family of Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Actel rolls mixed-signal FPGA with hard ARM core
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3/2/2010   1 comment
Claiming a major breakthrough that could have broad appeal for embedded designers, Actel has introduced a family of flash-based FPGAs that feature a complete microcontroller subsystem built around a hard ARM Cortex-M3 processor and programmable analog blocks.
Charger IC handles, balances serial supercapacitor pair
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LTC4425 from Linear Technology Corp. charges from Li-ion battery, USB port, or DC rail; targets peak power, backup, and "dying gasp" applications.
Megachips licenses Springsoft's functional qualification tool
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Megachips Corp. announced it has selected Certitude functional qualification system from Springsoft Inc. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) as part of its functional verification methodology.
Springsoft integrates Edxact's post-layout analysis tool
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On the eve of the Design Automation & Test in Europe Conference, from March 8 to 12, 2010, in Dresden, Germany, edXact SA (Grenoble, France) said it has integrated its Comanche post-layout analysis tool into the Laker design environment.
Tabula tips time-share FPGA architecture
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Fabless FPGA startup Tabula Inc. has announced the architecture of its 3-D programmable logic devices (3PLD), which it is calling Spacetime, because it uses the temporal domain as third dimension to maximize the use of on-chip resources, thereby allowing denser logic.
SiLabs debuts wireless microcontrollers
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Silicon Laboratories has combined its line of microcontrollers with its line of wireless transceivers to create a family of 12 wireless microcontrollers which can single handedly handle many battery operated applications.
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