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Pair of serial flash memory devices supports Intel chipsets
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5/31/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Storage Technology Inc. is offering serial flash memory support for Intel Corp.'s 82573E LAN and 945 Express chipset families.
Technology said to speed SoC time-to-market by six months
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FPGA-based electronic system level design provider S2C has introduced new interconnect technology designed to enable system-on-chip design using plug-and-play intellectual property modules.
Digital display touts superior color and image quality
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Combining high performance and power efficiency in a standard-size module, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas has introduced a new 4.3-inch amorphous silicon thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) for next-generation mobile devices. The LQ043T3DX02digital landscape display features a 16:9 aspect ratio, 480 x 272 pixel format, and is capable of displaying 16 million colors.
Auto camera drive takes the flick out of the wrist
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Carving out a new niche in the mobile phone market, Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM) has developed an unique device, designated as the auto camera drive (ACD), that rotates the camera on a mobile phone with the push of a button. Typically, users of camera phones have had to manually rotate the camera in order to change the screen from landscape to portrait; however, the new ACD promises to do the job automatically.
Broadband amplifiers test 0.8 to 4.2-GHz applications
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A new line of amplifiers from AR Worldwide are well suited for testing multiple frequency bands and communication technologies including CDMA, W-CDMA, TDMA, and GSM.
Reference design accelerates 802.11g WiFi product development
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SiGe Semiconductor and Broadcom have teamed on a production-ready reference design for the latest 802.11g WiFi designs.
Data path tools do the math for area savings
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New mathematical approaches that promise up to 40 percent savings in silicon area will become available to a broader audience this week, as intellectual-property startup Arithmatica rolls out its first EDA tools.
Built-in self-test migrates to register-transfer level
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Built-in self-test offers high fault coverage for a range of potential defects, but it has been difficult to implement. LogicVision promises to change that this week with its LV2005 release, moving logic and memory BIST insertion up to the register-transfer level.
Less than $800 buys high-resolution DMM
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Signametrics is releasing a plug-and-play PXI/cPCI digital multimeter with 5-1/2 digits of resolution, high dynamic range, and 100-reading/s capability. Best of all, it sells for less than $800.
Class-D digital amplifier made for flat-panel TVs
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Review: This digital-input Class-D audio power amplifier from Texas Instruments Inc. is said to enable the development of flat-panel displays (FPDs) with sound quality that matches the display's high-quality image, while minimizing cost and component count.
VDSL solutions aimed at triple play deployments
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The Accelity family of highly integrated, very high-speed digital subscriber line (VDSL) and VDSL2 CO and CPE semiconductor solutions includes VDSL and VDSL2 system solutions for ATM and packet-based DSLAMs and client-side terminals.
First wave of IP support washes over FPGA family
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Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has released for its recently announced LatticeXP field-programmable gate array (FPGA) family the first set of IP modules that address the needs of the consumer, computing and communications markets.
New floating-point and DVB-S2 cores strengthen DSP IP library
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Xilinx Inc. has updated its digital signal processing (DSP) IP library for its Virtex-4 and Spartan-3E field programmable gate array (FPGA) families to include a suite of floating-point operators and a digital video broadcasting (DVB) satellite FEC encoder core.
Agilent launches industry's first laser-based optical mouse sensors
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Agilent Technologies Inc. says it now offers the industry's first laser navigation sensor technology for mouse manufacturers. Available in three versions, the laser-based mouse sensors have been specifically designed for high-end cordless mice, high-end corded mice, and the high-performance gaming mice.
Tool brings power analysis to virtual-prototyping phase
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Bringing power analysis into the IC virtual-prototyping phase, Silicon Dimensions this week will announce the latest version of Chip2Nite, a design-planning tool aimed at logic designers.
AC/DC desktops fill low-power gap
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Ault's new PW136 external power series delivers 60 watts in nine models (3.3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 48 VDC) from a universal 100-250 VAC input. "OEMs will find this power supply to be versatile and popular because it delivers a range of power from 23 to 60 watts," said Greg Harris, vice president of business development."
64-Mbit flash memory module delivers 90-ns access time
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A new 64-Megabit flash memory module has been designed to support the high-reliability requirements of the military, aerospace, transportation and medical industries.
ICs charge lithium-ions from AC or USB
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Linear Technology's LTC4075 and LTC4075X are stand alone dual-input linear battery charger ICs that automically select the charging source (either a wall adapter or a USB port) for single-cell lithium-ion batteries. Using a constant-current/constant-voltage algorithm, the chargers, for application in PDAs, MP3 players, portable test equipment, and cell phones, can deliver up to 950 mA from a wall adapter or 500 mA from a USB supply.
VPM-T allows modifications to a virtual processor model ISA
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VaST Systems today (May 31, 2005) released its new Virtual Processor Model Transformer (VPM-T) for use by early adopters, enabling modification of the instruction set of a seed processor model.
3M Touch Systems' Flexible Touch Layer laminates to any surface
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3M Touch Systems introduces a touch technology platform " Interactive Surface Technology (IST) " addressing the needs of traditional touch application segments such as retail, point-of-sale, kiosks, and industrial.
Technosoft's motion control solution is credit card size
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Technosoft introduces the ISCM4805 Intelligent Servo Control Module targeted at medium to high volume applications with cost optimized hardware structure.
EM Microelectronic's smart card IC offers flexible memory positioning
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EM Microelectronic announces the EMTCG176-3G, a flash memory-based smart card IC designed for use in SIM and Java cards for GSM mobile phones, as well as for healthcare and loyalty card applications. The EMTCG176-3G is compatible with the ISO7816-3 Integrated Circuit Card (smart card) specification, and operates with high speed communication baud rates, making it compatible with the 3rd generation of cellular telephones.
XEMICS combines an ISM-band transceiver with a low-power RISC microcontroller
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XEMICS' TrueRF XE1283 is a powerful combination of a full-featured ISM-band transceiver together with an ultra-low-power RISC microcontroller. This combination of high-power transmitter and sensitive receiver means the link budget exceeds 128 dB.
RadioScape to launch a multistandard radio
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RadioScape is launching a new digital radio module, called RS500, capable of receiving multiple formats.
Logic analyzers tackle complexity with automation
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Tektronix is rolling out two new Windows-based logic analyzers, including a portable and a benchtop mainframe. Both offer throughput Tek claims is three times faster than previous models, and both are highly automated. New software makes it all tick.
AC/DC fits into compact networking
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Emerson Network Power's Astec LPS122 switching power supply, this one a high-density model in the company's LPS120 power supply family, can deliver up to 130 watts at 5 volts (with 30 cfm cooling) for networking and other rack applications.
LCDs prep for medical apps
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With the increasing role of active-matrix LCDs in medical equipment, design issues are arising that relate to the physical environment in which the equipment operates and the image quality the user demands.
Cellular displays go hi-res
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The global adoption of cellular phones has prompted development of small, high-resolution color displays to handle the increasingly stringent audiovisual needs of these devices.
ZVEI sieht Bauelemente-Branche weiter wachsen
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151 Einen leichten Aufwind hat der Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI) für den Bauelemente-Markt registriert. Der Verband bestätigt damit frühere Einschätzungen, würzt sie jetzt aber mit einer leichten Prise Optimismus.
By the Numbers: Small screens make big impression
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Small or medium-sized displays measuring less than 10 inches diagonally are designed into many, mostly portable, electronics, almost all of which are trending to larger, more-colorful screens, which consume more power.
Wireless scheme tuned to high-end audio
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5/30/2005   1 comment
If you are thinking about wirelessly connecting surround sound speakers to your home theater system, there's a choice beyond Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Today Royal Philips Electronics will unveil yet another wireless technology, called Ensation, specifically tailored for high-end audio applications.
DESIGN AUTOMATION: Planning tool adds power analysis
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Bringing power analysis into the IC virtual-prototyping phase, Silicon Dimensions Inc. this week will announce the latest version of Chip2Nite, a design-planning tool aimed at logic designers.
SYNTHESIS: Data path tools do the math for area savings
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New mathematical approaches that promise up to 40 percent savings in silicon area will become available to a broader audience this week, as intellectual-property (IP) startup Arithmatica Inc. rolls out its first EDA tools.
Brain wave sensor system taps Bluetooth marshaled for mind readers
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NeuroSky Inc. wants to get into your head. By fusing brain wave recognition algorithms with a sensor chip and dry electrode, NeuroSky hopes to simplify cell phone-based applications that today require error-prone human input, as well as revolutionize applications from gaming to medical diagnostics and therapy.
Flat panels drive display development
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Just as personal and notebook computers were the focal point of display development in the past two decades, so the flat-panel and microdisplay television market has become the driver for design and manufacturing changes during the current decade.
SID peeks behind the screen
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The industry's love affair with giant flat-panel TVs was evident at last week's Society for Information Display Conference, but display makers also showed they are paying increased attention to electrical and mechanical design.
CAMERA PHONES: Module flips handset from landscape to portrait mode
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Samsung Electro-Mechanics has developed a rotation module for cell phone cameras that automatically changes the captured field from landscape to portrait mode.
MICROCONTROLLERS: Programmable SoC taps capacitive sensing
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. will announce this week an extension to its PSoC technology that will optimize the programmable system-on-chip device for capacitive sensing and control applications.
LabVIEW Module brings DSP tools to engineering students
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Targeting engineering students who need a hands-on approach to learning key digital signal processing techniques, National Instruments has introduced its LabVIEW DSP Module.
Ricoh offers low noise LDOs with very low on-resistance
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Ricoh announces the R1172x and R1173x low noise LDOs with a very low on-resistance level. The two parts are the most powerful LDOs in Ricoh's product range and are available in adjustable or fixed output voltage versions.
Laird's thermally conductive pads eliminate air gaps between hot components
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Laird Technologies introduces the T-gon CP200 and CP230 mid-grade thermally conductive insulator pads. They target a wide variety of electronic applications, enhancing heat transfer and promoting cooling by eliminating air gaps between hot components such as power semiconductors and heat sinks or housings.
3D Plus introduces a 1 Gbit DDR SRAM in small FBGA ball-out
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3D Plus introduces the MMDD04256402BTZ, a high speed, highly integrated DDR Synchronous Dynamic RAM memory containing 1,073,741,825 bits.
Melexis introduces a sensor interface IC for automotive applications
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Melexis introduces a versatile, fully integrated and programmable sensor interface solution for automotive and industrial applications. The MLX90320 provides amplification, calibration and temperature compensation for virtually all kinds of resistive bridge type sensors including pressure transducers, strain gauges and position sensors.
Artimi enters UWB fray with single-chip option
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Artimi Inc. has announced a single UWB chip that it believes will meet vendors' requirements.
Compact DC/DCs meet RoHS requirements
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5/29/2005   Post a comment
The SC10N series from Semiconductor Circuits, in a single inline package measuring just 2-by-0.55-by-0.35 inches, is the company's next-generation of RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances) compliant DC/DC converters. Available in three models providing up to 10 amps at 1 to 5 VDC from a nominal 3.3-, 5-, or 12-volt input, the (nonisolated) series features a typical line regulation of 0.1 percent, load regulation of 0.25 percent, ripple and noise of 35 mV p-p, and efficiency of 85 to 90 perc
Simultaneously set independent audio sample rates on stereo codec
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5/28/2005   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc has launched a stereo audio codec that can operate the A/D converter and D/A converter at different sample rates simultaneously.
Power connectors provide more current capacity
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The AirMax VS backplane connector system has been expanded to include power connectors to address customer requirements for increased current-carrying capacity.
Averant releases updated Solidify property verification tool
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Register transfer level (RTL) verification provider Averant released the latest version of its Solidify property verification tool, Solidify 3.1.
Digital cable assembly targets high-speed backplane applications
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Leveraging their respective expertise in cable and interconnect technologies, W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. and FCI have partnered to offer the next generation of high data rate digital interconnect solutions.
Submini switches are RoHS compliant
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CIT RELAY & SWITCH now offers a family of subminiature sealed pushbutton, rocker and toggle switches that are compliant to the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. They withstand the higher soldering temperatures required by RoHS, lead-free material vapor flux, and infrared reflow techniques
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