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Freescale opens QUICC Engine technology to embedded developers
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Open QUICC Engine technology program gives developers freedom to innovate, customize microcode and expand application possibilities without adding costly silicon.
WLED driver boasts highest efficiency
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California Micro Devices' PhotonIC CM93xx family of boost white LED (WLED) drivers, which employs the company's FlexBoost technology, allows designers to drive several asymmetrical strings of WLEDs, as well as an OLED display, at extremely high efficiency.
UPS reduces entry cost of a scalable backup system
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MGE UPS Systems says its Pulsar MX 5000 RT building block, a 5 kVA (4.5 kW) uninterruptible power supply for IT and facility managers, will significantly cut the entry cost of a scalable backup power system.
Report: LED backlights to proliferate in LCDs
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LED backlights will begin to replace to traditional cold cathode fluorescent backlights in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) starting the second half of 2006, according to a report by DisplaySearch Inc.
AMD offers reference design kit for Geode LX CPU
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AMD’s Geode LX EPIC Reference Design Kit is aimed at helping system developers quickly and efficiently create low-power single board computer products, based on AMD’s Geode LX processor.
Step-down circuit with I2 enables dynamic voltage scaling, extends battery life
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TI Unveils 3-MHz DC/DC converter compatible with SmartReflex technology for Li-Ion-powered electronics
Solid-state DPDT GaAs switch is RoHS-compliant
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Here's news of a RoHS-compliant solid-state DPDT switch for diversity applications that require linearity, isolation, and low insertion loss. This device will work out to 6-GHz.
INTERNET CONTROL: Programmable chip safeguards apps
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The Internet is an ever-changing organism, with some nasty parts that threaten security. Connect One Ltd. (Kfar Saba, Israel) has de- veloped a programmable Internet control chip that can be customized by means of firmware, said Alan Singer, the company's vice president of sales and marketing.
IP video angst: 1394 primed for home net revival
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The latest "Mission Impossible" has nothing to do with Tom Cruise; it's the revival of IEEE 1394 as the fundamental networking technology for the home.
WIRELESS: Multi-GHz antenna gets on board
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Centurion Wireless Technologies Inc. demonstrated its NanoAnt surface-mount antenna at the recent CTIA Wireless 2006. NanoAnt's design makes embedded multigigahertz antennas a more mainstream approach than alternatives based on microelectromechanical systems or unusual substrates, according to Centurion.
HOME NETWORKS: UWB chip set suits diverse home links
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While most ultrawideband chip set players have narrowed their focus to wireless USB applications, Pulse~Link Inc. keeps broadening its ambitions for its Cwave chips in high-end home multimedia.
NTT one of first with an end-to-end IPTV plan
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Virtually the only large developer with an end-to-end Internet Protocol TV transport strategy at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting last week was NTT Electronics Corp. NTT was showing a set-top box capable of serving as a videoconferencing platform and MPEG-2 decoder, and an encoder/decoder 1U pair of platforms, based on its VASA codec chip, that linked directly to an IP interface unit to allow HDTV transmission over IP networks. While such systems are intended for long-haul HDTV
Sample/hold chip offers designers a stand-alone alternative
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Touting next-generation performance, C&D Technologies' SHM-50 offers designers a basic stand-alone sample-and-hold amplifier, as opposed to the sample-and-hold devices with integrated A/D converter that have widely come into use.
18-GHz realtime scope eases serial signal analysis
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Oscilloscope maker LeCroy Corp. introduces its pacesetting 18-GHz serial data scope, with a 60-Gsample/s sampling rate and up to 150 million points of memory. The instrument uses a unique heterodyne signal conversion scheme that eschews DSP.
Modular instrumentation system streams data using USB 2.0
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National Instruments is debuting a modular platform for sensor and electrical measurements under Windows. Useful in the lab, in the field, or on the production line, NI's CompactDAQ system offers an eight-slot chassis that accepts I/O modules capable of measuring up to 256 channels of electrical, physical, mechanical and acoustic signals. By combining plug-and-play USB with modular instrumentation, NI CompactDAQ comprises small, simple, portable, and cost-effective data-acq and test-and-measurem
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