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Voltage/current measurement instrument targets automotive and power management
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Teradyne's DC90XP, a high-power voltage/current source and measurement instrument for FLEX and microFLEX test systems, targets automotive and power management markets.
Buck converter drives up to seven LEDs in series
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
The CAT4201 7-W buck converter from Catalyst Semiconductor drives white LED strings up to 21 V; regulates current up to 350 mA, and eliminates need for a dedicated heat sink with up to 94 percent efficiency.
Dates added for ZigBee training
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
This hands-on three-day course is designed to provide a solid foundation in RF capabilities, MAC layer communications, OSAL/HAL usage, ZigBee networking and Z-Stack protocol stack-based product development.
Mini-ITX mainboard features two LAN ports
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
VIA Technologies recently introduced the EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX mainboard based on the VIA CX700 system media processor.
16-bit RISC MCU drives large LCD displays
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Take a look at Maxim's latest addition to its RISC MAXQ microcontroller product line. The MAXQ3100 integrates an RTC and LCD interface to save space in embedded and portable applications.
IXYS rolls out 5.5-kV extra-fast recovery diode
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
IXYS Corp.'s UK-based wholly owned subsidiary, Westcode Semiconductors Ltd. (Westcode), has launched a 1300-A, 5.5-kV extra-fast recovery diode.
Piezo transformers could shrink power supplies
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Passive component manufacturer Epcos AG has concluded research for a piezo-based transformer that could replace bulky conventional transformers in power supply applications.
Ceramic chip capacitor doubles capacitance value in 0402 package
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) Inc. has announced production availability of its 4.7 uF MLCC in a 0402 case size for decoupling power-line circuits in high-performance ICs.
Time instrument delivers 25 million events-per-second throughput rate
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
Agilent's TC890 time-to-digital converter features six independent stopwatches for precise timing measurements from a common start event to multiple stop events at a high resolution.
Isolated DC/DC converters target military equipment
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
XP Power has introduced a series of isolated DC/DC converters for systems that need to be powered from both12 Vdc and 24/28 Vdc electrical supplies.
Digital POL module boasts 60-amp current
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
Power-One introduces the 60-amp ZY8160 digital POL module for the server market, which is fully programmable via I2C or GUI interfaces.
DC/DC regulator system meets military requirements
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology introduces the first device, an encapsulated 10-A switching DC/DC regulator system, in a new family of uModule DC/DC regulators designed for military and avionics applications.
Samsung 30-inch LCD supports DisplayPort interface
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has developed what it claims is the world's liquid-crystal display panel with a DisplayPort interface, achieving 10.8-Gbit graphics data transmission with one chip.
SPDT switch achieves high isolation, linearity in un-powered state
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics' M/A-COM division has released a broadband, single control line SPDT switch, which achieves high isolation and linearity in an un-powered state.
Metalink releases dual-band 802.11n reference design
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
Multiple HD video streams ride on the 5 GHz band and PC data networking on the 2.4 GHz band.
Samsung intros its first dual-format hi def player
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has expanded its line up of high-definition optical disc players, with the launch of its first dual-format fully-featured high definition player that plays back both HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs -- model BD-UP5000 -- scheduled for delivery to retailer store shelves in the 4th quarter 2007.
Millimeter-wave amplifiers provide broadband performance
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
High-frequency RF module provider Endwave Corp. has released the LA series of millimeter-wave amplifiers that consists of 10 models covering 33- to 75-GHz in up to 20-GHz bandwidths.
White LED drivers target entry-level handsets
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
AnalogicTech has released the AAT3193, the first in a family of 2- and 3-channel, charge pump-based white LED drivers.
Blindmate vertical headers are available in 2 to 24 positions
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics has added blindmate vertical headers to its 4.2-mm PE series connector system.
Load switches improve thermal dissipation in portables
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's FPF214X and FPF216X series of IntelliMAX advanced load switches offer improved thermal performance and full system protection for portable applications operating between 1.8 V and 5.5 V.
PWM buck converter offers wide input voltage range
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
The AP1533 300 KHz, 1.8-A asynchronous PWM buck converter from Diodes Inc. features soft-start function, low ripple noise output and low-power consumption for a wide range of computing and consumer electronics applications.
Power-One Aurora series makes CEC Eligible Inverter list
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has added the Aurora PVI-5000 and PVI-6000 Series from Power-One Inc. to its list of Eligible Inverters, which facilitates rebates of up to $2.50 per watt for residential solar installations.
Power metal film resistors offer more choices
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Stackpole Electronics, Inc. has expanded its power metal film ASR and SPR series of axial-leaded anti-surge resistors.
Physicist plumbs disk media
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Despite tough talk from solid-state memory makers about the demise of hard disks, ingenious disk drive engineers have used trial-and-error to keep one step ahead.
HD Lab releases "SystemC Behavioral Synthesis Style Guide"
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
SystemC-based design coding and methodology guide from HD Lab now widely available in Japan.
Lattice expands support for open source LatticeMico32 embedded soft microprocessor core
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Device support for LatticeMico32 embedded soft microprocessor core now includes the new LatticeXP2 FPGA family, expanded software development support, and peripheral IP.
Kenwood takes minority stake in JVC
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Kenwood and Sparx have taken stakes in Victor Co. of Japan Ltd. (JVC) in a deal with majority shareholder Matsushita, which no longer will operate JVC as a consolidated holding.
Dual mode 3G WCDMA programmable wireless CPU targets automotive
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Wavecom SA has launched a fully programmable 3G wireless CPU, the Q26 Ultra, that employs high-bandwidth cellular capabilities to address the growing automotive and alarm/security markets.
AVR picoPower line expands with four 32-pin MCUs
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Check out Atmel's 32-pin picoPower AVR MCU with flash memory densities ranging from 4 to 32-Kbytes. The 32-pin devices consume as little as 340-µA in active mode at 1.8V running from the internal RC oscillator at 1-MHz, 650-nA in power-save mode with real time counter running, and 100-nA in power-down mode.
Kodak rolls sub-$100 camera with CMOS image sensor
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Eastman Kodak Co. is unveiling an entry-level digital still camera priced under $100. The new camera is powered by a proprietary 5-megapixel CMOS image sensor.
Wolfson harvests CMOS microphone from Oligon deal
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Mixed-signal, analog and audio chip vendor Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland) is beginning to reap the benefits of its acquisition in January 2007 of local MEMS design company Oligon Ltd.
Altera delivers first FPGA-based IP support for key industrial Ethernet protocols
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Industrial OEMs can flexibly and cost-effectively implement key Ethernet communications protocols in a single hardware design using Altera's FPGA-based IP support.
Instrumentation amplifiers deliver lowest offset voltage, first quad device
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Intersil has released a family of rail-to-rail input/output instrumentation amplifiers that includes the ISL28470, which the company says is the industry's first quad instrumentation amplifier.
DC/DC controller draws 30-microamps in automotive systems
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Check out Linear Technology's ultra-low quiescent current, two-phase dual output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 30µA when one output is active and only 50µA when both outputs are active, making it well-suited for automotive applications.
Software package simplifies digital RF test signal creation
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Tektronix has announced the availability of RFXpress, an advanced software package that performs RF/IF/IQ waveform creation and editing of digitally modulated signals for its AWG5000 and AWG7000 arbitrary waveform generators.
IRC receives approvals for 16 DSCC drawings
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
IRC Advanced Film Division has expanded its military product capabilities, offering a broad range of military-specific products including precision chip resistors and resistor networks. The company has also received approvals for 16 DSCC drawings.
Line-card chips meet Synchronous Ethernet timing requirements
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. is sampling a range of integrated analog/digital PLLs (phase-locked loops) that meet all Synchronous Ethernet timing requirements, including the latest recommendation from the ITU-T (International Telecommunications Union).
PMC/XMC module offers complete software radio system
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7/24/2007   Post a comment
Pentek has released its Model 7140-420 dual digital transceiver with wideband digital downconverter (DDC) core and interpolation filter. This is a complete software radio system in a PMC/XMC module with a GateFlow FPGA IP core that provides high-performance DDC and interpolation.
Greater power efficiency for Xilinx high-performance Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Addition to XtremeDSP portfolio optimizes power consumption for high- performance Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs from Xilinx.
DDR2 SO-DIMM features thermal heat-spreader
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
To improve convection cooling, Virtium Technology announced a thermal heat-spreader for its DDR2 SO-DIMM, SO-RDIMM and SO-CDIMM.
Tampa, RT Logic roll out satellite simulator with delay
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Tampa Microwave has launched the SatSim Plus product family of satellite simulators, which combines its link simulation system with the advanced capabilities of channel simulators from RT Logic.
Memory tester debuts for small lot production
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Verigy's latest product delivers high-mix, low-volume, low-cost production in small footprint.
Zero-drift high side current sense amplifier provides 10-microvolts offset
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC6102 is a zero-drift high side current sense amplifier that provides a maximum input offset voltage of 10µV and is capable of accepting differential sense voltages up to 2-V.
Telit readies dual processor M2M module
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Italian machine-to-machine networking modules specialist Telit has developed a GSM/GPRS module based on a dual CPU that it says significantly simplifies M2M design for POS terminals, fleet management systems and automated meter reading applications.
Cypress deal advances 'labless engineering'
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
In a move that advances "labless engineering," Presto Engineering Inc. has acquired a test facility from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. to provide engineering services to Cypress and other chip manufacturers.
Conexant secures cable STB design with China-based DareGlobal
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Conexant Systems, Inc. has announced that DareGlobal has chosen the company's standard-definition MPEG-2 decoders for two new cable set-top box (STB) receivers that are currently being deployed by multi-service operators in the provinces of Jiangsu and Shandong in the People's Republic of China.
Driver assistance system combines image, navigation
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7/23/2007   Post a comment
Siemens VDO is developing a driver assistance function that aims at preventing motorists driving inadvertently against the traffic on motorways. The system combines input signals from a camera and navigation systems.
Integrated 200V audio driver packs power in small footprint
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7/22/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor IC includes soft-limiting clamp to minimize distortion, drives 200 V at 50 mA with 0.0007% THD+N
National audio op amps promise industry's lowest distortion, highest linearity
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7/22/2007   Post a comment
Two families encompass 34 and 44V operation, THD+N of 0.00003% approaches "ideal" amplifier sought for by high-end audio designers
Integrated 200V audio driver packs power in small footprint
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7/22/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor IC includes soft-limiting clamp to minimize distortion, drives 200 V at 50 mA with 0.0007% THD+N
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