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DC/DC converter offers doubled power density in PoL modules
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9/30/2006   Post a comment
The TLynx series from Tyco Electronics features tunable-loop that optimizes transient response and enhances system performance.
HDTV-ready video processor targets embedded apps
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
VIA Technologies, Inc.'s VIA CX700M integrated video processor for the VIA C7 and Eden processor platforms integrated premium graphics, audio, memory, storage, and HDTV support all in a single chip design. Integrated into the chip are the Northbridge and Southbridge functions.
JVC rear-projection TV hangs on wall
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
To better compete against flat-screen TV sets, Victor Company of Japan Ltd. (JVC) has developed an optical engine that allows a 60-inch class rear projection TV to have a depth of just 10 inches.
Encoder modules target office automation
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Avago Technologies offers an enhanced series of ultra-small optical encoder modules with resolutions of up to 360 lines per inch (LPI), which is said to be the highest in the industry. The new AEDS-964x series is a drop-in replacement for the company's AEDS-962x series.
Plug connector system offers three connection choices
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Phoenix Contact has introduced the COMBI plug connectors, a modular "plug-and-play" system that is available in three connection technologies - screw, spring and IDC.
Rugged optical interconnect comes in lower profile
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics has expanded its rugged PRO BEAM optical interconnect systems with the low-profile PRO BEAM Mini connector that shortens the connector length and reduces its weight by over half as compared with the original PRO BEAM Jr. product.
Capacitive sensing devices deliver 60 percent lower power consumption
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a family of PSoC devices optimized for use in capacitive sensing interface applications such as front-panel displays and media controls.
Resistors target medical apps
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Stackpole has launched a new product group for medical applications. These medical-grade components include high- and medium-voltage chip resistors, divider networks, high precision resistors, and special precision resistors.
CMOS device provides 16-bit I/O expansion for Eye-squared-C, SMBus apps
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Catalyst has beefed up its I/O port expander chip family with a 16-bit device that helps designers balance system performance, processor and board costs for sensor, control and LED applications in white goods, digital cameras, cell phones, PDAs, satellite radios, routers, hubs and servers.
Hot products: GPS/Galileo chip set, ARM-7 microcontroller
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
This week's hot products include a dual GPS/Galileo chip set, an ARM-7 microcontroller with dual high-speed buses, an arbitrary waveform generator and an infrared thermometer.
Xilinx extends ISE 8.2i to include support for largest 65-nm FPGA
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx has made available a downloadable extension to the 8.2i Integrated Software Environment (ISE) Foundation tool suite, allowing access to the Virtex-5 LX330, the industry's largest 65-nm FPGA.
Vast adds ARM PrimeCell models and AXI bus
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Virtual system prototyping technology provider Vast Systems Technology announced the availability of Vast models of the ARM PrimeCell PL080 DMA Controller, PL011 UART, PL190 Vector Interrupt Controller, PL131 Smart Card Interface and the AMBA AXI bus.
Reference design simplifies 10-GbE switch system development
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Check out this 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch reference design in which TranSwitch's CX-4 retimers connect via XAUI to Fulcrum Microsystem's FocalPoint low-latency switches. The combination offers extended reach data center connectivity over low-cost copper connections.
BVS's hand-held spectrum analyzer targets WiMAX
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
A touch-screen user interface and ruggedized water-resistant casing compliment the spectrum analysis features.
Network multimedia co-processor addresses streaming of high definition content
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
The LAN9131 network multimedia co-processor supports multiple high definition audio/video streams, software protocol stack management and security. The wired Ethernet co-processor supports Digital Living Network Alliance™ (DLNA) guidelines.
USB 2.0 IP tailored for ultra low-power apps
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Chipidea's USB 2.0 IP is designed specifically for ultra low-power applications, featuring key battery-management functions.
8bit microcontrollers reduce cost of car body applications
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
The ST7FL family of 8-bit microcontrollers provides flexibility and reliability for a wide variety of cost-sensitive car body applications including wipers, climate control, door locking, sunroof, window lift.
LG.Philips LCD claims slimmest LCD for mobiles
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
LG.Philips LCD Co. is claiming the world's slimmest TFT-LCD panel for mobile phones.
Santa Rosa core controllers boost Pd reporting accuracy
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL6260C, ISL6261A, and ISL6262A core controllers meet Intel's next-generation (Core Duo and Core 2 Duo) mobile platform requirements, providing improved reporting accuracy for power dissipation, higher efficiency, and even better transient response.
Radio network analyzer suits different technologies
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Reliable network coverage is a key requirement for the successful implementation of new technologies and applications. To support network operators in meeting this requirement, Rohde & Schwarz developed the radio network analyzers TSML-x in addition to its universal radio network analyzer TSMU.
LED driver with diagnostics cuts maintenance costs
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Bringing new functionality to traditional LED driver chips, austriamicrosystems' AS1109 integrates LED error-diagnostic readback circuitry for detecting open and shorted LEDs and thermal anomalies for a variety of large fixed, slow-rolling and bar-graph displays, industrial controller displays, and traffic signs.
Xilinx extends ISE to support Virtex-5 LX330
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Xilinx announced the availability of a downloadable extension to the 8.2i integrated software environment Foundation tool suite allowing access to the Virtex-5 LX330 FPGA.
Narrow-profile, wide-range DC/DCs deliver up to 288 watts
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Acopian's Narrow Profile series of single-output DC/DC supplies, available in over 150 models that provide from 3.3 to 125 volts, delivers up to 288 watts for applications where other supplies won't fit.
ZiLOG's 16-bit MCU targets security apps
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
ZiLOG Inc.'s ZNEO Z16F family of flash microcontrollers, based on the company's new ZNEO 16-bit CPU core, targets specific markets such as high-end motor control and domestic security applications.
Ramtron's 512Kb FRAM offers high-speed SPI interface.
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron International Corp.'s FM25L512 is a 512 Kbit 3-volt nonvolatile FRAM device with a high-speed serial peripheral interface.
Protection devices safeguard low-voltage systems
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Semtech has released three single-line versions of its uClamp protection products designed for portable devices with low-voltage levels, starting at 3.3V.
CMOS image sensors combine small pixel size, image quality for camera phones
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba has expanded its Dynastron image sensor product line with the addition of two new chips, the 3.2 megapixel ET8EE6-AS CMOS image sensor and 2.0 megapixel ET8EF2-AS CMOS image sensor SoC with an integrated image signal processor (ISP) for next-generation camera phones.
Agilent claims first PSP model extraction package
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Claiming an industry first, Agilent Technologies announced the availability of Pennsylvania State University-Philips model parameter extraction package for advanced CMOS device models.
Rail-to-rail op-amps draw less than 1 microamp
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT6003 (single), LT6004 (dual), and LT6005 (quad) rail-to-rail op-amps draw less than 1 microamp in operation— a new benchmark for precision low-voltage devices and tiny footprint, according to the company.
Intel unveils UWB reference designs
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has introduced Wireless UWB Link 1480 MAC (media access controller) silicon and reference designs for ultra-wideband host solutions.
Ultra-low-profile inductor fits into tight spaces
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
C&D Technologies has introduced a family of miniature, surface-mount, I-core power inductors for use in designs with restricted PCB space and height.
STMicroelectronics' ARM7 MCUs tout full-spec operation at 3.3V and 5V
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has extended its STR7 line of 32-bit microcontrollers based on the ARM7TDMI-S core with the launching of the general purpose STR750F family that supports full-spec operation at both 3.3V and 5V.
Power resistor delivers thermal efficiency
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
SMHP Series non-inductive power resistors in a surface mount package are rated up to 20 W. Housed in a small, thin TO-263 package thay are suitable for high density PCB installation.
DVB-H receiver is designed for multi-standard mobile TV
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Frontier Silicon has announced its Paradiso FS1030 multi-standard digital TV baseband IC, the first chip designed specifically for receiving mobile TV, video, audio and data services over multiple standards. The highly integrated chip supports DVB-H, DVB-T, T-DMB, DAB-IP and enhanced packet mode DAB. Paradiso is sampling to lead customers now.
32-Mbit Flash memory targets automotive applications
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has announced an enhanced version of its 32-Mbit Flash memory chip that is intended specifically for the automotive market. Offering high-speed memory access over a wide operating temperature range, the M58BW32F fits perfectly with automotive customers’ needs for powertrain and transmission-control modules, and for other high-performance automotive systems that use the latest generation of 32-bit microcontrollers.
Synchronous buck regulator includes two VLDOs
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. announces the LTC3446, a 1A, 2.25 MHz, synchronous buck regulator with two 300mA VLDOs in a single monolithic IC. The input voltage range of 2.5V to 5.5V makes this triple output regulator ideal for single cell Li-Ion/Polymer, or multicell alkaline/NiCad/NiMH powered applications.
4-phase PWM controller touts fastest response for Intel, AMD systems
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Intersil's "all-in-one-VID" four-phase PWM buck controllers claim the industry's fastest response and highest system accuracy for Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Extreme, and AMD AM3 motherboards.
Add-on digital filter IC facilitates quick monitoring system upgrades
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Quickfilter Technologies' QF1D512 SavFIRe is a finite impulse response (FIR) digital filter that designers can add between an existing analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and the host controller, thus offering a fast and simple upgrade path for existing systems.
Phihong PoE midspans for SNMP available
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Phihong, a global leader in Power-over-Ethernet solutions, now offers midspans with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) for use in managed networks. The SNMP protocol enables network administrators to manage and monitor networks, and remotely diagnose and solve any network problems.
Altera and Northwest Logic deliver 667-Mbps DDR2 SDRAM interface solution
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
This interface combines Altera's auto-calibration DDR2 PHY and Northwest Logic's full-featured DDR2 SDRAM Controller Core.
Ambient light photo sensor controls backlighting in consumer apps
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has developed a new version of its analog-output ambient light photo sensor that helps conserve power and extend the life of LCD screens in portable display devices.
IDT network search accelerator matches Bay Micro's Chesapeake NP performance
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
IDT announced that its application-optimized network search accelerator, the IDT 75S10000A delivers a search rate of one billion searches per second, able to support the demands of Bay Microsystems' Chesapeake network processor.
CompactPCI boards are conduction cooled
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Conduction cooling and no socketed devices make these CompactPCI single-board computers suitable for harsh environment applications across an extended temperature range. They pack Pentium M processors and PCI Express architectures.
Synopsys claims tripling of TetraMAX ATPG tool performance
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Synopsys said enhancements to its TetraMAX automatic test pattern generation product enable a typical speedup of three fold or more in runtime performance across all design styles compared with the previous version.
Texas Instruments introduces low-cost floating-point DSP
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments today announced its lowest-cost floating-point DSP, the TMS320C6720. The TMS320C6720 is priced at $5.75 (10KU) and runs at 200MHz.
NEC wideband CMOS switch IC features single control voltage
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
The UPD5713TK CMOS SPDT switch offers a low cost alternative to GaAs IC switches and a low part count alternative to pin diodes.
AMS Technologies expands its range of power semiconductors
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
AMS Technologies has added power semiconductor switches and power modules from Cynergy3 to its product range. The products, including bridges, triacs, SCRs, thyristors and power modules, are used where the control of motors with no mechanical contact is necessary.
Free reference design integrates display interface in Lattice FPGAs
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Check out this free reference design from Lattice Semiconductor. The reference design illustrates how to use the pre-engineered I/O components within its low cost LatticeECP2 and new LatticeECP2M FPGA families to implement the 7:1 source synchronous LVDS interfaces commonly found in display applications.
Power connector series ramps up current rating
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics has expanded its AMP Power Series with the 350 series connectors that offer a high current rating of 222 A at 600 V (AC or DC) when using 300 MCM wire with a 30 degree C temperature rise.
Sharp develops first triple-vision LCD display
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Sharp announced that it has developed the world's first liquid crystal display (LCD) panel, which allows the viewing of three different images on one screen at the same time.
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