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Next-generation XPhase dual phase IC features independent power savings function
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced a next-generation XPhase dual phase IC with independent power savings function for energy-efficient multiphase server applications.
EASIC offers ASIC-in-a-Box design kits
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC house eASIC this week announced two ASIC-in-a-Box design kits that the company said would improve access to ASIC design and reverse the trend of declining ASIC starts.
Dopant-free transistor could boost printable electronics
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Researchers from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NamLab) based in Dresden (Germany) have created an electronic device that goes without dopants. The device gets its switching characteristics by means of electric fields. With its high electron mobility, it could eventually be used in printable electronics.
Boost switch delivers high efficiency in high-frequency step-up DC-DC designs
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild's boost switch combines a 30V integrated N-Channel PowerTrench MOSFET and Schottky diode for low input capacitance (55pF typical) and total gate charge (1nC) to improve efficiency in DC-DC boost designs.
Automotive SoC enables precision ultrasonic sensing
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Maxim's newest MAXQ mixed-signal microcontroller provides a compact SoC for accurate ultrasonic distance measurements, and adds intelligence to cost-sensitive sensor-conditioning applications.
Epson develops high-speed USB hub controller for auto applications
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Epson's S2R72A04 boasts an operating temperature range of -40°C to 105°C.
Low jitter clock generator targets broadcast video applications
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Silicon Labs' Si5324 replaces traditional multi-component video PLL products with a single clock IC while providing 80 percent lower jitter than competing products.
BVM : A-V capture card supports H.264 MPEG-4
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BVM’s MP-840, a high-end video and audio capture Mini-PCI card, supports the high performance H.264 MPEG-4 video compression standard, digitally encoding four channels at 120 fps with full D1 resolution.
JTAG : Boundary-scan controller supports PCIe bus
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JTAG Technologies has added the DataBlaster JT 37x7/PCIe to its line of high-performance boundary-scan IEEE Std. 1149.1 controllers. The unit offers support for the PCI-express slot format found extensively in today’s PCs.
Ericsson : POL supplies allow easy paralleling
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Based on the popular POLA platform, two point-of-load (POL) devices from Ericsson Power Modules provide easy paralleling, making it possible for power servers and memory storage designers to access very flexible solutions for the next generation of low voltage supplies with high dc currents approaching 100 A.
Exar enters digital power market
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The first two products in the series—the XRP7704 and XRP7740—are two highly integrated field programmable power regulator ICs that Exar claims provide programmable digital power at the same cost as analog with many additional power management features.
Rigel : Vital signs simulator simulates six parameters
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A hand held, combination vital signs simulator capable of undertaking six synchronised vital signs parameters tests has been launched by Rigel Medical.
Industry wants more from EC than just awareness
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The European semiconductor industry hails the EC announcement to foster nanotechnology and electronics. But the EC measures are not fast enough and not going far enough, some criticize.
Wacker retreats from solar wafer business
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Wacker Chemie AG (Munich) backs out of the joint venture with Schott Solar AG. The move highlights the competitive dynamics in the solar industry.
Mirics, Nvidia develop CUDA-based mobile TV
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PC-TV chip company Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, England) has said it has developed a mobile TV receiver to run on Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs).
Philips to close facility in France
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Here comes another name on the list of site closures. Dutch Royal Philips announced it would shut down its TV production facility in Dreux, France, a move that will impact about 212 jobs. No date has been mentioned.
Avnet releases Spartan-6 kits
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Electronics distributor Avnet released a pair of new kits supporting Spartan-6 FPGAs from Xilinx.
Step-down DC/DC converter draws only 85uA of quiescent current
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Linear Technology Corporation has announced the LT3980, a 2A, 58Vin step-down switching regulator with Burst Mode operation to maintain quiescent current under 85uA.
WIRELESS/RF - Kits speed Zigbee development on ARM Cortex-M3 SoC cores
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EM35x InSight Development Kits enable development and debugging of ZigBee products on ARM Cortex-M3 based SoCs
Microsemi offers RF power transistors in thermally-enhanced MOSFET package
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Microsemi Corporation (Irvine, California) has introduced a new family of RF MOSFETs in a thermally-enhanced SOE package for broadband commercial and hi-rel applications requiring high power and gain without compromising reliability, ruggedness, or inter-modulations distortion.
Class D audio amplifier delivers constant 1-W to provide continuous high quality audio output as battery depletes
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ON Semiconductor has introduced a new Class D audio amplifier with an integrated charge pump that provides a cost-effective and space-efficient speaker amplifier solution for applications such as cell phones, digital video recorders and portable speakers.
Boost switch delivers high efficiency in high-frequency step-up DC-DC designs
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Fairchild Semiconductor brings designers of cell phones, medical, portable and consumer applications a boost switch that provides high efficiency in boost conversion circuits.
Battery charger module for Li-ion batteries fits small footprint
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Micro Power has released a SMC-65 battery charger module for Li-ion batteries which features an open frame charger assembly that provides efficient, reliable battery charging in a small footprint that can be easily integrated into industrial, medical and military OEM products.
Analog Devices : HDMI 1.4 transceiver suits home and pro AV systems
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Analog Devices has expanded its Advantiv advanced television portfolio with an HDMI 1.4 (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) transceiver for home and professional AV (audio/video) designs.
Atmel : 128 KB flash MCU suits low-power applications
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Atmel has announced a 128 KB picoPower megaAVR microcontroller, targeting size-constrained, low-power applications.
Maxim introduces mixed-signal MCU for ultrasonic sensor applications
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Maxim introduces the newest member of its MAXQ RISC microcontroller product line: the MAXQ7667 SoC (system-on-chip), mixed-signal microcontroller for ultrasonic sensor applications.
ADI to upstage Silicon Image with new HDMI 1.4 IC
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9/29/2009   5 comments
Some new AV receivers or sound bars -- scheduled for Christmas launch -- may come with HDMI 1.4 features including audio return channel and 3D processing, but they will be powered by Analog Devices' new HDMI 1.4 transceiver IC, rather than those by Silicon Image.
Virage rolls new interface IP products
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Intellectual property vendor Virage Logic announced new interface IP products to join its SiPro product line, the group of products that have sprung from the company's January licensing agreement with AMD.
Integrated DAC and line-out driver claims power consumption savings of two thirds
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STMicroelectronics has introduced a combined audio-DAC and line-driver IC that can supply the audio Line-Out connection in set-top boxes, DVD players and other consumer devices.
Suss seeks strategic position in Taiwan's 3D chip game
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Back-end semiconductor tool vendor Suss Microtec (Garching, Germany) joins the Taiwan-based 3D chip integration equipment consortium Adstac. The company expects that the move secures a "strategic edge" in a booming future market.
Yamaichi : SIM and Smart card reader mounts on circuit board
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With the FMS008-4000-xx connector Yamaichi offers a variable reading system for SIM and Smart cards.
Jova rolls low-cost image sensor tester
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Hoping to lower the cost of CMOS image sensor testing, Jova Solutions Inc. has rolled out its next-generation tester.
OSRAM introduces new compact LEDs for daytime running lights in mid-range vehicles
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has introduced the OSLON MX ECE and OSLON SX ECE LEDs designed for use in daytime running lights in the front light clusters of mid-range vehicles.
SmartGridLicense.com serves as hub for utilities and other industries seeking information about Smart Grid technology
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
A new Web site was launched to serve as a resource for utilities and other industries seeking information about licensing technology that fosters development of the Smart Grid.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Arasan adds IEEE 1588 PTP support to Ethernet IP Core
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Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. has integrated support for IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) into its Ethernet IP core. Mission critical environments such as factory automation systems, networking environments, manufacturing, test and measurement systems rely on IEEE 1588 to maintain precise timing synchronization in order to execute activities in real-time.
Analog Devices offers first PDM digital-input class D audio amplifier for portable applications
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Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced what the company claims is the industry's first PDM (pulse density modulation) digital-input Class D audio amplifier for handset and other portable applications, such as portable media players and laptop computers.
Emerson Network Power unveils high-efficiency, triple-output AC-DC power solution
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has launched a new high-efficiency AC-DC power solution which features information technology equipment (ITE) and non-patient contact/critical medical safety approvals, making them ideal for use in ITE and light industrial systems, as well as equipment intended for non-patient contact and non-patient critical use in low power medical, dental and laboratory applications.
58-VIN, 2-A with IOUT, 2.4 MHz step-down DC/DC converter draws 85-uA of quiescent current
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Linear Technology Corporation has introduced a 2 A, 58 V(IN) step-down switching regulator with Burst Mode operation to maintain quiescent current under 85 uA.
VW, Varta JV to speed up e-car battery research
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9/28/2009   1 comment
Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen plans to intensify its efforts to develop and eventually produce batteries for electric cars. Besides its existing collaboration with Sanyo and Toshiba, the manufacturer plans to launch a research joint venture with Varta Microbattery GmbH.
Synopsys expands parasitic extraction capabilities for AMS designs
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor, Synopsys Inc. has expanded its parasitic extraction tools with analog mixed-signal (AMS) and custom digital IC designers in mind.
'Hydromount' smooths ride, dampens engine vibration
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9/25/2009   1 comment
A new engine mount and suspension system from Trelleborg Automotive aims to improve road-shake damping while enhancing engine vibration isolation.
Dialog raises capital to fund growth, license technology
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor (Kirchheim, Germany) plans to use the proceeds from its capital raise to fund the growth of the company. In addition, the company plans to spend money for technology licenses.
Multiphase PWM regulators offer optimal voltage regulation for Intel mobile CPUs
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation has introduced new compact multiphase PWM regulators that comply with the Intel Mobile Voltage Positioning (IMVP-6.5TM) specification.
Maxim unveils integrated PMIC for gate-in-panel LCD monitors
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced an integrated PMIC for gate-in-panel (GIP) LCD monitors to provide a cost-competitive solution for powering the source drivers, gate drivers, and VCOM backplane in LCD monitor panels.
Lab network creates PV long-term test standard
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
With photovoltaic installations becoming ubiquitous, module designers and system integrators increasingly need methods to analyze and predict their long-term degradation behavior. A pan-European network of laboratories has created a joint test procedure that likely will form the cornerstone of a standard.
QuantaSol adopts dilute nitrides to boost solar efficiency
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
QuantaSol Ltd (Kingston-upon-Thames, UK), an independent designer and manufacturer of strain-balanced quantum-well solar cells, has exclusively licensed advanced materials growth technology from the University of Houston to make QuantaSol's manufacturing process simpler and cheaper, while further improving solar cell efficiency.
Sunovia partners EPIR to break world record Open Circuit Voltage for CdTe thin film solar cells
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc., has partnered EPIR Technologies, Inc. to fabricate single-junction and two-junction cadmium telluride (CdTe) based solar cells that claim to have surpassed the long-standing world record open circuit voltage (Voc) for thin film CdTe solar cells.
Industry deliberates on counterfeit chips
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Facing increasing threat for critical infrastructures and applications through counterfeit semiconductors, representatives of all major chip-making regions met for a workshop on anti-counterfeit measures. However besides demonstrating mutual consent, the measures to be taken remain rather vague.
Micropower voltage reference offers high PSRR for portable applications
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a precision, micropower voltage reference, which is an IC that offers a high PSRR of 51 dB (typ) at 2 kHz to ease design of applications with electrically noisy environments.
10-A synchronous DC/DC controller offers digital power control in space saving package
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics has expanded its family of Programmable Power Manager (PPM) integrated circuits (ICs) with the SMB211 single-channel, synchronous DC/DC controller.
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