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Klass D-förstärkare för mobil multimedia
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Konsumenternas växande efterfrågan på bättre audioegenskaper och hifi-ljud i mobiltelefoner har lett till att konstruktörerna nu optimerar klass D-förstärkare för att klara brus- och effekthantering, skriver här Robert Hatfield, Technical Marketing Engineer vid Wolfson Microelectronics plc.
Bättre sändare med aktiv blandare
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En ny generation aktiva blandare, för sändarapplikationer, har hög dynamik och kräver lägre lokaloscillatorsignal än passiva blandare. Därför ställer de mindre krav på både förstärkning och filtrering vilket spar både pengar och utrymme. Den aktiva blandrens egenskaper beskrivs här av James Wong, marknadsansvarig för högfrekvensprodukter från Linear Technology.
NAND moves into new markets
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NAND flash, like the Pac-Man videogame character of old, continues to gobble up new storage markets, in many cases replacing tape- and disk-based storage. While NOR-type flash will continue to be used in hundreds of systems to store boot-up code, market research firms report that it is NAND flash that is growing fast, in turn driving growth in the semiconductor industry.

Can Congress, top court fix patent system?
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Everyone agrees today's overburdened patent system needs relief. Separate efforts are in the works to address patent reform this year in Congress, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Not so free economy
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Here's a not-so-trivial question: What do the U.S. Congress and the Chinese Communist Party have in common? Answer: They both want to redefine capitalism. In the process, and perhaps unwittingly, they are also redefining communism.
Get ready now for China RoHS
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On Feb. 28, China promulgated the final version of its own Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive, the "Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products." The measure is slated to take effect on March 1, 2007. Companies doing business in China have a year to prepare — but what does that entail?
High-reliability RoHS challenge
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The rapid shift to RoHS compliance by many component manufacturers is simplifying life for OEMs in the high-volume consumer sector, but it's turning into a nightmare for companies that are exempt from the RoHS directive and now find leaded parts in short supply.
Who's growing?
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Are we looking at a market that's growing, declining or stalled? Answers to this question vary widely when it concerns the electronics industry, which has seen explosive growth in some sectors and massive contractions in others.
China distribution: Wide open
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Most people in the electronics industry know that China imported more than $50 billion worth of components in 2005. But who supplied those parts and how they got into manufacturing facilities in China, where an increasing number of the world's leading OEMs are churning out their products, are less well-known facts.
Toward world-class
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It was 1953 when Chairman Mao Zedong introduced China's first five-year plan, setting the course for the industrialization of the most populous nation on earth under the heavy guiding hand of the central government. Last month, Premier Wen Jiabao announced the 11th five-year plan to the National People's Congress in Beijing. Whereas Mao and his successors stepped on the gas, often with both feet, Wen is tapping the brakes.
Government as a catalyst for growth
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One of the Chinese government's primary objectives in its 11th five-year plan is to transform the country's technology sector from a low-cost, low-margin manufacturing source to a developer of world-class, higher-value-add products. While it doesn't dictate to industry as heavy-handedly as it did in the past, the government still exerts significant influence over sectors of the economy through policies and initiatives.
A numbers game
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On a unit basis, DRAM makers are producing and selling more. Hot demand is keeping production plants operating close to or at capacity, new markets and applications are opening up, and inventories are only slightly above normal levels. So what ails the DRAM market, where sales growth in 2005 was negative and a giant question mark hangs over 2006?
A deadly sin
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Practitioners of Lean manufacturing can usually recall six of the seven deadly sins of Lean: overproduction, excess inventory, unnecessary movement, waiting, overprocessing and defects. Yet it is always the seventh sin - transportation waste - that's most deceptive.
A Better View
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In today's electronics industry, the reduced geometries of high-volume components, coupled with ever-increasing demand for faster customer turnaround, has led to a growing need for automated packaging solutions.
Inspection that really counts
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The solution to Compex Corp.'s packaging and component verification problems was simple. Implementing it, however, was a different matter. So, the company sought an expert
EC fits single-port bridge chip for PCI Express in small BGA
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NEC Electronics America Inc. is sampling a single-port PCI Express (PCIe) bridge application-specific standard product (ASSP) housed in a more-compact 21-mm2 BGA package for low-profile PCI cards, as well as server, workstation, graphics equipment and other storage and network-related applications.
E2open format supports IPC-1752 data exchange
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Supply chain software and service provider E2open (Redwood City, Calif.) has released what it says is the first data format that fully supports the new IPC-1752 standard.
Newark unveils RoHS-compliant catalog
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As the deadline nears to implement the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, OEMs, component suppliers and distributors are pulling together in a last-ditch effort to remove obstacles to compliance.
Consolidation in SCM market
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Supply chain collaboration — that holiest of holy grails in the manufacturing economy — is driving the latest wave of consolidation in the supply chain management market, and small vendors are the main target.
A new spin on fee-for-services
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Not long ago, distributors collectively tried to separate routine activities like device programming, demand planning and proximity warehousing from the sale of components in order to boost profits.
Are You Guilty of Survey Malpractice?
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Qualitative research provides the eyes, but quantitative research provides the legs of validation.
It's Not The Cost. It's The Productivity.
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Why call center outsourcing in North America could stage a comeback this year.
Outsourcing to Indians? Makes Sense to Me!
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Our provocative columnist thinks that Native American call center workers are a good alternative to Indians in India.
North American Outsourcers Deserve Renewed Attention
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Considering offshore outsourcing for your call centers? One expert thinks there are good reasons to look closer to home, as well.
Best of Call Center Demo and Conference Austin
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When it came time to hunt for treasure in the exhibit hall of our first call center event of the year, our intrepid editorial team did not quail. Here are the best new tools we saw at the show.
Is Hosting the Future of Speech?
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Hosted speech services can be cheaper, quicker to deploy, and easier to manage.
What You Need to Understand About Abandoned Calls
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How to lower your call center's abandonment rates.
Agent Training on a Shoestring
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Automated training modules use computers and websites to deliver precise bits of training information to reps. Do they work? Can they replace more traditional classroom training?
The Fleischer Report: Economy of Scope
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Consolidation, whether it results from a merger or a decision to centralize call centers, can expand agents' job responsibilities.
USB JTAG debuggers target ARM, Xscale, PowerPC micros
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A pair of inexpensive USB 2.0 JTAG debug interface devices are now available from Macraigor Systems. These devices target ARM, Xscale, and PowerPC microprocessors.
Cypress claims first QDR II+, SDR II+ samples
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Claiming an industry first, Cypress Semiconductor said it has begun sampling QDR II+ and DDR II+ SRAM devices.
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