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Fairchild's New 8-Terminal Logic Package"is 60% Smaller than US8
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MicroPak 8's rugged attachment system improves yields and reliability over a wide range of mechanical and temperature stresses, the company says.
Bus switch families target datacom and networking equipment
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Worried about the shift to higher speeds and lower operating voltages? Texas Instruments claims its' CB3T is the industry's only Bus Switches supporting 5V / 3.3V to 2.5V level translation. Its' CB3Q is a high-performance Bus Switch family with very-low and flat Ron and its' CBT-C is an enhanced 5V Bus Switch family with -2V undershoot protection.
TI claims First Demo of PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge
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10/26/2003   Post a comment
PCI Express is a dual-simplex, point-to-point serial differential low-voltage interconnect that will consolidate all application requirements for use by multiple market segments. PCI Express architecture will be a high-performance, highly flexible, scalable, reliable, stable and cost-effective general-purpose I/O architecture that will seamlessly complement existing PCI buses and transition the market over the next several years, allowing system and communication designers to use new topologies.
TI crosspoint switches promise low-noise, low jitter in fault-tolerant systems
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The SN65LVCP22 and SN65LVP23 2x2 crosspoint switches support 2:2 buffering (repeating), 1:2 splitting, 2:1 multiplexing and 2x2 switching. In addition, the devices incorporate wide common-mode (OV to 4V) receivers, allowing for the receipt of LVDS, LVPECL and CML signals.
TI touts digital music, video and camera functionality in BenQ's first multimedia cellular handset
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The BENQ Smartphone will include a Texas Instruments OMAP processor and GSM/GPRS wireless technology. "Superior application performance and high-speed connectivity," says the press release.
AMCC, IBM, Infineon Technologies, Texas Instruments And Xilinx team on 10 Gbits/s Standards
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A multi-company initiative - dubbed "UXPi" " hopes to spearhead a common physical-layer standard for 10 Gbits/s data bus transfers.
Agere revamps DSP, ARM interface in mobiles
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Agere released a messaging interface in August that could change the way DSP and ARM microprocessor cores exchange data and control commands in the baseband section of a mobile phone architecture.
DSP is dead; long live DSP
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Why are custom IC and ASIC vendors claiming their implementation of DSP is faster, cheaper, cooler and perhaps prettier than a programmable DSP from the usual suspects: TI, Agere Systems, Motorola and ADI? Will Strauss, in a June 2002 column in EE Times, says if you think the general-purpose DSP vendors are sitting on the butts, thing again.
Motorola 16-bit hybrid MCU/DSP serves embedded applications
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56800E core combined with embedded flash yields higher performance controllers with extended temperature operation
Motorola's "Symphony" chases digital radio design wins
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Christmas 2003 radios will receive more stations and sound notably better, says October 2002 press release
Micron supports market with RLDRAM II products
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Micron Technology is pushing a 288 Mbit reduced latency DRAM II (RLDRAM II) with a fast refresh device. Micron is sampling 288Mb RLDRAM II devices operating at 400 megahertz (MHz) double data rate (DDR) operation.
Configurable split rail translator operates from 1.5 to 3.3V
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Texas Instruments' AVCA and AVCB164245 devices allow for bi-directional voltage translation from various core voltage nodes
Multi-function PicoGate logic device simplifies system design and reduces component count
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Philips announced what it claimed was the industry's first multi-function PicoGate logic semiconductor optimized for crystal oscillator applications. The new 74LVC1GX04 crystal driver combines the functions of an un-buffered inverter and a driver into one logic device thereby allowing designers to reduce component count, save board space, and accelerate time to market.
Philips "pepper flake" shrinks logic packaging
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Philips Electronics announced it was expanding its offering of a small logic IC package with the addition of the industry's first 24-pin Depopulated very-thin Quad Flat-pack No-leads (DQFN) package " arguably the world's smallest. It's designed for logic gates, octals, and medium scale integrated circuits.
Commentary: The benefits of standardization in packaging
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10/26/2003   Post a comment
There are many ways to illustrate the benefits of standardization for suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and ultimately, the end consumer. Standardization of the USB port on the PC, for example, has made the addition of peripherals relatively simple and inexpensive. The more you standardize, the more you drive down costs, insist these competitors in an opinion piece that originally appeared in EBN.
Innovative I^2C devices for controlling light emitting diodes
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Philips says its I^2C devices for controlling light emitting diodes expand use of the i^2C bus in computing, communication, and networking applications.
TI hopes to make its logic devices lead-free
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Logic Products Migrate to Improved Pb-Free Finishes/Balls with Classification per J-STD-020B (Max Reflow Temp of 250 degrees C) Pb-Free Parameters.
Where standard logic was in 2001
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Standard logic in 2000 maintained a solid presence in an increasingly specialized semiconductor market. The general-purpose, or "glue logic," nature of standard logic continued to help it stay competitive with ASICs, systems-on-a-chip, and other integrated solutions. EBN said the market was strong.
Renesas to be second source for TI's packages
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Renesas Technology Corp. has adopted Texas Instruments' lead-free NanoFree package for its standard logic ICs and will promote the package as a second-source supplier.
Bus switch chip families aim for mixed-signal apps
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Texas Instruments Inc. says it has designed its CB3T, CB3Q and CBT-C bus switch chip families to meet the needs of system designers who face the challenge of supporting mixed-mode signal operation and need bus interface devices that provide voltage translation.
Power-over-Ethernet hookup eased
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Linear Technology's LTC4257 interface controller is the company's first power-over-Ethernet device made specifically to meet the powered device (PD) requirements of IEEE's 802.3af specification.
Maxim switch powers up to eight USB ports
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Maxim's MAX1562, MAX1562H and MAX-1563 current-limited switches power up to eight Universal Serial Bus ports. These 3- and 4-amp devices offer such features as autoreset and fault blanking for USB applications in notebook and desktop computers.
PowerQUICC III Adds Security Engine
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10/25/2003   Post a comment
Motorola is unveiling the new MPC8555 PowerQUICC III processor with integrated security at the Network Processors Conference West in San Jose, California and at the Smart Networks Developer Forum (SNDF) in Taipei, Taiwan, and Qingdao, China.
Toshiba Europe Announces Low-Cost Starter Kit for 8-bit Flash MCUs
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10/25/2003   Post a comment
Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced a new low-cost Starter Kit providing a self-contained solution for developing and debugging embedded systems based on the company's latest 8-bit microcontrollers that feature 16kbytes of on-board NAND-type flash memory.
VIA Finds a Way to Trim Processor Size, Add Security Features
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10/24/2003   Post a comment
Made in a 130nm process and available at speeds of 533MHz, 800MHz and 1GHz, the Eden-N is almost without question Via's best processor yet. It features the very small nanoBGA package, which measures just 15mm x 15mm. By comparison, Intel's Pentium M CPU measures in at 35mm x 35mm
Maxim announces 3841crosspoint switch
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10/24/2003   Post a comment
The MAX3841 is ideal for high-speed serial-data loopback, redundancy and switching for serial OC-192 and 10-Gigabit Ethernet applications or other applications up to 12.5 Gbits/s. Jon Gabay gives this assessment.
DRAM vendors slot DDR3 for 2006 debut
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10/24/2003   Post a comment
With DDR2 SDRAM just getting ready to crack the market, memory makers last week confirmed that the architecture's follow-on, DDR3, will debut in 2006. At a JEDEX conference here, the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association said a feature set for the DDR3 standard will be defined in 2004.
TI's transceivers satisfy TIA/EIA-485
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10/24/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' SN65HVD1176 and SN75HVD1176 Profibus transceivers have been designed to provide improved output transition skew of less than 1 nanosecond (0.2 ns typical), giving system designers the ability to tighten up the total timing budget of their networked applications.
MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC., ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF
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MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC., ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FIRST RLDRAM II PRODUCT SAMPLES
ARM's Next-Generation Processor Gets a New Look
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10/24/2003   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc's next-generation processor will be a superscalar machine that will break through the gigahertz clock frequency threshold that has until now blocked what is mainly the preserve of PC and server microprocessors.
More for the Money
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10/23/2003   Post a comment
Murray Slovick looks at Philips' new LPC2114 and LPC2124 32-bit MCUs, aimed at a wide range of applications including motor control, servo loop control, power management and data acquisition. Key features of the devices include up to 256K bytes of embedded Flash memory, 10-bit A/D converters, 16K of SRAM and 10mm x 10mm size.
More for the Money
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Murray Slovick looks at two new members of Philips' ARM-based MCU family. The new LPC2114 and LPC2124 32-bit MCUs are aimed at a wide range of applications including motor control, servo loop control, power management and data acquisition. Key features of the devices include up to 256K bytes of embedded flash memory, 10-bit A/D converters, 16K of SRAM and a 10mm x 10mm footprint.
Motorola to sell China fab to SMIC
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10/23/2003   Post a comment
As expected, Motorola Inc. announced plans to sell its fab in China to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), a silicon foundry provider in Shanghai.
"Shoot-Through" in Synchronous Buck Converters
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10/23/2003   Post a comment
The synchronous buck circuit is in widespread use to provide "point-of-use" high-current, low-voltage power for CPUs, chip sets, peripherals, etc. In the synchronous buck converter, the power stage has a "high-side" MOSFET to charge the inductor, and a "low-side" MOSFET that replaces a conventional buck regulator's "catch diode" to provide a low-loss recalculation path for the inductor current. Shoot-through is defined as the condition when both MOSFETs are either fully or partially turned on.
ARM11 Cores and Platform Support for Trusted Computing
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
The new CPUs and PrimeXsys platform implement ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced security in open operating system applications for portable and consumer devices.
Motorola Combines MCUs with Analog ICs
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector has developed a series of devices that combine flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with SMARTMOS analog ICs in a single package.
TI's transceivers satisfy TIA/EIA-485
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Foundry Watch: Benchmarking TSMC's transistor performance
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
The crucial difference between a professional golfer and a recreational one is consistent success. The same can be said for transistor performance and its effect on overall device performance in semiconductor manufacturing.
PowerQUICC III Adds Security Engine
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
Motorola is unveiling the new MPC8555 PowerQUICC III processor with integrated security this week at the Network Processors Conference West in San Jose, California.
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