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Analyst's Couch: ICs to grow 18% in '04
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12/31/2003   Post a comment
Fueled by cellular phones, PCs and other products in the marketplace, the semiconductor business is expected to grow 18 percent in 2004 over 2003, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
Micron may admit to DRAM price fixing
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12/30/2003   Post a comment
Quad regulator takes care of LCDs
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12/30/2003   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT1943 quad output regulator is designed specifically to power and protect 22-inch and larger thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD) panels. Included in the power block (three supplies for the display as well as a 3.3- or 5-V logic supply) is a 2.6-amp boost regulator to drive the TFTs, a high voltage TFT biasing output, an inverter for negative TFT biasing, and a 2.4-amp buck regulator to power VLOGIC. All of the switchers are synchronized to an internal 1.2 M
Single Chip Processor for DVD Recorders
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12/30/2003   Post a comment
Murray Slovick's first take on the DMN-8602 processor for DVD recorders is that LSI Logic has come to play. Of particular note is the company's claim that the chip integrates a number of system functions resulting in a cost reduction (BOM) of up to $20 over and above LSI Logic's previous DVD recorder parts.
Active-clamp PWM controller peaks ZVS designs
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12/29/2003   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's LM5025 is an active-clamp PWM controller for high-frequency forward converter topologies designed to boost the efficiency and power density of conventional forward regulators. Using the company's analog bipolar-CMOS-DMOS technology to cut external component count, the LM5025 integrates a 3-amp driver, 100-volt start-up bias regulator and a user programmable 1 MHz oscillator, and the chip exhibits a total propagation delay of less than 100 ns, thus suiting it to a variety
DC/DC driver IC addresses pre-biased loads
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12/29/2003   Post a comment
Intersil's new ISL6608, for driving two n-channel power MOSFETs in synchronous-buck, multiphase power converters, features a diode-emulation mode that eases power-up into a pre-biased load and maximizes performance under light-load conditions.
8-bit MCUs feature A/D converters and LCD drivers
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12/29/2003   Post a comment
The three new devices each contain 2K, 4K and 8K of internal OTP memory and 88, 192 and 384 bytes of internal RAM memory, respectively. Each device has an internal LCD driver function and up to 24 general purpose I/O pins.
FPGA Configurator Memory IC Deals with Static
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
Dense, fast, and with page selects. This new FPGA configurator memory IC pushes the evelope.
ASIC's and FPGA's benefit from IP Cores for Memory Interfacing
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
Several companies are now providing out of the box IP cores for ASIC and FPGA memory interfaces. Find out what's new.
ASIC's and FPGA's benefit from IP Cores for Memory Interfacing
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
FPGA designers can now bolt on higher performance external memory more easily. Read on...
At the Core of It
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
Video over IP FPGA core collaborations. Can you see me now....
Moore Means More
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
New floorplanning architecture targets next generation domain based FPGA designs.
FPGA Configurator Memory IC Deals with Static
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
Boot your FPGA to different functions with this fast, dense, and small FPGA configurator IC.
Dual logarithmic converter is optimized for power monitoring in optical networking systems
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
A dual logarithmic converter from Analog Devices offers the functionality of two discrete converters on a single chip, providing designers of optical communication systems an alternative to using multiple individual logarithmic converters. The ADL5310 operates from a single supply as low as 3 V, and converts input current over a 100-dB dynamic range.
First Digitally Controlled Microphone Preamplifier?
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
TI introduced the industry's first digitally controlled microphone preamplifier IC. The PGA2500 is designed for use as a front end for high-performance analog-to-digital converters in a variety of professional audio applications, such as microphone preamplifiers, digital audio mixers and recorders, and broadcast and studio equipment.
Application Specific DRAM
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
The concept is there. Does this one really qualify? You be the judge.
SONOS Among Us
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12/24/2003   Post a comment
Silicon Nano Structures May Yield Universal Memory Cell
The mild -- or spicy -- semiconductor recovery in '03
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12/22/2003   Post a comment
Chip makers would love to forget about the past semiconductor downturn, which began to rear its ugly head at the tail end of 2000 and lasted what seemed like forever.
IC demand to drive CapEx, fab-tool spending in '04, says Gartner
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12/19/2003   Post a comment
A strong acceleration in semiconductor demand is expected to drive capital spending and fab-tool procurement by a healthy 28% and 36%, respectively, in 2004, according to Gartner Inc.
Active-clamp PWM controllers tweak switchmode supplies
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12/19/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' newest generation of pulse-width modulation (PWM) controllers, the UCC2891 through UCC2894, are designed to significantly simplify implementation of active clamp/reset and synchronous rectifier topologies for high-efficiency switching power supplies. The peak current-mode controllers increase efficiency in off-line power supplies and DC/DC converters used in high-end desktops, servers, 48-volt telecommunications, data communications and 42-volt automotive systems.
STMicroelectronics' embedded Dual-Mac DSP core tops 600 MHz
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12/19/2003   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is targeting the new generation mobile terminals, cellular infrastructure equipment, networking, broadband modems, voice-over-IP, data storage and mobile multimedia for its new embedded dual-MAC DSP core that can run at above 600MHz or that consume less than 0.1mW/MMAC (Million MAC) in a typical portable telecom application.
Secondary-side drivers do more to protect MOSFETs
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12/19/2003   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC3900 and LTC3901 are two secondary-side synchronous N-channel MOSFET drivers designed to go the extra mile to protect the external MOSFETs of a DC/DC converter during normal and light load operation, power up/down, and when the driver supply voltage drops too low. A programmable timeout function disables the synchronous drivers when the synchronization signal between the primary and secondary sides is missing or incorrect. Additionally, the ICs turn off the MOSFETs if indu
ADI broadens software tools line for DSPs
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12/19/2003   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. is beefing -up its line of software tools for its DSPs with the launching monday Dec. 22 of USB-based emulators and the VisualDSP++ integrated development and debugging environment (IDDE) release 3.5.
ICs regulate satellite receivers
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12/19/2003   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems' four new low-noise block voltage regulators (LNBRs) are designed for satellite set-top box systems. They provide both power and interface signals to the LNB downconverter via the system's coaxial cable. The new chips provide the flexibility of two-way digital satellite equipment control (DiSEqC) encoding or, optionally, legacy system compatibility (non DiSEqC operation).
Hot Forecast
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12/18/2003   Post a comment
G. Dan Hutcheson, president of VLSI Research Inc., raised his bullish semiconductor and chip-equipment forecasts for 2004, but he also warned that the overall IC market is overheating.
Opinion: Driven by the DSP, "smartphones" will be a continually moving target
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12/18/2003   Post a comment
Forward Concepts Will Strauss takes a look at the evolving "smartphone" and how it's been affected by digital signal processing technology.
Looking ahead: Op Amps are hot and getting hotter
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12/18/2003   Post a comment
What a year it has been for operational amplifiers, those versatile circuits that can be hooked up to your design in hundreds of ways. Several companies have introduced upwards of 50 different op amp products in 2003 with predictions to introduce similar numbers in 2004. In just the 100+ MHz region there were more than 150 new op amp introductions from the suppliers this year.
Motorola files to spin off semiconductor operation
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12/17/2003   Post a comment
Motorola, Inc. has filed an S-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, an important step in the spinout of its roughly $5 billion semiconductor operation into a publicly traded company.
Going from 8- to 32-bit MCUs Takes Tools
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12/17/2003   Post a comment
Because the main concern in migrating from an 8-bit microcontroller to a 32-bit device is how to reuse existing software, designers need 32-bit choices that offer peripheral compatibility with 8-bit MCUs.
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