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How to Choose a CPU for your SoC Design
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12/17/2003   Post a comment
The one element that can make or break a design is the CPU. If you consider that the CPU is to the system-on-chip (SoC) what an engine is to an automobile, then you know you wouldn't put a Ferrari engine into a Hummer and expect it to perform. Although the Ferrari may deliver similar horsepower to the Hummer engine, it would fail due to a lack of torque. Simple assessments of horsepower are just as misleading in CPU selection as they are in the automobile world.
Hierarchical Floorplanning and Analysis Software for High-Density FPGAs
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12/16/2003   Post a comment
This white paper from Hier Design discusses their vision and strategy for tackling very dense FPGA designs.
Portability Fueling 32-bit Expansion
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The 32-bit architecture was once thought of as only for high-end, processor-intensive applications, but that is changing. Demand for more sophistication, features and performance in a variety of portable electronic devices is the driving force causing designers to consider a switch from using 8-/16-bit to 32-bit microcontrollers in their designs.
Taking the 32-bit Plunge Promises Payoffs
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12/16/2003   Post a comment
What specific factors are fueling the shift from 8- to 32-bit architectures? One is the growing need for a broader addressing range. Many 8-bit architectures today are limited to 64k of addressing range. Some microcontroller families are unable to address external program memory, thus limiting the address range to whatever memory is implemented on the chip. A few 8-bit architectures are able to address up to a few megabytes of off-chip memory, and in some cases, extended address range is ac
Antifuse-Based FPGAs at Extended Temperatures
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Antifuse-Based FPGAs at Extended Temperatures
FPGA on 90nm Process with Dedicated DSP Functionality
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FPGA on 90nm Process with Dedicated DSP Functionality
Programmable Logic-Based Local Interconnect Network (LIN)
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Programmable Logic-Based Local Interconnect Network (LIN)
v3.1 Design Tools Ease Design Tasks
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v3.1 Design Tools Ease Design Tasks
Design your op amps online
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12/16/2003   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corporation announced its Amplifiers Made Simple tool, the industry's first online design tool created to speed the selection, design and testing of many types of operational amplifiers.
Reset Chips for Microprocessor Apps
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics on Monday (Dec. 15) announced four new microprocessor Reset chips intended for high volume microprocessor-based applications, including computers, servers, printers, fax machines, cellular and GSM phones, and consumer products. Reset circuits are supervisory devices that are commonly used to monitor the microprocessor supply voltage, and to generate a reset signal if that voltage falls below tolerance.
Video decoder/de-interlacer solution for LCD displays
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics introduced its SAA7154 single chip system solution - a video decoder, scaler and de-interlacer with picture improvements and memory less Edge Dependant De-Interlacing (EDDI) and LCD controller for use in Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) TV's, LCD monitors.
Low-power ADC added to line of audio stereo components
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced the WM8737L high-performance, ultra low-power stereo audio ADC with 97dB signal-to-noise ratio and microphone pre-amplifier noise performance in the sub-microvolt range.
Integrated optical receivers for specialized digital television boadcast systems
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor launched the industry's first integrated optical receivers for highly specialized digital television optical broadcast systems.
Silicon On Insulator CMOS Technology and New Structure Achieves Faster Operation
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Silicon On Insulator CMOS Technology and New Structure Achieves Faster Operation
High Speed MSI Logic Integrated Circuits in Low-Cost Plastic Package
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High Speed MSI Logic Integrated Circuits in Low-Cost Plastic Package
Elpida Memory Ships 1 Gigabit DDR2 SDRAM Devices
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Elpida Memory Ships 1 Gigabit DDR2 SDRAM Devices
Jointly Release of the Development of Memory Cell Technology for 4-Gigabit AG-AND Flash Memory
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Jointly Release of the Development of Memory Cell Technology for 4-Gigabit AG-AND Flash Memory
Secondary side drivers protect power MOSFETs in isolated DC/DC converters
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation introduces two secondary side synchronous N-channel MOSFET drivers, the LTC3900 and LTC3901. Both devices have timer and current sense comparators to protect the external MOSFETs during normal and light load operation, power up/down, and when the driver supply voltage drops too low.
TI upgrades applications processor for high-end cell phones
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is readying its next generation OMAP DSP-based applications processor for high-end multimedia smartphones phones that will deliver an improvement in speed, while consuming significantly less power than its current application processors, thanks to the use of TI's 90 nanometer (0.09 micron) process technology.
Industry's First Flash Smart Card IC Certification to Common Criteria EAL4+?
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Industry's First Flash Smart Card IC Certification to Common Criteria EAL4+?
Cutting-Edge SIM Card with Enhanced Capability
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Cutting-Edge SIM Card with Enhanced Capability
VISA Level 3 Smart Card Chips Move to Next-Generation 180nm Production Process
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VISA Level 3 Smart Card Chips Move to Next-Generation 180nm Production Process
Comprehensive Research Collaboration
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Comprehensive Research Collaboration
PC Refresh
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12/12/2003   Post a comment
Who's the comeback player of the year in technology? The PC. While the consumer PC market is growing again, the corporate computer upgrade cycle has begun after a long drought, said Brian Fravel, director of desktop marketing at Intel Corp.
OLEDs compete for new display market niches
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12/12/2003   Post a comment
It seems to be a foregone conclusion that TFT LCD will be the dominant technology within a few years, yet the flow of new display materials into the market doesn't seem to be slowing.
Over-voltage protection IC responds in a flash
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12/12/2003   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NCP346 is an over-voltage protection circuit (OVP) optimized for applications with an external AC/DC adapter, car charger accessory or a battery charger. The NCP346 will protect battery chargers from high input-voltage events (up to 30-volt transients) by quickly disconnecting the charger from the adapter, responding to turn off a series PFET in less than 1 microsecond.
Intel's 90-nm process ramping; readies Prescott chip
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12/12/2003   Post a comment
Looking to beat its rivals to the punch, Intel Corp. is currently ramping up its new 90-nm process technology, with product shipments due by year's end, as previously planned, according to officials from the microprocessor giant.
Octal, low-noise variable gain amplifier meets need for portable medical applications
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12/12/2003   Post a comment
TI's eight-channel, low-noise variable gain amplifier is designed specifically for medical and industrial imaging applications, including portable ultrasound and industrial scanning.
3-in-1 regulator shrinks DDR power solutions
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12/12/2003   Post a comment
California Micro Devices bills its CM3131 family as the industry's first fully integrated, all-linear DDR voltage regulator solution for cost-sensitive PC and consumer set-top applications. These regulators provide VDDQ, VTT and VSTBY power for DDR and DDR II SDRAM memories. The CM3131, according to the company, differs from existing switching regulator based solutions by doing away with the need for multiple external FETs and inductors, thus cutting solution costs by up to 70 percent and board
Replacement ICs for AMD Am186/Am188 16-Bit MCUs
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12/11/2003   Post a comment
InnovASIC's versions of the ICs are identified as the IA186ES, IA188ES, IA186EM, and IA188EM. Features include 5-volt operation and operating frequencies up to 40MHz. The IA186 and IA188 are software-compatible with the AMD devices and are available in industry standard 100-pin Quad Flat Packages.
Single-Chip MPEG-2 Codec for DVD Recorders
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12/11/2003   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics has launched the Nexperia PNX7200, a single-chip MPEG-2 codec for DVD recording applications. In its product statement the company claimed the chip enables the "lowest system-cost solution on the market today, reducing bill of material (BoM) costs by up to 30 percent."
Consumer audio heats up for DSPs
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12/11/2003   Post a comment
Consumer audio is shaping up to become a major market opportunity for DSP suppliers in 2004, especially if the traditional telecom arena for DSPs continues sluggish. If so, don't be surprised to see some significant new devices from each of the major players.
Breakthrough output achieved with Gallium Nitride HEMT amplifier
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12/11/2003   Post a comment
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced that it has developed a gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) amplifier which achieves the world's highest power output of 174 watts at 63 volts.
Low voltage IF quadrature demodulator ideal for portable applications
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12/11/2003   Post a comment
A monolithic, high performance IF quadrature demodulator from Linear Technology Corporation operates with a single supply voltage as low as 1.8V, making it ideal for portable applications. The LT5546 has applications in GPS receivers, wireless local loop, satellite IF receivers.
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