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New Hybrid ASIC claimed to slash cost of SoC development
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12/18/2007   Post a comment
Hybrid ASIC from ChipX is said to combine the performance and cost benefits of standard cell devices with the NRE and time-to-market benefits of Structured ASICs.
ASP falls said to weigh on small/medium size displays
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12/18/2007   Post a comment
The average selling prices of small/medium size displays for mobile phones, PDAs, handheld games and automotive applications for long term contracts continued to decline during the third quarter of the year, albeit at a slower pace than in previous quarters, according to market research group DisplaySearch.
NFC Forum seeks competition entries
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12/18/2007   Post a comment
The NFC Forum is seeking entries for an international competition to uncover the best potential applications being developed that use near field communications technology.
Group focuses on camera phone image quality
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12/18/2007   Post a comment
The 22-member consortium looking to improve the image quality of camera phones is moving into the second phase of its efforts to develop repeatable, robust, test methods for evaluating the metrics associated with image quality -- both subjective and objective.
ChipX, Recognetics team for pattern recognition ASIC
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12/18/2007   Post a comment
Mixed signal ASIC specialist ChipX Inc. has implemented a complex, 10 million gate design for pattern recognition, using Recognetics' neural network technology.
RS422/RS485 transceivers guaranteed over high temperatures
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Linear Technology has expanded its RS422/RS485 transceiver product family with an "H-grade" option designed for high temperature applications.
Post amplifiers deliver twice the signal gain
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
Micrel introduces two high-sensitivity, low-power CML limiting post amplifiers with twice the signal gain of previously announced devices.
20V step-down DC-DC regulator offers up to 96% efficiency
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
The AS1341 high voltage buck regulator from austriamicrosystems offers low 12µA quiescent current and 600mA output current.
Class D audio subsystems enhance 3D stereo sound
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Maxim's is offering a pair of highly efficient Class D audio subsystems, one of which includes 3D stereo enhancement technology to enable stereo sounds in situations where the speakers must be positioned close together.
Lattice shipping entire 90 nm LatticeECP2M FPGA family
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The folks at Lattice Semiconductor have announced the production release of their entire 90 nm LatticeECP2M FPGA family.
NXP, BMW open lab to work on automobile keys and control
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Chipmaker NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has opened a center for system concept and product testing called the Next Experience Lab.
Atheros launches 802.11n chips for carrier market
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Both the dual-band AR9220 and the single-band AR9223 are single-chip 802.11n solutions and both support 2x2 MIMO technology and offer a PCI interface.
USB, Kleer plug into digital TVs
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
USB Implementers Forum is developing a variant of its technology to link mobile devices and TVs, and startup Kleer Corp. is announcing it has characterized its proprietary wireless link for standard definition video.
Electronic dispersion compensation ICs target 10 GbE fiber applications
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
The VSC8240 and VSC8242 from Vitesse Semiconductor are aimed at enabling 10 GbE implementations across multiple applications in Enterprise, Metro and Core networks, including those using SFP+ optical interconnects, XFP optical interconnects, 10G NICs, 10G copper interconnects, and 10G copper backplanes.
Broadband direct conversion radio offers wide frequency range
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
ADI's ADL5375 quadrature modulator and ADL5382 demodulator simplify RF-to-baseband designs and enable engineers to extend products to subsequent wireless infrastructure system designs.
D/A converter provides six unique software-programmable output ranges
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12/15/2007   Post a comment
Linear's LTC2753-16 is a dual 16-bit current output D/A converter capable of outputting six unique software-programmable SoftSpan unipolar and bipolar output ranges up to ±10V.
Multi-rate 11.3-Gbits/s equalizer delivers low jitter performance
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12/15/2007   Post a comment
Check out TI's TLK1101E, a flexible high-speed equalizer that is designed to extend the reach of printed circuit board signal channels, such as backplanes or active copper cables.
Process shrink yields smallest 1-Gbit DDR2 DRAM
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Micron Technology is sampling a 1-Gbit DDR2 device fabricated on 68-nm DRAM process technology.
NEC expands power MOSFET line
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NEC Electronics America Inc. has expanded its NP series of 24-trench power MOSFETs with devices that provide higher avalanche capability and maximum channel temperature with low on-state resistance.
ULDO family features low input voltage
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12/15/2007   Post a comment
Micrel has launched a tiny high performance, high PSRR, ultra-low dropout (ULDO) linear regulator family with input voltage down to 1.6V for high efficiency portable devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, portable media players (PMP), GPS and other portable device applications.
Intel scales back on Viiv, says report
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Intel Corp. is "scaling back" Viiv, a PC platform that was supposed to bring digital entertainment to the living room, according to a report.
Reference design connects PCs to displays without wires
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
DisplayLink and Alereon have teamed up to offer a reference design for a Wireless USB display adapter that allows PCs to connect to nearby standard displays without wires.
SST launches SuperFlash product line
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This Advanced Multi-Purpose Flash Plus (Advanced MPF+) family offers fast effective read and program times and heightened protection of digital content in the flash memory.
FireWire turns up heat with 3.2 Gbit/s spec
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
Tomorrow's FireWire interconnects will quadruple in maximum data rates, hitting 3.2 Gbits/second thanks to the S3200 specification from the 1394 Trade Association which sees the new link, in part, as a low-cost alternative to HDMI for carrying uncompressed video.
Zilog's first 1.8-V flash MCU debuts
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
Designated the Z8 Encore! XP F1680 series, this single chip is based on Zilog's eZ8 CPU core and provides customers a rich set of analog and digital peripherals, multiple flash memory configurations up to 24KB and a low bill of materials (BOM).
Four-channel LED driver delivers improved efficiency
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor has launched its CAT3604V Quad-Mode fractional charge pump LED driver. This four-channel LED driver is said to deliver improved average efficiency with Catalyst's Quad-Mode switching architecture.
NetLogic rolls out fourth-generation knowledge-based processor
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NetLogic Microsystems introduced the NL8256 knowledge-based processor, which is targeted at mainstream applications and is the second device in its fourth-generation processor family.
OKI expands power management LSI line for mobile devices
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Among the eight devices in OKI's power management LSI line is an LDO regulator that reduces power consumption by 80 to 90% in standby mode.
Memsic raises $60 million in IPO
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
Memsic Inc., the specialist chip maker that uses MEMS technology, has raised $60 million in its IPO in a transaction that values the Andover, MA-based company at $226 million.
Greenpeace urges console makers to play the game
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
Nintendo's Mario, Microsoft's Master Chief and Sony's Kratos, and friends, are just not doing enough for the environment, so lobbyist group Greenpeace is urging their fans to write to the games console makers to make the machines more eco-friendly.
Companies collaborate on LED driver development
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Austriamicrosystems has partnered with LG Philips LCD to develop a precision LED driver targeted at backlight applications.
Device controls stepper motors with limited burden on MCU
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
LSI Computer Systems Inc.(LSI/CSI) has developed a low-cost precision stepper motor controller designated LS7290 that is designed to control two-phase bipolar stepper motors or four-phase unipolar stepper motors with minimum burden on the host microcontroller.
High-side MOSFETs housed in 3-x-3-mm DFN package
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In an effort to help designers shrink DC/DC converter designs, Alpha & Omega Semiconductor Inc. (AOS) is offering its AON740x advanced MOSFET family in the compact DFN3x3EP package.
MLC NAND flash-based solid-state drives target notebooks
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba has become the next major memory vendor to enter the emerging market for NAND flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) with a series of products featuring multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory.
Broadcom tops ABI's Wi-Fi chip ranking
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
Broadcom Corporation has been ranked top in market research group ABI's study of WiFi chip vendors, with Atheros Communications and Marvell Semiconductor taking second and third spots respectively.
Nordic Semi targets Californian ULP design-ins
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Fabless semiconductor group Nordic Semiconductor (Oslo, Norway) is stepping up efforts to get its ultra low-power devices designed into North American designs.
AMD to postpone some Quad-Core shipment
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it will delay the shipment of several Quad Core processors until the first quarter of 2008 due to manufacturing delays it believes have overshadowed many of its other major achievements.
GaAs MMIC integrates gain stage, passive doubler and driver amplifier
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband has introduced an active doubler in an RoHS compliant 3X3mm plastic QFN package that delivers +20 dBm output saturated power (Pout) and 35 dBc fundamental suppression.
Power MOSFET, Schottky diode boost DC/DC converter efficiency
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
Vishay has released a single-chip power MOSFET and Schottky diode device that is said to improve operational efficiency by up to 6 percent in DC/DC conversion applications compared to circuits using any previous monolithic device.
Post amplifiers feature LOS or signal detect circuits
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Micrel Inc. has added four devices to its family of post amplifiers. All four low-power devices feature loss-of-signal (LOS) or signal detect circuits, which are optimized to detect a wide input signal range
3-channel LED drivers offer independent channel dimming
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
Maxim's 3-channel, high-brightness (HB) LED drivers are capable of delivering up to 150 mA to three separate strings of HB LEDs.
NXP claims piezoresistive silicon MEMS at 1.1 GHz
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At IEDM, NXP researchers reported on what they claimed to be a demonstrable scalable piezoresistive MEMS resonator built in silicon and operating at a record 1.1 GHz.
Maxim selects Avnet as first global distributor
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Marking a significant change of its distribution channel strategy, Maxim Integrated Products has selected Avnet Electronics Marketing as its first global distributor. Avnet will provide design chain and supply chain services
New low-power FPGA-based video demo/development kit
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12/12/2007   1 comment
Attodyne's new demonstration-development board for Actel's low-power FPGAs controlling portable displays offers affordable and innovative IP deployment features.
Intel, TSMC tout process technology advances at IEDM
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Intel Corp. researchers described its 45-nm logic technology that for the first time incorporates high-k/metal gate transistors in a high-volume manufacturing process.
Xilinx XtremeDSP solution used in Dolby's LED-backlit LCD display technology
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Xilinx FPGA-enabled Dolby HDR technology offers real-world perception of depth, detail, and color.
Lattice delivers QDR II/II+ memory controller support
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LatticeSC and LatticeSCM FPGA families from Lattice Semiconductor now support QDRII/II+ rates up to 750 Mbps.
Stratix III FPGAs achieve 533-MHz DDR3 interface performance
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Altera's Stratix III FPGA family is claimed to be the industry's only FPGA to demonstrate full compliance to the JESD79-3 JEDEC DDR3 SDRAM standard.
Beceem touts mobile WiMAX interoperability
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
Mobile WiMAX terminal chip supplier Beceem Communications (Santa Clara, Calif.) has completed initial interoperability testing between its chipset and Sprint's WiMAX infrastructure as part of the operator's Mobile WiMAX device launch preparations.
ST starts sampling 65-nm IP for HDDs
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has started sampling 65nm iterative read channel IP for the low-power mobile segment of hard disk drives.
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