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Researchers target "all organic" low voltage devices
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute are developing an efficient "all-organic" low-voltage device.
AMD grooms Meyer to replace Ruiz
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has picked president and chief operating officer Dirk Meyer to replace Hector Ruiz as CEO although the succession is still more than one year away.
Brazil to make chips using X-FAB process
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German foundry X-FAB Silicon is partnering with Brazilian government backed CEITEC in a project that signals the start of CMOS commercial semiconductor front-end manufacturing in Brazil, a country experiencing high demand for semiconductor chips.
Step-down regulators integrate low on-resistance MOSFETS
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The Maxim MAX8833/MAX8855 2-MHz step-down regulators integrate low on-resistance MOSFETs to provide high efficiency and to save space.
Clock generation devices improve timing accuracy, simplify design
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12/11/2007   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has expanded its PureEdge high-performance clock generation product portfolio with the introduction of the NB3N3002 and NB3N5573 clock generators.
Highly integrated, single-chip demodulator targets broad TV market
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Fresco Microchip has introduced its latest low-power, single-chip demodulator for universal analog terrestrial, analog cable, and DVB-T digital television broadcasts.
White LED driver integrates two LDOs for portable systems
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AnalogicTech has released a highly integrated four-channel white LED (WLED) driver for portable systems operating off a single-cell Li-ion/polymer battery.
Tensilica enhances Xtensa cores and tools
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Tensilica has shrunken the minimum core size of its Xtensa 7 and Xtensa LX2 configurable processor families. It has also enhanced the Xtensa Xplorer design environment to make customization easier and faster.
Coated nanotubes kill anthrax in Rensselaer trial
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Rensselaer researchers have developed a way to pinpoint and neutralize harmful proteins, such as anthrax toxin or even cancer cells, by coating nanotubes with a peptide that attracts the proteins and then exposing the proteins to light.
Courting investors, South Korea seeks to move out of Japan's shadow
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12/11/2007   Post a comment
South Korea's electronics industry is seeking to reduce its dependence on rival and chief supplier Japan while diversifying beyond its chip-manufacturing base to develop fresh intellectual property and new product categories.
Head of DS2 powers up home nets battle
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Demand for digital home bandwidth will outstrip availability within two years, the head of Spanish powerline chip specialist DS2, Jorge Blasco, warned.
IMEC details high-k planar CMOS advances
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Researchers from Belgian research group IMEC and its partners in the 32-nm CMOS program claim to have made significant advances in improving the performance of planar CMOS using hafnium-based high-k dielectrics and tantalum-carbide metal gates.
LVPECL/LVDS clock dividers offer fail-safe I/O protection
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Micrel has developed four clock dividers that are said to be the only devices on the market that divide odd numbers and provide 50 percent duty cycle.
Controller targets Java-enabled networking applications
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Imsys Technologies AG has launched the IM3910, a high-efficiency controller for networking equipment.
Battery charger IC auto-selects from USB or AC source
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IC claims the highest versatility and performance of any dual-input, auto-switching charger chip on the market
Altera zeros out power with new MAX IIZ CPLDs for portable applications
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New low-power MAX IIZ CPLDs from Altera are designed to minimize power, space, and cost.
Xilinx-powered reconfigurable computing platform sets new performance record
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SGI Altix System with 35 RC100 RASC blades (70 Xilinx FPGAs) executes bioinformatics application by more than 900 times compared to a traditional cluster.
Precision current sense amplifier packs performance into small package
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Linear Technology has introduced a precision current sense amplifier with an input common mode voltage range that extends from -0.3 V to 44 V. The LT6105 also provides a 300 uV input offset voltage.
Ultra-compact DC/DC converters achieve 20% footprint reduction
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XP Power has announced its JCA series of miniature, board-mounted low power DC/DC converters.
Tensilica integrates trace support for processor cores
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Tensilica, Inc. has added an optional full-speed, non-intrusive instruction trace capability to all of its Diamond Standard and Xtensa configurable processor cores.
Industrial-grade PC card targets mission-critical apps
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Netlist Inc. has released an industrial-grade PC card with 64 MB to 16 GB densities for mission-critical applications that require high levels of data integrity.
LDO linear regulators deliver 500-mA in TDFN
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Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX8902A/MAX8902B, 500-mA, low-noise, low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators that are packaged in a tiny, 2mm x 2mm TDFN.
FPGA-based reference kit tackles low-power LCDs
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Actel is offering designers of power-sensitive portable and handheld devices design boards, associated demonstration boards and kits.
Ramtron expands Grade 1 automotive FRAM line
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Ramtron added another 4-kbit FRAM memory device to its Grade 1 AEC-Q100-qualified automotive product line, growing its number of +125°C parts to five.
IBM, partners in 32nm device surge
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IBM and its joint-development partners have announced that 32nm devices will be available to IBM alliance members and their clients in the second half of 2009.
PC audio codecs bring HD sound to desktops, notebooks
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IDT has introduced low-power 6-, 8-, and 10-channel HD audio codecs designed to bring home-entertainment-level level audio performance to media center and entertainment PCs.
UHF ASK/FSK receiver/transmitter line targets industrial applications
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Aimed at industrial applications, Atmel has launched a competitively priced UHF ASK/FSK receiver/transmitter family dubbed the ATA8x0x.
Arrow and Triad team to offer mixed-signal via-configurable array ASICs
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Triad Semiconductor is the first dedicated analog/mixed-signal ASIC provider in Arrow Electronics' portfolio.
Protocol controller rolls for IEEE 1588
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Imsys Technologies AG has developed a high-precision IEEE 1588 microcontroller and module for embedded applications.
Evaluation kits debut for PowerPC 405EX, 405EXr processors
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To accelerate customers' system development time, AMCC's evaluation kits provide users with a comprehensive set of resources, including custom-designed evaluation boards, industry-standard software development tools, sample applications, system-level benchmarks and hardware design files.
Good, bad and ugly of LEDs
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12/10/2007   2 comments
An 84-foot-tall Norway spruce has been covered with 30,000 LEDs strung on 5 miles of wire, and we techies are as happy as pigs in a sty. They finally got it.
AMD, Intel at it again, as both take aim at SoC
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Advanced Micro Devices and Intel are ramping up system- on-chip capabilities, creating new prod- ucts and processes. Although both companies will continue to design high-end custom microprocessors, increasingly their competition will hinge on how well they assemble chips out of a stock of reusable cores.
Under the Hood: Sony adds Wi-Fi to place-shifting A/V controller line
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It's a media junkie's dream: watch your real-time or time-shifted video with a suitably fast Internet connection whether across the house or across the world.
Class-D audio driver IP targets advanced SoCs in portables
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Analog/mixed-signal IP provider Chipidea has announced low-power Class-D audio driver IP specifically designed for advanced SoC devices used in portable consumer devices.
Research collaboration targets wireless mesh
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The Italian Ministry of University and Research has teamed with Israel's technical Univesity, the Technion, in a three-year project on Wireless Mesh Networks, called WING.
Cyclone III FPGA-based kit used in video design and evaluation kit
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12/7/2007   Post a comment
The Microtronix ViClaro III kit, with Altera's Cyclone III FPGA as its engine, provides a comprehensive engineering design and evaluation platform.
LED drivers feature optimized synchronization and timing
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austriamicrosystems has extended its high-brightness LED driver portfolio with the introduction of the AS3693 and AS3694 devices, aimed at the latest local dimming LCD backlighting technology.
Ultra-small 24-bit audio DAC targets portables
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AKM Semiconductor has added the AK4372 ultra-small 24-bit DAC with integrated high-output headphone amplifier to its line of products designed for portable applications.
LED driver extends battery life, saves energy
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Fairchild Semiconductor has introduced the FAN5645, a single-wire programmable LED driver for blinking LED indicators used in a variety of portable and battery-operated applications.
OVP controllers protect low-voltage systems
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12/7/2007   Post a comment
The Maxim MAX4959/MAX4960 high-voltage OVP controllers protect low-voltage systems up to 28 V and switch to the battery when an external AC adapter is unplugged.
Highly integrated satellite SoC reduces power, size, design complexity
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12/6/2007   Post a comment
Broadcom's BCM7325 satellite SoC provides a high level of system integration for HD satellite set-top boxes, providing the latest HD AVC technology to support multiple video formats and delivering a 50% reduction in power consumption.
DAC delivers low noise, high accuracy
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Texas Instruments has introduced a 16-bit, single-channel, buffered voltage-output DAC that touts excellent linearity, low noise, fast settling time, and low-power consumption, aimed at industrial process control and test equipment.
New Intel group will drive system-chip design
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12/6/2007   Post a comment
Intel has created a new system-on-chip enablement group under Gadi Singer, a veteran executive of many high profile projects for the company who hopes to help smooth the way for future multicore processors as well as a range of SoCs for sockets outside its traditional PC markets.
GSA taps European execs for leadership council
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12/6/2007   Post a comment
Some of the leading executives across Europe's semiconductor industry have been appointed to the EMEA Leadership Council of the newly revamped and renamed Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), formerly the Fabless Semiconductor Association.
DC/DC controller draws low power in automotive systems
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12/5/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC3834/-1, a synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with ultra-low quiescent current for automotive systems.
ARC readies energy saving cores
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ARC International is readying a range of cores, dubbed Energy PRO, that adds active power management capability to its line-up of IP cores. The cores come validated with Cadence Low Power Solution and Common Power Format (CPF) through a partnership between the ARC, Cadence and Virage.
12-bit A/D converter offers high speed, increased channel count
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12/5/2007   Post a comment
The 12-bit AS1542 from austriamicrosystems addresses communications and data acquisition needs with a 1-Msps speed and 16 input channels combined with low power consumption.
Renesas boosts throughput of 32-bit CISC MCUs
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Microcontrollers in the 80MHz H8SX/1700 series use Renesas' advanced MONOS embedded flash memory technology that offers speed, size, and reliability advantages.
Driver plus FET modules reduce power losses
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12/4/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's FDMF8704 and FDMF8704V driver plus FET (DrMOS) modules minimize power losses across all load levels in DC/DC applications.
Wideband amplifiers deliver fast slew rate
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12/4/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced the VCA82x family of integrated wideband variable gain amplifiers that feature a flexible combination of bandwidth, gain control and input voltage.
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