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New Technologies Could Redefine Single Chip Functionality
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2/27/2004   Post a comment
A Crossing of Paths May Be of Benefit to Both Memory and FPGA Makers and Users
No Butter and Syrup on This Stack
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Initially for memory, this technology could potentially redfine the term system in a chip.
Seek and Ye Shall Find
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New technology may have implications beyond intentions
Is the Search Over?
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Search Engine IC's Advance To Next Level
When You Need Bits More
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Dual Port Parts Are Cheap and Very Low Power
Value Added Partnership Between Distribution and Device Makers
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Partnership yields development/training platform targeting engineering community
A Class By Itself
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FPGA Design Automation That is Easy to C
High-density, extended temperature FPGAs claim slots in automotive apps
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2/27/2004   Post a comment
Almost every car that comes off the assembly line will make use of occupant safety systems, electronic engine control modules for camless engine control units (ECUs) and other under-the-hood powertrain management systems. But high end automotive electronics like navigation, speech recognition, passenger control and comfort systems, intelligent occupant sensors and heads-up displays may not have the volumes that justify an investment in ASICs. Here, the densities, features, and extended temperatu
New, Improved, Less Filling, Taste Great
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2/27/2004   Post a comment
Manufacturers make a lot of claims. It can be a full time job just to figure out what they are trying to say in their one liners.
StreetFighter product line attacks global ADSL market
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2/26/2004   Post a comment
Centillium Communications unveiled its new StreetFighter line of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line chipsets for Customer Premise Equipment. The company says it provides all the key functional blocks required to implement an ADSL2/2-plus bridge, router or home gateway product.
DC/DCs on ceramic beat the heat
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2/26/2004   Post a comment
C&D Technologies' NCX10S series of single-output surface-mount DC/DC converters, relying on the benefits of its ceramic substrate, can deliver its full 10 watt output at temperatures up to +85°C without heatsinking. Its so-called "compliant-leg" technology ensures enhanced mechanical reliability by compensating for expansion and contraction caused by the different coefficients of thermal expansion between the converter substrate and the PC board onto which it is mounted.
Data converters support motor control for industrial and automotive applications
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2/26/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced a trio of converters for motor control applications that require high precision. These converters solve challenges associated with current and voltage monitoring, optical encoder feedback, and resolver-to-digital conversion.
Silicon thermistors provide more accurate temperature sensing, optimizing system performance
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2/26/2004   Post a comment
Andigilog announced the SiMISTOR family of linear and highly accurate silicon thermistors. The products, manufactured using mature CMOS processes, can replace traditional thermistors in high-volume cell phones, PCs and peripherals, PDAs, and consumer device applications. The family also displaces thermistors in traditional industrial applications, such as thermostats and portable medical devices.
CMOS quad-band GSM/GPRS power amplifier reduces cost, increases integration
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2/26/2004   Post a comment
Axiom Microdevices introduces the AX501, a fully integrated complementary metal oxide semiconductor power amplifier. This product integrates a full quad-band GSM/GPRS power amplifier function for application in any dual-, triple- or quad-band GSM/GPRS cellular handset or data module.
Ultracaps available in 3F and 100F versions
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2/26/2004   Post a comment
NessCap Co. Ltd. has expanded its 2.7-volt ultracapacitor product offering with the addition of 3 farad (F) and 100F models. These components can be used as an energy source for a variety of applications including LED displays, remote control devices, toys, hand-held scanners, small printers, actuators and relays.
On the Design of Higher-order Shelf Filters " Part 2 of 3
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2/25/2004   Post a comment
The design of higher-order shelf filters, says TI's Rusty Allred, requires use of uncommon mathematics and numerical techniques. This paper streamlines the approach while exploiting the power of Matlab to make the design of these filters more accessible. In part 1, Rusty reviews the theory behind a MatLab implementation. In part 2, here, Rusty describes some practical implementations " particularly the filter coefficients. In part 3, the "appendix," Rusty describes the mathematical underpinning
Asian automakers join FlexRay
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2/25/2004   Post a comment
The FlexRay Consortium has confirmed that Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Hyundai Kia Motors have joined the consortium, thus putting the weight of the overwhelming majority of major automakers behind the FlexRay effort to create a common standard for automotive by-wire technology.
RF MEMS start-up gains another $6 million investment
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2/25/2004   Post a comment
Teravicta Technologies Inc., a provider of RF switches based on microelectromechanical systems, said it raised $6 million in its second round of funding.
Intel's Barrett sees digital home products by end of year
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2/25/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. CEO Craig Barrett, again stressing interoperability among consumer electronics devices for the "digital home," said the Digital Home Working Group (DHWG) will deliver its first technical guidelines in the second quarter with first products expected later this year. From Tokyo, Yoshiko Hara reports.
Cisco Catalyst switches add power-over-Ethernet
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
Cisco Systems Inc. has expanded its support for the IEEE 802.3af power-over-Ethernet specification to include most models of its Catalyst switches, both chassis and stackable. New PoE products include the first Cisco line cards to support Gigabit Ethernet as well as 10/100 Ethernet. Loring Wirbel reports.
Samsung, Frontier develop DAB solution for mobiles
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
Tuner developer Samsung Electro-Mechanics and digital audio broadcast (DAB) chip provider Frontier Silicon are using this week's 3GSM World Congress here to show off a jointly developed DAB receiver module for mobile phone and PDA designs.
3G handsets not ready for prime time, says Vodafone chief
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
Arun Sarin, CEO of Vodafone, Europe's largest GSM mobile phone network, dampened slightly the excitement surrounding the announcement of GSM's one-billionth subscriber that product-quality deficiencies will delay the mass roll-out of new 3G handsets through most of 2004. David Benjamin's story is one of many reports rolling in from the GSM Congress in Cannes this week.
EPA proposes power supply efficiency spec
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration announced Monday (Feb.23) it would draft a proposal for efficiency specifications and a test procedure for single-voltage external ac/dc supplies, in a move to convince the power supply industry to develop more energy-efficient products. From the Apec conference in Anaheim, Spencer Chin filed this report.
QuickSilver's silicon-to-go
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
This detailed look at QuickSilver's adaptive computing machine (ACM) technology shows how you can bring algorithms into silicon, using a toolset and IP available under a modified open-source license.
Silicon-based PA sets new benchmark for integration; reduces system bill of materials
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
At the 3GSM World Congress today, SiGe Semiconductor announced that it has achieved a technology breakthrough with the RangeChargerT SE5120, a new power amplifier for cellular handsets compliant to the WCDMA standard.
Smallest, lowest power DAB module to date makes debut at 3G in Cannes
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
Samsung Electro-Mechanics, a provider of electronic tuners, and Frontier Silicon, a supplier of DAB chips, have announced the two companies have cooperated to develop a miniature low power DAB receiver module specifically targeted for integration into mobile phone handsets and other communications devices.
ARM-based MCU family adds flash, support for CAN automotive bus
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
Philips Semiconductors has added more memory and a new level of support for the automotive and industrial CAN bus to its ARM7 TDMI-based LPC2000 family of 32-bit microcontrollers. New parts are rolling out with operating frequencies up to 60 MHz, power consumption lower than many 8-bit MCUs and price tags starting near $5 in quantity.
Low-noise op amps offer rail-to-rail outputs and 3V operation
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
Catch up on two families of operational amplifiers recently introduced by Linear Technologies and reviewed by editor Paul O'Shea. These devices consume only 50% as much power as competitive devices and deliver ultra low noise performance, rail-to-rail outputs and fully specified 3.3V operation.
Synopsys acquires MoSys in $432M deal
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2/24/2004   Post a comment
Moving aggressively towards becoming a broad-ranging provider of silicon intellectual property (IP), Synopsys Inc. Monday (Feb. 23) announced its pending acquisition of embedded memory provider Monolithic System Technology (MoSys) and its completed acquisition of fabless semiconductor vendor Accelerant Networks. Valued at $432 million in stock and cash, the MoSys acquisition is among the most expensive in EDA history.
Clock generators support XDR memory systems
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2/23/2004   Post a comment
A cross-licensing agreement between Texas Instruments and Rambus will result in a new line of XCG clock generators. Get ready for fast data transfers in next-generation consumer, networking, and PC computing systems, the companies say.
TI sees partnerships as key to success in DSPs
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2/23/2004   Post a comment
Message from TI's Developers Conference: Texas Instruments Inc. will need to form even tighter relationships with tool vendors, software developers and systems manufacturers to stay in front of requirements for its next-generation digital signal processors, according to the company's next president and chief executive officer.
The MathWorks, TI unveil tool for faster control system design and implementation
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2/23/2004   Post a comment
The MathWorks and Texas Instruments are providing embedded control systems engineers with the ability to visually design, implement and verify real-time control and signal processing algorithms with the launching of their new software development tool called Embedded Target for the TI TMS320C2000 platform of digital signal controllers.
A quick primer on strained silicon
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2/23/2004   Post a comment
What exactly is strained silcon? MIT professor Gene Fitzgerald explains three categories: standard CMOS, selective source-drain technology and wafer-scale strained-silicon technology.
Silicon thermistors provide more accurate temperature sensing, optimizing system performance
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2/22/2004   Post a comment
Andigilog announced the SiMISTOR family of linear and highly accurate silicon thermistors. The products, manufactured using mature CMOS processes, can replace traditional thermistors in high-volume cell phones, PCs and peripherals, PDAs, and consumer device applications. The family also displaces thermistors in traditional industrial applications, such as thermostats and portable medical devices.
CMOS quad-band GSM/GPRS power amplifier reduces cost, increases integration
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2/20/2004   Post a comment
Axiom Microdevices introduces the AX501, a fully integrated complementary metal oxide semiconductor power amplifier. This product integrates a full quad-band GSM/GPRS power amplifier function for application in any dual-, triple- or quad-band GSM/GPRS cellular handset or data module.
Module contains all transmitter functions of handset from the PA to antenna
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2/20/2004   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices introduced a highly integrated transmit module for quad-band GSM/GPRS cellular handsets. The RF3177 transmit module contains all of the transmitter functions from the power amplifier to the antenna of the handset.
Triple current feedback amplifiers series features bandwidths up to 600 MHz
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2/20/2004   Post a comment
The latest addition to Intersil's new high-speed operational amplifier portfolio, the Elantec EL536x family includes 200 Megahertz (MHz), 400 MHz, and 600 MHz bandwidth triple current feedback amplifiers. The devices are designed for high-resolution display, RGB video and other high performance video applications.
Low-cost amplifier provides headroom to prevent audio holes
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2/20/2004   Post a comment
Philips introduces the TDA8947J amplifier to provide manufacturers of audio applications a low cost solution for high performance audio. It features the patented overload protection and enables headroom to prevent audio holes under extreme conditions such as low load impedances.
Avnet and Xilinx partner to deliver ATCA development platform
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2/19/2004   Post a comment
Avnet Cilicon, a division of Avnet Inc. and Xilinx Inc. launched a new Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) Development Platform Program at the Intel Developer Forum this week that enables rapid deployment of Xilinx's new programmable AdvancedTCA solution for product development.
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