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Chip market recovery set to last, says researcher
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Market researcher Future Horizons is bucking the conventional industry wisdom in a report that downplays forecasts of a short-lived recovery and chip market downturn in 2005.
Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Focus on the class of audio amps
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3/30/2004   Post a comment
The sweet sound you hear in your home theater, your portable CD headset, and your multi-speaker car audio may be sheer magic to your ears, but it required diverse design techniques that presented several design challenges before it could go live.
Under the hood: Video recorder has eye on time, money
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Panasonic's latest video recorder underscores the idea that sometimes you just can't have enough storage. David Carey looks Under The Hood.
Cypress India to hire 160, doubling engineer roster
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. will invest about $5 million in India over the next 12 to 18 months as it doubles the number of engineers at development centers here and in Hyderabad by year's end.
Game design gets serious for real-world applications
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Games aren't just child's play anymore. Advances in computer graphics and communications have given rise to a growing market for "serious games" — nonentertainment applications developed by public-policy advocates, educators, corporate management, the health care industry and nonprofit foundations. The reality is that many 3D game developers cut their teeth on military flight simulators. From San Jose, Richard Wallace reports.
A wiser Legerity charts its comeback with VoIP
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Few companies have survived the telecom downturn with more lessons learned than Legerity Inc., which spun out of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in August 2000 just as the voice telephony market went into a deep freeze. There's good business left in analog line cards, the company insisted. But the real growth opportunity, David Lammers reports, is coming on now.
Speedy A/Ds demand stable clocks
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Analog-to-digital converters capable of digitizing high-frequency inputs are now available at 14-bit resolution and greater than 100-MHz clock rates.
Is the IC recovery over?
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
2-W DC/DCs serve reliably in tight spots
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
MicroPower Direct's G200 series is a family of 2-watt DC/DC converters in a 14-pin dual-in-line (Mini-DIP) case suited to industrial, data-acquisition, data processing equipment, remote equipment, and board level power distribution subsystems. Users have a choice of twenty-eight single- and dual-output models that deliver 3.3, 5, 12, 15, ±5, ±12, or ±15 VDC from a 5, 12, 24, or 48-VDC input.
The week in review: March 21 to 27
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3/26/2004   Post a comment
Chip drives 20 white LEDs
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3/25/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT3466 is a dual step-up DC/DC converter that can drive up to 20 white LEDs from a (3.6-volt) lithium-ion source. Its high efficiency, current-mode and fixed-frequency operation ensure uniform LED brightness, low noise and maximum battery life, while on-chip Schottky diodes eliminate both the added cost and space requirements of external diodes. Its two independent converters are capable of driving asymmetric LED strings (up to 10 in series per converter) from an input voltag
TI boosts TMS320C6713 DSP performance to 300 MHz
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3/25/2004   Post a comment
Eying the increased processing demands of the professional audio, high-end consumer audio, industrial and medical industries, Texas Instruments has launched a 300 MHz TMS320C6713 digital signal processor that offers a 33 percent performance increase over the existing 225 MHz C6713 processor. The unit provides 1800 MFLOPS for applications that need the precision and dynamic range offered by floating-point calculations.
VCO stabilizes microwave PLLs, covering frequencies from 3.93 to 4.20 GHz
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3/25/2004   Post a comment
Z-Communications introduced the compact V910ME01 voltage controlled oscillator designed for the microwave radio market, as well as for the satellite communications and direct broadcasting.
DC/DC converter drives 20 white LEDs from a Li-Ion battery
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology announces the LT3466, a dual step-up DC/DC converter that drives up to 20 white LEDs from a Li-Ion battery. Its high efficiency, current mode and fixed frequency operation ensure uniform LED brightness, low noise and maximum battery life.
Analog front-end solution has the speed for multi-function printers
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a high-speed, high-performance analog front-end circuit for use in flatbed scanners and multi-function printers. It features a 40MSPS conversion rate, and a new flexible clocking scheme.
Integrated satellite tuner chips enable inexpensive implementation of digital satellite reception
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Philips Electronics unveiled its TDA8262 and TDA8263 silicon tuner chips for quick and easy implementation of digital satellite reception. The new silicon tuner solution simplifies the entire circuit board design.
16-bit DAC sees a good fit for optical networking
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduced four 32-channel, 16-bit digital-to-analog converts (DACs) for optical networking designs, delivered in an 8 x 8-mm, 56-lead QFN.
China chip demand to grow 35% in 2004, says study
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
IC market researcher Databeans Inc. is predicting that China's demand for semiconductors will increase by 34.9 percent in 2004 to $30.9 billion. The forecast is up from $22.9 billion in 2003.
GSM reaches 60 million subscribers in U.S.
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
The 3G Americas trade group reported at this week's CTIA Wireless 2004 showcase that 60 million subscribers are now using GSM technology in the Americas, equating to a 110-percent growth rate since February 2003. Rob Keenan reports from Atlanta.
Intel shows handheld chip, Microsoft unveils unified PC-console
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Seeking growth beyond the PC, Intel Corp. showed its first handheld graphics chip and Microsoft Corp. said it would unify its PC and console graphics environments on the opening day of the Game Developers Conference here. Rick Merritt has this report.
PDK 'checklist' aids analog, RF designers
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Seeking to make life easier for analog, mixed-signal and RF designers, the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) has approved a standardized checklist that describes the content of process design kits (PDKs). The effort complements a new Accellera initiative to standardize data representations within PDKs.
Feature-rich handsets demand specialized power management
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
"We have little doubt that newly emerging applications, such as video streaming, will soon become legitimate in mainstream handsets," write Fairchild Semiconductor engineers in this feature from the March Planet Analog folio. Their article makes recommendations on specialized power management units for handsets.
Readers' Choice Award Winner: ADI's ARM7 core with 12 bit ADC
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices will be coming to the eUSA show with the launch of its new ARM-based microcontroller family of devices that integrate a 16/32 bit ARM7TDMI RISC processor core with a precision 12-bit successive approximation data converter and a wide assortment of on-chip digital and analog peripherals circuitry.
MCU packs temp sensor, transimpedance amp on-chip
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Zilog Inc. has beefed-up the amount of peripherals circuitry that's packed onto its latest 8-bit flash microcontroller family. There is also a new MCU development kit for a mere $39.95, that the company is launching.
Flurry of Activity, FPGA boards for Prototyping and Design Verification
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
It's more difficult to prototype with advanced packages. To meet the challenges, many are spinning new and powerful development and prototype boards for FPGA designers.
Semiconductor Fabrication Advances Means More Density, Higher Performance, and Reasonable Costs
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Without advancements in the semiconductor fabrication process, we wouldn't be able to enjoy many of the things we take for granted today.
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