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Charge-pumps brighten display picture
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5/31/2004   Post a comment
Three new generations of charge-pump from Advanced Analogic Technologies bring a new level of functional, high-efficiency, and cost- and space-saving performance to LED- and LCD-based display applications. These chips maximize brightness in white LEDs (AAT3140/41) in single-cell portable applications, improve camera flash performance (AAT3112), and provide the positive and negative voltages (AAT3190) for thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLED
High quality audio amp for the home with minimal design effort
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
National Semi offers three new stereo audio amplifiers in its Overture line of products for home stereo systems. Check out the review by Editor Paul O'Shea on these newest audio amplifiers that feature quiet fade-in/fade-out mute mode circuitry for gradually bringing the sound up or down.
Infineon: Noch keine Entscheidung zum DRAM-Ausstieg
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
Infineon will sicher seine Logiksparte behalten. Über eine Abspaltung des Speichergeschäfts aber hat das Unternehmen noch keine Entscheidung getroffen. Auf einer Konferenz in London stand Infineon-Manager Dominik Asam Rede und Antwort.
Intersil targets analog market with Xicor deal
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Smart battery ICs and expertise in data conversion were among the assets that made Xicor Corp. a key acquisition for Intersil Corp., executives from both companies said.
Intersil targets analog market with Xicor deal
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Smart battery ICs and expertise in data conversion were among the assets that made Xicor Corp. a key acquisition for Intersil Corp., executives from both companies said.
These differential amplifiers drive the complete range of A/D converters
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices' newest fully differential high-speed amplifiers are designed to deliver the industry's best combination of low noise, low distortion and wide dynamic range"ideal for driving high-speed, analog-to-digital converters.
Infineon exec says no decision yet on DRAMs
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
A senior executive with Infineon Technologies AG said the chip maker is eager to maintain its logic IC portfolio but has made no decision on whether to jettison all or part of its memory business.
The fastest 5-V fractional-unit load full duplex RS-485/422 transceiver?
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Intersil announced two more LINEARLINK full-duplex RS-485/422 transceivers. The ISL4491E is the world's fastest 5-V, full-duplex, one-eighth fractional-unit load transceiver with 15-kV ESD protection. These new devices boost performance in industrial and commercial applications.
Class-D audio power amplifiers balanced just right for small LCD TVs
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Providing liquid crystal display (LCD) TV manufacturers with the feature set required to meet high efficiency audio demands, TI announced two new stereo Class-D audio power amplifiers for 17 to 23 inch LCD-TVs. The two new devices feature efficient Class-D operation, driving up to 10W of continuous stereo output power with no external heat sink.
8-bit A/D converter achieves best-in-class linearity at 250 MSPS
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices' new 8-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) achieves a conversion rate of 250 MSPS while maintaining a differential nonlinearity (DNL) of +/- 0.25 LSB, two times better than competitive ICs with comparable sample rates.
Dialog, Intel sampling combo for mobile devices
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor Plc has started sampling a tightly integrated system level power management IC that in a single CMOS device supports both a communications processor and the Intel PXA27x family of applications processors.
Intersil taps AMI Semiconductor's memory technology
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor Inc., a designer and manufacturer of integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, has been selected by Intersil Corp. to help design analog ICs at the sub-micron levels for Intersil's consumer, computing, industrial and communications products. From Singapore, Tony Santiago picks up the scent.
Integrated magnetics shrinks dc-to-dc converter
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Leveraging its ability to integrate a microelectromechanical systems-like inductor on the same IC with a switching regulator controller, Enpirion Inc. is offering a complete dc-to-dc converter on a chip.
Integrated magnetics shrinks dc-to-dc converter
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Leveraging its ability to integrate a microelectromechanical systems-like inductor on the same IC with a switching regulator controller, Enpirion Inc. is offering a complete dc-to-dc converter on a chip.
Flexible PWM controller fits IBA bill
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor positions its LM5033 as the first fully-featured 100-volt DC/DC pulse width modulation (PWM) controller for meeting the needs of modern intermediate bus architectures (IBAs). "The introduction of the intermediate bus is an inflection point in the evolution of distributed power architectures," said Paul Greenland, marketing director for the Power Management group. "Customers expect the next generation of intermediate bus converters to be flexible and efficient without sacri
See the inner world with low-power wireless camera capsule that you swallow
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor and Given Imaging, maker of the world's only swallowable camera capsule for diagnosis of the gastrointestinal tract, is now using an ultra low-power transmitter chip from Zarlink in its M2A capsule endoscope.
A brief recap of popular logic standards
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
A sidebar to Maxim's article on logic level translation, this note describes the movement to lower voltage logic and the conundrums it created for system designers.
Modern serial buses demand sophisticated level translation
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Electronic design has changed considerably since the days when TTL and 5V CMOS were the dominant standards for logic circuits. The increasing complexity of modern electronic systems has led to lower-voltage logic, which in turn causes incompatible input and output levels for the logic families within a system. It's not unusual, for example, that a digital section operating at 1.8V must communicate with an analog subsection operating at 3.3V. In this article from Planet Analog magazine, a Maxim e
Intersil taps AMI Semiconductor's memory technology
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor Inc., a designer and manufacturer of integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, has been selected by Intersil Corp. to help design analog ICs at the sub-micron levels for Intersil's products.
See the inner world with low-power wireless camera capsule that you swallow
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor and Given Imaging, maker of the world's only swallowable camera capsule for diagnosis of the gastrointestinal tract, is now using an ultra low-power transmitter chip from Zarlink in its M2A capsule endoscope.
8-bit A/D converter achieves best-in-class linearity at 250 MSPS
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices' new 8-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) achieves a conversion rate of 250 MSPS while maintaining a differential nonlinearity (DNL) of +/- 0.25 LSB, two times better than competitive ICs with comparable sample rates.
In hot market, only reliable rad-hards need apply
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
The market for radiation-tolerant FPGAs is heating up as chip vendors roll out new devices intended for military and aerospace applications. But so too is the level of scrutiny they must endure to prove that their parts can work reliably under the harshest conditions.
Free software download helps speed A/D converter design
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices today announced the launch of its ADIsimADC(TM) software design tool that allows systems designers to simulate analog-to-digital converter (ADC) performance, speeding the evaluation and design process. The software is available as a free download from the ADI website.
In embedded, CPU progress is evolutionary
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
In the processor world, the major architectural innovations happen in workstation CPUs, and embedded processors follow from a great distance. Evolution, not revolution, marks the progress of embedded CPUs. And the recent Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose had more than its share of gradual change.
Motor Control Myths and Reality - DSPs Make a Strong Run at MCUs
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Opinion: Motor Control Myths and Reality - DSPs Make a Strong Run at MCUs
ARM readies cores for control, data processing tasks
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
ARM Ltd. (Cambridge, UK) is broadening its product offerings beyond the well- established 16/32-bit embedded RISC processors with two new types of licensable core-based solutions: one is a multiprocessor core that specifically handles control tasks; the other is responsible for heavy data processing jobs.The two new core-based solutions were pitched to system designers at the recent Embedded Processor Forum.
Nintendo and Sony demo gaming units
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) showed the first working prototypes of their new portable gaming systems at the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) in Los Angeles last week.
AMD continues shift away from megahertz race
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
In the latest step away from the megahertz race, AMD Corp. said it will use a "performance-power rating" to name its embedded processors. The move means processor names will have higher numbers than the clock rating expressed in megahertz.
Chip makers mull cell phones with hard drives
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Cellular phones are poised to take yet another step in silicon integration by packing hard-disk drive controllers and read channels into their baseband processors. At least three companies are at some stage of exploring such designs, though several sources expressed doubts about when and at what pace hard disks will appear in cell phones. Rick Merritt reports.
Technology advances reshape programmable logic offerings
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Technology advances reshape programmable logic offerings. Definitions and delineation's shift as advances enhance capabilities.
MIPs-based MPU employs fast system interconnect for comm. apps
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra's RM9150 microprocessor combines the E9000 64-bit MIPS microprocessor core with the new system interconnect called the Fast Device Bus for embedded control processing applications such as Ethernet routers and switches, line cards, network attached storage, industrial control, high-end laser printers, imaging, and high-end consumer applications that require multip
Freescale expands ColdFire line for industrial control apps
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Freescale newest Coldfire family is claimed to reduce memory requirements, power dissipation, system board size and costs in a variety of industrial applications. Marty Gold reviews the latest Coldfire entry.
AMD continues shift away from megahertz race
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
In the latest step away from the megahertz race, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said it will use a "performance-power rating" to name its embedded processors.
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