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SiGe power problems may send IC makers back to CMOS, says AMCC executive
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1/31/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While silicon-germanium (SiGe) technologies promise to deliver the next wave of high-speed communications chips, some unexpected power issues with this process could force IC suppliers back to traditional CMOS, said an executive from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC).
Microtune to expand RF efforts into more broadband applications
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1/31/2002   Post a comment
PLANO, Tex. -- In a move to expand its business, Microtune Inc. today announced plans to offer radio-frequency silicon chips and systems solutions for a wide range of commercial and consumer electronics applications in broadband communications, wireless connectivity products and automotive markets.
RF Solutions plans chip set to support both cell phones and wireless LANs
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1/30/2002   Post a comment
ATLANTA--RF Solutions Inc. here today announced development of a wireless, multi-band, multi-standard RF chip set technology, which can support digital cellular phones and local area networking systems conforming to the IEEE 802.11a, b, and g formats.
Anadigics reports smaller-than-expected loss
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1/30/2002   Post a comment
Anadigics, Inc., Warren, NJ, today reported net sales of $21 million and a loss of 43 cents per share (excluding special charges and amortization of intangibles) for the fourth quarter ended December 31.
Philips, Mitsumi to jointly develop, sell analog ICs
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1/28/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors here and Mitsumi Electric Co. Ltd. in Japan today announced plans to jointly develop, manufacture, market, and sale analog and mixed-signal ICs worldwide.
Micrel ramps 0.6-micron SiGe process for 10-Gbit communications ICs
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --Micrel Inc. today announced the installation of a new 0.6-micron silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology, which will be used to introduce 10-gigabit-per-second communications ICs for Sonet systems, 10/100-Gigabit Ethernet networks and other high-speed applications.
Lowering ispPAC frequencies to the audio range
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
The ispPAC family of analogue components gives the circuit designer the flexibility of designing general-purpose analogue signal processing applications using in-system-programming (ISP). Designs are completed on the PAC Designer software and downloaded to the devices in milliseconds allowing the completed design to be immediately evaluated. Configuration data is stored in non-volatile memory enabling retention of circuit designs while power is turned off.
Designs with multiple clock domains: New tools avoid clock skew and reduce pattern counts
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
Nothing accelerates a DFT engineer's receding hairline as the addition of further clock domains to the latest SoC or IC design. Avoiding clock skew during test is becoming one of the biggest DFT challenges for designs with multiple clock domains. This Mentor engineer examines some techniques for increasing test coverage in designs with multiple clock domains.
Monitor IC reads PC temp, runs fans
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
Winbond's PC monitor reads diodes and transistors for temperature, and runs PWM fan motors. It uses parts you know.
Fairchild reports loss for quarter and year
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International reported a net loss of $16.2 million or 16 cents per share in its fiscal 2001 fourth quarter ended December 31, compared to a net income of $93.7 million or 92 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2000.
TI claims highest analog integration on MCU for embedded displays
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed it has broken the 1-microampere barrier in a low-power 16-bit microcontroller, which integrates mixed-signal functions and flash memory for embedded display applications in utility metering, portable instruments, intelligent sensing, and other systems.
Xicor adds new architecture for auto-correction in adaptive closed-loop control
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Xicor Inc. today announced a new chip architecture for "auto-correction" of errors in adaptive closed-loop control applications, with the first targeted application being cellular phone base stations.
More on interface line topologies...
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
In this part, Mike Grabois considers the effects of daisy chains and star topologies.
Interface line topologies rule high-frequency applications
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
Engineers typically treat 3-inch-long traces as short interconnects, with few high-frequency considerations. But this approach often overlooks problems with interface operation or RF emissions, writes engineer Mike Grabois in this original contribution to Planet Analog. We need to recognize where various line topologies turn into transmission lines, he says.
STMicro claims first one-chip frontend solution for DVD players
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1/17/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it has become the first chip supplier to offer an integrated frontend solution for DVD players, packing all the functions for analog pre-processing, servo control, channel decoding, and error correction on a 0.18-micron CMOS die.
Linear Technology sees slight sales improvement
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1/15/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- Linear Technology Corp. today reported a 1% sequential increase in revenues to $121.3 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Dec. 30, compared to $120.1 million in the prior three-month period. LTC's revenues were 53% lower than $258.5 million in net sales in the quarter a year ago.
Elantec profits fall, but revenue increases sequentially
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1/15/2002   Post a comment
In its first fiscal quarter ended Dec. 30, Elantec Semiconductor Inc., Milpitas, Calif., reported a 78.9% decline in net income to $2.1 million, or 8 cents per diluted share, from $9.8 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, in the same period last year.
Germany's X-Fab offers high-voltage CMOS with nonvolatile memory options
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1/15/2002   Post a comment
ERFURT, Germany -- X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG here today announced a new 0.6-micron mixed-signal CMOS process technology for high-voltage chips capable of handling up to 40 volts. The process contains an option for embedded EEPROM and it will soon offer another module for flash memory, said the company.
A New Method for Clock Recovery in MPEG Decoders
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1/15/2002   Post a comment
Using a Least Mean Squares technique, Hooman Hassanzadegan (Basamad Negar Company) and Nima Sarshar (Sharif University of Technology, Iran) describe a novel way to perform clock recovery in MPEG decoders. The technique also reduces the PLL hardware you need to do the recovery.
Conexant adds encoders for HDTV video on PCs, DVD, game systems
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Conexant Systems Inc. today announced an expansion of its broadcast video offering to include new encoders that cut the cost of "TV-out" solutions for displaying high-definition television (HDTV) on PC systems, DVD players, game consoles, and other new systems.
Philips offers multi-standard high-definition video codec for PCs, consumer products
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today said it has become the first chip company to ship a multi-standard, high-definition video codec IC for personal computers, notebook PCs, and consumer electronics in the mass market.
Taiwan has designs on analog market
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
The prolonged semiconductor slump has prompted Taiwan's semiconductor design houses to focus more closely on the analog IC market.
STMicro readies new silicon technology to replace GaAs RF amplifiers in handsets
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
CATANIA, Italy -- STMicroelectronics today claimed it has "won the race" to develop an effective silicon replacement for gallium-arsenide (GaAs) transistors now used in radio-frequency power amplifiers inside cellular telephones.
Automating Analog Electronic Designs for Complex Physical Systems
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
Does mixed-domain system design have you stumped? Gines Domenech-Asensi, Ramon Ruiz-Merino, and Tom J. Kazmierski describe a synthesis methodology based on VHDL-AMS for developing and synthesizing physical systems containing electronic subsystems.
Pro Logic II matrix decoder melds multimedia
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1/9/2002   Post a comment
As more people have come to appreciate the benefits of surround-sound playback, they also want nonsurround program material-particularly music-to take full advantage of their multichannel playback systems. This desire is not only for home theaters, but also for car audio systems, computers and even headphone listening. The Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1-channel matrix decoder was designed with these expanded uses in mind.
Broadcom, Palm plan advanced Bluetooth architecture for handheld computers
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1/9/2002   Post a comment
LAS VEGAS -- During the Consumer Electronics Show here today, Broadcom Corp. announced it was teaming up Palm Inc. to develop an advanced Bluetooth architecture for next-generation handheld computers.
Digital audio processors aim for high-performance filtering
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1/9/2002   Post a comment
It's not just delay lines anymore! TI engineers explore the changing face of multi-channel audio playback, and note the increases in frequency response, SNR and dynamic range - as well as imaging and sonic placement - brought on by an all-digital processing chain.
Digital pots shrink volume controls
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1/9/2002   Post a comment
In this circuit-oriented piece, Maxim's application guru gives pointers for giving digital potentiometers the logarithmic taper found in mechanical volume controls - and ensure left-right channels are balanced to within a few dB.
Decimation Stages with WDFs for Flexible Digital Receivers
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1/9/2002   Post a comment
Dieter Brckmann of the University of Wuppertal, Germany, describes a decimation filter architecture for highly optimized but flexible digital receivers. By using cascaded low-order wave digital filters for certain blocks, you reduce hardware cost and get superior sensitivity properties with respect to coefficient quantization effects, better noise performance, and less group-delay distortion.
Micronas says converter IC will move progressive-scan TV into volume markets
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1/8/2002   Post a comment
FREIBURG, Germany -- Micronas GmbH here today announced plans to begin volume production of a single-chip scan-rate converter for progressive-scan televisions, combining the functions of six other devices and potentially saving 30% of the cost compared to other design solutions.
California Micro sees order growth, but still expects loss in quarter
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1/7/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--California Micro Devices Corp. today affirmed previous estimates of $7-to-$7.5 million in revenues in its fiscal third quarter, ended Dec. 31, and a pro-forma net loss of $0.38-to-$0.40 per share, before restructure charges and other items related to the company's new manufacturing model.
Fairchild says power supply controller eases DDR, HSTL memory systems design
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1/4/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today introduced a new dual synchronous switch-mode power supply controller, which has been developed to greatly simplify bus termination in high-speed memory systems based on double-data rate (DDR) or high-speed transceiver logic (HSTL) interfaces.
DVD driving consumer electronics convergence
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1/3/2002   Post a comment
The DVD player is the fastest-selling consumer device of all time, and the increasing consumer acceptance of DVD technology is paving the way toward the integration of computers, communications and consumer electronics.
Overview
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1/3/2002   Post a comment
n home stereo, conventional wisdom suggests digital signal processing has taken over more and more of the audio signal-processing chain.
RF Micro ramps new GaAs fab to produce up to 40,000 wafers per year
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1/3/2002   Post a comment
GREENSBORO, N.C.--RF Micro Devices Inc. today announced it has begun production of gallium-arsenide (GaAs) heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) in a new four-inch wafer fab here, which currently equipped to process 25,000-to-40,000 substrates per year.


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