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Wireless Connectivity Device Complements Company's Digital Home Product
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1/13/2004   Post a comment
Wireless connectivity is becoming an essential home networking technology, and the introduction of Conexant's 802.11g chip will enhance their position in this booming market.
World's First Single-Chip 5.8GHz FSK Transceiver
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1/13/2004   Post a comment
Micro Linear's ML5800 is targeted at high data rate consumer digital wireless applications such as streaming audio and video, as well as the rapidly growing 5.8 GHz digital cordless telephone (DCT) market.
Triple Video Driver Offers HD/SD Filtering Capability and Multiple Video Input/Output Standards on a Single Chip
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1/13/2004   Post a comment
Paul O'Shea, eeProductCenter Blurb: Fairchild Semiconductor announces the FMS6418A, a highly integrated, triple video driver that is selectable for High Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD) signal filtering. It removes high frequency noise prior to digitizing the signal (anti-aliasing), or to remove artifacts introduced during D/A conversion in the encoder (reconstruction filtering) for either RGB or YUV signals.
Coax cable turned into backbone net
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1/12/2004   Post a comment
A chip set from startup Entropic Communications lets end users turn their coaxial connections into a backbone network in the home. Commsdesign's Rob Keenan has this report.
IC industry headed towards 'worry-free' mode in 2004
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1/12/2004   Post a comment
The IC and chip equipment industries are moving into a "worry-free" mode after a long and painful slump despite lingering uncertainties beyond 2004, according to executives and analysts at the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) here Monday (Jan. 12). Mark LaPedus reports.
Military IP net will crank up bandwidth
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1/12/2004   Post a comment
The Defense Information Systems Agency has approved the recommended subcontractors chosen by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for the Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion project, an optical terrestrial network that is to deliver Internet Protocol traffic among defense and intelligence locations worldwide.
Philips, Visa push contactless payments in consumer devices
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1/12/2004   Post a comment
Philips Semiconductors and Visa International joined forces at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week to demonstrate contactless payment and connectivity applications based on a Philips-developed technology called near-field communication. Junk Yoshida has this report.
Low-ohmic analog switches improve audio performance
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1/12/2004   Post a comment
Parameters of low Ohmic analog switches such as On resistance, charge injection and On resistance flatness have already been discussed in recent publications. But less information has been published on choosing proper low Ohmic switches for specific applications. In this article, a Fairchild engineer analyzes audio signal distortion to fully understand the trade-offs between power savings and signal fidelity in ultra portable designs.
Automotive controller drives down parts count
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1/10/2004   Post a comment
The IR3220S from International Rectifier is a highly integrated H-bridge motor controller IC for automotive DC applications up to 6 amps. It's specifically designed to drive motors and actuators, including fuel, water and vacuum pumps, compressors, throttle controls, power seats and door locks, window lifters, automatic sun roofs and windshield wipers. It cuts component count by as much as 90 percent over discrete solutions.
New DAC Family for Audio, DVD Systems
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1/9/2004   Post a comment
The new family of 10-pin DACs give OEMs what is said to be the industry's smallest 192 kHz stereo DAC for entertainment products.
System-level chips add power to portables
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1/9/2004   Post a comment
FOCUS ON MANAGING POWER - With users demanding more from their portable and wireless devices, power-managing ICs are advancing toward more sophisticated system-level solutions. A snapshot of the most recent chips, which are largely DC/DC converters with expanded functionality to serve six or seven major power-managing areas, shows intense activity in battery chargers, and a flurry of LED drivers and audio amps.
High-Speed Backplanes Pose New Challenges to Comms Designers
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1/7/2004   Post a comment
High-Speed Backplanes Pose New Challenges to Comms Designers As backplane speeds move beyond 3 Gbit/s, designers will encounter problems not seen at lower rates. Fortunately, through the use of modeling techniques, designers can tackle these issues head on. A Rambus engineer shows how.
Decoder among the first to support WMV9 based DVD players
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1/7/2004   Post a comment
Sigma Designs announced the EM8620L, the next generation series of media processors that support Windows Media Video 9 (WMV9), the advanced video compression technology The chip also supports HighMAT (High Performance Media Access Technology) that enables better performance and navigation of personal audio, video and photo CDs in next generation entertainment devices.
Integrated Audio/Video/Graphics Chip With Personal Video Recording Capability
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1/7/2004   Post a comment
Broadcom announced it is entering the consumer television market, with the industry's first single-chip dual-channel HD video/audio/graphics and personal video recording (PVR) solution for digital televisions, as well as for cable set-top boxes, satellite receivers and HD-DVD players.
Cascadable SiGe gain block amplifiers have high linearity to 6 GHz
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1/7/2004   Post a comment
Hittite announces the release of three new plastic packaged SiGe MMIC Gain Block Amplifiers which are ideal for wireless infrastructure/handhelds, test equipment, microwave radio and military COTS applications from DC to 6 GHz.
Low-power ADC added to line of audio stereo components
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1/7/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced the WM8737L high-performance, ultra low-power stereo audio ADC with 97dB signal-to-noise ratio and microphone pre-amplifier noise performance in the sub-microvolt range.
Making the Most Out of 802.3af
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1/7/2004   Post a comment
New power-over-Ethernet specification allows designers to remove the power cord and powerup over Ethernet lines. An article borrowed from CommsDesign.com offers analog-friendly insights into this new IEEE spec.
First Digitally Programmable, Signal-Conditioning Auto-Zero Amplifier
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1/6/2004   Post a comment
The ADI op amp AD8555 offers designers a high-accuracy, zero-drift, turnkey solution to program both gain and offset, allowing for greater design flexibility and lower costs in automotive, medical, and industrial process control applications. Paul O'Shea offers these insights.
Controller makes power supply redundancy easy
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
Traditional methods for connecting redundant power supplies usually involve placing a diode in series with each power supply output and tying either the cathodes or anodes, depending on whether the power supply is positive or negative, together at the load. This is commonly referred to as diode OR-ing and, although simple, is far from an ideal solution. In this article (intended for EE Times' InFocus section on backplane power management), a TI engineer offers a more efficient means of coupling
Coax chipset enables home net backbones
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
chip set from startup Entropic Communications lets end users turn their coaxial connections into a backbone network in the home. Wireless connections-mostly wireless-LAN links-are quickly becoming the de facto approach for distributing broadband connections and multimedia content from a router to a node, such as a laptop. But Wi-Fi systems struggle to penetrate some walls and thus fall short in providing total coverage in a home. That coverage issue will loom larger as end users start to distri
IC market to exceed SIA's 2003 forecast
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said it expects global chip sales to exceed its 15.8- percent growth forecast for 2003 compared to the previous year. At the same time, worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $16.13 billion in November 2003, a 4.5 percent increase from the $15.43 billion recorded in October. The total also represented a 25.7 percent rise from November 2002, SIA reported Monday (Jan. 5).
PCTEL acquires antenna specialist Maxrad for $20 million
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
PCTEL maintains a portfolio of more than 115 analog and broadband communications and wireless patents, issued or pending, including key and essential patents for modem technology. The products are sold or licensed to PC manufacturers, PC card and board manufacturers, and wireless carriers. It just completed a $20-million acquisition of Maxrad Inc., an antenna specialist for broadband wireless, in-building wireless and land mobile radio.
ATI spins digital TV tuner/decoder chip
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
ATI Technologies Inc. is rolling out a digital TV chip that integrates front-end digital terrestrial and cable demodulators and a back-end high-definition MPEG-2 decoder. The X210VC "DTV-on-chip" will give ATI "at least a two-year jump" on DTV silicon competitors, said director of marketing Mike Gittings.
Chip growth will stay hot all year, forecasters say
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
The IC market recovery, now entering its second year, will see rapid growth before peaking late this year or early next and giving way to more moderate growth in 2005, analysts said. Bolaji Ojo has this report.
First Digitally Programmable, Signal-Conditioning Auto-Zero Amplifier
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
The ADI op amp AD8555 offers designers a high-accuracy, zero-drift, turnkey solution to program both gain and offset, allowing for greater design flexibility and lower costs in automotive, medical, and industrial process control applications.
Control failure by sensing the heat
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1/1/2004   Post a comment
Controlling the amount of heat produced or dissipated by today's more powerful electronic equipment becomes critical as the real estate shrinks enabling heat related problems to occur more easily. It can be a tricky challenge to resolve but several companies are offering possible solutions.
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