Is Wireless HD finally 'Coming of Age?"
Blog 1/31/2008 Post a comment
With developments in TV technology, an area that is finally beginning to come into its own is wireless HD. In the past companies like JVC and others have tried to offer wireless displays, but encountered hurdles. Well, it now seems that with advances like 802.11n and other transmission schemes from SiBEAM that wireless HD will finally find its way to consumer homes in 2008 and beyond.
Voltage regulation IC market powered down in '07 - analyst
News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment
The global voltage regulation IC market, which over the past few years has enjoyed growth in the 10 to 15 percent range, only managed to increase by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 bn, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
1-A rectifier housed in tiny package
Product News 1/31/2008 Post a comment
Intended for portable devices such as digital audio players, mobile phones and digital cameras, Diodes Inc.'s SBR1U40LP 1-A Super Barrier Rectifier (SBR) in housed in a 1.4-mm x 1.1-mm DFN package.
Want to boost battery voltage in White LED apps?
Design How-To 1/31/2008 1 comment
If you're tired of the extra cost and real estate lost when using a step-up DC/DC converter, consider instead a charge pump, also known as a switched capacitor converter, to boost battery voltage. Here are the principles involved.
24-bit audio DAC delivers longer music playback
Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment
Aimed at mobile music applications, ST's single-chip STw5210, a 24-bit audio DAC with playback time extender technology, reduces system power consumption for longer music playback, and incorporates on-chip power management, enabling direct connection to a battery.
Power Integrity and Energy Aware Floor Planning
Design How-To 1/29/2008 Post a comment
Extreme performance and frequency are no longer dominant design goals for SoC's. Recent years have witnessed changes in microprocessors' architectures, with multi-GHz unicore CPU devices abandoned in favor of low-frequency multi-core variants, and frequency becoming a forgotten memory.
Battery charger chips get smart
Product News 1/28/2008 Post a comment
Battery life is arguably the most important feature in many of today's high-volume portable electronic products. While much of the portable electronics industry has migrated to the lithium-ion battery, drawn by its high capacity, small size, light weight and durability, no similar consensus has been reached about the battery charger IC.
More Green for PoE
Design How-To 1/26/2008 Post a comment
Here's how higher power efficiency mandated by the latest energy initiatives translates to greater cost savings for evolving power-over-Ethernet systems
Avnet, ADI and Micron team on video surveillance development kit
Product News 1/24/2008 Post a comment
The second generation of the Digital Video Surveillance Kit provides a simplified prototype development platform for intelligent video surveillance applications -- combining the unique video handling capabilities of the Blackfin' processor from Analog Devices and state-of-the-art CMOS image sensors from Micron Technology.
Semiconductor choices for RF devices
Design How-To 1/24/2008 Post a comment
Take a look at this interesting overview of semiconductor choices for RF/microwave design. It comes to us from a newly-released second edition of the classic text, RF Circuit Design, by Christopher Boswick.
Audio homing robot
Audio DesignLine Blog 1/23/2008 Post a comment
An autonomous sound-sensing robot developed by programmers at Cornell uses three microphones to first detect and then follow an audio source.
Video: startup explores analog EDA problems
News & Analysis 1/22/2008 Post a comment
Startup Berkeley Design Automation is working on new capabilities to analyze in software analog effects in communications between die in a multi-chip package that can impact device yields, said company founder and chief executive Ravi Subramanian in a video interview with EE Times.
Wideband driver amplifiers span DC to 65 GHz
News & Analysis 1/22/2008 Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has announced a new family of GaAs HEMT MMIC driver amplifier and modulator driver amplifier products in chip form that operate over the DC -to 65-GHz frequency band. Typical applications include microwave radio, military and space, fiber optic systems, wideband communication systems, VSAT, SATCOM and test instrumentation.
Understanding RF power amplifiers
Design How-To 1/21/2008 1 comment
If you would like a better understanding of power amplifier Classes and linearity, look no further. This excerpt from RF Circuit Design, 2nd edition, takes an indepth look at Class A, B, and C amplifiers and explains linearity, distortion, and harmonics.