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Tzero readies mobile UWB chip
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1/30/2009   2 comments
Startup Tzero Technologies hopes 2009 will be the year ultrawideband establishes a foothold and sketched out plans for a new mobile chip that is the latest part of its two-pronged strategy.
AMCC CEO to step down amid revenue decline
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1/30/2009   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. President and CEO Kambiz Hooshmand will step down on June 1 after the company reported a $274.5 million fiscal third quarter net loss due largely to a $264.1 million non-cash write-down of goodwill.
Tutorial: Line echo canceller (LEC) and DC offsets
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1/30/2009   2 comments
This article discusses the role a line echo canceller plays in guaranteeing the voice quality and low-speed modem connection stability in VoIP applications when affected by DC offset. It presents a brief overview of echo cancellation implementation schemes, and examines how performance degrades with DC offset and to investigate and remove DC offset.
Beyer: Freescale can weather 'pessimistic' industry scenario
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1/30/2009   1 comment
Ten months into his tenure as chairman and CEO at Freescale Semiconductor Rich Beyer says he is positive about the company's prospects and sees it emerging from the current "miserable" downturn a stronger competitor despite a raft of problems, debts and liquidity concerns.
Low cost, small chip integrates GPS, Bluetooth and FM transceiver
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1/30/2009   Post a comment
CSR has launched BlueCore BC7830, which claims to be the smallest GPS combination device designed for mobile handsets. Measuring a mere 11mm² in silicon size, the BC7830 includes GPS, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, FM transmit and receive technologies and support for Bluetooth low energy all on a single chip.
Analog among key business units for Renesas realignment
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1/30/2009   Post a comment
Renesas has announced a major restructuring plan, prompted by a projected sharp drop in 2008 sales and income loss.
Tiny blue lasers for micro-projectors, red and green coming soon
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1/29/2009   Post a comment
OSRAM's new blue laser diode has all the important attributes required for micro-projectors.
Advanced user interfaces take safety into account: Part 1 - Distractions and helpful HMIs
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1/29/2009   Post a comment
Properly designed, an automotive HMI can bridge the gap between the competing demands for greater connectivity and greater safety.
Replace your MCU's ADC with a tiny 16-bit ADC that integrates a 10ppm/C reference
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
The LTC2460 ADC makes it easy to replace a microcontroller's embedded ADC with barely any additional board space. It is available in a 3mm x 3mm DFN package (as well as 12-pin MSOP package) and offers very good DC analog performance. Unlike many of the ADCs offered in microcontrollers, its linearity, offset error, and gain error are all tested and guaranteed over the full -40°C to +85°C industrial temperature range.
LTC3603 step-down regulator delivers 2.5A
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
A wide 4.5V to 15V input range allows the LTC3603 buck converter to serve in applications driven by a dual-cell Li-Ion source or a traditional 12V supply.
Analog Circuits: World Class Design (Chapter 8, Part 4 of 4)
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Increase your understanding and insight into analog systems, circuits, and components with two chapters from this recent book, presented in serial excerpt form.
Micrel : PWM buck regulators suit 5- and 3.3-V buses
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Micrel introduces a family of dual non-synchronous PWM buck regulators.
Designing touch applications with advanced touch-library
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
- Atmel announced the availability of its advanced Touch-library that resides on the microcontroller instead of a separate chip resulting in a highly cost effective solution, which will be provided at no additional cost.
Podcast on mechatronics engineering and education
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
"What is a mechatronics engineer?" and "What core subjects should a mechatronics curriculum include?" are among the topics discussed in this interesting audio interview.
Memo: Rich Templeton to TI employees on job cuts
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Memo from Rich Templeton to TI employees on job cuts
Analysis: TI hunkers down for a prolonged recession
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1/27/2009   3 comments
Texas Instruments is bracing for a prolonged market downturn and expects to emerge with a smaller revenue base.
Maxim : Step-down controller delivers up to 25 A
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
The MAX15023 is a low-cost, dual-output, synchronous step-down controller capable of driving external MOSFETs to deliver at least 12 A per output.
Counterpoint: Is Moore's Law really the industry's misfortune?
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1/27/2009   11 comments
Too much of a good thing can constrain designers to a single path.
Wolfson: D-A converter targets high-end audio
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics announces an addition to its portfolio of high performance D/A converters.
NXP touts efficiency advance for basestation PAs
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has started sampling integrated Doherty amplifiers for cellular basestations, based on its RF transistor technology.
Sematech opens green technology center
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Responding to concerns over the environment, International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) has launched its new green technology center.
TI cancels planned sale of wireless baseband unit
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. said it was unable to find a buyer willing to pay what it wanted for the wireless merchant base band business and will no longer sell the unit but instead will continue supporting existing customers in-house.
Maximize high-speed signal integrity with the right choice of cables, layout, and equalizer ICs (Part 1)
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1/27/2009   2 comments
As data rates increase, maintaining signal integrity is more challenging; this multipart article looks at fundamentals of the problem, as well as passive and active approaches to dealing with it.
High gain LNA covers 50- to 60-GHz
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
The HLNAV-364 low noise amplifier (LNA) from Renaissance Electronics covers the frequency range from 50 to 65 GHz minimum and is usable over a wider range.
BLACKFIN enables single-chip solution for DAB/DAB+/DMB receivers
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices (ADI) have announced that the latest version of DAB/DAB+/DMB (Digital Audio Broadcasting/Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) middleware from Factum Electronics AB is now available on ADI's low-power, high-performance Blackfin® BF5xx processors.
Intersil : Voice and data switches eliminate clicks and pops
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
The ISL54210 and ISL54211 are compact, high-performance mixed audio and data switches that combine superior low distortion performance, high-speed USB 2.0 data rates and use effective suppression technology to eliminate clicks and pops in handheld devices.
Microchip: Motor control eval board enhances DSC-based apps
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has introduced the dsPICDEM MCLV motor control development board - along with free motor-control software source code and an enhanced IDE - as a cost-effective method for developing dsPIC-based sensored or sensorless BLDC and PM synchronous motor control applications.
TI to cut jobs 12% as profit sinks 86%
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1/26/2009   7 comments
Texas Instruments Inc.'s fourth quarter net profit sank 86 percent and revenue fell 26 percent, prompting the company to announce another round of reorganization that it said will result in the elimination of 12 percent of its workforce.
Programmable oscillators extend battery life in portables
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
SiTime is getting ready to sample next month the first three devices in a new family of programmable oscillators that it says delivers the lowest power consumption and fastest start-up time in the industry.
Clearing the confusion on battery life and range for 2.4-GHz low power RF
Design How-To  
1/26/2009   6 comments
This article explains how may vendor specifications are misleading and shows: how to accurately evaluate power consumption and range, how to use link budgets, and how to work with current profiles to maximize sleep time, minimize retries, and avoid interference.
Consultant steers business into outer space
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Signal integrity consultant is branching way out—into outer space—with his first attempt at a science fiction novel.
Low-power MEMS oscillator debuts
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
SiTime Corp. claims to have lowered the power consumption of its MEMS oscillators to less than half that of competitors' chips.
Radial aluminum capacitors offer low impedance benefits
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has released a new series of radial aluminum capacitors that offers low impedance values, high capacitances, high ripple currents, and high-temperature operation up to +125 degrees C.
Efficient architectures move sources closer to loads
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Large IT data centers use as much power as 25,000 to 35,000 homes and unfortunately as much as half of that power is wasted, but moving more efficient power sources closer to the load can slash waste.
Step-up DC/DC converter drives up to 40 white LEDs
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1/25/2009   Post a comment
From a 12V input, Linear's 45V, 2.1MHz DC/DC boost mode converter can drive up to four strings of LEDs, each with up to ten 120mA white LEDs in series while delivering efficiencies up to 90%.
Tiny current-sense amplifier delivers precision monitoring
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1/25/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's high-side, current sense amplifier provides 1microamp supply current for battery-powered applications.
Configurable video processor from Stretch uses less power, has PCIe interface for advanced apps
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
Multi-stream H.264 encoding, video analytics, processing uncompressed video streams, and capture cards are among the targeted applications for Stretch's new low-power processor.
RF IN ACTION: Microwaves in Medicine-- Meridian Medical Systems Takes On the Status Quo
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
In our first RF in Action article, a new series planned for 2009, we learn how Meridian Medical Systems leveraged AWR's Microwave Office and TriQuint Semiconductor's ICs to create innovative new products for the medical industry.
Cypress Q4 revenue down 26%
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor saw its fourth quarter 2008 revenue decline 26 percent sequentially and 20 percent year-over-year as it experienced its lowest book-to-bill ratio since the dotcom crash.
Signal Chain Basics (Part 25): Designing the audio-signal chain for non-audio experts, Part 1
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
Look at audio components in terms of what makes sense for the application
On-demand real-time video delivery
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1/23/2009   2 comments
Growing demand for media-rich, just-in-time content and an expanding universe of mobile devices capable of real-time viewing are placing great demands on networks. The challenge that network designers face is how to build a highly scalable, efficient and robust real-time content distribution network.
Marvell slashes revenue outlook; sees 34% decline
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group said it is now expecting revenue for the current quarter to be between $500 million and $520 million, down 34 to 37 percent from the $791 million it posted in the previous quarter.
Texas Instruments : Transceivers are designed for high-temperature applications
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
Two ceramic-packaged transceivers from Texas Instruments enable data communication in high-temperature applications.
Dual-channel 8-bit ADCs consume very little power
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1/22/2009   1 comment
Maxim's has launched a new pin-compatible family of dual-channel, 8-bit, 65/100/130Msps ADCs that consists of three devices, one of which consumes a mere 43mW of analog power per channel.
Bourns' expanded SMT power resistor line offers smaller footprint
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
Bourns has expanded its line of Surface Mount Technology (SMT) power resistors with parts that it says offer high pulse protection, a smaller footprint and simple series dropping functions, enabling cost-effective automated assembly.
TV and radio CMOS RF tuner claims world's lowest power consumption
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
Elonics is releasing what it believes is the world's lowest power DVB-T/H terrestrial broadcast radio frequency (RF) tuner, designated E4000. The CMOS tuner it consumes 105 mW in continuous mode and 13 mW in time sliced mode.
Ubiquisys and picoChip collaborate on next generation femtocells
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
Ubiquisys, a 3G femtocell company, and picoChip have announced that they are working together to integrate the picoChip PC302 processor into the Ubiquisys ZoneGate femtocell.
Wolfson fined for not disclosing Apple design loss
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland) has been fined £200,000 (about $210,000) by the Financial Services Authority for failing to disclose that it had lost a contract with a major customer, believed to be Apple Inc., in March 2008.
CSR claims size, cost breakthrough for GPS inetgration
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip group CSR plc. (Cambridge, England) claims its latest BlueCore BC7830 is the tightest integrated and smallest GPS combination device designed for mobile handsets to hit the market.
Will Apple sue Palm over Pre?
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1/21/2009   Post a comment
Without mentioning any names, Tim Cook, Apple Inc.'s chief operating officer, rattled his legal saber in the direction of Palm Inc. and its Pre smartphone that has a multi-touch interface similar to that of the patent-protected iPhone.
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