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posted in January 2012
Programmable logic, SoC simplify power steering, accessory control
Design How-To  
1/31/2012   1 comment
Using an integrated system-on-chip reduces both product and project costs.
ITU approves G3-PLC as a new worldwide smart grid standard
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1/29/2012   Post a comment
In partnership with Electricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF) and Sagemcom, Maxim developed the G3-PLC specification to promote open-endedness and interoperability among smart grid implementations.
Modularity provides functional, economical tire-pressure monitoring
Design How-To  
1/27/2012   4 comments
A building block approach allows mixing and matching features in affordable tire pressure monitoring system packages.
Intersil ISL28407 precision amplifiers
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1/27/2012   Post a comment
Intersil expanded its family of precision amplifiers with 40 V low power, high ESD products that claim to provide excellent DC accuracy and noise performance.
Targeting RF key security
Blog  
1/27/2012   3 comments
How secure are your RFID car key and other devices—to be afraid, or not?
DesignCon Panel: Is it time for an analog comeback?
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Organizing panels is a balancing act between making sure the panelists have enough in common and yet not quite agreeing…
TSMC returns fire over 28-nm process issues
News & Analysis  
1/26/2012   5 comments
Maria Marced, a senior executive with foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has hit back at analysts who have said it has yield problems with its 28-nm CMOS manufacturing processes.
Making sounds with analogue electronics - Part 5: Using analogue synthesis
Design How-To  
1/25/2012   Post a comment
Part 5 of an excerpt from the book "Sound Synthesis and Sampling" begins by showing how a subtractive analogue synthesizer can be a learning tool for exploring some of the principles of audio and acoustics, and then looks at additive synthesis.
ZMDI ZSSC3016 sensor signal conditioner
Product News  
1/25/2012   2 comments
ZMDI has developed a high-precision 16-bit sensor signal conditioner that provides energy-efficient high accuracy amplification and high resolution output.
Collaboration leads to a faster Signal Integrity Solution
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys and Sigrity accelerate signal integrity simulation of high-speed systems through cooperation…
Clock oscillator has a phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz at 10Hz offset for audio equipment
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Crystek's HCMOS Clock Oscillator family is suitable for use in applications such as DACs, ADCs, digital audio broadcasting and professional CD audio equipment.
Class-D audio amplifier exhibits power density of 3.2-W/mm-square
Product News  
1/25/2012   2 comments
STMicroelectronics has introduced a high-performance, analog class-D audio amplifier that is claiming best-in-class power density.
MOST150 points to technology tipping point
Design How-To  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
Carefully balancing technological possibilities, real market requirements, and economic considerations, it is important to show a clear cost-down technological roadmap. But several aspects need to be addressed, including data transport capacity (bitrate), physical media, and topology options.
Predictions: The bold prediction for EDA
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/24/2012   2 comments
So, my run of predictions for 2012 is over except for one. This one predicts what the EDA industry will look like, and it sure IS pretty…
Single/multiphase energy-measurement IC eases smart-grid transition for utility meters
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
CS548x/9x family from Cirrus Logic provides high-accuracy analog front end, internal calculation engine, and I/O
High-tech conference promises help with design
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
DesignCon 2012 starts January 30 and ends February 2nd in the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Semtech to buy Gennum for $494 million
News & Analysis  
1/24/2012   1 comment
Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Semtech said it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire fellow analog and mixed-signal chip supplier Gennum in a cash deal worth about $494 million.
Webinar: Power Issues for Chip and Board
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1/23/2012   Post a comment
This is going to be a great webinar about power, power integrity and everything associated with power. Sign up now and don’t miss this one!
Auto show musings
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/23/2012   14 comments
You may have missed these under reported developments coming from the recent auto shows.
Location Is Everything: Improving Performance with Interactive LDE Estimation
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1/23/2012   Post a comment
When technology nodes have reached the sub 90nm threshold, performance improvement anticipated from scaling failed to match expectations within the analog design community…
Texas Instruments shows off Pico HD projector
News & Analysis  
1/21/2012   11 comments
At CES, Texas Instruments was keeping its eye on the big picture, through its littlest chipsets. The firm was literally beaming as it showed off its latest generation of DLP projector chipset, the Pico HD, capable of HD WXGA resolution projections from up to 100 inches away.
Could 450-mm wafers make sense away from the leading edge
News & Analysis  
1/20/2012   6 comments
When 450-mm diameter wafers come, will it be for only the most advanced digital manufacturing processes? Future Horizons think there is a case to be made for 450-mm wafers away from the leading-edge.
Maxim Integrated PRoducts MAX98314 audio amplifier
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1/20/2012   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products released what it claims is the industry's first mono, 3.2W, Class D amplifier with integrated input coupling capacitors.
Allegro Microsystems A1357 sensor IC
Product News  
1/19/2012   1 comment
Allegro MicroSystems has introduced a customer programmable linear hall-effect sensor IC that features a pulse width modulated two-wire output and supports a temp range from 40°C to 150°C.
Teardown: The power inverter - from sunlight to power grid
Design How-To  
1/19/2012   2 comments
This teardown of a solar inverter card traces the path of harvested DC power from the photovoltaic panel, through boost conversion, power inverter and massive filtering of the created AC power signal required by the power grid.
Leverage Ethernet to improve passenger safety, comfort, and convenience
Design How-To  
1/19/2012   4 comments
As homes become more digitally sophisticated, consumers are developing higher expectations for connectivity and greater levels of safety and comfort in their home away from home—their vehicle. As a result, in-vehicle electronics are growing in number and complexity. Collision warning, comfort controls, infotainment, and advanced driver assistance are just some of today’s sophisticated and diverse applications generating an increasing need for bandwidth and connectivity within and between in-vehi
IcyHeart European project to enable realtime tele-health
Research  
1/17/2012   Post a comment
European researchers and industry leaders seek to deliver unobtrusive wireless battery powered ECG monitoring solution for ambulatory use with the ability to analyze the ECG waveform and detect abnormal events in real time.
MIPI Alliance offers new specs for RF control
Blog  
1/17/2012   5 comments
Today, the MIPI Alliance announced new DigRF and RFFE specifications, and yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Jim Ross, of Skyworks, and Dr. Dietmar Wenzel, of Infineon about the changes. Both men are part of the MIPI Alliance.
The Fast Track to 3D-IC Testing
Design How-To  
1/16/2012   2 comments
Despite substantial progress toward realizing 3D-IC systems, a variety of design, manufacturing, packaging, and testing issues still need to be addressed...
Globalfoundries appoints former NXP executive as sales boss
News & Analysis  
1/16/2012   1 comment
Struggling foundry chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc. has appointed Michael Noonen as senior vice president of sales and marketing, reporting to CEO Ajit Manocha.
Power Tip 43: Discrete devices—a good alternative to integrated MOSFET drivers (Part 2)
Power Tips  
1/15/2012   1 comment
The humble, inexpensive discrete transistor can be a cost- and performance-effective choice, and better in some ways than a more-highly integrated component.
TI researcher gets innovation award
News & Analysis  
1/14/2012   3 comments
Ted Moise, manager of Texas Instruments' non-volatile memory roadmap, received the 2012 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas during the organization's annual conference.
Inside the Dexcom Seven Plus Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
Design How-To  
1/13/2012   2 comments
A teardown reveals the innards of a product in a growing category.
HiWave demonstrates ultra-low power Bluetooth flat speaker design at CES
News & Analysis  
1/13/2012   1 comment
Tempus brings together an all-new variant of the company’s BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) speaker drive unit and its Audium amplifier chip in a reference design that now delivers higher power output plus Bluetooth wireless audio streaming.
Capacitive proximity detection spurs automotive convenience features
Design How-To  
1/12/2012   4 comments
A broad range of motion detection depends on an astute application of technology. Moisture and rapid temperature changes are challenges.
HTML5 platform for infotainment systems debuts at CES
Product News  
1/9/2012   1 comment
QNX software platform allows automakers to customize user experience and leverage rapidly evolving mobile applications.
Why the semiconductor industry will rise again
Blog  
1/9/2012   13 comments
Some people are seeing low valuations for the acquisitions of startup companies and asking if it means doom and gloom. Peter Clarke sees it as part of an industry adapting to new economics.
Forty-nm flash memory IP developed for automotive real-time applications
Product News  
1/7/2012   Post a comment
MONOS technology is scalable and provides reliability and performance.
RF Micro warns of sales shortfall
News & Analysis  
1/5/2012   Post a comment
Radio frequency IC vendor RF Micro Devices warned that its sales for the quarter ended Dec. 31 fell short of expectations due lower-than-expected sales of 2G components to China-based customers for entry-level handsets.
Maxim Integrated Products MAX44000 optical sensor
Product News  
1/5/2012   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' highly integrated light and proximity sensor extends battery life, shortens design time, and saves board space in space-constrained, portable applications.
Texas Instruments' UCC27210 and UCC27211 MOSFET drivers
Product News  
1/5/2012   Post a comment
TI says its latest high-performance MOSFET drivers deliver efficiency and reliability, protecting a power system from 100-V surges.
Fluorescence imaging improves prostate cancer diagnosis
Design How-To  
1/5/2012   1 comment
Understand how a combination of electronic and optical techniques combine for a more effective instrument for this complex imaging challenge
Define drain-current conditions when calculating power for multi-core SoCs
Design How-To  
1/5/2012   Post a comment
Automotive electronics for safety applications are increasingly implementing multi-CPU architectures with on-chip redundancy to ensure applications using minimal software overhead. Such redundancy is good for safety, but on the other hand has disadvantages such as higher die area, noise, and power consumption.
Engineers arrested for selling Intel test CPUs on eBay
News & Analysis  
1/3/2012   38 comments
Four Intel engineers have been arrested by Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) for allegedly selling off CPU samples on eBay for personal financial gain.
Out of Europe: Top auto electronics articles 2011
Design How-To  
1/3/2012   Post a comment
As with elsewhere in the world, there is interest in EV and hybrid electric technologies.
Generating spatial audio from portable products - Part 1: Spatial audio basics
Design How-To  
1/3/2012   11 comments
Part one of a tutorial on spatial audio introduces spatial audio reproduction and defines head related transfer function, crosstalk cancellation and audio beamforming.
Making sounds with analogue electronics - Part 4: Voltage-controlled amplifiers
Design How-To  
1/3/2012   3 comments
Part 4 of an excerpt from the book "Sound Synthesis and Sampling" looks at amplifiers as well as other modifiers, including LFOs, envelope followers, waveshapers, and modulation.
Top ten Audio Designline articles for 2011
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/3/2012   Post a comment
Here are the top ten (most popular) technical articles on Audio Designline during 2011.
16-channel audio DAC boasts high-performance at lower power
Product News  
1/1/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced a 16-channel audio D/A converter that is capable of improving audio system performance and reducing power consumption for professional, ‘prosumer’ and automotive audio equipment applications.


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Glen Chenier
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An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely unfamiliar. ...

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Max Maxfield
23 comments
A few years ago at a family Christmas party, I won a pocket knife as part of a "Dirty Santa" game. This little scamp was a Buck 730 X-Tract. In addition to an incredibly strong and sharp ...

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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
42 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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