SLICs boast pure CMOS Product News 10/12/2005 Post a comment Silicon Laboratories Inc. unleashed what it claims is the industry's first fully-integrated, quad-channel subscriber line interface circuit plus codec implemented in 100 percent CMOS technology.
Novel technique improves dithering, reduces EMI Design How-To 10/11/2005 Post a comment Today's frequency dithering technique reduces the average EMI by changing it from narrowband to broadband. Here's a novel technique that when added to an active PFC pre-regulator can achieve 20 percent frequency dithering and reduce average EMI by roughly 9dBuV.
Amplifier interfaces ±10-V signals Product News 10/11/2005 Post a comment This level-shifting difference amplifier from Texas Instruments Inc.'s (TI) Burr-Brown line, was made to interface ±10-V signals to single supply analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) especially those with 4.096-V or 5-V references.
Self-powered systems -- can they eliminate the need for batteries? Design How-To 10/11/2005 Post a comment Have you heard about the emerging number of new products that limit or even remove the need for batteries? Find out about piezoelectric ceramic fiber technology that provides a solution for energy harvesting, active structural control, and self-powered electronic systems. Now you can design battery free.
Hot-swap ICs cut board space by 60 percent Product News 10/11/2005 Post a comment Two advanced, highly integrated power management ICs from Freescale Semiconductor, the MC34652 and MC34653, facilitate an easy hot-swapping solution in -48 volt backplanes for telecommunication and networking equipment. The company says these chips cut board space by 60 percent over most competing solutions.
Product families made for high-voltage apps Product News 10/10/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. introduced its latest data converters, amplifiers, voltage references and a new family of smart sensing devices that were designed to meet the unique signal conditioning requirements of industrial and instrumentation equipment.
Core regulators power next-generation notebooks Product News 10/10/2005 Post a comment Intersil Corporation's ISL6260B multiphase regulator and ISL6262 two-phase regulator with integrated drivers boast higher efficiency and faster transient response for powering Intel's next generation processing cores for the notebook market.
PWMs facilitate easy, accurate DC/DC conversion Product News 10/7/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's two new synchronous buck PWM controllers, touting one-percent accuracy for next-generation 12-volt systems, are suited to 15-amp DC/DC point of load (POL) applications for powering dual data rate (DDR) memory, FPGAs, and video graphics processors. Combined with suitable (external) power MOSFETs, these controllers are designed to offer greater design flexibility and improved performance as compared to competing integrated or discrete solutions.
Post amplifier spotlights sensitivity Product News 10/7/2005 Post a comment Micrel Inc. expanded its family of limiting post amplifiers with a 1.25 Gigabit/s device featuring 3.3-V operation with better than 5-mV sensitivity for datacom and telecom digital apps.
Video current D/A converters: some fundamentals for IP use Design How-To 10/5/2005 Post a comment Typical video D/A converters have 8 to 10 bits of accuracy and operate at speeds between 100 to 400 MHz. At these speeds, current D/As are the preferred architecture since current D/As are less sensitive to capacitive loads. However, a method is needed to convert the output currents into voltages. Here are design ideas on how to best accomplish this technique without losing accuracy.
Decoder boasts CPU enhancement Product News 10/5/2005 Post a comment STMicroelectronics Inc. introduced the first MPEG-2 decoder chip in a new family for low-cost set-top boxes and DVD recording, which are said to boost computing power by over five times compared to earlier devices.
Supply chip simplifies OMAP, XScale powering Product News 10/5/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments' TPS65020 has three step-down regulators for providing the core voltage, peripheral, I/O, and memory rails for OMAP-based mobile handsets and XScale-based multimedia devices. The device, which can be powered by a single lithium-ion or lithium-polymer cell, includes integrated FETs and an I2C communications interface that allows full programmability and dynamic voltage scaling of the core voltage.
Process augments op amp performance Product News 10/3/2005 Post a comment Santa Clara, Calif. National Semiconductor Corp. believes its new VIP50 manufacturing process will raise the bar for bandwidth-to-power ratios found in op amps today with this process resulting in a huge bandwidth boost and 90 percent savings in current consumption.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.