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Kodak CCD image sensors target machine vision and industrial applications
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
The new 2-megapixel KODAK KAI-02050 Image Sensor sets what Kodak calls "a new standard" for high-speed, high-resolution industrial image capture, providing 1600 x 1200 pixels at a readout speed of 60 frames per second.
Technology Week in Review: Robots for the disabled, silicon optics
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Robotic assistance for the disabled could help reduce the long wait for service dogs. This and more in this week's technology review.
Featured Product: Fujitsu enhances economical automotive display controllers
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Device does not incorporate a traditional 2D/3D rendering engine, which allows it to operate at frequencies of 80 MHz for reduced power consumption. The sprite engine also does not require the more expensive frame buffer memory typically needed for graphics rendering, but uses a simpler line-buffering technique.
Analog Devices : Synthesizer IC has on-chip VCO and PLL
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10/31/2008   1 comment
Analog Devices has introduced the ADF4350 synthesizer with on-chip VCO (voltage-controlled oscillator) and PLL (phase-locked loop).
Gemini unveils spice-accurate analog simulation technology
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Gemini unveiled a fast SPICE-accurate simulation technology specifically developed to leverage the throughput advantages of multi-core computing.
Debugging: The 9 Indispensible Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software and Hardware Problems (Chapter 4, Part 1 of 3)
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These excerpts from an excellent book will help you learn how to be effective at that elusive but critical engineering skill of hardware and software debugging
Programmable gain amplifiers and multiplexers combined
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Integration is the name of the game with Texas Instruments latest programmable gain amplifiers (PGA).
SMD E5-type tunable inductor coils
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Total Frequency Control (TFC) has added to its SMTE5S series of adjustable coils with an smd version of its existing E5-type tunable inductor coil.
High power density boost regulators
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Suiting a wide range of broadband, power supply and multimedia applications, Micrel's latest switch boost regulators supply up to 1.2A switch current.
ST, Arkados develop HomePlug AV SoC
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STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) and Arkados Inc. (Piscataway, New Jersey) have joined forces to develop and manufacture a 200-Mbit per second, HomePlug AV wideband powerline modem system-on-chip.
Linear Technology : Fast A-D converter uses one-third the power
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Linear Technology's LTC2261 low-power 14-bit, 125 Msamples/s analog-to-digital converter dissipates only 127 mW, less than one-third the power of prior solutions.
Broadband quadrature modulator claims to be first to integrate AGC
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Analog Devices claims an industry's first by integrating automatic gain control (AGC) circuitry into its ADL5386 high-performance broadband I/Q quadrature modulator, all within a compact 6-mm - 6-mm LFCSP (lead-frame chip-scale package).
Distributed broadband amplifier covers 30 kHz to 40 GHz
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Mimix Broadband has introduced the XD1008-BD, a GaAs MMIC distributed amplifier with 15 dB gain, 22.5 dBm P1dB at 22 GHz, and 4.5 dB noise figure at 26 GHz.
HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort jitter from unbalanced twisted pair and differential cables
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This article highlights the phenomenon of data jitter caused by conversions between differential and common-mode components of the video signal. It also exposes myths about intra-pair skew, and proposes cable tests for the purpose of predicting jitter in HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort cables.
GaAs pHEMT MMIC LNAs target wireless broadband
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Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced three new SMT packaged GaAs pHEMT MMIC low noise amplifiers (LNAs) which are ideal for automotive, broadband, cellular/3G, WiMAX/4G and fixed wireless applications from 2.1 to 6 GHz.
Freescale dragged to loss; will lay off 10%
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Freescale Semiconductor said it would trim about 10 percent of its workforce after charges dragged the company to a $3.37 billion loss in the third quarter.
Atmel motor driver chips feature high reliability
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For always-on applications that require high reliability in rough environments, Atmel has developed two new brushless dc motor driver chips. Application examples are fuel pumps, turbochargers and exhaust gas recirculation.
Broadband quadrature modulator integrates automatic gain control
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10/30/2008   Post a comment
Operating over a 50-MHz to 2200-MHz frequency range, Analog Devices' ADL5386 supports high-data-rate complex modulation for next-generation communication infrastructure equipment.
Digital audio receiver IC integrates sample-rate converter
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Cirrus Logic Inc. has introduced the CS8422, a 24-bit, 192 kHz digital audio receiver with a low-jitter PLL and integrated asynchronous sample rate converter.
Portable audio codec improves battery life
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Cirrus Logic's audio codec consumes 5.1 mW of quiescent power in playback mode and features a bimodal, patent-pending Class H technology.
Atmel swings to loss, rejects takeover bid
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Atmel posted a GAAP $4.7 million loss for the third quarter after reporting a profit in the same period of 2007. The company's board also rejected an unsolicited $2.3 billion bid to acquire the company by Microchip Technology and ON Semiconductor.
PLM, multidisciplinary simulation enable automotive mechatronics integration
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With cars becoming "living rooms and laptops on wheels," managing mechatronics content from diverse sources is critical.
Silicon Labs : Fully-integrated automotive AM/FM radio receiver IC reduces component count by 40 percent
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With the Si474x, Silicon Laboratories claims the industry’s smallest, most fully-integrated automotive AM/FM radio receiver IC.
Linear Tech's LTC2261 ADC does 14 bits at 125 Msps and 127 mW; offers varied digital-side choices
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Analog/Digital converter dissipates 127 mW, operates from 1.8V supply, with >73 dB SNR and 85 dB SFDR
Digital power control delivers efficiency in high-power applications
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10/29/2008   1 comment
The emphasis is firmly on increasing power density while maintaining tight regulation with the least possible conversion loss -- objectives that traditional dc-dc converters using analog control loops have generally found to be mutually exclusive but that digital-control platforms can meet.
ST swings to loss on Numonyx, NXP JV charges
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STMicroelectronics reported a third quarter net loss of $289 million, or 32 cents per share, after posting a profit of $187 million during the same period of 2007.
Cell phone inventor riffs on today's "topsy-turvey" wireless industry
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Martin Cooper reflects on what the cellular industry, truly a revolutionary success story, needs to do to get even better.
DC Motor Drive Basics - Part 2: Thyristor Drive Overview (cont.)
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10/28/2008   1 comment
A review of the fundamentals of DC motor drives continues with a look at converter output impedance, four-quadrant operation, single- and double-converter reversing drives and power factor and supply effects.
4-Channel LED drivers reduce component count by 25%
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Advanced Analogic Technologies rolled out two 4-channel, charge pump-based LED drivers for larger LCD screens in reduced feature entry-level cell phones and portable devices.
Nujira amplifies handset development efforts
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Power amplifier technology specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is powering ahead with plans to extend its technology from the wireless infrastructure space to handsets, trebling the size of its development team targeting chips and IP for mobile phones.
ALPS : MEMS pressure sensor detects absolute pressure
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ALPS Electric has developed the HSPP Series piezoresistive-type MEMS pressure sensor which detects absolute pressure using barometric and altitude sensors.
Mastering mixed-signal IC design
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Analog designers, digital IC designers/verification engineers, place and route engineers and project managers in Cambridge and Bristol in the UK are invited to attend a free technical seminar presented by Cadence.
Opportunities in Analog Verification
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10/28/2008   10 comments
The wireless industry is continuously innovating and re-shaping the state-of-the-art techniques in analog and RF circuit design. Verification engineers have to be capable of thinking beyond a particular block and formulate their verification strategies in the context of the complete system.
Torex : LDO regulator offers stable output
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Featuring internal phase compensation, the XC6501 series high-speed LDO voltage regulators ensure a stable output within a 1.2 to 5 V range, without requiring a CL capacitor.
CADEKA : High-speed amplifiers have lowest broadband noise
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The CLC1001 and CLC1002 high-speed amplifiers claim the lowest broadband noise performance on the market today.
HDMI Active Cable in-cable signal conditioning chip boasts v1.3c compliance
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RedMere's MagnifEye signal conditioning chip technology enables a new breed of HDMI cabling products for consumer multimedia, gaming consoles, DV camera and mobile phones.
Design freebies anyone?
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Looking for a new toy to tinker with this fall? Take a look at these two design opportunities.
USB 2.0 2-of-4 crosspoint switch handles 480-Msps data
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Maxim MAX498 switches any 2 of 4 USB pairs while supporting data rates up to 480 Mbps, with 5 ohm (typical) on-resistance and 6 pF (typical) on-capacitance
Two-channel, 10-bit ADC family spans 65/100/130 Msps, 43 to 75 mW/channel dissipation, sport 85 dBc SFDR.
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Maxim MAX19515/MAX19516/MAX19517 analog/digital converters have 60 dBFS signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and 85 dBC SFDR at 70 MHz; 1.8, 2.5, or 3.3 V analog supplies
Former Cypress exec to head PLX Tech
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PLX Technology named 25-year semiconductor industry veteran Ralph Schmitt president and CEO. Schmitt replaces Mike Salameh, who has held the top job at PLX since co-founding the company in 1986.
RF Power transistors target airborne distance measuring equipment
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HVVi Semiconductors announces HVVFET power transistors for DME applications at European Microwave Week
No algorithm experience? No problem--TI audio codec with miniDSP does it for you
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With a goal of enabling portable design manufacturers to develop cost-efficient, high performance, and feature-rich audio solutions complete with power savings, Texas Instruments just unveiled the TLV320AIC3254--a highly integrated codec.
Vishay Intertechnology : Power MOSFET has low on-resistance and gate charge
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Vishay Intertechnology has expanded its family of Gen III TrenchFET power MOSFETs with a 25-V n-channel device that claims the industry’s lowest on-resistance and on-resistance times gate charge for a device with this voltage rating in the PowerPAK SO-8 package type.
Wolfson warns again on worsening sales
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Wolfson Microelectronics (Edinburgh, Scotland) has again slashed its fourth-quarter revenue forecasts, warning revenues would be down to almost half their level a month ago.
Tektronix brings spectrum analysis to scopes
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Unique combination of vector signal analysis software effectively turns oscilloscopes into wideband vector signal analyzer.
Audience's A 1024 voice processor dramatically erases noise from the environment
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If it's true that Audience's technology mimics the human ear so that mobile phone conversations can be improved, my failing hearing just got a major boost.
Audio codec boosts audio performance, battery life in portables
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The TLV320AIC3254 1.8-V audio codec from Texas Instruments features integrated power management and dual miniDSP audio processing engines to simplify the design of advanced audio features in handsets, portable navigation and portable media devices.
Multiple techniques solve stability problems in power op amps (Part 3 of 3 )
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Understanding the basic guidelines for evaluating stability and employing a Bode plot--as well as knowledge of some proven techniques--will enable rendering a power op amp circuit unconditionally stable
Cypress rolls 2.4-GHz RF solution for embedded apps
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Cypress Semiconductor this week is rolling out CyFi, a low-power 2.4-GHz RF solution for the embedded market.
IPDs take charge in high-reliability applications
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
One of the biggest challenges integrated passive device (IPD) manufacturers still face is trying to sell the IPD concept of looking at total installed cost, not just cost of the part, when compared with discrete solutions.
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