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Laser Diode Drivers Slash DVD/CD Recording Times in Optical Disk Drives
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11/12/2003   Post a comment
Making a dramatic entry into a fast-growing market, National Semiconductor introduced laser diode drivers that will allow desktop and notebook manufacturers to slash write and rewrite times for DVD/CD disk drives. National's new drivers will enable consumers to burn full 4.7-gigabyte DVD discs in approximately 15 minutes.
Wideband Voltage Limiting Amplifiers for Communications, Video and Medical Applications
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TI announced a pair of wideband voltage limiting amplifiers providing high-speed voltage limiting to protect sensitive signal conversion devices, such as high-speed analog-to-digital converters. The devices feature exceptional amplifier capability with externally controlled output stage voltage limiting.
Sensor Signal Conditioner Breaks Ground In Flexibility, Efficiency For 2- To 4-Sensor Applications
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11/12/2003   Post a comment
Due to its 14-bit A/D converter and very low power, the EM6415 is appropriate for portable sensor and data-acquisition instruments such as the T-Touch watch from Tissot. eeProductCenter's Paul O'Shea filed this report.
Differential signaling provides noise cancellation for backplane clocking
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11/12/2003   Post a comment
To distribute clock signals over the backplane, topologies include point-to-point, multidrop, and multipoint. Each solution has its benefits and shortcomings, writes this Texas Instruments' applications specialist. Multipoint LVDS offers good broadcast capabilities, but requires an understanding of the voltage swings and signaling patterns required.
Filtering issues still dog digital amplifier rollouts
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11/12/2003   Post a comment
Switching amplifier techniques promise 100-watt AV receivers and home theater systems that smaller and lighter than ever before. But output filtering remains the key to audiophile sound quality. Steve Ohr has this analysis.
Not spam: EE Times' article said "size matters"
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11/11/2003   Post a comment
Switching amplifier techniques promise 100-watt AV receivers and home theater systems that smaller and lighter than ever before. But output filtering remains the key to audiophile sound quality. Steve Ohr has this analysis.
Spit out data fast: 21-bit LVDS deserializers support high-data rate applications
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11/11/2003   Post a comment
It works like a fire hose: Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9220/MAX9222 21-bit LVDS deserializers segregate three LVDS serial data streams into 21 single-ended LVTTL/LVCMOS outputs. The serial-to-parallel converter uses a parallel-rate clock received with the LVDS data streams provides timing for deserialization.
Mux rolls for serial attached SCSI storage
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra Inc. has become one of the first chip makers to dive into the nascent market for the serial attached SCSI interface. The launch of its PM8380 QuadSMX 3G reflects a growing consensus around existing Fibre Channel storage networks and direct-attached SCSI markets, as opposed to still-emerging Ethernet-based storage. Rick Merritt has this report.
Mellanox rolls first 30 Gbit/s Infiniband switch
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
In love with Interface components: This one goes faster than 30 Gbits/s. A startup called Mellanox Technologies is supporting Linux clusters and rolled out Monday (Nov. 10) its first Infiniband switch capable of handling 30 Gbit/second data transfers. The InfiniScale III is aimed at port aggregation and lowering cost per port for the high-speed, low latency interconnect. EE Times even had the price and delivery.
Pragmatic Chinese IC maker sees growth at the trailing edge
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Noting that the latest isn't always the greatest, a senior executive at China's Central Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. said his company will continue to add capacity to its 6-inch wafer operations. One of the first players in China's foundry market, CSMC is bucking the national trend of pushing hard into advanced technology. Instead, the company continues to embrace the more mundane 6-inch wafer technology, running processes from 0.35 micron up to 3.0 microns. Making analog chips? Mike Clende
Hughes goes retro in digital satellite TV coding
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
A coding theory developed more than 30 years ago is making a comeback as a key forward error correction technology for the next-generation satellite digital video broadcasting standard, DVB-S2. Junko Yoshida has this report.
Wireless mesh networking gathers momentum
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
Wireless ad hoc mesh networking will get a boost on two levels this week with the unveiling of startup PacketHop Inc. and the announcement that wireless home networking and automation proponent Zensys A/S has entered into a business partnership with Intel Corp.
UT Starcom PHS handset: cordless color calling
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
Think of your cordless phone on steroids, with the ability to utilize base station handoffs, data connections, and other features. The 718-U+ Personal Handyphone System handset from UT Starcom serves the burgeoning market for fixed wireless in China. Portelligent's David Carey looks for analog components Under The Hood.
Reference design for Power over Ethernet uses dc-dc converter
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
PoE applies 48 volts to the unused pairs on a CAT-5 cable, to provide full power to the unit receiving the data signals. Fairchild engineers describe how a DC-DC converter steps down the 48 volts to useful levels for ICs.
Smallest EDGE Chip-Set for High-Speed Multimedia Mobile Phones
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
Agere Systems announced a new Class 10 EDGE wireless chip set that is 20 percent smaller than competitive offerings, delivering the industry's smallest and fastest EDGE silicon solution for high-speed mobile phone designs. Agere's EDGE chip set and software, which enable phone manufacturers to develop compact handsets capable of download speeds four times faster than most home PC dial-up connections.
Parallel port transceiver features power-on protection feature
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' 74LVC161284TTR is a low-voltage, high-speed IEEE1284 transceiver. A "Z" version, the 74LVCZ161284ATTR is almost identical, but features an error-free power-up function as well. Each of these transceivers can replace the function of two previous-generation 74ACT1284 devices. Both parts support both IEEE1284-I and -II (level one and level two) bi-directional parallel communications between personal computers and peripherals.
Laser Diode Drivers Slash DVD/CD Recording Times in Optical Disk Drives
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
Making a dramatic entry into a fast-growing market, National Semiconductor introduced laser diode drivers that will allow desktop and notebook manufacturers to slash write and rewrite times for DVD/CD disk drives. National's new drivers will enable consumers to burn full 4.7-gigabyte DVD discs in approximately 15 minutes.
Wideband Voltage Limiting Amplifiers for Communications, Video and Medical Applications
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
TI announced a pair of wideband voltage limiting amplifiers providing high-speed voltage limiting to protect sensitive signal conversion devices, such as high-speed analog-to-digital converters. The devices feature exceptional amplifier capability with externally controlled output stage voltage limiting.
Input Capacitor and Stability Considerations in EMI filters - Part 6 in the series
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11/10/2003   Post a comment
There are things we may do unintentionally at the input of the converter that can have a major impact on the performance of the EMI filter and the converter itself, writes National Semiconductor's Sanjaya Maniktala in this new installment of the series on EMI. If we don't know the rules, we can end up saturating our filter chokes and even inducing loop instability. Pick your capacitors carefully!
VHDL harmonic balance extensions model RF circuits
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11/6/2003   Post a comment
Harmonic Balance simulators offer engineers the ability to visualize the behavior of an RF transceiver circuit in the frequency domain. VHDL-AMS/FD is the extension to the popular hardware description language that supports harmonic balance simulation for frequency domain analysis. This Frequency Domain (FD) language extension provides the RF designer the capability to describe the wireless system top down from the architectural level to down to the transistors and non-linear circuit elements. F
Fixing EMI across the board " Part 5 in the series
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11/5/2003   Post a comment
An ounce of prevention (okay two ounces) is always better than cure. In part five of this now popular series, National's Sanjaya Maniktala looks at some of the practical design aspects involved in controlling and testing EMI.
Crosstalk and Common Mode Impedance Noise: Part 3 in the Series on Lost Link Bandwidth
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11/5/2003   Post a comment
Having covered the impact of attenuation and reflections on link bandwidth, John Ellis examine the role crosstalk has in potentially diminishing throughput. Crosstalk impacts signals by coupling undesired energy into victim lines reducing noise margins and possibly inducing false switching on quiet lines, he says, in the finale to his three-part series.
For PDAs: a 1.2W, low-EMI, filterless class-D audio amplifier
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX9700B highly efficient, filterless class-D audio amplifier. It meets FCC Radiated Emissions Standards without the need for an output filter or ferrite beads. This results in a low-cost, ultra-compact, highly efficient audio amplifier requiring very few external components.
Five New 10- and 12-Bit High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converters
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
National Semi introduced five new 10- and 12-bit converters featuring the lowest power consumption and excellent dynamic performance. These ADCs meet the performance requirements of a variety of markets such as digital TV, HDTV receivers, base station transceivers, communications receivers, and more.
Serdes claims 10-Gbit backplane channels
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
Agere Systems has built a 90-nanometer serializer/deserializer chip that can deliver 12.5-Gbit/second throughput, giving designers a way to provide 10-Gbit channels across backplanes in networking-box architectures.
New category increases SIA's IC figures by $1.5 billion
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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has added a new product category to its global semiconductor report, prompting the trade group to increase its overall sales figures for the chip sector by $1.46 billion since the beginning of 2003. With little fanfare, the SIA has begun to count "data-actuator products" - IC sensors - in its so-called global sales report. SiliconStrategies' Mark LaPedus reports.
Fail-safe 40Mbits/s transceivers support Profibus, RS-485/RS-422
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX3465-MAX3469, announced this week are fail-safe, 40Mbits/s Profibus transceivers. These devices are high-speed, differential-bus transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communications, and are designed to meet TIA/EIA-422-B, TIA/EIA-485-A, V.11, and X.27 standards. From eeProductCenter's postings, here's the scoop.
Fail-safe 40Mbits/s transceivers support Profibus, RS-485/RS-422
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX3465-MAX3469, announced this week are fail-safe, 40Mbits/s Profibus transceivers. These devices are high-speed, differential-bus transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communications, and are designed to meet TIA/EIA-422-B, TIA/EIA-485-A, V.11, and X.27 standards. From eeProductCenter's postings, here's the scoop.
Six-phase CPU controller IC tackles 200-amp apps
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11/4/2003   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor touts its NCP5316 DC/DC multiphase controller for meeting advanced VRM10.x specs as the industry's first four/five/six-phase IC to simplify design and reduce overall costs. It's suitable for high-performance CPUs requiring up to 200 amps. The company also released its NCP5314 two/three/four-phase controller for up to 120-amp service.
Is the worst over for analog and mixed-signal IC price erosion?
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
After suffering through sharply falling prices, analog and mixed-signal IC vendors report that tags are stabilizing. But will lead times now begin to stretch? eeProductCenter's Gina Roos did this research.
IC sales up 6.5% in September, with 17.5% jump in Q3
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
The IC recovery continues to pick up steam. Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $14.4 billion in September, up 6.5 percent from $13.6 billion in August, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Cell phone design trends prompting RF integration
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Demand for integrated RF mobile-handset devices has been pallid so far, but that's expected to change as next-generation phone standards prompt redesigns to accommodate the attendant shifts in technology. Suppliers thus are stepping up development of integrated RF devices, and some are reporting a pickup in business as new phone models emerge. EBN's Spencer Chin has this report.
I2C-Programmable Dual PLL EMI Reduction IC
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
Alliance says their new ic reduces emi at clock source, enables significant system cost savings.
Pain Relief
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11/3/2003   Post a comment
The worst is over for analog and mixed-signal IC suppliers that have survived several years of double-digit price erosion and weak demand from the computing and communications sectors.
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