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DC/DC conversion ICs pick up on power management
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
Product recap - With industry's call for the highest possible system efficiencies taking center stage, today's DC/DC conversion ICs for advanced datacom, telecom, and portable products are taking on more power-management duties.
Manage flash memory in auto infotainment systems
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
As the costs of NAND and NOR flash continue to fall, in-car infotainment systems are using storage in ways that no one thought possible only a few years ago. To succeed, these systems need flash file systems that can ensure data integrity, even when power failures or uncontrolled shutdowns occur.
Transition mode PFC increases efficiency to help meet the 80+ requirements
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Electronics equipment are everywhere and typically always powered, using energy. Recent standards like the 80+ initiative are trying to rectify this situation by ensuring that power supplies are more efficient. Here's help for the engineer to improve the efficiency of new power supplies with a transition mode power factor corrected design.
Smallest p-channel MOSFET optimizes power management
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor, in a package that's just 1-by-1.5-by-0.65 mm, says its FDZ191P is the industry's smallest footprint p-channel MOSFET for optimized low-voltage power management applications.
LED driver eyes automotives
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Rated for operation at +125°C ambient, Supertex' AT9933 is a variable frequency pulse width modulated (PWM) controller suited for automotive LED lighting applications.
NEC's high-gain IF amplifier targets DBS
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
The UPC3232TB features low current operation, wide dynamic range, and 40 dB isolation,
Cut costs by using wireless IP nets for M2M applications
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
Design engineers must consider many options, including an Internet controller IC, to deliver the most cost-effective solution.
Development board quickly evaluates light-to-frequency converters
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions' evaluation board, the LTFEVM, is now available for checking the company's TSL230RD, TSL235R, TSL237S, TSL237T, TSL238D, and TSL245R light-to-frequency converters.
Regulator ICs set automotive options
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX6765-MAX6774 family of linear regulators, with a wide variety of options, delivers up to 100 mA for automotive applications. These devices draw just 31 microamps and thus are particularly suited to always-on modules.
Environmentally sealed power modules protect against harsh realities
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
If you design electronics for exposed environmental conditions then you need to take precautions to protect it. Here are some important design tips to help you protect against electrical, thermal and vibration stresses.
Webcast to explain challenges of EMI/RFI on analog ICs
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
TI and Arrow Electronics will present a live online discussion about the types of interference that can impact analog circuit performance. You'll want to sign-up early because this promises to be a well attended event presented by three well-known experts.
500-MSPS, 12-bit A/D touts small size, low power, and smooth performance
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
The ADS5463 from TI meets needs of imaging, communications, T&M, SDR, and radar applications
Signal conditioner IC advances automotive-sensor diagnostics
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
Optimized for the fast-changing dynamics of automotive control systems, ZMD's ZMD31150 signal conditioning IC, for fuel injection, ABS, power steering, and air conditioning applications, includes advanced on-chip diagnostics for use with Wheatstone Bridge sensors.
Wolfson's Milne plans an 'active retirement'
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
David Milne, who has announced he will retire from all executive duties from Wolfson Microelectronics , the company he co-founded in 1984, has no intention of leaving the business world entirely, nor even the semiconductors business, he told EE Times Europe . But he said Wolfson needed someone younger at the helm to take the company to the next stage of its development, which he stressed does not mean a diffe
Media SoC design for reduced power consumption
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
To achieve high integration and simultaneously reduce the overall system power consumption, the media SoC -- for both portables and AC powered devices -- needs to be designed with architectures that are "power conscious" which use design techniques to reduce the overall gate count and power consumption while efficiently handling data transactions to minimize inefficient, power consuming interactions with external memory.
Precision temperature sensor is lowest-power for 3G phones
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics touts its STLM20, the company's first in a new series of precision temperature sensors, as the lowest-current drop-in replacement for industry-standard LM20 devices.
Milne steps down at Wolfson Microelectronics
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11/23/2006   Post a comment
David Milne is to step down as chief executive of Wolfson Microelectronics plc, , the mixed-signal fabless chip supplier he founded 22 years ago. He will be replaced by Dave Shrigley, a former Intel executive.
Mixed-signal simulation for automotive sensor design with design checking and self-assessment
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Most automotive sensor modules must meet a stringent set of requirements and sense internal and external faults. Tough environmental specs and continuous self-test complicate design, but advanced tools validate the concept and actual performance.
CSR radio chip meets Bluetooth v2.0+EDR spec
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
BlueCore5-FM was designed for mobile handsets and includes an FM receiver.
Extreme automotive environment challenges sensor design
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Regardless of the specific application, most automotive sensor modules share a common high-level architecture and a set of stringent requirements that make for a challenging design under the high temperatures, noise, and vibration found in a car. Here are some design hints to deal with these hurdles.
4:1 multiplexer has highest bandwidth
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor says its FHP3194 is the industry's first 1.2 GHz 4:1 analog multiplexer. Boasting an 800 MHz small-signal and 500 MHz large-signal (-3 dB) bandwidth, the FHP3194 touts 25 percent higher bandwidth than competing devices.
Boost converter switches seamlessly between battery and USB power
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
For the frequent situation where both battery power and USB power may be available, this boost-converter circuit implements low-loss switchover
Power Management ICs are everywhere
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Most electronics companies are implementing power management ideas or circuits into their current products and it will only increase as the cost to use these devices decreases and the need increases.
Squeezing operational life out of a shrinking energy capsule
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Hybrid power sources may be able to provide the operational capability for extended use in portable devices but viability of a hybrid source requires the circuit technology to manage it. Here's what to consider.
Class D amps peak up for portables
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11/18/2006   Post a comment
Product roundup - With "digital audio" on the rise, Class D amplifiers pack more power and superior fidelity in a smaller package.
A comparison of line driver and line receiver varieties--RS-4xx, LVDS, and more
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Line drivers and receivers come in many speed, distance and drive types to meet the increasing needs of data links, and support RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, and LVDS for point-to point, multidrop, and bus/backplane applications.
Dual full-bridge MOSFET driver eases motor control
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems A3985 is a digitally programmable dual full-bridge gate driver for industrial bipolar two-phase stepper motors, two-phase brushless DC motors or two individual torque motors.
Stand alone controller drives small BLDC motors
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's stand alone MC34929 is suited to driving small three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motors in consumer, portable and office equipment.
Programmable 8-channel, 16-bit ADC is fault protected to 25 volts
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC1859, a 16-bit, 8-channel, 100 ksps analog-to-digital converter for multichannel high-resolution applications, offers software programmable inputs that are fault-protected to ±25 volts.
16-bit quad DAC is software programmable over six ranges
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2704-16 is a 16-bit, quad DAC with six software-programmable output voltage ranges.
White LED driver flashes brighter
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Touting an innovative power management technique for maintaining picture quality in portable wireless devices even when the battery is taxed by multiple phone functions, Analog Devices's new ADP1653 dual white LED driver promises a brighter camera flash for better picture quality in low-light conditions.
Nordic Semiconductor lands two design wins
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
A wireless sports watch and an alarm clock that measures biorhythms both benefit from ulta-low-power transceivers and radios.
AMI's transceivers target industrial applications
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
The AMIS-52150 and the AMIS-53050 are optimized for sub-GHz, low-to-moderate data rate wireless communications.
Do's and Don'ts for EM Simulation Success
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Electromagnetic (EM) simulators have become a common tool for engineers to use in the circuit design community. DR. Dunn provides Do's and Don'ts for EM Simulation Success.
Reference design claims best-in-class for VR11 solutions
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Primarion's PX3538 controller-based reference design, using a standard multiphase synchronous buck technology, touts 90 percent efficiency for VR11 applications.
Pushbutton interface chip simplifies audio control
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Maxim's stand alone MAX5486 dual, 32-tap, audio controller with a simple, debounced pushbutton interface for volume and balance control eliminates the need for external bias circuitry, which ultimately saves design time, costs, and board space.
How to use programmable analog for high-power LED color mixing applications
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
From cutting the BOM to dynamically configuring the analog circuit for each signal, programmable ICs can provide cheap, accurate solutions for color mixing applications.
3A and 6A DC-DC converters feature integrated inductors
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
A second generation DC/DC converter from Enpirion features integrated inductors with reduced footprint, enhanced thermal performance, and increased efficiency.
Highly integrated LED display drivers focus on LED backlighting
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
A display solution from AnalogicTech delivers LED backlight, camera flash, and RGB/ status lighting in a single chip.
LED driver enables brighter flash in camera-phones
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Innovative portable power management technique from Analog Devices improves image quality in camera-phones.
How does battery management electronics enhance battery safety?
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11/15/2006   1 comment
Battery management electronics in battery packs help monitor Li-Ion battery operating conditions. Here's how you can ensure total battery monitoring and help prevent catastrophic battery events.
36-volt bipolar-SiGe op-amps tout benchmark performance
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its two new precision op-amps, the OPA211 and OPA827, combine ultra-low noise with lower power, smaller package size and higher bandwidth than competitive 36-volt amplifiers.
Power management package is smallest front-end solution for ATCA
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Highly integrated power conversion and power management package provides comprehensive front-end power solution for latest-generation telecoms cards
Line drivers and receivers meet design challenges of remote video distribution
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Designers must understand the underlying video signal issues and solutions, to ensure the image fidelity and quality of high-resolution, full-motion video.
Power management unit is first with integrated buck-boost converter, charger
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
A space-saving, multi-output power-management unit from National Semiconductor includes battery charger with power routing and dynamic voltage scaling to extend battery life in portable media players.
Kit powers SDR handsets, rapid prototyping
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
A collaboration among TI, Xilinx, Lyrtech and others has produced a Small Form Factor Software SDR Development Platform that provides a full signal chain from antenna to baseband processing. It features unique power measurement tools and a Simulink design flow.
Tips and techniques for power supply noise measurements
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11/12/2006   1 comment
The higher switching speeds, faster slew rates, more active pins per package, and smaller signal swings cause an increase in power supply noise in digital designs. Here are some helpful techniques and tools for analyzing power supply noise.
4.25 Gbps buffer and MUX family touts fail-safe protection
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11/11/2006   Post a comment
Micrel touts its SY58603U-SY58610U as the industry's first 4.25 Gbps buffer and multiplexer family with fail-safe I/O protection for SONET, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet data and clock distribution.
Quad PLL timer claims first with two-wire I2C interface
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's CY24488 lays claim to the industry's first quad phase-locked loop (PLL) timing device with a two-wire I2C interface.
First 2.5-MHz DC/DCs for CDMA power amps integrate bypass FET
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX8581/MAX8582, the first claimed 2.5 MHz DC/DC converters for dynamic CDMA/WCDMA power amplifiers (PAs), integrate a low-RDS bypass FET to minimize PCB area and extend battery lifetimes.
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