Solenoid chip drives inductive loads Product News 11/28/2007 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor is bringing automotive control system designers more reliable solenoid control operation using less board space with the FDMS2380, a dual integrated solenoid driver (DISD).
Home nets chip group raises $20 million in Round B News & Analysis 11/27/2007 Post a comment Home networking chip startup Gigle Semiconductor has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The round was led by new investor Scottish Equity Partners, with existing investors Accel Partners and Pond Venture Partners also participating.
Encoder IC measures linear position, off-axis rotation Product News 11/26/2007 Post a comment The AS5305 magnetic linear motion encoder IC from austriamicrosystems targets linear motion and off-axis rotational measurements in applications such as industrial drives, x-y stages or electrical motors. An automotive version will be available next year.
Codecs ante up for better audio Product News 11/26/2007 Post a comment Analog IC makers are heeding the call from consumer electronics manufacturers for audio chips that offer lower power consumption, enhanced noise filtering and other features that enable high-fidelity sound.
RF Technology Roundup 2007: UWB Design How-To 11/26/2007 Post a comment It's been a pretty big year for UWB news, products, and design on the RF DesignLine. This Roundup includes an interview with Roberto Aiello, CTO of Staccato Communications.
Phone lines hear call for Gbit home nets Design How-To 11/21/2007 Post a comment The Home Phoneline Networking Association is responding with its 4.0 effort in the works to recent calls from carriers and OEMs for home networks that hit 400 Mbits/s within two years and a Gbit/s within four years.
Under the Hood: Sony Playstation Portable slims down Teardown 11/20/2007 1 comment Sony has done much to lower the size and weight of the new Playstation Portable, but aside from increased memory, Wi-Fi access and the removal of infrared communications capability, the question arises: Has it changed enough to entice users re-ante up for the newest platform? Take a look inside to find out.
SDR Basics Part 3: Transmitters Design How-To 11/20/2007 Post a comment This book excerpt provides a sample of the comprehensive information available in this text. The book aims to be a complete desk reference and features input from numerous industry-leading experts. This part covers transmitters for software defined radio
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...