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Bridging the gap between custom ASICs and ARM-based MCU designs
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11/30/2010   2 comments
Mark Saunders of Cypress reviews the advantages of combining features of ASIC-based System-on-chips and MCU-based application specific standard products and how programmable SoCs can be used to achieve this goal.
Intersil Li-ion battery manager IC ensures performance and safety
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11/30/2010   Post a comment
Device emphasizes accuracy, diagnostics, and robust communication.
Big score for TriQuint GaN program
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/30/2010   4 comments
I just heard from TriQuint that they scored a $17.5M GaN manufacturing development contract form the US Air Force Research Laboratory.
AMS, NXP team up for RFID authentification
Product News  
11/30/2010   6 comments
Analog chip company Austriamicrosystems AG and Dutch company NXP Semiconductors NV have announced that they have developed a reference design for product authentication in embedded consumer applications.
Linear Technology's LTC2165, LTC2185 and LTC2195 analog-to-digital converters
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11/30/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology launched three families of low power 16-bit, 25Msps to 125Msps ADCs that it claims dissipate approximately half the power of competing 16-bit products.
Active balancing boosts HEV/EV Li-ion battery utilization: Part 2—Methods
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11/29/2010   5 comments
Popular active balancing methods are reviewed and details given of a unique active cell balancing battery management system.
Active balancing boosts HEV/EV Li-ion battery utilization: Part 1—Range anxiety alleviated
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11/29/2010   Post a comment
Passive balancing has dominated Li-ion battery packs in the past. Economic pressures are forcing automotive OEMs to choose more advanced, active balancing systems to squeeze out every drop of energy from the battery pack to mitigate range anxiety.
Allegro Microsystems SX68000M series motor drivers
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11/29/2010   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems is housing its latest high voltage three-phase motor driver family in a small package that minimizes board space and expands the use of inverter technology in low power motor drivers.
Inside Xbox 360’s Kinect controller
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11/29/2010   7 comments
The Kinect sensor peripheral for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 puts players in the game by eliminating the game controller, thanks to PrimeSense’s reference design.
Texas Instruments 12-bit, 8-channel DAC7678 DAC
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11/29/2010   Post a comment
TI’s 8-channel DAC from TI provides low power and high accuracy in a small package.
Diagnostic, patient monitoring, and therapy applications guide
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11/29/2010   Post a comment
This whitepaper features technical information for various patient monitoring, diagnostic and therapeutic applications including digital stethoscopes, patient monitors, ECG, EEG, pulse oximetry, ventilation, CPAP, dialysis machines, infusion pumps, and AED.
Social media for engineers: good or garbage?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/28/2010   31 comments
Two weeks ago, I attended an EDAC panel session on Social Media for emerging companies to learn from the big guys.The insightful take-away… Engineers hate Twitter!
Move over RC: silicon timing has you beat
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11/27/2010   Post a comment
Using an RC-circuit comes with a number of significant limitations. This, however, is about to change with the emergence of a new class of timing devices, based on silicon oscillator technology.
Fairchild Semi to focus more on handsets
News & Analysis  
11/22/2010   2 comments
Fairchild Semiconductor International said it would increase its focus on the mobile handset as a market for the company's products.
Wolfson selected by Movidius for mobile 3D
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has been selected by mobile multimedia processing specialist Movidius to deliver audio performance and power management to its Myriad 3D platform reference and development boards.
ADI tops estimates, but sees slowdown
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices reported sales for the quarter ending Oct. 30 that beat consensus analysts' expectations, but the company said it expects sales to decline sequentially in the current quarter.
IRS2053M 3-channel Class-D audio driver offers superior sound quality in a smaller footprint
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRS2053M 200 V driver IC for use in Class-D audio applications including high-performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers requiring a compact footprint.
Audio jack detection and configuration switch enables detection of different audio accessories
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11/22/2010   2 comments
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FSA8008 audio jack detection and configuration switch as a one-chip audio jack detector and switch for 3- or 4-pole accessories.
Class-D audio amps and current limiting switches target portable, consumer apps
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
At Electronica in Munich, Germany, ON Semiconductor (Hall A5, Stand 225) is introducing four new devices designed to support portable and consumer electronics applications.
Fairchild FSA8008 audio jack detection and configuration switch
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FSA8008 audio jack detection and configuration switch as a one-chip audio jack detector and switch for 3- or 4-pole accessories.
Analog Devices AD9278 and AD9279 receiver chips
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Octal ultrasound receivers integrate ADI’s data conversion technology to provide high output-referred large-signal SNR, enabling improved sensitivity in diagnostic ultrasound systems while reducing board space up to 40 percent.
Wherefore art thou oh 60GHz?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/22/2010   14 comments
After three years, WirelessHD and the vaunted 60GHz bandwagon hasn’t gone anywhere. Moreover, it hasn’t showed up in any other interesting applications either. Why? It isn’t because it can’t be made to work.
Tactile feedback solutions using piezoelectric actuators (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
11/22/2010   4 comments
Understand how these versatile actuators work as well as their design and interface issues and tradeoffs
Semtech SX8120 SX8121 LED and motor timer-controllers
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11/22/2010   4 comments
Semtech Corp. unveiled two new sub-1 V mixed-signal LED and motor timer-controllers, the SX8120 and SX8121 for consumer home and office appliance applications.
Linear Technology LT3694
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11/19/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology unveiled the LT3694, a 2.6A, 36V step-down switching regulator with dual linear controllers.
Analog IC market projected to decline in Q4
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11/18/2010   3 comments
Fourth quarter analog semiconductor revenue is projected to be roughly $10.3 billion, a decline of 7 percent compared to the third quarter, according to market research firm Databeans.
Tactile feedback solutions using piezoelectric actuators (Part 1 of 2)
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11/17/2010   6 comments
Understand how these versatile actuators work as well as their design and interface issues and tradeoffs
Startup touts benefits of chaotic logic
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11/17/2010   35 comments
The chaos that results from non-linear mathematics could have a part to play in semiconductor logic, according to researchers drawn from universities in the United States and India, and a startup company called ChaoLogix.
New IC verification techniques for analog content
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11/17/2010   4 comments
The amount of analog content increases as designers integrate more functions, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS and audio. This article illustrates a number of analog design rules and how they can be verified efficiently. Verification requires technology that combines the circuit extraction capability of a traditional LVS tool, the geometric checks of a DRC tool, the ability to do selected parasitic extraction, and the ability to use analysis tools. This technology addresses problems that cannot
Cell phone chip markets and ranking
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11/16/2010   3 comments
The silicon chips and other components that go into cell phones are set to make up an almost $50 billion market in 2010 and it is expected to reach a size of $71 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Forward Concepts.
Triquint wins NRL amplifier contract
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11/15/2010   Post a comment
Triquint Semiconductor announced it has been signed a $2 million, 2-year contract with the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop a range of high performance S-band low noise amplifiers and high performance amplifiers.
Inphi IPO raises $81.6 million
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11/15/2010   Post a comment
Inphi Corp. priced its initial public offering of 6,800,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $12.00 per share last week. The company granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,020,000 shares to cover over-allotments.
ATIC cash draws chip research to Abu Dhabi
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11/15/2010   2 comments
The Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) has announced it is extending its university research partnership to serve the needs of technology ecosystem in Abu Dhabi. Under the agreement SRC member companies will conduct research in Abu Dhabi, sponsored by the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC).
TSMC launches IC engineering award
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11/15/2010   3 comments
The European division of foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is launching an annual award to encourage European students to demonstrate their skills in mixed-signal of RF design.
MIPI M-PHY takes center stage
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11/14/2010   Post a comment
The curtain is up and the M-PHY specification is taking center stage, positioned to handle the many different roles required for a faster, more reliable, physical interface layer (PHY Layer) on mobile devices.
Any-frequency clock generator debuts
News & Analysis  
11/10/2010   1 comment
Analog/mixed-signal chip maker Silicon Laboratories introduced a clock generator that synthesizes any eight frequencies without the need for separate phased-locked loops.
The mysterious sound in the electronic bagpipes
Engineering Investigations  
11/10/2010   2 comments
Engineers chase a mysterious sound in an electronic bagpipe application
Texas Instruments' OPAx209, OPAx140 and OPAx171 36V operational amplifiers
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
TI’s three latest op amp families deliver high precision, low noise and small packages.
Foundries, memory firms shine in IC ranking
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11/9/2010   3 comments
All of the top 20 semiconductor suppliers have for one are expected to register strong double digit growth rates in 2010, according to a preliminary ranking of the top 20 chip suppliers.
Microchip offers stand-alone, real-time clock/calendar family
Product News  
11/9/2010   6 comments
Single-chip devices feature EEPROM and SRAM with performance bang-for-buck over a wide temperature range for automotive, smart energy, appliance, consumer, and commercial markets.
Programmable octal CMOS clock generator IC produces (almost) any frequency, replaces more complex PLL approach
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories says Si5350/51 offers lower jitter, power than available products, along with innovative synthesizer approach
Unification in the RF front-end : the new MIPI standard
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11/8/2010   4 comments
MIPI RFFE is the specification of a bus interface specifically tailored for the needs of current and future mobile wireless systems to control the slave devices in an RF front-end. This article gives an overview of MIPI RFFE Version 1.0 and discusses the desires and rationale behind the development of RFFE, including a survey of existing alternatives.
Analyst: Smartphone IC market surging
News & Analysis  
11/4/2010   6 comments
Chips to power smartphones are expected to account for 47 percent of the overall cellphone IC market in 2010, according to IC Insights.
Startup opens retina implant fab
News & Analysis  
11/4/2010   11 comments
Retina Implant AG, a developer of electronic sub-retinal implants for the visually impaired, has opened a manufacturing plant to meet anticipated demand for its devices.
Isolated Class-D audio drivers target high-power designs
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11/3/2010   Post a comment
The Si824x isolated Class-D audio drivers from Silicon Laboratories are designed for consumer, professional and commercial audio systems with up to 1,000 W of output power.
NXP sees demand for NFC, lighting ICs
News & Analysis  
11/2/2010   3 comments
Despite closing wafer fabs and being constrained in manufacturing capacity in some areas, NXP is building capacity in its remaining manufacturing sites, according to CEO Rick Clemmer.
NXP swings to profit on flat Q3 sales
News & Analysis  
11/2/2010   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors NV made a net profit of $369 million on revenue of $1,213 million in the third quarter of 2010 on a GAAP basis.
Chinese RF startup files for IPO
News & Analysis  
11/1/2010   3 comments
Fabless RF and analog chip company RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China) has filed an F-1 prospectus form for a $100 million initial public offering of stock with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
Recession buster!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/1/2010   3 comments
I just got back from European Microwave Week (EuMW) in Paris and have to share my enthusiasm.
DNA detection startup signs Roche
News & Analysis  
11/1/2010   1 comment
DNA Electronics Ltd., a fabless chip startup that offers real-time nucleic acid detection, has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Hoffmann-La Roche AG (Basel, Switzerland) to develop a semiconductor-based DNA sequencing system.
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