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Standards, processes enable integration for automotive electronics
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Network standards are providing a balance between performance and cost optimization across automotive systems
ISM-band radio-on-a-chip includes flash microcontroller
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Building a remote control, wireless mouse, or home automation product? If so, check out this new device from RFIC maker Cypress Semiconductor. It's debuting a next-generation radio-system-on-a-chip for ISM band applications. The device integrates the company's existing 2.4-GHz transceiver with its popular enCoRe II 8-bit Harvard architecture flash-equipped microcontroller.
MOSFET thermal-simulation tool speeds design time
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Vishay offers a free Web-based tool that gives designers a detailed simulation of how its MOSFETs will perform thermally and be affected by adjacent components.
Dual step-down DC/DC delivers 2 amps per channel
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Linear Technology's LT3510 is a dual current-mode PWM step-down DC/DC converter in a 20-lead TSSOP-20E package that delivers up to 2 amps continuous from each channel.
Analog expands its indispensable role in 2007
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
We can look ahead to 2007 and have some reasonable assessments. Most striking is that "analog" circuitry and functions, in the broadest sense of the term, will continue to grow in importance to successful products. From mass-media products in multimedia, cell phones, and HDTV, to wired and wireless networks, to industrial and medical applications, anytime you have some sort of real-world I/O or transducer, or a transition between physical media, you have an analog requirement.
Overcoming high-volume IC design challenges to maximise profits
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The handcrafted blocks in high-volume ICs dictate the overall floorplan and limit the remainder to irregular topologies, while the layout of this circuitry forms the focus for key performance, area and design-rule improvements. A shape-based physical design platform offers the ability to design the entire net as a whole, taking into consideration design rules, timing, performance and area. Furthermore, the shape-based approach routes all of it at once, delivering results that are as good " if n
PCIe switches solve I/O connectivity challenges
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
IDT has developed the PRECISE family of PCI Express (PCIe) switches consisting of 10 devices aimed at solving system I/O connectivity issues typically found in high-end servers, storage, communications, industrial and consumer equipment.
HOME NETWORKS: Wireless nets ready to serve digital media
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
The other shoe is dropping in WiQuest Communications Inc.'s 1-Gbit/second ultrawideband chip strategy, with a new two-piece chip set that has HDTV distribution at the heart of its capabilities.

Shrinking to the challenge -- how to design a smaller, more efficient AC/DC power supply
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12/10/2006   Post a comment
Creating smaller more efficient power supplies while keeping efficiency at a high level, is tough. Here's a look at the latest thinking on how to create smaller power supplies without compromising efficiency or functionality.
FPGA-to-ASIC integration provides flexibility in automotive microcontrollers
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12/9/2006   Post a comment
The primary benefit of using MCUs has been high level system integration combined with relatively low cost. However, there are hidden costs associated with these devices well beyond the unit price.
Fast responding DC/DC meets 3-GHz DSP system requirements
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its PTH08T240F 10-amp (non-isolated) power module has the required transient response characteristics to meet the 3 percent accuracy core voltage tolerance spec TI's newest 3-GHz digital signal processors (DSPs), such as the TMS320TCI6487, with just 3,000 microfarads of external output capacitance.
Fujitsu touts 1.3 GSa/s speed for its CMOS 14-bit DAC
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Fujitsu Microelectronics America says its MB86065, a 1.3 GSa/s device, is the industry's fastest CMOS 14-bit digital-to-analog converter.
Slow growth may push analog, FPGA firms private
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry is headed for an era of single-digit growth, that may attract analog and FPGA chip makers to go private as the industry consolidates, said the top chip analyst for Gartner Dataquest at a December 8 briefing
Implications of energy efficiency - we have work to do
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
A plenary session talk served as a wake-up call to consumers and designers of powered devices. We are making progress towards making more efficient products but we can do better.
Codec from Canada, CRC-WVC, outperforms H.264 video with wavelets
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The structure and algorithms of a new wavelet-based video codec called CRC-WVC with compression efficiency that can perform better than H.264/MPEG-4, and with plenty of room for further improvement, from the Canadian Communications Research Centre.
USB switch touts the highest bandwidth and level of ESD protection
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Fairchild Semiconductor's FSUSB30, a 2-port USB 2.0 switch, touts the industry's highest bandwidth (>720 MHz), low on-capacitance (6 pF) and the highest available ESD protection (8 kV) in a UMLP package measuring just 1.4-by-1.8-by-0.55 mm.
1-amp buck regulator can be programmed to one of four output voltages
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Semtech's SC194B is a 1-amp DC/DC buck regulator that can be programmed to deliver 2.5, 3, 3.3, or 3.6 volts.
$4 tuner ICs serve Japanese mobile-broadcast TV, digital radio designs
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
Check out these monolithic TV tuner RFICs for implementing ISDB-T sub-systems in Japanese nomadic designs. They even include monolithic tank circuits.
First fast, high-power LED driver suits projection and lighting
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
Maxim says its MAX16818 is the first high-power, fast-response PWM controller/driver for LEDs suited for advanced projection and lighting applications.
Delta-sigma ADC includes temperature sensor accurate to 2 C
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2499, suited for high-impedance sensor applications, is a 16-channel, 24-bit delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter that also includes a temperature sensor whose output can be accurately measured to within 2 C.
True Circuits rolls out 65 nm analog IP
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Moving to a new process node, True Circuits Inc. has announced "silicon proven" phase-locked loop (PLL) and delay-locked loop (DLL) hard macros using TSMC's 65 nm process.
Power MOSFET Tutorial - Part 2
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
This is the second part of a two-part tutorial on Power MOSFETs, which are well-known for their switching speeds and are considered an ideal switch. Here's your chance to learn how to select the right one for your application.
TI, ADI view the DSP world of 2007
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
TI and ADI., two of the world's largest DSP players, see a lot changing in that realm next year.
IBM to develop signal processor for radio telescope
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IBM Corp. will collaborate with a Dutch astronomical research institute to produce analog and mixed-signal custom processor chips for use in a future interferometric radio astronomy project.
Power manager IC for NiMH coin cells maintains battery-backup
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX8672 power manager for backup batteries in smart devices, for use with NiMH coin cells, includes backup switchover circuitry and a charger for the coin cells.
Synthesizer ICs with on-chip 14-bit DACs tout 1 GSPS operation
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices says it has more than doubled the clock speed of the industry's fastest digital synthesizer ICs that use 14-bit digital-to-analog converters.
Creating the Digital World: Step One
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
A key enabling technology in today's communications systems is real time digital signal processing (DSP), coupled with the high density implementation thereof. This month, we will focus on the technology that matured rapidly and continues to evolve to enable all of this magic — A/D converters.
Power MOSFET tutorial, Part 1
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12/5/2006   1 comment
Power MOSFETs are well-known for their switching speeds and are considered an ideal switch. But, they have drawbacks. In this two-part tutorial, you will learn what they are and how to select the right one for your application.
Class D audio system tunes in for digital TV
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Integrating a stereo analog-to-digital converter, sample-rate converter, digital audio processor and a 30-watt Class D amplifier that includes a PWM controller and power stage, Cirrus Logic touts its CS4525 as an innovative Class D audio IC that greatly simplifies system design for the global flat-panel digital television market.
Pericom expands HDMI switch product portfolio
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Pericom Semiconductor has expanded its high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four high-bandwidth differential signal switch products for multi-source or multi-sink video applications, including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box and game consoles.
AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices and Hynix Semiconductor will finally break into the list of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers this year, according to a preliminary ranking from market research analyst iSuppli, which increased its chip industry growth forecast to 9 percent for 2006.
What good is an automobile without its battery?
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
Today's cars are extremely dependent on their electronics and, in turn, on the battery. Continuously monitoring the battery's condition is critical to vehicle dependability and reliability.
Belkin gets early start in Certified Wireless USB product race
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
The hub will incorporate Wisair's Ultra Wideband chipset.
Analyst cuts '06 chip forecast, warns of tough Q4
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A financial analyst cut his forecast for 2006 semiconductor industry growth for the third time and said the Philadelphia Stock Exchange SOX semiconductor index could decline in December given continued supply chain inventory reductions, impending first quarter seasonal weakness and continued negative year-on-year industry revenue comparisons.
SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
Real-time clock chip includes EEPROM and crystal
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' real-time clock (RTC) includes EEPROM and an embedded crystal in a single 18-pin SOIC to boost reliability and cut board space and overall cost.
Integrated-inductor DC/DCs boost efficiency, thermal performance
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Enpirion's second-generation DC/DC power converter families with integrated inductors, the 3-amp EN533x and 6-amp EN536x, tout improved thermal performance and efficiency, lower ripple and noise, and a 25 percent reduction in footprint over competing solutions.
Evaluation board speeds up design time for processor power management applications
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor introduces an evaluation board for its recently introduced DA9034 IC that enables designers to configure designs based on the Marvell PXA3xx application processors.
WiMedia Alliance certifies six IC products for UWB interoperability
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Platform-level certifications are expected to be completed by early 2007, about the same time system-level Wireless USB products start to appear.
Battery charger accepts two power sources
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Intersil's battery charger accepts power inputs from both a USB port and a desktop cradle
Infineon maps multi-gate technology to CMOS
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Infineon reports a major breakthrough in semiconductor technology, promising significant reductions in space and leakage currents.
Single/dual/quad comparators draw just 8.5 microamps per input
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems' initial line of comparators, its AS1970-75 family, available in single, dual, and quad versions, tout low power consumption—down to 8.5 microamps per input.
Smallest high-frequency 3-amp regulator serves satellite radio
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Micrel says its MIC4722, a 3-by-3 PWM buck regulator working at 2.7 MHz, is the industry's smallest and highest-frequency 3-amp device.
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