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Challenges in designing high-performance automotive electronics
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Engineers are pressured to shorten the overall design and qualification cycle while increasing functionality of existing auto electronics systems without compromising ever tightening quality, reliability, and cost targets.
REVIEW: Chipset to streamline analog video distribution over CAT5 cabling
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Linear IC maker Analog Devices introduces a combination of fast analog crosspoint switches and driver/receiver amplifier chips. These devices support bandwidths up to 500 MHz for transmitting analog video across CAT-5 cabling runs.
DC/DC boost converter supplies 5-V at 900-mA
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Supplying up to 4.5W of power, AnalogicTech's ATT1210 step-up converter for small portable applications takes a single-cell Lithium-ion battery and boosts it to a 5V/900-mA output in a total solution less than 1-mm in height.
H.264 HD codec delivers 1080i/p video with minimum delay
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
The low encode-decode tandem delay and ability to encode 1080 video at high quality and relatively low bit rates makes W&W Communications' WW20K chipset suitable for live HD video broadcast applications, such as sports and news events.
Micrel extends LDO family aimed at FPGAs, DSPs and MCUs
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Micrel introduced the 4A MIC68400, the latest addition to its MIC68000 family of LDOs designed specifically for powering FPGA, CPLDs, DSPs and microcontrollers. The devices are aimed at broadband modems, routers, servers, storage networks, and wireless base stations.
S-video drivers remove glitches in portable video apps
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Intersil has introduced 9-MHz low-pass reconstruction filters housed in tiny, ultra-slim µTQFN or chipscale packages that remove quantization noise and switching glitches created by video DACs on the analog output signal.
LCD driver offers wide voltage supply range
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
EM Microelectronic added a second LCD driver to its product portfolio—the EM6111, which is a simplified version of its predecessor chip. The device is packaged in a small MLF16 that measures 4-mm x 4-mm and doesn't require external components.
NXP's ULPI USB transceivers shrink pin count, size, power
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
The smallest transceiver measures 2.2 x 2.25 x 0.6 mm in a 0.4 mm ball pitch.
Cable extender chipset transfers data up to 400 meters over copper
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's DS15BA101 and DS15EA101 cable extender chipset boosts the reach of 0.15-Gbits/s to 1.5 Gbits/s LVDS, LVPECL, and CML signals up to 400 meters over copper cable with 360-mW power consumption.
RF chipset tailored for 5.8-GHz cordless phones
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Designed specifically for cordless telephones in the 5.8-GHz frequency band, Atmel is sampling an RF chipset that combines the ATR2820 SiGe transceiver and the ATR7040 high-gain power amplifier.
Dual 14-Bit A/D converters provide 20 MSPS conversions for commercial, military applications
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
C&D Technologies has added the ADSD-1420S and ADSD-1420S-EX to its range of dual, sampling A/D converters. The 14-bit resolution modules provide a 20 megasamples per second (MSPS) sampling rate with no missing codes over their full temperature range.
ADI chairman to chip industry: Provide solutions, not products
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
It's not enough to provide products or even technologies. The semiconductor industry must provide solutions, Ray Stata, co-founder and chairman of Analog Devices. Inc., told members of the India Semiconductor Association.
Real-time clocks enhance security, reduce cost
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL12024/25 feature a permanent 64-bit unique ID integrated with standard clock, calendar and alarm functions in a tiny package; ISL12025 also adds a CPU supervisor and watchdog timer for greater BOM reduction.
PMBus Consortium unveils new spec simplifying system-wide power management
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
The Power Management Bus (PMBus) Implementers Forum today introduced version 1.1 of the open communications interface specification for the control of power systems. Look for enhancements for managing system power supplies, and more.
Power conversion platforms help reduce IT equipment power consumption
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
ColdWatt introduces a flexible digital power conversion platform that combines density and high efficiency targeting IT managers and system designers.
How to design a Li-Ion battery charger to get maximum power from a solar panel
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2/24/2007   1 comment
Solar power is now used for a much wider range of consumer applications including mobile phone chargers. Unfortunately, power available from a solar panel is heavily dependent on the operating environment. Find out what you need to know to get and keep a charge.
Cable TV demodulator lowers set-top box design costs
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics made key enhancements to its STV0297 cable TV demodulator with the STV0279E, a QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) device that embeds four I²C addresses for PVR applications and TSMF (Transport Stream Multiplexing Frame) capability to support the Japanese market.
Quick-Net gives resistor network designers two-week turnaround
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology developed Quick-Net, a prototyping service for precision resistor networks to provide designers and manufacturers with a two-week turnaround without non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges.
PWM control IC touts input voltage range up to 75-V
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
International Rectifier introduced the IR3651, a PWM control IC designed for high-performance synchronous DC/DC buck applications.
Back to the basics of power MOSFETs
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
We design with them all the time but do we know what makes them tick? Get the details that will help you make better design decisions.
2-W SiGe HBT amplifiers target FRS, GMRS, SMR, UHF, ISM applications
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) has announced the availability of a medium power SiGe HBT transistor amplifier from NEC. The 2-W NESG270034 is designed for two-way radio applications including FRS, GMRS, and SMR, as well as for general UHF- and ISM-band applications.
Low-power ADC simultaneously samples 6 differential inputs
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
The LTC2351-14 from Linear Technology is a 1.5 Msample/s low-power analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with six simultaneous-sampling differential inputs. Operating from a single 3.3-V supply, power dissipation is typically 16.5 mW.
ZMD expands in Americas with Newark
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC supplier ZMD AG has signed Newark as its first catalog distributor in the Americas region.
Programmable Hall-effect sensors housed in small packages
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Allegro Microsystems' A1380 series of programmable, Hall-effect linear sensors is available in miniature packages, including a TO-92 (3-lead, single in-line package) or SOT-23W (3-lead, surface mount).
I/Q demodulator operates in 800-MHz to 2.7-GHz frequency range
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
By delivering this wide frequency range, the LT5575 high linearity direct conversion I/Q demodulator from Linear Technology covers all of the cellular and 3G infrastructure, WiMAX and RFID bands.
MIT demonstrates analog circuits that lower the power bar, targets consumer electronics
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
MIT engineers have devised new analog circuits that eliminate operational amplifiers while maintaining virtually all benefits of operational amplifier-based circuits.
Using a power-distribution switch to drive LEDs
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Here's how to implement constant-current drive, which provides consistent output and control of LED intensity
Digital RF seeks to move beyond hype
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Digital RF technology has benefited from a move to "digitally-assisted" RF rather than full "digital RF," experts said.
ESS retrenches, divests DVD chip lines
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
As part of a cost-cutting effort, ESS Technology Inc. said it sold its DVD chip product lines to a Hong Kong-based electronics distributor, and will instead pursue licensing of its image sensor technology and patents.
Parallel processing architecture brings advanced vision applications to today's cars
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2/16/2007   1 comment
Technologies now on the road enable automotive design engineers to implement robust and powerful recognition algorithms, while meeting the stringent automotive power consumption and operational constraints.
PowerTrench MOSFETs roll for plasma display panels
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's FDB2614 (200V) and FDB2710 (250V) N-channel MOSFETs are designed to provide system efficiency and space optimization in plasma display panel (PDP) applications.
PoE chips support existing VoIP, WLAN networks
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Microsemi is offering a pair of Power-over-Ethernet devices—12- and 24-port versions— to safely deliver power over standard Ethernet cabling to existing 10/100Mbps network devices, such as VoIP phones, WLAN access points and IP network video cameras in enterprise installations. These scalable products not only support existing 10/100 devices, but also will enable new PoE applications and services without the need for additional upgrades.
ADC works in portable medical, comms app
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology introduced the LTC2356-14, a 14-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that communicates via an SPI-compatible serial interface at output rates up to 3.5 Msps.
Image sensor packaging gets thin
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Solid state image sensors must be packaged to protect against corrosion, mechanical damage and obscuration by dust particles -- a single ordinary dust particle spans many pixels. How imager packaging evolved in recent years from large, hermetic, discrete packages to automotive and handset wafer-level packages less than a half millimeter thick.
Energy-measurement IC combines low power, SPI interface
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2/15/2007   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has released its MCP3909 energy-measurement IC and reference design for a variety of single- and three-phase industrial and consumer energy meters.
Chipidea buys Nordic Semi data converter business
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2/15/2007   Post a comment
Portuguese IP provider Chipidea and Nordic Semiconductor ASA have entered into an agreement for Chipidea to acquire the Scandinavian company's data converter IP business.
Power MOSFETs packaged in SOT-723 for portables
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Intended for space-constrained portable applications, ON Semiconductor's new generation of power MOSFETs are offered in tiny SOT-723 packages.
Power supply chip controls two SIM or smart cards
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has developed a dual subscriber identity module (SIM) and Smart Card power supply IC designated the LTC4558, which has a level translator that provides both 1.8V and 3V SIM power and digital signal level shifting in a 3-mm x 3-mm QFN package.
ST to establish joint R&D labs in India
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics said it will set up R&D centers at two of India's top technology institutes to work on advanced chip designs and digital watermarking technology, among other things.
How solid state relays help control transient immunity, improve power efficiency
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
In order to improve power efficiency, performance and reliability, understanding isolation is essential especially when designing applications with low- and high-current. circuitry.
Power converter boosts battery life in portables
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments offers 27-V DC/DC converter that integrates input/output isolation, high-current switch and diode to simplify power design.
PHS growth stalls in China; decline expected in 2008
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
The go-go days of growth in China's PHS market are over, with a contraction expected in 2008 or 2009.
Medtronic discloses component for "brain radio"
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Engineers from Medtronic disclosed at the International Solid State Circuits Conference a novel amplifier that is a key component in an implantable "brain radio" the company is developing to monitor and control nervous disorders.
Infotainment Jolt: Sigma-Delta converter simultaneously digitizes entire FM band
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Continuous-time quadrature cascaded architecture boosts signal bandwidth, accessing all channels simultaneously.
Antenna module integrates RF receiver
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Intended for mobile handsets, personal navigation devices (PNDs), PDAs and laptops, Antenova Ltd. introduced the GPS RADIONOVA RF antenna module that integrates a low-power receiver IC with antenna technology for embedded GPS applications.
Firms turn to digital auto focus for camera phones
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Three companies, STMicroelectronics, OmniVision Technologies and MagnaChip Semiconductor, are all in the race to bring digital auto focus to the handset.
NXP targets mobile image quality
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors unveiled a device billed as the first member of a new portfolio of ICs that support solid state lighting for mobile displays.
Welcome to the 'super-silicon era,' says keynoter
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
With the embrace of other materials such as silicon germanium and silicon-on-insulator for IC fabrication, the semiconductor industry has over the past decade entered into the "super-silicon era," when silicon on its own is no longer adequate to address the requirements of electronics, according to a keynote speaker at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Micropower linear regulator withstands 80V input at 140 degrees C
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Check out Linear's higher temperature version of the LT3010, a high-voltage micropower, low dropout regulator that delivers up to 50mA of continuous output current. The latest H-grade version enables operation up to 140°C compared to the E grade, which operates up to 125°C.
HDMI gains traction in PCs
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
In what amounts to the first volley in a battle for mindshare with rival DisplayPort for digital display interfaces in PCs, the group responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface announced more than 50 PC products are currently using HDMI.
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