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Innovative solution creates SAW-less reconfigurable transceiver
News & Analysis  
2/27/2011   2 comments
At the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC2011), imec and Renesas Electronics Corporation presented a highly-linear reconfigurable transceiver, eliminating the need of surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters.
Front-end module support for WiLink platform
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2/27/2011   Post a comment
Manufacturers designing around the WiLink 6.0 and WiLink 7.0 platforms from Texas Instruments can integrate RFMD's RF3482 to gain reliable, flexible WiFi connectivity.
Streamlining the design of portable medical electronics
Design How-To  
2/25/2011   5 comments
Understand the requirements and structure of this fast-growing group of instruments
Analyst: 'Apple effect' could drag on Avago
News & Analysis  
2/24/2011   3 comments
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies supplies only a duplexer to the CDMA version of Apple's iPhone 4, less than Avago supplies to other leading CDMA OEMs and a possible drag on the company's revenue going forward, according to an analyst.
TI TPS54060 and TPS7A30/49 development kits
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
TI’s latest power solutions generate clean positive and negative voltage rails for powering data converters and amplifiers.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX44007 and MAX44009 sensors
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Maxim's second generation of digital ambient-light sensors maximize battery life and simplify system design.
Enhancing performance and reliability in high-power Class D audio amplifier designs
Design How-To  
2/23/2011   5 comments
A highly integrated gate driver IC can have a significant positive impact on both the system architecture and audio performance.
CML Microcircuits unveils single chip multi-transcoder IC for SDR and VoIP applications
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits has launched a single chip G.711/G.729A/CVSD (speech compression) full duplex multi-transcoder device suited for SDR, VoIP, wireless PBX and privacy type digital voice communications.
Op-amps raise audio performance without increasing BOM costs
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
Diodes Incorporated is meeting demands for higher performance audio without an increase in BOM cost by introducing dual channel op-amps that offer a low input noise performance.
SoC integrates power with audio and touch-screen controller
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has developed a range of integrated Power SoCs that combine power management with mixed-signal functions such as digital audio, a high-speed interface, and a touch-screen controller on a single chip.
High-speed ADC at lower power
Product News  
2/22/2011   2 comments
Intersil Corporation has announced its newest family of analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs); pin-compatible 12-, 14- and 16-bit ADCs with sample rates from 130 to 500 megasamples per second (MSPS). The entire family is claimed to provide a significant reduction in power consumption over competitive devices, consuming as little as one-third the power.
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?¬—Part 2
Design How-To  
2/21/2011   2 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part two of this article outlines methods to suppress high-frequency resonance.
Study: foundries provide more IP than IP vendors
News & Analysis  
2/21/2011   7 comments
Chip foundries provide more design intellectual property (IP) to fabless chip companies than the IP core licensors whose principal business it is, according to the 2010 fabless ecosystem survey conducted by a university professor for the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
Continental, NXP to integrate NFC into cars
News & Analysis  
2/20/2011   5 comments
Chip vendor NXP and automotive electronics supplier Continental have demonstrated how NFC (Near Field Communications) can be used as an enabler for new automotive applications.
Modular Smart Meters deliver flexibility, accuracy and cost savings
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2/20/2011   Post a comment
Presented as the industry's most cost-effective smart-meter chipset, STMicroelectronics combines configurable 'measurement' IC with separate smart sensor chips to boost performance and hardware scalability.
Maxim MAX11871 capacitive touch-screen IC line
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2/17/2011   Post a comment
Maxim has expanded its TacTouch family with 4- and 10-finger multitouch capacitive touch-screen ICs that yield high sensitivity and noise immunity levels.
AUTOSAR architecture expands safety and security applications
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2/17/2011   Post a comment
In Release 4.0, AUTOSAR allows both safety and non-safety applications to operate on the same controller. Additionally, AUTOSAR embeds several security-related features into its software architecture.
Analog Devices hits Q1 estimates
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2/15/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices reported sales for the quarter ended Jan. 29 in line with consensus analysts' expectations and the company projected further growth for the current quarter.
Smartphones raise profile, prospects for analog/mixed-signal ICs
2/15/2011   Post a comment
The paradigm shift in phones has created market opportunities for other consumer products, such as e-readers and tablet computers
Techniques for accurate ECG signal processing
Design How-To  
2/14/2011   16 comments
Understand some of the signal-analysis issues pertinent to electrocardiography
Let the RAT race begin…
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/14/2011   Post a comment
So are you ready for the biggest mobile industry wireless event on the old continent? The buzz at least in the test and measurement space is who are the first ones on the market supporting LTE-Advanced, the Release 10 of the 3GPP standard, the evolution of the Long-Term Evolution, 4G and beyond.
Using copper pillars to increase analog IC power dissipation
Design How-To  
2/14/2011   6 comments
Already used in some packaging, copper pillar interconnects can benefit analog devices which are handling higher power levels
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?—Part 1
Design How-To  
2/10/2011   10 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part one of this article explains basic strategies and provides useful hints.
Wireless audio distribution offers automotive infotainment flexibility: Part 2—Back channel communication and technology choices
Design How-To  
2/10/2011   1 comment
Any system must distribute multiple streams of content to selected occupants, such that each occupant has control over stream selection and any interactive options that stream may offer.
'You asked for it, you got it, Toyota'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2011   19 comments
The U.S. government has vindicated Toyota's electronic control technology in the spate of sudden acceleration incidents, but what happens to the automaker's reputation?
Wireless audio distribution offers automotive infotainment flexibility: Part 1—IR vs. RF
Design How-To  
2/7/2011   2 comments
Any system must distribute multiple streams of content to selected occupants, such that each occupant has control over stream selection and any interactive options that stream may offer.
Tiny receiver to connect to both GPS and GLONASS satellites
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2/6/2011   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson has launched tiny receiver (claims to be the smallest available) to be able to see both GPS and GLONASS positioning satellites, enabling mobile devices to deliver much faster and much more reliable location-based services.
Ultra-low energy radio draws less than 3mW
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2/6/2011   Post a comment
Toumaz launched the TZ1053 Telran, an ultra-low energy (ULE) radio for wireless sensor networks, remote controls, green energy solutions, smart meters, and environmental monitoring.
High-efficiency SoC LED drivers enable automotive front lighting
Design How-To  
2/4/2011   4 comments
Implementing cost-effective, high-efficiency lamps containing high-brightness LEDs is dependent on ECUs utilizing equally efficient systems on chips that integrate all necessary front-lighting specific features, including diagnostics and connectivity.
TI OPA2320 operational amplifiers
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2/2/2011   Post a comment
TI expanded its 1.8-V precision operational amplifier portfolio with a new line of devices for low-noise, high-impedance sensor measurement.
MEMS sensors expand active automotive safety
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2/1/2011   Post a comment
The next generation of active safety systems will require a range of additional sensors in order to measure vehicle dynamics. Modern MEMS devices will play a dominant role.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9611 current-sense amplifiers
Product News  
2/1/2011   Post a comment
Maxim's new CSAs include an ADC and an op amp/comparator for inrush-current limiting and gain control.

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