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Chip market recovery set to last, says researcher
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Market researcher Future Horizons is bucking the conventional industry wisdom in a report that downplays forecasts of a short-lived recovery and chip market downturn in 2005.
Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead
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3/31/2004   Post a comment
Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Focus on the class of audio amps
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3/30/2004   Post a comment
The sweet sound you hear in your home theater, your portable CD headset, and your multi-speaker car audio may be sheer magic to your ears, but it required diverse design techniques that presented several design challenges before it could go live.
Under the hood: Video recorder has eye on time, money
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Panasonic's latest video recorder underscores the idea that sometimes you just can't have enough storage. David Carey looks Under The Hood.
Cypress India to hire 160, doubling engineer roster
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. will invest about $5 million in India over the next 12 to 18 months as it doubles the number of engineers at development centers here and in Hyderabad by year's end.
Game design gets serious for real-world applications
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Games aren't just child's play anymore. Advances in computer graphics and communications have given rise to a growing market for "serious games" — nonentertainment applications developed by public-policy advocates, educators, corporate management, the health care industry and nonprofit foundations. The reality is that many 3D game developers cut their teeth on military flight simulators. From San Jose, Richard Wallace reports.
A wiser Legerity charts its comeback with VoIP
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Few companies have survived the telecom downturn with more lessons learned than Legerity Inc., which spun out of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in August 2000 just as the voice telephony market went into a deep freeze. There's good business left in analog line cards, the company insisted. But the real growth opportunity, David Lammers reports, is coming on now.
Speedy A/Ds demand stable clocks
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
Analog-to-digital converters capable of digitizing high-frequency inputs are now available at 14-bit resolution and greater than 100-MHz clock rates.
2-W DC/DCs serve reliably in tight spots
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3/29/2004   Post a comment
MicroPower Direct's G200 series is a family of 2-watt DC/DC converters in a 14-pin dual-in-line (Mini-DIP) case suited to industrial, data-acquisition, data processing equipment, remote equipment, and board level power distribution subsystems. Users have a choice of twenty-eight single- and dual-output models that deliver 3.3, 5, 12, 15, ±5, ±12, or ±15 VDC from a 5, 12, 24, or 48-VDC input.
Chip drives 20 white LEDs
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3/25/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT3466 is a dual step-up DC/DC converter that can drive up to 20 white LEDs from a (3.6-volt) lithium-ion source. Its high efficiency, current-mode and fixed-frequency operation ensure uniform LED brightness, low noise and maximum battery life, while on-chip Schottky diodes eliminate both the added cost and space requirements of external diodes. Its two independent converters are capable of driving asymmetric LED strings (up to 10 in series per converter) from an input voltag
DC/DC converter drives 20 white LEDs from a Li-Ion battery
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology announces the LT3466, a dual step-up DC/DC converter that drives up to 20 white LEDs from a Li-Ion battery. Its high efficiency, current mode and fixed frequency operation ensure uniform LED brightness, low noise and maximum battery life.
Analog front-end solution has the speed for multi-function printers
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a high-speed, high-performance analog front-end circuit for use in flatbed scanners and multi-function printers. It features a 40MSPS conversion rate, and a new flexible clocking scheme.
Integrated satellite tuner chips enable inexpensive implementation of digital satellite reception
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Philips Electronics unveiled its TDA8262 and TDA8263 silicon tuner chips for quick and easy implementation of digital satellite reception. The new silicon tuner solution simplifies the entire circuit board design.
16-bit DAC sees a good fit for optical networking
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduced four 32-channel, 16-bit digital-to-analog converts (DACs) for optical networking designs, delivered in an 8 x 8-mm, 56-lead QFN.
China chip demand to grow 35% in 2004, says study
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
IC market researcher Databeans Inc. is predicting that China's demand for semiconductors will increase by 34.9 percent in 2004 to $30.9 billion. The forecast is up from $22.9 billion in 2003.
GSM reaches 60 million subscribers in U.S.
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
The 3G Americas trade group reported at this week's CTIA Wireless 2004 showcase that 60 million subscribers are now using GSM technology in the Americas, equating to a 110-percent growth rate since February 2003. Rob Keenan reports from Atlanta.
Intel shows handheld chip, Microsoft unveils unified PC-console
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Seeking growth beyond the PC, Intel Corp. showed its first handheld graphics chip and Microsoft Corp. said it would unify its PC and console graphics environments on the opening day of the Game Developers Conference here. Rick Merritt has this report.
PDK 'checklist' aids analog, RF designers
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
Seeking to make life easier for analog, mixed-signal and RF designers, the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) has approved a standardized checklist that describes the content of process design kits (PDKs). The effort complements a new Accellera initiative to standardize data representations within PDKs.
Buck regulator holds ultra-low voltage to 1 percent
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
"Lower voltage processes are producing an increasing need for efficient sub-1.25V supply voltages." Maxim's John Mossman offers a circuit that gets better than one percent regulation at under one volt.
Feature-rich handsets demand specialized power management
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3/24/2004   Post a comment
"We have little doubt that newly emerging applications, such as video streaming, will soon become legitimate in mainstream handsets," write Fairchild Semiconductor engineers in this feature from the March Planet Analog folio. Their article makes recommendations on specialized power management units for handsets.
Copper carries 10Gbit Ethernet in demo
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
A startup's lab demo of 10-Gbit/second Ethernet over Category 5e cable is fueling a heated debate over whether copper cabling should be included in the emerging 10GBase-T standard. The demo comes as a handful of startups line up to define a next-generation physical-layer chip for ultrafast Ethernet over dominant, but aging, copper. Rick Merritt has this report.
Intersil expands analog to IBM foundry
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Intersil said it will move its 0.6-micron BiCMOS wafer processing production to IBM's Burlington, Vt., manufacturing facility following an expansion of a September 2003 foundry services agreement between the two companies. Currently, 0.6-micron high-performance analog products are being produced using the same BiCMOS process at both Intersil's 6-inch and IBM's Burlington 8-inch fabs
New design rules: Yield to consumer
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Brian Fuller attended the 2004 Semico Summit in Phoenix last week and came back with this message: "Design for Grandmother... If you don't give the (end) consumer what he wants, you're dead meet." National Semiconductor's Brian Halla (shown) was among the voices heard there.
DC/DC converter drives 20 white LEDs from a Li-Ion battery
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology announces the LT3466, a dual step-up DC/DC converter that drives up to 20 white LEDs from a Li-Ion battery. Its high efficiency, current mode and fixed frequency operation ensure uniform LED brightness, low noise and maximum battery life.
Analog front-end solution has the speed for multi-function printers
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a high-speed, high-performance analog front-end circuit for use in flatbed scanners and multi-function printers. It features a 40MSPS conversion rate, and a new flexible clocking scheme.
CMOS wireless looks to 60-GHz devices
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Now that the Federal Communications Commission has opened up spectrum for broadband wireless services in the 60- to 90-GHz bands, designers are challenged to develop low-cost CMOS devices that operate in the microwave region. But the path from device to system is fraught with obstacles. Just ask anyone who has ever tried to design a fully integrated low-power multiple-antenna wireless-LAN radio front end at 60 GHz with conventional silicon technology.
Speedy A/Ds demand stable clocks
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3/22/2004   1 comment
Analog-to-digital converters capable of digitizing high-frequency inputs are now available at 14-bit resolution and greater than 100-MHz clock rates.
Efficient adiabatic circuits recycle I/O power
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Heat generated by CMOS switching is the bane of semiconductor designers and developers of end-user products.
Adaptive antennas gain in 60-GHz band
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
The 60-GHz band has been allocated worldwide for unlicensed wireless-communications systems.
CMOS most appropriate for 60-GHz mixers
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
The increasing popularity of the 60-GHz unlicensed band for wireless communications, combined with CMOS scaling yielding faster devices, offers a great opportunity for using mainstream CMOS technology for 60-GHz radios.
CMOS RF SoC design shoots for 60 GHz
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
We will describe a potential design of a radio-frequency system-on-chip that is backward-compatible with a 60- and 5-GHz wireless local- (or personal)-area network system.
Comms rides power lines via optical AFE
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
A new approach to the analog front end used in broadband-over-power-line (BPL) applications is built on optical coupling technology, which is designed to significantly improve power efficiency, system robustness and overall solution cost.
Sonet CMOS transceiver hits 10 Gbits/s
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
We developed a single-chip full-rate 4:1 serializer/deserializer chip consuming less than 1 watt in a standard 0.13-micron CMOS technology, which was described at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in February.
High-Speed Front Ends
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3/22/2004   Post a comment
Digi-Key offers ADI products
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3/19/2004   Post a comment
Digi-Key Corp., a leading electronic components distributor, has signed an agreement with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) that allows Digi-Key to distribute the IC manufacturer's products in the Americas
16-bit DAC sees a good fit for optical networking
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3/19/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduced four 32-channel, 16-bit digital-to-analog converts (DACs) for optical networking designs, delivered in an 8 x 8-mm, 56-lead QFN.
Superconductor base cools wireless call drops
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3/19/2004   Post a comment
Globally, more than one million wireless basestations are now deployed, providing service to more than one billion people.
Integrated satellite tuner chips enable inexpensive implementation of digital satellite reception
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3/18/2004   Post a comment
Philips Electronics unveiled its TDA8262 and TDA8263 silicon tuner chips for quick and easy implementation of digital satellite reception. The new silicon tuner solution simplifies the entire circuit board design.
Basestations profit from ADC that provides direct IF sampling up to 500MHz
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology provides designers of cellular basestations with a dramatic improvement in dynamic performance with the introduction of an 80 MSPS, 14-bit A/D converter that undersamples up to 500MHz input frequencies.
Measuring Sub-Picosecond Jitter in A/D Converters for Wireless Applications: Part 1
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
New wireless receiver schemes, which maximize system integration, are pushing ADC jitter performance into the sub-picosecond range. This series provides insight into an experimental technique for meeting these jitter requirements.
Measuring Sub-Picosecond Jitter in A/D Converters for Wireless Applications: Part 2
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
New wireless receiver schemes which minimize form factors with system integration are pushing A/D converter jitter performance into the sub-picosecond range. In this two-part series, Texas Instrument's engineers provide insight into an experimental technique for meeting these jitter requirements.
Victor tire gauge: analog under pressure
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
Having suffered through scores of error-prone mechanical tire gauges over the years, a $10 investment at Wal-Mart brought me into the modern age with the purchase of a Victor digital tire pressure monitor, writes David Carey in a forth-coming issue of Planet Analog magazine. Why anyone would call Victor's product a "Digital Tire Gauge" is a mystery, he says. Analog electronics are at the heart of the product.
Carlo Bozotti tapped to succeed Pistorio at ST
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics said Monday (March 15) that Carlo Bozotti, ST's corporate vice president and general manager of its memory products group, is the likely successor to Pasquale Pistorio, the company's president and CEO for almost 17 years. EE Times volunteers few insights on the future of this mixed-signal powerhouse.
Upconverter to reduce power gaps in wireless
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3/17/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. brought a digital upconverter to market this week that will reduce crest factors by up to 7 dB in wideband CDMA, cdma2000, and time-division, synchronous CDMA (TDSCDMA) wireless basestation designs. Rob Keenan has this report.
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