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Integrated features cut component count in phone line IC
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
The newest member of Clare, Inc.'s phone interface IC family for direct access arrangements (DAA) in telephony apps features simultaneous phone line ringing detect and caller-ID monitoring, which simplifies DAA designs for international telephone applications.
LVPECL Fanout Buffers & Multiplexers seek to obsolete Industry Standard 100EPxxx families with Stub-free termination.
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Low-voltage differential logic for PECL had typically been very klugey. Micrel hopes to change this with a gamily of fanout buffers that can talk to 12 other PECL devices. The device outputs provide an 800mV swing (1600mV differential).
Applied research center planned for Bangalore
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
The Birla Institute of Technology and Science will set India's first center for applied research and professional excellence in June.
Ericsson takes the lead in removing lead
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
OEMs are getting serious about lead-free manufacturing in the face of consumer pressure and forthcoming legislation. Ericsson Power Modules is staying well ahead of the game with lead-free products that are designed for lead-free assembly lines.
Vertical deflection booster for slim CRTs sustains high-output flyback voltages
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is trumpeting the first vertical-deflection booster for slim CRTs, which provides high output-current levels and flyback voltages, coupled with low heat dissipation.
Powering FPGAs
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
FPGAs are designed using advanced technologies to achieve smaller process geometries, the voltages needed to run these devices are getting lower. This creates the need for a carefully considered power management solution for FPGA based applications.
M-LVDS receivers keep it safe with multi-level fault detection
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Designers have integrated LVDS devices into systems as diverse as wireless basestations, projection TVs, plain-paper copiers and handheld consumer electronics. But there is no standardized response to line fault conditions. Multi-drop LVDS receivers effectively detect open-circuits, short-circuits, line disconnects and disabled drivers. This failsafe approach works over the full input range of receiver, but requires some attention to clocking. A Texas Instruments' engineer shows how.
Atmel announces Laser Diode Drivers that enable 8x DVD dual-layer write speed
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Atmel has announced two laser diode drivers for 8x DVD dual-layer write speed. The devices extend an existing family of laser diode drivers with Low Voltage Differential Signals (LVDS) for enhanced write speed.
Micro Analog Systems' Output Power Audio Driver features an integrated high performance LDO
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
The MAS9560 16-bit Stereo Audio DAC chip is specially designed for portable audio applications. It has both analogue and digital inputs for audio data, thus enabling the easy mixing of signals.
Tiniest charger-with-DC/DC powers Bluetooth
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' bq2501x family, combining a precision USB/AC charger system and a synchronous DC/DC converter, charges and powers portable systems from either an AC adapter or USB port with autonomous power source selection. Billed as the smallest battery charger-with-converter available for space-limited portable applications, the bq25010, in a 3.5-by-4.5 mm QFN for single-cell lithium-ion batteries, is optimized for Bluetooth headsets and accessories.
Remote terminal unit senses relay-based applications
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
R2 Controls is providing an inexpensive way of remote sensing and high-speed remote relay control via its Modbus mixed signal remote terminal unit (RTU) for demanding field and industrial relay-based applications.
Inside the analog modulator - Part 5 of an introduction to analog circuit design
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
The pulse width modulator is used to trigger switching regulator circuits. It is also used regulate Class D audio amplifiers. In part 5 of this tutorial series, Reno Rossetti looks at the behavior of analog modulators and drivers, and shows their application to various switcher control schemes.
Glitch-free buck-boost outperforms SEPICs
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Product Review - Linear Technology touts its LTC3780 as the only "true buck-boost controller" IC today, i.e., one that generates no glitches whatsoever during (seamless) switching transitions from the buck to boost mode and vice versa, or for input transients or step changes in load. Designs using it are simpler (especially with respect to magnetic design considerations) and perform better in many applications than the popular single-ended primary inductance converter (SEPIC), according to the c
Asahi Kasei Microsystems' Single-Chip Audio CODEC offers a video buffer for cameras
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Asahi Kasei Microsystems (AKM)launches the AK4632, a 16-bit mono A/D and D/A converter for digital still/video cameras, that is bursting with features.
Austin's "magical mystery tour"
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
American Technology Research hosted a bus tour in Austin, Texas last week where a group of investors (clients of AmTech) met with executives from SigmaTel, Freescale, and Silicon Labs. The bus trip finished up with a tour of Solectron's Austin plant. Here are some of the key takeaways from that meeting, presented by AmTech analyst Doug Freedman.
Exar adds seamless redundancy for system clocking
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
What Exar Corp. calls the Intelligent Dynamic Clock Switch (IDCS) offers high-performance and integrated redundancy for a wide range of mission-critical applications.
Analog buoys ADSL modem
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
he Siemens SpeedStream asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) Model 5100 modem represents a typical client-side terminus to the broadband world. But despite the "digital" nature of the transmission standard, analog technology plays a critical role in properly interfacing to the less-than-optimal twisted-pair phone line environment in which ADSL operates, where pulse shaping and signal filtering are key.
Differential amps drive 12-bit A/D converters
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3/27/2005   Post a comment
Today National Semiconductor Corp. unveiled two high-speed, low-distortion differential amplifiers and two high-speed, low-power, 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) that provide the most accurate signal capture at the lowest power consumption.
Mixed signal power control is programmable and non volatile
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3/26/2005   Post a comment
System designers benefit from the combination of non volatile programmable logic and special functions, especially analog.
"Failsafe" clocking mechanism offers clock switchover
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
Micrel's SY8984x series of high bandwidth 2:1 multiplexers prevent short cycles ("runt pulses") when switching from one clock to another. Such a feature is important in data center and other mission-critical applications, in which a cough or short-cycle could result in false data triggers. While a number of manufacturers promote this form of clock switching, Micrel's architecture may be unique in that it does not rely on a phased-locked loop (PLL).
Serialize 27 lines into a single, twisted-pair wire
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
The latest members of Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s high-speed LVDS serdes family, can serialize 27 lines into a single DC-balanced twisted pair or differential line for improved EMI and low-cost routing.
PoE single port injector supply complies with 802.3af
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3/24/2005   Post a comment
Phihong has begun mass production of its Power-over-Ethernet single port injector. The PSA16U switching power supply is one of the only single port injectors to fully comply with the new IEEE802.3af international standard.
Sipex adds high-efficiency white-LED driver
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3/24/2005   Post a comment
Sipex Corporation's SP6687 charge pump, with a peak efficiency of 95 percent, independently controls up to four white-LEDs for backlighting color displays in portable applications such as cell phones, digital cameras, portable MP3 players and PDAs.
Sonet/SDH clock multiplier ICs yield low jitter
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3/24/2005   Post a comment
The latest addition to Silicon Laboratories Inc.'s family of precision clock multiplier ICs are capable of generating the ultra low jitter reference clocks required in high-speed Sonet/SDH line cards.
Memory overcapacity to slow semi growth next year, warns Gartner
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3/23/2005   Post a comment
In a sign the electronics industry may be in for more rough sledding, market research firm Gartner said in an analysts' meeting here Wednesday (March 23) that growth in semiconductor market will slow down to 2.1 percent in 2006 from a projected 3.6 percent this year.
How you can manage multiple voltages in portables
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3/23/2005   Post a comment
There is a need for digitally programmable power management control functions to meet the increasingly stringent supply rail requirements. Here's a new "platform solution" that can change to meet any type of system power supply requirement that eases the designer's job.
2-bit logic translator increases design flexibility
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3/23/2005   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's low-voltage 2-bit logic-level translator offers a wide voltage range, output enable capability, and tiny packaging.
Lone chip will cut costs and improve LCD TV picture
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3/23/2005   Post a comment
Designed to simplify building cost-effective LCD TVs, Royal Philips Electronics today announced a single-chip device for 30-inch screens.
Linear versus switching power supplies - Part 4 of an introduction to analog circuit design
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3/22/2005   Post a comment
As complexity builds, linear circuits become impractical, consequently at a system level switching circuits tend to prevail. With switching regulators we trade noise for efficiency as these circuits are inherently efficient but also inherently noisy due to their switching nature. In part 4 of Reno Rossetti's tutorial on analog building blocks, he covers the foundations of switching regulators, the other crucial elements of power conversion and power management.
Single-chip data transceivers serve short-haul links
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3/22/2005   Post a comment
Vativ Technologies Inc. has begun sampling what it claims is the industry's only single-chip 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) transceiver for full-duplex operation over a single CAT5e or CAT6 unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable.
Analog codecs pave the way for voice calls on the Internet
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3/21/2005   Post a comment
Local phone companies are now getting on board with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), although they seldom call it that. "Unlimited long distance calls, $29.95." (Why scare customers with something nerdy sounding?) In actuality, it's not a new service, but rather takes advantage of the long-term telephony trend toward packetizing data in order to find its cheapest transmission path. From IEC and Texas Instruments tutorials, Steve Ohr offers this overview.
Power management of a different kind
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3/21/2005   Post a comment
Outsourcing is a form of power management by companies to stay competitive. One country has created an economic development model to deal with this thorny issue. Will it work here?
Addition by subtraction
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3/21/2005   Post a comment
National's interest in selling off its super I/O business was basically applauded by Ross Seymore of Deutsche Bank's Equity Research Group. The sale allows National to concentrate on its high margin analog efforts. Here's the text of Seymore's remarks.
Single-chip stereo digital amp doubles channel count
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3/21/2005   Post a comment
Two high-performance stereo digital amplifier power stages from Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) mark the industry's first single-chip solution to drive two audio channels of 125 W, and 100 W per channel.
Exar claims industry's first multi-channel 66MHz PCI 3.0 compliant UART
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3/21/2005   Post a comment
Among analog building blocks, it is very often the "bread-and-butter" items that prove to be most useful. The Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) may lack some of the drama of a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter or a GHz op amp, but it provides a consistently reliable means of moving data from one place to another. Steve Ohr has a look at some 66-MHz PCI-compliant UARTs for telecomm servers.
Clock synthesizer generates six LVTTL outputs at 35.328 MHz
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3/18/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. claims this cost-effective, low-jitter, high-performance clock synthesizer is a practical timing solution for network systems.
Charge pump fields both camera lighting and flash
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3/18/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' first multi-function charge pump IC, the AAT2801, simultaneously supports white LED backlight and camera flash functions for portable systems powered by lithium-ion/polymer batteries. The device, actually two charge pumps in one, uses one charge pump to drive up to four LEDs for backlighting, delivering up to 30 mA on each current source output. The second charge pump's circuitry delivers a peak output of 300 mA for flash.
Le secteur des semi-conducteurs face à une « année difficile » en 2005
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3/18/2005   Post a comment
Malgré certains aspects positifs sur les marchés grand public, des PC et du sans fil, le secteur des circuits intégrés est confronté à une « année difficile » en 2005, ont affirmé certains fournisseurs et analystes lors de l’Embedded Systems Conference (Conférence sur les systèmes embarqués ou ESC).
California Micro says growth is slowing
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3/17/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier California Micro Devices said Thursday (March 17) it expects revenue for its fourth 2005 quarter ending March to be between $13.8 and $14.5 million, compared to $17.8 million in the prior quarter and $15.8 million in the same quarter a year ago.
High-current charge pump makes a flash
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3/17/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC3215, a high-current fractional charge pump suited to camera flash and portable lighting applications, delivers up to 700 mA to a single white LED.
16-bit A/D draws half the power at full speed
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3/17/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. introduced the LTC1867L, a 16-bit, 8-channel, 175 kilosamples/second, 3-V supply analog to digital converter (A/D converter), offering low power without compromising speed or linearity.
Power-factor IC initiates the "high-density" cycle
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3/16/2005   Post a comment
International Rectifier credits its proprietary "one cycle control" topology in its IR1150 family of µPFC devices for cutting real-estate requirements in half for power-factor-correction (PFC) chips in 75-watt to 4-kW applications. The family, which is designed to combine the best of traditional continuous conduction mode (CCM) and discontinuous current mode (DCM) PFC controllers, delivers 0.999 power factor correction with only 4 percent total harmonic distortion, according to the company.
Saving space is more than talk for smartphone PMICs
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3/16/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8621Y/MAX8621Z power management ICs (PMICs), acclaimed for space-constrained portable devices with multiple-voltage requirements such as digital cameras, cellular handsets and especially smartphones, contain two 4-MHz DC/DCs, four low-dropout (LDO) regulators, a reset timer, and an open-drain driver. In a 4-by-4 mm QFN package, the chips offer a significant reduction in footprint, occupying less than 30 percent the real-estate of an equivalent discrete solution, acc
Bluetooth system-on-chip poses MSIG design challenges and tradeoffs
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3/16/2005   Post a comment
An engineer at Dialog Semiconductor looks at the design challenges and tradeoffs involved in the design and implementation of complex mixed signal ASICs for Bluetooth transceivers. He reviews Bluetooth standard, and assesses the design challenges and tradeoffs suggested with various implementation and production methodologies. Among the issues he wrestles with are standards compliance and testing, complexity management, hardware-software (HW/SW) codesign, and RF-specific technology issues.
Accurate and Lossless Current-Sensing Techniques for Power Applications -- A Practical Myth?
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3/16/2005   Post a comment
The power supply is the backbone of any electronic device, and its performance is especially critical in the growing mobile consumer market. For the safety, performance, and feedback control of these switching supplies, it is often necessary for the circuit to better understand its loading environment, especially load current. Protecting the supply circuits, for instance, against overloading and short-circuit conditions requires the system to self-monitor its current delivery. Here's how it can
The voltage reference: Last stop before voltage regulators - Part 3 of An introduction to analog circuit design*
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3/16/2005   Post a comment
Mixed signal process technologies make it possible to put bipolar and CMOS transistors, power and signal transmitters, passive and active components on the same die. Part 3 of a 6-part tutorial on analog circuit elements focuses on one of the most important - but frequently overlooked - analog building blocks, the voltage reference. And, behind that, the linear voltage regulator.
Control-voltage regulators/interface ICs simplify total LNB supply design
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3/16/2005   Post a comment
These LNB control voltage regulators and interface ICs from Intersil Corp. offer high integration, power efficiency and reliability to ensure long service in customer premise equipment.
Freescale's Mayer sees single-digit growth
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3/15/2005   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry can expect at best single-digit growth in the coming years because no industry can "outgrow the GDP," the chief executive of Freescale Semiconductor said Tuesday (March 15) at the Semico Summit here.
DC/DC steps up to active-matrix LCDs
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3/15/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8727 provides a regulated 24 volts from a 2.6-5.5 volt input for powering active-matrix, thin-film transistor LCDs (AMLCDs). The current-mode, fixed-frequency PWM boost controller, with built-in n-channel MOSFET, delivers high efficiency (90 percent, nominal), fast loop performance.
Noise-canceling headphones: analog margin-makers
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3/14/2005   Post a comment
Spending too much time on airplanes? Looking for ways to blot out the jet noise (or that overly-chatty person sitting next to you)? David Carey takes apart a noise-canceling headphone to find those microphone and amplifiers while redline a series of signal for suppression.
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