Video decoders target security surveillance apps Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Techwell, Inc. unveiled two, four-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders with integrated audio analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, and a Motion Joint Photographic Experts Group (MJPEG) compression controller for multichannel digital video recorders (DVRs) for security surveillance applications.
Multi-LED driver touts tight programmability Product News 3/31/2006 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor's LED driver, the CAT3626, is a 1x/1.5x charge pump with precision current-setting capabililties to serve applications from display backlighting to RGB/flash in cell phones and digital cameras.
Mixed-signal ICs take the home audio experience on the road Design How-To 3/30/2006 Post a comment Automotive audio quality has to be very high to compensate for a less-than-ideal listening environment, which means excellent performance is demanded under variable noise, vibration, and temperature conditions. Here's why mixed signal processors, separate from DSPs, are so effective.
Op amp filter removes GSM burst noise Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment Intersil Corp.'s operational amplifier features an 8-MHz low-pass filter that is said to remove Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) noise from the video band and it also serves as an anti-aliasing filter.
Dual RF power detector chips work to 11-GHz Product News 3/30/2006 Post a comment The fabs at IC house Linear Technology Corp. are dishing up dual-channel RF detector chips that work out to 11-GHz. LTC's Type LTC5533 chips can be used to measure RF power in multi-band WiFi, WiMAX and other radio applications.
Monolithic Power reports sales, earnings gains News & Analysis 3/28/2006 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor supplier Monolithic Power Systems Inc. posted earnings of $3.8 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $32.5 million in its fourth 2005 fiscal quarter, compared with $0.7 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $14.8 million in the year-ago fourth quarter.
12-bit A/D delivers 500 Msamples/s Product News 3/28/2006 Post a comment e2v's Grenoble, France division (formerly a part of Atmel) kicked off a new high-resolution family with a monolithic, 12-bit, analog-to-digital (A/D) converter boasting a clock frequency of 500 Msamples/s.
A/D converters tout true 16-bit resolution Product News 3/27/2006 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. rolled out two analog-to-digital (A/D) converters for high-end instrumentation, medical and wireless communications applications that are said to maintain low noise and high dynamic range even at high input frequencies.
Automotive network security without compromise Design How-To 3/24/2006 Post a comment Hardware/software integration, and isolation, spur automotive telematics privacy, reliability, and integrity. To address network connectivity risks, next-generation vehicles demand underlying hardware and software that can provide rigorous security, operational reliability, and real-time performance.
Video output for handsets and ultra-portables adds TV viewing Design How-To 3/24/2006 1 comment The convergence of technology in cell phones, and other ultra-portable devices such as media players, has rapidly increased the inclusion of video. One new emerging feature is the ability to drive a video signal from a cell phone for viewing on a conventional television set. A Fairchild engineer explains how.
Automotive signal conditioning ICs go green Design How-To 3/22/2006 Post a comment As the deadline for implementing green, lead-free electronics packaging approaches, automotive system engineers must consider how they will accommodate the constraints and specifications of such new standards in their designs.
Consumer apps fuel audio power amp demand Product News 3/22/2006 Post a comment Demand for a variety of handheld consumer electronics products is resulting in an onslaught of audio power amplifiers from companies like Austriamicrosystems,
National Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba America Electronic Components and Texas Instruments.
Amps drive video signals close to zero volts Product News 3/22/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics Inc. introduced two single-supply, 300-MHz amplifiers that were designed to drive high-definition signals on 75-ohm video lines at close to zero volts in high-end industrial and medical imaging systems, and in HDTV-enabled set-top boxes and DVD players.
Pin driver doubles throughput Product News 3/21/2006 Post a comment Intersil Corp. announced a quad,18-volt pin electronics driver and comparator that includes four independent, programmable drivers and high-speed window comparators for use in automated test and measurement (ATE) applications.
Quick supply for PowerQUICC chips delivers 10 amps Product News 3/21/2006 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor's MC34703, a third generation QUICCsupply for powering the company's Power Quad Integrated Communications Controller chip as well as other company microprocessors and DSPs, delivers up to 10 amps for applications ranging from telecom and network cards to industrial controllers.
Dual-channel isolators provide data and power isolation in single package Product News 3/21/2006 Post a comment ADI has extended is iCoupler digital isolator family with a trio of devices that are the first to employ isoPower, the company's proprietary technology designed to couple data and power isolation in one package. The ADuM524X products are said to reduce cost by 70% and board space by 80% compared with other isolation methods.
A/D converter captures audio for portable recording apps Product News 3/20/2006 Post a comment Cirrus Logic Inc. launched a low-power, analog-to-digital (A/D) converter today that is said to provide high quality audio capture capabilities for portable digital audio recording applications, such as digital voice recorders, voice recognition systems, digital microphones and audio video capture cards.
DSCs boost automotive electric motor control Design How-To 3/17/2006 1 comment Digital signal controllers combine microcontroller and DSP functionality on-chip for automotive brushless DC (BLDC) motor applications, such as power steering, fuel and water pumps, and cooling fans.
Dual-channel in-amp drives differentially Product News 3/16/2006 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. claims this is the only dual-channel instrumentation amplifier (in-amp) available in a 16-lead, 4 x 4-mm CSP, and the first to allow designers the use of a device specified for differential output operation.
TIA technology enhances optical receiver performance Product News 3/16/2006 Post a comment Inphi Corp. claims these integrated linear transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs) can operate at data rates up to 11.3 Gbits/s, and amplify input currents over the entire dynamic range required by the upcoming IEEE 10GBASE-LRM standard with less than 5 percent total harmonic distortion (THD).
Reference design eases high-power DC/DC development Product News 3/16/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier's IRDC2086-330W is a DC/DC reference design that delivers 35 amps at an unregulated 9.6 volts with 97 percent efficiency and in a size 30 percent smaller than industry standard quarter-bricks to simplifiy development of brick and embedded power supplies for networking, communications, and high-end server applications.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.