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Triple-voltage supervisor is very low power
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems' AS1920/AS1922, touting a power dissipation of just 6.5 microamps, is a triple-voltage supervisor IC for microprocessor-based systems.
Cost-optimized DC/DC controllers boost TPS40K series
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' newest additions to its TPS40K series include four cost-optimized DC/DC buck controllers that are suited to a wide range of applications.
Analog signal processor doubles performance
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Anadigm released its third-generation lower power and higher performance dynamically programmable Analog Signal Processors (dpASP).
Video decoders target security surveillance apps
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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
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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.
Touch the truck: DARPA robot rolls at ESC
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2006   Post a comment
Get "hands on" with one of the robots (and its developers) that completed last fall's DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle desert race.
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
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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
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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.
How to improve linear regulator power supply ripple rejection and output noise
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Many applications need to control power supply ripple rejection and output noise but to best accomplish this you need to understand the five main regulator types. Here's a practical tutorial that's useful for all levels of design engineers to find out what the tradeoffs are in your design yet help improve ripple rejection and output noise.
RF chip maker adds design center in New England
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
RF CMOS chip supplier Peregrine Semiconductor opened the company's third engineering design site, the New England Design Center.
Monolithic Power reports sales, earnings gains
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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
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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.
Li-Ion battery compatible DC/DC converter IP ideal for SoC designs
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
A synchronous step-down (buck) DC/DC converter IP block from LTRIM Technologies is the ideal power management solution for System on Chip (SoC) designs powered by batteries.
Adaptable DC-DC converter IP blocks meet SoC system requirements
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
LTRIM introduces a buck-boost DC/DC converter IP block for SoC designers needing operating frequencies and output voltages that meet battery powered applications.
Fairchild integrated PFC controller reduces power loss up to 320mW
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
To meet the stringent green standards confronting today’s design engineers, Fairchild Semiconductor introduces a power factor correction (PFC) controller IC that reduces standby power as much as 320mW in switch-mode power supply (SMPS) designs under 250 W, such as notebook adaptors.
Motor drive platform facilitates high-efficiency air conditioning
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's new iMOTION motor control platform for air conditioning applications promises mechanical simplicity, quieter operation, and very high efficiency.
Some excitement in the power segment in a flat analog market
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
In an otherwise flat analog market, the power segment showed some promise, driven by wireless and consumer electronics.
Using S-parameter data effectively
Design How-To  
3/27/2006   1 comment
S-parameters are increasingly important part of the designer's EDA/CAD toolbox, as RF becomes part of more designs
A/D converters tout true 16-bit resolution
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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.
Firm offers DFM optimization tool for analog ICs
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Analog IC EDA tool provider Anasift Technology rolled out the beta release of Ampso-OADFM, a design-for-manufacturing optimization tool for analog design.
Prema 0.9V white LED driver requires only one external component
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
The core of the Prema white LED driver PR4401 consists of a step-up converter with current output, that provides an output voltage of typically 3.6 V. The input voltage can be as low as 0.9 V, thus allowing a single cell battery operation.
Automotive network security without compromise
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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.
Motor control kit simplifies AC, DC designs to 3 kW
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' Motor Control Reference Design Kit simplifies the evaluation and implementation of 3-phase brushless direct current (BLDC) and AC drive applications across three power ranges, up to 3 kW.
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.
Analog switches minimize return signal attenuation
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Supertex Inc.'s eight-channel analog switch ICs feature robust latch-up protection and a quiescent current of 10 microamps.
Dual-channel RF power detector handles 11GHz, multiband
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC5533 features 40dB dynamic range, 45 dB channel-to-channel isolation and draws 500 microA per detector.
Automotive signal conditioning ICs go green
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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
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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.
WiMAX demands innovative filtering
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
You can't easily use SAW filtering because it's hard to support a large array of RF bands from one IF frequency.
Amps drive video signals close to zero volts
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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.
STMicro's Li-Ion charger chip saves space
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
All key charging system parameters of the L6924D are programmable, enabling the L6924D to be used across a full range of applications.
Managing power, ground and noise in microcontroller/analog applications
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Microcontroller applications often have low-level sensor signals and moderate power-drive circuitry, in addition to the microcontrollers. A peaceful coexistence with these three extremes requires a careful power and ground distribution design
Driving high brightness LEDs with switching regulators
Design How-To  
3/22/2006   Post a comment
LEDs sure have changed and so have the requirements for power supplies to drive them. Here are detailed circuits and equations to help you drive today's high brightness LEDs with switching power supplies.
Analog Spice simulator claims higher performance
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog IC EDA tool provider Anasift Technology announced the beta release of the AASpice simulation tool targeted for high-performance analog ICs used in a number of applications.
PoE controller fields 25-watt applications
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor hails its LM5072 as the industry's first single-chip Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller for higher-power (25-watt) PoE applications.
Pin driver doubles throughput
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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
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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
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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.
Fastest 4-channel isolator speeds digital power
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Silicon Labs says its Si844x four-channel digital isolator is far superior to traditional optocoupler circuitry for AC/DC and DC/DC supplies.
A/D converter captures audio for portable recording apps
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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.
Quasi-resonant reference design delivers 160 watts for CRT TVs
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's latest GreenPoint reference design, centered around the NCP1337, an enhanced PWM controller that eases the building of free-running quasi-resonant supplies, provides providing 160 watts for CRT TVs.
Dual-input boost converter efficiently shares power from two inputs
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
This circuit shows a better technique than the common diode-OR approach for combining two supplies to deliver a single output
Power manager IC supports entry-level GSM/CDMA phones
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems' AS3653 provides virtually complete power-with-power management support for the entry-level GSM and CDMA phone market.
Dual-channel in-amp drives differentially
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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
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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).
Singapore firm expands CMOS image sensor testing
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
Mixed signal and logic IC testing specialist Global Testing Corp. Ltd. will establish an advanced CMOS image sensor testing facility at its existing site in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Smart power management IC targets entry level phones, portable devices
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems introduces a highly integrated solution that is ideally suited to the fast-growing entry level GSM and CDMA phone market.
Reference design eases high-power DC/DC development
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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.
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