Using software modems to enable low-cost, converged wireless Design How-To 3/23/2009 Post a comment One key function of wireless connectivity in CE devices is to enable consumption of multi-media content of the user's choosing, at a time and place convenient to him or her. This article will discuss one example of how the software modem architecture can be successfully leveraged to address the challenge of enabling broadcast TV and radio content reception on a personal computer (PC) platform - at a price the consumer is willing to pay and the manufacturer can afford to deliver.
National Semi buys solar firm News & Analysis 3/19/2009 Post a comment National Semiconductor acquired Act Solar, a privately held solar energy company that provides power optimization for commercial and utility-scale solar installations. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
IEEE, conference drive smart grids News & Analysis 3/19/2009 Post a comment The IEEE formally approved a new group that will scope out standards for smart grids, and a separate set of stakeholders announced plans for a conference to guide federal investments in the area.
A changing of the guard RF & Microwave Designline Blog 3/18/2009 Post a comment Hello to all! I'm the new site editor for RF DesignLine, and will try to maintain the standards of thoroughness, relevance, usefulness, and interest that Janine provided.
Measuring 3-port mixed-mode S-parameters Design How-To 3/18/2009 1 comment Understand how to measure these critical parameters of a balun (balanced/unbalanced), which provides a transition between a single-ended unbalanced signal and a differential, balanced signal
Measuring 3-port mixed-mode S-parameters Design How-To 3/18/2009 Post a comment Understand how to measure these critical parameters of a balun (balanced/unbalanced), which provides a transition between a single-ended unbalanced signal and a differential, balanced signal
Maxim : Re-drivers bridge long distances Product News 3/18/2009 Post a comment Maxim introduces two re-drivers to support the industry’s latest high-speed serial interfaces. The MAX4950 is a quad-channel buffer designed to re-drive PCI Express (PCIe) Gen I and Gen II signals (up to 5.0 Gbits/s), while the MAX4951 is a dual-channel (Tx and Rx) re-driver for SATA/eSATA Gen I (1.5 Gbits/s), Gen II (3.0 Gbits/s), and Gen III (6.0 Gbits/s) signals.
Synopsys releases Lynx to manage IC design News & Analysis 3/16/2009 Post a comment Synopsys is making available an automated chip development environment that combines a production-proven RTL-to-GDSII design flow with productivity-enhancing features to accelerate chip development while mitigating the risks of designing at new process nodes.
Comment: This too shall pass? Blog 3/14/2009 1 comment Though their speaking topics and presentation slides differed, executive after executive who took the podium at the Semico Summit 2009 said, essentially, two basic things: "This is the worst we've seen" and "Semiconductors remain critical to solving the world's problems and will grow again."
Torex : Dc-dc converter features NMOS LDO Product News 3/13/2009 Post a comment The XCM519 multi-chip module (MCM) from Torex Semiconductor integrates an XC9235/XC9236 synchronous step-down dc/dc converter with a high performance XC6601 NMOS LDO (low dropout) voltage regulator in a cost-effective, space saving package.
Catrene updates European EDA roadmap News & Analysis 3/12/2009 Post a comment Catrene, the pan-European collaborative R&D initiative intended to take electronics into the nanoscale era, has released its 2009 European EDA roadmap. The document is described as a "substantial" update to the 2005 edition of the Medea+ EDA roadmap.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...