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Using software modems to enable low-cost, converged wireless
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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.
OCXO delivers high stability in a miniature package
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Greenray Industries has announced the availability of the YH1420 series OCXO (ovenized crystal oscillator) which delivers excellent short-term stability from 10 MHz to 100 MHz.
DSP drives Broadcom's 65-nm, 10 GbE SFP+ dual-PHY chips
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom's BCM8727 dual 10 GbE SFI-to-XAUI PHY and BCM8750 dual 10 GbE SFI-to-XFI PHY are DSP-based, low-power, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) SFP+ physical-layer (PHY) devices in 65-nm CMOS. The devices are designed to enable a low-cost fiber infrastructure upgrade path from 1 to 10 GbE.
austriamicrosystems unveils low noise 650-mA DC-DC buck regulators for RF power amplifiers
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has launched a family of step down DC-DC regulators optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery powered applications.
Wireless or not? When are short-distance, point-to-point RF links worthwhile?
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
I am not a big fan of RF for short distance, point-to-point interconnection (under 3 feet or 1 meter). Sometimes, a basic cable is a better way to get information from point A to point B. Yet other times, wireless is the better choice. . . .
12V hot swap controller eliminates external sense resistor
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Allegro has designed its highly integrated Hall-effect current sensor with power good indication.
RF in Action: Consumer remote controls
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3/23/2009   1 comment
Say hello to RF-controlled devices. Radio technology is faster, more reliable and almost as inexpensive as infrared.
Anadigics introduces RF line amps for CATV distribution
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Anadigics Inc. (Warren, New Jersey) has launched a family of 870-MHz hybrid line amplifiers, designed primarily for use in CATV distribution systems.
DC-DC regulators optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery applications.
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
The AS1332-34 family of step down DC-DC regulators from austriamicrosystems is optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery powered applications.
Electroglas to be delisted from Nasdaq
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor manufacturing equipment vendor Electroglas has received notification that it will be delisted from the Nasdaq stock market effective March 23, the company said.
STMicroelectronics : Set-top box ICs demodulate cable or satellite signals
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced two single-chip set-top box (STB) ICs that enable manufacturers to increase product performance and implement added-value features using fewer components.
CIP : Optical regenerator performs to 100 Gbits per second
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
CIP Technologies has released a 100 Gbits/s version of its all-optical 2R (reamplification and reshaping) regenerator for optical networking applications.
It's back!
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Flying car or "roadable airplane"--this time it might just work.
Mobile devices targeted by Atmel's touch sense technology
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
A touch sensor IC has been introduced by Atmel to cater to price-sensitive consumer and mobile devices.
Driving LEDs European seminar
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Rutronik has organised a European seminar tour to provide technical advice on LED and infra-red applications.
Vote on top ten sites with engineering appeal
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
The Internet's strength--limitless content--can also be its most maddening quality for a user trying to pinpoint information.
National Semi buys solar firm
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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
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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.
Microsemi expands power management folio with fast transient response regulator family
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Microsemi Corporation has expanded the company's power management portfolio with the introduction of the LX8213 300 mA CMOS LDO voltage regulator that is optimized for digital and communication-based systems requiring low noise and fast transient response, including set top boxes, digital televisions, broadband modems and wireless access points.
A changing of the guard
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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.
Chipset eliminates current transformers in polyphase energy meters
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a chipset that reduces the BOM cost of a polyphase energy meter by replacing three high-cost current transformers with three low-cost shunts.
Measuring 3-port mixed-mode S-parameters
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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
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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
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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.
14-bit converter performs direct digital synthesis for RF signals to 3.6 GHz
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
ADI's DAC architecture streamlines wideband communications design, allowing wireless and broadband equipment to support multiple standards using a single direct-to-RF transmit core.
High-temperature superconducting explained?
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
A theory developed by university reseachers in the U.S. and China now attempts to explain high-temperature superconductivity using a new class of materials just discovered last year.
Diodes : ORing controller increases reliability of shared power systems
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
An active OR’ing controller chip from Diodes enables shared power system designers to replace heat-dissipating blocking diodes with high efficiency MOSFETs.
Analyst: Commodity component prices at rock bottom
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
The price of commodity chips between February 2009 to January 2010 is expected to fall at a relatively moderate pace of 1.1 percent per month, according to market research group iSuppli (El Segundo, Calif.).
Gemini begins shipping GSim with flexible licensing model
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
EDA start-up Gemini Design Automation has announced production availability of its analog and mixed signal SPICE simulator, GSim.
Texas Instruments : Audio amplifiers feature advanced processing
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has extended its digital audio portfolio with two digital-input audio power amplifiers that combine 32 bits of advanced audio processing with 20 W of stereo output power into a single device.
DAC with integrated mixing stage suits direct-RF applications
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Developed with broadband and next-generation-wireless equipment designs in mind, two 14bit digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) have been introduced by Analog Devices that perform direct digital synthesis for signals up to 3.6GHz.
ON Semi adds 30 IP blocks to portfolio
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Chip vendor ON Semiconductor added more than 30 blocks to its IP portfolio, including blocks for industry-standard interfaces, microcontrollers and peripherals.
Direct Insight : System-on-module adds analog support
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Direct Insight has added to the growing range of interface options for the SwiftModule family of production-ready system-on-module solutions by introducing an analog-to-digital converter extension board and reference design called SwiftADC.
X-Fab hiring semiconductor engineers
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
While jobs at DRAM maker Qimonda in Dresden are endangered, other semiconductor manufacturers at that location are hiring semiconductor experts. One instance is X-Fab.
Synopsys releases Lynx to manage IC design
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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.
Radiometrix : UHF FM receiver includes wide range RSSI
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
The Radiometrix RX3G is a PLL synthesiser based miniature board mounted UHF radio data receiver device.
Commercial success for EU millimetre-wave research project
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Researchers from IPHOBAC, a European project to develop photonic components and systems for millimetre-wave applications, have revealed that the group is already commercialising some components.
Comment: This too shall pass?
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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."
Comment: Cisco clarifies its cloud vision
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3/14/2009   Post a comment
Cisco Systems will become the latest company to jump on the cloud computing bandwagon when it puts some specifics behind its Unified Computing initiative at a press event March 16.
Microchip increases stake in Supertex
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has purchased additional shares of Supertex Inc. and now holds 6.1 percent of the mixed-signal chip vendor, according to a regulatory filing.
Chip ASPs, analog orders pick up
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
There is some good news for a change in ICs.
To ZigBee or Not to ZigBee? Factors to consider when selecting ZigBee Technology
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
This article aims to help engineers answer a fundamental question when faced with selecting ZigBee technology: Is ZigBee the right technology platform for the next product to be developed?
Torex : Dc-dc converter features NMOS LDO
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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.
Editors' Choice: Products of the Week
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
From two digital processor introductions to a model for all variations of the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor, here are this week's top product picks on www.eeproductcenter.com.
ZigBee module delivers +6 dBm output power
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
California Eastern Laboratories is shipping its MeshConnect radio module, the latest in its line of ZigBee/802.15.4 transceiver products.
Huge falls seen in sales of power semis
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
The market for power semiconductor discretes and modules is expected to plummet this year by $2 billion, warns market research group IMS (Wellingborough, England).
Now for something different
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
Change has been a frequently used word lately, particularly in the US.
Daimler bus combines hub motors, fuel cells
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
Automotive OEM Daimler AG (Stuttgart, Germany) has announced a bus which runs on energy produced by fuel cells. At the same time, the concept includes elements of energy recuperation.
Searching for six degrees of separation for energy harvesting and power conversion
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
Given that most innovations in power management electronics are derived from the pooling of the knowledge or expertise of groups of scientists or engineers then it is likely that the 'six degrees of separation' rule applies to a lot of technology developments.
Catrene updates European EDA roadmap
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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.
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