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Google joins NFC Forum as 'principal' member
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3/31/2011   3 comments
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced that Google Inc. is joining the organization as a principal member.
8-bit MCUs provide cost effective, efficient high-brightness LED control
Design How-To  
3/31/2011   6 comments
High-brightness LEDs are rapidly gaining popularity in the automotive, consumer, and industrial markets. But controlling luminosity efficiently and reliably is not an easy task—power stage efficiency, thermal design, and EMC are some of the most critical design challenges.
Linear Technology LTC2145 analog-to-digital converters
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3/30/2011   Post a comment
These low power 12-/14-bit 25Msps-125Msps ADCs operate at less than 100mW at 125Msps.
TI expects chips from Miho fab in September
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3/30/2011   4 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has said its wafer fab in Miho, Japan, is on schedule for a return to full production by mid-July — meaning chips shipments in September — while its fab in Aizu is on track for full production by mid-April or earlier.
Understand baluns for highly integrated RF modules
Design How-To  
3/28/2011   2 comments
Using EM simulation and modeling, RF/MMIC engineers can quickly determine the best physical layout for a particular Marchand balun that may fit their HBT and pHEMT push-pull amplifiers, balanced mixers, or any one of numerous applications.
Modern automotive voice control offers HMI convenience with safety
Design How-To  
3/28/2011   3 comments
When dense and hectic traffic situations do not permit any distraction to drivers, voice control is a useful complement to conventional HMIs. It can even give drivers control of an indispensable device for many—the smart phone—without compromising safety.
iWatt deploys Magma's Titan to to shorten analog design process
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
iWatt, Inc., specializing in a power control ICs, has licensed the Titan mixed-signal design platform from Magma Design Automation Inc. to improve analog design and layout productivity and to automate difficult routing tasks analog cell layouts and chip-level assembly.
Use a switching regulator to power a hi-speed ADC, without significantly sacrificing performance
Design How-To  
3/28/2011   6 comments
Done right, a switching regulator can improve the power efficiency of low-power high-speed ADCs and not impact performance
TI lengthens lead in analog IC rankings
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3/24/2011   8 comments
Texas Instruments remained in firm control atop the analog IC market in 2010, with $6.2 billion in sales, good for nearly 15 percent of the total market, according to a market research firm.
Linear Technology Corp has LTC2632 and LTC2633 families of dual 12-bit, 10-bit and 8-bit rail-to-rail, voltage output digital-to-analog converters
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3/24/2011   Post a comment
Linear Technology has launched two families of dual 12-bit, 10-bit and 8-bit rail-to-rail, voltage output DACs with serial SPI and I2C interfaces.
Plan strategies for adopting Model-Based Design for embedded applications: Part 3—Migration plan; requirements and the design phase
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3/24/2011   Post a comment
When transitioning to Model-Based Design for embedded systems development, it is essential to consider an overall plan spanning people, development processes, and tools.
PHEV charging scheme could ease 'hybrid penalty'
Design How-To  
3/22/2011   11 comments
Plug-in users can mitigate grid demand in exchange for payment, which offsets high Li-ion battery cost.
Time-domain simulations of high-speed links with X parameters
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3/21/2011   Post a comment
X parameters open the door for a large set of possibilities in the arenas of design, modeling and simulation. In addition to providing better techniques for predicting signal integrity performance in high-speed networks, they will generate many opportunities for research, development while providing a deeper insight into nonlinear modeling.
Expanding options for design with SiGe
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
3/21/2011   Post a comment
When it comes to developing the highest performance, most reliable, yet cost-effective products for leading-edge applications, design engineers in the RF/microwave industry need and want options
Don’t let analog/digital misinterpretations put your design in jeopardy
Design How-To  
3/21/2011   12 comments
When digital designers meet analog systems, misunderstanding device operation or design requirements results in some fascinating analog horror stories
Multichannel 16-bit, Gsps-class DAC targets base stations, slashes dissipation
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3/21/2011   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' DAC3484 invokes innovative packaging and design as keys to performance, I/O, small size, thermal attributes
ADI aims to help engineers solve design challenges in analog, RF and mixed-signal systems
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3/20/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices is aiming to help engineers save weeks of research and design time by extending the company's Circuits from the Lab reference circuit program to address what the company claims is a growing challenge facing engineers worldwide who are being asked to design products more quickly, with fewer iterations and using an ever broadening range of technologies requiring analog, RF, power and mixed-signal expertise.
Wireless modules power mobile health diabetes management solution
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3/20/2011   Post a comment
Sierra Wireless and PositiveID Corporation have announced that Sierra Wireless AirPrime intelligent embedded modules will power PositiveID's iglucose mobile health solution for real-time diabetes management.
Low latency PHY aimed at cloud applications
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3/20/2011   Post a comment
NetLogic Microsystems claims breakthrough innovations in high-speed physical layer SerDes development have resulted in the world's lowest latency 10 GbE PHY solution for next-generation data centers; targets emerging cloud-based applications and data centers.
Capacitive sensing applications widen
Design How-To  
3/18/2011   3 comments
HMI technologies have gone through a paradigm shift. This article highlights the importance of capacitive sensing in HMI evolution as well as applications beyond automotive infotainment systems.
Report: Japan quake hits microcontrollers
News & Analysis  
3/18/2011   8 comments
The production of microcontroller ICs – and therefore everything from automobiles to washing machines and industrial controls – is likely to be "severely" affected by the Japanese earthquake and its aftermath, according to Japanese equity research firm Nomura Securities Co. Ltd.
Microchip MCP47X6 non-volatile DAC series
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3/17/2011   Post a comment
The low-power, single-channel DACs feature 8-, 10- and 12-bit voltage options and integrated EEPROM in 2 mm x 2 mm DFN, 6-pin SOT-23 packages.
Vishay DG9454 SPDT switch
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3/16/2011   Post a comment
Vishay's 12 V triple SPDT switch for 3D shutter glasses features 1.8 V logic compatibility and low power consumption down to < 1 µA in an ultra-compact miniQFN-16 package
Driver amp powers VSAT applications
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3/15/2011   Post a comment
The TriQuint TGA2524-SM driver amplifier is well suited for linear power amplifiers or test equipment in the point to point radio and VSAT markets.
Cadence expands Virtuoso custom/analog flow to boost 20nm productivity
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3/14/2011   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced it has enhanced its Virtuoso-based custom/analog flow, delivering productivity boosts across the design flow from initial design specification to final GDSII and for process nodes down to 20 nanometers.
Industry’s first system-on-chip two-way radio enabling cost effective digital radios
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3/13/2011   Post a comment
The MC13260 consists of an integrated 32-bit ARM-9 processor, a software defined modem, an RF transceiver and audio converters specifically designed for the two-way radio market.
Some (components) do like it hot, and that's good for extreme designs
3/10/2011   11 comments
If you have to stand the heat, and can't get out of the kitchen, there are some new IC options
Analog Devices AD8218 current-sense amplifier
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3/10/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices has released for general availability its latest bi-directional current-sense-amplifier that combines high bandwidth and low drift in an 8-lead MSOP package.
Fragmented frame buffer graphics ease cluster display requirements
Design How-To  
3/10/2011   6 comments
A new approach removes the need to store complete frame buffers in RAM, thereby reducing RAM size needed to support large displays. This method also allows images to be stored at an optimum resolution, thus reducing the non-volatile memory requirement as well.
Linear Technology LTC2152-14 and LTC2157-14 single and dual channel simultaneous sampling ADCs
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3/9/2011   Post a comment
Linear's family of dual and single high IF sampling 14-bit, 170Msps, 210Msps and 250Msps ADCs maintain good SFDR performance at input frequencies up to 900MHz.
RDA, SMIC make 55-nm mixed-signal IC
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3/9/2011   Post a comment
LONDON – Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. and RDA Microelectronics Inc. have announced the production of an FM receiver chip using a 55-nm logic process.
E-books and audio: are you listening?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/7/2011   1 comment
In this guest blog post, Zatil Hamid of TI considers some of the algorithms and tools that are being added in to e-books to ensure a high quality listening experience for the end user.
Texas Instruments' ADS8363 data converters
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3/3/2011   Post a comment
TI's 2-channel, simultaneous-sampling ADCs feature two independently controlled internal references for simplified system-level design.

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