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posted in March 2012
Fundamentally Powerful
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3/30/2012   2 comments
Monday is the start of something new and powerful. It is the start of a major experiment within the EDA Designline that could have big ramifications…
Triad attempts to make mixed-signal design for the masses
Product News  
3/29/2012   1 comment
Unique to Triad is a mixed-signal aware place and route tool that places vias in the global routing fabric to configure and interconnect the analog and digital resources…
TI THS4531 ADC driver
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
TI's fully differential amplifier uses only 250 uA of quiescent current while providing 36 MHz of bandwidth to support the low power needs of portable and high-density systems
High-voltage surge stoppers ensure reliability during power spikes
Design How-To  
3/29/2012   6 comments
In automotive, industrial, and avionic applications, high-voltage power supply spikes are commonly encountered. The electronics within these systems must not only survive surges, but in many cases also operate reliably throughout the event—and devices charged via automobile power points (lighters) must also be protected.
Exar cuts 40% of jobs
News & Analysis  
3/28/2012   15 comments
Analog mixed-signal IC vendor Exar said it has eliminated about 40 percent of its global headcount in the past two months.
Three very-low-current analog ICs make a USB-powered thermostat
Design How-To  
3/23/2012   3 comments
A “walk-through” of this basic circuit teaches the calculations needed
ICs facilitate design of full-featured, low-power heart rate monitor (HRM)
Design How-To  
3/23/2012   1 comment
Understand the circuits which micropower, high-precision IC components enable for high-performance, long-life cardiac instrumentation.
Analog Devices Inc. ADE7816 single-chip energy measurement AFE (analog front end)
Product News  
3/23/2012   1 comment
Analog Devices' latest single-chip energy measurement AFE is capable of monitoring the energy consumption and power quality of up to six electrical circuits.
Design West: Meet the author of 'Analog Circuit Design'
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3/22/2012   Post a comment
Bob Dobkin, CTO at Linear Tech, will be signing copies of "Analog Circuit Design—A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions" at Design West.
Functional safety implementations in modern MCUs
Design How-To  
3/22/2012   6 comments
Implementation of safety measures is on the rise in today’s automotive world in order to minimize the hazards in case of system malfunctions. Safety critical automotive operations need compliance with ISO 26262 (ASILx) and IEC 61508 (SILx) standards as their safe operation is directly linked to human and social safety.
Making sounds with analogue electronics - Part 7: Topology of a typical synthesizer
Design How-To  
3/20/2012   1 comment
Part 7 of an excerpt from the book "Sound Synthesis and Sampling" deals with the topology of the modules that make up a typical synthesizer – how they are arranged and ordered - and then looks at categorizing types of synthesizers.
Integrating audio codecs in next-generation SoCs for smartphones and tablets
Design How-To  
3/20/2012   1 comment
This article discusses the challenges of integrating audio functionality into a 28-nm mobile multimedia SoC - including such design considerations as scaling limitations, supply voltage requirements and system partitioning - while offering insight on how to overcome those challenges.
Chipset family supports Thunderbolt 10.3 Gbps interface standard
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
End-to-end IC solution greatly eases adopting this aggressive but complex connectivity standard
Mono audio amp IC for Hi-Fi speakers gives 13W burst output and 10x efficiency gains
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
The HiAS2001-QNC-010 delivers 13W burst and 3W continuous power output and is over 10 times more efficient at typical listening levels than comparable Class D amplifiers.
Digital audio development board accommodates multiple audio file formats and DACs
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
The Audio Streamer Micro-Blox development board from technical broadline distributor Future Electronics features an ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller with audio file decompression software, a choice of high-end and low-cost DACs, a codec, and digital and analogue microphones.
Merus Audio raises EUR 1.7m to develop ultra-efficient and compact audio amplifiers
News & Analysis  
3/20/2012   2 comments
Merus Audio has raised EUR 1.7 million in its Series A round of financing to help develop audio amplifier ICs targeting a wide range of high-volume consumer electronics applications, including iPod/MP3 speakers, surround and stereo systems, soundbars and TVs.
Generating spatial audio from portable products - Part 2: Acoustic beamforming using the LM48901
Design How-To  
3/16/2012   2 comments
Part 2 of an article on spatial audio looks at acoustic beamforming techniques and how to use Texas Instruments' LM48901 spatial array audio amplifier to implement these techniques in loudspeaker arrays in space-constrained applications.
iPad teardown reveals IC design winners
News & Analysis  
3/16/2012   12 comments
Consumer electronics repair company iFixit has disassembled the latest iPad tablet computer from Apple to reveal the details of how it is put together including the IC design wins.
FlexRay spec rev offers back compatibility, lower costs
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
The FlexRay electrical physical layer spec Rev. 3.0.1 has been released and production of second generation transceivers has started. Semiconductor manufacturers have to ensure full device specific functional range in existing applications with a drop-in replacement.
Touchstone Semiconductor TS1002 and TS1004 operational amplifiers
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
Touchstone's two latest rail-to-rail operational amplifiers are fully specified to operate at 0.8V while consuming less than 0.6µA supply current per amplifier.
Cadence TSMC, ARM call for more collaboration
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3/13/2012   Post a comment
Companies need to step up their collaboration to deal with growing complexity of the technology, said executives from Cadence, TSMC and ARM.
DDC introduces replacement MIL-STD-1553 transceivers
Product News  
3/13/2012   2 comments
Data Device Corp. proposes two direct replacement MIL-STD-1553 transceivers for high-reliability military applications requiring the security of MIL-PRF-38534.
We teardown a Chevy Volt (exclusive videos)
Design How-To  
3/12/2012   2 comments
What makes a Chevy Volt tick (and whirr and hum) is revealed in these videos where the car was taken apart over three days—quality, ruggedness, and modularity for incorporating future technology are apparent.
M/A-COM releases driver solutions for 100G applications
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3/9/2012   Post a comment
M/A-COM launched a portfolio of 100G modulator drivers for line-side and client-side applications.
Tablets to boost semiconductor use to fourth place
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3/9/2012   Post a comment
In 2014 media tablets will become the world’s fourth-largest application for semiconductors rising in four short years from obscurity to a level rivaling chip markets for mobile handsets and PCs.
Touchstone Semiconductor TS3002 silicon timer
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3/9/2012   Post a comment
Touchstone Semiconductor has released a silicon timer that uses only 1µA of supply current, which it claims is 15 times less than its closest competitor.
Transmitter/receiver pair serves as antitheft alarm
Design How-To  
3/8/2012   3 comments
Simple circuit consists of a transmitter/receiver pair that functions as an automobile antitheft alert system. When the vehicle leaves the area, this circuit sounds an alarm because the distance between the transmitter and receiver increases and the received power level falls below a predetermined threshold.
Configurable analog front ends bridge NDIR gas, pH-sensing transducers and MCUs
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3/8/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments LMP91050 and LMP91200 AFEs provide critical interface functions and sensor management
Taiwan startup offers Class-D power amplifier
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3/6/2012   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal fabless chip company NeoEnergy Microelectronics has developed a Class-D audio power amplifier for the consumer electronics market. Typical applications will include digital televisions, computer monitors, and games consoles, the company said.
MaxLinear tips full-spectrum capture cable receivers
Product News  
3/6/2012   2 comments
RF and mixed-signal chip vendor MaxLinear announced two 40-nm single-chip solutions for 16- and 24-channel digital cable front-end receivers based on the company's proprietary full-spectrum capture technology.
EIS simplifies battery measurement and characterization
Design How-To  
3/5/2012   3 comments
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is increasingly important for measuring and characterizing batteries and other electrochemical systems. This non-invasive measurement method can be exploited not only in modeling energy storage such as batteries and fuel cells, but also in basic battery research and diagnostics.
On-chip ESD protection for High Voltage applications in TSMC BCD technology
Design How-To  
3/5/2012   1 comment
A growing set of IC applications require a high voltage interface. Examples include power management, power conversion and automotive chips with interfaces typically between 12 V and 100 V...
ISO 26262 cuts electronics complexity risks: Pt. 2- Design for robustness
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3/2/2012   Post a comment
Future development and integration of automotive safety functions will strengthen the need to have safe system development processes and to provide evidence that all reasonable safety objectives are satisfied. ISO 26262 provides guidance to reduce these risks to a tolerable level by providing feasible requirements and processes.
Tuttle replaces Sayiner as CEO at Silicon Labs
News & Analysis  
3/2/2012   4 comments
Tyson Tuttle (shown) will take the helm at analog and mixed-signal specialist Silicon Labs, the company announced, replacing Necip Sayiner as president and CEO effective April 18.
austriamicrosystems AS3674 and AS3940 LED drivers
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3/2/2012   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems' inductive boost converters enable 90% peak efficiency and 60% reduction in PCB area.
Startup offers Hanadu powerline M2M comms
News & Analysis  
3/1/2012   7 comments
Xsilon Ltd., a 2008 fabless chip startup, has announced it is offering in-home machine-to-machine powerline communications technology.
Luxtera, ST in deal to take silicon photonics mainstream
News & Analysis  
3/1/2012   12 comments
STMicroelectronics NV has said it agreed with CMOS photonics specialist Luxtera Inc. to develop a dedicated silicon photonics process at its 300-mm research and pilot production wafer fab in Crolles, France. Production at Crolles would then enable the two companies to provide silicon photonics components and systems. Parts Search

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