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Chuck Swoboda replaces Neil Hunter as Cree's chairman
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4/29/2005   Post a comment
Cree Inc. has elected its president and chief executive Chuck Swoboda to the additional role of chairman of the board, replacing Neal Hunter, who resigned as a director on April 25.
International Rectifier enthused about energy-conserving markets
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4/29/2005   Post a comment
International Rectifier is excited about white goods, lighting ballasts, WiMAX and other new applications of its power management components. CEO Alex Lidow (right) talked with Steve Ohr after Thursday's earning report.
Analyst sees new products gaining traction in LCD and handheld markets
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4/28/2005   Post a comment
Following yesterday's yesterday's report on March quarter revenues, American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman is upgrading his assessment of Intersil Corp. Though it's given up market share in the PC power components market, the company has overcome some of the bumbs from its merger with Xicor and is growing its business in the display arena. Here are the analyst's notes and projections from that earnings report.
Self-powered chips - The work of fiction
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4/28/2005   Post a comment
Emerging portable micro-power applications like sensors, and implantable electronics continue to push technology to handle small, long lasting, low-cost, and fully integrated solutions. However, there are limitations that must be overcome. Here's what one graduate program is doing to meet these demands.
Verstärkung jenseits der Gigahertz-Schallmauer
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4/28/2005   Post a comment
Stabilere Parameter und eine höhere Verstärkung in Hochgeschwindigkeits-Applikationen soll der Operationsverstärker LMH6703 von National Semiconductor gewährleisten. Die elektrische Stabilität des Bausteins gibt Entwicklern mehr Freiheit bei der Gestaltung der Leiterplatten.
Neah Power Systems announces a a micro fuel cell technical milestone
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4/28/2005   Post a comment
A fully integrated, multi-cell stack, functioning as the core engine of the fuel cell, was recently demonstrated at the Neah Power's laboratory. The results support the potential of the company's silicon-based, patented architecture.
Intersil, ON Semi, Cirrus report sales and earnings
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4/27/2005   Post a comment
A mixed bag of news continues to permeate the semiconductor industry, with Intersil Corp. seeing a slight sales uptick but ON Semiconductor and Cirrus Logic Inc. seeing lower sales as seasonally slow demand and falling prices played factors.
Atmel's GPS baseband IC offers 3 meter accuracy
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4/27/2005   Post a comment
Atmel has expanded its global positioning systems (GPS) offering with a 14-channel, GPS baseband IC that carries a $5 price tag and three-meter accuracy. The Baldur chip is priced about 45% lower than any other comparably featured GPS baseband IC.
Increasing military needs for portable power
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4/27/2005   Post a comment
Jane's Information Group, an independent provider of intelligence and analysis on national and international defense, conducted a study that examines the increasing challenges faced by the U.S. Military to keep up with personal power demands of modern soldiers.
Vishay scores court victory in offer to buy Siliconix
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4/27/2005   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has announced that the California Superior Court today granted Vishay's motion to stop a pending class action filed challenging its offer to purchase the shares of subsidiary Siliconix Inc.
Fast video muxes support UXGA resolutions
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4/27/2005   Post a comment
Intersil Corp.'s highly-integrated triple multiplexing amplifiers for switching high-resolution RGB or HDTV signals are said to easily support UXGA resolutions.
Using dual port memory as interconnect
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Interconnect ICs enable data transfer between a variety of processing elements that do not have a compatible interface. They are also used to extend system bus that does not have the required fanout or sufficient bandwidth to meet the data transfer need. Popular interconnect components are dual-port buffers, SERDES, and PCI bridge chips. Without the usual circuit diagrams or waveforms, a Cypress engineer suggests how.
MOSFETs stay true to temperature
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Siliconix says the ten new devices in its portfolio of n-channel MOSFETs are the industry's first with high threshold voltage yet low on-resistance (3.4 volts, and as low as 2.7 milliohms, respectively). The new devices are designed to minimize the variation in threshold despite large increases in operating temperature, which when high enough will shift the traditional MOSFET's threshold voltage to near zero and initiate a spontaneous turn-on.
Micrel's March quarter could be slightly above consensus, says analyst
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Micrel will report March Quarter earnings on Thursday of this week. Doug Freedman of American Technology Research goes again to the dartboard. He says hold their stock; the June quarter could be good. Let's see how well he does.
Autoshutdown for speaker amplifier conserves cell-phone power
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Cell phone amplifiers can benefit from the same power-saving features used by their CPUs. An auto shutdown circuit devised by Maxim exploits the transient nature of cell-phone conversations. When the circuit detects a lull in conversation, it places the speaker amplifier in a low-power shutdown state that conserves battery life and extends talk time. Read this to see how.
Agere meets guidance but posts loss
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Agere Systems Inc. reported a net loss of $68 million, or 4 cents per share, on sales of $417 million in the second 2005 fiscal quarter ended March, compared to $74 million, or 4 cents per share, on sales of $462 million in the year-ago quarter.
Dual-output regulator powers low-voltage DSPs
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC3548 is a dual-output synchronous buck regulator that delivers up to 800 mA of continuous output current from one channel and up to 400 mA from the other for low-voltage (down to 0.6 V) DSPs and microcontrollers.
Démission du PDG de Silicon Laboratories
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories a annoncé la démission de son Président-directeur général, Daniel Artusi. Le président du conseil d’administration, Nav Sooch, a été nommé directeur général par intérim.
Cut design costs in half with this four-channel video switch
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
EXCLUSIVE to eeProductCenter: Maxim Integrated Products Inc. claims that using this four-channel video switch instead of using traditional integrated audio/video switching devices can save money.
IC 'drives' signal conditioning at SMPTE data rates
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor is sampling an HDTV serial digital cable driver and adaptive cable equalizer that it claims deliver the industry's lowest power and highest electro-static discharge (ESD) protection to the video production equipment market. The CLC002 SD/HD (standard definition/high definition) TV digital cable driver and CLC034 SD/HD TV adaptive cable equalizer deliver the signal conditioning necessary for standard- and high-definition serial data transmission at Society of Motion Picture
Highly integrated clock IC supplants quartz-based solutions
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Designed to replace quartz crystals in applications in which timekeeping accuracy is critical, a new real-time clock (RTC) from Dallas Semiconductor has been integrated with several functions that enable it to offer better than ±2 minutes per year accuracy over a wide operating-temperature range.
Data converter selection becoming more complex, says ADI
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Although speed and resolution have been the traditional factors engineers used to select data converters, specifying the appropriate converter hinges just as much on what application the part is used in, according to John Hussey of Analog Devices Inc.
The Sun Will Come Out: Cypress subsidiary promises nice return
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research is high on Cypress Semiconductor. He's not particularly impressed with their current financials. But he convinced their SunPower subsidiary will make them a fortune. Here's the newsletter that came out on Friday.
How to measure temperature in integrated systems
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
As processor speeds increase and draw more power, thermal management becomes an increasingly important issue. Here's how to reduce or eliminate the primary sources of error in temperature measurement so you can increase power savings efficiency of the thermal management systems.
Audio amp circuitry suppresses RF signals
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced an audio amplifier featuring internal circuitry that suppresses RF signals from passing through the amplifier.
Streamline medical ultrasound designs with monolithic Doppler phase-shifter
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. created an IC that simplifies the development of continuous wave (CW) Doppler imaging in stationary and portable ultrasound systems.
Dual-phase controller raises the Hammer
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8760 is a dual-phase, step-down controller that (with external MOSFETs) powers up AMD 9G and AMD Hammer CPU cores. The MAX8760 is intended for two types of CPU core applications: stepping down the battery directly, or stepping down a 5-volt system supply to create the core voltage. The chip's single-stage converter allows this device to directly step down high-voltage batteries at high efficiency. Alternatively, it uses a two-step conversion at a higher switching fr
Power block simplifies synchronous buck designs
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4/23/2005   Post a comment
International Rectifier's iP1203, the latest addition to the company's iPOWIR family, is a synchronous buck converter building block that achieves over 90 percent efficiency at full load. The iP1203, with relatively few external components, can deliver 15 amps at 0.8 to 8 volts from a 5.5 to 13.2-volt input to simplify DC/DC point-of-load (POL) converters that power network processor units and ASICs.
Hot-swappable, 21-bit, dc-balanced deserializers cut space and cost
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
The latest members of the high-speed LVDS SerDes family, the MAX9234, MAX9236, and MAX9238, are hot-swappable, 21-bit, dc-balanced LVDS deserializers.
British company's new tools promising analog reuse in days
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
British phyisical design tools provider In2Fab Technology has a new technology that the company says can rapidly retarget analog designs and IP from one process node to another.
Fujitsu, SiGe Semi collaborate on WiMAX design
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. and SiGe Semiconductor Inc. have announced the availability of a complete reference design for developing WiMAX-capable broadband wireless access systems.
Freescale posts profit, expects flat growth
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. reported net earnings of $85 million, or 20 cents per share, on sales of $1.44 billion in the first quarter of 2005, compared to $5 million, or 1 cent per share, on sales of $1.43 billion in the previous quarter.
Hot-swappable, 21-bit LVDS deserializers curtail space and cost
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has added three members to its high-speed low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) SerDes family. The MAX9234, MAX9236 and MAX9238 are hot-swappable, 21-bit, DC-balanced LVDS devices that can deserialize three LVDS serial inputs into 21 single-ended LVTTL/LVCMOS outputs, and communicate over a three-wire twisted pair or differential line.
Low thermal resistance technology enhances heat dissipation for high-power LDMOS RF transistor
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Freescale introduces a low thermal resistance technology that enhances heat dissipation, improves transistor reliability and reduces cooling costs
NiMH booster delivers 400 mA for portables
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NCP1423, the latest member of the company's portfolio of micropower IC step-up devices, is a DC/DC switching regulator that boosts the voltage from a single nickel metal hydride (NiMH) or nickel cadmium (NiCd) cell to 1.8 volts, or two cells to 3.3 volts for portable electronic products. It delivers up to 400 milliamps for such applications as wireless optical mice and keyboards, wireless headsets, audio players, PDAs and other hand-held devices.
Updated: IC Insights raises 2005 semiconductor capital spending forecast
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
IC Insights Inc. has raised its forecast for 2005 worldwide semiconductor industry capital spending to a 5 percent annual decline, up from a 10 percent drop, but the market research company has lowered its expectations for 2006 to a 7 percent annual decline.
Op amps come in SOT-23 package
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. is offering single-supply, rail-to-rail input/output, low-power operational amplifiers in space-saving 5-pin SOT-23 packages that operate over a variety of bandwidths ranging from 10 kHz to 10 MHz.
More on designing reliable electronic ballasts
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Long, long ago, in a land far away (actually, not so far away with the Internet and 800 numbers), our hero tried to figure out how to keep electronic ballasts from blowing up. The key, writes Sanjaya in this installment of his power design column, is in the ferrite inductor in series with the lighting tube. While its basic purpose is to limit the current, there is a good deal of resonant frequency energy coming off line. Your choice to use if for good or evil.
WirelessUSB opens applications for human interface devices
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Operating in the 2.4 GHz spectrum, enables wireless solutions for a variety of computer peripherals such as keyboards, mouse pointers, security systems, and even headsets. From the April issue of Planet Analog magazine, a Cypress Semiconductor engineer offers insights into an SoC architecture that implements spread-spectrum over 10 meters - without interfering with other devices in its frequency range.
iSuppli: Power management market okay for now, but expect things to get ugly
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
iSuppli says the power management suppliers are doing okay " meeting their expectations " for the current quarter. Expect the second half to be stronger in demand but (ugh!) pricing will take a nose dive later this year. You heard it here first!
UMC chairman fined over Chinese foundry disclosure, says report
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission has fined Robert Tsao, chairman of foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp., for failing to disclose in a timely way its relations with Chinese foundry He Jian Technology, according to an Associated Press report on BusinessWeek Online.
SiRF to acquire Swedish RF design team for $33 million
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
SiRF Technology Holdings Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a provider of GPS-enabled location technology, has agreed to acquire radio frequency integrated circuit design services company Kisel Microelectronics AB (Stockholm, Sweden). The deal, a mix of cash and stock, would cost up to $33 million, SiRF said.
Dialog Semi beißt die Zähne zusammen
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Einen Umsatzeinbruch um fast 20 Prozent musste Dialog Semiconductor im ersten Quartal verkraften. Trotz roter Zahlen glaubt man bei dem Fabless-Chiphersteller an ein positives Jahresergebnis.
MIPS, Linear post profits amid rises on royalty revenue
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. posted net earnings of $121 million, or 39 cents per share, on sales of $290.7 million in its third 2005 fiscal quarter ended April 3, compared to $85.5 million, or 27 cents per share on sales of $209.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
SigmaTel posts profit but Sirenza records loss
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor suppliers continued to exhibit mixed results in their March quarter earnings Tuesday (April 19), with SigmaTel Inc. reporting robust sales but Sirenza Microdevices Inc. seeing sales decline.
Programmable SoC Enhances Automotive EL Lamp Performance
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
Mixed-signal array, with configurable analog and digital resources, allows designers to utilize EL's benefits in new ways.
Drive 4- and 8-Ω loads with 1.6-W single-channel audio power amps
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
Offering portable electronics designers higher output power and lower distortion options, Austriamicrosystems has developed a family of 1.6-W single-channel audio power devices.
UPS smooths operation of industrial automation, process control apps
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
American Power Conversion and Rockwell Automation have a new UPS for industrial automation, manufacturing and process control applications.
Atmel's LIN2.0 System Basis Chip offers 6-kV ESD protection
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
Atmel has announced the Local Interface Network (LIN) system basis chip ATA6620, which provides outstanding ESD protection (6 kV) and low current consumption as required in automotive applications. The current consumption can even be further reduced by the device's silent mode function that is unavailable in other LIN2.0 devices.
WLAN-Endstufe geizt bei Leistungsaufnahme
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4/19/2005   Post a comment
Den schnell wachsenden WLAN-Markt will der Chiphersteller Atmel mit seinem neuen HF-Leistungsverstärker ATR7032 bedienen. Durch seine geringe Stromaufnahme eignet sich der Chip auch für batteriebetriebene Geräte.
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