Video content protection using secure embedded non-volatile memory for HDMI with HDCP Design How-To 4/28/2006 Post a comment The security of encryption keys for digital content protection is critical. Currently, the HDCP authentication protocol and HDMI interfaces are gaining wide acceptance for the secure passing of video and audio streams. Also needed are the supporting technologies that support HDCP-compliant and HDMI-enabled equipment, including non-volatile memory (NVM) storage of the device keys and identifiers this type of equipment requires.
Analog men (and women) Automotive DesignLine Blog 4/28/2006 Post a comment As typified by automotive wireless, is the number of analog-savvy people needed to translate requirements into silicon limited?
IR profit flat despite higher sales News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier Corp. posted GAAP earnings of $25.7 million, or 36 cents per share on sales of $297.1 million, compared with $35.7 million, or 48 cents per share on sales of $281.9 million in the year-ago third fiscal quarter.
Opinion: Video ICs evolve for consumer apps Design How-To 4/27/2006 Post a comment As more and more consumer devices handle video, the demand for high performance and low cost video ICs has increased. The end markets for high performance video ICs are no longer limited to high end broadcast and professional video applications. Integrated video filter drivers, for example, are being designed into several consumer devices including cellular phones, digital still cameras, DVD players, set-top-boxes, and digital televisions.
Improve the efficiency of mobile device backlighting Design How-To 4/27/2006 Post a comment Most mobile handsets use white LEDs as backlighting for the color display and it's a significant challenge to provide high efficiency and low cost without consuming precious board real estate. Here's an article that takes a look at pros and cons of what's available and offers a creative solution to this vexing power efficiency problem.
LSI Logic, Maxim, Cirrus post higher sales News & Analysis 4/26/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier LSI Logic Corp. reported GAAP net earnings of $19 million, or 5 cents per share on sales of $476 million in the first quarter, compared to $5 million, or 1 cent per share on sales of $450 million the first quarter of 2005.
Clock supports multiple distribution networks Product News 4/26/2006 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor Corp. unveiled the first member of its ispClock5300S family of in-system programmable, zero-delay, single-ended universal buffer devices with four operating configurations to support the implementation of multiple clock distribution networks.
Agere narrows loss in March quarter News & Analysis 4/25/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Agere Systems Inc. posted sales of $397 million in its second 2006 fiscal quarter ended March, within the guidance range provided in January. By comparison, Agere's revenues were $403 million in the December quarter and $417 million in the year-ago quarter.
Flyback transformer tutorial: function and design Design How-To 4/24/2006 2 comments The low-cost and and ease of designing flyback transformers have made them a popular choice for power supply designs. Here's a quick tutorial to help you sharpen your design skills and get the most effective use from your flyback transformer. No longer do you need to rely on best guess for core design when you can use the formula provided in this article.
Audio D/A provides output drive capabilities Product News 4/21/2006 Post a comment AKM Semiconductor's newest member of its Audio2go family is a 24-bit stereo digital-to-analog (D/A) converter, with a ground-referenced capless headphone amplifier and a 2-volt rms line output amplifier, as well as an AC-coupled auxiliary line out.
Intersil, Cree post higher sales, earnings News & Analysis 4/20/2006 Post a comment Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported first-quarter net income of $32.4 million, or 22 cents per share, on sales of $178.9 million in the first quarter, compared to $12.8 million, or 9 cents per share on sales of $128.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Cypress profit beats guidance News & Analysis 4/20/2006 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. reported first-quarter net income of $7.1 million, or 5 cents per share on sales of $249.1 million, compared to a net loss of $68.8 million, or 53 cents per share on sales of $200.3 million.
Qualcomm posts sales, earnings gains News & Analysis 4/19/2006 Post a comment Wireless technology supplier Qualcomm Inc. reported net income of $593 million, or 34 cents per share on sales of $1.83 billion in its second fiscal 2006 quarter ended March 26. By comparison, Qualcomm earned $532 million, or 31 cents per share on sales of $1.37 billion in the year-ago fiscal quarter.
Op amp preserves SNR Product News 4/19/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' ultra low noise, wide bandwidth operational amplifier (op amp) is intended for high end industrial, medical and instrumentation applications.
Get the right mix when integrating power management solutions into SoCs Design How-To 4/19/2006 Post a comment Smaller form factor designs, multi supply voltage needs, low component costs, and increased reliability are forcing designers to integrate analog into SoCs. System designers need ICs with a broad range of DC/DC converters and LDO regulators. Find out what the power management options you have for your SoCs and what techniques will make it easier to integrate in this digital domain.
Class AB audio amplifier package shrinks 30% Product News 4/18/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced a 1.3-watt mono Class AB Boomer audio amplifier that touts improved output power and a 30 percent package size reduction for hands-free cell phone use and ringer functions.
DC/DC regulator is optimized for OLEDs Product News 4/17/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Advanced Analogic Technologies' AT1230 is a 2-MHz, 18-volt, 100-mA step-up converter optimized for powering both organic LEDs (OLEDs) and general purpose LCD and CCD modules in portable systems.
Improve top-level simulation strategy for switching DC-DC converters Design How-To 4/17/2006 Post a comment You're designing a switching DC-DC regulator for fabrication and you need to test its functionality and performance by running simulations, but the circuit complexity imposes serious challenges on your computing platform. How do you decrease simulation time without sacrificing fault-detection coverage? Here's an optimized simulation strategy to get you over the hurdle and to market on time.
AFE integrates programmable audio/video switch Product News 4/14/2006 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) expanded its family of analog video front-end processors with a device that is said to maximize analog input design flexibility and reduce interface design complexity.
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 ...