RF module operates in 868-MHz ISM band Product News 4/30/2007 Post a comment One RF Technology has introduced a low-cost, 868-MHz RF module dubbed TinyOne Lite that is optimized for low-power radio communication at a competitive cost and available with or without an integrated antenna.
STMicro's sales, profits fall in 1Q News & Analysis 4/25/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics Inc. said revenues for the first quarter were $2.3 billion, decreasing 3.7 percent compared to the $2.4 billion reported in last year's first quarter.
Four-channel power management chips are programmable Product News 4/25/2007 Post a comment Check out Summit's pair of programmable power manager chips intended for consumer applications. The SMB113A and SMB117 ps enable system designers to digitally program the entire multiple output power supply and associated power management functions with a few clicks of a mouse.
CE growth to see 'significant slowdown' News & Analysis 4/25/2007 Post a comment CE growth may decelerate in the coming years, but a few areas will still be hot, such as PMP/MP3 players. But giants like Apple, Samsung and Sony will make it tough for the little guy to survive.
µSerDes device uses CTL technology Product News 4/24/2007 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the FIN212AC, a µSerDes device designed for serializing high-speed signals in multi-megapixel-resolution CMOS and CCD image sensors, commonly found in portable products including cell phones with built-in cameras.
TI stung by 1Q inventory correction News & Analysis 4/24/2007 Post a comment Excess inventory choked first-quarter revenue and profits at Texas Instruments Inc., as the company struggled with lower-than-expected demand for DSP chips used in cell phones.
Zero-IF TV tuner eliminates SAW filters Product News 4/23/2007 Post a comment Maxim has introduced a fully integrated, ZIF direct-conversion TV tuner for DVB-T applications. The MAX3580 tuner uses ZIF architecture and an on-chip RF tracking filter to eliminate the need for external discrete filtering components and a SAW filter required by older, IF-based tuners.
North, South Korea planning IT forum News & Analysis 4/23/2007 Post a comment Following in the path of other emerging markets, North Korea is eager to get its hands on advanced technology and will hold a meeting with South Korea to forge closer tech ties.
UC Berkeley confirms $10 cell phone project News & Analysis 4/23/2007 1 comment How cheap is cheap? Try 10 bucks for a cell phone. UC Berkeley confirmed that it is, indeed, working on such a device, but it will be years before it gets to the serious engineering stage.
Selecting the best topology for white LED drive electronics Design How-To 4/22/2007 Post a comment A move to LED technology for general illumination applications could greatly reduce energy consumption. But it's not just a simple replacement because designers must be aware of space constraints, thermal considerations, and EMI. This article tells you how to deal with each of these challenges.
Multi-threading analog simulator cuts run time by 80% Product News 4/19/2007 Post a comment Tanner EDA introduced their T-Spice simulator for analog and mixed-signal chip designs which has been developed for use on computers with multiple processor cores. On average, the tool delivers 40% faster simulations on single-processor, dual-core computers and 80% faster run times on two-processor, dual-core machines.
LED/CAM driver delivers 92% efficiency Product News 4/17/2007 Post a comment Linear Technology has introduced an inductorless, low noise, high efficiency LED/CAM driver for cell phone displays and lighting. The LTC3207 features a 600 mA total output current and 92% efficiency.
Photodetector IC designed for slim design in DVD, CD applications Product News 4/17/2007 Post a comment Atmel unveiled the ATR0874; a photodetector IC (PDIC) for use in the optical pick-up units (OPUs) of DVD and CD drives and is suitable for the slim drives found in most laptops. The QFN open housing has an open cavity, thus permitting the laser to have direct access to the die surface and photo diodes.
Class G speaker amplifier strengthens output power, increases battery life Product News 4/17/2007 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX9730, a 2.4 W, single-supply, mono, Class G speaker amplifier. The MAX9730's Class G architecture and integrated charge-pump power supply enable this device to deliver two times more output power than conventional Class AB or Class D speaker amplifiers provide from a lithium-ion (Li+) battery.
REVIEW: Tiny package packs 2.4-GHz RF deck Product News 4/17/2007 Post a comment Here's news of a non-monolithic RF device that addresses board space and dissipation. Target devices include PDAs, VoWi-Fi handsets, cameras, cellular handsets, and automotive devices. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
China launches satellite for rival to GPS News & Analysis 4/17/2007 Post a comment China launched its second navigation satellite over the weekend as part of a plan to build the country's "Compass" navigational system, which could emerge to rival America's Global Positioning System.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...