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Maxim beats revenue target
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products posted net revenue of $339.7 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 28, besting company guidance for the term.
IDT posts big loss; to sell network search assets
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Hurt by a hefty write down, mixed-signal chip vendor Integrated Device Technology reported a GAAP net loss of $719.2 million on revenue of $107.4 million for the quarter ended March 29 and said it entered into a definitive agreement to sell assets of its network search engine products to NetLogic Microsystems for $90 million.
Diodes : MOSFET packages save space and raise charger performance
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Diodes has introduced dual device combinations in thermally efficient ultra small DFN packaging for charging and switching applications in portable devices.
InvenSense spins first pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyro
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
What is claimed as the first pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyroscope is said to be able to sense the two axes used by remote controls and baton-shaped game controllers, creating a new category of 3-D motion sensor.
Microsemi buys defense electronics unit
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Continuing on its buying spree, analog-chip maker Microsemi Corp. has acquired Endwave Inc.'s defense electronics and security (D&S) business.
Circuit design platform aims to mitigate substrate noise coupling
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Targeting analog, mixed-signal, memory and high-speed I/O designs, Apache Design Solutions has released Totem, an integrated power and noise integrity chip design platform that aims to tackle noise-coupling in mixed-signal SOCs.
Using the PSP Model in CMOS RFIC Design (Part 2 of 2)
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4/30/2009   2 comments
Understand how the Penn State Philips (PSP) transistor model (an alternative to traditional BSIM models) relates to actual device behavior in CMOS RFIC design, and how these models are used in an RF process design kit (PDK)
LFoundry rolls RF process design kit
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Aiming at designers of analog/mixed signal and RF devices, LFoundry GmbH (Landshut, Germany) has introduced a process design kit (PDK). The PDK enables designing chips operating at frequencies of up to 15 GHz, the company promises.
Latest Freescale digital signal controllers look to reduce power involved with motor control
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
The MC56F8006 DSCs combine the functionality of a microcontroller (MCU) and the processing power of a digital signal processor (DSP) with a flexible set of peripherals to create a versatile embedded control solution.
Nokia's new 'wave' and eyeSight are no empty gestures
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Taking advantage of Nokia's newly exposed camera API, eyeSight Mobile Technologies developed an image processing algorithm, which translates a mere wave of the hand -- captured by a camera sensor on mobile handset -- into a gesture-controlled user interface.
AnalogicTech's reveals first Class D Audio Amplifier
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated has introduced the company's first Class D audio amplifier which builds on the company's experience building power management ICs for portable applications.
Silicon Labs Q1 beats revenue, earnings targets
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Analog/mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories posted better-than-expected first quarter revenue of $83.7 million and GAAP earnings of 1 cent per diluted share.
ERG offers LED drivers for SSL luminaires
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Endicott Research has developed LED driver solutions for the solid state lighting market.
ADI samples low-power ADCs for wide variety of applications
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4/29/2009   1 comment
Available in multiple speed grades, ADI's new pin-compatible, low-power, dual-channel ADCs increase channel densities and reduce power consumption in power-sensitive communications, industrial, portable-electronics and instrumentation equipment.
Instrumentation amplifier features low power, small size
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
ADI's AD8235 in-amp enables palm-sized medical devices and activity-monitoring medical products with what the company claims is 50 percent less power consumption than competitive offerings.
14-bit ADC reduces digital feedback in data conversion systems
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a low-power 14-bit, 150Msps ADC that it says dissipates 149mW, less than one-third the power of competitive products.
ADC family lowers power requirements by up to 60 percent
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced 18 power-efficient analog-to-digital converters (ADC) with resolutions ranging from 10 to 16 bits.
Top five handset OEM signs first Coolteq deal with Nujira
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Nujira has announced that a major global OEM has signed a purchase agreement for its Coolteq™-l handset development platform, the first since the technology was announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2009.
Updated: Atmel lays off 293 workers
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
A spokesperson for Atmel confirmed that the company laid off 293 workers, including 266 at the company's fab in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 27 at the company's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.
RS expands its stock of analog products from TI
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
RS Components has added 8,000 products from Texas Instruments (TI) to its line card.
University of Cambridge spawns new sensor spin-out
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Gas sensing technology start-up, Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd (CCMOS), has secured initial funding from Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds to begin commercialising CMOS-compatible gas sensors.
Class D Audio Amplifier from AnalogicTech designed for Portable Applications
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. (AnalogicTech) announced their first Class D audio amplifier. The AAT5101 2.5W Class D audio amplifier delivers power savings by combining low voltage operation with low quiescent current and standby current for portable electronic systems.
Mextronix MCP-1200 motion control IC replaces obsolete Avago HCTL-1100
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
The Mektronix MCP-1200 was developed to replace existing Avago HCTL-1100 designs by remaining backwards compatible and plug-in ready. The Mektronix MCP-1200 is a single axis motion control solution for both servo and stepper motors that can be synchronized with multiple chips for multi-axis applications.
Does the EDA industry have a roadmap?
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
In the technology world, a roadmap is a living document that projects contexts, requirements, and potential solutions into the future. Every industry roadmaps its key technologies, products and markets, for several basic reasons.
Instrumentation amplifier targets palm-sized medical devices
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Smaller than a pencil tip, the low power AD8235 has been designed with portable medical devices in mind, including wearable home-use medical devices such as electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors and infusion pumps.
Three-axis accelerometer offers orientation, shake and tap detection
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
With accelerometer features increasingly being used for user interface purposes in mobile phones and gaming, Freescale Semiconductor's latest accelerometer has been designed specifically for handheld portable electronics.
Accenture unearths engineer ennui
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4/27/2009   7 comments
Accenture's new report warns that a growing number of employees at chip companies are becoming "distrustful" of upper management, "disenchanted" in their work, and "fearful of losing their jobs."
Company Spotlight on Skycross
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
I had an opportunity to talk with Joe Gifford, VP of business development for SkyCross. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SkyCross, they provide antenna solutions to the mobile phone, home entertainment, and computing industries. There are a few interesting things about SkyCross.
ADI, Infineon collaborate on automotive airbag systems
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor vendors Analog Devices Inc (ADI). and Infineon Technologies have announced to jointly develop automotive airbag control systems. The companies see the biggest growth potential for such products in the fast-growing emerging markets.
IC current source solves myriad problems, attenuates headaches
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4/27/2009   2 comments
LT3092 two-terminal, easy-to-use device supplants more complex FET and transistor/Zener designs for this common but unglamorous function, and provides superior performance as well.
Using the PSP Model in CMOS RFIC Design (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
4/27/2009   2 comments
Understand how the Penn State Philips (PSP) transistor model (an alternative to traditional BSIM models) relates to actual device behavior in CMOS RFIC design, and how these models are used in an RF process design kit (PDK)
Compact IC integrates four channels of Class D audio amplifier drivers with PWM modulators
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
A driver IC for high performance Class D Audio applications from 50 W to 150 W including home theater systems and car audio amplifiers has been introduced by International Rectifier.
Toumaz set to print shares to acquire own spin-off
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Toumaz Holdings Ltd. (Abingdon, England), a company formed to exploit low-power use of silicon transistors operating in the sub-threshold region of operation, has announced plans to acquire Future Waves, a spin-off formed by Toumaz in 2005.
MSC : VCXO allows high density packaging
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
MSC distributes the DSV211AR voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) from KDS Daishinku.
Nujira wins handset design slot for low-power PA
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Nujira Ltd. (Cambridge, England), an RF engineering startup, has announced that its Coolteq technology for reducing the power consumption of power amplifiers has achieved a design win and purchase agreement with a handset maker.
Editors' Choice: Products of the Week
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
Check out Editors' Choice, highlighting what we think are this week's top products.
Low-power HART modem IC minimizes system size
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
A single-chip, HART-compliant modem IC has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products that enables the smallest solution size for modulating and demodulating 1.1 kHz/2.2 kHz FSK signals.
New 8-bit microcontrollers with integrated constant high-current drivers from NEC Electronics
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics introduced a new 8-bit All Flash general-purpose microcontroller (MCU), the PD78F8025, with integrated constant high-current drivers, and 32 kilobytes (KB) of flash memory.
Trio of precision clock generators offer 30 percent power savings
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced three new precision clock generators that have a crystal input, replacing up to four discrete high-frequency crystal oscillators with a single device.
20V MOSFET delivers ultra-low RDS(ON)
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Intended for portable applications, Fairchild Semiconductor is offering a 20V 2mm x 2mm x 0.55mm thin MicroFET MOSFET that provides what the company says is the lowest RDS(ON) in the industry.
Integrated modulator reduces component count in broadband satellite apps
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
ADI's ADRF6750 modulator saves space, reduces cost, and lowers complexity by integrating an analog I/Q quadrature modulator, fractional-N PLL (phase locked loop) synthesizer, VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) and digitally controlled RF attenuator, all within an 8 mm x 8 mm LFCSP package.
Qualcomm, Broadcom in 'advanced' settlement talks
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm postponed its scheduled quarterly earnings release until next week, citing advanced settlement talks with rival fabless chip vendor Broadcom.
Who is inside the Kindle 2?
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4/22/2009   1 comment
Who are the component winners for Amazon.com Inc.'s new Kindle 2? Try E-Ink, Epson, Freescale, Multek, Lico, Novatel, Qualcomm, Samsung and others.
VGA multiplexer offers extended ESD protection
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's 1:2 VGA multiplexer switches between two VGA ports while maintaining 6pF (typ) on-capacitance and 5ohm (typ) on-resistance for higher-bandwidth applications.
Quad 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit DACs include 10ppm/°C reference
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology's latest quad DACs integrate a precision reference in tiny 3mm x 3mm QFN and MSOP packages for industrial, automotive and ATE applications.
A/V demodulator sharpens TV reception with fewer parts
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
With support for NTSC, PAL and SECAM analog broadcast standards, this demodulator chip from Fresco eliminates the need for multiple external SAW filters typically required for TV-grade reception.
Analog profile: Andrew Beckett
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Analog designer and EDA expert Andrew Beckett's career path is testament to the opportunities that abound during the ups and downs of the semiconductor cycle.
Bluetooth upgrade rides 802.11 radios
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released its version 3.0 specification supporting data rates up to 24 Mbits/second over a shared 802.11 radio, a small but significant step toward the technology becoming a de facto protocol for ad hoc, secure wireless peer-to-peer networks.
UWB startup Radiospire folds
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4/21/2009   5 comments
Another ultrawideband startup bites the dust as Radiospire Networks Inc. confirms it is closing its doors, but three remaining UWB startups remain committed to the technology despite a string of bad news over the last nine months.
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