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New TI packaging facility ramping production
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Seventeen months after breaking ground, Texas Instruments said its new test and assembly facility within the Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines is fully operational and ramping production with the latest packaging technologies.
Position sensing at submicron resolutions
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Useful for position feedback of micro-actuators, austriamicrosystems AS5311 is a hall-effect sensor based linear magnetic encoder that the company says is the first such part to achieve submicron resolution.
Wide bandwidth dual 14bit ADC
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Catering to high-end data conversion applications such as defense imaging systems or test and measurement equipment, Texas Instruments has introduced a 14bit dual channel ADCs with sample rates of 250MS/s.
TSMC rolls sign-off flow, RF design kit
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to accelerate the product development process, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is rolling out a one-two punch in the arena: It has unveiled a mixed-signal/RF design kit as well as a foundry-specific integrated sign-off flow.
POWER: Tiny battery charger IC targets Li-Ion and Li-Polymer systems
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Summit's SMB239 programmable battery charger IC targets portable devices using Li-Ion and Li-Polymer batteries.
Processor architecture not a factor for low-power mobile systems
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
With all the features and connectivity options on today's handset, including Ethernet, USB, GSM, GPS, MP3, Wi-Fi, WCDMA, displays, audio, it turns out that the choice of processor, whether or not it's an Intel Atom or an ARM Cortex, takes a distant second place to well-optimized code and functional partitioning when it comes to power consumption and managing the power budget.
New simulation software release reduces power-electronic prototype iterations
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Simulation software specialist, ANSYS, Inc., has released a new version of its Simplorer software, which is part of the Ansoft family of electronic design automation (EDA) products.
3-Gbps SDI equalizer yields low jitter across cable lengths
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's PowerWise cable equalizer guarantees lowest maximum jitter across cable lengths.
Atomic clock accuracy boosted
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
A strontium-based timekeeper providing up to 50 percent better accuracy could serve as the next-generation atomic clock.
TI claims fastest dual 14-bit ADC
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
TI has developed a dual, 14-bit analog-to-digital converter that it says delivers that industry's fastest sample rate at 250 MSPS.
Probing and calibration for accurate baseband I/Q measurements
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Understand how the choice of probes and calibration procedure affects quality of baseband in-phase and quadrature signal measurement
SMIC, takes on Dolphin IP for media player SoCs
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) and virtual component supplier Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) have announced a partnership for the release of the digital-to-analog audio converters with low power consumption.
Frontier, S3 team on digital radio SoC
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Silicon& Software Systems Ltd (Dublin, Ireland), a licensor of mixed-signal circuits for consumer products, has licensed its IP to Frontier Silicon (Watford, England) for use in the latter's Chorus 3 SoC for digital radios.
Infineon licenses Ident Technology IP for game consoles
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
With technology from a startup company, Infineon plans to broaden its product line in the market for game console add-ons. The chip manufacturer will implement Ident Technology's techniques to detect gestures for its ASICs aiming at game console user interfaces.
Entrepreneurs still key to silicon's progress
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
A few weeks ago, Moshe Gavrielov, president and chief executive officer of FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), said it was all over: Venture capital would not return to the semiconductor industry--not even after the current recession--because of the heady sums required to launch a chip startup and the more than five-year lag before VC investors see a return.
Getting some basic RF experience
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/18/2009   6 comments
The best way to learn RF circuits is to build some basic ones, but where to start?
AUDIO/VIDEO: Audio/video demodulator serves growing worldwide legacy analog TV market
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Fresco Microchip's FM1050 eliminates the need for multiple external SAW filters typically required for TV-grade reception and simplifies traditional designs through significant component count and cost reduction.
SENSORS: Mixed-signal MCU measures sensor signals in microvolt range
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's MAXQ7670 calculates angle of displacement from sensors with differential outputs
TriQuint retains GaAs foundry lead
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. said it remains the largest commercial GaAs foundry based largely on continued growth in communications markets like smartphones.
In-depth webinar on data sampling scheduled
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices and Digi-Key are collaborating on a two-part webinar hosted by TechOnline/EETimes that will interest anyone designing systems that involve data sampling.
Does Renesas-NEC Electronics merger make sense?
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Loss-ridden Japanese chip makers NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp. are in talks about a merger.
Fairchild Semi posts loss, says orders improving
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor reported a net loss of $51.1 million on revenue of $223.3 million for the first quarter, but the company's top executive said orders improved toward the end of the quarter and in the first weeks of the second quarter.
Fairchild : SD card multiplexer handles three voltage levels
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4/15/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild brings designers of smart phones an SD card translating multiplexer that interfaces three different I/O levels between host and SD interfaces.
Wideband PA module covers 0.1 to 20 GHz
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4/15/2009   Post a comment
A wideband power amplifier module, designated HMC-C057, for use in microwave radio, VSAT, military and space, fiber optic and broadband test equipment applications from 100 MHz to 20 GHz is available from Hittite Microwave.
Texas Instruments : Li-Ion charger includes 50-mA LDO
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4/15/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments claims the industry’s smallest 1.1-A Li-Ion linear battery charger with integrated 50-mA low-dropout regulator to support mobile phones and other handheld electronics.
Microchip aims to 'elbow out' rivals in MCU crisis
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4/15/2009   2 comments
Having failed to buy Atmel Corp. earlier this year, Microchip Technology Inc. is now embarking on a slightly different course: The controller and analog specialist hopes to expand or ''elbow out'' its product lines--and its rivals--amid a growing crisis in the IC supply chain.
Why Analog Audio Cables Really Aren't All The Same
Design How-To  
4/15/2009   4 comments
"While there aren't a lot of parts to audio cables, there are more than you might think, especially on higher-end cables. Their goal, like most wiring, is to transmit an electrical signal from point A to point B without losing signal strength or clarity. But because this is the real world and not fantasy land, there will always be some kind of loss, and when the signal is analog - rather than digital - there's less of an all-or-nothing tradeoff."
A Digital Home Demonstration
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
The concept of a digital home is still a new endeavor for many people. It is starting to gain momentum with the public, both to create a simpler life style and to save on energy bills. It is also becoming an option, and in some cases a standard, for new homes. I sat down with Bruce Miller, president for Trivista Smart Homes, to talk about digital homes.
Linear Tech hits guidance, cuts 130 jobs
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology said it reduced its workforce by about 130 jobs after a fiscal third quarter in which revenue was $200.9 million, down 19 percent sequentially and 33 percent year-to-year, but within range of previous company guidance.
LMU drives up to eight LEDs,integrates four LDOs for powering camera modules
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc., has released a new lighting management unit (LMU) that drives up to eight LEDs and integrates four low-dropout (LDOs) linear regulators.
Spot and avoid counterfeit component bombs
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4/14/2009   4 comments
The proliferation of counterfeit components is a plague, the cost of which is staggering: from failed devices and the associated recalls to destroyed reputations of the original parts designers and suppliers. This feature shows how to spot and avoid those lurking counterfeit bombs.
Bluetooth: Dead and alive
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
4/14/2009   1 comment
After all the research, development, marketing and debates, Bluetooth was successful. But only as a mobile headset cable replacement. So, is that it?
Sensata sells vision business to Melexis
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
Belgium-based mixed signal specialist Melexis has bought Sensata Technologies' vision business, which supplies CMOS imagers and imaging modules to customers such as Bosch and Delphi.
Octal ADCs achieve power savings in multi-channel designs
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
Arctic Silicon Devices (ASD) has developed a family of octal 12bit analog to digital converters (ADCs) to save power in high performance applications such as medical ultrasound and multiple antenna radio systems.
CEO Interview: Jalal Bagherli of Dialog is ready to take a bet
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
JALAL BAGHERLI was parachuted in to Dialog Semiconductor plc some three years ago to turn round the Germany-headquartered power management chip group into a fabless operation with strong mixed-signal R&D. We caught up with him to check on progress to date at the company Bagherli likes to refer to as Europe’s fastest growing, publicly quoted semiconductor operation.
Research team reports breakthrough in optical silicon communication
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
Transmission speeds beyond 100 Gbit/s based solely on silicon devices have become possible through the efforts of an American-European research group. In particular telecommunications industries are possible beneficiaries. The researchers believe they have paved a promising way to handle the increasing global data traffic.
Power suit technology: making Iron Man a reality
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
The HAL robot suit by Cyberdyne can improve strength in an individual by 2 to 10 times. In this case robotics is used to help people with degenerative muscle disease, or other disabilities, be more mobile.
A Global Approach to Lower Energy and Higher Efficiency in Embedded Systems
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
VirtualMetrix has developed a new software technology to manage all performance resources of a processorbased system with the goal of minimizing the energy consumption, increasing the processor efficiency and providing performance isolation to enable a higher degree of hardware convergence while reducing software development costs. The performance management software was combined with OK Labs' OKL4 virtualization Microkernel to create a complete software platform for embedded systems, including
Who Killed My Battery?
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4/13/2009   Post a comment
Notebook computers, with Intel x86 processors, can run for a few hours on a battery charge while mobile phones, with ARM processor based chips, operate for a few days. Despite what ARM might like us to believe, this has little to do with the processor in each machine. The difference between a few hours and a few days is a factor of about 24. The difference in area between the 3 inch display of a handset and the 15 inch display of a notebook computer is a similar factor of about 25. This is no co
Resolving test challenges for emerging wireless designs
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4/12/2009   Post a comment
Understand some of the issues which impact testing of mixed-signal and RF packages
Thinking Optics vs RF
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/11/2009   1 comment
Don't waste you time at the supermarket checkout line looking at the celebrity publications; instead, exercise your brain with some semi-philosophical thought questions
Freescale says no wireless unit sale yet
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4/10/2009   Post a comment
A spokesperson for Freescale Semiconductor said there is no update on the company's discussions to sell its wireless chip unit, declining to comment on several reports that Freescale was nearing the sale of all or part of its cellular products group to a Chinese firm.
MIT researchers claim novel pattern exposure
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4/10/2009   Post a comment
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers claim to have made a breakthrough allowing the production of nano-scale patterns much smaller than the wavelength of light used to expose them.
Allegro : Linear Hall-effect sensor provides a PWM output
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4/10/2009   Post a comment
The A1354 from Allegro MicroSystems is a high-precision, programmable two-wire Hall-effect linear sensor that provides a pulse width modulated (PWM) output with a duty cycle proportional to an applied magnetic field.
Agilent's GoldenGate certified for 65/40-nm designs
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4/9/2009   Post a comment
TSMC has certified the accuracy, performance and compatibility of Agilent's GoldenGate RFIC circuit simulator for baseband designs targeting TSMC's 65LP nmand 40LP nm processes.
Analyst: Strong IC rebound to start in second half
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4/9/2009   Post a comment
Spurred by pent-up electronic system demand and increasing average selling prices, the IC market will register double-digit growth in 2010 and 2011 after beginning to recover in the second half of this year, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Viewpoint: Mass GPUs, not CPUs for EDA simulations
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4/9/2009   2 comments
GPUs, sold in millions to gamers, now have a terrific price/performance ratio for use in EDA simulators.
Editors' Choice: Products of the Week
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4/9/2009   Post a comment
It is post Embedded Systems Conference week, and the start of spring break for many, but the electronics industry hasn't slowed when it comes to introducing new products.
Energy harvesting for self-powered wearable health monitoring system
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4/9/2009   Post a comment
Authors detail energy scavenging and power management techniques which make the wearable healt monitoring system fully autonomous and operate without battery.
Small-scale step-up converter generates high voltages
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4/9/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX15032 step-up converter features a high-voltage DMOS power switch that boosts output up to 36V and deliver a maximum of 600mW.
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