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Multiphase boost converter eases 12V battery 'cranking deep'
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4/29/2011   4 comments
Auto start-stop systems offer improved fuel efficiency and emissions, but vehicle electronics need to be protected from cranking transients. A multiphase boost converter is ideal for this function and can also simplify supplying power audio components in the infotainment system as well as isolating regenerative braking energy storage.
On Semiconductor NBX series silicon-based crystal oscillator clocks
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4/29/2011   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor is extending its silicon-based crystal oscillator (XO) clock module range. The six new additions to the NBX series provide a cost-effective, high accuracy reference clock solution with dual voltage capabilities and class-leading total frequency stability as low as ±20 parts per million (ppm).
Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 1—Technology basics
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4/28/2011   18 comments
"Electronic gearbox" control circuitry requires less power, boosting range.
Clare CPC7514Z monolithic high-voltage isolated analog switch array
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Clare has introduced the CPC7514Z quad high-voltage isolated analog switch array for use in industrial controls, instrumentation, automatic test equipment and telecom applications.
Crystek unveils CVCO55CC-3500-3700 3500 to 3700-MHz VCO
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Crystek's latest VCO is designed to operate from 3500 MHz to 3700 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.1 V to 16 V.
NXP Semiconductors GreenChip SSL4101T controller IC
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
NXP is adding to its broad GreenChip SSL family of products, the GreenChip SSL4101T controller IC, which offers new levels of professional-grade performance for Solid State LED lighting power supplies.
Class D audio driver IC integrates two channels in small footprint
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRS2052M Class D two-channel audio driver IC for high-performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers.
Security manager IC with 1024 bytes of nonimprinting memory
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Maxim's newest security manager combines a patented nonimprinting-memory scheme with an ultra-low battery current for applications requiring the highest level of security.
Tools spur ECU CAN/LIN communications
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4/22/2011   Post a comment
With the increasing use of in-vehicle networks, the development of automotive electronic control units must not only consider the software requirement, but also the implementation of the embedded software via a data bus such as CAN or LIN.
Plan strategies for adopting Model-Based Design for embedded applications: Part 4—Migration plan; implementation, verification, and validation
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4/21/2011   2 comments
When transitioning to Model-Based Design for embedded systems development, it is essential to consider an overall plan spanning people, development processes, and tools.
Analog Devices ADP8866 programmable LED driver
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices released an LED charge pump backlight driver with independent LED control, allowing different currents for each channel at different times.
Dialog offers PMOLED display driver IC
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
Power management IC firm Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced that it has developed a passive-matrix organic light emitting diode (PMOLED) driver IC, the DA8620, which is being used by Lenovo in its S800 mobile phone.
Wirelaid technology enables high-current, fine-pitch SMDs
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4/19/2011   Post a comment
A rounded or rectangular cross-sectional area wire is integrated into the stackup design directly beneath the outer PCB layer.
Tech Tutorial: Implement automotive BLDC motor control
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4/19/2011   2 comments
In conjunction with control algorithms running on optimized microcontrollers, brushless DC motors offer efficient solutions, with various control schemes, including field oriented control (FOC), available.
LED control IC offers increased efficiency, simplified design and cost savings
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4/19/2011   2 comments
IR has introduced a SMPS control IC for energy-efficient applications for high power LED illumination including LED street lighting, stadium lighting and theatrical lighting.
TDK-Lambda ALD6 series of LED drivers
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4/19/2011   Post a comment
TDK-Lambda designed its second generation ALD6 series of multi-output dc-dc backlight LED drivers for LCD displays that are increasingly migrating from CCFL backlighting to LEDs.
Open source wireless connectivity solutions for low-power applications
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4/17/2011   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has announced delivery of a mobile-grade, battery-optimized Wi-Fi solution to the open source Linux community as part of the OpenLink project, focused on providing a wide range of wireless connectivity solutions for native Linux.
Power Line Communication integrates electric vehicles with the Smart Grid
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4/15/2011   6 comments
A compatible charging infrastructure and communication between an EV and any potential "charging spot" is required for easy and practical use. The established Power Line Communication (PLC) standard in the Smart Power Grid offers a robust and long term available setup—and the prospect of grid stabilization (charging back to the grid).
Analog Devices ADA4528 zero-drift amplifier
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4/14/2011   Post a comment
The ADA4528 precision, zero-drift amplifier features what Analog Devices claims is the industry’s lowest noise floor, enabling designers to optimize system resolution by amplifying smaller input signals.
VCXO targets 4G wireless infrastructure
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4/14/2011   Post a comment
Precision Devices has announced the VC40, a voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) that spans 60 to 800MHz.
Tech Tutorial: Transient voltage suppressors
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4/12/2011   1 comment
A major challenge in automotive design is protecting electronics against damaging surges, voltage transients, ESD, and noise that are present on the power line.
Micrel lowers Q1 targets; cites Japan issues
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4/11/2011   2 comments
Analog chip vendor Micrel revised downward its revenue and earnings targets for the first quarter, citing lower-than-expected sales to a customer in South Korea and reduction in demand related to supply disruptions in Japan following the March 11 earthquake.
AnalogicTech, Linear Tech settle patent dispute
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4/7/2011   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies said it has entered into a settlement agreement with Linear Technology that will settle an enforcement proceeding before a U.S. federal appeals court and another matter before the U.S. District Court for Northern California. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Texas Instruments ADS1298R analog front-ends
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4/7/2011   Post a comment
TI has added on-chip respiration measurement to its ECG/EEG analog front end family to simplify design of portable patient monitoring systems.
Build an IEEE 1451.4 Class 1 MMI smart transducer digital driver circuit (Part 2 of 2)
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4/6/2011   Post a comment
Understand how to interface to the mixed-mode interface (MMI) of the digital transducer electronic data sheets (TEDS) requirements
NXP next as TI resets market values?
4/6/2011   10 comments
NXP looks set to be one of the companies over which wannabe chip industry consolidators will be hammering their calculators.
Culture shock: Driving an electric car
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4/5/2011   69 comments
A few days of driving, and under the hood of, the Nissan Leaf EV shows the energy saving technologies in the car require a new driver mindset.
Quake makes analyst raise IC market forecast
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4/5/2011   1 comment
IC supply disruptions related to the Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 11 will help increase the size of the global chip market in 2011, according to market researcher IHS-iSuppli. The company has raised its forecast for the 2011 chip market to $325.2 billion, compared the previous forecast of $320.1 billion.
Analysis: TI-National deal a smart use of cash
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4/5/2011   7 comments
Texas Instruments, which has shied away from big acquisitions, put its cash reserves to work through its acquisition of National Semiconductor.
Plessey PS13004 operational amplifier drives 65mA, draws supply current of 3.3mA
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4/4/2011   Post a comment
Plessey Semiconductors today announced the availability of samples of its PS13000 series current feedback operational amplifiers. The first parts to be offered are quad-configuration devices, with four identical amplifiers on a single chip, supplied in 14-pin small outline, miniature plastic packages (SO-14).
E-field sensing startup raises $4 million
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4/4/2011   3 comments
Ident Technology AG, a developer of proximity sensing and gesture recognition ICs, has received 2.9 million euro (about $4.1 million) to fund the development of its GestIC three-dimensional (3-D) gesture control chip using a fabless semiconductor business model.
UK startup unveils LTE transceiver IC
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4/4/2011   1 comment
Genasic Design Systems Ltd., a privately-held RF design company formed in 2009, has announced the availability of its first chip, a 65-nm CMOS transceiver IC for HSPA and LTE applications.
Globalfoundries joins IMEC's CMOS club
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4/4/2011   1 comment
Abu Dhabi owned foundry chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc. has signed a "strategic, long-term" partnership with European research institute IMEC on sub-22nm CMOS scaling and GaN-on-Si technology.
Build an IEEE 1451.4 Class 1 MMI smart transducer digital driver circuit (Part 1 of 2)
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4/1/2011   2 comments
Understand how to interface to the mixed-mode interface (MMI) of the digital transducer electronic data sheets (TEDS) requirements
EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
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4/1/2011   36 comments
If you have any questions about the Nissan Leaf, leave a comment here and I'll try and answer it.

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