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Innovative IC can't trap lightning, but can let you know it's coming
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4/30/2012   10 comments
Austriamicrosystems AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor IC senses approach via analog circuitry plus waveform-analysis algorithms
NXP today: 'Practically a Chinese company'
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4/30/2012   33 comments
Rick Clemmer, NXP’s CEO, said last week, NXP today is “practically a Chinese company.” NXP makes more money in China than in any other single country. Further, the Dutch company employs 8,000 people in China.
2012 chip market to grow 7%, says analyst
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4/30/2012   1 comment
Growth in the semiconductor market will accelerate in the second half of 2012 and achieve an annual percentage figure of 6 to 7 percent, according to Mali Venkatesan, research manager for semiconductors at International Data Corp.
Microelectronic sensing system enables in-flight arrow ballistics measurement
Design How-To  
4/30/2012   4 comments
Packing MEMS and more in your arrow leads to an unusual data-acquisition system
Switching buck regulators optimized for infotainment
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4/27/2012   Post a comment
Automotive devices operate at 2 MHz and offer high conversion ratios.
Efficient amplification for real-world audio
Design How-To  
4/25/2012   3 comments
Amplifier topologies are claiming 90%+ efficiencies, however this is delivered only at full output power - quiescent power consumption is anything but efficient. Here we examine how to cut both quiescent and variable losses to create a truly efficient audio amplifier IC.
Holt’s HI-4850 transceiver complies with RTCA/DO-160G
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4/25/2012   2 comments
Holt Integrated Circuits said its RS-485 transceiver family, HI-4850, now complies with lightning and EMI requirements of RTCA/DO-160G
Microchip Technology MCP3911 energy-measurement analog front end
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Microchip's next-generation AFE features two 24-bit, delta-sigma ADCs that operate at 3V with industry-leading accuracy of 94.5 dB SINAD and 106.5 dB THD.
Hybrid and module technology for high-reliability applications
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Commercial-Off-The-Shelf modules are increasingly becoming a technology of choice for the military and aerospace industry.
Class-D amplifier device reduces distortion and prevents early phone software shutdown
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FAB3103 2.3 watt class-D audio amplifier with integrated boost regulator and battery AGC which is suitable for use in mobile handsets, smart phones, and tablets, as well as portable media players.
DSP-based AM/FM one-chip tuner drives car entertainment innovations
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has made a new addition to its highly successful family of RFCMOS-based one-chip car radio solutions.
Flexible op amp design tool slashes product development time
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Intersil has launched a highly flexible op amp design tool that it says will help slash the development time of new embedded products.
RF chip firm Amalfi snags another $20 million in funding
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
Amalfi Semiconductor, a provider of power amplifiers for cellular handsets, announced it raised an additional $20 million in funding from previous investors Battery Ventures, DCM and Globespan Capital Partners.
AEC-Q200-qualified, dual-in-line thin-film resistor networks come in 14- or 16-pin SOIC packages
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4/20/2012   Post a comment
Devices offer ratio tolerances to ±0.05 % and long-term ratio stability of 0.05 % and use self-passivating tantalum-nitride resistor film.
VLSI confab brings technology, circuits to the fore
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4/20/2012   1 comment
The inextricable interdependence of technology processing and circuit design is behind the decision to overlap their technical programs at the 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits to be held in Honolulu in June.
Touchstone Semiconductor TS3001 timer IC
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4/19/2012   Post a comment
Touchstone Semiconductor released its latest timer IC that can be set with just one resistor compared with its predecessor, which needed both a resistor and capacitor.
Texas Instruments DRV8834, DRV8835 and DRV8836 motor drivers
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4/19/2012   Post a comment
TI's latest stepper, brushed DC motor drivers reduce power consumption up to 80 percent and board space up to 95 percent.
Inward looking Renesas needs to spin outward
4/19/2012   14 comments
Whatever happened to the proposed merger of Japan’s chip vendors reported earlier this year? If you’ve been thinking that this big deal was idle, media-led speculation, I beg to differ. This baby’s still in the womb.
Sensor architecture allows real-time auto emissions monitoring, Pt. 2
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4/19/2012   Post a comment
As opposed to current periodic emission-control system testing—sensors, MCUs, and memory come together in an updated approach to real-time exhaust monitoring for improved pollution control. This part--sensing emissions and future challenges.
Analyst: Linear Tech's outlook signals IC recovery
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4/18/2012   1 comment
Analysts were lukewarm on Linear Technology following its quarterly report, but one analyst said the firm's guidance for the current quarter offers confirmation of a gradual recovery for the semiconductor industry.
Sound-expanding IC yields audio analog of 3D for smartphones, tablets
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4/18/2012   Post a comment
LM48903 from Texas Instruments spatial processor expands audio, creates larger sonic footprint
SpringSoft is one step closer to analog automation
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4/17/2012   Post a comment
Analog synthesis has always been a dream and the need is growing due to the increased importance of analog in modern SoCs. SpringSoft is making headway…
Power Tip 46: Time your synchronous-buck FETs properly
Power Tips  
4/13/2012   9 comments
Understand how turn on/off timing for high- and low-side gate drives affect efficiency
IPDs offer enhanced protection functions for automotive body electronics
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4/13/2012   1 comment
Renesas intelligent power devices combine power MOSFET and controls on single chip for protection and interface functions, and self-diagnostics.
Nav system 'scam'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/13/2012   35 comments
How would you thwart thieves use of stolen car's GPS navigation system?
Vibration energy harvesting for wireless sensor networks: Assessments and perspectives
Design How-To  
4/12/2012   7 comments
Thanks to the reduction of circuit sizes and progress in microelectronics, basic electronic functions are consuming less and less power, allowing us to use a new ecological and durable supply source for wireless sensor networks: ambient energy, including sun, temperature and vibration.
Spreadtrum, Dialog, MegaChips shine in fabless rankings
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4/12/2012   3 comments
The top 25 fabless chip companies supplied 80 percent of the $64.9 billion market for fabless IC sales in 2011, up 4 percent from the market value in 2010, according to a ranking supplied by market research firm IC Insights Inc.
Sensor architecture allows real-time auto emissions monitoring, Pt. 1
Design How-To  
4/12/2012   10 comments
As opposed to current periodic emission-control system testing—sensors, MCUs, and memory come together in an updated approach to real-time exhaust monitoring for improved pollution control.
Nissan Leaf redux
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/9/2012   41 comments
A look at new features, including a photovoltaic charging panel, and cold-weather performance.
Dual power booster adds serious muscle to op amp outputs
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4/9/2012   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic/Apex PB63 two-channel amp drives semiconductor, flat-panel test, motors up to ±75V/2A
TECH TRENDS: Technical flexibility can manage market demands
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
Organizations and engineers must flexibly respond to changing market constraints and continuously adapt their skills. What are the current challenges?
Texas Instruments ADS1298 analog front end
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
TI has introduced what it says are the industry's first single- and dual-channel, 16- and 24-bit ECG/EEG analog front ends.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Apr 4th
4/4/2012   Post a comment
Dialog, TSMC, Open-Silicon, Analog Bits, Gartner, ABI, Synopsys, Analog Devices, Kilopass, CEVA, OCP-IP, NXP and MarketsandMarkets made the lineup today. See here for their news…
NXP buys Dutch design house for automotive thrust
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4/4/2012   5 comments
Dutch chip company NXP has agreed to buy electronic design house and IP licensor Catena Holding NV and its subsidiaries for an undisclosed sum. NXP said it plans to put Catena's engineers to work on automotive applications.
Power 101 – Power consumption
4/2/2012   5 comments
What consumes the most power? In this first editorial in the power series, several people weigh in with their opinions…
Samsung ninth going on fourth in foundry ranks, says Gartner
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4/2/2012   8 comments
The worldwide semiconductor foundry market totaled $29.8 billion in 2011, a 5.1 percent increase from 2010, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. The top four foundries held their rankings from the previous year. But of those four only the leader, TSMC, increased its market share, taking it to 48.8 percent of the total foundry business.
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Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/2/2012   3 comments
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