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Philips Semi, Cadence's Tality unit team up in Bluetooth solutions
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5/31/2001   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors here today announced a strategic partnership with the design services subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems Inc. to provide complete embedded solutions for wireless connections using Bluetooth radio-frequency links.
Laser diodes boost backplane speed
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5/29/2001   Post a comment
ASOCs deliver bandwidth on demand
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5/29/2001   Post a comment
Analog Devices doubles 16-Bit SAR converter speeds to 1-megasample rate
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5/29/2001   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass.--Analog Devices Inc. today announced a new analog-to-digital converter that breaks the 1-million-sample-per-second barrier for 16-bit successive-approximation register (SAR) A-to-D applications. The new 16-bit SAR converter provides twice the data rate that's currently available in other devices, said the Norwood-based chip company.
Media processing for the all digital home
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5/25/2001   Post a comment
Today's goal for designers of consumer appliances is an all-digital, broadband, home network. Future appliances will be connected to each other and the Internet through a media server. Set-top boxes will allow consumers to download media on-demand. This audio and video media will come, as pay per view, in a variety of formats, such as MPEG-4 for video and MP3 for audio.
Mixing it up with OC-192 CMOS Transceivers
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5/23/2001   Post a comment
Using new transceiver architecures, optical systems designers can accomplish new levels of integration, employ new packaging technologies, and improve jitter performance in 10-Gbps optical systems.
Amkor packs flip-chip on leadframes for high-frequency ICs
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5/22/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. today announced a new packaging concept that combines flip-chip and leadframe technologies for device frequencies of 5-to-20 GHz and I/O counts less than 100.
Kopin, Rockwell push InP-based transistors to 40-Gbit data rates
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5/21/2001   Post a comment
TAUNTON, Mass.--Kopin Corp. today announced development of carbon-doped indium phosphide (InP) heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) that have demonstrated performance levels suitable for 40-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic applications.
Agilent to buy Belgium's Sirius to offer new CDMA chip solutions
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5/21/2001   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced it will acquire four-year-old Sirius Communications NV, a Brussels-based developer of ASICs for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) cell phones and satellite communications systems.
Atmel, TriQuint team up in CDMA RF chips with SiGe, GaAs processes
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5/21/2001   Post a comment
HEILBRONN, Germany--Atmel Corp.'s RF-chip operation here and TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. in Hillsboro, Ore., today announced collaboration in development, production, and marketing of new ICs for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) handsets.
Analog Devices reports 22% sequential drop in revenues
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5/17/2001   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. today announced revenues of $601 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2001, ended May 5, which were up 4% from the prior year's second quarter and 22% below the immediately prior quarter.
Kopin inks multi-year InGaP HBT supply pact with Anadigics
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5/17/2001   Post a comment
TAUNTON, Mass.--Kopin Corp. here today announced it a multi-year contract to supply indium gallium phosphide (InGaP) heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) to Anadigics Inc. of warren, N.J., for advanced telecom chip solutions.
Agere, RF Micro Devices strike SiGe R&D, manufacturing alliance
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5/17/2001   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. and RF Micro Devices Inc. today announced plans to jointly develop and manufacture high-performance ICs for next-generation digital cellular phones and other communications products. The development work will focus on the use of silicon-germanium (SiGe) in radio-frequency (RF) chips, but the two companies said they will also leverage other silicon processes from Agere--formerly Lucent Microelectronics.
IMP avoids shutdown with management bailout
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5/15/2001   Post a comment
IMP, Inc., San Jose, announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding providing for an emergency cash infusion from a group of investors led by members of the company's management.
TI to seek FCC certification of 22-Mbit/sec. wireless LAN technology
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5/14/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced plans to move quickly to gain U.S. certification of its 22-megabit-per-second wireless local area network technology following last week's decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to grant interim waivers for new digital devices operating in the 2.4-GHz band.
Intersil, Symbol fight Proxim's patent claims in wireless LANs
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5/14/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. and Symbol Technologies Inc. today announced they are joining forces to fight Proxim Inc., which has sued both companies as part of an effort to enforce patented technology for 2.4-GHz wireless local area networks.
Microsemi plans 2-for-1 stock split to increase flexibility in capital markets
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5/11/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Microsemi Corp. today announced a 2-for-1 stock split, which if approved by shareholders, would increase the number of shares in the chip company by 80 million.
Motorola prepares launch of SiGe:C chip for RF amplifiers
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5/11/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Look for Motorola Inc. to roll out its first silicon-germanium carbon (SiGe:C) integrated circuit in the next couple weeks. The low-noise amplifier will have an integrated bypass switch for improved dynamic range in radio-frequency receivers with low insertion loss.
Optical ICs will fall 13% in 2001, but rebound to $2.9 billion in 2005, says report
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Worldwide sales of high-speed analog and mixed-signal ICs for optical networks will dim a bit in 2001--dropping 13% from 2000--but chip revenues will surge again in the next four years, reaching $2.9 billion in 2005, said Strategies Unlimited here today.
Portable power options multiply
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
Notebook computer designers face more choices than ever before when it comes to power sources. The battery market has evolved from nickel cadmium to nickel metal hydride to lithium ion batteries.
RF demands shrink power window
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
Notebook computers come equipped with radio-frequency communications capabilities for wireless Internet and LAN access, Bluetooth connectivity and other applications.
Antenna critical link in design chain
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
Along with the demand for wireless connectivity comes the user expectation that the reliability of the connection will be as robust as a standard copper or fiber connection. Since the antenna is the most variable component in the radio chain, the design and integration of antennas is paramount to fulfilling this requirement.
Mobile design breaks business mold
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
Designers of high-performance, wireless notebooks targeting enterprise users increasingly have an opportunity to build software platforms on the basis of performance and function, rather than on conformity.
Integrating wide-area connectivity
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
The data rates available in 3G networks match the capabilities and applications of notebooks, since the computing power and peripherals can make good use of the data types that benefit from high-speed connectivity.
Cellular systems need standards
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
Exactly what does it take to combine wireless access with a wide-area network, a local-area network and a personal-area network (PAN) within a single laptop?
Coexistence a watchword for emerging RF
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
OEMs designing wireless notebooks have made considerable progress on the road map toward a design that can function in multiple wireless environments with multiple protocols, such as personal-area networks (PANs), local-area networks (LANs) and wide-area networks.
Ixys expects 20% sequential drop in revenues
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5/9/2001   Post a comment
Ixys Corp., a supplier of power semiconductors, said net revenues for its fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31 were $32 million, an increase of 42% from the $22.5 million reported in the same period of the prior fiscal year.
Engineers seek to solve 'wiring' challenges of the human heart
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5/9/2001   Post a comment
For all of its centrality to human life, the heart is a rather simple machine — ultimately just a pump, controlled by electrical impulses that keep the beat as regular as clockwork. But sometimes the metronome goes awry, resulting in a condition called arrhythmia, marked by fast or irregular heartbeats.
Stanford Microdevices, Atmel cooperate in SiGe-based RF products
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5/9/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Stanford Microdevices Inc. here and Atmel Corp. in San Jose today announced a pact to jointly develop radio-frequency devices for wireless communications products based on advanced silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology.
Maxim revenues grow, but drop expected for this quarter
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5/8/2001   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., reported record net revenues of $306.8 million for its fiscal third quarter ending March 31, a 35.4% increase over the $226.5 million reported for the same quarter a year ago.
Fairchild teams with Taiwan's Champion in power factor correction ICs
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5/4/2001   Post a comment
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. here today announced a partnership between its Analog Power Management Group and Taiwan's Champion Microelectronic Corp. to develop next-generation, low-cost ICs for the power factor correction (PFC) applications.
Fairchild forms partnership with Taiwan company
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5/4/2001   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International on Friday announced a partnership agreement between its Analog Power Management Group and Taiwan-based Champion Microelectronic Corp. to develop next-generation, low cost analog ICs for the power factor correction (PFC) market.
Small-but-optimistic Simtek expects to benefit from chip downturn
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5/4/2001   Post a comment
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Nonvolatile memory and logic supplier Simtek Corp. here today reported a 36% sequential increase in pro forma revenues to $4.0 million in the first quarter from $2.9 million in Q4. The company's revenues were 58% higher than $2.5 million in the first quarter last year.
Eliminating 'echo' critical for VoIP
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5/3/2001   Post a comment
Voice-over-Internet Protocol lets service providers roll out services quickly and use their existing bandwidth efficiently to enhance customer satisfaction, retain customers and increase revenue.
RISC/DSP combination suits VoIP
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5/3/2001   Post a comment
Voice-over-Internet Protocol chip implementations have a complex set of computing requirements.
TI says ICs, patented technology boost upstream cable bandwidth by 50%
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5/3/2001   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Targeting next-generation digital cable services, Texas Instruments Inc. here today announced a new chip offering based on advanced Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) technology, which TI said enables a 50% increase in upstream capacity in networks.
Cirrus Logic becomes 'pure-play' consumer entertainment chip supplier
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5/2/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Cirrus Logic Inc. here announced it will refocus itself to emphasize analog and digital signal processing (DSP) products for consumer entertainment applications while de-emphasizing ICs for magnetic storage peripherals.
Mitsubishi packs TV video processor, MCU on single chip for American market
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5/1/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Mitsubishi Electric Corp.'s U.S. subsidiary here today claimed that the company has developed the first IC to integrate a color TV image signal processor and 8-bit microcontroller for North American television sets.
Analog-to-Digital Converters
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5/1/2001   Post a comment
The usual method of bringing analog inputs into a microprocessor is to use an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). Here are some tips for selecting such a part and calibrating it to fit your needs.


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