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posted in May 2002
Agere re-enters USB chip market with analog companion to digital ASICs
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5/31/2002   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. today introduced a USB 2.0 analog chip for customized digital-only ASICs serving the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 standard. The introduction is a change in course for Agere, which last year announced it was pulling out of the USB 2.0 market to focus more attention of 1394b serial links (see July 16 story).
Circuit inverts temperature sensor output with accuracy
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5/29/2002   Post a comment
Jerry Steele returns: A well known apps engineer cracks his knuckles on a signal conditioning circuit for Maxim.
Current Mirrors with a DCP offer precision and current gain control
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5/29/2002   Post a comment
For applications that require or desire a computer controlled variable current, the use of a digitally controlled potentiometer and a current mirror with degeneration provides a low cost solution. A Xicor apps engineer examines some circuits.
Silicon fingerprint sensor enables low-cost security
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5/28/2002   Post a comment
Forgot your PIN? Lost your access card? Password hacked? Put these security woes to bed. Your fingerprint neatly carries all that's needed to ensure secure access for a host of applications. A capacitive-based sensing chip makes fingerprint access practical.
Valley control: One power management trick for new generation PCs
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5/15/2002   Post a comment
Pentium-based computers can demand up to 60 amps from 1-V line. But powering the CPU core is only one challenge: clocks, peripherals, PCI and graphics bus drivers - even DDR memory - demand a variety of voltages and currents from an otherwise "Green PC." IMVP demands more aggressive power management techniques. This Fairchild engineer explores the main challenges for powering both desktop and notebook PCs.
Credence cuts mixed-signal test costs with building-block approach
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5/15/2002   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. today rolled out its newest configurable chip tester for mixed-signal ICs, saying that the ASL 2000MS system will support low-cost testing with a highly-flexible "building-block" architecture.
Validating digital products with simple analogue techniques
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5/15/2002   Post a comment
Digital signals travelling along a circuit board or between logic chips do have measurable analogue characteristics, and overlooking these characteristics can compromise the reliability of the final product.
Microtune says new tuner chip cuts cost of cable modem frontends by 25%
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
PLANO, Tex. -- With prices collapsing in cable modem markets, Microtune Inc. today launched a new low-cost single-chip broadband tuner, which could potentially save about 25% in the bill of materials for frontend systems in cable modems.
MOSFET design simplifies DRAM
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
Details on a compact memory architecture aimed at high-performance, low-cost embedded DRAM for subquarter-micron generations will be presented at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference this week.
Flexible I/O speeds data switch
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
A new concept for crossbar switching fabrics that targets unused switching paths will be presented at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference this week.
Field programmable mixed-signal SoC offer more levels of integration
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
What is believed to be the first mixed-signal field-programmable system-on-chip (FPSoC) will be presented at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference this week.
Adaptive approach needed for 10-Gbit/s backplanes
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
As telecom and networking systems move toward 10 Gbit/second speeds, maintaining signal integrity becomes an ever-greater challenge.
Ac scheme bumps I/O density
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
Here's an interesting way to keep up with Rent's Rule as chip dimensions continue to scale down.
Innovative ideas leap design hurdles at CICC
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
The IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) has been the prime venue for new perspectives on the toughest problems facing IC designers. This year's event, to be held this week in Orlando, Fla., offers a fresh crop of innovative circuit design ideas, some of which are excerpted in this week's Focus section.
Europe's austriamicrosystems hones strategy for push into global markets
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5/10/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Chip maker austriamicrosystems AG of Austria is pushing hard to put itself on the semiconductor map--globally speaking. The 22-year-old semiconductor company says it is taking aggressive steps to make a name for itself outside of Europe as a major supplier of ASICs and specialty foundry processes for worldwide customers.
Conexant's foundry spin-off becomes 'Jazz Semiconductor,' serves 27 customers
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5/6/2002   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- Conexant Systems Inc.'s new spin-off "specialty" foundry company today was officially named Jazz Semiconductor Inc.
GaAs IC revenues will recover with 17% growth in 2002, says new report
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5/6/2002   Post a comment
NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -- After plunging 33% in 2001, the market for gallium-arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits is now expected to grow 17% and reach $1.9 billion in 2002 with cellular phones applications helping to revive revenues this year, said a new report from The Information Network here. The research firm is predicts that worldwide GaAs IC revenues will reach $4.2 billion in 2005.
Infineon forms new wireless unit, de-emphasizes cordless phone chip activities
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5/2/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today announced formation of a new Local Area Wireless business unit to address applications using Bluetooth radio-frequency (RF) connections and wireless local area networking (WLAN) technologies. The Munich chip maker also indicated that the move was part of a new strategy to refocus resources to avoid price wars in the digital cordless phone segments.
A new true single supply power amplifier solution for dual and tri-band handsets
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5/1/2002   Post a comment
Until recently, the depletion-mode GaAs antenna drivers used in most cell phones required a negative rail generator. This paper, reprinted from Microwave Engineering in the UK, describes the implementation of a three-stage dual-band single supply RF power amplifier for cellular handsets. With output matching, this device can be easily used in tri-band applications (GSM900/DCS1800/PCS1900). The IC is fabricated using 1m pHEMT enhancement mode technology developed specifically for single 3.6-V sup
TI teams with nearby Microtune to jointly pursue cable modem applications
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5/1/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. here and six-year-old Microtune Inc. in the Dallas suburb of Plano are teaming up for the first time to jointly develop and offer chip set solutions for baseband communications applications using data over cable service interface specification (known as "DOCSIS").
So many callers, so little time: PFT engine slices wideband frequency channels
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5/1/2002   Post a comment
RF Engine's Vectis family DSP cores, announced April 17, perform complex filtering faster than any general-purpose processor. In addition to channel selection and filtering for cellular applications, Vectis' developer - a military contractor gone commercial - believes the cores support VDSL communications as well as signal intelligence for defense. The vectis4000R2 core, which processes data continuously at a 200 Msamples/s rate, can be implemented with room-to-spare on Xilinx Virtex/E FPGA. Th


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