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Chip vendors zero in on wireless
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5/29/2003   Post a comment
Power-managing ICs in wireless products are now playing a major role in system-level solutions. Cell phones, which are being combined with PDAs and cameras, are becoming increasingly small, dense and power-hungry, offsetting the size and energy density advances made by the lithium-ion battery sources powering them.
Constant current regulation overcomes LED quality variations
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5/28/2003   Post a comment
White LEDs are displacing cold cathode ray tubes as the preferred backlight for small CRT displays. While the prices of white LEDs have dropped, there is still a great deal of manufacturing inconsistency. A dim LED on an array of four or six will create a noticeable dark spot on a small LCD screen. The solution, explains Maxim's cell phone apps manager, is a constant current topology-one that supports both serial and parallel LEDs.
Current, voltage and temperature govern Li-Ion battery charging
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5/28/2003   Post a comment
Portable applications have many unique battery requirements. They require a high-energy density to provide both transient and continuous power. They need to be lightweight with small footprints, and they need to be safe from potential abuse. But how do you charge these devices. From the May issue of Planet Analog magazine, a National Semiconductor applications engineer discusses charging circuits and scenarios for a variety of chemistries.
Current, voltage and temperature govern Li-Ion battery charging - Part 2
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5/28/2003   Post a comment
Portable applications have many unique battery requirements. They require a high-energy density to provide both transient and continuous power. They need to be lightweight with small footprints, and they need to be safe from potential abuse. But how do you charge these devices. From the May issue of Planet Analog magazine, a National Semiconductor applications engineer discusses charging circuits and scenarios for a variety of chemistries.
Simple high-resolution bar-graph display architecture uses analog comparator
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5/20/2003   Post a comment
Traditional bar-graph display adapter circuits have either employed large arrays of low-accuracy analog comparators or microprocessors with additional I/O porting to drive the multiplicity of indicators involved. These methods generally suffer from lack of dynamic-range and resolution due to the poor analog precision involved, leading to highly complicated workarounds. A Linear Technology guru shows how an analog comparator can provide 60dB precision.
Programmable analog parts make a tough filter design easy
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5/20/2003   Post a comment
Filter designs can feel like an adventure into an uncharted jungle. New traps and dangers seem to appear out of nowhere, writes an Anadigm applications engineer in the May issue of Planet Analog magazine. He shows us how to implement a voiceband filter with a programmable analog device - and compares the process with one using separate op amps and passive components. Either way, the result is a fairly sharp filter curve.
Analog Devices meets guidance
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
Flexible circuits for disk drive applications need careful design and characterization
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
The interconnect between the pre-amplifier and the read/write magnetic head assembly in a hard disk drive must allow HDDs to read and write huge amounts of data at multi-Gbits/s rates. However, undesired effects, such as crosstalk, overshoots, and undershoots often hinder the performance of the interconnect. Ansoft and 3M engineers offer a walk-through on the design and modeling of a flex circuit.
Microprocessor interfacing offers real world choices
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
Embedded systems are required to operate over wider input voltage ranges while microcontroller operating voltages are decreasing. Taking an analog signal with a wide operating range and interfacing it to an MCU with a lower threshold is a task that is no longer suitable for discrete components. Motorola engineers show some options, using a popular microcontroller as the design example.
IXYS reveals accounting flaws
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
ESC—Well ARMed and More
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5/6/2003   Post a comment
The well-attended April Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Francisco proved to be a shot-in-the-ARM for the electronics industry. Jim Lipman provides a wrap-up of the most exciting news out of ESC.
Switching power supply improves data/talk-time
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
A new generation of web-surfing handheld devices is now hitting retail shelves.
USB On-The-Go presents benefits, challenges to power designers
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard defines a host/peripheral relationship: the PC is the host, and devices that plug into it are always peripherals.
CDMA handset design challenge: 11 separate power supplies
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
Consumers don't want to think about the batteries in their cell phones.
Mixed-signal integration key to future power management in portables
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
Consumers of portable electronics are constantly demanding more functionality from smaller sized electronics with longer operation times.
RF "sleep modes" can improve battery life in wireless phones
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
Just a few years ago a cell phone had a few hours of standby time and maybe 60 minutes of talk time.
Battery apps benefit from MCU clocking, mode control and low-power peripherals
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
We've come to expect and require more from our battery-powered devices.
CPU-monitoring loop eyes system power
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
Traditional approaches to portable power management have focused solely on power delivery.
Innovation powers the 'camera phone'
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
One of the most amazing trends of recent times in ultraportable applications is convergence: smart phones that blend cell phones with PDAs, digital still cameras (DSCs), music players and global-positioning systems (GPSes); audio video recorders that contain camcorders, DSCs, audio players, voice recorders and movie viewers; and digital paper for paper, displays, printers and copiers.


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