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Low-power SATA II physical layer IC operates from 1-V supply
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5/17/2005   Post a comment
A dual serial ATA (SATA) II physical layer (PHY) chip from TaraCom Integrated Products Inc. offers jitter tolerance that exceeds the SATA specification of 3-Gbits/s. The TRC3002 is claimed to be the industry's first SATA PHY that operates from a 1-V supply, consuming just 70 mW per channel in Gen I mode and 100 mW per channel in Gen II mode.
Versatile NiMH chip charges 10 cells in series
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5/17/2005   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor's DS2715 battery-pack charge controller can be optimized for a variety of charging scenarios for either removable or embedded battery packs containing one to 10 nickel metal hydride (NiMH) cells in series. It can be configured as a switched DC charger, a linear current regulator, or a switchmode current source. Charge rates between 150 mA and 2 amps can be user-selected with an external sense resistor. Typical applications for the DS2715 include portable DVD players, portabl
Motor driver IC is camera-ready
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Rohm Electronics' BD6735FV is a 2-channel H-bridge motor driver that can serve both DC- and stepping-motors for lens driver applications in digital still and digital video cameras. The chip can be switched between forward, reverse, brake, and shutdown (idle) modes, as directed by the input logic.
Power availability ensured for VoIP, WLANs and IP Devices
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
MGE introduces a 24-port midspan power hub to ensure continuous power for IP phones, WLAN, Bluetooth access points and video surveillance systems.
Have your cake and eat it too with these precision amps
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Today Analog Devices Inc. is unveiling three new amplifier families with a flagship device from each family. These bipolar precision amplifiers tout many performance improvements, package and power advantages over similar amps utilizing other processes.
Reversible Computing ABCs: No Longer Greek to the World?
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Dr. Frank just returned from directing the First International Workshop on Reversible Computing on the beautiful island of Ischia, Italy. Don't know much about Ischia? Let him give you a short lesson. Don't know much about reverisible computing? Here's a few words about it and some links to more. Next week he describes some of the highlights of the conference.
POLA compatible power modules targets Intermediate Bus Architectures
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5/13/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated announces two families of POLA compatible, non-isolated, plug-in power modules that simplify power design in multi-voltage systems.
Maxim restructures into two business groups
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5/13/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. announced Friday a new corporate organization that centers around two new business groups.
Use supercapacitors to drive a white LED camera flash
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5/13/2005   Post a comment
LED photoflash solutions using supercapacitors, with combined high capacitance (1F or more), and low ESR (< 100milli-ohms), provide the pulse power required by the LED without taxing the battery. A Cap-XX applications engineer offers two complete designs for camera phones. One solution places supercapacitor at the output of a buck-boost converter; another solution uses a supercapacitor in series with the battery. From the May issue of Planet Analog magazine, here's the complete design analysis.
AnalogicTech's dual charge pump enables low power backlighting
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5/12/2005   Post a comment
AnalogicTech has introduced a multi-function, high efficiency, dual charge pump that is very efficient in low-current mode, delivering extremely low quiescent current and allowing designers to continually backlight displays while consuming minimal amounts of power.
Configurable power supplies deliver 400W to 2200W of customized power
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5/12/2005   Post a comment
XP Power has announced its next generation of configurable power supplies that enables the company to offer an infinite choice of customized power solutions from 400 Watts to 2200 Watts
Despite gains, TI looks to expand margins
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
Despite robust growth the past two years in semiconductors and other business segments, Texas Instruments sees "plenty of opportunity" to improve margins in the coming years, said executives at the annual TI analyst conference here Wednesday.
Quantum Research offers a charge-transfer sensing IC for portable applications
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
Quantum Research Group has developed an 8-key touch sensor IC, the QT1080-ISG, that consumes just 40A at 3V in low power mode. Designed primarily for use in mobile phones, MP3 players, PC peripherals, remote controls and similar consumer devices, it enables 8 touch keys through almost any panel material to facilitate a great variety of designs.
Driving A/D converters is effortless with these amplifiers
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
These differential amps from Linear Technology Corp. combine low distortion, low noise and ease of use.
Focus on: Video ICs
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
New video filters are being developed to make life easier for design engineers by integrating the functions once implemented with discrete components. The new products are said to cost less, save space and perform better since the proximity of video functions on the IC reduces parasitic capacitance.
Class-D amp enhances flat screen TV sound quality
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
This Class-D amplifier for flat screen TVs from Royal Philips Electronics drives 20 watts of continuous output power per channel with no external heat sink. Bettyann Liotta has this report.
Under the Hood: Optical wireless mouse: Rodentia Analogus
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
A new species of mice? Long-time PC users may recall the days of hard-wired mice and lint-clogged roller-balls, writes Portelligent's David Carey. But just look inside Microsoft's optical wireless pointer.
Reliability Issues for Hot Swappable Devices
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
ON Semi tells you how to solve inherent failures mechanisms of hot swap systems, such as failure of gate drive level in the safe operating area of a power FET, without using transzorbs or overrating power devices. Many thanks to powermanagementdesignline.com.
More companies are plunking down money for analog engineering talent
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
In case you haven't noticed, Planet Analog uses a wide variety of sources - financial research analysts, in addition to company managers, spokespersons and hands-on bench engineers - to assess where our analog industry is heading. Lately, the indicators are mixed: Never previously has the semiconductor industry shipped more product with less confidence about the future. In this environment, recruitment is a clear indicator of business confidence (or lack of it), but our analog specialist, Gary F
Maxim bookings still soft, says analyst
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
Deutsche Bank's analog company analyst Ross Seymore was not all that enthusiastic about what he heard from Maxim. Yeah, their financials are good, he said. Their financials are always good. Rather, he was troubled about bookings weakness. His worries could extend from Maxim to other analog parts suppliers. We're not out the woods yet, Planet Analog concludes.
LED driver turns on all the lights
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
Milpitas, Calif—California Micro Devices' CM4600, the first of the company's new PhotonIC family of highly integrated LED drivers, can drive all the LEDs in a wireless handset. By using the CM4600, handset and display module designers can achieve space savings of up to 50 percent, and reduce cost up to 40 percent compared to alternative solutions consisting of two or three chips.
Thermal Management Summit - information you can use now
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
Meet for two days of intense learning, as in-depth reviews of the hot topics in electronics cooling, in a variety of applications, are delivered by recognized leaders in the field.
Four bay battery platform charges Li Ion, NiMH or NiCad packs
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
SelfCHARGE introduces a standard one to four bay accessory battery charger/ docking station platform for custom Li Ion, NiMH or Ni Cad OEM battery packs.
Dual charge-pump conserves flash, backlighting power
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
Emphasizing minimum power consumption for display backlighting, Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT2805 is a dual charge-pump that also supports camera flash applications.
Wither Current Mode?
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
Don Alfano of Silicon Labs says voltage mode will become more popular as digital power supply control becomes dominant. If you don't think so, or you're not sure, let Don enumerate the reasons why voltage mode has it all over current mode.
Load switches extend control for portable apps
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor says its eleven new load switches, an extension to the company's IntelliMAX portfolio, integrate the most protection-with-control features in a SOT-23 package for managing PDAs, cell phones, GPS devices, MP3 players and digital cameras. The load switches (i.e., current-limited switches to protect systems and loads from high currents), are preset for either 200 mA or 400 mA.
Class-D amp enhances flat screen TV sound quality
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
This Class-D amplifier for flat screen TVs from Royal Philips Electronics drives 20 watts of continuous output power per channel with no external heat sink.
Just enough is enough, right?
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5/7/2005   Post a comment
Portable applications have become very popular in the last couple years and will continue to gain in popularity. That means portable designs must become more efficient and probably we consumers must get used to the idea that these mighty mites will only have just enough power to get the job done. Are you okay with that?
Nachfrage nach Mixed-Signal-ASICs fürs Auto steigt
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5/6/2005   Post a comment
Die Nachfrage nach Mixed-Signal-Bausteinen für Fahrzeuge wird enorm anziehen und dem heutigen 2,4-Milliarden-Dollar-Markt für ASIC-Chips zu neuen Höhen verhelfen. Davon geht jedenfalls das Bostoner Marktforschungs- und Beratungsunternehmen Strategic Analytics aus.
Nuelight to develop OLED controllers in India
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5/6/2005   Post a comment
Nuelight Corp. plans to set up a center in Hyderabad in south India to develop active matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) panel controllers.
Automotive applications will demand more mixed signal ASICs, firm says
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5/6/2005   Post a comment
Demand for mixed signal devices is increasing in the growing $2.4 billion automotive ASIC sector, according to research and consulting firm Strategic Analytics.
Global digital signal processing and power management join together
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5/6/2005   Post a comment
The premier event for global digital signal processing, GSPx 2005, takes place this October in Santa Clara and there is still room for a few more papers.
Supertex sales fall short of guidance
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5/5/2005   Post a comment
151 Supertex Inc. posted net earnings of $0.43 million, or 3 cents per share, on sales of $11.8 million for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2005 ended April 2, compared to $0.29 million, or 2 cents per share, on sales of $13.6 million in the year-ago fourth fiscal quarter.
LED driver auto-synchronizes "fun lights" with stereo
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5/5/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's LM4970 'Boomer' is an audio-synchronized color LED driver for stereo-with-"fun light" applications in cell phones and various portable player products. Touted as a "no programming required" device, it also offers users the traditional option of applying pre-programmed I2C-bus compatible code to secure the desired lighting effects.
High-speed A/D converter duo boasts true 16- and 14-bit resolution
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5/5/2005   Post a comment
EXCLUSIVE to eeProductCenter: Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) will introduce two high-resolution analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) with fast sampling rates that it claims achieve best-in-class SFDR and SNR specs.
Shorten design time via this quad-converter development kit
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5/5/2005   Post a comment
Goal Semiconductor unveiled a plug-and-play development and evaluation system for its quad, high-voltage, 9-bit, serially configurable voltage/current digital-to-analog converter (D/A converter) with outputs of up to 200 V.
Reliability Issues for Hot Swappable Devices
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5/4/2005   Post a comment
ON Semi tells you how to solve inherent failures mechanisms of hot swap systems, such as failure of gate drive level in the safe operating area of a power FET, without using transzorbs or overrating power devices.
Smart Telematics Enable Fiat's 'Connected Cars'
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5/4/2005   Post a comment
Platform designed for the future has enough system resources and bandwidth to cope with changes throughout the development cycle.
Fairchild high-voltage MOSFETs optimize system efficiency and reliability
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5/4/2005   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor offers eight new high-voltage SuperFET MOSFETs specifically designed to address demanding high-voltage, fast-switching applications requiring high efficiency, such as active Power Factor Correction (PFC), lighting and AC/DC power supply systems.
Ground Bounce Primer
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5/4/2005   3 comments
Many electronics enthusiasts don't know the purpose of the bypass capacitor in ICs and choose not to use it, making ground bounce an issue. In this feature article, Logic Eastern's Vikas Kumar discusses the ground bounce phenomenon and how to prevent it by using a bypass capacitor.
Will the real Intersil please stand up... again!
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5/4/2005   Post a comment
American Technology Research's analyst Doug Freedman was impressed with the renewed vigor Intersil was showing in the video products arena. Steve Ohr visited the company recently and came away with a similar impression. It's not power management, but what the heck!
A simple SCART interface for video
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5/3/2005   Post a comment
In Europe, all external connections to video peripherals such as TVs, set-top boxes, and VCRs are provided by a SCART (Peritel) connector, with pin-out as specified in the EN50049 standard. Depending on the SCART connector's use (TV SCART, AUX SCART, or VCR SCART) the connector is an input, an output, or both. The addition of S-VHS has complicated this interface by requiring the RED and Cvbs signals to be shared with the Chroma and Luma pins. Maxim engineers offer some circuits which will talk t
Fail-safe monitor measures temperatures accurately
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5/3/2005   Post a comment
This remote temperature monitor from Maxim Integrated Products Inc. accurately measures its own die temperature, the temperatures of two external, diode-connected transistors, and reports the temperature data via a two-wire serial interface.
Charge pump reduces backlight power consumption in light load mode
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5/3/2005   Post a comment
AnalogicTech introduces dual, high efficiency charge pump with low quiescent current to reduce backlight power consumption in light load mode.
EDA startup names three new executives to European team
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5/3/2005   Post a comment
Pulsic Limited, a provider of physical design tools for complex IC designs, announced three executive appointments.
Atmel, KETI expand cooperation on digital broadcast standards
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5/3/2005   Post a comment
Atmel and the Korea Electronics Technology Institute have signed a letter of interest planning to further cooperate on digital broadcasting standards such as DAB, DMB and DRM.
QuickLogic introduces a programmable controller for miniature hard disk drives
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5/3/2005   Post a comment
QuickLogic has announced its uWatt Programmable Controller optimized for the Intel PXA2XX Processor line based on Intel's XScale technology. The QuickLogic programmable Hard Disk Drive (HDD) controller solution enables designers to expand the Intel PXA2XX processor's native interface set to communicate with IDE-based HDDs.
ADI's data converter business reflects a mixture of standbys and custom brews
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Today's data converter applications reflect an entirely new mixture of specifications and part types, Analog Devices' VP Dick Meaney (right) told EE Times last week. It's not so much that balance between standard linear building blocks and ASSPs has changed, ADI said. Rather, the applications for ASSPs have themselves shifted, and are now demanding entirely different specifications, technologies and engineering tradeoffs. Steve Ohr filed this report.
UTMI+ OTG transceiver passes Hi-Speed USB compliance test
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) has developed a standalone, Hi-Speed physical layer transceiver (PHY) that supports the highest level in the UTMI+ standard.
10-bit serial latched LED driver aimed at automotive systems
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
A family of solid-state illumination products has been expanded with a new white LED driver targeted at LED indicator and interior lighting applications. The CAT310 from Catalyst Semiconductor Inc. drives up to 10 color, or white, LEDs and safely handles load dump transients to 40-V, making it suitable for automotive systems.
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