3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Honing in on simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT3603 is a fractional charge pump in a 3-by-3 mm TDFN package specifically optimized for high-volume, three-LED backlighting display applications for cellular phones, digital still cameras, and handheld devices.
Chipidea extends USB controller core IP News & Analysis 5/31/2006 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP) group Chipidea has started sampling a USB controller core, a block designed to complement the company’s range of USB physical layer transceiver (PHY) IP.
Cosmic rays damage automotive electronics Design How-To 5/31/2006 Post a comment While the concept of bombardment of neutrons from space sounds like something straight out of Star Trek, neutron-induced errors are a dangerous reality for many types of automotive electronic equipment.
Fast triple mux extends video performance Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Intersil's ISL59448 is a triple- channel, high-bandwidth (500 MHz) 2:1 multiplexer with a slew rate of 1600 V/microsecond to meet the high resolution requirements of monitors, projectors, and KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) peripherals.
USB manager/charger IC coordinates portable powering Product News 5/25/2006 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4085 for portable power applications integrates an autonomous power manager, "ideal diode" switch, and stand alone battery charger to provide seamless transition between USB input, wall adapter, and battery power sources.
Pixelplus delays Q1 earnings announcement News & Analysis 5/25/2006 Post a comment South Korean fabless semiconductor company Pixelplus Co. Ltd. said it would postpone its first quarter 2006 earnings announcement originally scheduled for Friday, May 26, until its independent registered public accountants complete their audit of Pixelplus' financial statements for fiscal 2005.
X-band radar chipset includes 10-W PA Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment Developing significant RF output power at radar frequencies is no easy task. But, chip supplier Mimix Broadband is rolling out a GaAs chipset for X-band radar applications that might make the job less onerous.
Analog Devices subpoenaed for stock option practices News & Analysis 5/24/2006 Post a comment The investigation surrounding the granting of stock options widened when semiconductor supplier Analog Devices, Inc. said it has received a document subpoena from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York requesting records dating back to 2000 relating to the company's granting of stock options.
Video front end touts high bandwidth, low jitter and ideal black levels Product News 5/23/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Leveraging the power of its digital phase lock loop for high bandwidth, low jitter performance, Intersil's ISL98001 triple-channel analog front end (AFE) for TVs, monitors, home theater and business projectors incorporates all of the functions required to optimally digitize YPbPr video signals and RGB graphics signals from DVD players and VCRs.
Master IC simplifies SHA-1 battery authentication system News & Analysis 5/23/2006 Post a comment Dallas Semiconductor's DS2705 is a SHA-1 authentication master that provides the master side of a secure hash algorithm-based (SHA) token authentication scheme and orchestrates the challenge/response sequence. Residing within the host, the DS2705 works with the company's other battery-management SHA-1 token products that reside in the battery or accessory.
Master IC simplifies SHA-1 battery authentication system Product News 5/23/2006 Post a comment Dallas Semiconductor's DS2705 is a SHA-1 authentication master that provides the master side of a secure hash algorithm-based (SHA) token authentication scheme and orchestrates the challenge/response sequence. Residing within the host, the DS2705 works with the company's other battery-management SHA-1 token products that reside in the battery or accessory.
On the trail of counterfeit chips Teardown 5/22/2006 Post a comment
Seven to 10 percent of all the high-tech products sold worldwide are counterfeits, it's estimated. In 2004, U.S. Customs seized $200 million in counterfeit goods, $134 million of which originated in China. Trade in counterfeit goods cost U.S. businesses an estimated $2 billion per year in copyright losses alone.
Chip maker expands LVDS device family Product News 5/22/2006 Post a comment
IC vendor On Semiconductor is expanding its high-performance ECLinPS MAX family of clock and data management products with a pair of fully differential interface ICs that combine its bipolar capability with an LVDS-compatible output structure, enabling them to interface directly with LVDS devices without sacrificing performance.
Power Integrations gets favorable ruling from ITC News & Analysis 5/17/2006 Post a comment High-voltage analog IC supplier Power Integrations has won a favorable decision in its patent-infringement case against Taiwan-based System General Corp. (SG), filed last year with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
Li-Ion battery chargers -- not just another design Design How-To 5/17/2006 Post a comment You are mobile, therefore you have batteries -- and they need charging. However, reaching the end-of-charge voltage target accurately and smoothly is the key feature of a charger. This article shows how it is done now and what some future possibilities are for Lithium-Ion batteries - to keep you mobile longer.
Dual multiplexer-buffers tout lowest jitter Product News 5/16/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor's DS15MB200, SCAN15MB200, and DS08MB200 tout the lowest jitter performance of any multiplexer-buffer in the industry (18 picoseconds) for low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) interfaces.
Eval kit supports 2.4-GHz Wireless USB SoC Product News 5/16/2006 Post a comment Choosing an RFIC based on a vendor’s datasheets alone can be daunting. It’s preferable to get some hands-on experience before committing, especially for Wireless USB. Providing a user-friendly prototyping tool for WUSB, chip maker Cypress Semiconductor announces the availability of an eval kit for its latest 2.4-GHz SoC.
ST offers RF synthesizer chips News & Analysis 5/15/2006 Post a comment European chip company STMicroelectronics NV has developed integrated RF synthesizers with embedded voltage-controlled oscillators. ST’s synthesizers can generate frequencies above 3.0-GHz, the company said.
Implementing JPEG2000 compression Design How-To 5/12/2006 Post a comment Real-time, high quality HD MPEG encoding with very low latency is still the province of the high-end rack mount. For affordable, real-time HD encoding and decoding with very low latency, use JPEG2000.
Power-efficient ISM-band RF transmitter chip sips current Product News 5/11/2006 Post a comment RFIC maker Micrel is sampling a power-managed ISM-band chip that covers all four sub-GHz bands. It can be used at the 315-MHz and 915-MHz bands for North American designs, and at the 433-MHz and 868-MHz bands for European designs. Data can be transmitted as fast as 200-kbits/s. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Divide-by-4 GaAs MMIC spans 9-GHz to 26-GHz Product News 5/11/2006 Post a comment RF components supplier Hittite Microwave is dishing up a surface-mount GaAs HBT regenerative divider that can serve in applications from 9-GHz to 26-GHz. Operable from 5-V, this MMIC requires almost no external components, save a few coupling and bypass caps.