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3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications
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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.
Voltage monitors do more than protect processors
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Voltage monitors are more versatile than the first versions from long ago. They often do the job of a comparator with less and for less. Here are some uses for the voltage monitor that you may not have thought about.
Chipidea extends USB controller core IP
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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
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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.
3-part chipset makes a wide-range RFID reader
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Anadigm's RangeMaster5 chipset for RF identification (RFID) allows system vendors to design and maintain a combination HF and UHF reader.
Fast triple mux extends video performance
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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.
Linear Tech's power manager targets USB
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Wih the bus connected, the LTC4085 directs power through the USB bus rather than extracting power from the battery.
Bluetooth: A-OK or RIP?
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
The main point of controversy is on the proposed 6-GHz, OFDM PHY/MAC.
USB manager/charger IC coordinates portable powering
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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.
Linear Tech slapped with shareholders suits over options grants
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Two stockholder lawsuits have been filed in federal court against members of Linear Technology's board of directors and various executive officers alleging improper backdating of stock options.
Pixelplus delays Q1 earnings announcement
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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.
LVDS 1:2 fanout buffer touted as industry's smallest
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Micrel added what it claims is the industry's smallest LVDS 1:2 fanout buffer to its family of high-speed clock and data distribution ICs.
Op amps optimize price-performance for industrial, instrumentation apps
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices' expanded portfolio of industrial grade op amps include five new entries that leverage the company's iCMOS manufacturing process and DigiTrim technology to provide performance and cost advantages for a variety of industrial and instrumentation applications.
Circuit speeds rise time for 2-wire bus
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
This circuit lets you accelerate the rise time in 2-wire busses such as I2C,without incurring severe performance penalties in power consumption or noise immunity
Choose the best inductor, capacitor for DC/DC converters in portables
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
The shrinking size of portable electronics puts the squeeze on designers to maintain battery life, decrease heat or power dissipation and find new ways to further shrink board size. Here's some practical advice for these issues and the accompanying trade offs that tangle up your design decisions.
Maxim hit by shareholder suit over stock options
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
Shareholders of semiconductor supplier Maxim Integrated Products Inc. have filed a shareholder derivative suit against the company, in connection with the grant of stock options made to its officers from 1995 to 2001.
X-band radar chipset includes 10-W PA
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
14-bit ADC has full power bandwidth of 1.1 GHz
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's 14-bit ADC14155, a 155 megasample/s analog-to-digital converter (ADC), offers a full power bandwidth of 1.1 GHz, the highest in the industry, according to the company.
Freebie PLL design tool debuts with PLL hardware
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
RF chip maker Analog Devices is rolling out a new generation of its existing ADIsimPLL PLL circuit design and evaluation tool, as well as two new PLL synthesizers. One IC is good for use to 350-MHz; the other to 6-GHz.
Understanding noise figures in radio receivers
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Receiver design task is a complicated one, with many interdependencies among performance parameters. Understanding these parameters will help your design analysis.
Epson’s digital video encoding LSI is compatible with NTSC and PAL systems
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Seiko Epson has announced the S1D13746, a digital video encoding LSI. The product can easily be added on to digital video systems and was created in response to demand for TV output in the embedded market.
On the trail of counterfeit chips
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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.

Epson’s digital video encoding LSI is compatible with NTSC and PAL systems
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Seiko Epson has announced the S1D13746, a digital video encoding LSI. The product can easily be added on to digital video systems and was created in response to demand for TV output in the embedded market.
Chip maker expands LVDS device family
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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.
Vishay’s IrDA FIR transceivers support IrSimpleShot protocol
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5/19/2006   Post a comment
The TFDU6300 and TFDU6301 FIR transceivers are fully compliant with IrDA Physical Layer, transmitting data over distances upwards of 0.7 meters
Brushless motor IC boosts high-velocity performance
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5/19/2006   Post a comment
PMD Corp.'s MC73110 intelligent motor control IC now features field oriented control, i.e., an algorithm for improving efficiency in brushless DC motors and boosting top-end speed.
ECUs Boost SUVs
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Automotive electronic control units and software are pacing efficiency improvements in truck-based vehicles.
RTD signal conditioner simplifies monitoring of auto's exhaust temperature
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX6603, a dual-channel analog conditioner with ESD protection for platinum resistive temperature devices (RTD), is suited for next-generation automotive engine-control systems that monitor exhaust temperature for EURO-IV emissions compliance.
Software calibration reduces D/A converter offset and gain errors
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
The accuracy of a D/A converter's output voltage is subject to a number of factors, including gain and offset errors of the converter. Using stored coefficients, designers can improve converter performance in these critical parameters
CDMA2000 transceiver chip to pack GPS, receive diversity
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Cellular components supplier Qualcomm is about to roll out a single-chip CDMA2000 RF transceiver that will be distinguished by integrated receive diversity and simultaneous-GPS satellite reception capability.
96-channel controller drives inkjet printers, matrix displays
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
The HV582 from Supertex is a low-voltage to high-voltage controller with 96 push-pull outputs, each capable of delivering a source and sink current of 75 mA at 90 volts for driving inkjet printer heads and flat panel displays for high definition TVs.
Li-Ion battery chargers -- not just another design
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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.
Power Integrations gets favorable ruling from ITC
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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).
800-mA regulator fits in a SC70JW package
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies says its AAT1110, for PDA handsets and smart phones, is the industry’s first 800-mA step-down regulator that can squeeze into a SC70JW package.
Dual multiplexer-buffers tout lowest jitter
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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.
Digital power-conversion schemes fit ultraportable applications
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Understanding and choosing the right power supply topology--analog versus digital--is key to battery-constrained designs.
Eval kit supports 2.4-GHz Wireless USB SoC
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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.
International Rectifier to file 10-Q extension
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier Corp. has today announced a filing extension for its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2006.
ST offers RF synthesizer chips
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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.
Hot-swap controller with digital monitor cuts power management costs
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices' ADM1175/6/7/8 family of hot-swap controllers with integrated 12-bit ADC-based digital power monitor is designed as a cost-effective solution to protecting multiple line cards from power and thermal transients.
Look beneath the surface to make the best comparison of precision resistors
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
Precision resistors are similar on the surface but you need to look deeper to discover what will affect the electrical performance after mounting it on your board. It may surprise you what can influence performance.
Sensor monitors battery's temperature, float charge, impedance
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
LEM hails its Sentinel, an intelligent sensor/tranducer, as the industry's most comprehensive monitor for lead-acid batteries.
Implementing JPEG2000 compression
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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.
Digital pot's high-voltage interface optimizes LCD performance
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT1533 touts several advantages over competing linear digital potentiometer controller products, among them a high-voltage output and increment/decrement interface to optimize liquid crystal display (LCD) performance.
Power-efficient ISM-band RF transmitter chip sips current
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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.
The future of EDA?
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
So why, you wonder, is a wireless guy writing about EDA?
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