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Dynamic Voltage Droops & Total Power Integrity
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
This article sheds light on key differences such as voltage droops and noise wave propagation resulting from on-chip load interaction with power network impedance and discusses how total power integrity may be rigorously inspected through rapid analyses and physics-based simulations.
6-bit digital controller targets military EW and multi-function assemblies from DC to 110 GHz
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has released the first product within its new Interface Product Line — a digital interface product that is ideal for applications within the digital control sections of military EW, test & measurement equipment, and multi-function assemblies from DC to 110 GHz.
MPU supervisor provides precision power monitoring
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
The MAX6394 +/-1% accurate microprocessor supervisor from Maxim Integrated Products delivers precision monitoring for demanding applications.
Spec a year away for 40/100G Ethernet
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
The IEEE 802.3ba group developing a spec to drive Ethernet at rates of 40 and 100 Gbits/second reports significant progress from its last meeting, but it may take at least another nine months to cook a standard that could be the basis for first-generation products.
Overcoming the challenges of linking A/D converters and microcontrollers via long transmission lines (Part 2 of 2)
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5/22/2008   4 comments
Even a "simple", relatively slow link between a converter and microcontroller can be a source of errors and unreliable operation if it is not modeled and implemented properly
USB battery charger sports buck boost, buck converters
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
Aimed at handheld applications, this efficient, multi-function power management device from Linear integrates a stand-alone Li-Ion/Polymer battery charger and two high efficiency synchronous regulators—one buck-boost and one buck.
MIPS Technologies : Audio Codec IP achieves 100-dB dynamic range
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies' Audio Codec IP achieves an impressive 100 dB dynamic range and -93 dB THD while consuming only 7.8 mW power when playing back through stereo line outputs at 48 kHz.
Conexant launches speakers-on-a-chip line
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
Targeted at products that support high-definition audio and voice applications, Conexant's CX20562 integrates key speaker technology and processing functionality into a single device.
Reduce click and pop noises in set-top boxes
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
This article focuses on objective measurements for pops, clicks, and other unwanted noises that occur when you change the power state of a set-top box (STB).
Two-channel audio analyzers generate signals down to 0.1 Hz
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
Audio Precision has unveiled two-channel models of its APx500 series audio analyzer with breakthrough features.
LED driver boards target industrial, medical LCDs
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
Endicott Research Group (ERG) has released two high-efficiency, low-profile Smart Force LED driver boards as standard products for a wide range of industrial and medical LCDs.
Time partitioning drives faster software integration for telematics and infotainment: Part 3 - Redistributing the processor load
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
Allocating a set portion of CPU time to each software subsystem prevents any one monopolizing CPU cycles needed by the others, for a stable runtime environment that development teams can build and verify individually.
High precision angle position sensor rolls for auto applications
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has expanded its magnetic rotary encoder family with the AS5134, which is designed for brushless DC sensing in automotive applications in an ambient temperature range up to 150°C.
DPDT switches provide ±15kV ESD protection in tiny package
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX4983E and MAX4984E double-pole/double-throw (DPDT) analog switches for multiplexing Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) signals at 480Mbps.
PAs deliver high linearity, low noise for improved signal integrity
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
ANADIGICS' pair of balanced low noise linear power amplifiers (PAs) are designed to generate high signal integrity in CATV set-top box, distribution and drop applications.
Power efficient component selection made simple
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Recognising that energy efficiency tends to be a trade off between performance expectations, feature sets and power consumption, National Semiconductor has launched an initiative to help customers optimise their designs for power and performance.
Three-phase 600V IC boosts motor-drive reliability
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
These rugged 600V three-phase gate driver ICs for motor drive applications feature DC bus sensing and negative voltage spike immunity to protect systems from catastrophic evens seen during high-current switching and short-circuit conditions.
Analog Devices claims first digital isolators qualified for automotive systems
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices has developed a family of digital isolators, based on its iCoupler digital isolation technology, that meet the reliability and quality requirements of electric-hybrid vehicles.
Digital isolation chips save board space, reduce costs
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices' iCoupler digital isolation products deliver 500 mW isolated power and a small package that reduces costs by 50 percent and board space by 70 percent.
RFMD releases 2.4 GHz to 5.8 GHz frequency transverter
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Optimized for streaming video applications, RF Micro Devices' frequency transverter is designed to up-convert transmitted 2.4 GHz signals to 5.8 GHz and down-convert received 5.8 GHz signals to 2.4 GHz.
Overcoming the challenges of linking A/D converters and microcontrollers via long transmission lines (Part 1 of 2)
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5/20/2008   1 comment
Even a "simple", relatively slow link between a converter and microcontroller can be a source of errors and unreliable operation if it is not modeled and implemented properly
$200 million for one FPGA?
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5/20/2008   2 comments
Thus far I haven't seen the pricing for Altera's new 40nm Stratix IV FPGAs, but if we were to extrapolate from an analog device I just saw, the result would make your eyes water!
Cable tuner draws less than 900-mW
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Microtune has developed a multi-standard 1-GHz tuner that supports low-power consumer equipment in all-digital cable networks.
Freescale to close down in Cork, say reports
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) is to close down its design center in Cork, Ireland, with the loss of 47 design engineering jobs, according to Irish media reports.
ST advances IGBT switching performance
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
The new series of IGBTs from ST achieves higher efficiency and reduced size in energy-saving ballasts and converters.
75 dB log detector optimized for 50 Hz to 3 GHz operation
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced its fifth logarithmic detector/controller product which is ideal for RF power measurement and control in cellular/PCS/3G, WiMAX, WiBro, fixed wireless, radio link and radar applications over the 50 Hz to 3 GHz frequency range.
Fairchild and Zilker partner to provide digital power
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Products will include point-of-load ICs and systems for server, networking, and graphics applications
Sequans extends mobile WiMAX chip series
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
French WiMAX chip supplier Sequans Communications SA (La Defense, France) has introduced a mobile single chip solution that is claimed to integrate advanced baseband functionality plus radiofrequency and SDRAM.
International Rectifier : MOSFETs come in robust TO-247 package
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier has expanded its portfolio of 60-, 75- and 100-V MOSFETs for switch mode power supplies (SMPS), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and industrial applications such as power tools, forklifts and other high power dc drives.
Low noise amplifier offers built-in bypass circuit in small and thin packages
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
oshiba Electronics Europe has extended its family of SiGe amplifiers by integrating a low noise amplifier (LNA) with a bypass function into a single MMIC.
Austriamicrosystems : Angle position sensor offers high performance in automotive applications
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
The AS5134 rotary encoder IC is fully qualified to AEC-Q100 and specifically designed for brushless dc sensing in automotive applications in an ambient temperature range up to 150 °C.
Maxim : Analog switches multiplex hi-speed USB signals
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
MAX4983E/MAX4984E double-pole/double-throw (DPDT) analog switches multiplex hi-speed USB (USB 2.0) signals at 480 Mbits/s.
Log RF power detector capable of 75dB dynamic range
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology's latest logarithmic RF power detector has been designed to provide accurate RF power measurement over a wide frequency range.
Oled driver powers 2.5in portable displays
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
The drive for more power efficient displays has prompted Texas Instruments to release an organic light emitting diode (OLED) power driver for small form factor displays.
Log RF power detector features 75 dB dynamic range over 40 MHz to 3.8 GHz
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
A monolithic broadband, high performance logarithmic RF power detector, the LT5538 from Linear Technology provides accurate RF power measurement over a wide frequency range covering the 800 to 900 MHz and the 1.7 GHz to 2.2 GHz cellular bands, as well as the 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz WiMAX bands.
PowerWise metrics help designers select the right ICs
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
New design methodology sets sights on saving energy and extending battery life
National touts first emulated current-mode controller with ultra-wide operating range
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
LM5118 DC/DC controller operates reliably over 3-75 volts
RF power detector supports cellular and WiMAX applications
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT5538 is a 40MHz to 3.8GHz Log RF power detector with 75dB dynamic range
Tower Semi buys Jazz Technologies
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Expanding its efforts in the specialty foundry arena, Tower Semiconductor Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Jazz Technologies Inc.
OLED power driver enhances image quality for small displays
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced an OLED power driver designed to enhance image quality for small form factor displays up to 2.5 inches.
Thermal management in digital and RF designs
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Increased power density, higher wattage components, and the upward spiral in switching frequencies have become the primary drivers in the search for more efficient and cost effective thermal management. In this article, we shall address some of the industry issues and solutions related to thermal management in digital and RF designs.
1-MHz synchronous boost regulator offers output disconnect
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has announced the LTC3539/-2, 1MHz/2MHz, current mode, synchronous boost DC/DC converters with output disconnect and integrated soft-start.
Maxim rolls out 16-bit RISC MCU-based smart data-acquisition systems
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Designed for use with anisotropic magnetoresistive (AMR) sensors, Maxim's SoC mixed-signal MCUs provide a complete system solution for the contactless sensing of linear or angular position/displacement.
Time partitioning drives faster software integration for telematics and infotainment: Part 2 - Simulation code development
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Allocating a set portion of CPU time to each software subsystem prevents any one monopolizing CPU cycles needed by the others, for a stable runtime environment that development teams can build and verify individually.
Capital injection for ambitious SOI pioneers
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Existing investors have participated in a second round of investment to fund expansion plans at Belgium based CISSOID, a specialist in high temperature, high reliability components with particular expertise in Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technology.
Design kit gives access to high voltage process technology
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) and Austriamicrosystems Full Service Foundry business unit jointly announced the availability of an updated process design kit for Austriamicrosystems' 0.35um high voltage CMOS process.
Jennic senses IP wireless sensor net opportunity
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Wireless communications chip and software developer Jennic (Sheffield, England) has started sampling a networking stack for the 6LoWPAN low-power wireless Internet Protocol specification, extending the reach of its offerings for the IEEE 802.15.4 networking standard.
Automotive infotainment upgrades drive chip industry, says iSuppli
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
The competition among automotive OEMs will lead to increased efforts to lure customers by means of additional infotainment features and options. The semiconductor industry will be beneficiary from this trend, predicts market researcher iSuppli. The top winners are NXP and STM.
De Geus: EDA has to be rethought
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Seeing where the EDA industry is going is relatively easy. The difficult bit is laying out an EDA offering at the right time, when customers are ready to take it up, according to Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of the Mountain View based company. And right now, everything in the EDA space has to be rethought, according to de Geus.
Signal Chain Basics (Part 14): Analog/digital converter--static parameters
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5/18/2008   4 comments
Understand the static (dc) parameters of the basic analog-to-digital link
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