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Tegal adopts European R&D center in France
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Plasma etch and deposition company Tegal Corp. (Petaluma, Calif.) has established its European R&D center in Annecy. Annecy is situated in the French Alps between Geneva and Grenoble.
TI acquires Luminary Micro
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5/14/2009   3 comments
Texas Instruments acquired Luminary Micro, a supplier of ARM Cortex-M3-based 32-bit microcontrollers. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
RFMD : Broadband products improve CATV infrastructure
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices has added two products to its portfolio of broadband transmission products: the RFMD’s D10040300GTH hybrid power doubler amplifier module and OS10040320PW optical receiver module.
PREMA : Operational amplifier accepts supply voltages up to 80 V
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
PREMA offers the high voltage operational amplifier PR2201 for supply voltages of up to 80 V single supply or up to ÷40 V with a maximum output current of ÷6 mA.
Atmel : Audio companion IC targets portable multimedia applications
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
Manufactured on Atmel’s low-cost mainstream CMOS process, the AT73C240 Audio Companion IC for portable multimedia applications integrates an audio quality 20-bit Stereo D/A converter and an up to 1 W audio power amplifier.
16bit ADCs suit remote sensor applications
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has developed a pair of 16bit delta sigma ADCs with integrated references that suit remote sensor battery-powered applications and industrial sensors monitoring temperature or pressure.
TI to demo SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transceiver chip
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is demonstrating a 5Gbit/s transceiver test chip at next week's USB Developers Conference in Tokyo, Japan that it says will speed the implementation of the emerging SuperSpeed USB 3.0. specification
Photo flash and backlight WLED drivers optimise power efficiency in feature phone designs
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
AnalogicTech has introduced a set of flash and backlight White LED (WLED) drivers for the feature phone market that offer new efficiencies in power usage in compact packages and help handset designers extend battery life and reduce product footprint.
Photo flash and backlight driver ICs optimise power efficiency phones
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
AnalogicTech has introduced a set of flash and backlight White LED (WLED) drivers for the highly competitive feature phone market. Offering better efficiencies in power usage in highly compact packages, the AAT3176 flash driver and the AAT3351 WLED driver help handset designers extend battery life and reduce product footprint.
LNA targets applications in the 1.5 to 8-GHz band
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Aimed at a wide range of wireless mobile communications applications, Avago Technologies has developed a fully integrated GaAs low-noise amplifier MMIC for use in the 1.5 to 8 GHz band.
Boost regulator for LCDs integrates op amp
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Maxim claims that its latest boost regulator integrates all the functions required to power the source drivers, gate drivers, and VCOM backplane in LCDs.
Low drift op amp suits precision industrial and process control applications
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Designed for high gain, 16bit and 24bit precision applications, Intersil's ISIL28133 is a chopper-stabilised operational amplifier (op amp) boasting high-gain accuracy with zero drift and low power.
Are the gloves off for motor control?
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Developments in MCU performance are creating new opportunities for three-phase motor control solutions, which could lead to greater efficiency in everyday white goods. Which approach is best, hardware of software?
CC'd but not copied
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
This has to be the most stylish (and stealthy) VW ever.
Dresden launches $200 million 'Cool-Silicon' project
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
The Saxony region of Germany, supported by state and federal funds worth 100 million euro (about $135 million), has formed the so-called Cool-Silicon-Cluster. This is a five-year program intended to reduce the energy consumption of ICs and information technology while invigorating technology and employment in the Dresden region.
MSC : LED driver IC needs only four components
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
MSC introduces the driver IC MBI6651 from Macroblock.
Elonics secures additional 1.1 million USD equity finance as markets develop
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
As market demand increases for Elonics products, investors have contributed a further 1.1 million USD to develop the sales and operational support infrastructure now required for its growing global customer base.
Analog IC market seen stabilizing
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Conditions in the analog semiconductor market are stabilizing due to rising demand and slowing price erosion, but a real industry recovery is still far away, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Berkeley Design Automation speeds up simulation
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
Berkeley Design Automation's latest release enables foundry-certified true Spice accuracy 5x-20x faster than traditional Spice for every type of analysis on circuits with up to 10 million elements.
Photo Flash and LED Backlight Driver ICs Optimize Power Efficiency in Feature Phone Designs from AnalogicTech
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. (AnalogicTech) announced a new set of flash and backlight White LED (WLED) drivers for the feature phone market. The AAT3176 flash driver and the AAT3351 white LED driver are designed to extend battery life and reduce product footprint.
Startup drives 10G Ethernet to 40 nm
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
Aquantia is disclosing progress on 40 nm transceivers it says could signal the start of a mainstream 10 Gbit/second Ethernet market sometime late next year.
Silicon Frontline Technology's first tools verify IC post layout
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
Startup Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. has anounced its first products for post-layout verification: F3D (Fast 3D) for fast 3D extraction and R3D (Resistive 3D) for 3D extraction and analysis of large resistive structures like power devices.
German group buys Technitrol's MEMS microphones operation
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
German component manufacturer Epcos AG has bought, for an undisclosed sum said to be in the mid-single digit million Euros, the development activities and patents related to MEMS microphones of Technitrol, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), opening up a new market for Epcos.
In recognition of the older discrete component
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
5/9/2009   Post a comment
The 2N2222 transistor is still with us, and going strong; are they any other components like it?
Can Star Trek really be revisited?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
5/8/2009   1 comment
This weekend we go back to the future with the launch of a reinvigorated Star Trek. By all accounts it has most of not all of the elements of the original, amplified by special effects. But can we really go back?
Analog/digital marriage ends; MIPS/Chipidea not a good idea
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies, Inc. who bought in August, 2007 Chipidea, a Portuguese analog and mixed-signal IP company, has divested its analog business group to Synopsys, Inc. in an all-cash transaction for $22 million. What has gone wrong?
Torex : Line switch IC needs no external capacitors
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
Following the success of its XC8101 series low supply current line switch IC, Torex Semiconductor introduces the 2nd generation XC8102 Series.
Cmosis raises $1.5 million in second round
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
Cmosis NV (Antwerp, Belgium) has concluded a second round of financing by raising 1.11 million euro (about $1.5 million) from present shareholders, new personnel and management.
TriQuint lands $50 million deal from China's ZTE
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
Chinese wireless communication system equipment vendor ZTE Corp. will purchase at least $50 million worth of components from RF chip supplier TriQuint Semiconductor in 2009 under the terms of an agreement between the two companies.
Back to the (electric motor) basics
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
5/7/2009   Post a comment
There is a great deal of interest in motor control from this audience, so I thought it would be a good time to refresh our knowledge of some of the more common electric motors.
Programmable current-limit switches come in tiny package
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
Measuring just 1.4mm x 1.8mm, Maxim's latest switches protect host devices against faulty load conditions and feature a ±10% accurate current limit that can be programmed with an external resistor from 50mA to 600mA for design flexibility.
IR posts $82 million loss on declining sales
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier said sales for the quarter ended March 29 declined to $146.6 million, down 23 percent from the previous quarter and 42 percent from the same period a year earlier.
AC induction motor fundamentals
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
Included is the basics of an AC induction motor; the different types, their characteristics, the selection criteria for different applications and basic control techniques.
Meeting fails to save Accent engineering jobs
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
A meeting between between engineers and the management of the design company Accent SpA and trade unions held Wednesday (May 6) at the Italian Manufacturers’ Association in Milan, failed to bring about any change to proposed job cuts, according to a source familiar with the talks.
R&D foundry SVTC obtains VC funding
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
R&D foundry SVTC Technologies Inc. has raised $34 million in new funding from its existing investors, Oak Hill Capital Partners and Tallwood Venture Capital.
Allegro : Hall-effect sensor adapts to target
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
The ATS617 from Allegro MicroSystems is a three-wire differential Hall-effect sensor that combines enhanced EMC capability with a peak-detecting algorithm that provides design flexibility by offering the ability to sense a wide range of target geometries.
PSRR: The Real Story about Closed- and Open-Loop Class-D Amplifiers
Design How-To  
5/6/2009   2 comments
Understand why conventional power-supply rejection-ratio (PSRR) data for Class-D amplifiers is suspect, and examine an alternate way to look at the effects of supply ripple on audio-amplifier performance.
RF transceiver adds flexibility to radio designs
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
A high performance integrated RF quadrature, low-IF transceiver IC from CML Microcircuits, designated CMX991 features an advanced image-reject up-conversion modulation system and flexible superheterodyne receiver.
Expert software system accelerates antenna design and modelling
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
Three companies, Magus (Pty) Ltd., CST - Computer Simulation Technology AG (CST), and EM Software & Systems-S.A. (Pty) Ltd., have released a new software product to accelerate the antenna design and modelling process, designated Antenna Magus.
AWR adds TriQuint devices to Microwave Office software
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5/6/2009   Post a comment
AWR has announced that users of the company's Microwave Office design software now have access to XML library data for a broad array of microwave amplifiers from TriQuint Semiconductor's San Jose design center (formerly WJ Communications).
System ICs to return to growth in Q3, iSuppli says
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
The market for system ICs--including ASICs, application-specific standard products and programmable logic devices--is poised to return to sequential growth in the third quarter after watching its revenue fall by nearly one third over the past six months, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Robotic hand said to combine simplicity, dexterity
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
A robotic hand uses compressed air to combine improved dexterity with low cost, according to engineers at Virginia Tech.
CDMA cell-band and PCS front end modules boost handset performance
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
Two front end modules (FEMs) that incorporate a power amplifier (PA), duplexer, band-pass filter and coupler to improve efficiency and extend talk time in mobile handsets, designated AFEM-775x includes Avago Technologies' CoolPAM and Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator (FBAR) technologies to improve performance in CDMA cell band and dual-band handsets, wireless PDAs and wireless data cards.
High-linearity direct-quadrature offers frequency range of 5MHz to 1600MHz
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology is offering a 5MHz to 1.6GHz high-linearity direct-quadrature modulator that extends the dynamic range performance of wireless transmitters.
Direct quadrature 5 MHz to 1.6 GHz modulator extends dynamic range of wireless transmitters
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
A low frequency direct conversion quadrature modulator from Linear Technology, designated LTC5598, offers high-linearity performance and low noise to enhance the dynamic range performance of basestation transmitters.
CEO Interview: Michael Lehnert of Landshut Silicon Foundry
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
LFoundry co-founder and CEO Michael Lehnert explains the business model for the company and his perspective on the market behavior over the coming years.
Noise-cancelling headphone amplifiers suit mobile phone designs
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has introduced two audio headphone amplifiers with active noise cancelling circuitry that are said to result in a 60% reduced bill of materials, compared to other noise cancelling architectures.
24bit ADCs target temperature measurement
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments latest 24bit ADCs have been designed with temperature measurement (RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors), flow/pressure measurement and industrial process control applications in mind.
What do planet hunting and cancer therapy have in common?
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
The answer is British electronic component maker, e2v Technologies, which recently announced that it had won a large order for magnetrons from an existing medical customer, plus success in space with its CCDs.
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