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BCD Semi to buy power management IC firm
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5/31/2011   Post a comment
Chinese power management IC vendor BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing said it would acquire Taiwan-based Auramicro for $5.6 million in cash.
What's up with silicon on sapphire?
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5/31/2011   5 comments
Dr. Mark L. Burgener and Dr. Ronald E. Reedy, co-founders of Peregrine Semiconductor will be presented with the Noble award at IMS2011. I thought this would be a great opportunity to check in with them on the status of their work.
Model-based methodology optimizes functional safety, Part 2: Challenges of integration
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
Timing is a safety issue—this insight has consequences for safety-relevant evaluation and even the design process. Here is a model-based methodology to maximize functional safety.
Zarlink tips 5% job cuts on 'strong' results
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5/27/2011   13 comments
Canadian mixed-signal chip company Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has said it plans to reduce its global workforce by approximately 5 percent by the end of fiscal Q2 2012, which ends in September 2011. Zarlink (Ottawa, Ontario) made the announcement within its statement of its fourth fiscal quarter and 2011 fiscal year results.
Super wideband voice input processor targets home telepresence and Smart TV apps
Product News  
5/27/2011   1 comment
The CX20708 dedicated super wideband (SWB) voice input SoC from Conexant Systems is designed to ease the design challenges of integrating voice input capabilities into modern home electronic appliances.
Skyworks to buy AnalogicTech for $264 million
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire analog chip vendor Advanced Analogic Technologies in a mostly cash deal worth about $264 million.
Architecture choices balance cost and performance for embedded graphics applications
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5/26/2011   1 comment
High-end graphics display controllers help define product style and value with dynamic graphics that dazzle consumers. At the other end of the spectrum, modest GDCs display information clearly and simply, giving users what they want efficiently and cost effectively.
Op amps in small-signal audio design - Part 1: Op amp history, properties
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5/25/2011   14 comments
In Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Small Signal Audio Design," Douglas Self reviews a brief history of op amps and then looks at various op amp properties from a perspective of audio design.
Audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/25/2011   4 comments
The audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate has flared up once again, this time triggered by a critical hardcore engineering-based review of a popular DIY audiophile headhone amp.
Switches offer guaranteed latch-up prevention and low charge injection, leakage
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced the ADG5212 and ADG5213 high-voltage, latch-up proof quad switches that offer guaranteed latch-up protection for industrial, instrumentation, and automotive applications operating at up to ±22 V.
AFE for auto radar provides signal path: 6-channel mux, PGA, LNA, filter, and 14-bit, 80-MapsADC
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices AD8283 analog front end integrates analog signal chain, facilitates design and adoption of car radar
U.S. regulators green light TI-National deal
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5/23/2011   1 comment
U.S. regulators declined to request additional information to investigate the proposed acquisition by Texas Instruments of National Semiconductor.
Marvell to invest $200 million in Israel R&D
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5/23/2011   1 comment
Communications chip company Marvell Technology Group Ltd., is reportedly planning to invest $200 million in its Israel R&D operation. The company's co-founders – Sehat Sutardja, CEO, chairman, and Weili Dai, chief operating officer – who are also husband and wife, are reportedly visiting Israel.
Model-based methodology optimizes functional safety, Part 1: Timing
Design How-To  
5/23/2011   2 comments
Timing is a safety issue—this insight has consequences for safety-relevant evaluation and even the design process. Here is a model-based methodology to maximize functional safety.
Tiny quad-channel 14/16-bit, 100 MSPS ADC targets medical MRI, available without magnetic "personality"
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5/23/2011   Post a comment
TI ADS5263 delivers low power, small footprint with high SNR; optional non-magnetic package
NXP's GreenChip smart lighting solution opens new dimension in energy efficient lighting
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5/22/2011   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors has introduced its GreenChip smart lighting solution that makes the Internet-enabled, energy-efficient lighting network a reality – not only for businesses, but also for consumers trying to make the most of energy savings in the home.
NXP demos car-to-x communications platform
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5/22/2011   Post a comment
As part of the Automotive Week 2011 which took place this week in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), chipmaker NXP demoed a car-to-x communications platform based on the company's software-defined multi-standard digital radio platform.
Intersection assistant systems make use of car-to-x communications
5/22/2011   4 comments
BMW and Volkswagen have developed prototypes of "smart" intersection assistant systems aiming at improving the safety in blind or complex intersections.
Preview new products and technologies at IMS2011
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5/20/2011   2 comments
Heading to IMS2011/MTT-S in Baltimore this year? Get a preview now. Not able to make the show? See what's on tap.
Spray modeling improves engine combustion control and simulation
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5/19/2011   2 comments
Solving emissions and fuel economy problems "in the cylinder" is cost effective compared to aftertreatments.
CSR co-founders form M2M wireless startup
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5/19/2011   3 comments
Several co-founders of Cambridge Silicon Radio, now CSR plc, have combined with others to form Neul Ltd. with the aim of creating a global wireless network business for machine-to-machine communications.
There's still a place for elegant, creative circuit design
5/18/2011   17 comments
ICs do a lot, but circuit design is still a needed art
Nominations open for the 2011 EDA Industry’s Phil Kaufman Award
5/18/2011   Post a comment
So who are you going to nominate for their services to EDA? Who? Me? No, you really shouldn’t… but who am I to deny you if you insist (said Max, humbly :-)
ADI beats estimates, sees Japan quake upside
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5/18/2011   2 comments
Analog Devices reported sales and profit for the quarter ended April 30 that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations, with the company's top executive partially crediting accelerated demand related to uncertainty created by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Optocouplers provide isolated IGBT gate drive with ease, speed, and smoothness
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5/17/2011   Post a comment
Using bipolar CMOS/DMOS instead of bipolar, Avago devices offer higher current, smaller package, faster switching, plus other virtues, at 1A, 3A, and 4A peak outputs
Fresco squeezes new life out of old analog; now on to silicon tuners
News & Analysis  
5/16/2011   2 comments
Fresco Microchip’s focus on “serving the underserved market” has enabled the startup to make a stellar growth over the last 12 months. The company is now ready to move into its own silicon tuner business.
Payload efficiency: MOST and Ethernet square off
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5/16/2011   Post a comment
This article discusses the payload efficiency of MOST and Ethernet and the derived influence on the network architecture of vehicles with high bandwidth needs. Furthermore, ideas for coexistence of these competing technologies are described.
Mouser launches medical applications site
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5/15/2011   1 comment
With Medical electronics now representing one of the fastest growing industries, and is projected to grow more than threefold over the next five years, Mouser’s Medical Applications microsite will be devoted to patient monitoring and diagnosis applications.
Charged dismissed against former Power Integrations CFO
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5/13/2011   3 comments
Bill Roeschlein, former chief financial officer of Power Integrations, said prosecutors in Taney County, Mo., dismissed an assault charge against him that led his termination from the analog chip vendor in May 2010.
Innovation revelation: Engineering the Chevy Volt
Design How-To  
5/13/2011   5 comments
For engineers, development of the Chevy Volt is a ripping yarn which has been likened to a program of "moon shot" proportions.
Linear Technology LT5400 quad resistor networks
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5/12/2011   Post a comment
Linear has introduced its first family of precision matched resistors designed for signal conditioning applications in difference amplifiers, precision dividers, references and bridge circuits.
Silicon Labs Si5374 and Si5375 clocks ICs
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5/12/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has introduced what it claims is the industry's highest performance, most integrated clock ICs available to address the complex timing requirements of high-speed OTN applications.
No wafer shortage for TSMC
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5/12/2011   1 comment
Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. does not expect to see any short- to medium term supply-side disruption from the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, according to Maria Marced, president of TSMC Europe.
Designing reliable capacitive-touch interfaces (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
5/12/2011   1 comment
Understand how to enhance hardware and software reliability of this increasingly popular user interface for instruments and appliances
NXP: No-big-chip-in-the-middle strategy
5/11/2011   16 comments
Mike Noonen, NXP's senior vice president for global marketing and sales, describes his company's strategy as "no big chip in the middle"--a handset or media tablet without that big fat SoC hogging all the real estate.
Vishay SiC779CD 40A DrMOS power solution packs a punch
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5/10/2011   Post a comment
This highly integrated product from Vishay combines high- and low-side power MOSFETs, driver IC, and bootstrap diode in low-profile PowerPAK MLP 6x6 package.
Parade PS8720 USB 3.0 dual repeater/redriver IC
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5/10/2011   Post a comment
Housed in a 32-pin 3x6mm TQFN, Parade claims its latest device is the smallest dual port USB 3.0 redriver available.
Self-adaptive RF digital signal processing enables wireless network spectral efficiency
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5/10/2011   3 comments
Although radio access technologies have made remarkable advancements in the last decade, the predominant methods for dealing with interference remain mired in the 1950s
MOST150 optimizes data bus efficiency
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5/9/2011   Post a comment
The MOST150 infotainment bus system is about to take the place of earlier MOST systems. With its high bandwidth which can be utilized up to nearly 100%, MOST150 is a viable platform for advanced next-gen infotainment systems. Daimler already has gathered experience with the new bus.
Designing reliable capacitive-touch interfaces (Part 1 of 2)
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5/9/2011   Post a comment
Understand how to enhance hardware and software reliability of this increasingly popular user interface for instruments and appliances
Evaluation kits target ZigBee and RF4CE
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5/8/2011   Post a comment
Atmel has launched the ZigBee RF4CE wireless evaluation kit designed for ZigBee PRO and ZigBee RF4CE application development and prototyping.
Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 2—Manufacturability and practical application
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5/5/2011   12 comments
"Electronic gearbox" control circuitry requires less power, boosting range.
NXP unveils CGVxpress high speed serial interface
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5/4/2011   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has unveiled an extension to its high speed data converter technology portfolio and the next generation of the CGV high speed serial interface announced in 2009. CGVxpress will be used in future NXP ADC and DAC product families.
Pros and Cons of Using DC/DC Converters to Reduce PA Battery Current
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5/3/2011   Post a comment
With two-state power amplifiers optimized for use with a DC/DC converter offering equivalent performance to a three-state device, RF engineers and designers have several choices to deliver the optimal solution for each device.
NXP DAC1627D1G25 RF digital-to-analog converter
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5/3/2011   Post a comment
NXP unveiled a 16-bit dual-channel LVDS DDR interface digital-to-analog converter, which supports output update rates of up to 1.25 Gsps.
High linearity dual downconverting mixers reduce power consumption for 4G MIMO receivers
Product News  
5/1/2011   Post a comment
Linear Technology has unveiled the LTC559x family of four high dynamic range dual downconverting mixers covering the 600 MHz to 4.5 GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
IDT claims industry's widest range of poly-phase power metering solutions for smart grid applications
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5/1/2011   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. has unveiled a new family of poly-phase power metering ICs that offer the widest dynamic range and lowest temperature coefficient in the industry.

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