Monolithic quad-band GSM/GPRS PA debuts in CMOS Product News 6/29/2006 Post a comment Stemming from breakthrough technology developed at the California Institute of Technology, cellphone device supplier Axiom Microdevices says it's sampling a patented quad-band CMOS-based PA that will give you access to the advantages of mainstream CMOS instead of GaAs. This device should help make cellphone design smaller and more highly integrated.
Watchdog timer touts automotive edge Product News 6/29/2006 Post a comment EM Microelectronic says its EM6152, EM6152A, and EM6153 are the only system power ICs for automotive applications that incorporate a multi-mode windowed watchdog timer, reset logic, and 5-volt, 400-mA LDO.
Pre-matched PAs serve WiMAX applications Product News 6/29/2006 Post a comment RF components supplier Mimix Broadband rolls out samples of internally pre-matched PAs designed for linear WiMAX applications. Its surface-mount plastic-packaged PAs are slated for operation in 700-MHz, 2.5-GHz, and 3.5-GHz circuits.
Ness, Pulsic set up India development center News & Analysis 6/29/2006 Post a comment Global IT solutions provider Ness
Technologies Inc. has established an extended development center (EDC) with Pulsic Ltd., a supplier of physical design solutions for analog, mixed signal and custom digital design. The development center is located at Ness' facility in Bangalore, India.
Dual-channel logarithmic detector IC to measure and control RF signals Product News 6/27/2006 Post a comment Here's news of of an RFIC that works from 1-MHz out to 10-GHz, comprising a dual detector/controller. When it debuts in quantity later this year, the 6-stage demodulating chip will be able to be used to closely measure and control gain across a transmitter and receiver signal path, letting it serve in AGC circuits, power-level control circuits, and even to measure VSWR.
Startup tackles transistor-level IC design News & Analysis 6/26/2006 Post a comment Startup Solido Design Automation this week is announcing its mission to provide "transistor-level design enhancement solutions" for analog/mixed-signal design, as well as custom digital and memory design.
PIC controllers boost next-generation digital power Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Taking digital power supply technology to the next level, Microchip Technology's dsPIC digital signal controller (DSC) family is designed to maintain the generality and flexibility of a DSP solution (versus a dedicated controller) without the accompanying high overhead.
Digital power-conversion for the analog engineer Design How-To 6/26/2006 1 comment Designing power supplies often requires that the designer oversize the components to compensate for variation and drift of the components and these same power supplies need tuning after manufacture. Here's an in-depth article telling design engineer how to implement intelligent digital control to resolve these problems.
16-bit hybrid A/D modules address digital RF, imaging, ATE Product News 6/26/2006 Post a comment Slated primarily for RF systems, here are some low-distortion 100-Msample/s hybrid 16-bit A/D converter modules. These $80 hybrids can reduce non-linear distortion in pipelined data converters as designed into high-IF radio strips, where they offer an enhanced ENOB, bestowing higher data rates. They also lend themselves to scalability, letting you include more channels in a system.
CCD and CMOS image sensor processing pipeline Design How-To 6/23/2006 2 comments After exposure to light, the accumulated charge over the entire CCD pixel array is read out at one end of the device and then digitized via an Analog Front End (AFE) chip or CCD processor. On the other hand, CMOS sensors directly digitize the exposure level at each pixel site. This digital camera front end tutorial provides an overview of image processing signal flow.
Capacitor-free LDO has 1 percent accuracy Product News 6/22/2006 Post a comment Holding stable with or without an output capacitor, Texas Instruments' TPS74xxx family of 1.5- and 3-amp low-dropout linear regulators (LDOs) feature 1 percent voltage regulation accuracy over line, load, and temperature.
Low cost LIN System Basis IC has RESET/Watchdog unit News & Analysis 6/21/2006 Post a comment The new TH8065 from Melexis extends the company’s successful LIN transceiver and System Basis Chips (SBC’s) product line for the simple and effective development of LIN slaves. This IC combines a physical layer LIN transceiver according to LIN 2.0 as well as SAEJ2602 with a 5V/70mA voltage regulator and a RESET/Watchdog unit.
Low-noise boost converter drives up to 10 LEDs Product News 6/20/2006 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor points to the low-noise, fixed-frequency switching scheme and integrated over-voltage and soft-start functions in its CAT4238 boost converter, which can drive up to 10 LEDs, as key product differentiators.
EL drivers cut down the noise a notch Product News 6/20/2006 Post a comment Supertex' HV835 and HV857L high-voltage drivers for single and dual-segment electroluminescent (EL) lamps leverage the company's patented technology for futher cutting audible noise.
Boomer audio subsystems add RF suppression Product News 6/19/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor's two new Boomer audio subsystems, the LM4946 and LM4947, integrate radio-frequency (RF) suppression technology to improve noise performance in cell phone and other portable applications.
Design with (low) power while limiting leakage Design How-To 6/18/2006 1 comment Portable devices need to limit power consumption but they also must meet the needs for high chip density with high throughput while limiting leakage. Here's a technique that will help you minimize leakage and power dissipation yet account for the necessary tradeoffs in your design.
Maxim sued over stock options investigation News & Analysis 6/15/2006 Post a comment The law firm of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran announced that a lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against certain officers and directors of Maxim Integrated Products Inc., resulting from allegations concerning improper backdating of Maxim options granted to Maxim employees.
Op amps extend high-end video applications Product News 6/15/2006 Post a comment Expanding its existing high-speed, low-power op-amp portfolio, ON Semiconductor's cost-effective NCS25xx family of 500 MHz-1.4 GHz devices are designed for high definition video applications (set-top boxes, security video cameras, video switching).
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.