8-bit MCU features dual bus design for complex multi-chip A/V subsystem control
Product News 6/30/2008 1 comment
Its dual SMBus feature, small form factor and support for a wide range of operating voltages make the SST89C58RC MCU an ideal solution for numerous applications, including HDMI, HDTVs, A/V receivers, home appliances, industrial instruments, notebook PCs, DVD players, Blu-ray players, RF modules and security applications such as fingerprint identification.
Designing a MMIC VCO
Design How-To 6/30/2008 Post a comment
Looking for insights on the simulation and layout of a VCO? Then this article is for you! Click here to read about a methodology and design flow to design negative resistance type VCOs using standard MMIC components and Agilent-ADS software for simulation and layout generation.
Lost in Space
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 6/30/2008 Post a comment
Admittedly, the bread is still being buttered by the commercial side of the business, but business also seems to be steadily growing in the defense and aerospace markets.
ADI accelerates high-speed data conversion
Design How-To 6/30/2008 2 comments
The sleepy data converter sector is suddenly heating up, as Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) has leapfrogged the competition to help enable a new class of industrial, medical and related equipment in the marketplace.
Are IC thermal problems hot air, question panelists
News & Analysis 6/30/2008 Post a comment
At the Design Automation Conference mid-June in Anaheim, California, an educational panel addressed the thermal issue in integrated circuit (IC) design. Two key questions were raised: When will this issue be emerging as a crucial concern if at all? What are the solutions to solve this potential crisis?
Chip sales increased 7.5% in May, says SIA
News & Analysis 6/30/2008 Post a comment
The three month moving average of global chip sales was $21.8 billion in May, 7.5 percent up on the $20.3 billion reported for May 2007, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and based on figures from WSTS.
Tip of the Week---Simple power supply for FPGAs, Part 2
Design How-To 6/27/2008 Post a comment
DC/DC IC building-block systems such as Linear Technology's microModules are a good solution for simple and compact low-voltage, high-current power supply applications. In this concluding part, we discuss chip and board layout and thermal performance.
Coming (not too) soon: wireless set-top boxes
News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment
Wireless is coming to the cable TV set-top box, but just which wireless and when is still not clear, said a Cox Communications executive after a panel on wireless video networking at the Connections conference.
Video: 60 GHz, Wi-Fi, UWB face off at panel
Product News 6/27/2008 Post a comment
Competing approaches to delivering high quality video in the digital home faced off in a panel discussion at the Connections conference where representatives of Wi-Fi, ultrawideband and 60 GHz radios were clearly gunning for similar design wins in TVs, routers, set-top boxes, Blu-Ray drives and other devices.
Safe bet: tire pressure sensors
Teardown 6/26/2008 Post a comment
One of Portelligent's analysts had the presence of mind to gather up the damaged tire pressure monitor (TPM) from his Toyota during a recent service center visit.
Extreme design: SuitSat pushes engineers' limits
Teardown 6/26/2008 1 comment
When engineers from Microchip Technology took a routine microcontroller inquiry, little did they know they'd be embarking on a multiyear space mission that would challenge every aspect of their earthbound engineering experience, while reconnecting them with the excitement and sense of exploration that led them to choose engineering to begin with.
Quatech ships embedded 802.11 radios
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The Airborne Embedded 802.11b/g radio module is Quatech's first SDIO/SPI host interface product and the latest addition to Quatech's advanced line of radios for reliable and high performing M2M communication.
IP core startup replaces CEO with Manchester veteran
News & Analysis 6/26/2008 Post a comment
Phylinks Ltd. (Manchester, England), a 2006 startup company developing serial communications IP cores, has appointed Tony Palmer as CEO, taking over from Nabil Takla who continues as chairman. Palmer joins the board of directors which also gains the presence of Gary Johnson, formerly president and CEO of PortalPlayer.