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Digitally controlled potentiometer reduces cost, programming and system calibration
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
With < 1 percent typical resistor tolerance, Intersil's low-voltage digitally controlled potentiometer (DCP) can be used as a true variable resistor, enabling users to set standard and non-standard resistor values for open-loop applications.
Freescale LED driver eliminates audible noise and visual artifacts for LCDs
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the MC34845 LED driver with high-speed pulse width modulation (PWM) capability.
CADEKA : Octal A-D converter claims lowest power consumption
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
CADEKA claims the industry’s most power efficient, eight channel analog-to-digital converters.
Global chip sales seen ticking up in May
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in May are believed to have increased by a seasonally adjusted 2 percent on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
How a Power Switch Can Save the World
Design How-To  
6/30/2009   2 comments
Nearly all electronic products contain a switch-mode power subsystem. To improve efficiency and cost throughout the life cycle of an application, many topologies and control methods have been tried. The latest-generation of power switches have changed the landscape by allowing integration as well as exceeding the new energy efficiency regulations that are becoming mandatory in the industry.
Dolphin Integration unveils Helium audio converter
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) claimed it has released a digital audio converter (DAC) that combines ultra-low power consumption and low bill-of-material with high audio quality.
RF PA 6-MHz DC/DC converter implements dynamic voltage scaling for improved efficiency of 3G handsets
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild FAN5902 has minimum footprint, maximum efficiency due to switching frequency, dynamic adjustment of power amplifier current to match output power
Home appliances target for combined LED and front-panel driver
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has added the AS1115 to its LED driver portfolio, which combines display driving and key scanning functionality to provide a simple front panel solution.
TSMC adds analog to 0.13-micron process
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) continues to move down the analog and mixed-signal path.
New Dual White-LED Flash Driver Maximizes Picture Quality in Cell Phone Cameras
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
ADI's ADP1655 LED flash driver incorporates advances in transmit masking, current accuracy and LED grounding to ensure brighter flash, more reliable operation and smaller form factors
Wolfson new DACs make high-quality audio more affordable
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
New DACs dramatically cut cost of bringing high quality audio to digital TV, Blu-ray, set-top box and games consoles
STMicroelectronics : Surge protection IC targets Power-over-Ethernet
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Power over Ethernet (PoE), or IEEE 802.3at, is the industry standard enabling devices such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phones, wireless-LAN access points, RFID tag readers, sensors, or cameras to connect into a network without also requiring a nearby wall outlet for power.
ON Semiconductor Introduces 10 A Supercapacitor-Based LED Flash Driver for Ultra-Slim Camera Phones and Digital Cameras
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
The NCP5680 is an integrated LED flash and power management solution offered in a 0.55 mm low-profile package that extends battery life and improves digital photo quality
Altera rolls low power, anti-tamper FPGAs
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Altera this week is rolling out a new product family, Cyclone III LS, billed by the company as the industry's first low power FPGAs with anti-tamper, design-security and design-separation features.
Industry agrees on unified cellphone chargers
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
The members of industry association Digitaleurope have signed a memorandum of understanding aiming at developing a common charging solution for mobile phones. The move dangles the availability of a charger that can be used across all almost brands.
Tutorial: the new JEDEC interface standard for data converters, Part 1 of 3
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Understand the design implications of JESD204A for high-speed analog/digital and digital/analog converters
16Bit Octal DAC suits open-loop and closed-loop systems
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. has introduced the LTC2656, a 16bit octal DAC with 4LSB INL maximum over temperature - a significant performance gain over Linear's existing LTC2600 16bit octal DAC, and those of its competitors.
TV tuner IC captures analog, digital standards, features LNA and tracking filters for superior performance
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Labs CMOS Si217 has low-IF architecture, minimizes external passives, reduces BOM, increases in-field performance consistency
Home networking battle continues: one person's view
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/27/2009   1 comment
Wireless, wired, or power line: which one has the edge in the home?
Cascadable 4-channel, 24-Bit ADC simplifies system design
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6/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced a 4-channel, 24-bit simultaneous-sampling ADC that can be daisy-chained to provide a sampling capacity for up to 32 channels.
ADC suits image-processing functions in medical imaging and radar
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6/27/2009   Post a comment
Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) has introduced a quad sampling analog to digital converter (ADC) for image processing applications where low noise performance and a high conversion rate are required.
10-A supercapacitor-based LED flash driver focuses ultra-slim camera phones and digital cameras
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new supercapacitor-optimized LED flash driver capable of delivering up to 10 A for photo flash and video light in ultra-slim camera phones and compact digital cameras.
Online lab lets designers try Cadence tools
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Xuropa Inc. is opening an online lab for evaluators of verification tools from Cadence Design Systems.
Letter to the editor: 8-bit horsepower
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2009   5 comments
A reader responds to a question on 8-bit vs. 16-bit vs. 32-bit microcontrollers.
SMSC to outsource test operations
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Chip vendor SMSC said it plans to outsource some of its production test operations to Asian suppliers. The affected operations are currently handled in New York State.
Digital representations of analog systems for control system applications
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
This tutorial shows how digital controllers can be created from an analog (or continuous) model. Included is an examination of the "Tustin's method" and "hold equivalence" methods of converting from the analog to digital domain.
TI announces Piccolo MCU motor control kits with power factor correction
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments announced two new Piccolo Motor Control Kits that enable PFC and sensorless field-oriented control of up to two motors with a single low-cost microcontroller (MCU).
Microchip debuts low-power, high-precision op amps
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Microchip has expanded its line of high-precision op amps with gain bandwidth product from 10 kHz to 50 MHz.
Solido tool tackles sub-90 nm analog well proximity effect
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Solido Design Automation has added an application to its Variation Designer solution that analyzes and solves well proximity effect problems that become major concerns at 90 nm and below.
Silicon Labs : Telephony IC is highly integrated
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
With the Si3217x ProSLIC, Silicon Labs claims the industry’s highest performance, highest integration and lowest power family of single-channel foreign exchange station (FXS) solutions.
Maxim : Gamma correction IC has 16 programmable outputs
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The MAX9669 is a low-cost, 16-channel, gamma-correction reference system with integrated nonvolatile (NV) memory.
Silicon startups get the squeeze
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6/22/2009   6 comments
Top venture capitalists say opportunities are changing and narrowing for semiconductor startups because the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive and raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
Low-power stereo codec integrates Class D speaker driver
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Designed to extend playback time for audio enabled portable devices, Wolfson Microelectronics' second device in its stereo chip line is being promoted as the industry's lowest power codec.
Phased array radar boosts collision warning
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6/22/2009   2 comments
Ford's 2010 Taurus uses UWB and features a boatload of other technology.
Texas Instruments completes license power management agreement with Power-One
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has reached an agreement with Power-One that expands the market for TI's analog and digital power management products which support the PMBus protocol.
Texas Instruments : 18-bit SoC enables high-speed data acquisition
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Two system-on-chip (SoC) solutions from Texas Instruments enable designers to develop ultra-high performance analog-to-digital converter front ends for precision applications including high-speed data acquisition, automated test equipment and medical imaging.
Buck converter: Key is selecting the right capacitor
Design How-To  
6/22/2009   4 comments
While the buck converter's input capacitor is often the most critical capacitor in the circuit, it is not usually given the proper consideration.
Belgian analog startup recruits business manager
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
EqcoLogic NV (Brussels, Belgium), a developer of equalizer circuits, has appointed Zephra Freeman as vice president of business development.
Freescale claims billionth sensor shipped
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) division acquired from Motorola has produced its one billionth sensor chips after 30 years since its founding in 1980.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Video: First looks inside the iPhone 3GS
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
The iPhone 3GS arrived at Apple retail stories this morning to lighter than previous sales and few surprises for teardown experts who were among the first in the lines.
Low-voltage, step-down regulator focuses on low-power, compact applications
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
A low-voltage, step-down regulator with an internal boost switch has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products.
Texas Instruments : Integrated load switch has controlled turn-on
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced a family of integrated load switches with controlled turn-on and quick output discharge to simplify subsystem load management.
Technical needs and challenges in harbor surveillance
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
This paper will look at traditional solutions to the implementation of a high frequency sonar system and compare them to one of the simpler solutions available with modern FPGA enabled hardware offerings.
Intel revamps R&D efforts, forms energy unit
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has revamped its R&D activities, by renaming the group and forming several new units in the arena.
Downconverting mixer debuts for WCS, LTE, WiMAX, and MMDS base stations
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' fully integrated, 2000MHz to 3900MHz downconverting mixer features an on-chip LO buffer.
Amimon's wireless ambition: Marry WHDI's HD video with WiFi
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6/18/2009   2 comments
Yoav Nissan-Cohen, chairman and CEO of Amimon, has plans to change the status quo of wireless video format war by shifting the battleground from "wireless HD video" to "combined wireless HD video and data."
Moore's Law repealed! But does it matter?
Design How-To  
6/18/2009   8 comments
Looking at the real cost, performance and time-to-market requirements designers face, the repeal of Moore's Law, which appears to be in progress, may not even matter anymore, according to Gene Frantz, Principal Fellow at Texas Instruments and creator of "Gene's Law", a power-related corollary of Moore's.
Rad-hardened data converters 'star' in CERN detectors
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices says that its data converters are playing an important role within the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Silicon Labs lifts Q2 outlook
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories lifted its second quarter revenue and earnings outlook, citing stronger-than-expected sales of new products, access and audio broadcast products.
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