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Triple LDO touts best PSRR, noise specs
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Micrel says its MIC2215, for cellular phones, PDAs, PCs and peripherals such as wireless LAN cards, is one of the industry's highest performing triple LDO regulators. The LDOs offer a dropout of 100 mV typical at 150 mA, providing crucial longer battery life in portable applications. The chip's PSRR is more than 70 dB at 1 kHz and ground current is less than 110 microamps per output at light load.
Power Amp reduces transmit costs, improves harmonics with on-chip filtering
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Skyworks offers a highly efficient power amplifier with on-chip harmonic filtering that eliminates the need for additional filtering in the transmit chain. The PA delivers superior output power at high data rates, improving WLAN throughput while extending battery life in handheld device applications such as PCMCIA cards, mini PCI cards, access points and other wireless data designs.
Buck controller meets DDR2 memory requirements
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Semtech Corp.'s SC1486A is a dual synchronous controller, a pin-compatible upgrade of the company's SC1486 for DDR (double data rate) memory, for systems designers specifying DDR2 (higher speed) memory and for those requiring a migration path to DDR2 memory with minimal board changes.
Chip set delivers AdvancedTCA solution
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has delivered ten power management devices designed as a comprehensive, cost-effective solution to meet the emerging AdvancedTCA spec for telecom equipment. The collection of devices includes a hot-plug IC, three PWM/buck controllers, charge pump, OR-ing diode, discrete FET switch and three power MOSFETs.
Multiple I/O supports new 500 Mbit/s Wi-Fi proposal
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Agere Systems announced support for a baseline wireless networking specification that establishes ultra-fast data streams for wireless HDTV transmissions as well as high-density user environments for corporate and retail wireless networks. This proposal defines the next generation of wireless networking " referred to as the IEEE 802.11n protocol " to deliver a raw data rate of 500 megabits-per-second.
High-Speed converter integrated on MCU is just right combo for wireless, test.
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Silicon Labs announced a new family of precision mixed-signal microcontrollers that integrate a 25 MIPS 8051 MCU with dual 16-bit, 1 MSPS analog-to-digital converters. The price is competitive with similar performing stand-alone ADCs that do not include MCU functionality.
Power Integrations meets guidance
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Power Integrations Inc. reported a net income of $5.0 million on revenue of $35.9 million in its second quarter, up from $4.2 million on sales of $29.8 million in the year-ago second quarter though down slightly from earnings of $5.1 million on sales of $34.2 million the previous quarter. Results fell within the expected guidance for the San Jose supplier of high-voltage integrated circuits.
Matsushita selects Rambus interface for TV chips
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Japan, has signed an agreement with Rambus Inc., Los Altos, Calif., to integrate that company's DDR2 interface cell into its next-generation digital television (DTV) chipsets.
TI reports profit on strong DSP, wireless sales
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. reported second quarter net income of $441 million on sales of $3.2 billion, up from $367 million on sales of $2.9 billion the previous quarter and $121 million on sales of $2.3 billion in the year-ago second quarter.
Alliance seeks consensus for broadband over powerline
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is seeking comments from industry over the specifications likely to be required for delivering data at broadband speeds over powerlines. The Alliance is also already finalizing its specification for HomePlug AV, a high-speed networking technology designed specifically for digital multimedia networks in the home. From London, John Walko filed this report.
USDTV to team with LG on digital TV
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
.S. Digital Television, Inc. (USDTV) has announced a technology partnership with LG Electronics and LG Innotek to supply fifth-generation 8-VSB chips and ATSC tuners for use in USDTV's set-top boxes.
LED driver proclaims space-savings
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp.'s white-LED driver, the LX1995, is available in two efficient, space-saving versions: the LX1995-1 with a switch current of 325 mA for up to six LEDs; and the LX1995-2 with a switch current of 500 mA for up to ten. The boost converter, which offers automatic brightness control when used with the company's visible-light sensors such as the LX1971 and LX1972, comes in one of the industry's thinnest 5-pin packages - the 1-mm high thin-shrink small-outline TSOT. Additionally, it uses
PWM Step-Up Regulator - for TFT-LCD displays
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Intersil introduced the EL7516, a highly efficient and fully integrated boost regulator with a selectable 600kHz or 1.2MHz switching frequency. This boost converter is ideally suited for thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) for computer monitors and TVs, and portable equipment applications such as digital cameras and GSM/CDMA cell phones.
CAN Transceiver IC - 3.3V I/O, excellent EMC performance
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor has expanded its family of Controller Area Network (CAN) ICs with a high-speed CAN transceiver that combines true 3.3V or 5.0V logic interfaces, excellent EMC performance, and an environmentally friendly package. The AMIS-30663 provides the interface between a CAN controller and the physical bus, and will simplify the design and reduce the component count of 12V and 24V automotive and industrial applications requiring CAN communication at up to 1 Mbaud.
TI reports profit on strong DSP, wireless sales
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7/20/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. reported second quarter net income of $441 million on sales of $3.2 billion, up from $367 million on sales of $2.9 billion the previous quarter and $121 million on sales of $2.3 billion in the year-ago second quarter.
Triple LDO touts best PSRR, noise specs
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7/20/2004   Post a comment
Micrel says its MIC2215, for cellular phones, PDAs, PCs and peripherals such as wireless LAN cards, is one of the industry's highest performing triple LDO regulators. The LDOs offer a dropout of 100 mV typical at 150 mA, providing crucial longer battery life in portable applications. The chip's PSRR is more than 70 dB at 1 kHz and ground current is less than 110 microamps per output at light load.
Wireless headset makers don't harmonize on stereo audio
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7/19/2004   Post a comment
OEMs and vendors are gearing up to deliver wireless headsets that support stereo audio, promising a new generation of untethered MP3 players and music-enabled cell phones. But backers are divided between using standard approaches like Bluetooth or proprietary systems, raising the potential for incompatible systems in the marketplace. Rick Merritt and Patrick Mannion collaborated on this report.
LNB Regulator ICs - for satellite set-top boxes
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7/19/2004   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems has introduced two additions to its family of low-noise block voltage regulator ICs (LNBRs) for satellite set-top box systems. The A8285/8287 devices complement the earlier A8282/8281 to form a complete family of highly efficient monolithic linear and switching voltage regulators.
Buck controller meets DDR2 memory requirements
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7/18/2004   Post a comment
Semtech Corp.'s SC1486A is a dual synchronous controller, a pin-compatible upgrade of the company's SC1486 for DDR (double data rate) memory, for systems designers specifying DDR2 (higher speed) memory and for those requiring a migration path to DDR2 memory with minimal board changes.
Chip set delivers AdvancedTCA solution
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7/17/2004   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has delivered ten power management devices designed as a comprehensive, cost-effective solution to meet the emerging AdvancedTCA spec for telecom equipment. The collection of devices includes a hot-plug IC, three PWM/buck controllers, charge pump, OR-ing diode, discrete FET switch and three power MOSFETs.
DAB module offers raft of innovative features to differentiate it from analog radios
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7/16/2004   Post a comment
RadioScape offers the RS300L module that enables receivers to be built with Band III and L-band Eureka 147 DAB, integral FM, and RDS with the innovative features of multi-channel decode, Electronic Program Guide on a color display, pause and rewind of live broadcasts, and recording to removable memory.
System clock generator tailored for system level clocking solutions
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7/16/2004   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra introduced the CM5470 system clock generator designed for direct compatibility with the company's 200 to 900 MHz RM7000 and RM5200 MIPS-based product families. It is optimized for MIPS-based printer and consumer applications.
UART helps increase system performance for base stations, other apps
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7/16/2004   Post a comment
TI announced a single channel UART that can support voltages down to 2.5V, and data transfer rates up to 1.5 Mbps. The TL16C550D can help increase system performance in applications such as telecommunication base stations, cell phones, POS systems, modems, PDAs and more.
High-Speed converter integrated on MCU is just right combo for wireless, test
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7/15/2004   Post a comment
Silicon Labs announced a new family of precision mixed-signal microcontrollers that integrate a 25 MIPS 8051 MCU with dual 16-bit, 1 MSPS analog-to-digital converters. The price is competitive with similar performing stand-alone ADCs that do not include MCU functionality.
Fairchild Semi reports profit on strong power sales
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7/15/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor reported second quarter 2004 sales of $414.3 million, 19 percent higher than the second quarter of 2003 and a 4 percent increase from the prior quarter.
NOAA grant funds lobster tracking, among other things.
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7/14/2004   Post a comment
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant awarded to Advanced Design Consulting (Lansing, NY) will allow scientists to track the movement of lobsters across the ocean floor. The grant calls for the development of RF transmitters that will sense-and-record the temperature differentials that portend the movement of the red crustaceans.
Intersil to cut 200 jobs
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Intersil to cut 200 jobs
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7/14/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. said Tuesday (July 13) it would eliminate 200 positions by the year's end in an effort to streamline manufacturing and support functions.
Intersil set to fire 200, hire in China, Korea
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7/13/2004   Post a comment
Analog chip vendor Intersil Corp. is planning to eliminate 200 jobs while consolidating activities and streamlining costs in its manufacturing and support functions.
Next hot wireless app: body area networks?
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7/13/2004   Post a comment
Looking to devise a new application in wireless, Canada's Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. is researching in-body antenna designs for so-called body area networks.
Battery IC keys on cooler, faster charging
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its bq24100, now available in volume, is the first synchronous switch-mode charger IC with internal power FETs capable of supplying up to 2 amps, and thus charges batteries significantly faster while cutting down on the heat. The stand alone bq24100 serves one-, two- and three-cell lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery packs such as used in portable DVD and media players, smart handhelds, medical, industrial and other portable equipment.
Cirrus enters digital amplifier market
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic Inc. entered the market for Class D digital amplifier controllers on Monday (July 12), aiming at the high-end of the audio-video recorder market as well as recordable DVD players with built-in amplifiers and captive speakers. Cirrus joins a growing market for digital amplifier chips, with Apogee Technology, D2Audio, Texas Instruments and Tripath Technology among the market participants. From Austin, David Lammers has this report.
MOSFET driver IC packed with protection
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation's Endura ISL6614 is a two-channel synchronous-buck MOSFET driver IC designed with advanced protection features for high-current DC/DC converters in datacom, telecom, point-of-load and computing applications. It's designed to provide the highest protection while significantly reducing board space, parts count and costs to implement a multi-phase power solution. "The ISL6614 offers exceptional performance and cost savings in a small SOIC or near-chip-scale 4-by-4 mm QFN packag
Amplifiers set sights on professional and wideband video applications
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor launched what it says are the world's fastest amplifiers for professional and wideband video applications. The high-speed LMH6738 and LMH6739 are designed for applications requiring high bandwidth and low distortion. These devices drive today's highest-resolution video signals in LCD projectors, multi-media, video switching and routing, conference room and HDTV systems.
Hot charge-pumps stoke LED backlights
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
Focus On display backlighting - Chip vendors competing for a share of the red-hot white-LED driver market are pitching advanced charge-pump sources that deliver greater backlighting power for the color displays in larger and more complex portable/wireless devices. They're also promoting chips capable of tighter and tighter brightness-matching (generally to within 1 percent) of the LEDs in the backlighting panel, amid a fair amount of discussion of how good is good enough for the range of display
Panasonic PT-50LCX63: HDTV's analog ending
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
Even HDTV needs analog: Three high-resolution LCD panels"one for each of the red, green and blue primary colors"generate the final picture in Panasonics's PT-50LCX63 50-inch HDTV, David Carey shows.
Thinking inside the box - the future of converter designs?
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices recently introduced a D/A converter designed for low-power, space-constrained applications. Get the inside information from Editor Paul O'Shea as he digs down into the design techniques used to create this unique converter.
Broadband to continue rapid worldwide growth
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7/9/2004   Post a comment
Broadband-subscriber growth on a worldwide basis is expected to be driven heavily by DSL in Asia-Pacific markets and by cable in North America, according to a new report. The Yankee Group is predicting broadband global Internet-access growth of 35 million subscribers this year, 43 million for both 2005 and 2006, and more than 46 million in each of the following two years.
Stuck in traffic, digital radio finds a home
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7/9/2004   Post a comment
Digital audio broadcasting is making little headway in the automotive market. But in places like England, it appears to be capturing that nation's hearth. From Paris, Junko Yoshida reports.
Sarnoff unveils IP solution for HDTV
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7/9/2004   Post a comment
Sarnoff Corp. has introduced silicon IP aimed at helping TV makers meet a federal requirement that half of all TV sets 36 inches or larger and sold after July 1 must include digital TV capabilities. Sarnoff's silicon IP is an integrated audio and video system processor designed to decode and display standard digital TV signals at any resolution that the television set can accommodate, up to and including HDTV. Spencer Chin has this report.
Hot charge-pumps stoke LED backlights
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7/9/2004   Post a comment
Focus On display backlighting - Chip vendors competing for a share of the red-hot white-LED driver market are pitching advanced charge-pump sources that deliver greater backlighting power for the color displays in larger and more complex portable/wireless devices. They're also promoting chips capable of tighter and tighter brightness-matching (generally to within 1 percent) of the LEDs in the backlighting panel, amid a fair amount of discussion of how good is good enough for the range of display
Amplifiers set sights on professional and wideband video applications
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7/8/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor launched what it says are the world's fastest amplifiers for professional and wideband video applications. The high-speed LMH6738 and LMH6739 are designed for applications requiring high bandwidth and low distortion. These devices drive today's highest-resolution video signals in LCD projectors, multi-media, video switching and routing, conference room and HDTV systems.
Analogmarkt wächst im High end
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7/8/2004   Post a comment
Ein starkes Wachstum von mehr als 30 Prozent sagt das US-Marktforschungsinstitut Databeans dem Hochleistungssektor der Analogtechnik voraus. Für das vergangene Jahr schätzen die Databeans-Experten das weltweite Marktvolumen auf 8,2 Milliarden US-Dollar, rund 23 Prozent des gesamten Analogmarkts von 36 Milliarden Dollar.
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