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Power Integrations faces delisting
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Power Integrations faces delisting from the Nasdaq exchange after stating it does not expect to update its SEC filings by the previously announced deadline of Aug. 2, 2006.
DC/DC chip packs the most power management for 3-amp applications
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7/31/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Affording a one-chip solution for basic power-with-power management designs, Zilker Labs says its ZL2105 is the industry's only such offering for 3-amp service with complete digital-power management facility, and is the mostly easily configured.
DC/DC controller for all n-channel MOSFETs drives 20-amp applications
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC3822 is a 750-kHz step-down DC/DC controller that's suited for driving all n-channel MOSFETs in 20-amp applications. The synchronous device further improves efficiency by using MOSFET drain-to-source resistance for current-sensing, doing away with the sense resistor traditionally employed.
Agilent poised to acquire Xpedion
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7/28/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Xpedion Design Systems. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Programmable in-amp yields outsized specs
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Precision op amp offers dc and ac performance with small size, low power
Airbee, ZMD team on 900-MHz ZigBee technology
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
A complete reference design with the Texas Instruments' MSP430-1612 ultra-low power microcontroller was also released.
Fooling Faraday: On-chip capacitor multipliers
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Capacitors are used to mitigate noisy voltages and supply and/or shunt the transient currents, but each capacitor incurs cost and PCB real estate. Integration on an SoC is a possibility but is usually too expensive for volume, cost-effective solutions. What to do? A current-conveyor multiplier may be the answer and here's how to implement it.
Updated: Panasonic, NEC, TI join forces on future mobile phones
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Matsushita and NEC Corp. are teaming with Texas Instruments to form a mobile phone joint venture that will share R&D activities as the Japanese companies seek to become global wireless players.
Microcontroller reset IC meets core requirements
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology says its RNA50C27AUS is the industry's first reset IC that incorporates a core power-on sequencing function for microcontrollers that operate core logic circuits from a 1.8-volt power supply and I/O peripheral circuits from a 3.3-volt supply.
Stand-alone differential encoder ICs cut cost, real-estate overheads
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7/27/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Inphi Corporation's 13650DE and 13651DE, which the company says remain the only stand-alone differential phase shift keying (DPSK) and Duobinary encoders in the industry, are now offered in a QFN plastic package to cut cost and footprint and to provide a measure of compatibility with the company's new 13-series flip flops for use in NRZ applications.
Cirrus, Silicon Image, TriQuint post sales gains
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
Here are the winners and losers in terms of financial results for semiconductor suppliers on Wednesday, July 26.
Designing a multimedia interface with low EMI
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
Careful design is needed to ensure low EMI when providing a multimedia interface; see how it can be achieved with a novel IC architecture
3-port switch supports all 10/100 Ethernet optical standards
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7/26/2006   Post a comment
Micrel is sampling a highly integrated 3-port switching device dubbed the KSZ8893FQLdf that is designed to interface to 10BaseFL or 100BaseSX networks.
Buck regulator-with-LDO chip eases slim wireless designs
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NCP1526 is a synchronous buck regulator with LDO for powering "application microprocessors" and associated RF circuitry in higher density multimedia portable devices such as portable media players (PMPs), MP3 players and DMB or DVB-H mobile TV chipsets in cellular phones.
UHF ASK/FSK receiver ICs lay claim to industry's smallest footprints
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Low cost silicon can help implement remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitoring circuits in automotive subsystems. Here are two RF receiver ICs that lay claim to very small size and high performance. They can demodulate FSK and ASK transmissions.
Chip switches USB 2.0, audio signals in single package
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
Pericom recently developed 3.3-V devices that it claims are the first to support both USB 2.0 High Speed and high-fidelity audio signals in a single chip. Housed in a 3.5-mm X 1.5-mm TDFN package, the PI3USB411 and PI3USB412 are aimed at handheld applications such as mobile phones and MP3 players.
Active x2 multipliers support circuits to 46-GHz
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
A variety of 2x multipliers can make it easier to craft circuits that develop RF at frequencies as high as 46-GHz. These devices are availabe in SMT RoHS-compliant packages, as well as in bare die form.
Chipset boosts mid-power DC/DCs
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's 30-volt synchronous buck converter chipset (IRF6631 control MOSFET and IRF6638 synchronous MOSFET) brings higher efficiency and thermal performance at intermediate current levels (below 18 amps) for higher density notebook and desktop computers and telecom and datacom equipment.
Sine signal conditioner has a fault-tolerant 1Vpp line driver
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7/25/2006   Post a comment
iC-MSB is a signal conditioner with a fault-tolerant line driver for sine/cosine sensors which are used to determine positions in linear and angular encoders, for example.
Regulator IC boosts power performance for portables
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems' AS1325 step-up DC/DC regulator boasts an efficiency of up to 96 percent for tight board layouts and low-power 3.3- and 5-volt portable applications.
How to provide a power-efficient architecture
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
Processors have evolved from super-scalar architecture to instruction-level parallelism, where each evolution makes more efficient use of fast single instruction pipeline. It's anything but a smooth ride with many challenges including the amount of energy consumed per logic operation. Here's what can be done to reduce total power consumption.
Audio hubs extend battery life in portable entertainment devices
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7/24/2006   Post a comment
The expectation of mobile handset users have grown, particularly with respect to audio.
Tanner EDA speeds up tool suite
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog/mixed-signal EDA tool vendor Tanner EDA plans to release an upgrade to its Tanner Tools 12.1 design suite on the opening day of the Design Automation Conference.
Weak microprocesor market dampens earnings picture
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Like the lazy days of summer, it has been a somewhat lackluster season so far for the electronics industry, judging from early earnings results that ranged from poor to strong.
Flash-capacitor IC powers portable UV flame detector
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
A high-voltage power supply that can quickly charge a capacitor to 325 volts for a UV flame detector, and be powered by a battery, is difficult to design. Use a flash-capacitor circuit to provide the high voltage needed.
TI's battery charger features LDO mode
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
The bq24060 charges the battery in three phases as required by battery cell manufacturers.
HDMI in image processor for digital still cameras adds hi res HDTV photo show feature
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Zoran has integrated into its latest COACH processors the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) transmitter initially developed for DVD players. It is powering Samsung's new Digimax L85, the world's first digital camera supporting HDMI.
Quad under/over-voltage monitor watches plus and minus supplies
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7/21/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2914 precision quad voltage monitor, for multiple supplies, has dual inputs for each monitored voltage to keep watch over four separate under-voltage (UV) and four over-voltage (OV) conditions.
Laker tool claims 10x boost in a/ms design productivity
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Claiming to boost analog/mixed-signal design productivity 10 fold while maintaining handcrafted layout quality, Silicon Canvas introduced a new Laker layout product, Laker DDL.
Ultralow-power HDD preamps boost performance in sub-2.5 inch drives
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' L6420 and L6440 hard-disk drive (HDD) preamplifiers for sub-2.5 inch drives, in the company's Near Zero Power series, tout significantly higher bandwidth and best-in-class power efficiency.
SMBus interface bridges analog and digital circuits
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Check out this SMBus to analog interface device that digitizes analog signals for use with digital microprocessors. Microsemi's LX1800 can be paired with its ambient light sensors to incorporate microprocessor-controlled digital dimming of backlight lamps in LCD displays.
Semtech to restate five years of earnings
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. said today that it will restate its finances for the fiscal years 2002 through 2006.
Processor for digital TV broadcast capable mobile phones
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
Processor for digital TV broadcast capable mobile phones enables VGA-size video recording and playback
1.5-amp regulator gets by with as few as 3 external components
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7/20/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' ST1S06 voltage regulator IC drastically reduces the required PCB area for portable and battery-powered devices such as MP3 players and digital cameras - it gets by with as few as three external components.
14-bit ADC boosts WiBro, WiMAX basestation performance
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2285, a 14-bit 125 Msps dual high-speed ADC is optimized for use in multicarrier wireless basestation transceiver applications, including WiBro and WiMAX.
Atheros' wireless IP phone platform delivers high feature integration
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
The solution integrates DSP, memory, power management, keypad, audio and display interfaces, in addition to mixed-signal and RF.
Making sense of light sensors
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7/19/2006   Post a comment
As light sensors, whether photoresistor, photodiode, or phototransistor, become more common and less expensive, understanding their fit with the application is increasingly important. The use of integrated circuitry enables on-chip calibration, filtering and increased resolution.
Wi-Fi RF front-end chip slashes size, cuts cost
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Promising to cut system-level integration cost and slash board area requirements, RF semiconductor maker SiGe Semiconductor announces a highly integrated RF front-end module. Slated for Wi-Fi systems compliant with 802.11b/g, the device is very small and eliminates several external discrete components. It packs all functions required between the output of a transceiver and its antenna.
Analog shines in the digital world's shadow
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Analog just doesn't have the hot news appeal to most non-technical journalists that digital has. Hey, they say, digital's the future, so why don't you just get with it?—that's their view.....
Bill Schweber, Site Editor, Planet Analog
Infineon touts first UWB transceiver
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Infineon has finalized the tapeout of a dual-band ultrawideband transceiver that it claims will beef up mobile devices for broadband communications.
Wireless ASICs bring tire pressure monitoring to the mass market
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7/18/2006   Post a comment
Accidents due directly to tire blowouts have created an acute need for a low cost, low power, reliable small form factor method of monitoring vehicle tire pressures. Power optimized ASICs enable such safety improvement.
Primary-side controller advances digital power
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Proclaiming a paradigm shift in power supply control techniques with its iW1688 PWM chip, iWatt says it's the first to secure significant benefits from primary-side digital control in low-power AC/DC sources.
Power Integrations names Torres CFO
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
High-voltage analog IC supplier Power Integrations has appointed Rafael Torres its chief financial officer and vice president, finance and administration, effective July 19.
Matsushita backs analog/RF tool startup
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
Matsushita Electric Industrial has made a strategic investment in analog/RF tool provider Berkeley Design Automation, joining previous investors Woodside Fund and Bessemer Ventures to provide $6 million in Series B funding.
SiGe Semiconductor's Wi-Fi front end reduces size, cost
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7/17/2006   Post a comment
SiGe Semiconductor's SE2559L RF front-end module for Wi-Fi systems is compliant to the 802.11b/g specification and is about 60% smaller than competitive parts.
Gain error affects op amp choices
Design How-To  
7/14/2006   1 comment
Gain errors impact the signal-chain accuracy. Understand how these errors affect your selection of op amp.
Step-down regulator for portables touts 97 percent efficiency
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7/14/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' 1.5-amp DC/DC step-down regulator, which boasts an efficiency of 97 percent, is designed to help extend battery life in 2-cell alkaline or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) powered electronics, such as portable media players.
4-amp smart charger delivers for lithium, nickel-based batteries
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7/14/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4101, a fast, precision smart battery charger controller IC that operates with or without a host microcontroller, is suited for 1-cell lithium-ion and 3- to 4-cell nickel-chemistry batteries.
Dual sampling ADC stands tall for medical, military data-acquisition
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
C&D Technologies touts its ADSD-1410S dual 14-bit, 10 MSPS sampling analog-to-digital-converter as best-in-class for low-noise, high-speed data acquisition systems.
Freescale joins Fab Owners Association
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7/13/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has joined the Fab Owners Association as a voting member.
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