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Digital Potentiometers feature 1 percent accuracy
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7/31/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced the digital potentiometer (digiPot) AD529x family with the industry's best resistor tolerance of just 1 percent, allowing designers of industrial and instrumentation equipment to meet tighter resistor matching requirements for improved system accuracy.
MEMS for cell phones to boom by 2012, says Yole
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7/31/2008   Post a comment
French research and strategy consulting company Yole Développement (Lyon, France) provides an analysis on MEMS components for cell phone applications as it expects this market will represent $2.5 billion in 2012.
Conexant strengthens imaging chip portfolio
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Conexant's SoC fax products are offered in a variety of configurations, and support a wide range of optional features, including answering machine, speakerphone, and intercom capabilities.
3-chip vs. 1 image sensor
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Why high-end pro video cameras continue to use three image sensors, while pro-quality DSCs use a single high-megapixel sensor.
Practical considerations for capacitive touchscreen system design (Part 2 of 2)
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Projected-capacitance touchscreens require careful consideration of mechanical design, substrate selection and user interface design; here are some very practical tips
AWR adds high-frequency filter design to Microwave Office
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
AWR works with its partner, Nuhertz Technologies, to add filter synthesis and analysis to its high-frequency design suite.
Software tools make automotive control-system design engineers 'greener' and faster: Part 1 - Optimizing internal combustion
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Design packages allow faster innovation and more effective results.
Reduce EMI in Class D Audio Applications
Design How-To  
7/30/2008   1 comment
Class D amplifiers are the audio amplifier of choice for portable and power sensitive applications. Improvements to audio quality and EMI performance, have simplified designing with Class D amplifiers. Here is how to achieve shorter design cycles, lower system size and cost, and longer battery life in portables.
Engineer pitches $12 recorder at digital divide
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Literacy Bridge, a non-profit agency, has designed a $12 digital audio recorder to help teach reading in some of the world's poorest countries—and it wants help designing a $5 version of the system.
Tiny dual Hot Swap controller targets optical networks
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC4224, a compact, low voltage Hot Swap controller for protecting boards and backplanes that use two 1V to 6V voltage supplies.
ST launches multi-channel clock distribution chip line
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics announced the first six devices in a series of clock-distribution ICs, which it says are the first in the market to provide per-channel output-enable controls for precision clock management in embedded and handheld applications.
Double digit growth for WLAN and Bluetooth
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Newly released forecasts from market research firm IDC indicate that wireless connectivity will remain a high growth opportunity for wireless semiconductor vendors as specifications for WLAN and Bluetooth continue to evolve.
Wolfson results signal uncertainty ahead
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Leading mixed signal ic provider Wolfson Microelectronics reported second-quarter revenues up but profits down, and signalled a note of caution in its third quarter guidance, citing 'uncertain macro environment impacting customer demand patterns.'
Anritsu : Communication testers support HSPA Evolution
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Anritsu offers two software packages offering signaling/protocol support for the extended HSPA Evolution standard for HSPA (HSDPA/HSUPA) 3.5G mobile terminals as defined in 3GPP Release 7.
Sensirion : Flow microsensors have miniature dimensions
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Sensirion has announced a new level of miniaturization for non-invasive liquid flow sensors based on planar microfluidic substrates.
ST, NXP close deal to create wireless JV
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
ST-NXP Wireless is now a reality. STMicroelectronics NV and NXP BV have completed the deal, announced mid-April, bringing together their respective wireless operations into a joint venture company. Operations will start on Aug. 2 with a wireless product and technology portfolio.
20W stereo Class D speaker amplifier operates from a 4.5V to 14V supply
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products is calling its MAX9744 the industry's first 20W stereo Class D speaker amplifier to operate from a 4.5V to 14V power supply.
Ethertronics shrinks GPS antennas to achieve world's smallest footprint
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Check out Ethertronics 4 x 2 x 1.08mm embedded ceramic GPS antenna. Weighing in at 0.2 grams, the new device targets GPS-enabled mobile phones, personal media players, and navigation equipment.
Intersil acquires D2Audio
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Analog-chip maker Intersil Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire D2Audio Corp., a supplier of digital audio power amplifiers.
40A DC/DC converter achieves over 90% efficiency level
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Murata Power's UCE series of eighth-brick DC/DC converters is available with fixed output voltages from 1.5V to 12V, output current to 40A and output power up to 100W.
Boost converters maximize battery run time, minimize external circuitry
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LT3495 and LT3495-1 low-noise boost converters with integrated power switches, Schottky diodes and output disconnect circuitry.
4.25-Gbit/s laser driver features integrated bias, high drive current
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Micrel's 4.25-Gbit/s FP/DFB laser diode driver is capable of delivering up to 90mA modulation current and 100mA bias current.
Troubleshooting antenna and feeder problems
Design How-To  
7/28/2008   2 comments
The antenna and feeder are probably the least reliable part of any radio system. Measuring the return loss using a dual directional coupler can assist in tuning and checking the antenna. This article explains what is involved in making measurements with a dual directional coupler, and what else to look out for.
Small USB dongle modem works with all major operating systems
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Radicom Research has introduced a compact USB dongle modem dubbed V92HU-E2 that processes data using its own hardware and does not utilize any processing power of the host computer.
Practical considerations for capacitive touchscreen system design (Part 1 of 2)
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Projected-capacitance touchscreens require careful consideration of mechanical design, substrate selection and user interface design; here are some very practical tips
AC-DC power conversion chips housed in low-profile package
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Power Integrations is housing its TOPSwitch-HX family of offline switcher ICs in a low-profile IC power package that enables extremely compact and lightweight notebook adapters.
Controller for VR11.1 processors touts automatic phase-dropping and fast response
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
PX3560 chip for VR11.1-based processors maintains high efficiency across entire load range, ensures fast active transient response (ATR) with a minimum of external components.
Portable medical apps challenge low-power quest
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
The demands for extended battery life, sufficient computational capability and a flexible man-machine interface (MMI) require the use of a DSP subsystem that is high-performance (both in terms of computation and signal conversion capabilities), ultra-low-power and flexible.
Low noise amplifier for GPS mobile phones
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7/27/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has added to its portfolio with a high-sensitivity low noise amplifier (LNA) for GPS-enabled mobile phones. Bearing mobile phone design requirements in mind, the BGA715L7 has been optimised for high-sensitivity and immunity to interference of cellular signals.
Clock distribution ICs offer more control
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7/27/2008   Post a comment
Claiming a market first for precision clock management in embedded and handheld applications by providing per-channel output-enable controls, STMicroelectronics has unveiled the first six devices in a series of clock-distribution ICs.
Highly adjustable hot-swap voltage controller
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7/27/2008   Post a comment
Systems such as fibre optic networks are the targeted beneficiaries of Linear Technology's latest offering; a voltage controller for protecting boards and backplanes.
Dynamic power management techniques for multimedia processors
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7/27/2008   Post a comment
Here are the concepts behind active and static power management techniques, how we save power with them, and a discussion of the power-management devices and power ICs that help multimedia processors reap the full benefits.
HDMI ESD protection compliance and design strategies
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7/26/2008   Post a comment
For HDMI compliance, video components (DVD players, TVs, etc.) require system-level ESD protection and the ability to continue operation before, during, and after an ESD occurrence. But placing ESD protection on HDMI signals affects edge rates and trace impedances.
Western Digital acquires ST's HDD controller division
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
Western Digital (Lake Forest, Calif.), a manufacturer of computer hard disks, announced it has acquired the hard disk drive controller IP rights, design tools and design team from STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland). Financial details remained undisclosed.
Update: Infineon to cut 3000 jobs amidst market slump
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
Against the background of sluggish sales, Infineon has announced to cut more than 10 percent of its workforce as a part of the company's IFX-10+ cost-cutting program. German locations are hit hardest.
Darnell: DoE too pessimistic about LED lighting
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
Says the U.S. Department of Energy underestimates the near-term growth of light-emitting diodes for lighting, among other issues.
Video: CDMA Development Group Says LTE Focus Doesn't Rule Out WiMax
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
The CDMA Development Group, at a strategy meeting in Denver, agreed that a focus on Long-Term Evolution doesn't mean interest in WiMax is cooling.
Report: DisplayPort wins in PCs, HDMI gets TVs
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
DisplayPort will supplant VGA and the emerging High Definition Multimedia Interface in PCs after 2010, but HDMI will retain the lion's share of external links on digitial TVs and other consumer gear, according to a new report from market watcher iSuppli.
Pleo evolves on four legs and two ARMs
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
Following in the pawprints of the Sony Aibo, released in June 1999, the Ugobe Pleo dinosaur pet robot is the most recent incarnation of a learning and evolving personal robotic toy.
Digital temperature sensor/thermostat integrates EEPROM
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
Maxim has introduced the DS7505 +/-0.5 degrees Celsius accurate, digital temperature sensor and thermostat with nonvolatile memory (EEPROM).
ZigBee/802.15.4 RF transceivers offer best in class link budget
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
CEL introduces its own ZIC2410 Series that combines a powerful, ZigBee-compliant RF transceiver with an industry-workhorse, 8051-based 8-bit microprocessor.
I/O library cells guarantee 4kV ESD
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems' foundry business has developed I/O library cells with built-in ESD protection structures.
PoE controller optimizes sub-13 watt designs
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Device supports lower input voltage operation and smaller solution size for local power supplies.
D/A converters integrate a low-drift reference in an 8-lead TSOT-23 package
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Linear has introduced the LTC2631, a family of pin- and software-compatible 12-bit, 10-bit and 8-bit D/A converters in a tiny TSOT-23 package, making it the smallest I²C D/A converter family with an internal reference on the market today.
LNA delivers high sensitivity, high immunity for GPS apps
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has introduced a high-sensitivity low noise amplifier (LNA) with a best-in-class noise figure for GPS applications.
Handsets on track for growth despite declining prices
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Global mobile handset sales growth could top 10 percent in 2008, reaching nearly 1.3 billion units, but projected unit growth is being partially offset by declining average selling prices.
Jennic set to demo video-over-wireless
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Wireless communications chip and software developer Jennic Ltd. (Sheffield, England) plans to demonstrate to the public the use of the IEEE 802.15.4 open radio standard for wireless transfer of video. Jennic plans to show the transfer at the Wireless Japan Show being held at the Big Sight International Exhibition Centre in Tokyo this week.
Ricoh : Step down converter has fast transient response
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
Ricoh announces the RP500 step down dc/dc converter in regular and ultra tiny WLCSP package. The package occupies around 1 mm2 and terminal pins are replaced by tiny solder balls underneath the chip.
A practical guide to signal integrity engineering
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
With high speed digital designs frequently encountering analog effects, test and measurement experts Dr. Geoff Lawday, David Ireland and Greg Edlund have written a practical guide to help digital designers identify, analyse and ultimately solve their signal integrity issues.
Basics of the Electric Servomotor and Drive - Part 1: Basic Magnetics and Motor Control Overview
Design How-To  
7/22/2008   1 comment
Brush up on control system design with a review of basic magnetics, the motor control system elements, and electric servomotors in Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Control System Design Guide."
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