Wolfson launches advanced PMIC line Product News 7/31/2009 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics' latest power management chips are the first to employ its BuckWise regulator technology, helping to cut support components and facilitate advanced multitasking.
DFM debated as a 'weapon of mass design' News & Analysis 7/29/2009 Post a comment The more than abused DFM acronym reared its ugly head again at a leading design engineering forum. The consensus is that Design for Manufacturing has its place in the chip design world, but basically it's a crapshoot.
Quad and dual 14-bit 125 Msps ADCs dissipate one-third the power Product News 7/29/2009 Post a comment Linear Technology Corporation has announced a family of 24 low-power 14-bit/12-bit, 125-Msps to 25-Msps, quad and dual ADCs that dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs. The flagship ADC is the LTC2175-14, a quad 14-bit, 125Msps ADC that dissipates only 558 mW (140 mW per channel).
Mountz introduces Hybrid torque control assembly solution Product News 7/28/2009 1 comment Mountz has introduced the Hybrid, a new product for repeatable screw fastening technology. According to Mountz, the patented HD Series Torque Control System is the world's first torque control tool using both air and electric power to set and control torque.
How Switched Reluctance Motors enable green designs Design How-To 7/27/2009 Post a comment The electronics industry continues to transition from designing with inefficient induction motors to Switched Reluctance Motors (SRMs) that offer high efficiency, elegant design and an ultra-compact size to accommodate the size and weight needs of today's electronics.
Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA User Guide Lite Design How-To 7/22/2009 2 comments This paper gives potential users an easy-to-grasp idea of the device functions of Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs. It describes the functionality of these devices in far more detail than in the data sheet--but avoids the minute implementation details covered in the various Virtex-6 FPGA user guides.
DAC showing for 'push-button' analog test Product News 7/21/2009 Post a comment Analog built-in-self-test specialist ATEEDA will be seeking to woo fabless companies at DAC 2009 with an EDA tool that automatically generates HDL or Verilog code to add analog BIST capabilities to mixed signal silicon.
Driving higher levels of efficiency in motor designs Design How-To 7/21/2009 Post a comment With energy conservation as a key focus globally, efficiency in motor designs is a growing concern. With governmental regulations urging higher levels of efficiency, motor drives are becoming more sophisticated to meet this efficiency challenge.
Broad MCU portfolio with USB offers lowest power consumption Product News 7/21/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Incorporated has unveiled the new MSP430F55xx microcontroller (MCU) family with embedded full-speed USB (12 Mbps) to address the demands of designers that are seeking smart embedded processing solutions that bring benefits to their applications such as longer battery life, portability and versatility.
ISuppli: IC inventories down to appropriate levels News & Analysis 7/20/2009 Post a comment Global semiconductor inventories have declined to appropriate levels following four consecutive quarters of reductions, clearing the way for stockpile rebuilding and higher sales in the second half of the year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
ANADIGICS' 3G PAs power LG Electronics' ARENA handsets Product News 7/20/2009 Post a comment ANADIGICS, Inc. announced that its AWT6224, AWT6321 and AWT6222 3G dual-band power amplifier (PA) modules are being used in LG Electronics' ARENA (KM900) multimedia, touch screen handsets for the European, Asian and Central/South American markets.