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How to design a low power wireless sensor network
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Driven by the demand for "green" technology and better use of power, a new generation of extreme low power wireless networks is being developed for use in machine to machine networks. With this in mind, a new approach towards truly wireless networks is needed.
Nano2012 R&D program is officially launched
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
On a visit today (July 17) at STMicroelectronics' site in Crolles, France, Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment, officially launched the Nano2012 R&D program aimed at strengthening Europe's electronics industry by providing competitive access to the most advanced CMOS technologies from 32-nm down to 22-nm.
Kyocera : SAW filters feature high selectivity at 2.6 GHz
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Kyocera has developed two types of compact Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters—SF3030B2G 600T10MAL0 for reception and SF2525E2G620T10MAH0 fortransmission—that dramatically improve the prevention of radio wave interference in next-generation high-speed wireless communication networks such as WiMAX.
When good grounds turn bad--isolate!
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
To make designers aware of these design pitfalls, this article explains where ground potential differences originate in the electrical installation, how ground loops are created unintentionally, and how isolation circumvents both conditions to yield a robust data-transmission system.
Cypress beats Q2 expectations
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor said second quarter revenue increased 12 percent sequentially, while President and CEO T.J. Rodgers said company management is "cautiously optimistic" on the pace of the chip industry recovery.
Real-time clocks are small and thin
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Claiming to be up to 73% smaller and 45% thinner than the competition, these real-time clocks simplify design of utility E-meters, multifunction printers, digital photo frames and many other portable devices.
Linear Technology : Upconverting mixer supports all LTE bands
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
A wide bandwidth active upconverting mixer, the LT5578 delivers high dynamic range performance from 400 MHz to 2.7 GHz, supporting all of the allocated LTE (Long-Term Evolution) broadband wireless services.
Group harvested to demo energy harvesting platform
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Wireless networking chip and modules group Jennic (Sheffield, England) has demonstrated a platform that harvests thermal, solar, RF and vibrational energy, to power wireless sensor networks based on the IEEE802.15.4 standard such as ZigBee PRO and 6LoWPAN.
Front end IC simplifies board design, reduces cost
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
NEC's latest Front End IC combines a power amplifier, low pass filter, and two single pole double throw switches into a single chip.
SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS (Part 31): Digital interfaces (con't) -- The SPI Bus
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7/15/2009   1 comment
Understand the structure and operation of this basic four-wire, full-duplex bus
edXact to release enhanced EDA tools at DAC
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
At the approach of the 46th Design Automation Conference in San Francisco, Calif., edXact SA, French EDA startup specializing in parametric extraction and physical verification, announced it will launch version 3.1 of its Comanche parasitic rule checking analyzer and version 4.3 of its Jivaro simulation acceleration software.
austriamicrosystems : Buck regulator features two LDOs for RF PAs
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
High efficiency and tiny packaging make the AS1339 step down regulator well suited for multiband WCDMA/NCDMA applications, such as cellular handsets, wireless PDAs, and smart phones.
800 MHz VGA with 31 dB analog control range delivers low noise performance
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC6412, an 800 MHz analog-controlled variable gain amplifier (VGA) with outstanding noise and distortion performance, gain conformance, and gain flatness.
Digital predistortion µModule receiver simplifies base station design
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTM9003, a wideband RF-to-digital receiver subsystem that includes a high performance 12-bit, 250Msps ADC, a bandpass filter, IF amplifier and a high linearity RF downconverting mixer.
Digital radio tuner for DAB and FM signals integrates fast RSSI function
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Designed for consumer and automotive applications, Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX2172 digital radio tuner for FM and digital audio broadcast (DAB) signals, with a high sensitivity for the FM, VHF, and L-band frequency ranges.
Balanced low noise amplifiers target cellular infrastructure applications
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies' ultra-low noise, high linearity matched pair LNAs are economical, easy to install and supports all major cellular bandwidths.
Analog/mixed signal design tools prominent at DAC 2009
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
The 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) - held between 26th and 31st July, 2009 in San Francisco, USA - is almost upon us and there is a strong showing of analog and mixed signal EDA vendors exhibiting again this year.
A holistic approach to addressing the hot component issue
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
As service providers strive to meet growing government demands for "green" compliance, as well as their own financial desire to reduce operating expenses, the problem of heat dissipation has developed into a hot button issue amongst the semiconductor industry in addressing these concerns. This design article from TI takes a look at some holistic solutions to this dilemma.
Using smart drivers to save energy for long transmission lines
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
The power dissipation that occurs when transmitting signals along long lines, wires or cables can be reduced using a smart driver concept. With the high signal levels of 24V used in control engineering in particular, this potential saving is an advantage in using a line driver device.
Single chip CAN transceiver cuts isolator system component count and size
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Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas) claims to have introduced the first isolated controller-area network (CAN) transceiver.
Digital predistortion module receiver saves power, simplifies basestation design
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Linear Technology has introduced the LTM9003, a wideband RF-to-digital receiver subsystem that includes a high performance 12-bit, 250 Msps analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a bandpass filter, intermediate frequency (IF) amplifier and a high linearity RF downconverting mixer.
12-bit quad DAC integrates EEPROM
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Targeting battery powered and power-constrained applications, Microchip has debuted a 12-bit quad digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that includes non-volatile EEPROM.
Researchers claim optical processing breakthrough
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) and the University of Ghent (Belgium) are claiming a major breakthrough in optical processing and thus all optical routing.
Quad D-A converter has non-volatile EEPROM
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces the MCP4728, a 12bit Quad digital-to-analog converter that includes non-volatile EEPROM, enabling its configuration to be loaded automatically during power-up.
LFoundry joins Europractice MPW initiative
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Analog and mixed signal specialist foundry LFoundry (Landshut, Germany) has joined Europractice IC's multiproject wafer (MPW) service initiative.
Researchers drive rectifier efficiency to 99%
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7/14/2009   1 comment
A research team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Zurich (ETH Zurich) has developed a rectifier for computer power supplies that operates near the theoretical maximum efficiency.
Ethernet I/O units feature a 64-channel 16-bit A/D interface
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Acromag has released an analog input module for their EtherStax series of rugged Ethernet I/O. Designed for distributed I/O and SCADA applications, the ES2163 and ES2164 models perform 16-bit A/D conversion on up to 64 single-ended DC current or voltage inputs, respectively, and interface the signals to Ethernet devices or controllers with Modbus TCP/IP or UDP/IP protocol communication.
Actel begins shipping development kit for Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Actel Corporation (Mountain View, California, USA) has begun shipping the Fusion Advanced Development Kit, which features Actel Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs and enables the development of system and power management applications in a single board with multiple on-board voltage regulators, an array of indicator LEDs, and an OLED display to provide direct feedback on flag status, system messages, and voltage, temperature, or current readings.
Market for thin film IPDs set to grow fatter
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
The market for thin film integrated passive devices (IPD) is set to grow from $615 million this year to be worth just over $1 billion by 2013 and $1.8 billion two years later, according to market trackers Yole Developpement (Lyon, France).
Wolfson audio hub CODECs for multimedia mobile phones to deliver flexible Pure Sound at ultra low power
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics announced the WM8993, the first device in a new family of ultra low power audio hub CODECs for multimedia mobile phones and other feature-rich portable audio applications.
Book Excerpt, part 1 of 6: LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless--Design and Measurement Challenges
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Chapter 2 of this just-published book explores and explains all technical aspects of 3GPP LTE cellular technology
Study: FPGAs to grow faster than broader IC market
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
FPGA revenue is projected to grow to nearly $3.5 billion in 2013 from $2.55 billion in 2009, a faster growth rate than is anticipated for the broader IC market, according to a study by market research firm The Linley Group.
It's staycation time for U.S. electronics industry
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
The dog days of summer are at hand, and we remain under the unhealthful haze of a recession that has lingered like a stalled air mass over the economy.
RF links come home
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7/11/2009   4 comments
Even simple wired links in the home are succumbing to the lure and benefits of basic RF connectivity
Report: Q2 chip sales up 16% from Q1
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
The IC market embarked on the road to recovery in the second quarter, growing 16 percent compared to the first quarter, one of the best sequential growth rates in the past 25 years, according to a market research firm.
The invention of the electric motor
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/10/2009   2 comments
I just wanted to point people to an interesting article from Mechanical Engineering regarding the invention of the electric motor by Thomas Davenport.
Microtune buys Auvitek for $9 million
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Microtune Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Auvitek International Ltd. for approximately $9 million in cash and stock.
Maxim offers a quad-output driver for multiple EL lamps
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
The MAX14521E is a ÷15 kV ESD-protected, quad-output driver for multiple electroluminescent (EL) lamps.
MDA tool facilitates migration of mixed signal IP from node to node
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
In time for this year's Design Automation Conference (DAC 2009), analog EDA vendor Mephisto Design Automation (MDA) has released the latest version of M-DESIGN, its analog, mixed-signal and custom-digital design platform.
Cosmic Circuits tapes out 45nm mixed signal test chip
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Analog and mixed signal IP vendor, Cosmic Circuits (Bangalore, India), has taped out a 40nm mixed signal test chip with TSMC.
Huge take-up seen for accelerometers in cellphones
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Good news for suppliers of MEMS based accelerometers such as STMicroelectronics, Kionix Inc., Freescale and ADI. A report from market trackers iSuppli predicts that by next year, one out of three mobile phones shipped worldwide will include one, up from one out of five in 2009, and one out of 11 in 2008.
Austriamicrosystems : Joystick module uses contactless sensing technology
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems unveils EasyPoint, a joystick module aimed at portable communication devices.
Job losses, potential closure seen at Plus Semi site
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Consultations have started about significant job losses and potential closure at Plus Semi (Swindon, England), which was originally the headquarters of Plessey Semiconductors.
Dual-channel, sink/source current DAC simplifies power-supply margin testing
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a low-cost, dual-channel, sink/source current DAC.
Selection and integration of MEMS-based motion processing devices
Design How-To  
7/8/2009   1 comment
Measuring and intelligently processing the movements of devices in three dimensional spaces is the next major disruptive technology that will drive innovation in consumer electronics. This feature will examine four critical factors involved in the selection and integration of this technology.
AnalogicTech sets sight on cornering the TV LED driver market
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
AnalogicTech's CEO, Richard Williams, explains the company's aggressive product diversification strategy, including its plans to capture the market for TV LED and OLED drivers.
Linear device gets designed into Mitsubishi all-electric car
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology's multi-cell battery monitoring IC got a design win for Mitsubishi Motors' zero-emissions i-MiEV -- Japan's first all electric car. Calling the auto industry entering "an innovation cycle," Lothar Maier, CEO of Linear Technology, expects Linear's automotive revenue to double to 20 percent in the next few years.
Sarnoff Europe changes name to Sofics
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
Sarnoff Europe, a company with electrostatic discharge protection technology, is changing its name to Sofics BVBA.
Analog Devices expands its supervisory circuit portfolio
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. expanded its portfolio of multi-voltage supervisory ICs with new circuits for monitoring negative-voltage and over- and under-voltage conditions.
AWR Connected for Rohde & Schwarz brings high accuracy communications signals to VSS
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
AWR recently announced AWR Connected™ for Rohde & Schwarz, which integrates the capabilities of WinIQSIM2 simulation software from Rohde & Schwarz within its Visual System Simulator (VSS) system analysis software.
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