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PWM controllers offer superlative specs for telecom, datacom applications
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8/18/2004   Post a comment
PWM controllers from Intersil offer faster error amp, faster current sense, highest accuracy, highest direct MOSFET drive, and industry standard pin-for-pin compatibility.
Boost IC simplifies white-LED driving
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8/18/2004   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NCP5006 and NCP5007 are fully integrated DC/DC regulators that drive up to five white LEDs in series. In an SOT23-5, they're designed as a compact, simplified, and high-efficiency solution for illuminating color LCD displays in digital cameras, cell phones and PDAs.
RF power amp module chosen by motherboard manufacturers
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8/18/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semi announces the RMPA2455, a new RF power amplifier module for high-performance Wireless LAN client and access point applications in the 2.4-2.5 GHz frequency band.
Serial A/D Converters - in ultra-compact packaging
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8/18/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced 10 serial analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs) that bring ultra-compact packaging technology to the high-speed, high-accuracy world of medical instrumentation, data acquisition equipment, optical communications, and automotive systems
Step-Down Controller - features dynamically adjustable output
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8/18/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduced the MAX8720 step-down controller, featuring dynamically adjustable output, ultra-fast transient response, high DC accuracy, and the high efficiency required for leading-edge, CPU-core power supplies
National Semi chief reportedly received $5 million bonus
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8/17/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. paid chief executive Brian Halla a $5 million cash bonus in its last fiscal year, more than 10 times the value of the prior year's bonus, the chip maker said in a Reuters report.
PWM controllers offer superlative specs for telecom, datacom applications
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8/17/2004   Post a comment
PWM controllers from Intersil offer faster error amp, faster current sense, highest accuracy, highest direct MOSFET drive, and industry standard pin-for-pin compatibility.
Single temperature-sensor family has automatic bus-lockup protection
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8/17/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the MAX7500/MAX7501/MAX7502 single temperature sensors that accurately measure and convert temperature to digital format using an integrated low-noise, sigma-delta, analog-to-digital converter.
Limit your Peak Current, not your Reliability
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop. It's not the Fourth of July. It could be your own dc-dc design blowing up, worries our power supply expert, Sanjaya Maniktala. You do want to check out your design under a variety of adverse conditions, he suggests. Fault management is the key to designing power supplies that last.
Configurable switched capacitor filters support PSoC functionality
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Integrated switched capacitor filters have limited configuration parameters. A Cypress MicroSystems engineer explains the bi-quad architecture used to implement low pass filters. On the front end of a programmable system on chip (PSoC), an eight pole reconfigurable low pass Bessel filter uses only 17% of the analog space.
Filter-free design helps class-D audio amplifier implementations
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Although class-D amplifiers have been around for a while, only a small number of engineers understand how a class-D amplifier works and what makes it efficient. A Texas Instruments engineer explains why some class-D amplifiers require LC filters while others do not.
Agilent sees growth slowing after strong quarter
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. reported net earnings of $100 million on sales of $1.89 billion in the fiscal third quarter ended July 31, compared to a net loss of $1.56 billion on sales of $1.89 billion in the year-ago fiscal third quarter.
Despite profit, Analog Devices results disappoint
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. reported net income of $169 million on sales revenue of $717.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2004, ended on July 31. But an unusually high number of order cancellations forced the company's book-the-bill ration below one to 0.8., the company said Thursday (Aug. 12).
European car makers skeptical of MS telematics drive
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp.'s latest foray into auto electronics has generated a dual response in the industry: Bit distrust and interest. From Germany, Christoph Hammerschmidt filed this report.
Sensor maker Crossbow sponsors 'motes' contest
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Crossbow Technology, a nine-year-old company that manufactures remote sensors it calls "motes," is offering a $10,000 prize for the best wireless sensor network application.
3M composite conductor gains commercial use
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
3M Company has reported that its Aluminum Composite Conductor Reinforced (ACCR), an overhead power conductor that doubles the electrical transmission capacity of conventional conductors of the same diameter, will receive its first commercial application early next year, when Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy installs the ACCR on a 10-mile (16 km) transmission line in the Twin Cities region.
Virginia Tech finds soft radio's missing link
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Riding a wave of innovation, software-defined radio may finally be on track to deliver on its promise as the future of wireless communications. Patrick Mannion filed tis report.
12-bit D/A converter merges unique grouping of specs for wide application use
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Microchip Technology introduces the first members of its low-power family of 12-bit Digital-to-Analog converters. The MCP492X family provides a unique combination of specifications, including smaller packages, high accuracy, and a low power consumption in an MSOP package.
Laser diode driver a perfect fit for optical pick up units
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor launches its newest laser diode driver for use in optical pickup units. The LMH6533 is designed for combination DVD/CD recorder optical storage devices used in desktop, notebook and consumer DVD video recorders.
7-output IC powers Intel X-Scale-based PDAs
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8/13/2004   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products says its MAX1586A/MAX1586B/MAX1587A are the smallest, most efficient power-management ICs optimized for devices using Intel's X-Scale microprocessors, including third-generation smart cell phones, PDAs, internet appliances, and other portable devices requiring substantial computing and multimedia capability at low power.
Preamplifier designed for current and future 2.5-inch HDDs
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8/12/2004   Post a comment
Agere Systems announces a new low-power preamplifier IC specifically designed for use in mobile hard disk drives. Editor Paul O'Shea takes a closer look at this chip that supports the future and perpendicular recording techniques.
Two-phase PWM meets 80-amp processor requirements
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Designed to reduce existing three-chip solutions to a single IC, International Rectifier's IR3092 is a two-phase interleaved pulse-width-modulation (PWM) controller/driver that, with external power MOSFETs, can deliver up to 80 amps for AMD's Athlon, Athlon 64, Opteron, and Intel's VR10.x processor systems.
Fairchild Semiconductor expands China presence
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Seeking to increase its footprint in China, Fairchild Semiconductor (South Portland, Maine) has added power design centers in Shanghai and Shenzhen and increased headcount and capacity at its less than year-old Suzhou facility.
Financial analyst responds to lowered guidance
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Doug Freedman of American Technology Research says it's dangerous to assume the supply chain is inefficient. Some distributors are still overstocking on components, anticipating a demand they may not have. Better to turn the manufacturing spigot on-and-off against real demand, he feels. Suppliers like National Semiconductor could get whacked in the coming quarter by backups in the distribution chain. You have to maintain close relationships with your customers, Freedman insists, stop relying on
Bluetooth Module -with integrated codec and antenna
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Free2Move AB has released the F2M03AC2 Bluetooth module, provided with a codec for audio transfer. The antenna is integrated therefore no RF-design is needed. The module is also provided with a complete Bluetooth stack. This means that for many applications there is no need for an external processor.
Superheterodyne ASK Receiver - with integrated image rejection
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduced the MAX7033, the newest 300MHz to 450MHz superheterodyne ASK receiver. This devices features a high sensitivity of -114dBm, user-selectable center-frequency image rejection of better than 42dB, and the option of running from either a 3V or 5V supply. In addition, the MAX7033 includes a one-step AGC circuit that drops the LNA gain by 35dB when the RF input signal is greater than -62dBm.
Integrated Functionality Reaches New Heights
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
Both advanced and simple system designers share common goals. To create a streamlined design solution that more than satisfies the requirements. Other often critical constraints include size, power, performance speed, durability, and let's not forget cost.
Mini-PCI reference design achieves Wi-Fi certification
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
IceFyre Semiconductor says its SureFyre 802.11a Mini-PCI reference design (ICE5325-MRD) achieved Wi-Fi certification. It works seamlessly with all other Wi-Fi certified 802.11a products.
Preamplifier chip spun for low-power 2.5-inch hard disk drive market
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
Agere Systems announces the TrueStore PA7700 preamplifier chip that delivers high capacity, low power for disk drives in the high-growth notebook PC market.
Converters with speed and accuracy in tiny package set sights on medical equipment
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduces 10 new serial analog-to-digital converters that bring ultra-compact packaging technology to the high-speed, high-accuracy world of medical instrumentation, data acquisition equipment, optical communications, and automotive systems.
Serielle A/D-Wandler: Hoher Durchsatz auf kleinem Raum
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
Die Nutzung serieller Ausgänge anstatt paralleler erlauben es, die neuen Analog-Digital-Wandler von Analog Devices im sehr kompakten TSOT-Gehäuse anzubieten. Die Bausteine sind aber nicht nur 40 Prozent kleiner, sondern auch schneller und genauer als vergleichbare Chips.
200 volt driver gives big boost to Class D audio amps
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
International Rectifier introduces the IR2011 high- and low-side driver IC for 100W to 1,000W Class D audio amplifier circuits. It offers maximum ambient temperature rating of 125 degrees Celsius, which significantly improves safety margins from similar designs.
10-Bit D/A Converter - clock frequency of 1.2 Gsps
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
Atmel announced a 10-bit D/A Converter featuring an extremely high clock frequency of 1.2 Gsps. The device has demonstrated unique capabilities of generating wideband patterns and high frequency signals, with guaranteed performances at an output frequency of up to 1650 MHz. An embedded 4:1 multiplexer facilitates interfacing with standard FPGAs, significantly reducing system design constraints.
Voltage Regulator System IC - for automotive applications
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
i>Atmel announced the voltage regulator system IC ATA6405. The IC is based on a fully integrated system voltage supply concept and consumes extremely low power. The device is manufactured using Atmel's 0.8-micron BCDMOS process technology, which supports operation of up to 40 Volts and is optimized for applications in harsh environments.
Encoder-Decoder - for IrDA serial infrared applications
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies announced the industry's smallest encoder-decoder (EnDec) chip for use in mobile phones and many other applications that require serial infrared (SIR) connectivity.
Op Amps - typical slew rate of 3000 V/s
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
Intersil introduced a family of high-speed feedback amplifiers with the industry's fastest slew rates. The EL5x0x series of op amps provide the dynamic performance of current feedback amplifiers along with the ease-of-use and DC accuracy of a voltage feedback amplifier. The EL5x0x high-speed amplifiers allow designers to use highly stable, easy voltage feedback architecture without sacrificing the high-speed benefits of a current feedback amplifier.
LSI Logic Announces MegaRAID PCI Express Products In Full Production
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
LSI Logic announced that MegaRAID® PCI Express products powered by the Intel® IOP332 Storage I/O processor are in full production to align with the launch of the Intel® E7520 chipset.
Auto safety systems focus on driver behavior
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Auto safety experts are taking a closer look at drivers' behavior as a way to develop systems to prevent accidents. Some solutions, however, are colliding with privacy concerns.
Digital-to-analog converter with integrated multiplexer targets Comms and Test
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation introduces a 10-bit digital-to-analog converter featuring a 1.2 GSPS clock frequency. It generates wideband patterns and high frequency signals, with guaranteed performances at an output frequency of up to 1650 MHz, and includes an embedded 4:1 multiplexer that interfaces with standard FPGAs.
Clock multiplier eliminates need for external components
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
TI introduces a highly-integrated clocking IC featuring three on-chip PLL filter components and eliminates the need for external components to support the PLL structures. The very low period jitter and ability to generate multiple clock frequencies enables it to target consumer electronics.
First 3.3-V supply PECL/TTL translators rolled for digital data, clock signals in telecom apps
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
TI introduces industry's first 3.3-V supply PECL/TTL translators for digital data or clock signals in telecom. Low-voltage devices are among seven new PECL products replacing discontinued Agere devices.
Logic level translators match the ups and downs of portables
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor offers a 4-bit bi-directional and 5-bit uni-directional low-voltage logic-level translators designed for cell phones, notebooks and other battery-powered portable devices. The FXL series translators enable interconnection between a lower voltage microprocessor and higher voltage ASIC functions.
Dual power op-amp simplifies motor drives
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Apex Microtechnology's PA60 is a dual power op-amp with 1.1 MHz bandwidth that can deliver up to 1 ampere from each stage for half- and full-bridge motor drives. With very low total harmonic distortion (0.02 percent) and a standby current of just 8 mA, the PA60 is also suited to low-power audio applications such as public address systems, where it can deliver nearly 16 watts RMS per channel.
DC/DC chip delivers 14 amps
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TPS54010, the newest and most capable DC/DC regulator in the company's SWIFT (switcher with integrated FET technology) family, can deliver up to 14 amps continuous for advanced point-of-load (POL) designs. Working from a 2.2- to 4-volt input, the synchronous step-down PWM switcher is suited to 3.3-volt industrial and telecom systems that use high-performance digital signal processors (DSPs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and microprocessors.
Step-up DC-DC Converter - drives up to five white LEDs in series
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduced the MAX1583, a high-efficiency, step-up DC-DC converter that drives up to five white LEDs in series with a high constant current to provide camera flash/strobe power in cell phones, PDAs, and other handheld devices.
Understand China or lose edge, analyst warns
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8/8/2004   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry will enjoy relatively strong growth over the rest of this decade, but taking advantage of that growth will require that managers work to understand where China's electronics industry is heading, said Mark Edelstone, the San Francisco-based stock analyst who follows the chip industry for Morgan Stanley.
Japanese companies seek to ally on LCD TV screens
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8/7/2004   Post a comment
Three leading Japanese display suppliers, Hitachi Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., and Toshiba are negotiating to form an alliance to produce thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) panels used in flat-panel TVs, according to a Reuters report.
Sharp develops solar light products with LEDs
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8/7/2004   Post a comment
Sharp Electronics Corp. has developed a new generation of lighting products combining solar cells and mercury-free light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Ittiam announces IP video phone solution
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8/7/2004   Post a comment
Systems, a DSP systems and services company based here, has announced a complete solution for IP video phones enabling full duplex audio and video communications over broadband networking, including wireless LANs.
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