Boost IC simplifies white-LED driving News & Analysis 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.
Serial A/D Converters - in ultra-compact packaging Product News 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
Limit your Peak Current, not your Reliability Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
Agilent sees growth slowing after strong quarter News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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).
3M composite conductor gains commercial use News & Analysis 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.
7-output IC powers Intel X-Scale-based PDAs Product News 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.
Two-phase PWM meets 80-amp processor requirements Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Serielle A/D-Wandler: Hoher Durchsatz auf kleinem Raum News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Op Amps - typical slew rate of 3000 V/s Product News 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.
Clock multiplier eliminates need for external components News & Analysis 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.
Logic level translators match the ups and downs of portables News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Understand China or lose edge, analyst warns News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Ittiam announces IP video phone solution News & Analysis 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.