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Power Tip 51: Be aware of capacitor parasitics
Power Tips  
8/31/2012   1 comment
Power supply ripple and transient specifications establish the requirements for the amount of capacitance you will need.
NXP offers automotive Class-D amplifer
Design How-To  
8/31/2012   5 comments
NXP Semiconductors NV has announced the availability of a stereo Class-D audio amplifier that can provide 136 watts into two by 8 ohms for use in automobiles where high power output is required.
Solar electricity: A renewable energy source
Design How-To  
8/31/2012   2 comments
The sun, our chief source of energy, is a giant nuclear machine. Almost all renewable energy sources are derived in one form or another from the sun.
Free Renesas from its golden cage called Japan
8/30/2012   33 comments
The crisis surrounding Renesas underscores the rut in which Japan has been stuck. Renesas was created by, for, and of Japan, and that's the issue.
Choosing the right EMS partner for medical apps
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8/30/2012   Post a comment
Medical electronics market is facing fierce competition, tightening regulations and pressure to produce differentiated products. The demand for support from EMS is then increasing, especially in the sophisticated category of high complexity, low volume medical electronic devices.
Renesas president won't quit, lays out priorities
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8/29/2012   33 comments
Hours after a U.S. private equity firm launched a takeover bid, Renasas President Yasushi Akao (shown) told EE Times he's staying.
Silicon Laboratories C8051F39x/7x 8-bit MCUs
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has rolled out an 8-bit MCU line that integrates a temperature sensor, as well as several other analog peripherals, helping to reduce BOM costs in communication and industrial systems.
ams AS3661 smart LED driver
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
Smartlight driver from ams integrates control of three separate banks of ‘smart’ indicator LEDs.
New low power TWELP vocoder delivers crystal clear voice performance
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits has expanded the company’s DuraTALK digital voice processor range with the release of a new professional radio low bit-rate 2.4 kbps vocoder.
Microchip MCP47A1 D/A converter
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
This low-power, low-cost 6-bit volatile D/A converter with command code features a 1.8-5.5V wide operating voltage range and I2C/SMBus compatibility.
A new audio amplifier topology with push-pull transimpedance stage - Part 1: Introduction
Design How-To  
8/29/2012   2 comments
This article introduces an amplifier topology which uses a novel push-pull transimpedance stage that offers a substantial improvement in power supply rejection over standard amplifier configurations, as well as addresses secondary slew rate limits and reduces sensitivity to loading from the output buffer.
Obsolescence mitigation: An approach to a growing problem
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
The obsolescence of electronic components is a serious issue for many OEMs in Military and Aerospace communities.
KKR said to target Renesas with $1.27 billion bid
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8/28/2012   6 comments
Renesas has a market capitalization of about 95 billion yen. KKR’s plan is to lead the chipmaker's turnaround efforts by taking over a majority stake by year's end.
ST forms joint venture with Chinese car maker
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8/28/2012   6 comments
STMicroelectronics and Chinese automobile maker FAW Group Corp. have formed a joint laboratory to develop automotive electronic components.
Automotive IC sales roll in 2012
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8/23/2012   3 comments
Semiconductor sales into the automotive sector are the brightest spot in an otherwise down year for IC vendors.
Zorian of Synopsys to head 50th DAC planning
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8/23/2012   2 comments
Planning for the 50th Design Automation Conference has begun with the naming of the executive committee to be chaired by Yervant Zorian (shown), chief architect at Synopsys.
IR has three PM chips for Ultrabook designs
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8/23/2012   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced three chips that meet Intel’s VR12.6 specifications for 15W and 25W Intel’s Ultrabook laptop reference designs.
ADI’s Fishman remains bullish despite economic uncertainty
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8/22/2012   5 comments
CEO Jerald Fishman (shown) remains upbeat about Analog Device's ability to boost profits as it continues to grow its analog content in all of its major market sectors.
Analog specialist Apex targets printing market
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8/21/2012   1 comment
Apex has reemerged as a niche power analog vendor targeting printing applications in the industrial sector, an embryonic market that CEO Greg Brennan (shown) believes has significant growth opportunities.
Apex reemerges as analog chip company
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8/20/2012   4 comments
Apex Microtechnology, Inc., which Cirrus Logic acquired in July 2007, has been re-established as a stand-alone corporation as the result of Cirrus Logic selling its Tucson-based Apex Precision Power business unit for $26 million to a group of private investors led by Alerion Capital.
Microsemi diversifies as DoD budget cuts loom
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8/17/2012   7 comments
While Microsemi's revenue growth remains vulnerable to U.S. budget cuts, declines could be offset by expansion into communications and industrial markets.
Analog IC firm snags $11 million in funding
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8/16/2012   Post a comment
Spectra7 Microsystems, formed last month from the combination of Fresco Microchip and RedMere Technologies, said it closed more than $11 million in funding from venture capital firms Celtic House Venture Partners, Ventures West Capital and EdgeStone Capital Partners.
Hans Camenzind, 555 timer inventor, dies
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8/15/2012   46 comments
Camenzind was an inventor, entrepreneur, author and inspiration to generations of engineers.
Analog firms step up stock buybacks
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8/15/2012   7 comments
Analog companies are ratcheting up their stock repurchase programs in an effort to boost the market’s long-term confidence in their financial viability.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – August 15th
8/15/2012   Post a comment
ARM, Cadence, Globalfoundries, Verific and Aldec made the lineup today. See here for their news…
automotive pressure sensor calibration
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8/14/2012   Post a comment
And overview of the architecture of pressure sensors and descriptions of a calibration process for pressure sensors that use mixed signal integrated circuits as signal conditioners.
RFMD releases Rx/Tx module
Product News  
8/14/2012   1 comment
RFMD’s RF6549 transmit/receive module features separate ports for Rx and Tx paths, and two ports on the output for connecting a diversity solution or a test port.
Freescale brings out 1- and 2-cycle cylinder controls
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8/14/2012   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has one-cylinder (MC33813) and two-cylinder (MC33814) electronic control semiconductors for small internal combustion engines for transportation, industrial and consumer applications.
Design fundamentals of implementing an isolated half-bridge gate driver
Design How-To  
8/13/2012   10 comments
Isolated half-bridge gate drivers are used in many applications that range from isolated dc-to-dc power supply modules where high power density and efficiency are required, to solar inverters where high isolation voltage and long-term reliability are critical. These design concepts will be discussed in detail as this article explores the ability of isolated half-bridge gate driver solutions to provide high performance and a small solution size.
Designing a Qi-compliant receiver coil for wireless power systems, Part 1
Design How-To  
8/11/2012   1 comment
The implementation of the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPC’s) Qi standard1 brings wireless power to many different end applications.
Semi market growth seen as doubling
News & Analysis  
8/10/2012   5 comments
Over the next five years the long-term growth rate for the semiconductor market is going be more than double what it has been, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Wafer-scale CMOS X-ray imaging for medical apps
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8/10/2012   Post a comment
There is a growing interest in the use of solid-state based X-ray medical imaging and detection systems in the replacement of conventional diagnostic imaging techniques. One of these technologies is wafer-scale CMOS sensor-based imaging, which can bring advantages in terms of performance such as high resolution, high dynamic range and low noise capabilities.
Inside TI's ADS1298 analog front end for health monitoring
News & Analysis  
8/9/2012   4 comments
Chips from Texas Instruments have been playing a vital role in the evolution of vital signs monitoring systems. We take a closer look at what makes TI's chips tick.
Replace Cirrus’ design slots in Apple? Fuhgeddaboudit!
News & Analysis  
8/8/2012   22 comments
Cirrus Logic’s big design wins with Apple’s upcoming products is, unquestionably, the envy of many in the electronics industry.But before climbing onto the Cirrus-envy bandwagon, let’s ask a few questions.
Power Integrations settles with IRS
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8/6/2012   Post a comment
Analog chip vendor Power Integrations announced it would make a one time payment of $42.6 million to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for taxes and interest for the years 2003 through 2006.
ADI offers front end chip for medical apps
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8/6/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. introduced a low-power, single-lead, heart-rate monitor analog front end (AFE) for a wide range of vital sign monitoring applications.
Chip market could fall by 5% in 2012, says ABI
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8/6/2012   4 comments
Market researcher Allied Business Intelligence Inc. has decided that a lack of confidence in the global economy and a past lack of investment in semiconductor manufacturing mean the chip market will continue to be soft in the second half of 2012.
What's in a name? Plenty, says CEO of former austriamicrosystems
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8/3/2012   2 comments
John Heugle (shown), CEO of the new "ams," says the company formerly known as austromicrosystems was a "mouthful." Armed with a sensor acquisition, the European company is shooting for double-digit growth as early as this year.
Texas Instruments AFE4300 front-end solution
Product News  
8/2/2012   1 comment
TI unveiled the industry's first analog front end that integrates two separate signal chain front ends for weigh scale and dual body composition measurements into a single device.
ADI expands D/A converter portfolio
Product News  
8/2/2012   2 comments
ADI has introduced AD5686/96 quad 16-bit nanoDAC+ and AD5316R/7R quad 10-bit nanoDAC D/A converters in tiny packages, targeting a wide range of instrumentation and communications applications.
Renesas forecasts flood of red ink
News & Analysis  
8/2/2012   10 comments
Struggling Japanese chip firm Renesas Electronics Corp. has forecast it will make a net loss of 150 billion yen (about $1.91 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, as it published sales down 11 percent sequentially for the first fiscal quarter, ended June 30.
Wolfson predicts return to profit in 2H12
News & Analysis  
8/1/2012   7 comments
Audio and MEMS mixed-signal chip company Wolfson Microelectronics has announced a reduction in its net loss in the second quarter as it has increased its sales revenue. The company said it expects to return to "underlying profitability" in the second half of 2012.
Japan revives mobile chip joint venture
News & Analysis  
8/1/2012   5 comments
Japan has revived plans for a mobile equipment chip joint venture but has come up with something smaller and less ambitious than a previous plan that was cancelled earlier this year.

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