Audio amp subsystem simplifies designs Product News 9/12/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced the Boomer audio subsystem to simplify the development of full-bandwidth stereo and 3D sound in mobile phones and other battery-powered devices.
Power system controller logs system glitches Product News 9/12/2005 Post a comment Potentia says its PS-2607 power system controller is the first of its kind with a fault logger. Using its integrated EEPROM, it records the last 14 power system faults to provide quick identification of the precise cause of a power system failure during product design or field failure analysis.
Graphics driver eases control of LEDs in the matrix Product News 9/11/2005 Post a comment Maxim's MAX6960-MAX6963 family of cathode-row display drivers interfaces a microprocessor to an 8-by-8 dot-matrix red, green, and yellow (RGY) LED display through a high-speed 4-wire serial interface. Designed to offload the display tasks from the microprocessor, thus simplifying design, reducing software overhead, and improving time-to-market, the drivers are suited to message board, gaming machine and audio/video equipment applications.
Watchdog IC tightens security Product News 9/8/2005 Post a comment EM Microelectronic's EM6151 supervisory IC touts enhanced system security for microprocessor-based systems. The voltage monitor/watchdog timer is designed to provide extreme reliability and security in critical microprocessor-controlled applications including automotive, transportation, robotic and industrial control, and eliminate the need for redundant microprocessors that supervise each other.
Quad drivers deliver the sharper image Product News 9/8/2005 Post a comment The MD1810 and MD1811 quad drivers from Supertex are designed for MOSFETs that drive a high capacitance load, such as required in ultrasound imaging and CCD-based products. Both high-speed ICs feature a rise and fall time of six nanoseconds for a 1000 pF load. Their low-jitter design is intended to ensure accurate Doppler measurement and clearer imaging.
National Semi profit beats guidance News & Analysis 9/8/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. reported net earnings of $85.6 million, or 24 cents per share on revenue of $493.8 million the first quarter of fiscal 2006 ended Aug. 28, 2005.
Quick 13-bit A/D converter specs low noise Product News 9/8/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc.'s 13-bit, 250 Msamples/s analog-to-digital converter offers 68 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 75 dB spurious-free dynamic range at high input frequencies for wideband applications.
Brazil seeks to establish semi industry News & Analysis 9/6/2005 Post a comment Brazilian authorities will announce Wednesday plans to establish a semiconductor industry in the state of Minas Gerais, where a technology park spanning 990 acres is being dedicated to semiconductor manufacturing and design.
16-bit A/D converter delivers high SFDR Product News 9/6/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology Corp. announced what it claims is the fastest 16-bit (130 Msamples/second) analog-to-digital converter on the market for the most demanding wideband, low noise, signal acquisition applications.
High-current switches kickstart power distribution Product News 9/2/2005 Post a comment Micrel's MIC2014/15/16 high-current power switches feature so-called kickstart current limiting to bring a new level of adaptability to peripheral power management. The chips, part of the company's family of MIC20xx power distribution switches introduced earlier this month, are aimed at applications requiring current limiting as protection against short circuits, including PCs, set top boxes, game controllers and USB host devices.
A/D converter changes sensor signals Product News 9/2/2005 Post a comment IC-Haus GmbH unveiled a 13-bit monolithic analog-to-digital converter, which by applying a count-safe vector follower principle, converts sine and cosine sensor signals with a selectable resolution and hysteresis into angle position data.
Chargers pack consumer extras Product News 9/1/2005 Post a comment Semtech's SC805 and SC806 battery charger ICs tout advanced functionality in a super small package for consumer electronics applications including cable chargers, personal media devices, and mobile phones. "The high-current level and charging profile flexibility of the SC805 and SC806 are critical key features, and the good news for designers is that all of this comes in a small, less expensive package," said C.S. Mitter, director of Power Management for Handheld Products. "Add to this an advanc