TI expects to meet guidance
News & Analysis 9/11/2006 Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. announced Monday (Sept. 11) it expects third-quarter sales of $3.71 to $3.87 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.63 to $3.95 billion. Earnings per share are projected at 44 to 46 cents per share, compared with prior guidance of 42 to 48 cents per share.
Class D audio amp touts lowest noise floor
Product News 9/11/2006 Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TPA203xD1 series of class-D audio amps for portable consumer electronics, taking half the board real-estate of competing solutions, claims an A-weighted noise floor of 27 µVrms, the lowest in the industry. TI says these amps improve PSRR by 20 dB and CMRR by 12 dB over competing devices.
32-by-32 crosspoint switches handle QXGA video
Product News 9/8/2006 Post a comment
Analog Devices says its 32-by-32 analog crosspoint switches, the AD8117 and AD8118, with a bandwidth of more than 500 MHz are the industry's first such single-chip devices for efficiently routing Quantum Extended Graphics Array (QGXA) video signals.
Switching supplies drive LED lighting in automobiles
Design How-To 9/7/2006 Post a comment
LEDs need power, and switching supplies are providing the right kind. The converter should be optimized for the number and type of LEDs in a string, and for the functionality of each lighting application. Here are some practical guidelines and designs.
2.4-GHz ISM-band WirelessUSB modules come pre-certified
Product News 9/7/2006 Post a comment
Wireless Universal Serial Bus is catching on big time. Addressing that phenomena, module maker Artaflex is rolling out four WUSB modules that can put USB connectivity into your products. These modules free you from a lot of RF design, as well as compliance testing.
Third-generation ESD port protectors support HDMI 1.3 specs
Product News 9/6/2006 Post a comment
Product Review - California Micro Devices' CM2030 and CM2031 family of MediaGuard devices tout the industry's best performance for high-speed lines in meeting the signaling (signal integrity) and ESD protection requirements for the latest HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) devices.
Stereo codecs tout ultralow power consumption
Product News 9/6/2006 Post a comment
Product Review - With the focus on extended battery run-times and optimizing the noise/power consumption tradeoff, Texas Instruments says its PCM3793 and PCM3794 stereo audio codecs for portable consumer applications are the industry's lowest-power devices of their kind.
Temperature sensor has dual SMBus interface
Product News 9/5/2006 Post a comment
Maxim says its MAX6638, a thermal sensor with ±1°C accuracy, is the industry's first to include two independent SMBus serial ports, which allow two controllers simultaneous access to temperature data.
Analyst downgrades TI
News & Analysis 9/5/2006 Post a comment
Lower-than-expected 3G demand, the move to single-chip solutions, and slower DLP growth are dampening the near-term outlook for Texas Instruments, according to a report by American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman.
Portable media player design with the Alchemy Au1200 processor
Design How-To 9/1/2006 Post a comment
The RMI Alchemy Au1200 processor is a system-on-a-chip product built expressly to meet the requirements of a PMP equipped with high-performance video capabilities, including long run time and support for multiple codecs without transcoding. Au1200 was originally developed by AMD, and is now available, along with SDKs and reference designs, from RMI, a company founded by AMD's former COO. Here's an overview of what's involved in designing a media player around it.