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TI expects to meet guidance
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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.
Compensating voltage mode buck regulators -- Part 2: The details
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
Here is the second part of an in-depth resource to help you take full advantage of this design feature. Make sure you check out the five part appendix with all the details for easing your design work to control the regulator.
Class D audio amp touts lowest noise floor
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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.
Fault-robust microcontrollers allow automotive technology convergence: Part 1, the nature of faults
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
In automotive, semiconductor technologies and electronic systems are converging into a "car-on-a-chip." However, this convergence results in a new population of faults and failure modes, so how to make such systems more robust?
Octal supervisor monitors positive and negative voltages
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9/10/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2910 monitor IC has eight individual under-voltage inputs that can monitor both positive- and negative-voltage supplies.
LED driver for auto apps does away with need for a microcontroller
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Product Review - Maxim touts its MAX16806 EEPROM-programmable driver, for high-brightness LEDs in automotive interior dome, map lighting, and courtesy light applications, as the first that does away with the need for switchmode controllers or microcontrollers.
32-by-32 crosspoint switches handle QXGA video
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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.
Vishay's transceiver modules deliver multi-channel, 2.4-GHz DSSS
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
The transceivers operate over a voltage range of 2.5 V to 3.6 V and offer a channel switching time of only 60 microseconds.
High-current microstepper simplifies motor drive
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
Allegro's A3986 is a fully integrated high-current, dual full-bridge gate driver with microstepping translator suitable for driving a wide range of bipolar two-phase stepper motors.
16-by-16 crosspoint switch integrates DC-restore circuitry
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL59530, a 300 MHz 16-by-16 video crosspoint switch for RGB and HDTV routing applications touts integrated DC-restore clamp circuitry to ensure black-level accuracy using at least 16 fewer external components than competitive solutions.
National Semi meets guidance, expects weaker quarter
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. reported net income of $120.1 million, or 35 cents per share on revenues of $541.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2007 ended Aug. 27, 2006.
Switching supplies drive LED lighting in automobiles
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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
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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
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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.
Analog/mixed-signal IC design evolves to meet new challenges
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
The capabilities of these advanced design tools is changing, as assisted automation helps designers streamline their efforts
Stereo codecs tout ultralow power consumption
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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.
Converter measurement methods spur automotive capacitive sensor use
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Capacitance-to-digital converters allow taking advantage of capacitive sensors simple shape adaptation, low power consumption, and favorable manufacturing costs, while imparting ease of control and read out.
Synopsys IP move shows China, analog in the driver's seat
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Synopsys is making the heart of its mixed-signal intellectual property available for the 130-nm process of foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, showing that both China and analog are driving growth in new chip designs.
Temperature sensor has dual SMBus interface
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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
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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.
Tzero, ADI team up on video over UWB
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
The combination chipset consists of a transmitter and receiver that integrates the Tzero TZ 7000 chipset and Analog Devices' JPEG2000 compression ICs.
Details on compensating voltage mode buck regulators
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9/4/2006   Post a comment
Many of today's buck regulators require external compensation, which gives you control over the systems performance. Here is a two part in-depth resource to help you take full advantage of this design feature.
Select the right audio amplifier for your mobile handset
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9/4/2006   Post a comment
The growth in the number and kinds of features in mobile handsets are pushing designers from Class AB audio amps to Class D.
NEC range extender components speed ZigBee/Bluetooth transceiver design
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9/1/2006   Post a comment
The devices can be configured to provide either straight-through low-power output, or amplified output for longer-range applications.
14-bit ADC touts best-in-class SFDR at half the power draw
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9/1/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices says its AD9254 14-bit, 150-MSPS analog-to-digital converter, with the best dynamic range of any competing ADC, consumes only 430 mW - a 50 percent reduction in power consumption over existing solutions.
Power-management IC for third-gen XScale processor offers efficiency and low supply current
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9/1/2006   Post a comment
Maxim introduces two power management ICs designed specifically for the Intel Monahans, the third-generation Intel XScale technology-based applications processors.
Portable media player design with the Alchemy Au1200 processor
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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.
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