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Silicon Line SL82027 and SL82017 MIPI M-PHY optical media converter ICs for mobile phones
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Line GmbH is sampling optical media converter ICs targeted at mobile and smart phones using the latest MIPI Alliance based M-PHY standard.
Analog Devices boasts fastest, 1nv/vHz, low power, rail-to-rail amplifiers
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices unveiled a series of high-speed amplifiers that establish a new performance standard with the best combination of high-speed, low noise and low power.
TECH TRENDS: LTE connectivity expands infotainment and telematics applications
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
With greater range and connection speeds 100 times faster 2/3G data services, LTE mobile broadband connected systems will enable burgeoning automotive applications.
10X productivity boost is nothing to be sneezed at
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Press releases that claim productivity improvement are a dime a dozen, but this one caught my eye and maybe there is something to it…
Demonstration platforms suggest wireless BANs’ potential
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
To be universally accepted and used for health monitoring, BANs should consist of inexpensive, small, intelligent nodes.
Wireless body area networks: What engineers need to know
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9/26/2011   5 comments
With body area networks viewed as a solution for spiraling health care costs and provider shortages, wireless standards groups and the IEEE are embracing BAN technology.
Smart grid: Slow buildout begins
Special Report  
9/26/2011   8 comments
Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
Wireless power transmission expands to EV, industrial, and military electronics
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9/26/2011   4 comments
A new report describes technologies that will be a stepping stone to contactless power for consumer, industrial and military electronics.
ESC automotive products preview
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9/24/2011   Post a comment
Here's what we can tell you about some of what's being shown at the annual ESC clambake in Boston.
Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems (Part 1 of 5)
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9/23/2011   4 comments
Understand some of the critical issues associated with this topic of great interest
Cypress release PSoC Creator 2.0
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9/22/2011   2 comments
Cypress’ PSoC Creator merges IP and tool and now hardware and software into a true ESL design creation and implementation tool – direct to silicon…
Integrated MCUs simplify hybrid, EV motor control
Design How-To  
9/22/2011   3 comments
Highly integrated MCUs developed specifically for the hybrid and electric vehicles include timer structures, which generate motor control signals, along with various I/O ports and interfaces.
Zarlink's board approves new Microsemi offer
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9/22/2011   Post a comment
Microsemi and Zarlink Semiconductor have entered into a so-called support agreement which looks to clinch the deal to finalize Microsemi acquiring Zarlink.
IDT 840N202I, 849N202I and 849N212I universal frequency translators devices
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9/22/2011   Post a comment
IDT's new family of universal frequency translators allow any output frequency, regardless of input frequency, for flexibility and ease-of-use in high-performance networking and communications applications.
QML-V op amps provide SEL immunity
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9/21/2011   Post a comment
Rad-hard operational amplifiers for aerospace applications tolerate total ionizing dose of 300 krad (Si).
Making sounds with analogue electronics - Part 1: Before the synthesizer
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9/21/2011   5 comments
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Sound Synthesis and Sampling" looks back at the history of audio electronics before the synthesizer, briefly reviews the differences between analogue and digital synthesis, and discusses "one of the major innovations in the development of the synthesizer" - voltage control.
EDA Roundup
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9/21/2011   Post a comment
There are many news stories out every week that are interesting, but on their own don't warrant a full writeup. This is a roundup of such information...
Selecting audio amplifiers for mobile devices
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9/21/2011   2 comments
This article examines several areas of improving audio in mobile phone and portable audio systems - many of which use a processor with integrated analogue audio outputs.
Audio amp UI design: Creativity vs. usability
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9/21/2011   8 comments
If choosing a front panel design for a headphone amplifier would you go with a creative, unique look or something more traditional and functional?
Forecast sees hard year, fewer chip makers
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9/19/2011   2 comments
Semiconductor sales will "muddle along" to five percent growth this year and nudge toward double-digits in 2012, according to IC Insights' fall forecast.
Intelligent sensor, algorithms improve battery management
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9/19/2011   2 comments
More than half of the vehicle breakdowns that are caused by the electrical system can be traced back to the lead-acid battery and could have been avoided by knowledge of the battery state. A battery management system provides the necessary information by fast and reliable detection of the State-of-Charge, State-of-Health, and State-of-Function in terms of cranking capability.
Understanding noise, ENOB, and effective resolution in analog-to-digital converters
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9/16/2011   Post a comment
Understanding noise, ENOB, and effective resolution in A/D converters
Chip sales slowing rapidly, says Gartner
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9/15/2011   7 comments
Market research company Gartner Inc. has joined rival prognosticators in predicting the 2011 global chip market will decline from the previous year. It has also halved its forecast for chip market growth in 2012 with the warning that a U.S. double dip recession would require a further downward sales revision.
Imagination takes stake in digital RF firm
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9/15/2011   1 comment
Graphics and communications IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc as teamed up with Orca Systems Inc. on the development of technology for broadcast television reception. Under the terms of the deal Imagination has also taken an equity stake in Orca, and Imagination CEO, Hossein Yassaie, has joined Orca's board of directors.
Isolated gate driver rejects hybrid powertrain drive common mode noise
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9/15/2011   Post a comment
Reduction of parasitic capacitance mitigates sources of common mode noise.
Parade Tech stages Taiwan IPO
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9/13/2011   Post a comment
Parade Technologies Ltd., a fabless supplier of mixed-signal ICs for display and high-speed interface standards, has announced that its IPO goes public Tuesday (Sept. 13) on Taiwan's GreTai Securities Market.
Globalfoundries offers automotive BCD process
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9/13/2011   Post a comment
Globalfoundries Inc. has said it is preparing to offer a 0.18-micron bipolar-CMOS-DMOS process called BCDlite for automotive applications such as power management devices, audio amplifiers, displays and LED driver integrated circuits (ICs).
Infineon launches new trench-type power MOSFET family
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9/13/2011   Post a comment
Claims lowest RDS(on), improved energy efficiency, and cost savings.
Avoiding coexistence problems and simplifying designs with integrated RF modules
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9/12/2011   Post a comment
Leveraging integrated RF modules can provide superior coexistence faster and more efficiently than the use of discrete components.
Rethink EV, hybrid power management architectures
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9/12/2011   1 comment
Environmental, safety, and economic constraints impact future vehicles and a distributed power network may offer advantages.
Achieving high analog-IC performance via specialized foundry processing
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9/12/2011   Post a comment
Understand how foundry process impacts achievable specifications
Brazil's Chipus partners with second foundry
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9/9/2011   1 comment
Chipus Microelecrtronics SA, a Brazilian startup licensor of analog and mixed-signal circuit designs, has said it has begun designing a library of low-voltage, low-power analog IP cores for implementation on a 0.18-micron CMOS process used by foundry Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Allegro MicroSystems A4952 and A4953 full-bridge DMOS PWM motor drivers
Product News  
9/8/2011   1 comment
Allegro MicroSystems has introduced new full-bridge DMOS PWM motor driver ICs with internal fixed off-time PWM for adjustable current limit.
ADI rolls A/V front-end IC for home theaters
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9/8/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced an audio/video front-end chip for home theaters that integrates AV processing, support for HDMI specification version 1.4 for 3-D resolution and includes the first HDMI receiver to support THX Media Director embedded metadata.
Acoustic software streamlines truck cabin noise mitigation
Design How-To  
9/8/2011   2 comments
Quieting sound is often difficult because noise sources such as the engine, exhaust, air intake, and transmission all interact within short distances from the cabin.
Texas Instruments INA226 current shunt monitor
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9/7/2011   Post a comment
TI says its latest current shunt monitor provides 10 times greater accuracy than competitors with a maximum offset voltage of 10uV and gain error of 0.1%.
Gate drive design for enhancement-mode GaN FETs
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9/6/2011   Post a comment
Newly optimized gate drivers are now available that solve the challenges of driving enhancement-mode GaN devices, enabling increased power density and efficiency while simplifying the task of driving eGaN FETs.
Former ST, Cadence JV tips smart meter ICs
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9/6/2011   10 comments
Accent Spa, founded in 1993 as a design services joint venture between Cadence and STMicroelectronics, has launched three smart meter ICs, confirming its transformation into a fabless chip company focused on smart grid applications.
Fairchild lowers Q3, cites slow distribution
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9/6/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal and power ICs, has reduced its guidance for third quarter sales significantly saying it has yet to see the normal seasonal increase in sales through distribution channels.
China's fabless turn to Taiwan, says survey
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9/6/2011   2 comments
China's fabless chip companies are turning to Taiwan to a greater degree to help them get close to the leading-edge in geometry and compete globally, according to an IC design house and fabless chip company survey conducted by EE Times-China.
Tool tailors engine controller for drag racing
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9/6/2011   2 comments
Even without a test stand, engine control software can be tuned and optimized to wring out maximum engine power.
Mobile measurement supports onboard EHV high-voltage testing
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9/1/2011   Post a comment
On-road EHV testing calls for considerably greater data acquisition and wiring challenges than stationary applications. Onboard or road test data collection within a typical test track environment subjects instrumentation to higher-than-usual shock and vibration inputs, placing greater mechanical demands upon components and systems.
Analyst sees firm July, raises chip forecast
News & Analysis  
9/1/2011   2 comments
The three-month average of global chip sales for July is going to be reported as $24.8 billion, up compared with a figure of $24.68 billion reported for June by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).


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