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Switch technology supports broadband differential signaling
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1/30/2004   Post a comment
There's a new class of switch products will enable the handling of differential broadband signals in advanced high-bandwidth applications, according to Pericom Semiconductor Corp. The company's line of application specific standard products (ASSPs) now includes switching solutions that address applications requiring up to 700 MHz of bandwidth.
Bluetooth RF System-on-Chip: Product Design Challenges and Tradeoffs
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1/28/2004   Post a comment
In this article, Dialog Semiconductor's Andreas Sibrai and Vjekoslav Matic examine the design of a low cost wireless data transceiver focused primarily on Bluetooth applications.
Chip makers post mixed results
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1/23/2004   Post a comment
Top Three Considerations Regarding Interface Development
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1/22/2004   Post a comment
When semiconductor companies plan their chip development, their focus tends to center on the area where they add the most value, namely the core. Regrettably, I/O development is often taken for granted and/or pushed to the end of the development cycle. In fact, disregard for the importance of I/O development can jeopardize the success of the chip. The most advanced core is rendered useless if the data cannot get on and off the chip at optimal frequency and throughput levels. A well-thought-out p
LCD digit driver helps reduce component count for feature phones
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1/21/2004   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems' AS2591 is a CMOS IC used for driving LCDs with four backplanes and 24 (or 31) segments. This arrangement provides 12 (or 16) 7-segment digits " and 12 symbols. It is meant to provide an easy interface for the miniature alpha-numeric displays used in cellular handsets and feature phones. One of the company's engineers shows how the display driver helps build a "handsfree" cell phone (available as a reference design) with a low component count.
HyperTransport-to-PCI-X bridge puts legacy peripherals in touch with data-hungry workstations and servers
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1/21/2004   Post a comment
Alliance Semiconductor's AS90L10204 enables system manufacturers to utilize an existing infrastructure of peripherals and system components based on PCI-X, such as Network Interface Cards (NICs), RAID Controllers, Host Bus Adaptors (HBA) and others.
Low phase noise HCMOS oscillators provide -162 dBc/Hz noise floor
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1/16/2004   Post a comment
Crystek Crystals Corporation has launched a new Ultra-Low Phase Noise HCMOS Oscillator providing -162dBc/Hz noise floor. It generates frequencies between 50MHz and 100MHz with 80MHz and 100MHz offered as standard.
Precision, 15ppm/C voltage references ideal for portable applications
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1/16/2004   Post a comment
TI announced a family of low-power, low-dropout, series-mode voltage references that offer precision and stability in a small package, making them ideal for portable and battery-powered devices including handheld instruments, PDAs, data acquisition systems, and medical equipment.
New company announces breakthrough disruptive electronically adjustable micro-resistor technology
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1/16/2004   Post a comment
Microbridge Technologies Inc., a privately held technology company announced the introduction of the Rejustor, the world's first electronically precision-adjustable passive micro-resistor device.
Toshiba's 0.85-inch HDD Brings Multi-gigabyte Capacities to Small, Powerful Digital Products
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1/15/2004   Post a comment
Embedded Systems Designers, check this out for on board memory.
NTT and Hitachi Offer Network-centric Storage Solutions
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1/15/2004   Post a comment
Memory to a system designer is more than just chips. As SAN systems evolve, systems designers need to know about these resources.
IC industry headed towards 'worry-free' mode in 2004
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1/12/2004   Post a comment
The IC and chip equipment industries are moving into a "worry-free" mode after a long and painful slump despite lingering uncertainties beyond 2004, according to executives and analysts at the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) here Monday (Jan. 12). Mark LaPedus reports.
Military IP net will crank up bandwidth
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1/12/2004   Post a comment
The Defense Information Systems Agency has approved the recommended subcontractors chosen by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for the Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion project, an optical terrestrial network that is to deliver Internet Protocol traffic among defense and intelligence locations worldwide.
Mesh networks gather steam with standards
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
Many organizations recognize the value that a wireless mesh network can provide, but are unsure whether they should implement one that is managed or ad hoc. The decision revolves around how to implement an authentic network without wires: one that is scalable, secure, managed and architected for performance. The need for mesh networking and its many inherent advantages has led to a call for standards in ad hoc networks that should solve many of the outstanding issues.
IC market to exceed SIA's 2003 forecast
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said it expects global chip sales to exceed its 15.8- percent growth forecast for 2003 compared to the previous year. At the same time, worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $16.13 billion in November 2003, a 4.5 percent increase from the $15.43 billion recorded in October. The total also represented a 25.7 percent rise from November 2002, SIA reported Monday (Jan. 5).
ATI spins digital TV tuner/decoder chip
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
ATI Technologies Inc. is rolling out a digital TV chip that integrates front-end digital terrestrial and cable demodulators and a back-end high-definition MPEG-2 decoder. The X210VC "DTV-on-chip" will give ATI "at least a two-year jump" on DTV silicon competitors, said director of marketing Mike Gittings.
Chip growth will stay hot all year, forecasters say
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
The IC market recovery, now entering its second year, will see rapid growth before peaking late this year or early next and giving way to more moderate growth in 2005, analysts said. Bolaji Ojo has this report.
Control failure by sensing the heat
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1/1/2004   Post a comment
Controlling the amount of heat produced or dissipated by today's more powerful electronic equipment becomes critical as the real estate shrinks enabling heat related problems to occur more easily. It can be a tricky challenge to resolve but several companies are offering possible solutions.

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