Design of Base I/O Libraries
Design How-To 11/20/2003 Post a comment
Cell libraries clearly play a critical role in IC design today. They serve as the fundamental building blocks for any new chip design. Most developers have chosen a standard cell library early in the design process, frequently based on which IC foundry they are working withand verified that the library works smoothly within their design flow.
LVDS fan-out buffers support high-availability systems
Product News 11/19/2003 Post a comment
IDT enters the high-performance clock distribution market with the introduction of a family of industry leading, low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) fan-out buffers. IDT believes it is the first to offer LVDS fan-out buffers with redundant clocking and glitchless switchover. This feature reduces system failure and increases reliability.
Analog mux parts claim reduction in signal feed-through
Product News 11/17/2003 Post a comment
Intersil's new MightMUX devices claim a 99 percent reduction in off-state leakage current and a 99 percent reduction in off-state signal feed-through " at least, compared with Intersil's previous-generation switches. But then, a 2-pA leakage current is respectably low.
Get ready for a new logic family: AUP devices keep your handhelds running longer
Product News 11/13/2003 Post a comment
Texas Instruments' AUP (Advanced Ultra Low Power) logic devices may give battery-powered devices up to 73 percent longer life than other kinds of 3.3V logic. Intended to be "unnoticeable" in battery-powered portables, the AUP devices reduce the input capacitance on the logic gates and consequently the drive current required. The new devices could be powered from sub-1V supply rails.
Parallel port transceiver features power-on protection feature
Product News 11/10/2003 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' 74LVC161284TTR is a low-voltage, high-speed IEEE1284 transceiver. A "Z" version, the 74LVCZ161284ATTR is almost identical, but features an error-free power-up function as well. Each of these transceivers can replace the function of two previous-generation 74ACT1284 devices. Both parts support both IEEE1284-I and -II (level one and level two) bi-directional parallel communications between personal computers and peripherals.
Serdes claims 10-Gbit backplane channels
News & Analysis 11/4/2003 Post a comment
Agere Systems has built a 90-nanometer serializer/deserializer chip that can deliver 12.5-Gbit/second throughput, giving designers a way to provide 10-Gbit channels across backplanes in networking-box architectures.
Fail-safe 40Mbits/s transceivers support Profibus, RS-485/RS-422
Product News 11/4/2003 Post a comment
Maxim's MAX3465-MAX3469, announced this week are fail-safe, 40Mbits/s Profibus transceivers. These devices are high-speed, differential-bus transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communications, and are designed to meet TIA/EIA-422-B, TIA/EIA-485-A, V.11, and X.27 standards. From eeProductCenter's postings, here's the scoop.