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Top auto electronics stories of 2006
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
From cosmic rays damaging electronics to the FlexRay protocol's impact on auto safety, here are the stories electronic engineers thought were tops for the year.
Multi-threaded design tackles SoC performance bottlenecks: Part 2
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Coupling processor operation closely to bus and other computational demands leads to a dramatic increase in automotive vision system processor efficiency. With further tuning, optimizing the bus to work closely with the hardware threads improves performance and provides a more controllable, measurable, and predictable system latency.
Cypress' radio-on-a-chip cuts design time
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
The PRoC LP integrates the company's 2.4-GHz transceiver with its low-cost 8-bit Flash microcontroller.
Multi-threaded design tackles SoC performance bottlenecks: Part 1
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Multi-threading processor core tackles both the CPU efficiency and the bus latency bottlenecks in driver-assistance/vision/navigation system SoC design.
Comparators top list of top 10 IC growth products
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Comparators, chips used to measure two different voltages, will be the fastest growing semiconductor product segment in 2006, with projected growth of 37 percent, according to estimates by market research analyst firm IC Insights.
1.8-V UARTs housed in tiny packaging for portables
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
For portable devices that need to interface with Bluetooth EDR and wireless modems, NXP has launched a 1.8-V UART line that can support data rates as fast as 5-Mbits/s and meet the small form factor requirements of these applications thanks to their TFBGA packaging measuring just 3.5-mm x 3.5-mm.
Interface chips support updated HDMI v1.3 standard
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices has expanded its line of HDMI interface chips with multiplexers, receivers and transmitters that support the updated HDMI v1.3 standard. The latest additions to ADI's line address growing consumer demand for high-definition content in multimedia products ranging from 1080p deep-color HDTVs to low-power portable applications, including digital video and still cameras, portable media players and cell phones.
Kleer's audio models deliver low power, robust performance
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
The Audio LP line features high quality audio, low power consumption and robust ISM band coexistence.
IP Unity buys Glenayre Messaging for $25 million
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
IP Unity has acquired the messaging business of Glenayre Technologiesf or $25 million in cash. It will rename the company IP Unity Glenayre.
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces - Part 2
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
High signal-to-noise ratio is an important goal for most audio systems. However, ac power connections unavoidably create ground voltage differences, magnetic fields, and electric fields. Balanced interfaces, in theory, are totally immune to such interference.
NXP claims highly integrated PC TV processors
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Claiming to offer new levels of performance and system integration, NXP Semiconductors introduced a pair of PC TV processors for desktop and notebook multimedia PCs.
Dual-voltage-supply translator is fully configurable
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild is sampling a dual-supply bi-directional translator that is configurable for both uni-directional and independent bi-directional voltage translation between two logic levels.
Pixelworks CEO steps down, remains chair
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Allen Alley plans to resign as president and CEO of display IC vendor Pixelworks, effective Dec. 31, Pixelworks said. Alley, who founded Pixelworks, will continue to serve as the company's chairman.
ST reorganizes product groups
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics said it plans to reorganize its product segments into three separate groups and as one of its top executives left the company. Effective Jan. 1, ST will divide its product groups into an Application Specific group, a Flash Memories group and a Multi-segment group.
Design of High-Performance Balanced Audio Interfaces
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
High signal-to-noise ratio is an important goal for most audio systems. However, ac power connections unavoidably create ground voltage differences, magnetic fields, and electric fields. Balanced interfaces, in theory, are totally immune to such interference.
64-byte FIFO UARTs target battery-powered applications
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Check out Exar's latest pair of 64-byte FIFO UARTs, both of which feature a selectable I²C/SPI slave interface. While both parts are similar in nature, each has a unique feature. The XR20V2170 integrates an RS-232 transceiver, and the XR20M1170 is a low-voltage, 1.8-V device. The devices are suited for industrial, consumer and battery-powered applications.
NXP platform marries GPS, multimedia capabilities
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors introduced a new personal media player platform combining GPS navigation functionality with multimedia capabilities. The offering is based on NXP's Nexperia mobile multimedia processor PNX1090 and software from NXP and partner ALK Technologies.
FlexRay transceiver drives active safety in vehicles
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
NXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors, is shipping what it claims is the industry's first FlexRay transceiver, the TJA1080. With the high-speed FlexRay network communications system, car makers can introduce advanced safety and comfort features.
Network Systems Design in 2007
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Aggressive increases in performance demand is a departure from long-used solutions. Ultimately, the ability to provide sufficient performance to run combined voice, video and data effectively remains a basic network design goal. Replacing bus interconnects that can't keep pace, the marriage of personalization and privacy, and cost—are just some of the topics that will play out in 2007.
PTO upholds Microtune TV tuner patent
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has confirmed a patent owned by Microtune Inc. covering the company's silicon TV tuner architecture following reexamination at the request of Broadcom, Microtune said.
PCIe switches solve I/O connectivity challenges
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
IDT has developed the PRECISE family of PCI Express (PCIe) switches consisting of 10 devices aimed at solving system I/O connectivity issues typically found in high-end servers, storage, communications, industrial and consumer equipment.
FPGA-to-ASIC integration provides flexibility in automotive microcontrollers
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12/9/2006   Post a comment
The primary benefit of using MCUs has been high level system integration combined with relatively low cost. However, there are hidden costs associated with these devices well beyond the unit price.
ON Semi claims patent infringement by Samsung
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has filed a U.S. patent infringement suit against Samsung Electronics and its U.S. subsidiaries alleging the infringement of four patents.
PC chip sales up 6% in '06, IC Insights says
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
Buoyed by an increase in main memory, personal computer IC sales are projected to increase by 6 percent in 2006, achieving an all-high despite a slowdown in PC sales, according to a report from market research firm IC Insights.
HDMI transmitter supports Super Audio CD
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Image rolled out is latest High-Definition Multimedia Interface transmitter for use in set-top boxes, DVD recorders and DVD players.
Pericom expands HDMI switch product portfolio
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Pericom Semiconductor has expanded its high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four high-bandwidth differential signal switch products for multi-source or multi-sink video applications, including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box and game consoles.
High-side driver ASSP aimed at 24-V industrial apps
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor's latest high-side driver ASSP is qualified for operation up to 28-V and suited to designs with nominal system supply voltages of 24-V. It is designed to control LEDs, relays, solenoids, transistor gates, valves and other loads in industrial systems.
AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices and Hynix Semiconductor will finally break into the list of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers this year, according to a preliminary ranking from market research analyst iSuppli, which increased its chip industry growth forecast to 9 percent for 2006.
AMI High-side driver ASSP targets 24-volt apps
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor has expanded its family of high-side driver application specific standard products with a product designed specifically for the control of LEDs, relays, solenoids, transistor gates, valves and other loads in industrial systems.
Analyst cuts '06 chip forecast, warns of tough Q4
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
A financial analyst cut his forecast for 2006 semiconductor industry growth for the third time and said the Philadelphia Stock Exchange SOX semiconductor index could decline in December given continued supply chain inventory reductions, impending first quarter seasonal weakness and continued negative year-on-year industry revenue comparisons.
SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
Analyst downgrades Broadcom
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
A Wall Street analyst who last week said Broadcom has secured a socket in Apple's forthcoming cellular handset downgraded Broadcom's stock rating to "neutral" from "buy."
Infineon maps multi-gate technology to CMOS
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Infineon reports a major breakthrough in semiconductor technology, promising significant reductions in space and leakage currents.


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