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Challenges in designing high-performance automotive electronics
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Engineers are pressured to shorten the overall design and qualification cycle while increasing functionality of existing auto electronics systems without compromising ever tightening quality, reliability, and cost targets.
Fundamentals of ISM-Band and short range device antennas, Part 3
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Part 3 of this four part series on antenna fundamentals focuses on RF propagation for ISM-band and short-range antennas, specifically covering path loss and multipath propagation effects on the communication link.
Cable extender chipset transfers data up to 400 meters over copper
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's DS15BA101 and DS15EA101 cable extender chipset boosts the reach of 0.15-Gbits/s to 1.5 Gbits/s LVDS, LVPECL, and CML signals up to 400 meters over copper cable with 360-mW power consumption.
RF chipset tailored for 5.8-GHz cordless phones
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Designed specifically for cordless telephones in the 5.8-GHz frequency band, Atmel is sampling an RF chipset that combines the ATR2820 SiGe transceiver and the ATR7040 high-gain power amplifier.
Firms collaborate on blue laser diodes, LEDs
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Arrowhead Research said that its majority-owned subsidiary, Aonex Technologies, has entered into a collaborative agreement with Kyma Technologies to develop materials to reduce the cost of gallium nitride--based devices such as blue laser diodes and blue light emitting diodes.
Analyst upgrades LSI Logic to 'buy'
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Citing a ramping product cycle in serial attached SCSI systems and cost savings associated with its pending merger with Agere Systems, analyst Craig Berger of Wedbush Morgan Securities upgraded his firm's rating on LSI Logic's stock to "buy" from "hold."
Storage adapters support SAS and SATA functionality
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
LSI Logic has unveiled the first models in its newest 8200 series of MegaRAID SAS/SATA adapters. The 8200 series MegaRAID SAS storage adapters are said to deliver support for SAS and SATA II drives at a cost parity with SATA-only adapters.
E-Band Tx/Rx module transmits data at multi-gigabit rates
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
To enable broadband point-to-point radios to carry voice and data traffic at multi-gigabit per second rates, Endwave has released a transmit-receive module that operates over the E-Band frequency spectrum from 71.0-86.0 GHz.
What drives automobile machine vision?
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
There are now so many video safety systems in the works or being deployed that one company, NEC, has even created a high-level software language to help a car sift through and prioritize all the safety information coming at it (see Parallel processing architecture brings advanced vision applications to today's cars).
Sun steps on TOEs with Ethernet chip
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems is eschewing TCP offload engines with Neptune, a 10 Gbit/second Ethernet adapter card and chip optimized for use with multi-threaded processors such as Sun's Niagara.
Power amplifier supports mobile broadband wireless spec
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
ANADIGICS expanded its WiMAX product portfolio with the AWM6423 power amplifier module that measures 4.5 mm X 4.5 mm and is designed with an integrated step attenuator and output power detector to minimize external component count, PCB space requirements, and development costs for new designs
SiP combines 8-bit MCU, LIN transceiver for automotive apps
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2/17/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at LIN applications, Atmel Corp.'s ATA6602 and ATA6603 multichip modules combine an 8-bit AVR microcontroller (MCU) and a LIN system basis chip (LIN SBC) in a system-in-package (SiP) without internal connections.
Parallel processing architecture brings advanced vision applications to today's cars
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2/16/2007   1 comment
Technologies now on the road enable automotive design engineers to implement robust and powerful recognition algorithms, while meeting the stringent automotive power consumption and operational constraints.
ESS sells HD-DVD, Blu-ray technology for $13.5M
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Digital video processor vendor ESS Technology has sold its HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc DVD technologies and related assets to SiS Holding Ltd., a Hong Kong-based electronics distributor, for $13.5 million.
Sony's semi biz to pivot from vertical to horizontal
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Sony is steering its semiconductor business from vertically integrated operation to "fab-lite" operation that would involve outsourcing production of the Cell processor. The move is a major break from Sony's previous strategy to develop and manufacturing core chips internally, a philosophy that remains a top priority for rival consumer electronics giant Matsushita.
AT&T chooses Qualcomm's MediaFLO for mobile TV
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2/14/2007   Post a comment
Cingular, the wireless unit of AT&T, has selected Qualcomm's Forward Link Only technology for mobile TV deployment and signed a definitive agreement with Qualcomm's MediaFLO USA subsidiary to deliver mobile entertainment and information services to subscribers. The companies expect to make the service available to customers in late 2007.
Sony reportedly slashing IC capex
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Japan's Sony plans to significantly reduce outlay for semiconductor capital expenditures, according to an Associated Press report.
Transceiver eliminates RF complexity in EDGE handsets
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices launched the Polaris 3 Total Radio chipset aimed at helping EDGE handset makers improve transmit and receive sensitivity functions. Polaris 3 includes a single chip CMOS transceiver module, Rx SAW filters and matching components; a transmit PA front-end RF switch module with integrated RF shield; and a DC-DC switch-mode power supply.
NXP targets mobile image quality
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors unveiled a device billed as the first member of a new portfolio of ICs that support solid state lighting for mobile displays.
128-bit memory controller embeds security functions
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
IntellaSys' OnSpec xSil261 is a controller chip with 128-bit, hardware-encrypted security for use with UDMA CompactFlash (CF) memory or IDE/ATAPI Hard Disk Drives using a USB 2.0 interface.
TriQuint samples quad-band GSM/EDGE-Polar power amplifier
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Optimized for QUALCOMM's 3G multimode transceivers, TriQuint's latest power amplifier is designed for GSM/EDGE wireless handsets and data cards in the GSM 850/900/1800 /1900 bands, and supports both class 12 GPRS mode and EDGE polar mode.
Broadcom comes to 3GSM with 65-nm EDGE, HEDGE
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Broadcom will parlay its 65-nm foundry access into single-chip transceivers for EDGE and HSDPA+EDGE, to be shown at the 3GSM in Barcelona. Broadcom pledges to offer "HSDPA at WCDMA prices, and EDGE at GPRS prices," according to director of mobile communications marketing Robert Nalesnik.
China IT exports up 35 percent
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Last year was a good one for Chinese trade in electronics, with exports up 35 percent to $363 billion.
Intel teases 80-core chip before ISSCC
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Intel unveils more details about an 80-core chip that achieves teraflop performance. A fuller description happens at this week's ISSCC conference in San Francisco.
DVB-H mobile TV chip integrates RF tuner, baseband functions
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2/10/2007   Post a comment
Using system-in-package (SiP) techniques, Frontier Silicon has integrated an RF tuner, multi-standard baseband IC functions and ancillary passive components into its latest DVB-H receiver it is marketing under the brand Paradiso1H.
Gbit EPON chipset brings triple-play services to the home
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2/9/2007   Post a comment
Centillium Communications expanded its end-to-end fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) semiconductor portfolio with Mustang 300, a chipset for service providers deploying Ethernet passive optical networks (EPON) in customer premise equipment (CPE).
Video color space converter design using mixed-signal via-configurable ASICs
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2/9/2007   Post a comment
Mixed-signal via-configurable ASIC technology gives designers the ability to develop fully integrated mixed-signal ASICs without the lengthy development cycles, high NREs, high risk, and extended fabrication times associated with full-custom mixed-signal IC development. Designing a complete video color space converter becomes easier, for example, with mixed-signal via-configurable ASIC.
Freescale to remain baseband source for Razr
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
One week after Motorola expanded its relationship with Texas Instruments for baseband handset chips using the Omap architecture, Motorola reinforced its existing relationship with Freescale Semiconductor by pledging to use Freescale processors in 2G and 3G handsets through 2009.
Options scandal charges drag Broadcom's Q4 profit
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
Citing more than $50 million worth of charges in connection with historical stock options granting impropriety, fabless chip vendor Broadcom posted a sharp sequential drop in net income for the fourth quarter of 2006, despite a 13 percent increase in net revenue.
Bubble memory gives way to bubble logic
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
Bubble memory technology is back--this time in a microfluidic version for logic applications rather than the magnetic approach taken by Texas Instruments in the 1970s.
Tiny dual-band GSM/GPRS Tx module simplifies handset design
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
Check out TriQuint's latest addition to the QUANTUM family of dual-band GSM/GPRS Tx modules that measure just 6x6x1.1mm. Aimed at the entry-level wireless handset market, the TQM6M4028 integrates many key components to simplify the manufacturing process.
Highly integrated DVB-H receiver brings TV to mobile phones
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2/6/2007   Post a comment
DiBcom is sampling two receivers for mobile TV applications— the DIB908x-H and DIB1908x-H, which are pin-compatible, offering manufacturers the possibility of reusing the same phone-base design to produce multi-standard mobile TV phones for countries that support other standards in addition to DVB-H.
90-nm read channel consumes 50 percent less power
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2/6/2007   Post a comment
Agere Systems has started to ship a 90-nm TrueStore read channel that delivers half the electrical current required by the previous-generation read channels, extending the battery life of handheld consumer electronic devices, such as MP3 players and portable media players, without recharge.
TI drives WLAN, Bluetooth, FM technologies into handsets
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2/6/2007   Post a comment
Designed to drive affordable WLAN, Bluetooth and FM technologies into mass market handsets, TI developed two 65-nm devices built on its DRP single-chip technology.
TI handset chip integrates WLAN, Bluetooth, FM
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2/5/2007   Post a comment
Just three days after a similar product announcement from Broadcom, Texas Instruments introduced a pair devices designed to integrate Wireless LAN, Bluetooth and FM technologies into mass market handsets.
65-nm SoC combines WiFi, Bluetooth and FM receiver
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2/2/2007   Post a comment
Seeking to help manufacturers drive advanced wireless technologies into more handsets, Broadcom's latest device integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM receiver technologies onto a single silicon die, and is manufactured using 65-nm process technologiy to deliver what the company says is the lowest active and idle power consumption.
SigmaTel cuts not deep enough, analyst says
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2/2/2007   Post a comment
A cost reduction plan announced by troubled media IC vendor SigmaTel that is expected to save the company $5 million to $7 million per quarter does not go deep enough, according to Wedbush Moragan Securities analyst Craig Berger, who said in a research note that Wedbush now forecasts a pro forma loss for the company of $1.55 per share for 2007.
Transceiver rolls for high-speed FireWire
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2/2/2007   Post a comment
At a 1-Gbits/s data transmission speed, the EQCO 800SC transceiver chip from EqcoLogic NV can transmit IEEE 1394b FireWire signals two ways simultaneously over a single COAX cable.
Bluetooth modules feature high-output antenna
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2/1/2007   Post a comment
In an effort to help designers easily implement wireless connectivity into their systems, Free2move AB has launched a series of Bluetooth modules that support Bluetooth Version 2.0 + enhanced data rate (EDR) and are certified according to CE and FCC.
M-LVDS receivers cut board space, power in backplane apps
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2/1/2007   Post a comment
TI has developed a pair of dedicated M-LVDS receivers that are aimed at cutting board space, power consumption and cost in backplane applications, such as cellular base stations, central office switches, network switches, routers and AdvancedTCA systems.


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