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OFDM-based modem delivers up to 100-kbit/s at 10- to 490-kHz
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX2990, a power-line communication (PLC) modem based on the OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) method.
ST moves SPEAr SoCs to 65nm
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
By transferring the SPEAr family to 65-nm process technology, ST's SoC can integrate an advanced ARM926EJ-S processor core with two 16k memory caches, running at 333MHz, for data and instructions and up to 300,000 gates (ASIC-equivalent) of embedded configurable logic.
Kodak CCD image sensor to scan for damaged shuttle heat tiles
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Onboard the next flight of the space shuttle Discovery, Kodak's CCD image sensors will provide critical images of the spacecraft to ensure that no damage occurred during lift-off or in-flight.
Headphone amplifier selection criteria for portable audio applications
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
This article examines key criteria - including topology, performance, cost, size, and power supply requirements - that system designers need to carefully factor in when designing headphone amplifier and output stage circuitry that connects to the headphone load.
How to use optional wireless power-save protocols to dramatically reduce power consumption
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5/27/2008   1 comment
This two-part series of articles provides an overview of today's power-saving methods, ranging from power-reduction protocols and system optimization to low-power circuit design and process technology.
DIVA consortium unveils a new interface standard for next-generation interactive digital TV and CE networking
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Unlike current industry interface standards, DIVA technology combines a reliable, high-speed, bi-directional data channel with an uncompressed video and audio channel to allow users to connect, configure and control various home CE devices from their digital TVs.
Trimble rolls out enhanced surface mount GPS receiver
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5/24/2008   Post a comment
The Copernicus II GPS receiver with higher sensitivity than its predecessor and low power is well suited for drop-in, ready-to-go positioning.
Mobile WiMAX device integrates baseband, RF and memory
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
WiMAX chipmaker SEQUANS Communications announced availability of its newest chip, the SQN1170, which integrates baseband, RF, and memory in a single device.
All-in-one multi-touch development kit
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
The new SMK 15.4 development kit comes with everything needed for a high-performance, one-stop multi-touch system, including a wide-screen TFT LCD display.
Startup implants RFID in operating room
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
ClearCount Medical Solutions, a Pittsburg startup, has launched what could be one of the first RFID systems to debut in an operating room setting, using RFID tags to automate the process of tracking surgical sponges.
Automotive infotainment upgrades drive chip industry, says iSuppli
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
The competition among automotive OEMs will lead to increased efforts to lure customers by means of additional infotainment features and options. The semiconductor industry will be beneficiary from this trend, predicts market researcher iSuppli. The top winners are NXP and STM.
eSOL releases iPod connectivity support for its USB host driver
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5/18/2008   Post a comment
eSOL has added an isochronous transfer mode and an audio class driver to its PrUSB /Host product, enabling USB host-based products such as car infotainment systems and navigation systems to receive audio streaming in real time over the standard USB connection from portable music players such as iPod from Apple.
H.264 video encoder with extended temperature range
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5/16/2008   Post a comment
Designed to adapt to existing network infrastructures, VSIP2 EXTREME is built upon ATEME's compression technology in order to optimize video quality while benefiting from intelligent encoding features including alarm generation.
IC Audio Power Amplifiers and Zobel Networks: One Size Does Not Fit All
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5/14/2008   3 comments
Here's how to properly select an impedance modifying circuit (Zobel network) for your IC audio power amplifier design.
Multi-rate CDR chip integrates SerDes to reduce cost, save power
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5/13/2008   Post a comment
By combining the functions of three ICs—lclock and data recovery, serialization, and deserialization—within a single device, the MAX3886 provides significant cost and power savings to manufacturers of passive optical network (PON) equipment for the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) market.
Under the Hood: Mature devices get Rolly rocking
5/13/2008   Post a comment
The Sony Rolly, shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is a "dancing" MP3 player: When songs are loaded or streamed via Bluetooth, the Rolly can roll around and flap its speaker coverings in time with the music. The speaker flaps can also muffle the sound and give it a bit more flare when noise is channeled through one side or the other.
Jazz Semi targets Israeli wireless companies
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5/13/2008   Post a comment
Pure-play foundry Jazz Semiconductor (Newport Beach, Calif.) is trying to convince wireless companies from Israel to use its foundry services, according to Michael Rome, senior sales manager for Europe at Jazz.
Atmel : Kit proposes wireless PC connectivity via USB port
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5/13/2008   Post a comment
Atmel has announced the AVRUSBRF01 reference design for development with AVR microcontrollers in the un-licensed 2.4 GHz ISM band and connection to PCs with USB.
SerDes chipset claims lowest jitter, enables easy interface to FPGAs
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5/12/2008   Post a comment
National Semiconductor claims its highly integrated SerDes chipset for high-speed serial transmission offers the industry's best output jitter performance and best input jitter tolerance.
H.264 encoder design using Application Engine Synthesis
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5/9/2008   2 comments
SoC design for consumer products relies on standard algorithms such as H.264 and JPEG for their defining capabilities. To reduce both project cost and schedule risk, Application Engine Synthesis (AES) can automatically create an application engine such as an H.264 encoder from a sequential, untimed C algorithm.
Energy-efficient Ethernet standard gains traction
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5/8/2008   1 comment
An energy-efficient Ethernet standard to slash the power consumption in networking is gaining traction and could be in a draft form suitable for building products as early as September, having already settled on an approach for use on 100 Mbit and Gbit chips.
Choosing a microcontroller and other design decisions - Part 2
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5/7/2008   Post a comment
This three-part article is abstracted from the book "Embedded Hardware Know It All", which provides a "360 degree" view from best-selling authors.
ST, Mobileye tackle vehicle vision with next-gen SoC
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5/7/2008   Post a comment
Resulting from a technological collaboration, STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) and Mobileye NV (Amstelveen, The Netherlands) have sampled the second generation of system-on-chip (SoC) for vision-based driver assistance systems.
Conduction-cooled XMC module supports 10GbE
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5/5/2008   Post a comment
The V1120 is the industry's first conduction-cooled XMC product for 10GbE connectivity and packet processing.
Altera's Stratix III FPGAs support SGMII on LVDS I/Os
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5/5/2008   Post a comment
Stratix III FPGAs from Altera provide a seamless interface to triple-speed Ethernet physical layer devices.
HANA 2.0 home networking adds HD video QoS guarantee, discovery and DRM
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5/2/2008   Post a comment
HANA 2.0 design guidelines incorporate new standards for device discovery, universal remote control of devices, bandwidth reservation for HD video, and zone-style DRM encompassing the entire home. At a CES demo in January, HANA showed how existing coax cables, CAT-5, and optical fiber and wireless could all be used within a HANA home entertainment network to deliver real time multi-room, multi-stream HD video.
Broadcom expands networking portfolio
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5/1/2008   Post a comment
Broadcom has expanded its network switching portfolio for businesses deploying 802.11n Wi-Fi networks with an end-to-end solution that combines its Intensi-fi silicon with its FASTPATH networking software to deliver features that IT managers require across their wireless networks.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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