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How to generate Gray Codes for non-power-of-2 sequences
Design How-To  
6/29/2007   1 comment
Prompted by a question from a reader, it turns out that there are many ways to attack this problem and a variety of jolly interesting solutions (plus free software code).
Ethernet group may bless 40, 100G paths
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
A group trying to chart the future of Ethernet is expected to propose at key July meeting in San Francisco a plan to set standards both for 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the technology to meet the diverging needs of computer and communication companies.
Low-power limiting post amplifier targets SFP transceivers
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
Micrel launched the SY88973BL, a low-power limiting post amplifier that is designed for use in fiber optic receivers.
LSI sells consumer IC biz, cuts 900 jobs
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Amid a move to cut 900 jobs -- or 13 percent of its workforce -- LSI Corp. has sold its consumer chip business to Magnum Semiconductor Inc. The transaction will be funded by private equity investment.
Extensive IP portfolio for new 90 nm Flash-based FPGA family
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Lattice announces early availability of IP portfolio to enable rapid adoption of the 90 nm LatticeXP2 Flash-based FPGA family.
Freescale's Mayer: growth is in green, baby boomers, connectivity
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's global opportunities are shifting to "green everything," an aging population and broadband, ubiquitous connectivity, Freescale Semiconductor CEO Michel Mayer said during a keynote address at the company's technology forum here this week.
High pixel density projection chip offers 20,000:1 contrast ratio
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
JVC has developed what it claims is the industry's highest pixel density projection chip that will enable future 4K2K projectors to be smaller, lighter and more affordable.
SGI sharpens blades with Infiniband
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
A casual discussion between engineers at SGI and Intel led to the creation of an SGI server blade system released today (June 26) aiming at high-performance computing clusters that uses native Infiniband for all its internal and external communications.
National Semi raises video experience bar in latest handheld multimedia devices
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
With a goal of achieving energy-efficient yet greatly improved video--National Semiconductor introduced seven new display, audio and power management products.
Lattice and PLD Applications announce partnership for PCI Express connectivity solutions
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
PLDA delivers PCI XpressLite core for LatticeECP2M FPGAs; Partnership focused on expansion of connectivity solutions for Lattice devices.
Lattice introduces industry's first SERDES FPGA priced below $10
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Best-in-class FPGA performance further enhanced up to 30% -- comprehensive solutions including silicon, design tools, and IP available now.
Single, dual LVDS drivers cut power consumption in high-speed data apps
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems' latest LVDS products provide 800-Mbits/s data rate with 300ps pulse skew, which significantly reduces power consumption compared with conventional devices.
Embedded Ethernet module connects MCU-based systems to the LAN
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Xecom Inc. has developed a serial to Ethernet module dubbed the XE232NET, which allows embedded systems designers to easily and inexpensively connect MCU-based systems to a LAN.
Xilinx brings FlexRay to FPGA
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6/22/2007   Post a comment
FPGA maker Xilinx has implemented FlexRay IP on its Spartan-3 Automotive FPGA family. The device interacts with the FlexRay middleware and protocol stack from Vector Informatik.
10-GbE reference design combines SFP+ connectivity, Ethernet switching
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. and Fulcrum Microsystems have teamed up to develop an SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch reference design code-named Lassen.
Dual UART trio offers low power for consumer, portable apps
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Exar launched the XR16M275x series that consists of three 8-Mbits/s, 1.62-V dual UARTs, or DUARTs, targeting consumer and portable applications, Ethernet and network routers, cellular data devices and factory automation and process controls.
UWB chipset supports Certified Wireless USB, Bluetooth and WiMedia
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Alereon has started to sample devices from its AL5000 family, the first ultrawideband (UWB) products able to meet all regulatory requirements worldwide for applications based on Certified Wireless USB, Bluetooth and WiMedia.
How customer-specific standard products ease mobile device design
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
The CSSP approach yields a new combination of design flexibility, rapid development, and low cost that will help ease the burden on mobile device designers.
QuickLogic expands storage solution portfolio with Compact Flash host controller
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic's Compact Flash host controller supports CF+ specification with memory, I/O, and True IDE mode; enables compatibility with a wide variety of aftermarket peripherals.
Interfacing an FPGA to a PC using USB
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
A recent technical paper on TechOnline describes how to interface an FPGA to a PC using USB.
Hard disks spin up new security spec
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
The ad hoc Trusted Computing Group has released for industry review a specification for securing storage devices expected to become the underpinning of secure disk drives that will become widespread over the next three years.
Low jitter timing modules synchronize Ethernet networks
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Check out Valpey Fisher's quartz crystal-based integrated timing modules for synchronizing Ethernet networks.
Microchip unveils low-cost digital signal controller line
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Starting at $1.99 each, the dsPIC33FJ12MC motor control DSCs are being offered as a platform for field-oriented control algorithms, bringing the next level of performance, low noise and power efficiency in a 6-mm x6-mm form factor.
Solving the coexistence of WiMAX, Bluetooth and WiFi in converged handsets
Design How-To  
6/18/2007   2 comments
Here are the basics of WiMAX/Bluetooth coexistence and a proposed solution to ensure the simultaneous and flawless interface operation to maintain their inherent high performance with standard, commercial Bluetooth and WiFi gear.
Interface chip drives all types of sensor combinations
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
The SSP1401 multi-channel sensor interface chip from Sensor Platforms provides a low-cost and user configurable solution for applications that require the interfacing of various combinations of single or multiple sensors.
Tiny Nintendo DS Lite drives volume
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Nintendo is enjoying a renaissance in gaming, so it seemed like a good time to peek into its current offering in portables. While a recent Nintendo Wii teardown by Portelligent tells a fascinating story of higher-end graphics and motion-sensing controllers, the lower-profile handheld game platforms are still a big part of the company's bottom line, and they're notable for their engineering.

NXP rolls fail-safe automotive chips
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
Adressing increasingly complex in-car networking applications, NXP has introduced a family of fail-safe System Basis Chips (SBC), designed do communicate via LIN bus or CAN bus.
Toshiba develops single-chip 60-GHz receiver
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6/15/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. has fabricated a 60-GHz receiver CMOS chip which it claims can drastically lower the cost of devices for emerging millimeter-wave communication applications.
Tzero unveils UWB chipset for wireless, coax
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6/15/2007   Post a comment
The ZeroWire chipset offers multiple interfaces for easy incorporation into a range of devices.
CSR unveils ultra low power Bluetooth chip
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
ULP Bluetooth enables products such as watches, training shoes, TV remote controls and medical sensors to communicate with mobile phones and PCs.
Nano, MEMS are advancing energy harvesting technology
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6/14/2007   1 comment
Using nanotechnology and MEMS technology in energy harvesting applications is a work in progress that nevertheless shows huge potential, experts said.
Asustek's move to rival OLPC a 'poor strategy'
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
Although interest in cheap notebook PCs is intense, it may be a bad business decision for Asustek Computer, says one analyst.
The incredible journey of an 800 ps period
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
Using the "real-time window monitoring" technique to neutralize dynamic uncertainties and make 1.25 Gb/s LVDS FPGA-based interfaces a reality.
SoC integrates location engine for ZigBee applications
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
TI is sampling an SoC from its Chipcon product line with a hardware location engine targeting low-power ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 wireless sensor networking applications.
Build simple and inexpensive FlexRay nodes
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
The FlexRay protocol provides time-triggered communication at rates 10 times that of CAN. With its nodes being critical pieces of the FlexRay-based design, how can an automotive electronics designer get one started?
Are PC chip sets passe?
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
A debate is heating up in some circles of the PC world about whether the venerable PC chip set will stay or fade away as process technology makes it increasingly feasible to bring its features on board the CPU.
Next billion PCs shipping soon
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
All the attention is on cell phones shipping a billion units annually, but the PC is also approaching a billion units " cumulatively over 27 years. Now the next billion are expected to ship within several years and mostly to emerging markets.
Are PC chip sets passe?
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
Process technology may mean that CPU and core logic integration is possible, but don't expect the venerable chip set to quietly fade away.
Asia chip market to hit $203B in 2011
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
Chip growth in Asia is expected to remain strong through 2011, driven by more outsourcing to China and the slow, steady rise of India.
Toshiba turns to SONOS structure for next generation NAND
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6/12/2007   Post a comment
Like its peers, Toshiba is searching for a new approach to NAND design as the traditional floating gate runs out of gas. SONOS seems to be the key.
Qualcomm fallout limited, but Apple's iPhone may benefit
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6/11/2007   Post a comment
The iPhone may have fewer competitors when it launches later this month, thanks to the unintended consequences of an ITC ruling banning the import of some Qualcomm chips to the US.
Ericsson signs $1 billion GSM deal with China
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6/11/2007   Post a comment
Even though 3G is a hot topic in China, a $1 billion deal for 2G equipment supplied by Ericsson shows that legacy services are still hugely important in many Chinese cities.
RFMD develops 48-V high power GaN transistor line
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6/10/2007   Post a comment
The RF393X family of 48V gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors from RFMD offers power performance from 10W to 120W and very wide tunable bandwidth.
Amplifiers boost linear power for WiMAX, WiFI terminals
Product News  
6/10/2007   Post a comment
Sirenza Microdevices has released a pair of high linearity power amplifiers for Mobile WiMAX and WiFi applications.
RF transceiver targets M2M applications
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6/9/2007   Post a comment
Check out CML Microcircuits' advanced single-chip RF transceiver that integrates a GMSK data modem, and is targeted at global narrowband M2M (machine to machine) products.
Lenovo, Haier, Huawei top China list of tech firms
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6/8/2007   Post a comment
In the government's annual rankings of tech firms, Lenovo Holdings, Haier Group and Huawei Technologies come out on top.
Teardown shows Jobs willing to sacrifice margin on Apple TV
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6/8/2007   Post a comment
Hoping to push Apple TV into the living room, the company is willing to settle for about 20 percent gross margin, far from what it gets on some iPods.
Qualcomm to seek Bush veto of ITC ruling over Broadcom patent
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6/8/2007   Post a comment
Backed into corner, Qualcomm says it needs to go all the way to the White House to seek relief from a ruling that bans the import of chips found to infringe a Broadcom patent.
Chartered expects lackluster quarter; TSMC looking better
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6/8/2007   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing is suffering from a drop in 90-nanometer shipments this quarter, which is crimping revenue growth. But things are looking up at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
Taiwan's ODMs back UMPC, but pricing a concern
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6/7/2007   Post a comment
Taiwan's PC makers are interested in the ultra mobile PC, but uncertainty remains on whether prices will be low enough to get consumers on board as well.
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