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8-bit MCU features dual bus design for complex multi-chip A/V subsystem control
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6/30/2008   1 comment
Its dual SMBus feature, small form factor and support for a wide range of operating voltages make the SST89C58RC MCU an ideal solution for numerous applications, including HDMI, HDTVs, A/V receivers, home appliances, industrial instruments, notebook PCs, DVD players, Blu-ray players, RF modules and security applications such as fingerprint identification.
Micro SATA connector supports Hard Disk Drives
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
FCI has expanded its line of storage interface interconnects with the development of the Micro SATA interconnect solution for 1.8" form factor drives.
Video: 60 GHz, Wi-Fi, UWB face off at panel
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Competing approaches to delivering high quality video in the digital home faced off in a panel discussion at the Connections conference where representatives of Wi-Fi, ultrawideband and 60 GHz radios were clearly gunning for similar design wins in TVs, routers, set-top boxes, Blu-Ray drives and other devices.
Coming (not too) soon: wireless set-top boxes
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Wireless is coming to the cable TV set-top box, but just which wireless and when is still not clear, said a Cox Communications executive after a panel on wireless video networking at the Connections conference.
UWB chipset offers triple communications power
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
Check out Sigma Designs' UWB chipset that delivers multiple independent streams of video and data wirelessly, as well as over coax and Gigabit Ethernet for home data networking applications.
FuturePlus rolls out DDR3 interposer for Tektronix logic analyzers
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
The FS2355 DDR3 1333 interposer is designed for use with Tektronix TLA7000 series logic analysis systems to enhance the debug of 1333 DIMM cards, improving reliability and time to market for the latest high performance DDR memory technologies.
Home net chip does UWB, coax, Ethernet
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
Sigma Designs has developed a second-generation ultrawideband chip set called CoAir for home networks that can simultaneously run UWB over wireless and coax at rates up to 370 Mbits/second while maintaining a Gbit Ethernet link, aiming to serve set-top boxes, routers and gateway devices on home networks.
TI rolls out new power management chips
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
TI's is offering a current mode controller and a pair of LDOs that are aimed at simplifying power management design.
USB extender delivers video up to 165 ft
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
Adder launched the AdderLink X50, a link transparent USB and high performance video extender that delivers bright, sharp, high-quality video at up to 1920 x 1200 together with 44.1kHz digital stereo audio over a single CATx cable.
Taiwan preps low power DSP, WiMax chips
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6/21/2008   1 comment
Taiwan's government-sponsored research arm is preparing to tape out a dual-core DSP and a single-chip WiMax controller that aim to consumer less power than existing commercial devices, helping local companies get a leg up in mobile multimedia markets.
CEC-enabled HDMI system design for multi-vendor compatibility
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6/20/2008   Post a comment
Defined as an optional feature in the HDMI specification, CEC is based on the AV Link function defined in the European SCART specification. Unfortunately, many well-known brands have taken advantage of CEC's customization options to create equipment lines that only deliver "one touch playback" or other CEC-enabled features within their own brand. A look at implementing the CEC spec, and tips for maximizing interoperability with other brands in the current environment.
TI rolls out an eight-channel, digital-input serializer
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
TI's eight-channel, digital-input serializer provides integrated inputs that save up to 60 percent of board space in a broad range of industrial applications.
Understanding Class-D amplifier power supply requirements
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6/18/2008   1 comment
This article reviews the steps necessary - including equations and examples - to determine the power supply requirements for a Class-D audio amplifier.
Silicon TV tuners kick the CAN
6/17/2008   Post a comment
A new XCeive tuner makes good use of silicon area to outpace not only other digital tuners but traditional CAN tuners as well.
Getting the most out of your twisted pair cable
Design How-To  
6/14/2008   1 comment
Moving vast amounts of data between two points quickly, reliably and economically is what many designers are facing regularly when building their systems. When it comes to using copper cables as a transmission media in these data transport systems, twisted pair cablespresent many advantages, one of them being low cost.
Power controller delivers ±0.2% output voltage accuracy
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6/13/2008   Post a comment
Zilker Labs has introduced a DC-DC power controller that meets voltage regulation accuracy requirements of high-performance embedded processors and ASICs.
Atmel rolls out 800/900 MHz transceiver for ZigBee
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6/13/2008   Post a comment
Atmel's radio chip enables long range, low power wireless connectivity for IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee.
Broadcom WLAN chips cut 802.11n router costs
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6/9/2008   Post a comment
Intensi-fi XLR products with Accelerange technology enable 802.11n routers to provide a strong wireless backbone for the networked home.
PCI Express packet switch and bridge family saves space and power
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6/9/2008   Post a comment
Packaged in LQFP technology, they are specifically designed for low power consumption, optimized PCB layout with low BOM cost, and fully meet the requirements of the latest PCI-SIG PCIe 1.1 and PCI 1.2 specifications.
IR expands RAD-Hard logic-level MOSFET line
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6/9/2008   Post a comment
These 60-, 100- and 250-V MOSFETs for switch mode power supplies offer low on-state resistance, fast switching and small size, making them suitable alternatives to traditional bipolar devices.
Advanced image signal processor for high-end mobile introduced by ST
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6/6/2008   Post a comment
The STv0986 mobile imaging processor implements a fully-featured image correction chain (from noise reduction to smooth digital zoom) and includes a dedicated hardware JPEG encoder with programmable quantization tables and compression factors.
AMCC readies PowerPC storage processor for high throughput RAID acceleration
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6/6/2008   Post a comment
AMCC is getting ready to sample later this year the PowerPC 460SX storage processor that is designed to meet the demanding requirements of server direct-attached and external storage applications.
Catalyst launches lower power 8-bit I²C/SMBus I/O expander
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6/6/2008   Post a comment
The CAT9534 8-bit GPIO offers a simple, cost-effective product for adding functions while reducing power
Media bridges deliver video/audio transfer via PCI Express
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6/4/2008   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has introduced two media bridges targeted at PC-based video surveillance products with digital video recording (DVR) capabilities.
WiFi and PAN clash at 60 GHz
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6/4/2008   Post a comment
The first volleys will fly later this month in a battle over 60 GHz wireless networking when members of a next-generation WiFi group meet with counterparts working on a personal area networking standard.
Wi-Fi, PAN clash at 60 GHz
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6/3/2008   Post a comment
The first sparks will fly later this month in a battle over 60-GHz wireless networking when members of a next-generation Wi-Fi group meet with counterparts working on a personal area networking standard.
Intel brings new Atoms, chip sets to Computex
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6/3/2008   1 comment
Intel Corp. will roll out at Computex in Taipei two new versions of its Atom processor aimed at powering a new generation of low-cost computers as well as high-end chip sets for more traditional desktops, targeting the rise of high definition video.
ASK transmitter supports two operating frequencies with one crystal
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6/2/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX7058 supports 315MHz/390MHz switched operation with a single 15MHz crystal, and can operate at any two frequencies in the 300MHz to 450MHz range with the use of different crystal frequencies.
Atheros slashes cost for dual .11n routers
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6/2/2008   Post a comment
Atheros Communications Inc. has designed a card for home WiFi routers that it will roll out the design at Computex in Taipei this week aiming to slash the price of a dual 802.11n network device in half as part of its efforts to proliferate the latest high-end WiFi technology.

IoT Network Shoot Out
July 16, 1pm EDT Thursday

Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.

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