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High flex cables target demanding C-Track, robotic applications
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8/31/2008   Post a comment
Designed for demanding continuous flexing applications, Weidmuller's SAI High Flex cables include PUR/PVC cables and halogen free PUR/PUR cables that are rated for C-track applications, as well as weld slag-resistant PUR cables designed to endure the twisting motion of robotic applications.
Multi-channel surveillance DVR design
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
With the convergence of SoC and DSP, many processors now come with hardware accelerators, enabling DSPs to handle multiple channels of video compression on a single chip. How a multi-channel video encoder can be designed to leverage the extra cycles provided by hardware accelerators.
Coax FireWire flavor connects digital-device clusters
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Home networking is a simple moniker that can mean far too many things. Today, consumers need an entertainment network that links the digital-media devices in the home and that works with legacy IP-centric home networks.
Judge urges ban on importation of SiRF GPS chips
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has recommended that the ITC bar the importation into the U.S. of chips from SiRF Technology Holdings that infringe on patents held by a Broadcom subsidiary.
Industrial motors power chip market shows 9% annual growth
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
The market for power semiconductors in industrial motor drives is set to grow from $1 billion in 2007 to $1.3 billion in 2010, with the growth mainly driven by an increasing fraction of motors electronic drives, according to IMS Research (Wellingborough, England). Those figures imply a annual growth rate of about 9.1 percent.
Stewart Connector : RJ modular connectors have an environmentally protective coating
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
A range of RJ11 and RJ45 connectors are offered with EPP-918A (Environmentally Protective Product) coating.
JEDEC-compliant clock driver supports DDR3-1600 data rates at 1.35V
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
Inphi's low voltage DDR3 device meets the low-power demands of the world's leading memory manufacturers for energy-efficient server memory products.
Fresco Logic demos first super-speed USB 3.0 on FPGA-based development platform
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
USB 3.0 development platform is based on a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA device implementing Fresco Logic's SuperSpeed USB Host and Device Controller IP.
Inside Canmore: Intel plugs x86 into TVs
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s first x86-based chip for consumer electronics the CE 3100, aka Canmore, represents an initiative that speaks to everything from Intel's growing system-on-chip capabilities to its drive toward Internet TV, a concept that has left many pioneers dead by the roadside.
Intel seeks unified approach to 60 GHz wireless
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
Researchers from Intel Corp. are working on a new approach to gigabit-class wireless networks that would unify existing efforts at 60 GHz.
SoC accelerates transition from analog cable to digital broadcasting
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. announced a digital-to-analog (DTA) SoC that enables cable set-top box (STB) OEMs to provide cable operators with a cost effective device that transitions analog cable customers to digital broadcasting.
Serial ATA doubles data rate to 6 Gbits/s
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
The serial ATA interface is doubling its maximum data rate to support transfers up to 6 Gbits/second, and the group marshalling the spec has also started a logo program to help ensure interoperability among the expanding group of hard, optical and solid-state drives using the link.
Dual, 2-wire Hall-effect sensor interface includes diagnostics
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX9921 supplies and monitors the current drawn by two Hall-effect sensors, filters the sensed-current level, and outputs the corresponding logic level.
Synopsys launches silicon-proven DDR3, DDR2 IP for SoCs
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys announced the availability of a full range of silicon-proven DesignWare DDR IP solutions for SoCs that require an interface to high-performance DDR3, DDR2 and DDR memory subsystems.
HyperTransport, PCI Express move forward
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
The HyperTransport Consortium is giving a speed boost both to its chip-to-chip interconnect as well as a board-to-board version that has yet to gain market traction at a time when the PCI Special Interest Group is in the middle of its next big leap, the definition of a PCI Express 3.0 standard.
HDMI's Lip Sync and audio-video synchronization for broadcast and home video
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8/15/2008   6 comments
HDMI 1.3 includes a Lip Sync feature to address the rising problem of poor audio-video synchronization resulting from numerous digital video processing steps in the television signal chain. But compliance is voluntary, and for a variety of reasons, CE devices and HDTVs may vary significantly in their synchronization performance.
Intel releases controller spec for USB 3.0
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8/14/2008   1 comment
Intel Corp. has released a draft version 0.9 of its Extensible Host Controller Interface for USB 3.0 also called SuperSpeed USB that aims to deliver data rates up to 300 Mbytes/second at the application level.
IP cores put USB functions into advanced SoCs
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies' 40nm and USB-certified 1.8v 45nm USB PHY IP cores enable developers to easily integrate USB functionality into their advanced SoCs for many consumer applications.
NetXen takes flexible approach to 10G Ethernet
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
NetXen Inc. will support three physical interfaces in the third-generation 10Gbit Ethernet controller it is rolling out, underlying the fragmented nature of cable support that has slowed the roll out of 10G technology.
Reliability of IEC 61000-4-2 ESD testing on components
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8/10/2008   Post a comment
Testing using the IEC systems-level standard tends to provide ambiguous results for components; here's some info on understanding how to reconcile device-level checks with this spec, especially when it comes to the reliability of air discharge results.
Xilinx supports APIX interface
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8/6/2008   Post a comment
The APIX interface for in-car graphics displays has found a new supporter: FPGA vendor Xilinx now has included APIX into the list of the interfaces supported by its Automotive Spartan 3E device.
Protect Your Digital Input Serializer against Lethal Electrical Transients
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8/5/2008   Post a comment
Review the three types of transients commonly experienced in industrial applications and see suggested protection circuitry to ensure reliable data communication between the field inputs and serial output of a digital input serializer.
Transceiver nudges 10G Ethernet forward
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8/5/2008   Post a comment
Startup Teranetics Inc. will nudge the emerging market for 10 Gbit Ethernet forward when it announces availability of the first dual-ported transceivers for copper, raising hopes for dense, lower cost switches that could drive market uptake.
Ultralow-jitter clock synthesizer ICs leverage innovative topology
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8/4/2008   Post a comment
Synthesizer family from Multigig pushes jitter below 100 femtoseconds and improves phase noise by 5 to 15 dBc/Hz
Power Tip #2: Taming a noisy power supply
Power Tips  
8/3/2008   1 comment
Focus on the electrical and physical design of the error amp, reference amp, and ramp circuits to minimize problems.

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