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posted in September 2003
Selecting PLLs for ASIC Applications requires tradeoffs
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9/25/2003   Post a comment
PLLs, like many other analog IP macros, come with many features and specifications. Selecting the correct PLL early in the design can help the design team make tradeoffs when they are less costly, improve the integration quality of the PLL, and avoid surprises close to tapeout. From the September PA magazine folio, a True Circuits expert gives this assessment of what you should look for.
VXS: Switched Serial Gigabit Fabric for VMEbus
Design How-To  
9/23/2003   Post a comment
The VMEbus, well into a third decade of widespread deployment, continues as the dominant bus structure for high-performance embedded systems. In an industry characterized by a steady succession of new device offerings with speed and density increases every few months, VMEbus has retained this leadership position not simply because it was based on a sound electrical and mechanical architecture. Pentek's Rodger hosking introduces VXS and reviews some basics of switched fabrics.
Logic gates lay claim to smallest packages
Product News  
9/18/2003   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc.'s VHS series of LMOS logic is now available in the industry's smallest and thinnest package for single-gate CMOS logic.
2003 semi outlook brightens a bit
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9/17/2003   Post a comment
The market research firm iSupply Corp. on Tuesday tweaked its outlook for 2003 semiconductor sales and revealed vendor rankings for the first half of the year, with newly formed Renesas Technology coming in as the third-largest chip maker in the world.
Operating System Wars: Coming to a Power IC Near You
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9/16/2003   Post a comment
The advent of Digitally-Controlled Power (DCP) in electronic equipment promises to bring the flexibility of software programmability to the traditionally hard-wired world of analog power control ICs and subsystems. However, the ascendance of DCP also could spur a battle over power Operating Systems reminiscent of the market fight between Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS. iSuppli analyst Gary Vick has these insights.
Texas Instruments supports 1.5V to 3.3V level translation with a 32-bit wide device
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9/16/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments announced Tuesday (September 16) a 32-bit wide level translator. This device allows bi-directional level translation between 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.5V, and 3.3V logic levels. The AVCB324245 implements an interface between two systems that have dissimilar trigger and out voltages, while maintaining signal integrity and speed.
Receiver IC replaces discretes
Product News  
9/11/2003   Post a comment
Micrel Semiconductor's MICRF008 RF receiver IC has been designed as a low-cost alternative to discrete super-regenerative receivers and one that eliminates the need for production tuning.
ChipCenter's Jon Gabay does his own assessment
Product News  
9/11/2003   Post a comment
Maxim is continuing to move into the high-speed data and communications world with its release of what it claims is the world's highest-performing crosspoint-switch IC, the MAX3841.
Maxim makes official announcement on 3841
Product News  
9/11/2003   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX3841, the industry's highest-performance, lowest-power, 12.5-Gbit/second, 2 x 2 crosspoint-switch IC.
Wolfson confirms plans for 2003 IPO
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9/10/2003   Post a comment
Digital timing chip boasts 325-ps jitter for OC-3 line cards
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9/4/2003   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor touts the low jitter of its ZL30410 full-featured digital timing chip for access line cards operating at OC-3 rates.


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