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Introducing Opal Kelly’s new entry-Level Xilinx Spartan-6 USB FPGA module – the XEM6001
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1/27/2011   4 comments
This XEM6001 module is offered as an upgrade to Opal Kelly’s popular XEM3001, providing many enhancements, while keeping the same footprint and pinout.
Do you keep a ‘to-do’ list?
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1/27/2011   5 comments
I was just chatting to someone about the way in which I keep lists of ‘things to do’ and I thought I’d check to see how many of you do the same.
Cypress’s new single-chip TrueTouch for tablets sports 60 sensing I/O channels
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is offering a new, high-performance single-chip TrueTouch solution for large multitouch touchscreens up to 11.6 inches. The CY8CTMA884 family offers 60 sensing I/O channels with support for up to 884 nodes on the screen, more than any other single-chip solution, according to the company.
New LinkSwitch-PH LED driver ICs are up to 88% efficient, deliver reduced component count
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Power Integrations has launched seven new members to its LinkSwitch-PH family of LED driver ICs. Optimized for industrial and commercial settings where high efficiency and system longevity are dominant requirements, the LNK413 and LNK419 are suitable for lighting applications ranging from 3 W bulbs to 55 W replacements for fluorescent lighting fixtures.
Microsoft calls for 16-core server SoCs
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1/27/2011   14 comments
A Microsoft executive called for multicore system-on-chips to drive the lower power servers for future data centers, but said he wants x86, not ARM based chips.
Bluetooth I/O Module supports iPhone/Android, analog I/O support in industrial apps
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
The Bluetooth I/O module OBI411 from connectBlue implements wireless I/O functionality, enabling the user to either read/write digital I/O signals or read analog I/O signals wirelessly. The new module is targeted for industrial applications such as remote control, Apple iPhone operation and server communication via a mobile phone.
TI TLV320DAC3202 headset driver
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1/27/2011   4 comments
Check out TI’s latest Class-G amp for cost-sensitive media players and mobile handsets
Analog Devices' ADP124 and ADP125 low dropout regulators
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
With a power supply rejection ratio that is double the level of comparable parts, Analog Devices says its latest LDOs can help battery-operated portable equipment run longer and more efficiently.
New open-source toolchain facilitates configurable IP core packaging
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1/27/2011   1 comment
CoreTML framework is both open-source and vendor-neutral. The cores in question are basically RTL templates and therefore can be used both for FPGA and ASIC projects.
Parade Technologies PS8330A/B DisplayPort 1.2 repeater/redriver
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Parade’s repeater supports a 5.4Gb/s main link, fast AUX, and HDMI-compatible dual-mode operation.
Icera aims Espresso at smartphones
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1/27/2011   4 comments
Fabless chip company Icera Inc. has announced it is sampling the latest chip set and software in its Espresso series of platforms targeted at HSPA+ smartphones.
Europe awards contract to assess 450-mm pilot line
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Two consultancy firms with expertise in the semiconductor industry – Future Horizons Ltd. and Decision SA – have been awarded a one-year joint contract to assess the benefits of a 450-mm semiconductor prototyping line being located in Europe.
Power Tip 31: Pick the right resistance ratio of synchronous buck MOSFETs
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1/27/2011   3 comments
Understand the relationship and tradeoffs between resistance ratio and other factors for MOSFETs in this application
EVE enhances ZeBu debugging capabilities
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) has developed superior debugging capabilities for its ZeBu emulation platform so that designers can quickly and easily generate design waveforms.
Four-core ARM A9 to run Sony game console
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1/27/2011   18 comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has announced its next-generation portable entertainment system (codenamed NGP) will be run on a four-core Cortex-A9 processor from ARM and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics core from Imagination Technologies. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011, Sony said.
Memory and capacitive touch options added to MSP430 16-bit MCU portfolio
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1/27/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has added 64 variants to its ultra-low-power MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) that aim to provide 6-bit performance at an 8-bit price.
Tech's turn on top
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/27/2011   6 comments
Technology grabbed the majority of time in President Obama's State of the Union speech. But where do we go from here?
Move over, Monsieur Proust: I just had my own "madeleine" moment!
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1/27/2011   16 comments
Sometimes a small thing can bring back long-buried engineering memories
Fairchild’s UniFET II MOSFETs reduce switching losses, withstand high current spikes
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed an optimized power MOSFET, the UniFET II MOSFET, that features an improved body diode, reduced switching losses and the capability of withstanding double the current stress during diode recovery dv/dt mode.
EDA firm Calypto names new CEO
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor Calypto Design Systems announced that Doug Aitelli, currently the company's current vice president of worldwide sales, would assume the position of CEO.
Update: Hynix' Q4 income slips, LSI posts loss
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor reported that its fourth quarter net income declined sharply sequentially, while fellow chip maker LSI reported a net loss.
Qualcomm raises outlook after record quarter
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1/26/2011   1 comment
Qualcomm raised its sales target for the fiscal year after reporting record quarterly sales that beat analysts' expectations.
GE's SBC324 3U OpenVPX rugged SBC features quad core processor operating at up to 2.1GHz
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
GE Intelligent Platforms has rolled the second in its family of new products that take advantage of the 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processors – formerly codenamed ‘Sandy Bridge’. The SBC324 3U OpenVPX rugged single board computer features a quad core processor operating at up to 2.1GHz, coupled with up to 8GBytes of DDR3 1,333MHz memory for exceptional performance in size-, weight- and power-constrained applications in harsh environments such as unmanned vehicles.
Tech takeaways from Obama's State of the Union
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1/26/2011   44 comments
Excerpts from U.S. President Barack Obama's third State of the Union address before Congress, in which he emphasized science, technology and engineering more than any State of the Union in recent memory.
Intel pumps $100M into new research model
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1/26/2011   7 comments
Intel will invest an additional $100 million in U.S. university research over the next five years, using a new model that gives it more control of the focus and outcomes.
Evaluation copy of OKL4 Verified secure microkernel offered by OK Labs
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) offers download of OKL4 Verified, a fully verified, bug-free secure microkernel for business-critical and mission-critical applications in mobile/wireless devices. Device manufacturers (OEMs), mobile network operators (MNOs), application developers, researchers, and other interested parties can now download, run, and test OKL4 Verified on embedded ARM11 platforms.
Loudspeakers: Objective evaluations - Part 3: Comparing the subjective and objective domains
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1/26/2011   2 comments
Part 3 of an excerpt from "Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms" reviews results of the author's elaborate subjective-objective investigation into loudspeaker evaluation.
Audio-related iPhone apps abound
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/26/2011   2 comments
Audio utilities, test & measurement, games and even a vuvuzela app are just a few examples of interesting audio-related apps I've run across since getting my first iDevice a month ago.
Turbo-Boost MATLAB-Simulink with a RocketDrive!
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1/26/2011   2 comments
Now, MATLAB-Simulink, RocketDrive, and RocketVision can be used in conjunction with each other to significantly speed the entire design-debug-verification flow.
Synopsys launches DesignWare DDR PHY compiler
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. has introduced the DesignWare DDR PHY compiler to facilitate the integration of memory interface IP.
ITT Cannon signal connector
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a fully sealed (IP69K) RoHS-compliant signal connector, which it says is the first of its kind to withstand temperatures up to 150°C.
How to instrument your design with simple SystemVerilog assertions
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1/26/2011   3 comments
Functional coverage, stimulus generation, and run management are the three major tasks of today’s functional verification environment. Functional coverage arguably looms as the most important, largely because coverage closure is the main criteria for tapeout. When using an assertion-based coverage methodology, designers must consider not only how to capture assertions, but more importantly, which assertions and coverage points to capture and whether enough have been captured. Understanding “asse
MEMS market to grow 9.5% in 2011, says IHS
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1/26/2011   1 comment
The global market for MEMS devices is set to grow 9.5 percent in 2011 to reach a value of $7.73 billion, according to market research company IHS iSuppli.
EqcoLogic Ethernet over coaxial cable adaptors for IP camera and Networked Video Recorder systems
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
EqcoLogic is shipping Ethernet over 75-Ohm coax cable adapters for IP camera and networked video recorder systems that it says can replace analog camera systems.
UMC confirms 2011 capex at $1.8 billion
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
For 2011 foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. said it is planning to maintain its annual capital expenditure budget at $1.8 billion; in line with capex spending in 2010.
UMC raises profit, sees Q1 slowdown
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. posted steady results in the fourth quarter, but the foundry vendor sees a slowdown in the first quarter of 2011 with both wafer shipments and average selling price per wafer falling.
Docea Power joins Synopsys System-Level Catalyst Program
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Design-for-power startup company Docea Power SAS (Moirans, France) said it has joined the Synopsys System-Level Catalyst Program to guarantee the interoperability of its Aceplorer software tool with Synopsys system-level solutions.
CSR signs A5, A9 multicore deals with ARM
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Wireless and audio chip vendor CSR plc has signed a deal with ARM Holdings plc under which it has licensed both the Cortex-A5 and the high-end Cortex-A9 cores in multiprocessing form. CSR says it wants to use the cores in automotive navigation and location-aware consumer equipment, especially in Brazil, Russia, India and China.
GaN depo process said to make brighter LEDs
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1/26/2011   5 comments
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a gallium nitride deposition process said to result in 1,000 times fewer defects, thereby boosting the output of light-emitting diodes as well as other GaN devices such as power transistors.
KKR unloads 10.9 million shares of Avago
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) unloaded 10.9 million shares of Avago Technologies last week reducing its stake in the analog chip vendor to 16 percent from 21 percent, according to a Dow Jones report.
RF Micro's sales, outlook fall short
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices reported sales and offered guidance that both came up short of Wall Street analysts' estimates.
Digital radio receiver module optimised for slave mode operation
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Frontier announced its first digital radio receiver module specifically optimised for slave mode operation in a wide range of home audio products.
Configurable sensor AFE solution aims to simplify sensor systems designs, speeds time-to-market
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
ICs from National Semiconductor aim to slash creation time for a sensor-based designs, with configurable analog front-end (AFE) ICs supported by a new sensor-selection, evaluation tool
Apple eyes mobile payments over NFC
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1/25/2011   13 comments
Apple Inc. is in discussions with retailers and contract manufacturers to be among many companies expected to pioneer mobile payments on handsets in 2011.
Cal Sensors rolls new lead salt infrared detectors and digital drive board
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
Cal Sensors has launched two new families of lead salt infrared detectors as well as a new digital drive board. The new SCD (single channel detector) and MCD (multichannel detector) families provide industry-leading sensitivity and quality for a variety of infrared sensing applications. The new digital drive board optimizes detector performance and speeds product development processes.
C&K Components' ZMA series switch
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
C&K Components has expanded its snap-acting switch line to include subminiature versions that can be used as detect switches.
Contract manufacturing, set for 8.5% growth
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1/25/2011   2 comments
Electronics contract manufacturing had a great year in 2010, rising by 33.4 percent to $347.3 billion, slightly larger than the semiconductor chip market, according to market research company IHS iSuppli. And like the chip market the contract manufacturing market is set for a more modest 2011 with sales rising by only 8.5 percent, iSuppli predicts.
Semtech RClamp 0554S TVS diode array
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1/25/2011   1 comment
Semtech has expanded its RailClamp platform with a 5V array that doubles protection levels in high-speed data lines to safeguard new advanced networking transceivers from overvoltage caused by ESD, EFT and lightning.
Signal processing company looking for a product – any ideas?
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1/25/2011   4 comments
Hmmm, I just heard from the folks at company with vast expertise in signal processing who are looking for a killer product to develop, and they’re asking for our thoughts…
Curtiss-Wright wins contract for US Army Centurion Weapon System
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. (Charlotte, NC) said it has been awarded a contract by Raytheon to provide single board computers (SBC), DSPs and buffer memory cards for use in the US Army's Centurion Weapon System.
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