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SAR Converter with Muscle Offers Speed and Accuracy
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Analog Devices muscles its way to the top with 3 MSPS 16-bit SAR converter. It's the real deal but is it complete? Read what Senior Technical Editor Paul O'Shea has to say about the company's newest SAR A/D converter.
32-bit Secure Processor for Smart Card ICs
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Murray Slovick looks at STMicro's new ST22FJ1M, a 32-bit smart card processor with 1Mb of embedded Flash memory. The chip's memory capacity and security features should open up a host of new opportunities in the mobile communications, pay-per-view TV, IT security and Identification markets.
Managing Traffic in Access Box Designs: Part 1
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Fine-grained traffic management is an essential ingredient when developing next-generation access box designs. Here are seven components that will make traffic management come to life in these architectures.
Line driver lowers supply voltages and supports DOCSIS, EuroDOCSIS, or OpenCable designs
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
The AD8324 from Analog Devices allows designers to lower supply voltages and reduce system costs in their DOCSIS, EuroDOCSIS, or OpenCable designs. It's optimized for driving coaxial cables in cable modems and digital set-top boxes.
Triple 8-bit video ADC captures graphic signals at 270 MSPS
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
The Philips TDA8754 is a triple 8-bit ADC with an integrated PLL, runs from 12 to 270 MSPS and has analog preprocessing functions optimized for capturing RGB/YUV graphic signals.
Multichannel DAC Family supports DVDs and super audio CDs
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a family of low-cost, power-efficient multi-channel digital analog converters. Members include five 6-channel and a 2-channel DAC. They offer power-saving operation at a low cost and provide performance for the next generation of DVD and super audio compact disc players.
Information security is multi-dimensional
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
By now, most organizations are striving for self-improvement in the area of information security.
Power chip drives point-of-load applications
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TPS54350 is the newest addition to the company's SWIFT (switcher with integrated FET technology) family, a 3-amp, nominal 15-watt DC/DC (non-isolated) PWM buck converter suitable for point-of-load applications. Working from a 4.5- to 20-volt input, the converter is especially useful for powering DSP, FPGA, and microprocessors directly from a mid-voltage bus, versus an additional low-voltage bus.
Security for storage networks is incremental
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Most companies routinely assess their data security with overall security policy health checks, site surveys, ethical hacking for penetration testing and reviews of processes, systems, networks and applications.
Embedded device net security or safe nets?
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
The openness of networked communications leads to greater pressure to protect systems from internal and external threats.
Analog mux parts claim reduction in signal feed-through
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Intersil's new MightMUX devices claim a 99 percent reduction in off-state leakage current and a 99 percent reduction in off-state signal feed-through " at least, compared with Intersil's previous-generation switches. But then, a 2-pA leakage current is respectably low.
Quantum encryption secures crypto war
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Traditional cryptographic solutions have relied upon computationally intensive algorithms to encrypt information.
Stereo audio subsystem offers 3-D sound for your phone
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corporation today introduced a Boomer audio subsystem for cell phones that integrates amplifiers, volume and mixing controls and 3D sound in a miniature micro SMD package.
Hardware holds value for classifying packets
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Network security has become increasingly important as a way to protect the network, the information that flows through it and the user who accesses it.
Push is on for secure operating systems
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
The need for a secure operating system is often associated with government projects for the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency (NSA) or other agencies with sensitive information related to national security.
Security coprocessor ties to PCI Express
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Security is becoming increasingly important to networking, generating much recent interest in the internal architecture and operation of specialized security acceleration hardware.
IP networks get security at the edge
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
TCP/IP is the backbone of the vast majority of today's networks, including the Internet. It is flexible, powerful and has met networking needs well for decades.
Supervisor IC indicates fan failure
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
A watchdog timer can monitor the tachometer output of your PC fan, and tell you when you have a problem. From the November issue of Planet Analog magazine, a Maxim apps engineer shows how.
Flextronics sees savings in ASIC move
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Chips from magnetoresistive material advance in lab
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Magnetoresistive materials being developed by researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory may offer a promising alternative to the semiconductor industry's current chip-making processes. Instead of relying on atomic accuracy, theorists say that the researchers, who have harnessed nanoscale imperfections in a material, could use it as a thin film for chip fabrication. Colin Johnson reports.
Philips, JSMC form power semiconductor joint venture
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Dutch electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics NV is forming a joint venture with Jilin Sino-Microelectronics Co. Ltd. (JSMC) to develop, design and manufacture bipolar power semiconductor chips, Philips said Tuesday. Products developed under the joint venture will be marketed and sold by the parent companies, but financial details of the joint venture, dubbed Philips Jilin Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (PJSC), were not been disclosed. From London, Peter Clarke has this report.
Controller handles multiple hard drives
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
small startup has crafted a novel controller for high-end gaming and video-editing desktop PCs that use multiple hard-disk drives. NetCell Corp., based here, claims its TurboDisk chip can control up to five hard drives while providing better performance and data protection than RAID Level 5 controllers, at a lower cost.
Multichannel DAC Family supports DVDs and super audio CDs
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a family of low-cost, power-efficient multi-channel digital analog converters. Members include five 6-channel and a 2-channel DAC. They offer power-saving operation at a low cost and provide performance for the next generation of DVD and super audio compact disc players.
Triple 8-bit video ADC captures graphic signals at 270 MSPS
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
The Philips TDA8754 is a triple 8-bit ADC with an integrated PLL, runs from 12 to 270 MSPS and has analog preprocessing functions optimized for capturing RGB/YUV graphic signals.
Test - Please ignore this...
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Low-ohmic analog switches support audio and signal processing applications
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor announces three new low-ohmic analog switch products. The devices' low RON preserves signal integrity and lowers the drive necessary to support audio and signal processing applications.
Cable assemblies offer design flexibility
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Meeting hot-swap and cable I/O applications, the expansion of Tyco Electronics' MULTI-BEAM XL line of modular power/signal connectors offers customers the design flexibility to connect hot-swap power supplies to other components of a power distribution system, without the use of a power distribution board.
Ultra-slim SSR targets industrial and appliance apps
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
Fujitsu Components America, Inc. offers a new ultra-slim solid-state relay (SSR) for industrial and appliance applications such as PLCs, process controls, remote switching, air conditioners, vending machines and photocopiers. Designed for high-density PC-board mounting, the new FTR-SL is a 1A, SIP-type SSR that measures 5 mm (W) x 28 mm (L) x 15 mm (H). The device is pin-compatible with Fujitsu's existing FTR-LY electromechanical relay.
CMOS transceiver circuit builds a compact RFID reader
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
EM Microelectronic offers a practical circuit for an RFID card reader. The author offers instructions for configuring the circuit for read-only, read-write and passive transponder applications. Because the operation is dependent on the resonance of the RFID card with its reader, tuning capacitor selection can be critical, he advises.
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