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Analog Profile: Jim Solomon
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
As part of the 'Analog Profiles' series in which we dig a little deeper into the backgrounds of the people shaping the analog sector, ADLE interviews Jim Solomon, Executive Chairman at Gemini Design Technology.
Programmable analog sensor signal conditioning
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has added to its range of digitally calibrated sensor signal conditioning ICs with a single-supply, auto-zero bridge sensor amplifier.
Video series tackles power design best practice
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
An eight-part video series was launched by Avnet, Texas Instruments and Xilinx this week, demonstrating power supply design best practice for field-programmable gate arrays.
Unified Verification for Hardware and Embedded Software Developers
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Increasingly, embedded software is overtaking the hardware content of SoC devices. The net result is a causality dilemma: which comes first -- the "final" hardware or the "final" software?
Viewpoint: EDA disconnected?
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
As much as it is every business' prerogative to decide who they should partner with, it is quite disturbing to analyze the implication of the "eviction" action by Cadence Design Systems in removing member companies from its Connections partner program, writes Yatin Trivedi, senior director for strategic industry alliances at Magma Design Automation Inc.
Designing a Control System - Part 1: Controllers, Filters and Compensators
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Understand how to design a controller to achieve your control system goals with this excerpt from the book "Applied Control Theory for Embedded Systems."
Squeeze power efficiency out of processor-based designs -- Part two
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
In this two-part article, we offer tips and tricks for power optimization and power system design. Part two focuses how to minimize power consumption through efficient power supply design.
Spansion warns on Q4 revenue
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
NOR flash memory specialist Spansion became the latest semiconductor supplier to issue a warning about revenue in the current quarter, saying it expects fourth quarter net sales to be down about 20 percent sequentially.
8-bit MCUs offer cost-effective USB control
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its 8-bit JM microcontroller family with the MC9S08JM16 MCUs - offered as cost-effective USB control solutions for industrial and consumer applications.
Designer seeking wisdom
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/25/2008   3 comments
Someone is asking for our help with an interesting design problem ... do you have any ideas?
Machine vision 'bot' rocks out on Guitar Hero
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
An entertaining demonstration of machine vision capabilities uses serious industrial hardware and software to achieve human-level performance in a popular video game.
InterDigital, Samsung settle patent disputes
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Samsung and InterDigital Inc. have settled their patent disputes, with the South Korean handset maker agreeing to pay the latter an undisclosed sum for both 2G and 3G products until the year 2012.
Hydropower generator mimics fish
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Researchers claim to have fashioned a fish-like hydrokinetic scheme that harnesses both fast and slow underwater currents to generate electricity.
UMC validates high-k process at 45nm
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. has validated its high-k metal gate process with a test SRAM design run at the 45 nm node, a step toward the company's goal of offering a high-k process at the 32 nm node in 2010.
Enterprise SSDs offer low power consumption and high IOPS rates
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has started mass producing 25 and 50 gigabyte (GB) solid state drives (SSDs) for performance-optimized server applications such as video on demand, web serving and on-line transaction processing.
Industrial-, automotive-grade Atom processor coming, says report
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The world's largest chip maker Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) is developing a variant of its Atom processor for use in harsh environments such as automotive applications, according to a Nikkei Electronics article. The industrial or automotive Atom, currently named Embedded Menlow XL, is due to ship to customers in 2009, the report said.
Zigbee-based demand-response systems reduce home energy usage
Design How-To  
11/25/2008   5 comments
Households consume one-fifth of the nation's energy each year, with 60 percent of that consumption in the form of electricity. At the same time, utilities are struggling to manage the peak energy demand dilemma, where about 10 percent of electric generating capacity exists only to be used less than one percent of the time.
Multi-Voltage verification for power management
Design How-To  
11/25/2008   1 comment
Power management techniques are a necessity in today's low-power designs, introducing voltage as a new architectural variable, often changed by a combination of software and hardware. This paper discusses the challenges faced in verification of a low-power chip, short comings of conventional verification techniques and how a structured verification solution has addressed those issues.
Spectacular Conjunction
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The sky show of the year is scheduled for December 1st at sunset!
Russia's Nitol Solar in state R&D project
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Nitol Solar, a Russia-based solar materials supplier, announced it will enter into an 870M rouble ($32M) R&D project with the Russian government.
MCUs: Renesas SH74504/SH74513 MCUs speed response of driver-assist safety systems
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Operating at 240MHz, the 32-bit devices rapidly process large volumes of sensor data for implementing "preventative safety" features.
DiBcom enables free-to-air digital TV on LG phones
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
As part of an ongoing collaboration with LG, mobile TV chip specialist DiBcom SA (Palaiseau, France) announced it has integrated its latest generation of mobile TV receiver so as to enable free-to-air digital TV broadcasts on LG's multimedia handset.
EC targets another Euros 90 million on photonics R&D
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The European Commission has opened two more calls for photonics components and systems R&D projects under the 7th research framework programme (FP7), for work to be undertaken between 2009 and 2010.
Provide a negative bias voltage to low-voltage amplifiers to improve their near-zero-volt performance
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Low-voltage, single-supply amplifiers may have problems near 0 V, but a negative bias will help drive them to full range
Swiss group buys Wilbrecht's LEDCO division
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Custom microswitches specialist Microprecision Electronics (Vouvry, Switzerland) has acquired , for an undisclosed sum, Wilbrecht Electronics Inc's LEDCO Division, which makes a wide range of precision, U.S.-made LED assemblies, metal foil resistors, microswitches and sealed position switches.
High voltage Li-ion battery system enhances power distribution grid stability
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The world's first high voltage Li-ion battery system designed to improve the stability of power distribution grids has been developed by Saft and ABB.
CiA integrates safe communications into microcontroller
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The CAN in Automation (CiA) industry group integrates the CANopen safety protocol into the firmware of a Renesas 16-bit microcontroller and provides it to customers. The device, dubbed CSC02, will be available in lieu of the discontinued CSC01.
The thinking car sees a clear road ahead
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
In automotive driver assistance systems, currently one of the most dynamic developments in the electronics realm is under way: the latest achievements in CMOS sensors enable camera-based driver assistance systems to grow into new application segments. Assistance systems will become a hub for video, radar, and lidar data streams – effectively forming the brains of the cars.
Association tips 30 European startups
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
A two-day conference organized by the European Tech Tour Association and held in Montreux, Switzerland, provided a platform for 30 startups to present to an audience of venture capitalists, bankers and senior industry executives as well as to their peers at similar companies.
Losses widen at CML Microsystems
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Chip design group CML Microsystems plc (Maldon, England) held sales steady for the half year ended September 30 at £8.2 million, compared with £8.5 million for the corresponding period last year, and warned that tough conditions had forced it to start reducing operating costs.
Space saving NiMH charger IC speeds time to market
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the industry's smallest stand-alone NiMH charger IC to incorporate fast-charge control and alkaline-cell detection, the DS2710 saves space and cost while speeding time to market.
2028: Clean energy rules, but customization is king
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Ultra-high-density digital devices, ultra-low-power devices, ultra-Internet, ultra-low-power noise-cancellation--2028 is an ultra world.
Switching DC/DC uModules strive to yield LDO-class low noise
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
No need to go LDO to get low noise and EMI, with the LTM4606 and LTM4612 switching-regulator modules from Linear Technology Corp.
Samsung shows 8 Gbit DRAM at ISSCC
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Samsung will describe 4 and 8 Gbit DRAM chips, and a team from Toshiba and SanDisk will detail a 64 Gbit NAND flash chip packing four bits per cell at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February.
ISSCC points to tomorrow's cellphone
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Chip designs to be described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February will show a future for cellphones that pack 32 Gbits of flash, play high def video and range across networks from the oldest GSM to the latest 3G.
Cadence boots dozens of firms from partnership program
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Beleaguered EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems has removed a number of companies from membership in its Connections program, a collaborative effort the company maintains to support third-party software suppliers that offer complementary tools.
FTC asks Supreme Court to overturn Rambus decision
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11/25/2008   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an April decision by a lower court that found the FTC failed to demonstrate that actions by memory technology vendor Rambus harmed competition.
NETWORKING: Digi releases 802.11a/b/g secure embedded networking core
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
New module is targeted for environments with wireless interference
Nasdaq warns Cadence on compliance
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems has been notified by the Nasdaq stock market that the company is not in compliance with market rules for failing to file a 10-Q report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended Sept. 27.
ADI's profit jumps; plans to cut costs 10%
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices reported a net income of $143.9 million for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Nov. 1, an increase of 4 percent over the prior quarter and an increase of 47 percent over the same period of 2007.
New keyboard improves typing skills...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/24/2008   1 comment
Maybe this new keyboard will help me learn to really type (I could be so much more productive if I wasn't using the "hunt-and-peck" approach).
Ultra-long FFT IP core for Xilinx FPGAs
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Dillon Engineering releases a pipelined Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) processor targeted specifically to Xilinx FPGAs.
PCI Express gears for backplane role
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. has defined a way to run Ethernet over its PCI Express switches, reducing cost and power by eliminating the need for Ethernet silicon in some backplane-based network and computer systems.
How to Cheat at Securing a Wireless Network--Wireless Network Design--Part II
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Here is a multi-part excerpt that covers exploring the design process, identifying the design methodology, and understanding wireless network attributes from a design perspective.
1.5 A linear battery chargers maximize AC adapter and USB input power
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced four 28 V, 1.5 A linear charge management ICs with integrated FETs designed to address smart phones and other portable electronics.
Managing WANs and femto access points
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
If you need a better understanding of WANs and femtocell technology, this article takes you from the basic terminology up to system architectures, protocols, and management.
Analyst cuts estimates for 10 chip stocks
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
FBR Capital Markets cut revenue estimates and price targets on 10 semiconductor stocks, saying in a report, "Global semiconductor demand trends are deteriorating faster than we can cut estimates."
Cisco, IBM join subscription patent service
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Startup RPX Corp. has signed up Cisco Systems and IBM as members for a novel subscription service for patent licenses that aims to act as a broad umbrella shielding members from patent infringement suits.
Firm sues Apple, claims iPhone infringes patent
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
A small technology company has filed suit against Apple, claiming the iPhone infringes a recently granted patent for technology used to help mobile devices access the Internet.
SiliconBlue and Magma strengthen technology partnership
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Magma's physical synthesis and placement technology optimized for SiliconBlue's ultra-low-power FPGA technology for battery-powered applications.
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