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LCD TV growth to slow in '07, iSuppli says
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Rapid price declines will slow LCD TV revenue growth in 2007, according to projections from market research firm iSuppli. Worldwide LCD TV factory revenue will rise by 20 percent in 2007, down from 76 percent in 2006, according to the firm.
Samsung unveils 1-Gbit mobile DRAM
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said it has developed the industry's first one gigabit mobile DRAM for mobile products, using 80-nm process technology. It will be available in second quarter 2007.
Test points enable easy identification, polarization
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Components Corporation offers a RoHS-compliant TP-104 series of color-coded PCB-mountable test points that features quick identification and easy polarization.
Multi-function DMMs make 4-wire measurements with two test leads
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Two 6-1/2-digit graphical DMMs sport 14 measurement functions, with ranges to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency. A 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split terminal jacks that let you perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. Click to read Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's comments.
DC/DC claims it's the smallest for 400-mA applications
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT1149, in an 8-pin SC70JW package measuring just 2-by-2.1 mm, claims it's the smallest 400-mA step-down DC/DC converter.
LCD-TV growth to slow in 2007, says iSupply
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Despite soaring sales of larger-screen sets, rapid price declines will cause the Liquid Crystal Display Television (LCD-TV) market to undergo a deceleration in 2007 compared to the red-hot year in 2006, although growth will continue at a prodigious rate, iSuppli Corp. predicts.
Warren Buffett to buy distributor TTI
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
TTI Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of passive and electromechanical components, is being bought by Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffet's investment vehicle. Terms of the deal, which includes TTI's catalog based distribution business, Mouser Electronics, were not disclosed.
Digital Receiver Design: Basics of Software Radio Part 3
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Part 3 in this series takes a closer look at digital receiver performance and functionality.
3-watt DC/DC offers 50 percent more power in ultrasmall SIP
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
TracoPower's TMR-3 Series of (isolated) DC/DC converters, at 3 watts, offers 50 percent more power over converters in the industry's 0.86-by-0.36-by-0.44 inch SIP package.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 3
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Our No. 3 story of 2006 by Silicon Valley editor Mark LaPedus described how Apple Computer teamed up with Ford Motor, General Motors and Mazda to deliver "seamless iPod integration" across the majority of their respective car brands and models.
TSMC, UMC undamaged by quakes, according to report
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
The world's two largest semiconductor foundries -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) -- reported no damage from a pair of major earthquakes that struck southern Taiwan, according to a report.
Microdisplays deliver high image quality, power efficiency
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Delivering high image quality and low-power consumption to consumer electronics devices, Displaytech's LightView VGA, WVGA and SVGA microdisplays leverage the company's FLCOS technology to achieve full-color video images that are free of motion smearing.
Heard on the Beat: Has Mentor bought SpiraTech?
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Has Mentor Graphics Corp. bought SpiraTech Ltd.? The word on the street, or rather the mobile phone, is that Mentor has bought the company.
Application basics when using wideband voltage and current feedback op amps, Part 2 (of 2)
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Understand the basics of current and voltage feedback op amps and where they fit, along with constraints and implications
LXI leverages Ethernet for test
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Matsushita reportedly selling stake in JVC
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Matsushita's reported intention to sell JVC was big news in Japan over the holiday weekend. Matsushita, which owns about 52.4 percent of JVC, offered little comment, saying the company has not decided anything in regard to the sale of its stake in legendary consumer electronics outfit.
India scores highly versus other SoC destinations
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
The emergence of rival design locations and the seemingly inevitable increase in offshoring and outsourcing is causing global companies to pay more serious attention to the immediate and future prospects of locating development activity, causing some to make individual assessments among three of the most likely destinations: China, India and Taiwan.
Ripple detection control enables fast load-transient response without the bulk
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Learns about a feedback control method that needs fewer external capacitors than hysteretic converter designs, maintain the output voltage, is immune to input voltage fluctuation and is suitable for applications using intermediate bus architecture.
Amphenol offers RoHS-compliant circular connectors
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Amphenol offers the 97 series of RoHS-compliant circular connectors for general duty and environmental applications. They are widely used in the automotive, robotics, heavy equipment, machine tool and welding industries.
Ambient light sensors adjust LCD brightness to save battery power
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Ambient light sensors are used as backlighting controls in any number of LCD display applications from consumer electronics to automotive, and by automatically adjusting display brightness, they can conserve battery life, which is a key benefit in mobile device applications. These sensors work well in all kinds of light sources from natural sunlight to fluorescent and incandescent lamps.
Low-cost charge pump drives six white LEDs
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Allegro's A8434 touts a proprietary high-efficiency, low-EMI charge pump design, which provides a well regulated output for driving up to six white LEDs.
Bidirectional video filters simplify the input-output connection
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Eliminating the need for separate input and output connectors, Maxim says its MAX7481/MAX7482 bidirectional video filters are the first devices to use the same filter for both the record and playback modes.
Renesas to collaborate with PSC for China market
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
TOKYO — Renesas Technology Corp. will participate in a Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. (PSC) subsidiary to reinforce software development and support for Chinese consumer electronics market. Renesas and PSC have agreed that Renesas will jointly manage Retronix Technologies Inc. (RTX), currently a wholly owned subsidiary of PSC which is specialized in system solutions.
DC/DC converter offers more power in a SIP package
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
TRACOPOWER introduces it's new TMR-3 Series of Wide Input Range DC/DC Converters offer 3 Watts of power for a 50% increase from traditional 0.86 x 0.36 x 0.44" SIP Package converters.
Embedded multitasking with small MCUs: Part 2 - Cooperative vs. pre-emptive
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
In Part 2 in a series based on his book "Embedded Multitasking with small microcontrollers," author Keith Curtis contrsts and compares traditional pre-emptive and cooperative multitasking with a third state machine alternative..
Elpida rolls 70-nm DRAMs
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12/25/2006   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. has begun mass production of the DRAM industry's first 1-gigabit and 512-megabit DDR2 SDRAMs using 70-nanometer process technology.
AMD preps 300-mm fab in New York
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12/25/2006   Post a comment
Preparing to build a new 300-mm fab in the United States, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said that it has signed a grant disbursement agreement with the State of New York.
Beyond the autonomous car, and the nature of man
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12/23/2006   Post a comment
If you think autonomous cars are pretty far out how about nano-robots that can heal the body from within? Might they lead to a world without children?
DSP in 2006: A Year-End Review
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12/23/2006   Post a comment
2006 was a year of changes for the DSP industry. Here's a review of the major news.
Embedded multitasking with small MCUs: Part 1 - State Machine Constructs
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12/23/2006   Post a comment
In the first of a two part series based on his book "Embedded Multitasking with small microcontrollers," author Keith Curtis explains how simple state machine constructs can simplify the programming of long and involved control sequences.
Tutorial: Software implementation of Trigonometric Functions using a CORDIC algorithm
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12/23/2006   Post a comment
How to implement fixed point trigonometric routines in software for use in a variety of drive control apps using the Coordinate Rotation Digital Computer (CORDIC) algorithm.
Effective techniques for powering passive OLED displays in handhelds
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12/23/2006   Post a comment
In designing handheld embedded, mobile and consumer devices with organic LEDs, because they are based on active rather than passive matrix displays, care must be taken in controlling power dissipation and consumption.
Board packs two Virtex-4 FPGAs, four C6416 DSPs
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
The SignalMaster Quad Virtex-4 aids development and testing of DSP algorithms, and can be programmed directly from MATLAB and Simulink.
How to use undersampling
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Undersampling can be an extremely valuable tool, but care must be taken to ensure good performance. Here's how to make it work.
Slew of high-tech execs on Santa's naughty list
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Just days before Santa loads up the sleigh the make his famous trek, the U.S. Justice Department has provided a reminder that many high-tech executives had better be prepared to find lumps of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning.
SED's CES pullout likely related to patent dispute
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
A legal dispute with Nano-Proprietary has placed an obstacle in the path of Toshiba and Canon's promotion of SED displays at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, an important event for a technology scheduled to be in commercial production next year.
High-flex cable assemblies prevent data loss
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
W. L. Gore & Associates introduces the GORE FireWire high-flex round and flat cable assemblies for motion control and vision systems.
High-power LEDs combine high intensity with low power consumption
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Lumex has expanded its high-power LED portfolio with three surface-mount packages and 34 product variants that combine high levels of illumination with low power consumption.
Cypress' radio-on-a-chip cuts design time
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
The PRoC LP integrates the company's 2.4-GHz transceiver with its low-cost 8-bit Flash microcontroller.
Lighted pushbutton switch offers flush-mount option
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
E-Switch has expanded its LA series with a flush-mount lighted pushbutton switch. The sealed switch targets outdoor environments as well as industrial, medical, audio/visual and gaming applications.
Industrial keyboard delivers quick mounting
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
EAO Switch offers a top mounting metal keyboard that can be integrated onto any surface type. The W.series keyboard is delivered in a single integrated unit for easy installation.
Qualcomm cuts profit forecast
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. has reduced its profit forecast for the first fiscal quarter ending Dec. 31.
Hurt by Intel, AMD cuts MPU prices
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Hurt by competitive pressures from Intel Corp. and other factors, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has cut its product prices in the channels and offered favorable terms to others, according to an analyst. ''We believe AMD is experiencing a challenging Q4'06 from both a demand and a product mix stand point,'' said analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research Inc., in a report. ''Intel's new products are having an impact as they ramp Core 2 supply, enabling t
IBM to join Crolles2 Alliance, says report
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Amid considerable debate, IBM Corp. is in talks with STMicroelectronics NV and Freescale Semiconductor Inc. to join the Crolles2 Alliance, according to a report.
Pac Tech announces Asian facility
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
German packaging and assembly house Pac Tech GmbH announced the acquisition of a new 300-mm facility in Penang, Malaysia.
Six axis robots palletize Carlsberg beverages
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Robots help breweries supply the beverages that make the season's celebrations a bit brighter, minimizing downtime.
5-amp LDO powers ultralow-voltage DSPs, ASICs
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Micrel's MIC69502 is a 5-amp low-voltage, low-dropout (LDO) regulator suited for FPGAs, microcontrollers and logic ICs in next generation optical networks, communication switches, storage networks, wireless base stations, and home entertainment systems.
Commentary: Java is ready for real time
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
With new standards efforts and millions of Java-savvy developers, Java is ready for real-time embedded systems development, says Gary Cato, manager of strategic alliances at Aonix.
Bidirectional voltage-level translators simplify connectivity
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TXB0104 and TXS0104E bidirectional voltage-level translation devices for connecting next-generation processors and peripherals eliminate the need for direction control signals used in traditional voltage-level translators.
Motorola Plans To Boost IPTV Set-Top Boxes With Tut Acquisition
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Motorola plans to acquire Tut Systems for $39 million in cash and integrate its technology into set-top boxes that deliver Internet TV to the home. Tut, based in Lake Oswego, Ore., sells digital video encoding, processing, and distribution products that support local ad insertion, real-time conditioning of video and audio, and compression of video in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 advanced video coding formats, according to Motorola. More than 160 IPTV service providers use Tut's technology.
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