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Stealth PA targets 700MHz band
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Stealth Microwave introduces the SM07080-47, a 50W GaAs FET solid-state power amplifier (PA) designed for next generation 700 MHz applications.
GreenPeak Academy provides training for ultra low power wireless sensor networks
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Initiative offers courses for designers of ultra low power sensor networks utilizing energy harvesting
WiMAX forum expects 133 million using WiMAX by 2012
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The study estimates that approximately 70 percent will use mobile and portable WiMAX devices to access broadband Internet services
LDOs target automotive, industrial apps
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Microchip Technology has introduced the MCP179X high-voltage linear regulators (LDOs) targeted at automotive and industrial applications.
CEL's ZigBee radio module features TI's transceiver platform
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The Matrix radio module's 10mW maximum power makes it well-suited for regions where regulatory agencies limit transmission power.
48-volt DC/DC converters deliver power selection flexibility
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Murata introduces the MPD7D06*S 48-volt input isolated DC/DC converter series with power selection flexibility and parallel operation.
Sniffing GSM off the air
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3/31/2008   2 comments
National Instruments' David A. Hall shows you how to build your own software defined radio using LabVIEW.
See how to demodulate GSM off the air
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Ever read an article on RFDL and think, "boy, I wish I could see that happening"? Well, today's your lucky day!
Maxim claims first 28-V, single-input battery charger for handhelds
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Maxim claims the highly integrated MAX8814 is the industry's first 28-V, single-input lithium charger in a 2 x 2-mm TDFN package for handheld devices.
Wireless channel emulator adds bi-directional MIMO, beamforming testing
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Spirent Communications has released new packaged configurations for its Spirent SR5500 wireless channel emulator targeted at WiMAX and LTE developers.
Winners, losers in IC rankings for '07
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Who were the winners--and losers--in the top-10 rankings for 2007?
Groups debut multicore API, benchmarks
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Efforts to improve techniques for programming and measuring multicore processors take three small steps forward as the annual MultiCore Expo where the Multicore Association will announce it has completed work on a standard applications programming interface for communications and started work to define a standard for embedded virtualization and a related group will show the first fruits of its efforts to define a benchmark for multicore CPUs.
TCL group takes majority stake in GSPK Circuits
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GSPK Ltd has sold its printed circuit board manufacturing subsidiary GSPK Circuits Ltd to the TCL group, the Ware , England-based company that already is a major supplier of PCBs through operating companies Daleba Electronics Ltd and DK Thermal.
New brain boggler - this one is a "corker"!
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I just ran across a great website containing "The world's hardest easy geometry problems"; these are GREAT - they'll keep you busy for hours!
CTIA: TI integrates GPS with Bluetooth, ULP and FM
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Texas Instruments has leveraged its Digital RF Processing (DRP) technology to integrate assisted GPS (A-GPS) capability with Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, ULP and FM to lower power and space requirements on handsets starting in the $70 to $100 range.
TI rolls single- and dual-channel DAC family
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TI has introduced the DAC568x family of single- and dual-channel DACs, which includes a high-performance 16-bit, dual-channel, 1 GPS device with 1 Gbits/s LVDS inputs.
New capabilities for programming massively parallel processors
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Ambric's new release of the aDesigner tool suite includes performance analysis capabilities to optimize program execution across hundreds of processors.
Remembering Arthur C. Clarke
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The time I met him, it was his sense of humor that stood out.
Startups give virtualization a novel twist
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Two startups--3Leaf Systems and ScaleMP--are giving virtualization a new twist to help create large systems made up from multiple x86 servers.
India unveils more incentives for solar power
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India's renewable energy ministry has announced a new program designed to expand Indian solar power generating projects up to a maximum capacity of 50 megawatts.
Siemens to use MRAM in touch screen HMI
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Siemens has developed an industrial touch-screen human machine interface application using magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) technology supplied by Freescale Semiconductor.
National Semi claims first high-current flash LED driver with adjustable over-voltage protection
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National Semiconductor unveiled what it claims is the industry's first high-current LED driver that enables dual LED operation for the camera flash function in portable multimedia devices.
Commentary: What went wrong at Moto
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3/31/2008   1 comment
After the runaway success of the Razr, Motorola's cell phones failed because they focused on hardware engineering, not consumer design.
ASMI, shareholder battle for board seats
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Investment firm Hermes Focus Asset Management--which wants to break up ASM International N.V. into two parts--is now pushing for new board members at the fab-tool vendor.
Ricor acquires InnerSense
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Ricor Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems Ltd., a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment, has acquired InnerSense Ltd. for an undisclosed price.
Synopsys Extends Design Compiler Topographical Technology
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Synopsys has released Design Compiler Graphical.
Audio processor improves voice clarity in portable communication devices
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The BelaSigna 300 audio processor from ON Semiconductor claims to deliver superior audio clarity for portable communication devices without compromising size or battery life.
Exchange rates bite deep into European chip sales
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Sales of semiconductors in Europe fell by 3.1 percent in February to $3.33 billion from the previous month according to figures from the Word Semiconductor Trade Statistics association.
Optical networking startup raises $8.3 million
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Startup Xtellus Ltd. (Morris Plains, New Jersey), a supplier of scalable Wavelength Selective Switches (WSS) for reconfigurable optical networks, has raised $8.3 million in growth capital.
Chip sales decline 4.9 percent in February
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales came in at $20.14 billion for February, up 1.5 percent from the corresponding month last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), and in line with normal seasonal patterns for the industry.
ARC, Toshiba extend licensing deal
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ARC International and Toshiba have extended their partnership developing configurable multi-processor technology and, as part of the deal, the Japanese chip maker has also extended its license to use the ARChitect Processor Configurator.
Nitronex : GaN power transistor addresses 2.5 and 3.5GHz markets
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The NPT1004 gallium nitride high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) delivers 45 W at 28 V for high PAR (peak to average ratio) and pulsed applications.
NEC LCD Technologies : 7.0-inch wide-format LCD modules feature white LED backlight system
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The NL8048BC19-02, a 7.0-inch (18 centimeters diagonal) amorphous-silicon TFT liquid crystal display with wide video graphics array (WVGA) resolution, is an enhancement to NEC’s lineup of LCD modules featuring white LED backlight systems.
Analog Devices : Fully-programmable audio ICs heighten HDTV experience
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Analog Devices has introduced two audio processors for HDTV sound that provide uninterrupted, high-fidelity audio connectivity from a variety of digital and analog home entertainment sources.
ADLINK : PCI Express frame grabber has 800 Mbps transfer rates
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The PCIe-FIW62, a PCI Express IEEE1394.b frame grabber is designed specifically for area scan color / monochrome inspection applications, such as circuit board inspection and FPD surface inspection.
ST, Intel complete creation of memory venture
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Intel Corp and ST Microelectronics NV have, as expected, signed the deal that combines the former's NOR flash memory business with the latter's NAND activities to form Numonyx B.V.
Linear Technology : 12 A dc-dc regulator targets military and avionics applications
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Linear Technology introduces the LTM4601AHVMPV, a complete and encapsulated 12 A switching uModule (micromodule) dc/dc regulator system featuring phase-lock loop and output tracking, designed for rugged military and avionics applications.
Reconfigurable radios, part 1: SDR architectures
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The article makes the case for software defined radio (SDR), and discusses strategies for balancing flexibility, energy efficiency and spectrum use. It looks at different hardware architectures, including a multicore solution, as well as reconfigurable analog front ends.
Reconfigurable radios references
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Here are the references for our reconfigurable radios series.
Targeted TV commercials
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Just add face recognition!
AMD accelerates 3D workstations
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AMD's latest graphics acceleration chipset, the AMD RV670, powers the ATI FireGL V7700 graphics card for professional 3D workstations.
SARFT-compliant silicon tuner targets STB market in China
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NXP has launched a highly integrated silicon tuner—TDA18252HN—with multi-standard digital cable reception to address the domestic Chinese set-top box (STB) market.
EoPDH mapper simplifies Carrier Ethernet system design
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Maxim's DS33X162 is a highly integrated Ethernet-over-PDH (EoPDH) mapping device that enables the delivery of new Carrier Ethernet services over the existing PDH telecommunications infrastructure.
Reporter's Notebook: Hong Kong rises with mainland
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Ten years after its handover from Britain, Hong Kong is vibrant community rising on China's coattails.
AMD launches first x86 triple-core processors
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AMD announced the availability of AMD Phenom X3 8000 series triple-core processors, providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with high performance at mainstream price points.
16-bit MCU contains high-resolution dot matrix LCD driver
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Epson has developed the S1C17702, a 16-bit flash MCU that contains what the company claims is the industry's highest resolution dot matrix LCD driver, and features low power consumption equivalent to an 8-bit device.
S-band coaxial resonator oscillator delivers low-phase noise
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Z-Communications is offering a lead-free, RoHS-compliant, coaxial resonator oscillator (CRO2715D-LF) that supports the S-band (2670-2760 MHz) and delivers an ultra low (typ) phase noise performance of -108dBc/Hz @10kHz offset.
HDMI/DVI control switch matches any voltage level
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3/30/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX4929E is a HDMI/DVI control switch that features three independent voltage inputs, allowing the user to match any voltage level encountered in switching without additional components.
32-bit ARM9 MCUs bring LCD, Ethernet and USB OTG to the masses
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NXP expanded its ARM7 and ARM9 MCU line with the LPC3200 family that is based on the ARM926EJ processor and targeted at consumer, industrial, medical and automotive applications.
What went wrong at Moto
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Motorola fell because it focused on hardware engineering, not consumer design.
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