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Cyan : Entry-level MCU targets high volume, low cost applications
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Cyan announces the launch of the eCOG1XE01A6, an entry-level subset of the company’s eCOG1X microcontroller (MCU) family.
Plugging the laser gap
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Researchers at Binghamton University claim to have devised a strategy to bridge the lasing gap with new materials and architectures that could enable applications not now possible.
Winbond tailors four-channel codec for short-loop VoIP applications
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This low-power CMOS device combines four programmable codecs that enable it to support a comprehensive set of signaling capabilities for telephone line supervision and control, as well as offload processor overhead.
MOSFET line offers high power output with low on-state resistance
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Toshiba has announced a broad selection of power MOSFETs in its Low Voltage, Low Resistance Series targeted for applications in lithium-ion batteries in notebook PCs and other handheld electronic devices.
European chip sales hold firm in Jan 08
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Chip sales in Europe for January 2008 held up best of the four regions tracked by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), with a decrease of only 2.5 percent compared with December 2007. The SIA said the overall month-on-month decrease was 3.6 per cent, with worldwide semiconductor sales worth $21.49 billion.
Firecracker speeds Blackfin designs
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Avnet subsidiary Silica has introduced a versatile development platform around Analog Devices's Blackfin processor family. The platform, dubbed Firecracker, functions as a universal tool for Blackfin developers of all flavors. Fully verified functional modules eliminate the need to design in detail common embedded subsystems.
STMicroelectronics : 8-bit microcontroller platform offers increased performance at lower cost
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STMicroelectronics has unveiled details of a new 8-bit microcontroller platform designed to offer outstanding levels of performance and cost-effectiveness in a wide range of applications.
Micron, Nanya confirm DRAM joint ventures
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Micron Technology and Nanya Technology Corp have confirmed they plan a joint venture in DRAMs and a partnership in research and development.
Filtronic completes disposal of compound semis unit
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Filtronic plc (Shipley, England) has completed the disposal of its compound semiconductor division, including the manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe, England, to RF Micro Devices (Greensboro, N.C.) for approximately £12.5 million in cash.
Safety, security set to drive embedded apps
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There may be as many ways to implement safety and security features in embedded applications as there are engineers working on the challenge, but it is becoming a key topic as fail-safe and security technologies migrate to applications well away from the traditionally security- and safety-conscious military-aerospace and automotive sectors.
Under the Hood: Evolution of the smart phone
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3/3/2008   1 comment
It is interesting to look at the different ways that HTC and Nokia, two companies that have very competitive and successful smart-phone offerings, arrived at their latest products. HTC used its background as a PDA manufacturer to create the TyTN 2, essentially incorporating phone functionality into a PDA. Nokia came into the smart-phone market from cell phones, so it needed to find ways to increase functionality without substantially increasing the size of its latest phone, the N95.
FPGA video programming with Agility's graphical environment
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This article reviews Agility's PixelStreams, a graphical programming tool for image and video algorithms. We examine its design flow and show how it works with Agility's C-based design environment, DK Design Suite.
2.4 GHz RF transceiver for ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 and low-power wireless applications
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Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced its second-generation ZigBee®/IEEE 802.15.4 radio-frequency (RF) transceiver designed for the 2.4 GHz unlicensed ISM (industrial, scientific, medical) frequency band.
50-channel positioning engine the first to simultaneously track GPS and GALILEO satellites
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A leading provider of GPS receiver technology, u-blox will perform live GALILEO satellite tracking demonstrations at the 2008 CeBIT trade show to be held in Hanover, Germany, March 4th to 9th on its revolutionary 5 A-GPS and GALILEO-ready chip.
EMF measurement software for RF emissions in a portable one-box solution
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The RFEX-Fast EMF measurement software from Rohde & Schwarz enables engineers and technicians to quickly and easily validate compliance with legally defined emission limits.
Intel ships processors based on new transistors, manufacturing
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Intel has expanded its offerings for embedded market segments with new processors that carry extended, 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset and a carrier-grade server.
Synchronous buck yields low power-loss, EMI in small package
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International Rectifier introduced the iP2005A, a fully optimized power stage product for high current synchronous buck multi-phase converters used in gaming, computing and communications applications.
Improving multi-carrier PA efficiency using envelope tracking
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This article describes a technique based on envelope tracking that has been proven to offer a dramatic improvement in efficiency, from typically low 20% for a class AB amplifier to mid 40%, while offering multiband performance.
MOSFETs enhance battery protection modules
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Eleven new devices in SOP-8 and SOP Advance packages bring high-current performance, lower RDS.
Gartner cuts IC forecast by half
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Citing a weak demand picture and slumping chip prices, Gartner Inc. has cut its worldwide IC forecast by nearly one-half.
SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS (Part 9): SAR Converter Operation Explored
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3/1/2008   1 comment
The Signal Chain Basics Series continues with a discussion of the successive-approximation converter (SAR) architecture
DSP weekend reader vol. 2 no. 6
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This week: Spectral analysis, the MIPS 74K, the OMAP35x, and femtocells.
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