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EVE in the Systems Prototyping Garden
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3/29/2008   Post a comment
EVE's point of view and more considerations on the acquisition of Synplicity by Synopsys.
Desktop supply delivers 180 watts
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3/29/2008   Post a comment
Single-output, CEC and Energy Star-compliant AC/DC supplies tout the highest output
320-watt switchers feed industrial applications
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3/29/2008   Post a comment
Supplies, in six models for 5-48 volt applications, offer DIN mounted option
Mango DSP and Steelbox Networks create analytic-enabled intelligent video networks
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Mango DSP, a provider of intelligent video servers for the CCTV, video surveillance and homeland security defense markets, and Steelbox Networks, developer of "the world's fastest media appliance", have signed a partnership agreement. The partnership will present the industry with a comprehensive intelligent video, processing, distribution, storage and management solution.
Small LC fiber-optic connector meets Lucent, Telcordia requirements
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a LC fiber-optic connector for operation in harsh environments.
EMI-filtered D-sub connectors offer shorter lead time
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Spectrum Control has reduced the lead time of its Series 700 D-subminiature filtered connectors to as short as two weeks.
LGA socket operates up to 40 GHz
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
The XG-LGA-7000 socket from Ironwood Electronics are designed for a 12-mm package size, and operate at bandwidths up to 40 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss.
Legend Silicon powers aigo's new USB HDTV receiver
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Legend Silicon has partnered with China's aigo to create a revolutionary new product for viewing high definition television anywhere at any time. The USB Dongle will enable Chinese consumers to view terrestrial high definition television being programmed by China Central Television.
Ultra-low-profile board-to-FPC connector targets handheld devices
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Omron Electronic Components has released a series of 0.4-mm pitch SMD board-to-FPC plug and socket connectors for low-profile handheld devices.
DSP weekend reader vol. 2 no. 9
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
This week: VoIP quality, DSP choices, and low-power design.
Image sensor delivers true HD video in all lighting conditions
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
OmniVision Technologies has released a true high-definition (HD) image sensor optimized for use in indoor and outdoor applications for the security and surveillance markets.
French Engineering Student looking for summer internship
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Do you know of any summer intern positions available in the robotics and/or microelectronics arenas for a young, enterprising engineering student?
How to get the most out of a single timer on an MCU
Design How-To  
3/28/2008   5 comments
This article suggests a method to incorporate the functionality of both an RTC and a PWM in a microcontroller equipped with only a single timer.
India's people power is also its problem
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
One of India's biggest challenges is managing its biggest strength: its deep well of young and talented people.
MIT solar startup aims to beat coal on price
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3/28/2008   1 comment
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Ely Sachs has said he plans for a startup company called 1366 Technologies (Lexington, Mass.) to develop an improved silicon-based solar cell that can beat coal on cost efficiency.
Big Brother's business is booming
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3/28/2008   1 comment
Video surveillance, once a niche application segment of the digital video market, is suddenly booming.
Profinet controllers are IRT-enabled
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
In recognition of the fact that an increasing number of Profinet industrial Ethernet installations uses high-speed Isochronous Realtime communication schemes, Siemens has equipped several Simatic controllers with the respective interfaces.
Mentor Releases Questa Codelink for Processor-Driven Tests
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
The Questa Codelink product from Mentor Graphics is an integrated, source-level debug environment targeting processor driven tests.
Researchers tout foldable, stretchable Si circuits
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3/28/2008   1 comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new form of stretchable silicon integrated circuit that can wrap around complex shapes such as spheres, body parts and aircraft wings, and can operate during stretching, compressing, folding and other types of extreme mechanical deformations, without a reduction in electrical performance.
Indian WiMax developer Sloka seeks funding from Intel, Motorola
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
WiMax startup Sloka Telecom is in talks with Intel Capital, Motorola Ventures and independent venture capital firms to raise its first round of funding.
S-band coaxial resonator oscillator delivers excellent phase noise
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Z-Communications has announced the introduction a lead free, RoHS compliant, coaxial resonator oscillator (CRO2545B-LF) in S band (2500 to 2590 MHz) offering an ultra low (typical) phase noise performance of "107dBc/Hz at 10kHz offset.
Tough times to continue for RF IC suppliers
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Profits are going to be hard to come by for RF chip makers over the next year, just as they have been for the past two years, according to market research group Strategy Analytics.
Silicon Labs : Clock multiplier generates any output frequency
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has expanded its portfolio of reconfigurable, frequency-agile precision clocks with a single input, single output jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC.
Texas Instruments : IP network camera matches analog video camera price
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments and Aptina Imaging offer the DM355IPNC-MT5 high-definition (HD) IP network camera reference design based on TI's DaVinci TMS320DM355 digital media processor and Aptina's 5-megapixel HD security image sensor.
Texas Instruments : USB 2.0 on-the-go solution uses smallest form factor
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TUSB6020 high-speed USB 2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) dual-role controller provides flexible architecture to meet a multitude of user-defined applications.
TDK : Inverter transformers enable thinner backlight designs
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
TDK Corp. has developed and begun mass production of the IVT series high-reliability inverter transformers. The units feature a low-profile package to enable inverter designs for backlighting in slimmer LCD displays.
Endicott Research : CCFL inverters have a very low profile
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
SFW series dc-to-ac inverters are designed for display applications that require high efficiency, wide range dimming and lamp current stability over a wide input range.
HD video line buffering in FPGA
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Complex video processing algorithms -- encoding, motion estimation, and scaling -- implemented using FPGAs need access to various pixel values within a single frame or across multiple frames. The required video line buffers within an FPGA make video applications memory intensive.
EPRI joins Ford-SCE to analyze plug-in hybrid vehicles on power grid
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Research will draw from battery technology data, vehicle systems, customer usage, and grid infrastructure.
Southern California Edison launches largest solar panel project
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Will convert 65 million square feet of unused roof space into solar generating stations to initially help meet peak summer demands
Apple shuns Wolfson in next generation iPods
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics (Edinburgh, Scotland) is believed to have lost out in its bid to supply Apple's next generation iPods with audio chips.
Single I/O any-rate clock multiplier is ideal for low jitter applications
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has announced the expansion of its broad portfolio of reconfigurable, frequency-agile precision clocks to include a single input, single output jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC.
LNAs improve receiver sensitivity of picocell or femtocell base stations
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has announced a new family of MMIC low noise amplifiers (LNAs) designed for cellular and WiMAX infrastructure applications. The company's ultra compact MGA-12516, 13516 and 14516 base station LNAs achieve low noise figures and high gain performance at low current consumption levels.
Microtune sounds alarm on tuner performance in certified US TV converter boxes
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Microtune sends letter to the NTIA raising compliance issues about subsidized U.S. digital TV converter box program and shares its test data on non-compliant boxes with the NTIA.
30V power MOSFET achieves ultra-low on-resistance
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Vishay's first part in a new third-generation TrenchFET power MOSFET family is an n-channel device in the PowerPAK SO-8 package that features maximum on-resistance of 2.25 milliohms at a 4.5-V gate drive voltage.
Step-down converter supports systems with USB interface
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Exar has introduced a synchronous inductive step-down converter dubbed the SP6669 that is capable of delivering up to 600mA, and achieving output voltages as low as 0.6V.
20 to 38 GHz GaAs MMIC low noise amplifier delivers broadband performance in a QFN plastic package
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband has introduced a GaAs MMIC low noise amplifier (LNA) in an RoHS compliant, standard 3- x 3-millimeter QFN plastic package, covering 20 to 38 GHz.
Hall-effect sensors offer adjustable bandwidth for current sensing
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems has introduced a new family of fully programmable linear Hall-effect sensors with low noise and a very high bandwidth for automotive and industrial current sensing applications.
AMD processors deliver high-performance gaming, video
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
AMD has released four new AMD Phenom X4 processors for PC users that demand high-performance for gaming, HD video playback, and advanced multi-tasking capabilities.
DVR reference design for PC-based video surveillance records 8 channels
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
The design includes Conexant's CX25853, the world's first eight-channel video decoder, which allows users to capture and record multiple analog video streams simultaneously.
HB LED design solution eases intelligent lighting network designs
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced support for the DMX512 protocol in its EZ-Color design solution for high-brightness (HB) LED intelligent lighting systems.
ITOX motherboards support Intel Core2 Duo and Quad Processors
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
New microATX form factor boards are designed specifically for embedded applications requiring a stable revision-controlled platform, with long-term availability
Unleash the power of your laptop computer's TouchPad
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2008   Post a comment
I recently discovered that the TouchPad on my notepad computer has a lot of mega-cool features I'd never heard of before!
ESC: NXP Semiconductors introduces four new 32-bit ARM9 microcontrollers
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Designed for use in consumer, industrial, medical and automotive applications, the new line aims to reduce on-chip components and maximize power savings.
Stretch, focused on video surveillance, gets more funding
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Armed with a novel programmable architecture--with its processor embedded with an FPGA in the center--Stretch has raised an additional $15 million in Series B funding, stirring excitement among investors looking for the growth of video-surveillance market.
Clocking chips simplify system design with low additive jitter
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
National Semiconductor has introduced a family of three ultra-low-noise and fully-featured clock buffers, dividers and distributors that simplify system clock design while claiming the industry's lowest additive noise.
AMD unveils energy-efficient 65-watt quad-core desktop processors
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
AMD has claimed the industry's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, operating at a maximum of 65 watts.
Fully-programmable audio ICs deliver advanced features to heighten HDTV experience
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) 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.
Intel, ST flash memory company set to be approved
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Numonyx NV, the flash memory joint venture planned by Intel Corp. and ST Microelectronics NV, with financial aid from Francisco Partners LP, is finally expected to be approved early next week.
Huge growth seen for MEMS sensors, actuators
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Worldwide sales of MEMS-based semiconductor sensors and actuators are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent between 2007 and 2012, reaching $9.7 billion in five years compared to $4.1 billion in 2007, according to market research group IC Insights.
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