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Porting B-RAS Designs to Standards-Based Platforms
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Use of AdvancedTCA hardware, Service Availability Forum APIs, and off-the-shelf software allows designers to more quickly develop B-RAS designs while meeting the dataplane and control plane performance requirements of broadband networks.
Cadence ouvrira un centre de recherche et développement à Moscou
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Cadence Design Systems a annoncé mercredi (26 mai) l’ouverture d’un premier bureau à Moscou dans le cadre de sa stratégie de mondialisation.
"Es ist ein Vorteil, mit Intel in einem Atemzug genannt zu werden"
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Noch vor der zurückliegenden Konjunkturflaute hat sich Dialog Semiconductor vom reinen Mixed-Signal-Entwickler zum Chiphersteller gemausert. Im Gegensatz zu vergleichbaren Unternehmen, die sich auf Mixed-Signal-Chips für Nischenanwendungen konzentrieren, hat Dialog Mixed-Signal-Standardkomponenten für die Volumenproduktion im Visier und konnte Intel als Partner gewinnen. Das Unternehmen ist in Großbritannien registiert, hat seinen Sitz aber in im deutschen Kirchheim/Teck-Nabern und ist an der Fr
TransEDA releases new code coverage tools
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Adding to its portfolio of verification tools, TransEDA has released a new tool for specification coverage and impact analysis, as well as a new "coverability analysis" option to its VN-Cover code coverage tool.
The fastest 5-V fractional-unit load full duplex RS-485/422 transceiver?
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Intersil announced two more LINEARLINK full-duplex RS-485/422 transceivers. The ISL4491E is the world's fastest 5-V, full-duplex, one-eighth fractional-unit load transceiver with 15-kV ESD protection. These new devices boost performance in industrial and commercial applications.
Class-D audio power amplifiers balanced just right for small LCD TVs
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Providing liquid crystal display (LCD) TV manufacturers with the feature set required to meet high efficiency audio demands, TI announced two new stereo Class-D audio power amplifiers for 17 to 23 inch LCD-TVs. The two new devices feature efficient Class-D operation, driving up to 10W of continuous stereo output power with no external heat sink.
UMC says 90-nm process is offered in low-k, glass versions
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United Microelectronics Corp. executives fired back at a Canadian semiconductor engineering services company's analysis of its 90-nm technology, saying the process can be offered in either a low-k and fluoro-silicate glass configuration.
8-bit A/D converter achieves best-in-class linearity at 250 MSPS
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Analog Devices' new 8-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) achieves a conversion rate of 250 MSPS while maintaining a differential nonlinearity (DNL) of +/- 0.25 LSB, two times better than competitive ICs with comparable sample rates.
Chipworks claims UMC-made 90-nm part lacks low-k process
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Chipworks Inc. is claiming that the L90 manufacturing process from Taiwanese foundry United Microelectronics Corp. used in a Spartan-3 FPGA from Xilinx Inc. does not use a low-k interlayer dielectric, contrary to publicity material.
PC-operated JTAG controller relies on fast LAN or USB connections
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Here's a review of a high-performance intelligent boundary-scan controller that can be connected either to a PC via high-speed USB 2.0 or a 10/100BaseT Ethernet LAN connection. The unit can also test and in-system program CPLDs, FPGAs, and flash memories, on up to four ganged JTAG chains.
Electronic paper supplier to work with Philips' venture
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SiPix, a developer of electronic paper, announced a joint development agreement Tuesday (May 25) with Polymer Vision, a technology venture of Philips Electronics. The deal is indicative of the industry's growing interest in flexible and electronic paper displays. Spencer Chin has this report.
Dialog, Intel sampling combo for mobile devices
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Dialog Semiconductor Plc has started sampling a tightly integrated system level power management IC that in a single CMOS device supports both a communications processor and the Intel PXA27x family of applications processors.
Intersil taps AMI Semiconductor's memory technology
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AMI Semiconductor Inc., a designer and manufacturer of integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, has been selected by Intersil Corp. to help design analog ICs at the sub-micron levels for Intersil's consumer, computing, industrial and communications products. From Singapore, Tony Santiago picks up the scent.
Light, rugged AC/DC supply delivers 500W
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Absopulse Electronics' PFC500-C is a compact and lightweight power supply intended for applications in harsh environments where power factor correction is a key requirement. Its single-output design utilizes a variable-frequency (50-150 kHz) topology for the PFC-input stage and half-bridge topology after the input stage to deliver 500 watts at 28 or 48 volts from a 90- to 264-VAC input (47-420 Hz). The power-factor is corrected to at least 0.97 at full load over the entire input range. The unit,
Integrated magnetics shrinks dc-to-dc converter
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Leveraging its ability to integrate a microelectromechanical systems-like inductor on the same IC with a switching regulator controller, Enpirion Inc. is offering a complete dc-to-dc converter on a chip.
Integrated magnetics shrinks dc-to-dc converter
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Leveraging its ability to integrate a microelectromechanical systems-like inductor on the same IC with a switching regulator controller, Enpirion Inc. is offering a complete dc-to-dc converter on a chip.
Flexible PWM controller fits IBA bill
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National Semiconductor positions its LM5033 as the first fully-featured 100-volt DC/DC pulse width modulation (PWM) controller for meeting the needs of modern intermediate bus architectures (IBAs). "The introduction of the intermediate bus is an inflection point in the evolution of distributed power architectures," said Paul Greenland, marketing director for the Power Management group. "Customers expect the next generation of intermediate bus converters to be flexible and efficient without sacri
See the inner world with low-power wireless camera capsule that you swallow
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Zarlink Semiconductor and Given Imaging, maker of the world's only swallowable camera capsule for diagnosis of the gastrointestinal tract, is now using an ultra low-power transmitter chip from Zarlink in its M2A capsule endoscope.
Brillian debuts LCOS-based HDTV
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A preview of HDTVs to come was demonstarted at the Society for Information Display conference here this week.
Intersil verschafft sich Breitband-IP
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Der Chiphersteller Intersil kauft erneut zu: Nach der Übernahme von Xicor hat der Analog-Spezialist jetzt das Startup-Unternehmen BitBlitz Communications gekauft. Spezialität von BitBlitz sind Kommunikations-Chips, insbesondere Serializer/Deserializer- (Serdes)-Bausteine.
LED lamps offer sunlight visible illumination
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
LEDtronics has released its T3-¼ (9 mm) BF321 series of miniature bayonet-based LED lamps that incorporates advanced optical-grade epoxy to produce sunlight-visible illumination that is bright and evenly dispersed.
Chip inductors beef up current rating
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Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) said its new series of low profile, wound-chip inductors deliver 30% higher current rating as compared to conventional inductors in the same package size. The NR series is designed for use in dc/dc converter choke-coil applications, which is an emerging industry trend driving the replacement of less-efficient charge pump power supplies that can't meet the requirements of feature-intensive cell phones and other high-power consumption portable devices.
Agilent says latest 2-GHz 10-Gsample/s storage scope packs industry's lowest price
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Certified for USB 2.0 compliance testing, Agilent Technologies's latest four-channel 2-GHz storage scope is claimed to be the first such instrument with 10-Gsample/s performance at the industry's lowest price. The scope and its companion probing system are also certified by the USB Implementers Forum as USB v2.0 compliance test tools.
Fan tray assemblies support up to nine fans
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Bud Industries Inc. has announced the availability of three additional fan tray assemblies that include three, six and nine fans per unit, for a total of more than 100 CFM (cubic feet/minute) per fan. These fan assemblies will improve systems operations by controlling waste heat generated by equipment within a cabinet.
Compact Flash card kit designed for wireless applications
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
AVX Corp. has expanded its line of standard and custom card kits with the new Compact Flash Type II kit with standard plastic extensions for wireless applications. Designated the 9181 Series, the Compact Flash (C/F) card kit features a plastic frame, stainless steel covers and a 50-position receptacle.
Adapter supports Atmel DataFlash devices
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Emulation Technology' new adapter supports Atmel DataFlash devices packaged in the new chip-scale ball grid array (CBGA) packages for both programming and prototyping applications.
5-in-1 card connector comes with xD support
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Yamaichi Electronics USA Inc. offers a new combination 5-in-1 Flash card connector that supports xD Picture Cards, Memory Stick (MS), SmartMedia (SM), SecureDigital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) cards. The FRS008-3100-0 connector can be used in many applications including printers, card readers, notebook computers, PDAs and other mobile applications.
Heat shrink tubing kits supplied in heavy-duty versions
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Waytek Inc. said its extra-heavy-duty heat shrink tubing provides the highest strain relief and abrasion and corrosion resistance to protect connections from moisture and contamination for the most rugged conditions.
Cable assemblies support 5 Gbit/s bandwidth, save board space
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Molex Inc. touts that its new Triad Differential Pair (TDP) cable assemblies can save board space and achieve bandwidths up to 5.0 Gbit/s. Complementing Molex's TDP connector product line, the new cable assemblies offer designers a one-stop interconnect solution for a variety of applications. These include displays, routers, storage devices, switches, portable DVI devices, HDTVs and other entertainment displays, automotive displays, as well as custom applications that require high-speed electric
Cadence to open R&D center in Moscow
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As part of its globalization strategy, Cadence Design Systems said it will open its first office in Moscow.
3M unveils vibration touch technology
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Touch Systems Inc. unveiled a new "touch" technology here called dispersive signal technology during the Society for Information Display conference.
Electronic paper supplier to work with Philips' venture
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SiPix, a developer of electronic paper, announced a joint development agreement with Polymer Vision, a technology venture of Philips Electronics.
Saifun et Macronix rassemblent leurs efforts pour fabriquer une cellule de mémoire flash de 4 bits
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Macronix International Co. Ltd. et Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. se sont mis d’accord pour mettre au point une technologie de 4 bits par cellule de mémoire flash sur un procédé de fabrication de 130 nanomètres. Des ingénieurs des deux sociétés devraient travailler ensemble sur le site Fab2 de Macronix, à Hsinchu (Taiwan).
Pin-compatiblility makes upgrading ADCs simple
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Texas Instruments announced five new members of the ADS5500 high-speed analog-to-digital converter (ADC) family. The ADS5500 family now consists of three 14-bit ADCs and three 12-bit ADCs available in speeds of 80, 100 and 125 MSPS. The pin-compatible family of ADCs provides customers with an easy upgrade path. Designers now have a range of resolutions, speed and performance options tailored for their application requirements.
Build a high efficiency two-phase power supply
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
DDR memory has some unique power supply requirements. A typical DDR power supply for a PC application requires 2A to 10A current. Linear Technology engineers show a switching regulator circuit with a 5 to 14V output.
A brief recap of popular logic standards
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
A sidebar to Maxim's article on logic level translation, this note describes the movement to lower voltage logic and the conundrums it created for system designers.
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