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Image gallery: Xperia Play handset teardown
News & Analysis  
5/26/2011   5 comments
The first "PlayStation certified" smartphone features Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Broadcom's BlueTooth/WiFi/FM combo chip and memory ICs from Micron and Elpida, among others, according to a teardown analysis.
High-temp MEMS goes seismic
News & Analysis  
5/26/2011   4 comments
Analog Devices claims to have designed the world's first MEMS chip that can tolerate temperatures as high as 342 degrees Fahrenheit.
Vishay VLPC0601A2, VLPC1201A2J, and VLPC1201A2 cool white LED modules
Product News  
5/26/2011   4 comments
Vishay's white LED modules offer a color temperature range of 5000 K to 7000 K.
AVX TransGuard series of automotive varistors
Product News  
5/26/2011   1 comment
AVX has expanded its automotive product portfolio to include a compact radial leaded, high temperature varistor.
CONEC SAL series connectors
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
CONEC has developed a sensor actuator line of circular connectors for industrial automation applications.
Smart meters wait on home net spec
News & Analysis  
5/26/2011   17 comments
Some smart meter projects are on hold while engineers re-work a road map for Smart Energy Profile 2.0, a key standard for tomorrow's home energy networks.
C&K Components ITS series Vertical and right angle illuminated tactile switch line covers wide app range
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
C&K Components’ latest switches are available in many different single LED colors and bi-color options that are independent from the switching function.
Freescale CEO bullish on IPO
News & Analysis  
5/26/2011   6 comments
Rich Beyer, Freescale Semiconductor's chairman and CEO, said he was happy with the opening of the company's IPO despite the fact that the opening price was lowered. Shares climbed up more than 5 percent by mid-day trading.
Hirose DF57 wire-to-board connectors
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Hirose's DF57 Series delivers 2A per contact in a compact package.
Conec EMI-filtered connectors
Product News  
5/26/2011   Post a comment
CONEC has developed a series of EMI-filtered connectors that provide near linear performance up to 1GHz and beyond.
Orion Fans OA300ST Series AC fan trays
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Orion Fans' three-position AC fan tray is ready for insertion into any 19" rack.
FCI launches XCede backplane connector line
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
FCI released XCede vertical backplane headers and right-angle daughter card receptacles designed for 25 Gb/s performance.
Meggitt Sensing Systems 8510B series piezoresistive pressure transducers
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Meggitt Sensing Systems has expanded its Endevco piezoresistive pressure transducer offerings with units that offer high resonance frequencies for accurate measurements over the full audio range, with five times minimum burst pressure and 20K g shock survivability.
Zombie tales for people with brains
Blog  
5/26/2011   7 comments
When I come to think about it, I’ve actually been seeing quite a lot of these little rascals recently, starting with The Walking Dead television series followed by all sorts of books…
Silicon Labs offers energy harvest WSN design
Product News  
5/26/2011   5 comments
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has produced a wireless sensor node (WSN) reference design based on its Si10xx wireless microcontroller (MCU) family and powered by a solar energy harvesting source.
Analyst sees flat April for global chip sales
News & Analysis  
5/26/2011   1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for April are likely to be $25.3 billion April, similar to the $25.26 billion reported in March by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Architecture choices balance cost and performance for embedded graphics applications
Design How-To  
5/26/2011   1 comment
High-end graphics display controllers help define product style and value with dynamic graphics that dazzle consumers. At the other end of the spectrum, modest GDCs display information clearly and simply, giving users what they want efficiently and cost effectively.
IMEC makes GaN-on-silicon
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5/26/2011   3 comments
European research institute IMEC and its partners in a program on gallium-nitride fabrication have produced device quality GaN/AlGaN layers on 200-mm silicon wafers.
Freescale lowers IPO share price to $18
News & Analysis  
5/26/2011   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor said it plans to sell 43.5 million common shares at $18 per share in an initial public offering beginning Thursday.
The Drive for Innovation
Social Mania  
5/25/2011   19 comments
What would possess someone to drive across the country for a year, in a Chevy Volt? A lust for your stories and the open road.
"I'd like to have an (engineering) argument, please."
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/25/2011   21 comments
We can argue about small topics, but it's the big ones that really keep our creative thinking sharp
Tablets drive investment in display manufacturing
News & Analysis  
5/25/2011   8 comments
New products like tablet computers are driving investment and demand for LCD and OLED manufacturing equipment.
STMicroelectronics STripFET VI DeepGATE power MOSFETs
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
ST's power devices employ its proprietary technology that trims watts and weight from comfort, body and power-train electronics.
JEDEC mobile memory standard unfolds
Blog  
5/25/2011   1 comment
If you have a vested interest in the next JEDEC memory standard, consider attending one of its Mobile Memory Forum events in June
Op amps in small-signal audio design - Part 1: Op amp history, properties
Design How-To  
5/25/2011   14 comments
In Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Small Signal Audio Design," Douglas Self reviews a brief history of op amps and then looks at various op amp properties from a perspective of audio design.
Got Discworld?
Blog  
5/25/2011   23 comments
I am a HUGE fan of the author Terry Pratchett in general and of his Discworld books in particular. If you've not been exposed to these little rascals you are missing a real treat...
Hardware-assisted verification platform + Ethernet testing solution
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
EVE’s ZeBu hardware-assisted verification family has been integrated with Xena’s high-density Ethernet testing solution.
IMEC and the ARM connection
Blog  
5/25/2011   6 comments
European research institute IMEC is holding its annual technology forum. It has one of those slides with more than a hundred partner logos and ARM's was nowhere to be seen. So what was ARM CEO Warren East doing at the event?
New easicopy cell-based ASICs from eASIC
Product News  
5/25/2011   2 comments
The new easicopy cell-based ASIC from eASIC mitigates the traditional risks associated with cell-based ASIC design.
Digital audio relies on the features and benefits of IEEE 1394
Design How-To  
5/25/2011   8 comments
This article argues that IEEE 1394 is the only interconnect proven to be able to support the bandwidth, timing and synchronization needs of pro audio applications.
Improving today's multimedia products with 3rd-party audio IP solutions
Design How-To  
5/25/2011   1 comment
This article argues that leveraging 3rd-party audio post-processing IP solutions can enable manufacturers to dramatically improve audio quality and differentiate their multimedia products, while reducing costs in this fast moving consumer segment.
ITT Cannon Nemesis series connectors
Product News  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
ITT's rugged miniature circular connector provides sealed, space-saving design for handheld and medical devices.
BSV-nano FPGA POL converter from Bellnix
Product News  
5/25/2011   4 comments
Partnering with Xilinx and Altera, the BSV-nano POL converter is said to provide optimal performance for the latest FPGAs designs.
Ramtron sampling first FRAMs made at IBM
News & Analysis  
5/25/2011   3 comments
After multiple delays, Ramtron is now sampling the first pre-qualification FRAM devices built on the company's manufacturing line at IBM.
Hirose DF59 series connector system
Product News  
5/25/2011   1 comment
This connector system from Hirose provides wire-to-board, board-to-board, and short-circuit connection with a common receptacle design.
Audio test & measurement seminar in UK (June 2-3)
News & Analysis  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
A two-day audio test and measurement training seminar held by Prism Sound and its UK distribution partner, TTi distribution, will introduce engineers to the practical and theoretical aspects of accurately measuring audio for a wide variety of applications.
Wireless stereo audio modules feature audio codec firmware update
Product News  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
Laird Technologies, Inc., has released its enhanced Bluetooth BTM510/511 and BTM520/521 wireless stereo audio modules with new firmware update.
Sound terminal IC for heatsink-free 50W audio systems
Product News  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' Sound Terminal digital audio SoC supports up to 50W of output power, without requiring any external heatsink.
Slide potentiometer with 60mm travel length for professional audio
Product News  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
The RS6011 series a family of compact, smooth-running slide potentiometers from Alps Electric Europe has been designed for use in professional audio applications such as mixing console faders.
Mixed-signal MCUs on 90nm process
Product News  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
Targeting designers of industrial and consumer applications who need solutions with low power consumption and increased integration, Freescale has introduced the ColdFire+ MCF51Qx and MCF51Jx microcontroller families.
Switches offer guaranteed latch-up prevention and low charge injection, leakage
Product News  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced the ADG5212 and ADG5213 high-voltage, latch-up proof quad switches that offer guaranteed latch-up protection for industrial, instrumentation, and automotive applications operating at up to ±22 V.
Optimizing a switch system for mixed signal testing
Design How-To  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
For developers of new test systems and users having problems with an existing test system that uses a switch assembly it is a good idea to review potential sources of error.
IBM to test wafer pruning
News & Analysis  
5/25/2011   10 comments
IBM will test a wafer pruning technique developed at the University of California at Los Angeles said to spot bad wafers early with test structures in-between die that can reject wafers before costly metallization steps.
AVX 9276 series wire-to-board connector series
Product News  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
AVX's 9276 Series dual-contact connector simplifies installation and provides quick and reliable termination in a 2.5 mm pitch SMT package.
DESIGN TIP: The Tortoise and the Hare
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
5/25/2011   2 comments
Your primo product has a problem—a bad problem. You know you have an all-hands-on-deck situation, but how do you reach a solution as quickly as possible?
Nomura sees 2011 chip market growth of 4.4%
News & Analysis  
5/25/2011   5 comments
Brokerage firm Nomura Securities has raised its forecast for growth in the value of the global semiconductor market to 4.4 percent, an increase from its previous projection of 3.1 percent given in December 2010.
Wipro helps IMEC open up in India
Research  
5/25/2011   8 comments
European research institute IMEC has announced it has established an R&D facility in Bangalore, India, with the help of Wipro Technologies, the consulting and outsourcing business of Wipro Ltd.
Measuring return on investment of model-based design
Design How-To  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
Model-Based Design for embedded software development lowers costs by identifying defects early in the development process and reducing the total number of latent defects. By helping companies deliver higher-quality systems at lower cost and in less time, Model-Based Design provides a competitive advantage.
AFE for auto radar provides signal path: 6-channel mux, PGA, LNA, filter, and 14-bit, 80-MapsADC
Product News  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices AD8283 analog front end integrates analog signal chain, facilitates design and adoption of car radar
New Roboteq programmable motor controller touts advanced features, small size
Product News  
5/24/2011   Post a comment
The SDC2130 motor controller from Roboteq, Inc can directly drive two DC motors up to 20Amps each at up to 50Volts, or one motor up to 40Amps.
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