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Synchronous regulators target consumer electronics apps
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new family of high efficiency 2A to 4A integrated synchronous regulators for consumer electronics applications such as set top boxes, DVD/hard disk drives, LCD monitors/TVs, speakerphones, cable modems, and telecom/datacom equipment.
IBM, WiSpry teamed on tunable RF MEMS
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
The dream of a MEMS system-on-a-chip RF front-end for wireless mobile handsets is being realized by the collaborative efforts of startup WiSpry and IBM Microelectronics.
Russia's Sistema still pursuing Infineon, says report
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Infineon has denied it is in discussions with diversified Russian holding company AFK Sistema, according to a report, in a rerun of denials from September 2009 and earlier. Another report has said that Sistema
BLDC motor for electronic bike application
Design How-To  
6/28/2010   Post a comment
This paper discusses the programming aspects of a BLDc controller for a E-Bike. It addresses issues like Soft Start, Current limiting action at higher Loads and Battery Voltage dependent speed which are generally implemented for a E-Bike application.
Case study: Sequential mating connector systems link portable power-distribution equipment
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
This is a look at a different power-connector and interconnect situation and solution, where power levels are high and user-safety issues are a major concern.
SPICE Simulation of Transmission Lines by the Telegrapher's Method (Part 1 of 3)
Design How-To  
6/28/2010   Post a comment
Understand the underlying principles and end up with a relatively simple sub-circuit which offers full frequency dependence and fidelity
Book Excerpt Antennas: Fundamentals, Design, Measurement, Third Edition (Part 3 of 7)
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Here are two chapters of a book on a vital topic, with emphasis on practical issues rather than equations
PLX samples USB SuperSpeed 3.0 controllers
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. has started to sample three USB SuperSpeed 3.0-to-SATA controllers targeting the rapidly expanding consumer storage market.
Top Embedded Internet How-To's of 2010 (so far)
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
With the year half-way through, here are the ten most popular Embedded Internet how-to articles so far for 2010.
The soul of a sino-supercomputer
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Celebrating as if greeting a firstborn, a group of PhDs flung open the door of a factory building in Shenzhen and let loose a giant hooah.
Reduce parallel programming pain with dataflow languages
Design How-To  
6/27/2010   12 comments
Whether modifying an existing application or writing entirely new code, parallel applications can be much more challenging to work with than their sequential counterparts.
Energy status quo is no longer an option
Blog  
6/26/2010   3 comments
The energy problem is serious enough to warrant the all-hands-on-deck response; wind, geothermal, solar, bio-thermal and even nuclear technologies all figure into the solution.
IceCube telescope extreme science meets extreme electronics
News & Analysis  
6/25/2010   1 comment
IceCube telescope is under construction more than a mile beneath the Antarctic ice.
Optimizing SAR ADC performance by proper PCB layout
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6/25/2010   Post a comment
How to achieve the expected performance out of a high-performance ADC
Infineon aims to beat 30% annual growth, says report
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6/25/2010   Post a comment
German chip vendor Infineon Technologies AG is predicting revenue growth for its 2010 financial year in the "high 30 percent range" compared with the previous fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2009, according to a Bloomberg report.
NXP opens RF design center in Massachusetts
News & Analysis  
6/25/2010   1 comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV has opened a radio frequency product creation center in Billerica, Massachusetts.
Mercedes-Benz cars use SMSC's wireless audio technology
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6/25/2010   Post a comment
SMSC, New York-based developer of smart mixed-signal connectivity solutions, announced that Daimler AG will implement its wireless audio products in the rear seat entertainment system of Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class models.
Atmel completes sale of fab in France
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Germany's LFoundry GmbH, an analog and mixed-signal foundry, has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Atmel Corp.’s wafer fabrication operation in Rousset, France.
Can Nikon regain its focus?
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Can Nikon Corp. regain its focus?
IBM 'fab club' aligns 28-nm process, jabs rival
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6/24/2010   1 comment
IBM, Samsung, GlobalFoundries and STMicroelectronics said that they are in collaboration to ''synchronize’’ the production of chips, based on its previously-announced, 28-nm low-power process.
DRAM makers to pay $173M in price-fixing case
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Some 32 states in the United States announced a $173 million settlement with six DRAM manufacturers who "conspired in an illegal global scheme to fix prices."
5 kV digital isolators replace traditional optocouplers in harsh application environments
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories introduced a line of 5 kV digital isolators designed to replace traditional optocouplers in harsh application environments and systems powered from universal mains supplies.
First look inside iPhone 4
Teardown  
6/24/2010   6 comments
You could call the new Apple iPhone 4 an iPad Nano because it uses at least six chips from the popular Apple tablet, according to analysts from UBM TechInsights that have done a teardown of the new smartphone, revealing it uses a MEMS gyro from STMicroelectronics.
Compact COM module combines low power, high processing
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
MEN Micro Inc. has expanded its ESMini family to include the MM50 that incorporates the high processing capabilities and power dissipation of PowerPC into a flexible, compact COM (computer-on module) board.
Aeroflex rolls single-box multi-RAT tester
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Aeroflex's 7100 tester now supports multiple Radio Access Technologies (RAT) including CDMA EV-DO and eHRPD as well as LTE to accelerate multi-mode cellular terminal device development for new LTE deployments.
QorIQ processors power COM Express computing modules
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power is offering modular single board computers (SBCs) based on the COM Express small form factor powered by Freescale Semiconductor's multicore QorIQ processors.
SerDes provides real-time bidirectional control for driver-assist cameras
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor unveiled its FPD-Link III family of automotive-grade serializer and deserializer (SerDes) chipsets featuring the industry's first real-time, bidirectional control channel for driver-assist video cameras.
Q1 smartphone market was 55 million units, says ABI
News & Analysis  
6/24/2010   2 comments
More than 55 million smartphones shipped during the first quarter of 2010, according to market researcher ABI Research.
China's $25 billion to boost domestic production, says analyst
News & Analysis  
6/24/2010   2 comments
LONDON — The Chinese government is preparing to spend $25 billion on wafer fabs to boost domestic chip manufacturing over the next five years, according to market research company The Information Network. This is set to boost the proportion of local demand met by domestic wafer fabs and diminish Chinese chip imports, the analysis firm said
MIPS to restructure, align with Android
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Processor IP licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. has announced a restructuring plan that will see it reduce headcount and incur a $1 million restructuring charge. The changes are expected to save company between $2 million and $2.4 million in annual expense, including the current financial year.
May chip sales show World Cup effect, says analyst
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for May is set to be called at $24.5 billion, compared with $23.3 billion in April and an all time record, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group.
Vishay extends power capacitors with capacitance values up to 2235µF
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is extending its heavy-duty Vishay ESTA HDMKP capacitors for power electronics with new capacitance and packaging options.
Serial RapidIO Gen2 switches double embedded interconnect performance
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Designed for use in the wireless infrastructure, defense, medical and industrial imaging, and professional video markets, IDT's Serial RapidIO Generation 2 (Gen2) switches double the data rate up to 20-Gbps, while reducing power by 40 percent and improving latency to 100 nanoseconds in cut-through mode.
Micro USB connector is 60% smaller than mini-USB devices
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Aimed at mobile phones, MP3 players, PDAs and digital cameras, FCI's latest connector complies with the physical, electrical and environmental requirements of USB 2.0 standard.
What's in a name?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/24/2010   7 comments
Xilinx has decided to rebrand its next generation FPGA families in a move driven by its future use of a unified and scalable architecture based on a 28nm high performance, low power manufacturing process.
Don't diss the LDO
Power DesignLine Blog  
6/24/2010   6 comments
The low dropout regulator is a valuable tool in the power-supply roster; don’t assume its "drawbacks" should automatically rule it out of your design.
Precision resistor arrays stabilize and enable miniaturization of electronic circuits
Design How-To  
6/24/2010   Post a comment
This article shows how thin-film chip resistor arrays can positively affect a circuit’s electric stability while at the same time minimizing the area required. Using the example of a voltage divider, the relative parameters “tolerance matching” and “TCR tracking” are explained and the temperature behavior of resistor arrays is discussed. In addition, it is shown how the tolerance and temperature coefficient of resistors can be controlled during the production proces
PCI Express 3.0 delayed until 2011
News & Analysis  
6/24/2010   3 comments
The PCI SIG has released an interim 0.71 version of the PCI Express 3.0 specification that supports up to 8 GigaTransfers/second and aims to start testing products for compliance in early 2011, about a year later than originally anticipated.
AMD x86 cores at Hot Chips
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
AMD is expected to steal the limelight at the annual Hot Chips conference when it describes two new x86 cores that mark the first major architectural advance for the company in several years.
Mentor Graphics Linux Freescale
Product News  
6/23/2010   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics has brought out its Linux platform supporting Freescale Semiconductor, which enables applications for Freescale’s QorIQ and PowerQUICC processors.
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied - Part 5: Audio coding systems and more
Design How-To  
6/23/2010   2 comments
Part 5 of an excerpt from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics," fourth edition, begins with a brief look at noise-reducing headphones and "mosquito" units and ringtones, and then delves into the ins and outs of audio coding systems.
The importance of frequency stability in electronic musical instruments
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
This article discusses the requirements, constraints and challenges in creating high-quality musical instruments using electronic components (both analog and digital) available today.
Group forms another 3-D chip alliance
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Another three-dimensional (3-D) chip alliance has been hatched.
VLSI ups fab tool outlook in hot market
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
The fab tool and materials industries are hot.
Will Spansion succeed or fail again?
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Spansion Inc. is looking to make a big comeback.
EV battery subsystem taps Maxim
News & Analysis  
6/23/2010   2 comments
A team competing for $2.5 million in the Automotive X Prize is in the final stages of developing a battery management system for their entry that they hope someday will power a range of commercial electric vehicles.
MIT researchers develop eye test using display
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
MIT researchers have developed an eye exam that can be carried out using a small, plastic device clipped to the front of a cell phone’s screen. Preliminary tests show results comparable to the more expensive aberrometer test for eyeglass prescriptions.
Europe funds ARM-based server research
News & Analysis  
6/23/2010   2 comments
The European Commission is part-funding a collaborative research project investigating the use of the ARM processor architecture in data centers
Internet radio comes to cars
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Livio Radio (Ferndale, Mich.) has unveiled a portable car audio player that takes Internet programming from the computer to the car stereo.
ISuppli: IC inventories still below average
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor vendors' chip inventory levels remain at low levels despite a small increase in the first quarter of the year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
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