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How to select power line polarity protection diodes
Design How-To  
6/30/2012   1 comment
Diode rectifiers are ideal solutions for automotive electronic power line protection and have several important parameters for these applications, including: Forward current, repetitive reverse voltage, forward surge current, and fusing rate.
DCD's D68000 IP core with Linux, MAC, and debugger
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6/30/2012   Post a comment
Digital Core Design announce a modern incarnation of the good old Motorola 68000 processor as an IP core for use in FPGAs and ASICs/SoCs.
Microsemi's advanced motor control algorithms for SmartFusion cSoCs
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6/30/2012   Post a comment
SmartFusion cSoCs (chips with MCU, programmable digital, and programmable analog) provide cost-effective solutions ideal for safety-critical applications.
New Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA-based Connectivity Kit
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6/30/2012   Post a comment
Use of pre-verified and integrated IP shortens time-to-market, reduces BOM, future-proofs high speed serial designs, and dramatically increases design productivity.
Kane's new Altera Stratix V-based Computational Accelerator
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6/30/2012   Post a comment
Kane Computing has announced that the Gidel ProcV PCIe x 8 (Gen3) computational accelerator board is now in production.
Multi-network support is now available for ZigBee PRO networks
Product News  
6/30/2012   1 comment
Ember claims to be the world’s first ZigBee technology provider to support multiple interconnecting networks on a single system-on-chip (SoC) or network co-processor (NCP) for Connected Home applications.
Single Chip SATA II DOM SSD meets multiple rugged app requirements
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6/29/2012   Post a comment
RunCore has launched what it claims to be the world’s first single chip SATA II DOM SSD for advanced embedded SSD solutions, the RunCore Mini DOM.
Our society is doomed...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/29/2012   50 comments
Someone just sent me a photograph that makes you think "I don’t know whether to laugh or cry"…
UMC looks to rebound with IBM license deal
Semi Conscious  
6/29/2012   3 comments
UMC is looking to increase its relevance with a license deal that means it could be the only pure-play foundry to offer a 20-nm low power process.
DoD's dubious achievement awards
Blog  
6/29/2012   20 comments
The Pentagon has announced its "value engineering" awards. The F-35 fighter program was not among the winners.
How to maximize the benefit of PFC technology for utility customer
Design How-To  
6/29/2012   4 comments
Global interest in Power Factor Correction (PFC) is increasing for several reasons. Electric utilities are beginning to build reactive power consumption into rate policies, not only just for large industrial customers, but also increasingly for smaller commercial customers.
What were they thinking: covering a bald spot
Blog  
6/29/2012   7 comments
Back to the pool of crazy patents this week and this is one for those with that dreaded bald spot that needs to be covered…
Best of the web -– June 29th
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6/29/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
UMC licenses IBM technology for 20-nm FinFETs
News & Analysis  
6/29/2012   9 comments
UMC said it licensed technology from IBM to expedite the development of its 20-nm CMOS process, including FinFET 3-D transistors.
Who recovers first? Panasonic, Sony or Sharp?
Blog  
6/29/2012   6 comments
Recent reports from Japan on new CEOs at Japan’s two consumer electronics behemoths – Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. – should make you feel both hopeful and weary at the same time.
Newport Media gets the ISDB picture in smartphones
News & Analysis  
6/29/2012   5 comments
Fabless chip company Newport Media has won design slots for its digital television receiver SoCs in smartphones and feature phones from Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and ZTE. The chips are specifically for reception of Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial transmissions, which are standard in Latin American and Japanese markets.
Future of CMOS hinges on mobile apps
Blog  
6/29/2012   18 comments
This year's VLSI symposium took a hard look at the future of CMOS chip technology and concluded that its future course depends on mobile applications.
Litho firm buys packaging patents from IBM
News & Analysis  
6/28/2012   2 comments
Ultratech, a supplier of lithography and laser-processing systems used to manufacture semiconductors, said it acquired the rights to a collection of chip packaging patents from IBM. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Micron reportedly strikes deal to buy Elpida for $2.5 billion
News & Analysis  
6/28/2012   15 comments
U.S.-based memory chip vendor Micron Technology has reached a deal to acquire bankrupt Japanese DRAM vendor Elpida Memory for roughly $2.5 billion, according to an English language report by Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
Google tries 'Made in the USA'
Blog  
6/28/2012   17 comments
Google says it is not making a political statement, but the company's decision to "design and manufacture" the Nexus Q in the U.S. will sound like a call to arms as it stakes out numerous fronts in an intensifying war for market share in the wireless devices market.
Marvell aims to be China chip leader
News & Analysis  
6/28/2012   10 comments
No, Marvell Technology is not moving to China. However, the U.S. fabless chip company wants to become “the largest semiconductor company in China,” according to a Marvell executive.
Is it real, or is it Photoshopped?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/28/2012   9 comments
These days we have all sorts of incredibly sophisticated tools at our disposal, both to create fake images and to detect them.
Mr. GPS leaves CSR
Blog  
6/28/2012   6 comments
When an executive resigns from a company, it is announced in a dry press release in which it says that Mr. XYZ “is leaving the company for personal reasons to spend more time with his family.”
Report: Qualcomm wafer fab not ruled out
News & Analysis  
6/28/2012   30 comments
Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, the world's largest fabless chip company, has not ruled out owning a wafer fab or putting large amounts of cash down to ensure the firm's supply of semiconductor chips, according to a Bloomberg report.
Nordic streamlines code in latest RF chips
News & Analysis  
6/28/2012   10 comments
Nordic Semiconductor announced the first members of its nRF51 family of 2.4 GHz RF chips that take a fresh approach to separating protocol and apps software.
U-blox makes LTE move, buys Cognovo and 4M Wireless
News & Analysis  
6/28/2012   2 comments
Swiss GPS and wireless chip company U-blox is acquiring 4G chip company Cognovo and LTE protocol licensor 4M Wireless for approximately $26 million.
Turning the speed dial
Blog  
6/28/2012   3 comments
With all the standards activity focused on making all sorts of electrical interfaces run faster and use less power, cost less and enable higher density, is it time to turn the speed dial up on the process?
Legislation seeks to relax restrictions on tracking fake chips
News & Analysis  
6/28/2012   12 comments
A House proposal seeks to reverse U.S. customs rules that prevent chip makers from examining fake chips to determine their authenticity. However, the bill is a long way from final passage.
Researchers report solid-state quantum leaps
News & Analysis  
6/27/2012   5 comments
Labs in the U.S. and Europe separately reported progress in adapting solid-state materials to store spintronic quantum states, a critical hurdle on the path to using spintronics in quantum computing.
Silicon Laboratories Si21x8 TV tuners
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories launched its fourth generation TV tuner product line, which includes devices that offer greater integration, lower power consumption and the highest tolerance to Wi-Fi and LTE interference.
Texas Instruments TPA3116D2, TPA3118D2 and TPA3130D2 Class D audio amplifiers
Product News  
6/27/2012   3 comments
Higher efficiency levels and lower BOM costs will make Texas Instruments' Class D devices more accessible to cost-sensitive applications, including the LCD TV market, soundbars, after-market automotive solutions and portable audio docks.
Bourns buy of Jensen Devices opens auto lamp play
News & Analysis  
6/27/2012   1 comment
Bourns, Inc. has completed its purchase of substantially all of the assets of Jensen Devices AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a design and manufacturing firm of gas discharge tubes.
Google launches 7-inch, $199 Android tablet
News & Analysis  
6/27/2012   27 comments
As expected, Google used the occasion of its Google I/O developer event to launch a 7-inch media tablet, made by Taiwan's Asustek, which will be available in mid-July starting at $199.
Firm of mature parts offers lead-free version of AMD chip
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Rochester Electronics, a manufacturer of mature semiconductors, has created a lead-free version of the AM188EM microprocessor.
China speed vs. China quality
Blog  
6/27/2012   30 comments
Many of my friends, colleagues and readers told me that a flood of comments posted by EE Times community members’ after each of my China stories is more revealing than my reporting.
U.S., European manufacturers join forces to compete with China
News & Analysis  
6/27/2012   56 comments
U.S. and European EMS providers are beginning to join forces as one way to compete with China's electronics manufacturing juggernaut.
New HyperLink DSP interface FPGA core from Integre Technologies
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Integretek core leverages proven Texas Instruments’ HyperLink technology connecting Altera and Xilinx FPGA designs to TI’s TMS320C66x multicore processors.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – June 27th
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Mentor, Synopsys, SMIC, Infineon, Cadence, Ambarella, Analog Devices, National Instruments and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Xilinx delivers PCIe Gen3 hard block and 1866 Mb/s DDR3 solution
Product News  
6/27/2012   1 comment
Xilinx integrated block for the PCI Express Gen3 standard accelerates productivity and increases system performance.
Making sounds with analogue electronics - Part 9: Sampling in an analogue environment
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Part 9 of an excerpt from the book "Sound Synthesis and Sampling" examines tape-based and other analog sampling techniques, such as 'bucket brigade' and acoustic delay lines.
Maxim pledges $200M boost for U.S. chip making
News & Analysis  
6/27/2012   2 comments
Analog and mixed-signal chip maker Maxim said it plans to spend $200 million to upgrade its wafer fabs in Oregon, Texas and California. The investment will also create additional manufacturing jobs.
The EC’s new marketing tactic? Sexism
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2012   30 comments
In what appears to be an institutional attempt to patronize and condescend to women everywhere, the European Commission’s marketing team has released a YouTube video of a group of giggly girls in lab coats, apparently manicuring their way to a science degree.
User-interface designers face integration challenges
Design How-To  
6/27/2012   Post a comment
Whether it's a cell phone or a test instrument, a product that does many things can confuse users if not properly designed
Analyze 802.11ac WLAN signals with bandwidths to 160 MHz
Product News  
6/27/2012   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz FSW-K91ac signal and spectrum analyzer offers T&M equipment required to generate standard compliant WLAN signals in the lab.
Aeroflex adds 802.11ac capability to S-Series line
Product News  
6/27/2012   Post a comment
New options support modulation schemes up to 256QAM.
Mega-cool micro-design contest
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2012   Post a comment
I just heard from that young man-about-town Richard Quinnell – the editor of Microcontroller Central – that he's running a micro-design contest.
GAO's portable DSOs span 25 MHz to 200 MHz
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Each scope has two channels, plus an external trigger channel.
Indian fabless startup seeks $20 million, say reports
News & Analysis  
6/27/2012   15 comments
Fabless mobile computing chip company Ineda Systems Pvt Ltd. (Hyderabad, India) is planning to raise $20 million over the next few months, according to local reports.
How to test carrier aggregation in LTE-Advanced networks
Design How-To  
6/27/2012   Post a comment
Implementing carrier aggregation in a network will mean that operators and infrastructure vendors will require a test mobile equipped with carrier aggregation, ahead of real mobile terminals becoming available.
Displayport, HDMI duel over mobile links
News & Analysis  
6/27/2012   2 comments
VESA’s Mobility Displayport will compete with Silicon Image’s MHL for which will be the interconnect of choice for high def video in handsets and beyond.
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