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GreenPeak launches ZigBee RF4CE USB stick
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7/30/2011   Post a comment
RF4CE reference design for plug-and-play USB stick for the integration of RF4CE technology in PCs and home entertainment applications like set-top boxes, TVs and media players.
Hittite releases automatic gain control products
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7/30/2011   Post a comment
The HMC992LP5E is well suited for AGC implementation in the 50 to 800 MHz frequency range in LTE/WiMAX/4G, microwave radio, VSAT, test equipment and sensor applications.
M/A COM expands CATV line with 8-way active splitter
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7/30/2011   Post a comment
Featuring a default-on loop-through path, the MAAM-010237 allows for access to the cable signal even when the CPE box is powered down.
Toshiba embedded NAND supports JEDEC's e-MMC
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Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has introduced a family of 24-nanometer (nm) e-MMC devices.
TI SRAM targets rad-hard apps
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7/30/2011   2 comments
The SMV512K32 is a high performance asynchronous CMOS SRAM organized as 524,288 words by 32 bits.
FDA defends 510(k) as debate begins
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7/29/2011   5 comments
Launching a public debate, U.S. regulators were quick to reject the conclusion of a report saying it should scrap its most widely used process for approving medical devices.
Intersil rolls AEC-Q100 qualified dual synchronous step-down DC/DC regulator
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7/29/2011   Post a comment
Device targets secondary power automotive applications such as infotainment, camera, and systems modules.
Free Cortex A-Series Programmer's Guide
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7/29/2011   2 comments
ARM recently released the Cortex A-Series Programmer's Guide which provides a gentle introduction to the ARM architecture used in Cortex A-Series processors, covering the main concepts that you need to know about the processor architecture and providing practical advice on how to write both C and Assembly Language programs that will run efficiently on an ARM processor.
Semtech SX8654/55/56/57/58 low-power 4/5-wire resistive touchscreen controllers
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7/29/2011   1 comment
Semtech's 4D touchscreen controller, which integrates proximity and pressure inputs with no additional components, is targeted at next-generation handheld applications.
NXP grew again in Q2; may decline in Q3
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7/29/2011   4 comments
NXP Semiconductors reported a sequential increase in product revenue for the ninth consecutive quarter, but said the streak could come to an end in the third quarter because of a pause in demand from automotive customers, slower-than-expected deployment of near field communications technology and global macroeconomic weakness.
It's a new TV season soon, and again, engineers are mostly missing
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7/29/2011   38 comments
Once again, it's doctors, lawyers, and police who get the attention; and maybe that's OK
Cadence lifts sales target after strong Q2
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7/29/2011   1 comment
Cadence Design Systems adjusted its sales target for 2011 after reporting revenue for the second quarter that beat consensus analysts' expectations.
NXP KMA210 position sensors for automotive applications
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7/28/2011   3 comments
NXP Semiconductors' new generation of automotive position sensors incorporates its latest magnetoresistive sensor chip and a signal conditioning ASIC developed using its advanced Silicon on Insulator (SOI) process technology.
Earnings: Maxim, LSI, KLA beat estimates
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7/28/2011   1 comment
Chip makers Maxim Integrated Products and LSI and semiconductor capital equipment vendor KLA-Tencor delivered quarterly results that exceeded analysts' expectations.
Trident signs IP license deal amid Q2 loss
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Trident Microsystems announced it reached an agreement to license some of its video processing technology and reported a narrower second quarter loss on sales that fell short of consensus analysts' expectations.
The Periodic Table of Programmable Logic – Rev #1
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7/28/2011   43 comments
Wow! Just yesterday as I pen these words I posted my blog suggesting that we might create a Periodic Table of Programmable Logic and I’ve been overwhelmed by the response…
Crystek CVCO55FLM-0137-0171 VCO
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
Crystek's latest VCOs contain an extra modulation port (TX modulation), making the family an smart choice for transmitter applications.
Silicon Laboratories' Si86xx digital isolators
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7/28/2011   1 comment
These new six-channel 5 kV digital isolators from Silicon Labs can replace optocouplers in industrial automation and drives, motor control and medical systems.
Tablets, smartphones hit sales of CE devices
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7/28/2011   7 comments
As sales of multi-function electronics devices like tablets and smartphones rise, sales of single-task products like MP3 players and digital still cameras are projected to decline or stay flat, according to IHS iSuppli.
Microchip MCP3903 analog front end for three-phase energy metering
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
Microchip's latest device includes six 16-/24-bit ADCs, integrated programmable gain amplifiers, low-drift voltage reference, phase-delay compensation and modulator output block.
SofCheck preps ParaSail parallel language
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7/28/2011   10 comments
SofCheck Inc., best known as a vendor of software analysis and verification technology and Ada Compilers, is working on a parallel programming language called ParaSail that has been presented at two learned conferences recently.
Consumer electronics turn to MEMS for gesture control, precision location
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7/28/2011   7 comments
Sharply falling costs, and greatly improved software to ease design-in, look to be about to enable the next generation of inertial sensor applications to distinguish mobile consumer devices.
Next iPhone looks to be an underachiever
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7/28/2011   23 comments
Apple's iPhone 5 may be little more than an incremental upgrade, analysts predict.
Avago AFBR-5972Z Fast Ethernet transceiver
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Avago’s latest small-footprint device offers reliable data transmission at up to 100 Mbps for industrial automation and renewable energy applications.
DIDO promises wireless breakthroughs
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7/28/2011   51 comments
A new white paper describes a wireless technology that can deliver more than ten-fold increases in spectrum utilization compared to today's cellular systems.
TSMC forecasts falling sales in Q3
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Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has announced that its net income fell in the second quarter and has forecast its revenue will decline by about 7 percent in the third quarter.
Using an MCU peripheral to wake up a capacitive touch-sensing device
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
When a capacitive touch screen goes into sleep or standby mode to save energy, how can you design the system to wake up quickly without degrading its performance or burning a lot of power. In an article on Embedded.com Nithin Kumar Mada and Harsha Jagadish of Microchip Technology describe two options: a traditional method and a new MCU-based method.
Datasheets.com: Finding the right part just got easier
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7/28/2011   24 comments
With the launch of Datasheets.com, EDN and UBM Electronics provide engineers access to over 185 million parts, with features such as comparison, parametric search, search save, and alerts.
Infineon profits as car woes no-show
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
Expected problems in the automotive supply chain failed to materialize for Infineon Technologies AG in the second quarter and helped the German chip maker turn in higher than expected sales and profits.
Composite supersets tame wiring harness engineering complexity
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
With many electrical options and physical variants in today's cars, potential configurations for a single platform may number in the millions. Thus the electrical distribution system harness is at the heart of the automotive complexity challenge.
VIA launches dual core VB8004 Mini-ITX Mainboard
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
VIA Technologies, Inc has announced a dual core version of the low power VIA VB8004 Mini-ITX board. Coupling the 1.6GHz VIA Nano X2 E-series processor with the VIA VX900 media system processor, the VIA VB8004 provides a high performance and highly scalable solution for advanced digital signage and gaming systems.
Lam sees steep decline in tool spending
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
Lam Research reported quarterly results that beat analysts' expectations but warned of a significant decline equipment spending that would cause its revenue to contract in the current quarter.
Atmel adds five SAM9 MCUs with DDR2 support, enhanced LCD control, soft modem implementation
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has added five new devices to the Atmel SAM9 ARM926-based family of microcontrollers (MCUs): the SAM9G15, SAM9G25, SAM9G35, SAM9X25, and SAM9X35.
Portable COTS test interface brings lab capabilities to the field
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
Field-portable test and simulation unit gives users a comprehensive menu of interface options.
Ruggedized six-channel power supply sports VITA 62 power connector pin-out
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
MIL-STD-810F-compliant 3U VPX power supply generates 400 W for land, sea, and air defense applications.
ZigBee gets gateway specification
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7/27/2011   12 comments
The ZigBee Alliance has released ZigBee Gateway, its tenth standard and the first in a new family of planned ZigBee Network Device standards.
Researchers to link brain, artificial limbs
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7/27/2011   12 comments
Four universities won a $1.2 million grant to develop prosthetics that deliver sensory information to patients and can be controlled by their thoughts.
IEEE publishes 'white space' WRAN standard
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7/27/2011   6 comments
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has published the 802.22 standard for Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRANs). The standard covers broadband wireless access at up to 22-Mbps per channel over distances up to 100 kilometers from a transmitter without interfering with terrestrial television broadcasts that use the same part of the spectrum.
Periodic Table of Programmable Logic
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7/27/2011   12 comments
Now here’s something you don’t see every day…
Op amps in small-signal audio design - Part 3: Selecting the right op amp
Design How-To  
7/27/2011   7 comments
In Part 3 of an excerpt from the book "Small Signal Audio Design," Douglas Self examines various op amps and their key performance specs from a perspective of audio design.
ST-Ericsson to close R&D sites
News & Analysis  
7/27/2011   12 comments
Mobile chip company ST-Ericsson is set to close R&D sites as part of the latest round of restructuring, according to CEO Gilles Delfassy. A site in Basingstoke, England, has already been earmarked for closure with a loss of up to 139 jobs, according to a local report.
MIT Professor uses ESL tools and FPGAs to teach system architecture
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7/27/2011   3 comments
Using modern design tools and development platforms – it is possible to quickly express and evaluate alternative architectures so as to come up with optimal implementations.
TI touts 3-D packaging technology
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7/27/2011   9 comments
Texas Instruments said it has shipped more than 30 million power management devices featuring its PowerStack 3-D packaging technology, which the company says offers performance, thermal, power consumption and board space advantages compared with conventional packaging technologies.
Measure propagation delays using time-domain reflectometry
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TDR beats active probes for high-speed delay measurements.
Spread-spectrum clocking reduces EMI in embedded systems
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7/27/2011   3 comments
PCI Express technology incorporates the use of spread-spectrum clocking to reduce EMI.
ADI invests $70 million in Irish R&D
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The Industrial Development Agency of Ireland (IDA Ireland) has announced that chip company Analog Devices Inc. is embarking on a 50 million euro (about $70 million) R&D investment program at its Raheen campus near Limerick.
Israel offers Intel $290 million to expand
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7/27/2011   11 comments
The Israeli government is offering semiconductor giant Intel up to 1 billion shekels (about $290 million) to expand its manufacturing operations in the country, according to local reports.
DRAM price declines suggest tough second half
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7/27/2011   5 comments
The contract price of 2-GB DRAM modules has decreased nearly 16 percent in July compared with June, a warning sign that the DRAM market outlook for the second half of 2011 could be bleak, according to DRAMeXchange.
Research points to vulnerability in Xilinx FPGAs
Semi Conscious  
7/27/2011   1 comment
A recent paper published by a team of German researchers concludes that the bitstream encryption mechanism of Xilinx Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGAs can be "completely broken with moderate effort" through side-channel analysis attacks, posing a potential risk of IP theft and more serious issues.
Pro audio techniques applied in mobile devices to improve sound quality
Design How-To  
7/27/2011   9 comments
This article describes various techniques that can be applied to solve the challenge of achieving good sound quality from the small low-profile speakers in mobile devices, and how they can aid in improving communication as well as entertainment.
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