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Are Red, Yellow, and Blue primary colors?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2007   Post a comment
If printers use Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow (CMY) inks as primary colors, why do art teachers at high school say that the primary colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue (RYB)?
UWB test: Call for participation
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9/30/2007   Post a comment
I'm happy to report that an unbiased performance test is being coordinated by industry expert Fanny Mlinarsky, a highly-regarded consultant with more than 24 years of senior R&D expertise in wireless technologies.
PRODUCT HOW-TO: Quick Logic's PolarPro has designs on handheld devices
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9/29/2007   Post a comment
QuickLogic's PolarPro programmable platform is used to lower power and improve device interoperability in a handheld mobile device design.
PRODUCT HOW-TO: Using high side driver ICs to simplify machine control error monitoring
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9/29/2007   Post a comment
High-side drivers such as the iC-Haus iC-JX can simplify the monitoring and handling of errors in decentralized machine control units with intelligent peripherals addressed by buses.
Applying a motor-controller IC for buck-boost conversion
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9/29/2007   1 comment
This non-inverting buck-boost converter design will provide higher efficiency than traditional SEPIC or flyback topologies traditionally used for the task.
Barantec names Switches Unlimited as a new distributor
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Barantec has named Switches Unlimited as a new distributor to sell its piezo switches, keypads, and custom interfaces.
Voltage references deliver high accuracy, low temp drift
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced a family of low-power voltage references that feature high accuracy and low temperature drift in a SC70-3 package.
PoE interface controllers eliminate external power supplies
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has launched two families of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) interface controllers for networked devices.
Mouser, Epson Electronics sign distribution agreement
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Electronic component distributor Mouser Electronics has signed a distribution agreement with Epson Electronics America (EEA), a supplier of semiconductor products that include integrated circuits, timing devices, and LCD controllers.
Power couple reconciles
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
IBM and Freescale, which had a parting of the ways after co-developing the Power microprocessor in the 1990s, have reunited their efforts through the Power.org group.
New cable eases data-center crunch
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Quellan Inc. and W.L. Gore & Associates have collaborated on a new copper interconnect for data center systems that the duo claims will significantly reduce power, size and latency while extending reach.
Falling ASPs for TV ICs impact revenue growth
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
While revenue for TV IC manufacturers declined 3 percent quarter-to-quarter due to ASP margin declines in second quarter 2007, TV IC shipments increased 12 percent quarter-to-quarter and 51 percent year-to-year, according to DisplaySearch.
Power adapters meet CEC, Energy Star approvals
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Astrodyne's 15- to 63-watt desktop external switching power adapters -- the SPU16, SPU25 and SPU63 series -- meet CEC, Energy Star approvals.
Agilent Technologies Updates ADS
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Agilent announced availability of the Update 3 release of its Advanced Design System (ADS) high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA) product.
Analog switches deliver low on-resistance, low leakage
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has released five low-impedance, high-voltage analog switches with on-resistance as low as 10 ohms for audio, video, and data switching applications.
Nanotubes help detect, repair wing cracks
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have demonstrated the ability of carbon nanotubes to enable the self-healing of defects in aircraft wings and other polymer composites.
Updated: Emerson buys Motorola's embedded comms group
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
One of the oldest and most well established names in embedded computing, Motorola's Communications Computing group, is being acquired, for $350 million in cash, by Emerson.
PC architecture integrates a media center 'on wheels' - Part 2: building a unified system and connecting it to portable devices
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Consumers increasingly want to plug-in a myriad of devices in their cars--requiring a high level of integration between vehicles, content, applications, and the devices themselves. A PC-compatible system offers performance, flexibility, connectivity, and scalability to meet today's, and future, infotainment needs.
Singapore's Temasek targets Malaysian automation firm
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Temasek Holdings, the Singapore government's investment arm, appears set to expand its footprint in the regional electronics industry.
Analyst cuts AMD forecast amid MPU snags
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
A research firm has lowered its estimates on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) amid possible snags with its new microprocessor line.
Filters provide EMI/RFI and ESD protection
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Inc. (AOS) has introduced multi-line EMI filters to protect next-generation cellular handset devices from EMI/RFI and ESD.
AMCC to cut headcount by 4 percent
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Amid a slowdown, Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) has cut its headcount, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Sony, Toyota merge LCD ventures
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Japan's Sony Corp. and Toyota Industries Corp. have consolidated two LCD joint ventures in an effort to cut costs.
Letter to the editor: Why does FSA have IP metric?
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
I recently read your article and Lisa Tafoya's response about the IP landscape.
3Com sells itself for $2.2 billion
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Private equity group Bain Capital has teamed with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei to acquire, for $2.2 billion in cash, computer networking group 3Com.
Understanding dissipation, thermal resistance, and IC temperature (Part 2 of 2)
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9/28/2007   1 comment
Ensure that your IC won't overheat by analyzing its thermal parameters and performance
FPGA Physical Synthesis, Part II
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Andy Haines replies to my blog on FPGA Physical Synthesis.
First Solar to expand in Malaysia
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
High-flying First Solar Inc. has approved the construction of an additional solar cell manufacturing plant in Malaysia.
Wipro acquires Oki's wireless design arm
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Wipro Technologies has signed an agreement with Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. of Japan to acquire Oki Techno Center Singapore.
Alcatel-Lucent, Intel team on interoperability testing
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Alcatel-Lucent announced it has extended its collaboration with Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.). This comes a few days after the signature of an agreement with California-based Kyocera Wireless Corp on the development of end-to-end WiMAX mobile broadband solutions.
Wideband log detector delivers high dynamic range up to 10 GHz
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced its fourth logarithmic detector/controller product, which is ideal for RF power measurement and control in cellular/PCS/3G, WiMAX, WiBro, fixed wireless, radio link and radar applications over the full 1 MHz to 10 GHz frequency range.
IMEC sets new record for 9bit, 50 MSamples/s SAR ADC with a figure of merit of 65 fJ
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
An ultra-low power (0.7 mW), high-speed (50 MSamples/s) analog to digital converter (ADC), presented by IMEC at this year's ISSCC conference, achieves a figure of merit of 65 fJ per conversion step. This is 2.5 times better than the best ADC of this kind ever reported in research papers and an order of magnitude better than the best commercially available ADC IP blocks in 90nm CMOS.
NXP, ASE joint venture ASEN starts operations
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
The name of the joint assembly and test venture between NXP Semiconductors and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is to be ASEN, the companies said as they announced the deal has been completed.
Thin-fim low-pass filters target space sensitive applications
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
State of the Art's latest low pass filters come in a sub-miniature case size and are available on 99 percent alumina substrate constructed using high stability thin film planar technology.
Occam to pick up assets of Terawave
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Occam Networks is buying some of the assets assets of PON pioneer Terawave Communications.
Video analytics: Content analysis in security and surveillance applications
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Video content analysis (VCA), also known as video analytics, electronically recognizes the significant features within a series of frames and allows systems to issue alerts when specific types of events occur, speeding real-time security response. In addition, VCA automatically searches the captured video for specific content.
Mosel Vitelic enters solar market
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9/28/2007   Post a comment
Taiwan chip maker Mosel Vitelic Inc. is apparently entering the solar-cell market.
Embedded software stuck at C
Design How-To  
9/27/2007   1 comment
Embedded software developers are slowly moving to multi-core architectures, but they lack needed standards and will make the transition without much help from parallel programming languages, said a panel of embedded software experts at the Power.org conference.
USB 2.0 connectors meet automotive requirements
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
FCI offers two USB 2.0 connectors suitable for automotive multimedia systems.
Dual differential ADC drivers deliver low noise, low harmonic distortion
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
The ADA4937-2 and ADA4938-2 dual differential ADC drivers from Analog Devices are said to improve system performance of data acquisition systems in industrial and communications applications.
Can you invent a better smiley?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/27/2007   Post a comment
Following my earlier blog on "The 25th Anniversary of the Smiley", one reader suggested a rather clever new design, which set me to wondering...
TEL rolls CVD tool for high-k
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Japan's Tokyo Electron Ltd. is expanding its efforts in the emerging high-k equipment sector.
Ultra-small charge pumps target cell phones
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Semtech has released its SC62X family of ultra-small and highly programmable charge pumps for providing power to LCD backlights, LED flash and camera modules in mobile phones.
LED driver integrates analog, PWM dimming control
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Maxim has introduced the MAX16812 high-voltage, switch-mode, high-brightness (HB) LED driver with analog and PWM-dimming control for automotive and other lighting applications.
Comsys delivers cellular/WiMAX reference designs
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Both platforms offer complete hardware and software integration, including the capability to operate with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS modules.
Remote junction temperature sensors housed in SOT23
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments said it has introduced the industry's smallest remote junction temperature sensors with a built-in local temperature sensor in a SOT23 package.
Researchers seek to patent 'memory doubler' algorithm
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
A new "memory doubler" algorithm for embedded RAM has been invented by NEC Laboratories America Inc. and Northwestern University.
TI targets e-passport market with FRAM-based security chips
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments said it will enter the secure government ID market with products built around ferroelectric memory and microcontroller technologies.
Avnet pays $80 million for Acal's IT solutions unit
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Avnet, Inc. has bought, for £41 million (about $80 million), the IT Solutions division of British distributor Acal plc. Acal said it would now focus on its two other divisions, electronics and parts services, and that some of the proceeds would be used to seek strategic acquisitions to expand these groups.
Infrastructure DSPs for the triple-play era
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Emerging voice/data/media networks require a combination of high performance and high-speed IO. Here's how to pick a DSP that will do all this and provide a cost-effective solution to boot.
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