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Infineon licenses IR's packaging technology
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has licensed International Rectifier Inc.'s power management packaging technology, dubbed DirectFET.
Researcher gives update on Mars Rovers
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
The two Mars Rovers continue to explore the geology of the red planet, although one had a recent brush with death in a prolonged dust storm, said Jim Bell, a Cornell researcher who reported on the robotic vehicles in a keynote at the Power.org conference.
PC architecture integrates a media center 'on wheels' - Part 1: coding/decoding content, rights management, and HMI challenges
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9/27/2007   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.
AMCC readies 1-GHz embedded processor
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Based on the Power Architecture standard, AMCC's latest processor for wireless infrastructure and enterprise networking applications embeds a superscalar core that delivers a frequency ranging from 667-MHz to 1.2-GHz with 2.0 Dhrystone MIPS/MHz.
TSMC hit by legal setbacks
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9/27/2007   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California awarded UniRAM Technology Inc. some $30.5 million in damages concerning a legal case.
New addition to Synplicity's HAPS ASIC prototyping system
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
HAPS-51 delivers increased capacity, performance, and on-board memory for faster SoC verification.
EXP expansion modules for FPGA development boards
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Avnet Electronics Marketing has introduced three new EXP modules for EXP-enabled FPGA development boards.
Demystifying multithreading and multi-core
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Is multithreading better than multi-core? Is multi-core better than multithreading?
Ada development system supports VxWorks 653
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Aonix has released the ObjectAda RAVEN for Windows, its next-generation embedded Ada development system, targeting the Wind River VxWorks 653 multi-partition RTOS for PowerPC.
USB data acquisition devices offer 80 I/O channels
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
NI delivers several data acquisition devices that address high-channel count, portable and benchtop applications, and BNC connectivity.
How to turn every FPGA LVDS pair into a complete SERDES solution
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9/26/2007   7 comments
An innovative new technology called Align Lock Loops (ALLs) forms the basis for implementing fast, simple, and affordable chip-to-chip and board-to-board communication.
Loudspeakers: Effects of amplifiers and cables - Part 6
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
This series concludes with a discussion of multi-cabling, multi-amplification, system design, and the authors' opinions on claimed sonic differences among loudspeaker cables.
Virginia Tech team takes software route to system cooling
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Virginia Tech researchers $350,000 to develop thermal reduction techniques, based on program phase analysis, to prevent or control "thermal emergencies" in scientific applications and systems.
Readers respond to recent blog posts
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
A recap of reader feedback to recent blog posts on everything from subwoofers and tube audio to audio cables and fun with oscilloscopes.
CMOS op amps deliver low bias current, low noise
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Linear Technology introduces the LTC6081 and LTC6082 CMOS op amps with a 3.5-MHz gain bandwidth, low input bias current and low noise for precision instrumentation.
Ding Dong: Plasma is not dead, according to support group
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
According to the Plasma Display Coalition (PDC), through global manufacturing initiatives, investment in advanced technology and production capacity, the plasma display category is poised for growth as the industry enters the fourth quarter holiday sales season. The PDC sees 25-percent growth in 2007 because of "Full HD" models.
SerDes: A new definition?
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
The mission of engineers is to find a better way and that might be what Align Engineering has done with its Align Lock Loop (ALL) technology.
Designing RF remote controls for DTV products
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In the short history of television remote control units, several different schemes have been tried. Early examples from the 1950s used wires, a single beam of light and ultrasonic sound to change channels and control the volume. These have obvious limitations. For instance, the photoelectric cells in the light beam example couldn't tell the difference between a flash light, an ordinary table lamp or even sunlight. This could lead to some chaotic television viewing.
Controller supplies power to CableCard hosts
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Designed to supply power to CableCard 2.0 cards in CableCard host systems, the MIC2569YQS from Micrel supports both S-Mode (Single Stream Video) and M-Mode (Multiple Stream Video) through a simple-to-control parallel interface.
LED driver offers buck, boost or SEPIC configs
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Targeting applications using RGB LED backlighting or multiple strings of white LEDs, Supertex's HV9982 three-channel LED driver provides high LED current accuracy through closed-loop control of the output currents.
Fully integrated DTV audio codecs simplify signal management for flat-panel TVs
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic Inc. belives that it has greatly simplified the challenge of audio signal management within complex digital television system designs with the introduction of the CS42324 and CS42325 DTV codecs.
2.5-GHz WiMAX transceiver uses internal calibration
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Atmel has introduced a 2.5-GHz WiMAX transceiver with internal calibration that eliminates the need for external calibration circuitry or calibration software.
Alcatel-Lucent, Kyocera work on WiMAX mobile broadband
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Alcatel-Lucent and wireless handset manufacturer Kyocera Wireless Corp. (San Diego, California) have extended their collaboration with the signature of an agreement on the development of end-to-end WiMAX mobile broadband solutions.
Market watcher slashes chip forecast
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Market watcher iSuppli Corp. has cut its forecast of global semiconductor revenue growth in 2007 to 3.5 percent, down from its previous prediction of a six percent rise due to weakness in sales in the first half of the year that will not be offset by the current uptick in growth.
iSuppli cuts IC forecast
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
iSuppli Corp. has reduced its forecast of global IC revenue growth to 3.5 percent in 2007, down from its previous prediction of a 6 percent rise.
DRAMs to remain flat
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Thanks to a capacity glut, the DRAM market is projected to grow by 2.5 percent in 2007, according to iSuppli Corp.
Updated: SMIC's flash efforts slower than expected
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Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.'s efforts to enter the flash-memory market have apparently stalled, according to an analyst.
Audio amp reduces EMI, optimizes power
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor says it has introduced the industry's first single-chip 3-W mono Class D audio amplifier with spread spectrum technology and an integrated boost converter. This device enables portable products to operate at a constant output power even at low battery voltages.
0.8-µm superluminescent diodes replace high-power LEDs
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Anritsu's latest superluminescent diodes feature high precision with low coherent noise, high resolution with a wide spectral half width, and sharp directivity.
Pyxis Announces NexusRoute
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Pyxis Technology has announced NexusRoute, a DFM-aware, yield-driven auto router that comprehends and optimizes manufacturability and yield concurrently with the actual routing and timing closure process.
Automotive applications to drive microcontroller market
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Between 2006 and 2010, the market volume for automotive microcontrollers will expand about 63 percent, concludes a study from market researcher Frost & Sullivan. However, chip vendors need to consider the specific characteristics of that market.
Broadcom readies single chip 802.11n device
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Broadcom Corporation has started sampling a single chip 802.11n compliant device that is being made in a 65-nm CMOS process and integrates the power amplifier on chip.
150-W power conversion IC speeds energy-efficiency compliance
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Power Integrations has announced the TOPSwitch-HX AC-DC power conversion chip, which incorporates a 700-V power MOSFET, high voltage switched current source, PWM control, oscillator, thermal shutdown circuit, fault protection and other control circuitry onto a monolithic device.
Elektrobit interface tester supports WiMAX, LTE
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Finnish communications group Elektrobit has started selling to chip developers, equipment suppliers and network providers a bsestation interface tester that conforms to both mobile WiMAX and 3GPP Long Term Evolution specifications.
The future of TV and the end of programs: The ultimate convergence
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
A new free long-distance phone service from Pudding Media foreshadows the future of television. Convergence is not about what people will watch. It's about what's on the screen when they're not watching.
FPGAs look for a lingua franca
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
ESL tools have made FPGA design a lot easier, but the lack of a common design language means the learning curve is still too steep.
Toshiba exec: NAND is sold out
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. is unable to meet demand for its NAND flash memory devices and is sold out until December, according to Shozo Saito, president and CEO of the company's semiconductor unit.
Radio Basics for RFID: Modulation and Multiplexing
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9/26/2007   1 comment
While this book excerpt from The RF in RFID:Passive UHF RFID in Practice, focuses on RFID applications, it is an excellent primer for RF basics. This part covers modulation and multiplexing.
Native quad core finally hits x86 market
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
AMD's Barcelona, the first quad-core x86 processor, goes up against Intel's Core architecture. A look inside the chip, from its fundamental structure out to its architectural features, shows that while Intel has typically outperformed AMD's K8-based (Athlon 64) products, the new AMD chip will be on top until Intel ships its 45-nm Penryn processor.
Electronics hone racer's edge
Teardown  
9/26/2007   Post a comment
A teardown by Portelligent of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP racing motorcycle shows a system that melds cutting-edge electronics and communications technology human skill and instinct to both man and machine in good stead at track speeds in excess of 200 MPH.
Electric motorbike teardown
Teardown  
9/26/2007   6 comments
Vectrix designed its battery-powered VX1 motor scooter to go up against motorbikes from the likes of Honda and Yamaha. A teardown of the system shows how successful the company was at balancing performance with economy and low emissions.
Under the Hood: Sensor, processing at heart of DSLR
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
While digital SLR cameras have drastically improved, a look inside the Sigma SD14 shows what can be done through the blending of advanced image-sensor technology with high-performance, low-power digital signal processing.
Implementing solid security on a Bluetooth product
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
The first section of this article outlines the security features of individual Bluetooth components, and the subsequent section drills-down into the application component explaining the various types of Bluetooth security breaches and recommended solutions to thwart them from the product application.
RPI researchers grow 'nanoblades'
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a razor-like nanoblades that could have applications in energy storage and fuel cell technology.
SMIC delays Wuhan fab, says analyst
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has delayed the ramp of its 300-mm wafer fab in Wuhan, China, according to an analyst.
POL converters deliver 30 A
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
SynQor has expanded its NiQor family of non-isolated point of load (POL) converters with the introduction of the NQ15W50SGA30 device that delivers up to 30 A in the DOSA standard footprint and pinout.
DC/DC converters deliver up to 424 W at high voltages
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
The Bel Power division of Bel Fuse Inc. has released the GHBW53V08 series of 1/2-brick isolated DC/DC converters that comply with the IEEE 802.3af standard.
Traffic generator supports PCI Express 2.0 designs
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
LeCroy Corp. has introduced its next-generation high-performance traffic generator and exerciser for PCI Express 2.0.
ARM-based MCU supports real-time internetworking, IEEE 1588 spec
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
Luminary Micro has introduced 34 Stellaris MCUs that bring networking and expanded control capabilities for real-time applications.
Samples of tiny crystal oscillator ship in 48 hours
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
Vectron International has introduced its smallest crystal oscillator in a 3.2 x 2.5-mm hermetically sealed ceramic package.
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