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Achieving high efficiency with power switches
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1/12/2010   Post a comment
This how-to describes the general features of the asymmetric PWM half-bridge converters with current doubler and synchronous rectifier. In addition, one example with some experimental results, is shown using FSFA-series, Fairchild's Green Power Switches for asymmetric-controlled topologies.
What was hot, cold and in between at CES
News & Analysis  
1/12/2010   9 comments
Here's our take on what was hot and what was not at CES. If you attended, or have strong opinions based on what you have been reading, we invite you to chime in with your own picks and pans.
What was hot, cold and in between at CES
News & Analysis  
1/12/2010   10 comments
Here's our take on what was hot and what was not at CES. If you attended, or have strong opinions based on what you have been reading, we invite you to chime in with your own picks and pans.
Light guide film reduces number of LEDs in ultra-thin backlighting
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1/12/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies announced an ultra-thin, high brightness, light guide film (LGF) technology for backlighting mobile applications such as cell phones, handheld games and GPS applications.
U.S. recovery act funding quantum research facility
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
A new quantum research laboratory will be built in Maryland with $10.3 million in economic stimulus funding provided by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Italian aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell prepares for take-off
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
The first Italian and European Commission funded aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell is ready for take-off.
Analog ASICs show flattish CAGR, says Gartner
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
Revenue for application-specific analog integrated circuits (ICs) totaled $28.1 billion in 2008 and will reach $32.2 billion in 2013, according to a new report from Gartner. This corresponds to a CAGR of about 2.75 percent.
Easing the challenge of RF design (Part 2 of 2)
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
Designing in a wireless link need not be a nightmare--if you follow some simple guidelines
LCD control development platform targets human-machine interfaces
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
NEC Electronics Europe launches the 78K0R development kit designed specifically for the evaluation of the company's 16-bit 78K0R/Lx3 microcontroller.
Broadcom, Hillcrest team on wireless motion sensing
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Targeting the Internet TV crowd, wireless chip maker Broadcom has formed a joint venture with Hillcrest Labs to make wireless gesture recognition chips.
CES: 'Connected' Ford redefines 'the driving experience'
News & Analysis  
1/8/2010   3 comments
Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mullaly, at the Consumer Electronics Show, explains how Ford will balance a wave of new dashboard infotainment features with his company's emphasis on reducing "driver distraction" and enhancing safety.
COM Express module equipped with Intel's latest graphics core
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
ADLINK's latest Computer-on-Module (COM), the Express-MV, is based on Intel's Core2 Duo processor and GS45 chipset with Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, and is well suited for power sensitive applications.
MEMS oscillator maker raises $11 million
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Discera Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) announced it has raised $11 million in a series D financing round.
Virage Logic partners with IDT to provide its Sonic Focus software on PC codecs
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Virage Logic partnered with Integrated Device Technology to offer its Sonic Focus suite of audio enrichment software on the IDT codecs sold to PC manufacturers worldwide. This is to include the company's 92HD89X Power Smart audio codecs.
TI delivers high power, integrated Class-D audio amplifiers
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
Capable of driving 600 watts, the TAS5630 and TAS5631 Class-D audio amplifiers feature the highest stereo output power in the industry, more than twice that of the closest comparable devices, according to TI.
Linear Technology unveils harvesting solution piezoelectric transducers
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has unveiled a complete energy harvesting solution optimized for low energy sources, including piezoelectric transducers.
Single-chip demodulator/decoder for Internet-TV
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics announced the Sti7167, a single-chip demodulator/decoder for Internet-TV, terrestrial or cable set-top boxes, enabling economies of scale and time to market acceleration.
Resistive multi-touch single-chip controller targets advanced multi-touch screen market
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced an advanced multi-touch 'resistive' touchscreen controller chip to optimize the Bill of Materials of the electronics supporting the advanced multi-touch capability of smartphones, mobile internet devices and netbooks that feature touchscreens to support increasingly sophisticated 'apps' and games.
Hermetically sealed, very high precision bulk metal foil resistors
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
Vishay's latest generation of hermetically sealed, ultra-high precision bulk metal foil resistors features very low temperature coefficients and are manufactured to very high tolerances.
U.S. awards $47 million for R&D on IT energy savings
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
The Energy Department will fund 14 projects across the U.S. to develop technologies for improving energy efficiency in data centers and telecommunications networks.
Low power design is here to stay
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
Low power designs are here to stay, according to a Synopsys executive. A more robust verification strategy is to incorporate a voltage-aware, assertion and coverage based verification strategy that includes extensive power-on-reset and firmware tests.
Researchers make MEMS out of magnetic paper
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Researchers at Purdue University have impregnated ordinary paper with a mixture of mineral oil and iron oxide nanoparticles which can be moved using a magnetic field.
Researchers create single-molecule transistor
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Researchers from Yale University and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have successfully created a transistor made from a single molecule.
MEMS digital compass module combines accelerometer with magnetic sensor
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has integrated a 3-axis digital accelerometer with a 3-axis digital magnetic sensor in a single 5x5x1mm module, aimed at enhancing mobile navigation and location-based services.
Easing the challenge of RF design (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
1/4/2010   Post a comment
Designing in a wireless link need not be a nightmare--if you follow some simple guidelines
Why I am sometimes not so enamored of short RF links
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
1/3/2010   3 comments
The reliability of short-distance, simplex RF links can be a problem
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