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The Great EDA Cover-up
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
Functional verification is an art, or so we are told. New technologies emerge that inject a dose of science into the process and these can make the process more predictable, increase efficiency and lower overall verification costs. This article exposes problems with current coverage metrics being used and looks at some recent advances that can make them more objective.
Codecs ante up for better audio
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
Analog IC makers are heeding the call from consumer electronics manufacturers for audio chips that offer lower power consumption, enhanced noise filtering and other features that enable high-fidelity sound.
Using the ARM Cortex-R4 for DSP, part 2: Software optimization
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11/26/2007   2 comments
BDTI explains how to work with the Cortex-R4's pipeline, instruction set, and SIMD capabilities to optimize its performance.
RF Technology Roundup 2007: UWB
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
It's been a pretty big year for UWB news, products, and design on the RF DesignLine. This Roundup includes an interview with Roberto Aiello, CTO of Staccato Communications.
DSP weekend reader vol. 1 no. 3
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11/24/2007   Post a comment
This week: Cortex-R4 benchmarks, multicore DSP guide, LabVIEW tips, and a lossless audio tutorial.
LDO regulators tout ultra-low noise, extend battery life
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11/23/2007   Post a comment
The AS1358/59/61/62 LDO family from austriamicrosystems delivers ultra-low-noise performance.
Double-digit growth seen for in-car data bus systems
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11/23/2007   Post a comment
market for automotive networking nodes will grow at a pace of 14 percent annually to almost $1 billion, predicts market researcher Strategy Analytics. However, not all protocols will have a chance to get under the hood of future cars.
Multicore DSP design guide
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11/23/2007   Post a comment
Here is a collection of articles on multicore DSP design. Be sure to bookmark this page--it will be updated as new articles appear.
Tip: Overcoming multicore programming challenges with LabVIEW
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11/22/2007   Post a comment
Here's how LabVIEW handles thread synchronization seamlessly, and how visual debugging tools further aid in developing parallel software.
Lossless Compression of Audio Data - Part 1
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
Part 1 of this series focusing on lossless audio data compression offers an introduction and overview of the technique, and a discussion of some of its key principles.
50-channel GPS module acquires satellites in less than 1 second
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
u-blox AG has launched a pair of GPS modules called u-blox 5 that is based on its fifth generation positioning engine.
Compact DVB-H external antenna targets wireless devices
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
Pulse's digital video broadcast handheld (DVB-H) planar printed wire board (PWB) antenna offers a compact design and operates at a frequency range of 470- to 750-MHz.
Ethernet and Multimedia Applications - The History and the Future - Part 1
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
Ethernet audio video bridging (AVB) is a new IEEE 802 specification, under development, that provides bandwidth and latency guarantees for interactive multimedia applications.
Infineon unveils next-generation LTE RF transceiver
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
Measuring just 5 x 5 mm in a WFSGA-81 package the SMARTi LTE helps provide high data rate uplink and downlink connections for upcoming LTE network field trials.
OSRAM to launch super-bright single-chip SMT LED
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors plans to launch its Diamond DRAGON super-bright LED in January 2008. The LED features brightness of up to 250 lumens, and will be available in whites ranging from 2700 K to 6500 K as well as all monochromatic colors.
Driver amplifier eliminates external components
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband has introduced a two-stage feedback driver amplifier in a 3 x 3-mm surface-mount QFN package for a variety wireless infrastructure, instrumentation, satellite communications and defense applications.
picoChip : WiMAX reference design supports Wave 2
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
picoChip announced the PC6532 Wave 2 femtocell, the next version of its industry-standard WiMAX basestation reference design.
Tip: Using data parallelism in multicore LabView
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
Here's how to use data parallelism to speed up inherently serial tasks when running LabView on a multicore CPU.
Agilent EEsof offers free webcast on SDR design
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11/21/2007   Post a comment
If you are designing SDRs for military or commercial applications, consider checking out this informational webcast.
Panel debate: Open OS for cell phones? Not yes/no but how/when?
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
The Open OS rebellion will shake things up in terms of cellular pecking order far more than technology clashes such as WiMAX vs. LTE.
How to simplify debugging and documenting wireless applications
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
PC-based analyzers that stream capture buffer data into a PC's memory simplify the mundane task of capturing data and greatly reduce post-processing and analysis time.
"Green" power switches boost quasi-resonant designs
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
PWM/SenseFET ICs in valley switched, CCM/DCM design boasts significant performance gains over discrete solutions
FET amplifier targets broadband wireless access market
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
The SM2527-47L solid-state GaAs FET amplifier from Stealth Microwave is aimed at the broadband wireless access market.
Fingerprint sensor firm releases biometric processor
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
Fingerprint Cards AB (Gothenburg, Sweden) has released a fingerprint biometric processor ASIC, the FPC2020. The FPC2020 acts a data processing subsystem to the FPC1011C sensor and links to the sensor and to external flash memory for storing fingerprint templates.
Freescale establishes innovation center in India
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor, which has been designing chips and developing software in India since 1998, will next establish an International Center of Excellence for Innovation in India.
Small and easy-to-use FPGA boards for interfacing and control
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11/20/2007   3 comments
No, I'm not TELLING you what they are ... I'm ASKING you for your advice!
Mass market makes a MEMS move
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
Bosch-Sensortec, STMicroelectronics and Freescale are the top three MEMS chip makers, and all entered the mass market for MEMS chips in consumer-electronic devices, as multiple functions and multiple sensors get integrated.
France gets its first 5.8GHz WiMAX network
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
Deployment starts in December 2007 and Sloka Telecom's WiMAX equipment is powered by Wavesat's chipset.
Portable spectrum analyzer operates up to 7.5 GHz
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
Boonton has introduced its 9103 handheld spectrum analyzer that operates at frequencies up to 7.5 GHz for applications in the communications industry.
picoChip's femtocell reference design supports WiMAX Wave 2, IO-MIMO
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
The company claims it is the first to deliver an integrated PHY and MAC Wave 2 solution in a single chip -- the picoArray-based PC205 processor.
Panel potentiometers target music industry applications
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
BI Technologies' panel potentiometers, offered in a wide range of sizes and configurations, target applications in the music industry including amplifiers, electronic mixing boards, and electric guitars.
ARC decoder IP extends MP3 battery life
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
ARC International has started sampling an MP3 decoder core for its Sound Subsystem that operates at under 7 MHz and dissipates less than 0.46 mW of power.
u-blox : GPS module offers 1s acquisition time
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
u-blox announces two GPS modules that set new benchmarks in terms of speed, sensitivity and ease of integration. The LEA-5 GPS module series is based on the company's fifth generation positioning engine, u-blox 5, which boasts an acquisition time of less than one second.
SDR Basics Part 3: Transmitters
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
This book excerpt provides a sample of the comprehensive information available in this text. The book aims to be a complete desk reference and features input from numerous industry-leading experts. This part covers transmitters for software defined radio
Multicore success hinges on IPC
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11/20/2007   Post a comment
Multicore processors share a common problem: providing efficient inter-processor communication (IPC). Here are some ideas for tackling the problem.
TFFC LED delivers 200 lumens in cool-white at 1000-mA
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
The LUXEON K2 with thin-film flip chip (TFFC) technology is the only LED designed, binned and tested for standard operation at 1000-mA and capable of being driven at 1500-mA.
New home nets rise as MoCA gains traction
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Just as the Multimedia over Coax Alliance is gaining traction with a handful of service providers, a new standards effort and a startup are responding to a call for next-generation gigabit home networks.
Actel's IDE enhanced by software from Verific Design Automation
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Verific's Verilog and VHDL parsers, analyzers, and elaborators integrated into Actel's Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE).
IP licensing fosters design flexibility
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Emerging automotive electronics design model "decouples" supplier choice from technology choice, while advancing industry standards.
Actel Libero IDE v8.1 features power analysis and power-driven layout
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Battery-life estimator in Actel Libero IDE v8.1 provides valuable analysis for portable designers.
Avnet Electronics Marketing releases new Virtex-5 development kits
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
New development kits from Avnet Electronics Marketing support the LX50T, LX110T, SX50T, or SX95T Virtex-5 devices.
CSR delivers reference design for Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
With an eBOM of under $10, BlueCore Player lowers the bar on component cost.
CMOS IC drives power MOSFETs, IGBTs
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at tough power switching applications in power systems, IXYS Corp. has launched the 5 series of 2A to 14A low-side gate drivers.
Rail-to-rail amplifiers deliver speed, precision
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Linear's dual and quad amplifiers combine speed, precision and low power in a tiny DFN package.
Bluetooth MP3 player design achieves under-$10 electronic BOM
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
CSR has introduced a Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player reference design with an electronic bill of materials of less than $10.
AM/FM radio receivers offer short-, long-wave band coverage
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has expanded its broadcast audio product line to include what it is touting as the industry's first fully-integrated AM/FM radio receivers with short-wave (SW) and long-wave (LW) band coverage.
Wireless and autism -- where is the link?
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
We have had scares about cellular phones and cancer and more recently suggestions that Wi-Fi causes all kinds of nausea and illnesses. Now a couple of scientists are warning that wireless networks may be responsible for accelerating the rise of autism in children.
Greenpeace: iPhone not green enough
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Environmental pressure group Greenpeace recently sought to upstage Apple’s grand party to launch its iPhone in Europe by warning that the phone is not as “green” as it could be.
CSR design targets low cost MP3 players
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Bluetooth chip pioneer CSR plc (Cambridge, England) has started shipping a single chip MP3 reference design platform with an electronic bill of materials (eBOM) of less than $10.
Using the ARM Cortex-R4 for DSP, part 1: Benchmarks
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11/19/2007   1 comment
BDTI explains the DSP features of the Cortex-R4, reveals its benchmark results, and shows how the Cortex-R4 stacks up against other ARM cores and against the competitors.
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