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Quanta uses Sequans' chips for mobile WiMAX devices
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
Taiwan-based original design manufacturer Quanta Computer, Inc. has selected the chips developed by French WiMax chip supplier Sequans Communications SA (La Defense, France) to build a new range of mobile WiMAX devices.
Electronics play noteworthy role in self-tuning guitar
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Electronics help Gibson's robot guitar tune itself, as a limited edition of 4000 Les Pauls are made available in time for Christmas.
Stereo codec integrates touch screen control and mic, headphone amp
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
The AK4673 low-power audio codec features a built-in microphone amplifier, touch-screen controller and stereo headphone amplifier for easy interfacing in portable designs.
Lime launches MicroTCA WiMAX transceiver platform
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
The transceiver has 6 user-selectable channel bandwidths from 1.5MHz to 14 MHz and can be digitally configured to operate in bands from 2 to 4GHz.
DSP weekend reader vol. 1 no. 2
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Here's a collection of the week's most important DSP articles. Enjoy!
India to be engine of Synplicity R&D, CEO says
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Synplicity is to hold flat on staffing in almost all of its 20 facilities worldwide, except its Indian center in Bengaluru, which it says will be doing at least half of the company's R & D activities, if not more, in the next five years.
LEDs shine as replacement for lightbulb
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Researchers create a better white light-emitting diode (LED) by embedding yellow, green and red luminescent nanoparticles into a fluorescent blue polymer matrix and pump the hybrid organic/inorganic material with a near ultra-violet LED.
Compromise reached at WRC over mobile spectrum
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
The World Radiocommunications Conference reached a compromise ahead of its final plenary that gives mobile service providers access to bandwidth now reserved for television broadcasts.
First Components : RF MOSFET allows lossless switching
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
First Components announces the lossless switching RF MOSFET KTK920T from KEC. The device can reduce the power consumption of TV sets such as DVD and VTR that have built-in tuners.
Designing a CMOS synthesizer RFIC
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Synthesizer design challenges the designer's analog and digital skills. Read on to learn more about designing a CMOS synthesizer RFIC.
Channel stacking switch technology for residential DBS reduces cabling and STBs
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
With channel stacking, multiple channels are transmitted on a single cable based on the demands from multiple STBs and tuners connected to that cable. A single cable drop from the outdoor unit provides each STB tuner with dedicated channels, eliminating the need for multiple cables.
OneSpin Solutions expands in Japan
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
Known for its formal verification solutions for ASIC and FPGA designs, OneSpin is expanding its business operations in Japan.
Optimized Mentor-MathWorks FPGA design flow
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
Mentor announces an optimized FPGA design flow between Precision Synthesis and MathWorks Simulink HDL Coder.
Agilent upgrades ADS EDA software platform with major enhancements
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has released its Advanced Design System release 2008 EDA software platform with productivity enhancements for high-frequency, high-speed electronic design.
Generate FPGA designs from M-code
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11/15/2007   Post a comment
You can use MATLAB M-files with the AccelChip synthesis tool to implement DSP on Xilinx FPGAs.
FPGA implementation of antique Friden EC-130 delay-line calculator
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
In which a student learning VHDL creates an FPGA-based implementation of this 1963 transistor/diode four-function calculator.
UnifiedLogic - a revolution in embedded system design
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
Imagine a futuristic embedded design environment -- in seconds you have access to a custom RTOS including drivers integrated with a hardware prototype -- believe it or not, it's here today!
Overcoming Audio Challenges in Flat-Panel TVs
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
Here's how digital audio processing and amplification can be used to overcome the obstacles to achieving high-quality audio from flat-panel TVs.
LED driver delivers high switch current
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
Catalyst's CAT4139 LED driver delivers high switch current up to 750 mA and drives LED strings up to 22 V.
IEPE accelerometer operates in high temps
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
Endevco says it has introduced the industry's first miniature, 100 mV/g, high-temperature IEPE accelerometer, designed for structural and component testing and monitoring in high-temperature environments.
SiGe launches 802.11n building blocks
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
The SE2537L and SE2581L power amps simplify design and reduce system bill of materials cost by as much as 30 percent.
RF receiver line covers 300-to-930-MHz frequency band
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
The two latest members of Melexis' RF receiver family are the MLX71120 and MLX71121, which are automotive-qualified ICs with dual RF inputs that allows the user to easily set up an antenna diversity scheme.
Xilinx announce latest and greatest MicroBlaze 32-bit soft processor core (and lots more "stuff")
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
New MicroBlaze 7.00 from Xilinx boasts mega-cool features like an MMU that enables commercial-grade OS support.
Single-conversion tuner for mobile TV achieves low BOM
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
The MAX2165 tuner from Maxim integrates all of the tuning functions along with an RF-tracking filter, low-noise amplifier, transmit-reject notch filter and programmable baseband, lowpass channel-selection filters into a small, 5mm x 5mm, 28-pin TQFN.
Utilizing FPGA-based circuit emulation to reduce wireless backhaul costs
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
Users of IP cores can implement all key aspects of a circuit emulation system on a flexible and compact FPGA-based platform.
Menta extends embedded FPGA family
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
French fabless semiconductor company Menta has introduced its second generation of embedded FPGA (eFPGA) technology IP that is said to be more suitable for SoC design.
HD interface IP cores target digital A/V applications
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
HD-PXL-1.3 transmitter and receiver IP cores extend TranSwitch's existing offerings in high-performance video interconnect applications.
RF amps power 802.11n
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
SiGe Semiconductor introduces two RF power amplifiers for 802.11n WiFi that aim to simplify design and reduce the system bill of materials cost by 30 percent.
Altera's Nios II FPGA soft processor core now available for standard cell ASIC designs
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
As part of an Altera-Synopsys collaboration, the Nios II processor core is now available as a DesignWare Star IP offering.
Sprint breaks up with Clearwire, ponders WiMAX commitment
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
With Sprint and Clearwire cutting the contractual knot that was only a bit more than a year old, what are we to think of WiMAX's prospects now—at least in the U.S.?
New IP to simplify FPGA development
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
Online FPGA IPNet and I/O modules from NI and collaborators simplify FPGA development by provide measurement, control, and processing IP.
Aeroflex adds JTAG/boundary scan option
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
The 5800 Series will feature as an option, the PXI-based SCANFLEX platform from GOEPEL Electronic, a leading vendor of JTAG/boundary scan solutions.
Only 42 shopping days remain till Christmas!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/13/2007   Post a comment
Eeeek, the sands of time are slipping through the hourglass ... what presents are we going to buy for everyone?
Programmable 12-bit DAC in 6-pin SOT-23 package
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
With potential applications ranging from GPS devices to hair dryers, Microchip Technology introduces a 12-bit DAC with integrated EEPROM in a 6-pin SOT-23 package.
Smaller than a kernel of corn ... FPGA available in 4x4 mm package
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
Portable applications will benefit from small footprint of Actel's latest low-power IGLOO FPGAs.
FPGA-based acceleration solution interfaces to Intel Front Side Bus (FSB)
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
The Xilinx ACP M1 FPGA-based accelerator is pin compatible to an Intel Socket 604 Xeon processor and is targeted for the new Intel Xeon 7300 series processors.
Anritsu : Microwave counter offers high stability at low cost
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
Anritsu announces the MF2400C microwave frequency counter, succeeding the company's MF2400B line.
SDR Basics Part 2: Receivers
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
This excerpt from the book "RF & Wireless Technologies" provides a sample of the comprehensive information available in this text. This part covers architectures, specifically receivers, for software defined radio.
DSP-based PFC chips claim lowest harmonic distortion
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
Marvell's digitally-based 88EM8011 and 88EM8041 power-factor-correction (PFC) controllers, for universal PFC front-end boost conversion, flyback converters, AC/DC LED drivers, ballasts, and TV/monitors, claim the lowest total harmonic distortion in the industry.
SRC selects Altera for next-generation MAP processor
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
SRC-Altera collaboration also provides floating-point compiler for SRC Systems.
Affordable acceleration for compute-intensive applications
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
DRC and Mitrionics plan to bring affordable supercomputing performance to new markets.
Polymer tantalum cap delivers higher voltage
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
Kemet Corp. says it has launched the industry's first 35-V rated surface-mount polymer tantalum chip capacitor.
Transistor delivers transition frequency of 70-GHz
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
This microwave NPN transistor from NXP offers a blend of high switching frequency, high-gain and low noise, making it suitable for a variety of RF applications.
Why aren't the values of SMD capacitors marked on the little rascals?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/12/2007   5 comments
A reader poises an interesting question for which I have no answer ... do you?
Under the Hood: XM radio receiver makes waves
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
Delphi's latest XpressRC satellite radio receiver adds color and light to its lineup of XM radios but still builds around a fairly long-lived chip set (at least in silicon years) with some modest tweaks to the platform.
MEMS breed a new batch of consumer-pleasing devices
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have revolutionized every industry that has adopted them, according to presenters at the MEMS Executive Conference earlier this month in San Diego.
Digital amp IC yields home theater sound from TV speakers
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
D2Audio Corporation has announced a digital audio amplifier IC for TV that it says will enable speakers inside flat-panel TVs to produce home theater sound without adding any additional cost.
Optimizing for instruction caches, part 3
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11/12/2007   2 comments
Part 3 of this 3-part series shows how to optimize code by modifying the placement of functions in memory.
Linkwitz on loudspeakers and room interaction
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11/10/2007   Post a comment
Loudspeaker and crossover designer Siegfried Linkwitz offers his thoughts on room-optimized stereo sound reproduction in a lecture and online presentation.
Infineon doubles speed of industrial drive controllers
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11/10/2007   Post a comment
Infineon has announced the XE166, a new family of real-time signal controllers (RTSCs) targeting industrial motor control.
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