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MOSFETs improve power efficiency
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba has expanded its power semiconductor line with the first products in a new family of high-speed switching MOSFETs that are said to significantly improve power efficiency for synchronous DC/DC converters.
EDA vendors unveil SoC design trimmers
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
EDA vendors announce new software tools that streamline the system-on-chip (SoC) design cycle and the semiconductor verification process.
Fundamentals of ISM-Band and short range device antennas, Part 3
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
Part 3 of this four part series on antenna fundamentals focuses on RF propagation for ISM-band and short-range antennas, specifically covering path loss and multipath propagation effects on the communication link.
Cypress tool adds support for capacitive sensing
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor rolled out version 2.2 of the company's PSoC Express development tool for programmable system-on-chip mixed-signal arrays. The new release adds support for Cypress's CapSense capacitive sensing solution and the company's WirelessUSB LP 2.4-GHz wireless radio-on-a-chip.
System simulation speeds application development
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Developing applications for a wide range of mobile terminals can be a major headache for software engineers. System simulation now provides a way to develop and test software running on a virtual platform long before the hardware is available. Mark Snook explains.
ADI chairman to chip industry: Provide solutions, not products
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
It's not enough to provide products or even technologies. The semiconductor industry must provide solutions, Ray Stata, co-founder and chairman of Analog Devices. Inc., told members of the India Semiconductor Association.
Under the Hood: Automated-home protocols proliferate
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
A home automation system typically comprises an intelligent electronic device network that monitors and controls the environment for the comfort and security of the residents. It may include such diverse functions as light and climate control, security and surveillance systems, multimedia home entertainment, and automated plant watering.
Indian researchers optimizing hardware for design reuse
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Indian researchers studying intermediate representation for hardware generation have reported some progress but added that it is too early to gauge the technique's potential.
Testing and Debugging DSP Systems, Part 1
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Part one of this six-part series introduces the hardware used for debugging, the debugging challenges facing DSP programmers, and debugging methodologies.
DSP Compensation for Small Loudspeakers
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2/15/2007   Post a comment
Small loudspeakers and noisy listening environments ruin audio quality and defeat advances in digital audio technology. Here's how psychoacoustic algorithms can help.
Can the ARM11 handle DSP?
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
Can ARM's latest core play the role of a DSP? Is it ready to take on video? BDTI's just-released benchmark results and analysis answer these questions.
A case for hard-wired TCP/IP offload
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2/13/2007   Post a comment
At 10-gigabit speeds, TCP/IP processing is accomplished by dedicated processing technology referred to as TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE). TOE technology performs compute-intensive TCP/IP protocol tasks, enabling greater network bandwidth utilization. Here are multiple approaches and potential solutions, building a case for hard-wired TCP/IP offload.
How to design an FPGA architecture tailored for efficiency and performance
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
How does an FPGA company decide on a particular architecture? The author walks us through the process used at Altera to develop the Adaptive Logic Module (ALM).
Use negative-swing analog switches for portable audio
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2/6/2007   Post a comment
Negative-swing-capable switches allow audio designers to use 0 V-biased audio amplifiers; this allows audio-source sharing between multiple speakers as well as multiplexing of multiple audio sources to a single speaker
Fixed vs. floating point: a surprisingly hard choice
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2/6/2007   Post a comment
Which is better: a fixed-point DSP or a floating-point DSP? The answer may surprise you--and so may the reasons. This article shows how to make the right choice, using two $5 DSPs as examples.
How to control input ripple and noise in buck converters
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2/4/2007   Post a comment
A number of relatively simple methods are available to reduce input noise and its impact on other devices. This article describes these sources of input noise and ripple and some basic methods to attenuate its occurrence.
Improve Hall sensor rotor-position measurements: Part 2
Design How-To  
2/2/2007   1 comment
This part gives a method that eliminates errors due to imprecise rotor angular position data from Hall sensors while improving control system performance in terms of reduction of torque ripple and total harmonic distortion of currents in the motor phases.


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