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Smart junction blocks ease the automotive wiring squeeze: Part 2 - Enablers and advantages
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
Clever connector design and intelligent MOSFETs, with a proper PCB layout and thermal design, come together for a smart, fuse-and-relay-free junction block.
Lattice's embedded microprocessor available through open source
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
LatticeMico32 is a 32-bit soft microprocessor optimized for Lattice Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
Pragmatic Adoption of Formal Analysis
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
The ability to find bugs can be greatly improved by adopting an assertion based verification (ABV) methodology. ABV is a methodology that uses assertions to increase the productivity and quality of functional verification. ABV provides methods to specify properties and cover points.
Smart junction blocks ease the automotive wiring squeeze: Part 1 - The electronic distribution system problem and the MOSFET/IP solution
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
Applying technology and IP, junction block developers target both functionality and cost for a reliable design without any fuses or relays.
Understand basics of SPICE environment for circuit analysis and design, Part 2 of 2
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
Get a basic understanding of this vital circuit modeling, simulation, and analysis EDA tool
Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems, Part 3
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
Part 3 of this series provides an overview of some software radio systems that can be designed using today's high-performance FPGAs.
REVIEW: Reference design slated to ease diffused IR stereo audio
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
Designing a consumer audio system? Then check out this upcoming reference design for non-line-of-sight, high bit-rate infrared communications coupled with all-digital audio processing and hefty audio amplification. eeProductCenter's Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn offers his view.
Testing and Debugging DSP Systems, Part 6
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3/26/2007   Post a comment
Part six of this six-part series reviews the common bugs found in DSP applications, and outlines the different testing methods required to catch these bugs.
Understand basics of SPICE environment for circuit analysis and design, Part 1 of 2
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3/23/2007   Post a comment
Get a basic understanding of this vital circuit modeling, simulation, and analysis EDA tool
Lattice brings high-speed embedded SERDES to low-cost FPGAs
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3/23/2007   Post a comment
The 90nm LatticeECP2M FPGAs from Lattice Semiconductor are the industry's first to offer embedded SERDES I/O in a low-cost FPGA.
Mid-voltage power MOSFETS feature low switching losses
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at high-power, low-voltage power conversion applications, IXYS releases a line of mid-voltage power MOSFETS with ratings from 55 to 100 volts in proprietary ISOPLUS i5-Pak packages.
Testing and Debugging DSP Systems, Part 5
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
Part five of this six-part series introduces the concepts of real-time data collection and data visualization. It also explains how compiler options affect the debugging process.
For low-power design, speak two languages
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
It's looking like the impasse between camps supporting Common Power Format and Unified Power Format means that chip designers will need to familiarize themselves with both or hope that translators can make the task easier.
Developing an automotive electrical distribution system: Part 2 - Simulation and analysis ease design flow, cut warranty costs
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
Simulation and analysis techniques can be applied to an electrical distribution design flow to make it more efficient and less costly. Critical elements of such methods include early system simulation, interpretive analysis, FMEA, and component sizing.
8-input, 6-output video switch targets consumer and industrial apps
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3/21/2007   1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the FMS6502, an 8-input, 6-output video switch matrix suitable in consumer and industrial video applications including automotive in-cabin entertainment systems, HDTVs, flat panel displays and A/V receivers.
Single-ended design with Digital Amplifiers
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
In practice, single-ended amplifier audio performance data, including power-on pops, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), PSRR, and THD+N, are quite good with only a small degradation in audio performance from that of BTL.
Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems, Part 2
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
Part 2 of this popular series traces the use of FPGA products through several application examples, discussing how to take advantage of different design options.
390-volt ultracap powers heavy-duty transportation applications
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Maxwell Technologies introduces a 390-volt BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor module to provide scalable, easy-to-integrate, energy storage and power delivery solutions for heavy hybrid and electric vehicles.
Teardown that Prius!
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Check out this video to see what it's like to take apart a hybrid vehicle--in about one minute.
Handset display driver designers get creative
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
With the multitude of portable systems available on the market today sporting high-resolution displays with rich color depth, it takes effective trade-offs to optimize the design of the display driver ICs. As is the case with most semiconductor development projects, designers of display driver ICs will need to make informed choices if their product is to be commercially successful. They face many interrelated decisions to optimize a design for a particular end application.

Startup makes FPGA prototypes a snap
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Startup Eridon Corp. wants to help embedded-systems developers literally snap together an FPGA-based prototype, without their having to understand the hardware or even program the FPGA.

Design for Variability
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
At nanometer technologies, variability is rapidly becoming one of the leading causes for chip failures and delayed schedules. However, there is significant confusion about the term "variability" in the design community today.
Programming and optimizing C code, part 5
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Part five of this five-part series shows how to optimize memory performance, and how to make speed vs. size tradeoffs.
CSR brings virtual surround sound to Bluetooth
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3/16/2007   Post a comment
CSR expanded its portfolio of third-party software for its BlueCore5-Multimedia platform. The BlueCore5-Multimedia External is a single-chip radio and baseband IC for Bluetooth systems. The radio interfaces to up to 32 Mbits of external flash memory.
Testing and Debugging DSP Systems, Part 4
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
Part four of this six-part series explains how to use breakpoints, event triggers, and program traces to debug code.
Hard disk drive operates under harsh conditions
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
Fujitsu's MHW2040AC Parallel ATA (PATA) mobile hard disk drives (HDDs) operate under harsh conditions. This navigation series HDDs are said to withstand high shock, high temperature and high vibration environments.
Accurate Thermal Analysis of Chip/Package Systems
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
With the increasing complexity and power dissipation of modern electronic designs, controlling peak temperature and predicting the temperature profile on the chip early in the process is becoming critical for insuring system reliability. Low power design methodologies create their own thermal challenges, as they may generate "hot" and "cool" regions on the chip. Causes and soutions are explored.
Consumer and automotive electronics converge: Part 2 - A MOST implementation
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3/14/2007   Post a comment
To seamlessly move large amounts of audio, video, and control information to, from, and between electronic devices and automotive systems, a car needs to have a flexible and powerful communications backbone.
Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems, Part 1
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3/14/2007   Post a comment
This multi-part report discusses the strengths of FPGAs and how they can be optimally used in software radio systems. Part 1 focuses on the basic elements of a software radio receiver system.
IGBT Tutorial Part 2 - Static, dynamic characteristics
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3/13/2007   2 comments
In part 1 of this two-part article you got an up-close look at an IGBT device. Now, in Part 2, let's take a look at an IGBT datasheet.
4 steps for managing environmental compliance
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3/12/2007   Post a comment
Without a good set of tools, RoHS compliance management can quickly become a big headache for all parties involved. Following these four steps (including BOM scrubbing, data collection, compliance validation and declaration) is a good place to start.
Improve analog/mixed-signal simulator analysis using real-world, hardware-generated data
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3/12/2007   Post a comment
Gain valuable insight by combining simulation with captured, exported data. This tool should be capable of accepting real-world, hardware-generated data acquired using leading-edge instrumentation
Programming and optimizing C code, part 4
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3/12/2007   Post a comment
This fourth in a five-part series explains why it is important to optimize "control code," and shows how to do so.
Advanced interconnects drive intelligent vision applications: Part 2
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3/9/2007   Post a comment
Platform-centric methodology enables decoupling IP cores, early architecture exploration of data flow, and isolation of chip areas for rapid design updates. This part details socket monitoring, the interconnect environment, and seven vision-computing engines.
IGBT tutorial: Part 1 - Selection
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3/8/2007   6 comments
IGBTs are encroaching upon the high frequency, high efficiency domain of power MOSFETs. The industry trend is for IGBTs to replace power MOSFETs except in very low current applications. In part 1 of this two-part article you will understand what IGBTs are, the tradeoffs and how to select one. Part 2 takes a look at an IGBT datasheet.
After 25 years of DSPs, the 'Digital self' emerges--Part I
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3/8/2007   Post a comment
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its first digital signal processor, here is the first of four articles from Texas Instruments. The first in the series, this article reviews the advancements made by DSPs over the last two and a half decades and examines an emerging 'digital self.'
DSPs to go multicore
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3/8/2007   Post a comment
The digital signal processor market is moving towards multicore solutions in order to solve a host of new problems.
Testing and Debugging DSP Systems, Part 3
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3/8/2007   Post a comment
Part three of this six-part series explains how emulators control programs on the DSP through functions such as breakpoints and single-stepping.
Stand-alone LIN 2.0 transceiver IC exceeds 6 kV ESD protection
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Atmel's ATA6662 stand-alone LIN bus transceiver IC provides ESD protection exceeding 6 kV, and is targeted at electronic units for the harsh automotive environment including door modules, power seat controls, intelligent sensors, and other body electronic applications.
Design preservation with SmartCompile and Xilinx design tools
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Using design preservation techniques such as partitions and automatic name and topology matching, it is possible to reduce the time-to-solution by several months.
Advanced interconnects drive intelligent vision applications: Part 1
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Platform-centric methodology enables decoupling IP cores for parallel engineering with data flow design, early architecture exploration of data flows to characterize processor performance, and isolation of chip areas for rapid re-engineering of derivatives and updates.
REVIEW: Mixed-signal generators evaluate software-defined radios, radars, WiMAX, WiFi, MIMO, UWB
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Tektronix rolls out a single instrument that lets you generate high-resolution signals for testing both analog and digital baseband and IF circuits in mixed-signal devices. Tek's AWG5000 can test digital RF technologies such as software-defined radios, radars, WiMAX, WiFi, MIMO, UWB, and more. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
ARM tips plans for next-generation processor
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc, the licensor of processors and related intellectual property, has tipped sparse details of plans for a next-generation processor a follow on to the three processor cores the comprise the Cortex series.
8-bit MCU packs performance in small package
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has launched a highly integrated 8-bit microcontroller that combines a 25 MIPS CPU, 10-bit ADC and an internal +-2 % oscillator in a 3 x 3-mm package.
Vision system highlights new BMW electronics
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
New and upgraded automotive electronics, particularly lane departure warning, are key features of the new BMW 5 Series.
Faster verification is the goal at ST
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Laurent Ducousso, who manages intellectual-property (IP) verification for STMicroelectronics' Home Entertainment Division, is a man in a hurry. He's in charge of verification for multimillion-gate systems-on-chip (SoCs) that go into consumer products, which have to ship on time. He's succeeding, thanks to a transaction-level SystemC-based approach that both speeds things up and greatly reduces the overall bug count. But debugging and software verification remain challenging. Ducousso recently
The New Wave in Functional Verification: Algorithmic Testbench Technology
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Algorithmic testbench generation enables design teams to leverage the benefits of common testbench languages while providing a next-generation level of automation that increases functional coverage, which in turn, reduces overall testbench programming.
WiFi access point tailored for automotive apps
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
ACKSYS has expanded its offerings to the automotive wireless market with a WiFi-Bridge, Access-Point, Repeater (WDS) it is marketing under the brand-name WLg-ABOARD/N.
French startup tackles full-chip signal integrity
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Startup Coupling Wave Solutions is aiming to address chip design signal integrity challenges with software that can analyze noise from multiple sources and across a complete chip.

Under the Hood: The MP3 that broke new ground
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
In tidying up the Portelligent "morgue," which has product teardowns dating back to the early 1990s, an old gem resurfaced: the Diamond Rio PMP300 MP3 player. Check out David Carey's breakdown of one of the earliest MP3 players.
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