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Signal Chain Basics (Part 15): Analog/digital converter--dynamic parameters
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5/31/2008   Post a comment
Understand the dynamic (ac) parameters of the basic analog-to-digital link
A matter of light, Part 3---When to boost and buck-boost
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5/31/2008   2 comments
In this third installment, we investigate larger LED displays and the applications space for other converter topologies
Stollmann adds EDR features to its Bluetooth development kit
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5/30/2008   Post a comment
BlueFace+MPA now supports HFP 1.5, eSCO, and the current version 2.1 of the Bluetooth spec in addition to the SPP and A2DP profiles.
Lorlin : Metal keypads come with or without illimunation
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5/30/2008   Post a comment
Lorlin Electronics announces additions to its KP range of vandal proof metal keypads. New models provide simpler switching options to complement the existing 12 and 16 button keypads.
Cameras in handsets evolving from novelty to DSC performance, despite constraints
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5/30/2008   Post a comment
The quality of pictures from higher-end camera phones (3MP, 5MP, 8MP with autofocus, optical zoom, better lenses and image stabilization) now rivals today's low to mid-range point and shoot DSCs (with video capture). Yet from a design perspective, says Kodak, the mobile camera will remain a factor of ten different from DSCs -- ten times smaller, ten times cheaper, ten times lower power consumption.
Visualize your DSP's data
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5/30/2008   Post a comment
The open-source Signal Visualizer uses an IP connection to pull data off your DSP and display it graphically. It only needs a simple C client on the DSP.
New LinkSwitch simplifies CV/CC charger designs
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
Newest generation touts an output accuracy of 5 percent over line and temperature variations, includes line-drop compensation circuitry, and guarantees very low no-load dissipation to easily meet Energy Star 2.0 standards for external power supplies.
CATV amplifier facilitates migration towards deep fiber
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
ANADIGICS launched the ACA2420 power doubler line amplifier, a high output power device designed to ensure optimal video and data delivery in deep fiber HFC architectures and other cable TV deployments that minimize the use of cascaded system amplifiers.
Atheros' adds advanced GPS, keeps power low
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
Features include Assisted GPS (AGPS) technology, advanced parallel search, and industry-leading tracking sensitivity of -160dBm.
RFID for Dummies, or Nine Steps to an RFID Business Case--Part I
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
According to RFID For Dummies--Chapter 15, Making the Business Case, even if you're IT challenged and skipped physics class, you'll discover how RFID works and how to set up and deploy your network. This chapter provides nine steps to the business case. Here's part I
Wireless ADM voice codec offers low power consumption
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits has developed an adaptive delta modulation (ADM) voice codec, a complete multi-mode product in a tiny SOIC package.
Self-diagnosing sensor modules boost automotive networking efficiency
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
Detecting sensor defects directly at the sensor element, along with soft-error filtering, provide reliable data for system ECUs to make corrective decisions.
Engineering Outsourcing 101
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
Here are the basics of outsourcing. This article explains when to consider outsourcing, and when to keep projects in-house. It provides insights on how to choose and use outside engineering resources.
Calling all engineering students!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
5/28/2008   1 comment
I have to admit I miss sitting down with a few hardened military designers who were hammering out a course into a new millennium where the term "wireless" would be ubiquitous in the commercial market. What a fast, strange trip it's been!
Altium solves 25 years of electronics design pain
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
At last! Electronics designers and mechanical designers can collaborate in real time: designers in both worlds can link and review designs dynamically.
QuickLogic's ArcticLink platform now available in wafer-level chip-scale packaging
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
New packaging from QuickLogic reduces board space requirement for mobile applications; 60% reduction in foot print compared to smallest ArcticLink BGA package.
Additional info with regard to the latest in Altium's unified electronics design solution
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Electronics design decisions linked in real time to the MCAD world; guided routing; custom instruments to test designs inside FPGAs; and much more...
How to perform meaningful benchmarks on FPGAs from different vendors
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
A suite of unbiased and meaningful benchmarks that truly compare the hardware architectures and software design tool chains from the major FPGA vendors.
Universal system manager IC offers battery-backup charge, no-loss calibration
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4110 is a complete single-chip battery charge and discharge manager for Li-ion/polymer, NiMH, NiCd, and SLA batteries and super capacitors.
Multimode phones with longer battery life on horizon
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Power saving modes in standards such as 802.11 and Bluetooth are optional and in their rush to market some chip companies just found it easier to ignore them than implement them.
Understanding Continuous-Time Sigma-Delta ADCs
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
This analog/digital converter architecture has some unique attributes; understand its functions and benefits as well as how it fits in the A/D family tree
How to use optional wireless power-save protocols to dramatically reduce power consumption
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5/27/2008   1 comment
This two-part series of articles provides an overview of today's power-saving methods, ranging from power-reduction protocols and system optimization to low-power circuit design and process technology.
DIVA consortium unveils a new interface standard for next-generation interactive digital TV and CE networking
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Unlike current industry interface standards, DIVA technology combines a reliable, high-speed, bi-directional data channel with an uncompressed video and audio channel to allow users to connect, configure and control various home CE devices from their digital TVs.
SpringSoft completes merger with Novas and acquires four more companies.
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Largest Asian EDA company consolidates global channel and deepens portfolio of specialized EDA technology to drive growth.
DSP/FPGA co-processing demos 20X acceleration using SW-to-HW design flow
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Impulse C-to-FPGA compiler and 3L Diamond tools link to accelerate signal processing in a hybrid DSP/FPGA multiprocessing system.
LED driver delivers high-intensity lighting for camera phones
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5/27/2008   1 comment
AnalogicTech is claiming the industry's first 2-A flash LED driver IC capable of delivering high-intensity WLED lighting for high-megapixel camera phones.
Power-over-Ethernet splitter delivers up to 45W
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Phihong's Power-over-Ethernet splitter is intended for Wimax, multi-radio access points last-mile wireless and computer workstations.
64-Kbit serial FRAM specified to AEC-Q100 auto standards
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Ramtron has expanded its line of AEC-Q100-specified FRAM memory devices, qualifying the FM24CL64 64-Kbit serial FRAM to operate over the Grade 3 automotive temperature range of -40 to +85°C.
Analog design expertise is rare, valuable
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5/27/2008   1 comment
An enduring shortage of analog engineers--that may be getting worse rather than better--is requiring digital chip powerhouses to redouble their efforts to recruit and groom analog engineers.
ST, Ericsson to codevelop analog baseband
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV and Ericsson Mobile Platforms (EMP) have extended an existing partnership to develop an analog baseband for a high-volume EMP platform.
EVE unleashes DW-FPGA for FPGA synthesis
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
EVE says that its DW-FPGA DesignWare component library is available for use with most popular FPGA synthesis software.
Freescale rolls mobile media processor
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Sigmatel, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out its i.MX37, a applicaitons processor using new video and imaging blocks to attack high end media players and navigation systems and the first in a series of applications processors targeted at specific market segments.
VeriWave's eco-system test generators target vertical applications
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
WaveClient allows wireless device manufacturers to create in the laboratory the actual network eco-system surrounding the device.
Get a fix on GPS
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5/27/2008   Post a comment
Spirent Communications and Agilent Technologies to join CSR in the EGPS Forum. Find out the latest on GPS, EGPS, and A-GPS..
Verify the design of two-way radio
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5/26/2008   Post a comment
This article describes how a design team at Motorola used the Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator to characterize complex analog/RF blocks for two-way radio and related communication devices.
A matter of light, Part 1---The ABC's of LEDs
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5/26/2008   1 comment
Here's the basics on LEDs and what you need to know about their drivers.
Embedded MATLAB, part 2: System-level integration and verification
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5/25/2008   Post a comment
Part 2 shows how to integrate the generated C code into Simulink models for system-level design and verification.
Technology you never knew you needed
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5/24/2008   Post a comment
Would you like to cut costs? Cut power? Reduce pins and traces? Reduce bandwidth and memory? There is a technology that can do all this, but you've probably never heard of it.
Linear Technology's RF power detector targets WiMAX
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
The LT5538 handles RF power amplifier power control and monitoring for a wide range of wireless systems, including WiMAX and cellular.
All-in-one multi-touch development kit
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
The new SMK 15.4 development kit comes with everything needed for a high-performance, one-stop multi-touch system, including a wide-screen TFT LCD display.
Display conference highlights green technologies
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
Along with a number of display industry firsts at the Society for Information Display conference, manufacturers acknowledged the need to incorporate "green" technologies and production processes.
Willcom taps Wavesat for XG-PHS broadband wireless
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
The collaboration will leverage Wavesat's multimode Odyssey 8500 4G chipset to provide access to multiple broadband wireless technologies.
CoFluent readies V3 of ESL modeling, simulation tool
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
As part of the pre-DAC drum roll of product announcements, French Electronic System Level (ESL) company CoFluent Design has unveiled version 3.0 of CoFluent Studio, an ESL graphical modeling and simulation toolset leveraging Eclipse technologies. Its availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2008.
MPU supervisor provides precision power monitoring
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
The MAX6394 +/-1% accurate microprocessor supervisor from Maxim Integrated Products delivers precision monitoring for demanding applications.
Test cookbook for UWB WiMedia 1.2 spec details transmitter analysis, receiver testing
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
Analysis software reads the digital information from the RF waveform to determine the demodulation method on a packet-by-packet basis.
Overcoming the challenges of linking A/D converters and microcontrollers via long transmission lines (Part 2 of 2)
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5/22/2008   4 comments
Even a "simple", relatively slow link between a converter and microcontroller can be a source of errors and unreliable operation if it is not modeled and implemented properly
Laird Technologies launches modules to optimize M2M transition to Wi-Fi
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
The WISM modules include an advanced scripting engine that allows users to write programmable scripts to control the wireless behavior.
Is MathStar Inc. on the block?
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
Is MathStar Inc. on the block?
USB battery charger sports buck boost, buck converters
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
Aimed at handheld applications, this efficient, multi-function power management device from Linear integrates a stand-alone Li-Ion/Polymer battery charger and two high efficiency synchronous regulators—one buck-boost and one buck.
MIPS Technologies : Audio Codec IP achieves 100-dB dynamic range
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies' Audio Codec IP achieves an impressive 100 dB dynamic range and -93 dB THD while consuming only 7.8 mW power when playing back through stereo line outputs at 48 kHz.
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