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Signaling rate versus cable length: the CAN-bus timing trade-off
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7/31/2009   1 comment
The CAN standard alludes to the trade-off between total bus distance and maximum signaling rate. This article presents specific examples that illustrate why the loop-time (round-trip delay) is an essential measure of network performance. Also included is look at component selection, slew rate control, and timing budget analysis.
Choosing the right battery technology
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
Battery performance, as it relates to runtime and capacity, has become a key market differentiator for consumer electronics. A new line of batteries with technologies like lithium ion and lithium-ion phosphate that offer better performance make the choice of what battery to use harder.
Globalfoundries more advanced than TSMC, analyst says
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
In the competitive foundry landscape, Globalfoundries might be not a leader in terms of volume, but in any case it is a leader in terms of technology, finds Gartner analyst Bob Johnson.
Asyst sells assets to three companies
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Ending perhaps the last chapter in a painful saga, Asyst Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell its entire assets to three companies: Crossing Automation Inc., Murata Machinery Ltd. and the Peer Group.
OSRAM TopLED Black Series LEDs improve readability in high ambient light conditions
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
The TopLED Black Series with lens from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is a range of medium-power LEDs mounted in an industry standard package but in matte black material. The black package offers significantly higher contrast with lower reflectivity than comparable white-package devices without compromising overall luminous intensity.
TSMC raises capex, yields up in strong Q1
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) posted strong results in the second quarter and raised its capital spending for 2009.
Nvidia chief scientist to EDA: Give us power tools
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Nvidia's chief scientist told the EDA community that chip designers need new tools to usher in a new era of computing, moving to "throughput computing" from an era of "denial architecture" that has seen the semiconductor industry squeeze more performance out of single-thread processors thanks to software.
Intel invests in five cleantech startups
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has expanded its new energy initiative by investing in five startups.
MIT's 'bokode' chip said to outperform bar codes
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
A new kind of identification tag that combines the security of a bar code with the capacity of an RFID tag will debut at the Siggraph 2009 conference.
Implementation of a digital temperature PID controller
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Described is the implementation of a digital temperature PID controller. Various temperature control system configurations and aspects of their practical implementation are analyzed.
TSMC keynoter touts cooperative business models
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Future growth in EDA and other segments of the semiconductor industry supply chain depends on the evolution of a new breed of collaborative business model that enable partners to pool costs and increase profits, according to Fu-Chieh Hsu, vice president of Design & Technology Platform at TSMC.
Companies require more focus on green impact of their supply chain
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
According to a new study by the Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum and E2open, it appears that operations, logistics and supply chain executives need a better understanding of how to go green and save green across complex, global, multi-tiered supply and distribution networks.
Ball joint seal testing machine uses ethernet TCP/IP controlled servos
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
TCP/IP-compatible servo drives from Baldor Electric Company have simplified the construction of an automotive component tester.
Mountz introduces Hybrid torque control assembly solution
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7/28/2009   1 comment
Mountz has introduced the Hybrid, a new product for repeatable screw fastening technology. According to Mountz, the patented HD Series Torque Control System is the world's first torque control tool using both air and electric power to set and control torque.
Maxim designs compact LNA for automotive systems
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has rolled out a low-noise amplifier (LNA) optimized for remote keyless entry (RKE) and tire pressure monitoring (TPM) applications operating in the 315MHz and 433MHz bands.
Mentor rolls architecture-level power tool
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics introduced the Vista platform for architecture design and prototyping, enabling users to model, analyze and optimize power at the transaction level of abstraction.
Low power MCU selection criteria and sleep mode implementation
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Discussed are key MCU low power features such as low power capabilities, flexible clocking systems, event-driven resources that affect its performance and provides selection criteria to choose the right one. Also explored are hardware/software techniques to achieve intelligent power management using low power modes.
Book Excerpt, part 3 of 6: LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless--Design and Measurement Challenges
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
Chapter 2 of this just-published book explores and explains all technical aspects of 3GPP LTE cellular technology
Smart Metering Technology Promotes Energy Efficiency for a Greener World
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7/27/2009   Post a comment
The venerable electromechanical power-line meter is being replaced by the electronic smart meter. Understand the various types of smart metering and the benefits it offers.
Natural iridescence harnessed for reflective displays
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7/27/2009   1 comment
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology said they have unearthed the secret of natural liquid crystals that reflect light as bright as a back-lit LCD.
High linearity upconverting mixer supports all LTE/cellular bands
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
Linear's wide bandwidth active upconverting mixer delivers high dynamic range performance from 400MHz to 2.7GHz, supporting all of the allocated LTE (Long-Term Evolution) broadband wireless services.
Luxemburg lab drives PV efficiency
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
Scientists from the Luxemburg University Photovoltaics Laboratory have produced thin film solar cells in two different technologies — both with very high efficiencies.
Metamaterial cloak could render buildings 'invisible' to earthquakes
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7/23/2009   3 comments
Earthquakes can be made to bypass buildings surrounded by seismic invisibility cloaks, claim researchers at the University of Liverpool.
Quantum Internet heralds networking qubits
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
MIT researchers say they have demonstrated a quantum "herald" pulse that acknowledges the transfer of quantum bits, a necessary step toward a future network topology.
TSMC's 28-nm reference flow adds SiP solutions
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
TSMC introduced its latest design reference flow, said to extend the company's recommended design methodology to the 28-nm node.
Engineering lessons from Apollo, and for the future
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7/21/2009   1 comment
Engineering lessons from Apollo, and for the future: There are a few broad takeaway lessons from the success of the Apollo project and the space program, plus a few severe downsides.
LDMOS knocks bipolars off the radar
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
The long-established bipolar discrete device is under serious assault by LDMOS--and designers benefit
Driving higher levels of efficiency in motor designs
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
With energy conservation as a key focus globally, efficiency in motor designs is a growing concern. With governmental regulations urging higher levels of efficiency, motor drives are becoming more sophisticated to meet this efficiency challenge.
Linear rolls 800MHz, 31dB range analog-controlled VGA
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7/21/2009   Post a comment
Linear's 800MHz VGA with 31dB analog control range delivers 35dBm OIP3 from 3.3V supply.
Image sensor with MIPI interface targets netbooks and notebooks
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
The OV7739, with support for multiple interfaces including parallel and MIPI (mobile industry processor interface), targets single and multi-camera applications including notebook PC/Netbooks and gaming applications.
Wind power on track for 20% share by 2030
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy's annual report Wind Power Report claims that with $16 billion invested in 2008 that U.S. wind power development was leading the world, and is on track to contribute 20 percent to U.S. electricity generation by 2030.
Crew remembers Apollo 11, looks to the future
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
The crew of Apollo 11 observed the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by remembering those who helped them reach that historic goal. They also challenged future generations to go to the stars while caring for a "fragile" Earth.
Minimize GSM buzz noise in mobile phones
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7/20/2009   3 comments
Understand the source of GSM buzz and the common techniques you can use to minimize it
Book Excerpt, part 2 of 6: LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless--Design and Measurement Challenges
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
Chapter 2 of this just-published book explores and explains all technical aspects of 3GPP LTE cellular technology
Dialog, TridonicAtco join forces in lighting control devices
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor (Kirchheim, Germany) and TridonicAtco (Dornbirn, Austria) have launched a joint development center aiming at the development of energy efficient lighting technologies.
What's a "system on a chip", anyway?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
7/18/2009   1 comment
My SOC is not necessarily your SOC
Slideshow: Unique look at 'micro' electronics
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Our colleagues at Semiconductor Insights have pulled together a slideshow that brings the viewer much closer to the world of "micro" electronics.
How to design a low power wireless sensor network
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Driven by the demand for "green" technology and better use of power, a new generation of extreme low power wireless networks is being developed for use in machine to machine networks. With this in mind, a new approach towards truly wireless networks is needed.
When good grounds turn bad--isolate!
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
To make designers aware of these design pitfalls, this article explains where ground potential differences originate in the electrical installation, how ground loops are created unintentionally, and how isolation circumvents both conditions to yield a robust data-transmission system.
Appreciation: Portrait of the astronaut as an artist
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean is the only artist who paints the surface of the moon based on personal experience.
Low-power Intel Architecture Platform for In-vehicle Infotainment
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Fast-changing connectivity and multimedia demands for in-car infotainment increasingly collide with the long development cycle in this industry. An in-vehicle infotainment platform optimized for automotive environments could gap the bridge between the divergent requirements.
SRC, NSF gains funding for post-CMOS era
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) has teamed up with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to announce funding of $2 million in new supplemental grants for nanoelectronics research.
Front end IC simplifies board design, reduces cost
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
NEC's latest Front End IC combines a power amplifier, low pass filter, and two single pole double throw switches into a single chip.
Ten more free books!
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Would you like a free copy of my "FPGAs: Instant Access" book to peruse, ponder, and post a review on Amazon?
Altos, edXact team to improve IP characterization throughput
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Altos Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and French EDA startup edXact SA have joined efforts to further improve characterization turn-around time especially for large cells and macro blocks.
Deinterlacing with FPGA for HDTVs
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7/15/2009   2 comments
Interlaced video is a succession of 50 or 60 fields per second, where each field carries only half of the rows that are displayed in each frame of video. This article explores different deinterlacing techniques and examines how FPGAs are increasingly being used for complex deinterlacing functions required for HDTVS.
Digital predistortion µModule receiver simplifies base station design
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTM9003, a wideband RF-to-digital receiver subsystem that includes a high performance 12-bit, 250Msps ADC, a bandpass filter, IF amplifier and a high linearity RF downconverting mixer.
Digital radio tuner for DAB and FM signals integrates fast RSSI function
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Designed for consumer and automotive applications, Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX2172 digital radio tuner for FM and digital audio broadcast (DAB) signals, with a high sensitivity for the FM, VHF, and L-band frequency ranges.
Balanced low noise amplifiers target cellular infrastructure applications
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies' ultra-low noise, high linearity matched pair LNAs are economical, easy to install and supports all major cellular bandwidths.
Woven optical fibers seek to replace lens
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7/15/2009   2 comments
By combining semiconductor layers and metal electrodes within optical fibers, researchers have demonstrated a distributed camera lens that can be woven into a fabric.
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