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Media processor offers boost in CPU performance
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Sigma Designs announced the availability of its SMP8644 media processor SoC, designed for feature-rich consumer products, including next generation IPTV set-top boxes, IP cable set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players.
Low-cost ARM9 MCUs roll with High Speed USB 2.0 OTG
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
NXP's latest devices are providing embedded designers with cost effective, power efficient single chip solutions for USB connectivity.
ON Semi extends current range, flexibility for stepper motor designs
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has extended its bipolar stepper motor control family to include two Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) versions of a motor driver capable of peak currents up to 800 mA and for use with an external microcontroller for added flexibility.
3-D bandwagon keeps rolling
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
The missing link is the big home screen -- the 3-D version of the living room TV.
Freescale launches custom SoC business
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor launched a Customer Specific Products business to provide custom system-on-chip solutions based on its SoC platforms.
Green Engineering: Rail maintenance system advances with digital embedded design
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
This article describes a Blackfin/LabVIEW-based rail-maintanance system that measures, locates and fixes rail defects while achieving the real-time behavior, cost-effectiveness and robustness required in that harsh environment.
Robotic posture control demonstrated
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
A two-wheeled, inverted pendulum robot that demonstrates posture control in robots that must balance was shown at Ceatac Japan by Waseda University's Humanoid Robotics Institute and industry partner STMicroelectronics.
LatticeXP2 and Altera Stratix III support added to Altium Designer
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
The Altera Stratix III and LatticeXP2 programmable devices form part of Altium's growing list of supported device families.
Pipelined FFT Core for Xilinx FPGAs
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Dillon Engineering announce the availability of a pipelined Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) processor core targeted for (and tuned to) Xilinx FPGAs.
Toshiba demos notebook with super-charge ion battery
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. showed off at Ceatac Japan a new notebook computer and an electric bicycle, both featuring its Super Charge ion battery called SCiB.
New BioSolar processes potentially reduce the cost of solar cells by 50%
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
BioSolar has announced a new technique that can potentially reduce the cost of its bio-based solar cell component by up to a 50%.
Tall tale: Trees could power wireless networks
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
MIT researchers say that by harnessing the voltage difference between a tree and the ground new ultralow-power sensors can transmit sensor data from almost any tree.
8-Mbit asynchronous SRAM boasts access time of 8-ns
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
ISSI is offering a high-speed, low power 8-Mbit high speed asynchronous SRAM for automotive, networking, telecommunications, and industrial applications.
New analog switch enhances audio quality, extends battery lifetimes
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has expanded its analog switch portfolio with the AS1747, a dual SPDT (single-pole/double-throw) low-voltage analog signal switch.
LEM : Voltage transducer meets IRIS requirements
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
LEM introduces the DV series voltage transducer for insulated voltage measurements from 1200 to 4200 Vrms.
KOA : Flat chip resistors use metal glaze thick film
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
KOA has developed flat chip resistors with very high resistivity against sulphurated environments, high humidity and high temperature.
Calex : Infra-red temperature sensor has remote adjustable emissivity setting
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Calex' PyroEpsilon series of non-contact temperature sensors measures the temperature of inaccessible or moving objects and materials.
Next-generation DrMOS delivers 92 percent efficiency in industry's smallest package
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild touts its next-generation family of DrMOS devices---the XS DrMOS series---as the industry's first high-performance 6-by-6 mm DrMOS solution for synchronous DC/DC buck regulators.
TI rolls low-power floating-point processors
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
TI's new floating-point DSPs and DSP-plus-ARM processors combine low cost, low power, and new connectivity options.
Evolution: 20 years of switching fabric
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Into a look at the evolution of switching fabrics, this article discusses the shortcomings of each previous fabric genration and the evolution of dominant standards and design longevity.
Sanyo to build new solar ingot and wafer production plant in Oregon
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
To meet increasing demand in the solar photovoltaic market, Sanyo North America Corp. has announced plans to build a new plant in Salem, Oregon, to manufacture silicon ingot and solar wafers.
Three challenges for WiMedia compliance test
Design How-To  
9/29/2008   1 comment
This article explains the concepts behind the UWB technology as well as the challenges surrounding compliance test of UWB transmitters, packet overhead, and receivers.
Power switch family protects USB ports in consumer, computing applications
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Diodes has introduced a family of 12 USB power switches, providing a cost effective and small form fit for USB ports in a wide range of consumer and computing applications.
Desert Island Design: Bridging the (band) gap without software
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9/29/2008   2 comments
Use your solid-state understanding and insight, rather than rushing to that EDA tool, to design a basic bandgap reference
Underwater helicopter surfaces
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9/29/2008   1 comment
Undersea robots have until now operated like fixed-wing aircraft, requiring motion to maneuver. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers now say they have created the helicopter-of-the-sea, the Odyssey IV.
Surface mount gate drive transformer is highly resistant to EMI
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
With a small surface mount package featuring rugged housing materials that are highly resistant to the effects of EMI, the SM580 gate drive transformer from Datatronic Distribution Inc. provides efficient pulse control in gate drive circuits used in MOSFETs and IGBTs for switch mode power supplies and other electronic equipment.
Buck-boost LED driver offers wide input voltage range
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Designed to drive high current LEDs, Linear Technology's 100V, high-side current sense DC/DC converter features a 6V to 100V input voltage range that makes it well-suited for a wide variety of applications, including automotive, industrial and architectural lighting.
What power development would you invest in?
Power Management DesignLine Blog  
9/29/2008   Post a comment
The pressure keeps building on power management engineers to produce a breakthrough in energy efficiency performance that will sweep the market forward. But are there any real contenders out there that will have a major impact in the future?
Bankruptcy looms for NextWave subsidiary GO
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Struggling wireless chip and systems company NextWave Wireless Inc.(San Diego, Calif.) is closing its Israel-based subsidiary, GO Networks, as part of its global restructuring.
9.0-inch wide-format LCD module for industrial equipment
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
NEC LCD Technologies introduced a 9.0-inch amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor LCD module, with wide video graphics array (WVGA) resolution for industrial equipment, including factory automation and measurement equipment.
PoE-PD takes on 40-watt applications
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
NCP1081 is designed for anticipated high-power applications meeting IEEE 802.3at Draft 3; NCP1083 will soon arrive to add auxiliary supply support
In multicore SOC architectures buses are a last resort
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
The one-processor system model that has dominated electronic system design since 1971 is now thoroughly obsolete. Today's SOC designers readily accept the idea of using multiple processors in their complex systems to achieve design goals and use the terms "control plane" and "data plane" to describe how these various on-chip processors are used on the chip. These terms appeared during the Internet and networking boom. At first, these terms referred to the design of multiple-board networking syst
In multicore SOC architectures, buses are a last resort
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
The one-processor system model that dominated electronic system design since 1971 is now thoroughly obsolete. Today's SOC designers readily accept the idea of using multiple processors in their complex systems to achieve design goals and use the terms "control plane" and "data plane" to describe how these various on-chip processors are used on the chip. These terms appeared during the Internet and networking boom. At first, they referred to the design of multiple-board networking systems but hav
Bluetooth headset turns to SUN and goes green
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Last year, I purchased a hands-free Bluetooth car kit as a Christmas gift for a family member who, as a sales rep, spends significant time talking in her car. Worried for her safety as she drives with one hand on the wheel and the other around a cell phone, I initially felt a sense of pride as she unwrapped a gift that demonstrated concern for her well-being. Sometimes, however, a buzz can be short-lived. After a quick explanation of what the gift was, I could see a bit of uneasiness creep in as
CDMA tutorial, part 1: CDMA and WCDMA
Design How-To  
9/28/2008   1 comment
Part 1 introduces CDMA and Wideband CDMA (WCDMA). Standards covered include UMTS (UTRA-FDD/UTRA-TDD), TD-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, MC-CDMA, CDMA-2000, and DS-CDMA.
Analog development tool simplifies complex signal generation
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9/27/2008   Post a comment
TI has introduced the TSW3070 development kit that simplifies the complexity of interfacing between high-speed digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and amplifiers.
32-bit MCU integrates security supervisor, cryptographic functionality
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a high-performance 32-bit RISC microcontroller that integrates security supervisory features, advanced encryption and NVSRAM for the financial terminal market.
Five Star Technologies delivers new generation of solar inks
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Five Star Technologies, a supplier of fine particle dispersions for functional inks, has announced its ElectroSperse S-series solar inks that deliver higher consistency for use in crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells.
Readers respond to 'LM Lessons'
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Readers respond to our story on the building of the Apollo Lunar Module.
Advanced Technology Week in Review: MEMS, and more MEMS
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
A new MEMS microphone design and a thinner MEMS oscillator along with electronic-paper tablets and a new spherical design for a ultrawideband antenna highlight this week's technology review.
GridPoint announces $120 million equity financing, acquisition
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
GridPoint, Inc., a clean tech company, has announced $120 million equity financing to support the company's acquisition strategy, and its acquisition of V2 Green, a provider of plug-in electric vehicle integration technology.
Intelligent cameras enable fast image data transmission
News & Analysis  
9/26/2008   Post a comment
Eltec has developed an innovative camera concept. The scalable multi-channel solution can process up to 32 cameras on one basic unit and the Ethernet patch cables guarantee industry-compatible and low-cost cabling.
Ultrasound imaging system design reshaped by AFEs
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Recent innovations are making it possible for new ultrasound systems to achieve much lower power and a significantly smaller footprint than ever before. Designing ultrasound systems is complex, and every feature of the analog front end (AFE) can influence system performance.
LDOs are in industry's smallest package
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Devices, optimized for noise-sensitive portable applications, are 0.86-by-0.86 mm chip-scale sized
Rotary position sensor delivers 1-million rotational cycles
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
The Model 3382 12-mm rotary position sensor from Bourns Inc. provides 1-million rotational cycles and an IP40 seal rating for space-constrained applications that require high reliability.
Control/monitoring solutions reduce energy costs in older plants
Product News  
9/25/2008   Post a comment
Cypress Envirosystems has introduced a family of control and monitoring solutions designed to help older buildings and manufacturing sites cut energy costs and boost productivity. These products upgrade pneumatic thermostats, manual steam trap monitoring and dial gauges in minutes, providing payback in less than one year.
Ultra-stable current sense resistors deliver high power ratings, tight tolerances
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Stackpole has introduced the CSS/CSSH series of ultra-stable, metal-element current sense resistors that deliver low resistance values, high power ratings, tight tolerances and low TCRs.
Hardware development kit provides fast track to Software Defined Silicon designs
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Credit card-sized development board provides everything needed to start developing applications based on XMOS' XS1-G family programmable devices.
Signal Integrity Engineer's Companion: The Wireless Signal--Part VI
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Chapter 10 of the Signal Integrity Engineer's Companion is a discussion of new techniques in wireless signal measurement and thought-provoking ideas about signal analysis in the modern wireless environment. Part VI covers the workings of a real-time spectrum analyzer.
IEEE, Applied Materials sponsor solar PV technology forum
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
IEEE SCV-EDS and Applied Materials will host a technology forum on October 2, in Mountain View, California, to discuss state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) cell and manufacturing technologies.
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