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Industrial I/O card employs 400K gate Xilinx FPGA
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12/31/2007   Post a comment
The MESA 5I23 general purpose programmable industrial I/O card uses a 400K gate Xilinx FPGA that is downloadable from the PCI bus side, allowing almost any kind of specialized I/O function to be created.
Avanex files complaint against S3 Photonics
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12/27/2007   Post a comment
Photonics components group Avanex Corp. is blaming its former French subsidiary terminating prematurely a distribution agreement for a revision of its guidance for its second fiscal quarter of 2008.
Pentek's multiband SDR transceiver delivers 10 dB A/D performance improvement
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12/27/2007   Post a comment
The Model 7141 accepts two full scale analog HF or IF inputs on front-panel MMCX connectors at +10 dBm into 50 ohms with transformer coupling into 14-bit 125 MHz A/D converters.
C6000 vs. PowerPC, part 2: Multiprocessor systems
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12/27/2007   Post a comment
Part 2 of this 3-part series examines the suitability of the C6000 and PowerPC for multi-processor systems.
Sound focusing technologies make recent headlines
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12/26/2007   Post a comment
Sound focusing technologies in the news recently include an ultrasound technique that beams audio over a distance of many meters, and a "personal sound system" prototype using an array of tiny loudspeakers.
Free2Move launches Bluetooth stereo firmware
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12/26/2007   Post a comment
The firmware supports Bluetooth profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP and SPP where all profiles are acting as the headset side for communication with e.g. mobile phones.
The top-rated Planet Analog articles of 2007
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12/25/2007   Post a comment
See what the Planet Analog audience--your fellow designers--looked at the most in 2007
Surveillance IP camera design with intelligent encoding for reduced bandwidth, higher quality
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12/21/2007   Post a comment
Software configurable processors targeted at video applications are allowing closer coupling between the intelligence of the video system and the compression stages. The result will be a quantum leap in the quality and features of digital video surveillance systems. The ability to radically change encoder parameters based on the scene dynamics results in higher average compression ratios. This lowers bit rates and makes more efficient use of storage or transmission bandwidth.
NXP to buy GPS chip specialist GloNav
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12/21/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is paying at least $85 million in cash for GloNav Inc. the specialist developer of chips for GPS gear and other satellite navigation systems.
VME transceiver board delivers 10 dB performance boost
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12/21/2007   Post a comment
Pentek's Model 7141 provides two 125 MHz, 14-bit A/Ds and an FPGA and tools for custom DSP functions. The board's SNR and spurious free dynamic range are improved by 10 dB compared to the older Model 7140.
C6000 vs. PowerPC, part 1: Architecture and performance
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12/20/2007   1 comment
Part 1 of this 3-part series explains the architectural differences between the C6000 and the PowerPC.
Freescale releases audio DSP software tools, dev kit
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12/19/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has announced Eclipse-based software development tools and a low-cost, user-friendly development kit for developers using its Symphony audio digital processors.
ChipX, Recognetics team for pattern recognition ASIC
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12/18/2007   Post a comment
Mixed signal ASIC specialist ChipX Inc. has implemented a complex, 10 million gate design for pattern recognition, using Recognetics' neural network technology.
USB, Kleer plug into digital TVs
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
USB Implementers Forum is developing a variant of its technology to link mobile devices and TVs, and startup Kleer Corp. is announcing it has characterized its proprietary wireless link for standard definition video.
Intel scales back on Viiv, says report
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12/15/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is "scaling back" Viiv, a PC platform that was supposed to bring digital entertainment to the living room, according to a report.
FireWire turns up heat with 3.2 Gbit/s spec
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
Tomorrow's FireWire interconnects will quadruple in maximum data rates, hitting 3.2 Gbits/second thanks to the S3200 specification from the 1394 Trade Association which sees the new link, in part, as a low-cost alternative to HDMI for carrying uncompressed video.
Companies collaborate on LED driver development
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12/14/2007   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has partnered with LG Philips LCD to develop a precision LED driver targeted at backlight applications.
Nordic Semi targets Californian ULP design-ins
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor group Nordic Semiconductor (Oslo, Norway) is stepping up efforts to get its ultra low-power devices designed into North American designs.
Researchers target "all organic" low voltage devices
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12/12/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute are developing an efficient "all-organic" low-voltage device.
Sensors group raises $37 million in Round B
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12/11/2007   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor group SensorDynamics (Graz, Austria), which focuses on micro and wireless sensor products for automotive and industrial applications, has raised Euros 25 million ($ 37 million) in a Series B funding round.
Upgrades for PCI Express in the works
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12/8/2007   Post a comment
The PCI Special Interest Group is making progress on a basket of feature extensions to its latest 2.0 specification to enhance system performance as well as smooth a path for accelerators and storage devices, all of which should be available by June at the latest.
BACK TO BASICS & FUTURE TRENDS: Automotive networking
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12/7/2007   2 comments
Networking puts cars on the fast track for safety, comfort, and a better environment.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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