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Anritsu wireless comms tester triples functionality in one 'box'
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
Anritsu's MS269X series communications test unit streamlines signal analysis for GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WiMAX and HSPA, increases measurement speed and combines multiple test features in one module.
Design tools spur fuel cell development year round
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
Challenge X EXCLUSIVE: Developing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in three years is a daunting task. In a northern climate that only allows test driving on roads for eight months of the year, the task is nearly impossible--without the correct tools that is.
REVIEW: PMBus point-of-load DC-to-DC chip has 500-mV to 8-V output ranges
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
Here's a nifty power conversion and power management IC for synchronous DC-to-DC converter designs. The chip is configured to regulate two independent outputs, or two phases in a single output mode, and supports two types of current-sense topologies. Output range spans 500-mV to 8-V. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Neonode handset deploys fractal antenna
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
Fractal antenna technology pioneer Fractus (Barcelona, Spain) has developed an antenna measuring just 40.8 x 10.74 x 7.45 mm that has enabled Swedish mobile phone maker Neonode to create an ultra-compact handset.
Quadrature encoder input board handles up to 16.5 MHz
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
United Electronic Industries (UEI) released the DNA-QUAD-604, a four-channel quadrature encoder input board designed for use with the PowerDNA, UEILogger and UEIPAC data acquisition and control cubes.
REVIEW: Antenna-routing hybrid endows cellular--plus-PCS handsets with GPS
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of a hybrid RF signal routing device that offers low insertion-loss while delivering GPS to cell-band isolation, and GPS to PCS-band isolation. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Mouser on a roll with new product lines
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5/24/2007   Post a comment
In rapid-fire succession, Mouser Electronics Inc. has rolled out several new supplier product lines, continuing to deepen its catalog of electronic components.
Consumer and automotive electronics converge: Part 3 - MOST details and controller architecture
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
This series conclusion offers a detailed explanation of MOST and examines the new Intelligent Network Interface Controller architecture that simplifies how MOST systems are integrated.
Microsemi reverses plan, retains Irish facility
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal chip specialist Microsemi Corp. has reversed a decision to phase out operations at its manufacturing facility in Ennis, County Clare in Ireland.
DSP board gets RS-232 daughtercards
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
Link Research is shipping its LR-F2812COM series of dual serial port daughtercards for the Spectrum Digital F2812 eZdsp DSP Board.
PCI group makes steady progress on Express specs
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5/22/2007   Post a comment
The PCI Express train is making slow, steady progress forward increasing data rates and expanding into new uses, based on briefings and demonstrations of PCI Express versions 2.0 and 3.0 at the annual PCI Special Interest Group's developer's conference.
European semis distribution sales get lift in Q1
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Sales by members of the Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS) increased by 4.8 percent to Euros 1.48 billion in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period in 2006. The sequential increase from the last quarter of 2006 was 14.5 percent.
Pericom jumps on 5 GHz Express train
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Pericom Semiconductor Corp. is launching two switches it claims are the first devices supporting the second generation PCI Express specification that runs at data rates up to 5 GHz, as the PCI Special Interest Group convenes its annual meeting here.
House OK's Army modernization cuts, White House threatens veto
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
The House has sustained cuts to the U.S. Army's primary modernization program, drawing a veto threat from the White House.
REVIEW: PCI Express plug-ins endow Windows PCs with fast digital I/O
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
PXI Express is making news at National Instruments. The company is rolling out a number of PXIe high-speed instruments, as well as an 18-slot chassis to house them. The modular instruments include a 100-MHz dual-channel digitizer and two 32-channel digital I/O modules. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Digital-pattern-generator PCI boards offer 32 Gigabits of on-board memory
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
Strategic Test released four digital-pattern-generator boards for PCs with up to 32 GB memory, maximum clock rates of 40 MHz, 10 MHz or 5 MHz and a choice of 16- or 32-bit widths.
Asia EMS/ODM market to more than double by 2011
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
Asia's low-cost advantage and increasing skill set will help it more than double its market share in EMS and ODM by 2011.
Army, Dems skirmish over Future Combat Systems cuts
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
Army brass and Democratic lawmakers are trading fire over proposed cuts to the service's top modernization priority, the Future Combat Systems program.
REVIEW: Power management chip throttles USB source
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
USB battery charging gets easier, thanks to a new power management chip from IC maker Linear Technology. Its bus controlled LTC3555 multi-function power management device for li-ion/polymer battery applications, integrates a switching manager, battery charger, and multiple synchronous buck regulators, plus an always-on LDO, all in a QFN surface-mount package. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn checks it out.
Hitachi unit spins 7,200-rpm drive in turnaround bid
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
The Travelstar 7K200, said to be the first 200-Gbyte 2.5-inch to achieve a rotation speed of 7,200 rpm, is the linchpin of Hitachi's turnaround strategy for its flagging. Global Storage Technologies business unit.
Hybrid backplane eases migration from cPCI to cPCI Express
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5/11/2007   Post a comment
MEN Micro develops a family of CPU boards and I/O cards to simplify the migration path from 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) to CompactPCI Express systems.
Accelerator board delivers higher performance
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5/11/2007   Post a comment
ClearSpeed's updated Advance product line includes performance and functional enhancements for CSXL libraries, the Advance e620 PCIe accelerator board and ClearSpeed Visual Profiler toolset
COM Express-based module features Intel Core 2 Duo
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
Kontron announced the latest addition to its family of ETXexpress Computer-On-Modules (COM), the Kontron ETXexpress-MC, which is built around the Intel Core 2 Duo processor (up to 2.2GHz) and Intel's latest 965GM Express chipset.
IT managers have green on their minds, but not on the books
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
Environmental factors are important in IT planning, a Forrester report shows, but only 25 percent of managers have written green criteria into their purchasing processes, largely due to lack of soup-to-nuts product strategies.
Meggitt realigns to create sensing systems group
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
Meggitt plc has formed a specialist sensing systems division by merging the Aerospace Systems and Meggitt Electronics operations into a single entity.
Video capture/display board now offers analog version
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
Matrox Imaging developed the Matrox Vio Analog, the newest member of the Matrox Vio family of boards for video capture and display.
HIL simulation boosts automotive design efficiency
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation reduces development cost and increases the quality of a vehicle. The unit under test provides feedback for the simulation, and testing can take place early in the design cycle.
E Ink displays upgraded imaging film technology
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
Electronic paper display technology specialist E Ink Corporation has developed an imaging film that offers higher performance switching speed, peak switch speed and brightness than its existing electronic ink. Dubbed Vizplex, the film will also be available in a much wider variety of display sizes and formats.
Five BenQ executives indicted
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
Another blow reigns down on Taiwan's BenQ Corp. as prosecutors indict five top executives, including the chairman and president, for insider trading.
ESD plan: state of shock
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5/8/2007   Post a comment
A group of leading chip makers is pushing to reduce the specifications for electrostatic discharge in digital ICs. But some suggest such a move would be reckless, and could lead to catastrophic quality and reliability problems for semiconductors.
C-MAC designs own brand PA modules
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5/8/2007   Post a comment
C-MAC MicroTechnology has developed a range of solid state microwave amplifier modules, the first to be marketed being Ku band amplifier and LNA modules. Both target the satellite communications, point-to-point, radiolocation and defence sectors.
Bandlet de-interlace and up-conversion for HDTV via "super-resolution" framework
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5/4/2007   Post a comment
Up-converting and de-interlacing standard definition television into high-quality HD raises deep image processing, mathematical and real time processing problems. The Let It Wave approach, using FPGA technology, is based on a full exploration of the 3-D environment of a missing pixel to compute it, by interpolating one or more available pixels located close to a line going through the missing pixel with a particular spatio-temporal direction. This "super-resolution" framework includes the previo
REVIEW: Energy Star power supply reference design uses standard parts
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5/2/2007   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor says it has an industry-first ATX reference design that meets Enery Star requirements for ATX power supplies used in desktop PCs. Enery Star is scheduled to take effect in July. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports on the reference design and ON Semi's latest silicon.
Control board features six GbE LAN ports
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
WIN Enterprises has introduced a high performance control board for IDS/IPS, firewall, VPN gateway and Unified Threat Management (UTM) applications. The MB-06067 board uses an Intel Pentium M or Celeron M 400-MHz processor with an Intel 852GM express chipset and ICH4 I/O controller.


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