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Top 10 automotive electronics stories of 2011
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12/23/2011   3 comments
The top stories of the year underscore the great interest Automotive Designline readers have in hybrid and electric vehicles.
DSOs have 2.4 Mpts memory and LAN interface
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12/21/2011   Post a comment
The 2540B and 2542B oscilloscopes from B&K Precision offer bandwidths of 60 MHz and 100 MHz respectively with 1 GSa/s sampling rates.
T&M Designline Top Ten articles for 2011
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12/21/2011   1 comment
As we come to the end of another year we take a look back at what the readers of the Test & Measurement Designline were attracted by this year.
SerDes technology allows single wire pair control channel
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12/19/2011   6 comments
Unique SerDes application permits encrypted HD video/audio with full-duplex bi-directional control over a single wire pair interface.
MMIC band pass filter tunes 19 to 38 GHz
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12/18/2011   Post a comment
Hittite introduced a filter for applications in wideband test and measurement equipment, communication systems and electronic warfare (EW) subsystems
Balance hybrid/EV battery packs to extend operational lifetime: Pt. 2—Algorithm and lab tests
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12/16/2011   1 comment
Charge imbalance can reduce a battery pack’s total capacity and potentially damage the pack. Imbalance prevents batteries from tracking from the charged state to the discharged state and if not closely monitored can cause batteries to be overcharged or over-discharged—which will permanently damage the cells.
ST claims world first contactless wafer test
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12/15/2011   9 comments
European chip company STMicroelectronics NV has said it has produced the first wafer on which the die were fully tested wirelessly and without the use of contact probes.
Globalfoundries announces 20-nm chip tape out
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12/14/2011   4 comments
ARM and Globalfoundries have announced the tape out of a 20nm chip and have demoed a Cortex-A9 SoC operating at more than 2.5GHz on 28nm technology.
Jitter and timing analysis in the presence of crosstalk
Design How-To  
12/14/2011   3 comments
Serial data standards continue to proliferate, providing dramatic improvements in PC and Server system performance. Testing these higher speed standards for evidence of jitter is critical for long-term stability and to achieving the objective of a good Bit Error Ratio (BER) in the design. Effective analysis begins with selecting the right instruments and have a good understanding of instrument noise, rise time and factors such 3rd, 4th, 5th harmonic performance.
Conferences and exhibitions for 2012
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12/11/2011   12 comments
Here is a list of events for 2012 compiled on the basis of only one per month.
Spreadtrum releases platforms for $40 smartphones
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12/9/2011   11 comments
Chinese fabless semiconductor firm Spreadtrum Communications has released two new low-cost, 600MHz Android smartphone platforms, made on a 40-nm process, aimed at ultra-cheap smartphones in the $40-50 range.
Balance hybrid/EV battery packs to extend operational lifetime: Pt. 1—Hardware and strategy
Design How-To  
12/9/2011   2 comments
Charge imbalance can reduce a battery pack’s total capacity and potentially damage the pack. Imbalance prevents batteries from tracking from the charged state to the discharged state and if not closely monitored can cause batteries to be overcharged or over-discharged—which will permanently damage the cells.
Analog Devices 20-bit AD5790 and 18-bit AD5780 D/A converters
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12/8/2011   2 comments
Analog Devices' 20-bit AD5790 and 18-bit AD5780 D/A converters provide stability and ultra-low noise needed to increase accuracy of instrumentation equipment.
Vishay RFCS series of RF capacitors
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12/8/2011   Post a comment
Vishay launched surface-mount RF capacitors with what it claims is the industry's highest self-resonance frequency for applications at frequencies up to 20 GHz.
Defining the 4G PHY architecture design challenges
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12/5/2011   2 comments
As with most emerging technologies, design challenges for LTE-A abound, particularly when it comes to the physical layer (PHY) architecture development. Addressing these challenges remains critical to the successful development and deployment of LTE-A designs.
AVX GX01 series ultra-broadband capacitors
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12/1/2011   Post a comment
AVX's miniature ultra-broadband capacitors deliver a low insertion loss value of 0.5dB through at least 40GHz and address DC blocking issues from 160kHz (-3dB roll-off) to 40GHz.


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