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S-band coaxial resonator oscillator delivers low-phase noise
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3/31/2008   Post a comment
Z-Communications is offering a lead-free, RoHS-compliant, coaxial resonator oscillator (CRO2715D-LF) that supports the S-band (2670-2760 MHz) and delivers an ultra low (typ) phase noise performance of -108dBc/Hz @10kHz offset.
Image sensor delivers true HD video in all lighting conditions
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
OmniVision Technologies has released a true high-definition (HD) image sensor optimized for use in indoor and outdoor applications for the security and surveillance markets.
S-band coaxial resonator oscillator delivers excellent phase noise
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3/28/2008   Post a comment
Z-Communications has announced the introduction a lead free, RoHS compliant, coaxial resonator oscillator (CRO2545B-LF) in S band (2500 to 2590 MHz) offering an ultra low (typical) phase noise performance of "107dBc/Hz at 10kHz offset.
Huge growth seen for MEMS sensors, actuators
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Worldwide sales of MEMS-based semiconductor sensors and actuators are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent between 2007 and 2012, reaching $9.7 billion in five years compared to $4.1 billion in 2007, according to market research group IC Insights.
VCO features extremely low phase noise, high output power
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3/26/2008   Post a comment
Z-Communications introduces a L-band coaxial resonator oscillator with extremely low phase noise for digital radio and fixed wireless applications.
Attenuators operate over DC to 3-GHz frequency
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3/26/2008   Post a comment
IMS has introduced a series of thickfilm on alumina attenuators with a DC to 3-GHz operating frequency in a 0404 package size for RF/microwave applications.
Schottky diodes save energy, space in portable devices
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3/26/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has introduced a series of energy- and space-efficient Schottky diodes for portable applications such as cell phones, PDAs and digital cameras.
Yet More On Decoupling, Part 6: Simulating the complete op amp/power supply circuit
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3/26/2008   2 comments
The sixth and final installment of this series on power-supply decoupling and bypass capacitors simulates the interaction effects of the complete circuit, by driving a signal into an amplifier so that the load current itself causes the excitation on the supply rails.
'How to Cheat': The Physics of RFID
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3/25/2008   Post a comment
Here is the first section of Chapter 2 from 'How to Cheat at Deploying and Securing RFID.' The chapter--The Physics of RFID--provides a basic understanding of the physics of RFID communications and the characteristics that affect system performance during the journey of an RF wave.
PCB Piezotronics : Preamplifier suits high-temp. applications
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3/25/2008   Post a comment
PCB Piezotronics has released the HT426E01 preamplifier, designed to overcome high temperature testing challenges associated with NVH powertrain and vehicle underhood testing applications, and to broaden options for NVH test engineers collecting acoustic data in high temperature areas.
2.5A gate drive optocoupler consumes low power
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3/25/2008   Post a comment
Avago Technologies announced its ACPL-K312 gate drive optocoupler that offers a 2.5A maximum peak output current, addressing low power consumption requirements and providing high noise immunity.
Capacitive touch sensing solution replaces buttons/sliders in five minutes
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3/24/2008   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced the CapSense Express capacitive touch sensing solution for fast and easy button and slider replacement in as little as five minutes without coding.
15-MBd digital optocouplers support dual voltages, wide temperature range
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3/20/2008   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced a new family of high-speed dual-supply voltage digital optocouplers that operate at a minimum speed of 15 MBd and support the industry's typical widest operating temperature range.
Put RFID in the Toolbox
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3/20/2008   Post a comment
We're past the hype--so how does really RFID fit into today's toolbox?
Fail-safe gyro sensors targets high-reliability applications
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3/20/2008   Post a comment
Austrian fabless chip vendor SensorDynamics has introduced two angular rate sensors which integrate monitoring circuitry at chip and module level. This double safety enables designers to use them in automotive applications as well as in other application areas where very high levels of resilience and safety are a requirement.
Crystal oscillator delivers HCSL output for PCI Express apps
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3/19/2008   Post a comment
Touted as the industry's first crystal oscillator (XO) with a HCSL output, the 100-MHz DS4100H from Maxim Integrated Products targets PCI Express applications.
Yet More On Decoupling, Part 5: Supply impedance and op amp interaction
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3/19/2008   Post a comment
Part 5 of this series on power-supply decoupling and bypass capacitors examines the interaction between supply impedance resonances and the high-frequency behaviour of an amplifier.
Daetwyler acquires ELFA group, reports record sales
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3/19/2008   Post a comment
Swiss cabling systems and component vendor Daetwyler has taken over Swedish distributor ELFA Group. At the same time, the company has announced record revenues for FY 2007.
Multimode sensor processing using Massively Parallel Processor Arrays (MPPAs)
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3/18/2008   Post a comment
A multimode sensor processing solution that is upwardly scalable, reconfigurable, and programmable, all while reducing development costs and time to market.
GPS disciplined oscillator delivers ultra-low-power consumption
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3/17/2008   Post a comment
Jackson Labs has unveiled what it claims is the industry's smallest OCXO-based GPS disciplined oscillator (GPSDO) with extremely low-power consumption and long-term performance.
COTS EMI filter modules comply with military standards
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3/17/2008   Post a comment
VPT's latest pair of EMI filters in its COTS product line provides compliance to MIL-STD-461 C/D/E for conducted emissions in military and avionics DC-DC power systems.
SMD LEDs offer low resistance, high optical power
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3/14/2008   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has released two series of warm white power SMD LEDs that use InGan technology to offer low resistance and high optical power.
Mirror tantalum capacitors deliver low ESR in small packages
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3/13/2008   Post a comment
AVX has expanded its TPM series to include D- and low-profile Y-case size multi-anode "mirror" configuration tantalum capacitors.
German chip market to continue growth, ZVEI says
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3/13/2008   Post a comment
The German industry association ZVEI expects the local semiconductor market to grow in 2008 at a rate of 4 percent - if valued in euros. In dollar terms however, the growth rate is highly unclear.
Yet More On Decoupling, Part 4: Op amp macromodels: A cautionary tale
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3/12/2008   Post a comment
Part 4 of this series on power-supply decoupling and bypass capacitors offers a cautionary tale on using op amp macromodels - what you see in your simulation is definitely not always what you get.
8-bit digital potentiometer embeds high-performance EEPROM
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3/12/2008   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has expanded its digital potentiometer portfolio with the AS1507, a 256-tap SPI-interfaced non-volatile dual digital potentiometer available with 10, 50 and 100k Ohms resistance.
DSL filter is compatible with VDSL2 to 30-MHz
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3/11/2008   Post a comment
Specifically suited for telephone networks in Asia, Europe, and South America, Pulse's Excelsus brand Z-301LS in-line xDSL filter improves DSL and HPN performance by filtering all phone-line services through a single line while providing optimal voice band performance.
SAW filter doubles passband to 100-MHz
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3/11/2008   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor has doubled the available bandwidth in its latest SAW filter to 100-MHz for high-speed wideband cable TV digital tuner applications.
Keyboard backlight requires less power, fewer LEDs
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3/10/2008   Post a comment
Global Lighting Technologies has introduced a thinner, LED-based backlight for use with desktop or notebook PC keyboards.
TFT-LCD module offers easy programmability
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3/10/2008   Post a comment
EarthLCD's ezLCD-004-EDK 5.6-inch TFT color LCD module offers intelligent programmability that provides a quick GUI interface to new products, eliminating the time typically required for designing customized hardware or software.
Dual photo-diode housed in small DFN package
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3/6/2008   Post a comment
PREMA Semiconductor has released its first optical standard component with the introduction of the PR5001, a dual photo-diode for the near infrared range.
RFID Essentials: An Introduction to RFID--Part III
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3/6/2008   1 comment
RFID--What is it? Here is the third segment of an excerpt from Chapter 1 of RFID Essentials. This multi-part series will take you from nuts and bolts, through challenges, all the way to adoption guidelines. This week features a focus on applications.
Thick-film resistors deliver wider resistance value range
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3/5/2008   Post a comment
Stackpole Electronics, Inc. has expanded the resistance value range for its CSR 3 series of thickfilm resistors to as low as .003 ohm.
Yet More On Decoupling, Part 3: Op amps and supply variation
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3/5/2008   Post a comment
Part 3 of this series on power supply bypass and decoupling looks at how a varying power supply voltage can affect the output of a basic op amp circuit.
Efficient and economical: Class-D amplifiers energize audio in flat-panel displays
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3/5/2008   Post a comment
New developments in audio power amplifier (APA) technology are increasing the sound quality in flat-panel displays to match the superb image quality. As DLP, LCD TV, LCD monitor and plasma display TV screens increase in size, audio performance must continue to keep pace.
Surface-mount resistor packs 0.20-watt in 0603 package
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3/5/2008   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has claimed the industry's first Power Metal Strip resistor with a high 0.20-W power rating in a compact 0603 package size.
GPS module designed for synchronization, timing apps
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3/5/2008   Post a comment
Connor-Winfield has developed the TiMax TI125 surface-mount GPS module for use in synchronization and timing applications.
Silicon oscillators deliver quartz performance at a lower cost
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3/4/2008   Post a comment
Recent MEMS resonator breakthroughs, such as improved long-term frequency stability and thermal hysteresis, have convinced some design engineers that the day has come for silicon oscillators. For buyers, reduced inventory carrying costs and time to market are the key reasons why the use of MEMS oscillators is on the rise.
Mouse sensor offers enhanced tracking performance
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3/4/2008   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced an enhanced mainstream small-form-factor optical mouse sensor that has been optimized for LED-based corded mouse applications.
Optocouplers feature wide operating temperature range
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3/3/2008   Post a comment
The EL30XX family of random-phase and zero-cross triac driver optocouplers from Everlight offers design flexibility for interface applications between low-current DC control circuits and AC power loads up to 380 V.


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