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Blog Rx: Researcher taps into brain waves
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
The chairman of EMBC '09 discusses his work using imaging to understand the brain and his views on the bioengineering profession.
Lab-on-chip innovator Michelle Khine to be honored
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Michelle Khine, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, will be honored next month for inventing a method for fabricating microfluidic devices without a clean room.
Taejin opts for Tower Semiconductor's power management process to produce voltage regulator ICs
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Taejin Technology, Co., Ltd., (Daejeon, Korea), a linear and switching regulators supplier, has selected global specialty foundry, Tower Semiconductor, Ltd., (Migdal Ha'emek, Israel) to manufacture Taejin's low power, high efficiency voltage regulator ICs.
TI power management controls Xilinx FPGA eval kit
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx announced that Texas Instruments Fusion Digital Power controllers are being applied in Xilinx's Virtex-6 ML605 field programmable gate array (FPGA) evaluation kit.
Analog Devices : Precision op amp claims lowest offset and drift
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced a compact, 36-V precision JFET-input operational amplifier with claims the industry’s lowest noise and distortion over the widest temperature range.
Pulse : Power inductors have tight DCR tolerance
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Pulse introduces the PG0871NL and PG0702NL series of round-wire coil surface mount power inductors.
Search out enhanced monolithic or multi-chip dc-to-dc converters with integrated MOSFETs
Design How-To  
8/28/2009   1 comment
Integrating advanced discrete power MOSFETs or combining power MOSFETs on the same die results in small, easy-to-use, point-of-load solutions.
Precision JFET-input op amp claims best-in-class signal acquisition and fast settling times
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8/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced a compact, 36-volt precision JFET-input (junction field-effect transistor input) operational amplifier (op amp) that claims to offer the industry's lowest noise and distortion over the widest temperature range.
Liquid-OLED could boost flexible displays, e-readers
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8/28/2009   Post a comment
The possibility of combining the rich color gamut of organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays with enhanced flexibility is opened up by an academic paper on a liquid-OLED display in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.
Group bids to spend $178M on smart grids
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8/27/2009   1 comment
A team of utilities, vendors and research groups has submitted a five-year, $178 million proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a smart electric grid demonstration system in the Pacific Northwest region, one of more than 400 bids for economic stimulus grants the DoE has received, contending for as much as $3.9 billion in government funds aimed at accelerating work on smart grids.
Lithium-ion battery leader leads funding drive for Norway's Think Global electric vehicle maker
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Norwegian electric vehicle producer, Think Global AS, is to receive $47 million of equity funding from a group of investors lead by Ener1, Inc., which is the parent company of EnerDel, a leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion automotive battery systems based in Indianapolis, USA, and an existing supplier to Think.
Quad Sink/Source Current DAC offers low-cost solution for power-supply adjustments and tracking
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a low-cost, quad sink/source current DAC with tracking control.
Dialog begins shipping Intel Atom companion power management IC for in-vehicle infotainment applications
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor Plc (Kirchheim, Germany) has collaborated with Harman Becker, the Harman International Automotive Division, to develop the DA6001 power management IC as a companion device for the Intel Atom processor.
Small engines get greener
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8/26/2009   7 comments
Emissions from small gasoline engines could be reduced using a new analog chip that Freescale Semiconductor introduced at a technology forum in Shenzhen, China.
Maxim : 125-nA supervisory circuits extend battery life
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the MAX16056- MAX16059, ultra low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that monitor a single system supply voltage.
Fishy power requirements
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
MIT researchers have displayed prototype robotic fish that have just ten moving parts, including a single motor. Some prototypes have survived in the lab for four years of constant underwater tests without a leak.
Gartner ups semi market expectations
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
Strong customer demand and the effects of stimulus packages in China helped to partially iron out the dent in the global semiconductor market. Against this background, market researcher Gartner has lifted its revenue forecast to minus 17 percent for 2009. Earlier, the experts predicted a decline of 22.4 percent. But reasons persist to remain cautious.
Fixed-ratio IBC offers optimized performance, efficiency and cost
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has expanded its intermediate bus converter (IBC) portfolio with the addition of its AED/ALD13B50 12 V sixteenth brick open-loop bus converter.
Camden : Power fuses conform with IEC 60269
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
The CamdenBoss Powerfuse range includes aR semiconductor fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm and 10 x 38 mm sizes, aM motor circuit protection fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm sizes and gG general fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm and 10 x 38 mm sizes.
INSTANTIS launches pioneering solution for green enterprise management
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Instantis announces the availability of EnterpriseTrack Green Edition.
Trends in power management semiconductors in mobile applications
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
It's a fact, that consumers have an insatiable appetite for smaller, lighter, and function-rich portable electronic devices. But to do so, designers need to grasp integration, and the latest integration trends are in the power management ICs that have come from the simple MOSFET switch, to today's advanced load switches. Learn how with this design article.
MIT's robotic fish target monitoring tasks
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Robotic fish could swim in schools of hundreds to perform surveys, environmental monitoring, reconnaissance and other underwater tasks, according to MIT researchers.
Toyota tops 'clunker' sales list
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8/25/2009   1 comment
Toyota Motor Co. was the primary beneficiary of the U.S. government's "Cash for Clunkers" program, accounting for three of the top five models purchased by new car buyers, according to a new survey of the auto stimulus program.
Fairchild : 600-V MOSFETs have low figure of merit
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) brings designers of power supplies, lighting, display and industrial applications a new generation of 600-V Super-Junction MOSFETs -SupreMOS.
New generation of Super-Junction MOSFETs is unveiled
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has released a new generation of 600 V Super-Junction MOSFETs - SupreMOS suitable for designers of power supplies, lighting, display and industrial applications
First market-ready handheld Plaszma platform features Wolfson's integrated audio and power management solution
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Applications processor vendor, ZiiLABS has selected Wolfson Microelectronics' WM8350 Stereo CODEC with Integrated Power Management for inclusion on both its ZMS-05 System Module for embedded devices and its Zii EGG StemCell Computer, the first market-ready handheld Plaszma platform.
Carbon nanotube interconnect startup raises $4.1 million
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Surrey NanoSystems Ltd. (Newhaven, England) has raised £2.5 million (about $4.1 million) in second round venture capital to help it develop a silicon-friendly, low-temperature carbon nanotube growth process. Surrey NanoSystems believes CNTs can be used as semiconductor interconnect.
Engineer seeks $60 million bonus from Atmel
News & Analysis  
8/25/2009   3 comments
Dr. Andreas Paul Schueppen, a former employee of Atmel Germany GmbH, is preparing for his first day in court in a case filed against his former employer in which he is claiming he is owed 42 million euro (about $60 million) as an "inventor's bonus."
Low-power supervisors feature capacitor-adjustable reset and watchdog timeouts
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced ultra-low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that monitor a single system supply voltage and consume 125 nA supply current to extend battery life in power-sensitive applications.
Energy management for automation
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Energy management and responsible handling of resources is currently the number one topic in industry. In light of this, the Automation Initiative of German Automobile Manufacturers (AIDA) asked the PROFIBUS organization and PROFINET International (PI) to provide functions and mechanisms for PROFINET that support energy-efficient production.
U.S. invests $6.4 million in LED research
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
The Energy Department will fund LED and organic LED research with funds from the economic stimulus package approved by Congress in February.
Trio of low-power difference amplifiers feature fast slew rates, reduce board space
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has unveiled three new low-power difference amplifiers as small as 4.9 mm x 3 mm and featuring slew rates up to 10 times faster than competing products.
Smallest white LED boost converter offers better picture contrast and energy efficiency benefits
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp., has introduced what the company claims is the industry's smallest white light-emitting diode (LED) driver with dynamic display backlight control.
Market researcher: Bosch bought Akustica for its MEMS integration approach
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
When recently automotive electronics giant Bosch toke over tiny MEMS microphone company Akustica, the reason was the latter one's expertise in integrating MEMS on standard chips, presumes market researcher The Information Network. The move is not intended to help Bosch to enter the electro-acoustic devices market, but strengthen its leading position in the automotive MEMS scene.
Comment: Intel's counsel of complacency on energy efficiency
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Intel and Microsoft funded a Stanford University professor, to produce a series of research papers that assess the energy and environmental impacts of information technology. Peter Clarke argues that many of the benefits that have been quantified in this research are already factored in to our apprecation and that more needs to be done than we are inheriting from Moore's Law.
Silicon circuit board seeks to replace ASICs
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
You may be able to kiss that printed-circuit board good-bye soon, instead mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board that essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
TSMC splits 28-nm high-k metal gate process into two versions
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has announced it will add a low-power version to its 28-nm high-K metal gate (HKMG) process technology with first production coming in the third quarter of 2010.
Reports: Texas Instruments circles Qimonda's US assets
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
According to media releases, Texas Instruments is interested in taking over some or all of Qimonda's US-based assets. The company even has specified a price.
Digital power ICs entering growth phase, researcher says
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
The market for digital power management devices is facing rapid differentiation with high growth at the same time, says market research company Darnell group.
2-A solar battery charger Matches Peak Power Tracking with Simple Control Loop
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
A solar power directed monolithic buck battery charger IC for modern battery chemistries has been introduced by Linear Technology Corporation.
28-V, dual-/single-input, linear Li+ battery chargers feature battery detection and overvoltage-protected outputs
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced 28 V, dual-/single-input, linear Li+ battery chargers with battery detection and overvoltage-protected outputs.
Daimler plans volume production for e-Smart
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Daimler plans to sell an electric version of its Smart sub-compact by 2012. The production of second generation e-smart will start as early as November 2009 — albeit for the nonce only for selected users.
BP Solar under fire after PV installation blaze
News & Analysis  
8/21/2009   1 comment
Solar power plants on building roofs are not only a source of energy and income for the operators. They also can catch fire. In the case of a photovoltaics installation in Bürrstadt (Germany), the operator made this experience. Now he battles for the reason of the fire with solar cell manufacturer BP Solar.
IC overcomes solar cell/battery-chemistry charging conundrum
Product News  
8/21/2009   2 comments
The LT3652 from LTC maintains solar panel at peak output power wile charging various chemistries, using an input voltage regulation loop
Trading Fuel for Silicon — How Electronics Drive Fuel Efficiency
Design How-To  
8/20/2009   1 comment
Advanced methods for fuel injection and ignition in Diesel as well as Gasoline engines achieve higher engine output power and lower fuel consumption at the same time. However, the electronic controls are tricky and require very specific power transistors.
Industrial-grade 30-V MOSFETs offer low gate charge solution
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced a series of industrial-qualified 30 V TO-220 HEXFET power MOSFETs with low gate charge (Qg) for applications including Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) inverters, low voltage power tools, ORing applications and netcom and server power supplies.
ON Semiconductor unveils best-in-class space-performance Schottky barrier diodes for portable applications
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced four new 30 V Schottky barrier diodes that have been developed to offer portable electronics designers both the industry's smallest Schottky diode and best-in-class space-performance.
Novaled OLED meets DoE lighting specs
News & Analysis  
8/20/2009   2 comments
Novaled has developed a large area organic light emitting diode device that the company claims meets international lighting specifications.
Industrial-output signal conditioners simplify the design of PLCs
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced new industrial analog-output signal conditioners designed to offer the industrial market a combination of higher functionality, greater integration, and smaller total solution size than competitive devices.
Precision op amp provides best bias current drift at lowest power
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL28207 op amp features advanced bias current cancellation techniques to achieve low bias current drift over the operating temperature range, making it well-suited for high-impedance input signals for process controls, automated test equipment, and data acquisition.
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