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Microsemi Bolsters FPGA Stance With Mingoa Acquisition
News & Analysis  
7/28/2014   2 comments
The Mingoa deal demonstrates Microsemi’s push to gain market share in the FPGA industry, which the company entered when it acquired Actel in 2010.
Atmel's Wireless Castle Complete
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7/16/2014   5 comments
With its proposed $140 million deal to acquire Newport Media, Atmel will add two key products to complete its SmartConnect wireless portfolio: 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
Vishay to Buy Capella for $205M
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7/14/2014   Post a comment
In a move aimed at strengthening its optical sensor business, Vishay Intertechnology has agreed to acquire Capella Microsystems Inc. of Taiwan for $205 million.
Qualcomm Dominated Cellular Baseband Market in Q1
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7/1/2014   Post a comment
Qualcomm still ruled cellular baseband market in the first quarter, while Intel dropped from third to fifth.
Bosch Holds Top Position in Auto MEMS
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7/1/2014   1 comment
Bosch extended its lead in the automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors market last year in a big way, according to a new report from IHS Technology.
SanDisk Acquires Fusion-io
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6/19/2014   2 comments
SanDisk pays $1.1 billion in cash deal to expand its solid-state drive line that supports the PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy
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6/17/2014   6 comments
With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).
DRAM's Mood Swings Stabilize
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6/17/2014   5 comments
From factory fires to consolidations, DRAM manufacturers have been through a lot, but now appear to be stabilizing as the market takes off.
Comment: Not surprised - ismini.scouras - 6/3/2014
Broadcom to Divest Cellular Baseband Chip Business
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6/2/2014   19 comments
Broadcom Corp. plans to sell or wind down its low-margin cellular baseband business to focus on infrastructure, broadband, and connectivity.
Renesas May Sell LCD Chip Unit to Synaptics
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5/28/2014   3 comments
The Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to sell its majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its LCD chip joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip Group, to the mobile device chip provider Synaptics.
Bel Fuse to Buy Emerson’s Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
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5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2
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5/23/2014   3 comments
Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
Microchip Buys Taiwan’s ISSC Tech
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5/22/2014   3 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. makes a $328.5 million deal to acquire Taiwanese fabless chip company ISSC Technologies Corp., which sells Bluetooth chips aimed at the growing IoT sector.
Nvidia Posts Solid Q1
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5/9/2014   1 comment
Robust business conditions in the PC gaming market led to high-double-digit profit growth in Nvidia Corp.'s first quarter of fiscal 2015.
Samsung, Apple Lose Traction in Q1
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5/1/2014   3 comments
The dominant positions of the smartphone market's two leading players are slowly deteriorating as second-tier manufacturers in China, including Lenovo and Huawei, kick up the competition.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip
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4/30/2014   4 comments
An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
Cirrus Logic to Buy Rival Wolfson for $467M
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4/30/2014   1 comment
Fabless analog and DSP vendor Cirrus Logic is on its way to becoming an audio chip powerhouse with a deal to acquire rival Wolfson Microelectronics for $467 million in cash and debt.
NXP Beats 1Q Estimates
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4/29/2014   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors' first-quarter earnings beat projections as sales growth was better than expected in nearly all its product segments.
ST Trims Losses in Q1
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4/29/2014   2 comments
STMicroelectronics narrowed its losses in its first quarter as Europe’s largest chipmaker drastically cut costs by reducing R&D expenses and posting significantly lower impairment and restructuring charges.
Exar to Acquire Integrated Memory Logic for $223M
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4/29/2014   Post a comment
Exar Corp. took another step to advance its analog diversification strategy with a $223 million proposed deal to acquire Integrated Memory Logic Ltd. (iML), a fabless semiconductor company that provides power-management chips aimed at the flat-panel display market.
Qualcomm Profits Rise on Lower-Than-Expected Revenue
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4/25/2014   Post a comment
Qualcomm posted better-than-expected earnings results in its second fiscal quarter ended March 30, but its top-line fell short due to lower licensing revenue, mainly in China where the rollout of LTE has been slower than anticipated.
AMD Narrows Its Losses in Q1
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4/18/2014   Post a comment
As sales of PC continue to decline, AMD is looking to reverse its losses through sales of its new Radion GPUs and gaming APUs.
Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
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4/16/2014   5 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Global Chip Sales Rose 11.4% in February
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4/8/2014   1 comment
The increase was the largest year-over-year increase in three years, according to SIA.
Micron Reorg Focuses on 4 Key Businesses
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4/7/2014   4 comments
During its recent earnings report, Micron executives announced a company-wide reorganization that will focus resources on four key businesses: computing and networking, mobile, storage, and embedded.
ON Semi Acquiring Truesense for $92M
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4/3/2014   3 comments
The deal expands ON Semiconductor's sensor offerings for the industrial sector. Truesense was previously Kodak Image Sensor Solutions.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
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3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Wearable Electronics Driving Battery Revenue Growth
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3/25/2014   11 comments
During the next four years, the influx of wearables devices such as Google Glass will help battery industry revenue reach $77 million by 2018. Demand for lithium polymer batteries is set to soar.
Hittite Expands Power Amplifier Line With Keragis Deal
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3/25/2014   Post a comment
By acquiring most of Keragis in an undisclosed deal, Hittite plans to expand its power amplifier line and its market for military and commercial applications.
UC Berkeley Scientists Advance On-Chip Inductor Technology
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3/20/2014   6 comments
New research from UC Berkeley is showing how magnetic particles can enable miniaturization while boosting inductance and performance.
Embedded V2X Systems Hinge on US Regulations
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3/13/2014   6 comments
The global market for Vehicle to X embedded systems could reach nearly 19 million units by 2020, but that depends on the rules the US Department of Transportation implements.
Touchstone Semi Sells Assets to Silicon Labs for $1.5M
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3/5/2014   5 comments
Silicon Labs to gain nearly 70 analog products in the $1.5 million deal to buy Touchstone Semi's assets.
MIT Research Looks to Extend Moore’s Law
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2/28/2014   5 comments
For years, the semiconductor world has waited for Moore’s Law to reach its limit. However, new research from MIT is showing how manufacturers can still shrink geometries past 20-nm cost effectively.
RF Micro & TriQuint to Merge in $1.6B Stock Deal
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2/26/2014   4 comments
A proposed $1.6 billion all-stock merger between TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. and RF Micro Devices Inc. is expected to create a wireless component powerhouse capable of providing all of the critical RF building blocks required to simplify handset and equipment design.
Wireless Power Startup WiTricity Joins A4WP Board
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2/13/2014   Post a comment
WiTricity, startup developer of highly resonant wireless power transfer technology, will incorporate reference design from Alliance for Wireless Power's specification.
Microchip to Acquire Supertex for $394M
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2/12/2014   6 comments
Deal gives analog/MCU vendor high-voltage capability.
Yokogawa Expands Production in North America
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1/29/2014   Post a comment
The industrial automation and control equipment manufacturer is expanding production at its Newnan, Ga., facility and boosting its workforce in North America to more than 1,000 by next year.
Qualcomm Buys Mobile Patents From HP
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1/27/2014   12 comments
In a move aimed at strengthening its mobile patent portfolio, Qualcomm Inc. has acquired a massive amount of IP from Hewlett-Packard Co. that includes patents from Palm, iPaq, and Bitfone involving operating system technologies.
Silicon Labs' Si52111 and Si52112 clock generator ICs ease power consumption, design complexity
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5/23/2013   Post a comment
Silicon Labs introduced what it claims are the industry’s smallest, most power-efficient PCIe clocks for consumer, embedded, storage, server and communications applications.
Pericom PI3PD22920, PI3PD22919, PI3TB212, PI3WVR12612, PI3WVR12412, mobile connectivity platform
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4/11/2013   Post a comment
New switching and power management products target Thunderbolt, USB and video protocols.
Touchstone Semi expands NanoWatt analog IC line to include TS3003, TS3004, TS3005, TS3006
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4/5/2013   Post a comment
The company’s latest additions include four new 1.55V to 5V, 1.9µA one-resistor-tunable timer ICs.
Emerson’s new 750 watt DS750PED and 1100 watt DS1100PED power supplies
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4/4/2013   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has launched two ultra-compact AC-DC front-end power supplies that meet the 80 Plus Platinum Standard for efficiency.
Texas Instruments Inc. SN65LVDS324 image sensor receiver IC
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
TI’s 1080p60 sensor-to-processor IC reduces video system size and power consumption.
C&K Components TDA Series DIP switches feature bifurcated contact for increased electrical reliability
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
Aimed at providing design flexibility in hand-held devices, C&K has expanded its ultra-miniature DIP switch series to include a 1-position version.
Fairchild enhances Power Supply WebDesigner
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
The online design and simulation tool now provides CCM, non-isolated PFC buck and buck LED driver designs in under a minute.
AVX SMPS Series MLC capacitors feature expanded voltage, capacitance range
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
AVX has introduced a 25V rating and extended capacitance range to its MIL-PRF-49470 SMPS capacitor family.
Linear Technology Corp. has developed a high voltage inverting DC/DC controller dubbed LTC3863
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
Linear Tech's high voltage inverting DC/DC controller uses a single inductor to produce a negative voltage from a positive input voltage.
Molex HSAutoLink II system interconnect system delivers design versatility, bandwidth
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3/7/2013   Post a comment
Next-generation HSAutoLink II system meets demand for multiple high-speed media protocols and network bandwidths up to 2.0 Gbps in automotive safety and infotainment.
Touchstone offers deep discount on second-source Maxim comparators
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1/15/2013   Post a comment
Touchstone Semiconductor’s single, dual and quad comparators yield a $0.20 to $2 savings over comparable parts from analog IC maker Maxim Integrated Products.
X-ES rolls Intel Core i7 processor-based small form factor system
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11/8/2012   Post a comment
In a natural convection-cooled SFF enclosure, the XPand6104 is well-suited for size, weight, and power-constrained applications at 2.10 in. (H) x 4.88 in. (W) x 7.70 in. (L) and weighing less than 4 lbs.
Aluminum capacitors target solar applications
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11/8/2012   Post a comment
Vishay is offering snap-in power aluminum capacitors for solar applications with 500 V rated voltage and ripple current to 2.52 A.
Texas Instruments SN65HVD72, SN65HVD75 and SN65HVD78 3.3-V RS485 transceivers
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9/7/2012   Post a comment
Available in speed grades up to 50 Mbps, TI’s latest transceivers provide a 50 percent higher level of ESD protection over the competition with +/- 15 kV HBM protection.
Linear Techology The LT4275A (LTPoE++), LT4275B (PoE+) and LT4275C (PoE) power device interface controllers.
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
Linear Technology is offering power device interface controllers that support up to 90W and all three power-over-Ethernet standards: LTPoE++, PoE+ and PoE.
Silicon Laboratories C8051F39x/7x 8-bit MCUs
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has rolled out an 8-bit MCU line that integrates a temperature sensor, as well as several other analog peripherals, helping to reduce BOM costs in communication and industrial systems.
ams AS3661 smart LED driver
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
Smartlight driver from ams integrates control of three separate banks of ‘smart’ indicator LEDs.
Microchip MCP47A1 D/A converter
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8/29/2012   Post a comment
This low-power, low-cost 6-bit volatile D/A converter with command code features a 1.8-5.5V wide operating voltage range and I2C/SMBus compatibility.
ADI’s Fishman remains bullish despite economic uncertainty
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8/22/2012   5 comments
CEO Jerald Fishman (shown) remains upbeat about Analog Device's ability to boost profits as it continues to grow its analog content in all of its major market sectors.
Analog specialist Apex targets printing market
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8/21/2012   1 comment
Apex has reemerged as a niche power analog vendor targeting printing applications in the industrial sector, an embryonic market that CEO Greg Brennan (shown) believes has significant growth opportunities.
Microsemi diversifies as DoD budget cuts loom
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8/17/2012   7 comments
While Microsemi's revenue growth remains vulnerable to U.S. budget cuts, declines could be offset by expansion into communications and industrial markets.
Analog firms step up stock buybacks
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8/15/2012   7 comments
Analog companies are ratcheting up their stock repurchase programs in an effort to boost the market’s long-term confidence in their financial viability.
Molex banks on acquisitions, new product wins for growth
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8/9/2012   Post a comment
After Molex capped off its fiscal 2012 year with disappointing sales, CEO Martin Slark (shown) said the company has various levers it can pull to propel sales growth higher than the overall connector market, including acquisitions.
Microchip closes SMSC deal, discusses integration plans
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8/3/2012   4 comments
Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi (shown) said SMSC will give the company two additional vertical markets: wireless audio and computing. The company also expects the transition phase to be completed in the first calendar quarter of 2013.
What's in a name? Plenty, says CEO of former austriamicrosystems
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8/3/2012   2 comments
John Heugle (shown), CEO of the new "ams," says the company formerly known as austromicrosystems was a "mouthful." Armed with a sensor acquisition, the European company is shooting for double-digit growth as early as this year.
What's in a name? Plenty, says CEO of former austriamicrosystems
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8/2/2012   Post a comment
John Heugle (shown), CEO of the new "ams," says the company formerly known as austromicrosystems was a "mouthful." Armed with a sensor acquisition, the European company is shooting for double-digit growth as early as this year.
Texas Instruments AFE4300 front-end solution
Product News  
8/2/2012   1 comment
TI unveiled the industry's first analog front end that integrates two separate signal chain front ends for weigh scale and dual body composition measurements into a single device.
ADI expands D/A converter portfolio
Product News  
8/2/2012   2 comments
ADI has introduced AD5686/96 quad 16-bit nanoDAC+ and AD5316R/7R quad 10-bit nanoDAC D/A converters in tiny packages, targeting a wide range of instrumentation and communications applications.
Analog sector to post modest sales growth, boost 300-mm production
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7/30/2012   2 comments
The worldwide analog semiconductor market is on track this year to grow 5.1 percent, increasing at a slower clip than the overall semiconductor industry, according to a market report from Semico Research Corp.
Clemmer: NXP debt under control, focusing on design wins
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7/27/2012   6 comments
NXP CEO Rick Clemmer (shown) said the chip maker has reduced its debt by $900 million, allowing it to devote more of its resources to key design wins.
Linear Technology LT3975 and LT3976 step-down regulators
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7/20/2012   Post a comment
Linear Technology has expanded its growing family of sub-5 µA quiescent current step-down regulators with a pair of devices aimed at the automotive and industrial sectors.
TI targets smart meters with analog front end
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7/20/2012   4 comments
TI released its first integrated e-metering product line that it claims offers the lowest power, delivering just 2mW per channel.
TI pursues smart-meter sector with ADS131E08 lowest power AFEs
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7/19/2012   Post a comment
TI released its first integrated e-metering product line that it claims offers the lowest power, delivering just 2mW per channel.
Linear Tech moves to integrate Dust Nets' wireless sensors
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7/19/2012   3 comments
Linear Technology is quickly integrating wireless sensor technologies it gained through the acquisition of Dust Networks. Product offerings will take a little longer, company executives say.
Maxim sensor strategy targets analog integration
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7/16/2012   3 comments
Maxim Integrated Products is attempting to take analog integration to a new level by combining up to seven sensors in a tiny optical package.
Honeywell tailors board-mount pressure sensors for medical apps
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
These high-resolution sensors are aimed at customers who want to do their own compensation, calibration, and amplification to make use of the maximum resolution of the bare sensor output.
Microsemi AAHS298B octal source driver ICs
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7/11/2012   Post a comment
Microsemi's octal source driver ICs support -55 to 125 degrees C operating temperatures.
NXP Semi CTO steps down
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7/6/2012   1 comment
NXP Semiconductor’s management team saw more changes recently as its CTO stepped down after residing with the company for more than 26 years.
Touchstone targets 'everything in signal path'
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7/6/2012   2 comments
Touchstone Semiconductor CEO Brett Fox wants to expand the analog startup beyond a "one category" company.
Silicon Laboratories Si21x8 TV tuners
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories launched its fourth generation TV tuner product line, which includes devices that offer greater integration, lower power consumption and the highest tolerance to Wi-Fi and LTE interference.
Texas Instruments TPA3116D2, TPA3118D2 and TPA3130D2 Class D audio amplifiers
Product News  
6/27/2012   3 comments
Higher efficiency levels and lower BOM costs will make Texas Instruments' Class D devices more accessible to cost-sensitive applications, including the LCD TV market, soundbars, after-market automotive solutions and portable audio docks.
Molex rolls out 32-circuit wire-to-wire connection system
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6/26/2012   Post a comment
This new modular, hybrid extension enables adoption of a complete CMC connection system throughout the entire vehicle.
Linear Technology LTC4353 dual ideal diode controller
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6/15/2012   Post a comment
Linear's 0V to 18V dual ideal diode controller enables low loss ORing of multiple power sources with minimal disturbance to supply voltages.
Analog Devices ADA4830-1, ADA4830-2, ADA4432-1 and ADA4433-1 analog video filter amplifiers
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6/13/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices' video amplifiers integrate short-to-battery protection and fault detection for automotive video applications.
Ericsson BMR456 3E Advanced Bus Converter
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6/7/2012   Post a comment
Ericsson's latest fully regulated digital DC/DC converters are based on a 32-bit ARM microcontroller that embeds its most advanced firmware to date.
Symmetrical adapters reduce assembly errors during manufacturing
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6/7/2012   Post a comment
Molex and Radiall have expanded their SMP-MAX series with new symmetrical adapters and RF coaxial interconnect solutions for board-to-board, module-to-module and panel-to-panel telecom applications.
Microchip MCP6V11 and MCP6V31 op amps
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
Microchip expands zero-drift operational amplifier portfolio for signal conditioning, instrumentation and portable sensor applications.
Analog Devices ADXL362 low power MEMS accelerometer
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
ADI's MEMS accelerometer enables wireless sensor networks, wearable motion detectors and other portable systems to significantly extend battery life.
Murata DMG series supercapacitors
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
Murata's new electrical double-layer capacitors feature high temperature range and advanced internal structure for a longer life cycle.
JST PNI series crimp-style connectors
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5/31/2012   Post a comment
JST's crimp-style connectors offer both wire-to-board and wire-to-wire applications on a 2mm pitch.
Vishay VJ5301M868MXBSR, VJ5601M868MXBSR, VJ5301M915MXBSR and VJ5601M915MXBSR multilayer ceramic chip antennas
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5/31/2012   Post a comment
Vishay's surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip antennas for operation at 868 MHz and 915 MHz offer small 35 mm x 5 mm x 1.2 mm and 15.5 mm x 10.5 mm x 1.2 mm outlines.


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