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Sensor module design improves automotive electrical integration, functionality (Part 2)
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6/30/2011   Post a comment
Devices must be reliable and robust, and operate with long-term stability and high precision under harsh physical, chemical, and electrical stress conditions.
Automotive chip market to show 12% CAGR
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6/30/2011   6 comments
The annual global automotive chip market was worth $22 billion in 2010 and will be worth close to $35 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. This equates to a compound annual growth rate for the period of about 12 percent.
Photo gallery: Inside TI's RFAB
Semi Conscious  
6/30/2011   16 comments
Representatives from Texas Instruments last week invited a few members of the media to Richardson, Texas, for a tour of RFAB—the semiconductor industry's first 300-mm analog fab and first LEED certified fab.
Boundary conditions dictate battery management
Design How-To  
6/30/2011   2 comments
Once cell and electronics architecture is understood, one must consider tradeoffs in circuit topology such as how to optimize communications and interconnection within battery pack.
Fresco Microchip gets $9M in series C funding
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6/28/2011   3 comments
Fresco Microchip, a developer of RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing chips for TVs, announced it secured $9 million in series C funding from the Ontario Venture Capital Fund and previous Fresco investors Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West.
LED driver market to show 12% CAGR, says firm
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6/28/2011   10 comments
Annual LED driver IC sales will reach nearly $3.5 billion in 2015 up from nearly $2 billion in 2010, a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited Inc.
Nanoelectronics body doubles 2011 funds to $250-million
6/28/2011   9 comments
The ENIAC Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership for the funding of nanoelectronics research in Europe, has said the amount of money available through the latest call for proposals includes grants totaling 175 million euro (about $250 million) an increase of 100 percent on 2010.
Driving Impressions: Prius Plug-In Hybrid
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6/28/2011   26 comments
With a relatively short time to charge, the hybrid plug-in Prius is, in effect, an around-town electric vehicle.
Vishay DG2735A and DG2725 dual SPDT switches, DG2599 DPDT switch
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6/28/2011   Post a comment
Vishay is offering low-voltage analog switches that feature on-resistance down to 0.6 O maximum at 2.7V in a miniQFN package, making them well-suited for portable products.
Texas Instruments H.E.A.T. evaluation module
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6/28/2011   1 comment
TI is offering a high-temperature H.E.A.T. evaluation module that speeds safe testing of electronics for harsh and hot environments.
TI shows some very serious intent in analog-focused arenas
6/27/2011   7 comments
Texas Instruments pushes ahead in diverse market areas and technologies, aided by investments in process, product, and people, as it strives to expand its market position and lead
Wolfson issues warning over slow sales
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6/27/2011   4 comments
Mixed-signal fabless chip company Wolfson Microelectronics plc has issued a trading update notice stating that that second quarter revenues would come in at the lower end of previous guidance.
Technological advances simplify personal healthcare and peak-performance training
Design How-To  
6/26/2011   2 comments
High-performance components such as MCUs and AFEs can be used in a variety of medical devices and peak-performance gadgets
Freescale's makeover: How's it look?
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6/26/2011   32 comments
CEO Beyer, in his keynote at Freescale Technology Forum, portrayed Freescale as a company of “embedded processing.” What pops into your head, when asked to describe Freescale in one key word?
Taiwan postcards: A reporter's photojournal
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6/24/2011   12 comments
Follow the footsteps of our roving reporter as he explores the electronics industry in Taipei and Hsinchu on a two-week tour.
Sensor module design improves automotive electrical integration, functionality (Part 1)
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6/24/2011   Post a comment
Devices must be reliable and robust, and operate with long-term stability and high precision under harsh physical, chemical, and electrical stress conditions.
Analog Devices AD8429 instrumentation amplifier
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6/23/2011   Post a comment
ADI's latest instrumentation amplifier is designed for the precision measurement of extremely small signals present in noisy industrial operating environments
Analog startup goes old school, gets funding
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6/23/2011   21 comments
An analog IC startup with a seasoned management team and a throwback business model emerged to disclose the receipt of $12 million in series A venture capital funding and announce new analog comparator products.
Op amps in small-signal audio design - Part 2: Distortion in bipolar and JFET input op-amps
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6/22/2011   1 comment
In Part 2 of an excerpt from the book "Small Signal Audio Design," Douglas Self looks at distortion in BJT and JFET-input op amps, and using rail bootstrapping to reduce common-mode distortion.
Audiophoolery, father of computer music & how to listen
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6/22/2011   1 comment
The latest audio-related items that recently caught my eye include free listener training software, a look back at the life and work of a computer music pioneer, and more "audiophoolery" - this time in a column at Slate.
Allegro Microsystems A8516 LED driver
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6/22/2011   1 comment
Check out Allegro MicroSystems' new multi-output WLED/RGB driver for backlighting LCD monitors and televisions.
China white-box handset market in decline
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6/22/2011   4 comments
After a couple of recent profit warnings from white-box – or unbranded – handset manufacturers Nomura Equity Research has concluded that China's handset OEMs are facing structural problems.
Wireless audio design delivers 40 hours on one AA battery
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
The Monad A1 wireless audio reference design from HiWave Technologies can deliver 13W burst audio and over 40 hours on one 1.2V AA NiMH battery.
Analog expert Bob Pease dies in tragic accident
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6/20/2011   116 comments
Legendary analog IC designer Bob Pease of National Semiconductor died in a car crash over the weekend after leaving a memorial service for another analog luminary, Jim Williams of Linear Technology.
Photo gallery: Remembering Jim Williams
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6/17/2011   7 comments
A photo gallery celebrating the life of Jim Williams, the legendary analog IC designer who died suddenly last week at the age of 63.
If you can't drive a Chevy Volt, drive a plug-in Prius
6/17/2011   38 comments
The Prius Plug-In Hybrid is the car I'm driving for a week. Give me any questions or comments you may have.
ECU architecture ensures failure safety
Design How-To  
6/17/2011   3 comments
The complexity of automotive mechatronic systems makes it impossible to fully determine all potential failure modes or to test all possible behavior. The challenge is to architect control units in a way that dangerous failures are prevented or at least sufficiently controlled.
Passing of Jim Williams, analog circuit guru, mentor, teacher
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6/13/2011   75 comments
Our industry and profession has lost a true engineer, in the finest sense of the word
Peering inside a portable, $200 cancer detector, Part 1
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6/13/2011   2 comments
Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a small, inexpensive cancer-detection device; here are the design and construction details
Flat acoustic module targets tablet computer sleeves
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
The HIAM-SS2S 'SoundSleeve' module from HiWave Technologies comprises a pair of 2W peak audio power exciters attached to a lightweight honeycomb panel to create clear stereo sound.
Mobile audio initiative deploys high performance mixed signal technology
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6/13/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is stepping up its efforts to address what the company claims is one of the most significant challenges facing audio applications in the mobile industry today – the need to meet consumer demand for multimedia mobile devices that offer smaller speakers, sound louder and better, while minimizing impact on battery life.
CMOS PAs improve RF performance and save BOM for 3G mobile handsets
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6/11/2011   5 comments
For increased market success, it is necessary for CMOS PAs not only to deliver lower system cost, but also to outperform GaAs PAs on important system metrics.
Impressions of IMS2011
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/11/2011   1 comment
Basestations, Backhaul, and Radar
'Bit-Reshaper' corrects FlexRay timing errors
Design How-To  
6/10/2011   1 comment
EMI susceptibility and signal quality issues with complex topologies have prevented a breakthrough of the FlexRay automotive data bus. But here's how to correct bit timing mismatches and significantly improve overall signal quality in FlexRay networks.
Dodging counterfeit electronic components is far more difficult than in the past
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6/10/2011   3 comments
The counterfeiters are becoming increasing harder to detect; and the devices they’re selling aren’t getting any better
National Semi beats estimates; profit slips
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6/9/2011   2 comments
National Semiconductor reported sales for the quarter ended May 29 that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations, though the company's net income declined compared with the year-ago period.
National Semiconductor SolarMagic arc detection reference design
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6/9/2011   1 comment
According to National, this is the first commercially available chipset to detect hazardous DC arc faults in photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Micrel MIC4811/MIC4812 white LED drivers
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6/9/2011   Post a comment
Micrel's latest WLED drivers are designed to drive up to six high current WLEDs for signage lighting.
Xilinx FPGAs beam up next-gen radio astronomy
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6/8/2011   2 comments
Researchers in Australia are using Virtex-6 FPGAs to economically meet the demanding requirements of an advanced telescope called ASKAP.
National Semiconductor LM3466 highly integrated linear LED driver
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6/6/2011   Post a comment
With just a few passive components, National's latest high-brightness driver provides a complete system that drives each LED string from any off-the-shelf AC/DC constant-current power supply.
MEMS device radically reshapes IR non-contact temperature sensing for consumer products
Product News  
6/6/2011   9 comments
TMP006 from Texas Instruments is complete infrared subsystem with thermopile, conditioning, ADC, references, and digital interface in 1.6 mm-square package
WSTS strips value from Q1 chip market
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6/3/2011   7 comments
The WSTS organization has reduced its figures for global chips sales for each of the months of January, February and March of 2011, in its latest updating of its spreadsheet.
Benchmark automotive network applications
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6/3/2011   Post a comment
Validate and test new technologies against automotive requirements.
IHS: China's fabless to sell $10-bn in 2015
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6/3/2011   6 comments
China's fabless chip market is set to double from 2010 to 2015, according to market research company IHS-iSuppli.
EcoCAR forms a project-based learning platform
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6/2/2011   Post a comment
Real-world development program inspires engineering students to extend their knowledge of advanced vehicle technologies.
Maxim buys Scottish mixed-signal design firm
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6/2/2011   2 comments
Maxim Integrated Products said it acquired Calvatec, a privately held analog/mixed-signal chip design firm based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
STMicroelectronics TSC1021 high side current sense amplifier
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6/1/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced temperature stable measurement ICs for power management and motor control applications.
Crystek's CVCO55CC-0827-0840 VCO
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6/1/2011   Post a comment
Crystek's latest VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 827 MHz to 840 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.2 V to 4.7 V.
Rusnano draws MEMS firm to Russia
News & Analysis  
6/1/2011   3 comments
Rusnano, the Russian government investment fund for nanotechnologies, has said it is investing $15 million into a $22 million project with MEMS-based timing company SiTime Corp. under which the company will open up a development center in Russia.
Energy harvesting tipping point for wireless sensor applications
Design How-To  
6/1/2011   6 comments
Among the final pieces in the energy harvesting solution jigsaw puzzle are integrated circuits that can perform useful functions, such as algorithmic control and wireless communications using tiny amounts of energy.

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