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Advanced Processor Chip Scaling Driven by Latest Electronics
11/6/2014   10 comments
Last month, one of the top global reverse engineering chip firms, Chipworks, verified the Core M version of Intel’s Broadwell processor, using 14nm node size logic processor semiconductor technology.
GaN-on-Diamond RF Device Milestones
10/24/2014   20 comments
Technology achievements with respect to gallium nitride (GaN) continue to propel this material toward new horizons in the realm of RF devices.
GaN Prospects Boosted in IBM Graphene Epitaxy Discovery
10/8/2014   46 comments
Gallium nitride offers significant performance benefits for a wide range of analog microchips, from RF-ICs to numerous power control ICs such as high-power HEMTs used in communications, energy, and military applications.
iPhone 6 Chips & Components Revealed
9/23/2014   80 comments
A gadget repair company called iFixit, based in Melbourne, has revealed the manufacturers of many chips and other electronic components within the iPhone 6, which has boosted exposure and investor interest in these chipmakers.
Iranian Cyberattacks & Energy Security
6/10/2013   10 comments
The smart grid has been discussed for a while with little progress towards implementation. Now, with cyberattacks and grid security as an issue, expect more progress.
Rise of the $50 Smartphone: Impact on Analog
6/5/2013   48 comments
In the huge markets of China, India, and Southeast Asia, very inexpensive smartphones are being sold by the millions at a price point that is putting downward pressure on analog components in general.
Review of GaN-on-Si RF Power Device Market
5/27/2013   15 comments
What are the characteristics of GaN RF power devices? What are the advantages compared to GaAs and SiC devices? And can the technology be economical and reliably applied to HEMT devices?
SiC Power Inversion Chips for PV & EVs
5/21/2013   3 comments
Silicon carbide (SiC) chips are gaining traction in photovoltaic (PV) solar inverters, but its future in electric vehicles remains cloudy.
Dual 16-bit, 1.6-GSPS DAC synthesizes high-quality wideband signals from baseband to high intermediate frequencies
1/4/2013   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced the AD9142 dual-channel, 16-bit, 1.6-GSPS D/A converter, which supports high data rates and complex modulation schemes required in communications, test and instrumentation, and defense and aerospace systems.
ADC Basics (Part 5): Key ADC specifications for system analysis
1/3/2013   2 comments
This article helps to determine the key specifications for ADCs, as you compare the performance of SAR and delta-sigma converter systems.
Signal Chain Basics #73: Audio metering, enjoying the VU
1/2/2013   1 comment
Audio metering is present in almost any equipment that plays or records audio – from cell phones displaying bar graphs of audio output levels, to home stereos with flashing LEDS, to live broadcasting.
Toshiba begins GaN-on-Si LED production
12/19/2012   4 comments
Toshiba has announced that this month it will start production of white light emitting diodes intended for use by makers of general purpose and industrial lighting using Bridgelux technology.
Conexant launches high-def voice capture IC
12/18/2012   Post a comment
This latest offering from Conexant complements its portfolio of turnkey Far-Field Voice Input Processor SoC solutions.
Analog gurus impart unique knowledge in book
12/17/2012   1 comment
The second volume of "Analog Circuit Design, Immersion in the Black Art of Analog Design" by Bob Dobkin and Jim Williams has just been published.
ADC Guide, Part 11: ADC Noise – 2, SINAD, ENoB
12/13/2012   Post a comment
Previously in this series, we discussed about noise basics and how they affect an ADC’s output. We will continue this discussion about noise and cover Signal-to-Noise and Distortion ratio and ENoB, all commonly used specifications of an ADC.
ADC Guide, Part 9: Total Harmonic Distortion
12/11/2012   Post a comment
This series has primarily discussed the DC specifications of an ADC. Now we discuss AC specifications like distortion and noise in the ADC.
ADI introduces two waveform generators
12/11/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced the AD9106 quad-channel, 12-bit, and the AD9102 single-channel, 14-bit, 180-MSPS waveform generators, integrating on-chip static random access memory and direct digital synthesis for complex waveform generation.
ADC Guide Part 10: ADC Noise - 1
12/8/2012   3 comments
To meet system requirements, engineers need to understand the noise performance of all the analog peripherals in the signal chain, including the ADC. In this part of the article series, we will talk about the effect of noise on an ADC’s output.
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