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Content posted in January 2007
Dual current sense amplifiers deliver fast response, precision
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Linear's LTC6103 contains two independent, high side current sense amplifiers that feature input bias current of 170-nA max and maximum input offset voltage of 450-µV. This precision performance allows the part to resolve very small currents and still operate over a large dynamic range.
Driver amplifier touts wide frequency range for wireless apps
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Check out M/A-COM's latest high dynamic range driver amplifier. The MAAMSS0070 is a single-state device tailored specifically for wireless applications such as basestations, WiMax and WiBro.
GloNav taps Jazz to produce low-power GPS RFIC
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Using Jazz's 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS process, GloNav has developed a low-power L1 GPS RFIC that operates from a single 1.8-V supply to consume just 15-mW of power, a key requirement for today's cellular handsets, portable consumer devices and battery-operated GPS devices.
Quad I/Q demodulator and phase shifter replaces delay lines in ultrasound equipment
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
In an effort to reduce component count and power consumption in medical applications, Analog Devices has developed a quad I/Q demodulator and phase shifter that is says replaces delay lines in medical ultrasound equipment.
National Semi extends popular Simple Switcher dc/dc IC family; enhances companion Webench tool with footprint vs. efficiency tradeoff
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
New switching regulators from National Semiconductor go to 75V, plus improved Webench design tool
Power conversion IC delivers performance, power efficiency in 4 mm x 4 mm package
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduces a six-channel power management IC in 4mm x 4mm package that targets portable electronic designs.
Exar unveils dual-channel UART/RS-232 transceiver combo
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
Fremont, Calif.—Exar Corp. announced the industry's first dual-channel 8-bit integrated Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (UART) and RS-232 transceiver combination device family which supports data rates of up to 1 Mbps.
Low-power solution leverages Si2-approved common power format
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
A common power format-enabled low-power solution from Cadence Design Systems increases productivity and reduces project risk by integrating low-power design, verification and implementation.
Clock buffers operate at low voltages
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
Pericom Semiconductor says it has introduced the industry's lowest operating voltage clock buffers with supply voltages of 1.2 V/1.5 V and 1.8 V/2.5 V.
Flat-panel TV codecs offer multi-channel analog, digital routing
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc is sampling three multi-channel audio codecs with flexible I/O selection and digital and analog volume control for flat-panel TVs.
Sixteenth Brick DC/DC converters with 5 V and 1.8 V outputs deliver up to 60 W in DOSA standard package
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
SynQor offers sixteenth brick DC/DC converters with isolated outputs of 5 V/12 A and 1.8 V/25 A, with up to 60 W of usable power in a 1.17in2 footprint.
Using tolerance analysis for component selection
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1/27/2007   Post a comment
Both RSS analysis and EVA techniques will help you assess effects of component tolerances, with different perspectives
Op-amps' response to data-acquisition is fast and furious
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1/24/2007   Post a comment
Product Focus - Next-generation op-amps for data acquisition provide higher AC and DC accuracy with better gain-noise and power managing characteristics for working with high-performance A/D converters.
Designer's guide to rapid prototyping of capacitive sensors on any surface
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1/23/2007   1 comment
Capacitive switch sensors are increasingly popular but require unusual prototyping techniques; this article demonstrates practical techniques to build and assess various physical configurations.
Elegy for the color CRT
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
As flat-panel displays become mass-market products, look back and learn from the immense engineering and manufacturing effort required to make color TV a reality.
Automotive LDO runs without a glitch from cold-crank to load-dump
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX5092 low-dropout (LDO) regulator with boost preregulator, for harsh automotive environments and always-on supplies, facilitates true buck-boost operation, thus providing uninterrupted power from cold-crank (4 volts) through the 72-volt load-dump (input voltage) condition.
Dual-mode audio CODEC can drive Class AB or D stages
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics' WM8991 lays claim to the industry's first mobile audio CODEC with a switchable 1-watt driver stage that can be operated in Class AB or D for an 8-ohm speaker.
In-amp sports near-zero drift & input noise, wide bandwidth and temp range, plus a "free" op amp
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1/19/2007   Post a comment
Closing in on the specs of a "perfect" device, the Analog Devices AD8231 instrumentation amplifier packs programmable gain plus extreme performance in a tiny chip-scale package, and throws in an uncommitted op amp as well
CODECs boost audio for stereo headsets, digital cameras
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
Two new CODECs from Wolfson Microelectronics are designed to deliver hi-fi stereo quality for stereo headset applications and high quality audio for digital camera systems, respectively.
Lower-skew fanout buffers keep system clocks right on time
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NB3N551, NB3L553, and NB3N2304NZ 1:4 fanout buffers, high-performance additions to the company's clock management portfolio for telecom, networking, and automated test equipment, have an output skew of as little as 160 ps across its outputs, versus 250 ps for typical devices.
Be cautious of high-tech media storage
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
If you confidently burn CDs or use other high-tech media to store personal data, photos, and critical documents, watch out! Putting documentation on a few sheets of paper is still a good idea.
Bill Schweber, Site Editor, Planet Analog
Battery charger controller improves efficiency and extends battery life
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Intersil offers a battery charger controller that provides +/-0.5% charge voltage accuracy and a programmable charge current limit, adapter current limit and charge voltage for configuring to a wide range of Li-Ion/Li-Ion polymer battery packs.
Chaos creates nonlinear signal processing IP
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Chaos Telecom has developed a set of nonlinear signal processing algorithms that are currently under evaluation by several DSL chip makers, and it hopes to sign licensing deals with them by year's end.
12-, 14-bit ADCs hit the beam for radar, imaging applications
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its 14-bit, 210-MSPS ADS5547 analog-to-digital converter for video, radar, and imaging applications, a pin-compatible addition to the company's ADS5546 family, is the industry's fastest.
4th-order video filter IC surpasses passive LC performance
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild's 4th-order, single-channel video filter/driver, which offers an 8 kV ESD rating and a SC70 package option, touts better performance at lower cost than passive LC filters for DVD players and printers for digital still cameras.
World's smallest digital TV demodulator?
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of a very small ATSC-A/53-compliant demodulator that meets the imminent FCC tuner mandate for the US. It will be able to demodulate standard and high-def TV meeting ATSC-A/53 specs for North American broadcast standards, and QAM 64/256 as specified by the ITU.
Basics of chip/package codesign in a large flipchip application (Part 2 of 2)
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1/15/2007   Post a comment
Understand chip and package design factors and interplay in complex ICs, including number of signals, power/ground connections, dissipation, signal integrity
In-car display processor drives Sharp's dual-view LCDs
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1/15/2007   Post a comment
Techwell's next-generation TW8810 processor for Sharp's dual-view liquid crystal displays (LCDs) claims the most integrated and feature-rich functions yet seen for in-car navigation systems, dashboard DVD players, rear-seat/head-mount displays, and car backup cameras.
Step-down DC/DC converter delivers the power from a thin SOT
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1/11/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology announces the LTC3560, a high efficiency, 2.25 MHz, synchronous buck regulator that delivers up to 800mA of continuous output current.
2-W PA serves 800-1000-MHz RFID applications
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
RF components supplier M/A-COM is delivering a 2-W PA that's slated for 800-MHz to 1-GHz-band applications, The device ensures greater than 1-W Dense Reader Mode spectral mask linearity, and a flat gain response.
Audio processor chips enhance flat-panel TV sound
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' TV sound processor chips in the company's STV83xy family, an evolution of the company's STV82xy devices, provide high-end audio algorithms for supporting mainstream flat-panel TVs and U.S., European, and Asian analog broadcast standards.
Thermistor accurately tracks the refrigerant temperature
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
Spectrum Sensors and Controls' Sens-A-Coil sensor, for monitoring the refrigerant temperature in condenser and evaporator coils, integrates a fast-responding thermistor element into a plastic overmolded copper clip specially designed to snap onto 3/8-inch return bends.
Is there still money to be made as an analog entrepreneur?
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
This week, guest commentator Gary Fowler, an experienced analog technology recruiting specialist, looks at the status of business opportunities for analog-focused businesses. Check your views against his insight.
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
Silicon tuner advances HDTV
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
Product Review - Proclaiming a step increase in performance using a heretofore unseen functionality set, Xceive Corporation's XC5000 silicon tuner IC is poised to replace traditional "can" tuners.
HDMI chips switch three ports to a single display
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Pericom has sharply enhanced its HDMI switch line with four devices that meet the high-bandwidth needs of consumer video electronics products. Signal conditioning and switching features allow designers to switch as many as three ports to a single display over cables as long as 20 meters.
Voltage reference draws just 180 microamps
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Intersil says its ISL21009 family of voltage references, for industrial and medical instrumentation where the power budget is tight, draws a maximum of just 180 microamps—the lowest of any low-noise voltage reference in the industry.
Qpixel Technology annonces new H.264 main profile video codec for CE apps
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
Qpixel Technology has announced the latest member of its low-power, Main Profile (MP) H.264 codec family, the Qpixel QL201B. Following the successful mass production of the QL201, the QL201B's advanced architecture and rich feature set is designed to enable superior quality video and extended hours of portable operation for consumer electronics devices.
ST samples dual HDTV decoder in 65-nm silicon
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV is samping a high-definition television decoder integrated circuit for set-top boxes that is capable of handling two video streams.
14- and 16-bit ADCs set claim to first with ±12-V input channels
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
Maxim says its MAX1300-MAX1303 and MAX1032-MAX1035 family of 14- and 16-bit ADCs are the first with a ±12-volt input range, thus raising the performance and flexibility bars for temperature sensor, Wheatstone bridge, pressure sensor, and 4-to-20 mA loop measurements.
Zetex DDFA audio amplifier rivals best from linear amps
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
Zetex Semiconductors is demonstrating at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a Class Z chipset that uses direct digital feedback amplifier (DDFA) technology which the company says offers sound quality that rivals the best linear amplifiers.
32-tap digital potentiometers expand Catalyst's MiniPot line
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor's five new 32-tap devices in its digitally programmable 10, 50, and 100-kilohm potentiometer family, both volatile and non-volatile devices, simplify LCD screen adjustment; automated calibration; contrast, brightness and volume control; gain adjustment; line impedance matching and mechanical potentiometer replacement in handheld and other space-constrained applications.
Analogix rounds out DisplayPort offering
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
Analogix Semiconductor announced its first receiver chip for the DisplayPort interconnect on the heels of the first plugfest for the digital interface proponents say will be used in a range of computer and consumer systems.
LDO cites best PSRR-noise performance for cell phones
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1/2/2007   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL9003A low dropout (LDO) regulator, touting superior PSRR specifications, delivers 150 mA for GSM portable wireless applications.
Watching our words: Be precise, know your audience
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1/1/2007   Post a comment
In our world, ordinary words have unique meanings, acronyms abound, and barely comprehensible utterances roll off our tongues easily. Even conversations among professionals who used to be able to communicate smoothly become challenging
Bill Schweber, Site Editor, Planet Analog




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