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Another view: iPad reality versus OLPC fantasy
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1/30/2010   2 comments
Technical visionaries have their role, but they can also distort the field for companies that have to actually deliver. . . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for February 1, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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1/30/2010   Post a comment
Check out these interesting and tutorial items from other engineering and design publications, courtesy of Planet Analog, as well as an archive of the Planet Analog Newsletter
Haptic piezo controller helps to "feel the touch" in touch-screen applications
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
A novel haptic solution that provides customers with an enhanced, true "touch" experience with touch screens has been introduced Maxim Integrated Products which the company claims is the industry's first fully integrated, programmable HPC (haptic piezo controller) for single-layer and multilayer piezo actuators.
Semtech expands buck converter platform 3.5-MHz, 500-mA synchronous step-down regulator
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Semtech Corp., has introduced a highly integrated 500 mA synchronous step-down (buck) regulator with the tiny size and output flexibility needed for low voltage point-of-load regulation, as well as mobile device applications.
Power Over Ethernet DIMM family offers time and cost savings
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Microsemi Corporation has released the PD67100 PoE+ module family, which integrates the company's PD69012 PoE Manager device into an easy-to-integrate dual in-line memory module (DIMM).
Low-voltage ASICs target low cost apps
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC house eASIC Corp. announced the availability of two lower power device options for its eASIC Nextreme family.
Low voltage level shifting I/O expander platform features advanced LED driver and keypad engine
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. has unveiled the SX1508 and SX1509, two next-generation low voltage level shifting I/O expanders that come in eight- and 16-channels, respectively, with an advanced LED driver and keypad engine capability.
8-pin microcontroller features 3.5 kB self-programmable flash memory
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc., has introduced a new member of the company's 8- and 14-pin PIC16F61X 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) family, targeting cost-effective general-purpose applications.
Diversity tuner integrates two signal paths in tiny package
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' diversity tuner for ISDB-T and DVB-T automotive applications integrates two high-performance signal paths that operate from a single fractional-N synthesizer.
Wolfson takes ultra low power to a new level with world-leading DAC
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced the launch of the WM8912, an ultra low power DAC.
Intersil module solves difficult power supply challenges
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Aimed at satisfying a wide range of point-of-load (POL) power requirements, Intersil's scalable power module is easy to use, lowers risk, speeds time to market, provides a smaller footprint and simplifies inventory.
Step-down converter eases power design in consumer electronics
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
TI has introduced its first dual-output fully synchronous SWIFT power management IC, a 1.5-A/2.5-A converter that simplifies power design in consumer electronics with a 12-V power supply, such as a set top box or digital TV.
Wolfson unveils ultra low power DAC
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has launched what the company claims is the world-leading ultra low power DAC designed to extend playback time, reduce system cost and enhance audio performance in portable applications, including media players, headsets, multimedia phones and navigation devices.
High-voltage scan drivers minimize panel cost in LCD HDTVs
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest scan drivers integrate all logic needed for high-performance scan-driver systems.
Rail-to-rail input and output ADC driver supports high speed 16- to 18-bit SAR ADCs
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a 33 MHz, low noise, rail-to-rail input and output ADC driver that settles to 16-bits in just 350 ns.
Ultracapacitors for hi-power apps lower system design cost
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
A wide range of high-power applications are being addressed by startup Ioxus, Inc. with a family of large cell prismatic electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLC) that the company claims lowers the cost for overall system designs.
NEC Electronics announces the 78K0/Ix2 LED microcontroller demonstration kit
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
NEC Electronics announces the 78K0/Ix2 LED microcontroller demonstration kit, enabling efficient and intelligent LED driver design without any additional driver ICs but the company's single flexible 78K0/Ix2 MCU.
Isolate your interface to communicate safely and better (Part 1 of 2)
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1/25/2010   1 comment
Understand how galvanic isolation of signal and power can improve performance and safety of basic interfaces such as RS-485
2009 year-end review and 2010 outlook
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1/24/2010   Post a comment
We again welcome guest columnist Gary Fowler of Analog Solutions to provide his insight on the industry employment situation, with a special focus on analog-related perspective. . . . Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for January 25, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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1/23/2010   Post a comment
Check out these interesting and tutorial items from other engineering and design publications, courtesy of Planet Analog, as well as an archive of the Planet Analog Newsletter
ISSCC 2010 goes beyond just "more and better digital"
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1/22/2010   1 comment
There's lots of interesting analog design, topology, and performance at big solid-state event
STMicroelectronics unveils integrated high-performance low-noise ultrasound pulse controller
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced an integrated low-noise ultrasound pulse controller that provides four independent channels, each of which generates precisely controlled high-voltage pulses to drive piezoelectric crystals or other transducers.
Precision analog microcontrollers simplify optical module design
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced a pair of precision analog microcontrollers featuring on-chip memory, data converters, and other analog peripherals that the company claims combine to deliver the highest level of programmability and smallest package size.
Compact optocoupler offers energy efficiency benefits
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced what he company claims is the industry's most energy efficient 1 MBd digital optocoupler.
Infineon launches new generation multi-band HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS RF transceiver for mobile devices
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has announced sample delivery of SMARTi UE2, the latest generation multi-band HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS RF transceiver for mobile devices.
Automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs offer power density and performance benefits
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced its AUIRF7739L2 and AUIRF7665S2 automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs that deliver power density benefits, dual-sided cooling and low parasitic inductance and resistance in a robust, reliable and AEC-Q101 qualified package for automotive applications.
Dual output, 60-V synchronous boost controller eliminates heat sink with 97 percent efficiency
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has unveiled a dual output, high power synchronous step-up switching DC/DC controller that replaces the boost diode with a high efficiency N-Channel MOSFET.
Infineon targets energy efficient home appliances with innovative power switching devices
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has introduced a family of power switching devices for use in high energy efficiency electric motor drives of home appliances.
18-bit DAC offers DC and AC accuracy benefits
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced what the company claims is the industry's first 18-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to offer precision DC specifications of ±1LSB INL (max) and ±1LSB DNL (max).
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