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Content posted in October 2004
Cirrus Delivers Two New Audio Product Lines — High-Performance Converters (DACs) that Support Six- and Eight-Audio Channels and a Sample Rate Converter for Synchronizing Multiple Audio Sources
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Expanding its high-performance analog and mixed-signal audio converter ICs, Cirrus Logic Inc. unveiled two new 24-bit, 192-kHz, multi-channel digital-to-analog converter (D/A converter) ICs, the CS4365 and CS4385. The company also announced a high-performance asynchronous sample-rate converter — giving audio system designers a high-performance, cost-effective silicon solution for synchronizing multiple audio sources.
1-GHz Triple Current Feedback Amplifier Provides Optimal Slew Rate
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. claims the EL5367 is the world's fastest triple amplifier — breaking the 1-GHz barrier. Now, the race is on between Analog Devices Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. to see who will produce the next triple amp in the GHz range.
Field Programmable Analog Arrays Get Larger and Cost Less
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Anadigm New Field Programmable Analog Arrays Double Processing Capability, Feature Aggressive Pricing
Front-End Digitiser - for multi-function printer & scanners
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics announced an addition to its portfolio of high-performance analog front-end (AFE) digitiser devices. This fast, pipeline ADC converter is specifically designed for use in high speed next generation digital photocopier products.
Small 7-Channel Temperature Monitors Accurately Read Temperatures at Multiple Locations
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Small size, high precision, and user flexibility make the MAX6697/MAX6698 precision 7-channel temperature sensors from Maxim Integrated Products Inc. a suitable choice for notebook, desktop, and industrial applications, where accurate temperature readings of multiple locations are a must.
High Output Drive DAC - reduces digital consumer audio cost
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc has added a stereo audio D/A converter (DAC) with a high output drive capability of 2V rms, eliminating the need for external op-amps in DVD, Digital TV and audio/video receiver electronics.
TI Dual-Phase PWM Controller With Integrated Drivers Simplifies Low-Voltage, High-Current Designs
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Simplifying high-current power supply designs, Texas Instruments announced a multi-phase synchronous DC/DC buck controller with integrated adaptive gate drivers.
$1 More Will Get You a Whole Lot More — Atmel's Ultra Low Power MP3 Decoder for Mobile Phone Applications Sounds Like a Bargain
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. announced the AT89C51SND2C, a MP3 decoder, which combines all the features needed in a mobile phone to play MP3 ring tones and to convert a cell phone into a pen drive — in a single package.
Richardson Electronics Launches New Line Of Cellular Signal Enhancers
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Richardson Electronics announced a strategic expansion of its engineered solutions products that includes a line of new Cellular Signal Enhancer designed for in-vehicle use to improve the signal strength and coverage of cellular phones when used in automobiles, trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.
SST's Latest ATA Flash Disk Controller Deliveres Huge Performance In Industry's Smallest Package
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
SST (Silicon Storage Technology) has launched an ATA Flash Disk Controller that combines command support for ATA/ATAPI-5 with enhanced performance and functionality, including added security protection and multi-word DMA.
All-silicon clock oscillator features small size, low EMI
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Housed in an 8-pin microSOP package, Dallas Semiconductor's new center-spread-sprectrum all-silicon EconOscillator features up to a 20 dB reduction in radiated emissions (RMS voltage) compared to crystal oscillators, said the company.
Digi-Key signs agreement with Silicon Laboratories
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Digi-Key Corp., a leading catalog distributor, has announced a distribution agreement with Silicon Laboratories Inc. to distribute the company's high-performance, analog-intensive, 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) product portfolio as well as wireline, networking and synthesizer products.
Digital Potentiometers Fit in 3mm x 3mm SOT23 or TDFN Packages
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
These 32-tap, nonvolatile, linear digital potentiometers (MAX5432-MAX5435) from Maxim Integrated Products offer integrated E2PROM (electrically erasable PROM), allowing the devices to function as mechanical pots, thus saving board space.
Preamplifier Renders Lightning Speed
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
This third-generation mobile preamplifier from STMicroelectronics Inc. offers speed, low power consumption and vertical recording support for mobile disk-drive applications.
Tiny Amplifiers Require no External Components to Set Gain
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Responding to demands for highly flexible design solutions to support a wide variety of applications, Linear Technology introduces the LT1991 precision and LT1995 high-speed gain selectable amplifiers, which don't need external components.
A/D Converter Houses Five Differential Reference Inputs
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10/23/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp.'s LTC2447, a high accuracy, variable speed/resolution 24-bit delta-sigma A/D converter, features a unique multiplexing architecture to directly digitize multiple ratiometric sensors.
Line Driver For VDSL DMT - low power and high fidelity
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Intersil announced a high-speed dual operational amplifier designed for use with Very-high-bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL) and Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) line driving in Discrete Multi-Tone (DMT) based solutions aimed at video-on-demand service applications.
Three-Phase PWM Controller Includes Power MOSFET Drivers
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. unveiled the ISL6566, a three-phase pulse-width modulation (PWM) control IC, with integrated metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) drivers.
CMOS Voltage Comparator Touts 50,000:1 Improvement in Sensor Input Signal Detection
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Richard Reid, the infamous shoe bomber who allegedly tried to blow up an American Airlines plane in 2001, probably wouldn't have stood a chance if Advanced Linear's ALD2321 voltage comparator was used by airport security.
Thin Digital Amplifiers from D2Audio are Customizable
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
D2Audio Corp.'s MXR and MXM amplifiers offer the best of both worlds — the sound quality and performance level of top analog amplifiers, and the intelligent features, size, weight, power and space advantages only possible in a digital amplifier.
On Semi Expands Automotive Portfolio with New Transceivers
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
Continuing to expand its automotive device portfolio, ON Semiconductor introduced its first Local Interconnect Network (LIN) transceivers, Controller Area Network (CAN) transceiver and EMI/ESD protection circuits for LIN/CAN transceivers.
Cirrus Logic Drops Royalty Fees for CobraNet Silicon Series Audio ICs
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10/19/2004   Post a comment
With the introduction of three digital audio networking processors from its CobraNet Silicon Series of products, Cirrus Logic Inc. is making it possible for commercial and professional audio manufacturers to significantly lower costs of deploying networked audio systems.
Hot Swap Controller Includes On-Chip A/D Converter
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10/18/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp.'s LTC4260, a positive high voltage Hot Swap controller that features an on-chip 8-bit A/D converter and I2C compatible interface, allows for sophisticated power monitoring by measuring card voltages and currents as well as recording past and present fault conditions.
Sundance unveils reconfigurable data-acq module for DSP
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10/16/2004   Post a comment
The SMT391, the flagship of Sundance's new family of high performance data acquisition systems, is a powerful 1 Gsample/s dual-channel analog-to-digital converter board.
A/D Converter Makers Address Signaling Noise Issues With LVDS Output Converters
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10/15/2004   Post a comment
A/D converter makers such as Analog Devices Inc., Linear Technology Corp., Maxim Integrated Products, National Semiconductor Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc. have released a slew of products with LVDS outputs to address high-speed digital transmission requirements and signaling noise issues. Another company plans to jump on the bandwagon and TI provides a sneak peek at A/D converters with embedded clocks.
Fast Ethernet Solution - brings affordable end-node connectivity
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10/15/2004   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor reduced both complexity and cost for system designers with the introduction of the industry's first complete, single-chip 10/100Mbps Ethernet device: the 16-bit MC9S12NE64 microcontroller replaces more complex multi-chip Ethernet offerings.
Real-Time Clocks - with 32.768kHz crystal in 16-pin SO
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10/15/2004   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor introduced four serial real-time clocks - DS1337C/ DS1338C/ DS1339C/ DS1374C - that include a 32.768kHz crystal in a 16-pin SO package.
Video Switch Provides Ultra-Wide Bandwidth
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10/15/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's new video switch provides ultra wide bandwidth — allowing full design flexibility while maintaining absolute signal fidelity.
Low-Dropout Regulator ICs - in surface-mount package
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10/14/2004   Post a comment
The SI-3000KM, available from Allegro MicroSystems, is a low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulator IC in the TO-252 surface-mount package. The device is available in low-voltage (SI-3012KM) and high-voltage (SI-3010KM) versions.
Battery Management IC - accurately calculates remaining capacity
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10/14/2004   Post a comment
Building on extensive research and development in battery management, Texas Instruments announced a unique 'gas gauge' technology that calculates remaining capacity in lithium-based battery packs with up to 99% accuracy throughout the entire life of a battery. The Impedance Track™ technology allows designers and users of portable medical, industrial appliances and notebooks to prolong battery use and always know the exact amount of potential energy left inside the battery.
5.8-GHz RF ICs - reduce cordless phone production costs
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10/14/2004   Post a comment
Atmel announced a highly integrated high-performance complete RF solution for digital cordless phones operating at the license-free 5.8 GHz frequency band. Thanks to their high integration, low number of external components and easy handling, the new devices will help to reduce manufacturing costs of cordless phones by about 25%, depending on the design. This solution also supports multi-handset applications.
Dual-Mode Op Amps Feature Unique Power-Saving Mode
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10/12/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp.'s dual power mode operational amplifier, the LMV422, has a unique power-saving mode that allows customers to reduce power consumption while maintaining an active circuit. This allows for faster turn-on times in smoke detectors and other sensor interface applications where reaction time is critical.
ZigBee Development Platform - prototyping, evaluation, demonstration
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10/12/2004   Post a comment
Chipcon released a complete ZigBee development platform, including hardware, the ZigBee protocol stack as well as development tools.
PWM Controller - advances power conversion performance
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10/12/2004   Post a comment
Intersil released the ISL6744, an industry-leading double-ended controller intended for unregulated bus converters in 48-V DC-DC and off-line AC-DC power supplies. The ISL6744 delivers economy, flexibility, simplicity and industry-leading performance that places it at the top of the list for power supply designers.
UARTs In HVQFN Packaging - provide up to 70% PCB space savings
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
Meeting requirements of space-constrained applications such as mobile phones, PDAs, PC peripherals and other portable consumer devices, Philips introduced a series of 16C Universal Asynchronous Receiver/ Transmitters (UARTs) in compact HVQFN packaging.
Wolfson Loads Audio Codec With Functionality
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
With the WM8974 mono audio codec, Wolfon Microelectronics has packed all of the required audio functions for digital still cameras and ditial-voice recording applications onto a single, tiny chip.
Configurable cPSB Blade - for telecom applications
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
Artesyn Communication Products announced the Katana𥢘i, a configurable cPSB (CompactPCI Packet Switching Backplane) blade for telecom applications. Equipped with a 1-GHz PowerPC 750GX processor and Marvell Discovery III system controller, the Katana752i features two PTMC sites, four Gigabit Ethernet channels, and a versatile CTBus/H.110 interconnect that enables the Katana752i to acquire and process both TDM and packet data.
Dual Mode Boost Controller - greater than 92% maximum efficiency
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp has announced a high efficiency dual mode boost controller for powering LEDs in handheld battery-powered display applications that include pagers, cell phones, digital cameras and PDAs.
TI Reveals Forthcoming ADCs With Embedded Clocking
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, Texas, plans to be the first to market analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) that utilize low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) that include an embedded clock and 8B/10B encoding.
Video Interface IC - with NTSC/PAL automatic switching
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Sharp has developed the industry's first video interface IC for small and medium sized TFT-LCDs with a built-in NTSC/PAL automatic switching function. The video interface ICs are the industrial standard for use in small and medium sized analog input TFT-LCDs.
A/D Converters Simultaneously Sample 8 Channels
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s high-speed, 14-bit simultaneous sampling analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) offer ±10-V, ±5-V, and 0-V to 5-V inputs in a 48-pin TQFP.
Transimpedance Amplifier - targeted at OSA manufacturers
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Helix AG, a leading manufacturer of Optical Receiver Transmitter Array (ORTA) products used in parallel optical link transceivers, announced the availability of single channel devices for the optical transceiver market. These devices cover 4X Fibre Channel and IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
High Precision Amplifiers Boost Accuracy
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
Today National Semiconductor Corp. made its foray into the precision market with a family of high-precision, high-performance amplifiers that are said to improve accuracy in industrial, medical and automotive applications.
LDOs Operate From A Single Supply Rail
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
Cal Micro's low dropout linear regulators provide an inexpensive cost solution for designers who need to provide power to low voltage system-on-chip (SoC) from a low voltage supply rail, minimizing heat and power dissipation.
Wide Range of Output Frequencies Differentiates Fully Integrated Clock
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10/1/2004   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s fully integrated programmable clock synthesizer (MPC92432) simplifies testing process.
LCD bias & White-LED Supplies - one inductor, no charge-pump diode
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10/1/2004   Post a comment
Maxim introduced the MAX1578/MAX1579, the first complete LCD bias and white-LED power supplies with only one inductor and no charge-pump diode




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