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Content posted in October 2009
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"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for November 2, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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10/31/2009   1 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
Not-so-simple "simple debug" teaches humility
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10/30/2009   1 comment
The challenge of troubleshooting a standard AC lamp reminds us that even simple things may not be . . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, October 30, 2009 edition
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
30V, N-channel devices improve switching performance, power efficiency
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced 24 new 30 volt (V), N-channel Trench MOSFETs in DPAK, SO-8FL, µ8FL, and SOIC-8 packages, featuring enhanced switching performance for synchronous buck converters in computing and game console applications.
700mA step-down converters provide flexible control in a tiny CSP
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8884Y/MAX8884Z 700mA step-down converters with dual 300mA LDOs in a 2mm x 2mm CSP (chip-scale package).
Linear Tech : Downconverting mixers satisfy 4th generation LTE
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology’s LTC554x family of four high dynamic range downconverting mixers covers the 700MHz to 4GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
Austriamicrosystems : Rotary encoder targets safety-critical applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has expanded its magnetic rotary encoder portfolio with the AS5245, a fail-safe magnetic rotary encoder IC specifically designed to address safety critical automotive applications such as pedals, transmission and steering wheels, where a failure can be lethal and is completely unacceptable
Automotive-grade digital optocouplers feature high speed, low power
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Avago's R2Couplers are aimed at CANBus interface isolation applications, and meet stringent automotive AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualifications.
Microchip houses synchronous buck MOSFET drivers in tiny packages
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Aiming to provide maximum efficiency in a small footprint, Microchip Technology Inc. is housing its MCP14628 and MCP14700 synchronous Buck MOSFET drivers in small 8-pin SOIC and 3 mm x 3 mm DFN packages.
Conexant launches SoC line for embedded audio applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has launched an audio system-on-chip (SoC) product line for embedded audio and voice applications.
ADCs with quadrature error correction slowly replace IF architectures
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
There are a growing number of designers wishing to build direct conversion systems, including those involved in traditional communication systems design.
3-axis MEMs gyro chip debuts
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
A three-axis gyroscope chip developed by InvenSense Inc. combines separate MEMs resonators for motion tracking.
ADC pumps 12-bit results at 1 Gsps while buffered input yields smooth driving
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments ADS5400 targets radar, defense, wireless, and test & measurement with ADC with speed/performance claimed to be twice as good as available ICs
Getting ungrounded
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10/25/2009   2 comments
We should be much more careful when we use the term "ground" because, often, there isn't any . . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for October 26, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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10/24/2009   Post a comment
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120 kHz bandwidth, high-voltage isolation current sensor IC offers power-supply protection
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems Europe (Worcester, Massachusetts) has introduced a 120 kHz bandwidth, high-voltage isolation current sensor IC that provides an economical and precise means for current sensing applications in industrial, commercial and communications systems.
Triple RGB laser driver enables designers to embed pico projectors
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Fabricated using Maxim's newest BiCMOS process, the MAX3600 RGB laser driver enables designers to embed pico projectors into compact consumer electronics, supporting switching times below 2ns and resolutions up to WXGA and 1080p.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, October 23, 2009 edition
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10/22/2009   1 comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Sensor signal conditioning need not be difficult (Part 2 of 2)
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
New tools can help with the challenge of matching sensors with analog circuitry
CMOS operational amplifiers deliver low current consumption with quick response
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
The BU7265G/SG and BU7411G/SG series of CMOS op-amps (operational amplifiers), developed by Rohm Semiconductor claim to provide the industry’s lowest current consumption and slew rate.
Melexis : Automotive ASSPs enable smart actuators
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Based on long standing experience in development of fully integrated window lift ICs, Melexis extends its product portfolio of ASSPs with a new generation of system solutions for different smart actuator applications, like window lifter, roof control, engine flaps as well as seatbelt retractors and others.
High-power LED driver features ultra-fast current transitions, targeting DLP projection systems and color mixing needs
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
LT3743 Synchronous step-down power IC sources up to 20 A continuous, 40 A pulsed
8x8 keypad controller with eight GPIOs and LED drivers
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
The MAX7360 key-switch controller from Maxim Integrated Products offers a complete solution for keyboard control and backlighting while reducing external component count in portable applications.
Boost converter with current-limiting switch supports two USB ports
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced two synchronous DC/DC boost converters designed to provide power and protection for USB ports.
Webinar: Small antennas
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
A one hour webinar focussing on electrically small antennas is being held on 20th October 2009. Design techniques and latest technical advancements to be discussed.
Analysis & Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, Ch. 9, Pt 5
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Part 5 of ADLE's serialisation of 'Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits' concerns the behaviour of feedback circuits with large input signals. It explores the effect of frequency compensation on their large-signal, high-frequency performance, how to calculate feedback amplifier stability, and compensate for it.
Microtune unveils integrated receiver platform, reduces workforce
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Microtune has unveiled an ultra-small, low-cost technology platform dubbed MicroCeive that the company says will be the foundation for a new breed of tightly integrated receiver products for the digital TV and cable TV markets.
Sensor signal conditioning need not be difficult (Part 1 of 2)
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10/19/2009   4 comments
New tools can help with the challenge of matching sensors with analog circuitry
Control development kit helps create power supply sequencing prototypes
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has introduced the new MachXO Control Development Kit as well as 12 new reference designs, ideal for prototyping system control functions such as power supply sequencing, temperature and current monitoring, fan control and fault logging, that are commonly found in telecom infrastructure, server, industrial and medical applications.
Green taxi concept combines solar energy and conformable lighting technologies
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Industrial designer Alberto Villareal developed the concept of a sustainable taxi including a lightweight, flexible solar panel on the roof that could be used to provide power for some of the car's electronics and supplement the fuel cell used to run the vehicle.
Switched-capacitor DC-DC converters and coil DC-DC converters: a comparison
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10/18/2009   Post a comment
Designers can choose from two types of switched converter: inductive (coil) and switched-capacitor. While the former are widely used, the latter are still regarded as exotic, but could offer advantages in mobile applications. This article will show why.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for October 19, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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10/17/2009   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
Assault and batteries
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10/17/2009   3 comments
The soft on/off switch functionality in many products is a real drain on their limited batteries. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, October 16, 2009 edition
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
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10bit 2.5Gs/s ADCs for high RF sampling applications
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
e2v, has announced production of a 10bit 2.5Gs/s analog to digital converter (ADC) incorporating 5GHz analog input bandwidth for operation over the L-band and S-band frequencies.
Wolfson launches high-performance low power CODEC family
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has launched of a new family of innovative low power CODECs, designed to enhance the audio performance and extend the battery life of portable applications.
TI unveils family of SAR ADCs with high-voltage inputs
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced a family of 16-, 14- and 12-bit simultaneous sampling successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with high-voltage inputs.
Freescale gives touch screens a software twist
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
The growing popularity of touch screens in mobile devices is fueling new touch-sensitive interfaces for everything from automobiles to industrial controllers, according to Freescale Semiconductor.
Yokogawa : Mixed-signal scopes have bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
he Yokogawa DLM6000 mixed-signal oscilloscope is the flagship product in a new family of high-performance digital oscilloscopes featuring bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz, memory of 6.25 M points per channel, an intuitive graphical user interface and a number of advanced analysis features.
Book Excerpt: Analysis & Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, Ch. 9, Pt 4
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Part 4 of ADLE's serialisation of Chapter 9, 'Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits' describes how to calculate feedbackamplifier stability and compensation using the root-locus technique.
BMC Messsysteme : Data acquisition systems are based on PCIe and USB buses
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
With a wide range of data acquisition cards and measurement devices for the USB and PCIe interfaces, BMC Messsysteme presents PC data acquisition for the next PC generation.
Vishay : Panel potentiometer withstands 2 million cycles
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has doubled the rotational life of its P30L compact panel potentiometers, which are now specified to deliver 2 million cycles at rated power.
Tektronix caters for simultaneous analog and digital debug
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Tektronix latest mixed signal oscilloscope family highlights the need for combined digital and analog analysis during system debug.
Nordic Semi : SoC transceivers target price-sensitive market
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Low cost variants of Nordic Semiconductor's 2.4 GHz SoCs, the nRF24LE1 OTP and nRF24LU1+ OTP target the most price sensitive consumer segments of the ULP wireless market .
STMicro : Single chip audio subsystem features 3D-sound enhancement
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics claims the first single-chip audio subsystem IC to include 3D sound enhancement for improved stereo effects in small equipment, such as notebook PCs, mobile Internet devices, gaming consoles, or any portable multimedia devices.
Analog front end suits metering apps from gas to glucose
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Catering to a range of metering applications, including industrial and medical, Microchip's latest analog front end features dual 16 or 24bit delta-sigma ADCs boasting up to 91dB signal to noise and distortion.
Measurement amplifiers offers multichannel capability
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
The 9236 series of measurement amplifiers from Burster offers multichannel capability to process the standard output signal from strain gauge sensors.
Pico provides five year guarantee for pc-based instrumentation
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
At ESC UK Pico Technology (St Neots, England) announced that it would cover its most popular products with a five-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
IF transceiver boasts high integration for wireless backhaul applications
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
High integration is the primary benefit of the TRF2443, Texas Instruments' latest intermediate frequency transceiver, with cross-polarisation interference cancellation (XPIC) support.
Ultra-low-power capacitive sensor and touch sensing software suite
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
Freescale expands its intelligent touch sensing offering with the MPR121 ultra-low-power capacitive sensor and a touch sensing software suite compatible with more than 300 of the company 8-bit MCUs.
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