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Content posted in November 2006
Development board quickly evaluates light-to-frequency converters
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions' evaluation board, the LTFEVM, is now available for checking the company's TSL230RD, TSL235R, TSL237S, TSL237T, TSL238D, and TSL245R light-to-frequency converters.
Does reliability count anymore?
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
One of my cordless phones died, so I placed it into the box with seven other phones I've replaced over the past 10 years. While all these discarded products contribute to the global waste pile, that's not what really gnaws at me. It's that we, as professionals and engineers, have admitted we design stuff intended to be soon discarded. It's not something to be proud of, nor does it reflect well on the profession.
Bill Schweber, Site Editor, Planet Analog
500-MSPS, 12-bit A/D touts small size, low power, and smooth performance
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
The ADS5463 from TI meets needs of imaging, communications, T&M, SDR, and radar applications
Signal conditioner IC advances automotive-sensor diagnostics
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
Optimized for the fast-changing dynamics of automotive control systems, ZMD's ZMD31150 signal conditioning IC, for fuel injection, ABS, power steering, and air conditioning applications, includes advanced on-chip diagnostics for use with Wheatstone Bridge sensors.
Precision temperature sensor is lowest-power for 3G phones
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics touts its STLM20, the company's first in a new series of precision temperature sensors, as the lowest-current drop-in replacement for industry-standard LM20 devices.
4:1 multiplexer has highest bandwidth
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor says its FHP3194 is the industry's first 1.2 GHz 4:1 analog multiplexer. Boasting an 800 MHz small-signal and 500 MHz large-signal (-3 dB) bandwidth, the FHP3194 touts 25 percent higher bandwidth than competing devices.
Power Management ICs are everywhere
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Most electronics companies are implementing power management ideas or circuits into their current products and it will only increase as the cost to use these devices decreases and the need increases.
Programmable 8-channel, 16-bit ADC is fault protected to 25 volts
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC1859, a 16-bit, 8-channel, 100 ksps analog-to-digital converter for multichannel high-resolution applications, offers software programmable inputs that are fault-protected to ±25 volts.
16-bit quad DAC is software programmable over six ranges
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2704-16 is a 16-bit, quad DAC with six software-programmable output voltage ranges.
Pushbutton interface chip simplifies audio control
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Maxim's stand alone MAX5486 dual, 32-tap, audio controller with a simple, debounced pushbutton interface for volume and balance control eliminates the need for external bias circuitry, which ultimately saves design time, costs, and board space.
Watch out for averages
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
We're inundated from numbers and alleged data from so many sources, but let's be honest with ourselves: in most cases, average as a data point is at best meaningless, at worst misleading..... Bill Schweber, Site Editor, Planet Analog
3A and 6A DC-DC converters feature integrated inductors
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
A second generation DC/DC converter from Enpirion features integrated inductors with reduced footprint, enhanced thermal performance, and increased efficiency.
Highly integrated LED display drivers focus on LED backlighting
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
A display solution from AnalogicTech delivers LED backlight, camera flash, and RGB/ status lighting in a single chip.
LED driver enables brighter flash in camera-phones
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Innovative portable power management technique from Analog Devices improves image quality in camera-phones.
PIN-diode driver provides fast edges, bipolar swing
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
IC clamp amplifiers meet PIN-diode drive requirements
36-volt bipolar-SiGe op-amps tout benchmark performance
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its two new precision op-amps, the OPA211 and OPA827, combine ultra-low noise with lower power, smaller package size and higher bandwidth than competitive 36-volt amplifiers.
Power management package is smallest front-end solution for ATCA
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Highly integrated power conversion and power management package provides comprehensive front-end power solution for latest-generation telecoms cards
Power management unit is first with integrated buck-boost converter, charger
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
A space-saving, multi-output power-management unit from National Semiconductor includes battery charger with power routing and dynamic voltage scaling to extend battery life in portable media players.
4.25 Gbps buffer and MUX family touts fail-safe protection
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11/11/2006   Post a comment
Micrel touts its SY58603U-SY58610U as the industry's first 4.25 Gbps buffer and multiplexer family with fail-safe I/O protection for SONET, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet data and clock distribution.
Quad PLL timer claims first with two-wire I2C interface
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's CY24488 lays claim to the industry's first quad phase-locked loop (PLL) timing device with a two-wire I2C interface.
e-vision's narrow-band SRD transceiver offers multi-channel access
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11/9/2006   Post a comment
The EV5042 handles ISM applications in the 433/868/915 MHz SRD bands and features narrow-channel operation and long range.
Digital-output temperature sensor is accurate to 0.5 C
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11/9/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TMP275 digital-output temperature sensor, suited for communications, computer, consumer, environmental, industrial and instrumentation applications, is accurate to ±0.5°C from +10 to +85°C.
Engineering "ESI" instead of "CSI"?
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11/8/2006   Post a comment

I've always been fascinated by engineers who push a design to a performance extreme in a selected dimension. These designers have to understand and analyze every source of error and shortfall, then work out a way around each. Most engineering designs today do not involve such extremes of performance....
Bill Schweber, Site Editor, Planet Analog
TI touts first DDR3 register-with-PLL for memory modules
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its SN74SSTE32882 is the industry's first fully ntegrated register and phase-locked loop (PLL) for DDR3 registered dual in-line memory modules (RDIMMs).
Power management solutions debut for cellular handsets, other portable devices
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
Broadcom's entry into the portable power management market leverages the company's expertise and adds another critical building block its growing mobile portfolio
Clock-distribution ICs provide up to 20 outputs
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11/4/2006   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor's ispClock5316 and ispClock5320 clock distribution ICs, extensions to the company's ispClock5300S family of in-system programmable, zero-delay, single-ended clock buffers, are 16- and 20-output devices for advanced microprocessor system applications.
Audio amps deliver pop/click-free 1.3 watts for cell phones
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NCP2892 and NCP2990 audio amps deliver 1.3 watts continuous average power (8-ohm load), higher than than any of the company's previous generations for portable communications devices such as cell phones and PDAs.
Lowest distortion op amp serves 12-, 16-bit data acquisition
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' high-speed, ultralow distortion THS4520, in the company's family of fully-differential operational amplifiers, is suited to driving 16-bit ADCs in 3.3- to 5-volt data acquisition systems and wireless communications, test and measurement,and medical imaging.
Hot products: 7-inch TFT display, Tiny MEMS resonator
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
Hot products for this week included a 7-inch TFT display targeting automotive and industrial applications, a MEMS resonator that offers small size and high Q, a line of industrial grade LCDs with LED backlighting and a temperature sensor for DDR memory that's accurate to 1 degree C.
Line drivers and receivers: innovating the interface
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11/1/2006   Post a comment
These diverse interface components don't often get much attention. Guest columnist Stephen Kempainen of National Semiconductor explains how they have evolved, and continue to do so, to meet changing needs..
Bill Schweber, Site Editor, Planet Analog




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