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Why I love a real reset switch--and why you should design one in (if you can)
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11/29/2008   Post a comment
A mundane system-reset switch is the difference between hung-up system and the ability to restore and restart it.. . . .
Bill Schweber, Editor
UltraVolt : High voltage modules have a 10 ppm temperature coefficient
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
UltraVolt now offers a 25 ppm option on its AA Series product line. This option was available earlier on larger modules, the 10 to 25 A, and the 30 to 4A A Series.
RF Micro : 3G front ends target next-generation handsets
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices has broadened its portfolio of 3G front ends for the open market with the release of two WCDMA/HSDPA power amplifiers (PAs) – the RF3267 and the RF6266.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for December 1, 2008
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
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ERG : EL inverters offer plug-and-play solutions
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
The family of Smart Force dc-ac EL inverters from Endicott Research Group provides a wide range of standard and custom solutions for display and device designers who need to power electroluminescent (EL) backlit LCDs or devices where EL is used for accent and decorative lighting.
LCOS driver chip for mobile projectors
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
The new Aurora ASI9100 driver chip has been designed specifically for optical engines embedded in internet enabled mobile products.
Programmable analog sensor signal conditioning
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has added to its range of digitally calibrated sensor signal conditioning ICs with a single-supply, auto-zero bridge sensor amplifier.
NXP : LDMOS transistor targets L-band radar applications
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Expanding its portfolio of RF power transistors, NXP Semiconductors has introduced the BLL6H1214-500 laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) transistor for L-band radar applications.
Switching DC/DC uModules strive to yield LDO-class low noise
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
No need to go LDO to get low noise and EMI, with the LTM4606 and LTM4612 switching-regulator modules from Linear Technology Corp.
NETWORKING: Digi releases 802.11a/b/g secure embedded networking core
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
New module is targeted for environments with wireless interference
High-speed multi-channel ADCs reduce system board space
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
ADI's AD9239 and AD9639 quad 12-bit analog-to-digital converters use 50 percent less PCB area, yielding space savings for high-bandwidth data acquisition applications.
Even jaded editors can see utility in clever smaller products
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11/22/2008   Post a comment
Smaller products which solve well-defined problems reveal the insight of engineering--and engineers. . . .Bill Schweber, Editor
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for November 24, 2008
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11/22/2008   Post a comment
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Featured Product: TI Class-D amps cut car audio costs
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Increased integration and channel flexibility offered.
High voltage LDO has 3µA IQ
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp.'s LT3008 is the newest member in a family of high voltage, micropower PNP-based LDOs, featuring quiescent current of 3µA.
NXP unveils highest RF output power for L-band radar applications
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has expanded the company's RF power transistors portfolio with the launch of its Laterally Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductor (LDMOS) transistor for L-band radar applications delivering RF output power of 500W at frequencies between 1.2GHz and 1.4GHz.
SCART solution reduces power in set-top boxes, A/V receivers
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's patented DirectDrive technology enables this device to operate audio and video signals from +3.3V, eliminating the need for a +5V supply and minimizing the use of a +12V supply.
ARC sounds out SoC designers looking for better bass
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
ARC International has started licensing to consumer OEMs and chip designers its Virtual Bass audio enrichment software technology, which is optimized for the ARC Sound Subsystem as well as x-86 hardware platforms.
Cadeka Microcircuits : A-D converters process from 20 to 80 Msamples per second
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
CADEKA introduces two analog-to-digital converter families operating from 20 up to 80 Msamples/s.
Zoran's one-chip HDTV processors boast unprecedented integration, advanced audio and color
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Unprecedented integration includes TV microcontroller, demodulator, audio codec, multiple analog video inputs plus three HDMI inputs.
TriQuint targets military apps with wideband RF transistors
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
New family of RF transistors addresses broadband applications such as radar, signal jammers, and wireless communications.
Ericsson : Digitally controlled voltage regulator outperforms analog based solutions
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Contrary to traditional voltage regulators based on analog control, Ericsson Power Modules’ BMR450 uses a highly integrated digital PWM controller.
Opinion: Electronica = Green = Black
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
What goes around comes around. This year's Electronica was shot through with green-ness from Hall A1 to Hall C4. And in close support of the environmentally friendly, power-efficient theme at Electronica was analog circuitry.
High-voltage hype charges up foundries
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Despite steady growth in the analog arena, a shakeout is looming in the analog foundry sector amid an IC downturn, a potential price war and fears about intellectual-property theft in China.
Class AB audio amplifier targets portable, wireless applications
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11/16/2008   Post a comment
On Semiconductor's NCP2991 is a noise-free 1.35 watt audio amplifier with a -103 decibels power supply rejection ratio.
Current-sense amplifier features reverse-battery, load-dump protection
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11/16/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' automotive-grade high-side current-sense amplifier uses external resistors to set the voltage gain for maximum design flexibility.
You've got your problems (to solve) and I've got mine
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11/15/2008   Post a comment
Large and small problems of modern life can inspire inventiveness, with solutions which adapt and modify existing ideas. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for November 17, 2008
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11/15/2008   Post a comment
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Analog porting tool in use at TSMC
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
TSMC is using Magma Design Automation's Titan Analog Migration software tool to port its analog IP building blocks to new process nodes.
Tiny RF MEMS switch targeted at T&M gear
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Omron Electronic Components has started sampling a 10GHz RF MEMS switch, offering a typical insertion loss of 1dB at 8GHz in a tiny package measuring 5.2 x 3.0 x 1.8mm.
Inertial sensors simplify, lower cost of motion sensing for instrumentation
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
The ADIS16405 and ADIS16300 inertial measurement units from Analog Devices claim to make it simple and affordable to implement sophisticated motion and navigation control in a broader range of applications.
Continuous-time, sigma-delta ADCs target noise, dynamic range, bandwidth "sweet spot" between SAR, pipeline architectures
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices' AD9261 and AD9262 analog/digital converters from Analog Devices yield 16-bit, 30 to 160 MSPS conversions, with 86 dB range
Broadband active-filter family drives ADCs; targets wireless, signal-processing needs
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC66xx analog-filter ICs include dual, matched devices, programmability, 2.5 to 14-MHz range
Torex : Two LDO regulators are combined in one small package
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
The XCM406 series multi-chip module (MCM) from Torex Semiconductor combines two XC6210 high current, high speed LDO (low dropout) regulators in an ultra small USP-12B01 (2.8 x 2.3 x 0.6 mm) package.
Low cost custom video processing ASICs
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
The combination of eASIC's technology and Video-Cores' video IP provides video system designers with a quick path to implementing custom functions such as video scalers, color-space converters and ITU 656 interfaces.
Digital mic shrunk to 1 mm
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
MEMS tapped the scalability of CMOS processing this week when the world's smallest digital microphone was shrunk to 1 mm square.
Fujitsu rolls design kit for RF CMOS
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Seeking to propel new designs and product cycle times, Fujitsu Ltd.'s chip unit has introduced a new process design kit (PDK) for its 90- and 65-nm radio-frequency (RF) CMOS technology.
16bit data converters follow integration trend
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
A new class of standard product data converters based on the continuous-time sigma-delta architecture was unveiled by Analog Devices at Electronica today.
Smart MEMS ease mobile apps
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Kionix intros smart inertial micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer signal orientation with embedded algorithms in low-power device.
National Semiconductor targets base station receivers with new ADC and DVGA
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
National Semiconductor reports that it has the industry's best linearity with its new high-speed, 16-Bit ADC and DVGA for multi-carrier GSM base stations.
Zero-drift low-noise op amps suit sensor-interface apps
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
The LMP2021/2022 zero-drift EMI-hardened op amps from National Semiconductor offer an ultra-low Vos, near zero TCVos, a very low input voltage noise and a very high open-loop gain.
LED driver drives up to six strings of 10 LEDs each
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Linear's 45V, 2.5MHz DC/DC boost mode converter can drive up to six strings of LEDs, each with up to ten 30mA white LEDs in series while delivering efficiencies up to 90%.
Staccato adds IC for wireless USB
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
New addition to Ripcord2 family supports PCI Express interface and features WiMedia PHY certification in Band Groups 1, 3 and 6
CEO shines a light on energy savings with LEDs
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
The integration of intelligence with LED technology will result a greater significant energy savings for a range of lighting applications, an industry executive said during the Electronica 2008 exhibition here.
Electronics a critical contribution to fuel efficiency, panel says
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Smart controls help to drive the fuel efficiency in cars up and the CO2 emission down — this was common sense among CEOs of different semiconductor manufacturers.
Peregrine Semiconductor offers new method to tune mobile antennas
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
Digitally tunable capacitors enable high-performance RF tuning for GSM cellular, mobile TV
High frequency stability TCXO targets GPS applications
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
Epson Toyocom's latest temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) is small enough, and boasts a frequency stability high enough, to meet the needs of GPS applications in mobile terminals.
Common cathode diode housed in TO-220 package
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
This 300 volt, 20A diode from Qspeed reduces bill of material costs while improving efficiency for output rectification applications.
Challenges of AFEs in ultrasound apps
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
Ultra-portable solutions will place the highest burden on power consumption of the analog signal chain, as battery life is determined predominately by front-end amp and converter efficiency.
Keeping your IC cool with upside-down thinking
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11/8/2008   1 comment
Keeping an IC cool usually involves choosing between two unpleasant options, but this innovative approach may beat both of them. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
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