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250-MSPS, 14-bit ADC claims lowest power consumption
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11/30/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced the first in a new class of high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that claims to deliver ultra-low power consumption and excellent dynamic performance across wide signal bandwidths from DC up to 550 MHz.
Programmable low frequency wakeup receiver offers longest range and battery life in active tags
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11/30/2009   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has expanded its RF product portfolio with the AS3930, a single-channel low power, low frequency wakeup receiver which claims to offer the highest sensitivity at lowest current consumption for the industry's best range.
CISSOID introduces high temperature 80 V small-signal N-channel MOSFET
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11/30/2009   Post a comment
High temperature semiconductor specialist, CISSOID has introduced a new high temperature 80 V small-signal N-channel MOSFET transistor in its Planet family of high temperature transistors and switches.
Aeroflex Plainview adds eight new mini mux devices to HiRel analog multiplexer modules
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11/30/2009   Post a comment
Aeroflex Plainview has added eight new products to its family of HiRel Analog Multiplexer Modules which are used in aerospace applications to send multiple signals to subsystems for monitoring.
So you think you have temperature compensation problems?
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11/29/2009   Post a comment
Temperature changes are a major challenge making a pendulum into a perfect clock heartbeat . . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for November 30, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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11/28/2009   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
Tiny isolated voltage/current detectors packaged in smaller stretched SO-8
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies is offering one of the smallest isolated voltage/current detectors with 8mm creepage and clearance, as well a low price tag.
The (peripheral) value of Bluetooth low energy
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11/24/2009   1 comment
What's behind the Bluetooth low energy initiative and what does it offer that other wireless technologies don't? Thomas Embla Bonnerud describes the developments so far and maps out the technology's future.
Programmable current-limit switches protect host devices from faulty loads
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11/23/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' latest adjustable current-limit switches are intended for cell phones, MP3 players, and other battery-powered applications.
MOSFET drivers improve efficiency with high switching speeds, overtemperature protection
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11/23/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices' ADP36xx family of 18-volt MOSFET drivers provides 2-A and 4-A peak currents with fast propagation delays and edge rise and fall times for power conversion and control designs.
Book Excerpt: Analog Circuit Design Series--Waveform Processing Circuits (Part 1 of 4)
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11/23/2009   Post a comment
Analog circuits are a historical and still effective way to develop waveforms and process signals; learn about function-generation, triangle-wave generation, absolute-value, and peak-detector circuits.
Step-up converter offers buck-boost functionality at the cost of a boost converter
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11/23/2009   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has introduced a 200 mA boost converter that provides a continuous transition between boost and regulated buck mode which makes the device ideal for single for dual cell applications.
Living in the (approximately) real world
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11/21/2009   1 comment
By necessity, we use approximations to model our world, but you have to keep their limits in mind . . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for November 23, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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11/21/2009   Post a comment
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Programmable current-limit switches help protect host devices from faulty loads
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11/20/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX14523A/MAX14523B/MAX14523C, a family of adjustable current-limit switches that claims to offer a ±10 percent accurate current limit which can be programmed from 250 mA to 1500 mA with an external resistor.
1MBd digital optocoupler is energy efficient
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11/20/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies claims its latest compact digital optocoupler operates on 80 percent less drive current than similar 1MBd optocouplers offered by other suppliers.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, November 20, 2009 edition
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11/20/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
AnalogicTech launches direct and edge LED backlighting driver line
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11/19/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies has entered the LED backlit LCD television market with seven chipsets designed to enhance energy efficiency and user-experience for LED backlit LCD televisions.
LED drivers appeal to disco divas on the move
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11/19/2009   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems' latest led driver ic brings the ability to power multiple leds and synchronise them to audio, to mobile phones.
Toshiba : 8-channel LED drivers come in a small SSOP package
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba has announced two integrated constant current LED drivers that provide high accuracy and fast response time in a small SSOP package.
Diodes unveils higher current power switches optimized for USB
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
Diodes Incorporated has introduced two new devices to its AP21XX power switch product line, targeted for higher current applications.
Pidgeon Point xTCA expertise at the fore in Actel fpga IP
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
Following on from its acquisition of Pigeon Point Systems last year, Actel has announced IP core enhancements to its Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs that cater to platform management applications, particularly xTCA.
High bandwidth switches and muxes suit Pro AV
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
Professional audio/video switching and distribution systems, such as video conferencing and digital signage, are creating demand for more advanced switchers and multiplexers.
NASA looks to SiGe for radiation-immune circuits
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11/17/2009   Post a comment
The shielded circuitry in current-generation spacecraft meets requirements for radiation hardness.
SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS (Part 35): ANT--A unique option for wireless sensor networking
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11/16/2009   Post a comment
Understand this emerging standard for ultra-low power sensor nets, and how it relates to other standards
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for November 16, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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11/14/2009   Post a comment
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ST touts accuracy, stability of 3-axis MEMS gyro
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11/13/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has expanded its MEMS gyro product line with an analog three-axis device that will compete against recent entries into the expanding market.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, November 13, 2009 edition
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11/13/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Rail-to-rail op amp realises 180MHz at 1mA
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11/13/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology's SiGe process has been used to manufacture its latest op amps, which consume 1mA maximum supply current per amplifier to produce 180MHz gain-bandwidth and 90V/µs slew rate.
Passive low frequency interface features battery charge function
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11/12/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments claims to offer the industry's first passive low frequency interface (PaLFI) device designed to wirelessly supply an ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) with energy to operate even if the optional battery is empty.
Mini USB interface IC lowers power consumption, extends battery life
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11/11/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is introducing a mini USB interface IC that helps mobile device designers and manufacturers create smaller, sleeker consumer products by enabling a single mini USB connector for external accessories including chargers, headsets, microphones and audio/data connections.
Atmel streamlines capacitive touch interface design
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11/11/2009   Post a comment
Atmel has fully integrated its capacitive touch portfolio into the QTouch Suite, easing the development of embedded touch solutions as buttons, sliders and wheels within any AVR MCU design.
Countdown to S-to-Z
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
In the previous column, Kendall optimised a filter in the analog domain (with the help of Excel, of course!). This time, he looks at what needed to create a digital filter.
Elan Digital releases USB-to-SDIO host bridge chip
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
Elan Digital Systems' latest connectivity device is the VUB300, a USB to SDIO host controller bridge chip interface that allows SDIO and SD compliant devices to be connected to any host PC via USB.
Single connection for mobile device charging, audio and data
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
Supporting all a mobile phone's external accessories, including chargers, headsets, microphones and audio/data connections, Freescale Semiconductor's latest mini USB interface IC eliminates the need for multiple connections and should save mobile device designers valuable board space.
Dual ultra low voltage noise LDO delivers 200 mA continuous load current at each output
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has expanded its low dropout regulator portfolio with the dual LDO AS1374, capable of delivering up to 200 mA continuous load current at each output.
SP Devices lends interleaving expertise to TI's 12bit ADC eval. module
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11/10/2009   Post a comment
SP Devices has introduced the ADS54RF63-ADX4, a 12bit, 2.2GS/s digitizer solution evaluation module (EVM).
Programmable logic device adds high voltage mosfet control for hot swap applications
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor has introduced higher performance versions of its Power Manager II product family. The ispPAC-POWR1014-2 and ispPAC-POWR1014A-2 devices integrate higher voltage charge pumps with programmable current to control MOSFETs in hot swap and sequencing applications.
Solutions for time interleaving ultra-high-speed analog/digital Converters at the PCB level
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11/9/2009   2 comments
This article explores the inherent technical challenges associated with time interleaving ADCs and provides useful system-design guidelines.
WEBENCH Visualizer gives DC/DC power-supply designers real-time interactive tool for dynamic assessment, tradeoffs, optimization across various parameters and criteria
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11/9/2009   Post a comment
Latest enhancement to long-established tool from National Semiconductor lets users compare, balance performance, size, cost, and BOM for ICs and passive components
"Golden oldie" products are still viable technologies
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11/7/2009   1 comment
Sometimes, you get jolted back to the past when an old technology is still the best answer to recurring problems . . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for November 9, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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11/7/2009   Post a comment
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RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, November 6, 2009 edition
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11/6/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Vishay : Panel potentiometer features a linearity down to 2 percent
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11/6/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Sfernice has announced the the P11L an economical, long-life panel potentiometer featuring a compact 12.5-mm size, and offering a long life of 2 million cycles.
TEC controllers for simultaneous operation with laser diode controllers
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11/6/2009   Post a comment
VueMetrix Inc. (Martinsried/Munich, Germany) has released a new product line of temperature controllers that features a switch mode DC/DC converter with smoothing filters to improve power conversion efficiency.
RFMD releases industry's first "Green" GaN CATV Amplifier Module portfolio
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11/5/2009   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices, Inc. has released the industry's first "green" gallium nitride (GaN) based CATV amplifier modules: the D10040200PL1 and D10040230PL1.
Integrated 8-bit MCUs reduces system cost in automotive electronics
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11/5/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has introduced new line of C8051F5xx automotive-qualified microcontrollers (MCUs) that enable a reduction in system cost and footprint in body electronics applications.
NXP offers new online design tool for LED driver IC
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11/4/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has launched an online design tool for SSL applications, which enables engineers to test the behavior of LED lighting applications based on four NXP products.
Semtech unveils low-power touchscreen controller with enhanced ESD protection
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11/3/2009   Post a comment
Semtech Corp., has launched an ultra-low power 4-wire resistive touchscreen controller with enhanced ±15kV electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.
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