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Top 10 'how-to' articles for 2008
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
Power management, audio design and analog to digital conversion proved particularly popular topics during 2008, as demonstrated by Analog DesignLine's Top 10 list of technical articles.
Demo platform claims world's smallest WiMAX solution
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
Coresonic AB's LeoCore WiMAX personality pack and associated firmware is designed to enable WiMAX connectivity to be added to any new chip design,
Avago Technologies releases first GPS RF front end module with FBAR filters
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
GPS low noise amplifier with integrated filters is well suited for S-GPS and small form factor designs
How an electromechanical relay literally wrestled my software to the ground
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12/27/2008   Post a comment
Sometimes an old, "retro" component is the solution to programmability pain. . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for December 29, 2008
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12/27/2008   Post a comment
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Silicon Labs : Ethernet clock IC eases frequency conversion
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has expanded its Any-Rate precision clock family with the Si5315, a jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC that meets or exceeds the performance, integration, frequency and jitter requirements for the 1G and 10G Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) market.
STMicroelectronics : Watchdog IC features chip-enable
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
By providing a chip-enable input, the STWD100 watchdog timer IC from STMicroelectronics prevents automatic reset generation during in-system programming or boot-up, enhancing flexibility for developers to control and manage applications.
Step-down controller line provides input voltage range up to 75V
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
National's latest PowerWise products include four new high-voltage, non-synchronous buck controllers that feature a high input voltage range, high-performance pulse width modulation (PWM) control and reduced electromagnetic interference.
Dual digital pulsers use active clamping to enhance ultrasound imaging
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' dual, high-voltage digital pulsers provide a guaranteed 1.3A (min) output current, enabling them to be independently configured to enable unipolar or bipolar pulsing in high-voltage systems from low-voltage logic outputs.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for December 22, 2008
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12/20/2008   Post a comment
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Gigle starts sampling home-networking chip
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Gigle Semiconductor Inc. (Redwood City, Calif.) has said its GGL541 home-networking chip is sampling to customers and is in alpha-stage field testing with service providers, OEM equipment vendors, and consumer electronics companies. The GGL541 will be released for general availability in April 2009.
Power transistors target UHF
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
HVVi Semiconductors introduces HVVFET power transistors for UHF applications
SiGe PA enables smallest system footprint for embedded WLAN
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
SE2568U connects directly to baseband, eliminating the need for external switching circuitry and requires only three external capacitors
ST-NXP Wireless : UMA chipset platform uses cellular network of WiFi
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
ST-NXP Wireless has announced that its 3G unlicensed mobile access (UMA) chipset platform is now in mass production, paving the way for a new range of converged fixed and mobile phones with enhanced multimedia capabilities.
Wolfson extends Smart Power solutions for designers of portable devices
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has launched two additional integrated power management and audio ICs utilising its Smart Power technology to offer more options for designers of portable devices.
Diodes : Self protected MOSFET comes in a miniature SOT23F package
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Adding to its IntelliFET product range, Diodes Inc. has introduced the ZXMS6004FF, a fully self protected low side MOSFET packaged in a 2.3 x 2.8 mm footprint ‘flat’ SOT23F package.
AnalogicTech : MOSFET driver offers lowest impedance in its class
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
By operating at up to 28 V and combining a high switching frequency with a compact SC70JW package, AnalogicTech’s AAT4910 MOSFET driver meets the desing needs of today's multiphase dc-dc converter and motor control circuits.
Linear Tech IEEE 802.3at PoE+ controller delivers 25.5W
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
With the LTC4265 PoE controller, Linear Technology addresses high-power applications such as pan-tilt-zoom cameras with a second-generation design that meets the newer 802.3at standard also referred to as PoE+.
Filters pass more audio, less noise than discrete or integrated alternatives
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has developed a miniature filter that will help handset designers improve noise reduction in phones with MP3 capability.
Broadband digitally controlled VGA improves signal integrity performance
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
This broadband digitally programmable gain IF amplifier from Linear Technology features a 48dBm OIP3 (output 3rd order intercept) at 200MHz.
Reduced-voltage breakthrough for the SQUIGGLE motor
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
New Scale Technologies and EPCOS AG have successfully created a reduced-voltage version of New Scale's smallest linear SQUIGGLE motor - an ultrasonic piezo motor that use vibrations and friction to generate continuous movement without gears.
Techniques to enhance op amp signal integrity in low-level sensor applications (Part 3 of 4)
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12/16/2008   1 comment
Shielding, grounding, ground loops, common mode, single-ended, differential mode, induced noise, isolation, and more: meet and overcome the challenges of low-level analog signal conditioning
IC vendors come (back) to analog
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
As business cycle turns down, vendors with analog portfolios are in a better position than all-digital suppliers, for many reasons
SiGe claims smallest footprint PA for embedded WLAN
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
SiGe Semiconductor has released the SE2568U - an 802.11 b/g WLAN power amplifier (PA) that connects directly to baseband.
NETWORKING: TR3M narrowband transceiver serves low power multi-channel apps
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Radiometrix's new transceiver operates in 860-870MHz bands over 80 channels
IDT : PCIe Gen 2 switching solutions support multicast functionality
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
IDT announces two new PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 2 switching solutions that are optimised for computing and embedded applications.
Amplifier reduces board space, complexity in industrial equipment
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
ADI's AD8295 precision in amp front-end uses half the space of discrete solutions while providing the a common-mode rejection ratio of 80 dB to 8 kHz.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for December 15, 2008
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12/13/2008   Post a comment
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No pain, and some gain: how "more metal" saved my RF link
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12/13/2008   Post a comment
Sometimes it pays to go passive, and use a tried-and-true, low-glam approach to RF SNR issues. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
SiGe Semiconductor claims world's smallest Wi-Fi front end
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12/12/2008   Post a comment
Integrating two fully-matched power amplifiers on a single die, the SE2566U measures 3x3mm
EE Times Europe Contributed Article Content
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12/12/2008   Post a comment
Here are some general guidelines for preparing technical articles for the Design section of EE Times Europe.
MEMS oscillators break into consumer, comm apps
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
Two new MEMS chip families from SiTime Corp. are said to bring the technology into the high-frequency stability and multiple-frequency output realms.
TV tuner chip for automobiles does 125 mph, worldwide DTV and analog
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
Microtune's MT2067 is engineered to solve the technical challenges associated with receiving analog and digital TV signals in a constantly changing, fast-moving environment.
Tanner EDA announces support for Linux
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
Tanner EDA celebrates 20 years in business and expands its offerings to the Linux platform.
Texas Instruments : RS-485 transceivers survive overvoltage faults
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
The SN65HVD17xx family of ±70-V, fault protected RS-485 transceivers achieves overvoltage protection with no external termination needed.
EPCOS : PFC capacitors are designed to be rugged
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
EPCOS has developed the B25836B A305 series of especially rugged PFC capacitors.
OPTEK : Design kit calibrates optoelectronic sensors
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed an automatic calibration design kit that provides design engineers with a simplified means of compensating for device-to-device variation in optoelectronic sensors.
Strategic Test rolls 50 MS/s 14-bit digitizer cards for PCI Express
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
These digitizer cards feature options for dual-timebase sampling, synchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital I/O and the possibility to synchronize hundreds of channels.
QMEMS enables smallest real-time clock
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Epson Toyocom is claiming the smallest real-time clock chip fashioned by combining a quartz microelectromechanical system resonator with an ASIC.
32-bit audio DAC features low-latency FIR filter
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
AKM unveiled a 32-bit high performance audio DAC with ultra-low latency. The AK4390 has an advanced architecture that enables higher quality sound for professional and high-end audio applications.
NEC : Very-low-power MCUs have enhanced analog features
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
NEC Electronics has begun sample shipment of 24 flash-memory-embedded microcontrollers that claim the lowest level of power consumption in the industry.
Motor controller drives low-power BLDC motors, fans
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
The AH5792 smart motor controller from Diodes Incorporated is designed to provide an all-in-one solution for driving low-power, single-coil brushless DC fans and motors.
12-/10-/8-bit octal DACs integrate 10ppm/°C reference in tiny packages
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
Linear's LTC2636 DACs are ideally suited for driving optical attenuators or setting the current levels for laser diodes.
Foundry expands multi-project wafer prototyping service
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems' is expanding its ASIC prototyping service in 2009, greatly increasing the availability of shuttle runs on its 0.18m cmos and high-voltage cmos processes.
Demultiplexer pair ensures DisplayPort compliance
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
Parade Technologies' PS8318 and PS8312 DisplayPort demux products leverage proven advanced equalizer and aux channel link training combination to assure DisplayPort source compliance for desktop, notebook, and docking station PC applications.
Techniques to enhance op amp signal integrity in low-level sensor applications (Part 1 of 4)
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12/9/2008   2 comments
Shielding, grounding, ground loops, common mode, single-ended, differential mode, induced noise, isolation, and more: meet and overcome the challenges of low-level analog signal conditioning
International Rectifier : Industrial MOSFETs reduce RDSon by 50 percent
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier has announced a range of trench HEXFET Power MOSFETs featuring benchmark low on-state resistance (RDS(on)) in a TO-247 package for synchronous rectification, active ORing and industrial applications including high power dc motors, dc to ac inverters and power tools.
Simplified signal conditioning for high-voltage ADCs
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
Designed to simplify the signal-conditioning task in data acquisition and data logging equipment, Analog Devices' AD8275 part drives higher-speed 16bit SAR converters and lower sample-rate 18bit converters.
DisplayPort extender chip from Gennum fits in cables
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
By using Gennum's ActiveConnect GV8502 device within a standard copper cable assembly, displays can be driven at distances up to 30 meters (roughly 100 feet.)
Melexis enhances second-generation BLDC controller family
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
Melexis has launched its first member of the second generation of integrated brushless DC motor controllers. The MLX81200 sports TruSense and SineDrive technologies which enable designers to integrate applications of this motor type in automotive applications.
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