Content posted in February 2006
Op amps draw 13 uA per amp
Articles 2/27/2006 Post a comment
Exclusive to eeProductCenter: Linear Technology Corp. says its 1.8-volt dual and quad operational amplifiers are the first available in a tiny DFN package.
Excuse me, did you say ICs available for 25 years?
Articles 2/24/2006 Post a comment
Last summer, I watched as the "telephone company" (whatever that term means now) replaced all the poles on our street, over a month-long period. This carefully choreographed procedure was itself interesting, and had more interleaved steps than I expected. When I asked the crew chief why they were replacing the poles, he replied, "it's on our schedule to replace these poles every 25 years, as preventive maintenance."
Triple-throw switches boost audio signals
Articles 2/23/2006 Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. says these dual, single-pole, triple-throw analog switches handle negative signals with a single positive power supply to reduce external components and improve audio signal quality.
Light-to-digital converters seek small displays
Articles 2/16/2006 Post a comment
Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc. (TAOS) is beefing up its Light-to-Digital Converter offering with two low-voltage versions for mobile phones, PDAs, portable media players, cameras, handheld games and camcorders.
Crosspoint switch boosts signal integrity
Articles 2/15/2006 Post a comment
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. is unleashed a 12-port crosspoint switch with enhanced signal equalization technology that it says will raise the bar in terms of signal integrity performance and flexibility.
E-field sensor IC finds new markets
Articles 2/14/2006 Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor today expanded its line of electric field (E-field) sensing integrated circuits (ICs) from automotive applications to the appliance and industrial markets.
Converters get their Powerpoint day at ISSCC
Articles 2/10/2006 Post a comment
The IEEE annual International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week was a proud and impressive display of devices and ideas. A/D converters--both Nyquist and oversampling types--were the subject of key sessions. Here's a brief report on just a few of the designs presented, all substantiated by real silicon.
Multiplexers operate over wide voltage range
Articles 2/7/2006 Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. released a trio of precision, low-voltage, monolithic CMOS analog switches that are said to combine a wide voltage range, low leakage, and tight on-resistance matching for precision signal switching and routing.
What happened to the 42V auto?
Articles 2/3/2006 Post a comment
A few years ago, there was lots of serious talk of cars transitioning to 42V supplies, either in addition to, or to replace, the venerable 12V system they have used for decades. Why didn't this prediction materialize? More puzzling, how have the dire problems, that were predicted if we stayed with 12V systems, been avoided?
These days, I often code design equations for filter circuits directly into sequences of Excel cells
The introduction of the solar boat is necessary to preserve our planet, which is mainly covered by water; the autonomous drive option is a pleasant alternative
Leading up to APEC have been a slew of new introductions by various suppliers. I wanted to highlight some of that here on Planet Analog for your information
Could a 16-bit SAR converter application reach a dynamic range of 125 dB at 600 kSPS?
My ‘gut feel’ as an Electronics Engineer tells me that the need for more adequate and intensive pilot training is a strong possibility