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Content posted in February 2010
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"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for March 1, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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2/27/2010   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
Bitten by debug
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2/27/2010   3 comments
Debugging is the most challenging engineering discipline, and practice is the best teacher . . . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
6-channel system managers with nonvolatile fault memory facilitate diagnostics
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX16067/MAX16068 integrate nonvolatile fault registers to facilitate failure analysis and are available with an easy-to-use graphical configuration tool that simplifies diagnostics and configuration.
Adjunct SOC for power amplifier performs complex signal processing in RF domain
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Scintera has developed a power amplifier linearization SoC that performs complex signal processing in the RF domain, resulting in low-power consumption, wide signal bandwidth, and broad frequency operation.
Dual, low noise, positive/negative ±20 VIN ±150 mA LDO offers 20 uVRMS noise
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has unveiled a dual, low noise, positive/negative low dropout voltage linear regulator.
MSC Vertriebs offers lowest power SERDES capable FPGA
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
MSC Vertriebs GmbH is offering the Lattice ECP3 family which defines a new mid-range, value-based class of FPGAs, not only by further reducing costs, but also by reducing total power consumption by more than 50 percent for typical designs, compared to competitive SERDES-capable FPGAs.
Mephisto adds usability to analog design platform
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
For the latest version of its M-Design platform, Mephisto Design Automation NV (Leuven, Belgium) said it has improved functional and usability. Interoperability will be the company's next point of focus.
New EDA tool release boosts analog and mixed-signal design productivity
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Belgian EDA tool innovator, Mephisto Design Automation (MDA) has unveiled its M-DESIGN 3.2 release which offers analog and mixed-signal designers immediate productivity gains for their front-end design tasks.
TSV foundry embeds capacitors in interposers
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Allvia Inc., which bills itself as the world's first through-silicon via (TSV) foundry, has announced it has integrated embedded capacitors on silicon interposer substrates.
Altera transitions its 40nm Arria II GX FPGAs to production
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Altera announced it is shipping in volume production the first members of its 40nm Arria II GX FPGA family specifically targeting 3-Gbps transceiver applications
2.5-A automotive gate drive optocoupler is ideal for HEVs
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced a new compact extended temperature automotive grade optocoupler for use in hybrid electronic vehicles.
Metamaterials antenna supports multiple bands
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The world's first metamaterial antenna permits multiple bands--LTE, 3G, WiMax, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS--to share the same antenna without the usually switching circuits and matching components.
Time Domain Modeling and Simulation of Intel QuickPath Interconnect Circuits (Part 3 of 3)
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
This article explores and explains key issues related to modeling and simulation in this interconnect scheme, but its lessons apply to other designs as well
Development of a Spice Op-Amp Macro-Model (Part 1 of 2)
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Understand how a model is developed and validated
Rethinking MEMS sensor design for the masses
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
MEMS INERTIAL SENSoRS have been around for more than 25 years, from the first prototypes developed in universities to initial product offerings from the likes of Analog Devices, Bosch, Motorola (now Freescale) and STMicroelectronics.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for February 22, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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2/20/2010   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
Analog's future is also in its past
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2/20/2010   Post a comment
Analog issues such as signal integrity are increasingly vital to more designers, but much of analog's growth will come from good old-fashioned transducer interfacing. . . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
NEC Electronics extends 32-bit microcontroller line up with 78 new devices
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
NEC Electronics has introduced 78 new 32-bit All Flash V850ES/Jx3 series microcontrollers (MCUs) that claim the industry's leading low power consumption, optimized pin counts and expanded functionality.
Digital power dual synchronous-buck driver features onboard power MOSFETs
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced a digital power dual synchronous-buck driver with integrated power MOSFETs, protection blocks and monitoring features, which helps save board space and reduce component count by as much as 80 percent compared to industry standards.
96 percent efficient buck-boost converter delivers maximum current from limited power sources
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has released a 96 percent efficient, synchronous buck-boost converter that delivers up to 1 A of output current to a regulated output voltage with inputs above, below or equal to the output.
Ultra low noise amplifier targets cellular infrastructure applications
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has added the latest edition to its family of ultra low noise, high gain, high linearity Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) active bias amplifiers for use in cellular infrastructure applications.
High performance band pass filter offers custom ceramic designs
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
MSC Vertriebs GmbH is offering Comnav's 10BCR4B-f0/BW-L high performance band pass filter.
Tanner EDA, Sound Design Technologies develop PDKs
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), announced it has combined its specialized IC design software combined with integrated passives and chip-stacking technologies from Sound Design Technologies Ltd. (Ontario, Canada).
Current sensors enable very high-current measurements
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
Developed and manufactured by Hitec Power Protection, the Zero-Flux current sensors allow the Yokogawa family of precision power meters to be used for measuring very high currents
Dual buck converter integrates a 700 mA DC-DC to power 3G PA
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX8896, a dual step-down converter designed for powering WCDMA/NCDMA PA (power amplifier) modules and RF transceivers.
WIRELESS: Transcede processors serve 3G/4G/LTE mobile infrastructure
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Transcede application-specific SoCs from Mindspeed reduce system power, complexity and cost while boosting performance for 3G/4G/LTE mobile infrastructure.
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