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Content posted in March 2007
Low glitch, 16-bit DAC dissipates 1.5 mW at 2.7 V
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduced a series of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with an integrated precision reference. The DAC8560 is a 16-bit, single-channel DAC featuring low glitch (0.15 nV-s), low-power (1.5 mW at 2.7 V), an internal reference with 2 ppm/°C temperature drift and ±0.004 percent initial accuracy.
Panasonic intros 2007 HD display line
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
Panasonic has officially announced its 2007 HD display line. The 19-model line will be comprised of LCD, Microdisplay, and Plasma models. Here's the highlights:
Read a good paper lately?
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
I am sure you have attended sessions or read papers which ranged from "great" down to "not-so-good" in usefulness. I just finished reading an excellent paper that goes beyond "here's what we did"; it also explains what went well, and what would have made the project go betterBill Schweber, Site Editor
REVIEW: 300-mV input-voltage boost converter throttles micro-fuel cells
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
Chip maker Texas Instruments is debuting an ultra-low-input DC-to-DC boost converter IC that promises to let portables operate from new energy sources such as micro-fuel cells. TI's power circuit can let you build converters that operate with input voltages lower than 300-mV. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Reference design gives OEMs time-to-market advantage building DVB-C set-top boxes
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
Microtune announced the availability of a digital video broadcast-cable (DVB-C) reference design targeted for the Europe, Asia and China markets. Based on Microtune's MicroTuner MT2060 tuner chip and STMicroelectronics' STV0297E cable demodulator, the reference design is expected to offer a cost-effective turnkey tuner-demodulator subsystem.
Network clock synthesizer IC provides, maintains system heartbeat despite adversity
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices AD9549 generator provides jitter cleanup, A/B reference switchover, strong holdover, and synchronization
Transpedance amplifier/limiting amplifier delivers high stressed receiver sensitivity
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
Inphi claims its 1347TL 11.3 Gbits/s transimpedance amplifier/limiting amplifier offers the industry's highest stressed receiver sensitivity and lowest cross talk for 10G Ethernet and 10G SONET optical communications.
UPDATED: eeProductCenter tracks products at wireless, optical networking events
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
Stay tuned to eeProductCenter this week to keep pace with the latest product announcements coming out of the CTIA Wireless 2007 event in Orlando and OFC/NFOEC event in Anaheim.
QMLV-qualified dual amplifier eliminates 1/F noise in satellite apps
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
National's first dual amplifier in its new family of precision operational amplifiers QMLV-qualified for space-level applications uses patented techniques to measure and continually correct the input offset error voltage, while eliminating the unwanted 1/f voltage and current noise present in traditional amplifiers.
REVIEW: Reference design slated to ease diffused IR stereo audio
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
Designing a consumer audio system? Then check out this upcoming reference design for non-line-of-sight, high bit-rate infrared communications coupled with all-digital audio processing and hefty audio amplification. eeProductCenter's Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn offers his view.
Single-chip GPS device targets mainstream mobile phones
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
TI has introduced a single-chip device that is expected to drive GPS applications into mainstream mobile phones. Built on TI's DRP single-chip technology, the NaviLink 5.0 solution comes in a 25 mm2 package.
Clock multiplier provides any-rate frequency synthesis
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3/26/2007   Post a comment
Check out Silicon Laboratories' jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC line that's capable of generating any output frequency from 2 kHz to 945 MHz and selecting frequencies to 1.4 GHz from any input frequency between 2 kHz and 710 MHz. The devices' ultra-low jitter generation rivals traditional analog PLLs built discretely using expensive voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) or voltage-controlled SAW oscillators (VCSOs).
EML driver IC sampling for 10-Gbits/s optical communication
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3/26/2007   Post a comment
Check out Oki's latest driver IC. The chip maker houses this device in a 4-mm x 4-mm small ceramic package and manufactures it using its advanced GaAs process that helps it achieve low power consumption of 0.45-W at 2.3V-pp amplitude.
Signal integrity is analog's "reality show"
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3/25/2007   Post a comment
Signal integrity (SI) is now a major aspect of engineering design, as high-speed signals encounter physical reality; be prepared for it or risk unreliable or non-working designs....(read more)
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
Video switch matrix reduces board space
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3/23/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild's FMS6502 is an 8-input, 6-output video switch matrix tailored for consumer and industrial video applications such as automotive in-cabin entertainment systems, HDTVs, flat panel displays and A/V receivers.
Dual-channel 150-mA LDO regulator targets portable applications
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
Sipex expanded its line of low-dropout (LDO) regulators with the introduction of a dual channel LDO, the SP6265. The 150 mA dual channel, CMOS LDO has been designed to meet the needs of space-critical portable consumer applications.
Voltage-to-current converter delivers up to 36 mA
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments released a voltage-to-current converter/transmitter designed for standard 0-20 mA and 4-20 mA analog signals, as well as 5-25 mA signals and voltage outputs. The XTR111 can deliver current up to 36 mA and includes output error detection and output disable.
8-input, 6-output video switch targets consumer and industrial apps
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the FMS6502, an 8-input, 6-output video switch matrix suitable in consumer and industrial video applications including automotive in-cabin entertainment systems, HDTVs, flat panel displays and A/V receivers.
Kit enables high-quality hands-free communication designs
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor expanded its family of voice processing solutions with the ZL38005, a device enabling high-quality voice in hands-free communication systems, including speakerphones, home automation applications and car kits.
Set-top box chip combines demodulator with MPEG decoder
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
Check out ST's latest set-top box chip, the QAMi5107 that combines digital signal demodulator with MPEG decoder in a single package, reducing production costs for consumer electronics manufacturers.
Digital potentiometer offers one-time programmability
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT5126 32-tap digital potentiometer is being offered as an alternative to mechanical potentiometers in applications where one-time calibration is required.
Digipot comes with temperature sensor and lookup table
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Dallas has released a 7-bit digital potentiometer (digipot) with an output voltage of up to 15.5 V. The DS3501 integrates temperature sensing, an ADC, and a lookup table (LUT) at approximately the same cost as a standard digipot.
1.5W mini DC/DC converter offers 90% efficiency and tight load regulation
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Bear Power Supplies introduces its BPS Series high-voltage DC/DC converters with 90% efficiency and load regulation with 3% change from no-load to full-load.
Wireless HD IPTV set-top box debuts
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Three major electronics companies—Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics and Metalink—have teamed up to launch a set-top box that supports high-definition (HD) TV quality based on 802.11n wireless IPTV standard.
1.1-GHz cable tuners support MoCA home-networking standard
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Microtune introduced two 1.1-GHz TV tuner chips that, when integrated into advanced 1-GHz set-top boxes, allow cable operators to provide their customers a 'no new wires' digital in-home network.
12-GHz digital phase shifter targets radar, satellite communications
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Hittite introduced an MMIC 4-bit digital phase shifter standard product suitable for EW receivers, radar, satellite communications, and beamforming subassemblies from 8 to 12 GHz.
Reference kit advances CobraNet audio network design
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic Inc. and Stardraw.com Ltd. have teamed up to offer a reference kit that is aimed at helping audio network engineers design CobraNet digital audio networks with custom user interfaces.
Real science projects: very impressive!
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3/16/2007   Post a comment
The winner of this year's prestigious Intel Science Talent Search for high-school students did a real project. Her improvisation and creativity demonstrate true skill, and shows the difference between "users" and "doers" in the world of science and engineering....
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
CSR brings virtual surround sound to Bluetooth
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3/16/2007   Post a comment
CSR expanded its portfolio of third-party software for its BlueCore5-Multimedia platform. The BlueCore5-Multimedia External is a single-chip radio and baseband IC for Bluetooth systems. The radio interfaces to up to 32 Mbits of external flash memory.
REVIEW: Power management chip smoothly throttles USB, battery subsystems
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
IC maker Maxim Integrated Products rolls out a smart dual-input USB/AC-adapter charger chip for use in circuits powered by single-cell Li+ batteries. The IC's charger integrates all power switches required for charging and switching a load between a battery and external power, eliminating the need for external pass devices. Click to read eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's review of this less-than-$2 device.
High-isolation switch saves board space
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3/14/2007   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions said it has introduced the industry's highest isolation switch with the lowest loss system performance available for the cellular infrastructure market. The SKY13286-359LF is suitable for base station applications where synthesizer isolation is critical.
PLL timing chip offers spread spectrum for reduced EMI
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3/14/2007   Post a comment
Cypress' latest PREMIS chip dubbed the CY25400 is being touted as the industry's first 4-PLL (phase-locked loop) timing device with two spread-spectrum PLLs to reduce electro-magnetic emissions (EMI).
Telephone interface module half the size of previous generation products
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3/13/2007   Post a comment
Xecom, Inc. developed the XE0402LCC, a telephone data access arrangement (DAA) interface module that is half the size of the previous generation product. The XE0402LCC includes a solid-state hook-switch, caller ID pass through, and ring detector while providing a 3000 VAC isolation barrier.
On Semi unveils PureEdge PLL clock generators
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3/13/2007   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has unveiled its PureEdge family of PLL-based clock generation devices that is said to deliver 50 percent better phase jitter than competitive products for consumer, networking and telecommunications applications.
Chinese set-top box makers, MPEG LA face off over patent fees
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3/12/2007   Post a comment
Chinese makers of digital set-top boxes are on a collision course with MPEG-2 patent owners over unpaid royalties, setting the stage for what will likely be intense haggling in coming months.

Rice-grain antenna piques my interest, but confounds my intuition
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3/11/2007   Post a comment
I grew up with the fundamental axiom that if you needed a better antenna, you had to put more metal into the air. The performance of recently announced super-small antennas upsets my intuitive sense of the entire electromagnetic (EM) field and its interaction with the antenna. . . .
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
Wide-bandwidth, CMOS-input op-amps light on battery consumption
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3/9/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics introduced two families of rail-to-rail, high gain-bandwidth product (GBP) op-amps that feature speed-to-current consumption ratio. They come in packages designed to address sensor signal conditioning as well as battery-operated and compact, portable applications.
Class G amplifier enables piezoelectric drive with minimum support components
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3/9/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX9788, single-channel, Class G amplifier designed to drive the high capacitive load of piezoelectric speakers. The MAX9788 integrates an inverting charge-pump power supply, which provides up to 16 Vp-p voltage drive from a single Li+ battery.
Magma Announces FineSim Pro Parallel Manager
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Built on Magma's proprietary Native Parallel Technology, this parallel fast-SPICE option to FineSim Pro makes possible the verification of very large, complex mixed-signal systems on chip.
Schottky-based linear chip drives up to 10 white LEDs
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT3591 is a high efficiency, constant current white LED driver packaged in a 2mm x 3mm DFN that integrates a Schottky diode and drives up to 10 LEDs in handheld applications.
3W Class-D audio amplifier includes 64-step digital volume
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
By employing its filter-free, next-generation architecture, Power Analog Microelectronics has been able to produce Class D audio amplifiers that deliver 3-W stereo into a 4-ohm load, at less than 10% THD+Noise.
Tiny boost regulator features single wire digital interface
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Micrel's MIC3289 is a 1.2-MHz PWM white LED driver that features internal Schottky diode and true single wire digital interface for brightness control and enable.
Preamplifier delivers fast operating speeds, power savings
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
Agere Systems' TrueStore PA7800 preamplifier delivers fast operating speeds up to 2.5 Gbits/s while consuming nearly 30 percent less power than previous generation chips for enterprise and desktop HDD markets.
Pricing, reality, and engineering design
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
A recent study claimed that IC vendors are losing billions, by pricing individual deals too low. I think that's an easy and simplistic view
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
Third gen chip reduces standby power in notebooks
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
NXP offers its third generation GreenChip energy efficient IC for switch mode power supplies that enables compact designs, and reduces no-load standby below the Energy Star requirements.
GbE line-card chip provides synchronization at the physical layer
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor has beefed up its Synchronous Ethernet timing product portfolio with a single-chip Gigabit Ethernet line card synchronizer that allows service providers to deliver time-critical applications over packet-based networks.
8-bit MCU packs performance in small package
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has launched a highly integrated 8-bit microcontroller that combines a 25 MIPS CPU, 10-bit ADC and an internal +-2 % oscillator in a 3 x 3-mm package.
National Instruments releases Multisim 10.0
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
National Instruments' Electronics Workbench Group released Multisim 10.0 and Ultiboard 10.0, the latest versions of its interactive SPICE simulation and circuit analysis software used for schematic capture, interactive simulation, board layout and integrated testing.
Low-noise, low-dropout, 150 mA linear regulators have small footprint
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3/1/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8840/MAX8841/MAX8842 ultra-low-noise, low-dropout (LDO), 150 mA linear regulators in a small-footprint 1 x 1.5 x 0.8-mm microDFN package.
Dual-channel device converts T1 data rates to fiber optic cable
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3/1/2007   Post a comment
Designed to switch T1 data rates to fiber optic cable, the Dual T1 media converter from Stratos Optical Technologies combines RJ45 interconnected T1 data with fiber optic HMA Expanded Beam technology to provide dual 1.544 Mbits/s data-rate media conversion from copper to fiber and back for tactical communication applications.




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