Content posted in March 2009
STMicro Mobile App Voltage-Agnostic MEMS-Based Motion Sensor
Articles 3/31/2009 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics MEMS sensors with a 3-axis accelerometer with absolute analog output for data-integrity protection in hard-disk drives, vibration monitoring and compensation, remote control, as well as motion user interfaces in mobile and gaming devices or portable media players.
Microchip DSCs take digital power control mainstream
Articles 3/30/2009 Post a comment
Emphasizing low cost, small size, low power and flexibility, Microchip's GS Series digital signal controllers is its effort to increase its share of a digital power market that it believes is going mainstream and will grow at a compound annual rate of 40 percent.
Flying car highlights design dilemma
Articles 3/28/2009 1 comment
The Terrafugia flying car, which recently had its first test flight, shows that engineering challenges are often in conflict with optimized design. . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Editors' Choice: Products of the Week
Articles 3/27/2009 Post a comment
Capping off a week of continued wafer fab closings, layoffs and restructuring moves by several electronics vendors, engineers can now turn to Editors' Choice to view our top product selections that offer a silver lining in a bleak market. Check out these key products, many of which emerged from the logic/interface sector.
TriQuint rolls new driver amplifiers
Articles 3/25/2009 Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. has rolled out two new driver amplifiers, including the industry's first surface-mount technology (SMT) device for use in 40-gigabits-per-second networks.
DSP drives Broadcom's 65-nm, 10 GbE SFP+ dual-PHY chips
Articles 3/23/2009 Post a comment
Broadcom's BCM8727 dual 10 GbE SFI-to-XAUI PHY and BCM8750 dual 10 GbE SFI-to-XFI PHY are DSP-based, low-power, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) SFP+ physical-layer (PHY) devices in 65-nm CMOS. The devices are designed to enable a low-cost fiber infrastructure upgrade path from 1 to 10 GbE.
There’s a further cool thing you can do with a spreadsheet that most SPICEs can’t. That’s to use the spreadsheet ‘solver’ functionality to adjust component values in the search for a better-fitting circuit – or even to find a set of component values for a circuit you can’t otherwise design.
Infineon MOSFETs have been embedded into PC boards by Schweizer Electronic AG
You now need to adjust component values to achieve some system goal, such as predefined frequency response or time behaviour, and there’s no closed method for working out those values.
As a member of the electronics design community, I am angry and disappointed with the recent deaths of 346 people due to the Boeing MAX 8 design
The theoretical advantages of GaN-based power transistors are now being realized in mainstream system designs. Power supplies for data centers and telecom switching racks are two application areas where GaN transistors show significant improvement in comparison to systems using best-in-class Silicon-based Superjunction devices.