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RF module operates in 868-MHz ISM band
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
One RF Technology has introduced a low-cost, 868-MHz RF module dubbed TinyOne Lite that is optimized for low-power radio communication at a competitive cost and available with or without an integrated antenna.
Improved common nail shows "we've always done it this way" is shallow thinking
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is one of those simplistic maxims that really irritates me. Even a well-established item or function can always use a reexamination, as this very basic product shows.
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
LDO extends battery run-time in portable devices
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Diodes Inc. has launched a 300-mA fast transient response LDO with a low quiescent current and adjustable regulation down to 1.0 V, which makes it suitable for portable and low-power applications.
LDO delivers 500 mA current rating in thin SOT-23 package
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4/26/2007   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor has launched the first device in its new line of low dropout (LDO) regulators. The CAT6219 is one of only a few devices available that provides a 500 mA peak output current in a five-lead, 1-mm profile thin SOT-23 package.
4-channel delta-sigma A/D converter includes temperature sensor
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Linear's LTC2493 is a 4-channel delta-sigma A/D converter with an internal temperature sensor that enables temperature compensation of external sensors.
DC/DC controller regulates two outputs, phases in a single mode
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Primarion's PX7522 is a power conversion and power management IC for synchronous DC/DC converters in the telecom, datacom, computing and storage markets that is configured to regulate two independent outputs, or two phases in a single output mode.
Four-channel power management chips are programmable
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Check out Summit's pair of programmable power manager chips intended for consumer applications. The SMB113A and SMB117 ps enable system designers to digitally program the entire multiple output power supply and associated power management functions with a few clicks of a mouse.
Overcoming verification tool limitations for analog/RF designs
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Understand the limits of today's approaches, and how the challenges of analog/RF design and verification may be reduced by new EDA tools and techniques
SMPS control IC focuses on efficiency at all power levels
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors introduces its third generation of green switched mode power supply controller ICs. It combines a controller for PFC and a flyback controller.
T-DMB receiver integrates RF tuner, baseband chip
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Frontier Silicon has extended its mobile TV chip line with a single-chip receiver for T-DMB and DAB-IP broadcasts.
Dual comparator targets industrial, medical applications
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor developed the LMH7322, a dual comparator which consumes low power (21 mA typical) with sub-nanosecond (700 ps) propagation delay.
µSerDes device uses CTL technology
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the FIN212AC, a µSerDes device designed for serializing high-speed signals in multi-megapixel-resolution CMOS and CCD image sensors, commonly found in portable products including cell phones with built-in cameras.
PMIC targets digital synchronous DC/DC controller, regulates dual rails, targets telecom
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Primarion introduces a dual-output, dual-phase, programmable, digital power conversion and power management IC for synchronous DC/DC converters in the telecom, datacom, computing and storage markets.
Chip integrates LIN transceiver, voltage regulator functionality
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor has introduced low-power, mixed-signal devices that combine Local Interconnect Network (LIN) transceiver and voltage regulator functionality in a single chip for in-vehicle networking applications.
Zero-IF TV tuner eliminates SAW filters
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Maxim has introduced a fully integrated, ZIF direct-conversion TV tuner for DVB-T applications. The MAX3580 tuner uses ZIF architecture and an on-chip RF tracking filter to eliminate the need for external discrete filtering components and a SAW filter required by older, IF-based tuners.
Wire-free power technology recharges portables, ready to launch
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
WildCharge is ready to launch a flat, thin charging pad that is capable of delivering up to 90 Watts of power. The product eliminates the need to lug around chargers, adapters, and cords for every battery-powered mobile device.
Four-channel programmable PMIC addresses complex consumer applications
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics expands its family of Programmable Power Manager ICs with two new versions that integrate four PWM controllers and power management functions.
Mixel releases characterization report for SerDes IP
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Mixel announced the availability of an extensive characterization report for its MXL-SRDS-4254, a four-channel SerDes IP suitable for PCI Express, SATA, Fibre channel, Sonet, XAUI and other serial interface standards.
Driver IC provides closed-loop control around fan speed, temperature
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Andigilog's aMC8510 and aMC8520 are designed to provide improved reliability and acoustic management, as well as lower power consumption for DC brushless fan cooling products.
Chillin' and thrillin' with heat sinks and cold plates
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Non-engineers fail to realize the multidisciplinary skills it takes to put a real project together
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
Single-phase metering chip embeds flash memory
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Analog chip vendor austriamicrosystems is getting ready to sample the AS8268, a single-phase SoC metering IC that embeds flash memory to provide secure program and data in LCD meters.
Integrated front-end module targets WiMAX devices
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4/22/2007   Post a comment
JMD launched the M30001, a WiMAX front end module containing all active and passive components required to interface WiMAX transceivers more directly to the antenna.
Intelligent fan driver offers closed-loop control for fan speed, temperature
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Andigilog introduces two intelligent fan drivers that provide reliability, low power consumption and acoustic management for DC brushless fan cooling solutions.
Multi-threading analog simulator cuts run time by 80%
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
Tanner EDA introduced their T-Spice simulator for analog and mixed-signal chip designs which has been developed for use on computers with multiple processor cores. On average, the tool delivers 40% faster simulations on single-processor, dual-core computers and 80% faster run times on two-processor, dual-core machines.
MOSFET and resistor transform unidirectional current-sense amp to bidirectional operation
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4/19/2007   1 comment
Achieve bidirectional current-sensing with a simple addition to a high-side unidirectional design; overcome limits of the basic current sensor
Xilinx develops FPGA-based deserializer for TI's ADS6000 ADC line
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx has released a Virtex-4 FPGA-based deserializer reference design, application note and evaluation module for TI's ADS6000 analog-to-digital converter (ADC) family.
PCIe packet switches offer low power, small footprint
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Pericom Semiconductor added a PCI Express (PCIe) packet switch line to its product portfolio it is marketing under the name GreenPacket.
Photodetector IC designed for slim design in DVD, CD applications
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Atmel unveiled the ATR0874; a photodetector IC (PDIC) for use in the optical pick-up units (OPUs) of DVD and CD drives and is suitable for the slim drives found in most laptops. The QFN open housing has an open cavity, thus permitting the laser to have direct access to the die surface and photo diodes.
Class G speaker amplifier strengthens output power, increases battery life
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX9730, a 2.4 W, single-supply, mono, Class G speaker amplifier. The MAX9730's Class G architecture and integrated charge-pump power supply enable this device to deliver two times more output power than conventional Class AB or Class D speaker amplifiers provide from a lithium-ion (Li+) battery.
LDOs offer high-temperature operation up to 140 degrees C
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has released high-temperature versions of the LT3012 and LT3013 micropower low-dropout (LDO) regulators. These devices offer an input voltage capability up to 80 V with high-temperature operation up to 140 degrees C.
REVIEW: Tiny package packs 2.4-GHz RF deck
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of a non-monolithic RF device that addresses board space and dissipation. Target devices include PDAs, VoWi-Fi handsets, cameras, cellular handsets, and automotive devices. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
6-channel synchro/resolver-to-digital converter available on PC-104 card
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Check out North Atlantic Industries' DSP-based 73SD4 synchro/resolver-to-digital converter available on a PC-104 card. It includes six independent, transformer isolated, programmable synchro/resolver tracking converter measurement channels, each of which has 16-bit resolution, ±1 arc-minute accuracy, tracking rate to 150 RPS, accurate digital velocity output, incremental encoder (A+B) outputs, and wrap-around self-test.
LDOs provide high PSSR over frequency range of 10 MHz
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduced a family of dual, 200 mA low-dropout linear regulators (LDOs) in a 2 x 2-mm SON package for portable, battery-powered equipment. The low-noise LDOs provide high power-supply rejection ratio (PSRR) over a frequency range of up to 10 MHz, 160 µs start-up time, while consuming a total 90 µA ground current with both LDOs enabled.
2.4-GHz amplifier features power detector
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
SiGe Semiconductor's 2.4-GHz power amplifier employs an integrated architecture that boosts power efficiency, reduces system-level cost and optimizes WiFi system performance.
Fujitsu tailors LSI chip for in-car automotive systems
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Fujitsu's latest LSI chip integrates various functions, including a CPU core from ARM Ltd., 2D and 3D graphic capabilities, in-car networking features, and support for various media interfaces.
Embedded switches target Fibre Channel storage system back-ends
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Check out Emulex's new line of embedded storage switches called InSpeed. These products are designed to enable complete speed flexibility across Fibre Channel storage system back-ends.
Battery-backup controller features 1-kB non-imprinting SRAM
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4/15/2007   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor has introduced the DS3641, a secure battery-backup controller that offers features for data protection in point-of-sale (POS) terminals and other applications containing sensitive data.
Fortran developer's obit: at last, some mainstream recognition
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4/15/2007   Post a comment
John W. Backus, who conceived of and developed Fortran, died recently. Normally, scientists and engineers don't get recognition or respect in the media, but his passing merited some mention in the mainstream press such as the New York Times.
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
DAB module includes iPod docking capability
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4/15/2007   Post a comment
Frontier Silicon is offering a reference design that enables audio manufacturers to quickly produce low-cost DAB/FM radios with iPod docking capability.
Battery charger selects between USB, wall adapter
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4/15/2007   Post a comment
The LTC4075HVX standalone dual-input linear battery charger from Linear Technology efficiently manages charging single-cell Li-Ion/Polymer batteries from two separate power sources—a wall adapter and USB.
Serializer/deserializer supports 3-Gbps high-definition broadcast video
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor serializer/deserializer pair of ICs provides industry's lowest output-jitter SDI serializer (50 ps) and highest input jitter tolerance deserializer (0.6 units interval) for 3 Gbps professional broadcast video.
Analog Serial Digital Interface (SDI) chipset provides lowest jitter for HD video
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's three-IC chipset for the 3-Gbps Serial Digital Interface (SDI) supports 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, over a single coaxial cable.
Pin-compatible, multichannel ADCs pack speed, resolution
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
Targeted at high-speed, high-density applications such as basestations, medical imaging, and radar, ADCs from Texas Instruments offers choices in channel density, resolution, and SNR versus SFDR tradeoff.
EL driver reduces circuit complexity
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
Supertex has introduced a high-voltage, low-noise EL lamp driver IC that requires no external components when the external clock frequency is used for the lamp frequency, eliminating the need for an external inductor, diode and high-voltage capacitor.
Real-time clock module includes ID-ROM for effective DRM
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Epson plans to begin shipping in June a compact real-time clock module dubbed the RX-8731L that has a built-in ID-ROM, providing users with digital rights management (DRM) in portable media players.
White LED charge pumps cut system size by 40%
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced what it says are the smallest white-LED (WLED) drivers with two built-in LDOs for camera supply.
1.8V video amplifiers hit a new low in power consumption
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has developed a pair of 1.8-V video amplifiers, the MAX9509 and MAX9510, that consume approximately 70% less average power than existing products.
Chip regulates battery charge voltage, current up to 2A
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
AnalogicTech's latest charger device for Lithium-ion/polymer batteries offers up to 2A of charge current while occupying 9-mm2 of PCB area.
48-V ideal diode-OR controller replaces power Schottky diodes
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
The LTC4355 dual ideal diode-OR controller from Linear Technology allows Schottky diodes to be replaced by N-channel MOSFETs in high availability systems and provides extensive fault monitoring to diagnose supply failures.
ESC is about design, not hype
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
Shows such as ESC are a welcome contrast to media-driven, flashy events which obscure real engineering work
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
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