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"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for June 1, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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5/30/2009   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
Irons in the fire. . . .literally
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5/30/2009   3 comments
Using a real soldering iron is a valuable reminder about the virtues of today's tools. . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Edito
Intersil : Op amp suits precision applications
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Intersil claims the industry’s most accurate 5-V single-supply, precision, low-power, low-drift op amp for high gain, 16-bit and 24-bit precision applications.
Low noise amplifiers cut power consumption while minimising distortion in VHF-UHF wide band applications
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced a new family of miniature, low noise amplifiers that provide good linearity and low current consumption in VHF-UHF wide band applications where input signal strengths may be variable.
Step-up dc-to-dc converters increase battery run times for portables
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
ADI's ADP1612 and ADP1613 dc-to-dc converters enable designers to boost input voltages as low as 1.8 V up to output voltages as high as 20 V.
Wireless Solutions for VGA, S-Video, Composite or Component Video Sources
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Who needs messy cables when you can extend video at high resolution of 1280x1024/1080i using wi-fi technology?
Book Excerpt: "Electrical Engineering 101" (Part 2 of 5)
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
This is not "EE for dummies"; it is a very useful review of basics you may have forgotten, or maybe missed.
ZMD offers 14-bit capacitive sensor signal conditioning IC
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany), a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal solutions for automotive, industrial, and medical applications, has expanded its family of capacitive sensor signal conditioning devices with the 14-bit dynamic range ZMD31210 cLite IC.
Maxim : Re-drivers support highest data rates
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim introduces two re-drivers to support the industry’s latest high-speed serial interfaces.
Capacitive sensor signal-conditioning IC delivers 14bit resolution at low power
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
ZMD AG has added the ZMD31210 cLite IC to its family of capacitive sensor signal conditioning devices.
Protect PoE interfaces from differential-mode transient voltage threats
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Power-over-Ethernet systems require good transient voltage protection to protect against ESD, cable discharge and surge transients, and must be able to withstand differential mode transients induced from DC power connection faults. See how TVS diodes safeguard PoE circuits from differential mode transients.
Diodes : Converter-amplifier improves audio performance
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Diodes has introduced an 8 channel D/A converter and pre-amplifier chip offering designers of audio video receivers (AVR) and add-on sound cards the opportunity to reduce component costs while at the same time improving audio performance.
Protecting low-voltage signals from ESD
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Facts and myths about low-voltage electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection solutions
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for May 25, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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5/23/2009   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
Be prepared for "dangerous" words
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5/23/2009   5 comments
Some commonplace words we frequently use or hear have different meanings depending on the specifics of the situation; make sure you get clarification rather than assume incorrectly. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Programmable MEMS shock and vibration sensors for industrial system monitoring
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) is expanding its iSensor intelligent sensor product family with the introduction of two integrated inertial sensors that simplify the task of embedded shock and vibration sensing within harsh industrial environments.
12, 14 and 16bit octal DACs suit industrial control and portable instrumentation
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Claiming twice the accuracy of competitive devices, the 16it DAC8568, 14bit DAC8168 and 12bit DAC7568 from TI have been designed for data acquisition systems, industrial process control and portable instrumentation.
Wide input voltage range synchronous step-down DC/DC controller is ideal for POL regulation demands
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced a 2 mm x 3 mm DFN-12 packaged, wide input voltage range synchronous step-down switching DC/DC controller that drives all N-channel power MOSFET stages.
Wolfson targets integrated DAC/amp at mobile devices
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has started sampling a single chip mono DAC and speaker amplifier targeted at improving audio quality in a range of devices such as mobile phones, conference speakerphones, digital radios and PNDs.
AMS rotary encoder resolves 14 bit, operates in rough environments
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has introduced a magnetic rotary encoder IC specifically designed to satisfy stringent automotive requirements in angle sensing applications where robust IC protection is essential.
Excerpt: "Electrical Engineering 101" (Part 1 of 5)
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
This is not "EE for dummies"; it is a very useful review of basics you may have forgotten, or maybe missed.
50V, 20mA synchronous buck converter delivers 93 percent efficiency
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
A 50 V input-capable synchronous buck converter that delivers up to 20 mA of continuous output current from a 3mm x 3mm (or MSOP8-E) package has been released by Linear Technology.
Digital isolator IC relieves USB data lines of intimate physical-connection risks
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices ADuM4160 allows use of USB ports in harsh or safety-critical applications
GE Fanuc introduces the ICS-1556B ADC module
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC Module. It is designed for communication applications such as software defined radio, signals intelligence (SIGINT), digital receivers, and tactical communications where the requirement is to convert analog data into digital information in as close to real-time as possible.
ADNS-9500: LaserStream Gaming Sensor
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
The ADNS-9500 is a high performance laser navigation sensor designed for the professional gaming mouse market.
ADNS-5060/5070: Mainstream Small Form Factor LED-based Navigation Sensor
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
The ADNS-5060 is a mainstream, small form factor optical mouse sensor. It is used to implement a non mechanical tracking engine for computer mice. It is capable of high-speed motion detection-up to 30ips and built-in LED driver to minimize external components.
Audio companion ic incorporates 1W power amplifier
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
Atmel 's latest audio component is the AT73C240, an audio companion ic for portable multimedia applications that integrates a 20bit stereo DAC and an up to 1W audio power amplifier.
ADI claims power, BoM advances for transceivers
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has started sampling RF transceivers to support 4G picocell and microcell basestations that it claims could reduce power consumption and bill of material costs by 50 percent.
Analog profile: Richard Laming
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5/19/2009   1 comment
Richard Laming has made the successful transition between academic, start-up and corporate life. Now at Wolfson, he shares some of the drivers - both technical and professional - that have guided him through a career that has taken him from pioneering research on the optical amplifier, to creation of a multimillion-pound optical device company, to MEMS microphone inventor and entrepreneur.
256-tap digital potentiometer features I²C interface, integrated EEPROM
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has added to its family of Digitally Programmable Potentiometers (DPP) a 256-tap, single-channel linear-taper device with 50 kΩ and 100 kΩ end-to-end resistance.
Simple current limiter is programmable via resistor
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5/18/2009   1 comment
This two-IC circuit implements a current limiter which does not need a processor or converter for setting its limit value
Innovative op amp architecture continues quest for zero offset voltage
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
On-chip, one-shot technique strives to further reduce input op amp's offset voltage Vos
Turnkey environment allows MEMS/IC co-design, co-verification
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
MEMS+IC, a Coventor-Cadence collaboration that allows microelectromechanical systems to be designed and verified in tandem with electronic integrated circuitry, will debut this week (May 18) at CDNLive EMEA.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for May 18, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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5/16/2009   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
We're overwhelmed by addresses
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5/16/2009   1 comment
What if all our contact IDs were reduced to one number?. . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
16-bit ADC integrates 2ppm/°C reference
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a pair of 16-bit delta sigma ADCs that integrate a precision reference in a tiny 3mm x 3mm DFN package for space-constrained sensor applications.
IR rolls automotive-grade 200V power MOSFET driver
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Qualified to AEC-Q100 standards, IR's AUIRS2003S is a rugged, flexible high speed power MOSFET driver with dependent high- and low-side referenced output channels tailored for use in harsh automotive environments and under-the-hood applications.
RFMD : Broadband products improve CATV infrastructure
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices has added two products to its portfolio of broadband transmission products: the RFMD’s D10040300GTH hybrid power doubler amplifier module and OS10040320PW optical receiver module.
16bit ADCs suit remote sensor applications
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has developed a pair of 16bit delta sigma ADCs with integrated references that suit remote sensor battery-powered applications and industrial sensors monitoring temperature or pressure.
LNA targets applications in the 1.5 to 8-GHz band
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Aimed at a wide range of wireless mobile communications applications, Avago Technologies has developed a fully integrated GaAs low-noise amplifier MMIC for use in the 1.5 to 8 GHz band.
Design Notes: A low power, high stability relaxation oscillator for implantable biomedical applications
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
The designers of a self-clocked offset cancellation technique for comparators within a relaxation oscillator share their findings and explain why the resulting improvements in frequency drift and close-in phase fluctuations are relevant to industrial, scientific or medical applications.
ADNS-5700-xxxx: Single Chip USB LaserStream Navigation Sensor
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
The ADNS-7700 laser mouse navigation series is the compact, low cost one chip LaserStream mouse sensor solution for implementing a non-mechanical tracking engine on computer mice. The ADNS-7700 sensor is in a 22-pin integrated molded lead-frame DIP package. It is compried of a USB controller and LaserStream navigation sensor with VCSEL integrated.
ADNS-5700-xxxx: One-Chip USB SoC Optical sensor
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
ADNS-5700-xxxx is a single chip navigation sensor for implementing a non-mechanical tracking engine for computer mice. It is based on optical navigation technology that measures changes in position by optically acquiring sequential surface images (frames) and mathematically determining the diretion and magnitude of mavement.
ACPL-312U-000E: Wide Operating Temperature 2.5Amp Output Current IGBT Gate Drive R2Coupler
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
The ACPL-312U gate drive optocoupler contains an AIGaAs LED. The LED is optically coupled to an integrated circuit with a power output stage. This wide operating temperature optocoupler is ideally suited for driving power IGBTs and MOSFETs used in wide operating temperature motor control inverter and DC-DC converters applications.
Boost regulator for LCDs integrates op amp
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Maxim claims that its latest boost regulator integrates all the functions required to power the source drivers, gate drivers, and VCOM backplane in LCDs.
Low drift op amp suits precision industrial and process control applications
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Designed for high gain, 16bit and 24bit precision applications, Intersil's ISIL28133 is a chopper-stabilised operational amplifier (op amp) boasting high-gain accuracy with zero drift and low power.
Digital isolator IC megafamily offers multichannel, uni- and bi-directional high-speed, low-skew performance
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
RF-based CMOS devices include 6-channel unit; 150 Mbps operation; I2C, SMBus, PMBus applications as well as transducer/load isolation
Primary side regulation PWM controllers provide performance benefits in HB LEDs
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is targeting a critical need in the high brightness (HB) light emitting diodes (LED) market with its primary side regulation (PSR) pulse-width modulation (PWM) controllers that simplify design, reduce board space and provide performance benefits.
MSC : LED driver IC needs only four components
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
MSC introduces the driver IC MBI6651 from Macroblock.
Berkeley Design Automation speeds up simulation
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5/11/2009   Post a comment
Berkeley Design Automation's latest release enables foundry-certified true Spice accuracy 5x-20x faster than traditional Spice for every type of analysis on circuits with up to 10 million elements.
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