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The industry's first single-chip, dual 14-bit A/D converter
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6/30/2004   Post a comment
ADI's family of high-speed, dual ADCs saves up to 40% board space and offers flexible, cost-effective solutions for communications and imaging applications.
LVDS ASIC Family - for high resolution imaging applications
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6/30/2004   Post a comment
There is a wide range of imaging devices that use Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) standard to transmit serialized RGB data at gigabit rates. EPSON has been supplying LVDS Receiver for many years in applications with focus on liquid crystal panels and home electronic appliances. Taking advantage of such experience EPSON has developed a more worthy and flexible solution: a specific Embedded Array family with LVDS Receiver Macro included.
MPEG2 Encoder ICs - with analog video-capture function
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6/30/2004   Post a comment
NEC Electronics announced two MPEG2 encoder devices to incorporate hardware-based analog video-capture functionality for the first time in the industry.
Precision Voltage Reference - has unprecedented temperature stability
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6/29/2004   Post a comment
Xicor's X60008BIS8-50 precision voltage reference raises the temperature coefficient performance bar by guaranteeing 3ppm/C maximum over the full device operating temperature range.
Battery Charger ICs - with redundant charge termination
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6/29/2004   Post a comment
Semtech announced the SC802 series of Lithium-ion/Lithium-polymer battery charger ICs.
High Efficiency Charge Pumps - for driving white LEDs
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6/29/2004   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc (AnalogicTech), announced a generation of high efficiency charge pumps for white LED applications.
D/A converter family targets 3G infrastructure, broadband wireless, medical and more
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation announced the release of four new high-speed dual digital-to-analog converters (DACs), the 8-bit ISL5627, the 10-bit ISL5727, the 12-bit ISL5827 and the 14-bit ISL5927. Each IC contains two high-performance DACs that operate up to 260 million samples per second (Msps).
Two fast, two accurate A/D converters help eliminate front-end conditioning
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices announced two new data converters that deliver industry-best speeds and unparalleled accuracy at resolutions of 18-bits and above. The new analog-to-digital converters simplify circuit design and decrease system cost by eliminating the need for cumbersome front-end signal conditioning.
Miniature VCXO Available In Frequencies Up To 180MHz
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6/24/2004   Post a comment
Nihon Dempa Kogyo (NDK) announces the availability of the NV7050SA series, a miniature Voltage Controlled Crystal Oscillator (VCXO) available in the frequency range of 1.544~180MHz. The miniature hermetically sealed 6 pad SMD package measures only 7.0x5.0mm with a thickness of only 1.6mm. The NV7050SA delivers a CMOS output in the 1.544~80MHz frequency range and a PECL output in the 80~180MHz frequency range.
New, larger OLED displays for mass production
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6/24/2004   Post a comment
One Stop Displays is the first to offer a 1.6" color OLED in mass production quantities. The new 1.6" offers 262k color depth, a digital interface, and the same spectacular viewing characteristics representative of organic technology.
Broadband gain amplifier has best distortion characteristics in class
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6/24/2004   Post a comment
A new 850 MHz programmable gain, broadband amplifier from Linear Technology has the best distortion characteristics of any amplifier in its class. The LT5514 exhibits an output third-order intercept (OIP3) of 49dBm at 70MHz, and has 2nd and 3rd order distortion products lower than -87dBc, while delivering 2V peak-to-peak output into a 200-Ohm load. Its combination of low noise and high spurious-free output capability makes it ideal for 12- and 14-bit, 65Msps or faster A/D converters in high perf
Programmable clock generator offers flexible skew control
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6/23/2004   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor today introduced its revolutionary new family of ispClock in-system programmable clock generator devices. The first devices in the ispClock5500 family, the 10-output ispClock5510 and 20-output ispClock5520, combine a high- performance clock generator with a flexible, Universal Fan-out Buffer. The on-chip clock generator can provide up to 5 clock frequencies ranging from 10MHz to 320MHz using a high-performance PLL and clock multiply and divide facilities. The Universal F
New color LCD display drivers offer fast response for high speed moving images
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6/23/2004   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor today launched the first two products in its new color liquid crystal display (LCD) driver family. Using multi-line addressing (MLA) LCD technology, the new DA8912A and DA8913A incorporate fully integrated graphic display RAM with high speed interfaces and various power management functions to enable a single, low power chip for managing the display in next generation mobile phone handsets and portable electronic products.
Controller for bus converters allows greater than 95 percent efficiency
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6/22/2004   Post a comment
Intersil announced the release of the ISL6744, a double-ended controller intended for unregulated bus converters in 48-V DC-DC and off-line AC-DC power supplies. The ISL6744 controller works over a wide range of input voltages, and works with isolated-bus applications including 400-V power-factor-corrected AC/DC converters and 48-V intermediate buses for telecom, datacom, and server systems. It has been designed to provide efficiency optimization with its ability to accurately program the outp
65-MHz rail-to-rail amplifiers combine high speed and high drive current
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6/22/2004   Post a comment
Intersil's new EL5111 (single amp), EL5211 (dual amp), EL5411 (quad amp) and EL5611 (6X) offer a wide 65 MHz of bandwidth at -3 dB and an exceptional 90 V/s slew rate along with a common mode input ability beyond the supply rails and rail-to-rail output capability that enable maximum dynamic range at any supply voltage. The high 180-mA output short-circuit drive current capability helps ensure sharp pictures and stable brightness.
Family of sigma-delta ADCs offers optimal combination of low noise, low power
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6/22/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices today introduced a new family of sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that deliver an unprecedented low-noise and low-power solution for applications in industrial and medical instrumentation markets. Unlike traditional precision data-converter solutions, which compromise on either power or noise, the new ADCs feature both low noise (40 nVrms) and low power(400 uA), while offering a complete range of analog functions in less board area.
That mysterious extra input resistor
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
Theory says that with an ideal op amp there is no current flow through the input pin. So adding a resistor in that circuit would have no effect, yet each stage had the resistor. I have seen this circuit in many systems, writes Bill Klein in his popular op amp column, but the engineer calling had NO idea why it was there or what impact it would have on his system. Read about the latest "Call I took last week..."
Signal-Conditioning 13 Bit ADC - for magneto/optical angle encoders
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
The iC-NQ is a high-resolution Sine-to-Digital converter with a signal-conditioning front end to evaluate analog sine/cosine sensor signals, which are, for example, supplied by optical or magnetic position encoders. Adjustable features include decimal as well as binary angle resolutions with up to 13 bit (8192 steps/period), which can be output as incremental A/B quadrature encoder signal or as absolute position data via the embedded BiSS Interface at clock rates of up to 10 Mbit/s.
Mixed-Signal Microcontroller - for precision measurement applications
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc announced the newest member of the company's precision mixed-signal microcontroller (MCU) product family, the C8051F350, which integrates an eight-channel, 24-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with a high-speed 8051-compatible CPU.
Communications Chip Set - for multimedia networking in the home
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
Entropic Communications introduced the c.LINK-270™, a chipset that transforms a homeowner's existing coaxial cable infrastructure into a robust (270Mbps) home network, ideal for room-to-room video distribution, gaming, Internet connectivity, and more.
Analogue Switches - low-voltage dual SPST devices
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor announced the FSA125x series of high-performance analogue switches for applications such as cell phones, portable medical electronics and industrial instrumentation.
Voltage Reference - is digitally adjustable
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6/20/2004   Post a comment
Xicor's X60250 is a fully integrated digitally adjustable voltage reference that combines a temperature compensated band-gap voltage reference with a non-volatile digitally controlled potentiometer (DCP) to provide a precision adjustable reference with a range of 0.0V to 1.25V.
MPEG-4 Encoder/Decoder LSI - with high performance 3D graphics
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6/19/2004   Post a comment
Toshiba has announced a powerful MPEG-4 encoder and decoder LSI that brings video-game-grade 3D graphics to cellular phones. The latest addition to Toshiba's T series of MPEG-4 LSI, the T4G (part number TC35285XBG) supports fast rendering of graphics, including advanced shading, texture mapping, special effects and other visualization functions, enabling mobile phones to offer high-resolution 3D graphics matching those of current game consoles.
Dual Magnetic Field Sensor - more accurate than Hall Effect devices
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6/19/2004   Post a comment
Containing two highly sensitive magnetic field sensors, the ZMX40M from Zetex can be used for accurately measuring linear position and high voltage current. This magneto-resistive device provides a measurement sensitivity many times greater than that of traditional Hall Effect devices
DC/DC Boost Controller - offers a wide output voltage range
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
Microchip has announced a series of 750 kHz gated oscillator DC/DC Boost controllers that can deliver 5W of power to the load while consuming only 120µA of quiescent current at no load. They can be used to generate the supply voltage for microcontrollers and other electronic loads from a battery supply or the bus voltages available in a system.
D/A Converters - 14-bit buffered voltage-out DAC
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced the first members of its new nanoDAC™ family of digital-to-analogue converters which provide breakthrough performance in smaller packages. Because of their compact size and low power consumption, these D/A converters provide significant advantages in space-constrained applications where power consumption is critical.
Atmel Offers A Dual 8-Bit 500Msps A/D Converter
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
Atmel announced a low-power dual 8-bit A/D converter for multi-channel and low-power applications such as digital sampling oscilloscopes, ATE (Automated Test Equipment) and direct I/Q down-conversion. The AT84AD004 device is a dual analog-to-digital converter, which provides 500 Msps sampling per channel encompassing 1 Gsps sampling from one channel in interleaving mode.
Introduction to Audio Codecs
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6/17/2004   1 comment
Digital is becoming the dominant technology in today's audio applications. Digital is replacing analog techniques in broadcast entertainment and telephony. Hidden beneath all these applications, a DSP is working overtime to translate the complex sounds we hear into a minimal bit stream. In this feature article, Richard Quinnell reviews and explains the coding processes in use.
Three New Light-to-Voltage Converters Offer Design Flexibility for Cost Sensitive Light Sensing Applications
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6/16/2004   Post a comment
The latest TAOS light sensing solutions are well suited for the diverse applications in which a photodiode and transimpedance amplifier pair are typically used. They can perform effectively in both portable and non-portable applications such as lighting controls and electronic dimming ballasts, contrast and brightness controls in signs, media detection in printers and medical applications such as low-cost reagent strip readers.
Non-Linearity Impacts on Switched-Capacitor Filter Design
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6/15/2004   1 comment
Operational amplifier finite gain and bandwidth, as well as other non-linearities, have to be considered during the development for real-world switched-capacitor filters for communication applications.
Analog experts eye Moore's Law
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6/14/2004   Post a comment
We've heard this complaint before; the words are new: Charlie Sodini of Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened a Design Automation Conference panel last week by sketching a grim picture. Arguing for separate and unequal treatment, Sodini said "Integration isn't always the answer. We can't keep using silicon as a packaging technology." Ron Wilson filed this from San Diego.
Tek spins new ARB hardware, free ARB software
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6/14/2004   Post a comment
Oscilloscope and instrumentation house Tektronix is releasing some PC-based software that lets you more easily use the company's arbitrary waveform generators and arbitrary function generators. Download it free of charge from Tektronix's Web. The new executables support existing signal sources from Tek, plus the company's just released arbitrary waveform generators.
Video amps bring it all into focus
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6/14/2004   Post a comment
Video amps have seen changes in requirements from customers in the last few years especially with the growth of LCD market in cell phones and televisions. Smaller packages with less power and better matching have become very important.
Hi-fi headphone driver allows sustained dynamic range of more than 120 dB
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6/11/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced the TPA6120A2, a high-fidelity headphone driver that completes an entire audio signal chain for super-audio compact disc (SACD) and DVD audio players and other systems with similar demanding requirements.
Industry's smallest 4-channel, 24-bit ADC emphasizes portability, ease of use
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6/11/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments today introduced the industry's smallest four-channel, 24-bit delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from the company's Burr-Brown product line. Packaged in a small TSSOP-20 and consuming only 300uA of current, this easy-to-use data converter is designed for high-resolution measurement applications where space and power consumption are critical, such as portable instrumentation, portable medical equipment, industrial process control, remote sensors, smart transmitters an
New LMH amplifiers offer 370 MHz speed at only 1 mA power consumption
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6/10/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corporation today launched three new high-speed LMH amplifiers for portable communications and video applications. The LMH6723, LMH6724 and LMH6725 current feedback (CFB) amplifiers, created using National's unique VIP10 process technology, are designed for applications requiring high-speed performance with very low power consumption. With this mix of high speed, high output current and low power, these new amplifiers integrate National's strengths in analog design and p
New switches offer industry's highest ESD withstand rating, very low power
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6/10/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation today announced three new high-performance switches that provide enhanced performance and reliability over currently available devices. The MightyMUXTM ISL84714, ISL84715 and ISL84716 are bi-directional, ultra-low resistance, low-voltage, analog signal switches intended for use in cellphones, Smartphones, PDAs and other portable battery-powered products.
New family of ADCs offers best of both worlds, low power and low noise
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6/10/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices today introduced a new family of sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that deliver a low-noise and low-power solution for applications in industrial and medical instrumentation markets. The new ADCs feature both low noise (40 nVrms) and low power (400 uA), while offering a complete range of analog functions in less board area. This combination of features is ideal for applications where noise performance is critical, such as industrial process control and weigh scales,
Power management takes center stage
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6/9/2004   1 comment
The increasing use of portable and battery-powered equipment and growing concerns over saving energy have made power management a hot-button issue at industry trade shows and conferences, Spencer Chin writes in his introduction to an EE Times' article package on power management issues. It's a increasingly problematic area, he says: Power-management standards suited for computing systems that operate around the clock, for example, don't do as well for automotive electrical systems. And feature-p
Real men don't use tools
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6/9/2004   Post a comment
I don't know what the analog community has against EDA tools, Steve Ohr writes in a forthcoming Planet Analog magazine editorial. IC designers can't live without EDA tools, especially high-powered simulators - why are board designers so squeamish about simulating a design targeted for production? He asks, tipping his hat toward the EDA industry, convening this week in San Diego.
High-speed current feedback devices are great communicator, video amps
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6/7/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corporation today launched three new high-speed LMH amplifiers for portable communications and video applications. National's LMH6723/24/25 are single, dual and quad CFB operational amplifiers.
2 Gb/s crosspoint switches ideal for clock buffering, data transmission
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6/7/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments introduces two 4x4 non-blocking crosspoint switches that operate at more than 2.0 gigabits per second. Low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) outputs are used to achieve a high-speed data throughput while using low power.
D/A converters meet the tough challenges
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6/5/2004   Post a comment
The real world is analog and everything digital needs to be converted back to analog before we understand it. Enter the work horse digital-to-analog converter and its ability to speed these ones and zeros back to our real world. Find out what the challenges are for manufacturers of D/A converters and what designers want from these components in this focus article from Editor Paul O'Shea.
Software development kit is sweet song for disk drive MP3 players
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6/4/2004   Post a comment
SigmaTel, a provider of analog intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits, and Perception Digital, a technology solution provider focusing on the research and development of high-end digital audio consumer products, announced the availability of a software development kit for hard disk drive MP3 players.
16-bit 200ksps multichannel A/D converter draws one-third power of competitors
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6/4/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC1867, a 16-bit, 8-channel, 200ksps analog to digital converter (ADC) offering low power without compromising speed or linearity. The LTC1867 draws only 1.3mA at full speed - roughly one-third the power of competing devices.
Small sized D/A converter family ideal for portable devices
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6/4/2004   Post a comment
A new 3mm x 3mm 16-Bit DAC from Linear Technology provides the industry's smallest footprint while integrating more functions and improving DC performance over competitive products. The LTC2601 reduces the size and improves the performance of compact portable products by integrating a high-performance, voltage output 16-Bit DAC in a 3mm x 3mm 10-pin DFN package.
Improved UI enables designers access to common circuit-design tasks
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6/4/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies introduced Advanced Design System (ADS) 2004A high-frequency electronic design automation software that offers improved ease-of-use and productivity for common circuit-design tasks.
Bi-directional eight-channel level translator guarantees up to 40-Mbps data transfer
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6/4/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices is launching the first in a new series of digital switches that allow a single IC to provide bi-directional data transfer and voltage translation. Its eight channels allow a mix of simultaneous read and write functions with bi-directional data transfer.
Integrated chip supports new high definition audio interface and current AC97 bus architectures
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6/3/2004   Post a comment
Agere Systems introduced an integrated, dual-mode modem chip based on the next-generation high definition audio bus architecture for surround-sound audio, streaming music and video applications.
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