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Single-phase energy meter IC supports 80-segment LCD displays
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8/30/2007   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS8267, a single phase energy meter IC providing security protected on-chip data and program memory with reliable data-retention specifications over an extreme temperature range.
A/D converter delivers 16-bit resolution at 10-MHz
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8/30/2007   Post a comment
The ADS-939 sampling A/D converter from C&D Technologies is a fully integrated data acquisition system that provides 16-bit resolution at a 10-MHz sampling rate over the entire operating temperature range.
Allegro boosts thermal stability in power transistors
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8/30/2007   Post a comment
Targeted at the home and professional audio amplifier markets, Allegro has launched a new series of Darlington transistors that deliver a high safe operating area, and low thermal resistance derived from a thinner-die technology.
Secure supervisor circuit incorporates tamper detection
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8/29/2007   Post a comment
Maxim says the SPI-compatible DS3650 is the industry's first secure supervisor with tamper detection to meet the payment card industry's voltage- and temperature-monitoring requirements. It integrates a battery-backup controller, system power monitor, CPU supervisor, temperature sensor, along with two tamper-detection comparators.
PoE interface controller delivers precise regulation
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8/29/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC4268-1, a PoE interface controller with a synchronous, current mode, switching regulator for delivering precise regulation and high efficiency to powered devices.
Nordic Semiconductor's 2.4 GHz transceiver enables high-performance wireless USB dongles
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8/29/2007   Post a comment
The nRF24LU1 provides native support for up to five bidirectional ultra-low power wireless peripherals communicating via a single, ultra-compact full-speed USB 2.0-compliant dongle.
LED driver features on-chip oscillator for programmable brightness control
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8/29/2007   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. has introduced a three-channel constant-current LED driver with an on-chip oscillator for programmable brightness control.
HDMI transmitter features on-chip consumer electronic control support
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
The ADV7520NK from Analog Devices simplifies portable HDMI product design by integrating consumer electronic control functions allowing end users to command multiple A/V devices with one remote.
RF protocol stack optimized for wireless 2.4-GHz control devices
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Nordic Semiconductor has developed a complete off-the-shelf RF protocol stack for leading-edge wireless desktop control devices using its low-power 2.4-GHz transceivers.
3G basestation design leverages femtocell technology
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
Although used in a basestation, the two-chip radio is based on a consumer-grade handset component.
20-V LDO requires 1-µA quiescent current
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8/28/2007   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has expanded its low dropout regulator (LDO) portfolio with the AS1360, which requires 1.5-µA quiescent current and handles up to 20V input voltage.
Supervisory circuits pack performance in small package
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX16033- MAX16040 low-power supervisory circuits that provide power supply monitoring and battery control functions in microprocessor systems.
Diode-OR controller reduces power consumption, voltage loss
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology offers the LTC4357, a single high-voltage ideal diode-OR controller, as a low loss replacement for Schottky diodes in N+1 redundant power supply applications and high-availability systems.
VCO operates between 1 to 2 GHz
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
Crystek has introduced a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) that operates from 1 GHz to 2 GHz with a control voltage range of 1 V to 20 V.
Vendors steer toward automotive
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
The automobiles that consumers will be driving 10 years from now will differ vastly from those on the road today.
Innovative topology lets low-power op amp defeat crossover distortion
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
Single-supply op amp features high performance, low power
TI rolls out pair of HDMI switches
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8/27/2007   Post a comment
These switches connect either two or three digital video signals coming from devices such as game consoles, digital video switch boxes, set-top boxes or DVD players to a single HDTV display.
Audio CODECs increase power efficiency, extend battery life in portables
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
Leadis has rolled out a family of audio CODECs using its Gmax amplifier technology, which is said to increase power efficiency, maintain best-in-class SNR, and extend battery life in portable audio applications.
Thermal management ICs target smaller packages
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
SMSC has introduced the EMC210x family of fan controllers with RPM closed-loop control and multiple temperature management, and three SMBus temperature sensors for systems requiring a high level of temperature monitoring.
Micronas rolls single-chip full HD TV receiver
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8/23/2007   Post a comment
Following the trend towards high definition TV, Micronas has introduced a complete HDTV receiver on a single chip.
Agilent Technologies AMDS Offers Hearing-Aid Compatibility
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the next release of its Antenna Modeling Design System (AMDS), containing capabilities to verify that handheld wireless devices are equipped with hearing-aid compatibility.
Quad-input HDMI 1.3 receiver improves HDTV viewing
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8/22/2007   Post a comment
NXP has developed a HDMI 1.3 receiver chip, the TDA19978HL, to improve the quality of audio and video performance of HDTVs by combining 12-bit deep color and extended gamut, as well as high bit rate and direct stream transport audio formats.
100W GaN-on-silicon RF power transistor enters volume production
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
RF power transistor vendor Nitronex has developed a 28V, 100W-class gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-silicon) HEMT for applications operating between 2.1- and 2.7-GHz.
Clock modulators reduce EMI in large-format LCD panels
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the DS1081L and DS1083L center spread-spectrum clock modulators for large-format LCD panels used in televisions and PC monitors.
Decoder streams HD, SD video simultaneously
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Thomson's 4230 video decoder provides high-definition (HD) decoding for H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, and DivX codecs, as well as standard-definition (SD) streams in personal video recording (PVR) applications.
Toshba announces 2nd gen 3D comb filter/video decoder for flat-panel TVs, STBs
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has announced the introduction of a second-generation, high-performance 3D comb filter front-end processor targeted at advanced analog and digital televisions, audio/video systems, set-top boxes and other video-processing systems.
Digital potentiometer packaged in 2 x 2.5-mm TDFN
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Check out Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT5114, which is being touted as the world's smallest non-volatile digital potentiometer in a 2 x 2.5mm TDFN for portable systems.
8-bit digital potentiometer integrates EEPROM
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
The AS1506 from austriamicrosystems is a 256-tap SPI-interfaced potentiometer available with 10-, 50- and 100-kOhms resistance that offers 150 year data retention and 10 million write cycles with the company's Hi-EPR EEPROM.
Buffer amplifier pair covers 4- to 21-GHz frequency range
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8/21/2007   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband is offering a pair of buffer amplifiers in standard RoHS compliant 3x3mm QFN plastic packages, making them easy to implement and handle in volume applications.
Low-jitter oscillator generates any frequency from 10 MHz to 1.4 GHz
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories says its Si570/1 family is the industry's first user-programmable crystal oscillators and VCXOs that support any-rate frequency synthesis.
Digitally programmable instrumentation amplifier achieves gain of 1,000
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has introduced the AD8253, a 10-MHz digitally programmable instrumentation amplifier that achieves gains of 1,000 and a fast 0.5-microsecond settling time to 0.01%.
12-/14-bit ADCs target WiMAX and 3G wireless applications
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's 12-bit and 14-bit ADCs provide high SFDR and SNR performance beyond 250-MHz input frequencies for WiMAX and 3G wireless applications.
White LED step-up converter integrates Schottky diode
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
The SC4509 from Semtech measures 2mm x 2mm and features efficiency of more than 80%.
Converter rids 1080p flat-panel TVs of motion blur, film judder
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
The fourth generation FRC 94xyM from Micronas delivers Full HD (1080p) motion vector estimation and compensation frame interpolation technology for 1920x1080p, 100/120Hz flat-panel TVs.
Disruptive dream forces serious thinking
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8/20/2007   2 comments
Speculating on what-if scenarios can help you articulate underlying design assumptions that may no longer be completely valid...Bill Schweber, Planet Analog
Keep driving, no license needed
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8/20/2007   Post a comment
Drivers get little respect, but they vital components in the signal chain and are key to successful design...
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
USB audio controller targets VoIP telephony
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8/19/2007   Post a comment
Check out Winbond's latest addition to its audio controller line. The USB2.0-compabile device is aimed at Skype or other PC-based VoIP applications and integrates an 8051 MCU that enables feature-rich applications.
Digitally programmable potentiometer comes in 2 x 2.5mm TDFN package
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8/17/2007   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor now offers its CAT5114 digitally programmable potentiometer in an 8-lead 2 x 2.5 mm TDFN package.
Transceivers boast extended temperature range, high ESD protection in small packages
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8/16/2007   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL3159E and ISL3179E transceivers deliver an extended temperature range, 15 kV IEC61000 ESD protection and a data transfer rate of 40 Mbits/s in small MSOP and DFN package options.
Logarithmic amplifiers simplify control-loop design of power and transimpedance amplifiers
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8/16/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a series of low-power logarithmic amplifiers that control RF power amplifiers and transimpedance amplifiers, and detect RF power levels.
LDO delivers high power density, ultra-low noise
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8/16/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LT1965, a low noise and low voltage 1.1-A low dropout regulator (LDO) with high power density.
High-linearity SPDT switch targets 802.11b/g applications
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8/16/2007   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics has released the M/A-COM MASW-008075, a SPDT 3.0-volt switch for applications that require high linearity, low insertion loss and high isolation.
4-channel LIN transceiver reduces system costs
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8/16/2007   Post a comment
LIN nodes continue their exponential growth rates in cars resulting in master modules controlling multiple LIN busses. To address this growing need for multi LIN transceiver systems Melexis introduces a 4-channel LIN transceiver IC.
HDMI/DVI TMDS cable driver/equalizer absorbs output reflections
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8/15/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX3814 TMDS digital video equalizer and cable driver for HDMI and DVI applications.
ADCs deliver ultra-low-power consumption, high performance
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8/14/2007   Post a comment
Kenet Inc. has expanded its family of analog-to-digital- converters (ADCs) with the release of its pin-compatible family of 12- and 14-bit ADCs that feature ultra-high performance and ultra-low-power consumption.
Oscilloscope software tests, measures digital RF signals
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
Tektronix UWB software now runs on DPO/DSA70000 oscilloscopes to perform real-time analysis of ultra wideband RF and electrical signals.
Voltage supervisor monitors 27 unique voltage thresholds
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2915, a single voltage supervisor with 27 unique pin-selectable thresholds.
RTC integrates binary counter, 64-bit serial number
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
Maxim's latest real-time clock (RTC) satisfies digital rights management (DRM) requirements, enabling designers to reduce system component count and use a less expensive processor.
RF transceiver delivers low power consumption, high integration
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments delivers an enhanced sub-1 GHz RF transceiver, which offers low power consumption, high integration and high RF performance for wireless applications.
Shark skin: the next high-sensitivity op amp?
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8/13/2007   Post a comment
Sharks have a unique anatomical structure that can detect electric fields comparable to a good op amp; they use pulse-frequency modulation to transmit the data.
Bill Schweber, Site Editor
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