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Networking with headhunters is key to your career success
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8/30/2008   1 comment
Understand how to work with an engineering recruiter before you need their services
2.5 MHz buck-boost regulators power portables
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8/30/2008   Post a comment
ADP2503 and ADP2504 tout seamless switching and the highest efficiency for portable consumer, medical, and industrial applications.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for September 1, 2008
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Courtesy of Planet Analog: Check out these interesting and tutorial items from other engineering and design publications
Amplifiers provide bandwidth from 500-MHz to 1.5-GHz
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
CADEKA has introduced seven current feedback (CFB) and voltage feedback (VFB) high-speed amplifiers that the company says break the price-performance curve.
Audio DAC features advanced DSP, integrated speaker and headphone amps
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
AKM Semiconductor (AKM) has launched the AK4373, a 24-bit stereo DAC with advanced digital signal processing (DSP) and integrated speaker and headphone amplifiers.
Micropower linear regulator targets automotive, industrial apps
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LT3011, a high-voltage micropower, low dropout regulator that delivers up to 50 mA of continuous output current with a low dropout voltage of only 300 mV at full load.
Avago expands gate drive optocoupler line
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
These easy to install optocouplers from Avago Technologies offer advanced fault protection features to provide space and cost savings in industrial inverters and power management applications.
Signal Integrity Engineer's Companion: The Wireless Signal--Part II
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
Chapter 10 of the Signal Integrity Engineer's Companion is a discussion of new techniques in wireless signal measurement and though-provoking ideas about signal analysis in the modern wireless environment. Part II covers frequency measurement.
Environmental monitoring ICs deliver real-time power information
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics has introduced the SMM151/2/3 product family of environmental monitoring ICs that provide complete digital power supply monitoring and control functions, using an I2C interface.
NXP : HD radio solution optimizes in-car entertainment
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has developed a multi-standard radio IC dedicated to digital in car-reception together with iBiquity Digital Corp., the developer of digital HD Radio technology.
Allegro : Dc motor pre-driver IC controls high-current devices
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
The A4930 from Allegro MicroSystems is a single-phase brushless dc motor pre-driver IC designed to control high-current devices such as fans, blowers or pumps with supply voltages from 8 to 36 V.
Linear Technology : Step-down controller suits POL applications
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
The LTC3851, a wide input range synchronous step-down switching regulator controller, drives all N-channel power MOSFET stages and has coincident or ratiometric tracking.
Over-voltage protectors claim smallest package size
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a family of 2 x 1.5-mm over-voltage protectors (OVPs) that protect low-voltage systems against faults up to 28 V.
WLED flash drivers deliver two interfaces for greater flexibility
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
AnalogicTech has expanded its high-current white LED (WLED) flash driver family with the introduction of two dual-channel boost converters.
Clock generator eliminates input frequency selection pins
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Silego Technology is offering the SLG4421 low power, low jitter EMI reduction spread spectrum clock generator featuring FrequencyAware, a proprietary technology that automatically determines the input frequency.
TI addresses power consumption in digital LCD TVs
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
With the digital switchover spurring the growth of LCD TVs, Texas Instruments has launched two power management chips to help mitigate the increased power consumption that this transition from analog to digital TVs brings.
A hat-trick of op-amps
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
National Semiconductor has introduced three operational amplifiers (op amps) with integrated electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters, designed to maintain the accuracy of analog systems by reducing the effects of radio frequency (RF) interference.
Agilent Technologies introduces RF conformance test system for 3G mobile handsets
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced a new member of its GS-8800 family of RF design verification and conformance test solutions: the GS-8853 3G RF Conformance Test (RCT) system.
4GHz modulator targets basestations
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments new 4-GHz quadrature modulator is designed to support multiple wireless communications standards on a single transceiver card.
Power MOSFETs yield 0.052-ohms in tiny footprint
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Vishay has released a family of p-channel power MOSFETs rated from 8V to 30 V that are housed in the PowerPAK SC-75 package.
PMICs boost digital TV
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
PFC and DC/DC chips for the 2009 rollout of DTV improve efficiency, cut energy consumption
Step-down DC/DC converter operates up to 150°C
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has announced the H-Grade version of the LT3481, a 34V (36V(MAX)), BurstMode, step-down switching regulator that maintains quiescent current under 50µA.
Frame-rate converter supports 240-Hz LCD panels
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Micronas' fifth-generation FRC-Q frame-rate converter with improved picture performance adds scalability to support latest 240Hz LCD panels.
Step-down switching regulator optimizes battery charger efficiency
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. has introduced a 1.2-A, 1.5-MHz monolithic current-mode, step-down switching regulator with a programmable output current limit for battery charger applications.
Op amps integrate EMI filters
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
National Semiconductor has introduced three op amps with integrated EMI filters that maintain the accuracy of analog systems by reducing the effects of RF interference.
Magma rolls analog mixed-signal design platform
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation introduced Titan Analog Migration, a model-based design platform said to dramatically reduce design porting time of analog mixed-signal circuit designs.
Layout guidelines help manage video equalizer's return loss (Part 3 of 3)
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Return loss is a critical and specified parameter for digital video; understand how to manage it in PCB layouts
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for August 25, 2008
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8/23/2008   Post a comment
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Talking about torque: meeting the sensor challenge
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8/23/2008   Post a comment
Some parameters are especially hard to measure; new technologies are changing the constraints. . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Site Editor
LDOs target automotive applications
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor delivers AEC-Q100-qualified LDOs with power-on reset options, built-in protection and quiescent currents down to 22 uA for automotive modules requiring very low ignition-off currents.
Layout guidelines help manage video equalizer's return loss (Part 2 of 3)
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
Return loss is a critical and specified parameter for digital video; understand how to manage it in PCB layouts
Signal Integrity Engineer's Companion: The Wireless Signal--Part I
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
Chapter 10 of the Signal Integrity Engineer's Companion is a discussion of new techniques in wireless signal measurement and though-provoking ideas about signal analysis in the modern wireless environment. Here is the first segment of the excerpt.
Maxim : Current-sense amplifier minimizes total solution size
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
The MAX9938 high-side, current-sense amplifier is packaged in a 4-bump UCSP that is 9x smaller than competitive SOT23 devices.
Repeater improves signal integrity of DisplayPort video transmitters
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
Parade Technologies has unveiled the PS8121ED DisplayPort repeater device at this week's Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco.
Converter box brings digital TV into analog realm
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8/20/2008   2 comments
Under the Hood takes a look at new digital-to-analog signal converter boxes offered to help ease customers through the impending transition to digital TV.
Digital terrestrial TV demodulator for standard and high-definition broadcast TV in China
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
The DRX 398yZ conforms to China's DTMB standard, offering automatic detection for both single-carrier and multi-carrier modes.
Voltage translator targets I²C applications
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed a voltage translator that operates over a wide voltage range of 1.65V to 5.5V to accommodate the needs of I²C and low-voltage applications.
SoC accelerates transition from analog cable to digital broadcasting
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. announced a digital-to-analog (DTA) SoC that enables cable set-top box (STB) OEMs to provide cable operators with a cost effective device that transitions analog cable customers to digital broadcasting.
TI boasts tiniest 500mA step-down DC/DC converter
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Designed for space-constrained applications, particularly handheld device, Texas Instruments (TI) latest 500mA, step-down DC/DC converter is said to be the smallest and thinnest yet.
Wide input range step-down switching regulator
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC3851, a wide input range synchronous step-down switching regulator controller for driving N-channel power MOSFET stages.
Mixed-signal design tool supports automotive power management devices
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
New mixed-signal design tool from Lattice supports automotive versions of its Power Manager, Power Manager II, and ispClock devices.
Step-down dc/dc controller targets point-of-load requirements
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a synchronous step-down switching regulator controller with a wide input voltage range for driving all N-channel power MOSFET stages.
Agilent Technologies announces integrated simulation solution
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced an integrated design flow solution that includes full 3D EM (electromagnetic) simulation for RF Module Design.
Dual, 2-wire Hall-effect sensor interface includes diagnostics
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX9921 supplies and monitors the current drawn by two Hall-effect sensors, filters the sensed-current level, and outputs the corresponding logic level.
Wolfson teams with Ozmo on audio PAN
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Ozmo Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.) is working with Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland) to deliver a wireless audio reference design. The design uses Ozmo's Wi-Fi personal area network chip (OZMO1000) and Wolfson's codec (WM8987L).
TI unveils industry's thinnest 500-mA DC/DC solution
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
6-MHz step-down chip, just 0.6 mm high, is suited for smart phones, wireless modules, and portable electronics.
Will memristors prove irresistible?
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Memristors mark the fourth passive circuit element after resistors, capacitors and inductors, and have found a corporate champion in HP Labs which hopes to popularize the first killer application--resistive random-access memories.
Mono audio codec targets VoIP phones
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8/17/2008   Post a comment
Nuvoton's mono audio codec features a high-fidelity, 24-bit signal architecture delivering 93dB D/A converter signal to noise ratio (SNR) and 91dB A/D converter SNR at audio sampling rates from 8KHz to 48KHz.
TCXO features voltage control option
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8/17/2008   Post a comment
Valpey Fisher has introduced VFTX312, a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator with a voltage control option suitable for FEMTO CELL reference timing.
Balancing hunches and data
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8/16/2008   2 comments
What's the right design/debug tactic: to go with your hunch, the data, or counterintuition?. . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
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