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Boost switch delivers high efficiency in high-frequency step-up DC-DC designs
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild's boost switch combines a 30V integrated N-Channel PowerTrench MOSFET and Schottky diode for low input capacitance (55pF typical) and total gate charge (1nC) to improve efficiency in DC-DC boost designs.
Automotive SoC enables precision ultrasonic sensing
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's newest MAXQ mixed-signal microcontroller provides a compact SoC for accurate ultrasonic distance measurements, and adds intelligence to cost-sensitive sensor-conditioning applications.
Low jitter clock generator targets broadcast video applications
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Labs' Si5324 replaces traditional multi-component video PLL products with a single clock IC while providing 80 percent lower jitter than competing products.
Class D audio amplifier delivers constant 1-W to provide continuous high quality audio output as battery depletes
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new Class D audio amplifier with an integrated charge pump that provides a cost-effective and space-efficient speaker amplifier solution for applications such as cell phones, digital video recorders and portable speakers.
Analog Devices : HDMI 1.4 transceiver suits home and pro AV systems
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices has expanded its Advantiv advanced television portfolio with an HDMI 1.4 (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) transceiver for home and professional AV (audio/video) designs.
Maxim introduces mixed-signal MCU for ultrasonic sensor applications
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the newest member of its MAXQ RISC microcontroller product line: the MAXQ7667 SoC (system-on-chip), mixed-signal microcontroller for ultrasonic sensor applications.
ADI to upstage Silicon Image with new HDMI 1.4 IC
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Some new AV receivers or sound bars -- scheduled for Christmas launch -- may come with HDMI 1.4 features including audio return channel and 3D processing, but they will be powered by Analog Devices' new HDMI 1.4 transceiver IC, rather than those by Silicon Image.
Build a simple 1-wire digital/analog converter (DAC)
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9/29/2009   2 comments
You can configure addressable switches to provide a basic, low-cost digital/analog converter with minimal interface needs
Integrated DAC and line-out driver claims power consumption savings of two thirds
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a combined audio-DAC and line-driver IC that can supply the audio Line-Out connection in set-top boxes, DVD players and other consumer devices.
Analog Devices offers first PDM digital-input class D audio amplifier for portable applications
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced what the company claims is the industry's first PDM (pulse density modulation) digital-input Class D audio amplifier for handset and other portable applications, such as portable media players and laptop computers.
Book Excerpt: Analysis & Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, Ch. 9, Pt 2
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
We are pleased to present, in serial form, Chapter 9 of Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits by Paul R. Gray et al. These excerpts are from the recently released Fifth Edition.
Synopsys expands parasitic extraction capabilities for AMS designs
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor, Synopsys Inc. has expanded its parasitic extraction tools with analog mixed-signal (AMS) and custom digital IC designers in mind.
Watching your margins, and your electromechanicals
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9/26/2009   1 comment
Obvious but easy to forget: quality electronics can be easily undercut by faulty mechanical parts, and vice versa. . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for September 28, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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9/26/2009   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
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, September 25, 2009 edition
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Multiphase PWM regulators offer optimal voltage regulation for Intel mobile CPUs
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation has introduced new compact multiphase PWM regulators that comply with the Intel Mobile Voltage Positioning (IMVP-6.5TM) specification.
Maxim unveils integrated PMIC for gate-in-panel LCD monitors
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced an integrated PMIC for gate-in-panel (GIP) LCD monitors to provide a cost-competitive solution for powering the source drivers, gate drivers, and VCOM backplane in LCD monitor panels.
ZMD launches IO-Link high-voltage driver with DC-DC converter
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) recently introduced the first member of a family of high-voltage line drivers, which suit factory automation applications.
Book Excerpt: Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, Part 1
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
Often referred to as 'the standard text' for Analog Design, this book by two IEEE Fellows and their colleagues is written as an academic text but would be an equally useful addition to the bookshelf of a practising analog engineer.
40Gb Ethernet set to be major feature at ECOC
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
40GbE transceivers and other parts, including testers, are set to be a major talking point at both the exhibitor stands and conferences at this week's European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Vienna, Austria.
Phyworks integrates more functions into 10G transceiver
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Optical component specialist Phyworks (Bristol, England) has started sampling a single chip transceiver in CMOS that integrates a temperature sensor and diagnostic reporting.
ADI targets 4G infrastructure with mixers, modulators
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has started sampling the first devices in a range of highly integrated RFICs for fourth generation cellular basestations.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for September 21, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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9/19/2009   Post a comment
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When testing is too easy, it's easy to test too haphazardly
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9/19/2009   Post a comment
Non-invasive, non-destructive tests can be a boon or a bane to careful up-front assessment.. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
International Rectifier introduces a 150 V high-side driver IC
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the AUIRS2016S for automotive gate drive applications including common injection rails, diesel and gasoline direct injection applications and solenoid drivers.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, September 18, 2009 edition
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
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Achieve energy efficiency in Ethernet receivers
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Here's how to trade excess SNR for lower power consumption by reducing processing in the receiver. This technique can be applied to existing standards, as it only requires modifications to the receiver and is transparent to the remote transmitter device. The results show that the potential energy savings are significant--up to 50%.
Diodes : Low drop out regulators improve system stability
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Diodes has introduced a range of low drop out linear regulators (LDOs) designed to drive low ESR (equivalent series resistance) 1 uF MLCC capacitors in order to reduce system-level manufacturing cost and improve control loop stability and transient response.
Companies partner for space qualified modules
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
C-MAC MicroTechnology (Great Yarmouth, England) and Linear Technology (Milpitas, Calif.) have joined forces for a deal that will allow manufacturers outside of the U.S. to purchase space grade and rad-hard monolithic and multichip modules from a European manufacturer without the bureaucratic restrictions they have to face.
Altair offers LTE RF transceiver
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Altair Semiconductor Ltd. (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a developer of 4G semiconductors for handheld devices, has announced the availability of its LTE RF transceiver, the FourGee-6150.
Dual-channel bipolar audio op amp caters for professional audio market
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, Tx) has added to its Burr-Brown Audio line with the OPA1612 dual-channel, bipolar-input audio operational amplifier.
Cypress expands PSoC's programmable and precision analog capabilities
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has just introduced two new architectural platforms to its popular PSoC programmable system-on-chip family.
45V 100mA LDO offers 30µVRMS noise
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Linear is offering a high voltage, low noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator that offers precision, programmable current limit and diagnostic capability.
Analog switch adds strobe to dimmable LED driver
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9/14/2009   2 comments
The ability to both dim and strobe/flash an LED makes it into a more effective indicator and alarm
Multiband 3G transceiver needs no SAW filters, shrinks BOM and board space
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics MB86L01A uses innovative architecture, ultra-low-noise design, and IP to achieve long-sought objective
Dissecting the bot
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Even in this tough economy, robots are being introduced for a variety of new application areas.
Basic build-it project can stimulate, revive electronics interest
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9/12/2009   Post a comment
You (or an aspiring engineer) will get more benefit from this auto-related project than from a fancy, complex, software-based one . . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, September 11, 2009 edition
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
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Samsung first to feature Sigma Designs' next gen STB chip
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
Sigma Design's second generation media processor SoC, the SMT 8654, will first feature in a Samsung Electronics range of STBs supporting Microsoft's Mediaroom client, and will be targeted at users in Europe.
Maxim : 200 mA linear regulator suits always-on automotive applications
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
The MAX16910, an ultra-low quiescent current, high-voltage linear regulator with a reset output consumes only 20 uA (typ) of quiescent current to conserve battery life in always-on automotive applications.
APDS-9800: Integrated Ambient Light and Proximity Sensor
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
APDS-9800 is a module that integrates functions of ambient light sensor (ALS) and proximity sensor (PS). The sensor is composed of three chips in one small package: ambient light sensor IC, proximity sensor signal conditioning circuitry and a proximity sensor that includes both emitter (LED) and detector.
austriamicrosystems : RFID reader IC has a read range of up to 30 cm
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems’ AS3910 HF RFID Reader IC offers best in class power efficiency and antenna auto-tuning for portable applications and products using circuit board antennas. The IC delivers 1 W of output power from a 3.3-V supply.
STMicroelectronics : Class-D amplifier delivers 50 W stereo
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
As major consumer brands adopt class-D amplifiers to create slim-line televisions and home audio equipment delivering higher power output with audiophile sound quality, STMicroelectronics is giving designers a competitive edge with a 50 W+50 W stereo class-D amplifier IC that achieves superior efficiency and requires fewer external components.
Digital dual-axis MEMS gyro debuts
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
As mobile devices integrate higher-resolution cameras, adding relatively inexpensive MEMS gyroscopes is now an option, according to one manufacturer.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for September 14, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
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"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for September 7, 2009; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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9/5/2009   Post a comment
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OK, I admit it, I was wrong
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9/5/2009   4 comments
Sometimes it's instructive to look back and see when a prediction was wrong. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Low power difference amps claim small size and supreme speed
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
Used to reject external interferences in low-power systems, single-chip difference amplifiers have for some time provided smaller, often-simpler alternatives to their discrete counterparts.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, September 4, 2009 edition
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
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Texas Instruments introduces a four-channel, high-voltage, bipolar D-A converter
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced a four-channel, high-voltage, bipolar digital-to-analog converter.
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