Development Kit Prototypes Mixed-Signal FPGA Designs

March 10, 2009 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling engineers to prototype a full system-on-a-chip design, the Fusion Embedded Development Kit from Actel features the ActelFusion mixed-signal 1.5M gate M1AFS1500-FGG484 FPGA that supports a variety of processors, including license-free versions of the ARM Cortex-M1 and Core8051. Using the kit, designers can integrate custom logic and programmable analog features into the system using tools such as

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Microchip Technology Acquires HI-TECH Software

March 10, 2009 6:04 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced that it has acquired HI-TECH Software. Best known for its ANSI C compilers, featuring the optimizing, whole-program compilation technology, Omniscient Code Generation, HI-TECH Software has been a premier third-party provider of C compilers for Microchip’s 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) for over a decade. “With the addition of the HI-TECH Software portfolio, Microchip now

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32-bit Microcontroller Includes 1-MB Flash

March 9, 2009 7:47 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting high-end motor drives, AC servos, and industrial inverters, Renesas Technology’s SH7286 32-bit SuperH microcontroller (MCU) contains up to 1-MB of MONOS (Metal Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) embedded Flash memory. The component incorporates a 100-MHz CPU, 2 multi-function timer units to drive 2 motors simultaneously; and 3 12-bit A/D converter modules with 12 channels and 1-µs conversion time. The superscalar


TI CEO Pay Falls 6.6%

March 9, 2009 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The chief executive of Texas Instruments (TI) received compensation valued at $9.6 million in 2008, down 6.6% from the previous year as the company faced fierce competition for chips that power cell phones, according to a regulatory filing.


Logic Device Family Acts as Inphi Replacements

March 6, 2009 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supporting data transmission rates up to 13 Gbps and clock rates from 13 GHz to 26 GHz, Hittite Microwave’s HMC744LC3C-HMC749LC3C 3.3-V logic devices are designed to replace Inphi devices. The family consists of the HMC744LC3C 1:2 fanout buffer, the HMC745LC3C XOR/XNOR gate function, the HMC746LC3C providing AND, NAND, OR, or NOR logic functions; the HMC747LC3C D-type flip flop; the


Software Combines 8-bit MCU and Capacitive Touch Capabilities

March 6, 2009 6:28 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting 8-bit STM8 MCUs, STMicroelectronics’ new open-source capacitive touch sensing software library integrates touch sensing functions through multiple configurations while preserving the traditional MCU features for the application firmware, including communication, LED control, beeper, and LCD control. The software is provided as royalty-free C source code, and as many as 24 individual touch pads can be supported. The library includes

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Marvell Shares Climb

March 6, 2009 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shares of chip maker Marvell Technology Group advanced Friday morning after the company's fiscal first-quarter outlook topped forecasts, a sign that semiconductor demand may be stabilizing. Marvell also said it will be eliminating 850 jobs, or about 15 percent of its work force, to save on costs. The Santa Clara, CA company posted a loss for


Self-Programming Hybrid Memristor/Transistor Circuit Could Continue Moore's Law

March 2, 2009 10:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

In a recent study, a team of researchers from Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, have fabricated and demonstrated a hybrid memristor/transistor circuit for the first time. The team demonstrated conditional programming of a nanomemristor by the hybrid circuit, showing that the same elements in a circuit can be configured to act as logic, signal routing, and memory.

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Two-Amp Switching Charger IC Serves Feature-Rich Mobile Devices

February 27, 2009 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. announced the AAT3620, a fully integrated single-cell Lithium-ion battery charger capable of supplying up to 2 A charge current in a 3 × 3 mm TDFN package. This dual mode produce provides a switching charger during Constant Current (CC) and Constant Voltage (CV)mode. To minimize EMI and RFI emission, the device


Solar Company to Build $1B Plant in Tenn.

February 26, 2009 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Wacker Chemie announced Thursday that it will build a $1 billion plant with 500 jobs in southeastern Tennessee to produce hyperpure polycrystalline silicon, a product used to make solar panels and semiconductors. Company executives, Gov. Phil Bredesen and economic development officials said the company has purchased a 550-acre site about 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga.


Switcher IC Supports Energy Star EPS v2.0

February 26, 2009 11:12 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for applications with up to 3.1 W of output that require Energy Star EPS v2.0 compliance, the LinkSwitch-II LNK632DG switcher IC from Power Integrations enables the creation of power systems with a no-load power consumption of 30 mW or less. The ICs eliminate the need for optocouplers and all secondary-side CV/CC control circuitry, as well as all control-loop compensation and clamping circuitry.


Crystalline Lattice May Revolutionize Memory

February 26, 2009 5:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Researchers say a newly tested method for producing super dense, defect-free, thin polymer films is the fastest, most efficient method ever achieved and it may dramatically improve microelectronic storage capabilities, such as those in computer memory sticks. In the February 20 issue of the journal Science, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and their colleagues at the University of California Berkeley report

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Quad-Channel VGA Exhibits 24-dB Gain Range

February 25, 2009 8:22 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for PET scanners, communication systems, and advanced video equipment, Analog Device’s AD8264 quad-channel VGA (variable-gain amplifier) demonstrates a 24-dB gain range. The 40-lead LFCSP-packaged component has auxiliary differential ADC drivers operating with ADI’s data converters. The device’s pinout provides single-ended output taps directly from the VGAs, which have a -3-dB bandwidth of


Jet System Prints Cabon Nanotube Transistors

February 25, 2009 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Optomec announced today that its Aerosol Jet system has been used to fully print Carbon NanoTube (CNT) based Thin Film Transistors (TFT) with operating frequencies over 5 GHz. The work was conducted in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts and Brewer Science. The results were recently published in APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS (93, 243301 2008) with a paper titled “All [aerosol] jet-printed carbon nanotube thin-film transistor on a polyimide substrate with an ultrahigh operating frequency of over 5 GHz.”

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EEPROM Devices Feature Lowest Operating Voltage on Market

February 25, 2009 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a 1.5 V rating for both Read and Write operations, a series of I2C EEPROM devices from Microchip is purported to have the lowest operating voltage available on the market. Operating current is below 400 microamperes. The devices feature an operating frequency of 100 kHz at 1.5 V, and are available in densities of



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