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DSP Builder features Second-Generation Model-Based Synthesis Technology

July 1, 2008 10:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring second-generation model-based synthesis technology, the DSP Builder Version 8.0 fro Altera, increases productivity for DSP designs by an order of magnitude. This technology allows DSP designers to  generate timing-optimized RTL code based on Simulink design descriptions. With this Builder feature, designers can acquire

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Dual-SMBus Microcontroller Supports 400 Kbps per Side

July 1, 2008 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

With two system management buses (SMBus), Silicon Storage Technology’s SST89C58RC FlashFlex 8-bit microcontroller family supports up to 400 Kbps data throughput in each bus. The 6-mm2 QFN-packaged devices yield operating voltages from 2.7 to 5.5 V and 1 KB on-chip RAM. The microcontrollers

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MOSFET Driver Delivers 5A for DC/DC converters

July 1, 2008 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Designed to drive upper and lower power N-Channel MOSFETs in a synchronous converter, the LTC4447 from Linear Technology, can deliver 5A for buck or boost DC/DC converters. This driver, combined with power MOSFETs and one of Linear Technology's DC/DC controllers, forms a complete synchronous regulator that can be used as a step-down or step-up DC/DC converter. The device drives both

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FPGAs Provide System-On-Chip Functionality

June 30, 2008 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using flexiFLASH architecture, Lattice Semiconductor’s LatticeXP2 family of non-volatile automotive FPGAs provides look up tables from 5 to 17 K, 276 Kb on-chip embedded FlashBAK RAM in 18 Kb dual-port blocks, and from 0.6 to 2.2 Kb of Serial TAG memory. The 90-nm devices support DDR2 memory interfaces at 400 Mbps, ADC/DACs at up to 750 Mbps and 7:1 LVDS display interfaces at above 600 Mbps. The AEC-Q100-standardized FPGAs support up to 5 sysDSP

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IC Eliminates Data Control Cables

June 27, 2008 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ridding the need of data control cables, Intersil Corporation’s ISL34340 SERDES IC transports 27 bits of video data and bi-directional I2C into a single LVDS cable measuring up to 10 meters long. The 64-lead EPTQFP-packaged device has a DC balanced 8b/10b code and video flow that allows 24 RGB bits and three video control bits into a single LVDS pair. The IC includes embedded termination

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Mini POL Regulator Saves Board Space

June 27, 2008 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a package footprint of 15 mm² and a height of 2.8 mm, the LTM4616 DC/DC µModule from Linear Technology includes all the support components needed for a single or dual point-of-load (POL) regulator: inductors, capacitors, DC/DC controller, compensation circuitry, and power switches.

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IC Targets DDR Cache-Memory Backup

June 26, 2008 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting DDR cache-memory backups, Maxim Integrated Products’ DS2731 power-management IC (PMIC) integrates a single-cell Li+ charger with FETs at a rate up to 1.5 A from a 12-V supply to eliminate over 15 discrete components in existing solutions. The device uses an internal comparator with a power-steering system to switch from system to battery power when the auxiliary supply falls below

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MOSFET Driver Provides 200 V

June 25, 2008 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a bridge supply voltage of up to 200 V, Supertex’s MD7120 full-bridge power MOSFET driver has an output voltage range from 12 V to 200 V with ±5 ns dead time matching and rise or fall times of less than 30 ns with a typical 1 nF load. The N-channel device drives over 100 W output with over 90% efficiency from normal logic level inputs by directly coupled internal level translators. The internal core of the RoHS-compliant driver consists of over-temperature, under-voltage and current

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Buck Converters Drive LEDs

June 24, 2008 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Appropriate for lighting applications using batteries and lighting fixtures with transformers, PREMA Semiconductor’s PR4101 Series buck converters drive single or multiple LEDs with currents from 100 mA up to several Amps. Accepting an nominal input from 9 to 40 VDC, the inductive devices can be modified to accept 12 or 24 VAC with additional components. With a standby current of  less than 35 µA, the buck converters

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Military Converters Deliver from 3 to 5 kVA

June 24, 2008 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing an output from 3 to 5 kVA, Falcon Electric’s ED-FPC Series rackmount frequency and phase converters accept a 3-phase input with a frequency range from 40 to 450 Hz and provides a single-phase 120 VAC at 50, 60, or 400 Hz. The 4µ devices provide a sinewave output with ±3%

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Tuner Circuit Reduces Noise and Distortion

June 24, 2008 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reducing noise and distortion in CATV set-top boxes, DVRs, PC TV tuner cards and other tuner-on-board applications, the AIT1032 from Anadigics, is a 1 GHz tuner that incorporates an upconverter, downconverter, VCO, synthesizer, RF and IF amplifier, and RF and IF gain control functions. The tuner also provides

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Power Supply Delivers High Power Density

June 24, 2008 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering a power density of over 76W per in2, the EN5395QI from Enpirion, is a 9A DC/DC converter that features integrated-inductor technology and a high switching frequency.  The technology enables the PwrSoC (power supply on a chip) to attain noice immunity with a small footprint.  The part also offers

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Chip Uses Novel Sleep Mode to Set Low-Power Record

June 24, 2008 4:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

A low-power microchip developed at the University of Michigan uses 30,000 times less power in sleep mode and 10 times less in active mode than comparable chips now on the market.The Phoenix Processor, which sets a low-power record, is intended for use in cutting-edge sensor-based devices such as medical implants, environment monitors or surveillance equipment. The chip consumes just 30 picowatts during sleep mode.

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Auto-Zero Op Amps Feature High Precision, Rail-to-Rail Operation

June 23, 2008 8:44 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology introduced its HTUMCP6V01/2/3UTH (MCP6V0X) auto-zero operational amplifiers (op amps) featuring a self-correcting architecture that enables ultra high precision, with an input offset voltage of 2 µV maximum. They also feature high common-mode rejection, rail-to-rail input/output and low quiescent current; making them appropriate for

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Quintplexer Boasts Low Insertion Loss

June 23, 2008 6:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing improved power consumption and receiver sensitivity, Avago Technologies’ ACFM-7103 quintplexer boasts a a PCS Tx insertion loss of 1.9 dB typical (3.1 dB max), a PCS Rx insertion loss of 2.5 dB typical (3.6

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