It is now possible to replace tens of chips with one programmable analogue device, writes Steve Logan of Maxim. Like nearly everything else in the semiconductor industry today, hardware system designers are trying to do more with less. When you add a new single-point-function integrated circuit, you need time for evaluation, to read a new datasheet, and even get support from ...
Systems with multiple power rails are becoming more efficient, but increasingly complex and difficult to design. In such systems, operating costs and complexity have shifted the power system design paradigm. To adapt, groups of power supplies need to be controlled and monitored to manage efficiency, to coordinate sequencing, and to measure power and energy consumption.
Today’s battery chargers are expected to support a variety of battery chemistries and accept a range of input voltages. In many applications, the input voltage range can vary from below the output battery voltage to above the battery voltage, requiring both step-down and step-up capability.
"Analog Devices' single- and dual-channel RF mixers (ADL5811 / ADL5812) are first in the industry to incorporate wideband local oscillator (LO) amplifier, programmable RF balun and IF filter, and IF amplifier to support wideband operation for wireless infrastructure and software-defined radio applications."
Intersil describes Audio CanvasIII as a software development tool for amplifier and system designs using the D2Audio Digital Audio Engine (DAE) Audio Processor and Class-D Amplifier Controllers.
Intersil claims it as the industry's first and only complete audio system on a single IC.
Don LaFontaine, senior principal application engineer in Intersil's analogue mix signal product group, looks at the need for accurate SPICE models.
Cypress Semiconductor's Aaron Podbelski creates a voltmeter with the CY8CKIT-007.
Fairchild's energy efficient solutions include a range of products for solar inverters. Alfred Hesener, Director of Marketing and Applications Europe, highlights the FOD3120 which features high noise immunity with 2.5A output current.
One of the highlights from the show floor of Electronica 2008 was the performance of the Murata Cycling Robot, 'Murata Boy' as he is known. Check out our seven minute video of the sensor-controlled cycling action.