Micrel Slashes 5 Port Switch-On-a-Chip Power Consumption In Half
Micrel launched the KSZ8895/8875/8864 series. The devices are low-power, highly integrated, 4/5-port Layer-2 switch-on-a-chip ICs. Leveraging Micrel's latest green physical transceiver and switch technology, the product family achieves a 50 percent reduction in power consumption compared to the previous generation. Meeting the increasing demands for Ethernet connectivity in consumer and industrial applications, the family features advanced power management and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities. Pricing and samples are available upon inquiry with volume production starting in Q1, 2011.
RFMD Achieves 4G Performance Milestone Related To PowerSmart Power Platforms
RF Micro Devices today announced it has achieved a major performance milestone related to its PowerSmart power platforms. RFMD's PowerSmart power platforms are a new product category reshaping the future of multimode, multi-band cellular RF architectures.
MAX12005: Flexible 8 x 4 satellite IF switch IC allows 16 satellite inputs, saving cost and space
Maxim introduced the MAX12005, the industry's first 8 x 4 satellite IF switch IC that is expandable to allow up to 16 satellite signals. Highly integrated, the MAX12005 is flexible and adaptable for a wide range of space-constrained, satellite IF distribution and multiswitch applications.
TI - CC2567 - The first dual-mode single-chip solution delivering ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity
Texas Instruments introduced the CC2567 device, the first wireless, single-chip solution that enables direct short-range communication between ultra low-power, ANT+-enabled devices and commonly used mobile devices relying on Bluetooth® technology such as PCs, Smartphones and tablets. The industry's first dual-mode device, the CC2567 requires 80 percent less board area than a design with two single-mode solutions (one ANT+, one Bluetooth), enables simultaneous operation over a shared antenna with built-in coexistence, and increases the wireless transmission range up to two times the distance of a single-mode ANT+ solution.
Telegent Introduces Fourth Generation Analog Mobile TV Receiver
Telegent Systems, the company that makes television mobile, today introduced its fourth generation TLG1123 analog mobile TV receiver. The TLG1123 mobile TV chip introduces new algorithms for improving TV picture quality and viewing experience while continuing to reduce size and power consumption compared to the widely adopted TLG1120.
CISSOID - RHEA, a High Temperature Dual-Channel, 2Mbit/s Isolated Data Transceiver
CISSOID, the leader in high-temperature semiconductor solutions unveils RHEA, a high temperature data transmission solution with galvanic isolation of 2.5kV and operating reliably from -55°C to +225°C. The CHT-RHEA is a single chip dual channel, full duplex transceiver (2 transmit and 2 receive channels). The magnetic isolation on each channel is ensured by an external tiny pulse transformer, of which the core diameter does not exceed 6mm (0.24").
Avago Technologies Claims First Optical Module to Enable Multimode 40-Gbps Ethernet Uplink Applications
Avago announced availability of a four-channel parallel optic QSFP+ transceiver module for 40 Gigabit Ethernet applications, here at the Super Computing 2010 conference. The new AFBR-79E4Z QSFP+ transceiver modules enable data communication and interconnect applications that integrate four independent 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) data lanes in each direction to provide 40 Gbps aggregate bandwidth. The pluggable modules also provide an ideal alternative to copper interconnects for switch and router connections, data aggregation systems and backplane applications.
New FlexRay Active Star IC from austriamicrosystems first to fully conform to the FlexRay Standard 2.1 Rev B
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS8223, the industry's first monolithic FlexRay Standard V2.1 Rev B compliant Active Star Device. The AS8223 manages communication traffic among four FlexRay branches of the network, expandable to more branches through an Interstar interface.
RF Micro Devices Unveils Portfolio Of Broadband 6-bit Digital Step Attenuators
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, today announced the launch of its broadband 6-bit digital step attenuator product portfolio, with the availability of the RFSA2614 and the RFSA2624. RFMD's newest high-performance components are optimized for operation across multiple market segments, including 3G/4G/LTE cellular infrastructure, WiMAX, wireless backhaul and other high-performance wireless communications applications.
Freescale DSP technology enables highly flexible ZTE multi-standard wireless base stations
ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has selected Freescale Semiconductor's six-core MSC8156 digital signal processor (DSP) to power a flexible baseband platform for its software definable radio (SDR) base stations. Using the highly programmable Freescale DSP, ZTE can develop wireless base stations capable of supporting a range of wireless standards including 3G-LTE,TD-SCDMA, WiMAX and WCDMA.
RFMD Unveils New Family Of Integrated Configurable Components
RF Micro Devices today announced a new family of integrated configurable components for multiple markets. The highly integrated components, comprised of the RFFC207x and RFFC507x product families, perform multiple common RF functions in a reduced footprint while delivering the flexibility necessary to develop radio systems that operate over a wide dynamic range and across a broad range of frequencies and channel bandwidths.
TI extends its lead in wireless connectivity with complete Bluetooth low energy solution and highest integrated ANT™ network processor
Texas Instruments today introduced two ultra-low power, short-range wireless connectivity solutions for consumer medical, mobile accessories, and sports and wellness applications. The CC2540 single-mode Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip and the CC257x ANT network processor can enable target applications to operate on a coin cell for more than a year. As the only supplier of solutions for both sides of Bluetooth low energy (single and dual mode) and ANT links, TI provides customers with fully tested, robust ecosystems for sensor applications and mobile handheld peripherals.
Analog Devices Introduces Industry's First Fully Isolated Industrial CAN Transceivers
Analog Devices has expanded its industry-leading isolated interface product portfolio with two transceivers that are the first to isolate both data signals and power for systems using the CAN (control-area network) communications bus. The ADM3052 and ADM3053 use ADI's iCoupler digital isolation technology; the ADM3053 also includes an isoPower integrated, isolated dc-to-dc converter, reducing component count by up to 80 percent compared to competing alternatives that require multiple discrete devices, and consuming 70 percent less board space than discrete competitive options. Watch a video on the ADM3052 and ADM3053 CAN transceivers.
RF-to-Digital µModule Receivers Reduce Size, Cost & Time-to-Market for Base Station Designs
Linear Technology introduced the LTM9004 and LTM9005, two breakthrough RF-to-digital µModule® receivers that integrate the key components for 3G and 4G base station receivers (WCDMA,TD-SCDMA, LTE, etc.) and smart antenna WiMAX base stations. The integrated µModule receivers offer a dramatic reduction in board space, integrating the RF mixer/demodulator, amplifiers, passive filtering and 14-bit, 125Msps ADCs in one conveniently small package. The LTM9004 implements a direct conversion architecture with an I/Q demodulator, low-pass filter and a dual ADC. The LTM9005 implements an IF-sampling architecture with a downconverting mixer, SAW filter and a single ADC. This high level of integration enables smaller boards or higher channel count systems, alleviating issues related to separation and routing of signals, while providing a significant reduction in design and debug time. These receivers harness years of signal chain design experience and offer it in an easy-to-use 22mm x 15mm µModule package.
austriamicrosystems announces best-in-class 3-channel low-frequency wake-up receiver with 15 - 150kHz range & automatic antenna tuning capability
austriamicrosystems introduced the AS3933, a 3-channel low-frequency wake-up receiver that enables battery powered systems to add remote wakeup capability. In addition, with best-in-class sensitivity of 80 µVrms, both range and BOM cost can be optimized while the lowest current consumption of 2.7 µA extends battery life.
STMicroelectronics’ STarGRID Power-Line Communication Chip Used in Smart-Metering ‘STAR Project’ in Spain
STMicroelectronics today announced that its new STarGRID™ ST7590 power-line communication (PLC) System-on-Chip (SoC) is being used in advanced Automatic Meter Management (AMM) equipment in the new 'STAR Project' in Spain.
Toumaz releases the TZ1090 'XENIF' - an all-in-one integrated broadcast receiver, Wi-Fi and applications processor for the connected consumer market
Toumaz, the leading provider of ultra-low power wireless telemetry technologies for medical monitoring and internet-connected consumer devices, today announces the launch of TZ1090 ('XENIF') – an advanced 32-bit processor based System-on-Chip (SoC) with integrated broadcast and connectivity that provides a highly competitive, cost-effective solution for advanced cost engineered digital radios, Wi-Fi-connected photo frames and Internet connected consumer devices. This device complements the FENIX DAB+/DAB/FM CMOS RF IC that Toumaz acquired as part of its purchase of Taiwan-based Future Waves in May 2009. The TZ1090 XENIF will be available worldwide as engineering samples at the end of October 2010, with production devices available in Q1 2011.
Versatile TDA20142 tuner reduces system costs and delivers exceptional performance in multiple applications
NXP today announced the TDA20142 – the first satellite silicon tuner addressing the challenging requirements of both free-to-air (FTA) and operator satellite set-top box (STB) applications. The TDA20142 also reduces system cost through competitive pricing and reduced bill of materials (BoM). The satellite silicon tuner will be showcased at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam.
National Semiconductor Unveils Industry’s First Eight-Channel Transmit/Receive Chipset for Portable Ultrasound Systems
National Semiconductor unveiled the industry's first eight-channel ultrasound transmit/receive chipset specifically designed for portable ultrasound systems used in hospitals, clinics, ambulances and remote point-of-care facilities. The PowerWise® chipset's innovative circuit architecture enables the design of both hand-carried and handheld units that deliver longer battery life and imaging performance comparable to larger console systems.
New SDI Equalizer from National Semiconductor Delivers Industry’s Longest Cable Reach at Half the Power
A new serial digital interface (SDI) cable equalizer from National Semiconductor Corp. extends the reach of broadcast video signals by forty percent (200m at 3 Gbps) while delivering half the power (115 mW typical) of comparable equalizers.
austriamicrosystems announces a low-power, 2.4 GHz multi-channel FSK transceiver with built-in star network manager
austriamicrosystems (SIX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, has announced the AS3940, the first fully integrated 2.4 GHz multi-channel FSK (frequency shift keying) transceiver with integrated link manager for reliable control of star networks (up to 8 clients). It features low power, high sensitivity (-100 dBm @ 250kbps, -92 dBm @ 2 Mbps), data rates from 250 kbps up to 2 Mbps, and integrates a digital RSSI (received signal strength indictor), real-time-clock (RTC) and programmable clock output, a Gaussian filter, PLL (phase locked loop) and loop filter.
Achronix and Opticomp jointly demonstrate multipath 40 Gb/s optical networking solution
Achronix Semiconductor, makers of the world's fastest field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and Opticomp, the premier high-throughput optical module supplier, announce a powerful, flexible platform for developing, characterising, and demonstrating state-of-the-art high-speed optical data communication. The fully programmable development system is the result of a close and productive collaboration between the two companies – each bringing its own unique expertise to the project. Achronix and Opticomp working together have set the standard for high-throughput digital transport and processing. The 120 Gb/s multi-port system (expandable to 160 Gb/s) can be used with individual optical modules or with multiple 40Gb/s optical paths connected together into a network.
Whitepaper: Unleashing the Audio Potential of Smartphones
Dedicated audio ICs like smart audio codecs and hybrid Class -D amplifiers can help solve system-level challenges, offering mobile users increased audio performance and battery life.
Infineon Introduces Wireless Receivers For Automotive and Consumer Applications
Infineon introduced an enhanced family of three wireless control receivers offering highest available sensitivity and low power consumption. The TDA5240, TDA5235 and TDA5225 devices provide multi-band support (315MHz, 434MHz, 868MHz and 915MHz) for worldwide coverage and are well-suited for use in various automotive applications, including Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) systems, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), remote start, control, status and alarm functions. In addition, industrial and consumer systems such as short range radio data transmission, garage door openers, cordless alarm systems, remote metering and low-power telemetry will benefit from the high-integrated wireless control devices. The receivers also are capable of taking over some of the tasks that are typically performed by the system's microcontroller.
Intelligent embedded radio transceivers from MK Consultants
MK Consultants, a leading designer and manufacturer low power radio modules, has introduced a new range of embedded intelligent radio transceivers that operate in the UHF bands of 434, 457, 868 and 915 MHz with a VHF 169 MHz version also available. The iGenesis series operates in narrow band 25 kHz channels producing adjustable RF power up to 15 mW coupled with a receiver sensitivity in excess of -120 dBm and best-in-class blocking immunity against interference.
Lattice And Affarii Technologies Offer Complete Remote Radio Head Hardware Solution For Wireless Infrastructure
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced that it has partnered with Affarii Technologies to successfully demonstrate the industry's lowest cost, low power Remote Radio Head (RRH) solution at 1300mW per antenna. The integration of all RRH processing has been achieved on a single LatticeECP3-150 device, part of Lattice's award-winning, high value LatticeECP3 FPGA family.
TI delivers industry's first descrete SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transceiver
Texas Instruments introduced the industry's first SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) transceiver, which is capable of lightning-fast data transfers when compared to USB High-Speed devices (USB 2.0). Featuring receiver sensitivity that is twice as good as required by the USB 3.0 specification, the TUSB1310's PIPE3 and ULPI interfaces enable USB 3.0 functionality when used in conjunction with the integrated application processor digital cores. The 5-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) USB 3.0 physical layer transceiver operates from a single crystal or external reference clock with selectable frequencies from 20, 25, 30 and 40 MHz. This allows the TUSB1310 to provide a cost-effective USB 3.0 solution with few external components and minimum implementation cost.
IDT Expands Switch Portfolio With New Family Of Serial Rapidio Gen2 Switches
IDT today announced a new family of Serial RapidIO® Generation 2 (Gen2) switches, which builds on its industry-leading portfolio of Serial RapidIO 1.3 switches. These new switches are designed to support the Serial RapidIO 2.1 standard and leverage best-in-class technology from the IDT CPS and TSI product lines. The new Serial RapidIO Gen2 switches are ideal for use in the wireless infrastructure, defense, medical and industrial imaging, and professional video markets.
Texas Instruments expands femtocell portfolio with devices based on new multicore system-on-a-chip architecture
Texas Instruments announced that it is developing new femtocell devices based on its recently announced multicore System-on-a-Chip (SoC) architecture, which integrates both fixed and floating point capabilities in the industry's highest performing central processing unit (CPU). Strengthening its commitment to the growing femtocell market, TI is developing these new scalable devices, which can support from eight to 64 users, to simplify product designs on a single chip. TI's new devices will incorporate an ARM processor and digital radio front end, coupled with a complete software solution based on TI's field-proven Layer 1 libraries, and a third party reference design.
Freescale extends QorIQ family with quad-core P3 platform optimized for low power
Freescale Semiconductor is expanding the performance range of its QorIQ™ communications processor product lines with the introduction of the quad-core QorIQ P3 platform. The new P3041 processor offers an advanced feature set leveraging Freescale's P4 platform technology and optimized for low power, enabling increased system performance and improved overall power consumption.
40MHz to 10GHz RMS Detector with 57dB Dynamic Range
Linear Technology introduces the LTC5582, a high dynamic range 10GHz RMS detector that sets a new standard in measurement accuracy of RF signals. It offers outstanding ±0.2dB linearity over a 43dB dynamic range at 2.14GHz, regardless of the high crest-factor modulations used in 3G and 4G broadband wireless networks, including LTE, WiMAX, TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA and CDMA2000. In addition, the LTC5582 can accurately measure signal levels as low as -56dBm to 1dBm to ±1dB error, providing 57dB dynamic range from 450MHz to 2.7GHz.
Silicon Labs Eliminates Jitter With Industry's Easiest-To-Use Clock Cleaner IC
Silicon Laboratories announced the industry's most frequency-flexible timing IC solution for networking and telecommunications applications that require jitter attenuation for clock signals without clock multiplication. Silicon Labs' new Si5317 pin-controlled jitter cleaning clock IC provides jitter filtering to remove unwanted noise and produces low jitter outputs for a wide range of applications such as wireless backhaul equipment, DSLAMs, multi-service access nodes (MSANs), GPON/EPON optical line termination (OLT) line cards, and 10 GbE switches and routers.
MAX13450E/51E: RS-485 transceivers with software-/pin-configurable termination resistors allow remote network configuration
Maxim introduces the MAX13450E/MAX13451E, RS-485 transceivers that integrate software-/pin-selectable, dual-termination (10ohm/120ohm) resistors to simplify RS-485 network configuration. These transceivers are well suited for industrial control equipment, IP camera installations, and other RS-485 network applications.
Peregrine’s New SP5T RF Switch Offers High Isolation for Infrastructure Apps
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, a leading supplier of high- performance RF CMOS and mixed-signal communications ICs, announces the new PE42451 SP5T (single pole five throw) RF switch. The newest IC in the RF switch portfolio, designed on Peregrine's UltraCMOS™ silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) process technology, delivers exceptional isolation of >50 dB, providing an ideal alternative to switch matrix designs in demanding applications such as communications infrastructure and point-to-point radios.
Peregrine’s Newest PLL Frequency Synthesizers Offer Market-Leading Phase Noise Performance
Peregrine Semiconductor announces two new devices in its widely popular Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) Frequency Synthesizer family. These UltraCMOS RFIC devices fulfill the need for low-power, ultra-low phase noise, multiple-way programmable PLL solutions for capability of the military, broadband cable infrastructure, and wireless infrastructure markets. The PE33361 Integer-N PLL and the PE33631 Delta-Sigma Modulated (DSM) Fractional-N PLL are the first devices to be completely developed through Peregrine's recently announced European design and manufacturing flow. The PLLs operate over a wide frequency range 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz, providing a high-performance RF solution for demanding applications such as cellular base stations, CATV set-top boxes, test and measurement equipment, WiMax-based communications systems and point-to-point radios where system scalablility is key to improving designs.
TI introduces first discrete dual SerDes to support all CPRI and OBSAI data rates
Texas Instruments introduced the industry's first 6-gigabit per second (Gbps) dual serializer-deserializer IC (SerDes) that enables continuous data rate support from 470 megabits per second (Mbps) up to 6.25 Gbps for wireless applications. The TLK6002 supports speed migration from legacy to new faster speeds in the OBSAI and CPRI standards required for all wireless base station designs. The TLK6002 can be used in a wide variety of wireless infrastructure applications including WiMAX, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and CDMA2000.
MAX14840E/41E: Low-voltage RS-485 transceivers increase data rates and extend cable lengths in motor-control applications
Maxim introduced the MAX14840E/MAX14841E, high-speed (40Mbps), half-duplex RS-485 transceivers for industrial applications with long cable runs. The MAX14840E features symmetrical fail-safe receiver inputs and high (170mV) receiver hysteresis to improve noise rejection and signal recovery in high-speed and long-cable applications.
Stand-Alone LIN 2.1/SAE J2602 Transceivers from Microchip Meet Worldwide Automotive Requirements
Microchip announces the MCP2003 and MCP2004 (MCP2003/4) stand-alone LIN transceivers. These AEC-Q100-certified devices are 3rd party-LIN/J2602 approved and satisfy the stringent requirements of automotive manufacturers, worldwide. The transceivers are compliant with the LIN Bus 1.X/2.0/2.1 and SAE J2602 standards, and feature industry-leading ESD and EMC performance for reliable communication in extremely harsh environments. Their current-consumption ratings are among the lowest in the LIN transceiver market, allowing for extended battery life and more efficient non-ignition-switched applications.
LSI Introduces Multicore Communication Processor Requiring No External Memory
LSI Corporation introduced the LSITM APP3100 multicore communication processor for enterprise and service providers. Based on the award-winning LSI APP3300 communication processor, the LSI APP3100 gives networking equipment providers a space-efficient and cost-effective solution for accelerating Carrier Ethernet and network security functions.
RFMD® Expands Portfolio Of Single-Chip ISM Band Transceivers
RF Micro Devices announced the introduction of the ML2730, a single-chip fully integrated Frequency Shift Keyed (FSK) transceiver with integrated power amplifier (PA) and low noise amplifier (LNA). The ML2730 expands RFMD's portfolio of ISM band single-chip transceivers, covering 900 MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz.