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National Semiconductor Corp. has announced the availability of seven new 24-bit and 16-bit multi-channel sensor AFEs (analog front-ends) to enable designers to easilly configure signal paths from interface sensors to microcontrollers.[Continue reading →]

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Texas Instruments has announced availability of the new TRF7970A NFC (near-field communications) transceiver, which they claim offers the industry's lowest power, extending battery life "up to 2 times longer than competitive products" by virtue of eight selectable power modes. TI is also offering royalty-free software stacks for the TRF7970A to developers, which they say are compatible across a broad range of the company's MSP microcontrollers.

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Conexant has announced the launch of a new audio playback product line acquired from Keterex to play 8 KHz audio data directly to an external speaker via an on-chip digital audio processor and class-D amplifier.[Continue reading →]

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The 23rd annual Hot Chips conference at Stanford University held a series of talks that were billed as a "tutorial" on Package-Scale Power Management. In actuality, the talks were less tutorial and more of a review of the challenges, and current and (potential) future solutions for power management in heterogeneous multicore designs. One common thread that ran through each of the presentations... integration of more complex and higher performance analog circuits is an absolute requirement. Digital needs analog more than ever.

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