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A19E_EET_2_37x10_87_A19E.qxd 2/27/15 10:54 AM Tiny digital STB tuner ICs The Si2144 and Si2124 digital tuner ICs from Silicon Labs are designed to reduce the cost, complexity and power consumption of cable, terrestrial, hybrid terrestrial/ satellite and IP-based STB products. The ICs help STB designers reduce board space and bill of materials (BOM) cost through a combination of single-chip integration and the small package size. Integrated loop-through technology also helps reduce system-level cost and power consumption. Available in a small 3x3mm QFN package, the Si2144/24 ICs claim to be the smallest STB tuners available today. This ultra-compact package, combined with minimal BOM count, enables the smallest footprint of any STB tuner IC-package-board co-design tool tackles multi-die projects Mentor Graphics has unveiled its new Xpedition Package Integrator flow, claimed to be the industry’s broadest solution for integrated circuit (IC), package, and printed circuit board (PCB) co-design and optimization. The Package Integrator solution solution in the market: 0.86 cm2. The Si2144/24 tuners also claim to deliver the lowest BOM cost of any STB tuner in mass production. Unlike competing STB tuners, the Si2144/24 devices require no balun at the RF input, and they integrate all tracking filter inductors, dramatically reducing system cost and complexity. Silicon Labs www.silabs.com/tv-tuner automates planning, assembly and optimization of today’s complex multi-die packages. It incorporates a unique virtual die model concept for true IC-to-package co-optimization. In support of early marketing-level studies for a proposed new device, users can now plan, assemble and optimize complex systems with minimal source data. This solution ensures that ICs, packages and PCBs are optimized with each other to reduce package substrate and PCB costs by efficient layer reduction, optimized interconnect paths, and streamlined/ automated control of the design process. The Xpedition Package Integrator product also provides the industry’s first formal flow for ball grid array (BGA) ball-map planning and optimization based on an “intelligent pin” concept, defined by user rules. Mentor Graphics www.mentor.com Software simulation of ST power devices, by free download tool A free software tool from STMicroelectronics includes accurate dynamic simulation for VIPower devices. TwisterSIM is a free software suite that includes a Smart Interactive Selector and a Dynamic Electro-Thermal Simulator for Automotive Low/ High-side driver/switches and H-bridges for motor control built using ST’s VIPower technology. The tool allows complex evaluations with accurate dynamic simulations of load-compatibility, wiring-harness optimisation, fault condition impact analysis, diagnostic behaviour analysis and dynamic thermal performance in just a few clicks. TwisterSIM considerably reduces the cost and time needed to select and validate a product for a specific application layout by performing a thermal electrical dynamic simulation. The tool comes with a built-in library of accurate VIPower-product models based on a proprietary methodology and validation that allows a realistic reproduction of “in application” behaviour. Simulation results include junction thermal profiles, load current, and diagnostic behaviour, all shown on dedicated scope views to be exported in multiple commonly-used formats. STMicroelecronics www.st.com/twistersim SU RFA CE MO UNT (an d th r u- h o l e) Tr ans f or m e r s & I n d u cto r s Size does matter! from lowprofile .18"ht. • Audio Transformers • Pulse Transformers • DC-DC Converter Transformers • MultiPlex Data Bus Transformers • Power & EMI Inductors Se e P ico’s ful l Cata log immediat ely w w w. p i c o e l e c t r o n i c s . c o m PICO Electronics,Inc. 143 Sparks Ave. Pelham, N.Y. 10803 E Mail: info@picoelectronics.com Pico Representatives Germany ELBV/Electronische Bauelemente Vertrieb E-mail: info@elbv.de Phone: 0049 89 4602852 Fax: 0049 89 46205442 England Ginsbury Electronics Ltd. E-mail: rbennett@ginsbury.co.uk Phone: 0044 1634 298900 Fax: 0044 1634 290904 www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe April 2015 43


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