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Minimizing Additive Jitter

What contributes to a clock distribution buffer’s additive phase noise performance, and how can you optimize performance without increasing costs? We’ll take a look a few key considerations. If you’re working on clocks, you understand the importance of power supply decoupling and signal integrity. What you can sometimes overlook is that the input rise and…

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Meet the industry’s smallest PCIe Gen 1/2/3 clock generator

Bigger definitely isn’t better when it comes to silicon. That’s why Silicon Labs is proud to announce the industry’s smallest PCIe Gen 1, 2 and 3 compliant clock generator, measuring only 2 mm X 2.5 mm, using our low-power PCIe and CMEMs technology. The Si50122 does not need a reference crystal or clock input. The…

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INFOGRAPHIC: MCU Interfaces and the IoT

For our last post on 8-bit MCUs and the IoT, take a look at this infographic exploring why these simpler processors have a big part to play in the future of the IoT. Spoiler alert—it’s all about the nature of IoT devices and versatility. Today’s interconnected IoT ecosystem favors IC devices with a wide variety…

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The Lowdown on Sleep Current: Does Active Current Still Matter?

Many of the most common capacitive sensing-enabled products, such as remote controls, set-top box front panels and wall-mounted control interfaces, tend to stay inactive much more often than they’re active. A television remote control might sit on a coffee table 16 hours of a day before the user finally gets the chance to sit down and…

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Managing User Input: Apps Processors vs. Capacitive Touch Sensors

When designing an embedded system, developers must decide whether a function should be controlled by a discrete component of the design, or whether that functionality can be covered by an existing, more centralized part in the system. For instance, developers of systems with an analog input component may have to decide between designing a system…

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Touch Sensors vs. Mechanical Buttons

In recent years, capacitive touch interfaces have become commonplace on products that have traditionally used mechanical buttons. Products as diverse as remote controls, wall-mounted panels, white goods appliances, and of course smart phones all now routinely use capacitive input surfaces. Despite the popularity of capacitive sensing surfaces, designers should weigh both the advantages and disadvantages…

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Not a Clock Tree Expert? We’ve got you covered.

Designing clock trees is tedious but necessary task facing today’s high-speed network system designers. We know you are under incredible pressure to deliver the highest quality products at competitive prices and with very stringent deadlines. We also realize you often do not have time to become PLL configuration experts. Silicon Labs has invested in tools…

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Build your clock tree designs without worrying about phase locked loops and register settings

ClockBuilder Pro software helps you design advanced clock tress fast by generating a frequency plan for supported clock generators, jitter attenuating clock multipliers, and network synchronizers. Let’s take a look at how to create your own custom devices in 3 simple steps. Step 1. Configure: ClockBuilder Pro helps you configure a very complex, high-performance clock in…