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Low-Cost Signal Conditioning for Low-Power Devices

Posted April 12, 2011 8:30 AM by Steve Melito

Recently, Mindspeed Technologies Inc. introduced a low-cost, low-power crosspoint device with signal-conditioning capabilities. According to the company's website, the M21223 crosspoint provides features that "previously were only available with suboptimal, higher-power and more expensive crosspoint switches and signal-conditioner devices". Mindspeed's crosspoint device isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, however. Rather, it is designed primarily for small-to-medium sized switching matrices.

Applications for the M21223 crosspoint device include audio, video, and fiber optic products. As Gordon Kapes, a Mindspeed customer and president of Studio Technologies claims, the new crosspoint switch is a much-needed option. "Previously, we had to choose between very simple small switches that had no signal-conditioning capabilities and could only be used to create fixed-size switching matrices," Kapes explains, "or large crosspoint solutions that exceeded our size, power and cost targets."

Kapes and his company plan to use the Mindspeed crosspoint switch to "define the switch size and optimize our systems for very specific audio and video applications for broadcast, film-post and test." Are there other potential applications for this technology? And is this new crosspoint device as revolutionary as Mindspeed and its customers say it is?

Source: Mindspeed Technologies

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