Every function in this power management IC Product News 1/31/2004 Post a comment austriamicrosystems touts its AS3603, an enhanced version of its AS3601 power management platform, as an industry benchmark for functionality and flexibility for mobile applications including cell phones, PDAs, and digital cameras. It features a DC/DC converter and ultra-low power LDOs, all programmable in 0.05-volt steps. The AS3603's feature set also includes a a driver for white LEDs, and a programmable 1-watt audio amplifier. The company says this chip takes up less than half the space of co
250-V MOSFETs in SO-8s bite into RDS Product News 1/31/2004 Post a comment Vishay Siliconix says its trio of new 250-volt N-channel TrenchFETs offer the lowest on-resistance available in the SO-8, PowerPAK SO-8, and D2PAK packages for power MOSFETs rated at this voltage. Vishay cites a maximum on-resistance of 155 milliohms at 10-V gate drive for the Si4434DY and Si7434DP.
More options available for mini pushbutton switches Product News 1/30/2004 Post a comment The new MB2000 series of miniature pushbuttons from NKK Switches offers greater design flexibility with a variety of styles and options. The miniature pushbutton switches are available in single pole, double pole, and four pole, double throw configurations, as well as momentary and alternate circuits.
Switch technology supports broadband differential signaling Product News 1/30/2004 Post a comment There's a new class of switch products will enable the handling of differential broadband signals in advanced high-bandwidth applications, according to Pericom Semiconductor Corp. The company's line of application specific standard products (ASSPs) now includes switching solutions that address applications requiring up to 700 MHz of bandwidth.
35-amp connectors target telco apps Product News 1/30/2004 Post a comment Anderson Power Products offers two new 35-amp power drawer connectors that are used for "N + 1" power supply and rectifier systems for server, telecommunications and networking applications. The connectors are UL verified for cross mating with competitive products, which offers additional sourcing alternatives for designers.
Optical interconnect compatible with MT and ceramic ferrule technologies Product News 1/30/2004 Post a comment Teradyne Inc.'s Connection Systems Division (TCS) announced the company's first entry into the optical interconnect market with the introduction of the HD-Optyx optical connector. The company says it's the first modular optical interconnect that is compatible with both the high-density MT ferrule and mature, higher performance 1.25-mm ceramic ferrule technologies. This gives system designers greater flexibility by allowing them to choose 1.25-mm for system compatibility, MT for density, or both
Quarter-brick VICs can deliver 600 watts Product News 1/30/2004 Post a comment Vicor Corporation has expanded on its VIC-in-a-Brick 48-to-12 volt bus converter with a family of nine intermediate bus converter modules (IBCs) that provide a fixed 3- to 48-volt output (3, 4, 6, 8, 9.6, 12, 16, 24, 48 volts) from a nominal 48-volt (38-55 V) input. These high-efficiency quarter-brick versions, delivering up to 100 amps or 600 watts, incorporate V • I Chip technology (July 7, p. 63) and provide a traditional brick-style bus solution for designers who at the same time desire
Desktop supplies sit high atop portables Product News 1/29/2004 Post a comment FOCUS ON Desktop Power - Greater power-density and extended-portability requirements are quietly driving AC/DC desktop (i.e., external) supplies to new highs in the PC and medical markets. Previously, these plastic-encased systems arrived to compete seriously as a robust, high-performance universal-input switchmode power solution against PC in-the-box supplies. Now, they're being called on to deliver even higher performance in environments where real estate continues to shrink, leaving no room f
NI's latest 6-1/2-digit DMM is a PCI bus plug-in Product News 1/29/2004 Post a comment Priced at less than $2000, here's a system-oriented PCIbus DMM with a 1.8-Msamples/s digitizer and solid-state relays to handle range and function changes. This combo gives you speed, 6-ppm DC voltage accuracy, and sensitivity into the microvolt regime.
Review: White LED light guides illuminate 3G cell phones Product News 1/29/2004 Post a comment Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), Inc. says its new family of MicroLens molded white LED light guides are the brightest, most efficient, most cost-effective backlighting solution available for today's 3G cell phones. Check out the details in Gina Roos' review.
Report Casts Doubt on Sony's "90-nm" PSX Processor Product News 1/29/2004 Post a comment A key chip in Sony's Playstation X game consoles was implemented in a 130-nm manufacturing process even though Sony announced plans to implement the combination chip in a 90-nm process, the technology and patent analysis firm Semiconductor Insights (Ottawa, Canada) reported on Thursday (Jan. 29.)
VCXOs offer low jitter, low cost Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment Connor-Winfield's new V300/400/500 series of voltage controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) with low jitter are designed for PLL systems in ATM/SONET/SDH applications that require low jitter and tight stability.
SMT audio transducers deliver high sound output Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment Star Micronics America, Inc. introduces the MLT series of audio transducers that delivers a high quality sound output in a compact package. These devices may be used in cell phones, mobile devices, medical equipment, appliances and computer peripherals.
Tiny accelerometer targets consumer applications Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. has once again shown its technology leadership in the MEMS sensors business with the introduction of the ADXL32x family of iMEMS (integrated micro electromechanical system) accelerometers. The company claims the new devices are the industry's first dual-axis MEMS accelerometers available in 4-mm x 4-mm x 1.45-mm plastic lead frame chip scale packages (LFCSP).
Op Amp sets benchmarks for power and noise Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment LTC says that these two families of op amps have set some significant benchmarks for low places including power and noise. The company says these devices consume only 50% as much power as competitive devices.
16-bit Virtual MCU is 80C51 Code Compatible Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment On Tuesday (Feb. 3) Dolphin Integration SA of Meylan, France will launch a 16-bit silicon IP microcontroller said to be fully binary code compatible with 8-bit 80C51 architectures. It is being positioned as a credible alternative to more expensive 32-bit MCUs for SmartCards and other applications.
Chinese food for thought Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment The battle over standards are a difficult give-and-take event but, says the author, they pale when compared to competition between nations and their economic and political positions. Take for example China and its position for wireless security - it's almost an oxymoron, but not quite.
SBS Technologies spins three single-board computers with Pentium Ms on-card Product News 1/27/2004 Post a comment At the Bus and Board Conference, SBS Technologies rolled out three 6U-sized CompactPCI single board computers. Configured with different feature sets, these models can dish up the speed and bandwidth needed for performance-oriented applications---while benefiting from the low power dissipation of Intel's Pentium M microprocessors.
PC/104-format serial comm boards tout multiple ports Product News 1/27/2004 Post a comment Board maker ACCES I/O Products announces some nifty additions to its ever-expanding line of PC/104-compatible boards. The company's latest FPGA-based products are eight- and four-port, asynchronous serial communications boards, respectively. Both handle multiple protocols.
A look at ADI's latest Blackfin finds pair of cores Product News 1/26/2004 Post a comment Taking no chances on inherent architectural features alone, Analog Devices inc. has come to formally stake its digital media claim with a new line of beefed-up processors. Leading the charge is Blackfin's first dual-core implementation.
RGB Amplifier Optimized for UXGA LCD Displays Product News 1/26/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology introduces the LT6553, a triple video amplifier with an internally fixed gain of 2. Eliminating the need for external gain setting resistors, the LT6553 features a -3dB bandwidth of 650MHz. The fast slew rate of 2500V/us coupled with a quick 6ns settling time enhances the AC performance, resulting in sharper video images.
DSPs expand front in consumer media Product News 1/26/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.'s rollout of its latest Blackfin processors reinforces a growing industry consensus that consumer media devices could mark the next great opportunity for digital signal processors.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...