Aeroflex flexes multi-standard cellphone test muscles Product News 1/24/2005 Post a comment Like the voracious Pac Man arcade monster (remember him?), test instrumentation house Aeroflex is gobbling up acquisitions---and is changing the name of one of its recently acquired holdings. As it does so, the company is also rolling out an advanced cellular test product for next-generation cellphone makers and implementers.
Fujitsu hat keinen Spaß mehr an Plasma-Displays Product News 1/24/2005 Post a comment Trotz einer robusten Nachfrage erwägt Fujitsu den teilweisen oder gar vollständigen Rückzug aus dem Geschäft mit Plasma-Displays. Dabei war Fujitsu das erste Unternehmen, das erfolgreich in die Massenfertigung von Plasma-Displays eingestiegen war.
Altera erleichtert Migration von FPGA auf ASIC Product News 1/24/2005 Post a comment Entwicklung und Prototypenfertigung mit FPGA, Großserienfertigung mit ASIC: unter Kostengesichtspunkten eine Lösung, von der so manches Unternehmen träumt, wären da nicht die Probleme beim Umstieg von FPGA auf ASIC. Mit einer neuen Familie strukturierter ASICs will der Hersteller Altera diese Probleme lösen.
Rack-mount monitor adjusts brightness up to 1,000 nits Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment To compensate for changing ambient light, CyberResearch Inc. has developed a new 15-in. rack-mount monitor with an 8-level light sensor and circuits that adjust monitor brightness up to 1,000 nits. The sun-bright MRA 15SA monitor is designed for areas lit by windows or skylights, where ambient light varies with weather and time of day.
Relay simplifies circuit breaker control Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment The new Series 24 Control Switch Relay (CSR) from Electroswitch provides both manual and supervisory control of power circuit breakers, and allows for the automation of virtually any breaker control switch function.
Adapter supports board upgrades without rework Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment Aries Electronics offers a new adapter that enables designers to replace a 132-pin PQFP package IC with the newer 144-pin TQFP without the need for a board redesign or rework. The top of the new Aries adapter reroutes the pinout of the 144-pin device, such as the Motorola DSP56002, to make it compatible with the 132-pin device footprint on the existing PC-board.
USB connector gets more power Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment FCI's new USB+Power connector system combine standard USB contacts with additional power contacts to address applications where power requirements exceed the capabilities of standard USB. This configuration provides an additional 3 amps (A) of current-carrying capacity beyond the 1 A supported by standard USB.
Nifty mini data-acq pods talk USB Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment National Instruments is kicking up portable USB-based data-acq and control a notch or two. NI's latest data-acq pods dish up eight channels of 12-bit or 14-bit analog input capability, and pack two analog outputs, 12 digital I/O lines, and a counter. Both draw operating power from the USB bus. eeProoductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn offers his notes, along with NI's.
Littelfuse expands TVS diode family Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment Now offering a full range of power ratings and package styles for its TVS diode product portfolio, Littelfuse, Inc. has expanded the line with the introduction of 400- and 1500-watt (W) versions. The new 400-W parts are available in both axial leaded (DO-41) and surface mount (DO-214AC) packages. A new 1500-W version in a surface mount package (DO-214AB) is also available.
Fairchild jams features in low-power load switches Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment Expanding its suite of load switch technology for ultra-portable solutions, Fairchild Semiconductor today announced the first in a series of IntelliMAX integrated low-power load switches targeting portable battery-powered applications.
ARM7 MCU family touts full range of flash Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments has joined the growing number of microcontroller chip vendors that offer general purpose MCUs based on the 32-bit ARM7 Thumb extension debug module multiplier interface core (ARM7TDMI).
Quad sequencer/tracker keeps key parameters in mind Product News 1/21/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6876 is an EEPROM-programmable, quad-voltage power supply tracker/sequencer that allows the designer to store key system parameters such as voltage thresholds, slew rates, over-current limits, and desired timing schemes. Programming is through an I2C interface.
Inductors feature saturation currents up to 40 amps Product News 1/20/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has once again expanded its IHLP family of high-current, surface-mount inductors. This time with a new series of low-profile, surface-mount inductors that feature saturation currents up to 40 amps (A) and typical direct current resistance (DCR) values as low as 3.0 mΩ in a compact 2525 package with a 1.8-mm height.
Ganged potentiometers offer small size, flexibility Product News 1/20/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced two new series of 9-mm multi-ganged potentiometers with an ultra-compact module, measuring 0.375 in. x 0.75 in. (9.52 x 11.35 mm). These new devices also offer designers greater flexibility with the availability of variable standard and custom models.
Socket preserves performance of 60-W BGA devices Product News 1/20/2005 Post a comment Ironwood Electronics has developed a new high-performance socket, the SG-BGA-61450, that enables designers to socket 60-watt, 1521 BGA devices without performance loss while using a minimal amount of board space. Designed to socket 1.0-mm pitch, 40 x 40-mm body ICs, the new 6.5 GHz bandwidth sockets easily support very dense BGA stacked devices by utilizing a high performance conductive elastomer contactor.
Electrical SFP transceiver fully interchangeable with optical modules Product News 1/20/2005 Post a comment Designed to comply with the Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) industry-standard multi-source agreement (MSA), the new SFP-155E electrical transceiver from ITT Industries, Cannon delivers full duplex STM-1 electrical (155 Mbit/s) SDH transport over coaxial cables. The hot pluggable module is also fully interchangeable with STM-1 optical SFP modules.
Toward a new definition of consumer Product News 1/19/2005 Post a comment Steve Ohr returned from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with some ideas decidedly biased ideas about what's driving our business. Forget about flat screen TVs, he says, forget about home theater. The ultimate consumer entertainment device will be ... your cell phone.
Backup system powers remote sites via landline Product News 1/19/2005 Post a comment Valere Power's Line Power Solutions family extends battery backup from a centralized source to a remote location via unused telephone lines to support "triple-play" voice, video, and data service offerings and wireless access points.
Mini USB board bridges to I2C bus Product News 1/19/2005 Post a comment These days, USB impacts everything from memory sticks to test-and-measurement and data-acq. Here's a new product from Saelig that can help you use and embed USB in your next instrumentation and/or data acquisition and control project. The mini interface board comprises a straightforward way to get a drop-in 12-Mbits/s USB interface with your host PC, providing a 5-pin connector for 90-kbit/s I2C serial interfacing.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...