PCI-X controller is cost-effective COTS board Product News 1/31/2006 Post a comment A single-board computer runs Freescale PowerPC e600 processors at clock speeds as high as 1.4-GHz. The board integrates two Gigbit Ethernet channels, two USB 2.0 ports, and two serial controllers, and flash-based firmware.
Port expanders store user settings in non-volatile memory Product News 1/31/2006 Post a comment With Cypress Semiconductor's three latest I²C port expanders, designers don't have to perform reconfiguration after each power-up. The devices are designed with a proprietary addressing algorithm that allows them to store all user settings in non-volatile memory.
Freescale adds 5-volt capable family of 8-bit HCS08 MCUs Product News 1/31/2006 Post a comment Freescale says its new MC9S08AW family of 8-bit MCUs is the first HCS08 core-based microcontrollers that support 5-volt industrial and automotive applications. The devices offer enhanced brown-out detection for controlled power-on reset in the event of a brown-out or power failure.
600 MHz MPU targets automotive infotainment apps Product News 1/31/2006 Post a comment Renesas Technology’s newest 32-bit superscalar processor runs at 600 MHz, the highest speed yet for an SH-based MPU. Targeted applications for the new SH7785 are automotive infotainment systems and other high-performance multimedia systems that process 2D and 3D graphics.
Inductors target high-frequency apps Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment Stackpole Electronics has introduced three high-frequency inductor lines that target a broad range of consumer, RF and communications applications such as cell phones, GPS devices, Bluetooth products, cordless phones, PDAs and base stations.
Dual barrier strips free up board space Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment Tyco Electronics has introduced a line of high-rise, dual-barrier strips for PC-board mounted applications. The unique high-rise design allows for space-saving dual-level wire entry on congested PC-boards.
Agilent claims faster extraction through IC-CAP Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment Calling it a major breakthrough in device modeling speed and efficiency, Agilent Technologies said device modeling engineers are reporting extraction flow improvements of up to 50 percent when using the new modeling algorithms and data interface in the company's Integrated Circuit Characterization and Analysis Program.
8-bit MCU packs 32 KB of SRAM and 256 KB of flash Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics 8-bit uPSD3400 Turbo Plus microcontroller series is now available with 32 Kbytes on-chip SRAM. The devices also integrate 256 Kbytes of flash memory, USB 2.0 full-speed as well as other interfaces and peripherals.
Slim DIN supplies pack more power Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment XP Power says its DNR family of slimline DIN-rail power supplies for factory automation and industrial process control have higher power density than competing supplies.
DESIGN TOOLS: Multivolt design gets support Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment Chip designers are increasingly turning to multivoltage designs for power management, but tool support has been lacking. Startup ArchPro Design Automation Inc. plans to change that this week, rolling out capabilities to enable multivoltage equivalence checking and multivoltage synthesis.
Throughput drives 32-bitter's design Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corp. has developed a high-performance 32-bit RISC processor core with an instruction-set architecture de- signed from the ground up to increase computational throughput per cycle.
Freescale claims compound MOSFET progress Product News 1/30/2006 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. said it has developed the industry's first gallium arsenide (GaAs) metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET). Amongst other enhancements the development could change analog-to-digital conversion, Freescale (Austin, Texas) claimed.
Cell phone LCD display is sunlight readable Product News 1/27/2006 Post a comment Samsung has developed a 1.72-inch super-reflective (SR) LCD screen that can be read easily outdoors even when the sun is shining brightly. It offers a reflectance rate three times that of qqVGA-resolution mobile displays.
PoE controller can be powered from AC adapter Product News 1/27/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor says its LM5071, for power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications, is the industry's first single-chip PD controller with DC/DC converter that can be powered from alternative sources such as an AC adapter.
8-MHz buck regulator suits ultra-thin portables Product News 1/26/2006 Post a comment Micrel says its MIC2285 is the industry’s first 8-MHz, 500-mA synchronous buck regulator for portable applications. As such, the regulator, working off a 2.7- to 5.5-volt input, is suited for space-sensitive applications including ultra-thin cell phones, PDAs, GPS systems, digital cameras, and portable media players.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.