Gas gauge ICs fuel high accuracy Product News 10/31/2004 Post a comment Focus On battery management—Gas-gauging ICs for the high-stakes portable market are in the very-high-accuracy phase of their evolution, sparked by learning algorithms that enable the best of these "early warning" systems to determine remaining battery capacity to 1 percent. With power availability in portable devices perhaps the most critical factor in applications ranging from cell phones to medical monitoring, users and system designers want to know exactly what's left in the tank—to
Rocker switches handle high current Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Suitable for applications with current ratings up to 20 amps at 125 Vac, the new SRJ panel-mount round rocker switches from Cherry Electrical Products can be used in household appliances, surge protectors and lighting controls.
PLL-based clock generator solves aerospace timing problem Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Designed for satellite applications, Aeroflex Colorado Springs, an Aeroflex Inc. company, says its radiation-hardened RadClock family of PLL-based clock generators is the first space-qualified solution that solves clock network design problems in aerospace applications with a single chip. The first products launched are the UT7R995 RadHard clock generator featuring eight-outputs and a UT7R9951 RadHard clock generator with dual-outputs.
Tiny VCO supports wide frequency range Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Challenged to develop a miniature voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) with comparable performance to larger packages, Crystek Crystals Corp. has launched its smallest VCO package. Measuring 0.25 x 0.25 x 0.079 in. (6.35 x 6.35 x 2.0 mm), the tiny CVCO25 oscillator provides excellent electrical performance, and generates frequencies from 100 MHz to 1 GHz. Higher frequency capability is under development.
Software speeds Dolby Digital audio testing Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Audio test-and-measurement specialty house Audio Precision now offers Dolby Digital generator software that's capable of up to 10X faster test and verification to Dolby Digital standards. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a look at the new software and the hardware platform it uses.
MLVs target auto apps with high-energy capabilities Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment AVX Corp.'s new series of multi-layer varistors (MLVs) are designed for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection requirements in automotive applications. Designated the CANBus series varistor, the new surface-mount device can offer a significant space savings by replacing three components two back-to-back zener diodes and an EMC capacitor in parallel typically used to protect against transient voltage spikes.
TFT displays come with resolution scaling feature Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Supporting legacy and next-generations designs, One Stop Displays offers a new 8.4-in. thin-film-transistor (TFT) display with a smart 6-bit TTL interface that can adjust to resolution requirements. At clock frequencies below 36 MHz, the OSDT084SN05v2 display is scaled to a VGA resolution to support legacy devices, and at higher frequencies offers a SVGA resolution.
Open-top sockets make it easier to test and program QFN/MLF devices Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Emulation Technology has unveiled its new open-top testing and development sockets and open-top programming adapters for quad flat non-leaded/micro lead-frame (QFN/MLF) packaged devices. Both the sockets and adapters are available in body sizes of 3 x 3 mm to 15 x 15 mm, 8- to 84- pin counts, and lead pitches of 0.50 mm, 0.65 mm, 0.80 mm, 1.27 mm.
Multichemistry battery IC simplifies charging Product News 10/29/2004 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8713, billed as a simplified SMBus-based multichemistry battery charger that uses a minimum number of external components, provides a regulated charge voltage accurate to ±0.5 percent for portable equipment applications such as handset car kits, digital cameras, and cable modems.
Singlemode SC connectors optimized for smaller cables Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., has introduced enhanced-design singlemode SC connectors that optimize performance on 1.6-mm to 2.0-mm cable. SC connectors were originally designed for 3.00-mm cable. These redesigned 1.6-mm SC connectors also incorporate a unique six-position tuning feature that optimizes fiber alignment and performance. The new connectors have been tested to Telcordia GR-326, Issue 3; Service Life-Part A, using standard match-cladding fiber.
New connector guide showcases RF coaxial connectors Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment Gigatronix Ltd. plans to unveil its new 56-page RF Coaxial Connector Guide at electronica 2004. The new guide showcases the company's range of RF coaxial connectors and includes new sections for BNC/SMA/TNC reverse polarity connectors. In addition, it will come bundled, for the first time, with Gigatronix's Cabulator cable assembly design software program that provides drawings, technical data and pricing.
Contactless MCU embeds 2KB of EEPROM Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' newest contactless smartcard microcontroller called the ST19WR02 has 2-kbytes of EEPROM embedded on-chip for applications ranging from financial institutions to mass transit operators.
Neue Codierung für effizientere FPGA-Architekturen Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment Wissenschaftler der Universität Alberta haben erfolgreich einen Low-Density-Parity-Check (LDPC) in FPGA-Chips implementiert. Die neue Verschlüsselung verspricht effizientere Architekturen für Paketvermittlungs-Systeme, etwa Data-Streaming oder VoIP.
USB Smart Card Reader - adapts PC for secure home banking Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment A low-cost, easy to install smart card reader from Secure Retail allows any home or office PC to be adapted to support secure home banking or e-commerce applications, or to be secured against unauthorised access. Priced at just £24.66 on-line, the reader can be configured for USB or serial communication with its host PC according to the type of cable inserted, which simplifies installation.
Wound Chip Inductor - is optimized for cell phones Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment Taiyo Yuden has developed two types of 3mm-square low-profile power inductors NR series, going along with the 4mm-square type currently winning plaudits in the marketplace, achieving the industry's highest allowable current among equivalent sizes.
165W AC/DC Switchers - are up to 90% efficient Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment XP announced the IFC165, a 165W open-frame AC/DC switching power supply in a 76 x 127 x 32mm (3" x 5" x 1.25") package. With power density of 8.8W/in3, this ultra-compact power supply fits into a 1U chassis, making it ideal for space-constrained applications in telecommunications, industrial automation, networking and datacom.
Adjustable panel meters display zero- and non-zero-based parameters Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment Looking to dress up that instrument panel with some flexible and EMI/RFI-resistant digital panel meters? Check out industrial-control component maker Acculex's two new series of RFI/EMI-resistant DPMs. They support ready adjustment of gain and offset, lending themselves to custom process-control applications.
52.5V Half-brick Converter - for Power-over-LAN applications Product News 10/28/2004 Post a comment SynQor announced a single output isolated dc/dc converter ideally suited for Power Over LAN, IP Telephony and isolated bus voltage applications. The standard half-brick module is part of the PowerQor Tera series and is capable of delivering 200 Watts of output power at 52.5V.
VMEbus analyzers get shot in the arm Product News 10/27/2004 Post a comment A company that lays claim to being the inventor of the first VMEbus analyzer announces an update and expansion of a VME Renaissance-enabled test product. This happens as the VME Renaissance initiative provides a significant upgrade to the more than 20-year-old VMEbus architecture.
Triple-output switchers serve low-power medical Product News 10/27/2004 Post a comment Complementing its single-output models announced earlier this year, XPiQ has introduced multi-output versions of the ECM40 and ECM60 families of 40- and 60-watt AC/DC switching power supplies. Approved for Class I and Class II applications, these families provide up to three outputs at voltages ranging from 3.3 to 48 VDC.
SuperH Microcontrollers - with 80MHz high-speed operation Product News 10/27/2004 Post a comment Renesas Technology has announced the SH7080 series, a new generation of SuperH microcontrollers with 80MHz high-speed operation. The devices offer a 1.6-fold improvement in performance over the previous SH7144 series, up to 512-kbyte of on-chip flash memory, capable of constant single-cycle (12.5ns) access, and a comprehensive set of peripheral functions.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.