Pre-validation interoperability test software is for 3G cellphones Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment If you've ever grappled with 3G cellphone pre-validation interoperability testing, you'll be interested in new Windows-based software from Anritsu. It's new network simulation library for its existing signaling tester hardware lets you conduct pre-validation of interoperability testing between 3G user equipment and the world's various 3G networks.
3-axis accelerometer sets low power benchmark for mobile devices Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. said its new ADXL330, 3-axis accelerometer, is the industry's lowest power device of its kind, typically consuming only 200 microamps at full power at a supply voltage of 2.0 V. Combined with a small surface-mount 4 x 4 x 1.45-mm package, the new device aims to be the sensor of choice for a variety of portable consumer devices, particularly mobile phones, by offering designers the ability to deliver new motion and tilt sensing features.
Fragmentation slows IPTV adoption Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment Will Internet Protocol TV follow the path of other interactive-TV platforms, blazing onto the scene only to fizzle into a minor market that leaves pundits grasping for explanations?
IPTV is the real deal, sources said, noting that operators in Europe and Asia have already pulled off successful deployments. Many of those pioneers are telcos that earlier deployed broadband over digital subscriber lines for Internet data service and are now expanding into IP voice and video for "triple play" servic
100-watt AC/DC saves industrial space Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment XP Power says its single-output ECM100 AC/DC power supply, which delivers up to 100 watts, is at least one-third smaller than the industry's nearest competitor. These universal-input supplies, for industrial and medical applications, have a footprint of just 4.5-by-2.5 inches and are 1.2 inches high, thus setting claim on an industry-leading power density of 7.4 W/in3.
Sprint Nextel launches EV-DO network Product News 10/29/2005 Post a comment Sprint Nextel is launching a high-speed wireless network complete with a wireless music store; and just distributed review units of a new cell phone with EV-DO for faster connections.
Transformer delivers 100 watts in small package Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment Expanding its off-the-shelf transformer portfolio for forward converters, Tabtronics Inc. has launched the HXTF02005 transformer that incorporates the company's Hyper-X Magnetic Technology to dissipate less than 1% of output power while delivering 20 volts at 5 amps from a 400 Vdc input in a compact PQ26/25 package.
Card edge connectors target SHB Express backplane designs Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment FCI has developed a broad range of vertical PCI Express (PCIe) card edge connectors to support backplane designs based on the SHB Express System Host Board PCI Express Specification recently adopted by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) as the PICMG 1.3 specification.
Wirewound inductors target high-density designs Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment Cal-Chip Electronics, Inc. has released a NL series of molded chip wirewound inductors that are suitable for high-density boards in a variety of appliance, instrumentation, and onboard automotive equipment. They may also find homes in audio/video equipment, handheld consumer products such as mobile phones and PDAs as well as hybrid ICs and other modular components.
RoHS-compliant switch comes in multiple configs Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment CIT Relay & Switch has introduced a RoHS-compliant RPH series of pushbutton switches in DPDT, 4PDT and 6PDT configurations. These switches are designed for computers and peripherals, instrumentation and measurement equipment, and non-power on/off applications.
Regulator meets industrial needs Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology Corp. unveiled a 100-mA industrial grade version of its LT3020 low dropout voltage regulator with guaranteed performance from -40°C to +125°C.
Temp sensor measures five locations Product News 10/27/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s precision five-channel temperature sensor is said to accurately measure its own temperature and the temperature of up to four external locations with 1°C temperature accuracy.
Display drivers light up the marquee Product News 10/27/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6971/MAX6983 16-port, and 8-port
MAX6970/MAX6980/MAX6981 constant-current LED drivers are rated at 36 volts for commercial lighting applications, including traffic signs, point-of-order and variable message signs, and marquee displays. Extra protection features support fail-safe application requirements.
Quarter-brick touts high-temperature advantage Product News 10/27/2005 Post a comment Power-One's 40-amp QME48 Series of quarter-brick DC/DC converters touts industry-leading thermal performance when compared to other
40-amp quarter-bricks, and most 40-amp half-bricks. The module, for communications and server applications, also boasts an MTBF of 13.9 million hours.
Programmable PCIe solution costs less than $13 in volume Product News 10/27/2005 Post a comment For less than $13 in volume, Lattice Semiconductor Corp. is offering a programmable PCI Express (PCIe) solution that combines its LatticeECP and LatticeEC field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with the Genesys Logic GL9711 PCIe PHY, and Northwest Logic’s PCIe IP core.
Dual-output LDO powers peripheral circuits Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment Microsemi Corporation's LX8821 ultra-low dropout regulator (ULDO), which has two independently regulated outputs, can deliver 2.5 amps (ULDO) per channel for applications ranging from PC peripherals and instrumentation to battery charging circuits and power to ASIC, memory and input/output circuits.
FHP develops first in industry 55-inch full spec High Definition PDP Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Limited (FHP) has announced the development of its new 55-inch full spec high definition plasma display panel (PDP). It realizes finely detailed and magnificent expression with twice pixels (2mega-pixels : horizontal 1920 x vertical 1080) compared with conventional XGA panel. It boasts high brightness of 1000cd/m2, high contrast of 5000:1, employing newly developed grid cell structure, electrode structure, discharge gas mixture, high speed driving and high contrast
Contacts target hi-rel interface apps Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment Samtec's Tiger Eye contacts are heat-treated to optimize spring properties for maximum cycles in high-reliability applications. These multi-finger, precision stamped and formed, beryllium copper contacts are available in .050-in. (1.27 mm) and .0787-in. (2 mm) pitches for a variety of connectors and IDC cable systems.
Protection device shields 3.3-V portable designs from ESD Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment Semtech Corp. has expanded its MicroClamp product line with the introduction of its new μClamp3304A, a 3.3-V electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection device, for next-generation cell phones, PDAs, notebook computers, and digital cameras. The new device is housed in an ultra-small SC-89 package that is pin compatible with 5-V protection devices, which simplifies design-in for systems transitioning from 5-V devices.
Edgecard line expands termination options Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment Sullins Electronics has expanded its high-temperature, high-density edgecard connector series to include staggered dip solder, card extender, surface-mount parts as well as a right-angle bend termination option.
I/O module packs on-board Web server Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment There have been a number of USB data-acq module products introduced of late, but here's one with a built-in Web server. A compact module can replace a PC-based system for many data acquisition and control applications, including remote monitoring of equipment, wireless data collection, and Web enabling of legacy systems. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Current-sense amps draw less power Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment Semtech Corp. said this family of high-side current sense amplifiers with voltage flexibility and power saving features will allow mobile device designers to lower the system cost and power draw needed for battery sensing or data acquisition applications.
System to identify AC distribution impedance Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment Are you worried about poor AC power quality and excess energy use in your facility? For performing energy management and power quality studies, a very new company called Z Meters is readying a product that will address those concerns. It will use time-synchronized multi-point measurement and correlation techniques to characterize the impedance of an AC power distribution system.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole2 comments Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...