PowerPC MPUs integrate RAID acceleration hardware Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment The newest versions of the PowerPC processors from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. integrate both RAID 5 and RAID 6 acceleration hardware. The units offer increased redundancy and protection for critical embedded and networking applications.
Energy metering ICs with web tools ease designs Product News 10/26/2005 Post a comment In a dual announcement, Microchip Technology has released its MCP3905 and MCP3906 stand-alone energy-measurement integrated circuit (ICs), and also launched its on-line Utility Meter Design Center to provide designers with the tools and resources they need to create accurate and low-cost utility meter solutions for a wide range of applications.
3.5-inch TFT-LCD packs performance for next-gen mobile devices Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Touting outstanding price/performance value, Sharp has rolled out a 3.5-inch QVGA thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) with an integrated touch screen for next-generation handheld applications. This new LQ035Q7DH06 display also serves up high brightness, low power consumption and high color saturation.
Micron rolls out second generation auto image sensor Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Micron Technology, Inc. has unveiled a new automotive image sensor that is designed specifically for scene viewing applications. This second generation MT9V125 CMOS image sensor incorporates several key enhancements and features including NTSC and PAL video outputs, extended operating temperature range and dual electronic rolling shutters that will help automotive manufacturers design in camera functionality in a variety of safety applications including a reversing camera so the driver can see w
Flywheel adds a turn to UPS performance Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Pentadyne's VSS+ is the next generation of the company's advanced Voltage Support Solution (VSS) flywheel power system for replacing lead-acid batteries in uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes). The VSS+ is designed to provide significant cost savings in parallel system applications for industrial plants and broadcast facilities. For instance, four VSS+ units will supply back-up power to a 750 kVA UPS for 17 seconds.
Development tool supports hardware-independent mobile test Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Here's news of a hardware-independent and modular R&D tool for the development, testing, and debugging of mobile terminal applications. The GCF/PTCRB-compliant platform is a one-box tester facilitating the development and implementation of individual test scenarios during the engineering design phase of mobile applications.
Freebie RF terminology guide clears the air Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Test-and-measurement house Keithley Instruments is publishing a free guide to understanding the vocabulary of wireless. The 32-page booklet defines a variety of technical terms and acronyms, and includes some useful tables.
Analog switches crank out bandwidth Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.'s dual, single-pole, double throw and dual, single-pole, single throw analog switches are said to offer low on-resistance (2.5 Ohms) and high 3-dB bandwidth (up to 360 MHz) in a tiny package.
Wireless USB tools to address ultra-wideband development, test Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Supporting certified Wireless Universal Serial Bus and WiMedia UWB interface standards, new protocol analysis and traffic-generation tools soon to be released from LeCroy promise to provide insight at each stage of a product's development lifecycle. These tools come just as the WUSB v1.0 spec has been published.
IC test software gets better, supports Teradyne FLEX Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor test provider Pintail Technologies is releasing the latest version of its SwifTest 5.2 realtime statistical sampling software suite for semiconductor testing. This new version promises to reduce test cost, improve quality, and boost test efficiency. The company will also be supporting Teradyne test platforms.
Motorola goes open with VoIP platforms Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Motorola’s Embedded Communications Group has added a SIP-based VoIP option to its range of open application enabling platforms. The company also revealed it is readying VoIP gateways that integrate SIP software with AdvancedTCA and the emerging MicroTCA standard hardware.
Subwoofers get active room equalization Product News 10/25/2005 Post a comment Velodyne's digital High Gain Servo technology is used in all Digital Drive subwoofers. This patented technology uses a sealed digital accelerometer to measure the actual movement of the subwoofer cone. The C2000 controller then compares the cone movement to the input signal at a rate of 15,800 times per second and controls the 1250 watt amplifier to modify its signal, keeping the cone’s motion under control.
Tiny 1.5-inch display touts high brightness Product News 10/24/2005 Post a comment One Stop Displays claims its new 1.5-inch full-color passive-matrix organic light emitting diode (PM-OLED) is the brightest display of its kind with a brightness of 130 cd/m2. Suitable for small-area display applications, the new ultra-thin 1.60-mm thick OLED may be used in next generation ID products, security cards, and programmable cards that call for a thin profile.
Host bus adapter handles 250,000 I/Os per second Product News 10/24/2005 Post a comment Slated for server and workstation applications, here's a PCI-X plug-in board that packs dual 1-Gbit/s IEEE-802.3 Ethernet full duplex ports. This host bus adapter can dish up 440-Mbyte/s throughput in full-duplex simultaneous line saturation across both ports, with up to 250,000 iSCSI I/Os per second.
10.4-inch TFT-LCD suits industrial applications Product News 10/24/2005 Post a comment Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas has launched a new 10.4-inch thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) with a greater viewing angle, improved contrast and faster response to meet the needs of industrial product design engineers.
CMOS imager targets hi-rel camera applications Product News 10/24/2005 Post a comment A combination of high performance, wide operating temperature range and high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) makes AMI Semiconductor's new CMOS image sensor with VGA resolution a perfect fit for intelligent camera applications in automotive, industrial, security and surveillance systems.
Power management delivered to satellite radio Product News 10/24/2005 Post a comment A power management IC from Austriamicrosystems is an integrated smart power management unit that includes voltage regulators, a lighting unit, step down battery charger, and housekeeping functions required for satellite radio applications.
Dual mux-buffer boosts signal integrity Product News 10/24/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp.'s dual multiplexer/buffer with integrated equalizers, programmable pre-emphasis, and up to 4 Gbits/s of serial I/O performance, are said to provide the lowest jitter and longest cable reach in the industry.
FPGA vendors mine specific niches Product News 10/24/2005 Post a comment Two stalwarts in field-programmable gate arrays are looking to capitalize on growing niches that show signs of eventually becoming mainstream applications for FPGAs.
High-efficiency transformer delivers 720 watts in a compact package Product News 10/21/2005 Post a comment Tabtronics Inc. has introduced a highly efficient transformer for 150 kHz bridge converter applications. The new HXTH01260 transformer, using the company's Hyper-X Magnetic Technology to dissipate less than 1% of output power, delivers 12 volts at 60 amps from a 400 volt DC input in compact PQ32/30 package.
Driver/boost regulator illuminates LED-LCD combo Product News 10/21/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology's LT3466-1, for single cell lithium-ion applications, contains a DC/DC converter for driving up to 10 white light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a separate converter for generating the bias voltages for thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) or driving an OLED display. Each channel has independent dimming and shutdown control.
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 Cole1 Comment 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 ...