Full-brick steps up for automotives Product News 10/5/2005 Post a comment The F351 family from Powerstax is a step-up, full-brick DC/DC converter that delivers up to 350 watts from a nominal 12-volt (11-17 volts) input. These single-output converters provide 12, 24, 28, 42, 48 and 56 VDC and up to 30 amps for battery back-up, automotive, industrial, and IBA applications.
Decoder boasts CPU enhancement Product News 10/5/2005 Post a comment STMicroelectronics Inc. introduced the first MPEG-2 decoder chip in a new family for low-cost set-top boxes and DVD recording, which are said to boost computing power by over five times compared to earlier devices.
Supply chip simplifies OMAP, XScale powering Product News 10/5/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments' TPS65020 has three step-down regulators for providing the core voltage, peripheral, I/O, and memory rails for OMAP-based mobile handsets and XScale-based multimedia devices. The device, which can be powered by a single lithium-ion or lithium-polymer cell, includes integrated FETs and an I2C communications interface that allows full programmability and dynamic voltage scaling of the core voltage.
Photo interrupters offer alternative to switches Product News 10/4/2005 Post a comment American Bright Optoelectronics has introduced its new photo interrupter family that is designed for use in IR/optical detection applications such as copiers, printers, high-speed industrial machinery, garage door openers and photo encoder-based devices.
Test clip creates new probe points Product News 10/4/2005 Post a comment Expanding its broad line of probing and logic analysis accessories, Emulation Technology has introduced its new MicroClip test clip that provides new or additional test points on existing printed-circuit-boards (PCBs) by attaching to surface-mount passive components (capacitors, inductors, resistors) in 0201, 0402, 0603 and 0805 packages.
Fan motor delivers high airflow, low noise Product News 10/4/2005 Post a comment Sanyo Denki has expanded its San Ace 40 family of compact DC cooling fan motors with the availability of the 12-volt G- and J-speed models that deliver as much as 15% more airflow than its predecessors, while consuming 15% less power.
Laptop security card checks for fingerprints Product News 10/4/2005 Post a comment American Power Conversion's new PCMCIA Password Manager, a personal fingerprint scanner, facilitates an additional level of security for laptop users’ login and password information. An extension to the company's Biometric Password Manager, the new product allows users to access their laptops without the need to memorize logins and passwords.
Process augments op amp performance Product News 10/3/2005 Post a comment Santa Clara, Calif. National Semiconductor Corp. believes its new VIP50 manufacturing process will raise the bar for bandwidth-to-power ratios found in op amps today with this process resulting in a huge bandwidth boost and 90 percent savings in current consumption.
INTERNET PROTOCOL: M'soft TV gains IC support Product News 10/3/2005 Post a comment Wischip International Ltd. has become the second chip maker, after Sigma Designs Inc., to announce support for Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Protocol TV software platform, as the Redmond giant attempts to secure a market toehold for its Microsoft TV IPTV Edition.
Startup spins digital power IC Product News 10/3/2005 Post a comment Zilker Labs Inc. plans to join the digital power fray today with an IC that combines digital power conversion with power management, at conversion efficiencies that rival analog power conversion solutions, according to the company.
WIRELESS: MIMO tech firmly set for home IPTV Product News 10/3/2005 Post a comment Ruckus Wireless Inc. is using its multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) antenna technology for Internet Protocol routing diversity along with spatial diversity, achieving the ability to distribute reliable multicast IPTV for in-home broadband systems.
SILICON PROCESSING: DFM software eyes random defects Product News 10/3/2005 Post a comment Promising to take IC design-for-manufacturability (DFM) to a more proactive level, Predictions Software Ltd. has released the PEYE Yield Finder, which can identify specific shapes or geometrics in an IC layout that might cause yield problems.
DC/DC converter takes all-digital form Product News 10/3/2005 Post a comment Emerson Network Power bills its Astec DTX as the industry's first all-digital DC/DC (isolated) converter. The first offering as part of the company's Digital Power Initiative, the DTX42K48, with a footprint approximately the size of an industry-standard eighth brick and just 5 mm high, delivers up to 50 watts at 0.96 to 1.44 volts from a 36-75 volt input for OEM designers seeking the performance and flexibility of an all-digital approach (control, monitoring, and power conversion circuitry).
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.