BGAs combine flash, pseudo SRAM Product News 11/26/2002 Post a comment Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI) has combined 64-Mbit NOR flash memory with 16-Mbit or 32-Mbit pseudo SRAM (PSRAM) in two new multi-chip packages (MCPs).
Microphone amps aim at portables Product News 11/21/2002 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. has developed amplifiers that fit inside two- and three-wire electret condenser microphones (ECMs), replacing junction FETs and thus lengthening battery life while also improving noise immunity.
Extended-length probes reach to 2 feet for testing Product News 11/15/2002 Post a comment Pomona Electronics' extended-length insulation-piercing probe, model 6580, offers a reach of up to 24 inches and heat-resistant Teflon tubing that's billed as capable of withstanding contact with very hot surfaces without burning.
Auto apps driving 32-bit MCU design Product News 11/15/2002 Post a comment Vendors have revved up their 32-bit microcontrollers for 2003, inspired by automotive applications that demand speed and power not only from the engine but also from entertainment systems, navigation systems, security systems and everything in between. Buoyed by significant price/performance improvements for 32-bit MCUs and the growing sophistication of vehicle control systems, suppliers are prepared to cruise along on the new sales activity automotive apps are generating.
Surface-mount oscillator boasts low offset jitter Product News 11/15/2002 Post a comment MF Electronics Corp.'s surface-mount R2950 clock oscillator for advanced portable, wireless and synchronous optical network (Sonet) systems replaces the much larger through-hole oscillators that were the only source for the combined 40- MHz, 1-picosecond maximum offset jitter and -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C operation.
RF power analyzer focuses on wireless telephone Product News 11/15/2002 Post a comment Keithley Instruments Inc.'s Model 2800 RF power analyzer has been optimized for high-speed production testing of wireless phones, RF-IC power amplifiers and related RF devices designed to the AMPS, cdmaOne, TDMA, GSM and other communications standards.
Commercialization Issues of MEMS/MST/Micromachines: An Updated Industry Report Card Product News 11/13/2002 1 comment Like virtually all other electronic-industry segments, microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) did not escape the economic slowdown of 2002. Roger Grace, President of Roger Grace Associates, presents a "report card" on the MEMS industry, comparing where it is now versus 2001, and explains the reasons certain MEMS parameters received the grades they did.
Intel tips standards-based comms boards Product News 11/7/2002 Post a comment Intel Corp. has begun marketing a series of carrier-grade telecommunications boards designed to help telecom equipment manufacturers move from proprietary systems to standards-based modular platforms.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times