Big Bandgap Product News 11/26/2003 Post a comment Are there any drivers for bringing network speeds beyond 10 Gbits/s, in the public network or enterprise LANs and clusters?
High-Tech Engineering Careers Need Education and Your Help Product News 11/26/2003 Post a comment To be economically successful we must supply a work force that meets the needs of a high-tech society. Education experts say they are struggling to entice students into preparing for high-tech careers as many public schools fail to spur children's interest in engineering and science.
32-bit Secure Processor for Smart Card ICs Product News 11/26/2003 Post a comment Murray Slovick looks at STMicro's new ST22FJ1M, a 32-bit smart card processor with 1Mb of embedded Flash memory. The chip's memory capacity and security features should open up a host of new opportunities in the mobile communications, pay-per-view TV, IT security and Identification markets.
Multichannel DAC Family supports DVDs and super audio CDs Product News 11/25/2003 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics introduced a family of low-cost, power-efficient multi-channel digital analog converters. Members include five 6-channel and a 2-channel DAC. They offer power-saving operation at a low cost and provide performance for the next generation of DVD and super audio compact disc players.
Cable assemblies offer design flexibility Product News 11/25/2003 Post a comment Meeting hot-swap and cable I/O applications, the expansion of Tyco Electronics' MULTI-BEAM XL line of modular power/signal connectors offers customers the design flexibility to connect hot-swap power supplies to other components of a power distribution system, without the use of a power distribution board.
Ultra-slim SSR targets industrial and appliance apps Product News 11/25/2003 Post a comment Fujitsu Components America, Inc. offers a new ultra-slim solid-state relay (SSR) for industrial and appliance applications such as PLCs, process controls, remote switching, air conditioners, vending machines and photocopiers. Designed for high-density PC-board mounting, the new FTR-SL is a 1A, SIP-type SSR that measures 5 mm (W) x 28 mm (L) x 15 mm (H). The device is pin-compatible with Fujitsu's existing FTR-LY electromechanical relay.
Reusable architecture is DSP framework Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment Over a decade ago, fixed-point digital signal processor implementations became available, enabling easy software programmability for different DSP algorithms. Those early DSPs offered limited processing capabilities that could have been used for specific uncomplicated tasks such as voice compression and decompression. Over the years, DSP usage has spread to other applications including audio decoding and encoding, signal modulators and equalizers, different video applications, and advanced vocod
First AE-5 Series 32-Bit Smart Card MCU from Renesas Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment The AE57C is the first product from Renesas Technology Corp.'s AE-5 Series of 32-bit smart card microcontrollers. According to the company it offers approximately four times the , but offers approximately four times the processing performance of the AE-4 Series as it executes one instruction per cycle instead of one instruction in two cycles. The chip comes with 132 KB of EEPROM, the largest memory capacity of any of the company's smart card microcontrollers.
Modular units speed DSP/ARM solutions Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment LSI Logic Corp.'s newest ZSP processor core module boards are aimed at SoC and platform developers that want to integrate a ZSP500 or ZSP400 based subsystem with any available ARM processor core module. These board-level solutions are said to provide for seamless integration and a rapid prototyping environment for shortened time-to-market for voice, multimedia or wireless applications.
2-mm connector delivers high bandwidth Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment Designed for 100-ohm differential pair signal transmission, ITT Industries, Cannon's new Tempus-HS 4000 2-mm backplane connector delivers increased bandwidth and reduced crosstalk for high-speed systems such as Serial ATA II. Produced under license from FCI, the new series is a second-source drop-in replacement for FCI's HS4000 products.
Connectors offer safety Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment Designed for applications where user access to an energized connector is not otherwise protected, the new Powerpole 15/45 Finger Proof connectors from Anderson Power Products (APP) minimize potential contact with live contacts by preventing finger access when the connector is unmated. The connectors meet the accessibility protection requirements of IEC IP20 and UL1977 sec 10.2.
Film cap offers wide capacitance values Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment A new series of compact, lead (Pb)-free electromagnetic interference suppression film capacitors from Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. combines a wide range of capacitance values with pitch sizes down to 7.5 mm.
RF SAW filter touts small size Product News 11/24/2003 Post a comment AVX Corp. claims its new series of surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters for mobile phones features the industry's smallest chip scale package (CSP) RF SAW filter. The SF16 device measures 1.6 mm x 1.4 mm x 0.6 mm.
Processors Begin 64-bit Push Product News 11/23/2003 Post a comment At the Microprocessor
Forum IBM unveiled its first 64-bit PowerPC microprocessor,
one of 18 new computer, embedded or network processors
detailed the event.
Choosing the Best Microcontrol Solution Still Requires Flexiblity Product News 11/22/2003 Post a comment As embedded applications become more complex and offer more functions, microcontrollers makers need to
keep up with the changes. In the past, the answer has been to integrate as much
as possible on to a single chip and drive the process technology smaller to keep
cost under control. But as Microchip Technology's Fanie Duvenhage explains, this philosophy does not always provide the best
and most cost-effective solution for embedded control.
Intermediate bus converters roll on 8-, 9.6-volt routes Product News 11/22/2003 Post a comment Celestica Inc. touts its IBC series as the first off-the-shelf DC/DC converters to provide 8- and 9.6-volt intermediate bus voltages for computing and telecom applications. Working from a 36-55 volt input, the IBC series provides 4:1, 5:1, and 6:1 step-downs, thus establishing 12, 9.6, and 8-volt outputs, respectively.
Modular power system steps up to the central office Product News 11/22/2003 Post a comment Valere Power's new Modular DC Power System, the first product of its kind for the company, is targeted at central office and wireless telecom applications that require from 800 to 20,000 amps. Leveraging the company's patented high-efficiency power conversion technology that, overall, delivers systems that are half the size of typical installations and cut heat dissipation by one-third, the Modular DC Power System can be configured to offer 800 amps in half a telecom rack.
Power chip drives point-of-load applications Product News 11/22/2003 Post a comment Texas Instruments' TPS54350 is the newest addition to the company's SWIFT (switcher with integrated FET technology) family, a 3-amp, nominal 15-watt DC/DC (non-isolated) PWM buck converter suitable for point-of-load applications. Working from a 4.5- to 20-volt input, the converter is especially useful for powering DSP, FPGA, and microprocessors directly from a mid-voltage bus, versus an additional low-voltage bus.
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.