Design Exploration Tools Encourage More Creativity Product News 11/30/2004 Post a comment What if a design tool had the hooks and means to capture a design, but, also had an inherent functionality to encourage you to creatively iterate, or explore? Instead of doing design iterations to fix problems, iterations would be done to streamline the design.
Electronics educational promotion pitches digitizer packages Product News 11/30/2004 Post a comment Test equipment maker Gage Applied Technologies announces two new educational promotions for its high-speed and high-resolution digitizers. Slated for electronics instructors and researchers, each of Gage's packages includes a digitizer card as well as the company's PC-hosted oscilloscope software. The packages also include a set of software development kits.
IP Flourishes But Designer Beware Product News 11/30/2004 Post a comment There is a growing number of companies who's product is IP. They capture their expertise in a descriptive language wrapper, and sell it. It is the logical step in the evolution of functional complexity.
Agilent adds powerful toolsets to wireless test set Product News 11/30/2004 Post a comment Test equipment maker Agilent Technologies is adding a comprehensive set of new tools for its existing E5515C (8960 Series 10) wireless communications test set. The E5515C with lab applications---a bench-top network emulation tool---provides an integrated approach with high accuracy and repeatability.
Last call for papers Product News 11/30/2004 Post a comment The paper submission deadline for the 1st International Workshop on Reversible Computing is December 6. You can find out more details on the site.
1 Mbit NovRAM is Ferro-cious Product News 11/30/2004 Post a comment It would be great if all memory were non volatile. If even highly dense DRAM and PSRAM held their contents long after power was removed, functionality everywhere would change.
Timing Integration Spawns Sequel Part Product News 11/30/2004 Post a comment Modern designs have tighter and more stringent timing constraints in place and there is very little margin for error when it comes to wander, jitter, skew and slew, and rise/fall times. With more attention paid to clocking and clock distribution, central control can be more effective once a built system has been characterized.
It's time for Ohm's Law Product News 11/30/2004 Post a comment Stumped for a holiday gift for someone technical? The TechNote Time Watch Company has a slogan: "Never Fumble for a Formula Again." That slogan, and the company's holiday-oriented wares, may solve your problem. TechNote is offering a line of Ohm's Law desk clocks, wall clocks, and wristwatches.
Current sensor beefs up accuracy Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment Allegro MicroSystems Inc. has launched an improved accuracy and extended range version of its existing ACS752 family of current sensors. The new ACS754/5 current sensors provide a smaller, lower cost alternative to toroid-based sensors for precise current sensing in industrial, consumer, communications and automotive systems.
Pin diode VVAs deliver higher performance Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment M/A-COM, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, has unveiled a new product line of lower loss, higher linearity PIN diode-based voltage variable attenuators (VVAs). Touting superior insertion loss and lower distortion characteristics compared to FET devices, these VVAs are suitable for handset and infrastructure applications.
Ultra-fast diodes target power apps Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment The new STTH series of ultra-fast diodes from STMicroelectronics are designed for industrial, automotive, motor control, lighting and power conversion applications that need high-voltage ultra-fast diodes that will handle between 800 and 1200 volts (V) with relatively low current from 1 to 3 amps (A). These applications also need diodes with medium recovery times of not more than 75 ns and the best possible ratio of forward voltage drop (VF) to leakage current (IR).
Relay packs 20 amps in mini package Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment CIT Relay & Switch's new WJ121 Series of power relays offers a switching capacity of 20 amps (A) at 125 Vac and 16 A at 250 Vac/28 Vdc in a 28.9 x 12.6 x 24.3-mm footprint.
Smallest tantalum chip cap fits portable devices Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment AVX recently developed the industry's first 0402 tantalum chip capacitor that offers the highest volumetric efficiency currently available, delivering up to 10 microfarads (μF) in an 0402 case size. Designated the 0402 TACMicrochip series, the chip capacitors are suitable for applications that require high capacitance values and low leakage characteristics such as battery-powered equipment, and medical applications such as heart pacemakers.
Molex expands RJ-45 product line Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment Molex Inc. has added two new cordset and receptacle versions to its RJ-45 product family for EtherNet protocol requirements. The new RJ-45 EtherNet/IP* devices complement the existing product line by offering both PC-board and IDT receptacle versions, as well as overmolded single- and double-ended bayonet style cordsets. The RJ-45 product family is suitable for use in manufacturing facilities in the food/beverage, automotive and chemical industries; water treatment plants for waste water and mun
Raise the roof with Wolfson's DAC for car stereos Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics plc is addressing the growing in-car DVD player market with a new version of its WM8718 differential stereo digital-to-analog converter (D/A converter), which features improved audio quality and smaller packaging.
High-power connector touts safety Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment Anderson Power Products has expanded its PowerMod connector line with a new high-power version that features touch-safe female housings, integral positive latches and cable strain relief. Designated as the PowerMod HP, this connector is rated for 125 amps at a 30°C temperature rise and may be used in applications up to 175 amps.
Online service provides pricing and availability for multiple parts Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment PartMiner, Inc., a leading global provider of information and commerce services for electronic components, has launched a new online analytical tool that enables customers to assess the price range and market availability for multiple parts simultaneously. Initially available as a PC-based service, the Procure tool includes historical pricing and availability information for a broad range of components including semiconductors, passives and interconnects.
WLAN power meter Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment Butterfly is a handheld power meter designed to evaluate 802.11a, b, and g wireless LAN (WLAN) designs.
Unlicensed and unplugged Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment Beneath all the aspects of wireless design in which Teresa Meng has been immersed lies one unshakable belief: The unlicensed bands are the great equalizer. That idea is partly what drove Meng to explore wireless LANs and to found Atheros Communications. It's also why the Stanford professor continues to slay sacred cows, dismissing as myths the notion of a spectrum shortage and the idea that third-generation cellular technology can enable high-speed data connectivity. Borrowing a quote from FCC c
Universal Pictures to adopt HD-DVD format Product News 11/29/2004 Post a comment Proponents of HD-DVD gained an ally Monday (Nov. 29), as film studio Universal Pictures announced it has adopted the format, with select titles available to consumers during the 2005 holiday season.
Primary-side switch enhances off-line designs Product News 11/27/2004 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' newest primary-side switch for off-line, low power AC/DC converters, the VIPer53E, touts an extended VDD range of 9-18 volts versus 9-14.5 volts for its VIPer53 (increased range implemented by eliminating an internal error amp) for improved flexibility in transformer design. The VIPer53E serves as an alternative to the VIPer53 when a power supply requires only secondary regulation.
Chip set delivers cool power solutions Product News 11/26/2004 Post a comment International Rectifier's new MOSFET-with-controller chip set, featuring four new high- efficiency DirectFET power devices designed to keep operating device temperatures and real estate requirements in tow, is optimized for primary-side and full-bridge DC/DC converter topologies. It's suited to applications that range from bulk 48-volt conversion for system boards up to 220 watts to powering 250-watt RF amplifiers in a base station system.
OpenAccess-Umstieg lohnt sich für Chipentwickler Product News 11/25/2004 Post a comment Der Umstieg auf die Datenbank OpenAccess bringt Chipentwicklern enorme Vorteile. Dennoch steckt dahinter eine knackige Herausforderung, die nicht auf die leichte Schulter genommen werden darf. Das empfehlen jedenfalls drei große Chiphersteller, die den Sprung ins kalte Wasser gewagt haben.
ARM & Co testen energiearmes Design Product News 11/25/2004 Post a comment Viel wurde bisher über Infrastrukturen für energiearme Designs geredet - und nur wenig gezeigt. Das soll sich jetzt ändern. Mit vereinten Kräften wollen noch diesen Monat mehrere Hersteller einen 130-Nanometer-SoC-Chip vorstellen, der eindeutig beweist: Die Implementierung dynamisch skalierbarer Spannungsinseln in SoCs ist machbar.
Flexibility is key to new OLED display technology Product News 11/25/2004 Post a comment Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology has been quietly working its way into a few commercial and military applications in recent months. A more advanced version of OLED incorporating flexible metal foil is poised to propel the technology into even more markets, according to a company pioneering the technology.
Maxwell Technologies inks distribution deal with Tecate Product News 11/24/2004 Post a comment Maxwell Technologies, Inc. has signed an agreement with Tecate Industries, a leading supplier of capacitor products, to distribute Maxwell's BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor products in North America. These lines include Maxwell's PC5, PC5-5, PC10 and BOOSTCAP0350 ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules.
Switch seals out contaminants Product News 11/24/2004 Post a comment The new M2B series of process sealed miniature pushbutton switches from NKK Switches employs several design features to lock out contaminants. These include an interior o-ring surrounding the actuator within the bushing, ultrasonic welding of the bushing and housing unit, and epoxy-sealed terminals. In addition, the single unit construction of the bushing and top of the housing provides added protection from cleaning fluids or other liquids.
Stratos expands specialty fiber assembly capabilities Product News 11/24/2004 Post a comment Stratos Lightwave LLC is offering several new services and technologies for its high-end optical fiber terminations and assemblies. The offerings include enhanced laser machining capabilities and multi-fiber feedthroughs for hermetic packaging. In addition, new state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities allows the company to produce these specialty fiber assemblies in large-scale production volumes, with 100% inspection of finished items using technologies such as automated image analysis.
Bi-color lighted switch suits many applications Product News 11/24/2004 Post a comment The new LPH series of bi-color lighted pushbutton switches from CIT Relay & Switch are suitable for computer and computer peripherals, telecommunications, security, test equipment, instrumentation, audio and medical applications.
ON Semiconductor delivers industry's first 250-V silicon Schottky Product News 11/24/2004 Post a comment Driving the Schottky voltage barrier above 200 volts (V), ON Semiconductor has set a new milestone with the introduction of the industry's first 250-V silicon Schottky rectifier for plasma/LCD television, power supply, consumer and automotive applications. The company has also unveiled two new 200-V Schottky rectifiers in SMC packages. The company says the new devices outperform traditional Ultrafast rectifiers eliminating noise at all temperatures, minimizing EMI filtering requirements,