Fast oscillators get by on less juice Product News 12/18/2002 Post a comment Despite weak demand from several key sectors and excess supply over the past year, oscillator manufacturers have forged ahead with new technology and product launches that feature higher frequencies, lower voltages, improved jitter performance and smaller package sizes.
Wireless ICs call on integration Product News 12/18/2002 Post a comment Optimistic over the prospect of wireless hands-free cell phones and other roaming-access applications, makers of integrated circuits for Bluetooth and 802.11, or Wi-Fi, wireless local-area network (WLAN) connectivity are readying a new generation of chips for volume delivery in the first quarter of 2003. Vendors of both technologies are striving for higher levels of integration.
STATS to buy Conexant's San Diego test operation Product News 12/16/2002 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- FastRamp Test Services, a subsidiary of Singapore-based ST Assembly Test Services Ltd., said today (December 16, 2002) that it has agreed to purchase Conexant Systems Inc.'s test operation in San Diego, California. The monetary value of the deal was not disclosed.
VRMs meet 9.1 requirements for Xeon Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Celestica Inc.'s voltage-regulator module VR-M 9.1 family of dc/dc converters is specifically designed to help computing OEMs meet the system cost and performance challenges associated with next-generation 32-bit processors.
Triple-output switcher suits low-profile telecom Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Astec Power's LPT81 switching supply in a 3 x 5 x 1-inch package delivers 3.3, 5 and 12 volts and up to 85 watts for low-profile (1U) installations in network, telecom, manufacturing and industrial equipment OEM applications.
EM's low-power MCUs include 4-mux driver Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Targeting toys, appliances and other cost-sensitive, 1.5-volt battery-powered applications, two mask ROM microcontrollers from EM Microelectronic Inc., EM-6625 and EM6626, feature a four-mux liquid-crystal display driver and low-voltage, low-power operation.
Raft of A/D converters launched at Analog Devices Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. has launched more than 25 analog-to-digital converters, including serial successive-approximation register (SAR) devices with 8-bit, 10-bit or 12-bit resolution and a 16-bit, dual-channel, simultaneous-sampling PulSAR model.
Oren crafts demodulator ICs for DTV Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Digital TV signals can reach viewers via local-broadcast, cable or satellite systems, and consumers who want access to more than one service typically need set-top boxes with different front-end components for each.
ST enlarges its ST7 MCU line Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment STMicroelectronics Inc. has added ST7232x flash and ROM models to its ST7 family of 8-bit microcontrollers, expanding the MCU product line's medium and large (8-kbyte to 60-kbyte) memory capacity and high-pin-count offerings for the appliance, industrial and automotive markets.
LV clock drivers boast low jitter Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Two new LVCMOS/LVPECL clock drivers/repeaters from Maxim Integrated Products offer 3-picosecond maximum rms random jitter for applications that demand low pin-to-pin skew and precise signal/clock distribution.
Photodetector targets DVD, CD Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment A photodetector IC from Sipex Corp. designed for leading-edge DVD and CD drives switches at 300 volts/microsecond and settles within 7 nanoseconds, thus allowing DVD write speeds of up to 8X while protecting a laser from overstress.
Inphi's TIA operates at 10.7 Gbits/s Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Inphi Corp.'s 1341TL transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for Sonet/SDH OC-192/STM-64 and 10-Gbit Ethernet metro access applications operates at data rates of as much as 10.7 Gbits/second to directly drive a clock-and-data recovery circuit or transceiver.
TI's precision op amps target portables Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Two 1.8-V operational amplifiers from Texas Instruments' Burr-Brown line are optimized for two-cell battery-powered applications such as sensor amplification, signal conditioning, data acquisition, handheld instrumentation, portable audio and portable medical equipment.
Low-power MPU eyes consumer Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc.'s SH7705 microprocessor targets digital still cameras, video printers, personal organizers and electronic dictionaries, and office automation equipment such as fax machines and color printers.
Flash MCU touts low power Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Atmel Corp. has launched a low-power AVR flash microcontroller family, the first member of which, the Mega 169, consumes 300 microamps at 1-microsecond instruction time, with throughput of 2 Mips/milliwatt.
Analog array lowers cost Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment A field-programmable analog array (FPAA) from Anadigm Inc. is said to offer low-cost analog signal conditioning in high-volume industrial, automotive, medical, communications, automatic test equipment and instrumentation applications.
Optical driver amp fits SMT Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. has housed its optical-driver amplifier in a hermetically sealed, surface-mount package that measures 17.247 x 11.354 x 4.318 mm-as much as 80 percent smaller than the traditional hermetic metal housing, according to the company.
Crystal oscillators field high data rates Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Two industry-leading frequency control component manufacturers-Raltron Electronics Corp. here and SaRonix LLC (Menlo Park, Calif.)-have released crystal oscillators that support high data rates.
Sockets handle 0.5-mm pitch Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Ironwood Electronics' high-performance sockets allow 0.5-mm-pitch micro-lead-frame ICs to be socketed and to operate without performance loss in high-speed communications and computing applications.
Data boards answer throughput call Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Responding to the needs of engineers using sophisticated test equipment, makers of data acquisition boards are rolling out a new breed of products that are faster, smarter and capable of handling more data inputs.
Chassis system works for hi-rel CPCI, VME64x apps Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Tracewell Systems' S33-1U chassis system for mission-critical CompactPCI and VME-64x applications provides designers with a standard solution for what is currently a custom-engineered chassis, ensuring high-capacity cooling to handle up to 70 watts for each of its two slots.
SiGe chips taking aim at basestations and wireless LANs Product News 12/12/2002 Post a comment Demonstrating the versatility of its silicon germanium process technology, Maxim Integrated Products has introduced two high-performance ICs for cellular telephone basestation applications and two at the other end of the spectrum that tout low cost and ease of implementation for wireless local-area networks (WLANs).
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 ...