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Redundant power source provides single point of backup
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Phihong's redundant power source provides up to 180 PoE ports for VoIP IT applications, DC UPS, and lighting systems with single UPS
HM connectors available in through-hole versions
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ERNI offers its ERmet family of 2.0-mm HM connectors with through-hole (THR) versions of the type C connectors.
OCXOs reduce in size
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MtronPTI has introduced a family of low-profile, surface-mount oven controlled crystal oscillators (OCXOs) with a PECL output for optical switching systems and other Stratum 3 applications. The XO5285 devices provide a wide range of frequencies in a 24 x 22 x 12.7-mm package.
LED delivers large display backlighting
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Touting uniform backlighting and high luminous efficacy, OSRAM has entered the large-area, LCD backlighting market with its Golden DRAGON ARGUS LEDs for 32-to 82-inch LCD panels.
Signal creation software serves mobile WiMAX, WiBro
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Test-and-measurement vendor Agilent Technologies releases signal creation software for mobile WiMAX and WiBro applications. The software runs on Agilent's microwave vector signal generators.
TTL PCI digital I/O board is RoHS-compliant
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Need a lead-free TTL-compatible I/O board? Then check out Sealevel Systems’s latest I/O board. It’s claimed to be the industry's first RoHS-compliant low-profile PCI digital I/O adapter.
World's first dual-channel ATSC-compliant reference design for advanced PCI Express PC-TV solutions announced
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Micronas, a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, has announced the launch of MicViper, the world's first dual-channel reference design for advanced PCI Express PC-TV solutions which is compliant to the ATSC digital TV standard.
STMicro technology does multimedia streaming
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STMicroelectronics has announced details of a portfolio of technologies the company is developing for audio/video streaming in wireless home IP-based networks.
Audio analyzers are compact
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Rohde & Schwarz is adding two compact audio analyzers to its Smart Instruments family. Models generate single-channel and dual-channel sinewave, two-tone, and noise signals.
White LED flash driver saves board space
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Designed for tight layouts, ON Semiconductor's NCP5603 charge pump IC can drive a high-power white LED for high brightness torch or flash applications for camera phones, or power several LEDs for general backlighting in other portable consumer electronic devices.
Lead-acid batteries serve 4-24 volt applications
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
GC Electronics' GC family of valve-regulated lead-acid batteries comprises more than 75 models, rated at 1.2 to 230 a-h at 4, 6, 12, and 24 volts for meeting a wide range of applications.
100-watt DC/DC provides 20 kV isolation
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Absopulse Electronics’ HIS120 is a dual-output DC/DC supply with 20 kV isolation (input to output, output to chassis) for high power gate drivers and similar applications in oil and gas, mining, railway, and industrial environments.
Conexant Semiconductors solutions enable Coship's High-Definition IP Set-Top Box
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Conexant Systems, Inc. has announced that Coship Electronics Co., LTD, China's largest manufacturer of set-top boxes (STBs), has based their new Anysight220c IP receiver on the company's MPEG-4/H.264 high-definition digital broadcast television solution
Proposed new interface to bring next-generation connectivity to PC Monitors and CE devices
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Leading PC and consumer electronics companies today announced that they are working to develop a specification, referred to as the unified display interface (UDI), that is intended to serve as the next-generation digital display interface standard for PCs and provide compatibility with Consumer Electronics (CE) devices.
DTS demonstrates DTS-HD Master Audio for first time at CES 2006
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At the 2006 CES, DTS, Inc. will premiere DTS-HD Master Audio, the company's high definition surround sound solution for next-generation high definition media. Previously announced as DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio has been selected as an option in the standards for the upcoming Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD media formats.
Micronas audio system-on-chip brings surround sound capability to televisions
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Micronas has announced that its new Multistandard Audio Processor family contains Dolby Virtual Speaker technology as a key feature. Developed specifically for today's television designs, consumers who purchase sets that incorporate this system-on-chip audio solution will experience surround sound from any audio source, whether stereo or 5.1 channels.
Connector system upgrades with gold plating
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Tyco Electronics has expanded its .8-mm free height (FH) connector system with gold-plated versions, and a right-angle plug in both 60 and 80 positions.
Overvoltage protection modules protect industrial Ethernet devices
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Weidmuller's overvoltage protection (OVP) modules are designed to protect industrial Ethernet devices from voltage and current surges. Used in between network nodes and incorporated into Ethernet data cables, these OVP modules can be connected in series with Ethernet switches, routers and media converters.
EMI filters pack performance in small footprint for wireless handsets
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California Micro Devices has added the CM1418 and CM1419 devices to its Praetorian Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) electromagnetic interference (EMI) inductor-based filter array family. The filter devices with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection are aimed at audio applications in wireless handsets.
Shrinking Class D amplifier moves to 0.4-mm pitch
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Aimed at portable applications, National Semiconductor Corp. rolled out a Boomer Class D, 2.5-watt audio amplifier that it claims is the smallest in the world.
California Micro Devices announces industry's first VGA and DVI-I port companion for Digital TV and LCD monitors
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California Micro Devices has announced the CM2006, a highly integrated Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) device that provides the industry's first complete interface solution for VGA and DVI-I ports for digital consumer electronics and PC peripheral applications such as digital TVs and LCD monitors.
Taking a look at the RFID market in China
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ABI Research finds RFID market development in China is promising but uneven
StarFabric VMEbus board packs dual Motorola processors
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Here's news of a 6U-sized VMEbus PowerPC processor board that packs two fully independent PowerPC 7448-based compute nodes. It also gives you two StarFabric ports as well as two Gigabit Ethernet ports and four serial ports.
IGP chipset delivers 2D/3D graphics
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VIA announces its CN700 integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset for embedded commercial systems and home entertainment systems.
Conexant's Wi-Fi platform includes self-hosted client technology
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Conexant Systems has expanded its Wi-Fi portfolio to consumer devices with a new platform that supplies additional processing power not always seen in digital cameras and the like.
New Hope for 802.11n
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We will see real 802.11n and pre-11n chipsets on the market by the end of 2006
Track network inventory without installing PC software
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MIS Utilities' Network Asset Tracker 2.11 generates a network inventory without installing software on the users' PCs.
ERNI female through-hole reflow C connector available
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ERNI's RoHS-compliant female through-hole reflow C connectors are now available.
RF front end reference design targets multi-tuner applications
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ANADIGICS announces RF front-end reference designs for multi-tuner digital terrestrial TVs and DVR/PVR set-top boxes
16-channel line interface unit targets media gateways
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Exar's XRT83SL216 is a 16-channel E1 line interface unit targeted at multi-service provisioning platforms (MSPPs), access devices, media gateways, routers, and frame relay access devices.
Aspen phase locked oscillators suit satcom systems
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The Herley-CTI Series PDROs, phase-locked dielectric resonator oscillators, available in the UK from Aspen Electronics, are designed for high reliability, cost critical applications, suiting both commercial and military, satellite and microwave, communications systems.
Dual-supply voltage level translators span 1.65 to 5.5 VDC
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TI adds two dual-supply level translators to its translation portfolio. These configurable designs allow each port to operate over the full 1.65-V to 5.5-VDC supply voltage range.
Class D amplifier cuts flat-panel display costs
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Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s highly integrated, filterless, mono, Class D amplifier is said to reduce costs in flat-panel displays and high-end audio applications.
Linux version targets embedded industrial boards
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
If you’re designing embedded computers that run Linux, you’ll be interested in this implementation from board maker WinSystems, The company is debuting what it call Blue Collar Linux, an implementation of GNU Linux for industrial-based applications running on the company's boards.
Fan-less CompactPCI system runs cool
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Looking for a ruggedized industrial computer that doesn’t need noisy cooling fans? If so, check out Inova Computers’s small-format industrial computer. It keeps operating temperatures low enough to survive comfortably without forced-air cooling.
50-MHz waveform generators include PLL capabilities
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Although technologies such as microwave RF, RapidIO, and PCI Express occupy the leading-edge limelight these days, not everyone needs GHz-domain test gear. There are still many applications for lower-frequency equipment. Fluke Corp., for example, has some function generators for 50-MHz or lower applications.
WLAN gets a boost with a dual PA
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SST has developed a dual power amplifier (PA) that reduces the BOM for emerging 2x2 MIMO products.
AC/DC converter designed for harsh environments, compatible with industry-standard packages
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A commercial AC/DC converter from Bear Power Supplies is designed for remote outdoor systems< The encapsulated power module is pin- and footprint-compatible with industry standard packages.
DRAM targets high-performance applications
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Infineon delivers high-performance GDDR3 memory for ATI's next-generation Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor.
MICROPROCESSORS: TI rolls 'uni' DSL for home gateways
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. will marry a universally programmable digital subscriber line physical layer with a next-generation communications processor to offer a family of processors for residential gateways.
Specman Elite upgraded with 64-bit support
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems introduced the Cadence Incisive Enterprise Specman Elite 5.0, a testbench automation solution said to feature tight integration with the company's Incisive Enterprise Specman Simulator.
Video architectures vie for mainstream
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Digital video processing is rapidly becoming the premier signal-processing challenge.
Speed option: fixed logic
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Programmable solutions are grand for flexibility. Processing arrays offer opportunities for new approaches to algorithms.
WLAN RF front end realized on a single die for portable apps
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By using an advanced InGaP process, ANADIGICS is achieving a new level of integration with its AWL6254 and AWL6255 front-end ICs, designed to quickly add 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN functionality to mobile and portable devices.
10W power amps target wireless infrastructure applications
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Hittite introduces two PA modules designed for cellular/3G repeaters, wireless data, laboratory, and automatic test equipment (ATE) applications from 0.4 to 2.0 GHz.
Condensed PWM controllers are more capable
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
PWM controller recap - While lacking the glitz of so-called digitally-based systems, traditional PWM-based controller ICs for today’s switching power supplies show a fair amount of innovation in their own right.
Pulse-LINK joins newly formed High Definition Audio Video Network Alliance (HANA)
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12/17/2005   Post a comment
Pulse-LINK, Inc., developer of CWave Ultra Wideband (UWB) communications, is among the first contributing members to join the High Definition Audio Video Network Alliance (HANA), a cross-industry collaboration of leading companies from the four industries most impacted by the HD revolution (content providers, consumer electronics, service providers and IT).
Conexant's Solutions chosen by Yuxing for new IP Set-Top Box
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12/17/2005   Post a comment
Conexant Systems, Inc., has announced that Yuxing InfoTech Holdings Limited, a leading provider of equipment for digital entertainment, has selected the company's semiconductor solutions for their new high-definition (HD) IP set-top box (STB)/digital media player
Zoran unveils innovative platform designs for DVD Recorders with integrated Digital TV support
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12/17/2005   Post a comment
Zoran Corporation announced availability of two new reference designs for DVD Recorders with integrated support for digital broadcast standards, one with ATSC for the U.S. and another with DVB for Europe.
TI introduces family of programmable analog video signal processors
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12/17/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced three integrated high-performance three-channerl video amplifiers, which are the first to offer full I2C programmability of all functions independently for each channel. They are designed with integrated Butterworth filters to provide all the analog signal conditioning required in video applications such as set-top boxes, digital televisions, personal video recorders/DVD readers and portable USB devices
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