AC/DCs focus on 600-watt, 1U building-block designs Product News 12/21/2006 Post a comment Product recap - Reflecting the run towards more compact, yet power ready solutions, the newest high-power AC/DC supplies tend towards basic designs for the 600-watt region and 1U-high applications, with more efficient building-block solutions that extend to 5 kW.
Resistor meets lightning strike specs Product News 12/21/2006 Post a comment IRC has certified its HSF series surface-mount resistor meets or exceeds GR1089 lightning strike specifications, providing a smaller alternative to larger through-hole components typically certified for this spec. The HSF series resistor provides secondary lightning protection for board-level telecommunications applications.
NEC's MPEG decoder integrated into DIRECTV entry-level STBs Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment NEC Electronics America, Inc. and NEC Electronics Corporation have announced that their MPEG decoder chip for digital set-top boxes (STBs), the uPD61128, has been integrated into an entry-level STB
receiver from DIRECTV, Inc., the leading digital television service provider in the United States.
3GPP wireless library eases way through evolving standard Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment Hastening next-generation mobile communications product development, Agilent Technologies rolls out its 3GPP LTE Wireless Library for use with the company's existing Advanced Design System EDA software. The library is expected to help you speed development of evolving 3GPP Long Term Evolution designs.
1.8-V UARTs housed in tiny packaging for portables Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment For portable devices that need to interface with Bluetooth EDR and wireless modems, NXP has launched a 1.8-V UART line that can support data rates as fast as 5-Mbits/s and meet the small form factor requirements of these applications thanks to their TFBGA packaging measuring just 3.5-mm x 3.5-mm.
Interface chips support updated HDMI v1.3 standard Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment Analog Devices has expanded its line of HDMI interface chips with multiplexers, receivers and transmitters that support the updated HDMI v1.3 standard. The latest additions to ADI's line address growing consumer demand for high-definition content in multimedia products ranging from 1080p deep-color HDTVs to low-power portable applications, including digital video and still cameras, portable media players and cell phones.
Cambridge chip firm changes name to DisplayLink Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment U.K. fabless chip company Newnham Research Ltd., which is developing a networked display technology, has changed its name to DisplayLink. The renamed company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with the main R&D and product development activities in Cambridge, England.
Digital potentiometer comes in tiny 2 x 2.5mm TDFN package Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. has added five 32-tap devices to its family of over digitally programmable potentiometers. The CAT5123, CAT5124 and CAT5125 are volatile devices, while the CAT5127 and CAT5129 feature on-chip, non-volatile, EEPROM memory, and offer non-volatile wiper storage.
AC/DC supply packs 600 watts in 1U Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment Tamura Corp's AAD600 series of single-output switching power supplies delivers a tightly regulated 600 watts in a package measuring just 9-by-4-by-1.59 inches for telecom, datacom, industrial, and networking applications.
Gas gauge chipset advances Li-ion battery protection Product News 12/19/2006 Post a comment Texas Instruments' bq20z90 advanced Impedance Track gas gauge chip for multicell, lithium-based battery packs, for use with the company's bq29330 analog front end (AFE) battery protection IC, uses one-third fewer components than its predecessor.
Cadence claims RTL synthesis boost Product News 12/19/2006 Post a comment A substantial R&D effort has boosted quality of silicon and slashed run times for Cadence Design Systems' RTL Compiler synthesis tool, said Pradeep Fernandes, vice president for synthesis R&D at Cadence.
Conversion module puts RS-232-to-USB in a connector Product News 12/19/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a simple but effective product that may save some engineering time. A small module from Timewave Technology comprises an RS-232-to-USB converter. As a replacement for board-mounted DB-9 and DB-25 connectors, the modules offers an upgrade to 12-Mbit/s USB 2.0 of an existing product's legacy RS-232 serial port.
Matsushita unveils heat-proofed Li-ion battery Product News 12/19/2006 Post a comment In a bid to quell recent problems with batteries that overheat, Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. said it is ready to mass-produce a new lithium-ion battery that does not generate excessive heat even if it short circuits.
Current sensors deliver lower noise, higher accuracy Product News 12/19/2006 Post a comment Allegro beefs up its Hall-Effect current sensor line with two low noise 2100 Vrms isolation devices aimed at consumer and industrial applications. The ACS712 and ACS713 current sensors offer lower noise and higher accuracy than previous generations.
ARM-equipped modules acquire GPS signals, generate reference Product News 12/18/2006 Post a comment Check out this pair of GPS modules designed for acquiring and tracking satellites in weak signal areas such as under dense foliage, in urban canyons, and even inside buildings. Both run embedded ARM processors. One can act as a timing module capable of outputting a GPS-disciplined frequency up to 10-MHz.
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