Data I/O automated system programs fine-pitch ICs Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Data I/O Corp. has expanded its family of automated programming systems for fine-pitch ICs with a high-volume system that enables consumer electronics manufacturers to program fine-pitch devices at a cost of up to one-third less per part than similar products on the market, according to the company.
Software links X-ray to in-circuit board test Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Test & Measurement operation has a software-based approach to pc-board-assembly testing that allows the HP 5DX automated X-ray inspection system and the HP 3070 Series 3 in-circuit test system to collaborate intelligently. As a result, users can test boards with higher node counts than could be handled by in-circuit test alone.
Multimeter withstands 8-kV surges Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Fluke Corp.'s 80 Series III digital multimeters, designed for electronic technicians and electricians, measure dc millivolts, ac/dc volts, ohms and amps, and perform diode and continuity tests. The multimeters withstand power surges to 8 kV and meet IEC 1010 Category III 1,000-V safety standards.
Pair of UV light sources delivers high intensity Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Hamamatsu Corp.'s L2859 and L5662 UV light sources are optimized for use in systems that cure optical and electronic parts and optical fiber coatings, as well as in those used for sealing liquid crystals, fixing coil windings, drying UV-activated ink and achieving light-source excitation.
Engineers grapple with packaging, test Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Thousands of engineers expect to be spending time this week browsing the aisles at the Nepcon West show, here, to examine a multitude of new products in everything from solder paste to expensive test and production equipment.
Digitizer/analyzer bandwidth boost Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment LeCroy Corp. has increased the bandwidth of its LSA1000 waveform digitizer/analyzer to 1 GHz from 750 MHz. The two input channels digitize at 1 Gsample/second. A larger acquisition memory option lets users select up to 4 Mbytes of memory per channel.
DIN housings fit multilevel boards Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment EuroComp Inc.'s CMB modular DIN rail-mount enclosures accommodate either three or four circuit-board levels. The enclosures are available in eight sizes, from 17.5 to 160 mm long and 90 mm wide.
Socket adapts BGAs for solder Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Advanced Interconnections' molded BGA socketing system has a pin-to-pin pitch of 1 mm (.039 inch). The BGA device is soldered to an adapter, converting it to a pinned device that can be mated to a socket soldered to the board.
Tactile switch has rubber dome Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment C&K Components Inc. says its RT tactile switches have conductive rubber-dome contacts that allow travel of .05 inch (1.3 mm), five times greater than the traditional metal-dome tactile switches.
Booster modules deliver 50 A Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment International Power Devices' 100-, 150- and 300-W VWS and VWB booster family of dc/dc converters are full-brick devices capable of providing up to 50 A. They use advanced planar magnetics and open-frame packaging, according to the company.
Lambda dc/dc converters help to cut telecom costs Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Lambda's PA and PM series of industry-standard-footprint, pinout-compatible dc/dc converters aim at cutting 20 percent off the cost of competing units, with the PA providing about the same increase in output-current capability.
Small dc/dc converter bows Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Vishay Siliconix has introduced its Si9165BQ, a dc/dc converter that also includes n- and p-channel power MOSFETs in a surface-mount TSSOP-20 measuring 32 mm x 19 mm. The company said that the part is the smallest available at its performance level. It's priced at $2.30 in 100,000-unit quantities. The Si9166BQ-the same device less the MOSFETs-is priced at $1.50.
Data-acquisition system aims at mobile Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment The Firecard 20/24 data-acquisition system from Fire, Wind & Rain, one of the first to also include control and removable storage on one board, is for power systems, battery chargers and mobile apps requiring extensive real-time interaction.
Single-phase UPS hits 10 kVA Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Clary's E Series of single-phase UPSes for 1- to 10-kVA service (rated at up to 8 kW) is now shipping, with a four-to-10-week lead time depending on the model. Features include true online operation, wide input range (120 to 264 Vac at 60 percent load), user-friendly LCD readout (five languages available), no-load shutdown and secure fault management that includes help with interface installation, UPS monitoring and logging of power events. All units are equipped with RS-232 communications ports
Transistors cut power dissipation Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Philips Semiconductors has introduced a line of high-voltage silicon bipolar fast-switching transistors designed to reduce energy costs by cutting power dissipation in electronic lighting ballasts by about 40 percent.
Dc/dc converter drives portables Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Toko America's TK651xx series, a dc/dc converter driven from either single- or dual-cell battery supplies (minimum input 0.9 V), provides regulated 2.7-, 3- or 3.3-V outputs for portable systems. Output voltage, which is laser-trimmed, is monitored by an internal comparator and provides a reset signal if the output falls below a minimum specified level.
Power supplies deliver 2.5 kW Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Mid-Eastern Labs' RA series of single-output power supplies delivers up to 2.5 kW. Features include dual analog or digital metering of voltage and current, less than 1-mV ripple, 0.01 percent regulation, remote programming and sensing, and current-limit control. Supplies may be operated in series or in parallel. Response time is less than 100 microseconds.
D/A has E2PROM on-chip Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Summit Microelectronics Inc. has introduced what it claims is the first digital-to-analog converter with non-volatile E2PROM on-chip. The added memory eliminates the need for an external memory to hold the D/A values and allows the device to power-on with a reset value. Packaged in a 20-pin small-outline IC and priced at $2.80 in lots of 1,000, the S9408 is a four-channel, 8-bit converter intended to be a replacement for mechanical potentiometers in instrumentation and process-control applicatio
FPGAs support 66-MHz PCI Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment DynaChip Corp.'s DY6000 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) incorporate a two-clock, dual-port RAM in every logic block; programmable clock latency from -4 ns to +2 ns in 150-ps increments; and interface levels including differential signals, PECL, GTL, LVDS and phase-locked loops operating at up to 205 MHz. Devices in the family also support a 66-MHz, 64-bit PCI core with sustained zero-wait-state bursts.
PCI controller fits MIPS chip Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment V3 Semiconductor Corp. has a PCI system controller that it says can attach directly to either Hitachi SuperH (SH-3 and SH-4) or MIPS processors-alternatives that accommodate the vast majority of PCI applications.
MPUs monitor power-out events Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Sipex Corp. has a family of low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that integrate such discrete power-management circuit functions as a watchdog timer, microprocessor-reset output, power-fail comparator and manual-reset input.
'Universal' board usable with many SCSI variations Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment LSI Logic Corp. has introduced a SCSI board for PCI that it claims delivers superior performance, improved signal reliability, longer cable lengths and lower costs than competing boards. A "universal" SCSI board, it's compatible with Fast, Wide, Ultra and Ultra2 SCSI variations, as well as single-ended and differential SCSI. Primarily targeted at workstation and server systems that need an external 68-pin high-density connector, the Symbios SYM8952U board starts sampling this quarter, with produ
1-Gbyte memory module uses stacking Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment As DRAM chip and module makers work in the background to bring next-generation Rambus and DDR (double-data-rate) SDRAMs to market, their foreground focus is on boosting the capacity of the current generation of PC-100 synchronous DRAMs.
Stepper motor has high torque Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Thomson Airpax Mechatronics has unveiled a stepper motor that it says has more torque than competitive products of the same size. The 57-mm-diameter geared motor, built with permanent magnets, has a gearbox with a 10-foot-pound torque rating at a power input of 8 W. Its output speed is 2 rpm at 320 steps/second. The gearbox measures 75 x 50 mm.
Multilayer caps trim costs Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment A line of nickel-based multilayer ceramic capacitors from Taiyo Yuden U.S.A. Inc. offers lower costs and higher capacitance than aluminum electrolytics and tantalum parts, according to the company.
HP offers diodes in six-lead SOTs Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard Co. is offering its PIN and Schottky-barrier diodes in a new format: a 4.2- x 4.2-mm six-lead SOT-363. The external package dimensions are identical to those of the three-lead SOT-323, also available from HP.
Sockets handle extended temps Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Display sockets from Aries Electronics Inc. now come with an extended temperature range. The Series 800 Vertisockets withstand IR reflow temperatures to 275 degrees C.
Smart PMC boards handle WANs Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Performance Technologies Inc. has launched a pair of wide-area networking boards for the PMC standard with the intelligence to offload protocol processing from a host board. The PMC334 is a four-port synchronous-WAN communications board for interfacing to T1 routers, DSU/CSUs, frame-relay access devices and high-speed modems; and the PMC370PQ is a two-port T1/E1 board for frame relay, SS7, X.25 or any channelized protocol connection to telco switches, wireless nodes, AIN nodes, work-group switch
Rambus module tester from Tanisys rolls in below $1 million Product News 2/26/1999 Post a comment Within a few months, the first PCs will emerge bearing 400-MHz Rambus memories. This event has been made possible, in part, because of advanced test technology from Tanisys Technology Inc. The latest member of the Tanisys test stable, the DarkHorse SIGMA3 Model 800, will be unveiled at this week's Nepcon West '99 show in Anaheim, Calif. The unit tests 800-MHz (data rate) Rambus in-line memory modules for less initial hardware cost than what's currently on the market, Tanisys said.
National Instruments beefs up LabView Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment The latest version of LabView, the National Instruments measurement and automation software package, features better connectivity across the Internet, boosted performance with less memory usage, extended functionality through ActiveX and an improved interface.
Hipot testers stress safety Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment The Guardian 2500 Hipot testers from Quad Tech Inc. have ground-fault interruption circuits. Models 2510, 2520 and 2530 perform the most common safety tests outlined in UL, TUV and IEC standards.
Dual-output dc tests cell phones Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard Co. offers two dual-output mobile-communications dc sources optimized for testing digital cellular phones, chargers and other battery-powered devices.
COTS-compliant mil SDRAM rolls Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Austin Semiconductor has added a 100-MHz, 64-Mbit (4-Mbit x 16) COTS-compliant synchronous DRAM to its Plastic Encapsulated Microcircuit-Reliable line of militarized devices. The module offers LVTTL-compatible inputs and outputs, auto precharge, multiple refresh modes and a synchronous interface with programmable burst lengths.
Low-voltage TTL-GTL aims at 125-MHz backplane apps Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor has introduced a 3.3-V, 18-bit low-voltage TTL-Gunning transceiver logic plus (GTLP) universal bus transceiver for 125-MHz backplane applications. The GTLP18T612 provides a high-speed interface between cards operating at LVTTL logic levels and backplanes operating at GTLP logic levels.
SRAM family runs on little power Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Enable Semiconductor says its EM128C08 (1-Mbit), EM256-C08 (2-Mbit) and EM512C08 (4-Mbit) SRAMs operate at 1.2 to 3.6 V and offer standby currents of less than 1 microamps. The 1-Mbit SRAM is said to use 300 microamps at 1.5 V and 1 MHz.
Amplifier aims at discrete designs Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. says its AD627 instrumentation amplifier delivers rail-to-rail output swing on dual plus/minus 18-V and single +2.2-V supplies while drawing 85 microamps maximum. Features include 200-microvolts offset, 3 microvolts/ degrees C offset drift, 0.1 percent gain error and 10 ppm/ degrees C gain drift, all of which are said to minimize dc errors.
12-bit A/D hits 25 Msamples/s Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Signal Processing Technologies Inc. has introduced the SPT7936, a 3.3-V, 12-bit digital-to-analog converter. It runs at 25 Msamples/second or better and complements the SPT7935, a 12-bit, 20-Msample/s part that also runs at 3.3 V.
LTC offers charge pump inverters Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Linear Technology Corp. (LTC) has unveiled two 900-kHz charge pump, switched-capacitor-regulated voltage inverters for biasing gallium arsenide field-effect transistors. LTC1550L and LTC1551L come in eight-pin MSOPs and can operate on a single lithium-ion battery. They are intended for cellular telephones, mobile radios, wireless modems and wireless LANs.
CMOS transceiver targets Fibre Channel Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) has begun marketing an off-the-shelf, CMOS quad-channel transceiver for Fibre Channel applications. The S2076 is packaged in a 208-pin TBGA package measuring 23 mm2 and priced at $65 in 100-piece quantities.
Coupler touts bidirectional transmission Product News 2/19/1999 Post a comment Burr-Brown Corp.'s ISO518, an eight-channel, isolated, bidirectional digital coupler, can transmit data in both directions across the isolation barrier. The device protects against common-mode spikes that could damage sensitive circuitry. It replaces multiple optocouplers and promises a 40:1 reduction in component count.
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