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TI MCUs increase signal-processing rate
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Texas Instruments has boosted the signal-processing capabilities of its 16-bit flash microcontroller line, launching four new members last week that TI said will provide a sustained conversion rate of 380 ksamples/second from the on-chip analog-to-digital (A/D) converter.
1-Gbit/s read channel IC eyes the future
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Agere Systems has launched a CMOS read-channel IC capable of serial data transfers in excess of 1 Gbit/second. The higher data transfer rate enables increased linear bit density and, ultimately, greater storage capacity on 3 1/2-inch hard-disk drives (HDDs). The MS55X (code-named Diamondback) supports streaming media, power-down portables and even perpendicular recording.
5-Mbit DDR FIFOs claim 250-MHz speed
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Integrated Device Technology Inc.has rolled out a line of double-data-rate (DDR) first in/first out (FIFO) memory devices. With densities to 5 Mbits and clock cycle speeds up to 250 MHz, the TeraSync DDR FIFO parts target data rates of up to 40 Gbits/second, or more than double the bandwidth now available for data, voice and/or video traffic management applications in the enterprise and carrier-class markets.
Multimeter module cites high-res measurements
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MEN Micro Inc.'s single-wide M-Module features a complete digital multimeter that enables designers to quickly add precise voltage and current measurements to VMEbus, VXI, CompactPCI and PXI instrumentation applications.
PCI connectors go horizontal
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Wireless looks toward integrated passives
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Increasingly under pres-sure to meet the demands for tighter board space and higher functionality in wireless communications systems, passive-component vendors are developing Bluetooth, radio-frequency (RF) and dc-to-dc converter modules that incorporate passive and active components in a single, complete package.
Fuses hike Vdc, amp ratings
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Boards leverage Pentium 4 for embedded apps
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The embedded world raised the performance bar recently, as two companies added Pentium 4 processing power to their embedded products.
TI, ADI roll high-performance JFET amps for fiber apps
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After several dormant years when few JFET operational amplifiers came to market, a new class of these junction-FET voltage feedback amps is emerging from Texas Instruments Inc., here, and Analog Devices Inc. (Norwood, Mass.).
1394 connector saves space
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Resistor aims at hearing aids
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MPEG encoder chip rolls
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Adapter aims for efficiency
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The PSA100U power adapter from Phihong USA offers system designers 85 percent efficiency in a unit that measures only 35 cubic inches.
Modular supply powers up
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Absopulse Electronics' PFC4500 is a telecom-quality, modular power supply with power-factor-corrected input, delivering 93 amps at 48 volts over 0 degrees to +50 degrees C in continuous duty (i.e., 4.5 kilowatts or 3 kW with N+1 redundancy) from a universal ac input.
Ballast design can boost lamp dimmers
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International Rectifier's IRPLCFL3 ballast reference design uses an off-the-shelf control IC, the IR2156, for cost-effective control of dimmable, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
Tyco power modules aim for access, optical nets
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Tyco Electronics Power Systems' QW030xx series of bipolar, dual-output 30- to 36-watt dc/dc power modules are designed for advanced analog and asymmetric digital subscriber line (Class AB and Class G line driver) communications gear.
20-A dc/dcs deliver 'full out' at 65 degrees C
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Datel's UNR open-frame series of 1.5- to 3.3-volt nonisolated dc/dc converters deliver continuous-rated current at high temperatures without derating: 20 amps at 65 degrees C ambient, for example, for the highest-power version (3.3-V output) with minimal 100-lfm air flow.
Quad MPU supervisor monitors to 0.62 V
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Maxim Integrated Products says that its MAX6710 quad voltage monitor is among the first such devices in a six-pin SOT23 package to monitor voltages down to 0.622 V.
Graphics/data MPU aids auto navigation
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A 32-bit MIPS-based microprocessor from Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. integrates graphics capabilities and data bus interfaces for automotive information displays, instrument clusters and navigation systems.
Serial FRAM eyes wireless
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Tiny op amps target audio
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PolySwitch is lead-free
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Board from SBS handles PICMG 2.16
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SBS Technologies' CT8 6U CompactPCI single-board computer supports full hot-swap capability and adheres to the new PICMG 2.16 specification.
Single-package dc/dcs cut down on mobile space
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Vishay Intertechnology's FunctionPAKs for cell phones, notebook computers and digital cameras are complete synchronous dc/dc converters in a single 20-pin BGA/LGA package measuring 14.7 x 12 mm with a 1.8-mm-high profile.
Vendors move to faster A/Ds in CMOS
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Developers of analog-to-digital converters in the 12- to 14-bit range are creating a generation of faster circuits-sampling in the range of 20 to 80 Msamples/second or more-based on pipeline architectures and fabricated in fine-line-geometry CMOS.
Tiny step-down regulator has 96 percent efficiency
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Linear Technology said its LTC3405, in a six-pin ThinSOT package, is the industry's smallest synchronous 300-milliamp step-down switching regulator, and its constant-frequency, buck-switching topology achieves an efficiency as high as 96 percent.
Power plant system eases upgrades
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Transistor Devices' Remote Power Plant (RPP) provides as much as 120 amps at +24 Vdc or up to 60 amps at -48 Vdc for powering wireless and access-market applications.
Eighth-brick converters look for role in telecom
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Looking to capture a sizable chunk of the telecom dc/dc converter market against rival quarter-bricks, di/dt Inc. has launched its SemiQ eighth-brick converter in production quantities.
Kit smooths embedded development path
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Applied Data Systems, based here, and Accelerated Technology Inc. (ATI; Mobile, Ala.) have teamed to produce a "production-ready" single-board computer (SBC) and operating system for use in medical systems, industrial controllers and other embedded devices designed for long life cycles.
Micron samples 32Mbit NOR flash
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Micron Technology Inc. today announced it is sampling the first product in a family of 32Mbit NOR-based flash memory devices targeted at set-top boxes, cellular base stations, networking and automotive applications.


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