TI MCUs increase signal-processing rate Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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.
Wireless looks toward integrated passives Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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.
Modular supply powers up Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/21/2002 Post a comment 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.
Graphics/data MPU aids auto navigation Product News 2/15/2002 Post a comment 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.
Single-package dc/dcs cut down on mobile space Product News 2/7/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/7/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/7/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/7/2002 Post a comment 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.
Kit smooths embedded development path Product News 2/7/2002 Post a comment 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 Product News 2/6/2002 Post a comment
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.
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 ...