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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.