Free simulation software gets supply designers ON board Product News 2/28/2004 Post a comment ON Semiconductor's ON Power Designer, a complimentary, customized version of Power 4-5-6 Plus from Ridley Engineering, Inc. (Roswell, GA), is suited to development of both active and standby power supplies for computing, LCD monitors, battery chargers, and wall adapters working from an 85 to 260V input. The NCP120x software product, for switching supplies, provides circuit design synthesis, large-signal waveform simulation and control-loop design, plus a magnetics designer and final parts list.
Switch designed for multiple apps Product News 2/27/2004 Post a comment ITT Industries, Cannon has introduced two- and four- way switches that are designed for long life, excellent tactile feedback and silent operation for use in a broad range of applications.
Crimp-on plugs optimized for A/V apps Product News 2/27/2004 Post a comment Bomar Interconnect Products Inc. says its new RCA crimp-on plugs for use on RG59 and RG6 style coaxial cable ensures signal integrity while meeting quality demands of the broadcast industry.
High-density, extended temperature FPGAs claim slots in automotive apps Product News 2/27/2004 Post a comment Almost every car that comes off the assembly line will make use of occupant safety systems, electronic engine control modules for camless engine control units (ECUs) and other under-the-hood powertrain management systems. But high end automotive electronics like navigation, speech recognition, passenger control and comfort systems, intelligent occupant sensors and heads-up displays may not have the volumes that justify an investment in ASICs. Here, the densities, features, and extended temperatu
StreetFighter product line attacks global ADSL market Product News 2/26/2004 Post a comment Centillium Communications unveiled its new StreetFighter line of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line chipsets for Customer Premise Equipment. The company says it provides all the key functional blocks required to implement an ADSL2/2-plus bridge, router or home gateway product.
Power connector prevents finger probe access Product News 2/25/2004 Post a comment Tyco Electronics offers a finger probe resistant (FPR) version of the AMP Power Series 50 connector. The FPR model is designed to help prevent finger probe access and allows the connector to be used at elevated voltages in user access areas of electrical equipment.
DC/DCs on ceramic beat the heat Product News 2/25/2004 Post a comment C&D Technologies' NCX10S series of single-output surface-mount DC/DC converters, relying on the benefits of its ceramic substrate, can deliver its full 10 watt output at temperatures up to +85°C without heatsinking. Its so-called "compliant-leg" technology ensures enhanced mechanical reliability by compensating for expansion and contraction caused by the different coefficients of thermal expansion between the converter substrate and the PC board onto which it is mounted.
Optimized DirectFETs maximize DC/DC performance Product News 2/25/2004 Post a comment International Rectifier has three new devices in their DirectFET family that are optimized for VRM 10 power systems and high-current, high-frequency DC/DC converters for next generation Intel and AMD processors. "The DirectFET MOSFET product line now includes 20- and 30-volt products with a wider selection of die sizes, giving designers more choices for circuit optimization," said Carl Blake, director of technical marketing, Computing and Communications group.
700-W supply with PFC serves rugged apps Product News 2/25/2004 Post a comment Absopulse Electronics' PFC700 series delivers 700 watts for applications requiring a power-factor-corrected input (0.97 at full load over the entire input range) and a rugged design. The single-output supply utilizes asynchronous technology for the PFC-input stage and half-bridge topology after the input stage to deliver 12 volts at up to 60 amps continuous from a 90 to 264 VAC input (47-64 Hz). The fan-cooled unit is rated for full output over 0 to +50°C.
Smallest, lowest power DAB module to date makes debut at 3G in Cannes Product News 2/24/2004 Post a comment Samsung Electro-Mechanics, a provider of electronic tuners, and Frontier Silicon, a supplier of DAB chips, have announced the two companies have cooperated to develop a miniature low power DAB receiver module specifically targeted for integration into mobile phone handsets and other communications devices.
ARM-based MCU family adds flash, support for CAN automotive bus Product News 2/24/2004 Post a comment Philips Semiconductors has added more memory and a new level of support for the automotive and industrial CAN bus to its ARM7 TDMI-based LPC2000 family of 32-bit microcontrollers. New parts are rolling out with operating frequencies up to 60 MHz, power consumption lower than many 8-bit MCUs and price tags starting near $5 in quantity.
Low-noise op amps offer rail-to-rail outputs and 3V operation Product News 2/24/2004 Post a comment Catch up on two families of operational amplifiers recently introduced by Linear Technologies and reviewed by editor Paul O'Shea. These devices consume only 50% as much power as competitive devices and deliver ultra low noise performance, rail-to-rail outputs and fully specified 3.3V operation.
Clock generators support XDR memory systems Product News 2/23/2004 Post a comment A cross-licensing agreement between Texas Instruments and Rambus will result in a new line of XCG clock generators. Get ready for fast data transfers in next-generation consumer, networking, and PC computing systems, the companies say.
TI sees partnerships as key to success in DSPs Product News 2/23/2004 Post a comment Message from TI's Developers Conference: Texas Instruments Inc. will need to form even tighter relationships with tool vendors, software developers and systems manufacturers to stay in front of requirements for its next-generation digital signal processors, according to the company's next president and chief executive officer.
Vertical-mount ICMs support 10/100 Base-TX Product News 2/23/2004 Post a comment Bel Stewart Connector has added a new series of single port, vertical-mount MagJack Integrated Connector Modules (ICMs) to its magnetic-based product portfolio for high-speed networking and computing applications.
Silicon thermistors provide more accurate temperature sensing, optimizing system performance Product News 2/22/2004 Post a comment Andigilog announced the SiMISTOR family of linear and highly accurate silicon thermistors. The products, manufactured using mature CMOS processes, can replace traditional thermistors in high-volume cell phones, PCs and peripherals, PDAs, and consumer device applications. The family also displaces thermistors in traditional industrial applications, such as thermostats and portable medical devices.
Fluke unveils 5-kV insulation tester Product News 2/20/2004 Post a comment Featuring an incremental ramp function, automatic key parameter calculations, and a Windows PC interface, Fluke Corp.'s got a new battery-powered portable that's a 5-kV insulation resistance tester. The safety-rated meter provides insulation resistance testing up to 1-teraohm.
Nichrome resistor line adds low TCR versions Product News 2/20/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has expanded its CTN series of 30 mil center-tapped nichrome chip resistors with new devices that offers a low absolute TCR of ±10 ppm/°C over the full -55°C to 125°C temperature range. Available in a compact 0.030 x 0.030 inch chip size, the resistors also offer excellent stability at 250 mW power levels.
Ultracaps available in 3F and 100F versions Product News 2/20/2004 Post a comment NessCap Co. Ltd. has expanded its 2.7-volt ultracapacitor product offering with the addition of 3 farad (F) and 100F models. These components can be used as an energy source for a variety of applications including LED displays, remote control devices, toys, hand-held scanners, small printers, actuators and relays.
Ceramic piezoelectric speakers designed for ultra-slim apps Product News 2/20/2004 Post a comment Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.), Inc. says its new MLS series of 0.7-mm thick multilayer ceramic piezoelectric speakers are 30% to 50% lighter and consumes up to 50% less power than standard dynamic speakers. Touted as the industry's thinnest speaker, the MLS is compact enough for installation in confined spaces down to 1.0 mm, making it suitable for use in next-generation, ultra-slim portable electronic devices.
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 ...