PoL converter packs big power into a small space Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment An ultra-integrated DC-to-DC converter for Point of Load (POL) applications from Enpirion offers 20W of output power, 6A of output current, and 92% peak efficiency power density of up to 700 Watts-per-cubic-inch, or 80 Watts-per-square inch.
Scope Wars: The closing bell? Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment eeProductCenter sounds the bell in the ongoing oscilloscope specsmanship battle between Agilent Technologies and Tektronix. If you haven't been following this instrumentation specs debate, here's your chance to catch up, with Agilent's latest retort to Tektronix now on-line.
MCU enables energy-efficient lighting systems Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has hopes of penetrating smart fluorescent lighting applications that require power factor correction and/or high-resolution pulse width modulation with its newest 8-bit microcontroller line.
Reborn radio gets down(loads) Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Some call it the 21st-century Walkman, others, the next iPod. In a phenomenon that hints at Back to the Future, the humble radio is being positioned as the gateway to easy music downloads without a PC.
Centilium erweitert Spielraum für Breitbandleitungen Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Um gegen die Konkurrenz von Mobilfunkern und Kabelanbietern mithalten zu können, müssen Telekommunikationsbetreiber ihre Breitband-Zugänge 'Triple-Play'-fähig machen, also Sprach- Daten- und Videoübertragung über ihre Netze anbieten. Der Halbleiterhersteller Centillium hat einen Chipset, mit dem das geht.
System-on-chip calls attention to higher power density Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Product Review—Enpirion's latest device is promoted as a step-improvement over the company's EN5330 introduced last May (see eeproductcenter.com, ID#21100422 and ID#21100071), which was the first claimed power system-on-a-chip with an on-board output inductor for its synchronous buck PWM converter.
Microdrives tip HDD growth spurt Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment First the good news: Suppliers of hard-disk drives expect 2005 to bring their strongest growth in 15 years, based on higher demand for storage from popular consumer devices like MP3 players, cell phones and personal video recorders.
Holographic storage standards eyed Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment Work on holographic information storage system technology will reach a milestone this week when a technical committee of Ecma International holds its first meeting here to begin a standardization effort.
Samsung to spend $2.1 billion on LCD plant Product News 2/26/2005 Post a comment In what appears to be a move to outspend its rivals, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Friday said that it will invest a total of 2.08 trillion ($2.1 billion) in its second flat-panel display production line in Tanjeong, Korea.
Low-Z driver ICs boost multiphase, motor designs Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Four new high-speed, low-impedance n-channel MOSFET driver ICs from Siliconix are intended to improve high-current, single- and multiphase DC/DC switching power supply designs. One of the new drivers is specifically suited to brushless motor control applications.
Full-bricks serve high-rail distributed power Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Lambda's PAF600F280 family of full-brick DC/DC converters delivers 600 watts for distributed high-voltage DC power architectures as well as custom off-line power supplies.
Working from a nominal 300-volt (200 to 400 V) input, the converters are available in 12-, 24-, 28- and 48-volt output versions.
Pulse unveils RoHS compliance initiatives Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Pulse, a Technitrol Company, has announced its plan for compliance with the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. Under its compliance program, all new products will be designed to be RoHS compliant and existing products will be evaluated and upgraded to be compliant with both the material and production process requirements of RoHS. The conversion of Pulse production operations is in process and will be completed during 2005.
Adapter fits TSOP packages Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Adapters.com has expanded its line of Chip-Changer adapters with the introduction of its newest device for 40- and 48-pin TSOP Type-I IC packages. These adapters offer engineers an alternative to scrapping existing boards due to part obsolescence and part allocations, as well as eliminate costly board revisions.
Micro-miniature transponder coil targets automotive apps Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Perllo Technologies LLC and its manufacturing partner ECM Electronics Ltd. have introduced their new ECM63T transponder coil for direct tire pressure management system (TPMS) applications in the N. American automotive market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has set a deadline by 2008 that requires all lightweight cars and trucks to have a direct TPMS.
Lead-free inductors target automotive, industrial apps Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Perllo Technologies LLC and manufacturing partner ECM Electronics Ltd. have introduced a new series of lead-free power inductors for automotive and industrial control applications. Developed to help power supply engineers design more power efficient circuits, the new compact ECxxC series provides better reflow solderability and higher current handling capability than other low-profile solutions, said the company.
Power manager ICs expand facility Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment Summit Microelectronics' new SMB110 and SMB113 chips bring additional functionality to the company's line of Programmable Power Manager (PMM) ICs for digital supplies. The SMB110 five-channel and SMB113 four-channel ICs are optimized for increasingly complex consumer electronics applications.
China lässt Verhandlungen über WLAN-Sicherheit platzen Product News 2/25/2005 Post a comment China beschuldigt die International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) der Parteilichkeit: Weil die Chinesen die ISO verdächtigen, in den Verhandlungen über die Erstellung internationaler Standards für die WLAN-Sicherheit das amerikanische Verfahren gegenüber dem chinesischen zu bevorzugen, ließ die chinesische Delegation in dieser Woche die Verhandlungen platzen.
Power interface boards offer several configurations Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment Elma Electronic Inc. has introduced a family of power interface boards (PIBs) in 3U and 6U versions with either one or two 47-pin power supply connectors. These PIBs are separate boards for the power section of the backplane for pluggable power supplies, headers, and utility connectors.
Chip resistors deliver more power Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment TT Electronics IRC Advanced Film Division has developed a series of pulse withstanding thickfilm chip resistors with improved power ratings in smaller case sizes. Designated the PWC series, the surface-mount chip resistors deliver up to 50 percent higher power ratings than conventional thickfilm resistors in a standard 2512 package.
Supercaps tout low ESR, high voltage ratings Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment AVX Corp. says it has made significant improvements to its BestCap (Battery Energy Saving Technology Capacitor) series of electrochemical supercapacitors, which have resulted in the highest voltages available in the industry for low equivalent series resistance (ESR) pulse supercapacitors.
Kopin reports year-end loss despite higher sales Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment Microdisplay supplier Kopin Corp. posted a net loss of $7.0 million, or 10 cents per share on sales of $18.5 million in the fourth 2004 fiscal quarter ended December, compared to a net loss of $0.6 million, or 1 cent per share on sales of $21.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Co-planar connector adds greater flexibility Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment FCI has expanded its AirMax VS system with the introduction of a new co-planar version of the connector family. This new extension allows for the easy insertion of add-in boards for system upgrades, memory expansion and test. Providing modularity and flexibility, the new co-planar connector allows customers to add capabilities as their systems grow.
Scalable load testing targets multi-service RF network gear Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment Tektronix is rolling out a wireless network load test system that creates realistic complex 3G traffic scenarios using objects instead of scripts. Tek's sysem uses a patent-pending graphical user interface. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look at Tek's new system, as well as related software.
LCD TV shipments surge in Q4, says DisplaySearch Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment Lower TV prices caused global liquid crystal display television shipments to jump 69 percent quarter-to-quarter and 134 percent year-to-year in the fourth quarter of 2004 to a record 3.6 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch Inc.
Scope Wars: Round 2 heats up Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment "Round 2" heats up in the ongoing oscilloscope specsmanship battle between Agilent Technologies and Tektronix. Tek's latest comments appear as of February 23rd 2005. Agilent's retort will be forthocminmg. Stay tuned!
Brillian takes another tack in LCOS HDTV market Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment After seeing its initial foray into the liquid crystal on silicon display market halted by production delays and supply disruptions, Brillian Corp. appears to be taking a more cautious approach to gain a foothold in the market.
Medical-grade supplies keep a low profile Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment Advanced Power Solutions' new APS63MI family of 60-watt medical-grade (AC/DC) power supplies tout the best-in-class low-profile (0.92 inch) design in an industry standard 2-by-4 inch footprint. The low-profile spec represents a 20 percent advantage over most competitive products, according to the company.
Power Management ICs enable digital control of output power Product News 2/23/2005 Post a comment Using Summit's programmable power management ICs, system designers can digitally program the entire multiple output power supply and associated power management functions with a few clicks of a mouse compared to the tedious iterative hardware design of conventional analog power solutions.
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.