Voltage supervisors provide 26 programmable trip points Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Intersil introduced two voltage supervisor ICs, the ISL88016 and ISL88017, which offer 26 pin-selectable voltage trip points along with functions including power-on reset (POR) control, supply voltage supervision, and manual reset assertion in a small 6-pin TSOT package. Both devices are designed for low power consumption as well as accuracy in portable and battery-powered applications.
One-box WiMAX tester speeds manufacturing Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment LitePoint announced the IQmax-100 one-box manufacturing test solution. With integrated vector signal analyzer (VSA) and vector signal generator (VSG) resources, one-box IQmax Test Systems offer test results for critical fixed and mobile WiMAX physical layer parameters including all bandwidth and data rate options for product development, volume manufacturing and quality assurance.
10 Gigabit Ethernet ATCA switch separates control and data planes Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Diversified Technology introduced the ATS1936, an AdvancedTCA board that can be used as hub, node or mesh enabled board. It complies with PICMG 3.0 R2.0 ECN002 and PICMG 3.1 Option 1 and Option 9 and implements 2 separate switched networks on a single pc board. By separating the Base and Fabric networks, the ATS1936 provides a separate control plane and data plane.
Low-jitter digital audio interface receiver reduces component count Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Texas Instruments introduced a 24-bit, 96-kHz digital audio interface receiver that provides jitter performance as low as 50 ps RMS. The device reduces the number of external components required and enhances sound quality in applications including AV/DVD receivers and amplifiers, automotive audio systems, digital televisions, musical instruments, recording systems and high-performance PC audio interfaces.
GreenPoint printer power-supply reference design is 83% efficient Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment ON Semiconductor unveiled its latest GreenPoint reference design for 40-W power supplies used to power desktop printers. Providing active-mode energy efficiency above 83% when delivering an output power between 5 and 40 W, the reference design achieves a no-load power consumption of 150 mW.
Henkel expands solder paste production Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Henkel plans to expand its existing plant in Pune, India to incorporate a solder paste blending facility for its Multicore tin-lead and lead-free solder paste products to meet growing demand in India.
MOSFETs improve power efficiency Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Toshiba has expanded its power semiconductor line with the first products in a new family of high-speed switching MOSFETs that are said to significantly improve power efficiency for synchronous DC/DC converters.
Cree expands EZBright LED platform Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Cree's EZBright 700 LED blue chip may be used in general lighting applications including auto headlamps, streetlights, camera flash, projection lighting, personal lighting and indoor and outdoor displays.
DC/DC boost converter supplies 5-V at 900-mA Product News 2/28/2007 Post a comment Supplying up to 4.5W of power, AnalogicTech's ATT1210 step-up converter for small portable applications takes a single-cell Lithium-ion battery and boosts it to a 5V/900-mA output in a total solution less than 1-mm in height.
Micrel extends LDO family aimed at FPGAs, DSPs and MCUs Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Micrel introduced the 4A MIC68400, the latest addition to its MIC68000 family of LDOs designed specifically for powering FPGA, CPLDs, DSPs and microcontrollers. The devices are aimed at broadband modems, routers, servers, storage networks, and wireless base stations.
Thin-film inductors save board space Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Designed to fit space-constrained communications applications, BI Technologies Magnetic Components Division offers the BTC series of thin-film chip inductors in 0402 and 0603 package sizes.
LCD driver offers wide voltage supply range Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment EM Microelectronic added a second LCD driver to its product portfoliothe EM6111, which is a simplified version of its predecessor chip. The device is packaged in a small MLF16 that measures 4-mm x 4-mm and doesn't require external components.
Cypress tool adds support for capacitive sensing Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor rolled out version 2.2 of the company's PSoC Express development tool for programmable system-on-chip mixed-signal arrays. The new release adds support for Cypress's CapSense capacitive sensing solution and the company's WirelessUSB LP 2.4-GHz wireless radio-on-a-chip.
Firms collaborate on blue laser diodes, LEDs Product News 2/27/2007 Post a comment Arrowhead Research said that its majority-owned subsidiary, Aonex Technologies, has entered into a collaborative agreement with Kyma Technologies to develop materials to reduce the cost of gallium nitride--based devices such as blue laser diodes and blue light emitting diodes.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times