ISIS intros HD, SDI, ASI protection switcher Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment The ISIS Group, Inc. expands critical path protection with the introduction of the HD-212, a 2x2 HD/SDI/ASI protection changeover switch. The unit is ideal for use in network, transmitter inputs, or satellite and cable head end operations.
NXP delivers ULPI Hi-Speed USB transceivers for mobile phones Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced the availability of its UTMI+ Low-Pin Interface (ULPI) Hi-Speed USB transceivers, developed for mobile phone designs. The family contains four membersISP1504x1, ISP1508, ISP1702 and ISP1703all of which are compliant with industry specifications, including ULPI Rev. 1.1, USB On-the-Go (OTG) Rev. 1.2 and USB Rev. 2.0.
3 GHz DSP is W-CDMA "baseband on a chip" Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment TI's latest DSP supports all of the baseband functions required for a W-CDMA base station. This "baseband on a chip" is said to eliminate the need for FPGAs, ASICs and other bridging devices, reducing the total bill of materials by up to a factor of five.
ATCA handle offers easy assembly Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment Elma has developed a second-generation advanced TCA (ATCA) handle that is designed with a slide-motion button to latch the handle shut and activate an optional micro-switch.
AMS driver improves data transfer in analog sensors Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment The Sensors Division of MTS Systems has developed an Asset Management System (AMS) device driver for its model M-Series MR analog liquid-level sensor that allows easier access to internal data registers and controls all of the devices on the network using advanced automation software.
Real-time clocks enhance security, reduce cost Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment Intersil's ISL12024/25 feature a permanent 64-bit unique ID integrated with standard clock, calendar and alarm functions in a tiny package; ISL12025 also adds a CPU supervisor and watchdog timer for greater BOM reduction.
Discera MEMS oscillators are ready for prime time Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment Discera Inc. will announce today that its CMOS oscillators--quartz-crystal alternatives based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)--are in volume production at its Canadian and Austrian fabs, with a capacity of 1 million parts per month.
Programmable logic: Small designs put big demands on logic Product News 2/26/2007 Post a comment
As consumers clamor for increasingly sophisticated features in their handheld devices, chip makers are rising to the occasion with high-demand functions such as wireless connectivity, digital storage, mobile TV and global positioning systems. Programmable-logic device vendors have been keeping up with this trend, but it hasn't been easy.
High-current white LED driver delivers 400 mA Product News 2/23/2007 Post a comment Linear Technology released the LTC3218, an inductorless, high-current, white LED driver that delivers up to 400 mA. Its multi-mode architecture automatically switches between 1x or 2x boost modes, monitoring the voltage across the LED current source and switching modes only when ILED dropout is detected.
LED driver sports automatic power-saving features Product News 2/23/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics introduced an LED driver that includes auto power-saving features. The STP16CPS05 assists manufacturers in meeting the high power-efficiency requirements for industrial lighting, signage and transport applications.
ZBasic MCU offers increased execution speed, User RAM Product News 2/23/2007 Post a comment Aimed at scientists, engineers, experimenters and hobbyists, Elba Corp. is offering an MCU in a 64-pin TQFP based on the Atmel ATmega 1281. Designated the ZX-1281, the ZBasic MCU is suitable for high-volume products or resource-intensive applications in which additional I/O capabilities are required.
Cable TV demodulator lowers set-top box design costs Product News 2/22/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics made key enhancements to its STV0297 cable TV demodulator with the STV0279E, a QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) device that embeds four I²C addresses for PVR applications and TSMF (Transport Stream Multiplexing Frame) capability to support the Japanese market.
ESD diode saves board space with small profile Product News 2/22/2007 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology announced the release of a new ESD single-line protection diode in a plastic SOD923 package. With a 0.6-mm by 1.0-mm footprint and a profile of 0.4mm, the VESD05A1B-02Z is designed to save board space and provide ESD protection in portable electronics for mobile computing, mobile communication, consumer, industrial, automotive, and medical applications.
Storage adapters support SAS and SATA functionality Product News 2/22/2007 Post a comment LSI Logic has unveiled the first models in its newest 8200 series of MegaRAID SAS/SATA adapters. The 8200 series MegaRAID SAS storage adapters are said to deliver support for SAS and SATA II drives at a cost parity with SATA-only adapters.
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