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Dual 14-Bit A/D converters provide 20 MSPS conversions for commercial, military applications
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
C&D Technologies has added the ADSD-1420S and ADSD-1420S-EX to its range of dual, sampling A/D converters. The 14-bit resolution modules provide a 20 megasamples per second (MSPS) sampling rate with no missing codes over their full temperature range.
Xilinx redefines the non-volatile FPGA landscape
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2/26/2007   1 comment
The first 90nm non-volatile FPGA - the Spartan-3AN from Xilinx - provides high system integration, low system cost, and high security.
NXP delivers ULPI Hi-Speed USB transceivers for mobile phones
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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 members—ISP1504x1, ISP1508, ISP1702 and ISP1703—all 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.
Hot-swap capability added to XPhase family for multi-phase DC-DC buck converters
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
International Rectifier introduced another chipset into their XPhase family of control ICs and phase ICs for scalable multi-phase, interleaved buck DC-DC converters, adding N+1 redundancy, hot-swapping capability and a host of protection features.
ISIS intros HD, SDI, ASI protection switcher
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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.
Dual-channel buck controller features high switching frequency, outputs up to 30 A
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Semtech Corp. announced the SC2447, a DC-DC step-down (buck) controller for DrMOS™ power devices. The SC2447 is a 1 MHz synchronous PWM buck controller designed to drive DrMOS™ power devices in compact, high-efficiency DC-DC power converters for telecom, datacom, switches, routers, and other high-end applications.
Renesas introduces 324 MHz microprocessor for multimedia, office automation applications
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America released the SH7764 microprocessor, a 32-bit device with a maximum operating frequency of 324 MHz. The chip incorporates the SuperH Family's SH-4A CPU core, a 2D graphics engine, Ethernet controller, USB Host/function controller, ATAPI hard-drive controller and LCD controller.
Analog Devices launches hi res, multi-channel video distribution system
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
AD8175/6 triple 16x9 crosspoint switches and AD8145/6/7/8 high-speed differential amplifiers combine to deliver 500-MHz bandwidth supporting UXGA and QXGA resolution in large video displays.
REVIEW: 100-MHz scope/spectrum analyzer connects to Windows using USB
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of a PC-hosted 100-MHz oscilloscope that samples at 500-Msamples/s and packs a 1-Mpoint buffer. As a battery-powered portable, it connects to your PC via USB 2.0 on any platform running Windows XP, Windows 2000, or the latest Windows Vista.
3 GHz DSP is W-CDMA "baseband on a chip"
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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.
DSP supports 504 voice channels, video transcoding
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
TI has announced the TMS320TNETV3020, its newest DSP-based carrier infrastructure processor for converged multimedia services over both fixed line and mobile applications.
Geotest enters PXI Express market with 9-slot chassis, controller
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Geotest added the GX7600 9-slot, PXI Express Smart chassis series and GX7940 PXI Express controller to its family of PXI mainframes and controllers.
DaVinci platform speeds digital video product development
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at accelerating digital video product development, TI has launched a $500 development platform for its DaVinci DM643x series processors that are designed with a DSP core.
Mindspeed, Terawave team on single-IC Gigabit PON
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Terawave will work with Mindspeed on a single-chip Gigabit passive optical network (PON) system-on-chip, based on an ARM11 core for voice processing, that will target optical-network terminal (ONT) applications.
Polaris sells Cushcraft antenna group to Laird
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Laird Technologies Inc. continued a series of acquisitions in RF and antenna components by picking up Cushcraft Corp. from Polaris Venture Partners for $89.75 million in cash.
ATCA handle offers easy assembly
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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
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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
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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.
IDE, SATA 2.5-in. Flash disks pack up to 160-Gbytes
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Solid state flash disk manufacturer Adtron launched the most advanced generation of its Flashpak product family with what it says now includes the highest capacity 2.5-in. SLC NAND flash disk drives at 160 Gbytes.
Discera MEMS oscillators are ready for prime time
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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
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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.

OLED market declined 3% in 2006, says analyst
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
The OLED market in 2006 recorded a 3 percent drop in revenues to $475 million, even though shipments rose 29 percent to 72.1 million, according to market research company DisplaySearch.
Power conversion platforms help reduce IT equipment power consumption
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ColdWatt introduces a flexible digital power conversion platform that combines density and high efficiency targeting IT managers and system designers.
High power silicon carbide Schottky rectifier targets inverter applications
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Cree introduces a zero recovery Schottky rectifier to improve power inverter efficiency for solar and wind power applications
Desktop processors target energy efficiency, high performance
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
AMD has introduced three desktop processors that are designed for energy-efficient and high-performance computing applications.
Sensors target vibration test fixture upgrades
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Endevco has released replacement sensors that provide a cost-effective way to update or upgrade existing vibration test cells with the company's accelerometers at a cost savings of 10% or more.
SAW duplexer integrates matching circuit
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Kyocera has developed a small, lightweight SAW duplexer with a built-in matching circuit. The SD25 series duplexers also feature improved attenuation and isolation characteristics.
Heavy-duty connector targets motion control systems, motors
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Tyco has expanded its HTS heavy-duty connector series with a new range of plastic connectors for motion control, industrial machinery and electrical motor drive applications.
Circular connectors are RoHS compliant
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Amphenol Industrial Operations offers a RoHS-compliant version of its Star-Line EX circular connectors for hazardous environments.
Convection-cooled power supply offers 6.9 watts per cubic inch density
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
XP Power announced availability of the SDS150, a convection-cooled power supply that is suited for IT and industrial applications where space is at a premium and there are no internal fans. Both open-frameand U-channel models can be used in 1U customer applications.
Photovoltaic, wind inverters deliver energy-harvesting capabilities
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Power-One introduces the Aurora PVI-6000 series of photovoltaic and wind inverters. These grid-tie products utilize two high-speed, independent MPPT (max power point tracking) channels to optimize energy harvesting in installations with multiple PV arrays oriented in different directions.
LED driver sports automatic power-saving features
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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.
High-current white LED driver delivers 400 mA
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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.
S-MOS family suitable for DC-DC converters in cellular phones, digital cameras
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components has expanded its power semiconductor lineup with a selection of low on-resistance small-signal MOSFETs (S-MOS) suitable for high-speed switching devices or DC-DC converters in portable electronics equipment.
ZBasic MCU offers increased execution speed, User RAM
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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.
InPhase aims for holographic home run
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
InPhase Technologies will begin volume shipments this summer of a storage system that uses holographic media based on research started over 10 years ago at Bell Laboratories.
Future Tech rolls 8-channel USB data acquisition module
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
Future's 8-channel USB data acquisition module provides a low-cost and convenient method of acquiring temperature data, measuring voltage and providing digital control.
4-Gbyte FB-DIMM eliminates dual die devices
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2/23/2007   Post a comment
A 4-Gbyte FB-DIMM from Legacy Electronics enables Apple- and Intel-platform designers address their applications' needs without stacking or using dual die devices.
Cable TV demodulator lowers set-top box design costs
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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.
Kit streamlines design of wireless devices using 2.4-GHz transceiver, MCU
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor introduced a reference design kit (RDK) that simplifies design of wireless mice, keyboards and dongles. The single-chip PRoC LP integrates WirelessUSB LP 2.4-GHz transceiver with the enCoRe II 8-bit reprogrammable Flash microcontroller (MCU).
Single-port midspan unit powers remote, gigabit PoE wireless LAN access points
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Microsemi Corporation released an addition of a single-port gigabit power over Ethernet (PoE) midspan power unit to its PowerDsine product portfolio.
cPCI board offers single or dual MPC7448 processing capability
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Interface Concept unveiled a CompactPCI/6U board, the IC-xe6-cPCIb, powered by one or two Freescale's 1.4 GHz MPC7448 PowerPCI processors. This single or dual PICMG2.16-compliant processor SBC is aimed for use in defense, aeronautics, transportation and medical fields.
ORing-FET controllers reduce power loss
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
TI introduced a family of ORing power controllers that improves power distribution in 12-V blade servers, N+1 telecom systems and redundant, low-voltage processor power supplies.
ESD diode saves board space with small profile
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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.
2.5 MHz, 40 V dual step-down DC/DC converter delivers 1.4 A per channel
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology announced the LT3508; a dual-channel current-mode PWM step-down DC/DC converter with two internal 40-V, 2 A power switches,/ packaged in a 24-lead, 4mm x 4mm QFN or TSSOP-16E package. Each channel is capable of delivering 1.4 A of output current.
Two-wire stand-alone fuel gauge reports battery capacity without learn cycle
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
The DS2786 open-circuit-voltage (OCV) based fuel gauge, released by the Dallas Semiconductor division of Maxim, estimates the available capacity of rechargeable Li+ batteries using a combination of an OCV battery model and coulomb counting.
Quick-Net gives resistor network designers two-week turnaround
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology developed Quick-Net, a prototyping service for precision resistor networks to provide designers and manufacturers with a two-week turnaround without non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges.
Storage adapters support SAS and SATA functionality
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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.
Slim relay saves space in industrial apps
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Omron Electronic Components has launched an industrial-style G2RV slim relay with a width of 6 mm, offering space savings for industrial applications.
Software provides fast XAUI validation
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Agilent has introduced a new electrical performance validation software that enables design engineers working on XAUI designs to easily test their devices.
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