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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.
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.
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.
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.
NXP delivers ULPI Hi-Speed USB transceivers for mobile phones
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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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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.
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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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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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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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