Charger IC supports range of cell types Product News 3/28/2003 Post a comment When interfaced with a microcontroller, Linear Technology Corp.'s LTC4008, a 4-amp multicell, multichemistry battery pack charger IC, is said to be capable of charging nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride and sealed lead-acid batteries as well as lithium-ion types.
SBC revs for avionics apps Product News 3/20/2003 Post a comment VersaLogic Corp. says it has designed its fastest PC/104-Plus single-board computer (SBC) yet, the Jaguar, for avionics, military, medical, gaming, semiconductor and industrial applications.
USB readers roll for flash cards Product News 3/20/2003 Post a comment Crucial Technology is offering a line of stationary and portable flash memory card readers to complement its CompactFlash and MultiMediaCard flash memory products.
Single-board computer has 2 Xeon CPUs Product News 3/20/2003 Post a comment A single-board computer from Trenton Technology Inc. features the Intel E7501 server chip set and dual Intel Xeon processors, as well as two Gigabit Ethernet ports, 8 Gbytes of double-data-rate (DDR) memory, optional dual Ultra320 SCSI interfaces and support for ISA, PCI and PCI-X bus architectures.
Samsung's 63-inch plasma display is HDTV-ready Product News 3/20/2003 Post a comment Samsung Electronics America's Digital Information Technology division claims to have smashed the size barrier in plasma displays with the launch of its 63-inch PPM63H1 at the recent National Systems Contractors Association show in Dallas.
Slick seven light up power management Product News 3/13/2003 Post a comment Raising the functionality bar for power-management chips, National Semiconductor Corp. has seven highly integrated mixed-signal ASICs for portable systems to meet the expanding needs of wireless applications, particularly cell phones.
Terminal blocks go for easy installation Product News 3/13/2003 Post a comment To meet the needs of OEMs for faster and lower-cost installations, suppliers of terminal blocks, which connect groups of wires in industrial control systems, instrumentation and other electronic equipment, are beginning to offer terminal-block system features that include spring-cage and insulation displacement contact (IDC) terminations.
MOSFETs' trench process decreases on-resistance Product News 3/13/2003 Post a comment ON Semiconductor says its 8- and 20-volt p-channel MOSFETs, the NTHS2101PT1and NTHS-4101PT1, respectively, embody a new trench process that boosts channel density, ultimately decreasing on-resistance an average of 40 percent across all package offerings.
PWM controller reduces power Product News 3/6/2003 Post a comment A programmable-frequency, current-mode pulse-width modulation controller from Fairchild Semiconductor International meets the International Energy Agency's 1-watt initiative for reducing standby power losses to below 1 W.
Driver targets automotive apps Product News 3/6/2003 Post a comment An intelligent stepper motor driver IC from Atmel Corp., the ATA6830, includes a smart travel operation control block that conserves space and simplifies designs by eliminating the need for a microcontroller to handle the cruise-control function.
SigmaRAM has 72-bit bus Product News 3/6/2003 Post a comment An 18-Mbit SigmaRAM networking SRAM from Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA Inc.'s Electronic Device Group boasts a 350-MHz clock speed and a 72-bit bus width. Packaged in a 14 x 22-mm, 209-ball ball grid array with a 1-mm ball pitch, the double-late-write, pipeline-read M5M5Y5672TG is priced at $100 each in sample quantities.
Lithium-ion battery manager ready for microwatt work Product News 3/6/2003 Post a comment Responding to the need for maximum power management at the microwatt level in increasingly functional 2.5- and third-generation mobile handsets and PDAs, Texas Instruments Inc. is billing its bq270x0 chip, called bqJunior, as a fully integrated battery fuel gauge for systems powered by a single-cell lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery.