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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.