How Low Can They Go? Product News 3/23/2004 Post a comment Semiconductor Fabrication Process Technology is Achieving Smaller and Smaller Geometry Sizes. New Fabs and Agreements Are Pushing For The Next Generation.
Choke features high performance in small size Product News 3/23/2004 Post a comment J.W. Miller Magnetics has expanded its conformal coated RF choke line with the introduction of the 79F series. Incorporating many design characteristics of the company's existing conformal coated choke offerings, the 79F devices feature a significantly smaller subminiature design, measuring 0.10 inch in diameter with a 0.16-inch length.
Tiny diodes save space for portable devices Product News 3/23/2004 Post a comment Offering high reliability and a wide voltage range, Vishay Intertechnology's new zener diode series is housed in an ultra-small SOD-523 (SC79) plastic package, measuring 1.2 x 0.8 mm with a 0.6-mm height.
Teradyne expands GbX family with high-density connector Product News 3/23/2004 Post a comment Teradyne, Inc. Connection Systems Division (TCS) has expanded its high-speed GbX interconnect platform with the launch of its GbX L-Series connector. This new connector enables designers to develop custom configurations that meet their specific performance needs and cost targets.
Pushbutton switches offer many options Product News 3/23/2004 Post a comment Shogyo International Corp. has launched a new line of illuminated pushbutton switches for a variety of applications including medical equipment, audio/video systems, household electronics, CNC equipment, and computers and peripherals.
Tiny PowerPC processor boards are credit-card-sized powerhouses Product News 3/22/2004 Post a comment Could these board-level products be the world's smallest single-board full-tilt computers? With a footprint smaller than that of a credit card, and dissipating as little as 4 watts, Spider boards support standalone or networked operation, are hot swappable, and run IBM PowerPC chips.
Sensors handle tough auto environments Product News 3/22/2004 Post a comment TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed two new sensors that can withstand harsh automotive environments. The new OPB350 non-contact fluid sensor detects virtually any liquid including water, oil, gasoline, coolant or hydraulic fluids for braking or power steering systems, while the new Hall Effect sensor provides position sensing of rotary shafts.
Image sensor packs in the features Product News 3/22/2004 Post a comment Hamamatsu Corp. offers a new CMOS linear image sensor that provides high sensitivity, low dark current and low noise, which makes it suitable for image input applications such as position detection and image reading. In addition, the new S9226 features a built-in timing generator and an advanced signal processing circuit in a small package.
Switch serial backplanes boost performance Product News 3/22/2004 Post a comment Compliant to the new VITA 41.0 specification, Bustronic Corp.'s new line of 12-slot VXS switched serial backplanes feature a Dual Star switched fabric topology and a special high-grade material to maximize performance.
Autosplice beefs up assembly services for auto apps Product News 3/22/2004 Post a comment Autosplice Inc. has added integration services to support the production of Smart Junction Box (SJB) assemblies for automotive applications. These services include prototyping, design validation (DV) and high-volume production of subassemblies.
Current sense resistors withstand auto apps Product News 3/19/2004 Post a comment Driven by increased usage of small motor controls in automotive applications, TT electronics IRC Wirewound and Film Technologies Division has introduced two new lines of precision current sense resistors. Designated as the OAR and OARS series, these resistors offer increased high dissipation and cooler operation for automotive applications.
Digi-Key offers ADI products Product News 3/19/2004 Post a comment Digi-Key Corp., a leading electronic components distributor, has signed an agreement with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) that allows Digi-Key to distribute the IC manufacturer's products in the Americas
Goal embeds more peripherals on 8051-based MCU Product News 3/19/2004 Post a comment Goal Semiconductor has beefed-up its Versa family of 8051-based microcontrollers with the launching of the VRS900, a unit that embeds an 8-bit A/D Converter, 14 segment LCD driver, 8KB of on-chip Flash and 256B of RAM on-chip.
Evaluating Wideband 802.11 WLAN Radio Performance Product News 3/18/2004 Post a comment The popularity of Wi-Fi has recently caused the creation of an array of unique country-specific channels in the 5 GHz band. These channel additions have spawned a new class of wide bandwidth dual-band 802.11 network interface cards (NICs) that cover a frequency range from 4.9 to 5.9 GHz
Credence, NPTest to target non-DRAM test Product News 3/18/2004 Post a comment Buesiness is picking up---literally. ATE giant Credence Systems, a provider of design-to-test approaches, and NPTest Holding, a provider of test and diagnostic products, announce they've entered into an agreement where Credence will acquire NPTest.The target is non-DRAM test.
1-W regulator cuts cost of single-CCFL backlighting Product News 3/18/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC1697 is a 1-watt regulator in an MSOP-10 package for driving a single cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) fused in small handheld displays. It's offered as the most compact, efficient, and low-cost backlighting solution for a single-lamp application. Operating from a 2.8- to 5.5-volt input, the LTC1697 is designed for use with single-cell Li-Ion and multicell NiMH/alkaline sources. An internal PWM dimming system maximizes both efficiency and dimming range (dimming frequen
Connector targets LVDS Product News 3/17/2004 Post a comment Japan Aviation Electronics (JAE) has designed its new FI-E series connector to support the transmission of low voltage differential signals (LVDS) in digital devices including LCD, PDP and rear projection TVs.
Substrate eliminates heatsinks for auto LEDs Product News 3/17/2004 Post a comment Giving automotive lighting system designers a lighter, cooler and less expensive method of mounting visible LEDs, TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division says it has developed an economical anodized aluminum substrate material with superior thermal conductivity that addresses the problem of heat dissipation in direct-mounted LEDs.
Terminal block connects to appliance, HVAC gear Product News 3/17/2004 Post a comment Serving as the connection point for device power wiring and the incoming service wire or power wiring, Tyco Electronics' new low-profile, aluminum wire, 65-amp terminal block is used for consumer appliances, commercial refrigeration units and HVAC equipment.
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.