2:1 multiplexer family Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment The SY8984x multiplexer family offers a non-PLL clock switchover circuit that guarantees no runt pulses, when the inputs are switched.
Ramtron touts 1-Mbit FRAM as drop-in replacement for SRAM Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment The company's latest 3-V, 1-Mbit FRAM, which comes in a 32-pin thin small outline plastic (TSOP) package, offers virtually unlimited read/write cycles. While FRAM is known for high write-endurance, some applications needed more cycles than FRAM could offer. Now Ramtron's FM20L08 allows users to access each address a million times per second indefinitely with no wear out.
Integrated features cut component count in phone line IC Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment The newest member of Clare, Inc.'s phone interface IC family for direct access arrangements (DAA) in telephony apps features simultaneous phone line ringing detect and caller-ID monitoring, which simplifies DAA designs for international telephone applications.
Another Fully-Buffered DIMM tester bows in Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment Another company has also joined the FB-DIMM test fray. Predating Tek's recent announcement, Pycon has shipped more than 130 FB-DIMM testers since November of last year---and is now offering a very enticing deal for first-time buyers.
8051-based MCUs go lead-free Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment Goal Semiconductor has launched its 'go green' initiative with the VRS1000 " an 8-bit, flash 8051 MCU, modified to meet RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards.
Sony establishes mobile display unit Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment Sony Corp. established ST Mobile Display Corp. (STMD) on Thursday (March 31) as its second low temperature polysilicon thin-film liquid crystal display production base to boost panel production.
Pulse introduces SMT Flat Coil Inductors for PC notebook applications Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment Pulse introduces the PG0255NL series of low profile, surface mount (SMT) flat coil inductors. With a saturation current rating up to 30 A and a heating current rating up to 38 A, these inductors are designed for the multiphase voltage regulator modules (VRMs) supporting the increasing current needs of Vcore power in PC notebooks and other DC/DC applications.
Inverter powers rugged railroad requirements Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment Absopulse Electronics' RSI 500 series of low-profile inverters deliver 500 VA continuous for on-board railway applications. It's also suitable for driving AC appliances in industrial, utility, mining, marine and other harsh environments.
Enhanced PLL circuit design tool can cut design cycles by 80% Product News 3/30/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. said that its latest version of its PLL circuit design and evaluation tool helps designers cut design cycles by up to 80 percent. The ADIsimPLL version 2.7 features enhanced synthesis and simulation capabilities, expanded libraries and Web access, streamlining the RF development process for users of ADI's fractional-N and integrated VCO/PLL products.
Mobile connectors shrink in size, tout durability Product News 3/30/2005 Post a comment Saving valuable board space is on the minds of most mobile device designers, as demands for greater functionality without increasing size dominate the market. The good news is connector manufacturers are delivering smaller and more rugged interconnects along with additional reliability features to ensure long life connections.
Taking control of the noise Product News 3/30/2005 Post a comment San Francisco's Castro District, walk through a side-street doorway with a small sign on the glass that reads "Cornfield Electronics," head up a steep flight of stairs into an old apartment-turned-office, and you'll find a purple-haired man who is turning engineering on its ear. Mitch Altman, a product of the Midwest and the roiling days of Silicon Valley startups, has turned on his innovative skills to invent a $14.95 device that turns off any television set, anywhere, anytime. And TV
Midget CompactFlash card gathers data Product News 3/30/2005 Post a comment eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor takes a first look at a new CompactFlash card that can turn a PDA into a user-customized medium-speed portable data acquisition system. What's more, it can do that more cost effectively than by using a dedicated PC. Click here to learn more.
FCI's SATA Backplane Connectors allow hot plugging and blind mating Product News 3/30/2005 Post a comment FCI has developed a broad offering of 22-position, vertical backplane receptacle connectors to enable the implementation of the new high-speed, Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive (HDD) interface that is extending the use of low-cost, high-capacity SATA drives to low-end enterprise storage applications in servers and storage systems
Tiniest charger-with-DC/DC powers Bluetooth Product News 3/30/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments' bq2501x family, combining a precision USB/AC charger system and a synchronous DC/DC converter, charges and powers portable systems from either an AC adapter or USB port with autonomous power source selection. Billed as the smallest battery charger-with-converter available for space-limited portable applications, the bq25010, in a 3.5-by-4.5 mm QFN for single-cell lithium-ion batteries, is optimized for Bluetooth headsets and accessories.
Dual-stage power line filter delivers up to 30 amps Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., has introduced its most compact dual-stage CORCOM EMC series power line filter. Delivering maximum current ratings ranging from 3 to 30 amps, the company claims these specifications are higher than similar catalog products available in the industry.
CMOS image sensors target auto apps Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment OmniVision Technologies Inc. has launched its first CMOS image sensor, in both color and black-and-white versions, specifically for the automotive market. The OV7940 is a new high-performance, highly-integrated analog CMOS image sensor based on OmniVision's proprietary OmniPixel technology, and meets the stringent specifications of the AEC-Q100. The company claims the optimized single-chip design will enable a module cost of less than $30.
Mini terminal block features wire guard Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment Claiming to offer a smaller more economical option for PC-board circuit designers, BlockMaster's new DGWG84V8 series of terminal blocks provides a wire guard feature for wire termination in two- or three-pole modular configurations. With an overall height of 8 mm, this new miniature series is suitable for applications where printed-circuit board real estate is a critical design concern.
Varistors tout rugged specs for auto apps Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment Raleigh, N.C. Stackpole Electronics Inc. has developed a broad line of leaded and surface-mount, single and multi-layer varistors for the automotive industry. Designated the AV series, these devices are designed for 12-volt, 24-volt and 42-volt automotive systems.
Hard macro tool accelerates verification cycle time Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment QuickLogic's QuickWorks version 9.7 has been enhanced with a hard macro tool, allowing designers of it uWatt FPGA, programmable bridging and programmable SoC products to take their design or pieces of their design and harden it so that functions like timing, placement and routing, are always fixed.
Bluetooth kit Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment A radio module has been added to the BL2500 and the BL2600 single board computers to bring a Bluetooth application kit to embedded developers.
CompactPCI card houses add-on data-acq modules Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment A new two-module multi-function 3U-sized CompactPCI card fits in a single slot. Priced at about $1800, it gives you an array of options that let you configure it for various data-acquisition and control functions. These include RTD signal conditioning, TTL I/O, and A/D and DAC functions.
Glitch-free buck-boost outperforms SEPICs Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment Product Review - Linear Technology touts its LTC3780 as the only "true buck-boost controller" IC today, i.e., one that generates no glitches whatsoever during (seamless) switching transitions from the buck to boost mode and vice versa, or for input transients or step changes in load. Designs using it are simpler (especially with respect to magnetic design considerations) and perform better in many applications than the popular single-ended primary inductance converter (SEPIC), according to the c
Euroquartz Programmable Oscillators are available on short delivery times Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment Euroquartz now offers a wider range of programmable oscillators available on short delivery times. The range includes LVDS and LVPECL oscillators that can be delivered with specified frequency band and custom specifications within 15 working days as standard with options of 10, 7, 5 and 3 working days when production loading permits.
One-instrument box is enhanced for multi-service transport eval Product News 3/28/2005 Post a comment Test-and-measurement vendor Anritsu is debuting enhancements for its existing one-instrument-does-all MP1590B network performance tester. Running Windows, the enhancements impart a number of new analysis capabilities, including functions for 2.5G Ethernet-over-SONET, 10/100/1000-Mbit Ethernet, 10-Gbit Ethernet, and LCAS.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...