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2:1 multiplexer family
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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
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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
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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.
Handheld 802.11 RF sweeper gets new freebie bits
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Wireless test equipment maker Berkeley Varitronics Systems has a software update for its Yellowjacket 802.11b sweeping RF test receiver. The yellowjacket is based on an HP iPAQ PDA.
LVPECL Fanout Buffers & Multiplexers seek to obsolete Industry Standard 100EPxxx families with Stub-free termination.
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Low-voltage differential logic for PECL had typically been very klugey. Micrel hopes to change this with a gamily of fanout buffers that can talk to 12 other PECL devices. The device outputs provide an 800mV swing (1600mV differential).
Another Fully-Buffered DIMM tester bows in
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Steward offers Surface Mount Chokes that operate up to 10A continuous
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Steward's new CM1812x330R monolithic surface mount common mode chokes are designed for power and data line EMI filtering where high current, small size or high frequency performance are required.
Vishay's Thin Film Chip Inductors provide typical Q values up to 49
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Vishay Intertechnology has announced two thin film chip inductors in compact 0402 and 0603 case sizes that provide high Q values up to 49 at specified frequencies from 100 MHz to 1700 MHz.
Is there a doctor in the house? RFID chip and read/write modules do the tracking, tracing, and documenting
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Maxell has taken its RFID coil-on-chip technology and honed it for the medical, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries, offering read/write capabilities and a small 2.5 x 2.5 mm form factor. And, they have paired it with a reader/writer with an access time of less than 1 s.
C&D Technologies' Non-Isolated POL Converters support intermediate bus converters
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C&D Technologies has added three non-isolated NFA series DC-DC converters to its Volant family of point-of-load (POL) products. A comprehensive array of features and options helps designers find the ideal solution for their application.
Inverter powers rugged railroad requirements
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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%
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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.
IBM offers design services for Cell integration
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IBM Corp. will offer new design services to help companies integrate Cell microprocessor technology into electronics products, the company said.
Wide-angle sensor beefs up measuring angle, distance and detection ranges
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Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas claims to offer the industry's first 5-beam wide angle sensors, featuring a wide-area triangulation sensing capability. These new lead-free sensors feature a 25° wide measuring angle and are available in three detection ranges from 4 cm to 300 cm.
Mobile connectors shrink in size, tout durability
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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
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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
32-bit MCUs run at 64 MHz for automotive apps
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Offering twice the speed of its M32C/80 microcontrollers, four new M32C/95 MCUs from Renesas Technology America, Inc. have up to 768KBytes of flash, a 3-Channel CAN interface amont other on-chip peripherals.
Midget CompactFlash card gathers data
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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.
Atmel announces Laser Diode Drivers that enable 8x DVD dual-layer write speed
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Atmel has announced two laser diode drivers for 8x DVD dual-layer write speed. The devices extend an existing family of laser diode drivers with Low Voltage Differential Signals (LVDS) for enhanced write speed.
Micro Analog Systems' Output Power Audio Driver features an integrated high performance LDO
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The MAS9560 16-bit Stereo Audio DAC chip is specially designed for portable audio applications. It has both analogue and digital inputs for audio data, thus enabling the easy mixing of signals.
FCI's SATA Backplane Connectors allow hot plugging and blind mating
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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
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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.
Remote terminal unit senses relay-based applications
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R2 Controls is providing an inexpensive way of remote sensing and high-speed remote relay control via its Modbus mixed signal remote terminal unit (RTU) for demanding field and industrial relay-based applications.
Wirewound chip inductor claims industry first 1-amp rating in 1210 case size
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Addressing the need for smaller power inductors in DC/DC converter choke coil applications, Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.), Inc. claims its new CBC3225-4R7MR device is the industry's first wirewound chip inductor with a 1,000 mA (1A) current rating in an EIA standard 1210 case size.
EZ connectors and cable prep tools designed for low-loss cable
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Times Microwave Systems has introduced a new series of EZ-style connectors and cable prep tools for easier installation of LMR-240 low-loss cable in E911 installations.
Dual-stage power line filter delivers up to 30 amps
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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
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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
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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.
PCI digitizer boards get FPGA-based FIR filters
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Board-level digitizer maker Gage Applied Technologies is debuting FIR filters in FPGAs as an option for its 14-bit PCI bus digitizers. The FIR filters let you filter digitized data in realtime on Windows PCs.
Varistors tout rugged specs for auto apps
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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.
Lithium ion battery recharges in one minute
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Toshiba Corp. has developed a lithium-ion battery the company said features the short rechargeable time of capacitors and the energy capacity of conventional lithium-ion batteries.
Hard macro tool accelerates verification cycle time
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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
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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
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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
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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
Asahi Kasei Microsystems' Single-Chip Audio CODEC offers a video buffer for cameras
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Asahi Kasei Microsystems (AKM)launches the AK4632, a 16-bit mono A/D and D/A converter for digital still/video cameras, that is bursting with features.
Extreme Networks debuts combo gigabit switch for wireless, VoIP
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Extreme Networks has unveiled a new line of Level 3 fixed Gigabit Ethernet switches designed to provide high availability for wireless, voice-over-IP and converged networks.
Rotary sensors use charge transfer sensing chip to cut cost by over 60%
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Compared to existing rotary capacitive sensors, this new touch wheel circuit, which can be thought of as a 'capacitive potentiometer', is expected to slash costs while delivering a more reliable technology.
Spectrum analysis software features multi-site capabilities
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Summitek Instruments adds new capabilities to its existing OASIS spectrum analysis software. It performs spectrum monitoring and interference identification tasks in conjunction with standard spectrum analyzers or equivalent RF receivers.
Condor Power offers 1000W Single Output Supplies for medical applications
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Condor Power announces a series of 1000W single output power supplies. The GPMP1000 series supplies use either a DIN connector or terminal block for connection and offer a range of standard features including overload protection and thermal shutdown.
Un ancien spécialiste des microprocesseurs chez IBM rejoint AMD
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Cherchant à dynamiser sa présence dans l’informatique d’entreprise, AMD Inc. a embauché Rich Oehler, ancien dirigeant d’IBM et directeur technique chez Newisys.
Force sensors take on tough applications
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SR series force sensors from CUI Inc., are designed to operate in adverse environments where dust and other contaminants are present.
Electronic Concepts offers Polycarbonate Film Capacitors in a wide selection of styles and sizes
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Electronic Concepts offers a complete line of Polycarbonate Film Capacitors in a wide selection of styles, sizes and performance characteristics.
Euroquartz Programmable Oscillators are available on short delivery times
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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.
Device functions as high-speed mobile hotspot
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Dubbed the "Mobile Broadband Gateway," IP Wireless' pocket-sized device gives mobile users "always on" access to wireless broadband.
Line terminators deliver near-ideal performance at high frequencies
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
TT Electronics IRC Advanced Film Division has developed a series of high-speed line terminators capable of operating at frequencies up to 40 GHz, and provide near-ideal termination performance at 50 and 75-ohms for high-frequency digital transmission lines.
One-instrument box is enhanced for multi-service transport eval
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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.
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