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Controller enables systems to meet EPA Energy Star standby power requirements
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Texas Instruments unveils an energy-saving chip for consumer electronics and AC adapters
32-bit AVR processor targets multimedia systems for cell phones
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Atmel Corp.’s new AP7000 family of 32-bit processors integrate on a single chip virtually all the functionality required for multimedia systems that are deployed in cell phones and other infotainment systems. Packed into the chip are two Ethernet MACs, USB with On-chip PHY and LCD Controller.
Rabbit MPU integrates 10Base-T Ethernet, hardware DMA, 16-bit memory device support
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Rabbit Semiconductor’s Rabbit 4000 microprocessor integrates 10Base-T Ethernet, hardware DMA and 16-bit memory device support.
EU reportedly okays Sony, NEC optical disk JV
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European Union regulators have given clearance to Japan-based Sony and NEC to set up an optical disk drive joint venture, according to an Associated Press report.
100-V power MOSFETs bring yet more economy
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Infineon says its OptiMOS 2 family of 100-volt MOSFETs, 20-strong now and 40 more expected shortly, can reduce switching losses by 20 percent, and parts count in a switched mode supply by 30 percent, as compared to traditional solutions.
Triple-voltage supervisor is very low power
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Austriamicrosystems' AS1920/AS1922, touting a power dissipation of just 6.5 microamps, is a triple-voltage supervisor IC for microprocessor-based systems.
RoHS-compliant LEDs target automotive backlighting
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Vishay Intertechnology has developed the VLM series of high-intensity surface-mount LEDs as the RoHS-compliant version of its existing TLM series.
Chokes improve signal integrity for CAN-BUS networks
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BI Technologies has designed a series of surface-mount common mode chokes to filter signals for automotive CAN-BUS applications. The HM67 series has been approved by major automakers for bus and communication systems.
LED block offers modular design
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Offering a building-block approach to solid-state lighting, Bivar has introduced a 1-watt LED block series with optional configurations for power, lighting styles and mounting methods.
Cost-optimized DC/DC controllers boost TPS40K series
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Texas Instruments' newest additions to its TPS40K series include four cost-optimized DC/DC buck controllers that are suited to a wide range of applications.
Analog signal processor doubles performance
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Anadigm released its third-generation lower power and higher performance dynamically programmable Analog Signal Processors (dpASP).
Video decoders target security surveillance apps
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Techwell, Inc. unveiled two, four-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders with integrated audio analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, and a Motion Joint Photographic Experts Group (MJPEG) compression controller for multichannel digital video recorders (DVRs) for security surveillance applications.
Network interface chip to stimulate volume 10-GbE deployment
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NetXen Inc. has developed a family of multi-protocol, intelligent network interface controllers (NIC) that are aimed at facilitating widespread deployment of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology in datacenter networks.
Stratix II GX FPGAs shipping in volume
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Altera Corp. is shipping the Stratix II GX EP2SGX90E device and accompanying development kit. Featuring 12 transceivers and 90,960 equivalent logic elements (LEs), the EP2SGX90E device is the first member of the Stratix II GX FPGA family to ship to customers.
Multi-LED driver touts tight programmability
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Catalyst Semiconductor's LED driver, the CAT3626, is a 1x/1.5x charge pump with precision current-setting capabililties to serve applications from display backlighting to RGB/flash in cell phones and digital cameras.
Resistors handle higher energy for surge protection
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Ohmite Manufacturing said the TFS series thick-film resistors absorb much more energy compared to standard film resistors, making them suitable for medical surge protection applications.
Power connector targets MicroTCA apps
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Developed to meet the MicroTCA standard, Tyco's high-density power MINIPAK HD connector is designed to carry 280 amps of current and offers 72 signal contacts in a space of 65 x 27 mm.
Motor control platform enables 95 Percent Efficiency
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International Rectifier offers a motor control platform that enables 95% efficiency without the need for position sensors allowing smooth torque output in air conditioning applications.
Optical encoders offer up to 20,000 cpr
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Avago Technologies extends its incremental optical encoder line with versions that include resolution performance up to 20,000 cycles per revolution (cpr).
Op amp filter removes GSM burst noise
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Intersil Corp.'s operational amplifier features an 8-MHz low-pass filter that is said to remove Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) noise from the video band — and it also serves as an anti-aliasing filter.
LNAs claim smallest size for 1.8 to 2.2 GHz applications
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Avago Technologies reports that it has developed the industry's smallest low noise amplifiers (LNAs), measuring 5.0 x 6.0 x 1.1 mm for 1.8 to 2.2 GHz cellular infrastructure.
Dual RF power detector chips work to 11-GHz
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The fabs at IC house Linear Technology Corp. are dishing up dual-channel RF detector chips that work out to 11-GHz. LTC's Type LTC5533 chips can be used to measure RF power in multi-band WiFi, WiMAX and other radio applications.
Rabbit starts selling processor upgrade
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As expected Rabbit Semiconductor Inc. has announced the availability of its 4000 8-bit microcontroller.
eMagin to patent virtual imaging device
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Personal display and OLED microdisplay supplier eMagin Corp. has received U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approval of a patent for a portable communication device with a virtual image display.
Omron power relay withstands high inrush currents
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Omron has announced a power relay designed specifically to control high inrush currents to fluorescent or incandescent lamps in emergency lighting systems and appliance control applications.
GoAhead intros SelfReliant 4.1
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GoAhead Software announced SelfReliant 4.1, an application ready high availability (HA) platform for systems requiring five and six 9's availability.
Eighth-brick delivers 240 watts for 9.6-volt intermediate bus
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Tyco Electronics' EUK240 series of DC/DC eighth-bricks delivers 240 watts for 9.6-volt intermediate bus applications.
PowerPC-based MPU targets industrial apps
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AMCC’s PPC405EZ industrial-grade PowerPC-based microprocssor utilizes its timer architecture and IEEE1588 Ethernet to enable networking and connectivity.
ZIF connectors increase reliability, decrease crosstalk
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The ITT Cannon DLP series of ZIF connectors are said to provide greater contact reliability and reduced signal crosstalk for a variety of applications including medical and industrial equipment.
Schottky rectifier housed in SOD-123F package
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Central Semiconductor offers the CMMSH1 series of 1.0-amp Schottky rectifiers in a flat lead SOD-123F surface-mount package. This package uses 49 percent less board space than a SMA case, and offers a 57 percent lower profile.
Virtex-4 FPGAs turn into traffic managers for triple-play apps
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Xilinx has partnered with Modelware Inc. to provide designers of networking infrastructure equipment with a product that will enable them to integrate advanced traffic management features into their systems. With the ability to support throughput from 50-Mbits/s to more than 10-Gbits/s, the hardware-based product can manage traffic in all types of triple-play applications from access equipment to metro core routers.
3.5G wireless tester gets 1xEV-DO phone option
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Wireless test vendor Willtek Communications offers options for testing 1xEV-DO wireless devices. The company's existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester, when fitted with these options, is now suitable for use in manufacturing, as well as by technicians at field repair centers.
Motor drivers speed down the brush-free route
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Product recap - Vendors are racing to market with a slew of controller ICs and modules for driving brushless DC motors.
SFP EMI cage supports copper and optical transceivers
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dataMate Products expands its SFP product line with a four-port SFP EMI cage that can be used with both copper and optical SFP transceivers for Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, and Infiniband applications.
User-configurable Lattice IP cores accelerate time-to-market
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Lattice IPexpress functions, including DDR, Ethernet MAC, FFT Compiler, and PCI, can be parameterized, instantiated, and evaluated on the desktop.
Mercury Computer Systems Joins the Xilinx Alliance Program
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Mercury serial RapidIO IP core for Xilinx Virtex and Spartan families provides full-featured interoperability, expanding the ecosystem for this industry-standard interconnect.
Device detects WLAN, WiMAX, RFID, and cellular signals
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Linear Technology claims that its 7-GHz precision RF detector is the first to include a fast comparator.
Tiny board comprises ready-made USB interface
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Adding a USB port to your favorite circuit, with baud rates up to 1-Mbit/s, is now as simple as adding eight pads to your target board on a standard 100-mil grid. The 0.7 x 0.5-in. Micro-USB board from Saelig uses a standard USB B connector to connect to a PC.
Leading IPTV vendors strengthen partnership to provide a pre-integrated and ready-to-deploy IPTV solution
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Tilgin, Minerva Networks and Latens Systems announced that they have released an immediately deployable IPTV solution that is fully integrated and ready to deploy. The pre-integrated solution includes Tilgin IP Set-top Boxes, Latens Content & Revenue Protection and Minerva Network's iTVManager Middleware.
Measurements-based optimization scheme targets wideband networks
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A usage-based cellular network optimization tool can now provides you with an accurate view of an entire network in near realtime. The wideband CDMA, EV-DO, and UMTS optimization tool dishes up results based on actual network usage.
Fischer offers LED holders for front panel assembly
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Fischer Elektronik offer an extended range of LED holders for front panel assembly. The LED holder is inserted from the front into the front panel and is held there.
Analog-output modules talk USB
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Data acquisition equipment vendor Measurement Computing now offers three 16-bit high-drive analog-output USB-compatible DAC modules. These are intended for use on PC-based data-acq systems, where they can provide 100-Hz/channel throughput.
26-terabyte storage array claims highest capacity
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Here's news of a capacity storage array family that the company claims offers the highest capacity—26-terabytes in a 4U rackmount enclosure. The storage systems can hold up to 52 drives compared with 48 and less in competitive products.
LNA claims industry first for GPS
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STMicroelectronics reports that it has introduced the industry's first fully integrated low-noise amplifier IC for GPS applications
Low ESR capacitor targets processors
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Boosting the range of voltage ratings and capacitance values, AVX targets next-generation processors with the TPM series of tantalum capacitors. These capacitors also offer ultra-low ESR and high ripple current.
Precision resistor rated up to 20,000 volts for hi-rel apps
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Capable of providing measurement and control functions in high-voltage power electronics applications, IRC's CGH/CMH power resistors supply voltage ratings up to 20 KV.
Optical sensor operates up to 12 inches
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OPTEK Technology has developed a wide gap optical sensor that operates over distances up to 12 inches in industrial environments.
Power controllers for computers leverage enhanced PWM to improve stability
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Analog Devices leverages its proprietary enhanced pulse-width-modulation (EPWM) and Flex-mode architectures for its power controllers to optimize board performance and stability, and minimize component count.
12-bit A/D delivers 500 Msamples/s
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e2v's Grenoble, France division (formerly a part of Atmel) kicked off a new high-resolution family with a monolithic, 12-bit, analog-to-digital (A/D) converter boasting a clock frequency of 500 Msamples/s.
Windows software endows Tektronix spectrum analyzers with off-line analysis
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Oscilloscope and instrumentation vendor Tektronix is releasing off-line analysis software for spectrum analysis. With Tek's RSAVu bits, you can acquire signals using a Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer and then analyze the captured information offline on your Windows PC.
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