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Toggles designed for logic-level switching
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NKK Switches has designed its B series of anti-static, PC-mount toggle switches for logic-level applications.
LED assemblies offer 330 lumen output in small package
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OPTEK's 10-watt Lednium LED assemblies feature a 120-degree viewing angle and an output of up to 330 lumens in a 1.3-inch square package.
Slim connector provides dual capability
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Designed for panel applications, Tyco's Slim I/O cable connector provides power and/or signal I/O capability for short and long-reach cable. Optional passive equalization of signals is available.
RF design toolkit expands model selection
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Release 2.6 of XMOD's BiCMOS RF modelling software features a scalable bipolar model parameter extraction toolkit.
Mobile TV comes home, literally
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Speakers at the DVB World conference found themselves explaining the surprising phenomenon of “mobile home TV,” but it had nothing to do with television viewing in trailer parks.
Digital potentiometers consume 0.3 microamps
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Microchip Technology Inc. announced a family of low-power, low-voltage, 6-bit digital potentiometers that are said to be cost and size competitive with mechanical versions.
Opteron-equipped single-board computer can house dual dual-core CPUs
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Embedded controller and single-board computer maker WIN Enterprises is showcasing a PICMG 1.3-style board that can be powered by one or two single-core or dual-core Advanced Micro Devices Opteron processors.
Photocells are packaged in high-grade stainless steel
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The cylindrical housings of OG Series photocells consists of high-grade stainless steel. The photocells are especially suited for applications in harsh environments.
Supervisor ICs provide comprehensive, critical monitoring
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Intersil’s ISL88011-ISL88015 voltage supervisor ICs provide both fixed and/or adjustable voltage-monitoring for critical applications, including embedded control systems and portable equipment. A second family, the ISL88705-ISL88813, is particularly suited to microprocessor applications.
Hot-swap controller with A/D makes full power supply report
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Linear Technology’s LTC4215 controller, in the company’s Hot Swap line, features an onboard 8-bit A/D converter and I2C compatible interface that monitors and records supply voltage and current and reports all power supply fault conditions to the host system.
ESD protection comes in a tiny package for USB 2.0
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Designed to protect the two data lines and the power rail of a USB 2.0 high-speed interface, STMicroelectronics offers a low capacitance electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection device in a tiny SOT-666 package as well as a larger SOT-23 package.
EMI filter targets wireless handsets
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California Micro Devices has launched its next generation of Praetorian EMI filter with ESD protection for wireless handsets.
White LED driver plus integrated Schottky in SC70
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Linear Technology Corporation announced the LT3491, a high efficiency, constant current white LED driver packaged in an SC70.
JDSU introduces "Smart" broadband test tools
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JDSU today announced the release of its SmartClass family of access field testers, a new set of high-performance point solutions that help carriers efficiently test broadband access networks.
First 1.8V dual and quad op amps in DFN packages
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Linear Technology Corporation introduced the LT6001 and LT6002, the industry's first 1.8V dual and quad operational amplifiers available in a tiny DFN package.
DC/DC solution with buck circuit simplicity
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Linear Technology introduced a family of DC/DC converters offering the performance and simplicity of a buck (step-down) regulator for the design of isolated power supplies.
WANjet accelerates file access
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F5 Networks announced a new software release (version 4.0) of its WAN optimization product, WANJet featuring CIFS acceleration.
Evaluation camera kit speeds up auto safety design
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Cypress Semiconductor offers an evaluation kit for its automotive image sensor technology to accelerate the development of safety systems.
First color sensor to support two-wire serial interface
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Avago said it has introduced the industry's first CMOS digital color sensor that can be directly interfaced to a microcontroller without the need for additional components. It also offers a small package size and low power consumption for portable devices.
Vast Technology offers three more virtual ARM processors
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Vast Systems Technology announced the availability of software models of the ARM1136, ARM1156 and ARM1176 processors.
Transition to Digital Cable & DTH expands Set-top Box offerings, presents challenges to operators
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As manufacturers race to incorporate the latest digital technologies for pay-TV, worldwide shipments of digital set-top boxes will grow substantially through the end of the decade.
Plug-in digitizers get on-board peak detection
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Digitizer maker Gage Applied Technologies is releasing on-board peak detection for its existing PC-hosted digitizer boards. Gage's eXpert Peak Detection adjunct now permits detection of peaks within a set of digitized waveform data.
Gigabit Ethernet PHY breaks the logjam
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Vitesse Semiconductor has found a way to simplify the transition to GbE, slicing power and footprint with its VSC8601 and VSC8641 devices.
CoreMP7 kit simplifies ARM7-based FPGA design development
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Actel’s development kit is intended to help designers implement its CoreMP7 soft ARM7 processor core.
Air velocity transmitter uses hot-film sensor
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An air velocity transmitter from E+E Elektronik is designed for accurate measurement of air speed and gas flow at rates between 0 and 40-m. Its hot-film sensor element is based on state-of-the-art thin-film technology, guaranteeing high sensitivity even at very low mass flows.
Plug-in module accurately measures timing
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Check out this CompactPCI timing module. It offers the ability to measure events spaced as far apart as 20-seconds, with 50-ps timing resolution. The module can operate in either single-start or multi-start acquisition modes, with timing information on all independent channels encoded relative to a common channel.
Philips implements right-first-time consumer-product SoC in 65-nm low-power CMOS
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Securing its position at the leading edge of low-power CMOS technology for consumer-product applications, Philips has announced that it has successfully implemented a right-first-time 65-nm System-on-Chip (SoC) for high-performance LCD TVs.
AC/DC supply delivers 2 kW for rugged applications
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Absopulse Electronics’ HBLF 2000 AC/DC supply delivers 2 kW for heavy-duty industrial environments.
Boost regulators extend battery packs
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Vishay Intertechnology’s SiP12502/3 boost converter ICs are designed to maximize the power available from single- and dual-cell NiMH or alkaline battery packs. Working from an input down to 0.85 volt and delivering up to 500 mA, they provide up to 85 percent DC/DC conversion efficiency for cordless phones to medical diagnostic tools.
Crosspoint switch routes video signals
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Intersil Corp.'s video crosspoint switch is said to be the first of its kind — integrating four separate 16 x 16 crosspoint switches to create a 32 x 32 matrix (or two 32 x 16 switches).
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