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Low glitch, 16-bit DAC dissipates 1.5 mW at 2.7 V
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Texas Instruments introduced a series of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with an integrated precision reference. The DAC8560 is a 16-bit, single-channel DAC featuring low glitch (0.15 nV-s), low-power (1.5 mW at 2.7 V), an internal reference with 2 ppm/°C temperature drift and ±0.004 percent initial accuracy.
Auto-test software increases speed, accuracy of radio testing
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Aeroflex developed the Auto-Test software for its 2975 P25 Radio Test Set for P25 and FM radios. The 2975's Auto-Test software increases speed, consistency and accuracy of testing P25 and FM radios while providing the ability to store, print and share test results. For public safety and other private mobile radio (PMR) network users, the 2975 Auto-Test function allows non-technical personnel to test radios automatically.
SFP transceivers enable metro telecom equipment for voice, video applications
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Avago Technologies released a line of single-mode SFP transceivers for long reach SONET OC-48 to its METRAK family of SONET products. The AFCT-5745xZ line of transceivers includes modules for serial optical data communications that range from 125 Mbits/s to 2.7 Gbits/s.
Emergency-stop switch operates on light loads
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EAO extended its Series 84 industrial switch range to include a compact, illuminated emergency-stop switch. The emergency-stop has a mono-block design and bright LED illumination, visible even from the side.
Image sensor targets security camera market
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OmniVision Technologies targets security applications with the development of its OV10620 color High Dynamic Range (HDR) CameraChip.
Low threshold voltage MOSFETs address low voltage apps
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Diodes Inc. has launched a series of low threshold voltage MOSFETs for low-voltage applications typically found in portable and handheld devices. The DMN5L06xxK MOSFET series can be driven directly from low-voltage logic-level outputs without requiring charge pumps.
Panasonic intros 2007 HD display line
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Panasonic has officially announced its 2007 HD display line. The 19-model line will be comprised of LCD, Microdisplay, and Plasma models. Here's the highlights:
PLS extends support of its Universal Debug Engine
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The UDE now also supports Freescale's MPC55xx Automotive PowerPC Family.
LED driver powers small- and mid-size LCDs
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Sipex has released a 4-channel low side LED driver for powering small- and mid-size LCD modules that use LEDs for backlighting. The SP7616 is designed to drive LEDs in series from input voltages as high as 30 V.
OmniVision demos security solution over Zigbee wireless network
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OmniVision plans to demonstrate its digital security camera reference design for MPEG-4 video systems using the company's OV7720 CameraChip sensor at the International Security Conference (ISC) West. The Home SecuCam reference design is said to be the first to use video over the 805.15.4/Zigbee wireless network.
Power LEDs tout small size, high brightness
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Philips Lumileds offers the LUXEON Rebel power LEDs with a new packaging technology that significantly reduces the size of the LED and enables new approaches to solid-state lighting design.
EVE emulator supports Power Architecture
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EVE has introduced direct support for Power Architecture technology in embedded applications.
Lattice's embedded microprocessor available through open source
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LatticeMico32 is a 32-bit soft microprocessor optimized for Lattice Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
Mentor Graphics supports new ARM Cortex-M1 processor for FPGAs
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Comprehensive portfolio of vendor-independent FPGA design solutions from Mentor Graphics allows engineers to implement the ARM Cortex-M1 processor on any FPGA device.
WiMAX antenna integrates variable electrical tilt technology
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PCTEL introduced the first in its line of MAXRAD high-gain sector panel antennas with integrated variable electrical tilt (iVET) for WiMAX base stations.
Test set allows developers to verify WiMAX specs
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Agilent released its IEEE 802.16e 2005 protocol conformance test (PCT) product that is based on its E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set, allowing equipment developers and test houses to run validated protocol test cases to verify that their implementations conform to WiMAX standards.
Kingston rolls 2-Gbyte microSD dual adapter pack
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Kingston Technology released a 2-Gbyte microSD card with mini- and standard-size Secure Digital (SD) adapters to maximize microSD card compatibility and interoperability between mobile phones, digital cameras and portable media devices.
TFT panel displays offer numerous design options
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Beside conventional built-in models that extend over the full 19” width (with corresponding front panels) and models that can be fitted in a 19” chassis using subpanels, models are also available for front-panel installation in switch cabinets and electronics cabinets, as well as stand-alone models with their own enclosures.
H264-MCE core brings 150-MHz performance to Nextreme ASICs
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eASIC is offering the H264-MCE multi-channel baseline video encoder core from CAST for implementation in its Nextreme 90-nm structured ASICs.
DOSA compliant bricks offer up to 25 A at 1.2 V and 2.5 V
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SynQor announces further additions to its DOSA compliant sixteenth brick family in a 1.3” x 0.9” footprint.
Flat-coil power inductors offer improves efficiency and reliability
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Pulse introduces a series of flat-coil surface mount (SMT) power inductors which lower the inductor operating temperature of a notebook computer by as much as 5 °C, and improve battery operating time by 6 %.
China LCD maker struggles to survive
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China's largest TFT-LCD maker, Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Ltd. (BOE OT), is dumping most of its interest in large-sized TFT-LCD panels after failing to make it profitable.
Demo kit enables evaluation, prototyping of low-frequency IDICs
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Atmel announced the availability of the ATA2270-EK1125-kHz RFID demo kit which enables the evaluation and prototyping of low-frequency (LF) identification ICs (IDICs), which are used in a broad range of RFID applications including access control, industrial automation, loyalty cards, anti-counterfeiting, and animal identification.
Isolated DC/DC converters deliver 180 W
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FDK introduced the FPQR48T01215 and FPQR48T01214 converters which provide up to 180 W of output power with minimal derating at elevated temperatures.
LEDs increase resolution for large-color, variable-message signs
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Avago Technologies developed a series of high-brightness surface mount (SMT) tri-color light emitting diodes (LEDs) that will enable designers to develop large indoor and outdoor electronic displays that provide sharper images and graphics.
MEMS flow sensors measure air/gas flow speed in medical applications
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Omron Electronic Components LLC announces the availability of the D6F series of MEMS flow sensors which have the ability to measure flow speed from 1 mm/s to 40 m/s. The flow sensor uses a thermopile element which converts thermal energy into electrical energy.
Data-parallel DSP aimed at cost-sensitive video surveillance apps
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At just $29 each in low-volume quantities, Stream Processors is bringing designers building power- and price-sensitive video surveillance systems that need the flexibility of software programmability a data-parallel DSP that delivers programmable performance of 16,000 MMACs while consuming less than 0.1 milliwatt per MMAC.
Atmel's 32-bit Flash MCU claims world's lowest power
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Delivering 80 Dhrystone MIPS and drawing 40 mA at 66 MHz, the AVR32 UC3 Series A microcontrollers feature 512KB flash, 64KB RAM, Ethernet MAC & USB OTG
Atmel's AVR32 UC3 core targets ARM7/9 and Cortex-M3 sockets
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Optimized for cost, the AVR32 UC3 core delivers up to 1.3 Dhrystone MIPS/MHz with DSP and atomic memory manipulation instructions
Single-chip ZigBee platform enables 20-year battery life
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Designed to support wireless applications, Freescale Semiconductor has developed a single-chip ZigBee PiP (Platform in Package) that enables up to 20-year battery life and features up to 2-Mbits/s TurboLink technology.
Optical connectors operate in harsh environments
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Molex offers a beefed up version of its LC small form factor (SFF) connector family with the introduction of its LC2 metallic optical connectors with a ruggedized, all-metal housing for harsh environments.
RF Magic delivers bundled DVB-C tuner and receiver
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RF Magic's RF4800 advanced single-chip DVB-C silicon tuner IC comes with full firmware interoperability with ST's newest video demodulator and integrated MPEG decoder+demodulator.
LN optical modulator touts lowest drive voltage
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Fujitsu says it has developed the industry's lowest drive voltage Differential Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (DQPSK) LN optical modulator for 40 Gbits/s optical transmission systems.
Configurable memory buffer exceeds DDR3-1600 rates
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Inphi says its latest ExacTik precision timing device is the industry's first JEDEC compliant double data-rate (DDR3) configurable integrated register device.
ESD protection array fits into a small space
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Vishay says it has released the industry's first ESD protection array to integrate eight diodes in the small, leadless LLP1713 package with a low profile of 0.55 mm.
AdvancedTCA chassis offers improved cooling
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Elma Electronic has introduced its second generation AdvancedTCA (ATCA) system platform for carrier-grade applications. The 13U chassis meets full NEBS compliance and offers improved cooling features.
Arrow to distribute Blackfin development kits
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Arrow Electronics is offering off-the-shelf development kits for industrial applications based on the Blackfin digital signal processor from Analog Devices.
Bench power supply has fully variable auxiliary output
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TTi (Thurlby Thandar Instruments) has replaced its top-selling EX354T 300 W triple-output laboratory power supply with a new model that incorporates a fully variable auxiliary output.
REVIEW: 300-mV input-voltage boost converter throttles micro-fuel cells
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Chip maker Texas Instruments is debuting an ultra-low-input DC-to-DC boost converter IC that promises to let portables operate from new energy sources such as micro-fuel cells. TI's power circuit can let you build converters that operate with input voltages lower than 300-mV. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
SanDisk launches 4-Gbyte memory stick micro card
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SanDisk expanded its Memory Stick Micro (M2) line by introducing a 4-Gbyte card that has the capacity to hold up to 1,000 songs, 2,000 high-resolution photos or 20 hours of MPEG4 video, making it compatible with Sony Ericsson's latest generation of slim line, multimedia mobile handsets.
Chip maker expands power amplifier line for EDGE handsets
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RF Micro Devices' quad-band EDGE power amplifier (PA) module is designed to support merchant-market EDGE transceivers that implement large signal polar modulation (LSPM) transmit architectures.
Shaped-foil inductor could reduce size, cost for energy applications
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A shaped-foil inductor design is offering loss reductions as high as 50 percent compared to conventional inductors.
Dual-band PA module targets entry-level handset sector
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RF Micro Devices designed its latest PowerStar power amplifier for manufacturers of dual-band handsets for the growing entry level and replacement markets. The GSM/GPRS PA dual-band module features improved isolation, harmonic performance and cross-band, helping to reduce RF complexity and increase design flexibility related to antenna and switch selection.
Projection technology goes mobile
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Texas Instruments has developed a DLP pico-projector small enough to fit on a finger tip. It enables mobile projection solutions that expand beyond the limitations of a physical screen for mobile users of cellular phones, digital cameras and portable media players.
Language support expanded for Altium Designer
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New Korean language support extends Altium Designer's existing Asian and European language capabilities.
Chip supports China's CMMB mobile TV
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A Chinese chip company announced that it has developed the first mobile TV chip based on a domestic specification called China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting (CMMB).
ADC introduces three FTTX offerings at OFC/NFOEC 2007
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ADC introduced its expanded line of OmniReach fiber-to-the-x (FTTX) solutions, a platform designed to meet the unique requirements of FTTX networks.
NTT Photonics unveils dual-mode optical fiber
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At OFC, NTT Photonics Laboratories unveiled optical fiber that functions as both multi-mode and single-mode optical fiber, eliminating the need for expensive upgrades and reducing fiber management and ownership costs.
EMCORE demos tunable SFF transponder for 10-Gigabit applications
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EMCORE has released a full band tunable long reach SFF transponder for 10-Gigabit applications. Marking the company's expansion into the 10 Gbits/s telecommunications market, the ETU-9C00-SFF is believed to be the first commercially available transponder to integrate full band tuning at 50-GHz channel spacing in the 300-pin SFF package.
Low cost ZigBee/IEEE802.15.4 reference design eliminate antenna, RF balun
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3/28/2007   1 comment
Jennic has introduced a ZigBee- and IEEE 802.15.4-node reference design for its JN5139 wireless microcontroller. The design reduces the bill of materials (BOM) cost of modules for wireless sensor networks to under $5. This includes the cost of the JN5139 wireless microcontroller, a PCB antenna design, and all other ancillary components.
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