18-inch LCD monitor uses digital flat-panel interface Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment The VPD18O LCD monitor from ViewSonic Corp. is an 18-inch model with a digital interface, according to the company. It has a native resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels, viewing angle of 160 degrees , a 16.7-million color palette and energy-saving features.
VMEbus SBC claims high integration, low price tag Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment The Colt II V156 VMEbus single-board computer (SBC) from General Micro Systems boasts a price tag below $2,000 in single quantities. According to company president Ben Sharfi, the board delivers a "price/performance and integration level" that's hard to beat.
Monochrome LCD to take on portables Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Compact, lightweight and low in power, the TGM132 graphics LCD module from WTS Inc. targets an unformatted dot matrix of 120 (X) x 32 (Y) monochrome pixels for cost-conscious portable applications, such as pagers, cell phones and organizers. A status bar across the top of the transflective LCD module displays time and other messages using segmented digits and a selection of 12 icons.
SBC boasts 512 Mbytes of ECC SDRAM Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment The Model 5811 single-board computer from Toronto Microelectronics Inc. packs the guts of an embedded system into the 8 x 5.75-inch EBX form factor, and it's the first, according to the company, that accommodates up to 512 Mbytes of ECC SDRAM.
ATM joins PowerPC on CompactPCI board Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment SBS Technologies Inc. has moved to the CompactPCI form factor for its new Denali family, which combines two members of the PowerPC family with the 77211 asynchronous transfer mode segmentation/reassembly processor from Integrated Device Technology Inc. Denali includes ATM signaling and SAR software from Harris & Jeffries Inc. (Dedham, Mass.) so that developers can gain full ATM access functionality in a hot-swap CompactPCI form factor.
RAID rolls as 3U CPCI board Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Cyclone Microsystems Inc. has introduced an intelligent CompactPCI RAID controller board in the 3U form factor. Dubbed the CPCI-974, the board has an Intel i960RD66 I/O processor to offload a host processor, "driving disk-array controller functions like parity generation, RAID algorithms, striping algorithms and cache management," according to the company.
Video camera takes a lickin' Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Initially designed and built for use on the outside of nuclear submarines, the Tuffcam Model S-512H video camera from Subsea Video Systems Inc. endures difficult environments, including temperature ranges between -140 degrees and 140 degrees F.
Motherboards sound off in PCs Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Iwill USA Corp. has introduced two ATX form-factor motherboards that stress high-quality audio to suit the PC-gaming, home-theater and professional multimedia markets.
Frame grabber runs 4 channels Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment The Viper-Quad board from Coreco is an intelligent PCI-bus frame grabber that integrates four 40-MHz channels for simultaneous image acquisition from four monochrome cameras. Each channel contains an A/D converter, synchronization circuitry, anti-aliasing filter, input lookup tables and the ability to respond to four independent trigger events.
Analog output rides VMEbus Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Precision Analog Systems has introduced a 16-channel analog output card for the VMEbus. Each channel on the PAS 9716/AO has a high-speed 16-bit D/A converter with a 1- to 10-V output range. Two of the channels can be updated with a single VME transfer when 32-bit write instructions are employed. Test registers, an ID PROM and two digital output channels are also provided. The board is priced at $1,600.
Bridge chip connects TI DSPs to PCI bus Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment A PCI-to-DSP bridge device from Texas Instruments Inc. connects multiple TI DSPs to the PCI bus with no additional glue logic. The PCI2040 PCI-to-DSP bridge IC interfaces the PCI bus to the host port interface for up to four TI TMS320C54x and/or TMS320C62x DSPs.
DSP supports high-end motor control Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Advocates think DSPs will do a better job of calculating motor acceleration/deceleration curves than microcontrollers. Thus, dedicated devices such as Analog Devices Inc.'s ADMC-401 are targeting high-end applications like industrial servo controls, machine tools, robotics and uninterruptible power supplies.
RF receiver ICs up battery life Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Responding to the needs of makers of remote keyless entry systems, Micrel Inc. has rolled single-chip RF receiver ICs that let OEMs extend battery life but maintain or improve system performance. The MICRF002 and MICRF022 also offer sensitivity and range about 6 dB better than that of their predecessor, the MICRF001, Micrel said.
Linear regulator controllers roll Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment TelCom Semiconductor Inc. has introduced a family of low-dropout regulator controllers with an external pnp pass transistor for the lowest-possible dropout operation.
Bus-switch ICs in thin package Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. says its TC7MB family of bus-switch ICs in a tiny, 20-pin package is among the smallest and thinnest lines available. They are intended for personal digital assistants, portable PCs, PC servers and networking products.
Op amps feature rail-to-rail I/O Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Burr-Brown Corp.'s newest family of operational amplifiers boasts rail-to-rail input/output and low noise. The OPA353 (single), OPA2353 (dual) and OPA4353 (quad) devices are priced from 45 cents to 66 cents per channel, all in surface-mount packages.
Novel dc/dc topology eliminates heat sink Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Ericsson's PKJ family of dc/dc modules (nominally 48 V in, 3.3 V out) offers up to 30 A at 60 degrees C without a heat sink. The company says it achieved those stats via a proprietary topology, planar magnetics and a low-resistivity pc-board technology, yielding overall efficiencies of more than 90 percent.
Oscillator uses custom IC to trim size for mobile apps Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Raltron Electronics Corp.'s Model RTVY-174 temperature-compensated oscillator incorporates a custom IC, making the component smaller than it would have been if a a hybrid had been used. The 6- x 3.5-mm footprint is aimed at mobile applications, such as cell phones, pagers and two-way radios.
CPU supervisors cut current consumption Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Dallas Semiconductor's 5- and 3.3-V MicroMonitors, the DS1814 and DS1819, are full-function CPU supervisors with a redesigned band-gap reference that is said to cut current consumption by roughly one-fourth over other bandgap products.
SMT module designed for heat, cold Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment The EX2001 10 Base-T (10 Mbits/second) surface-mount filter/transformer from Pulse Engineering Inc. works at temperatures ranging from -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C for outdoor and harsh-environment applications, such as telecom infrastructure equipment. The product is the first in a family of 10 Base-T components for such environments.
13-element IR array meets encoder apps Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Optek Inc.'s OPR5013L infrared array, the newest member of its hybrid, surface-mount family, is mechanically and spectrally matched to the company's OPR5013 phototransistor array, making the pair an ideal choice for 13-bit absolute encoder applications.
Transducers monitor motors Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment The precision loop-powered, two-wire current transducers in CR Magnetics Inc.'s CR4320 series are designed to monitor electrical-motor loads.
Carriers ease SMT assembly Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Surface-mount component carriers designed to provide a platform for minitransformers, toroids, ferrite cores, small axial lead resistors, capacitors and inductors are available from Robison Electronics Inc.
Boards march on, in lockstep with DSPs Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment As DSP chip performance reaches monster proportions and board makers pack multiples of these processors onto their products, there's a call for DSP board architectures that can keep the critters suitably fed and effectively synchronized. Recent days have seen stepped-up activity to turn the megaflops on a board into useful work.
ESD suppressors pack overvoltage protection Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Designers concerned about protecting their circuits from electrostatic discharge will find help in Littelfuse Inc.'s new line of ESD suppressors. The PulseGuard ESD line suppressors have extremely low capacitance and low leakage current, suiting them for the protection of sensitive data, signal and control lines, said Littelfuse marketing engineer Jim Colby.
Maxim 8-bit A/D converter achieves low noise at 1 GHz Product News 4/26/1999 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products touts the very low noise figure of its MAX104 8-bit, 1-Gsample/second analog-to-digital converter: a 46-dB Sinad (signal-to-noise ratio plus total harmonic distortion) at 1 GHz. Competing parts, said Maxim, typically attain a 42-dB Sinad. The device has a 2.2-GHz track-and-hold amplifier on-chip,which allows conversions at 1 Gsample/s.
Diode arrays protect fast data communications gear Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Harris Semiconductor has introduced a surface-mountable, low-capacitance diode-array family to protect high-speed data-communications equipment from voltage transients. The SP724 family has the ability to simultaneously protect up to four high-speed data lines (two transmit and two receive lines), thereby diverting electrostatic discharge (ESD) and other overvoltages away from sensitive data lines.
Lighter transformers fit medical and dental apps Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment The M4L series of high-power isolation transformers from Insilco Technologies Group's Signal Transformer Co. Inc. are designed using low-loss steel, and high-temperature magnet wire, bobbins and shroud. The result is a small and light transformer for power-isolation and medical applications.
4-bit SMT filters come down in size Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Frequency Devices has unveiled a series of 4-bit, digitally programmable, four- and eight-pole surface-mount filters, the 424 and 428 series, that provide -100-dB attenuation and noise and distortion floors sufficient for 16-bit A/D converters.
Connectors promise fast, easy assembly Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment The CR Series of field-installable circular connectors from Hirschmann need fewer individual parts than many similar connectors and can be assembled in less than half the time, according to the company. The connectors are for factory-automation, measurement, control and regulatory applications.
Sensors home in on small objects Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Honeywell's LBS Series convergent-beam laser photoelectric sensor has a background suppression feature and a precise sensing zone that homes in on small objects while ignoring anything out of the beam's range. Typical applications are wafer mapping, leadframe and disk positioning, printed-circuit board detection and IC inspection.
SAW filters ship in six-pin packs Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Vectron International has a low-cost line of 70-MHz surface-acoustic-wave (SAW) filters targeted for such commercial applications as spectrum shaping in digital radio systems and general IF filtering for ground communications equipment.
Fairchild broadens low-V logic portfolio Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor has expanded its offering of low-voltage-technology (LVT) logic devices, rolling 20 parts in a planned portfolio of over 40, including octal and 16-bit functions, with and without bus hold.
Open-frame converter line fits SMT bill Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Artesyn's SXA10 is the first series in a family of isolated, surface-mount, open-frame dc/dc converters. With a 2- x 1.13- x 0.41-inch profile and an average weight of 14 grams, it is significantly lighter than comparable encapsulated models, making it compatible with high-volume SMT processes.
EL lamp driver has 220-V ac drive signal Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment IMP Inc. has introduced the IMP528 electroluminescent (EL) lamp-driver IC, featuring a 220-V peak-to-peak ac drive signal derived from dc or battery sources as low as 2 V. It allows pager and cellular-phone display screens to be backlit by electroluminescent lamps without bulky transformers.
Nat'l rolls switched-capacitor regulators Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment National's LM3352 is the first in a new class of high-efficiency switched-capacitor voltage regulators for buck and boost applications. The 3.3-V, 200-mA (inductorless) IC, which works at 1 MHz, has an efficiency of 80 percent, the industry's highest for this class of regulator, said National.
CompactPCI boards from Sun target telecom apps Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Sun Microelectronics has launched a pair of Sparc-based single-board computers for CompactPCI with rear-panel I/O to suit telecom applications: the highly integrated CP1400, based on a 300-MHz UltraSparc IIi; and the highly scalable CP1500, using a 360- or 425-MHz UltraSparc IIi. Designed for com-pliance with NEBS Level 3 standards, they scale from 8 SPECint95 and 10 SPECfp95 for under $2,000 to 17.5 SPECint95 and 19.4 SPECfp95 for less than $4,000.
SBS rolls out a standalone CPU board Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment The Embedded Computers operation of SBS Technologies Inc. has introduced its first standalone CPU board, the PROEBX, based on a choice of Socket-7 microprocessors operating at up to 333 MHz and sporting two PC MIP expansion sites.
Board pairs front-panel data-port, VXI Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Pentek Inc. has introduced a board that adds a pair of front-panel data-port (FPDP) interfaces to a VXI system. Compatible with Hewlett-Packard Co.'s VXI local bus, the C-size Model 4404 delivers high-speed, cross-platform communications between VXI and VMEbus for building real-time data-acquisition and processing systems, according to Pentek.
Flash connector system eyes mobile Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Elco Corp., the connector division of AVX Corp., has introduced a trio of component families in a connector system for compact flash-memory-card applications such as digital cameras and electronic organizers.
For SRAMs, it's no longer a 'one size fits all' world Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Once upon a time in the land of SRAMs, one asynchronous architecture fit nearly all applications. Today, however, the name of the game is "specialized." Indeed, "SRAMs are becoming almost niche-oriented," said Pat Lasserre, SRAM strategic marketing manager for Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDT; SANTA CLARA, Calif.). That's as it should be, if designers are going to squeeze out the best performance they can from the products they build.
Bantamweight dc/dc converter modules serve DSPs Product News 4/19/1999 Post a comment Lucent Technologies' light, compact non-isolated dc/dc converter modules measure 1.765 x 0.51 x 0.215 inches and weigh less than 5 grams, making them among the smallest and lightest in the industry for the 7-to-16-W power level, according to the company.
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