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18-inch LCD monitor uses digital flat-panel interface
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Bus-switch ICs target network services
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Pericom Semiconductor Corp has launched families of 5-V PCI hot-plugging and GTL-termination bus-switch ICs for multiprocessor environments, such as the Web.
Bridge chip connects TI DSPs to PCI bus
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Power sources promise DSP accuracy, speed
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Elgar Corp.'s TrueWave Series of programmable power sources, rated at 1,750, 3,500 and 5,250 VA, address product-development and manufacturing requirements for worldwide ac waveform simulation.
Novel dc/dc topology eliminates heat sink
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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.
Compact power relay suits Class B apps
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Fujitsu Takamisawa America Inc. has added a 3-A, board-mount power relay with a 20 percent smaller footprint (142 mm2) than its smallest 5-A relay, the JV (175 mm2).
Oscillator uses custom IC to trim size for mobile apps
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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
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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.
VCO offers ultralow phase noise for radio applications
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The V044ME01 voltage-controlled oscillator from Z-Communications Inc. is said to provide ultra-low noise performance while preserving battery life in portable-radio applications.
SMT module designed for heat, cold
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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
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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.
Relay driver aimed at autos
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Cherry Semiconductor's CS-1107 is a single-relay driver that powers and detects fault conditions in automotive relays.
Transducers monitor motors
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Fluorine-free coax cables meet zero-emission rules
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Anticipating the adoption of European-style low-smoke, zero-emission mandates, Huber + Suhner Inc., a Swiss company with offices here, is aiming its fluorine-free coaxial cables at North America.
Lighter transformers fit medical and dental apps
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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
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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
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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.
Tubular resistors range to 225 W
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Xlab Corp. has introduced high-power tubular resistors to complement its passive load product offerings.
Sensors home in on small objects
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Battery charger breathes fire into solar systems
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Fire, Wind & Rain Technologies' Power Advantage 30 is said to deliver up to 25 percent more dc power from photovoltaic (PV) panels to batteries than conventional chargers.
CompactPCI boards from Sun target telecom apps
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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