High-output supplies focus on ion beams Product News 4/30/2004 Post a comment HiTek Power's OL20K and OL30K series extend the maximum output of the company's high-power, high-voltage supply families to 20 and 30 kilowatts, respectively, at voltages up to 200 kV. Thus they are suited for use in a wide range of electron- and ion-beam systems, including ion implantation, ion vapor deposition, electron-beam welding, and particle acceleration.
Motorola updates PowerQuicc families Product News 4/30/2004 Post a comment Motorola Inc.'s Freescale Semiconductor entity announced updates of its PowerQuicc II Pro and PowerQuicc III families at the Smart Network Developers Forum Tuesday (April 27). The two architectures, based on the e300 and e500 PowerPC cores, respectively, each added encryption blocks, and Motorola said it plans announcements soon on e700 cores as well.
SlimStack connector offers ultra-low profile Product News 4/30/2004 Post a comment A new range of 0.95-mm height SlimStack connectors from Molex Inc. offers ultra-low profile stacking for space-constrained applications such as cell phones, PDAs, digital consumer equipment and other handheld systems. These new 0.40-mm pitch SMT connectors come in single- and dual-row versions in circuit sizes from 7 to 80.
Miniature pushbuttons offer hundreds of options Product News 4/30/2004 Post a comment NKK Switches offers a new series of miniature snap-acting pushbutton switches that offer hundreds of combinations. The MB2400 series momentary action pushbuttons feature a snap-acting mechanism that provides a smooth actuation, a short stroke, light touch and audible feedback.
Flash lamp module integrates lamp, power supply and socket Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment New compact xenon flash lamp modules from Hamamatsu Corp. integrate a 5-watt xenon flash lamp with a power supply and trigger socket. Featuring high stability and long operating life, the L9455/L9456 modules are suitable for water quality and atmospheric analyzers for both scientific and homeland security applications.
Connor-Winfield earns ISO9001:2000 certification Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Connor-Winfield Corp. has announced that it has received certification to the new ISO 9001:2000 quality standard through an assessment process by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance. Connor-Winfield, along with its Custom Manufacturing Division (CMS), received this new certification in January 2004.
Vishay miniaturizes SI RF capacitor Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has expanded its line of silicon-based RF capacitors with the introduction of the HPC0201A devices that are packaged in a small 0201 case size. The company said the small package size will help designers improve the performance and reduce the size of next-generation wireless products.
Ohmite beefs up resistor offering Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Ohmite Manufacturing Company has recently announced the introduction of its new RW1S0CK Series of SMD current sense resistors and 30 Series of high-energy wirewound resistors.
Protection devices target color LCDs in handsets Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Semtech Corp. has developed a new protection device that is specifically designed to protect high-resolution color LCD screens in cell phones from damage by electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio-frequency interference (RFI) and electrostatic discharge (ESD). The EClamp2340C not only offers ESD/RFI/EMI protection; it replaces 40 discrete components in a typical cell phone design.
TVS devices offer multiple options Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology has launched two new families of transient voltage suppressors (TVSs), including, claims the company, the industry's first 800-W bidirectional TVS in a SMB package. The new surface-mount TransZorb products are offered with 500-W, 800-W, and 1000-W peak pulse power ratings (10/1000 μs waveform).
TTL-I/O PXI plug-in maxes memory Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Strategic Test Corp. has a 125-MHz 1-channel to 16-channel digital I/O card for PXI systems. All of the on-board memory can be used when recording or replaying with 16, 8, 4, 2 or 1 channels.
Focus on precision timing challenges Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Electronic clock devices are not your grandfather's chime clock; no, the clocks used in today's electronics are much more precise and versatile. Electronic clocks are the quarterback of the PCB team that determine the rhythm and accuracy of the signals getting passed around and off the board.
Focus-On: Standards for test coverage reports Product News 4/29/2004 Post a comment Industry efforts are under way to develop a standard method for reporting test coverage, with the goal of having a reporting standard for stuck-at faults ready in time for next year's International Test Conference.
Rugged integrated connectors are cost competitive Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Designed for SOHO, LAN-on-motherboard, hub and switch applications, Pulse, a Technitrol Company, introduces the J0C-0003/4/5/6 series of 10/100Base-TX surface mount RJ45 single port (1-by-1) tab-down connectors with integrated magnetics. The J0C connector series can withstand the mechanical and thermal stresses of reflow soldering, yet are priced competitively with through-hole connectors, said the company.
VHDM stacker system offers high density, faster speed Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Achieving high density and increased speeds up to 2.5 Gbit/s of bandwidth per signal pair in mezzanine board-to-board applications, the new VHDM 8-row stacker system from Molex Inc. is designed for both single-ended and differential signaling. The system may be used in telecommunication equipment, test systems, high-end servers, memory storage systems, and cellular base stations.
Terminal block system provides flexibility, innovation and low assembly costs Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Weidmuller has launched a new generation of terminal blocks that the company claims to provide innovative wiring concepts and low assembly costs. Dubbed the Weidmuller Connection System (WeiCoS), it combines both terminal block and plug-in connection technology that results in a modular, functionally flexible, and manufacturer-independent wiring system.
Waytek expands terminal block line Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Waytek has expanded its line of double row terminal blocks with the introduction of its general purpose 10- and 12-position devices available in 20- and 30-amp ratings, up to 600 volts.
Mini BNC joins RF connector family Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Bomar Interconnect Products Inc. has added a miniature BNC connector to the company's proprietary line of V-Bite RF edgeboard connectors that are designed to provide "unparalleled" signal integrity in RF applications. The V-Series line includes a F-Type, a threaded through-panel BNC, twin BNC, standard BNC, and TNC version, along with the new miniature BNC.
Samtec offers full line catalog Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Samtec Inc. has released its newly expanded F-204 Full Line Catalog. This updated catalog provides more than 360 pages of applications, specifications, and ordering information. It is organized into functional subsections including high speed, high density, micro & one-piece, board-to-board, micro card, micro-rugged & power, I/O interfaces, cable assemblies, and sockets.
Precision pins for power converters Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Mill-Max said its new application specific multi-faceted and vented precision-machined pins for converters provide a secure interface between the power converter and the circuit board to benefit both power converter manufacturers and users.
Terminal blocks packed with options Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Phoenix Contact has added three new series of double level, SMT compatible PC-board terminal block headers to its product portfolio. These high temperature terminal blocks allow parts to be easily integrated into surface-mount production processes, eliminating hand soldering and providing cost and time savings.
Fujitsu rolls out first copper XENPAK module for networking apps Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment eeProductCenter exclusive Enabling copper connections for 10 Gbit Ethernet links using InfiniBand 24 AWG cable and connectors, Fujitsu Components America, Inc., claims it has launched the industry's first copper XENPAK module (xMGC) that is compliant to the new 10GBASE-CX4 specification also known as IEEE 802.03ak/D4.2 for low-cost copper 10-Gigabit Ethernet. The company touts that the new electrical transceiver module reduces the cost per port in short reach rack-to-rack connections in d
Ericsson's DSP shift rekindles basestation debate Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment Ericsson has shifted to a DSP-only, software-defined approach to basestation design in response to the cost, processing and flexibility requirements of third-generation wireless infrastructure. In doing so, the company -- the leading basestation manufacturer -- has rekindled the debate over the optimum mix of ASICs, FPGAs, DSPs and reconfigurable processors for advanced wireless systems.
2.4-kW ETSI-spec'd power system saves space Product News 4/28/2004 Post a comment XPiQ's low-profile AC/DC power shelf, with 1.8, 2.1 and 2.4 kW capacity (depending on output voltage), fits into a 1U-high 19-inch rack and, at 11.56 inches deep meets European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) requirements. The ZCA-1U3R-R system, comprising three of the company's ZC8 800-watt rectifiers and the rack, is designed to allow more space for system electronics in telecom, networking, storage and wireless base-station applications. It can be applied in bulk power situation
PMC-Sierra, Vativ Technologies collaborate on interoperable DS3 line cards Product News 4/27/2004 Post a comment Broadband equipment supplier PMC-Sierra, and fab-less semiconductor maker Vativ Technologies announce a collaborative plan to deliver interoperable framer/mapper and line interface units for next-gen voice and data communications. A planned high density, multi-channel DS3 equipment line-card will be the industry's lowest power and highest performance framer/mapper and LIU.
Smallest D/A converter resolves space, performance challenge Product News 4/27/2004 Post a comment Analog Devices introduced the first members of its new nanoDAC family of digital-to-analog converters that provide breakthrough performance in smaller packages. The compact size and low power consumption of these new converters provide significant advantages in space-constrained applications.
Module conditions bridge sensors Product News 4/27/2004 Post a comment Here's news of a signal-conditioning module for bridge-type sensors. It's designed to power and signal-condition most strain gauge or piezoresistive sensors, configured as single-, half-, or full-bridge types.
Li+ charger chip won't overheat Product News 4/27/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4059A is a fully integrated linear battery charger in a 2-by-2 mm DFN package that can charge a single-cell Li-Ion battery at 900 mA without danger of overheating itself or surrounding components. A patented thermal regulation scheme prevents the junction temperature of the IC from exceeding 115°C by reducing charge current during high-power or high-ambient-temperature operation. The charger, suited to digital still cameras, cell phones, PDAs and USB-equipped handheld d
Production tester addresses high-speed serial chip tests Product News 4/27/2004 Post a comment Here's news of what may be the semiconductor test industry's first high-speed production tester for identifying the maximum number of product defects at the lowest cost. This system enables signal-integrity testing of high-speed serial links operating as fast as 6.4-Gbits/s, using a loopback/built-in self-test approach. The system promises to deliver cost savings in excess of 50% over conventional at-speed production approaches.
StarCore-based DSPs target VoIP apps Product News 4/27/2004 Post a comment Eying the voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) market, Freescale Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc., has expanded its solutions for VoIP system designs based on StarCore DSP technology.
Ballast ICs bring transformerless dimming Product News 4/26/2004 Post a comment International Rectifier's 600-volt IR21592 and IR21593 dimming ballast ICs, each with a phase control loop and half-bridge driver for fluorescent lamps, eliminate the need for a current-sensing transformer. IR says these new devices offer the most comprehensive set of sense and control features available, including ignition detection and full-scale dimming, as well as brownout- and over-temperature protection. A microcontroller interface is included for maximum flexibility in programming such pa
Two stretch configurable-CPU arena with new entries Product News 4/26/2004 Post a comment The ranks of configurable CPUs " processors designed to be augmented by customer-specified execution units " will expand significantly today with independent announcements by Faraday Technology Corp. and startup Stretch Inc. The two architectures, both derived from CPU designs, bring new dimensions to the market.
Distributors are ready for a recovery in 2004 Product News 4/26/2004 Post a comment An economic recovery in the electronics industry, the transition of U.S. manufacturing to China, demand creation, and the lead-free initiative will highlight the discussions between distributors and components suppliers as they meet for their annual Electronic Distribution Show (EDS) this week in Las Vegas.
Japanese joint venture to develop super capacitors Product News 4/26/2004 Post a comment Four companies have agreed to form a joint venture company to promote an electric double-layer capacitor system. Also know as super, or ultra, capacitors, the next-generation electric charge capacitor could eventually replace nickel-metal-hydride and lithium-ion batteries in certain areas.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times