Microtune cuts power for VoIP designs Product News 4/26/2004 Post a comment Microtune Inc. said it will help cable modem designers reduce overall power consumption in voice-over-Internet Protocol designs with the release of a silicon tuner that consumes less than 1 watt.
Application processors target mobile phones Product News 4/26/2004 Post a comment Renesas Technology America, Inc. says its new SH-MobileL application processor chip (SH7322) delivers the finely-tuned mix of performance and functionality that's needed to add attractive enhanced multimedia features to the affordable next-generation mobile phone systems.
TI beefs up C64X DSP line with lower priced devices Product News 4/26/2004 Post a comment Texas Instruments is getting its TMS320C64X DSP line into shape as competition heats up for the attractive DSP markets such as packet-switched telecom including video over IP and other cost-sensitive, high performance applications. Marty Gold reviews the latest DSPs from TI.
Artesyn touts fastest self-contained POLs Product News 4/25/2004 Post a comment Designed to meet 300 amps/microsecond step-load transient requirements, Artesyn Technology's SMT15F DC/DC point-of-load (POL, non-isolated) converters are billed as the industry's fastest for a self-contained power solution. The 15-amp modules, part of the company's Typhoon series, are thus suited specifically for network and communication processors and the latest generation of high performance ASICs, FPGAs, and DSPs.
Fast WLAN analyzer rides the IEEE-488 bus__for now Product News 4/23/2004 Post a comment Anritsu's got a new single-instrument test set for WLAN testing that can conduct both transmitter and receiver measurements based on the IEEE-802.11 standard. The comapny says its new instrument will make WLAN measurements ten times faster than existing test alternatives. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn looks at what Anritsu's insterument can---and can't---do.
PCI-bus A/D plug-in grabs 8-Gbytes of continuous analog data Product News 4/22/2004 Post a comment Touting unprecedented storage-depth and speed, this PCI-bus data-acq board packs deep storage depth. Capable of continuously acquiring two simultaneous channels, each running at up to 800-Megasamples/s, and storing up to 4-Gsamples of uninterrupted data on each, this board offers extreme memory depth for unheard of record lengths.
Buck bias-regulator IC boosts high-voltage systems Product News 4/22/2004 Post a comment National Semiconductor bills its LM5008 as the industry's first 100-volt rated, buck bias regulator, which operates at up to 90 percent efficiency. The latest addition to the company's LM5000 family of high-voltage solutions and a second-generation buck bias regulator, the LM5008 analog-BiCMOS-DMOS IC has an integrated 100-volt, 500-mA n-channel power MOSFET and all the functions needed to implement a compact bias power supply. This includes circuitry to support short-circuit and over-temperatur
VCTCXO increases frequency range up to 312 MHz Product News 4/21/2004 Post a comment Significantly extending the frequency range of its TCXO product line, Fox Electronics offers a new voltage controlled temperature compensated crystal oscillator (VCTCXO) with frequencies from 1.5 MHz up to 312.0 MHz. The new FOX783 VCTCXO is suitable for high frequency applications for telecommunications, base stations, avionics, satellites, and military applications as well as in test equipment.
Connectors target small storage media Product News 4/21/2004 Post a comment ALPS Electric has developed a new series of connectors for the reduced size multimedia card (RS-MMC) for mobile devices. The company said the new SCDC connectors offer one of the industry's smallest mounting areas and longest media ejection distances.
Elma launches online component catalog Product News 4/21/2004 Post a comment Elma Electronic has launched a new online surface-mount components catalog at www.elma.com. The catalog includes detailed information on the company's surface-mount devices including switches, LEDs, and encoders. Data consists of component specifications, drawings, photos, technical data/references, and part numbers for each of the products.
PC/104 MIL-Std.-1553 bus controllers get Windows drivers Product News 4/21/2004 Post a comment Single-board computer maker Parvus announces that its existing PC/104-compatible MIL-Std.-1553 boards now include device driver support for Windows. The company also supports the legacy DOS v6.2 operating system, and provides source code for C and VisualC codesmiths.
Ultra-powerful HDTV board plugs into PCI slot Product News 4/21/2004 Post a comment It's intriguing to see how the development of a highly integrated IC can impact a board-level product---especially when both products are from the same vendor! Look at IC maker LSI Logic's latest announcement. It's enhancing its realtime MPEG-2 high-definition TV PCI plug-in with new features that the company claims will make it easier and more cost-effective to develop HD content in a PC environment. What's neat is that the PCI board is based on one of LSI Logic's most powerful DSP- and RISC-eq
BIST targets GHz-speed serial I/O Product News 4/21/2004 Post a comment High-speed serial I/O is proliferating, as the advantages of fast serial links drive parallel I/O buses out of board designs. But, how do you test these GHz-speed I/O systems?
Celestica extends Volant POL line Product News 4/21/2004 Post a comment Celestica has extended its Volant Series of DC/DC converters to provide programmable 5- and 10-amp point of load (POL, non-isolated) solutions for computing and telecom. The new 5-amp model is available in 12V-in (NEA005) and 5V-in (NCA005) versions, while the new 10-amp model is available in a 12V-in version (NEA010). OEMs can program output voltage via an external resistor to meet the proliferation of different voltages to power multiple processors and ASICs in today's systems. These three new
CDMA power amplifiers deliver on integration, performance, price Product News 4/21/2004 Post a comment SiGe Semiconductor announced the industry's first commercially viable silicon-based CDMA power amplifiers. Leveraging a highly efficient silicon germanium BiCMOS process, the three power amplifiers achieve performance parity with GaAs-based devices, while delivering the integration, manufacturing and price benefits of silicon.
Elma develops rugged chassis Product News 4/20/2004 Post a comment Elma Electronic Inc. offers a low-weight commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) chassis based on the company's 12R2 model. The new 12R1 COTS version features a rugged chassis with shielding, and weighs 20 to 25% less than Elma's previous models. The new modular design also allows models to be developed in 2U and 3U heights, which was not possible in the 12R2 design.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...