Switches shrink by 50% Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment ALPS Electric Co., Ltd. shrinks its line of lever and push action switches by 50% while maintaining their operational feel and life span. The SLLB5 series switches are used for highlighting and selecting menu items on cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and digital cameras.
Taiyo Yuden expands manufacturing in China Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment To strengthen its China operations and improve customer support in the region, Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd. will expand its manufacturing and market presence in China through a concurrent two-phase expansion program. The company plans to invest $30 million to build a new inductor manufacturing plant in Tianjin and expand its multilayer ceramic capacitor production facility in Guang Dong.
NewarkInOne expands product portfolio Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment Catalog distributor Newark InOne has added approximately 40,000 new products to its online catalog. These include an expanded selection of semiconductors, passives, connectors, and electromechanical devices.
ET launches ASAP service for BGA sockets Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment Emulation Technology, Inc. said its new ASAP service delivers BGA development sockets by as much as 85% faster. Engineers have a choice of 5-day, 7-day or 10-day ASAP service, which applies to compression lock, knob lock and screw lock BGA sockets.
LCD features white LED backlighting Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment Optrex America Inc. has introduced an ultra-compact monochrome transmissive STN LCD that displays white characters or graphics on a blue background. The company said the F-51405 series 5.2-inch diagonal module offers high brightness and features economical chip-on-glass (COG) construction with ease of integration.
ARM gains ground in 32-bit embedded applications Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment ARM's architectures are well on their way to becoming the industry standard for 32-bit embedded microcontrollers. The implementation of an ARM7 or an ARM9 in new products at eUSA/Embedded Systems Conference was quite impressive according to Marty Gold.
System to put up to fifty dual-blades in a 42U-sized rack Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment Server hardware maker Appro is preparing to demo its new HyperBlade Mid-Cluster, a product designed to fit in a standard 19-in. RETMA rack cabinet. The Appro product will support up to fifty HyperBlade servers in a 42U-sized cabinet, in five sub-racks stacked in a row, housing ten servers in each sub-rack.
MIPS Technologies 550 MHz core family uses OCP Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment The new high performance MIPS32 24K processor core family from MIPS Technologies, Inc. uses the on-chip interconnect technology developed by the Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) as its native interface.
PC/104 embedded consortium agrees to govern EBX spec Product News 4/7/2004 Post a comment Broadening support of embedded platforms that use PC/104 technology, the PC/104 Consortium announces that it has reached agreement with Motorola Computer Group and board maker Ampro Computers to become the governing standards body for the new EBX specification.
Ultra-low power MCUs target portable medical units Product News 4/6/2004 Post a comment The newest members of Texas Instruments MSP430 microcontroller line called the MSP430FG43x family are being touted as an ultra-low power MCU that's optimized for portable medical devices. TI is targeting such applications as personal blood pressure monitors and pulsoxy, pH and glucose meters for its so-called signal-chain-on-chip (SCoC) flash-based MCU devices.
Web-ready UPS tackles enterprise apps Product News 4/6/2004 Post a comment MGE UPS Systems touts its EPS8000 as the first enterprise class uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with built-in web server capabilities. Suited to telecom, datacom, and industrial applications in the 550 to 800 kVA range, the EPS8000 also encompasses the company's Digital Power Quality (DPQ) logic for best-in-class efficiency, power density, and compatibility to backup generators. The system incorporates triple redundant power sources (line, load and battery) for maximum reliability. "The EPS80
8-channel low-freq counter ushers in PXI family Product News 4/6/2004 Post a comment Test equipment vendor KineticSystems is rolling out what it says will be the first of a family of test-and-measurement modules for PXI systems. The first product of the family is a single-width 3U module that accommodates eight frequency measurement channels. It can be used to monitor pulse sources in the range of 0.06-Hz to 100-kHz.
Aeroflex inks gov-oriented on-line accord with TestMart Product News 4/6/2004 Post a comment Test-and-measurement supplier Aeroflex announces that one of its divisions is inking an accord with on-line service provider TestMart. Under the terms of the pact, TestMart will provide a set of government marketplace services to serve Aeroflex's federal- and defense-related user base. Care to dive into all the related government acronynms? If so, read on.
8-GHz Tektronix scopes use DSP to maintain fidelity Product News 4/5/2004 Post a comment Debuting with Windows XP, scope maker Tektronix is readying its new TDS6000B digital storage oscilloscope line. It's in lockstep with Moore's Law, thanks to its 32-Msample deep memory, and ultra-high sample rate. Indeed, these scopes tout timebases that sweep as fast as 25-ps/division, with interpolation yielding an astounding 500-fs/pt. The 20-Gsample/s rate on all four channels touts an equivalent time-sample rate of 2-Tera-samples/s!
DSP noise cancellation extends backplane reach Product News 4/5/2004 Post a comment Adaptive DSP-based noise cancellation circuitry enables FR-4 backplanes to hit 6.25-Gbits/s data transfer rates. Startup Analogix Semiconductor believes its new Serdes device paves the way for 5-, 6.25 and even 10-Gbits/s data transfers over low cost copper.
Battery IC features redundant charge-termination Product News 4/5/2004 Post a comment Semtech Corp.'s SC802 series of fully integrated lithium-ion/lithium-polymer battery charger ICs feature both a programmable timer and a thermistor voltage-input sensor that act to terminate charge based on either the programmed charge time or the existing output current. "Portable designers are looking at all aspects of their power systems to improve safety, and they increasingly want charge termination redundancy built into their products to ensure that overcharging isn't the cause of battery
MCUs target inverter-control in household appliances Product News 4/5/2004 Post a comment Eying such household electric appliance markets as refrigerators, washers, dryers and air-conditioners that now demand lower noise, vibration and power consumption through intelligent motor control, NEC Electronics America Inc. has launched its uPD78F0714 and V850ES/IK1 series of single-chip microcontrollers for inverter-control applications.
UPSes step up in class Product News 4/4/2004 Post a comment FOCUS ON Backup Power - With power availability becoming crucial at even the most basic system level, low-end UPSes are increasingly carrying more of the same functionality seen in mission-critical supplies serving mid-range and higher-end applications. Indeed, the notion of a "graceful exit" from a small job during a power-down is much less accepted today. In contrast, the mostly off-line and line-interactive units used in these applications tend to carry more raw battery backup even if it take
Programmable skew clock keeps pace with demands for lower jitter Product News 4/2/2004 Post a comment Whether regulating data transmissions or executing system instructions, clocks perform the critical role of producing precisely timed and repeated impulses that synchronize the overall system. Exar has developed an industry-first with the XRK4999 programmable clock. It has three elements that distinguish it from competitive offerings.
Boundary-scan controllers support three communications interfaces Product News 4/2/2004 Post a comment JTAG Technologies, a provider of IEEE-1149.1 techniques for testing and programming high-density boards, announces an extension of its line of high-performance boundary-scan controllers. The company's DataBlaster Triple-Serial Interface units support JTAG testing with a choice of USB, Ethernet, or FireWire interfaces.
SM inductors solve EMI problems Product News 4/2/2004 Post a comment Providing reliable protection against EMI problems in high frequency filtering applications for power supplies, instrumentation and test equipment, the new low profile DR331-7-8-9 series surface-mount inductors from Datatronic Distribution Inc. offers a wide range of inductance values.
High-speed test clips provide high frequency testing Product News 4/2/2004 Post a comment Emulation Technology, Inc.'s new high speed 10 GHz Microgripper test clips provide high frequency signal measurement in the GHz band using an oscilloscope. Designed for high frequency testing at the chip package level without degrading the signal fidelity or adding noise, these Microgrippers are available in 2.54 mm
to 0.2 mm lead pitches and in bandwidths of 1 GHz, 3 GHz, 5 GHz, 10 GHz. They are compatible with TQFP/PQFP, SSOP, SOIC and all gull-wing leaded circuit packages.
Murata and Ansoft launch new component library Product News 4/2/2004 Post a comment Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Ansoft Corp. have released a new surface-mount component library that consists of Murata's capacitor and inductor components for use with the Ansoft Designer EDA software to help customers develop next generation of ultra-miniature telecommunications products with greater accuracy.
Zero-drift amplifier cuts power consumption, increases battery life Product News 4/2/2004 1 comment Linear Technology says its LTC2054 and LTC2054HV are the industry's lowest power zero-drift amplifiers for power sensitive applications. At 175uA maximum supply current rated over the industrial temperature range, the amplifier offer a 2.5x reduction in power consumption over existing low power zero-drift amplifiers.
RapidIO at interconnect forefront, RapidFabric specs come under review Product News 4/1/2004 Post a comment With the steady---and predictable---increase in microprocessor clock speeds, system bandwidth requirements are moving beyond the capabilities of bus architectures. Enter RapidIO as a next-generation switch fabric for embedded systems. During the Electronica USA/Embedded Systems Conference, product initiatives using RapidIO were presented by members of the RapidIO Trade Association, and the Association also reviewed its new RapidFabric communications spec.
WLAN Power Amps has best power efficiency Product News 4/1/2004 Post a comment ANADIGICS has begun shipping InGaP, HBT, WLAN, power amplifiers (PAs) to a leading supplier of WLAN chipsets for PC notebooks. The RFS P2023 power amplifier was selected because it achieves higher power efficiencies in all operating modes compared with other WLAN PAs
Boost Controller consumes only 120 micro amps at no load Product News 4/1/2004 Post a comment Microchip introduces a series of 750-kHz gated oscillator DC/DC Boost Controllers. These devices can deliver 5 Watts of power to the load while consuming only 120 microamps of quiescent current at no load. They are used to generate the supply voltage for microcontrollers and other electronic loads from a battery supply or the bus voltages available in the system.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.