MOSFET chip set boosts supplies by 15% Product News 4/30/2005 Post a comment Renesas Technology says its RJK0305DPB/RJK0301DPB high-side/low-side chip set achieves an efficiency of 90 percent, the highest in the industry, for small DC/DC converters (20 amps at 1.3 volts from a 12-volt input). In such applications, this increase in efficiency corresponds to an increase in output current of about 15 percent as compared to converters built with the company's previous generation MOSFETs.
7200-rpm, 100-Gbyte drive available in 2.5-in. platter for notebooks Product News 4/29/2005 Post a comment Seagate Technology has added to its Momentus family of hard disk drive products a 7200-rpm, 100-Gigabyte drive, the highest capacity available for notebooks. And it has ramped up the areal densities on its 5400 and 4200 drives to 120-Gbytes from 100-Gbytes. With the latest additions, Seagate now offers a complete line of 2.5-in notebook drives covering all spin speeds, capacity points and interfaces.
Yamaichi offers a test & burn-in socket with ultra fine pitch for BGA/CSP Product News 4/29/2005 Post a comment The continuous miniaturization of mobile applications and the resulting shrinking of module sizes requires ever smaller pitches. This miniaturization also presents a challenge to the socket manufacturers, as not only the reliability, but also the processing capability of the contact systems for Test & Burn-In applications must be ensured.
Tools tailored for XAP 32-bit RISC core Product News 4/29/2005 Post a comment Cambridge Consultants has forged a set of development tools for its XAP3 royalty-free RISC processor core for ASICs and FPGAs. The tool set comprises the Gnu Compiler Collection (GCC) C/C++ compiler and the uCLinux and Micrium (C/OS-II real-time operating systems. In particular, the Gnu Compiler Collection imparts an industry standard C programming environment and support for C++ and Java.
BMW peilt fahrzeugübergreifende Kommunikation an Product News 4/29/2005 Post a comment Mit der Entwicklung einer neuen Generation von Fahrer-Assistenzsystemen will die Industrie Problemfelder wie Sicherheit und Verkehrsfluss ansprechen. Manche der neuen Systeme erfordern eine Integrationsebene über das individuelle Fahrzeug hinaus.
Analyst sees new products gaining traction in LCD and handheld markets Product News 4/28/2005 Post a comment Following yesterday's yesterday's report on March quarter revenues, American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman is upgrading his assessment of Intersil Corp. Though it's given up market share in the PC power components market, the company has overcome some of the bumbs from its merger with Xicor and is growing its business in the display arena. Here are the analyst's notes and projections from that earnings report.
Ceramic caps reduce short-circuit risk in auto apps Product News 4/28/2005 Post a comment EPCOS AG has developed a new type of ceramic capacitor, designated as a multi-layer serial ceramic capacitor (MLSC), to minimize the risk of short circuits if the capacitor is damaged, particularly for applications where the capacitor is permanently connected to a power source or voltage source such as in automotive electronic circuits.
Nomadic fiber-optics tester supplants multiple instruments Product News 4/28/2005 Post a comment Here's a new line of metro-area optical time-domain reflectometers that combine measurement and analysis functions with optical power meters, light sources, and Internet Protocol testing. These battery-powered nomadic instruments combine the functions of multiple instruments, giving you an all-in-one handheld that can be used to confirm optical access service connections as well as IP network transmission performance.
Tyco power relay has contact ratings of up to 500 A dc Product News 4/28/2005 Post a comment The Kilovac EV200 from Tyco Electronics is a small, low-price and hermetically sealed relay with contact ratings of up to 500 A dc. Developed for explosive and harsh environments, the relay is intrinsically safe with no oxidation or contamination of coils or contacts, providing stable contact resistance over years of use, including long periods of non-operation.
Radiometrix FM multi-channel transceiver has a usable range of over one kilometre Product News 4/28/2005 Post a comment Radiometrix's TR2M UHF narrow band FM multi-channel transceiver is perfect for bi-directional data links where range is a problem. The compact device offers a reliable data link in an industry-standard pin out and footprint, making it ideal for low power applications where existing Wide Band FM modules don't have enough range or where multi-channel operation is required.
Eighth-brick claims best thermal performance Product News 4/28/2005 Post a comment Power-One's 30-amp SQE series of eighth-brick converters emphasizes its superior thermal performance: Better, says the company, than traditional 30-amp quarter-bricks, which the new converters are designed to replace. The SQE's 1.8-volt output model, for example, delivers 29 amps at up to +70°C with only 200 lfm cooling, as compared to its full-rated output of 30 amps for 300 lfm cooling. Operating efficiency is as high as 91 percent at full load (3.3-volt model). No heatsink is required.
COTS chassis available in 7U height Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment Elma Electronic Inc. has expanded its 12R1 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) chassis series with a new low-weight, rugged 7U version. Offering excellent shielding capability, the new chassis weighs 20% to 25% less than the company's previous models.
High-voltage MLCCs offer more options Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment Cal-Chip Electronics Inc. has expanded its CHV series of high voltage multi-layer ceramic chip (MLCC) capacitors with voltages of up to 10 kV. These devices are typically specified for surge suppression and temperature compensation in high-voltage applications where PC-board space is limited. Applications include wireless and portable products such as notebook computers, cellular phones, PDAs, camcorders, VCRs, telecommunications and test equipment.
128 x 64-pixel PLED comes with LCD interface Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment One Stop Displays (OSD) has introduced a 128 x 64-pixel graphic PLED with a standard LCD interface. The OSD2401-4 has the same 8-bit interface as many popular 128 x 64 LCDs that use S6B0107 and S6B0108 driver ICs.
Duracell will 'prismatische' Batterien etablieren Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment Der Batteriehersteller Duracell will mit prismatischen Energieträgern eine flache Alternative zur verbeiteten AA-Bauform schaffen. Die Flachmänner haben mehr zu bieten als nur einen anderen Formfaktor. Nur sind sie (noch) zu teuer für den Massenmarkt.
Atmel's GPS baseband IC offers 3 meter accuracy Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment Atmel has expanded its global positioning systems (GPS) offering with a 14-channel, GPS baseband IC that carries a $5 price tag and three-meter accuracy. The Baldur chip is priced about 45% lower than any other comparably featured GPS baseband IC.
HyperX DDR2 PC2-6000 memory modules make their debut Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment Kingston Technology is shipping in limited quantities HyperX DDR2 modules tested to run at PC2-6000 or 750-MHz. The company is offering the unbuffered dual in-line memory modules (DIMM) in capacities up to 1-Gigabyte (Gbyte) and dual-channel memory kits up to 2-Gbytes. The KHX6000D PC2-6000 DIMMs are the latest in a series of module products based on HyperX DDR2 memory.
Samples of 90-nm, 512-Mbit DDR2 SDRAMs slated for June Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment Samples of 512-Mbit DDR2 SDRAMs manufactured using advanced 90-nm process technology will be available in June. The advanced process will yield 512-Mbit DDR2 SDRAM devices with a small chip size of 69.9-mm2, allowing more devices per wafer for increased unit output.
1U switchers optimize telecom fit Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment Taiyo Yuden bills its AAD-130SD, the latest addition to the company's line of ultracompact switching supplies, as one of the industry's smallest for its high-current capabilities in datacom and telecom. The family delivers 130 watts nominal (144 watts maximum for 15 CFM cooling) in sixteen models. Measuring approximately 5-by-3.14-by-1.25 inches and thus suited to 1U-high applications, the AAD-130SD is offered in single- and dual-output versions.
MOSFETs stay true to temperature Product News 4/26/2005 Post a comment Siliconix says the ten new devices in its portfolio of n-channel MOSFETs are the industry's first with high threshold voltage yet low on-resistance (3.4 volts, and as low as 2.7 milliohms, respectively). The new devices are designed to minimize the variation in threshold despite large increases in operating temperature, which when high enough will shift the traditional MOSFET's threshold voltage to near zero and initiate a spontaneous turn-on.
Fan-free Pentium-M boards run Windows CE 5.0 Product News 4/26/2005 Post a comment If you're designing a low power embedded application based on the ubiquitous PC architecture, you'll be interested in this line of boards from Ampro Computers. It now offers four single-board computers based on the Windows CE 5.0 operating system. Best of all, none of these board-level PCs requires a cooling fan.
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