GPS gets easier to implement Product News 4/28/2006 Post a comment Focus-On: Global Positioning System satellite receivers are proliferating for myriad nomadic systems applications. If you’re not comfortable crafting RF circuits at 1.5-GHz, however, vendors are making it easier to embed critical high-performance GPS blocks. Off-the-shelf products range from receiver/active-antennas to LNAs to single-chip and modular GPS receivers. Here's a sampling of recent product roll-outs for OEMs.
CCFL inverters have smallest form factor Product News 4/28/2006 Post a comment Endicott Research says its S and SE Series (DC/AC) inverters, which can power up to two cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) in display backlighting applications, have the industry's smallest form factor. They're available in both open-frame (S Series) and encapsulated (SE series) versions.
Power-grid quality monitors are GPS-equipped, networked Product News 4/27/2006 Post a comment With summer weather on the way, and air conditioners about to be cranked up, power-line quality will soon be an issue for generation companies. Here's a monitoring system that lets you---over the Web---identify site trends and power events. Embedded compression supports true-time data sampling, with values and trends continuously stored.
Terminal blocks are RoHS compliant Product News 4/27/2006 Post a comment Available in RoHS-compliant versions, Spectrum Control's filtered terminal block line is offered in barrier strip or PCB models for filtering of AC power, DC power and control lines.
Cadence 'segments' PCB product line Product News 4/27/2006 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems has segmented its Allegro PCB product line into three different "tiers" representing different price levels and capabilities. Cadence is also rolling out a new version of its Design Workbench data management product, and a new Design Publisher tool that places designs into PDF files.
Reconfigurable processor firm offers FFT support Product News 4/27/2006 Post a comment IPFlex Inc., a Japanese developer of a reconfigurable paralleling processing platform in the form of its DAPDNA-2 chip, has teamed up with Sobal Corp. to offer a codeveloped FFT development kit. The FFT/inverse FFT library in the kit was developed by Sobal.
Clock supports multiple distribution networks Product News 4/26/2006 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor Corp. unveiled the first member of its ispClock5300S family of in-system programmable, zero-delay, single-ended universal buffer devices with four operating configurations to support the implementation of multiple clock distribution networks.
SSRs feature fast switching Product News 4/26/2006 Post a comment Avago launches a pair of fast switching, dual-channel optically isolated MOSFET-output solid-state relays that operate over a wide industrial temperature range of -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C.
WhiteBlox, Amino team on set-top boxes Product News 4/26/2006 Post a comment WhiteBlox, a division of Continental Vista Broadcasting Group Inc., announced at the National Association of Broadcasters show here it will collaborate with U.K.-based Amino Communications Ltd. to provide dynamic content and video services over Amino’s AmiNET set-top boxes.
Encirq improves data-centric software framework Product News 4/26/2006 Post a comment Encirq Corp. has launched Version 2.2 of its data-centric software framework for embedded applications. Enhancements include user-extensible indexing that gives designers the flexibility to implement customized indexing strategies to achieve the best possible search performance for a given application.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...