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Bulgin : Buccaneer connectors are waterproof to IP68
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
The number of uses for Bulginís 400 series Buccaneer waterproof connectors has grown with the introduction of fully assembled cables using over-moulded cable connectors.
KOA : Circuit protectors have 63 A breaking capacity
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
KOA introduces the universal modular fuse (UMF) links CCF-UM with fusing characteristics according to IEC standard 60127-4.
Editors' Choice: Products of the Week
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
Check out Editors' Choice, highlighting what we think are this week's top products.
14-Bit 150Msps ADC dissipates less than 150-mW
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
A low-power 14-bit, 150 Msps Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) has been released by Linear Technology Corporation that claims to dissipate 149 mW, which is less than one-third the power of competitive solutions.
Low-power HART modem IC minimizes system size
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
A single-chip, HART-compliant modem IC has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products that enables the smallest solution size for modulating and demodulating 1.1 kHz/2.2 kHz FSK signals.
Redpine makes Wi-Fi tracker
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
Redpine's new module for supporting WiFi RTLS tags offers an 802.11n single stream solution for asset tracking.
New 8-bit microcontrollers with integrated constant high-current drivers from NEC Electronics
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics introduced a new 8-bit All Flash general-purpose microcontroller (MCU), the PD78F8025, with integrated constant high-current drivers, and 32 kilobytes (KB) of flash memory.
Trio of precision clock generators offer 30 percent power savings
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced three new precision clock generators that have a crystal input, replacing up to four discrete high-frequency crystal oscillators with a single device.
60-V input, low quiescent current step-down controller high ambient temperatures
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced the H-grade version of the LTC3824, a 4 V to 60 V input range, low quiescent current step-down DC/DC controller in a small thermally enhanced MSOP-10 package.
ST rolls Morpheus reconfigurable processor
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has produced the first prototypes of the Morpheus chip, produced under the Morpheus collaborative research program which has been running for several years.
Design tool supports Infineon's TriCore
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Development tool vendor iSystem has announced a design tool for Infineon's TriCore 32-bit microcontroller family. The device supports a broad spectrum of functions close to the microcontroller hardware.
Ixxat offers IntervalZero CAN drivers
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Industrial and automotive data communication technology provider IXXAT Automation GmbH (Weingarten, Germany), will sell an IntervalZero RTX driver for one of its CAN boards. RTX drivers for other CAN boards will be released soon.
20V MOSFET delivers ultra-low RDS(ON)
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Intended for portable applications, Fairchild Semiconductor is offering a 20V 2mm x 2mm x 0.55mm thin MicroFET MOSFET that provides what the company says is the lowest RDS(ON) in the industry.
Meister : Flow monitors are designed for dirty fluids
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Meister Stroemungstechnik introduces flow monitors designed to monitor dirty fluids. The RMU seriesí hexagonal float is less sensitive to particles compared to cylindrical floats, which creates a small and constant circular orifice with the housing of the flowmeter.
Wet tantalum capacitors housed in surface-mountable, molded package
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Vishay's M34 and M35 devices offer a wide capacitance range of 1.7 µF at 125 V to 220 µF at 6 V, ±20 % standard capacitance tolerance, and operate up to +125°C with voltage derating.
Integrated modulator reduces component count in broadband satellite apps
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
ADI's ADRF6750 modulator saves space, reduces cost, and lowers complexity by integrating an analog I/Q quadrature modulator, fractional-N PLL (phase locked loop) synthesizer, VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) and digitally controlled RF attenuator, all within an 8 mm x 8 mm LFCSP package.
VGA Multiplexer offers near zero power consumption and extended ESD protection
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has released a complete 1:2 VGA multiplexer designed to switch between two VGA ports while maintaining an ultra-low, 6 pF (typ) on-capacitance and low, 5 Ω (typ) on-resistance for higher-bandwidth applications (up to 1 GHz).
Fairchild claims lowest RDS(ON) 20-V MicroFET MOSFET
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
For designers of portable applications Fairchild Semiconductor has unveiled a 20 V 2 mm x 2 mm x 0.55 mm thin MicroFET MOSFET that claims to provide the lowest RDS(ON) in the industry.
Fujitsu auto controller delivers in-vehicle HD video
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. introduced what it claims is the first 1394 automotive controller to deliver high-definition video in vehicle multimedia networks.
IC-Haus : Bidirectional interface connects digital sensors
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
iC-GF is a monolithic interface iC with two independent switching channels which enables digital sensors to drive peripheral elements, such as programmable logic controllers (PLC) and relays, for example.
Allegro : Current sensor has 50-200 A range
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
The ACS758 from Allegro MicroSystems is a thermally enhanced, high-current, Hall-effect-based linear current sensor that provides an economical and precise solution for ac or dc current sensing.
Sensirion : Humidity sensor suits demanding measurements
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
SHT15 digital humidity and temperature sensors are the high-end version of Sensirionís reflow solderable humidity sensor series with a cutting edge measurement accuracy.
AMD rolls out 40W server CPUs
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices will roll out server microprocessors today that hit a new low in power consumption for the company as well as some at new and higher data rates.
VGA multiplexer offers extended ESD protection
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's 1:2 VGA multiplexer switches between two VGA ports while maintaining 6pF (typ) on-capacitance and 5ohm (typ) on-resistance for higher-bandwidth applications.
Quad 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit DACs include 10ppm/°C reference
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology's latest quad DACs integrate a precision reference in tiny 3mm x 3mm QFN and MSOP packages for industrial, automotive and ATE applications.
A/V demodulator sharpens TV reception with fewer parts
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
With support for NTSC, PAL and SECAM analog broadcast standards, this demodulator chip from Fresco eliminates the need for multiple external SAW filters typically required for TV-grade reception.
New Reference Design from Power Integrations Meets Latest ENERGY STAR' Standby Power Specification for Audio-Amplifier Power Supplies
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Power Integrations, announced the availability of a new Reference Design Kit; a dual-rail power supply with high loop bandwidth and peak power for home theater systems with up to 650 watts audio power rating.
Position sensing at submicron resolutions
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Useful for position feedback of micro-actuators, austriamicrosystems AS5311 is a hall-effect sensor based linear magnetic encoder that the company says is the first such part to achieve submicron resolution.
Wide bandwidth dual 14bit ADC
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Catering to high-end data conversion applications such as defense imaging systems or test and measurement equipment, Texas Instruments has introduced a 14bit dual channel ADCs with sample rates of 250MS/s.
OSRAM : Optimized LED is 15 percent brighter
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Power TopLED Plus is the new optimized LED from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors which has been designed particularly for architectural and sales lighting.
Altium slashes price on 'unified' design tool
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4/21/2009   1 comment
Australian design tool provider Altium has cut by about 75 percent the price of its Altium Designer, a circuit board design tool which is intended to bring together the traditionally separate worlds of hardware and software design.
Yokogawa : Handheld multimeters offer reliability and safety
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
The Yokogawa TY500 series is a range of general-purpose handheld digital multimeters which combine reliability, ease of use and safety for use in field maintenance applications.
Apache offers Totem platform
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Apache Design Solutions announced Totem, an integrated power and noise integrity platform for analog, mixed-signal, memory, and high-speed I/O designs.
TSMC rolls sign-off flow, RF design kit
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to accelerate the product development process, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is rolling out a one-two punch in the arena: It has unveiled a mixed-signal/RF design kit as well as a foundry-specific integrated sign-off flow.
POWER: Tiny battery charger IC targets Li-Ion and Li-Polymer systems
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Summit's SMB239 programmable battery charger IC targets portable devices using Li-Ion and Li-Polymer batteries.
Free schematic symbols and PCB footprints for all Microchip products
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. and Accelerated Designs, Inc. have come together to provide CAD help for PCB engineers using Microchip devices.  They have collaborated on an Ultra Librarian Reader (ULR) tool to provide Microchip's customers with schematic symbols and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) footprints for Microchip's entire product portfolio.
Low power dual, 14-bit analog-to-digital converter offers 66 percent greater bandwidth
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has introduced a dual, 14-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) at 250 mega samples per second to deliver a premier combination of wide signal bandwidth, high dynamic performance and low power consumption.
Atmel launches new energy efficient microcontroller with high speed communication features
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has released a new AVR 32 microcontroller with high speed communication for digital audio solutions that features the company's 91 DMIPS AVR32 CPU, the AT32UC3A3 which consumes less than 2.0mW/MHz in active mode to allow the AVR32 microcontroller to deliver more than 150 hours of audio playback from two AA batteries.
New simulation software release reduces power-electronic prototype iterations
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Simulation software specialist, ANSYS, Inc., has released a new version of its Simplorer software, which is part of the Ansoft family of electronic design automation (EDA) products.
Energy-saving 3-Gbps SDI Equalizer offers lowest max jitter across cable lengths
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
A new PowerWise 3-Gbps (3G) serial digital interface (SDI) cable equalizer (EQ) has been unveiled by National Semiconductor that simplifies the design of broadcast video routers, production switchers, distribution amplifiers, editing and conversion equipment.
Altera rolls evaluation kit
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the availability of the Transceiver Signal Integrity development kit, Stratix IV GX Edition.
Mentor embraces Autosar
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
EDA software vendor Mentor Graphics has announced a product family that supports the Autosar software standard for automotive electronics. The products are based on the company's existing Eclipse development environment.
3-Gbps SDI equalizer yields low jitter across cable lengths
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's PowerWise cable equalizer guarantees lowest maximum jitter across cable lengths.
Atmel : 32-bit CPU supports Hi-Speed USB
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Atmel has introduction of a new AVR32 microcontroller with high speed communication.
In-circuit tester features digital capabilities, low-cost fixturing
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Agilent has launched the Medalist i1000D in-circuit test system that bridges a growing solution gap between high-functionality in-circuit testers and low-end manufacturing defects analyzers.
Vishay : Foil resistors feature a TCR down to 0.2 ppm per degree C
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has announced four conformally coated, cost-effective, high-precision Bulk Metal foil and Z-foil resistors that provide extremely high accuracy and a rise time of 1 ns, effectively without ringing.
PCIe switches add high bandwidth interconnection to many applications
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology recently rolled out a pair of high-performance PCIe switches that are intended for control planes, back planes, gigabit Ethernet cards, host bus adapters, servers, enterprise storage, and multi-function printers.
TI claims fastest dual 14-bit ADC
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
TI has developed a dual, 14-bit analog-to-digital converter that it says delivers that industry's fastest sample rate at 250 MSPS.
Everlight : Full color LED comes in small SMT packaging
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Everlight Electronics has announced the EHP-B02 3 in 1 full color LED in a surface mount (SMT) package.
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