Plasma monitor 4 inches deep Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment IEE is launching its UltraVue 42, a 42-inch wide-screen plasma-display monitor with an 853 x 480-pixel format and a thin, 4.1-inch profile. It features "vibrant color reproduction," according to company marketer Susan Smyers, as well as "sophisticated driving techniques that improve black level instead of toning down the white light emitted."
Echotek's PMC board gives parallel link Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment Echotek Corp. has launched a single-width PMC board that provides a high-speed bidirectional link for the increasingly popular FPDP (Front-Panel Data Port) ANSI/VITA standard. It features "on-the-fly" software reconfiguration for operation as either a transmitter or a receiver and it's equally at home with 80-Mbyte/second TTL transmission or 160 Mbytes/second for PECL.
PC-MIP board packs serial channels Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment The Modular I/O operation of SBS Technologies Inc. (formerly SBS GreenSpring Modular I/O) has rolled out a "solutions-oriented" serial I/O board in the PC-MIP Type II mezzanine-board form factor. The P-HSS2-II provides two RS-232/RS-422 serial communication channels with Windows NT and VxWorks driver support for LAN/WAN networking, telecom and datacom applications.
Inova's lineup goes to bat for CompactPCI in 3U size Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment Inova Computers Inc., banking that the CompactPCI bandwagon will roll for the small, 3U form factor as well as larger, 6U systems, is introducing what president Paul Gaudreau calls a comprehensive family of low-cost power supplies, backplanes and EMI-compliant enclosures for 3U CPCI.
TriQuint offers 2.488-Gbit/s mux, demux Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment TriQuint Semiconductor's TQ8213 multiplexer and TQ8223 demultiplexer are the first products in a new line of 2.488-Gbit/second OC-48/STM-16 integrated circuits. They are aimed at applications in telecommunications transmission, tributaries, bus interconnects, line cards and packet-switch backbones. The company expects to add 16- and 8-bit-wide PECL da-ta buses, transceivers, 10-Gbit/s OC-192 products and 3.3-V support.
Gbit Ethernet transceiver has boundary scan Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) has unveiled the S2204, a CMOS quad-channel transceiver with JTAG IEEE 1149.1-compliant boundary scan to facilitate high-speed serial data transmission for Gigabit Ethernet applications.
ADI, TI launch high-speed D/A families Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) has launched its second generation of high-speed digital-to-analog (D/A) converters for communications and instrumentation systems, and Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced its first generation, which it says are pin-compatible with those from ADI.
MOSFETs, IGBTs tuned for specific tasks Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment Driven by ever-tightening OEM design schedules, suppliers of discrete power semiconductors are offering expanded product lines that essentially represent their version of "plug and play." Producers of mainstay power semiconductors such as MOSFETS, insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) and Schottky diodes are tilling the landscape with graduated levels of performance to more exactly meet the needs of a given task.
Resettable fuses trip faster, slash size by half Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment Raychem Corp. says the resettable fuses in its PolySwitch microSMD product family of surface-mount devices are among the smallest of their kind. Because of material advances and manufacturing process improvements, the polymeric positive-temperature-coefficient (PPTC) components are 45 percent smaller than earlier fuses but boast the same hold-current ratings. The resettable fuses also trip faster and weigh less than comparable devices with the same or similar performance.
Molex connector system advances Digital Video Interface Product News 5/24/1999 Post a comment Molex Inc. last week began shipping its first production quantities of a connector system based on the new Digital Video Interface (DVI) specification, which promises to advance digital imaging in PCs and caps a years-long effort to define a universal industry standard for the digital interface between PCs, consumer electronics and displays.
Aromat relay meets Europe spec for HVAC Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment Aromat Corp. says the NaiS brand of DE miniature power relays provides 8-mm creepage and distance between coil and contacts, meeting the VDE0631 European standard for HVAC applications. It also meets the standards for home appliances and for office- and factory-automation equipment.
Dc/dc converters fill local power niche Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment Populating boards with higher-voltage, lower-end power sources is a trend increasingly used for powering such systems as 12-V op amps in a signal-conditioning environment. Recent 1- to 3-W dc/dc-converter offerings from several vendors, most touting no external components, fit that bill.
Honeywell surface-mount IR lenses stifle crosstalk Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment Honeywell's Micro Switch division is offering discrete surface-mount infrared components with glass lenses for applications such as optical encoding for motion control, vending and point-of-sales applications, smoke detection and medical uses.
LED cubes built on dot matrix Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment The RGB sunlight-visible LED display cube from LEDtronics Inc. employs a dot-matrix configuration in which LEDs of different colors are arranged within a cell so they appear to produce a single-color light.
Aluminum caps surface mount Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment Illinois Capacitor Corp.'s new SMH series surface-mount aluminum electrolytic capacitors are aimed at high-performance portable-equipment markets. With capacitance values ranging from 0.47 to 470 microfarads and voltages from 6.3 to 50 working voltage (dc), the SMH units can handle many common applications.
Monochromes go full color in liquid-crystal scheme Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment ColorLink Inc. will unveil its ColorSwitch, a liquid-crystal shutter technology, at this week's Society for Information Displays (SID) Conference. The low-power, high-throughput, no-moving-parts, solid-state "color wheel" turns monochrome displays into full-color devices.
Low-power SBC targets embedded apps Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment The AIM104-386EX from Arcom Control Systems Inc. brings ruggedness, a wide -40 degrees C to +75 degrees C temperature range and low-power operation to the PC/104 bus. A single-board DOS engine based on a 33-MHz Intel 386EX embedded microprocessor, it has 1 Mbyte of on-board SRAM and 1 Mbyte of flash memory. Datalight's ROM-DOS 6.22 operating system and the Arcom Flash Filing System (AFFS) have been pre-installed.
Controllers deliver RAID to PCI workstations, servers Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment Adaptec Inc. has unveiled a family of RAID controller boards for PCI-based workstations and servers, using LVD (low-voltage differential) Ultra2-SCSI to deliver up to 80 Mbytes/second per channel. The boards support RAID levels 0, 1, 0/1 and 5, and manage up to 15 LVD disk drives per channel in any combination of RAID striping and mirroring.
LCD offers a wide temperature range Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment A color VGA display from AND Displays measuring 6.4 inches on the diagonal features high brightness, a broad dimming capability and a wide operating temperature range of -10 degrees C to 60 degrees C. Storage range is -30 degrees C to 80 degrees C.
Telemetry boards deliver satellite links Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment A pair of open-architecture telemetry boards from the Telemetry and Communications Products operation of SBS Technologies (formerly known as SBS Berg Telemetry Systems) address different parts of the satellite-communications chain. The Model 4437-P2 brings digital-modulation capabilities to ground-station gear using the ISA bus, while the Model 4428-V brings a complete Consultive Committee on Space Data Systems (CCSDS) interface to the VMEbus, usable as either an uplink or downlink.
Micrel, TelCom broaden their LDO regulator lines Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment Micrel Inc. and TelCom Semiconductor have each added low-dropout (LDO) regulators. Micrel calls its MIC5213 among the industry's smallest, and its MIC5270 provides negative voltage for portable applications. TelCom describes its TC1263 as a 500-mA, fixed-output, high-accuracy 0.5 percent typical CMOS LDO with shutdown.
Accelerometers handle low-g readings Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment Crossbow Technology Inc. has launched its LF Series of single- and three-axis accelerometers, providing high stability and low noise for inertial measurements and automotive testing, among other applications. The CXL02LF3 accelerometer is among the first silicon micromachined, three-axis packaged solutions. Other high-stability three-axis sensors must be built and aligned by the customer from three single-axis solutions.
UPS unit powers multiple servers Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment American Power Conversion Corp. bills its Smart-UPS 5 kVA, which fits in a 5U space, as one of the first compact rack-mount uninterruptible power supplies for high-powered and multiserver environments.
Active, passive cooling entries can take Pentium III's heat Product News 5/18/1999 Post a comment Eyeing the cooling requirements of Intel Corp.'s new Pentium III microprocessor, Aavid Thermal Products Inc. has launched a family of heat sinks that have cross-cut cooling fins to support omnidirectional airflow. The company has also unveiled heat sinks targeted at the sub-$1,000-PC marketplace.
LCDs fly in bright lights Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment White Electronic Designs Corp. is introducing three color products to its line of ruggedized LCD modules. Designed for commercial and military cockpits where ambient lighting conditions can be extremely bright, they are sunlight-readable active-matrix LCD devices with diagonal sizes of 4, 5 and 5.6 inches.
Optically enhanced LCDs seek their place in the sun Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment At the Society for Information Display conference, Panelview Inc. will show a family of optically enhanced active-matrix LCD modules. With high brightness and contrast, they target high ambient lighting conditions, including outdoor applications where sunlight may shine directly on the displays. These include industrial-control equipment, portable medical devices, gas-pump displays and point-of-sale terminals.
Sync processor helps migration Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment The SS 200 sync processor from Extron Electronics upgrades users from CRT-based projectors to other presentation display media such as plasma displays or projectors based on LCDs, Texas Instruments' DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology or Hughes/JVC's ILA technology.
Video generator handles HDTV Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment A new HDTV video generator from TEAM Systems, the Model Astro VG-854, combines HDTV capabilities with high-end computer display testing. With a maximum pixel frequency of 400 MHz and maximum horizontal scanning frequency of 300 kHz, it has the operating margin to track advances in displays for years to come, according to the company.
Circulators feature safer, more-precise termination Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment KDI/Triangle Corp. has introduced its FAN series of terminated ferrite circulators with aluminum-nitride terminations as an alternative to potentially hazardous conventional beryllium-oxide terminations. The terminations are designed for a more precise third port match, enhancing performance. The design gives the series a plus/minus 5 degrees typical phase consistency.
Suppressors extend overvoltage shield Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment Semtech Corp. is offering two new families of highly integrated transient-voltage suppression (TVS) devices that are said to exceed the overvoltage-protection requirements of the sensitive CMOS technology used in portable applications.
CMD fields 2.7-V CMOS op amp line Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment California Micro Devices Corp. (CMD) has introduced the CMC7101A-the first in a family of op amps. The company said its first op amp works with industry-standard 7101 low-power op amps like the National LMC7101A but provides the lowest available supply-voltage capability at 2.7 V in a five-pin SOT-23 package. The cost is 20 cents in lots of 1 million.
Moto's ECL logic series touts speed gains Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector says its ECLinPS Plus logic series, offers faster propagation delays and rise/fall times and tighter skews than the company's previous ECL families. ECLinPS Plus is designed with Motorola's Mosaic V bipolar process and intended for use in high-end computer designs, ATE, instrumentation and telecom. Motorola said the series meets stringent requirements in serial data transmission, skew clock distribution, translation logic, toggle frequency and adhesion be
Address, clock chips aim at DDR SDRAM Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc.'s newest address driver and clock driver with phase-locked loop are equipped with the SSTL-2 interface for use with double-data-rate synchronous DRAM modules. Hitachi said the HD74SSTL16857T address driver and HD74CDC857T PLL clock driver provide stable, high-speed data transfer within the main memory of workstations and servers.
Data-converter ICs tweaked for TI DSPs Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced 11 data-converter ICs that have been optimized for use with the company's digital signal processors (DSPs). There are four 12-bit 200/400-ksample/second analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, two 10-bit 1.25-Msample/s A/D converters and five 10- and 12-bit digital-to-analog (D/A) converters.
Dual-channel D/A targets comms Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment Harris Semiconductor has added the 12-bit, dual-channel HI5828 to its CommLink family of CMOS D/A converters. It is tailored for the high-speed transmit section of communication systems.
Dc/dc converter cuts parts count Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment TelCom Semiconductor Inc.'s TC1142 is a 20-mA regulated dc/dc converter with boost/buck operation that maintains a fixed output (-3 V to -5 V in 1-V increments) over an input range of 2.5 to 5.5 V.
A/D rides 8-bit flash controllers Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment Microchip Technology has added the 28-pin PIC16F873 and the 40-pin PIC16F874 to its PIC16F87X family of 8-bit flash microcontrollers. It also introduced an in-circuit debugger evaluation kit.
Materials share spotlight with new displays at SID Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment Suppliers of display products will show up at the Society for Information Display Conference (SID), which opens here May 17, with a raft of new offerings, including prototypes of next-generation products that will be shown in exhibitor booths, author interview sessions and private hotel-suite demos.
Switches moving toward noncontact Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment OEMs seeking long-lasting components for systems with lower voltage and amperage requirements are putting more electronic noncontact switches on their shopping lists. Devices with optical, magnetic and other non-contact technologies are gaining favor as a result. Although demand for electromechanical switches is expected to overshadow electronic devices for a long time to come, switch makers are beginning to feel as if they're missing out without at least a small portfolio of electronic componen
Fluke's digital multimeters measure dBm, ac bandwidth Product News 5/10/1999 Post a comment Fluke Corp.'s next-generation handheld digital multimeters tout several added measuring capabilities, including dBm, 100-kHz ac bandwidth and true-rms ac+dc voltage and current. Accuracy of the new 87 and 89 Series IV meters is said to be 0.025 percent, with more than 50,000 counts of resolution on a multiple-reading display that includes a secondary display and a real-time clock to time-stamp critical measurements. Another benefit is fast startup: According to Fluke, the user is ready for actio
Voltage reference extends battery life Product News 5/3/1999 Post a comment Characterized by a typical knee current of just 4 microamps, Zetex's ZXRE1004 bandgap reference provides 1.22 V for lower-voltage applications and an ever higher degree of battery conservation. Its SOT23 package, which is one-fifth the size of SO8 parts, is designed to tuck easily into many space- and power-restricted layouts, the company said. SO8 and TO92 versions are also available, to provide designers with a high-performance, pin-to-pin compatible device.
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.