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Charge-pumps brighten display picture
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5/31/2004   Post a comment
Three new generations of charge-pump from Advanced Analogic Technologies bring a new level of functional, high-efficiency, and cost- and space-saving performance to LED- and LCD-based display applications. These chips maximize brightness in white LEDs (AAT3140/41) in single-cell portable applications, improve camera flash performance (AAT3112), and provide the positive and negative voltages (AAT3190) for thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLED
High-voltage chip resistors target medical devices
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5/29/2004   Post a comment
Review: SEI Electronics Inc. says its new high-voltage chip resistor series for medical applications outperforms its competitors in higher withstanding voltage and resistance range. The new HVC resistors can replace current solutions such as axial-leaded film and wirewound resistors in high-voltage medical applications with a smaller and surface-mountable part.
Sensors Expo highlights micro and nano technologies
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
Need or want to learn more about micro and nano technologies, then the Sensors Expo & Conference is the place to be on June 7-10 in Detroit's Cobo Center. Designed to inform the technical community about advances and applications for these emerging technologies, the "Nanotechnology and Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Microsystems Technologies (MST) and Micromachines" session will tackle three major issues — commercialization, research and development progress, and current and future
Taiyo Yuden offers free HF component sample kit
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) is offering its new high-frequency designer's kit free to qualified designers attending the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium 2004 in Ft. Worth, Texas, from June 8-10. The component sample kit comes bundled with an assortment of capacitors, ferrite beads and multilayer inductors that are included on the accompanying RF Component Library CD containing enhanced high-frequency performance data for use in circuit simulations, and a copy of Ansoft Designer SV design si
Opinion: Your logic analyzer can probe those forgotten signals!
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
Logic analysis is a powerful tool. However, the most powerful logic analyzer is useless without a sound probing connection to a system under test. If you approach the problem carefully, you'll find that you can even probe those "forgotten" signals.
High quality audio amp for the home with minimal design effort
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
National Semi offers three new stereo audio amplifiers in its Overture line of products for home stereo systems. Check out the review by Editor Paul O'Shea on these newest audio amplifiers that feature quiet fade-in/fade-out mute mode circuitry for gradually bringing the sound up or down.
Un projet européen promeut la télévision via des téléphones portables
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
Un projet européen financé par le cinquième programme-cadre de l’Union Européenne permettra bientôt aux téléphones portables bimodaux d’accéder à des programmes de télévision et à Internet.
All-metal sealed keypads target harsh environments
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
EAO Switch has expanded its line of sealed and anti-vandal keypads with the introduction of its all-metal sealed S series. These new keypads are designed for high-use public and industrial environments such as for access control, banking, and kiosk applications. In addition, the new line aids the visually impaired by providing a "blind" pin locator that can be found on key "5" as well as options for Braille and raised characters.
Test plug works with standard PLCC sockets
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Aries Electronics offers a new 44-pin test plug for use with standard PLCC sockets. For maximum user flexibility, the test plug can either have a cable soldered directly to the plug, or a socket or header on the topside of the new plug.
These differential amplifiers drive the complete range of A/D converters
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices' newest fully differential high-speed amplifiers are designed to deliver the industry's best combination of low noise, low distortion and wide dynamic range"ideal for driving high-speed, analog-to-digital converters.
Focus-On: Cards to enable Gbit-speed Ethernet
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Focus-On: Cards to enable Gbit-speed Ethernet. With 1-Gbit/s and even 10-Gbit/s Ethernet in the offing, at least two board-level products are almost ready for deployment.
The fastest 5-V fractional-unit load full duplex RS-485/422 transceiver?
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5/27/2004   Post a comment
Intersil announced two more LINEARLINK full-duplex RS-485/422 transceivers. The ISL4491E is the world's fastest 5-V, full-duplex, one-eighth fractional-unit load transceiver with 15-kV ESD protection. These new devices boost performance in industrial and commercial applications.
Class-D audio power amplifiers balanced just right for small LCD TVs
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Providing liquid crystal display (LCD) TV manufacturers with the feature set required to meet high efficiency audio demands, TI announced two new stereo Class-D audio power amplifiers for 17 to 23 inch LCD-TVs. The two new devices feature efficient Class-D operation, driving up to 10W of continuous stereo output power with no external heat sink.
PC-operated JTAG controller relies on fast LAN or USB connections
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Here's a review of a high-performance intelligent boundary-scan controller that can be connected either to a PC via high-speed USB 2.0 or a 10/100BaseT Ethernet LAN connection. The unit can also test and in-system program CPLDs, FPGAs, and flash memories, on up to four ganged JTAG chains.
Light, rugged AC/DC supply delivers 500W
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Absopulse Electronics' PFC500-C is a compact and lightweight power supply intended for applications in harsh environments where power factor correction is a key requirement. Its single-output design utilizes a variable-frequency (50-150 kHz) topology for the PFC-input stage and half-bridge topology after the input stage to deliver 500 watts at 28 or 48 volts from a 90- to 264-VAC input (47-420 Hz). The power-factor is corrected to at least 0.97 at full load over the entire input range. The unit,
Integrated magnetics shrinks dc-to-dc converter
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Leveraging its ability to integrate a microelectromechanical systems-like inductor on the same IC with a switching regulator controller, Enpirion Inc. is offering a complete dc-to-dc converter on a chip.
Flexible PWM controller fits IBA bill
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor positions its LM5033 as the first fully-featured 100-volt DC/DC pulse width modulation (PWM) controller for meeting the needs of modern intermediate bus architectures (IBAs). "The introduction of the intermediate bus is an inflection point in the evolution of distributed power architectures," said Paul Greenland, marketing director for the Power Management group. "Customers expect the next generation of intermediate bus converters to be flexible and efficient without sacri
Fan tray assemblies support up to nine fans
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Bud Industries Inc. has announced the availability of three additional fan tray assemblies that include three, six and nine fans per unit, for a total of more than 100 CFM (cubic feet/minute) per fan. These fan assemblies will improve systems operations by controlling waste heat generated by equipment within a cabinet.
Compact Flash card kit designed for wireless applications
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
AVX Corp. has expanded its line of standard and custom card kits with the new Compact Flash Type II kit with standard plastic extensions for wireless applications. Designated the 9181 Series, the Compact Flash (C/F) card kit features a plastic frame, stainless steel covers and a 50-position receptacle.
Adapter supports Atmel DataFlash devices
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Emulation Technology' new adapter supports Atmel DataFlash devices packaged in the new chip-scale ball grid array (CBGA) packages for both programming and prototyping applications.
5-in-1 card connector comes with xD support
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Yamaichi Electronics USA Inc. offers a new combination 5-in-1 Flash card connector that supports xD Picture Cards, Memory Stick (MS), SmartMedia (SM), SecureDigital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) cards. The FRS008-3100-0 connector can be used in many applications including printers, card readers, notebook computers, PDAs and other mobile applications.
Heat shrink tubing kits supplied in heavy-duty versions
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Waytek Inc. said its extra-heavy-duty heat shrink tubing provides the highest strain relief and abrasion and corrosion resistance to protect connections from moisture and contamination for the most rugged conditions.
Agilent says latest 2-GHz 10-Gsample/s storage scope packs industry's lowest price
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Certified for USB 2.0 compliance testing, Agilent Technologies's latest four-channel 2-GHz storage scope is claimed to be the first such instrument with 10-Gsample/s performance at the industry's lowest price. The scope and its companion probing system are also certified by the USB Implementers Forum as USB v2.0 compliance test tools.
LED lamps offer sunlight visible illumination
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
LEDtronics has released its T3-¼ (9 mm) BF321 series of miniature bayonet-based LED lamps that incorporates advanced optical-grade epoxy to produce sunlight-visible illumination that is bright and evenly dispersed.
Chip inductors beef up current rating
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) said its new series of low profile, wound-chip inductors deliver 30% higher current rating as compared to conventional inductors in the same package size. The NR series is designed for use in dc/dc converter choke-coil applications, which is an emerging industry trend driving the replacement of less-efficient charge pump power supplies that can't meet the requirements of feature-intensive cell phones and other high-power consumption portable devices.
Cable assemblies support 5 Gbit/s bandwidth, save board space
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Molex Inc. touts that its new Triad Differential Pair (TDP) cable assemblies can save board space and achieve bandwidths up to 5.0 Gbit/s. Complementing Molex's TDP connector product line, the new cable assemblies offer designers a one-stop interconnect solution for a variety of applications. These include displays, routers, storage devices, switches, portable DVI devices, HDTVs and other entertainment displays, automotive displays, as well as custom applications that require high-speed electric
ZigBee chipset
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
The Z-link chipset has been developed for ZigBee devices operating in the 900 MHz band.
Pin-compatiblility makes upgrading ADCs simple
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments announced five new members of the ADS5500 high-speed analog-to-digital converter (ADC) family. The ADS5500 family now consists of three 14-bit ADCs and three 12-bit ADCs available in speeds of 80, 100 and 125 MSPS. The pin-compatible family of ADCs provides customers with an easy upgrade path. Designers now have a range of resolutions, speed and performance options tailored for their application requirements.
Dialog, Intel sampling low power combo for mobile devices
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor Plc has started sampling a tightly integrated system level power management IC that in one CMOS device supports both a communications processor and the Intel PXA27x family of applications processors.
Industry's fastest single-board computer?
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Board vendor General Micro Systems is rolling out what it claims is the industry's fastest CompactPCI single-board computer. Featuring a pair of hyper-threaded Pentium-4 Xeon micros, the SBC packs a six-channel video subsystem and a four-port switched-fabric hub. That lets it achieve an aggregate I/O bandwidth of a whopping 10-Gbytes/s-plus!
Ruggedized data recorder works with laptops
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews a portable data-acq unit and recorder designed for automotive, industrial, laboratory, and mobile applications. As a highly modular unit, it can work as a high-bandwidth front-end for PC data acquisition, as well as a recorder. Options let you write to tape, disk or solid-state drives.
PocketPC-based IEEE-802.11 test receiver gets internal GPS
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Wireless test equipment vendor Berkeley Varitronics Systems is releasing an innovation to its existing Yellowjacket 802.11b/a/g test receiver based on an HP iPAQ PocketPC.
Component shortages seen preventing LCD surplus
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Although LCD suppliers are bringing a wave of next-generation fab capacity to meet the needs of the fledgling flat-panel TV market, component shortages are likely to prevent a surplus of panels, at least in the short term.
Power-system-on-chip rises to POL task
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Enpirion, Inc. touts its EN5330, intended to bridge the gap between "turnkey" DC/DC modules and semiconductor-style IC solutions, as the world's smallest power system on a chip, largely by virtue of being the first of its kind to feature an advanced integrated inductor. The initial entry in the company's iPower series suited for 3-amp or 10-watt point-of-load (POL) applications including servers, personal computers, laser printers, set-top boxes, and telecommunications and data communications eq
Planar transformers deliver 293 winding options
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Bringing custom planar transformers a step closer to off-the-shelf commodity status, Pulse's PA08XX 140-watt and PA09XX 250-watt series allow DC/DC converter designers to specify 293 different winding configurations, which are derived from 45 standard catalog parts. Users adding a primary auxiliary winding or a small gap to these stand alone transformers expand the number of possible configurations to over 1000.
See the inner world with low-power wireless camera capsule that you swallow
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor and Given Imaging, maker of the world's only swallowable camera capsule for diagnosis of the gastrointestinal tract, is now using an ultra low-power transmitter chip from Zarlink in its M2A capsule endoscope.
New comb/harmonic generator family input extends to 3GHz
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Picosecond Pulse Labs announces the introduction of its comb generator product line. The first product introduced is the Model 5660 comb generator with pre-amplifier. The 5660 works with sine wave inputs ranging from 500 MHz to 3 GHz, producing usable harmonics to greater than 50 GHz.
8-bit A/D converter achieves best-in-class linearity at 250 MSPS
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices' new 8-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) achieves a conversion rate of 250 MSPS while maintaining a differential nonlinearity (DNL) of +/- 0.25 LSB, two times better than competitive ICs with comparable sample rates.
Free software download helps speed A/D converter design
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices today announced the launch of its ADIsimADC(TM) software design tool that allows systems designers to simulate analog-to-digital converter (ADC) performance, speeding the evaluation and design process. The software is available as a free download from the ADI website.
CompactPCI boards bolster leading-edge software-defined radio designs
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Wideband software-defined wireless receivers that accommodate both voice and data demand ultra-fast A/D converters and DACs, with algorithms implemented in FPGAs. Leading-edge high channel-density receivers---with their fast tuning rates and programmable bandwidths---must also accommodate multiple standards. Key is the use of a common hardware platform. Once implemented in hardware, you can then leverage growing libraries of IP cores from FPGA vendors and third-party developers. Here are two new
In embedded, CPU progress is evolutionary
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
In the processor world, the major architectural innovations happen in workstation CPUs, and embedded processors follow from a great distance. Evolution, not revolution, marks the progress of embedded CPUs. And the recent Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose had more than its share of gradual change.
Motor Control Myths and Reality - DSPs Make a Strong Run at MCUs
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Opinion: Motor Control Myths and Reality - DSPs Make a Strong Run at MCUs
ARM readies cores for control, data processing tasks
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
ARM Ltd. (Cambridge, UK) is broadening its product offerings beyond the well- established 16/32-bit embedded RISC processors with two new types of licensable core-based solutions: one is a multiprocessor core that specifically handles control tasks; the other is responsible for heavy data processing jobs.The two new core-based solutions were pitched to system designers at the recent Embedded Processor Forum.
Technology advances reshape programmable logic offerings
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Technology advances reshape programmable logic offerings. Definitions and delineation's shift as advances enhance capabilities.
Altera s’allie à Prisma pour accroître ses ventes sur le marché automobile en Europe Centrale
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Devant l’accélération de ses ventes sur le marché électronique automobile au cours de ces dernières années, Altera Corporation a décidé de renforcer son action en Europe Centrale. Le pionnier des solutions systèmes sur puce programmables annonce donc la signature d’un accord avec la société Prisma, par lequel il renforcera ses équipes commerciales et parviendra à mieux appréhender les mécanismes du marché automobile en Europe Centrale.
ATE software combines realtime test process control with analysis
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
A firm that calls itself a semiconductor "test improvement company," says it has "breakthrough software" that promises to reduce test cost while accelerating time-to-market in high-volume chip production.
MIPs-based MPU employs fast system interconnect for comm. apps
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra's RM9150 microprocessor combines the E9000 64-bit MIPS microprocessor core with the new system interconnect called the Fast Device Bus for embedded control processing applications such as Ethernet routers and switches, line cards, network attached storage, industrial control, high-end laser printers, imaging, and high-end consumer applications that require multip
Freescale expands ColdFire line for industrial control apps
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Freescale newest Coldfire family is claimed to reduce memory requirements, power dissipation, system board size and costs in a variety of industrial applications. Marty Gold reviews the latest Coldfire entry.
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