Digital display touts superior color and image quality Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Combining high performance and power efficiency in a standard-size module, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas has introduced a new 4.3-inch amorphous silicon thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) for next-generation mobile devices. The LQ043T3DX02digital landscape display features a 16:9 aspect ratio, 480 x 272 pixel format, and is capable of displaying 16 million colors.
Auto camera drive takes the flick out of the wrist Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Carving out a new niche in the mobile phone market, Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM) has developed an unique device, designated as the auto camera drive (ACD), that rotates the camera on a mobile phone with the push of a button. Typically, users of camera phones have had to manually rotate the camera in order to change the screen from landscape to portrait; however, the new ACD promises to do the job automatically.
Data path tools do the math for area savings Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment New mathematical approaches that promise up to 40 percent savings in silicon area will become available to a broader audience this week, as intellectual-property startup Arithmatica rolls out its first EDA tools.
Built-in self-test migrates to register-transfer level Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Built-in self-test offers high fault coverage for a range of potential defects, but it has been difficult to implement. LogicVision promises to change that this week with its LV2005 release, moving logic and memory BIST insertion up to the register-transfer level.
Less than $800 buys high-resolution DMM Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Signametrics is releasing a plug-and-play PXI/cPCI digital multimeter with 5-1/2 digits of resolution, high dynamic range, and 100-reading/s capability. Best of all, it sells for less than $800.
Class-D digital amplifier made for flat-panel TVs Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Review: This digital-input Class-D audio power amplifier from Texas Instruments Inc. is said to enable the development of flat-panel displays (FPDs) with sound quality that matches the display's high-quality image, while minimizing cost and component count.
VDSL solutions aimed at triple play deployments Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment The Accelity family of highly integrated, very high-speed digital subscriber line (VDSL) and VDSL2 CO and CPE semiconductor solutions includes VDSL and VDSL2 system solutions for ATM and packet-based DSLAMs and client-side terminals.
First wave of IP support washes over FPGA family Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has released for its recently announced LatticeXP field-programmable gate array (FPGA) family the first set of IP modules that address the needs of the consumer, computing and communications markets.
Agilent launches industry's first laser-based optical mouse sensors Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. says it now offers the industry's first laser navigation sensor technology for mouse manufacturers. Available in three versions, the laser-based mouse sensors have been specifically designed for high-end cordless mice, high-end corded mice, and the high-performance gaming mice.
AC/DC desktops fill low-power gap Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Ault's new PW136 external power series delivers 60 watts in nine models (3.3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 48 VDC) from a universal 100-250 VAC input. "OEMs will find this power supply to be versatile and popular because it delivers a range of power from 23 to 60 watts," said Greg Harris, vice president of business development."
ICs charge lithium-ions from AC or USB Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4075 and LTC4075X are stand alone dual-input linear battery charger ICs that automically select the charging source (either a wall adapter or a USB port) for single-cell lithium-ion batteries. Using a constant-current/constant-voltage algorithm, the chargers, for application in PDAs, MP3 players, portable test equipment, and cell phones, can deliver up to 950 mA from a wall adapter or 500 mA from a USB supply.
EM Microelectronic's smart card IC offers flexible memory positioning Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment EM Microelectronic announces the EMTCG176-3G, a flash memory-based smart card IC designed for use in SIM and Java cards for GSM mobile phones, as well as for healthcare and loyalty card applications. The EMTCG176-3G is compatible with the ISO7816-3 Integrated Circuit Card (smart card) specification, and operates with high speed communication baud rates, making it compatible with the 3rd generation of cellular telephones.
Logic analyzers tackle complexity with automation Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Tektronix is rolling out two new Windows-based logic analyzers, including a portable and a benchtop mainframe. Both offer throughput Tek claims is three times faster than previous models, and both are highly automated. New software makes it all tick.
AC/DC fits into compact networking Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment Emerson Network Power's Astec LPS122 switching power supply, this one a high-density model in the company's LPS120 power supply family, can deliver up to 130 watts at 5 volts (with 30 cfm cooling) for networking and other rack applications.
LCDs prep for medical apps Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment With the increasing role of active-matrix LCDs in medical equipment, design issues are arising that relate to the physical environment in which the equipment operates and the image quality the user demands.
Cellular displays go hi-res Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment The global adoption of cellular phones has prompted development of small, high-resolution color displays to handle the increasingly stringent audiovisual needs of these devices.
ZVEI sieht Bauelemente-Branche weiter wachsen Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment 151 Einen leichten Aufwind hat der Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI) für den Bauelemente-Markt registriert. Der Verband bestätigt damit frühere Einschätzungen, würzt sie jetzt aber mit einer leichten Prise Optimismus.
Wireless scheme tuned to high-end audio Product News 5/30/2005 1 comment If you are thinking about wirelessly connecting surround sound speakers to your home theater system, there's a choice beyond Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Today Royal Philips Electronics will unveil yet another wireless technology, called Ensation, specifically tailored for high-end audio applications.
Brain wave sensor system taps Bluetooth marshaled for mind readers Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment NeuroSky Inc. wants to get into your head. By fusing brain wave recognition algorithms with a sensor chip and dry electrode, NeuroSky hopes to simplify cell phone-based applications that today require error-prone human input, as well as revolutionize applications from gaming to medical diagnostics and therapy.
Flat panels drive display development Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment Just as personal and notebook computers were the focal point of display development in the past two decades, so the flat-panel and microdisplay television market has become the driver for design and manufacturing changes during the current decade.
SID peeks behind the screen Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment The industry's love affair with giant flat-panel TVs was evident at last week's Society for Information Display Conference, but display makers also showed they are paying increased attention to electrical and mechanical design.
Melexis introduces a sensor interface IC for automotive applications Product News 5/30/2005 Post a comment Melexis introduces a versatile, fully integrated and programmable sensor interface solution for automotive and industrial applications. The MLX90320 provides amplification, calibration and temperature compensation for virtually all kinds of resistive bridge type sensors including pressure transducers, strain gauges and position sensors.
Compact DC/DCs meet RoHS requirements Product News 5/29/2005 Post a comment The SC10N series from Semiconductor Circuits, in a single inline package measuring just 2-by-0.55-by-0.35 inches, is the company's next-generation of RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances) compliant DC/DC converters. Available in three models providing up to 10 amps at 1 to 5 VDC from a nominal 3.3-, 5-, or 12-volt input, the (nonisolated) series features a typical line regulation of 0.1 percent, load regulation of 0.25 percent, ripple and noise of 35 mV p-p, and efficiency of 85 to 90 perc
Submini switches are RoHS compliant Product News 5/27/2005 Post a comment CIT RELAY & SWITCH now offers a family of subminiature sealed pushbutton, rocker and toggle switches that are compliant to the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. They withstand the higher soldering temperatures required by RoHS, lead-free material vapor flux, and infrared reflow techniques