3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Honing in on simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT3603 is a fractional charge pump in a 3-by-3 mm TDFN package specifically optimized for high-volume, three-LED backlighting display applications for cellular phones, digital still cameras, and handheld devices.
Third-generation VME single-board computer extols backwards compatibility Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a VME bus board packing a Freescale Semiconductor PowerQUICC III MPC8560 microprocessor clocking at 833-MHz. The chip provides 1926 MIPS of processing horsepower. The board is compliant with the VME Rev. C legacy standard, so it doesn't require the new VME bus extension, making it fully compatible with all existing VME backplanes.
MIMO RF emulator does standardized Wi-Fi benchmark testing Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment If you're a developer of next-generation Wi-Fi equipment, check out this RF multi-path emulator that lets you test draft 802.11n-based products for interoperability, performance, conformance, and backward compatibility. This MIMO functional tester is the industry's first to meet the draft-802.11n specification.
Inverter motor drivers rev up to 7.5 kW Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Extending the Smart Power Module portfolio to higher power commercial and industrial inverter motor applications, Fairchild's 50-amp FSAM50SM60A and 75-amp FSAM75SM60A deliver up to 5 and 7.5 kW for air conditioners and factory automation.
Pattern generator-equipped logic analyzers tackle the competition Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment Logic analyzer maker Agilent Technologies expands its portfolio with eight new fixed-configuration models in its next-generation 16800 Series. Eight models, ranging from 34-channels to 204-channels, provide 4-GHz timing sampling simultaneously with state measurements, eliminating the need to double-probe.
Logic-analysis software tracks discontinuities Product News 5/31/2006 Post a comment You can use a logic analyzer for general-purpose signal and bus timing, and to make state measurements, but you can spend hours turning low-level measurement data into meaningful information. Agilent Technologies addresses this conundrum with five logic analysis software applications supported across the company's logic-analyzer instrument portfolio. Even RF analysis is covered.
PPDS display technology for next-gen LCD TVs licensed Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor has announced that Himax Technologies, Inc., MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., and STMicroelectronics have licensed National Semiconductor's PPDS (point-to-point differential signaling) display technology to develop column drivers for next-generation liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions. In addition, Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. (CMO) has agreed to incorporate National's PPDS technology into its upcoming LCD TV modules.
Barrier strips offer two mounting options Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment Tyco's BUCHANAN JC6 series dual-barrier strips provide termination for wire and cable applications that require panel mounting or PCB installation in a variety of applications including industrial controls, power supplies, HVAC equipment, test equipment and telecom equipment.
Ethernet testers get EoPDH options Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment Broadband test equipment maker Innocor adds Ethernet-over-PDH transport mechanism test capabilities to its existing TestPoint testers. The company also adds Resilient Packet Ring test options to the mix. The implementation runs on OC-48/STM-16, where RPR maps into GFP. This RPR intrusive monitor feature lets you control and impair RPR traffic to measure impacts on networks.
Railway supplies extend to 280 watts Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment Absopulse's RWY282 dual-output, push-pull DC/DC converter, an extension to the company's RWY series designed for railway and other critical applications in harsh environments, delivers 280 watts in a compact enclosure measuring just 4.4-by-7.90-by-2.4 inches and weighing less than 3 pounds.
WSTS raises chip forecast Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization raised its semiconductor forecast. The global semiconductor market is expected to grow 10.1 percent on an annualized basis to $250 billion in 2006, according to the spring forecast of the WSTS.
STMicro, Airgo partner on wireless STB ref design Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment ST Microelectronics has embedded Airgo Networks, Inc.’s MIMO Wireless LAN technology into its STx7100 platform and the companies have collaborated on a set-top-box reference design that will allow video content to be streamed wirelessly around the home.
Infrared thermometer provides high performance at low cost Product News 5/30/2006 Post a comment The Convir ST8839 handheld infrared thermometer from Calex Electronics offers a great blend of high performance and outstanding value, providing an ideal solution for users that need cutting edge technology on a budget. The instrument provides a wide temperature range of -50 ºC to 1000 ºC, and offers adjustable emissivity, a feature often absent on infrared thermometers in this price range.
ARM 32-bitters give designers a choice Product News 5/29/2006 Post a comment A pair of 32-bit ARM-based embedded processors will let designers wrestle with a tough choice--take advantage of an off-the-shelf ARM9E-based solution from STMicroelectronics or design their own high-performance solution with the latest Cortex-R4 ARM core from ARM Ltd.
Single-chip microphone on the road to digital Product News 5/29/2006 Post a comment
Orlando, Fla. -- Akustica Inc. announced last week that Fujitsu's LifeBook Q2010--a notebook aimed at no-holds-barred "road warriors" like traveling executives--will include two AKU2000 single- chip microphones located on the display's bezel.
DESIGN TOOLS: Denali opens up register language Product News 5/29/2006 Post a comment
Santa Cruz, Calif. -- The high-level Register Description Language (RDL) is no longer available on an open-source basis, but an enhanced version called SystemRDL is being offered free by Denali Software Inc., that company will announce this week.
MP3, AAC get surround-sound upgrade Product News 5/29/2006 Post a comment Dolby Laboratories may no longer have a lock on the multichannel-audio market, thanks to the emergence of a new surround-sound technology that stole the limelight at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Expo here last week. MPEG Surround allows broadcasters or content owners to add high-quality surround sound, with very little overhead in bandwidth, to MP3 files or other MPEG audio streams for Internet Protocol TV, mobile entertainment and Internet streaming applications, proponents said.
ARCHITECTURES: MIPS-based processors for residential gateways Product News 5/29/2006 Post a comment
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- PMC-Sierra Inc. has developed two spins of its 7000 MIPS-based multiservice processor. The MSP7120 is designed for DSL-based residential gateways using ADSL2+, and the MSP7130 for networks using passive optical networks (PONs) in conjunction with VDSL. The latter processor carries special relevance following PMC's April acquisition of PON transceiver specialist Passave Inc.
2-Gbyte miniSD memory card targets cell phones Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.’s 2-Gbyte flash miniSD memory card is said to be much smaller than a standard SD Memory Card but delivers increasingly large capacity. Its primary application is in mobile devices with miniSD slots, but it can also be used in standard SD slots with an adapter.
Fast triple mux extends video performance Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Intersil's ISL59448 is a triple- channel, high-bandwidth (500 MHz) 2:1 multiplexer with a slew rate of 1600 V/microsecond to meet the high resolution requirements of monitors, projectors, and KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) peripherals.
50-watt sixteenth-bricks deliver full power at up to +70 C Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Power-One's SSQ Series of sixteenth-brick DC/DC converters delivers 50 watts and up to 95 percent of full rated power at +70 C with as little as 200 LFM cooling for intermediate bus architectures, telecom, datacom, wireless communications, and servers and workstations.
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.