ARM9-based MCU line touts upgrade path from ARM7 devices Product News 5/26/2006 Post a comment Atmel’s AT91SAM9260 is the first member of the pin-compatible ARM926EJ-S -based MCU family that shares the same integration levels and programming models as the company’s ARM7-based devices, allowing direct migration between controllers based on different ARM cores.
USB manager/charger IC coordinates portable powering Product News 5/25/2006 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC4085 for portable power applications integrates an autonomous power manager, "ideal diode" switch, and stand alone battery charger to provide seamless transition between USB input, wall adapter, and battery power sources.
Samsung SDI may speed OLED ramp-up Product News 5/25/2006 Post a comment Samsung SDI said it would launch active matrix (AM) organic light emitting diode (OLED) mass production at the beginning of October, three months ahead of the original Jan. 2007 launch date, according to a report by the Korean display market research service Displaybank quoting the Electronic Times.
Position sensors operate in harsh environments Product News 5/25/2006 Post a comment Macro Sensors offers a family of hermetically sealed DC-operated LVDT position sensors for industrial applications. Packaged in a heavy-duty housing, the HSE/HSER 750 Series LVDTs are said to be impervious to dirt, water, steam and other corrosive elements.
Linear motor claims industry's smallest size Product News 5/25/2006 1 comment New Scale said its latest SQUIGGLE piezoelectric motor is the industry's smallest linear motor in a 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 mm footprint, which is about half the size of other micro-motors. It also offers ten times the precision and push force, said the company.
RF development platform speeds time-to-market Product News 5/25/2006 Post a comment An RF development platform has been launched by Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc. Combining four cards into one PCI (full and compact) compatible board, the SMT8101 aims to boost rapid prototyping and help development teams to get their products into production and to market quickly.
20-, 30-amp MOSFETs boost thermal reliability Product News 5/25/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics' STK800 and STK850 are the first of the company devices to use the SO-8 sized, metal-topped PolarPAK package for higher power density and improved thermal reliability for high-current DC/DC converters.
Realtime PCI system leverages Windows Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment Are you looking for a moderate-speed realtime data acquisition system that uses Microsoft Windows? Then check out this product from Microstar Laboratories. It will implement an RTOS under Windows.
Cylindrical connectors are RoHS compliant Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment Amphenol Industrial Operations has released the RoHS-compliant version of its PT series miniature cylindrical connectors. These cylindrical connectors are suitable for environmental sealing or pressurized applications across a wide range of industries.
Ultra-low-profile jumpers save board space Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment Components Corp. developed its FJ series of ultra-low-profile jumpers for space-constrained multi-function boards. These RoHS-compliant devices target mission critical consumer, medical and aerospace applications.
MCU targets Chinese market with 12KB flash unit Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment The newest members of Zilog’s Z8 Encore! XP family of 8-bit microcontrollers are aimed at the Chinese MCU market. Targeted applications for the F0830 include entry level universal and brushed/brushless DC motor control, digital power management, battery charging, environmental sensors and electronic control of appliances.
Developing a switch-control system test program and migrating it to LXI Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment A design verification team developed a custom logic analysis program to test a complex switch-control system. A buffered digital I/O module, plugged into a multi-function switch/measure unit, provided capture, trigger, and playback features necessary to implement the test. The completed application was later modified to use a compatible digital I/O module compliant with the LXI standard.
X-band radar chipset includes 10-W PA Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment Developing significant RF output power at radar frequencies is no easy task. But, chip supplier Mimix Broadband is rolling out a GaAs chipset for X-band radar applications that might make the job less onerous.
India preps policy to promote high-tech manufacturing Product News 5/24/2006 Post a comment India’s IT ministry has prepared a draft policy that proposes a package of incentives for companies that establish cutting-edge manufacturing facilities for semiconductors, solar cells, flat-panel displays, storage devices and telecommunications gear.
RGB LED backlights target handheld devices Product News 5/23/2006 Post a comment Displaytech offers a series of RGB LED backlights for its COG LCDs with red, green, and blue LEDs. The three colors can be used individually or in combination to create violet, yellow, turquoise, and white background colors.
Nero Digital IP core to provide future VIA products with AVC/H.264 solutions Product News 5/23/2006 Post a comment Nero has announced today that the company is licensing its Nero Digital IP core to VIA Technologies, Inc. The perfect solution for ASICs and SoCs, the Nero Digital decoding core solution is hardware-based and capable of full ISO/IEC 14496-10 Advanced Video
Coding Standard (MPEG-4 Part 10) compliance decoding up to a resolution of 4096 x 4096.
RF transformers are RoHS compliant Product News 5/23/2006 Post a comment M/A-COM offers RoHS-compliant versions of its most popular 50-ohm RF transformers. These RF devices are suitable for wireless communications, WLAN, WiMAX and RFID applications.
Video front end touts high bandwidth, low jitter and ideal black levels Product News 5/23/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Leveraging the power of its digital phase lock loop for high bandwidth, low jitter performance, Intersil's ISL98001 triple-channel analog front end (AFE) for TVs, monitors, home theater and business projectors incorporates all of the functions required to optimally digitize YPbPr video signals and RGB graphics signals from DVD players and VCRs.
DIN-mount power meters target renewable energy generation Product News 5/23/2006 Post a comment A range of DIN-mounted power meters from Carlo Gavazzi meets the special requirements for control, monitoring and utilisation of solar power and other forms of renewable energy. The WM14-DIN family of power analysers enable comprehensive measurement of renewable energy, including output levels, power quality and hour counting as well as power demands, maximum values and thermal current.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 21 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...