Flexible dual UART runs in multiple environments Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Philips Semiconductors has introduced the SC28L92 dual universal asynchronous receiver transmitter (UART), which operates at 3.3 V and 5 V with either an Intel or a Motorola bus and supports both the commercial and the industrial temperature ranges.
Power supply has a built-in EMI filter Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment The TPS150 Series U-Bracket switching power supply from Total Power International Inc., here, measures 3 x 6 inches and sports a built-in EMI filter. The device, a member of Total Power's Gold Series, also features universal input, overvoltage protection and overload protection.<
Power-managing ICs roll Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Linear Technology Corp. has in quick succession released a slew of innovative control chips and drivers designed to cover the breadth of power management and control-from portable applications to CPUs with the most demanding requirements.
Mini dc/dc series delivers 5 kV Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Emco High Voltage Co.'s Q50 and Q50N (negative output) miniature dc/dc converters deliver up to 5 kV for sub-mA applications in photomultiplier tubes, avalanche photodiodes and piezo devices.<
Ohmite resistors offer high joule ratings Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment The A series of non-inductive, ceramic composite resistors from Ohmite Manufacturing Co. are offered in standard sizes between 2.5 W and 5.5 W, with resistance values ranging from 1 ohms to 15,000 ohms in standard 10 percent tolerance (5 percent available upon request).
Memory boost for TI DSPs Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment White Electronic Designs Corp. says its new memory ICs for Texas Instruments Inc.'s TMS320C5x family of digital signal processors provide a 66 percent space savings and improve performance over monolithic solutions.
Transducer outputs 90 dB Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment The COT-01A audio transducer from Star Micronics America Inc. features sound output of 90 dB at 10 cm and at 2.7 kHz and 3.2 kHz.
Data converter gauges power Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.'s AD7755 power-measurement data converter is designed for metering active energy in single-phase electricity distribution systems.
Li-ion batteries offer 15 hour Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Electrofuel Inc. says it has almost doubled the previous endurance record of rechargeable batteries using its lithium-ion SuperPolymer technology. With an energy density of 470 Watt-hours/liter and 183 Wh/kg, the batteries will run laptop computers 15 hours or more on a full charge. Typical lithium-ion polymer batteries reach densities of less than 300 Wh/liter, and in some cases are below 200 Wh/liter.
Diplexer does dual-band duty Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Toko America Inc.'s LTF3216D-F series chip dual-band frequency separators are tailored for mobile communications designs, including AMPS-PCS, GSM-DCS and PDC-PHS.
MCU-support chips from WSI Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment WSI has introduced five zero-power ZPSD813F microcontroller-support ICs that add external in-system programmable (ISP) flash memory and programmable logic to 5-V, 8-bit CISC designs without a significant increase in power drain.
Imagenation board grabs digital images Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment The PXD1000 frame-grabber board from Imagenation Corp. claims to "take the pain out of migrating machine-vision applications to a digital solution," said president George Fabel, bringing "exceptional ease-of-use and a comprehensive feature set" to the PCI bus.
Indicator lights resist abuse Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment The vandal-resistant indicator lights in Schurter Inc.'s PSE series come in an anodized aluminum housing (sealed to IP67) that protects against extreme weather and material or mechanical breakdown.
Standby specs PEELed back Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Integrated Circuit Technology has lowered the typical standby current for its JEDS8-A compliant zero-power programmable electrically erasable logic (PEEL) devices.
Teledyne springs pc-board connector Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Teledyne Electronic Technologies is about to launch a connector that takes aim at the problems of mounting and, if necessary, removing high-density processor chips from a printed-circuit board. The connector is an interposer that fits between the land grid array on a chip and the circuit board, forgoing the need for solder balls. Contact is asserted by compression springs, called cantilevers, on both sides of the interposer, which are insert-molded into a plastic resin matrix. Future versions wi
Big monitor is no heavyweight Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Though it packs a large (18.1-inch-diagonal) LCD screen, the Model FP18 industrial monitor from Intecolor weighs 17 pounds and has a low profile of just 4.5 inches.
Package yields software radio Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. has announced a software-radio development package containing a quad-C6201 DSP board for VME; a 65-MHz, 10-bit A/D converter board; a quad down-conversion receiver board; a GUI-based configuration/analysis software tool and generic development tools. The kit targets applications in surveillance, direction finding, cellular testing, spectrum monitoring, basestations and ground stations, and it's priced at $19,995.
MCM houses PowerPC, SRAM Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment A multichip package (WED3C750A) from White Electronic Designs Corp. combines a PowerPC 750 RISC processor with a 1-Mbyte synchronous SRAM L2 cache. The mix of 750 processor and two 4-Mbit SSRAM devices on a single interposer results in a 60 percent savings of board space compared with discrete approaches, according to the company
Squeeze is on for board connectors Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment More than ever before, board-to-board connector makers are now feeling the big squeeze that has been shrinking electronic products since the first IC saw daylight. With contact pitches down to 0.4 mm for some high-density board-to-board connectors, vendors must confront the physical limits of conventional construction.
Alacron's PCI board does soup-to-nuts imaging Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Alacron Inc. touts its FastImage PCI board as an "autonomous imaging system" for the capture, manipulation and display of image data. Built around an S3 Virge GX2 video chip, one to four of Philips' TriMedia TM1X00 processors and an I-Cube crossbar switch, it offers all that's needed "by demanding real-time imaging, vision and DSP applications," said Joe Delfino, director of sales and marketing.
Granite readies Device Bay enclosures Product News 6/28/1999 Post a comment Device Bay has yet to see the light of day, but this plug-and-play, hot-swap, peripheral-in-a-brick expansion architecture is about to come to market, with the shipment of Device Bay enclosures in July by Granite Microsystems. First discussed in 1996, Device Bay has waited for two critical pieces of infrastructure to be put in place: operating-system support and market development for its two component pieces-IEEE 1394 and USB-said Karl Radke, Granite director of business development. All of tha
Micrel offers 900-MHz receiver on chip Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment Micrel Semiconductor has introduced what's said to be among the first single-chip RF receivers capable of 900-MHz operation, the MICRF003 and the MICRF033. Micrel said the receivers provide makers of 450-MHz systems with an easy migration path up to 900-MHz ISM bands.
TI's DSP-optimized A/D converter includes FIFO Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced its THS1206, which it calls the first DSP-optimized analog-to-digital converter (A/D) with 16 words of on-chip first-in, first-out (FIFO) memory. It's intended for use in automotive anti-collision systems, wireless communications, high-end motor control and CCD-based digital imaging.
Octave-tuning VCO can suppress phase noise Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment Z-Communications Inc.'s V585ME08 voltage-controlled oscillator for cable-TV modems suppresses SSP phase noise and delivers linear, broadband tuning. It generates frequencies from 950 to 1,900 MHz within 0 to 12 Vdc of control.
MCU packs a multitasking OS Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment NetMedia Inc.'s BasicX microcontroller features an on-chip multitasking operating system with IEEE single-precision floating-point and networking.
Screw terminal in connector job Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment A 30-amp PC screw terminal from Keystone Electronics has a serrated top surface to secure connections and is being positioned as an economical alternative to PC screw-type edge connectors, barrier blocks, terminal boards and terminal strips.
Resistors designed for dynamic braking Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment Isotek Corp.'s BR Series of resistors for high-load, dynamic-braking and soft-start motor applications feature three models with small footprints relative to their ratings of 100, 200 and 300 W of continuous power. Each resistor contains a 2-mm copper substrate that provides heat-sinking for pulse-power loads of up to 1 kW, 2kW and 3kW, respectively.
Panels offer digital, analog inputs Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment ViewSonic Corp. last week launched its VP181 and VP151 ViewPanel, 18-inch and 15-inch flat panels that incorporate digital, analog and video inputs in one display. Both support the VESA Digital Flat Panel (DFP) and Intel Corp. Digital Visual Interface (DVI) standards.
Schlumberger mounts test scheme for system-on-chip Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment Schlumberger Automated Test Equipment has fielded a system-on-chip (SoC) test solution that combines digital flexibility, speed, accuracy, pin count and comprehensive analog facilities. The new ATE series, dubbed the EXA2000, targets complex devices such as digital TV, DVD, network interfaces, PC chip sets and peripherals.
Hall-effect switch rolls Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment The A3210 MicroPower Hall-effect switch from Allegro MicroSystems Inc. operates from 2.5 V to 3.5 V with a typical 20-microamps supply current. It is aimed at battery-powered applications such as flip phones, laptops and other portables.
USB microcontroller targets motherboard hubs Product News 6/21/1999 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has unveiled the latest addition to its family of high-speed USB (Universal Serial Bus) microcontrollers. The first in Cypress' upcoming CY7C65XXX line, the device is specifically targeted at USB hubs integrated into motherboards
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 ...