Serial ATA comes on strong in 2004 Product News 6/28/2004 Post a comment Interest is heating up for the latest I/O interface for desktop PCs, mobile PCs, storage devices and some server applications as the storage industry transitions from parallel to serial-based interface technologies. This year, the total Serial ATA (SATA) market for connectors, plugs and cables is expected to reach 903 million units, up from only 141 million units in 2003. This serial interface offers key benefits in smaller cabling, higher data throughput as well as improved crosstalk and impeda
Billig-FPGAs drängen auf den Markt Product News 6/28/2004 Post a comment Der Wettbewerb derAnbieter programmierbarer Logik um den Markt für Plasma-Displays eskaliert. Die Anwender können sich die Hände reiben: Eine neue Welle von Low-cost-FPGAs rollt auf den Markt zu.
VIA's x86 MPUs supports Windows CE 5.0 Product News 6/28/2004 Post a comment VIA Technologies, Inc, is now supporting Microsoft Windows CE version 5.0 embedded operating system, formerly codenamed "Macallan", with dedicated technical compatibility and full driver support.The VIA move further substantiates the migration of x86 processors into the embedded space.
Two-section Li-ion serves rugged 15/30V apps Product News 6/26/2004 Post a comment Ultralife Batteries' new UBI-2590 is a lithium-ion rechargeable with two independent 15-volt sections, each having separate protection electronics and capacity gauges. "The UBI-2590 is a readily available design solution that offers product developers a convenient power solution for their rechargeable applications," said product manager Ralph Wise. "With multiple chargers and cables available, the UBI-2590 has the convenience and capability to address the many current and future applications our
Inductors tout high power handling Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment CoEv Magnetics, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, has released its new DZM series of lead-free power inductors that offer higher power handling capability for switching power supplies and portable electronics. The company says the low profile and improved DC bias performance allow design engineers to increase power handling and performance of their products without sacrificing board space.
VCXO extends frequency range in smaller package Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.) is offering a new miniature voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) with an extended frequency range up to 180 MHz in a 7 x 5 x 1.6-mm footprint. Housed in a hermetically sealed 6-pad SMD package, the NV7050SA series is available in the frequency range of 1.544 to 180 MHz. Applications include telecom and enterprise networks, base stations, and instrumentation.
Current sense transformers combine small size and high power Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment Designed for a variety of communications and networking applications, the new CT323 surface-mount current sense transformers from Datatronic Distribution, Inc. are rated at 20 amps in a 4.8-mm square package. The company says this surpasses the 10 A rating typically available for this type of device.
Large LED panel indictors target industrial apps Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment High brightness, a wide viewing angle and large size translates into high visibility for a new LED panel indicator from Lumex Inc. The company touts that its jumbo LED panel indicator can be seen from a distance of 100 feet (over 30 meters) for applications that call for a bright and highly-visible indicator particularly for industrial and process control panels.
Resistor networks reach new industry-low ratio tolerance Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment Two new families of precision thin-film resistor networks from Vishay Intertechnology Inc. extend the ratio tolerance to a new industry-low of 0.01% in SOT-23 and 8-pin SOIC packages. The MPM and ORN matched-pair and quad resistor networks offer designers an alternative to technologies such as wirewound and hermetic packaging that was previously required to maintain a low tolerance. These devices are designed for instrumentation amplifiers, precision voltage dividers and bridge network circuitry
Small OLED displays available in volume production Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment One Stop Displays claims it's the first company to offer a 1.6-in. color OLED in mass production quantities. The new 1.6-in. OLED offers a 262 k color depth, a digital interface, and the same viewing characteristics representative of organic technology. OLED technology features 160° horizontal and vertical viewing, 100:1 contrast ratios, and displays that are less than 2-mm thick.
Depletion-mode MOSFETs get the jump on auto apps Product News 6/25/2004 Post a comment Clare (an IXYS company) has seven new n-channel depletion-mode MOSFET offerings that address the rising demand for devices that feature normally-closed switch operation, low resistance, and a negative temperature coefficient. These MOSFETS, used in the company's optical-isolated solid-state relays, are now available in SOT-89 and SOT-223 transistor packages. The CPC37xx and CPC56xx devices, optimized for low cost, pre-regulator applications such as filtering the AC line voltage variations in a n
1.8-GHz system-on-module will run Pentium M 745 Product News 6/24/2004 Post a comment There's been a spate of miniature system-level microprocessor boards recently that are smaller than ever---almost bursting at the seams with ports, features, and PC-compatible hooks. A soon-to-be-released mobile processor module is a PCI bus product that can provide scalability up to 1.8-GHz using Intel Pentium M processor 745s.
New, larger OLED displays for mass production Product News 6/24/2004 Post a comment One Stop Displays is the first to offer a 1.6" color OLED in mass production quantities. The new 1.6" offers 262k color depth, a digital interface, and the same spectacular viewing characteristics representative of organic technology.
Miniature VCXO Available In Frequencies Up To 180MHz Product News 6/24/2004 Post a comment Nihon Dempa Kogyo (NDK) announces the availability of the NV7050SA series, a miniature Voltage Controlled Crystal Oscillator (VCXO) available in the frequency range of 1.544~180MHz. The miniature hermetically sealed 6 pad SMD package measures only 7.0x5.0mm with a thickness of only 1.6mm. The NV7050SA delivers a CMOS output in the 1.544~80MHz frequency range and a PECL output in the 80~180MHz frequency range.
Broadband gain amplifier has best distortion characteristics in class Product News 6/24/2004 Post a comment A new 850 MHz programmable gain, broadband amplifier from Linear Technology has the best distortion characteristics of any amplifier in its class. The LT5514 exhibits an output third-order intercept (OIP3) of 49dBm at 70MHz, and has 2nd and 3rd order distortion products lower than -87dBc, while delivering 2V peak-to-peak output into a 200-Ohm load. Its combination of low noise and high spurious-free output capability makes it ideal for 12- and 14-bit, 65Msps or faster A/D converters in high perf
AC scan can do nano-scale device testing Product News 6/24/2004 Post a comment Huge transistor counts, rising on-chip clock rates, relentlessly escalating levels of integration in systems-on-chip, and new types of defects seen in deep-submicron and nanometer processes are forcing IC design and test engineers to re-evaluate conventional approaches to test.
Spectrum analyzer's mixing scheme spans 100-Hz to 8-GHz without bandswitching Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Until recently, RF spectrum analyzers emphasized either spectrum analyzer performance or vector signal analysis. Users therefore had to buy---and learn---two different types of instruments. Her'e a new analyzer that solves the conundrum by performing in both areas. It also can be equipped with an optional 30-MHz-resolution bandwidth IF for capturing, measuring and analyzing wide modulation signals.
Microchip adds twelve devices to PIC MCU line Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its line of PIC flash microcontrollers with the launching of twelve devices. Included are four 64- and 80-pin devices targeting cost-constrained applications requiring additional I/O, such as industrial, computing, telecommunications and consumer.
Prototyping adapter tests 0.50-mm pitch BGAs Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Emulation Technology is offering a new 0.50-mm ball grid array (BGA) prototyping adapter board to meet requirements for fine-pitch debug, hand test and development solutions. The new BGA prototyping adapter allows designers to prototype and test new 0.50-mm BGAs in the lab environment.
Tapa-Circuit turns one fuse slot into two Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment A new Tapa-Circuit fuse holder from Waytek Inc. allows two fuses to be plugged into one slot on the circuit panel. Rated for 10 A at 12 V, the new device provides one fuse holder to protect an existing circuit, and a second fuse holder to protect an additional new circuit.
NRC sponsors lead-free seminar Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment NRC Electronics, Inc. in conjunction with Design Chain Associates and EPTAC Corp. will present a half-day "Introduction to Lead Free" seminar on the impact of the European Union Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and WEEE Hazardous Materials Directives on July 21, 2004 at NRC's Florida facility.
Tiny socket supports 27-mm ICs Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment A new small footprint socket from Ironwood Electronics accommodates BGA ICs with a 27-mm body, 26 x 26 array and 1.0-mm pitch. This includes support for Xilinx's FG600 and FG676 ICs.
Programmable clock generator offers flexible skew control Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor today introduced its revolutionary new family of ispClock in-system programmable clock generator devices. The first devices in the ispClock5500 family, the 10-output ispClock5510 and 20-output ispClock5520, combine a high- performance clock generator with a flexible, Universal Fan-out Buffer. The on-chip clock generator can provide up to 5 clock frequencies ranging from 10MHz to 320MHz using a high-performance PLL and clock multiply and divide facilities. The Universal F
Wide-input eighth-bricks deliver 100 watts Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Artesyn Technologies' Ultra series of eighth-brick DC/DC converters deliver 100 watts, a boost of 35 percent over second-generation bricks and the first of their kind, according to the company. These wide-input (36-75 V), single-output modules provide 2.5, 3.3 and 5 volts at 40, 30 and 20 amps, respectively, which equates to a power density of greater than 160 watts/in3 for high-end telecom applications such as mobile/optical switches, high capacity network routers and similar systems
New color LCD display drivers offer fast response for high speed moving images Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Dialog Semiconductor today launched the first two products in its new color liquid crystal display (LCD) driver family. Using multi-line addressing (MLA) LCD technology, the new DA8912A and DA8913A incorporate fully integrated graphic display RAM with high speed interfaces and various power management functions to enable a single, low power chip for managing the display in next generation mobile phone handsets and portable electronic products.
Freescale goes ZigBee with Developers Starter Kit Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor, provides manufacturers with a single-source ZigBee-Ready platform. ZigBee technology from Freescale enables wireless products for a variety of monitoring, automation, and control applications in the home, industrial, and health related environments.
Slide switch occupies less space Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment EAO has introduced a new miniature slide switch for a variety of applications including jumper replacement, circuit testing, on/off switch and PC-board configurations. The 1K2 switch measures 10 x 2.5 mm with a height of 4.5 mm excluding the actuator.
Switches offer multiple configurations Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment NKK Switches has launched its new G series of washable, PC-mount toggle, rocker and pushbutton switches, all with matching indicators. These ultra-miniature switches are available in single pole and double pole configurations.
Backplane fits tight spaces Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Bustronic Corp. offers a new "classic" 6U VME64x backplane in a 5-slot size for space-constrained applications. Available in 6U and 7U sizes, the VME64x backplanes meet or exceed ANSI/VITA 1.1-1997, ANSI/VITA 1-1994 and IEEE P1014 specifications.
Cabinet line features nearly 200 models Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Optima EPS has unveiled its RA/RC cabinet series that features 192 standard models available in 19-in. and 24-in. widths and eleven standard color options. Three standard depths and eight heights from 12U to 44 U meet a wide range of mounting and cable access requirements.
Controller for bus converters allows greater than 95 percent efficiency Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Intersil announced the release of the ISL6744, a double-ended controller intended for unregulated bus converters in 48-V DC-DC and off-line AC-DC power supplies. The ISL6744 controller works over a wide range of input voltages, and works with isolated-bus applications including 400-V power-factor-corrected AC/DC converters and 48-V intermediate buses for telecom, datacom, and server systems. It has been designed to provide efficiency optimization with its ability to accurately program the outp
65-MHz rail-to-rail amplifiers combine high speed and high drive current Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Intersil's new EL5111 (single amp), EL5211 (dual amp), EL5411 (quad amp) and EL5611 (6X) offer a wide 65 MHz of bandwidth at -3 dB and an exceptional 90 V/s slew rate along with a common mode input ability beyond the supply rails and rail-to-rail output capability that enable maximum dynamic range at any supply voltage. The high 180-mA output short-circuit drive current capability helps ensure sharp pictures and stable brightness.
High-speed tester handles stacked memories Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment The ATE folks at Agilent Technologies are announcing a new memory tester the company will ensure the lowest cost of test---and do it across a spectrum of memory devices. The tester's dynamic algorithmic pattern generator and patented tester-per-site architecture promises to provide up to four times improvement over existing systems in throughput for wafer-sort and final memory testing.
US-Militär blockiert Teil des WLAN-Spektrums Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment Bedenken des Militärs verhindern in den USA die Nutzung eines bereits freigegebenen Teils des WLAN-Spektrums. Das Militär befürchtet Störungen seines Radarbertriebs. Die Hersteller von WLAN-Chipsets müssen deswegen Abstriche bei Durchsatz und Störsicherheit machen.
Clamping circuit protects GSM power amplifiers Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment ANADIGICS has been granted a patent for a new active clamping circuit that protects GSM power amplifiers from damage under extreme operating conditions. The new clamping circuit is simpler than previous designs and takes up less board real estate.
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.