Cirrus Logic closes sale of digital video product line assets Product News 6/30/2005 Post a comment This looks like it could be a subject of column: Cirrus Logic has had quite a number of "false starts" over the years. Digital video may be one of them. Intersil did well to focus on analog and mixed-signal building blocks. Will the market be as kind to Cirrus. Stay tuned...
Dual-CCFL inverter lights up super bright 12-, 15-inch displays Product News 6/30/2005 Post a comment Taiyo Yuden's KLS-150A is a compact single-board DC/AC inverter for driving two cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) in backlighting applications for selected Sharp and Optrex liquid-crystal displays (LCDs). Typically suited to medical and industrial equipment requiring super-bright, high-visibility displays, it's rated for operation in harsh environments (0 to +60°C).
Tiny EMI filters protect wireless handsets Product News 6/30/2005 Post a comment California Micro Devices has developed a new family of packaged Centurion Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter arrays that feature high-performance EMI filtering and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection in a small 0.4-mm pitch TDFN package, which is about a 42% space savings compared to existing 0.5-mm pitch TDFN packages.
Bare element resistor provides ultra-low resistance Product News 6/30/2005 Post a comment Ohmite Manufacturing Company has introduced two new families of four-terminal bare element resistors. The new 610 and 650 Series devices provide ultra-low resistance values to 0.005 ohms for relatively high-current requirements. Together with a radial Kelvin configuration and PC-board mounting, this makes the new devices suitable for current sense applications.
SmartSwitch adds RGB technology Product News 6/30/2005 Post a comment NKK Switches now offers its IS series SmartSwitch with RGB LED technology, which is said to allow design engineers to create virtually any illumination with one switch.
Molekulare Gatter erzeugen Photonen-Spin mit Chemikalien Product News 6/30/2005 Post a comment Das menschliche Auge besitzt Millionen winziger Fotorezeptoren, die chemische Signale aussenden, wenn sie von Photonen stimuliert werden. Durch die Umkehrung dieses Prozesses hat ein nordirisch-japanisches Forscherteam jetzt einen winzigen molekularen Transistor geschaffen, der unter Zugabe der richtigen Chemikalien Photonen emittiert.
MP3-Käufer bremsen NAND-Markt aus Product News 6/30/2005 Post a comment Zusammengebrochen ist er nicht, der bis vor kurzem noch heiß gelaufene Markt für NAND-Speicherbausteine. Aber die Nachfrage nach MP3-Playern ist drastisch zurückgegangen – und das bringt die Flash-Hersteller jetzt in arge Nöte.
Dual-input supply keeps substation equipment up Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment The Rackguard RG1202 from Northwest Power Integrations, a subsidiary of Vicor Corp., is a 600-watt dual-input AC/DC and DC/DC rack-mounted power supply specifically engineered for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems typically used to monitor and manage power lines from a central location.
Cam switches designed for power industry Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment Designed for the power industry, Electroswitch offers a new compact Series 20 cam switch line with double-break, silver-plated contacts housed in rigid thermoset plastic for long, reliable life.
Chip set raises DC/DCs Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's new DirectFET chipset is designed to maximize DC/DC bus converter efficiency. When used with IR's recently announced IR2086S full-bridge bus-converter IC, the chip set enables a solution that can deliver 336 watts with 97 percent efficiency in a footprint that's about 30 percent smaller than a traditional quarter-brick converter, according to the company.
HD DVD gains further momentum as commercialization approaches Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment The HD DVD Promotion Group today announced that momentum is building for the launch of HD DVD. Several key manufacturers in the disc replication and equipment industry simultaneously confirmed the manufacturability of HD DVD discs at high volumes and provided tangible data to prove feasible and realistic production.
Military gets high CV tantalum capacitors in smaller case sizes Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment AVX Corp. has developed an extended range tantalum capacitor series that offers additional high capacitance/voltage (CV) ratings in smaller case sizes than previously available. Designed specifically for military applications, the CWR19 and CWR29 capacitors are mil-qualified up to failure rates of B and C. These devices may also be used in harsh environment applications such as space exploration and aerospace.
10-watt DC/DCs point to lowest cost Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment The single and dual output DC/DC converters in MicroPower Direct's B1000ERW series, an addition to the company's Budget Saver family, are promoted as the lowest cost 10-watt modules of their type. Priced at from $9.75 to $10.40 each in quantities of 100, these 1-by-2 inch converters, in eighteen models, provide 5, 12, 15, and ±5, ±12, and ±15 volts from a 9-18, 18-36, or 36-75 volt input.
DIN-rail UPS serves the factory floor Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment Sola/Hevi-Duty's SDU Series of off-line uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) are designed to mount on a DIN rail to provide protection for sensitive electronics (including industrial computers, robotics, automation and process control equipment) on the factory floor. With a compact footprint and minimal weight (11 lbs.), the SDU can also be installed in a control panel or easily integrated into an enclosure or machine where space considerations are at a premium.
Tact switches tout long life Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Tyco Electronics has introduced a new line of ALCOSWITCH sealed tactile (tact) switches. The new line includes a full range of popular sizes including 3.5 x 6-mm, 7-mm and 12-mm versions.
Diode array provides ESD protection for high-speed serial interfaces Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment In a space-saving, chip-scale package suitable for mobile, digital consumer and computing applications, California Micro Devices Corp.'s newest member of its PicoGuard family of diode arrays, dubbed the CM1230, offers an ultra-low input capacitance of 0.8-pF per channel to preserve signal integrity in high-speed serial interfaces.
Single-chip, triple differential receiver reduces board space by more than half Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.' AD8143 is a compact, single-chip solution that receives differential signals over a twisted pair cable. The triple differential receiver is primarily designed to receive RGB (red, green, blue) signals with resolutions up to 1600 X 1200; however, it can able be used to receive any other type of differential analog signal or high-speed data transmission.
Tiny LDOs aimed at 3G wireless handsets Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. unveiled a series of 200-mA low-dropout linear regulators in a chip scale package, which tout low noise and quiescent current, and a high power supply rejection ratio.
Chamäleon-Prozessor passt sich an die Aufgabe an Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment 151 Auf Anwendungen in den Bereichen Video, Bildverarbeitung und Mobilfunk-Basisstationen zielt der Hersteller Stretch mit seinem neuen software-konfigurierbaren Prozessor. Das Außergewöhnliche daran: Die Architektur des Prozessors lässt sich per Software für die jeweilige Aufgabe optimieren – auch noch zur Programmlaufzeit.
Quarter-brick IBCs extend to 450 watts Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Artesyn says its series of very high efficiency Typhoon quarter-brick intermediate bus converters (IBCs) delivers up to 50 percent more useable power than the company's previous generation. Providing up to 450 watts, these single-output 12-volt models include the IBC38AQT (unregulated, 4:1 fixed-ratio input/output) for computing and two semi-regulated models with input voltage ranges optimized for telecom (IBC28AQW) and networking (IBC30AQS) to power multiple point-of-load (POL) converters.
Handhelds meld insulation tester, multimeter functions Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Need to measure AC line frequency in the field? How about insulation breakdown resistance? Voltage of non-sinusoidal waveforms? Fluke Corp. is combining the capabilities of frequently used test tools into one compact new tool that can fill the bill for these disparate, yet related, measurements.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times