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Backplanes, chassis built to PICMG 2.16
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7/18/2002   Post a comment
Elma Electronic Inc.'s PICMG 2.16 backplanes and chassis are available in four-, six-, eight-, 16- and 21-slot designs.
Baseboard management controller upgrades servers
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7/18/2002   Post a comment
A single-chip baseboard management controller (BMC) from National Semiconductor Corp. is billed as offering remote management capabilities of the kind usually found only in high-end servers.
32-Mbit flash has dual banks
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7/18/2002   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced two 32-Mbit, 3-volt flash memory devices with dual-bank operation, which allows data to be read from one bank while the other bank is being written to or erased.
PICMG 2.16 blade unveiled
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7/18/2002   Post a comment
Performance Technologies Inc.'s new IPnexus is believed to be the industry's first signaling gateway blade that complies with the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group's (PICMG) 2.16 standard.
Board tailored for ultrafast servo niche packs 150-MHz DSP
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7/18/2002   Post a comment
Innovative Integration Inc.'s latest digital signal processor-based board offers floating-point DSP operation and bus bandwidth that's claimed to be seven times greater than in its predecessors.
Boards for point-of-service systems use new Intel chips
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7/15/2002   Post a comment
Micro Industries Corp. today will roll out a "transaction terminal" package, including two Pentium 4-based motherboards and an LCD touchscreen, aimed at point-of-service applications.
IGBT targets applications for high-power inverters
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Powerex Inc.'s Mega Power Dual is an optimized insulated-gate bipolar-transistor power device that offers a new carrier-stored trench gate bipolar transistor (CSTBT) chip and uses a light punch-through (LPT) process along with a plug-cell merged design.
CMOS digital camera IC hits 2.1 Mpixels
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Following up the 1.3-Mpixel Camera-Chip it launched last fall, OmniVision Technologies Inc. has begun sampling a 2.1-Mpixel CMOS device for digital still cameras and other high-volume, low-power imaging applications, including many in the automotive industry.
Low-profile tactile switches are 10 mm2
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NKK Switches has added the JB series low-profile, washable tactile switches to its line.
Thin SMT LED fits keypads
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
The PY1114CK Super Thin Type SMT LED light source from Stanley Electric is aimed at applications requiring minimal space-specifically, for backlighting keypads and other types of switches.
Omron RF relays save on size and power
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Omron Electronics has beefed up its line of RF relays with the launching of four units for such applications as filter and duplex switching, antenna switching and amplifiers in wireless-infrastructure equipment.
600-W test supply fits in 1U, half rack
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
The DLM 600 W supply, now available from the Sorensen division of Elgar, comes in three high-voltage models (0 to 80, 150 volts and 300 Vdc out from a universal autoranging ac input) to test a wide range of components, printed-circuit boards and electronic equipment.
Security chips can process many protocols at once
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Cavium Networks is calling its Nitrox Plus security processors the first single-chip devices able to accelerate multiple virtual private network, e-business, storage, wireless and XML applications simultaneously, with guaranteed bandwidth reservation per application.
Chip cap fills in for larger types in tip-and-ring apps
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Tecate Industries Inc. says that its Type CMT multilayer ceramic chip capacitor, designed for filtering in telephone line tip-and-ring applications, can replace larger, leaded film capacitors, saving pc-board space in a variety of communications systems and networks.
Adapter meets medical specs
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Phihong's PSS22U power adapter keeps leakage current to less than 0.1 mA at 264 volts ac to meet worldwide specs for adapters used in blood analyzers and non-patient-contact systems.
D/As offer 3-V operation without performance hit
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Three additions to Analog Devices Inc.'s TxDAC family of digital-to-analog converters are said to support 3-volt operation without sacrificing ac and dc performance.
SO-8 houses HEXFET pair
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
International Rectifier has put a 12-volt complementary n- and p-channel pair of HEXFET power MOSFETs into a single SO-8 package. The IRF7338 targets double-data-rate DRAM memory.
Codec eyes cell phones
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
An audio codec chip from Asahi Kasei Microsystems Semiconductor Inc. integrates a 16-bit monaural A/D converter, stereo D/A converter, phase-locked loop, and headphone and speaker amplifiers.
DAA chip sets target V.92 soft modems
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. says that its latest direct-access-arrangement (DAA) chip sets provide complete hardware solutions for notebook and desktop V.92 soft modems.
Switchers handle telecom power
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Astrodyne's SCN-series universal-input switching power supplies deliver 600 watts to 2 kW for moderate- to high-power telecom applications.
SoC eyes DS3/DS1/E1/DSO access apps
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
A RISC-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) with embedded DD-AMPS firmware and a host application programming interface is available from TranSwitch Corp. for next-generation channelized DS3, DS1, E1 and DS0 access applications.
Hitachi LCD monitor weighs 6.6 pounds
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Hitachi America Ltd. has added a lightweight 15-inch monitor to its LCD value line. The CML152 monitor weighs only 6.6 pounds, making it one of the lightest LCD monitors available, according to Hitachi.
Storage switches ease back-end bottlenecks
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Vixel Corp.'s 2-Gbit/second embedded storage switches, available in ASIC, switch-on-a-chip, blade and box formats, enable storage suppliers to overcome connectivity bottlenecks in the back end of RAID, network-attached storage, tape and next-generation superscalar storage architectures.
Distributors advance Web-based tools
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Electronic-component distributors have steadily enhanced their online offerings since the early 1990s.
Elpida samples DDR-II memories
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Elpida Memory (USA) Inc. is sampling 512-Mbit, DDR-II SDRAMs with twice the speed of DDR-I devices, at 533 Mbits/second, and 30 percent lower power consumption.
Fan-manager ICs getting smarter and smarter
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Fan-manager ICs reflect the increasing sophistication of fan controllers and cooling strategies not only for high-end PCs, but also for routers, basestations and other communications equipment.
Philips' ALVC line adds octals
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Philips Semiconductors has expanded its family of advanced low-voltage CMOS (ALVC) logic with the introduction of octal bit-width devices to complement the 16- and 32-bit parts and the single-, dual- and triple-gate logic it rolled out earlier this year.
100-MHz op amps tout low noise
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7/11/2002   Post a comment
Milpitas, Calif. - Dual (LT6203) and quad (LT6204) operational amplifiers from Linear Technology Corp. combine a 100-MHz gain bandwidth product with a 2.3-milliamp typical supply current per amplifier and noise of 1.9 nanovolts/square root of hertz at 100 kHz.
PMC adapters for WAN handle 56 kbits to DS3
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7/3/2002   Post a comment
SBS Technologies' Maxim 520 line of wide-area network PMC adapters are aimed at designs for routers, wireless basestations, voice-over-Internet Protocol gateways, virtual private networks and firewalls.
Industrial SBC debuts
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7/3/2002   Post a comment
Inova Computers' new Pentium 4-based, flexible single-board computer incorporates communications capabilities, high-performance graphics and myriad I/O facilities, enabling it to tackle industrial computing jobs that previously required multiple computers.
Boards hook up to power
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7/3/2002   Post a comment
Bustronic Corp.'s Power Interface Boards (PIBs) are designed as separate boards for the power section of a backplane, where they're used to facilitate pluggable power supplies, headers and utility connectors.
3ware scales ATA RAID card to 12 ports
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7/3/2002   Post a comment
Attacking the market for SCSI storage controllers, 3ware Inc. has rolled out a high-end version of its enhanced ATA adapter card and is sampling a card supporting the emerging serial ATA standard.
Controllers eye MIPS, PowerPC systems
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7/3/2002   Post a comment
Marvell has built a generation of controllers for systems based on MIPS or PowerPC processors. The Discovery II line includes three devices for 64-bit MIPS-based processors (MV64340, MV64341 and MV64342) and three for PowerPC-based subsystems (MV64360, MV64361 and MV64362).
Security chip speeds SSL/TLS record processing
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7/3/2002   Post a comment
A Broadcom Corp. security processor chip, the BCM5850, is a 2.4-Gbit/second device, speeds the throughput of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) e-commerce transactions and data transfers, avoiding security-related bottlenecks on high-speed networks.
Enhanced SRAM devices sample
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7/3/2002   Post a comment
Ramtron International Corp.'s Enhanced Memory Systems Inc. subsidiary is sampling 72-Mbit no-bus-latency (NoBL) burst enhanced-SRAM devices for SRAM replacement.
Two TI DSPs integrate functions, 150-Mips performance
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7/3/2002   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has launched two 32-bit, mixed-signal digital signal processors with performance of 150 million instructions per second plus a single-cycle, 32 x 32-bit media-access controller capability.


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