A new bird gives wings to active mixer designs with high linearity up converting Product News 7/30/2004 Post a comment A new RF active mixer from Linear Technology provides linearity and signal-to-noise performance matching that of passive mixers, allowing designers to build 3G cellular basestations that are more compact and at substantially reduced cost. The LT5521 streamlines basestation design by resolving the high LO (Local Oscillator) drive level, poor LO suppression and low conversion gain issues common to passive solutions.
Platinum-Chip Temp. Sensors - in SMD style 0805 housing Product News 7/30/2004 Post a comment Jumo GmbH, has introduced 0805 series SMD components in a miniaturized style. The reduced dimensions of only 1.35 x 2.10 x 0.60 mm (W x L x H) facilitate increased packing density in production and placing. This leads to a further price reduction, making these high-performance platinum sensors competitive with the semiconductor sensors that have been frequently used up to now.
Thinnest package cuts MOSFET losses Product News 7/30/2004 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components says its Smart Thin Package (STP) for power MOSFETs is the thinnest surface-mount type in its class, providing the smallest mount area per milliohm of on-resistance and improving power dissipation ratings for the first MOSFETs using the package, the company's TPCT4201 and TPCT4202. The new package is about one-third the size of a TSSOP-8 and only 0.6 mm high.
DprobeXC in-circuit emulator records TTL Product News 7/29/2004 Post a comment A modification to the DprobeXC in-circuit emulator enables engineers to record external transistor-transistor logic (TTL) signals, a requirement for testing integration for XC166 applications.
High power inductors stay cool in high frequency applications Product News 7/29/2004 Post a comment J.W. Miller's new low loss series of high power toroid inductors is the company's first standard product offering to incorporate Magnetic Inc.'s Kool Mμ ferrous alloy powder core. Although typically more expensive than powder iron cores, they offer a key advantage over these lower cost materials by preventing the distributed air gap cores from getting too hot in high frequency applications.
High-speed, high-power IR emitters boost optical efficiency Product News 7/29/2004 Post a comment Targeting CMOS camera applications, automotive night vision and sensor systems, Vishay Intertechnology's two new infrared (IR) emitters are optimized with an 850-nm wavelength in comparison with industry standard 870-nm emitters to improve optical efficiency in these types of applications. Both high-speed, high-radiant power devices provide a low 1.8-volt maximum forward voltage and a 20 nanosecond rise time.
Rack-mount packaging options ease CWDM integration Product News 7/29/2004 Post a comment Stratos Lightwave LLC is has launched several new rack-mount packaging options for its Tsunami brand of coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) optical components and modules. Offered in both industry-standard 19-inch as well as LGX-compatible racks, these packaging options make it easier to integrate the CWDM devices into existing installations of high-performance communications systems.
75-watt POL delivers slim solution Product News 7/29/2004 Post a comment Astec Power's (Emerson Network Power) APA18 is a 75-watt point-of-load (POL) converter that's suited to restrictive space requirements. The DC/DC converter, in a single-in-line package (SIP, 2-by-0.5-by-0.4 inches), delivers 18 amps at 0.75 to 5.5 volts from a 10-14 volt input for a wide range of tasks ranging from telecom to instrumentation. It sports an efficiency as high as 92 percent.
Low cost JTAG controllers proliferate Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Focus On: JTAG Testing -- Most designers are paying close attention to design-for-test these days. In fact, for many EEs, DFT using boundary-scan is a design imperative. With the IEEE-1149.1 Standard Test Access Port and Boundary-Scan Architecture setting the standard, vendors are dishing up a bevy of innovative 1149.1 hardware and software tools.
Embedded network security kit available for Zilog's eZ80Acclaim MCU Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment ZiLOG, Inc. has begun to offer an embedded network security kit for its eZ80Acclaim! family of 8-bit flash microcontrollers. The complete kit enables design engineers to develop embedded networking applications over any TCP/IP network that requires secured data transmission using SSL (Secured Socket Layer) technology.
Fail-safe handles solve hot swap problems Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Using a new two-step design, Elma Electronic's new AdvancedTCA handles provide a fail-safe method for the insertion and removal of ATCA boards by separating the locking/switching mechanism from the extraction function. In some cases, with a one-step process, it causes the handles to disengage too quickly, or makes it difficult to plug the ATCA boards back into the chassis, said the company.
Optek re-enters high-reliability market Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Due to customer requests, TT electronics OPTEK Technology is once again supporting the high-reliability market for Hall-effect , magnetoresistive and optoelectronic components. The company is a fully integrated high reliability manufacturer and offers products that can be QCI tested (Groups A, B, C & D) per MIL-PRF-19500 to the methods of MIL-STD-750 and MIL-STD-883. Full assembly and testing are performed in the company's ISO and QS9000 certified Juarez, Mexico facility.
Spot light sources combine high intensity, long life and high reliability Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Expanding its family of LIGHTINCURE spot light sources, Hamamatsu Corp. has introduced its compact and economical LC3 and LC4 versions for any number of manufacturing applications including UV curing of medical supplies, optical parts and fiber optic connectors. They can also be used for SMD bonding, HGA assembly, and sealing of liquid crystal and other electronic parts.
Raychem adds GDTs to product portfolio Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Raychem Circuit Protection, a business unit of Tyco Electronics Corp., has expanded its circuit protection line with the addition of gas discharge tubes (GDTs). These devices are typically used to help protect sensitive telecom equipment such as power lines, communication lines, signal lines and data transmission lines from damage caused by transient surge voltages that typically result from lightning strikes and equipment switching operations.
Software beefs up DDA digital sensor features Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment MTS Sensors is offering a free upgrade to its liquid level gauge set-up software that provides several enhanced features for DDA digital sensors. The new MG version 2.08 set-up software upgrade provides new features for data logging and analysis via Excel documents and charts. Applications include logging of product and interface levels, as well as temperature and diagnostic functions.
EMI filter promises excellent ESD protection, electrical performance in a small package Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Developed for applications where space is at a premium, a new ESD protection array from Vishay Intertechnology Inc. integrates an EMI filter in a leadless LLP75 package. The new GTF701-HS3-GS08 two-channel EMI filter, which measures 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.7-mm, is designed to provide both EMI and bi-directional ESD protection for compact products including mobile phone handsets, laptop computers, PDAs, digital cameras, modems, GPS devices, and two-way pagers.
Hermaphroditic connectors lower inventory costs Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Featuring polarization to prevent incorrect mating and audible "clicks" to verify proper seating, Samtec Inc.'s new hermaphroditic interface systems are self mating, and therefore, may lower inventory costs by reducing the number of part numbers that must be stocked.
Stepper-motor IC drives auto apps Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Allegro MicroSystems' A3980, an automotive-friendly addition to the company's line of microstepping motor driver ICs, features a unique two-wire interface with translator for control of step, step-size, and direction. The interface and translator provide for operating bipolar stepper motors in full-, half-, eighth-, and sixteenth-step modes without the need for a complex system controller.
UMC reports profit, sees demand driving further growth Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Taiwan semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) reported second quarter revenue of $376 million on sales of $864 million, compared to $79 million on sales of $638.6 million in the year-ago second quarter. Results also improved from the first quarter of 2004, when UMC earned $202 million on sales of $745 million.
Atmel's AVR MCU targets high-end CAN networking Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment Atmel Corp.'s AT90CAN128, an 8-bit AVR Flash microcontroller with extended CAN (Controller Area Network) capabilities boasts 16 MIPS processing speed for many CAN networking and industrial applications, including factory and building automation, medical equipment, marine networking and print media.
Upgraded FPGA tool Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment The ispLEVER version 4.1 design tool now includes synthesis and simulation tools from Synplicity and Mentor Graphics.
MGE touts first dual-feed industrial UPS Product News 7/28/2004 Post a comment MGE UPS Systems bills its new EX RT family of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) as the first on-line type with dual-feed AC input sources to provide a double layer of power availability for industrial applications. The rugged 5-, 7- and 11-kVA mid-range power systems, in a 6U (10.5 inches high) rack-mounted enclosure, are also said to be among the smallest models available in this power range.
Motorola taps Nottenburg to direct strategy Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment Motorola Inc. has appointed Richard N. Nottenburg chief strategy officer, overseeing corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business intelligence and new initiatives. Nottenburg has served as a strategic advisor to Motorola since the beginning of the year.
Genesis reports loss, though unit shipments rise Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment Genesis Microchip Inc. reported a net loss of $1.3 million on sales of $52.8 million in its first 2005 fiscal quarter ended June, compared to net earnings of $1.4 million on sales of $53.9 million in the year-ago fiscal quarter. In the previous fiscal quarter ended March, Genesis lost $1.9 million on sales of $54.9 million.
Smart timer/counter/analyzer uses USB, GPIB Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment Here's news of a neat high-res frequency counter that's operable in either an IEEE-488/GPIB instrumentation environment, or across a USB connection. This timer/counter/analyzer can measure frequency, time interval, and phase, making up to 2,000 individual triggered measurements/s via either GPIB or USB.
Tools; A Must For New Technologies Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment Third party design automation tools typically will lag behind the tools from the company which supports a their new and proprietary technology. Sometimes, we see a coordinated effort to release new technology along with a rollout of third party tool makers, but for the most part, the manufacturers tools precede the third party tools.
Molex GbX reference backplane provides industry's first compliant 6 Gbit/s channel Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment Supporting chip and system designers in the task of predicting a components performance capability in real-life datacom or telecom systems, Molex's GbX reference backplane demonstrator and PMC-Sierra's 6G QuadPHY SERDES is the industry's first 1 meter silicon-to-silicon channel compliant to the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) Common Electrical I/O (CEI) 6+ Long Reach specification (Draft 4.0).
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 ...