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New SMT POL DC/DCs are small, efficient, affordable and "double" lead-free
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
Forget the generalized headline promoting Datel's new point-of-load converter; this product is about establishing high reliability in manufacturing processes using Pb-free solder. See Product Review.
A new bird gives wings to active mixer designs with high linearity up converting
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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.
8-bit MCUs proliferate with on-chip peripherals, flash memory
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7/30/2004   Post a comment
With many new offerings now being rolled out by the semiconductor industry, the well-established 8-bit microcontroller could be one of the hottest chip markets this year. For details, see the focus report by Marty Gold.
Intersil reports profit, completes Xicor acquisition
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Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported net income of $27.2 million on sales of $144.2 million in its second quarter, compared to $20.1 million on sales of $125.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Platinum-Chip Temp. Sensors - in SMD style 0805 housing
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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.
RF Foam - is broadband microwave absorbing
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The R&F Products Division of Laird Technologies offers a complete range of foam products for the microwave design engineer
Thinnest package cuts MOSFET losses
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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
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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.
ZiLOG offers in-circuit emulator kit for 8-bit MCUs
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Troubleshooting tool kit for Z8 Encore! 64K Family enables software elements to be run and tested on the hardware for which they are designed.
High power inductors stay cool in high frequency applications
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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
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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
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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.
Xicor shareholders approve merger with Intersil
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Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported that its pending acquisition of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier Xicor Inc. was approved by 96% of voting Xicor shareholders.
NEC targets 8-bit MCUs at automotive, industrial and consumer apps
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NEC Electronics America's newest 8-bit microcontroller line called the 78K0S/Kx1+ family targets cost-sensitive applications; the higher-end 78K0/Kx1+ family offers larger memory sizes and more on-chip peripherals for more complex applications.
Fujitsu and TDK to ally on hard disk drive heads
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
Fujitsu Ltd. and TDK Corp. have agreed in principle to form a strategic alliance in the magnetic hard disk drive head business that would combine the Philippines drive assembly operations of both companies.
OLED supplier wins U.S. contract to develop white light source.
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Universal Display Corp. will demonstrate its technology under a $100,000 small business contract awarded by the U.S. Energy Department.
75-watt POL delivers slim solution
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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
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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.
PIC MCU boasts CAN 2.0B interface, 64 Kbytes of flash
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Microchip Technology has beefed-up its PIC MCU line, offering a CAN 2.0B interface for the automotive electronics market. The unit packs 64 Kbytes of flash in 28-pin package.
Triple differential drives down cost for video signals over cable
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The AD8133 triple differential line driver from Analog Devices is a single IC package that drives RGB signals over twisted-pair cable and cuts significant costs and board space.
Embedded network security kit available for Zilog's eZ80Acclaim MCU
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The ispLEVER version 4.1 design tool now includes synthesis and simulation tools from Synplicity and Mentor Graphics.
Three-chip design with limiting amp, TIA, laser driver meets meets small form factor needs
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Maxim introduces a low-power, multirate limiting amplifier, a TIA, and laser driver in a three-chip small form factor design for digital diagnostic modules.
MGE touts first dual-feed industrial UPS
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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
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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.
Linear RF power amp module's low power consumption optimizes cell phone talk time
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The Fairchild Semiconductor RMPA1959 linear RF Power Amplifier Module is designed for CDMA and CDMA2000-1X personal communications system (PCS) applications. It features single positive-supply operation, low power and shutdown modes, and 39% CDMA efficiency at +28 dBm average output power.
Chipset allows simultaneous communications on multiple 802.11 channels
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Engim's Intelligent Wideband WLAN Chipset with wideband spectral processing technology offers unprecedented WLAN infrastructure capacity by allowing simultaneous communications on multiple 802.11 channels together with flexible multi-service support from a single access point.
Active mixer resolves local oscillator challenges common to passive designs
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An 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.
Genesis reports loss, though unit shipments rise
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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
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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
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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.
Not Just Higher Density, Methodology Improvements as Well
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
It's important to keep an eye on the PLD/FPGA device makers as they introduce new technologies and new parts. Often times, it is their innovations which lead the way. If really good enough, the industry will follow.
Molex GbX reference backplane provides industry's first compliant 6 Gbit/s channel
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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).
Is It Middle Of The Road, Or, A Road In The Middle
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Design teams all over are debating. While time to market and risk can be substantially lowered by going the FPGA route, the ASIC path carries potential benefits that can't be ignored.
New Approach Combines ASIC and FPGA Benefits
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There have been some hybrid approaches that provide designers with very low risk, fast turnaround ASICs, and even some that provide a structured ASIC with programmable functionality.
Advancing The State Of Military and Space Bound Designs
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It's not an easy task to ruggedize some technologies. Making electronics for military and aerospace applications imposes many more scrutinizing tests and verifications.
Product-Term or Look-up Table? Decisions, Decisions
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Since product-term architectures, embodied by CPLDs, and Look-up Table (LUT) based-architectures, embodied by FPGAs, have existed designers have been trying to determine which architecture is best suited for a given application.
Low-cost, high-performance car radio tuner -- all on one chip
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7/27/2004   Post a comment
Philips Electronics solutions offers a family of one-chip analog car radio design that offers state-of-the-art tuning performance while reducing overall system costs.
Technology Addresses Beyond 90 nm
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The ability to move beyond 90 nm depends on clever innovations that are taking place now.
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