Caching In On High Speed DRAM Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment Aimed at enhancing performance of servers, network routers, PCs and other IT infrastructure components, two new techniques for DRAM technology were developed.
High torque micro motors target robotics, mini appliances Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment SANYO DC Micro Motor Division has introduced a new line of 12-mm DC geared micro motors as smaller replacements for large brush motors in a variety of applications including robotics, mini appliances, power tools, as well as medical and dispensing equipment. The new 12GN series measures 12 mm x 10 mm x 29 mm from terminals to tip of shaft and weighs 8.7 g.
Unique, dual-connected op amp enables two stages in one chip Product News 7/27/2004 Post a comment Microchip's MCP62x5 family enables a standard two-stage amplifier signal chain to be implemented into an eight-lead package with a power-saving chip select. The internal connection of the two stages enables one operational amplifier to feed into the other making a more compact design.
RF connectors tackle higher density, higher frequency and miniaturization Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment RF connectors are available in a variety of flavors for any number of applications in automotive, mil/aerospace, telecommunications and wireless industries. But one thing they share in common is the need to pack smaller interconnects into tighter spaces. In some cases, this also means combining smaller footprints with higher operating frequencies, delivering up to 2.5 GHz for wireless and up to 6 GHz for broadband applications. Connector manufacturers say one of the key challenges is maintaining
Anadigics meet guidance but posts loss Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment Anadigics Inc. recorded a net loss of $11.7 million on revenue of $22.7 million in the second quarter, up 7% sequentially from the previous quarter vs. guidance of a 5% increase. In the year-ago quarter, the Warren, N.J. supplier of wireless and broadband devices posted a net loss of $13.7 million on sales of $18.0 million.
100-kHz closed-loop realtime platforms target test Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment Here's news of some 100-kHz (800-kHz aggregate) data-acq boards that can transform your PC into a closed-loop platform. Suitable for test and control applications, these boards are part of an expanding DSP-based series of data acquisition modules that run under Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
WLAN tester serves high-volume manufacturing Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment By leveraging in-house expertise in the design of RF wireless systems and RF chips, and by marrying its newest product with previous test products, LitePoint offers a test system that conforms to industry specs, and is interoperable with compliant products. Designed to support high-volume manufacturing of IEEE-802.11a/b/g WLAN products, this single-instrument tester may break cost barriers for WLAN test.
AMI Semiconductor names Liang sales VP for Asia Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment AMI Semiconductor, a Pocatello, Idaho, supplier of mixed-signal ICs, has named Tony Liang vice president of sales for the Asia Pacific market. Liang brings the company more than 20 years experience in sales and marketing, with more than 15 years spent working directly with technology companies in the Asia Pacific.
Focus on the crosspoint switch Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment Switches and specifically crosspoint switches are the building blocks for telecomm systems enabling them to offer high performance and flexibility. Editor Paul O'Shea reviews some of the challenges for crosspoint switches and what companies are offering to resolve these issues.
Deep-memory oscilloscopes dive into signals Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment Agilent Technologies introduces new memory options for its Infiniium 54830 Series of digital storage and mixed-signal oscilloscopes, caliming them as the deepest-memory oscilloscopes in the industry. The options use Agilent's patented MegaZoom deep-memory technology to achieve depths up to 128 Mpoints. That enables fast waveform capture of complex signals.
Strain Gage Signal Conditioners - have watertight compression fittings Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment Series 8162 Strain Gage Signal Conditioners from the Force/Torque Division of PCB Piezotronics provide conditioned, amplified analog voltage and current output for strain gage based sensors such as load cells and reaction torque sensors. The units operate from 12 to 28 VDC power, and deliver 5 or 10 VDC and 4 to 20 mA output signals for recording, control, and analysis purposes.
DC/DC Boost Regulators - for powering handheld displays Product News 7/26/2004 Post a comment Micrel Inc announced the MIC2288/90 series, two small-sized PWM DC/DC boost converters capable of generating up to 34V. The ICs are ideal for powering organic EL displays, LCD displays, and photo flash LEDs in handheld applications. With its internal Schottky diode, the MIC2290 is Micrel's smallest size PWM DC/DC boost solution.
Power-One extends line of high-MTBF supplies Product News 7/24/2004 Post a comment Power-One's NHC3011-6, an extension to the company's high-reliability NHC3000 series of AC/DC power-factor-corrected supplies with 24- and 48-volt outputs, is suited to powering RF amplifiers, lasers, and other industrial equipment. The 3U-sized supply, with a minimum MTBF of 700,000 hours, delivers up to 107 amps at 28 VDC (no derating up to 50°C) from a single-phase 180-264 VAC input. It has a line regulation of 0.2 percent, load regulation of 0.4 percent, and maximum ripple and noise of 1
Crydom's SCRs, triacs now available in TO-220's Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment Complementing its extensive line of power-switching modules with four new discrete-packaged product lines, Crydom Corp. now offers silicon-controlled rectifiers (SCR), rectifiers, triacs, and triac-alternistors in a standard TO-220 package. "The addition of these new TO-220AB packaged components permits Crydom to offer customers additional solutions for their power switching applications," said Walt Gorrell, vice president of sales and marketing. "The power-switching semiconductors long used in
Genesis Microchip expands Taiwan facility Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment Genesis Microchip Inc., a San Jose supplier of image processing systems, has relocated its Taipei, Taiwan offices into larger facilities to accommodate additional field application engineers and sales staff.
Solder Preforms - offered nearly 300 alloys Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment For all interconnect and joining applications in electronics and hybrid packaging and assembly processes, Indium Corporation offers a complete range of solder preforms that includes their full range of solder alloys. Solder preforms can be specified in most of the nearly 300 alloys offered by the company, including Pb-free.
TTPCom offers development platform for advanced GPRS handsets Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment TTPCom announced a new platform for the development of fully featured GPRS/GSM handsets. The platform incorporates Toshiba's TC35510BXG Cellular Baseband chip, TTPCom's class 12 GPRS/GSM software and TTPCom's Ajar Platform, a complete suite of pre-integrated application software.
Modular Jacks and D-subminiature connectors Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment Samtec has added a selection of Modular Jacks and D-Subminiature connectors to its I/O Interface product offering. These are in addition to its existing line D-subs, modular jacks, miniature DINs, and high frequency serial interfaces. The new D-subs (DSM) include vertical though-hole mount and discrete wire shells and contacts as well as terminals for crimp termination.
Thin Film Resistor Arrays - offer ultra-low 0.01% ratio tolerance Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology announced the PR series high-precision thin film resistor arrays in compact 1206, 0805, and 0603 case sizes with a low profile of just 0.4 mm. Matched resistor networks in the PR series include from two to eight resistors and are precision-matched to 0.01% ratio tolerance - as opposed to a ratio tolerance of 0.05% in competing devices.
10GHz Switching Reed Relays - employ a ball-grid-array design Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment With a 10GHz -3dB roll-off point two new reed relays, available from Rhopoint Components, offer an ideal way for switching low level RF signals, and high speed logic. The leadless relays employ a patented ball-grid-array design and provide a 50 Ohm RF impedance throughout the device.
D-Combi Connectors - offered in five different shell sizes Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment D-Combi connectors in Press-Fit technology from Deltron AG are a perfect fit for designers looking for space-saving connectors and wanting to lower the costs, by packing everything into one, while enabling a simple assembly. For years now, press fit contacts are used for connection on printed circuit boards (backplanes).The compliant contacts, developed by Deltron in 1994, are machined and U-shaped. D-Combi connectors offer mixed-components of the contacts in the same body.
TI Announces Performance Enhanced UART With Extended Voltage Range And Higher Data Transfer Rates Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment Expanding its offering of parallel-to-serial and serial-to-parallel universal asynchronous receiver/transmitters (UARTs), Texas Instruments announced a performance enhanced, single channel UART with 16-Byte FIFO that can support voltages down to 2.5V, and data transfer rates up to 1.5 Mbps. With the TL16C550D, designers can increase system performance in applications such as telecommunication base stations, cell phones, POS systems, modems, PDAs and more.
Quad-Band EDGE Module - enables high-speed cellular capabilities Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment TTPCom launched the ITM420 quad-band EDGE module. The 47 x 35 x 3.3mm module is based on the company's leading EDGE technology and is suitable for embedding into a range of products, including Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), laptops, wireless desk phones and various machine to machine (M2M) applications.
STMicroelectronics Extends NAND Flash Family With 256-Mbit And 128-Mbit Devices Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has completed its 'Small Page' NAND Flash memory roadmap with the introduction of 256-Mbit and 128-Mbit devices to provide cost-effective storage for a range of consumer products that require large amounts of low cost memory. Both of the new devices are available in 3V and 1.8V power supply versions, and they join 512-Mbit and 1-Gbit chips that are already in volume production.
HV and HF Capacitors - volume reduced by up to 40% Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment Taking advantage of new developments in the plastic film industry, Leclanche has added a new dimension, or rather has reduced dimensions of its line of high-voltage high-frequency capacitors. In certain cases, the volume has been reduced by 40%. The company announced three new series of high-voltage- and high-frequency capacitors using the new developments.
360W Half-Brick Converter - for use in 12V intermediate bus Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment SynQor has announced a wide input, isolated dc bus converter in a standard half-brick package. The BusQor HEA module can deliver up to 360 Watts of power for use in 12V intermediate bus architectures. The wide input voltage range permits use in telecom applications that require a standard 35V-75V input.
Single-Chip CD LSI - support for MP3 & Sony ATRAC CD Product News 7/23/2004 Post a comment Toshiba has expanded its family of digital signal processors (DSPs) for digital audio equipment with the world's first single-chip CD LSI to offer support for both MP3 and Sony ATRAC CD formats. The result is a device that will significantly simplify design and implementation of home and vehicle audio systems by eliminating the overhead on the system processor and minimising the need for external components.
Renesas adds 16-bit MCUs with flash/mask ROM for appliance apps Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Renesas Technology America, Inc.'s new H8/36902G and H8/36912G 16-bit microcontrollers offer system designers on-chip flash or mask ROM memory. The MCUs also pack an oscillator with 1 percent frequency deviation, low-voltage detect function, and 10-bit A/D converter into 32-pin packages.
VLDO runs from sub-1V input Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology says its LT3020 is the industry's first very-low-dropout voltage regulator (VLDO) that can work from input voltages down to 0.9 volt. It's thus suited to single-cell alkaline and NiMH batteries and emerging applications that use a 1.5-volt rail and provide 0.9 to 1.25 volts at up to 100 mA for microcontroller and microprocessor cores. The LT3020 has a dropout of 150 mV, optimizing battery run time in applications with a low Vin-to-Vout differential.
Elma enters PXI market with new chassis line Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Compliant to PXI Specification R2.0, Elma Electronic's has launched its initial PXI chassis line for instrumentation systems. The first in the new series is a 4U Type 15 PXI chassis that measures 17-in. wide x 16-in. deep. Available in desktop or rack-mount versions, the new line uses Elma's modular enclosure design to offer a wide range of configurations.
Current sense resistors tout low TCR Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Alpha Electronics Corp. of America has introduced a new precision surface-mount current sense resistor series that features a low temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of 0±25 ppm/°C, one of the lowest in the industry, thanks to the company's metal foil resistor technology.
Pushbutton switches ensure reliability Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Featuring dual, sliding contacts, NKK Switches' new HB series of illuminated and non-illuminated subminiature pushbuttons provide high reliability, contact stability and increased operating life. Plus, a rear panel threaded mounting ensures secure positioning.
External flanges make it easier to mount die-cast boxes Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Bud Industries Inc. has developed a new series of IP 65 and NEMA 4X-rated aluminum boxes with external mounting brackets that can be mounted on a wall or panel without requiring the removal of the cover or exposing the internal components to the environment. The new AN series comes equipped with a permanently fastened 0.09-in. thick mounting bracket that accepts up to #10 mounting screws. (Screws are not included.)
Junction box assemblies make light duty of industrial wiring projects Product News 7/22/2004 Post a comment Phoenix Contact has made industrial wiring projects that require multiple corrosion-resistant wall-mount junction boxes a lot easier with its new stainless steel 4X junction box assemblies. With the new system, terminal block rail assemblies are mounted and labeled in the enclosure, and users simply have to mount the junction box and terminate the conductors.
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.