Cal Micro expands wafer capacity for ASIP devices Product News 7/5/2004 Post a comment California Micro Devices has entered into a wafer supply agreement with SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. to expand its wafer capacity for the company's application specific integrated passive (ASIP) devices and analog semiconductors for mobile, computing and digital consumer markets.
Speed sensor integrates tracking capacitor Product News 7/5/2004 Post a comment Targeting automotive and industrial applications, Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. has announced the availability of its new high-accuracy analog speed sensor with integrated tracking capacitor and dual zero-crossing output signal. Applications include automotive crankshaft speed sensing using ring magnets.
Socket system available in three grid sizes Product News 7/5/2004 Post a comment Mill-Max is offering new ball grid array (BGA) socket/adapter system in three grid sizes. They fit 0.8-mm, 1.0-mm and .050-in. grid footprints for socketing BGA devices and interconnecting circuit boards.
Web-based toolkit educates power supply designers Product News 7/3/2004 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor's web-based Offline Power Supply Toolkit helps designers to dramatically reduce design cycle times. The toolkit, found at http://www.fairchildsemi.com/designcenter, features state-of-the-art tutorials, selection tools, and design aids that address AC/DC topologies.
Programmable oscillators ship in 24 hours Product News 7/2/2004 Post a comment NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.) has announced the availability of its new 2775Y, 2775W, and 2785V series of programmable crystal clock oscillators (XOs) that can be shipped in 24 hours or less. Designed to shorten lead time for prototyping or for low volume production applications, NDK's frequency writing technology allows standard units to be tuned at the company's design centers in North America, Asia, and Europe to the required frequency very quickly, according to the company.
Watch crystals delivered on tape-and-reel Product News 7/2/2004 Post a comment MMD Components (Monitor & Quartztek) is offering its new line of surface-mount watch crystals on tape-and-reel to enable easy pick and placement and eliminate the need for hand-placing cylindrical crystals. The new WCSMD 32.768 KHz crystals use the same 6.5 x 1.9-mm can used on conventional watch crystals.
Filter boasts up to 1 GHz of attenuation Product News 7/2/2004 Post a comment Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., has introduced a high performance CORCOM EJT series filter with attenuation performance up to 1 GHz. The company claims this two stage, inlet filter attenuates noise at much higher frequencies than traditional inlet filters currently available in the market.
Contact allows higher current ratings Product News 7/2/2004 Post a comment Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International, Ltd., recently introduced Type III+ enhanced high current signal contacts that offer an additional 8 amps of current carrying capacity for a single contact compared to standard Type III+ contacts under identical testing conditions.
Noise generator addresses new E911 cellphone locator services Product News 7/2/2004 Post a comment RF and microwave noise-test company Noise Com is debuting an expandable platform for testing the susceptibility to interference of emergency E911 applications on cellphones, as well as GPS receivers. For the latter, the E911 generates low phase-noise high-power out-of-band interference, without obscuring signals in the GPS band.
Reference board speeds IC-based flyback design Product News 7/2/2004 Post a comment International Rectifier's IRISMPS5 is a reference design for a flyback topology that uses the company's versatile and efficient IRIS4015 integrated switcher IC. The reference design, i.e., a universal-input AC/DC supply that delivers 6 amps at 15 volts, is suited to powering such systems as LCD monitors, CD/DVD players, fax machines, printers and set-top boxes.
UXPi favors NRZ signaling scheme Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment David S. McCallum, strategic product manager at Molex Inc. explains why NRZ signaling scheme offers benefits over PAM-4 in the implementation of next generation 10 Gbit/s systems.
Test cable assemblies are good out to 110 GHz Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment Working with microwave test gear? Having troubles with cable assemblies and repeatability? Here are some new flexible coaxial cable assemblies that are designed for instrumentation applications. These cables can work with your microwave test gear at frequencies as high as 110 GHz.
DIP rotaries offer actuator choices Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment The DR series of DIP rotary switches from NKK Switches features a choice of screwdriver, shaft, dial-adjusted or knob actuators, with trouble-free code setting, and highly visible legends. Arrow or dot indicators are available.
Tyco upgrades microwave-switching relays Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment Harrisburg, Pa. Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International, Ltd., is offering an extended life version of its CII brand microwave-switching relays. The MW family products now provide a typical life expectancy of up to 10 million operations when switching low level loads. The company says it has increased the life of the relay tenfold through a series of process improvements.
Rocker switch seals out moisture Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment Sealed to IP 67, CIT Relay & Switch's new subminiature rocker switch offers electrical ratings from .4 VA for dry circuit applications to 3A for power applications in both SPDT and DPDT configurations. Applications include computers and computer peripherals, telecommunications, security, test equipment, instrumentation and medical applications.
Power cube inductors pack high power density in small package Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment Measuring less than 10-mm high with low direct current resistance (DCR) and high saturation current, the new Pulse PG0200 power cube inductors target desktop PCs with T-socket processors. Applications include servers, multi-phase voltage regulator modules (VRMs), dc-to-dc converters, and other point-of-load applications.
EMI filter saves board space in dc-to-dc converter apps Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment Targeting the telecommunications bus market, Picor, a subsidiary of Vicor Corp. offers a new active EMI filter for 48 V dc-to-dc converter applications. The company says the EMI filter's compact surface-mount package, measuring 1.0 x 1.0 x 0.2-in. (25.4 x 25.4.5 x 5.1-mm), offers a board space savings of 50% to 80% over passive EMI filter solutions.
Lead-free manufacturing: the reality is clear; the information is not Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment Beginning July 1, 2006 all products sold to the European Union must comply with the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) initiatives. While many North American manufacturers have taken a "wait and see" stance on the subject, the reality of lead-free manufacturing is upon us and electronics manufacturers are beginning to feel the pressure.
New bricks extend intermediate-bus options Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment Celestica's HUS42-096 half-brick and QUS20-120-NVDR quarter-brick DC/DC converters, part of the company's IBC series, are designed to optimize intermediate-bus architectures. The 460-watt HUS42-096 has a 5:1 input/output voltage ratio (the first half-brick of its kind, according to the company), and thus will provide 7 to 11 volts (often considered the "sweetspot" for highest overall system efficiency) from a 36- to 55-volt input. The QUS20-120-NVDR quarter-brick is the vertical-mount version of
Flexible 400mV reference a direct hit for portable medical equipment Product News 7/1/2004 Post a comment Linear Technology says its new LT6650 is the lowest voltage series reference available. The device features a built-in rail-to-rail output buffer amplifier and ±1% guaranteed accuracy from -40°C to 85°C. The LT6650 is ideally suited for portable industrial and medical equipment, plus low power instrumentation.
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.