CCFL inverter delivers sure strikes Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8729 is a fully integrated controller optimized to
drive multiple cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) used in LCD monitor and TV applications. Using a topology that the company touts as unique, the controller works in a resonant mode during striking and switches over to a fixed-frequency mode after the lamps are lit to ensure reliable striking and operation under all conditions while reducing electrical stress on the transformer.
Optical sensor saves power, space in portable devices Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Intersil Corp. has entered the light sensor market with the launch of its new EL7900, a light-to-current optical sensor, that integrates a photodiode and a current amplifier on a single surface-mount chip. The new device offers both a power- and space savings for portable and handheld system designers.
LED module suits battery-operated devices Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Para Light Corp. now offers an enhanced-power LED module as a light source for any battery-operated device or for use in flashlights. Available with yellow, green, red or blue LEDs, the new LS0615 series is also suitable for full-color signage as well as track-, task-, emergency-, security- and garden-lighting applications.
SMB interface eliminates additional cables or connectors Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Bomar Interconnect Products Inc. has added a SMB interconnect to its proprietary Eliminator coaxial series, that also includes a family of F-style connectors. These Eliminator interfaces are designed to eliminate the need for extra cable assemblies and PC-board connectors traditionally required to mate box-type, or modular integrated components to boards. Users only have to connect the Eliminator connector directly to an electronic device and drop it onto the PC-board.
AC/DC supplies front industrial, medical applications Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Artesyn Technologies' NLP250 AC/DC power supplies, which deliver up to 250 watts, are suited to front-end conversion solutions and distributed power architectures, including medical applications. The supplies provide a choice of 12-, 24- or 48-volt outputs to simplify system integration (main channel output current is 21, 10.5, and 5.25 amps, respectively), and are supported by control and monitoring features to satisfy a wide variety of DC supply requirements.
PLD vendor releases open IP core soft MCU Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment In a move to drive user development of its new 8-bit soft microcontroller core, Lattice Corp. is offering an open IP core license that eliminates the boundaries found in free reference designs that restricts the use of IP.
Tool kit modernizes PFC designs Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's IRAC1150-D2 power-factor-correction (PFC) control design kit, with a complementary design tool that can be accessed from the company's myPOWER online site, brings PFC designs up to date. "This reference design allows designers to immediately see the benefit of IR’s one-cycle control performance without a major redesign or spending a lot of time evaluating and prototyping a new PFC circuit," said Stephen Oliver, marketing manager for AC/DC products.
14-slot AdvancedTCA shelf adds performance Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Tracewell Systems' second generation CO-Star 14-slot AdvancedTCA (ATCA) Central Office Shelf touts numerous design enhancements including an advanced split backplane design for easy customization, highly robust construction, board-to-board assembly to eliminate internal wire harnesses, and additional airflow capacity for cooling beyond 200 watts per slot.
Connectors provide smallest pitch for industrial sensors Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment A new line of 1.50-mm (.059 in.) pitch EZ-Conn connectors from Molex Inc. offers the smallest pitch available for industrial sensor applications. The new connector system also features a simple wire termination for cost savings and easy make-to-fit harness assemblies in the field.
DRAM maker sampling 2-Gbit DDR2 DRAM Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Micron Technology Inc. is sampling 2-Gbit, DDR2 devices to a select server customer. The DRAM maker said the part, MT47H512M4HG, is designed to enable up to 8-Gbyte high density modules, providing more memory per server with less space and power consumption than current component offerings.
Terminal blocks handle high current for power panels Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment With a pass-through current capability of up to 130 amps (A), the new OTB series of terminal blocks from BlockMaster Electronics Inc. is well suited for the transfer of high power from outside to inside power panels, particularly for special power situations or for custom polarization, said the company. These high power feed-through terminal blocks can also be used for power supply, lighting, machine tool and off-road vehicle applications.
Stand alone Li-ion chargers get even smaller Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Billed as a complete stand alone linear charger in a 2-by-2 mm DFN, Linear Technology's LTC4065 and LTC4065A can deliver up to 750 mA for single-cell lithium-ion batteries and applications in digital still cameras, portable point-of-sale and diagnostic equipment, cell phones, PDAs and USB-equipped handheld devices.
TCXO touts tight stability, small size Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Fordahl USA Inc. said it has introduced the industry's smallest wide temperature range Stratum III and Sonet temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO). The new lead-free/RoHS compliant TCXO offers a temperature stability of ±0.28 ppm over a temperature range of -40° to 85°C in a surface-mount 5 x 7-mm package.
AC/DC supply meets VME/VXI requirements Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment The 57S81 from North Atlantic Industries, working from a 115/230 VAC or 270 VDC input, delivers up to 500 watts for Versa Module and extended instrumentation (VME and VXI) applications associated with industrial and military (NAVMAT compliance) requirements.
Fast parametric measurement-unit chips have small footprints Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Expanding an existing line of standards-based per-pin parametric measurement unit ICs, chip maker Semtech is dishing up a family of three PPMU devices. They're claimed to have extremely fast settling times and the smallest form-factors for 40-mA devices. The use of BiCMOS also permits them to accommodate a 16.25-V range.
Load switch serves small portables Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Vishay's SiP4610A/B protected high-side load switch, working from a 2.2- to 5.5-volt input for battery switching, USB peripheral ports, notebook computers and various hot-swapping applications, can handle a continuous output current of up to 1 amp. Designers can set the device's current limit using a single (external) resistor.
Flash-based FPGA to integrate analog functions Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment In the next six to nine months, Actel Corp. will unveil products that employ its latest technology called Fusion, which combines mixed-signal analog capabilities with flash memory and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) fabric in a monolithic programmable system chip (PSC).
IR emitter doubles radiant intensity Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has expanded its TSAL series of infrared (IR) emitters with the introduction of its new TSAL6100X01, an emitter certified under the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard for Smoke Detectors for Fire-Protective Signaling Systems, or UL 268. The company said the device also provides a typical radiant intensity of 130 mW/sr at 100 mA, which is more than double that of standard emitters.
Quick-acting chip fuses are rated up to 5 amps Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has released three new devices in the MFU series of thin-film flat chip fuses that offer quick-acting fuse characteristics with rated current values up to 5.0 amps (A) and meet UL 248-14 and IEC 60127-4 standards.
Lattice Opens Door on IP Core License Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment LatticeMico8, an 8-bit microcontroller core for LatticeECP, LatticeEC, and LatticeXP, and the new MachXO families of FPGAs is now available. To promote interest, Lattice is offering a new open intellectual property (IP) core license that it claims is the first offered by any FPGA supplier.
Ethernet board supports GigE Vision realtime imaging standard Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment An off-the-shelf OEM board can add GigE connectivity to industrial machine-vision and consumer cameras. The Pleora iPORT PT1000-VB In-Camera Engine lets you integrate high-performance GigE connectivity into almost any camera simply by changing out the back-end interface electronics. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Buck regulator claims new size-efficiency high Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Using a new analog process, Texas Instruments' TPS62110, a 1.5-amp DC/DC step-down regulator IC, boasts an efficiency of 95 percent to extend battery life in industrial handhelds, portable test equipment, and consumer devices powered by two- to three-cell lithium-based batteries or a 12-volt power source. TI says the device achieves the smallest solution size with highest power efficiency over a wide input range.
SPDT switch module spans 20GHz Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Designed for military EW/ECM, space, wideband telecom, industrial, microwave radio, and test equipment applications, this GaAs MMIC switch offers high performance for rugged applications.
MPL PC/104-Plus module has 4 or 8 serial lines Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment The Octal Serial Communication Interface (OSCI) board family from MPL provides on a single PC/104-Plus module up to eight serial ports. The interface mode on all ports are freely selectable either for RS232 or RS485/422.
Nexcom offers a fan-less industrial computer Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment The latest addition to the Nexcom range of Industrial Computing Solutions is the fan-less NICE 3100 Embedded System. Based on Intel’s Pentium M/Celeron M processor with 400MHz FSB, the rugged NICE 3100 is designed for space-critical applications requiring fan-less operation, extreme reliability, low-power consumption and versatile I/O configuration.
Pushbutton switches offer variety Product News 7/26/2005 Post a comment NKK Switches has launched a new series of logic level, PC-mounted pushbutton switches. These new switches offer a myriad of pushbutton types and terminations for any number of configurations.
Free voltage divider sample kits available for prototyping Product News 7/26/2005 Post a comment Providing design engineers with a supply of precision resistive devices for prototyping and design work, TT Electronics BI Technologies Electronic Component Division has developed an engineering sample kit of its SOT-23 packaged precision voltage divider networks.
Multichannel DDS devices reduce board space Product News 7/26/2005 Post a comment Allowing independent programming of up to four inherently synchronized outputs, ADI's new four-channel AD9959 and two-channel AD9958 deliver greater control to correct imbalances between multiple signals
Making Life Easy - EASE Arrives Product News 7/26/2005 Post a comment Actel and HDL Works’ collaboration resulted in the optimization of the HDL EASE design entry tool for Actel’s Libero IDE design flow. The EASE Graphical HDL Design Entry environment is touted by both companies as a fast and accurate way for design entry, modification, and maintenance of VHDL, Verilog, and mixed-language designs for FPGA and ASICs.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 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 ...