PC/104 board runs eight simultaneous A/D channels Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment Check out this less-than-$1000 analog/digital plug-in board. Operating at 100-ksample/s/channel rates, this PC/104 form-factor plug-in touts simultaneous channel sampling, a capability that's usually found only on more costly cards.
Akimbo unveils Queue-and-View VOD Service for cable boxes Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment Akimbo(TM) Systems today announced a new program that lets cable operators tap into the burgeoning stream of profitable specialty video and offer it to subscribers on-demand. Akimbo has developed a Queue-and-View(TM) client-server system for DVR-enabled cable set-top boxes that allows cable subscribers to receive videos via download.
Displays offer privacy enhancements Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment CI Displays now offers privacy enhancements for displays that reduce viewing angles to 30 degrees from the center on either the horizontal or vertical plane. The new optical film enhancements, available on new displays and as after-market upgrades, are Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant.
Pattern/pulse stimulus generator spans 150-MHz to 7-GHz Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment If you're adopting a leading-edge serial transmission technology such as Fiber Channel or PCI Express, or designing a microwave RF deck, characterizing your hardware at speeds between 4-GHz and 6-GHz can be a daunting task. That's where Agilent Technologies's new pulse-pattern generator comes in. It's a memory-based instrument that can be used from 150-MHz all the way up to 7-GHz.
12-port midspan touts compact, low-cost design Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment PowerDsine differentiates its 3012 power-over-Ethernet (PoE) midspan, a 12-port device that's the latest in the company's 3000 Midspan family, from competing products by its compact design and low price-per-port. "PowerDsine's 3012 Midspan is tailored to address the budgetary constraints of small- to medium-sized businesses that desire the flexibility to expand their enterprise networks," said Igal Rotem, CEO.
Audio A/D converter touts eight-channels Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment Cirrus Logic Inc. rolled out an audio analog-to-digital converter (A/D converter) IC that is said to eliminate the need for multiple stereo A/D converters for surround-sound or multichannel applications.
D/A converter cuts power by 70 percent Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. has developed a lower-power version of its TxDAC transmit digital-to-analog converters (D/A converters) that is said to reduce power dissipation by up to 70 percent over the previous generation.
STORAGE: Four-Gbyte drive protects head from fall Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment Unlike hard-disk drives, solid-state flash has the advantage of not being harmed when dropped. Now, Cornice Inc.'s 1-inch, 4-Gbyte HDD includes head-retraction features that protect the storage media in the event the drive is dropped.
Philips licenses MIPS 4KE core for TV applications Product News 7/25/2005 Post a comment MIPS Technologies Inc., a licensor of microprocessor architectures and cores, has licensed the MIPS32 4KEc core to its long-time partner Philips Semiconductors. The core would be used by Philips to develop SoCs for use in set-top boxes and for TV turner cards for insertion in computers.
Heat sinks designed for BGAs Product News 7/22/2005 Post a comment Vette Corp. has announced the availability of its thermal solutions for ICs in ball grid array (BGA) packaging. The new BGA heat sinks target traditional high-volume motherboard, video card, and networking board applications.
Dual-output miniDIPs simplify DC/DC portable power Product News 7/22/2005 Post a comment The dual-output G100E family of miniaturized DC/DC converters from MicroPower Direct delivers 1 watt for a wide variety of board level applications in which space is limited. As part of the company's "Budget Saver" series of products, the converters are designed to be cost-effective for process/machine control systems, board level data-acquisition systems, portable/battery-backed equipment, robotic systems, and board level power distribution subsystems.
Quarter-brick delivers 420 watts at 70°C Product News 7/22/2005 Post a comment Focusing on an ever popular theme, highest useable power, Power-One says its QTS48T46096 quarter-brick bus converter delivers in excess of 400 watts at +70°C. Over its operating range, the converter delivers up to 46 amps at up to 97 percent efficiency.
Chip set boosts high-density POLs Product News 7/22/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier says its 20-volt "small can" DirectFET MOSFET chip set for synchronous buck converter applications, in 40 percent less space, provides performance similar to a pair of SO-8 MOSFETs.
Clocking requirements spur buffer demand Product News 7/22/2005 Post a comment Alliance Semiconductor Corp. expanded its product offering with a new family of high-performance zero delay buffers (ZDB's) and non-zero
delay buffers (NZDB's) in response to precise, high-performance clocking requirements.
Vertical-mount POLs rise with sequencing Product News 7/22/2005 Post a comment Designed particularly for space-constrained installations and compact control of the power distribution network, Artesyn's new vertical-mount PTV series of point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters are offered in eight versions to simplify a broad range of board designs. As with the company's PTH series, the PTVs include Auto-Track sequencing to allow multiple converters to track each other, or an external voltage, for powering-up/down DSPs, FPGAs and ASICs.
Audio alarms pump up the volume for noisy environments Product News 7/21/2005 Post a comment Transducers USA has introduced a new series of high sound output devices that incorporates the company's newly developed double-sided ceramic diaphragms in a variety of packages for maximum sound pressure levels (SPLs). This makes the new TRTP-4540P device suitable for noisy environments and for appliances where an audio alert alarm with a high output is required.
I/O connector rolls out for portable devices Product News 7/21/2005 Post a comment AVX Corp. has released its new standard 9257 series I/O connector system that is designed specifically to meet the space constraints of portable electronic equipment. The design features a fixed surface-mount socket that can be housed in portable devices such as handheld devices, industrial modules, cellular phones and medical electronics.
Smallest TVS protection device targets networking applications Product News 7/21/2005 Post a comment Semtech Corp. says it has introduced the new RClamp3304N, a 3.3-volt transient voltage suppression (TVS) protection device with a footprint that is 77% smaller than the industry standard, thanks to the company's new process and packaging innovations that resulted in low operating voltage levels and a small device size.
13-bit A/D converter boosts receiver performance Product News 7/21/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc.'s 13-bit analog-to-digital converter (A/D converter) features 68 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and 79 dB spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR), at the maximum sample rate of 210 megasamples/second and an input frequency of 230 MHz.
Triple-play network test gear addresses voice, video, data Product News 7/21/2005 Post a comment Here's news of four test-and-management approaches that address the convergence of voice, video, and data. These so-called triple-play tools are slated to assist service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and cable providers to ensure performance and reliability of next-generation networks.
Powerful final-test memory system debuts Product News 7/21/2005 Post a comment Automatic test equipment maker Agilent Technologies now has a new final-test memory tester targeting multi-chip packages and discrete flash. Dubbed the Versatest Series Model V5500, this ATE system offers a tester-per-site architecture.
Emulation socket adapter targets BGA ICs Product News 7/20/2005 Post a comment Ironwood Electronics has launched its newest BGA socket adapter set, the LS-BGA-05 series products, that allows easy socketing of BGA ICs with different mounting configurations, and can be soldered to any through-hole pattern using conventional methods.
Smaller power ICs facilitate extended PoE Product News 7/20/2005 Post a comment Focusing on higher density for extended portable applications, Power Integrations has further expanded its DPA-Switch family for power-over-Ethernet (PoE). The company's four new DPA-Switch devices come in S-PAKs, which provide a footprint savings of 40 percent and reduce package height by 55 percent as compared to the existing TO-263. There's no tradeoff in equivalent thermal impedance.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 16 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 ...