SiGe crosspoint switch hits 3.2 Gbps Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) claims its S2018 is the first very high-speed silicon-germanium 17 x 17 differential crosspoint switch with full broadcast switching capability.
Hall-effect sensor avoids solder bridging Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment The SS5 series surface-mount Hall-effect sensor from Honeywell's Micro Switch Division comes in a plastic package that uses an industry-standard gull-wing design, making it less susceptible to solder bridging and enabling increased circuit-board density, according to Micro Switch.<
Modular contact gets female counterpart Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment Bourns Inc. has introduced a female modular contact as a counterpart to its 70AA male modular contact. An off-the-shelf battery contact solution, the 70AA female is aimed at eliminating costly custom design.
C-MAC's TCXO touts stability Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment The CFPT-635 temperature-compensated crystal oscillator from C-MAC Frequency Products offers frequency stability to within plus/minus 2.5 ppm over a temperature range from -30 degrees to 80 degrees C.
Switch handles broadband apps Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment Alpha Industries has introduced the AS169-73 integrated single-pole, double-throw switch, which delivers a broadband switching solution for transmit and receive chains operating from dc 2.5 GHz.
ZIF connectors cut size, weight Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment Hirose Electric (U.S.A.) Inc. has introduced the FH17 series of zero-insertion-force connectors, which terminate flexible printed circuits (FPCs) and stand 1.3 mm above the board-mounting surface. It is 20 percent smaller and 35 percent lighter than Hirose's FH12 line.
Trimpots rated for 10k+ cycles Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment Piher International Corp.'s PT series of single-turn trimmer potentiometers, available in 6-, 10- and 15-mm diameters, have a catalog-specified life expectancy of 10,000 cycles and have been approved in some applications at 100,000 cycles.
UPS takes solar, alternative power inputs Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment Trace Engineering's Backup Electric System Packages serve basically as uninterruptible power supplies, with a twist: They accept ac/dc input from such alternative power sources as generators, solar panels and wind generators for virtually unlimited backup time-hours, days or weeks.
Rugged board computer targets vehicular apps Product News 8/31/1999 Post a comment he Ruggedized Vehicle Single Board Computer from Micro Industries Corp. is a 6.375 x 8-inch PC-compatible board designed for the rigors of vehicular applications. It includes global positioning system functionality and a wealth of I/O "to act as an interface to various sensors and systems in a vehicle," communicating with an operator using video, keyboard and sound interfaces, said Nelson Carney, vice president of sales for PC products
Series cuts LCD backlight costs Product News 8/23/1999 Post a comment The 26-model R series from Endicott Research Group provides up to 30 W of power for up to 10 cold-cathode fluorescent tubes to enable backlighting of large LCDs.
3.3-V supplies deliver 350 W Product News 8/23/1999 Post a comment C&D Technologies' NT301 and NT350 series of multiple-output power supplies, with a main output of 3.3 V, deliver up to 300 and 350 W, respectively.
64-bit embedded MPUs go to 333 MHz Product News 8/23/1999 Post a comment Integrated Device Technologies Inc. is claiming that its RC64574 and RC64575 are the industry's fastest 64-bit embedded microprocessors, running at speeds of up to 333 MHz.
Hybrid PWM amps provide 20-A output Product News 8/23/1999 2 comments The SA08 and SA18 hybrid, PWM amplifiers from Apex Microtechnology operate off a wide 16-V to 500-V single supply that allows their design into applications without transformers where wall-outlet voltages range from 115 to 230 Vac.
CompactFlash cards add higher density Product News 8/23/1999 Post a comment Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST) has expanded its CompactFlash card family to include 32- and 48-Mbyte density cards. The cards are based on SST's patented ATA controller technology and flash memory design expertise.
ISA board from Chase captures data fast Product News 8/23/1999 Post a comment Chase Scientific Co. has introduced a dual-channel A/D board in a half-sized ISA-bus form factor, the Model AD2250, which is said to be among the fastest dual-channel ISA-based data-acquisition modules available, according to vice president of sales and marketing Donald Krenn.
Memory modules fit in TinyBGAs Product News 8/23/1999 Post a comment A family of memory modules from Kingmax Micro Technology Inc. uses TinyBGA packaging to double or triple memory capacity without expanding module size.
PC Card packs fax and modem Product News 8/23/1999 Post a comment The CyberExpress 5614 from TDK Systems Inc. combines a multiprotocol modem and fax modem in the PC Card format for computers running under Wintel or Apple operating systems.
Samtec rolls fast SMT connector Product News 8/23/1999 Post a comment Samtec Inc. is stepping up its foray into the high-speed connector arena with a surface-mount matched impedance interconnect system comprising a socket-and-terminal set for high-bandwidth applications.
LCD chip holds TMDS receiver Product News 8/17/1999 Post a comment Genesis Microchip Corp. has launched its gmZRX1, a DVI 1.0-compliant digital liquid-crystal display monitor-scaling chip with an integrated transmission-minimized differential signaling (TMDS) receiver for direct connection to digital interfaces for better image quality.
Ceramic SMD crystal given mini package Product News 8/17/1999 Post a comment The VFC232 ceramic SMD crys-tal from ValpeyFisher Corp. comes in a low-profile, 1-mm package tailored for PCMCIA cards, portable electronics, and PCS and other wireless-communications applications.
PLL generates 2,488.32 MHz Product News 8/17/1999 Post a comment The model FX070 frequency translator from Vectron International, a low-noise, narrowband phase-locked loop, generates a 2,488.32-MHz output derived from an external 12.96-MHz reference clock.
Capacitors last to 10,000 hours Product News 8/17/1999 Post a comment United Chemi-Con has introduced the FL series of low-impedance aluminum electrolytic capacitors with a rated lifetime of 2,000 to 10,000 hours with the full catalog-rated ripple current applied, depending on case size.
Clock-oscillator family grows Product News 8/17/1999 Post a comment VITE Technology Express has added two series, the 100 and 200, to its VCA3 family of clock oscillators. The tight-stability clock oscillators are aimed at telecommunications and networking applications.
Midsize displays zero in on handhelds Product News 8/17/1999 Post a comment The display decision for designers of handheld gear in portable computing, communications, entertainment and industrial applications revolves around some mix of size, weight, power, ruggedness and cost.
Board links VMEbus to IEEE 1394 systems Product News 8/17/1999 Post a comment SBS Technologies Inc. Connectivity Products (the former Bit 3 Corp.) has unwrapped an IEEE 1394 adapter board for the VMEbus, creating a direct link between a VMEbus system and an external 1394-equipped Wintel system.
Linear optocoupler replaces transformer Product News 8/9/1999 Post a comment Solid State Optronics Inc. is set to release a linear optocoupler that it says performs the job of a traditional transformer in a far smaller package and enables engineers to more-precisely control output signals.
New twist on old connector Product News 8/9/1999 Post a comment Marinco Specialty Wiring Devices is offering combination slot and No. 1 Robertson-head screws for many of its specification-grade electrical connectors, plugs, receptacles, inlets and outlets.
Small encoder touts versatility Product News 8/9/1999 Post a comment The CI-11 incremental encoder from Piher International Corp. has a low, 11-mm profile and optional SMD mounting, and can be supplied in either AB or BA sequence.
Photodetector keeps noise low Product News 8/9/1999 Post a comment The R7110U-40 hybrid photodetector from Hamamatsu Corp. features low excess noise and high-fidelity electron multiplication, even at low light levels.
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