Formats face off for next-gen optical disks Product News 8/29/2002 Post a comment The next-generation optical-disk system may split into two formats. NEC Corp. and Toshiba Corp. on Thursday (Aug. 29) jointly proposed to the DVD Forum a format that uses a 405-nanometer blue-violet laser, but is based on a disk with a 0.6-mm substrate, the same as in today's DVDs. The proposal stands in sharp opposition to the Blu-ray Disc format being promulgated by nine DVD Forum member companies.
Zilog processor packs TCP/IP, IrDA Product News 8/29/2002 Post a comment Webserver-i (eZ80-L92), the second product in Zilog Inc.'s eZ80 microprocessor series, features TCP/IP and IrDA software for applications that can be managed remotely from an Internet browser on a handheld device, cell phone or PC.
China's SMIC ready with 0.18-micron logic process Product News 8/16/2002 Post a comment SHANGHAI, China --- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), one of several of pure-play semiconductor foundries being built up in China, has said that it is ready to offer a 0.18-micron CMOS process technology suitable for logic circuits, which will be the first such offering in China.
Maxim files patent lawsuit against Semtech Product News 8/9/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Maxim Integrated Products Inc. here today announced that it has filed a suit against Semtech Corp. over select analog and mixed-signal chip technologies.
The suit allegedly involves infringement over three Maxim patents, including U.S. patents 5,532,577, 5,677,619, and 5,508,650, according to the Sunnyvale-based company.
Dc/dcs drive ultrasonics Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment HiTek Power's 5- and 10-watt dc/dc converters, Series D and E, deliver up to 7 kV for ultrasonic transducers, photomultiplier tubes, electron-beam deflection applications, spectroscopes, scintillation counters and electrostatic lenses.
3-watt dc/dc converters suit small telecom apps Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment C&D Technologies' NDY2403 and NDY4803 dc/dc converters provide a single, regulated 3.3-volt output for low-power rack-mounted telecom applications and other designs where space above the printed-circuit board may be limited.
Tyco's circuit breakers can't be manually tripped Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment Tyco Electronics says that its compact P&B W57 series thermal circuit breakers cannot be manually tripped. When the circuit breaker is tripped, a push-button doubles as the reset mechanism and indicator. Rated reset time is 60 seconds.
Clock receiver coordinates network timing Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment A single-chip building integrated timing supply (BITS) clock receiver from Exar Corp. extracts a stable timing reference from a master clock within a telco central office, turning it into a master timing reference for routers and other equipment in which the chip is installed.
Gbit Ethernet transceiver trims power dissipation Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment The latest member of Broadcom Corp.'s QuadSquad family of quad Gigabit Ethernet transceivers, BCM-5464S, is based on a 0.13-micron physical-layer (PHY) architecture that yields power dissipation of less than 700 mW per port, 30 percent lower than in the company's earlier Gigabit Ethernet PHYs.
14-bit A/D consumes less than 600 mW Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment A 14-bit CMOS analog-to-digital converter from Analog Devices Inc. offers the performance characteristic of bipolar converters with 55 percent lower power consumption, the company said.
SiGe preamp ICs for hard drives Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment Preamplifier ICs developed in 0.25-micron silicon germanium by Agere Systems sport transistors that are four times faster than those now available in preamplifiers for hard-disk storage devices, the company said.
TI's 16-bit MCUs reap cost, power savings Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment A six-member family of 16-bit microcontrollers, priced from 49 cents in volume and with power consumption as low as 0.7 microamp in standby and 1.3 microamps active (at 4 kHz), is available from Texas Instruments Inc.
Backplanes target wireless Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment Bustronic Corp.'s PICMG 2.16-compliant backplanes come in six-slot and eight-slot 6U sizes and are designed for third-generation wireless, Internet Protocol and voice-over-IP applications.
Wireless comms module withstands outdoor heat Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment MaxStream Inc.'s new industrial-temperature 24XStream 2.4-GHz wireless OEM module is smaller than a credit card, yet offers wireless communications in extreme temperatures ranging from -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C.
PC-MIP mezzanine card delivers FRAM Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment MEN Micro Inc.'s mezzanine card for the new PCI-based PC-MIP mezzanine standard can provide up to 512 kbytes of nonvolatile ferroelectric random-access memory (FRAM) without needing a battery.
Tight-stability OCXOs timed for GPS systems Product News 8/8/2002 Post a comment M-Tron Industries Inc. has entered the oven-controlled crystal-oscillator market with five new families of ultrastable, tight-stability single- and double-oven OCXOs for designers of wireless basestations, GPS timing systems, Stratum 3/3E applications and test equipment. The MXO5030, MXO5040, MXO5019, MXO5026 and MXO5080 devices offer stabilities to plus/minus 20 ppb and nonstandard frequencies to 100 MHz in a variety of through-hole and surface-mount packages.
Flash parts aim for outer, mobile space Product News 8/1/2002 Post a comment Maxwell Technologies Inc. here has rolled out a 32-Mbit flash memory qualified for use in space. Separately, STMicroelectronics Inc. (Lexington, Mass.) has introduced a LightFlash line built in 0.15-micron process technology for basic code storage in digital consumer and peripheral products ranging from personal digital assistants through high-definition TVs.
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