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Formats face off for next-gen optical disks
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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
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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.
One 7 x 7-inch board packs an integrated DSP system
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8/29/2002   Post a comment
BittWare Inc. describes its Tiburon as a complete DSP system that packs a host PC and peripherals, general-purpose DSPs and real-time I/O on a 7 x 7-inch board.
Unix workstation touts 64-bit performance at a PC price
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Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Sun Blade 150 workstation combines 64-bit Unix performance with PC-type costs.
China's SMIC ready with 0.18-micron logic process
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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.
Atmel offers dense flash on its ARM MCUs
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8/15/2002   Post a comment
Atmel Corp.'s second generation of microcontrollers based on the 32-bit ARM7TDMI core offers two high-density flash memory options.
Maxim files patent lawsuit against Semtech
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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
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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
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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.
BGA houses two MOSFETs for battery pack protection
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Fairchild Semiconductor has tucked dual 20-volt n- and p-channel MOSFETs into a 4 x 2.5 x 0.88-mm ball grid array, which makes them particularly suited to protection applications in lithium-ion battery packs.
Transformers, transceivers eye mil apps
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Transformers and transceivers from Pulse Specialty Components support high data rates for military and aerospace applications.
Tyco's circuit breakers can't be manually tripped
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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.
Software helps Intersil make collaborative, real-time plans for demand
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In the wake of huge, huge inventory buildups, components suppliers have come to realize the need to improve supply chain performance with software that delivers real-time collaboration and planning features.
Clock receiver coordinates network timing
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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
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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.
Sipex driver can control six white LEDs
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A white-LED driver from Sipex Corp., the SP6682, lights as many as six white light-emitting diodes in parallel, with constant brightness, even at very low battery voltages.
14-bit A/D consumes less than 600 mW
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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.
ST transistors repack for SMT
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STMicroelectronics Inc. is offering its line of small-signal transistors in surface-mount plastic and through-hole TO-92 packages.
SiGe preamp ICs for hard drives
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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.
Low-power D/A tuned for audio
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Wolfson Microelectronics Ltd.'s second-generation audio D/A converter aims at systems that require low voltage, low power and a small form factor.
24-bit A/D has variable speed, resolution modes
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Targeting precision industrial measurement applications, Linear Technology Corp. has released a 24-bit, no-latency delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter based on a patented variable-speed/resolution architecture.
TI's 16-bit MCUs reap cost, power savings
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Supply chain tools improve forecasting
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After a grim 18 months of working down excess inventories, supply chain partners are looking at how they can gain better visibility into inventory levels and forecasting information.
Tight-stability OCXOs timed for GPS systems
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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.
Title Beefy 3.3-V quarter-brick dc/dc converter delivers 165 W
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8/8/2002   Post a comment
Exercising the muscle of several proprietary technologies, Tyco Electronics claims a big jump in power output and density for dc/dc converter quarter bricks with its QPW050, as well as higher reliability and a lower cost.
Single-chip device for PCs passes high-security spec
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8/1/2002   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. says its single-chip security device makes it possible for OEMs to build personal computers or personal digital assistants that comply with the security specifications of the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance.
Flash parts aim for outer, mobile space
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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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