Resistor manufacturer announces breakthrough in power resistor technology Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Billed as the first "true" power surface-mount resistor device in the industry, Stackpole Electronics, Inc. has introduced a new surface-mount power resistor capable of handling up to 12 watts at 85°C. Available in 5-, 10- and 12-watt ratings, the new HPC series offers a resistance value range from 0.1Ω to 100 KΩ. All devices are available in a 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5-in. package size.
SMD fuses offer high current ratings in 1206 package Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Raychem Circuit Protection, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, has expanded its line of overcurrent protection devices with its RoHS-compliant slow blow surface-mount fuses. Available in industry standard 1206 chip sizes, the fuse line offers some of the highest current ratings available in this size package.
LED driver claims world on a string Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Austriamicrosystems bills its AS3691 chip as the world's first high-current with high-precision LED driver. "The IC's absolute current accuracy of 0.5 percent allows for highly accurate brightness settings and is thus ideal for supporting sophisticated color management applications like LCD monitors with RGB backlighting," said Ronald Tingl, marketing manager for Power Management. The AS3691 includes four independent high precision current sources each capable of sinking 400 mA (for four strings
Mixed-signal IC specialist enters frequency control market Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Touting high reliability, high performance, and short lead times, Silicon Laboratories Inc. has entered the frequency control market with the introduction of two families of high-frequency, low-jitter crystal oscillators (XOs) and voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) for applications up to 1.4 GHz. These new Si530 and Si550 product families are said to include the industry’s first quad-frequency XO and VCXO devices.
Smallest EMI filters save board space for wireless handsets Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment California Micro Devices said its new 0.4-mm pitch chip-scale package (CSP) Centurion electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters set a new price/performance standard for the industry. The new family of Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) EMI filter arrays tout higher filtering performance and a reduced form factor along with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for wireless handsets.
Common mode chokes solve EMI problems Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment J.W. Miller Magnetics has introduced two new RoHS-compliant 7400 and 7500 series of common mode inductors for noise-suppression in a variety of applications. With proper design, these through-hole inductors can reduce or eliminate unwanted conductive electromagnetic interference (EMI), said the company.
Codec expands portable features Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics plc introduced a stereo codec for portable multimedia apps, including cellular phones that is said to integrate high-quality audio performance and enhanced mixing capabilities, with low-power consumption.
Opteron-based EBX board packs powerful multimedia clout Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Take a look at this EBX form-factor board that packs dual-core AMD Opteron processors and 64-bit technology. Available with both single- and dual-core processors, this board packs a 16-lane PCI Express slot, a stackable HyperTransport connector, ExpressCard and CompactFlash sockets, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and lots more.
Philips to demo roll-up display at IFA Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment Philips subsidiary Polymer Vision NV is planning to demonstrate a handheld device with a roll-out electronic display at the Internationale Funkausstellung, a consumer electronics exhibition due to take place in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 2 to 7.
NatSemi pushes analog design for video decoder Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corporation will demonstrate at next week’s International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a decoder with an integrated 2:1 multiplexing (MUX) video switch that uses analogue technology to accurately convert standard and high-definition video (YPbPr) signals to a computer video (RGB) format.
128-Mbit NAND flash device shifts to 90-nm process Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment ; STMicroelectronics has started to produce 128-Mbit NAND flash memory using 90-nm process technology. The company also plans to shift production of its 256-Mbit and 512-Mbit flash memory devices using the advanced manufacturing process this year.
ATX reference design meets "80 PLUS" initiative Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment ON Semiconductor touts the industry’s first open ATX power supply reference design certified to meet the so-called "80 PLUS" performance requirements for computing applications. The 250-watt reference design addresses all functional blocks of the ATX power supply, including power factor correction, switch-mode power supply control and regulation, post regulation, and output rectification.
Interactive troubleshooting guide CD is a freebie Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Keithley Instruments is offering a free tutorial CD troubleshooting guide. It lets you explore the symptoms and causes of common errors associated with low-level signals, such as low voltage, low current, low resistance, high resistance, and voltage from a high resistance source measurement. Click here to learn more and get your free copy.
Toshiba develops high performance microprocessor core Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Toshiba Corporation has announced that it has developed a new high-end processor core, MeP-h1, the first configurable microprocessor to achieve a 1GHz clock speed. The MeP-h1 is based on Toshiba's "Media embedded Processor" (MeP) architecture for digital consumer and other high performance SoCs. It gives designers the flexibility to customize processors at the design stage, including the ability to change processor configurations and add custom instructions to satisfy application requirements.
LG aiming to be largest PDP supplier, say reports Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Korean electronics giant LG Electronics is opening its fourth plasma display panel plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang, South Korea on Wednesday, in a move that would make the company the largest plasma display supplier, according to Korean online reports.
Demodulators support US HDTVs Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Micronas announced availability of its DRX-H family of multi-standard 8VSB/QAM/QPSK/NTSC demodulator products targeting applications in digital TV-sets, set-top boxes, multimedia-PCs, DVD recorders, PVRs and tuner modules.
ConFocus, Coaxsys to produce TVnet-Ready IP Set-Top Boxes Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Coaxsys, Inc., makers of multimedia-over-coax solutions, have announced that it has reached an agreement with ConFocus Technologies, Inc., to provide set-top box reference designs with integrated TVnet. TVnet, the standard for Ethernet-over-Coax, is already deployed by more than fifty Telcos, cable operators, and service providers to deliver IPTV and in-home multimedia networking.
Tracker/sequencer ICs ease basic power-up designs Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6877-MAX6883 are dual/triple power-supply trackers/sequencers for controlling power-up and power-down of up to three rails. They're the company's first hardware programmable (versus programmable memory) trackers and sequencers for cost-effective design in simplified power management systems. Users adjust key performance parameters such as voltage thresholds, slew rates, and timing parameters with (external) resistors and capacitors.
Panasonic adds basic plasma HDTV models to its VIERA TV line Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Panasonic, the leading brand for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today announced it will launch the world's first 65-inch 1080p (progressive) high-definition (HD) plasma TV TH-65PX500 on November 1 and three new entry-level PX50 series HD plasma TVs with 50-, 42- and 37-inch displays on September 10 in Japan.
Online tool speeds amp selection Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.'s amplifier parametric evaluation tool is said to create a virtual evaluation board environment to remove the guesswork from selecting and implementing operational amplifiers.
16-bit converter targets precision apps Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment This 16-bit, 10 Msamples/second delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter from Texas Instruments Inc. features 86 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 95 dB spurious-free dynamic range over a 5-MHz bandwidth.
Loewe excels with Micronas' truD Frame Rate Converter Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Micronas announced that Loewe's Xelos A 42 Plasma TV, Xelos A 37 LCD TV and Xelos A 32 LCD TV all feature Micronas' truD' and RealMotion' technologies. These three TVs, launched earlier this year in the European and Australian markets, use the Micronas FRC 9429A truD Frame Rate Converter IC.
Thales set to roll out Rapid IO multi-processor system Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Military systems vendor Thales Computers is about to roll out its first serial Rapid IO system for embedded computing applications. Significantly, the company's PowerMP4-60 rack and cards will combine both PowerPC and Pentium-M processors. Here's a preview.
Regulator delivers the boost to bias LCDs Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment Allegro MicroSystems' A8483 is a 1.2 MHz step-up regulator chip suited for general purpose battery-powered work as well as such applications as bias/backlighting supplies for plasma and liquid-crystal displays. Other applications include cellular phones, PDAs, camcorders, personal stereos, MP3 players, cameras, and mobile GPS systems.
AC/DC quietly delivers for light industry Product News 8/29/2005 Post a comment Lambda's SCS120PW series of single-output, convection-cooled AC/DC power supplies, designed for light industrial devices and data communications routers in an environment where forced-air cooling is not available or low system noise is a top design priority, delivers 120 watts.
primeD: Micronas launches superior multi-standard DTV demodulators for US HDTVs Product News 8/29/2005 Post a comment Micronas has announced availability of its highly-anticipated DRX-H family of multi-standard 8VSB/QAM/QPSK/NTSC demodulator products targeting applications in Digital TV-sets, set-top boxes, multimedia-PCs, DVD recorders, PVRs and tuner modules. The feature-rich DRX-H product family delivers superior performance and ATSC compliance in US Digital Television (DTV) applications, while enabling compliance with the "FCC Tuner Mandate".
"Stretched" quarter-brick beats the heat Product News 8/29/2005 Post a comment Bel's GALW9V647 450-watt single-output DC/DC converter, the newest addition to the company's Sirius family of board-mounted CoolConverter modules and touted as a "stretched" quarter-brick for telecom, networking, and wireless, delivers up to 47 amps at 9.6 volts from a nominal 48-volt input.
Thermal printheads tout high-speed printing with long life, high reliability Product News 8/29/2005 Post a comment ROHM Electronics has introduced its new NE3002-WA30A (2-in. model) and NE3004-WA30A (4-in. model) thin-film thermal printheads for high-speed printing applications. The new thermal printheads feature an ultra-hard protection film and a proprietary step-free design (no step between the heat element and electrode) that deliver lower power consumption, improvements in anti-corrosion capabilities of the electrode, and reduced scratching.
New Zarlink Demodulator targets PC-TV, portable DTV markets Product News 8/29/2005 Post a comment Zarlink Semiconductor has launched a new terrestrial demodulator for PC-TV, portable and handheld digital
television equipment designs. The ZL10355 device offers the industry's smallest package, lowest power consumption and lowest software overhead, coupled with an extended temperature range uniquely suited for mobile DTV.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 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 ...