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Resistor manufacturer announces breakthrough in power resistor technology
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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
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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
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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
CompactPCI Pentium M blade family expands
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Packing low-power Pentium M processors, two new 6U-sized CompactPCI board debut. The expanding family combines the Pentium Ms with the 855GME chipset and two different I/O controller hubs.
Mixed-signal IC specialist enters frequency control market
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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
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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
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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.
Free prototypes for contest winners
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Microfabrica kicks off its EFAB Access Design Competition with winning MEMs and microdevice designs earning free prototypes, scooters, and a Toshiba DLP projector.
Codec expands portable features
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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.
Voltage tracker/sequencer ensures proper order
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Maxim introduces dual/triple power-supply trackers/sequencers that ensure proper power-up and power-down conditions. The devices provide close-loop control of powering up to three power-supply rails.
Opteron-based EBX board packs powerful multimedia clout
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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
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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
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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.
Bioscrypt V-Smart readers selected for Canadian air security project
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Bioscrypt today (31/8/2005) announced that Bioscrypt's V-Smart fingerprint readers will be deployed in 89 airports across Canada.
128-Mbit NAND flash device shifts to 90-nm process
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; 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.
Philips unveils semiconductor solutions to enhance the home of the Connected Consumer Solutions at IFA 2005
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Demonstrating its commitment to the Connected Consumer, Royal Philips Electronics has announced a series of new semiconductor solutions for advanced consumer electronics applications in the home. These include a complete system solution for digital TVs for the European market, a development kit for IP set-top boxes (STBs), a Class D amplifier for flat panel TVs and a video decoder enabling TV on the PC.
ATX reference design meets "80 PLUS" initiative
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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
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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
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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.
Fairchild Introduces the industry's most highly integrated standard definition, precision video filter/driver for Set-Top Boxes and Personal Video Recorders
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Fairchild Semiconductor's FMS6406 is the industry's most highly integrated standard definition, low-pass reconstruction video filter/driver. This device features an integrated sound notch and output drivers that meet the latest cable and satellite set-top box performance requirements of 170 ns group delay predistortion.
DRAM vendor begins to ship 8-Gbit NAND flash in volumes
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Micron Technology Inc. has started to ship in volume quantities 4-Gbit and 8-Gbit qualified NAND flash memory products to support growing customer demand in the MP3, USB drive and flash card sectors.
LG aiming to be largest PDP supplier, say reports
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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
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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.
Apple-Motorola combo cellphone-music player expected
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A Motorola mobile phone that can play Apple Computer’s iTunes software may finally have its formal unveiling Sept. 7.
LED driver circuit uses non-isolated buck-boost for lighting signs
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Power Integrations introduces an innovative power conversion for a driver circuit for off-line LED lighting. Applications include emergency signs, nightlights and other lighting uses.
Analog Devices' JPEG2000 IC enables wireless High-Definition Video distribtion in the home
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Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, has announced that it has demonstrated the first real-time compression and wireless transmission of high-definition (HD) video in a consumer application at the DisplaySearch HDTV Conference held on August 23-24, 2005.
Buck controller IC has full complement of power management features for networking
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International Rectifier introduces a high-performance, dual output pulse-width modulator driver IC for synchronous buck DC/DC converters used in networking and communications systems.
ConFocus, Coaxsys to produce TVnet-Ready IP Set-Top Boxes
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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.
WiMAX exploration library speeds broadband wireless designs
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Agilent Technologies introduced a WiMAX design exploration library for use with the company's ADS EDA software.
Tracker/sequencer ICs ease basic power-up designs
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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
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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.
Small PHY offers Hi-Speed USB host support in handhelds
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With a footprint of 6-mm X 6-mm, the USB3450 UTMI+ standalone device/host transceiver from Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) allows designers to add low-power host support to portable consumer products without sacrificing board space.
Online tool speeds amp selection
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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.
Socket simplifies FPGA prototyping in portable applications
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QuickLogic Corp. announced the availability of the HiLo socket from Interconnect Systems Inc. that simplifies field programmable gate array (FPGA) prototyping in space-constrained, portable consumer-electronic designs.
16-bit converter targets precision apps
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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.
ON Semiconductor enters high-speed Op Amp market with 110-200 MHz devices for Low-Power Video applications
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ON Semiconductor has announced its entry into the high-speed operational amplifier market, with the introduction of four new devices designed for the rapidly growing low power video applications space. Building upon its existing low power operational amplifier portfolio, ON Semiconductor has utilized new technologies to achieve the ultra low distortion performance levels required by set-top boxes and security video applications.
Twenty-eight firms demonstrate interoperability on OCAP and eTV platforms at CableLabs event
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Twenty-eight companies, including some major content owners such as Walt Disney-ABC Enhanced TV, supported the recent interoperability event held by Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs(r)) for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) and for enhanced TV (eTV).
Double Window and PIP for HDTV signals with Micronas' Dual-Channel Single-Chip Controller
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Optimized for advanced flat panel display TVs, Micronas, a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, today unveils a highly integrated IC family that takes HDTV picture quality of LCD and Plasma TVs to new levels of performance.
Loewe excels with Micronas' truD Frame Rate Converter
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Embedded functional test targets Intel silicon
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By combining at-speed processor-based functional tests and Intel IBIST-specific tests, a new product promises to help you increase efficiency and reduce test costs for Intel and other microprocessors.
primeD: Micronas launches superior multi-standard DTV demodulators for US HDTVs
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Novalux delivers high-power, green, solid-state light sources to Consumer Electronics partners
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Novalux, Inc., developer of Novalux Extended Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (NECSEL) technology, announced today that it has delivered high-power, green, solid-state lighting prototypes to key consumer electronics partners. The NECSEL™ light sources have been designed to increase performance and reduce cost of microdisplay-based devices, including home theater front projectors and rear-projection TVs.
Broadcom announces new family of high definition AVC/VC-1 Consumer Video Solutions at the CableLabs(R) Summer Conference
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Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, has announced a family of AVC/VC-1 high definition (HD) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for cable, satellite and Internet Protocol (IP) set-top boxes and gateway/client architectures.
PC/104 GSM cellular modem packs 12-channel GPS
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Here's news of a stackable PC/104 plug-in that combines GSM/GPRS cellphone roaming with GPS satellite positioning. The system includes a low-power 12-channel parallel-tracking GPS receiver.
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