Kontron unveils compact baseboard Product News 8/31/2006 Post a comment Board-level system vendor Kontron America is preparing its ETX miniBaseboard, a compact ETX (embedded technology extended) baseboard designed to enable fast time-to-market for makers of embedded end products, the company said.
3.3-V RS-485 transceivers consume up to 70% less board space Product News 8/31/2006 Post a comment Intersil has introduced its most rugged RS-485/RS-422 transceiver family yet. The ISL317XE is the first Intersil RS-485 devices to have an IEC61000 ESD rating, providing what it says is the highest ESD standard in the industry. The 3.3-V devices also support a data transmission rate of 20-Mbits/s and are housed in a tiny MSOP (mini small-outline package), consuming 50 to 70% less board space than conventional parts.
TDK unveils 200-Gbyte blue laser disc Product News 8/31/2006 Post a comment Japan-based TDK has developed a single-sided recordable blue laser disc with a capacity of 200 Gbytes, surpassing the current 25-Gbyte capacity for single-layer Blu-ray discs and 50 Gbytes for dual-layer discs.
Conduction-cooled COTS computer handles military's C4ISR Product News 8/31/2006 Post a comment Need to hear them, find them, blast them? MIL board and systems supplier Mercury Computer Systems has a product that can work in development or deployed in military systems. Its PowerStream 6600 multi-computer runs 716 PowerPC FLOPS of performance in a conduction-cooled enclosure.
Chair with iPod docking station hits market Product News 8/31/2006 Post a comment Adonis Furniture Inc., an importer, manufacturer and wholesale distributor of sofa-bed futon frames and platform beds, has rolled out the world's first ''video-game rocker chair'' with an iPod-licensed docking station.
Real time clocks boost security, tamper detection Product News 8/31/2006 Post a comment Intersil's ISL1219/21 real time clocks with improved tamper detection are suited for time stamping single events such as the moment a warranty is voided by the removal of a cover, or recurring events such as the opening and closing of a security door.
Liebert UPS extends to 8 kW Product News 8/30/2006 Post a comment Emerson Network Power's new higher-capacity version of its Liebert GXT double-conversion UPS extends protection to 10 kVA (8 kW) in just 6U of rack space.
Low cost signal generators are feature-packed Product News 8/30/2006 Post a comment Looking for low cost, yet professional-grade, test gear? Check out a series of four sweep-function generators and one pulse generator from Protek Test and Measurement. Its latest line-up includes 2-MHz, 4-MHz, 10-MHz, and 20-MHz generators, some with built-in frequency counters.
Japanese mobile carrier aims to beat iPods Product News 8/30/2006 Post a comment KDDI Corp., the second largest mobile phone carrier in Japan, has introduced 12 models with improved audio player capability, in an effort to penetrate the Japanese mobile music market where iPods have over a 50 percent share.
Dual-triple-quad sequencer/supervisors ease design-in Product News 8/30/2006 Post a comment Offering maximum design flexibility, Maxim's MAX16025/16026/16041 dual voltage monitor/supervisors, the MAX16027/16028/16042 triple devices, and the MAX16029/16030/16043 quad devices for power-sequencing applications offer fixed and adjustable threshold-setting through logic inputs, and sequence timing via small external capacitors.
Report forecasts surge in China TFT-LCD capacity Product News 8/30/2006 Post a comment Thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display manufacturing capacity in China is expected to grow by 35 percent in 2007 and an additional 50 percent in 2008 as new fab capacity comes on line, according to a market research report made available by trade group Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.
SIP relay saves board space Product News 8/29/2006 Post a comment Coto Technology has developed the 9117 series of vertical SIP reed relays to save board space in automatic test equipment (ATE) applications.
RF capacitor offers low ESR Product News 8/29/2006 Post a comment AVX said the latest addition to its RF capacitor product offering provides the lowest ESR in a 0805 package size. The SQCF series capacitor is suitable for use in RF amplifier applications as well as base stations, wireless infrastructures and point-to-point, multipoint radio applications.
Temperature sensors expand notebook, server monitoring Product News 8/29/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor's expanded family of TruTherm temperature sensors for monitoring notebooks, desktops and servers powered by high-performance microprocessors manufactured on 65 and 90 nm processes include five new entries with extended capability.
Power rails get analysis at Sequence Product News 8/28/2006 Post a comment By combining Columbus-AMS with components borrowed from its CoolTime physical power-integrity closure tool, Sequence Design has created a new capability of diagnosing electromigration and voltage drop issues in full-custom designs.
Deals may signal IPTV consolidation Product News 8/28/2006 Post a comment Simultaneous acquisitions by Cisco Systems Inc. and Harmonic Inc. last week underscored the industry view that Internet Protocol television, particularly advanced headend architectures allowing video-on-demand and networked personal video recording, is a market ready for consolidation. While Cisco's interest in video-server specialist Arroyo Video Solutions Inc. was an open secret, Harmonic's bid to pick up the software business of Entone Technologies Inc. surprised many.
MULTIMEDIA: Chinese chips roll out for personal media players Product News 8/28/2006 Post a comment After making its name in China for basic MP3 chips, Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd. is moving up-market with two new chip series for personal media players. The Zhuhai, China-based company is also planning to add basic gaming functionality to its high-end systems-on-chip (SoCs) and is in the early stages of building up an intellectual-property portfolio for mobile TV.
ARCHITECTURES: Transmitter marries DisplayPort and HDMI Product News 8/28/2006 Post a comment One of the huge opportunities in digital media today lies in the move to a next-generation digital display interface for flat-panel monitors and TVs. Analogix Semiconductor Inc. hopes to surf that sea with an announcement this week of transmitters and receivers for the emerging DisplayPort standard.
Rail-to-rail comparators have LVDS outputs Product News 8/28/2006 Post a comment Analog Devices' 10-member ADCMP60x family of rail-to-rail comparators, touted as the first to include low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) outputs, are thus suited for driving such devices as FPGAs and ASSPs in a wide range of differential-mode applications.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...