Point-of-sale apps enabled Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment The Model SBC7401 single-board computer from Densitron Corp. is a compact Pentium-class board with built-in video interface, 10/100- Mbit/second Ethernet interface, 16-bit stereo sound and four serial ports to hook up to scanners, bar-code readers, printers and other peripherals commonly found in point-of-sale applications.
Military switch gets good-to-go upgrade Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment Electroswitch Electronic Products, a unit of Electro Switch Corp., says its custom spring return switch for military uses can replace a part that failed in the field because it could not meet rugged military requirements.
Switches light up, snap in Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment Apem Components Inc. has expanded its IP Series of harsh-environment pushbutton switches with illuminated and snap-in panel-mounting models, as well as a wider selection of colors.
Crystals clock apps to 67 MHz Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment The 4SMX surface-mountable crystals from C-MAC Frequency Products feature fundamental frequencies from 12 to 67 MHz, with a tolerance of plus/minus 50 ppm at 25 degrees C.
IGBTs get boost in efficiency Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment Powerex has a series of trench-gate insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) to boost efficiency and reduce EMI in inverters, UPSes and industrial equipment.
Powercube TD series extended Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment Powercube has extended its TD series of dc/dc converters, adding 48-V output capabilities to half-brick 30-, 50-, 75-, 100- and 150-W units and full-brick 250- and 300-W devices.
Cooler switcher reduces components Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment Phihong USA's 150-watt open-frame switching supply, the PSF-151, builds upon the successes of its PSF-150 triple-output predecessor with fewer components, better cooling and higher reliability.
32-Mbit SGRAM targets 3-D graphics Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment Samsung Semiconductor Inc.'s 222-MHz KM4132G112, a 32-Mbit synchronous-graphics RAM for 3-D graphics and networking applications, boasts what the company said is a gain of up to 55 percent in memory performance compared with best-in-class systems.
140-MHz DSP supports PC audio Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment Cirrus Logic Corp.'s CS4630 digital signal processor for PC audio applications includes a 140-MHz DSP core and 4.5k of memory for code, parameter and sample memory.
Chip caps must be smaller, better Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment As the appetite for passive components in computing and communications equipment continues to rise, manufacturers of chip capacitors have had to rethink, redesign and retool their product strategies.
Support rolls for new PowerPC Product News 9/20/1999 Post a comment Simultaneously with Motorola's launch of its MPC7400 PowerPC microprocessor with its AltiVec vector-processing unit, Mercury Computer Systems Inc. and Sky Computers Inc., both based here, unveiled board-level products based on the processor.
Embedded X86 suited for info appliances Product News 9/13/1999 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices is targeting the newest member of its E86 family of embedded X86-architecture microcontrollers, the Elan SC520, at the datacom, telecom and information appliance markets.
Toroidal current sensor measures up to 5 amps Product News 9/13/1999 Post a comment The EX9PA050 toroidal current sensor from Bicron Electronics Co. operates over the range of 0 to 5 Arms, 47 to 400 Hz and typically provides an electrically isolated ac output voltage of 0 to 100 millivolts proportional to ac current input.
Connector eases upgrades Product News 9/13/1999 Post a comment The 127-mm connectors on Molex Inc.'s Device Bay connector system can simplify PC upgrades and provide flexibility to add or share peripheral devices, including CD, DVD and hard drives, smart-card readers and high-speed digital modems.
I/O system adds module Product News 9/13/1999 Post a comment Wieland Electric Inc. has introduced the PT-100 module for its Remote Interface Communication System (Ricos), an advanced open-architecture field-bus I/O system.
PCI board offers real-time acquisition Product News 9/13/1999 Post a comment Microstar Laboratories Inc.'s DAP 5200a/526 is an intelligent data acquisition and control board that offers real-time capabilities for the PCI bus and the Windows 95, 98 and NT operating systems.
Module seeks embedded apps Product News 9/13/1999 Post a comment Radicom Research Inc. has introduced a modem module measuring 2/16 x 3.65 x 0.375 inches, for pc-board mounting in embedded applications.
Data acquisition boards ride PCI bus Product News 9/13/1999 Post a comment United Electronic Industries Inc. has unwrapped two series of data acquisition boards for the PCI bus: the PDF2-MF series of A/D boards, and the PD2-MFS series of A/D boards with simultaneous sample-and-hold. Both come in 12-, 14- and 16-bit versions.
PC/104 packs four or eight serial ports Product News 9/13/1999 Post a comment The Emerald-MM from Diamond Systems Corp. offers a choice of four or eight serial ports on a PC/104 board, and a choice of protocols: all RS-232; all RS-422 and RS-485; or all configurable for RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times