Microsemi shrinks ambient light sensor Product News 9/30/2004 Post a comment Microsemi Corp. says it has introduced its smallest, lowest-cost, and easiest to implement ambient light sensor to its portfolio of automatic brightness control integrated circuits. The new LX1972 doesn't require optical filters and its output current can be used directly or converted to a voltage by placing the device in series with a single resistor at either of its two pins, said the company.
Mil-Qualified thinfilm chip resistors available in standard packages Product News 9/30/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. touts that it's new MIL-PRF-55342 thinfilm chip resistors are the industry's first available in standard package sizes with resistance values from 100 ohms to 160 Kohms and a failure rate of 0.01% per 1,000 hours. As a result, designers no longer have to use commercial, non-qualified devices for applications requiring this combination of performance and size, said the company.
Access-Prozessoren verdrängen NPUs Product News 9/30/2004 Post a comment Eine Mixtur aus spezialisierten Prozessoren für die Netz-Aggregation, für das Verkehrsmanagement und die und VoIP-Verarbeitung könnte die recht breit aufgestellten Netzprozessoren verdrängen. Das geht aus einer neuen Studie der Linley Group mit dem Titel "A Guide to Access Processors" hervor. Sie skizziert einen zersplitterten Markt, in dem nach einer in für die kommenden Jahre zu erwartenden Konsolidierung die Karten komplett neu gemischt werden könnten.
Fairchild schärft Profil als Leistungselektroniker Product News 9/30/2004 Post a comment Der US-Halbleiterhersteller Fairchild Semiconductor sieht sich in seiner Fokussierung auf die Leistungselektronik bestätigt: Der Bereich wächst wesentlich schneller als der Chip-Gesamtmarkt. Jetzt will Fairchild in Europa seinen Marktanteil ausweiten. Mit Übernahmen ist zu rechnen.
Conexant to miss sales targets as inventories rise Product News 9/30/2004 Post a comment Reeling from rising channel inventories in Asia, Conexant Systems Inc. (Red Bank, N.J.) announced Thursday (September 30) that it expects revenue for its fourth fiscal 2004 quarter ending October 1 to range from $210 million to $215 million, lower than the $250 million to $255 million originally forecast in July.
Supervisor IC has the right watchdog for automotives Product News 9/30/2004 Post a comment EM Microelectronic says its 615x/625x family of microprocessor supervisory ICs is especially suited to automotive applications. It features programmable voltage reset monitoring, special watchdog timer with programmable time window, system enable output, optional low-dropout (LDO) +5-volt regulator and a power saving function compatible with the CANbus sleep mode that, together, eliminate the need for redundant microprocessors to supervise each other. The family includes the V6150 and V6155 wind
Connector secures connections between cord sets and devices Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment With the new SPEEDCON connection system from Phoenix Contact, a simple "1/2 turn" makes a secure, watertight and vibration-proof connection between cord sets and devices, said the company. Compatible with all standard M12 connectors, SPEEDCON reduces up to 90% of the time required to connect a M12 threaded plug connector without special adapters.
Cal-Chip offers full range of MLCCs Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment Cal-Chip Electronics, Inc. says its GMC series of multi-layer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) now includes 10 EIA sizes ranging from 0201 to 2225. Designed for high-density mounting, the devices feature an ultra-stable COG temperature dielectric, low dissipation factor, and low equivalent series resistance (ESR).
Amphe-Power connectors available through distribution channel Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment Amphenol Industrial Operations now offers its Amphe-Power connector series through its nationwide distribution network. The Amphe-Power series consists of three families P-Lok, GT, and AC connectors. The connectors feature RADSOK technology, a terminal that uses a stamped hyperbolic grid to provide low insertion force, high amperage, high reliability, and a longer cycle life. Additional RADSOK lines will be available through the company's distribution network in the future.
Ferrite material targets high frequency applications Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment In response to increased frequency demands, ACME Electronics Corp. has developed a new low core loss power material for high frequency electronics applications that provides excellent electrical stability over a wide temperature range for telecom and automotive applications, according to the company.
Dual SPDT Analog Switch - ideal for portable applications Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment Texas Instruments announced the TS5A23157 low-power dual single pole double throw (SPDT) analog switch. Designed for operation between 1.65V to 5.5V Vcc, the device provides low power consumption and high-speed, while maintaining excellent signal integrity, making it ideal for applications such as analog signal routing, signal gating, and digital signal multiplexing/demultiplexing.
10Gbps APD ROSA Module - excellent price/performance ratio Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment Meeting the demand for high performance, low cost optical components, Northlight Optronics' APD receiver optical subassembly (ROSA) is intended for small form factor transceivers and transponders such as XFP, X2 and Xenpak. The high performance APD ROSA offers OEMs a product whose price/performance ratio is not achieved by any other non-captive, sub-component vendor.
Eighth-brick maximizes IBA performance Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment Power-One's SQT48T20120 bus converter delivers up to 240 watts at 96 percent efficiency, providing among the highest power and power-density (300 W/in3) offered by an eighth-brick. The converter, working from a nominal, regulated 48-VDC input, provides a 12-volt output (4:1 fixed-ratio). Designed for high performance at elevated temperatures in an intermediate bus architecture IBA), the converter delivers up to 210 watts at 70°C for 200 lfm cooling. These modules can be paralleled
Fuel gauge fields more I/O, all battery types Product News 9/29/2004 Post a comment Microchip Technology's PS501, an addition to the company's product line for battery management, expands on the company's earlier PS401, PS402, and PS700 versions with more functional I/O and the capability to work with all popular battery types. This battery manager/fuel gauge is accurate to 1 percent for two-, three- and four-cell lithium-ion/polymer sources, or six- to 12-cell nickel-metal-hydride and nickel-cadmium sources.
Power system extends IT backup from hours to days Product News 9/28/2004 Post a comment American Power Conversion's newest contribution to power system integration, InfraStruXure with power generation, combines a diesel source, integrated automatic transfer switch (ATS) and distribution panel to provide extended on-site backup power for data centers. The new system, which integrates power, cooling, management, and services for on-demand network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI), provides increased availability for IT environments ranging from five racks to 100 racks (small to
Big Pay-off for Small Trade-Off Product News 9/28/2004 Post a comment A new family of high-speed analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) from Linear Technology combines strong AC performance with low power, making them suited for a range of wireless and cable communications systems.
Faster Writes Up the Antes Product News 9/28/2004 Post a comment The device -- the first Renesas Technology chip built with a 90-nanometer process -- attains a programming speed of 10
Megabytes/second, fast enough to record a 2-hour movie in about two minutes using MPEG-4 coding.
Supervisor ICs link up to 30 POLs Product News 9/28/2004 Post a comment Summit Microelectronics' SMM766 and SMM764 supervisor ICs, using single-pin control, can link up to 30 POL (point-of-load) DC/DC converters. The SMM766, a six-channel device, and the SMM764, a four-channel device, include sequencing, margining, and true differential tracking capability.
VW und Infineon kreieren offene Telematik-Plattform Product News 9/27/2004 Post a comment Volkswagen und Infineon haben gemeinsam eine Telematikplattform für Kraftfahrzeuge entwickelt. Bei der Konzeption stand die Idee offener Software Pate. Damit dürfte der Achse Microsoft-Fiat ein ernst zu nehmender Konkurrent entstanden sein.
ARC launches preconfigured, licensable audio platform Product News 9/27/2004 Post a comment ARC International's new ARCsound audio subsystem has been designed as a preconfigured, licensable audio platform for use in high volume SOC designs. The subsystem includes audio codec software, a pre-configured ARC processor with custom audio extensions and a full suite of hardware and software development tools.
PIC MCUs integrate LCD module in 28-, 80-pin packs Product News 9/27/2004 Post a comment Targeting applications with liquid crystal displays, Microchip Technology Inc. has added eight new members of the 8-bit PIC microcontroller family with an integrated LCD module. The family additons include a 28-pin LCD MCU for simple, cost-effective display applications requiring embedded control, and programmable 80-pin MCUs capable of driving 192 segments for touchscreen and segmented LCD displays.
JVC equips digital camcorders with hard disks Product News 9/27/2004 Post a comment Victor Company of Japan Ltd. (JVC) will introduce digital video cameras next month that include the Microdrive, a Compact Flash Type II-size card containing a 1-inch hard-disk drive to store one hour of DVD-quality video.
24-volt bricks raise performance bar Product News 9/25/2004 Post a comment Four new eighth- and quarter-bricks with 24-volt inputs for wireless, telecom, and industrial applications, additions to Artesyn's Typhoon family of board mounted DC/DC converters, boast new benchmarks for efficiency and power-density. The company's 1.8-volt at 30-amp quarter brick, for example, only 0.3 inches high, is more than 7 percent more efficient than its nearest rival, according to the company.
MOSFET offers best Rds(on) in TSOP6 Product News 9/25/2004 Post a comment Philips' PMN23UN µtrenchMOS power MOSFET claims an industry leading Rds(on) of 28 milliohms at Vgs = 4.5 for a TSOP6 package (9.3 mm2 footprint), thus suiting it for use as a load switch in notebook PCs, high-speed switch for set-top power supplies (Qgd = 2.1 nC typical), and as a driver FET for DC/DC converters.
Supervisor ICs tout maximum flexibility Product News 9/25/2004 Post a comment Providing all the basic supervisory functions for power systems on a single chip, Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6870 and MAX6871 are EEPROM-programmable, hex/quad power-supply supervisor ICs with an integrated 10-bit a/d converter (ADC). They combine voltage monitoring, margining control, and sequencing control. These devices are programmed through an I2C interface that selects monitored voltage thresholds, sequence and reset-timing specifications, and sets output configurations.
Intel adds features to 'value' PC chip set Product News 9/24/2004 Post a comment Intel Corp. has announced new chip sets that add more advanced features to the "cost-conscious PC market." The Intel Celeron D processor 340 and 910GL Express chip set offer support for advanced features like PCI Express, Intel High Definition Audio and the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900.
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 ...