Free simulation software gets supply designers ON board Product News 2/28/2004 Post a comment ON Semiconductor's ON Power Designer, a complimentary, customized version of Power 4-5-6 Plus from Ridley Engineering, Inc. (Roswell, GA), is suited to development of both active and standby power supplies for computing, LCD monitors, battery chargers, and wall adapters working from an 85 to 260V input. The NCP120x software product, for switching supplies, provides circuit design synthesis, large-signal waveform simulation and control-loop design, plus a magnetics designer and final parts list.
EDA CEOs predict growth, cite cost concerns News & Analysis 2/28/2004 Post a comment As the semiconductor business continues a slow recovery, the cost of keeping up with Moore's Law is a foremost issue on the minds of EDA customers, said EDA CEOs attending Thursday night's (Feb. 26) EDA Consortium forecast panel.
Switch designed for multiple apps Product News 2/27/2004 Post a comment ITT Industries, Cannon has introduced two- and four- way switches that are designed for long life, excellent tactile feedback and silent operation for use in a broad range of applications.
Crimp-on plugs optimized for A/V apps Product News 2/27/2004 Post a comment Bomar Interconnect Products Inc. says its new RCA crimp-on plugs for use on RG59 and RG6 style coaxial cable ensures signal integrity while meeting quality demands of the broadcast industry.
FPGA, PCB tools must work together News & Analysis 2/27/2004 Post a comment PCB designers need signal integrity models for FPGAs, and they may need to change pin-out assignments. What's needed is tight integration of FPGA tools and PCB design tools, says Mentor Graphics' John Isaac.
High-density, extended temperature FPGAs claim slots in automotive apps Product News 2/27/2004 Post a comment Almost every car that comes off the assembly line will make use of occupant safety systems, electronic engine control modules for camless engine control units (ECUs) and other under-the-hood powertrain management systems. But high end automotive electronics like navigation, speech recognition, passenger control and comfort systems, intelligent occupant sensors and heads-up displays may not have the volumes that justify an investment in ASICs. Here, the densities, features, and extended temperatu
Optical Digital Signal Processing: Is That Light at the End of the Performance Tunnel? Design How-To 2/27/2004 Post a comment Driven by ever more complex algorithms and more and more channels for the processor to handle, the need for more speed is escalating rapidly. Conventional DSPs are pushing the silicon technology envelope to meet the challenge. The stress of keeping pace with the demands of compute-hungry applications is only getting more severe, however, which has led some engineers and venture capitalists to consider introducing a technological discontinuity. In this case, it is light-wave processing.
Wind River alliance stuns industry watchers News & Analysis 2/27/2004 Post a comment The Wind River-Red Hat alliance set the industry abuzz with speculation as insiders tried to determine whether the move represents a major tactical blunder by both companies or a brilliant maneuver signaling that the upstart Linux operating system is coming of age.
Training firm offers free verification IP News & Analysis 2/27/2004 Post a comment As a way of spreading the word about its classes and workshops, Si-Concepts is offering a free Vera TCP/IP packet generator with a built-in functional coverage tracker. The company is also offering a tutorial on coverage-driven testbenches at the DVCon conference March 1, 2004.
SystemVerilog enhancements for all chip designers News & Analysis 2/26/2004 Post a comment SystemVerilog isn't only for engineers doing system-level design; it provides extensions to Verilog that are useful for anyone doing chip design. In this tutorial, consultant Stu Sutherland (right) describes 14 enhancements that will be helpful to all Verilog users.
StreetFighter product line attacks global ADSL market Product News 2/26/2004 Post a comment Centillium Communications unveiled its new StreetFighter line of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line chipsets for Customer Premise Equipment. The company says it provides all the key functional blocks required to implement an ADSL2/2-plus bridge, router or home gateway product.
DC/DCs on ceramic beat the heat News & Analysis 2/26/2004 Post a comment C&D Technologies' NCX10S series of single-output surface-mount DC/DC converters, relying on the benefits of its ceramic substrate, can deliver its full 10 watt output at temperatures up to +85°C without heatsinking. Its so-called "compliant-leg" technology ensures enhanced mechanical reliability by compensating for expansion and contraction caused by the different coefficients of thermal expansion between the converter substrate and the PC board onto which it is mounted.
Power connector prevents finger probe access News & Analysis 2/26/2004 Post a comment Tyco Electronics offers a finger probe resistant (FPR) version of the AMP Power Series 50 connector. The FPR model is designed to help prevent finger probe access and allows the connector to be used at elevated voltages in user access areas of electrical equipment.
Silicon thermistors provide more accurate temperature sensing, optimizing system performance News & Analysis 2/26/2004 Post a comment Andigilog announced the SiMISTOR family of linear and highly accurate silicon thermistors. The products, manufactured using mature CMOS processes, can replace traditional thermistors in high-volume cell phones, PCs and peripherals, PDAs, and consumer device applications. The family also displaces thermistors in traditional industrial applications, such as thermostats and portable medical devices.
Ceramic piezoelectric speakers designed for ultra-slim apps News & Analysis 2/26/2004 Post a comment Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.), Inc. says its new MLS series of 0.7-mm thick multilayer ceramic piezoelectric speakers are 30% to 50% lighter and consumes up to 50% less power than standard dynamic speakers. Touted as the industry's thinnest speaker, the MLS is compact enough for installation in confined spaces down to 1.0 mm, making it suitable for use in next-generation, ultra-slim portable electronic devices.
Ultracaps available in 3F and 100F versions News & Analysis 2/26/2004 Post a comment NessCap Co. Ltd. has expanded its 2.7-volt ultracapacitor product offering with the addition of 3 farad (F) and 100F models. These components can be used as an energy source for a variety of applications including LED displays, remote control devices, toys, hand-held scanners, small printers, actuators and relays.
Nichrome resistor line adds low TCR versions News & Analysis 2/26/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has expanded its CTN series of 30 mil center-tapped nichrome chip resistors with new devices that offers a low absolute TCR of ±10 ppm/°C over the full -55°C to 125°C temperature range. Available in a compact 0.030 x 0.030 inch chip size, the resistors also offer excellent stability at 250 mW power levels.
Your click counts Blog 2/25/2004 Post a comment Steve Ohr is nothing if not enthusiastic about publishing engineering design articles and showcasing new products on the web, and then counting the clicks they generate. "It puts you in touch with your readers," he suggests. But just think what an online product showcase can do in conjunction with a new tradeshow venue. Help us pick the most dramatic new product introductions, he bids.
Managing Power in HA Gateway Designs Design How-To 2/25/2004 Post a comment To provide true 99.999% reliability, designers must pay attention to providing highly available power supplies in their networking designs. From commsdesign.com, here's some tips from Texas Instruments' Jim Bird for bringing high availability to a power supply design.