Chip set raises DC/DCs Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's new DirectFET chipset is designed to maximize DC/DC bus converter efficiency. When used with IR's recently announced IR2086S full-bridge bus-converter IC, the chip set enables a solution that can deliver 336 watts with 97 percent efficiency in a footprint that's about 30 percent smaller than a traditional quarter-brick converter, according to the company.
HD DVD gains further momentum as commercialization approaches Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment The HD DVD Promotion Group today announced that momentum is building for the launch of HD DVD. Several key manufacturers in the disc replication and equipment industry simultaneously confirmed the manufacturability of HD DVD discs at high volumes and provided tangible data to prove feasible and realistic production.
Military gets high CV tantalum capacitors in smaller case sizes Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment AVX Corp. has developed an extended range tantalum capacitor series that offers additional high capacitance/voltage (CV) ratings in smaller case sizes than previously available. Designed specifically for military applications, the CWR19 and CWR29 capacitors are mil-qualified up to failure rates of B and C. These devices may also be used in harsh environment applications such as space exploration and aerospace.
10-watt DC/DCs point to lowest cost Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment The single and dual output DC/DC converters in MicroPower Direct's B1000ERW series, an addition to the company's Budget Saver family, are promoted as the lowest cost 10-watt modules of their type. Priced at from $9.75 to $10.40 each in quantities of 100, these 1-by-2 inch converters, in eighteen models, provide 5, 12, 15, and ±5, ±12, and ±15 volts from a 9-18, 18-36, or 36-75 volt input.
Digital Theaters, at Last? Blog 6/29/2005 Post a comment After years of being stuck in test market mode, waiting for innovation that's more financial than technological, widespread deployment of digital cinema in movie theaters finally appears to be at hand, thanks to some new alliances.
TSMC claims to be largest captive mask maker News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) claims to be the world's largest captive photomask maker, ahead of Intel, Samsung and others with internal mask shops, according to an executive from the silicon foundry giant.
On Semi shutters fab line, cuts 150 jobs News & Analysis 6/29/2005 Post a comment Continuing to cut costs, On Semiconductor Inc. announced a workforce reduction. The company also plans to transfer its fab operations from Malaysia to Phoenix -- a move that will eliminate a total of 150 jobs.
Standing in line for some juice Power DesignLine Blog 6/29/2005 Post a comment How many portables do you carry? How often do you have to charge them? Likely it's too many times. Come vent with me and even share your thoughts about what to do.
DIN-rail UPS serves the factory floor Product News 6/29/2005 Post a comment Sola/Hevi-Duty's SDU Series of off-line uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) are designed to mount on a DIN rail to provide protection for sensitive electronics (including industrial computers, robotics, automation and process control equipment) on the factory floor. With a compact footprint and minimal weight (11 lbs.), the SDU can also be installed in a control panel or easily integrated into an enclosure or machine where space considerations are at a premium.
Modified LDO regulator sinks PECL-termination current Design How-To 6/28/2005 Post a comment For high-speed clock and data systems, positive emitter-coupled-logic (PECL) - a differential signaling scheme - is emerging as a preferred alternative to single-ended CMOS and TTL logic. High-speed ECL offers differential I/O, with excellent skew and jitter control, along with fast rise and fall times. From the June issue of Planet Analog magazine, a Maxim engineer shows how to extract high current.
Diode array provides ESD protection for high-speed serial interfaces Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment In a space-saving, chip-scale package suitable for mobile, digital consumer and computing applications, California Micro Devices Corp.'s newest member of its PicoGuard family of diode arrays, dubbed the CM1230, offers an ultra-low input capacitance of 0.8-pF per channel to preserve signal integrity in high-speed serial interfaces.
Tact switches tout long life Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Tyco Electronics has introduced a new line of ALCOSWITCH sealed tactile (tact) switches. The new line includes a full range of popular sizes including 3.5 x 6-mm, 7-mm and 12-mm versions.
Single-chip, triple differential receiver reduces board space by more than half Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc.' AD8143 is a compact, single-chip solution that receives differential signals over a twisted pair cable. The triple differential receiver is primarily designed to receive RGB (red, green, blue) signals with resolutions up to 1600 X 1200; however, it can able be used to receive any other type of differential analog signal or high-speed data transmission.
Hitachi, Tegal win fab-tool satisfaction rankings News & Analysis 6/28/2005 Post a comment Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. and Tegal Corp. separately received the highest ratings in their respective categories for customer satisfaction in the chip-equipment industry for 2005, according to an annual survey conducted by VLSI Research Inc.
Tiny LDOs aimed at 3G wireless handsets Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. unveiled a series of 200-mA low-dropout linear regulators in a chip scale package, which tout low noise and quiescent current, and a high power supply rejection ratio.
Quarter-brick IBCs extend to 450 watts Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Artesyn says its series of very high efficiency Typhoon quarter-brick intermediate bus converters (IBCs) delivers up to 50 percent more useable power than the company's previous generation. Providing up to 450 watts, these single-output 12-volt models include the IBC38AQT (unregulated, 4:1 fixed-ratio input/output) for computing and two semi-regulated models with input voltage ranges optimized for telecom (IBC28AQW) and networking (IBC30AQS) to power multiple point-of-load (POL) converters.
Chamäleon-Prozessor passt sich an die Aufgabe an Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment 151 Auf Anwendungen in den Bereichen Video, Bildverarbeitung und Mobilfunk-Basisstationen zielt der Hersteller Stretch mit seinem neuen software-konfigurierbaren Prozessor. Das Außergewöhnliche daran: Die Architektur des Prozessors lässt sich per Software für die jeweilige Aufgabe optimieren – auch noch zur Programmlaufzeit.
Handhelds meld insulation tester, multimeter functions Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Need to measure AC line frequency in the field? How about insulation breakdown resistance? Voltage of non-sinusoidal waveforms? Fluke Corp. is combining the capabilities of frequently used test tools into one compact new tool that can fill the bill for these disparate, yet related, measurements.
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 ...