PCTEL buys Andrew Corp's mobile antennas operation News & Analysis 10/28/2004 Post a comment Antenna specialist PCTEL Inc. (Chicago, Ill.) is reorganizing its manufacturing operations and is buying a 75 000 sq ft facility in Bloomingdale, Illinois following its acquisition of Andrew Corporations' mobile antenna business, announced Thursday (Oct. 28).
Secrets of level-translation revealed News & Analysis 10/27/2004 Post a comment Supply voltages continue to migrate to lower nodes to support today's low power, high performance applications. While some devices are capable of running at lower supply nodes, others might not have this capability. To have switching compatibility between these devices, the output of each driver must be compliant with the input of the receiver that it is driving. A Texas Instruments' engineer describes the some of the level translation schemes to interface these devices with one another, and the
VMEbus analyzers get shot in the arm Product News 10/27/2004 Post a comment A company that lays claim to being the inventor of the first VMEbus analyzer announces an update and expansion of a VME Renaissance-enabled test product. This happens as the VME Renaissance initiative provides a significant upgrade to the more than 20-year-old VMEbus architecture.
Single-board computer runs Pentium M Product News 10/27/2004 Post a comment The CPU7.2 single-board computer runs the latest microprocessors of the Intel Embedded line. For the 1.8 GHz Pentium M 745, Intel doubles the L2 cache to 2 MBytes, and reduces dissipation. A Pentium M at 1.8 GHz achieves the same performance as past processors did at 2.5 GHZ to 2.8 GHz (depending on the application). This board leverages those changes.
68HC11 miniature board has modular I/O expansion Product News 10/18/2004 Post a comment Board maker Mosaic Industries is rolling out a new single board computer that measures just 2 x 2.5-in. in size. Designed for handheld and space-constrained applications, the credit card-sized board sports a 16-MHz Motorola 68HC11F1 microprocessor.
Modules to serve I/O-intensive, video applications Product News 10/15/2004 Post a comment Board-level computer maker Kontron is pre-announcing additions to its Embedded Technology eXtended family of modules. The company's latest ETX modules, described in preliminary engineering datasheets, will provide PC functionality when plugged into application-specific carrier boards.
Modem modules ease design-in of embedded TCP/IP Product News 10/11/2004 Post a comment UK-based Comtech Holdings, a so-called machine-to-machine technology provider, is offering a wireless module family that lets you readily embed a TCP/IP stack into your design. The wireless modems support automated e-mail and FTP file transfer modes, and operate standalone or integrated into remote machines for central management applications.
COM Express draft spec coming Product News 10/11/2004 Post a comment The much-anticipated COM Express specification (computer-on-module), under development for nearly a year, is under review by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. It's a consortium of over 450 companies collaboratively developing open specs for telecommunications and industrial computing applications. Kontron, Intel, RadiSys, and PFU are collaborating on the COM Express initiative, and Kontron is describing its products.
VITA furthers VXS and PMC conduction-cooled standards Product News 10/11/2004 Post a comment A study group has formed to improve reliability predictions for the VXS and PMC conduction-cooled standards. The VMEbus International Trade Association, at its recent standards meeting, voted to move two working group draft standards into the ANSI process.
PowerPC-based VME64x board packs Ultra-160 SCSI, dual GBit Ethernet Product News 10/8/2004 Post a comment Industrial board maker Concurrent Technologies is broadening its PowerPC-based VME64x product range with a line of 6U-sized boards designed around Motorola PowerPC microprocessors. Concurrent's VME bus boards offer processor speed options of 800-MHz or 1-GHz, memory options of up to 1.25-Gbytes of 266-MHz DDR SDRAM, and dual SCSI and high-speed Ethernet ports.
National Instruments intros industry-first PCI Express-to-GPIB plug-in Product News 10/7/2004 Post a comment The ability to leverage new technologies with minimal disruption---an inherent benefit of virtual instrumentation---is realized in an industry-first GPIB/IEEE-488 controller for PCI Express. You can now control your GPIB instruments through PCI Express, with a suite of software development tools to get applications up and running quickly.
Getting the Lead Out: European Initiative Will Have Global Impact News & Analysis 10/7/2004 Post a comment By the end of this year, chip packaging, solder, solder paste, and other aspects of the electronics industry will start getting more environmentally friendly. New legislation passed by the European Parliament in 2003 will reduce the amounts of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and chromium in the environment. In this article, Jack Shandle and Lee Goldberg examine how the electronics industry will be lead-free by 2006.
Just what you need: SMSC introduces USB port controllers with an odd number of ports. Product News 10/5/2004 Post a comment SMSC used the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last month to show an expanded line of USB2.0 products, including the USB2503 and USB2507, the industry's first USB2.0 3-port and 7-port hub controllers. as well as the USB2504, a second generation 4-port hub controller; the USB2228, a controller for 12-in-1 flash card readers; the USB3250, a second generation USB2.0 physical layer transceiver (PHY) device.
Kit helps seamlessly migrate PXI for test, data-acq Product News 10/5/2004 Post a comment ADLINK Technology is rolling out a product for integrating PXI platforms in data-acquisition or automated measurement systems. Its chasses and cards function as transparent PCI-to-PCI bridges, giving you direct control of PXI from another PC, or multi-chassis PXI systems.
SMTC moves assembly to Mexico, lays off 150 News & Analysis 10/1/2004 Post a comment Electronics manufacturing services provider SMTC Corp. announced it will consolidate production assembly operations at a facility in Chihuahua, Mexico and restructure its overhead, resulting in the layoff of approximately 150 employees in Toronto.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...