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Blue Laser Diode Targets Micro-Projectors

January 30, 2009 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ new blue laser diode serves micro-projectors integrated in mobile devices, such as cell phones and digital cameras. The 3.2 mm high component demonstrates a wavelength of 450 nm, output of 50 mW, voltage of 5.5 V and efficiency of 0.9 W/A. The ridge laser will serve as a light source for producing and downloading images and video clips....

PCI Express Boards Incorporate Two PMC/XMC Modules

January 30, 2009 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek’s 7700 family of PCIe boards integrate up to 2 PMC/XMC modules in a single PCIe envelope. The Gen 2 PCIe x16 interface can be utilized for motherboard connections and XMC interfaces for gigabit links between modules and other boards. The products have IP development tools and a 4-pin disk drive power connector to ensure that the boards receive ample power from the host computer or server....

Plug Adapters Meet ENERGY STAR ESP 2.0

January 30, 2009 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong's 9 and 12 V models in the PSM11R Series 10-W interchangeable plug adapters meet the ENERGY STAR® EPS 2.0 requirement. The devices exhibit min. efficiency of 77% and max. no-load power consumption of <0.5 W in output powers from 50 to 200 W and <0.3 W in output powers of <50 W....

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Vertical-Mount Wirewounds Use Bracket

January 30, 2009 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics’ BVM Series vertical-mount wirewounds includes a bracket attached to the outside of the case, which also serves as one of the attachment leads. The RoHS-compliant units offer sizes from 5 W to 25 W, standard tolerances of 1% and 5%, TCR of ±300 ppm, operation at up to 275°C and a metal oxide resistance element allowing values of up to 50K....

DC/DC Controller Supplies 25 A per Output

January 30, 2009 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products' MAX15023 dual-output, synchronous step-down controller drives external MOSFETs to deliver from 12 A to 25 A per output. Operating over an input voltage range from 4.5 to 28 V, the device integrates a ±1% accurate voltage reference to provide an output voltage from 0....

Microwave Transistors Serve Telecom Applications

January 30, 2009 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree's CGH21120F and CGH25120F GaN HEMT microwave transistors perform in telecommunication applications, such as W-CDMA, LTE and WiMAX. The components consist of single, input-pre-matched GaN HEMT devices providing >120 W of saturated power in industry-standard ceramic-metal packages. The CGH21120F is designed for frequencies from 1,800 to 2,300 MHz, while the CGH25120F is optimized for frequencies from 2,300 to 2,700 MHz....

Motor Driver Integrates Hall Commutation

January 30, 2009 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems’ A1448 motor driver uses a CMOS semiconductor process to incorporate a Hall sensor, the motor control circuitry and the full output bridge. A single input control pin allows for direct input PWM for speed control, initiating the active braking function and engaging micro-power sleep mode....

Wireless Invention Curbs Teen's Conversations While Driving

January 30, 2009 9:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nancy Maas Editor-in-Chief We've all been in this situation – you are returning home from a long trip, anxious to reach your final destination and the car in front of you is traveling far below the speed limit and shows no signs of moving over....

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System Achieves Rare Security Certification

January 30, 2009 9:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Green Hills Software, Inc.'s INTEGRITY ® -178B operating system has been certified by the National Information Assurance Partnership to Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 6+, High Robustness. This certification is the highest Common Criteria security level ever achieved for an operating system....

GPS Environmental Challenges Drive Common Test Practices

January 30, 2009 9:05 am | Articles | Comments

A receiver's position accuracy is a fundamental challenge of satellite navigation system. As a result, GPS receiver designers must perform a combination of measurements to ensure the device will perform as expected. David A. Hall, National Instruments Geocaching involves discovering various "caches" whose coordinates can be found on the Web and whose contents are located all over the world.

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Addressing the Challenges in the Design of High-Performance FOTA Diff Engines

January 30, 2009 9:05 am | Articles | Comments

Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) technology makes it possible to detect bugs, defects and design flaws after the handset lands in the subscribers' hands. By Jinsheng Gu, InnoPath Software click to enlarge Simplified FOTA Architecture.

F-RAM Moves to Automotive Infotainment Applications

January 30, 2009 9:05 am | Articles | Comments

Protecting infotainment dynamic data is essential. The unique advantage of F-RAM guarantees higher availability & performance. By Duncan Bennett, Ramtron International The use of non-volatile ferroelectric RAM (F-RAM) in automotive applications began with airbag applications. This type of safety critical application was click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Sorting Out New RF Signal Generator Capabilities

January 30, 2009 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Modern wireless communications testing requires understanding the new capabilities offered by the latest RF signal generators. By Ron Rausch, Keithley Instruments, Inc. There are many different kinds of RF signal generators from which to choose. No single generator fits all user requirements. This article is a guide to help you select the best RF signal generator for your needs, and it focuses on selecting signal generators commonly used f...

Modulator Driver Targets 40-Gb/s Lightwave Systems

January 21, 2009 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Narda Microwave-East’s FO-MDA-40-25G-1 lithium niobate modulator driver serves 300-pin MSA transponders employed in DPSK long-reach 40-Gb/s lightwave communication systems. The 1.10” × 1.10” × 0.34” device produces an eye pattern with electronic eye-crossing control from 40 to 70%. The unit demonstrates a 3-dB bandwidth from 85 kHz to 40 GHz, gain of 29 dB, input and output return loss of 12 dB, rms additive jitter of 550 ps, rise...

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