TrueTouch Touchscreen Controllers Deliver Windows 8 Support for Tablets, PCs and Notebooks

February 9, 2012 10:45 am | by Posted Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced that its single-chip Gen4 TrueTouch controllers support the new Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft Corp. Windows 8 is designed to provide a rich, touch-centric experience for users of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs. The TrueTouch Controllers offer the industry’s best noise immunity, fastest refresh rate, lowest power and highest accuracy.

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CHiL Digital PWM Controllers Delivers Smallest Footprint

February 9, 2012 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

New devices meet Intel VR12 and VR12.5, and AMD SVI1 and SVI2 specifications, and support multiphase designs from 1 to 8 phases. International Rectifier has introduced its highly versatile family of CHiL digital PWM controllers that dramatically shrinks footprint and improves efficiency in a variety of mid-range to high-end and extreme server, desktop, and computing applications.

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CoinPower Family of Rechargeable Li-Ion Cells Boast High Energy Density and Extended Battery Life

February 2, 2012 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

VARTA Microbattery GmbH has announced a new line of rechargeable Lithium ion batteries. The new CoinPower family of cells deliver 3.7V with available capacities ranging from 40mAh to 80mAh at 1C rate. The smallest cell measures only 12mm in diameter, 5mm in height and weighs in at a mere 1.4 grams.

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Genius DX-Eco Battery-less Mouse Charges in Three Minutes

January 24, 2012 11:11 am | by Posted Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Genius DX-Eco is a wireless mouse that doesn't use batteries and can recharge in just three minutes. Removing the need for planet-killing disposable batteries or time-wasting rechargeables, the Genius DX-Eco uses a built-in gold capacitor instead. Genius claims that this gold capacitor will hold enough charge for "a full day's use" and just takes three minutes for a complete recharge.

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Small Two Piece Battery Connectors with Two Way Insertion

January 17, 2012 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Due to popular demand, Yokowo’s two piece battery connectors has expanded and now will include a compact version. Featuring two less blades than the original 6-blade type, the new 4 blade model is designed to also allow for flexibility for both horizontal and vertical blade insertion. The compact size has also resulted in a reduction in pitch (from 3mm to 2.

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BLE SoC Promises Increased Battery Life, Consumes 33 Percent Less Power

January 10, 2012 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced its new CC2541 Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip (SoC), aimed at Bluetooth Smart sensor applications for consumer medical, sports and fitness, security, entertainment and home automation. The SoC offers a 33 percent reduction in power consumption compared to TI's previous-generation CC2540 SoC when transmitting at 1 milliwatt output power, while maintaining robust RF performance.

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Compact Lithium-Ion Battery-Charging Control IC Supporting USB Charging

December 1, 2011 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a charging control integrated circuit (IC), the R2A20055NS, that achieves further miniaturization and safe charging control for single-cell lithium-ion batteries used in portable devices. Used in a wide range of portable equipment, from cell phones to digital still cameras, media players, personal navigation devices, and tablet PCs, lithium-ion batteries have a high energy density and can contribute to equipment miniaturization.

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Lithium-Ion Battery-Charging Control IC Supports USB Charging

December 1, 2011 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a charging control integrated circuit (IC), the R2A20055NS, that achieves further miniaturization and safe charging control for single-cell lithium-ion batteries used in portable devices. In addition to the full complement of protection features necessary for portable equipment, including battery overvoltage protection and charging timers, the new IC includes functions that implement the charging profiles stipulated by JEITA, which allow the R2A20055NS IC to implement safe charging control.

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Software Tool Takes Guesswork out of Battery Life Predictions

November 23, 2011 4:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro, the energy friendly microcontroller and radio company, has introduced a software tool enabling designers to accurately predict battery cell life expectancy in applications based on its low power EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers. Called the energyAware Battery Estimator, this free tool provides a full simulation of total system energy usage, that takes into account actual battery source, MCU energy modes, peripherals employed and external circuit components.

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ICs protect Lithium-ion Battery Packs

November 22, 2011 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

SII's lithium-ion rechargeable battery protection ICs protect lithium-ion battery packs from overcharge, over-discharge and over-current. High-accuracy voltage detectors and delay circuits are included. The S-8205A/B and S-8211E Series feature a high accuracy voltage detection circuit and a delay circuit, making it possible for users to monitor the status of a 1 cell (S-8211E) or 4/5 (S-8205A/B) cell lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack.

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Transmitter Power Supplies Deliver SIL 3 Protection

November 7, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has added four new power supplies to the company’s family of K- and H-System intrinsic safety solutions. Single-channel KCD2-STC-Ex.1ES and KFD2-STC4-Ex1.ES transmitter power supplies are assembled to the 35-mm DIN mounting rail with power rail. HiC2025ES and HiD2025ES transmitter power supplies are mounted on prewired termination boards.

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Dual-Interface Memory Uses Energy Harvesting to Enable True Battery-Free System Design

November 7, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics is taking the first step to extending its family of RFID/NFC wireless memory ICs with a new 16-Kbit device that can also harvest enough energy to enable small electronic items using it to become completely battery-free electronic applications. Energy harvesting converts energy captured from the surrounding environment into electrical energy to powering small systems.

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Custom Battery Contacts

November 7, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interplex Sunbelt Inc., a world class supplier of precision components and assemblies and a division of Interplex Industries, Inc. announced today that it will be featuring custom battery contacts at the upcoming Medica show in Dusseldorf, Germany on November 16-19, 2011. “Interplex Sunbelt has manufactured millions of custom battery contacts for the most demanding applications,” said Robert Koppel, president of Interplex Sunbelt.

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Low-Power Microcontrollers Feature RC Analog-to-Digital Converters

October 31, 2011 4:57 am | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

LAPIS Semiconductor, a ROHM Group Company, has released the newest members to the ML610Q4xx series low-power microcontrollers. The devices offer even more choice when creating battery-powered devices used for the measurement and display of temperature, humidity and carbon monoxide (CO) in industrial and commercial environments.

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Two-Piece Battery Connector Features Two-Way Insertion Capability

October 27, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokowo’s new two piece battery connector allows both horizontal and vertical blade insertion, as well as increased flexibility in designs. For reliability, the receptacle side features dual beam contact in both insertion directions. Two tabs are uniquely fitted on the receptacle to provide a secure grip around the blade upon insertion.

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