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Power Architect Accelerates Design of Multi-Output DC-DC Power Supplies

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corporation has expanded its WEBENCH® Designer tools with the introduction of WEBENCH Power Architect — a design tool that allows engineers to rapidly create, model and implement multiple-output, high-performance DC-DC power supplies for an entire system. With WEBENCH Power Architect, system designers can instantly optimize multiple power supplies across several performance parameters including topology, intermediate voltage rails, footprint, efficiency, component count and bill of materials (BOM) cost.

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Battery Holders that Take a Battering

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced battery-operated wireless devices require cost-effective power management systems that are miniaturized, robust and reliable. By Tom Blaha, Memory Protection Devices Figure 1. Glider-style holders. These low profile, nickel-plated phosphor bronze retainers secure a wide range of coin cells from ML-414 (4 mm) to larger CR-2430 (24 mm)....

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Lithium Battery Gliders for 10 mm to 24 mm Cells

December 14, 2009 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Memory Protection Devices (MPD) has released a whole new category of battery holders for lithium coin cell batteries. "Gliders" are a hybrid type combining the low cost of retainers with higher reliability than regular coin cell battery holders. They are particularly suitable for hand-held consumer and medical products, electronic cards, electronic toll tags, single-use devices, alarm systems, main boards, PND's and RFID.

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Low Power Cryptographic Battery Authentication IC with SHA-256

October 8, 2009 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel® Corporation introduces its AT88SA100S ultra low-cost, cryptographic battery authentication IC for mobile-phones, cameras, portable power tools, and other battery-powered applications. The AT88SA100S CrytpoAuthentication™ IC is believed to be the only battery authentication IC that uses a SHA-256 cryptographic engine and a 256-bit key that cannot be cracked using brute force methods.

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Adapter Modules for Digitally Configurable AC/DC Switching Power Supplies

October 8, 2009 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power announces the addition of three case adapter modules for its iMP and iVS Series of digitally configurable AC/DC switching power supplies. The adapters — which enable both USB and Controller Area Network (CAN)/RS485bus connectivity — provide a complete interface between the host device and the I2C bus with a simple command set, enabling the highest levels of configuration flexibility....

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20 V P-Channel MOSFET Enables Longer Battery Life in Portable Applications

October 8, 2009 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor brings designers of cell phones, medical, portable and consumer applications one of the industry's lowest RDS(ON) (75m at -4.5V) 20V P-Channel MOSFET in a 1 mm x 1 mm WL-CSP package. The FDZ371PZ is designed with Fairchild's proprietary PowerTrench® process technology.

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Development in Progress for New Lightweight Battery for Electric Cars

September 14, 2009 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

VAN BUREN TWP., Mich., /PRNewswire/ -- Ricardo, Inc., the US subsidiary of Ricardo plc, has announced that the award of $2.1 million (GBP1.3m) of funding has been made by the UK Technology Strategy Board to a consortium led by advanced battery manufacturer Axeon and including Ricardo, which will develop a new lightweight battery for use in electric small city cars, improving their performance, functionality and range....

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EnerSys Chosen for Quality Leadership 100 for Excellence in Battery Manufacturing Quality

August 26, 2009 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Landing 29th on the list, the EnerSys® battery manufacturing facility in Hays, KS was recognized among the “2009 Quality Leadership 100” for its focus on quality manufacturing by Quality Magazine™. This year, there were more than 800 companies that applied. "We work rigorously on building quality into our processes to produce batteries specialized for Reserve Power applications....

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Supervisory Circuits Extend Battery Life in Portable Electronics

August 26, 2009 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products has released the MAX16056-MAX16059, ultra-low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that monitor a single system supply voltage. These devices consume an industry-low 125nA supply current to extend battery life in power-sensitive applications. Additionally, the devices feature capacitor-adjustable watchdog (MAX16056/MAX16058) and reset timeouts to maximize design flexibility....

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Sub-GHz Transceiver Radio Provides Easy Integration with PIC® Microcontrollers

August 3, 2009 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its RF Products Division wireless portfolio with the new MRF49XA Sub-GHz transceiver radio. The MRF49XA covers the 434/868/915 MHz unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Radio Frequency (RF) band, which is ideal for low data-rate, low-power embedded wireless applications.

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RF Chips Extend Battery Life up to 25%

May 26, 2009 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nordic Semiconductor ASA is previewing its next generation ANT wireless single chip solutions - the nRF24AP2 family - including the first two products that will form part of the new range. The single-channel nRF24AP2 (nRF24AP2-1CH) will be a cost optimized product suitable for a wide range of simple wireless sensor applications from bike cadence up to heart rate and blood glucose monitoring.

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Industry Leaders Developing Software for Safety, Gateway and Instrument Cluster Controllers

May 18, 2009 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Green Hills Software, Inc. announces the successful launch of optimized software products that support automotive microcontrollers (MCUs) jointly developed with Freescale Semiconductor based on the Power Architecture® technology. Leading automotive carmakers and tier 1 suppliers in North America and Europe now use Green Hills Software’s MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE), optimizing C/C++ compilers and high-speed hardware...

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Mobile I/O Expander and QWERTY Keypad Controller Enables up to 50 Percent Longer Battery Life for Portable Electronics

May 13, 2009 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduces the ADP5588 mobile I/O expander and QWERTY keypad controller with ambient light sensing for smart portable devices that require a large keypad matrix and expanded I/O lines. The ADP5588 integrates keypad scanning, de-bouncing and interrupt generation, resulting in reduced processor I/Os and loading....

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Highest Performance Cortex<tm>-M3 Based Microcontrollers According to EEMBC

May 5, 2009 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)—NXP today confirmed that the LPC1700 series is the industry’s highest performance Cortex-M3 microcontroller, based on results from the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC). The EEMBC results show that the LPC1700 executes application code on average 35% faster than the leading Cortex-M3 competitors when running at the same clock speeds....

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Microcontrollers Feature Ultra-Low Sleep Current

May 4, 2009 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announces its next-generation low-power PIC® microcontroller (MCU) families with nanoWatt XLP™ eXtreme Low Power Technology for sleep currents as low as 20 nA. These three 8- and 16-bit MCU families join three other recent 8-bit families that are all part of Microchip’s nanoWatt XLP portfolio, providing designers with a rich and compatible low-power migration path that includes on-chip peripherals for USB an...

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