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AC/DC Power Supply Has Medical Safety Approvals

April 3, 2008 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Comprehensive Protection Circuitry Double Fusing for European Medical Designs Power Fail Detect Protek Power North America announces its PM201 series of 200 W, medical, low-profile AC/DC switching power supplies that offer a compact design with full compliance to worldwide EN60101-1 medical safety standards....

Microcontrollers Feature Non-Volatile Flash Data Memory

April 3, 2008 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Non-Volatile Flash Data Memory 8 MHz Internal Oscillator Integrated Memory and Analog Functionality Microchip Technology, Inc. announces two baseline 8-bit Flash PIC microcontrollers with non-volatile Flash Data Memory (FDM) in 8- and 14-pin packages. With the availability of 64 bytes of data memory, combined with an 8 MHz internal oscillator, a device reset timer (DRT), up to three channels of 8-bit analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), an...

Integrated Modules Offer Longer Battery Life

April 3, 2008 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. announces its highly-integrated model TQM6M4028U and model TQM613027 modules for low cost GSM and CDMA handsets in emerging markets. The TQM6M4028U is a dual-band GSM Tx module for use in the Americas, and the TQM613027 is a high-efficiency PA-duplexer module for CDMA cellular-band applications....

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Portable Audio CODEC Doubles Battery Life

April 3, 2008 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leadis Technology, Inc. unveils its family of audio CODECs that incorporate advanced FM transmitters and its Gmax audio amplifier technology which increases power efficiency, maintains best-in-class SNR, and it extends battery life in portable audio applications. The LDS9350, LDS9302, LDS9302L and LDS9200 models are well suited for smart mobile phone, MP3/PMP (portable media player), portable gaming, GPS/PND (personal navigation device) and...

2.3 A Devices Help Protect Automotive Infotainment Peripherals

April 1, 2008 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics' 2.3 A PolyZen devices feature a higher hold current designed to help protect circuits in GPS, smart phones, game consoles, PMPs, and other video-based peripherals that can be charged in the car. The devices incorporate a stable Zener diode for precise voltage clamping and a resistively non-linear, PPTC layer that responds to either diode heating or overcurrent events by transitioning from a low to high resistance state....

Getting Around the Technical Issues with Battery-assisted UHF RFID Tags

March 11, 2008 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Simon Müller, EM Microelectronic Marin SA One way to overcome the read sensitivity limitation of passive tags is to add a battery to supply the IC. The RF signal is now only used to carry the information not to supply the IC. Of particular interest are the so-called battery-assisted passive (BAP) tags, also known as semi-passive tags....

Microcontrollers Migrate Between Low-End and High Performance Designs

March 11, 2008 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is stocking the Flexis Microcontroller Series from Freescale Semiconductor. The QE devices offer pin-for-pin, development tool and peripheral set compatibility between 8-bit and 32-bit, and they include 64- and 80-pin versions of 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers that make the design process limitless....

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Compact Power Supply for Medical and ITE Applications

March 11, 2008 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited announces its NXT-225 series of ultra small AC/DC power supplies with 225W of power in a 10W/ inches 3 power density, fitting into 1U high OEM applications or any application where space is critical. The series features a power factor corrected, universal 90 to 264 VAC input....

Flash Data Memory is Added to Baseline Microcontrollers

March 11, 2008 8:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology, Inc. announces its PIC12F519 and PIC16F526 Baseline 8-bit Flash PIC microcontrollers with non-volatile Flash Data Memory (FDM) in 8- and 14-pin packages. With the availability of 64 bytes of data memory, combined with an 8 MHz internal oscillator, a device reset timer (DRT), up to three channels of 8-bit analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) and up to two comparators, users have a diverse feature set to select from when i...

IC Integrates Power Management and Audio Functions

March 11, 2008 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems announces its AS3654 power management IC ultra-flexible, highly integrated smart power management unit that includes high performance voltage regulators, a lighting management unit, step-down battery charger, stereo audio DAC, housekeeping functions and an audio amplifier featuring ground noise cancellation to improve sound quality in the car....

Automotive Grade MOSFET Controllers with Commutation Logic

March 11, 2008 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. introduces its A3930 and A3931 automotive grade (temperature and voltage rated) three-phase BLDC motor controller integrated circuits. These control ICs simplify the system design and lower system cost by integrating the commutation logic on-board, which lessons the burden on the system microprocessor....

Wireless HDMI Technology Achieves Consumer Electronics Control Functionality

March 11, 2008 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Radiospire Networks recently announced that it has successfully implemented the consumer electronics control (CEC) functionality into its AirHook™ wireless HDMI technology. AirHook technology, a high bandwidth wireless HD connectivity solution, will now offer automatic control through the CEC, the first wireless high-definition connectivity solution to offer this feature....

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Sneak Preview of the Electronica Automotive Conference 2008

February 28, 2008 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The electronica automotive conference 2008 will be an international gathering of automobile manufacturers and associated companies to discuss current issues related to automotive design. Automotive is considered to be the most important growth market represented at electronica 2008 because of the extensive safety and consumer electronic systems being integrated into worldwide automobiles....

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Platform Benefit Consumers and Utilities

January 22, 2008 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ember, a provider of ZigBee networking systems, and Itron have teamed up to help electric utilities reduce peak load demand and home owners conserve energy by using ZigBee-enabled wireless technology. OpenWay CENTRON smart meters serve as a gateway for Home Area Networks (HANs) of wireless devices such as ZigBee thermostats, load control devices, in-home displays, and smart appliances....

Current Sensors Provide Precise Sensing Solutions for Automotive Applications

January 22, 2008 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Low-offset Linear Hall Sensor Circuit Copper conduction Survives up to 5X over current conditions Allegro® announces two new current sensors engineered to provide economical and precise sensing solutions for AC and DC currents in automotive applications. The ACS714 and ACS715 devices are designed and tested to meet the stringent requirements of automotive applications....

Digital Signal Controllers Feature up to 32 Kbytes Flash Memory

January 22, 2008 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Increased memory options 16 or 32 Kbytes of flash memory On-chip ADC Three dsPIC33F General Purpose Family members and three dsPIC33F Motor Control/Power Conversion Family DSCs have been added to Microchip’s low pin-count, 16-bit digital signal controller (DSC) product line. The General Purpose DSCs feature 16 or 32 Kbytes of Flash memory with 28- or 44-pin packages and provide a pin- and code-compatible migration path for PIC24 microcont...

Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches

November 15, 2007 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech introduces its EKI-7659C family of managed industrial Ethernet switches. This compact and industrially hardened switch offers advanced traffic control for optimum network performance and security along with rapid self-healing fiber optic ring capabilities to ensure network uptime in adverse environments....

COTS Controllers for LCDs in Harsh Environments

November 15, 2007 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digital View introduces its HE-1400 and HE-1600 series of COTS LCD controllers that are designed to comply with the standards required for the harsh environments encountered in military and rugged industrial applications. Both controllers feature wide tolerance power supplies (12 VDC ± 25 percent), locking connectors and low-mass tantalum capacitors for maximum tolerance to shock and vibration, Mil-spec silicon resin conformal coatings,...

Current Sense Chip Resistors for Automotive Applications

November 15, 2007 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division offers its LRF3W series 3 W surface mount chip resistors that are offered in a package size traditionally rated at 1 W. Because of its high power rating in a space-saving package, the series’ resistors are suitable for high current-sensing automotive applications including fuel-gauging and over-current detection, AC/DC power supplies and VRMs, motorized seats, power windows, seat heaters and automot...

Battery-free Wireless Communication Technology for Sense and Control Applications

November 15, 2007 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies announces open standard, easy-to-install wireless communications devices for sensor applications that can operate without power cabling or a battery. These new wireless communication devices leverage three key technologies that enable it to operate in a battery-free environment without cabling....

EMC Filters for Medical Applications

October 17, 2007 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

EPCOS’ SIFI-F (B84111FM) compact two-line filters are available in a medical version for applications where low leakage current is a critical factor. They have a low maximum leakage current of 2 mA, and they offer desirable suppression of symmetrical and asymmetrical interference. The SIFI-F, along with the larger SIFI-G and SIFI-H, is designed for the climate category of 㪱°C up to +100°C....

Universities Receive Large Donation to Fund Medical Technology Research

October 17, 2007 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announces that the company is allocating a total of $15 million to fund medical technology research at selected universities worldwide. The funding will support research and development of key emerging medical technologies, over a period of several years, in areas such as personal medical devices, implantables, medical imaging, wireless healthcare systems and biosensor technology....

Kit Makes Designing Medical Telemetry Systems a Snap!

October 10, 2007 8:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has made available a development kit that enables faster design and evaluation of wireless telemetry systems linking implanted medical devices with monitoring and programming equipment. The ZLE70101 Application Development Kit (ADK) demonstrates the high data rate, ultra low-power supported by the company’s ZL70101 transceiver....

Wide-Bandwidth Video Switch Matrix/Drivers and Transmission Technology in Consumer Electronics

September 27, 2007 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new transmission scheme for digital video signals paired with current transfer logic (CTL™) will help meet the market requirement for multiple display needs. By Jeff Ju, Fairchild Semiconductor With the strong demand ramping in the automotive accessory market, traditional car DVDs with a single CVBS and mono audio signal output to a single display will be unable to meet the market requirement for multiple display needs (drivers ...

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