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Semiconductor Opportunities Abound in the Automotive Aftermarket

May 13, 2009 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

AWR Corp. has issued a challenge to designers using electromagnetic simulators: If AXIEM EM analysis software isn’t faster than the commercial 3D planar EM tool they are currently using, AWR will buy lunch for their entire design team. AWR is confident that AXIEM’s performance cannot be surpassed, because based on independent comparisons, the EM simulator is not only one of the most accurate solvers in its class, but can solve large problem...

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....

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...

Connectors Meet Needs of Cryogenic Processes, Medical Imaging Equipment

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

C&K Components offers a family of high reliability connectors for medical applications. Designated the MTB1, MDM, MDMA and D*M/D*MA Series, the connectors are capable of operation in temperatures of -270°C to +200°C, making them suited for medical applications ranging from cryogenic processes to imaging equipment, including CT scanners, MRI and ultrasound machines....

Wireless Power Consortium Pursues Universal Wireless Power to Fulfill Consumer Need

April 27, 2009 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

HONG KONG, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing syndicated and proprietary international market research from sources including Ipsos Vantis, AcuPOLL, and Frost & Sullivan, the Wireless Power Consortium (the Consortium) continues to drive toward an interoperable wireless power standard for consumer devices requiring up to 5 W of power....

Automotive Relay Features Large 40A Switching Capacity

April 8, 2009 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The A2 Series from CIT Relay & Switch is small in size and light weight. Offering both PCB pin and .250 Quick Connect terminals, the A2 is available with a weatherproof shroud along with mounting flange and metal bracket options. Coil voltage options are 6, 12 and 24 VDC with coil power choices of 1.

Understanding Power Factor and Input Current Harmonics in Switched Mode Power Supplies

March 27, 2009 7:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

By Alan Gobbi, TDI Power The proliferation of AC-DC switched mode power supplies has resulted in strict limits being imposed on AC input current power factor and harmonic content. The electronic system designer must take these into account in developing hardware requirements. A sound understanding of typical power factor correction circuit performance and dynamics as a function of line and load will aid in this task....

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PFC Controller Delivers Over 96 Percent Efficiency in Green Power Supplies

March 27, 2009 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor brings power supply designers a boundary-conduction mode (BCM) interleaving power factor correction (PFC) controller that provides over 96 percent power conversion efficiency for AC/DC power supplies. Applications include power supplies for digital TVs, desktop and entry-level server computers, front-end telecom systems and industrial power systems rated from 100W to 1000 W....

Bluetooth Software Stack Addresses Automotive Telematics Apps

March 9, 2009 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sybase iAnywhere and Marvell Semiconductor are collaborating in developing an embedded Bluetooth software stack for wireless communication utilizing 802.11 Alternate MAC/PHY technology. This new iAnywhere® Blue SDK (Software Developer Kit), along with support for the Marvell 88W8688 WLAN plus Bluetooth single chip solution and future Marvell devices, is being designed to help speed new automotive telematics applications to market.

Open Reference Design for 255 W ATX Power Supplies Achieves 85% Efficiency

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has designed an open reference design for ATX power supplies. This 255 W version exceeds 80 PLUS Silver, ENERGY STAR? 5.0 and Climate Savers? Computing Initiative Step 3 efficiency standards for desktop PC power supplies. The reference design delivers improved efficiency under real world operating conditions and in a configuration that allows it to be deployed immediately to production....

Circuit Protection Devices Enable Safer Use of Universal Chargers

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics releases its ESDA8V-1MX2 circuit protection devices to enable safer use of universal chargers. Supporting objectives to reduce the number of battery chargers discarded with portable devices, such as cellphone handsets, GPS receivers and personal media players, the circuit protection devices enable safer use of universal chargers....

PoE-PD Controllers Meet Upcoming IEEE Standard

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor introduces its NCP1081 and NCP1083 integrated Power-over-Ethernet Powered Device (PoE-PD)/DC/DC converter controllers that have been verified to meet the upcoming IEEE802.3at standard for high power communications applications. Both devices have also been verified by the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) for the recent draft IEEE 802....

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Modular Antenna Assembly Addresses Automotive Market

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Laird Technologies, Inc. announces its shark fin style modular antenna assembly for automotive vehicles. This patented antenna offers high-performance SDARS, GPS, AMPS and PCS antenna coverage in one compact package. The base module has an low profile design of 16 mm, and is designed to fit multiple vehicle platforms with various roof curvatures....

AC/DC Adapters Target Medical Applications

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power releases its DA12-M series of wall-mount switching adapters for medical and information technology equipment (ITE) applications. These high-density, single output power adapters are capable of delivering 12 V at 12 W total power, and they feature a slim form factor, enabling the use of multiple adapters in dual wall outlet configurations....

FPGA-Computing Boards Support Military/Aerospace Applications

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

BittWare, Inc. releases its S4-AMC (S4AM), a member of the "S4" family of board-level signal processing solutions which leverages Altera Corporation's Stratix IV family of FPGAs. This advanced mezzanine card (AdvancedMC) uses the Altera Stratix IV GX FPGA to provide optimal performance and flexibility....

Small Data Line Chokes Developed for Automotive Electronics

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Epcos, Inc. introduces its SIMDAD 1201 small current-compensated data line chokes for automotive electronics that measure 3.2 × 2.5 × 2.5 mm³. Despite a volume reduction of more than 50% compared with the 1812 case size, good electrical and mechanical parameters have been retained. These chokes cover an inductance range from 11 to 100 µH, and they are designed for continuous temperature of up to 150°C....

Digitally-Controlled Power Supplies Available in Compact Sizes

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power announces its expanded NTS line of 500-W digitally-controlled power supplies with the addition of the NTS505 and NTS508. Intended primarily as medium power front-end units for distributed power systems, NTS500 series AC/DC power supplies offer OEMs optimal power density in a compact 4? × 7? footprint....

How to Specify a Switch for Portable Medical Equipment

February 6, 2009 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

By Jerome Smolinski, C&K Components When specifying switches for portable medical equipment, the two major design considerations are size and reliability. Whereas miniaturization was once the main Figure 1. As one of the smallest top actuated tactile switches available on the market, the KMT Series switch helps reduce the overall size of hearing aids....

CPU Board Designed Industrial Automation and IP Switching Applications

January 14, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron introduces the Kontron CP6001-V, a 6U value line CompactPCI® CPU board specially designed for cost-sensitive industrial applications. Equipped with the 1.86 GHz Intel® Celeron® M processor 440, the Intel® 945GM chipset, up to 4 GB 533 MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM and the ICH7-R IO controller hub, the CP6001-V CompactPCI® board is optimized to provide an impressive cost/performance ratio....

Step-Down Controller for Notebook Power Supplies

January 14, 2009 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces its Model MAX17101 dual, Quick-PWM step-down controller with synchronous rectification for generating 5 V/3.3 V supplies in battery-powered systems. This highly integrated device consists of four output-voltage regulators, allowing it to save space while generating multiple supplies for notebook computers....

CompactPCIT Power Supplies Feature High Efficiency

December 18, 2008 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions introduces three PICMG 2.11 compliant CompactPCI high reliability power supplies. The cPCI-A-3U-300C, cPCI-A-3U 200C AC/DC power supplies and the cPCI-D-3U-300C DC/DC power supply are all housed in industry standard 3U × 8HP enclosures, and they are capable of delivering continuous full power across their -5°C to 55°C operating temperature range....

LDMOS RF Power Transistors Meet Commercial Aerospace Requirements

December 18, 2008 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor introduces its MRF6V4300N high-performance laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) RF power transistor that is optimized for HF to UHF communications. This power transistor is suitable for a range of applications, including radar and air traffic management systems since it provides high gain and efficiency....

Electrically Conductive Film for Use in Medical Devices

November 10, 2008 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Adhesives Research releases its ARcare 95000 electrically conductive film for use in medical devices that require low resistance and reliable Z-axis conductivity. It is a 4 mil (0.10 mm), non-tacky, self-supported, electrically-conductive polymer film with low Z-axis resistance, a feature that is critical for accurate readings in sensitive medical biosensor and device applications....

MEMS Accelerometer Qualifies for Automotive Applications

November 7, 2008 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics' AIS326DQ three-axis MEMS accelerometer meets AEC-Q100 specifications for automotive applications. The 28-pin QFPN-packaged component presents user-selectable full-scale range of ±2 or ±6 g in all three axes, temperature range from -40°C to 105°C, and 10,000 g shock survivability....

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