Competitive telecom businesses have realized they can no longer design proprietary hardware. In response to this changed business climate, members of the PICMG, a consortium of industrial-computer vendors, developed PICMG 3.0, or the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA). Marc LeClaire, a product manager in the Advanced Blades and Servers Division at Kontron, stressed that the ATCA standard covers boards, enclosures, interconnections, communications, and other architectural components. "Designers must think of the ATCA as a complete architecture, not simply as a bus."
For years, synchronous parallel buses have served as the media for data exchange between digital devices. Timing issues, however, plague parallel buses at high clock frequencies and data rates, and limit their capability to keep up with demands of higher-speed computers. Over the past few years, serial-bus technology has advanced the computer industry because serial buses send self-clocking bit streams that eliminate skew associated with parallel buses. As a result, serial data rates have risen above 1 Gbits/sec. and newer implementations approach 3 to 6 Gbits/sec. As multi-gigabit data rates become common, however, signal integrity -- the quality of signal needed to properly transmit data to an IC -- becomes a paramount concern for designers.
MEN Micro Inc., announced the M36N M-Module, an analog input mezzanine board that provides high resolution and precise data acquisition for analog signals found throughout automation, measuring and simulation applications. Available in 16- or 18-bit versions, it can be used as an I/O extension for CompactPCI, PCI, PXI or VME embedded systems as well as on stand-alone single board
Power Sources Unlimited announced the N2Power XL275 Series of ultra small, highly efficient (up to 90 percent) AC/DC power supplies which pack 275W of power into a 12.22W/cubic inch power density, fitting into industry standard 1U OEM applications or any application where space is critical. The series features a universal 90V AC to 264V AC input with active PFC
Productive Product: Not everyone can live in a solar-powered European city or build a solar-powered cubist house, but Iqua Ltd.'s solar Bluetooth headset will soon be available to all, the Register reports. Will it work when the skies are cloudy or dark? Will it have comparable sound quality and between-charges life to standard headsets? Will it cause any sunburn on your ear?
LEDtronics announced their PAR36 Series Marker Lamps and Floodlights designed as an energy-saving substitute for PAR36 sealed beam lamps. suitable industrial vehicles, golf carts, architectural accent lighting, low-heat medical spotlighting, emergency egress lighting systems, landscape lighting, and other utilizations. The lamp can be a direct drop-in replacement for 12/14V DC, 6V DC and 120V AC PAR36 incandescent lamps.
Taiyo Yuden announced the NR6045T series of 6 mm x 6 mm x 4.5 mm wire-wound power inductors for DC/DC converter choke coil applications in LCD / plasma TVs and other flat panel displays (FPDs). The 14 models in the offer a selection of low DC resistance (0.014O to 0.5O), high inductance (1.0 µH to 100 µH) and high current ratings (0.8 – 8.5A). The device offers
Energy News: More from the NREL: they announced that a photovoltaics start-up, Wakonda Technologies, is the winner of the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year award. Wakona's name derives from a native American word regarding spirit and nature; they're working on thin films of gallium arsenide for solar cell substrates. Typically thin-film
Fairchild Semiconductor’s highly integrated Green FPS power switch, the FSFR2100, increases power efficiency and system reliability, and reduces design time in resonant converter designs such as telecom power, high end audio amplifiers, large size laser printers and LCD and PDP TV power supplies. The IC features a zero voltage switching (ZVS) technique that reduces switching losses in MOSFETs and rectifiers.
Bravo Electro Components introduces its XUP Series of Modular / Configurable Power Supplies. The low noise/ripple of less than 10 mV(typical) and wide operating temperature of -40°C to +75°C make these suitable for sensitive equipment in harsh environments. The power supplies are SEMI F47 compliant making them a suitable for semiconductor manufacturing equipment use.
Everlight introduced a family of 6-pin DIP phototransistor optocouplers featuring awide operating temperature range (-55°C to +110°C), low-profile surface mount availability (S1 option at 3.9 mm max), high collector-emitter breakdown voltage (min BVceo = 80V), high-isolation voltage (5 kVrms), more than 7 mm creepage distance, as well as a wide selection of
Tyco Electronics announced an addition to its popular PolySwitch resettable PPTC (polymeric positive temperature coefficient) devices surface-mount product family. Suitable for the latest generation of high frequency data ports, I/O ports and storage devices, the picoSMD035F offers circuit designers the smallest PPTC overcurrent protection device available for consumer and computer electronics, according to the company. The 0805 (2012 mm) EIA compliant form factor of the picoSMD device consumes
Taiyo Yuden introduced its LS6D0812A-RH low-profile DC-to-AC inverters for driving cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) in liquid crystal display (LCD) backlighting applications. It is designed specifically for use with 10" to 15" industrial-grade LCD panels widely used in medical electronics, machine tools, digital signage, point-of-sale / kiosks, touch-screen and test and measurement equipment applications. The device provides
Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced a handheld, battery-operated cable and antenna tester for field engineers and technicians. The Agilent N9330A is a cost-effective, easy-to-use instrument that delivers basic test functionality. It is suitable for installation and maintenance of wireless service (GSM / CDMA / 3G / PHS / wireless LAN), military communications, broadcasting and radio links.
Phoenix Contact’s SPT 5 PCB terminal blocks provide fast wiring of conductors for power applications. A zigzag pin design allows for an unrestricted 600V and 35A UL capability with a pitch of just 7.5 mm. It is a fixed, one-piece printed circuit terminal block with a spring-cage wire termination design. Solid conductors and stranded conductors with ferrules can be applied without the use of tools; simply push the conductor into the spring-cage connection.