Winbond Electronics announced what is said to be the industry’s first Serial Flash memory with Quad-SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface). The W25Q16 16-megabit SpiFlash® Memory is the first in a family of high-performance memories ranging from 8 to 64 megabits, and features single, dual and quad I/Os in 8-pin packaging. According to the company, the W25Q16’s Quad-SPI architecture allows for greater than six times the performance of the current generation of Serial Flash memories and offers a true code-execution (XIP) alternative to Parallel-NOR Flash.
Cicoil announces its custom shaped flat silicone cables that allow for precise cable routing without folding, kinking or pinching. The custom shapes also contribute to the elimination of signal failures due to physical stress at the cable connector. Stressing miniaturization and space efficiency, this cable has applications in medical diagnostic equipment, motion control robotics, marine electronics and the automotive industry.
Nextreme developed a miniature, thin film thermoelectric generator (TEG) that converts heat directly into electricity. Ideal for waste heat conversion applications, the solid state TEG delivers power generation densities (>3W/cm2) in excess of those achieved using bulk materials and is optimized to provide power in a form factor that can be as much as 20x thinner than bulk material alternatives, according to the company. Manufactured using semiconductor fabrication techniques, the TEG is scalable, cost-effective, and can be utilized in a broad range of markets and applications
ERNI Electronics announces its line of modular jack components to include low profile versions with integrated magnetic filters. These compact network connectors for heavy-duty applications are resistant to electromagnetic faults, and they are designated for use in compact RJ45 applications compliant with 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Base-T (gigabit) Ethernet.
Tektronix announced new TLA7S16 and TLA7S08 Serial Analyzers for test and validation of PCI Express (PCIe) 1.0 and 2.0 designs. The devices provide detailed PCIe 2.0 protocol information along with cross-bus analysis. The new analyzers plug into the company’s TLA7000 Series logic analyzers, adding the ability to debug and correlate general purpose signals and other system interconnects including memory and computer processors.
Binder-USA announces it’s M8 protective caps that ensure a protection rating of IP67 when applied to unmated connectors. These caps are suitable for use in factory automation and process control applications. They feature a PA (polyamide) body, PUR (polyurethane) retaining strap and a nitrile rubber (NBR) seal.
Turck, Inc. announces its 26 and 28-pin molded M27 multifast connectors that can be used to provide power and signals to factory automation equipment in the automotive, semiconductor and material handling industries. They are replacements for D-Sub (DB-25) style connectors in industrial settings where DB-25 connectors are limited to 30V and low current.
TEKO launched its MINITEKAL range of miniature aluminium enclosures. These versatile and robust housings have been designed for easy assembly of the electronics. The all-aluminium design allows good levels of EMC protection to be implemented. Typical applications will include small hand-held measurement devices, low power Radio equipment, power supplies, peripherals, monitoring systems and detection devices.
QuickLogic announced an integrated programmable connectivity solution platform targeting mobile devices. The revolutionary ArcticLink platform embeds high performance controllers, a programmable fabric for implementing additional controllers and peripheral connectivity, as well as a selectable processor interface in a single, small form factor low power device.
SMSC announced the introduction of its new family of fan controllers, the EMC210x family, with four new devices (EMC2103, EMC2104, EMC2105 and EMC2106) featuring technologies that employ RPM closed-loop control and manage multiple temperatures. In addition, SMSC is launching three new SMBus temperature sensors (EMC1046, EMC1047 and EMC1428) for systems requiring a high level of temperature monitoring.
Gems Sensors & Controls introduced the 3100 Series Pressure Transducers which provide a full scale accuracy of 0.25 percent. Long term drift is limited to 0.1 percent over the full scale per year. This performance and stability is achieved using sputtered thin film sensing technology, and has less than 1" in diameter, weighing 32g
When compared to one time programmable (OTP) or read only memory (ROM) microcontrollers (MCUs), a flash memory-based MCU is distinguished by its ability to be reprogrammed. Many applications today need memory not only for storing the application program but also for storing data, which may need to be updated from time to time and must be retained in the application system, even after power off. For example, with a remote control, the user does not want to lose the preferred settings every time the battery is changed. External serial EEPROM can serve this purpose well, but adding another component to the system means higher system cost, a larger board footprint and degraded system reliability. An MCU with reprogrammable flash memory is a good choice for such an application, particularly if the application program needs a periodic upgrade to a newer version with enhanced features.
The Connect ME JumpStart development kit from Digi International includes a Comment ME module and development board. Software provides a 90-day evaluation version of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 Professional and the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework SDK plug-in for Visual Studio. This kit provides a quick and easy way to investigate .NET Micro Framework and its related tools and to build an embedded product that requires an Ethernet connection.
STMicroelectronics released a new version of its 32-bit ARM9-based STR910F flash microcontrollers. Through technology enhancements, the new STR910FA delivers 25 percent greater system performance at a more competitive price, compared to the previous STR910F devices. The STR910F microcontroller Series with Ethernet, USB and CAN interfaces plus desirable on-chip SRAM and Flash memory, has received a performance enhancement.
Texas Instruments introduced a low power zero-crossover operational amplifier (op amp). Featuring a unique single-input-stage architecture, the OPA369 achieves rail-to-rail performance without input crossover to solve the common design problem of input offset distortion due to the change in common mode voltage that is very prominent in low-voltage, rail-to-rail applications.