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SATA Compliance Test Software Enables 6-Gb/s Measurements

February 20, 2009 5:50 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Performing in Infiniium oscilloscopes, Agilent Technologies’ N5411B SATA compliance test software provides early 6-Gb/s physical layer transmitter measurements for users designing to the requirements of the SATA Revision 3.0 specification. The product test general specifications, transmitted signal requirements, and

Light-Load Regulators Address POL Applications

February 20, 2009 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using the company’s Simple Light Load Mode (SLLM) technology along with current-mode PWM control, the BD91x Series of point-of-load (POL) step-down switching regulators from ROHM Semiconductor are presented as having an efficiency improvement of up to 200% over devices using standard PWM controllers. The SLLM technique enables BD91x series regulators to seamlessly transfer to / from conventional PWM control depending on load conditions.

Enclosure Design: Integrating Aesthetics and Functionality

February 20, 2009 5:22 am | by Dan Farrar, Polycase | Articles | Comments

Enclosure manufacturers strive to anticipate the demands of the electronics marketplace with state-of-the-art enclosure designs. The challenge is for designers to develop products with unique features that meet customers’ needs, yet still appeal to the broadest market possible. With this in mind, manufacturers endeavor to engineer enclosures with features, options and accessories that provide a breadth of solutions specific to customers’ applications.

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LED Emitters Deliver 87 lm

February 20, 2009 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a 5-mm × 4-mm × 1.85-mm SOP package with a 165° viewing angle, Avago Technologies’ ASMT-Jx1x 1-W LED emitters yield a flux output of up to 87 lm at 350 mA. The moisture sensitivity level-one (MSL 1)-capable devices present a maximum allowable junction temperature of 150°C, ESD resistance of 16 kV, and color options including red, amber, green, blue, cool white, neutral white, and

CMOS Image Sensors Function Down to 15 cm

February 20, 2009 4:49 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Combining on-chip Extended-Depth-of-Field (EDoF) with ST’s 1.75 µm pixel process, STMicroelectronics’ VD6853 and VD6803 3.15-megapixel CMOS image sensors enable image quality at focus distances down to 15 cm in phone cameras. The components embed 4-channel anti-vignette, and come in a TSV

Software Serves Mobile Applications

February 20, 2009 4:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Optimized for Micron’s ONFI-standard single-level cell (SLC) NAND technology, Micron Technology’s NANDcode software supports mobile OSs including Windows Mobile 6, Linux, and Symbian. The product contains a flash translation layer (FTL) that employs

COTS Military Computer Uses MIL-STD-D38999 Connectors

February 19, 2009 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting military defense electronics, Adlink Technology’s MilSystem 800 Extreme Rugged COTS military computer utilizes MIL-STD-D38999 connectors instead of PC-style connectors. The device consists of the Ampro by ADLINK LittleBoard 800 SBC in a 8” × 10” × 3” MIL-STD-810-tested RuffSystem enclosure, and the system supports

Sensor Zone: March 2009

February 19, 2009 10:37 am | by Tony Beswick, Russ Petrucci and Phil Slater, Morgan Technical Ceramics | Articles | Comments

Piezoelectric ceramic components composed of Lead Zirconate Titanates (PZT) have enabled many recent technological innovations in the automobile industry.  PZT components can be found throughout many state-of-the-art vehicles, enhancing safety, performance, energy-efficiency and comfort. For example, you will find PZT sensors under the hood detecting engine knocking, PZT transducers in the gas tank measuring the fuel level, PZT actuators operating valves

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Starter Kit Enables FPGA-based Prototyping Designs

February 19, 2009 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use with Libero development tools, Actel’s IGLOO nano starter kit can be used for prototyping designs targeted to IGLOO or ProASIC3 nano FPGAs. The product includes a development board with an IGLOO

Modules Automate Key Measurement and Analysis Tasks

February 19, 2009 8:35 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

The DPOxAUDIO and DPOxPWR triggering and analysis modules from Tektronix are designed to automate key measurement and analysis tasks on digital audio buses and switch-mode power supplies. Features include the Wave Inspector search/navigation toolset and the TekVPI probe interface

Load Regulator Supports Appliances and Handheld Products

February 19, 2009 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering up to 1.5-A output current, the MIC23150 HyperLight Load Regulator from Micrel supports portable products and green home/office appliances. Features include: 23 Micro Amps of quiescent current, 93 percent peak efficiency, 87 percent efficiency under a 1 mA load, operating input supply range from 2.7 V to 5.5 V

Design Talk: Mechatronics

February 19, 2009 8:04 am | Articles | Comments

More than 50 million people in the United States have disabilities, a number that is growing rapidly as the population ages. This growth has sparked renewed interest in developing more sophisticated assistive technologies to enable an oftentimes disabling environment. This growth presents semiconductor suppliers with an opportunity to enable this field

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POL Voltage Regulators Boast Benchmark Efficiency

February 19, 2009 7:56 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting energy-efficient server, storage and netcom applications, International Rectifier’s Gen2 SupIRBuck POL voltage regulators deliver 4-A, 8-A, and 12-A output current with benchmark efficiency over the entire load range, according to the company. The 5-mm × 6-mm devices exhibit an input voltage range from 1.5 V to

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Digital Pressure Gauge Uses Five-Digit Display

February 19, 2009 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leveraging MEMS-based sensing technology, Automation Products Group’s PG5 digital pressure gauge utilizes a 5-digit display with 0.40” characters. The device delivers 0.01-digit resolution through 100 psi, has ranges from vacuum to 500 psi and from 0 psi to 10,000 psi at ±0.25% accuracy of full scale. The unit incorporates a 9-V battery for self-powering; an all-stainless steel sensor, and a microprocessor-based circuit with

Planetary Gearbox Touts High Reduction Ratios

February 19, 2009 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for Pittman brand DC motors, AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products’ G30A planetary gearbox achieves reduction ratios to 46,656:1 in 4:1, 5:1, and 6:1 multiples. The device presents maximum load capabilities from 106 oz/in. (0.750 N/m) for 1-stage models to 1.250 oz/in. (8.800 N/m) for versions with

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