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Low Profile Modular Jack Components

September 26, 2007 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Serial Analyzers for PCIe 2.0 Provide Power Management and Cross Bus Analysis

September 26, 2007 7:06 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Protective Caps Seal Threaded Connectors

September 26, 2007 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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Cordsets and Receptacles for Factory Automation Equipment

September 26, 2007 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Miniature Aluminium Enclosures Offer Desirable EMC Protection

September 26, 2007 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Integrated Programmable Connectivity Platform Targets Mobile Devices

September 26, 2007 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Closed-loop Fan Controllers and High-end Temperature Sensors

September 26, 2007 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Pressure Transducers Provide a Full Scale Accuracy of 0.25 Percent

September 26, 2007 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

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

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Benefits of Flash EEPROM: Re-programming the End Application Becomes Easy

September 25, 2007 12:42 pm | by Roger Fan, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. | Articles | Comments

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.

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Get a Hardware Head Start

September 25, 2007 12:30 pm | by Get a Hardware Head Start | Articles | Comments

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.

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Flagship MCU Family with Enhanced Performance, Lower Cost

September 25, 2007 12:15 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Low-power Zero Crossover Op Amp for Battery Powered Portable

September 25, 2007 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Three-channel, Constant-Current LED Driver

September 25, 2007 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems introduced a new three-channel constant-current LED driver with on-chip oscillator for simple programmable brightness control. It is typically used to drive a cluster of red/green/blue (RGB) LEDs for one pixel in a large display or a lighting fixture. It precisely controls LED brightness via 10-bit pulse-width modulation (PWM) per channel, complemented by seven-bit analog current control per channel to adjust color balance.

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Clock Distribution Devices Offer HCSL Outputs

September 25, 2007 10:43 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor introduced two clock distribution devices for synchronization of memory modules found in today’s most advanced computing, data storage, networking consumer applications. The NB4N121K and NB4N111K feature differential host clock signaling level (HCSL) outputs and ultra low propagation delay variation for fully buffered dual inline memory module (FBDIMM) applications. The NB4N121K and NB4N111K are 3.3V clock distribution devices with differential HCSL outputs targeted for typical FBDIMM frequencies of 100 MHz, 133 MHz, 166 MHz, 200 MHz, 266 MHz, 333 MHz and 400 MHz

MCU with On-Chip Flash Memory Built with a 90 nm Process

September 25, 2007 10:29 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas added a microcontroller (MCU) to its32-bit SuperH family: the SH72546RFCC, said to be the industry's first MCU with on-chip flash memory built with a 90-nm (nanometer) process node. The device is optimized for the development of control programs for automobile engines, transmissions, and other systems that require real-time control capabilities. It achieves an operating speed of 200 MHz in the high-temperature environment (up to 125°C) required for automotive applications.

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