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Power-Saver Equalizers Enhance Data Transmission Reach of FR-4 Backplanes

August 30, 2007 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DS38EP100 power-saver equalizer from National Semiconductor can equalize 40" of FR-4 printed circuit board (PCB) at a data transmission rate of 3.125 Gbps. National’s DS38EP100 and DS80EP100 require no power or ground routing, and they accept any high-speed differential signal technology including current-mode logic (CML), low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) and low-voltage positive emitter coupled logic (LVPECL).

High-precision Programmable Gain Amplifier

August 30, 2007 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor introduced what is said to be the industry’s highest-precision programmable gain amplifier (PGA) for sensor interface applications and data acquisition systems targeting the industrial and instrumentation markets. The LMP8100A provides 0.03 percent gain accuracy using a software adjustable gain (in 1V/V increments) from 1V/V to 16V/V over the

Moving forward

August 30, 2007 7:06 am | by Alix Paultre, Director of Business Development, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Editor’s note: It is with great pleasure that I welcome Alix Paultre to the cast of characters at ECN. I’m handing over this bit of print real estate to Alix this month — but it’s only a one-month rental. See you next month! Cheers…Aimee Kalnoskas, editor-in-chief


Ethernet Adoption Encourages Open Protocols

August 30, 2007 5:49 am | by Robert Jackson, PAC and HMI product manager, National Instruments, and Alex McCarthy, instrument control senior product manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

Engineers and system designers can exchange information around the world using instant messaging, Web browsers, and e-mail protocols based on Ethernet. The impact on our daily jobs is part of a larger trend described in the book The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman. Friedman describes how broad Ethernet adoption, combined with open protocols and widely adopted platforms such as the World Wide Web, causes a dramatic shift in the global economy. In his words, the global economy is becoming “flat.” In addition to delivering data in the global economy, Ethernet is well suited for distributed test and industrial automation systems. New Ethernet standards have increased bandwidth from 10 Mb/s in 1983 to 1 Gb/s in 1998. It will take several years for the new 10GBASE-T standard (2006) to reach comparable price points with the currently deployed 1GBASE-T and 100BASE-T standards. With Ethernet, as well as PCI Express and USB, industrial automation and test systems can operate with higher performance at lower costs.


Three Channel, High Voltage, LED Driver Features Integrated, Current Regulating Switch

August 30, 2007 5:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex introduced the HV9980 three channel, high voltage, LED driver IC. The IC is well suited for both LCD and DLP television applications. It features three channels of peak current mode control including a switch for regulating the LED current, enabling 95 percent efficiency in DLP television applications. Each channel features an integrated, 160V, 25? MOSFET and individual PWM and linear dimming inputs.  The fast, well-controlled transient response of the devices peak current mode control enables

DSP Devices In Production

August 29, 2007 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Xilinx announced the availability of production qualified Spartan(TM)-3A DSP devices. The DSP platform offers 20 GMACs for under $30 for a wide range of low cost, data intensive applications including wireless, video surveillance, personal medical and consumer applications. The Spartan-3A DSP platform is part of the Xilinx XtremeDSP family that provides


Narrowband Wireless IC for M2M Applications

August 29, 2007 12:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CML Microcircuits’ CMX990 is an advanced single-chip RF transceiver with integrated GMSK data modem, which is targeted at global narrowband M2M (machine to machine) products. This half-duplex IC offers a baseband modem, IF and RF processing functions, programmable synthesisers, signal-level setting functions and comprehensive on-chip and peripheral control, monitoring and interfacing. The CMX990 offers

Audio controller Chip for Skype Phones and VoIP Peripherals

August 29, 2007 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Winbond Electronics introduced the W681308, an integrated USB audio controller for all application segments of a Skype or other PC-based VoIP system from wired and wireless ISB handsets, to USB speaker phones, to PSTN/USB dual mode phones, to USB PSTN gateways and ISB analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs) to the wireless USB 2.4 GHz base/handset.


Eight-bit, 2.2 Gsps ADC Samples Input Frequencies Beyond 2 GHz

August 29, 2007 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products’ MAX109 eight-bit, 2.2 Gsps analog-to-digital converter (ADC) offers desirable wideband dynamic performance that has been optimized for capturing input frequencies in the second Nyquist zone. Fabricated using an advanced SiGe process, the ADC integrates a high-performance track/hold (T/H) amplifier, a quantizer, and a 1:4 demultiplexer on a single monolithic die.

Sixteen-bit ADC Upgrades System Accuracy

August 29, 2007 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology introduced the LTC2450, a 16-bit delta sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in a 2 mm <times> 2 mm DFN package that is said to enable performance upgrades to lower resolution systems. The LTC2450 achieves desirable 16-bit DC performance of 2 LSB integral nonlinearity error, 1.4 µVrms noise and 0.01 percent gain error. The small size and guaranteed 16-bit resolution allows

Software Defined Radios Adapt to Change

August 29, 2007 11:53 am | by Murat Bicer, Software Defined Radio Group, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Evolving communications technologies require systems that can support many existing and emerging standards. By implementing communication functions in software, designers can build such “future-proof” communications, called software defined radios (SDRs). Software tools must let developers work at a high level of abstraction so they can port reusable code to other systems. But even though SDRs depend on software for their agility, they still require hardware in the form of switch fabrics, high-speed interconnects, and heterogeneous processor architectures that include FPGAs.

Single-Chip, Three-input HDMI 1.3a Receiver Supports 36-bit Deep Color at 1080p

August 29, 2007 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vativ Technologies announced the sample availability of the VTV2313 receiver supporting the features introduced in the HDMI 1.3a specification. The VTV2313 supports xvYCC and up to 36-bit deep color at 1080p and UXGA resolutions. Maximum bandwidth supported by the receiver is 6.75 Gbps at 225 MHz. Used primarily in high-definition televisions and displays, Vativ’s integrated three-input, single output receivers

Encapsulated 10A DC/DC Switching Regulator System for Military Applications

August 29, 2007 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology's LTM4600HVMPV is a complete and encapsulated 10A switching DC/DC regulator system and the first device in a new family of µModule (micromodule) DC/DC regulators for rugged military and avionics applications. The device is fully tested over the temperature range of -55°C to 125°C, and it is offered in a 15 mm x 15 mm x 2.8 mm Military Plastic LGA (Land Grid Array) package.


Sidebar: What is the Software Defined Radio Forum?

August 29, 2007 10:58 am | by Jon Titus | Articles | Comments

The Software Defined Radio Forum is an industry association that promotes the development and deployment of reconfigurable radio systems. The group includes 100 member organizations involved with commercial, defense and civilian communications. Members' activities include wireless services, network operations, public-safety communications, and hardware and software developments.

Ceramic Filter Product Line

August 29, 2007 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

MtronPTI introduces its ceramic filter line that features products with frequencies from 300 MHz to 6 GHz with a 1 percent to 40 percent bandwidth. Products are tailored to customers’ needs, and they are offered in custom packages with RoHS compliance. These ceramic filter products are used in applications such as base stations, up/down converters, modems, receivers, transceivers, VSATs (very small aperture terminals), satellite terminals, modulators, demodulators and gateways.


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