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SMH: Wringing the Power Consumption Out of That FPGA

July 2, 2008 11:24 am | Articles | Comments

Computationally intensive DSP functions often require hardware acceleration. Increasingly, designers are implementing their DSP algorithms in FPGAs because they offer better performance than DSP processors. Benchmarks show that FPGAs execute turbocoding, GPS correlation, H264 and other DSP functions much more quickly than DSPs.

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Socket Features POP Memory

July 2, 2008 11:18 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Including a 12-mm2 POP memory on top with a pitch of 0.500 mm and 23 × 23 array, Ironwood Electronic’s SG-BGA-7116 0.400-mm BGA IC socket measures 12 mm2, has a pitch of 0.500 mm, and 28 × 28 ball array in a Samsung 12-mm2 168-ball fine pitch ball grid array package. The device operates at bandwidths up to 40 GHz with insertion loss less than 1 dB and contact resistance

Connectors Target Removable Storage Applications

July 2, 2008 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Working well in removable storage applications, FCI’s iVDR (information versatile disk for removable usage) connector contributes to standardizing data platforms in media cartridges, internal port terminations, and auto-loading mechanisms in host applications. The hard-disk or solid-state device provides a single row of 26

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Oscilloscope Operates With 6 GHz of Bandwidth

July 2, 2008 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Equipped with a 15.3 in, 16:9 display and a touch screen, the WavePro7 from Lecroy Corporation, is the first product series in the Zi Family of oscilloscopes. Operating with up to 6 GHz of bandwidth, the device can also be

Five Megapixel Camera Equipped With a Camera Link Interface

July 2, 2008 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering thermal management and pre-processing for sensor operation, Sony's BM-599CL and BB-500CL, are two versions of a five megapixel camera that are equipped with a Camera Link interface. Both models are built around the Sony ICX625 2/3" CCD sensor (2448 x 2050 pixels - QSXGA) and are mid-range cameras. Potential applications for the cameras include:

Industry Focus- Wireless USB's Easy Data Transfer in Consumer Electronics

July 2, 2008 6:51 am | Articles | Comments

The growing multimedia capabilities of consumer electronics are placing new demands on bulk data transfer between devices. Now WiMedia-standard Ultra Wideband (UWB) is entering the mainstream in laptops and computer peripherals, so consumers can easily transfer files without complex network configuration, and without cables.

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Multi-Chip White LED Delivers up to 790 Lumens

July 2, 2008 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the same 7 x 9-mm footprint as its single-emitter predecessor, the multi-chip XLamp MC-E LED integrates four emitters to provide up to 790 lumens at 6,000K and up to 605 lumens at 3,000K with an input power of 9.8 W. The devices are available in color temperature ranges of 2,600K to 3,700K, 3,700K to 5,000K, or 5,000K to 10,000K.

Embedded Systems: ESC Update

July 1, 2008 12:50 pm | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

If you have not recently--or ever--attended the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, you owe it to yourself and your company to go. This conference and its many exhibits give you opportunities to talk with colleagues and technical experts. Unlike some shows, vendors send their engineering gurus to ESC, so when you stop at an exhibit you can talk about hardware and software with fellow engineers who speak your languages. You will get a taste of some of the products introduced at ESC in this column. Our online column includes information about more new products announced at the show.

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On acronyms, jargon, and terminology

July 1, 2008 11:38 am | Articles | Comments

Every special-interest group has their own language, and only part of the reason is to exclude others from the conversation. Jargon also helps define common terms necessary to conduct business or discuss philosophies and procedures within the group. Engineering is a very special discipline, and EEs are a further esoteric subset with its own plethora of acronyms, slang and terms.

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Switching Supplies Meet EMC Requirements

July 1, 2008 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meeting EMC noise performance requirements, Astrodyne’s ECA30 Series encapsulated switching power supplies accepts universal input from 90 to 264 VAC and provides output power of 30 W with single, dual, and triple outputs from 5 to 48 VDC. The RoHS 2002/95/EC-compliant devices operate over an ambient temperature range from -10°C to 50°C. The UL/EN60950-1-specified

DSP Builder features Second-Generation Model-Based Synthesis Technology

July 1, 2008 10:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring second-generation model-based synthesis technology, the DSP Builder Version 8.0 fro Altera, increases productivity for DSP designs by an order of magnitude. This technology allows DSP designers to  generate timing-optimized RTL code based on Simulink design descriptions. With this Builder feature, designers can acquire

Dual-SMBus Microcontroller Supports 400 Kbps per Side

July 1, 2008 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

With two system management buses (SMBus), Silicon Storage Technology’s SST89C58RC FlashFlex 8-bit microcontroller family supports up to 400 Kbps data throughput in each bus. The 6-mm2 QFN-packaged devices yield operating voltages from 2.7 to 5.5 V and 1 KB on-chip RAM. The microcontrollers

MOSFET Driver Delivers 5A for DC/DC converters

July 1, 2008 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Designed to drive upper and lower power N-Channel MOSFETs in a synchronous converter, the LTC4447 from Linear Technology, can deliver 5A for buck or boost DC/DC converters. This driver, combined with power MOSFETs and one of Linear Technology's DC/DC controllers, forms a complete synchronous regulator that can be used as a step-down or step-up DC/DC converter. The device drives both

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Innovative Technology to Maximize Output of Solar Panels

July 1, 2008 6:14 am | by Jason Lomberg | Blogs | Comments

In 1839, French physicist Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered the “photovoltaic” effect, or the natural phenomenon which allows the conversion of solar into electrical energy. Over the next 150 years, this inexorably led to solar-powered satellites, solar cars, and solar-panel technology for domestic use. Among their many strengths, financial savings (after the initial investment), environmental conservation, and minimal upkeep, solar panels always suffered weaknesses inherent in a technology that relies on a giant ball of ionized gas 150 million kilometers away.

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Power Supplies Offer Constant Current or Voltage

July 1, 2008 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Housed in 1U-high aluminum cases and providing up to 450 W, the WL7 Series of switchmode power supplies from Acopian have a constant voltage/constant current crossover, and both voltage and current can be programmed with 0- to 10-V control voltages.

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