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Tiny Triple-Output LED Driver with I2C Interface

July 20, 2007 10:08 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor introduced the NCP5623 – a high efficiency triple output LED driver with I2C interface and built-in gradual dimming. The device is specifically designed to drive tricolor RGB (red, green, blue) LEDs for fun lighting or enhanced LCD backlighting in portable applications such as cell phones and MP3 players. Offered in the compact LLGA-12 package, the device is said to be the smallest RGB LED charge pump driver housed in a non-bump plastic package. The driver performs autonomous operations upon the command of

IC Power Management Requires a Careful Balancing Act

July 20, 2007 7:56 am | by Arvind Narayanan, Product Director, Magma Design Automation | Articles | Comments

As the electronics industry moves to new IC-fabrication technologies, chip designers must deal with tighter power specifications and with new power constraints. In large and complex designs, implementing a reliable power network and minimizing power loss have become major challenges for design teams.

Spring Contact is Vibration Resistant

July 20, 2007 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIA CONNECT, Inc. introduced the ASM01Y spring contact is a single pole, vibration resistant, SMD which allows for a solderless termination. The construction allows the connection of pinned components and individual solid wires ranging in size from 18 to 14 AWG, or stranded wires with ferrules. The device is suitable for SMT applications and is available in tape and reel. The device is THR compatible and can withstand soldering temperatures of 290°C for 90 seconds


Power Efficient Monitor Accurately Measures Short Circuit Current

July 19, 2007 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ZXCT1050 current monitor from Zetex Semiconductors ensures accurate current measurement, even if the load is short-circuited, while improving overall power efficiency. Able to operate on both high and low sides of the load, the monitor supports dynamic output current limitation circuits in a broad range of applications, from power supply bricks to motor control circuits. Efficient, at 50 µA the quiescent current is 10 times less than that of larger packaged alternatives

Dust Proof and Water Resistant Pushbutton Switch

July 19, 2007 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phaseda LLC announced the HY52 pushbutton switch. This switch is rated IP54 and offers protection against dust and water without external PVC cap. It boasts high electrical rating up to 20A 125V AC with UL approval, suitable for many power applications, like power tools, battery powered toy cars and vacuum cleaners. This switch snaps into industrial standard panel cut-out size. The function includes DPST, SPST On/Off and

Portable Power Concerns Aren't New

July 18, 2007 12:04 pm | Blogs | Comments

Op-Ed: My hobby outside of life at ECN is collecting and restoring vintage computers. I write a blog about the hobby and, for my personal collection, I focus on portable systems. Last week I interviewed Henry Laxen who ran software development for a small company called Friends Amis in the early-to-mid 1980s.  Friends Amis designed the Hand Held Computer


Analyzers for Testing of P25 and TETRA Systems

July 18, 2007 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduced the S311D/S312D Site Master cable and antenna analyzers that combine a wide frequency of 2 MHz to 1600 MHz, ease of use, and high accuracy in a portable, rugged design that weighs less than 5 pounds. Developed to test the RF performance of P25 and TETRA systems in the VHF/UHF, 400 MHz, and 700 MHz to 800 MHz bands, the analyzer is suited for Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and Public Safety system technicians and engineers. The device’s high sensitivity allows them to identify poor connections, damaged cables, water penetration, and

105V High Side Current Sense Amplifier with 10uV Offset and Zero Drift

July 18, 2007 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announced the LTC6102, the most precise high side current sense amplifier available, according to the company. Maximum input offset voltage is 10 uV and it can accept differential sense voltages up to 2V. The resulting 106 dB of dynamic range allows it to resolve micro-amps from amps of current. The precision of the device is bolstered by a near zero guaranteed input offset drift of less than 50 nV/°C and a guaranteed input bias current of less than 3 nA


Barrier Strip EMI Filtered Terminal Blocks Offer 90° Lead Bends

July 18, 2007 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Control, Inc. introduced a custom EMI filtered barrier strip terminal block with pre-bent leads to allow for easier installation on printed circuit boards (PCBs). These terminal blocks are appropriate for filtering power supplies in telecommunications equipment, metering, instrumentation, EDP equipment and industrial controls. The barrier strip filtered terminal block is designed to provide desirable EMI/RFI filtering of AC and DC power and control lines, and it is UL recognized and CSA approved for DC voltages, has a

Self-Clinching Steel Locknuts Meet Demanding Locking Performance Requirements

July 17, 2007 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEM Tri-Dent self-clinching steel locknuts incorporate a unique locking feature to meet demanding locking performance requirements and promote reliability of locking threads for thin-metal component assemblies. Their TRI-DENT locking feature can achieve locking torque specifications ranging from (maximum torque) 5.75 in. lbs./0.67 N•m to 35 in. lbs./4 N•m and (minimum torque) 0.4 in. lbs./0.04 N•m to 3.75 in. lbs./0.30 N•m, depending on fastener thread size

ATCA Node Features the Second-generation AMD Opteron Processor

July 17, 2007 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Diversified Technology announced the ATC6231, a dual-core Second Generation AMD Opteron processor-based Node Board designed for the next generation of telecom applications. The PICMG 3.1 compliant processor blade is equipped with Second-Generation AMD Opteron processor Model 2210, each with 2MB L2 cache and support for up to 8 GB of memory per processor interface. It uses a high I/O bandwidth (HyperTransport technology link interface), Broadcom HT2100 and HT1000 server-class chipset.

SBC Upgraded for Extended Life

July 17, 2007 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems Corporation announced an upgrade to the Hercules EBX Single Board Computer, extending the life of the product through 2010 and providing a migration path for end-of-life EBX and EPIC SBCs which utilized Via Eden processors or Intel Celeron/Pentium III processors with the Via Twister-T chipset. Ths SBC retains the footprint, mounting holes, I/O, connectors, connector locations and pin definitions of the earlier model.

PC/104 Digital Boards Provide 48 Isolated Digital Outputs

July 17, 2007 9:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O’s 104-DID-48 Series PC-104 isolated digital I/O boards feature 48 individually optically isolated digital inputs and are suited for use in control and instrumentation applications where high-voltage protection is required. Individual channel-to-channel isolation allows every channel to be physically and electrically separated from the others.


Fanless Top-hat Rail PC with Two Cores

July 17, 2007 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron introduced the ThinkIO-Duo, the latest model in its top-hat, fanless PC range. This modular (70 mm deep/35 mm slot level) PC is equipped with an Intel Core Duo U2500 processor with a clock rate of 2 ×1.2 GHz and 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM. Along with high computing performance and internal Flash (512MB/2GB), this passively-cooled PC offers a customizable CompactFlash socket for data storage or backups/updates, 512KB non-volatile memory and all the standard PC interfaces (2 × USB 2.0, RS232, DVI-I)

PICMG 1.0 Full-size SBC Based on 965 Chipset

July 17, 2007 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology introduced the NuPRO-852 PICMG 1.0 full-size SBC featuring dual-channel DDR2 memory at speeds of 533/667 MHz,the Intel GMA 3000 graphics core architecture providing up to 2,048 ×1,536 resolution with 10.6 BG/s peak memory bandwidth, a Front Side Bus to connect the CPU and memory at 1,066 MHz and several processor options: Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium D, Pentium 4 and Celeron D.


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