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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.

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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.

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.

Power MOSFETs Specify On-Resistance at 1.2V Gate-to-Source Voltage

September 25, 2007 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology announced what are said to be the industry’s first power MOSFETs with on-resistance ratings at a 1.2V gate-to-source voltage in portable electronic systems. The devices bring the MOSFET turn-on voltage into alignment with the 1.2V to 1.3V operating voltages of digital ICs used in mobile electronics, enabling safer and more reliable designs. The TrenchFETs eliminate the need for an extra conversion stage in battery-operated systems with a core voltage lower than 1.8V.

Three-D Comb Filter Front End Processor

September 25, 2007 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced a second-generation, high-performance 3D comb filter front-end processor targeted at advanced analog and digital televisions, audio/video systems, set-top boxes and other video-processing systems. The TC90103AFG integrates a 3D comb filter for NTSC, a multi-standard three-line comb filter, 3D noise-reduction functions, a digital multi-standard decoder and 5 Mb of embedded DRAM for frame-buffer memory in a compact 144-pin LQFP package.

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Low Noise, 1.1A LDO Offers High Power Density

September 25, 2007 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announced the LT1965, a low noise, low voltage 1.1A LDO with high power density. It features low dropout voltage of 300 mV at full load, with wide VIN capability of 1.8V to 20V and low adjustable output from 1.2V to 19.5V. Ultra-low output noise of only 40 µVRMS reduces noise in instrumentation, RF, DSP and logic supply systems and is beneficial for post-regulating switching power supplies.

Enclosures Users Can Wear and Store

September 25, 2007 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

OKW introduced a new belt/wall clip accessory for its SOFT-CASE Series which allows the enclosures to be worn on a belt and then stored on a wall, or in a cabinet, after use. With this new accessory part, the enclosures can be used for mobile electronics that are worn by a series of users and then returned to a store area after a given period, for example data logging, inventory management, medical and wellness devices and guided tour systems.

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IGBT Enhances Efficiency in Low-Frequency Industrial Applications

September 25, 2007 9:37 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Productive Product: Fairchild Semiconductor’s 600V/30A IGBT, the FGH30N60LSD, addresses the need for low conduction losses in low-frequency (50 Hz to 400 Hz) industrial applications such as solar inverters, welding machines and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Featuring extremely low saturation voltage

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Test Options for 3G Radio Communications Analyzers

September 25, 2007 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces three options for its MT8820B/MT8815B radio communication analyzers that allow for fast and efficient testing of TD-SCDMA 3G mobile terminals. The MT8820B-007/MT8815B-007 TD-SCDMA measurement hardware, MX882007C TD-SCDMA measurement software and the MX882007C-001 TD-SCDMA voice codec options complement the inherent testing advantages of the analyzers to provide manufacturers with an efficient test tool for conducting call-processing, RF Rx/Tx and voice tests of TD-SCDMA mobile terminals.

Analog/Mixed-Signal Test System

September 25, 2007 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

FETtest announces its AMX400, a modular, high-performance system for production analog/mixed-signal test applications. It offers a variety of instrumentation options, software for enterprise-wide test environments and support for avariety of devices. From wafer sort to final test, the system supports parallel testing of up to 32 multi-sites with 96 pin analog/digital stimulus/measure, software for test development and production test management and execution.

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Quartz Frequency Standard Features 1 pps Tracking

September 25, 2007 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Novatech Instruments, Inc. introduces its Model 2960AX disciplined quartz frequency standard. This bench-top instrument provides a way to generate precise frequency reference signals for laboratory equipment and communication systems. Containing an ovenized quartz crystal time-base, it has a stability of better than ±5 × 10-11 per day when disciplined to a 1 pps source.

Four-Channel Jitter Tolerance Test Systems

September 25, 2007 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces its MU181000B 12.5 GHz four-port synthesizer, the MU181000A/B-001 jitter modulation option and the MX180005A jitter application software for its MP1800A signal quality analyzer series. These options allow the series to conduct accurate jitter tolerance measurements on devices with up to four channels such as multi-channel CPU boards, PC boards and optical devices, forming interconnects in routers, servers and super computers.

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