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CPS Satisfies Six 4x Ports of 10G Connectivity

March 11, 2009 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

A central packet switch (CPS) from IDT purportedly optimizes port count, performance, and power consumption for up to six 4x ports of 10G connectivity. The 80KSW0006 incorporates in-house fourth-generation IDT SerDes and S-RIO core switch technology to address signal integrity and scalability. The new device supports S-RIO packet switching

System-on-Module Uses Freescale i.MX37 MCU

March 11, 2009 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on Freescale’s i.MX37 microcontroller, the TRITON-TX37 system-on-module from Direct Insight is a 200-pin SODIMM format PCB that is optimized for low-power media player applications. The 26 mm x 68 mm device operates from a single 3.0 to 5.5v supply and includes 128 MB of mobile DDR SDRAM, 128 MB of NAND Flash, with supporting peripherals for power management and Ethernet.

National Semiconductor Announces Layoffs

March 11, 2009 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Faced with a steep decline in sales, chip maker National Semiconductor Corp. said Wednesday it will eliminate more than one-quarter of its work force, or 1,725 jobs. The company said it will immediately begin trimming 850 positions worldwide in its product, marketing, manufacturing and support businesses. An additional 875 jobs will be lost with the shuttering of facilities in Suzhou, China, and Arlington, Texas, over the next few quarters. National Semiconductor has about 6,500 employees.

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Lockheed Martin Debuts Military Exoskeleton

March 11, 2009 4:25 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Lockheed Martin debuted an advanced robotic exoskeleton designed to augment Soldiers’ strength and endurance and prevent their premature fatigue. The Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) exoskeleton, introduced at the Association of the United States’ Army Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will meet future mobility and sustainment needs of Warfighters by providing strength and survivability.

Industry Focus: Interaction in Consumer Devices

March 10, 2009 10:34 am | by Christopher Keuling, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s a fact that consumers want end products that give them the most user interaction. Two of the most popular examples on the market are Apple’s iPhone and Nintendo’s Wii. These end products serve very different purposes to their desired consumers, but share electronic advances that make these products, amongst others, an interactive experience for the user. In this month's Industry Focus, we talked to six different companies

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Handheld Cases Use Magnesium-Based Alloy

March 10, 2009 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suiting industrial automation, medical, avionics, marine, and automotive equipment, TEKO Enclosures’ TEKMAG handheld cases are manufactured in TEKNIUM, a magnesium-based alloy. The 6.181" × 3.889" × 1.236" devices utilize a contoured design and consist of 3 die-cast parts: top, base, and battery compartment lid. Three standard models offer

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Print your own Stormtrooper

March 10, 2009 7:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

For those who’ve never been, Electronics West is one of seven shows (including EW, Medical Design and Manufacturing West, Pacific Design and Manufacturing West, Automation Technology Expo West, Plastec West, West Pack, and Green Manufacturing West) co-located within the Anaheim Convention Center. One badge earned admittance to all, so from 10-12 February, I “attended” each.

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Development Kit Prototypes Mixed-Signal FPGA Designs

March 10, 2009 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling engineers to prototype a full system-on-a-chip design, the Fusion Embedded Development Kit from Actel features the ActelFusion mixed-signal 1.5M gate M1AFS1500-FGG484 FPGA that supports a variety of processors, including license-free versions of the ARM Cortex-M1 and Core8051. Using the kit, designers can integrate custom logic and programmable analog features into the system using tools such as

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Waterproof LCD Handles Tough Environments

March 10, 2009 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Encapsulated in an aluminum enclosure sealed to IP68/NEMA 6P specifications, Stealth's Model TT-840 LCD monitor has an 8.4" screen and is designed to survive demanding work environments. The waterproof sunlight-readable LED-backlit display has a brightness of 1,000 nits and an IR touchscreen.

14-bit Digitizer Cards Demonstrate 400 MS/s

March 10, 2009 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Including 128-MS (256-MB) onboard memory, Strategic Test’s UF2-4140 and UF3-4142 14-bit digitizer PCI cards can sample at 400 MS/s on one channel. The UF3-4142 has 2 analog inputs and can sample at 250 MS/s on both channels simultaneously. The products use 2 digital I/O lines that can be programmed as digital inputs that are

PbSe Sensor Detects up to Four Distinct Gases

March 10, 2009 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a sensitivity of 1.5E10 Jones, the MIRA4 lead selenide (PbSe) sensor from Cal Sensors can detect up to four distinct gases in the 1.0 to 5.5 µm infrared region. Provided in a sealed T05 package, the device’s quad configuration allows users to customize filters

TCXO Targets Defense/Aerospace Applications

March 10, 2009 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Performing at up to 100 MHz, Vectron’s TX-600 temperature controlled crystal oscillator (TCXO) is designed to meet the timing specifications required by today’s radio, GPS telemetry, and Stratum 3 applications over the full range of military-specified environmental conditions. The 7-mm × 9-mm SMT component exhibits shock survivability at

Microchip Technology Acquires HI-TECH Software

March 10, 2009 6:04 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced that it has acquired HI-TECH Software. Best known for its ANSI C compilers, featuring the optimizing, whole-program compilation technology, Omniscient Code Generation, HI-TECH Software has been a premier third-party provider of C compilers for Microchip’s 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) for over a decade. “With the addition of the HI-TECH Software portfolio, Microchip now

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Tampa Electric Plans to Build Solar Plant

March 10, 2009 5:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tampa Electric plans to build what it calls one of the largest solar power plants in the nation. The company said Monday it has entered a partnership to build the plant near Mulberry in Plant City. It will generate 25 megawatts of solar power — enough to power more than 3,400 homes.

Cable Connector Has Smallest Contact Pitch in Industry

March 9, 2009 12:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 0.4 mm, the contact pitch of Yokowo’s vertical cable connector is purported to be the smallest in the industry. The cable connector features a profile of 1.5 mm and plug dimension of 1.2 mm x 2 mm. Two types of plugs are offered from Yokowo – an FPC Type and a Wire Type

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