NEW YORK (Reuters) - The long-awaited Pre has nice new touches, but Palm Inc has a lot of work to do if the device is to be a serious competitor to the iPhone. The device seemed to live up to some expectations but fall short on others for this reporter, who played around with the Pre for just a few days.
In nature, trees pull vast amounts of water from their roots up to their leaves hundreds of feet above the ground through capillary action, but now scientists at the University of Rochester have created a simple slab of metal that lifts liquid using the same principle—but does so at a speed that would make nature envious.
Targeting applications such as industrial process control and portable instrumentation, the DAC8568 (16-bit), DAC8168 (14-bit) and DAC7568 (12-bit) digital-to-analog converters (DACs) from TI integrate eight channels in a TSSOP-14 or TSSOP-16 package. Features include a power of 0.56 mW per channel (including internal reference current) and a temperature drift of 2 ppm/°C (typ) up to 5 ppm/ °C (max).
Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wind River Systems Inc, under which Intel will acquire all outstanding Wind River common stock for $11.50 per share in cash, or approximately $884 million in the aggregate.
Targeting low-power and portable products, STMicroelectronics’ TSV61x, TSV62x and TSV63x families of precision op-amps have power-saving features that include high-speed performance at low supply current, operation from a 1.5-V to 5.5-V supply, and device-shutdown capability. Able to operate from–40°C to +125°C, the active current of the series is as low as 11 µA for the TSV61x, 29 µA for the TSV62x family, and 60 µA for the TSV63x family.
Vito Corleone could have foreseen GM’s collapse when he uttered, “Someday I may call on you for a favor.” GM has done business with the mafia, and now it’s time to pay the piper. The ailing automaker, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, will be 60% owned by a familiar “protection racket”: the government. Thus far, General Motors has received $15.4 billion in government aid, and under the new, restructured company, this translates to 60% federal ownership. Where’s the light at the end of the tunnel? GM, with the government’s help, has dug itself so deep a hole that it’s hard to imagine a prompt recovery.
Offering low inductance, ESR, and DF while providing a high peak withstanding voltage, a line of film capacitors from Spectrum are intended for military and commercial power applications. The devices are available with metal or plastic housings and range from standard end wrap and fill to completely custom film capacitors.
Provided in vibration and shock resistant waterproof fixtures, Selco's CL Series of single- and multi-emitter LED lighting assemblies emit an output from 240 lm to 400 lm. Accepting an input from 9 VDC to 29 VDC, the devices’ consumption is from 4.3 W for the 240-lm output model and 7.1 W for the 400-lm version.
Provided in a molded chip-on-board module measuring 1.3 mm x 3.8 mm x 3.8 mm, the PCS FBAR ACMD-7409 duplexer by Avago Technologies provides more than 54 dB attenuation of the transmitted signal at the receiver input and more than 45 dB rejection of transmit-generated noise in the receiver band.
The QFN packaged GaAs MMIC linear power amplifier covers 5.5 to 7.5 GHz and has 49 dBm OIP3 and 16.5 dB small signal gain. Model XP1039-QJ offers an on-chip temperature compensated power detector. The product also includes
Toyota said Wednesday it will start leasing plug-in hybrid cars, that are even greener than its hit Prius, by the end of this year in the U.S., Japan and Europe.Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top automaker, will start leasing 200 plug-ins in Japan, 150 in the U.S. and 150 in Europe, mostly for rental, such as through special government-backed programs, it said in a release. Toyota will for the first time use lithium-ion batteries in the plug-ins. The batteries are already used in some cars but more common in laptops and other gadgets. Toyota hybrids now use nickel-metal hydride batteries. Using a lithium-ion battery will produce more energy, allowing the car to run more as an electric vehicle, but there have been some technological hurdles.
API Delevan has introduced its LP Series of shielded surface mount power inductors: LP4040R, LP5035R, LP5050R and LP5064R. These series are magnetically shielded to reduce interference in high-density boards, exhibit minimal DC resistance, and have desirable current capabilities. These components are
Modern microcontrollers (MCUs) have a large variety of peripherals and features that can do a lot to help a design’s power budget. It is important for an embedded designer to have complete knowledge of a device so that he can fully utilize the modes and peripherals available to reduce the power consumption of a design.
Whenever a new standard is adopted or starts to gain some ubiquity in the marketplace, I always have to ask, “So what? What does this new stuff give me that I don’t already have?” It’s an important question. If there is not any difference, then there is no reason not to just keep on using known and proven technologies. If there are differences, then knowing what these differences consist of can enable the appropriate business and design decisions.
Lattice Semiconductor announced that industrial temperature-qualified versions of all its non-volatile LatticeXP2 FPGAs have been released to volume production. Based on the company’s 90 nanometer hybrid flexiFLASH technology, the XP2 family features small form factor Chip Scale 132 BGA packaging, and pre-engineered source-synchronous I/O that supports