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Semiconductor Highlight: Standards for Embedded Microcontrollers

January 20, 2009 6:00 am | by Reinhard Keil, ARM | Articles | Comments

Typically, industries use standards to improve product quality and enable component sharing across projects. In practice, such standards achieve wide acceptance since the synergistic effects provide significant benefits to the user community. The hardware and software industry is full of such standards, but there is an exception

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Tantalum Capacitors Rated to 2,200 µF

January 20, 2009 5:49 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for applications where bulk capacitance is needed to boost transmitter power, such as PCMCIA/USB wireless express cards, AVX’s PulseCap tantalum capacitors are rated to 2,200 µF/6.3 V. The components exhibit a max. case height of 2 mm, use an ‘undertab’ termination style, withstand a soldering profile of 3x reflow at 260°C, and operate from -55°C to 125°C. Other applications include wireless data cards, metering, and

Benchtop Multimeter Demonstrates 6.5-digit Accuracy

January 20, 2009 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting 11 measurement and 8 math functions, Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation’s Model 1201 7.5-digit benchtop multimeter presents 6.5-digit accuracy. The USBTMC-compliant instrument offers USB with 2,000 measurements and transfers per second, a 10-channel scan option, and temperature measurements for thermocouples and

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Red and Amber LEDs Shine in Signage Applications

January 20, 2009 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in versions with viewing angles of 15, 23, and 30 degrees, Avago’s HLMP-ELxx/EGxx series of 5-mm through-hole LEDs contain ultra-violet-a/b inhibitors and are suitable for use in both indoor and outdoor signage. The untinted, T-1 ¾-packaged emitters have a forward voltage from 2.1 to 2.4 V and provide either 626-nm red or 590-nm amber. The Pb-free and RoHS-compliant parts are available with or without lead-standoff, and have a

Industry Focus: Automotive Electronics

January 20, 2009 5:14 am | by Akio Nezu, Fujitsu Microelectronics America | Articles | Comments

Despite recent economic challenges facing the auto industry, many leaders are moving forward with new and innovative systems for in-vehicle entertainment, and sophisticated audio-video capabilities.  Industry analysts such as iSuppli Corporation have cited significant consumer demand for audio-video connectivity and networking in the vehicle, noting that the industry is at a point where A/V connectivity clearly influences sales.

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Looking forward

January 20, 2009 4:49 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

By the time you read this column, Barak Obama will be the President of the United States of America. Politics aside, I think that this is a positive thing for many reasons, the most predominant being that this is a President that understands technology. He was in High School when the first generation of computers arrived, and came of age...

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Hybrid Camera Platforms Put Photos, Video on a Chip

January 20, 2009 4:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Performing in affordably-priced, pocket-sized cameras, Ambarella’s A5 family of system-on-a-chip (SoC) platforms enable hybrid camera functions, such as 10 mega-pixel (MP) still images, full high-definition (HD) recording, and simultaneous dual-resolution recording for fast Internet sharing. The family consists of three products: A530, A550 and A570. The A530 IC can capture 10 MP still pictures while generating and compressing

DC Motor Controller Serves Mobile Robots

January 20, 2009 4:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Directly driving up to 120 A on each channel at up to 60 V, Roboteq’s AX2860 dual-channel DC motor controller functions in Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV), Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and mobile robots for exploration, hazardous material handling, and military and surveillance applications. The 9” × 5.5” × 1.6” device accepts

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Connector Seals to IP67

January 19, 2009 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting rugged or waterproof high power, signal, and ground interconnect applications, the SPEC (Sealed Power For Environmental Connections) Pak from Anderson Power Products has an environmentally-sealed IP67 shell to protect contacts and housings. The connectors are populated with a selection of touch-safe, color-coded Powerpole housings able to handle up to 45 amps

ENERGY STAR Adapter Operates Worldwide

January 19, 2009 6:57 am | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Complying with ENERGY STAR EPS 2.0 requirements, Phihong’s PSA18R-120P 18-W adapter includes four interchangeable AC plugs, making it compatible with virtually every power outlet worldwide. The Class II, double-insulated unit exhibits no-load power consumption of <0.3 W, operating temperature from 0°C to 40°C, and short-circuit protection with an auto restart function in OEM applications. The Class B EMI-compliant device bears

UPS Units Protect in Small Areas

January 19, 2009 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Complying with RoHS standards, Emerson Network Power’s Liebert PSA and Liebert PSI-XR UPS units are designed to provide power protection for home offices and small data centers or IT rooms. The rack-mount or tower Liebert PSI-XR provides more than five minutes of battery backup at full load with optional external battery cabinets; offers remote monitoring and power management; and can be configured at 110 VAC, 120 VAC, or

Chip Inductors Feature Highest Current in 1210 Form Factor

January 19, 2009 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 3.2 mm x 2.5 mm x 1.7 mm, the BRL3225 Series of wire-wound chip inductors from Taiyo Yuden is said to feature the highest rated current in the EIA 1210 form factor. The BRL3225T-1R0M, for example, is rated at 2.4 A at 1.0 µH inductance, while providing 0.043 Ohms RDC. Devices are available

Pushbutton Switches Offer Multiple Caps and Colors

January 19, 2009 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

With electrical life of 200,000 cycles the LP11 Series of illuminated pushbutton switches from E-Switch, offer options such as tactile feel, multiple cap types, and LED color options. Requiring an operating force of 250 +/- 100 gf, switch travel is 4.50 +/- 0.2 mm. Other specs include

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Optocouplers Offer High CMR

January 19, 2009 6:15 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Driving output currents of 2.5 A and 1 A, respectively, Fairchild Semiconductor’s FOD3120 and FOD3150 optocouplers demonstrate common mode rejection (CMR) of 35 kV/µs and 20 kV/µs, respectively. The devices can drive 1,200-V/20-A IGBTs and MOSFETs, exhibit pulse width distortion of 100 ns, and deliver a peak working voltage of 1,414 V. The components utilize Pb-free terminals and have been characterized for

GMR Current Sensor Presents Wide Input Range

January 19, 2009 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combining a GMR bridge sensor element with an on-chip current strap, NVE Corporation’s AAV003-10E giant magnetoresistive (GMR) current sensor offers a bipolar bridge output voltage proportional to the current through the strap over an input range from -80 mA to 80 mA. The device exhibits a typ. sensitivity of 1 mV/mA with a

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