EEPROM Devices Feature Lowest Operating Voltage on Market

February 25, 2009 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a 1.5 V rating for both Read and Write operations, a series of I2C EEPROM devices from Microchip is purported to have the lowest operating voltage available on the market. Operating current is below 400 microamperes. The devices feature an operating frequency of 100 kHz at 1.5 V, and are available in densities of


Reference Design Creates Complete LCD Power System

February 25, 2009 5:16 am | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Combining the main system power with the backlight inverter, the GreenPoint open reference design for LCD TV power supplies from On Semiconductor eliminates a complete power conversion stage, improving overall system efficiency, simplifying the design and reducing the bill of materials. The 180-W design meets IEC 61000-3-2 for harmonic content requirements, and exceeds global standby requirements with a typical standby power consumption of 400 mW with a 50-mW load.


Low-Power FPGAs Offer Cost-Effectiveness

February 24, 2009 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as having the lowest (up to half) power consumption and price of any SERDES-capable FPGA device, the LatticeECP3 family is also presumed to be the only 65-nm mid-range products of their type. Features include multi-protocol 3.2G SERDES with XAUI jitter compliance, DDR3 memory interfaces, DSP capability, on-chip memory and up to 149K LUTS.

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Integrated Power Stages Are Smallest Available

February 24, 2009 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting servers, storage equipment, and routers, Primarion’s PX4650 and PX4640 integrated power stages (iPSs) are presented as being the smallest available, measuring 4 mm × 6 mm. The 20-lead QFN-packaged chips combine low-RDS(ON) N-channel MOSFETs for high- and low-side FETs with high- and low-side MOSFET drivers. The RoHS-compliant units support an average output current of up to 50 A in


Hot-swap Managers Support Currents up to 5 A

February 23, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Protecting against over currents for voltage rails between 3 V and 20 V, three hot-swap managers from TI support an operating current of up to 5 A. The TPS2420 comes in a tiny 16-pin QFN package and the TPS2421-1 and TPS2421-2 come in 8-pin SOIC packages. Other features include


Touch Sensor Controller Converts Capacitance to Digital Data

February 23, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting mobile devices, Fujitsu Microelectronics' FMA1127 touch sensor controller converts capacitance generated by the human body and conductive touch pad to digital data with no analog processing. The water-resistant unit also performs in alarm systems, handheld health care products, home appliances, and applications where the controller can replace mechanical switches and buttons. The device exhibits operating voltage from

LISTED UNDER: ICs | Sensors & Actuators

Processor Consumes 85 µW/MHz

February 23, 2009 4:46 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to help achieve 32-bit performance at an 8-bit price point, ARM’s Cortex-M0 processor exhibits power consumption down to 85 µW/MHz in an area of <12K gates when using the ARM standard cell library on an 180ULL process. The CMSIS-compatible device is


Light-Load Regulators Address POL Applications

February 20, 2009 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using the company’s Simple Light Load Mode (SLLM) technology along with current-mode PWM control, the BD91x Series of point-of-load (POL) step-down switching regulators from ROHM Semiconductor are presented as having an efficiency improvement of up to 200% over devices using standard PWM controllers. The SLLM technique enables BD91x series regulators to seamlessly transfer to / from conventional PWM control depending on load conditions.


Starter Kit Enables FPGA-based Prototyping Designs

February 19, 2009 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use with Libero development tools, Actel’s IGLOO nano starter kit can be used for prototyping designs targeted to IGLOO or ProASIC3 nano FPGAs. The product includes a development board with an IGLOO

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Load Regulator Supports Appliances and Handheld Products

February 19, 2009 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering up to 1.5-A output current, the MIC23150 HyperLight Load Regulator from Micrel supports portable products and green home/office appliances. Features include: 23 Micro Amps of quiescent current, 93 percent peak efficiency, 87 percent efficiency under a 1 mA load, operating input supply range from 2.7 V to 5.5 V


POL Voltage Regulators Boast Benchmark Efficiency

February 19, 2009 7:56 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting energy-efficient server, storage and netcom applications, International Rectifier’s Gen2 SupIRBuck POL voltage regulators deliver 4-A, 8-A, and 12-A output current with benchmark efficiency over the entire load range, according to the company. The 5-mm × 6-mm devices exhibit an input voltage range from 1.5 V to


Dimmable Mains LED Driver Powers Green Designs

February 19, 2009 5:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Driving lighting systems with variable power requirements, NXP Semiconductors’ SSL2101 integrated dimmable mains LED driver (SSLD) operates in LED retro-fit lamps, LED modules, LED spots, down-lights, and LED strings for retail displays. The component can perform directly from a rectified mains power supply in combination with

LISTED UNDER: ICs | Optoelectronics & Displays

Amplifiers Integrate Directional Coupler

February 18, 2009 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating the directional coupler, a family of single and dual-band WCDMA power amplifiers (PA) from Skyworks Solutions is purported to reduce the phone board footprint and bill-of-material costs. The amplifiers are offered in 10 bands, and range from 824 MHz to 1980 MHz


Multi-Chip Package Targets Mobile Phones

February 18, 2009 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leveraging Micron’s 32-Gb, 34-nm MLC NAND technology, Micron Technology’s all-in-one, NAND-based multi-chip package (MCP) performs in high-end mobile phones. The product stacks 8 die to deliver 16 GB of available on-board storage, which is said to enable board-space savings of up to 40%. The unit consists of

LISTED UNDER: ICs | Packaging & Interconnects

Boundary-Mode PFC Controller Delivers High Efficiency

February 17, 2009 4:44 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Performing in AC/DC power supplies, Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN9612 boundary-conduction mode (BCM) power factor correction (PFC) controller provides >96% power conversion efficiency. The 16-lead SOIC-packaged component interleaves and keeps 2 power stages at 180° out of phase timing under all



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