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

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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


LED Driver Offers Full-Range, Flicker-Free Dimming

February 17, 2009 4:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Translating the TRIAC-chopped waveform to a DIM signal and decoding it, National Semiconductor’s LM3445 TRIAC dimmable LED driver (SSLD) enables a full 100:1 dimming range that is said to be uniform and flicker-free. The 10-pin mini SOIC-packaged unit maintains constant current of >1 A to strings of LEDs in residential, architectural, commercial and industrial applications. The device includes a TRIAC dimming decoder, a

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DAC is Smallest 16-Bit Device Available

February 13, 2009 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Forty percent smaller than standard SOT23 devices, the DAC8411 family of 8- to 16-bit, pin-compatible single-channel digital-to-analog converter (DAC) family from Texas Instruments is now available in the SC70 package. The devices accept a nominal input of 80 uA at 1.8 V, in an acceptable range from 1.8 V to 5.5 V and have a settling time of 6 µs (typical).


Interface IC Addresses Capacitive Sensors

February 13, 2009 4:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting a noise level of 30 aF, e2v’s CPIC2.0 interface IC enables acceleration, pressure, altitude, humidity, rain, level, and gas measurements in MEMS transducers with a base capacitance from 1 pF to 32 pF. The component contains a dual capacitor input enabling several configurations, including "Delta"Csens/"Sigma"Csens. The device embeds a temperature sensor and an EEPROM for storage of calibration parameters, temperature, and

LISTED UNDER: ICs | Sensors & Actuators

Low-Power DDR2 Memory Targets Mobile Applications

February 12, 2009 4:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Including 512-Mb and 1-Gb die to reach 4-Gb solutions, Micron Technology’s low-power DDR2 (LPDDR2) DDR2 memory portfolio performs in traditional handsets, smartphones, and mobile Internet devices (MIDs). The product operates at 1.2 V, which reduces the device’s memory power consumption as much as 50% when compared to LPDDR1, according to the company. The solution delivers data transferring speeds of


IC Innovators To Be Inducted Into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 11, 2009 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larry Hornbeck holds a series of patents that form the foundation for the digital micromirror device (DMD) — an array of tiny mirrors that create an image by directing pulses of “digital” light through a projection lens and onto a television, presentation, or movie theater screen. Now his work has earned a place in the limelight of the National Inventors Hall of Fame this May. This year, the Hall is recognizing the 50th anniversary of integrated circuit technology by


Multichannel DACs Exhibit Low Power Consumption

February 11, 2009 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering pin and software compatibility to each other, Maxim Integrated Products’ MAX5134/MAX5135 (quad) and  MAX5136/MAX5137 (dual) 16- and 12-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) draw <300 nA of power in sleep mode. The 4-mm × 4-mm, 24-pin TQFN-packaged devices operate on an


NOR Flash Memory Uses 45-Nanometer Process

February 11, 2009 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on StrataFlash memory architecture, the first multi-level cell NOR flash memory products from Numonyx using 45-nm process technology extends beyond its 65-nm predecessor and is presented as the most advanced memory of its kind available. The 1-Gb monolithic device is drop-in compatible with the company’s existing


LED Driver Demonstrates Low Dropout

February 11, 2009 4:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Serving LED indicators and LCD or keyboard backlighting in entry-level mobile products, AnalogicTech’s AHK3292 2-channel LED driver (SSLD) has a typical dropout voltage of 36 mV. Operating off an input supply from 2.7 V to 5.5 V, the component drives up to 2 LEDs. The SSLD exhibits a maximum LED current of 30.2 mA with ±10% LED output current accuracy and ±3% LED output current matching. An

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Power Management IC Offers High Configurability

February 10, 2009 4:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Conceived as a platform device, the DA9052 power management IC from Dialog is capable of supporting all major families of application and mobile graphics processors. Up to 14 power supplies, 16 GPIOs, and other system functions in different operating modes help reduce significantly power consumption overhead in the host processor.


LED Driver Manages SuperCapacitor-Based Photoflash

February 9, 2009 4:55 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing the expanding need for high-intensity LED flash capability, the CAT3224 Solid-State Lighting Driver (SSLD) is capable of sourcing up to 4 A for photoflash and up to 400 mA of torch-mode current as well as the charging function for dual-cell supercapacitors. Functions such as charging, flash, and torch are activated via a parallel logic interface, with the operating current of each mode programmed by three external resistors.

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