MCU Family Offers 5V EMC/EMI Performance

June 19, 2008 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

To address this EMC and EMI, Freescale Semiconductor introduced a scalable microcontroller family for large appliance and industrial applications. The Flexis AC family features 8-bit devices (MC9S08AC128/96/60/48/32) and 32-bit V1 ColdFire MCUs (MCF51AC256/128) designed to provide


Five- and Seven-channel Temperature Monitors Tout High Accuracy

June 19, 2008 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced its MAX6622/MAX6636 ±1 degree Celsius accurate, five-/seven-channel temperature sensors. The MAX6622 accurately measures its own temperature and the temperature of up to four external locations-such as CPUs, memory, GPUs, and other heat-sensitive components-while the MAX6636 measures

LISTED UNDER: ICs | Sensors & Actuators

2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 RF Transceiver Module Is FCC-Certified

June 12, 2008 4:48 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the MRF24J40MA FCC-certified Radio-Frequency (RF) transceiver module which services the 2.4 GHz unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) short-range wireless frequency band for the IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee specification or proprietary wireless-protocol


Hall Effect Switches are Smallest Available

June 11, 2008 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in a BGA package with a footprint 1.1 mm²  and a height of 0.5 mm, a family of  Hall Effect ICs from ROHM Electronics are presented as the smallest devices of their type (a 1.6 × 1.6 × 0.6-mm package is also available). Features include compensation and push-pull CMOS logic output circuitry , as well as integrated dynamic-offset cancellation.


Voltage Supervisor Handles Five Channels

June 10, 2008 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating five channels into a single MSOP 8-lead package the CAT885 voltage supervisor, from Catalyst Semiconductor, provides a monitor for the power (Vcc) status of a microprocessor, microcontroller, ASIC or other system processor. Features include, an open-drain output, active-low function with manual reset for system reset and monitoring.


Charger IC Targets Back-up Power Applications

June 10, 2008 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for battery management in applications such as server, memory backup and medical equipment, Linear Technologies' LTC4110 offers four operating modes: battery backup, battery charge, “no-loss” battery calibration and shutdown. The device can provide a supply voltage to a system load from a main supply or battery and can also charge a battery, and is capable of supplying voltages above or below the input supply rail


Laser Driver Offers Power Monitoring and Management

June 9, 2008 6:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keeping optical power constant during temperature changes and over the device’s lifetime, Micrel’s  laser diode driver includes automatic power control with fault indicator, TXenable/disable


Radiation Hardened MOSFETs Are Driven Directly From CMOS/TTL Logic Circuitry

June 5, 2008 6:15 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier expanded its portfolio of RAD-Hard Logic Level gate drive MOSFETs with the introduction of 60V, 100V and 250V MOSFETs for switch mode power supplies (SMPS), satellite power distribution systems and resonant power converters in high-reliability applications. Compared to


Power Transistor Line-up to manage radar applications

June 3, 2008 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Freescale Semiconductor has released a 50-volt LDMOS RF power transistor line-up for L-Band radar applications. The line-up is intended for a variety of high-power RF applications including air traffic management and long range weather radar. The RF product line includes


Hall-effect Latches Tout Temperature Stability

June 3, 2008 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. released two temperature-stable and stress-resistant Hall-effect latches, suited for operation in consumer and industrial products.  Dynamic Offset Cancellation technology reduces the residual offset voltage normally caused by device package overmolding, temperature dependencies, and thermal stress.


Wireless Chip Integrates Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, and eGPS

June 3, 2008 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

CSR announced its seventh generation BlueCore silicon. BlueCore7 is a single-chip solution that combines Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, Bluetooth low energy, eGPS (Enhanced Global Positioning System), and FM transmit and receive capabilities. The chip is intended to


Small-footprint MCUs Enable Addition of USB to Any Application

June 2, 2008 12:25 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced a family of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) for USB applications. The PIC18F13K50 and PIC18F14K50 (PIC18F1XK50) allow the addition of embedded USB into a wide range of applications. The PIC18F1XK50 MCUs include serial communications interfaces such as


Data Converters Feature High Signal-To-Noise Ratios

June 2, 2008 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as having the highest signal-to-noise (SNR) of any similar device, Texas Instruments’ ADS556 family of 16-bit, single-channel MSPS ADCs provide an SNR as high as 80 MSPS (depending on model). Targeting test and measurement, wireless communications, and image applications in medical, industrial, and military, the devices


RF Amplifier Presented as World's Smallest

June 2, 2008 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Optimized for operation from 500 MHz to 12 GHz, the 0402-packaged VMMK-2x03 family of RF amplifiers is presented as the smallest such devices of their type. The 1.0 x 0.5 x 0.25-mm devices use 10% of the board area of a standard SOT-343 package and have no internal wirebonds with all I/Os routed to the backside of the device wafer to significantly reduce signal loss and minimize parasitics. The family includes the 0.5 to 6.0 GHz VMMK-2103, the 15 dB (at 5 GHz) 1.0 to 10.0 GHz VMMK-2203

LISTED UNDER: ICs | RF & Microwave/Communications

Programmable Single-Chip Laser Navigation System Simplifies Mouse Design

June 2, 2008 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced its second generation laser navigation product family, which integrates a laser navigation sensor and programmable Flash based microcontroller on one die. The OvationONS II Laser Nvigation System-on-Chip features the surface tracking and low-power consumption characteristics of the



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