Multiple Output Controllers Feature 5V Fixed Input Voltage Capability

December 3, 2007 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil announced a pair of multiple-output standard buck ICs that integrate critical power management functions to suit a variety of point-of-load (POL) applicationssuch as 5V FPGA/CPLD and DSP power supplies, 12V telecom/datacom power supplies and 24V battery-powered handhelds. The ISL8501 and ISL8510 feature a 5V fixed input voltage capability and variable input voltage ranges up to 25V. The ISL8501 is a triple output controller


Integrated DC/DC Regulators Reduce Silicon Footprint

December 3, 2007 5:24 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the SupIRBuck family of wide input, single output synchronous buck voltage regulators for high density, high performance data center applications. The family of point-of-load (POL) voltage regulators integrates the synchronous buck control ICs and HEXFET trench technology MOSFETs in a 5 mm × 6 mm Power QFN package.


RFID with 64-bit Embedded Cryptographic Engine

November 30, 2007 6:48 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel Corp. introduced 13.56 MHz RFID devices with a 64-bit cryptographic engine, dual authentication capability, and up to 64 Kb of memory, each with up to 16 individually configurable sectors. Atmel’s CryptoRF devices are suited for proximity applications that represent cash transactions, require a permanent record of the chain of ownership, or are prone to counterfeiting. CryptoRF devices have a 64-bit embedded


Switch-Mode Device Alternatives to Linear Regulators for Energy Star Products

November 30, 2007 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enpirion introduced a 2A buck-mode device with integrated inductor technology. The company calls its EN5322QI the “LDO Killer,” which it positions as a replacement for linear regulators to meet Energy Star requirements. The part integrates all converter functionality including MOSFET switches, control and compensation, and the inductor, in a 6 mm × 4 mm × 1.1 mm QFN package, while requiring only


High-voltage Full Bridge Inverter for Increased Energy Efficiency in LCD Backlight Applications

November 28, 2007 4:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP announced its high-voltage, full bridge fluorescent backlight controller IC the UBA2074 and its low-voltage twin, the UBA2072. Together, they form a family of full-bridge fluorescent backlight controller ICs, designed specifically to address the trend toward growing display sizes and supporting the increased use of high-supply voltage backlight inverters in LCD-TV applications.


Power Switch Increases Efficiency in Half-bridge Resonant Converters up to 450W

November 12, 2007 5:54 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s highly integrated Green FPS power switch, the FSFR2100, increases power efficiency and system reliability, and reduces design time in resonant converter designs such as telecom power, high end audio amplifiers, large size laser printers and LCD and PDP TV power supplies. The IC features a zero voltage switching (ZVS) technique that reduces switching losses in MOSFETs and rectifiers.


High Current, Low Voltage PNP Transistors

November 6, 2007 4:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Zetex Semiconductors has added a pair of low voltage PNP transistors to its line of low saturation, high current SOT23FF devices. The ZXTP25020CFF and ZXTP19020DFF combine standard SOT23 footprints with a reduced off-board height of less than 1 mm. The devices reduce component counts, increase power density and serve as cost-effective switchers


Multi-channel Optical Chip Enables Optical Links for Grid Networking

October 29, 2007 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

XLoom Communications introduced its iFlame optical chip, a multichannel, high-density, cost-effective, optical engine for grid computing and data center applications. iFlame, a chip-scale four-channel optical transceiver, is aimed at data center applications running over InfiniBand, Ethernet and Fiber Channel. The chip, implemented as an optical engine, enables high-speed, high-density interconnect applications such as Opto-electrical media converters, optical active connectors and cables as well as traditional transceivers


Plug-in, Tunable, 10 Gbps Transceiver for DWDM Optical Communication

October 29, 2007 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric announced the development what it claims to be the first worldwide compact and pluggable 10 Gbps optical communications transceiver (MF-10KWXF series) capable of optional tuning of DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) in the entire C-band. The transceiver complies with the 10 Gbps form factor industrial standard XFP-E (small form factor pluggable extended) MSA


x86 Quad-Core Processor for Datacenters

October 29, 2007 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMD introduced the Quad-Core AMD Opteron. Designed from inception for datacenters, Quad-core processors with the company’s Direct Connect Architecture introduce innovations that go beyond four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon.


Common-Anode, Current-Mode, High-Brightness LED Driver with PWM Dimming

October 24, 2007 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corporation introduced what is said to be the industry’s first common-anode, current-mode, high-brightness light-emitting diode (LED) driver with pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimming. The LM3433 drives high-power, high-brightness LEDs in backlighting, projector and solid-state lighting applications.


Ethernet Multimedia Co-Processor Supports DLNA Guidelines

October 23, 2007 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

SMSC has addressed limited bandwidth and distance issues for networking technology in the home with a device that distributes multiple high definition (HD) TV streams simultaneously. Its LAN9131 is a wired Ethernet multimedia co-processor that currently supports DLNA guidelines. Because authentication and encryption processing have become essential when transferring copyright protected digital content between devices.


Silicon Tuner for Large Screen Hybrid TVs

October 23, 2007 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xceive’s next generation silicon tuner, the XC5000, is optimized for large screen hybrid televisions, is an alternative to conventional CAN tuners and provides desirable sensitivity, adjacent channel, phase noise and dynamic range. For analog televisions, the tuner meets an unweighted signal-to-noise-ratio of 54 dB and a noise figure of </6>


Low Power RF Transceiver

October 23, 2007 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech announced the SX1211, a UHF radio frequency (RF) transceiver with a low receiver (RX) current consumption >3mA) for increased battery life in wireless sensor network applications. The SX1211 is optimized for asynchronous sensor network designs in the unlicensed industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) frequency bands (868 MHz to 870 MHz and 902 MHz to 928 MHz) where low RX power consumption is critical to battery life


2 Mbit F-RAM Device

October 23, 2007 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ramtron International extended its family of high-density F-RAM devices with a 2-megabit (Mb) parallel memory device. The FM21L16 is a 2 Mb, 3-volt, parallel nonvolatile RAM in a 44-pin TSOP-II package that features fast access, NoDelay writes, virtually unlimited read/write cycles, and low power consumption. Pin-compatible with asynchronous static RAM (SRAM),



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