Baseline PIC Microcontrollers Feature Non-Volatile Flash Data Memory

January 8, 2008 9:17 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the first two Baseline 8-bit Flash PIC microcontrollers with non-volatile Flash Data Memory (FDM) in 8- and 14-pin packages, the 8-pin PIC12F519 and 14-pin PIC16F526. These additions supplement the variety of integrated low pin count microcontrollers in the Baseline PIC microcontroller family. With the availability of 64 bytes of data memory—combined with an 8 MHz internal oscillator, a Device Reset Timer (DRT)


RF System-on-Chip for Home Control Applications

January 8, 2008 6:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Zensys announced ZW0401, a fourth-generation home control chip in the Z-Wave series. It is useful as an RF control platform for A/V and home automation devices. Specifications include USB 2.0, 30 general purpose I/Os, a third-generation Triac controller, integrated IR support for universal remotes, and support for sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands


Low-Power 4 GB DDR3 Registered DIMM for Server Applications

January 8, 2008 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

SMART Modular Technologies Inc. introduced a low-power 4 GB DDR3 registered DIMM. The module has 8-bit DRAMs which can help reduce power consumption. It also has a quad-rank architecture an a single-register design for reduced memory bus loading. The data rate is 667 Mhz / 1333 MHz and the module is RoHS-compliant. Pricing is $400 in OEM quantities.


Low Power Tuner IC Meets ATSC A/74 standards

January 7, 2008 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

MaxLinear announced the MxL5007T, a TV tuner IC developed for low-cost converter, set top box (STB) and other TV systems currently being designed for the FCC-mandated 2009 digital television cutover. Measuring 5 mm × 5 mm in a 32-pin QFN package, the IC features high levels of integration (including LNAs, baluns, tracking and loop filters, and integrated


LDO Controller Offers Adjustable and Fixed 1.2V and 1.5V Output Voltages

January 4, 2008 9:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology released an LDO controller with adjustable and fixed output voltage options that uses external n-channel MOSFETs to provide extremely low drop-out voltages of under 50 mV at very high currents, up to 7A, with, according to the company, 80 percent efficiency. The SiP21301 device is designed for driving n-channel MOSFETs to power FPGAs, ASICs, and ASSPs in


Integrated, Low-Power, Single-Conversion Silicon Tuner Meets ATSC Requirement

January 4, 2008 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products' MAX3540 integrated, single-conversion television tuner for ATSC and NTSC applications meets the sensitivity and adjacent-channel guidelines specified by ATSC Recommended Practice A/74, while consuming 760 mW. The tuner integrates a tracking filter and high-linearity front-end. Additionally, it


Low-Power 300 MHZ to 930 MHz RF Receivers

January 3, 2008 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis announced the MLX71120 and MLX71121 integrated RF receiver series of automotive-qualified ICs with dual inputs. These are suited for low-cost antenna applications in unlicensed industrial-scientific-medical and short-range-device frequency bands in Europe and North America. The MLX71120 and MLX71121 feature an integrated FSK and ASK demodulator, 5 mm2 32-lead QFN package, and power range from 2.1V to 5.5V


Boost Converter Manages Multiple High-Brightness LEDs

January 3, 2008 8:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced an LED driver with an integrated 40V, 1.2A switch that can drive up to three 1W LEDs in series. The TPS61165 device’s features and input voltage range of 3V to 18V allow designers to manage multiple high-power LEDs used in single-cell, battery-powered applications or point-of-load designs with a 9V or 12V bus.


Solid State Relays Cut ON Resistance By 50 Percent

January 3, 2008 8:21 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced a quad high-side intelligent power switch (IPS) -- the VNI4140K -- which is produced using the latest generation of ST’s VIPower technology to achieve a 50 percent saving in Rds(on) compared to earlier devices with the same die size, officials said. The reduction in on-resistance and quiescent current saves energy through lower losses. IPS devices integrate a logic interface, drivers and protection circuits on the same chip as a power stage


Power Management IC Maximizes Energy Performance in Multi-Kilowatt Systems

January 3, 2008 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a single-chip, interleaved power factor correction (PFC) control circuit for multi-kilowatt communications, server and industrial systems. In line-operated systems with power levels from 75W to 1 kW and above, the UCC28070 helps reduce total harmonic distortion, allowing systems to maximize usable outlet power and accommodate extreme variations and disturbances


Three-Phase BLDC MOSFET Pre-Driver Controller ICs

January 2, 2008 10:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems introduced two automotive grade (temperature and voltage rated) three phase BLDC motor controller integrated circuits. These control ICs integrate the commutation logic on-board, which lessons the burden on the system microprocessor. If desired, the Hall sensor inputs can be driven directly by a microprocessor, which makes


Constant Current LED Driver IC Specified Up to a Maximum of 40V

December 20, 2007 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro added a high-brightness, adjustable constant current LED driver to its portfolio of display driver ICs. Targeted at the automotive lighting market, this LED driver is also a fit for industrial and consumer LED applications. This device is designed to operate over the typical automotive battery and temperature ranges. The input voltage range is specified down to


Sychronous Buck Power Block Offers Space Savings In POL Converters

December 20, 2007 9:26 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the iP1206, a fully optimized device for synchronous buck applications including telecom and networking equipment. It is the latest addition to the iPOWIR integrated power conversion stage product line, designed for two-phase single output applications up to 30A or dual independent outputs up to 15A.


Chip Enables Simultaneous Audio Connections of Consumer Electronics

December 19, 2007 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

STS Inc. announced the availability of its fourth-generation chip (DARR81) for digital wireless audio platforms in the connected home or office. The chip enables simultaneous audio connections of consumer electronics (CE) devices, such as headphones, speakers, home theater systems, flat panel TVs, game consoles, iPod and portable media player docking stations, and PCs for uninterrupted streaming of HD uncompressed wireless audio.


Standard Cell Device Implements a Structured ASIC as IP

December 18, 2007 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

ChipX announced the introduction of Hybrid ASIC, the implementation of a structured ASIC as IP on a Standard Cell device. This development approach is said to allow for rapid and economical product line development and save companies recurring engineering (NRE) and tooling costs. According to the company, turnaround time for logic changes can be



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