High Performance, Power-efficient DSP Platform FPGAs

August 29, 2007 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xilinx added power efficient Spartan-3A DSP devices to its XtremeDSP portfolio for signal processing applications. The devices offer DSP capabilities in a low-power FPGA for applications such as tactical radios for military communications, wireless access points and portable medical equipment. The Spartan-3A DSP low power (LP) devices are said to deliver a 50 percent static power savings, and a 70 percent savings while in suspend mode, compared to the standard devices, and they are available in industrial rated grades.


Low Power Zero-Crossover Op Amp for Battery-Powered, Portable Applications

August 29, 2007 5:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced what is said to be the industry’s lowest power zero-crossover operational amplifier (op amp). Featuring a unique single-input-stage architecture, the OPA369 achieves rail-to-rail performance without input crossover to solve the common design problem of input offset distortion due to the change in common mode voltage that is very prominent in low-voltage, rail-to-rail applications. Combined with 1µA quiescent current, SC70 package and operation down to


35W Power over Ethernet PD Controller

August 28, 2007 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology introduces the LTC4268-1, a Power over Ethernet (PoE) interface controller with a synchronous, current mode, switching regulator for delivering precise regulation and high efficiency to power-hungry Powered Devices (PDs). The device provides up to 35W for 2-pair systems and as much as 70W for 4-pair systems. The IC features a high-performance switching regulator optimized for isolated PoE applications, and it incorporates the company’s NoOpto feedback topology to provide full IEEE 802.3 isolation without the need for optoisolator circuitry


HDMI Switches Allow Connection of Multiple Devices to a Digital TV

August 22, 2007 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced two video switches for digital video interface (DVI) or high definition multimedia interface (HDMI). The devices connect two or three digital video signals coming from devices such as game consoles, digital video switch boxes, set-top boxes or DVD players to a single HDTV display. Both the TMDS351 three-port switch, and the TMDS251, two-port switch integrate four transition minimized differential signaling (TMDS) channels


250 mA Universal Cell Phone LED Drives 9 LEDs With Low Noise

August 7, 2007 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LTC3219, an inductorless, low noise, high efficiency LED driver for cell phone displays and lighting. The IC provides nine individually configurable current sources for Main, Sub and RGB displays. Display currents are set via a precision internal current reference. The universal current sources can be digitally controlled with independent dimming, brightness, blinking, and gradation control, programmable via a simple two-wire I2C serial interface


Fully Qualified Replacement CPLDs

August 7, 2007 6:10 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

QP Semiconductor has completed a redesign of the Atmel’s discontinued ATV2500B family of high-speed CPLDs. The first offering is the BQ or quarter power version. The company also plans to introduce the remainder of the CPLD family (B, BL, and BQL) later this year. All devices will be QML certified on 5962-91545XX. Packaging is consistent with the original UV erasable devices: ceramic packages in 44-pin LLCC or JLCC and in a 40-pin DIP.


Integrated Storage Services Processors

August 7, 2007 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cavium Networks introduced its OCTEON MIPS64 Multicore Storage Services Processor (SSP) family of products. The OCTEON SSP single chips combine storage processing with Cavium's networking, security and application acceleration processors to provide two to four times more compute cycles versus many alternatives, according to the company, and to integrate advanced hardware acceleration for RAID, compression, de-duplication, security and iSCSI.


LDO Regulators in Thin SOT-23 Package

August 7, 2007 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Catalyst Semiconductor announced two additions to its low dropout (LDO) regulator product line. The CAT6217 and CAT6218 LDO regulators source 150 mA and 300 mA output currents, respectively, in a five-lead, 1 mm profile thin SOT-23 package. The regulators offer a low quiescent current combined with a low typical dropout voltage of 90mV at a 150 mA load for the CAT6217 and 180 mV at a 300 mA load for the CAT6218.


CODEC Brings Sound, TV connectivity to Digital Cameras

August 7, 2007 5:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics launched the WM8941, a high-performance low-power CODEC with an integrated video buffer and speaker driver for use in digital still and video cameras. The mono CODEC uses four programmable notch filters to provide quality audio recording, while the integrated video buffer provides direct connectivity to a television. The company integrated the CODEC, video buffer and speaker driver in a 4 mm ×4 mm chip.


Single-chip, Three-input HDMI 1.3A Receiver Supports 36-bit Deep Color at 1,080p

August 7, 2007 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vativ Technologies announced the sample availability of its VTV2313 supporting the new features introduced in the HDMI 1.3a specification. In addition to being pin-compatible with the company’s first-generation three-input HDMI receiver (VTV2310), the VTV2313 supports xvYCC and up to 36-bit Deep Color at 1,080p and UXGA resolutions. Maximum bandwidth supported by the receiver is 6.75 Gbps at 225 MHz.


Quad, High-speed, High-bandwidth HDMI/DVI Switch Maintains Signal Integrity, Doubles Inputs

August 7, 2007 5:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced its MAX4886 quad, high-speed, high-bandwidth, HDMI/DVI passive switch capable of switching between two digital video signals into a single monitor or multiple HDMI/DVI connectors while maintaining a high level of signal integrity. To ensure signal integrity at fast switching rates, the device features a wide common-mode signal range that enables rail-to-rail signal switching at data rates in excess of 4 Gbps.


Serial-to-Parallel Converter with High Voltage Push-Pull Outputs

August 7, 2007 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex introduced the HV610, a 32-channel, serial-to-parallel converter with high voltage, push-pull outputs. The IC is suited for driving high-speed printers and LCD displays. Its outputs can be individually controlled, set to high or low, or set to a high-Z state, providing useful versatility in applications requiring fast shift register and data shifting speeds.


SD/MMC Card Interface Chip Runs Java with USB, Serial Interfaces

August 7, 2007 4:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

ALFATxp, offered by Saelig, brings FAT file system access to SD/MMC media from any USB port, but also includes a Java machine for handling additional tasks. It acts as a card reader through a built-in USB peripheral port, so files can be shared between a PC and custom-design products. The chip is also appropriate for data logging applications. It communicates with SD/MMC cards and creates files and directories on them.


16 Mb. 32 Mb Serial Flash Memories

August 7, 2007 4:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Winbond Electronics Corporation America announced the production-release of two members in its SpiFlash 25X family of Serial Flash memories. Suited for makers of computer, networking and consumer applications, the W25X16 and W25X32 SpiFlash memories offer 16 Mb and 32 Mb densities in an 8-pin SOIC package.


Pre-processing Switch for Modular, Low Cost and Scalable 3G Base Stations

August 6, 2007 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The PPS Gen 2 is an addition to IDT’s wireless infrastructure line and the newest member of the company’s Serial RapidIO-enabled pre-processing switch (PPS) family, which addresses the interconnect and acceleration needs of 3G and beyond. The PPS Gen 2 optimally distributes data to the DSP cluster to prevent bottlenecks, and it performs end-point functions -- such as lower-level data manipulation -- freeing the DSP to support higher value-added services and differentiating algorithms.



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