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.


Low-power Limiting Post Amplifier for SFP Transceivers

August 6, 2007 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel’s SY88973BL low-power limiting post amplifier is designed for use in fiber optic receivers; specifically, it is suited for 1.25 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps Gigabit Ethernet, 1.062 Mbps and 2.125 Gbps Fibre Channel, Gigabit interface converter (GBIC), Small Form Factor (SFF) and SFP transceivers, parallel 10G Ethernet, high-gain line drivers and line receivers in both the Telecom/datacom and Optical transceiver markets.


Field Oriented Control Algorithm for Sensorless Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors

August 6, 2007 11:25 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology is providing free source code for the sensorless field oriented control (FOC) of permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs), which can operate on any of the company’s motor control dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs) -- including the DSCPIC33FJ12MC family of DSCs. The algorithm is free, and prices for the DSCPIC33FJ12MC family start at $1.99 each in 10,000-unit quantities.


Sixteen-bit MCU Family Offered In Smaller Sizes

August 6, 2007 11:19 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s PIC24HJ12 family of 40 MIPS, 16-bit microcontrollers is offered in 18- and 28-pin packages as small as 6 mm × 6 mm for space-constrained applications. The family’s 16-bit MCU architecture was designed for engineers that need to migrate from 8-bit architectures. The company offers 92 sixteen-bit products in four compatible families to serve users for years, even as they scale to DSP-enabled applications.


Digital Signal Controllers for Motor Control

August 6, 2007 11:12 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology introduced the dsPIC33FJ12MC family of motor control digital signal controllers (DSCs). These 40 MIPS DSCs provide a platform for advanced motor control algorithms such as field-oriented control (FOC), enabling desirable performance, and low noise plus power efficiency for motor control applications. The family is available in 20- and 28-pin packages as small as 6 mm ×6 mm.


Digital Signal Controllers for Smart Sensor Applications

August 6, 2007 10:55 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the dsPIC33FJ12GP family of digital signal controllers (DSCs), which are suited for a new class of smart sensor applications. With 40 MIPS performance in package sizes as small as 6 mm ×6 mm, the processor can be moved closer to the sensor -- eliminating lead noise and offloading this workload from a central processor -- thereby creating a smart sensor scenario. Using libraries and filter design tools, digital filters can replace analog filters to reduce noise.


Controller Portfolio Expands to Provide Efficient Power Management for Notebooks

August 2, 2007 12:23 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor expanded its computing products portfolio with the introduction of three new power controllers, specifically designed to meet the efficiency requirements of notebook PCs. The NCP5371, NCP5218, and NCP5215 controllers address the notebook power subsystem needs for Vcore, DDR memory, and CPU chipsets respectively. According to the company, the controllers improve the efficiency of power management subsystems in notebook computers by up to 5 percent, thereby extending battery life.


Small USB PowerPath Manager Withstands 60V Inputs

August 2, 2007 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology introduced the LTC4090, an autonomous linear PowerPath manager, ideal diode controller and stand-alone high input voltage battery charger for portable USB devices. For high efficiency charging, the switching front-end topology accommodates various inputs, including high voltage power sources up to 38V (60V max withstand capability) such as 12V regulated/unregulated AC/DC wall adapters, FireWire ports or automotive power. In addition, the IC accepts low- voltage power sources such as 5V wall adapters


Processor Offers Power Efficiency, Security for Portable, Networked Applications

August 2, 2007 12:10 pm | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices expandr its Blackfin line with the ADSP-BF52x family, a scalable series of processors for portable applications. Using the Dynamic Power Management capabilities of Blackfin to achieve power efficiency as low as 0.16 mW/MHz core power at 250 MHz, these processors offer system designers a wide choice with a high-performance/low-power series (ADSP-BF527/BF525/BF522) operating at 600 MHz, and an ultra-low-power series running at up to 400 MHz



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