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Signal Generators Target Production Environments

June 3, 2008 7:58 am | Keysight Technologies | Comments

Designed for production environments, Agilent Technologies’ N5161A and N5162A MXG ATE analog and vector RF signal generators support digital modulation types up to 6 GHz, deliver up to +23 dBm output power

Hall-effect Latches Tout Temperature Stability

June 3, 2008 7:37 am | 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.

Small Camera Module Handles Gigabit Ethernet

June 3, 2008 7:21 am | Comments

With a footprint measuring 51 × 89 mm, Prosilica’s GB-Series camera modules use progressive-scan Sony CCD sensors with features such as snapshot/global shutter, pixel binning, area of interest readout, external


Wireless Chip Integrates Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, and eGPS

June 3, 2008 7:20 am | 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

Boost Regulator Offers Output Disconnect

June 3, 2008 5:43 am | Comments

Delivering output voltages as high as 5.250 V from an input voltage range of 0.700 V at start-up (0.500 V when running) to 5 V, Linear Technology’s LTC3539/-2 boost regulator with output disconnect can send up to 900 mA of continuous output current (at 3.300 V) from dual alkaline cells or 900 mA of continuous output current (at 5 V) from a single-cell Li-Ion battery with

Crystal Oscillators Offer Timing Support

June 3, 2008 5:01 am | Comments

Generating timing support for advanced wireless and microwave systems and portable electronics, Bliley Technologies’ C-Series crystal oscillators (XOs) have a tri-state enable/disable function with stabilities as low as +/- 25 ppm (-10 to +60C temperature range).  The RoHS compliant, hermetically sealed, ceramic SMT devices range from 2.5 x 2.0 mm to 7.0 x 5.0 mm in size and from 1.0 to 700 MHz in frequency

Benchtop Supplies Deliver Fixed Current or Voltage

June 3, 2008 5:00 am | Comments

With features such as a 0.01% line/load regulation, a remote sensing input, and an efficiency of better than 70%, the S Series of benchtop switchmode power supplies from Protek can be operated in either constant-current or constant-voltage mode. Ripple and noise in voltage mode is less than or equal to 5 mV(rms), and in current mode less than or equal to 10 mA(rms).

High Temperature Encoder Modules Enable Motor-Size Reduction

June 2, 2008 1:26 pm | Comments

Designed to enable size reduction in industrial motors, Avago’s three-channel high temperature optical incremental AEDT-9140 encoder module series fit directly onto industrial motors. The RoHS-compliant modules include a lensed LED source and a detector IC enclosed in a plastic package that can be used in


Small-footprint MCUs Enable Addition of USB to Any Application

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

Programmable Single-Chip Laser Navigation System Simplifies Mouse Design

June 2, 2008 6:29 am | 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

SMT LEDs Offer Reverse Gullwing Mounting

June 2, 2008 5:26 am | Comments

Providing a luminous intensity from 71 to 285 mcd with a 75-mW power dissipation, a family of yellow and red SMT LEDs comes in reverse gullwing packages to offer top-down mounting and light emission through the PCB. Features include a profile of 1.9 mm, a luminous intensity from 112 to 285 mcd in yellow


First SiC Switching Power Bipolar Junction Transistor Announced

May 30, 2008 12:26 pm | Comments

Presented as the first such device of its type, the BitSiC0620 from TranSiC is a silicon carbide (SiC) 20-A, 600-V, switching power bipolar junction transistor (BJT). The “normally off” device has a collector-emitter saturation voltage that enables a reduction of more than 60% in on-state power losses

Sockets Suit 0.8 mm Pitch SDRAM

May 30, 2008 10:48 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a high performance BGA socket for 0.8 mm pitch SDRAM. The SG-BGA-6252 socket is designed for a 9 mm × 11 mm, 0.8 mm pitch 60-pin BGA package and SG-BGA-6253 socket is designed for a 9 mm × 13 mm, 0.8 mm pitch 84-pin BGA package. The sockets operate at


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