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x86 Quad-Core Processor for Datacenters

October 29, 2007 6:00 am | 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.

1W Miniature Single and Dual Output SMD DC/DC Converters

October 29, 2007 4:55 am | Comments

Minmax's MSLU100-Series 1W DC/DC consists of 21 models that operate over input voltage ranges of 5VDC, 12V DC and 24V DC which provide precisely regulated output voltages of 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V, ±5V, ±12V and ±15VDC. They meet IPC/JEDEC J-STD-020C 4th and 5th chapter in solder-reflow for lead free process, are in "gull-wing" SMT package, and weigh 1.2g.

PC/104+ PC card and CardBus Adapter

October 25, 2007 4:51 am | Comments

Sensoray announced the addition of the model 335 to their PC/104 line of products,.  The PC/104+ module supports CardBus and PC cards (PCMCIA). It will support two Type I or Type II 32 bit PC cards or one Type III allowing the expansion of additional functions such as: 10/100/1000 Mbps wireless Ethernet adapters, biometrics readers, Bluetooth cards and GPS cards.

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

October 24, 2007 12:21 pm | 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.

150W Converters Offer Choice of Inputs and Packaging and Mounting

October 24, 2007 5:12 am | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. introduced the C300 Series of 150W DC/DC Converters, AC/DC Power Supplies. The C300 DC/DC product line boasts 7 DC input ranges of 10V to 16V, 18V to 36V, 36V to 75V, 45V to 90V, 80V to 160V, 160V to 320V, and 320V to 380V with 10 single output voltages ranging from 5V DC to 220V DC. The C300 AC/DC Series offers the same range of output voltages from a choice of 110V AC, 230V AC, or 115V AC to 230V AC inputs.

Ethernet Multimedia Co-Processor Supports DLNA Guidelines

October 23, 2007 11:45 am | 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 | 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>

Flexisafe Capacitor Minimized Short-Circuit Failure

October 23, 2007 11:16 am | Avx Corporation | Comments

AVX Corporation has designed a ceramic capacitor that virtually eliminates the risk of short-circuit failure, according to the company. Terminated with the company’s FLEXITERM technology introduced last year, the capacitors are designed to absorb shock and prevent internal cracking due to board flexure and temperature cycling damage. The components are also structured with a cascade electrode design (effectively two capacitors in series within one MLCC)

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PC/104-Plus Board Runs Hot and Cold

October 23, 2007 11:13 am | Comments

Products that operate over a wide temperature range can take advantage of the Winsystems PPM-GX, a PC/104-Plus-compatible single-board computer (SBC) based on the AMD GX500 processor which runs x86-compatible software. This SBC works with PC/104 and PC/104-Plus I/O modules and operates between -40° to +85°C without the need for a fan. The board offers the CPU and video, LPT, mouse, audio and keyboard controllers

Small MCU Package Adds Lots of Flash

October 23, 2007 11:08 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

The small packages -- down to 6×6 mm -- Microchip Technology uses for its newest PIC24F 16-bit microcontroller family do not compromise memory or I/O capabilities. The chips, available in 28- and 44-pin QFN packages, include 16 Kbytes to 64 Kbytes of flash program memory and as many as 8 Kbytes of SRAM. The PIC24FJ64GA004 family lets developers use a pin-mapping function to connect I/O devices to specific MCU pins as needed.

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Compiler Cuts Code in Half

October 23, 2007 11:01 am | Atmel Corporation | Comments

Hi-Tech Software has announced a new compilation technology that generates object code based on call- and pointer-reference graphs derived from all the modules in an embedded program. The new technology, called Omniscient Code Generation (OCG), overcomes problems in conventional compilers that can miss inconsistent calling conventions, variable declarations and redundant code because they compile each module independently and separately. OCG results in more easily ported code that is nearly 50 percent more dense than code from competing compilers.

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VPX/REDI, 3U SBC Supports Dual Core PowerPC at 34W

October 23, 2007 10:44 am | Comments

The XPedite 8070 high performance 3U VPX-REDI single board computer (SBC) from Extreme Engineering Solutions is appropriate for ruggedized systems requiring high bandwidth processing and low power consumption. With two P.A. Semi PA6T cores running at up to 2 GHz while dissipating <17W, the PA6T-1682 provides desirable performance-per-Watt. The P.A. Semi PA6T-1682 PWRficient integrated platform processor combines dual PA6T cores with high performance communication to two DDR2 SDRAM channels and a variety of network interfaces.

Computation Tool Streamlines Quality of Analytical Work

October 23, 2007 10:34 am | Comments

Maplesoft announced the release of its Maple 11 system that features enhancements to its document interface, computation engine and connectivity capabilities to provide users with the technology to reduce error and to increase analytical productivity. Its smart document environment automatically captures all technical knowledge in an electronic form that integrates calculations, explanatory text and math, graphics, images and sound.

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ATCA Dual-Input Bus Converter for Telecom Cards

October 23, 2007 10:04 am | Comments

Emerson Network Power has announced the availability of what is said to be the industry’s smallest front-end power converter to date for use on latest-generation telecom cards. The Artesyn dual-input ATC210 bus converter has a 2.3¨ × 1.8¨ footprint and a typical full load efficiency of 89 percent, yielding a power density in excess of 60W per cubic inch. The converter is expressly designed for use in ATCA systems, and appropriate for many other space-constrained systems that employ distributed power architectures.

Embedded PC Supports M2M Applications with a Variety of Connectivity Options

October 23, 2007 9:40 am | Comments

WinSystems has introduced its LBC-GX500, an integrated, single board computer (SBC) that is designed for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications with a variety of wired and wireless connectivity options. Among them are 802.11 wireless Ethernet, GSM/GPRS cellular modem, CDMA cellular modem, ZigBee wireless RF module, 10/100 wired Ethernet port, global-compliant dial-up modem, six USB ports and six COM channels on a single board.

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