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Process Monitor is a Single-Chip Solution

October 10, 2008 6:53 am | Comments

Designed to watch the voltage, processor operation, and temperature in a computing system , the 9WDV3501 system monitoring IC from Integrated Device Technology is a single-chip solution to monitor multiple computing processes. Preventing systems from operating in error or unsafe modes, the pin-programmable device has a power-on reset function that holds the reset pins

Buck Converter Consolidates Power Management Functions

October 10, 2008 6:17 am | Comments

Integrating a 1.7 A buck converter and an 800 mA buck converter, AnalogicTech’s AAT2789 dual buck converter combines power management functions for portable systems powered from a single-cell Lithium-ion battery. The 2-channel synchronous step-down component exhibits an input range from 2.7 V to 5.5 V, externally-adjustable output voltage, a low

Socket Targets QFN-Packaged ICs

October 10, 2008 5:08 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Comments

Working at bandwidths up to 40 GHz, Ironwood Electronics DG-QFN24C-01 QFN socket performs in 0.5 mm pitch 24-pin ICs. The 4 mm² instrument socket exhibits insertion loss of <1 dB, dissipation up to several watts without extra heat sinking, and handling of up to 100 watts with custom heat sink. The socket offers typical contact resistance of 3 mO per pin, connecting of

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Oscilloscope Integrates Analyzer and Generator

October 9, 2008 12:38 pm | Comments

Triggering on I²C and SPI data streams, Link Instruments’ MSO-19 USB-powered mixed signal oscilloscope combines a 2 GSa/s RIS DSO, a, 8-channel 200 MSa/s logic analyzer, and a 100 Mpt/s digital pattern generator. The PC-Based multi-tool makes time domain reflectometry (TDR) measurements, outputs both parallel and serial digital patterns, and adds

LED Controller Delivers 70 W

October 9, 2008 12:33 pm | Comments

Using an external N-channel MOSFET, Linear Technology’s LT3756 high-side current sense LED controller drives up to 20 1 A white LEDs from a nominal 12 V input, delivering up to 70 W. The DC/DC converter operates in an input voltage range from 6 V to 100 V in automotive, industrial, and architectural lighting applications in boost, buck, buck-boost, or

RF Switch Contains Four TX Paths

October 9, 2008 12:14 pm | Comments

Using UltraCMOS process technology, Peregrine Semiconductor’s PE42641 HaRP-enhanced SP4T RF switch presents 4 identical WEDGE- and CDMA-compliant TX paths while operating from DC to 3,000 MHz. The 3 mm × 3 mm × 0.75 mm QFN-packaged unit exhibits insertion loss of 0.45 dB at 1,000 MHz and 0.60 dB at 2,000 MHz, and isolation of

Coupling Chip Antenna Geared to Micro Communication Products

October 9, 2008 12:00 pm | Comments

Featuring sensitivity to environmental interference, the 5320 Coupling Chip Antenna from Yageo Corporation is intended for micro communication products, including Bluetooth headsets, smart phones, and others. Requiring 3 mm to 5 mm in clearance on motherboards, the antenna supports bandwidths of 2.4 GHz to 2.484 GHz, Bluetooth and IEEE 802.11 bgn applications

Module Series Acts as Controlling Microprocessor

October 9, 2008 11:34 am | Comments

Providing Wi-Fi/802.11b/g functionality, the RCM5400W module series from RabbitCore mounts directly onto a user-designed motherboard and acts as the controlling microprocessor for the system. Measuring 1.84" × 2.85" × 0.55" (47 mm × 72 mm × 14 mm), the series features hardware DMA and six serial ports. With up to 39 general-purpose I/O lines configurable, the series sports

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Microcontrollers Employ a Hardware Control Law Accelerator to Assist the CPU

October 9, 2008 10:31 am | Comments

Offloading high-speed control algorithms from the main TMS320C28x CPU, Texas Instruments’ Piccolo Series MCUs frees the CPU to handle I/O and feedback loop metrics via its control law accelerator (CLA) design. The units provide 32-bit real-time control in solar power micro-inverters, LED lighting, white good appliances and hybrid automotive

Computers Demonstrate PCI Expandability

October 9, 2008 9:38 am | Comments

Performing in industrial and embedded applications, Arista’s BoxPC Computer Series offers single PCI expandability, an 800 MHz FSB and Windows XP. The devices includes 1 GB of DDR400 DIMM RAM at 266/333/400MHz. 120 GB 5,400 rpm SATA HDD with RAID 1/0 configurations, one LPT printer port, audio connectors, and a metal wall-mountable chassis. The BoxPC 108A has

DSA Offers Serial-Addressable Control Interface

October 9, 2008 9:14 am | Comments

Controlling up to 8 different attenuators using a common 3-wire interface bus, Peregrine Semiconductor's PE43703 7-bit UltraCMOS digital step attenuator (DSA) presents a serial-addressable control interface. The 5 mm × 5 mm × 0.85 mm 32-lead QFN-packaged device covers a 31.75 dB attenuation range in 0.25 dB, 0.50 dB, or

Module Aids in TV Tuner Architecture Conversion

October 9, 2008 8:21 am | Comments

Exceeding ATSC, OpenCable, DVBT/C/H, DMB-TH, and ISDB-T standards, Xceive Corporation’s SN5000A SiliconNOW tuner module helps bridge the gap between CAN tuner architecture and silicon-based TV tuner architecture. The component offers

Triaxial Accelerometer Exhibits High Sensitivity

October 9, 2008 8:14 am | Comments

Offering a frequency response from 0.3 Hz to 10,000 Hz, Dytran Instruments’ Model 3263M8 triaxial accelerometer presents a sensitivity of 100 mV/g. The component shows laser-marked labels of the X, Y, and Z axes in a large font size on 3 orthogonal faces, which aids in the orientation of the sensor. The accelerometer performs in modal analysis, noise vibration

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Brushless Fans Supply 417 cfm

October 9, 2008 7:09 am | Comments

Having an impeller design, Jaro Thermal’s Air-Mover Series brushless fans deliver 417 cfm (5,300 rpm) of high-flowing air. The 172 mm × 150 mm × 51 mm instruments operate with a static pressure of 1.690” of H2O and a voltage from 24 VDC to 56 VDC. The fans are appropriate for HVAC, server, and rack mount applications. Options include on-board

Attenuators Demonstrate Four Attenuation Values

October 9, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Measuring 0.125" × 0.250" × 0.015", State of the Art’s MTA1225 Series multi-tap attenuators offer standard attenuation values of 1 dB, 3 dB, 6 dB, and 10 dB on a single chip. VSWR for all 4 values is <1.500:1 with attenuation tolerance of ±0.500 dB or 10%, whichever is greater. The chips eliminate the use of multiple attenuator devices in attenuation switching

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