MH&W International announced Keratherm 86/82, a high tensile strength, thermal interface material (TIM) that improves heat transfer from ICs and other components to their heat sinks, and provides durability for installation and long-term use. It is a thermally conductive, electrically isolating silicone film with a reinforcing fiberglass layer for tear and cut-through resistance. The silicone provides excellent wetting properties for filling interface surfaces.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valpey Fisher Corporation introduced the VFJA432 and VFJA434 integrated timing modules for synchronizing Ethernet. The timing modules can synchronize an Ethernet physical layer to a telecom network timing reference while generating a 0.18 picosecond jitter Ethernet clock. The modules can synchronize to common telecom frequencies such as 8 KHz and 19.44 MHz from the backplane or common Ethernet frequencies such as 25MHz and 125 Mhz from the physical layer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.