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Development Kit Creates Sub-GHz Wireless Networks

May 2, 2008 7:51 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Providing wireless designers with an option for easy sub-GHz RF modem development, the EZLink Development Kit includes two EZLink radio modules with the Integration Associates’ IA4421 EZRadio transceiver and the PIC18F2520 8-bit Flash microcontroller from Microchip Technology. Users can create proprietary and standard-based short-range wireless networks

BeO Insulator Sets Thermal Conductivity Benchmark

May 2, 2008 5:50 am | Comments

Providing insulation in high-power RF and microwave power transistor packages as well as electron devices such as inductive output tubes, the BW3250 beryllium oxide (BeO)material from Brush Ceramic Products delivers a thermal conductivity of greater than 325 W/mK at room temperature, an increase of over 15 percent from the 285 W/mK that was previously achievable.

PCIe Switches Address Gen 2 Connectivity

May 1, 2008 11:02 am | Comments

Targeting high-performance control plane applications, PLX ExpressLane PCIe Gen 2 control plane switch family includes the PEX 8618 (16 lanes, 16 ports), PEX 8614 (12 lanes, 12 ports) and PEX 8608 (eight lanes, eight ports) to address key configurations specified by leading telecommunications and networking designers.

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Connector Assemblies Survive High Temperatures

May 1, 2008 9:32 am | Comments

Using specialized materials such as liquid crystalline polymer thermoplastic, the MDM Series of connectors from ITT Interconnect Solutions are rated for operation to 200°C. Targeting rough applications such as geophysical and oil exploration, instrumentation, and down-hole mapping, the connectors

Novel Chipscale Sensor Detects Both Proximity and Ambient Light

May 1, 2008 7:16 am | Comments

Promising to extend the battery lifetime and reduce circuit complexity and component count in advanced portable devices, the CM3612 from Capella Microsystems combines proximity and ambient light sensor functions in a single chip. The proximity detector in the chip is topped with a microscopic 830- to 880-nm IR filter and the ambient light sensor diode has a filter that passes

LCD Processors add Touch Functionality

April 30, 2008 5:52 am | Comments

Helping accelerate the deployment of touch-based control in industrial applications, Freescale’s ColdFire MCF5227x Series LCD processors have an integrated touch-screen controller. Featuring a V2 ColdFire core delivering up to 153 Dhrystone 2.1 MIPS at 160 MHz, the devices have a 128k SRAM block with an external bus and a serial boot flash capability

Portable High-Speed Data Recorder Boasts 20 Channel Recording System

April 30, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Astro-Med’s Test & Measurement Product Group introduced the Dash 20HF high frequency data recorder family. . The unit supports recording up to 20 analog channels to an internal hard drive at sample rates of up to 500 kHz and a bandwidth of 100 kHz per channel. The system is built into a 16” × 12.125” × 6.628” case and equipped with a 15” diagonal monitor for intuitive touch-screen control and real-time data viewing and analysis.

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Buck Regulators Presented as Industry's Smallest

April 29, 2008 9:50 am | Comments

Intended for use in applications such as handheld devices and automotive power adapters, the LM34917A and LM34919 step-down switching regulators from National Semiconductor is presented as the smallest devices of their type currently available. Features of the non-synchronous devices include a peak efficiency equal to or greater than 90 percent, a programmable switching frequency of up to 2 MHz

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Kit Enables MicroBlaze-Based Linux Design

April 29, 2008 7:47 am | Comments

Based on the PetaLogix Petalinux and LynuxWork’s BlueCAT Linux distribution and tool chains, the MicroBlaze Processor SpeedWay Design Workshop from Avnet includes the Linux for MicroBlaze Processor DVD, the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (Spartan™-3A DSP MicroBlaze Processor Edition), and attendance at an Avnet Linux for MicroBlaze Processor Workshop.

Quad Programmable Extended CODEC/SLIC IC Optimized Short-loop VOIP Applications

April 29, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Presented as industry’s first four-channel CODEC optimized for short-loop VoIP applications, the W684386 from Winbond Electronics Corp. is a highly integrated solution to support four FXS telephone line interfaces on a single low-power CMOS device. Optimized for short-loop applications, the device targets the VoIP equipment market, including products such as high-density VoIP gateways

Linear Stage Achieves 1-Micron Resolution

April 28, 2008 8:31 am | Comments

Providing a load capability of up to 200 kg, a continuous force as high as 1978 N (5933 N peak), a velocity of up to 25 m/sec, and acceleration of up to 9 G’s, the dual-profile rail linear motor-driven linear positioning stage from H2W Technologies has a resolution as fine as 1 µm. Well-suited for use as the base or “X” axis in stacked multi-stage applications such as inspection, pick-and-place

Small 15W Industrial Switcher

April 28, 2008 6:02 am | Comments

The Mean Well RS-15 Series Industrial Switcher from PowerGate offers 15W of single output power in 2.44” x 2.00” x 1.10" caged enclosure. The power supply operates on both Universal AC Input (85V AC to 264V AC) and 120V DC to 370V DC Input voltages. It uses 105°C long-life capacitors for improved reliability with an MTBF in excess of 1.6 million hours (MIL-HDBL-2175 / 25°C).

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MCU Development Platforms Provide Interactive Feedback

April 25, 2008 7:10 am | Renesas | Comments

Created to support development of the M16C, R8C and H8 microcontroller (MCU) product families, the Renesas Technology family of Sub-Atomic Particle Board demonstration platforms enable assessment of the on-chip peripheral functions and system development tools supplemented by interactive tutorials that quickly and easily guide users through necessary setup procedures and learning scenarios. An integrated suite of hardware and software

LabVIEW Module Supports ARM Microcontrollers

April 25, 2008 6:37 am | Comments

Presented as an extension of the LabVIEW graphical system design platform, the NI LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM Microcontrollers directly supports the ARM 7, ARM 9 and Cortex-M3 microcontroller families. The module can create embedded applications and deploy them with drivers that enable domain experts to graphically program all components of the ARM microcontroller including the analog and digital I/O.

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