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Worldwide Wireless USB Chipset with PCI Express Interface

October 7, 2008 1:34 pm | Comments

Alereon announced the AL5350 BaseBand Processor (BBP) plus Media Access Controller (MAC) that pairs with the previously announced AL5100 RF transceiver. This chipset features both a USB and PCI Express interface designed for high performance PC embedded Half-MiniCard Wireless USB applications, docking stations, wireless monitors and wireless connections from laptops to HDTVs. In addition, the AL5350/AL5100 chipset was designed to

SiC MESFETs Surpass Silicon, GaAs Devices

October 7, 2008 1:25 pm | Comments

Cree, Inc. unveiled its 48 V silicon carbide (SiC) RF MESFETs that are optimized for applications such as wideband Mil/Aero and defense communications, Class A and A/B amplifiers, and wireless broadband applications. Properties include high breakdown voltage, high saturated electron drift velocity and high thermal conductivity, surpassing silicon or gallium arsenide. The 10 W Model CRF24010 has a 15 dB gain and junction-to-case

High-Current Flash LED Driver Provides Adjustable Over-Voltage Protection for Single or Dual LED Operation in Handheld Devices

October 7, 2008 1:14 pm | Comments

National Semiconductor introduced a high-current light-emitting diode (LED) driver that enables dual LED operation for the camera flash function in portable multimedia devices.  The LM3553 fixed-frequency, step-up DC/DC converter with two regulated current sinks, drives loads up to 1.2 A from a single-cell Li-Ion battery. The driver’s adjustable over-voltage protection circuitry allows designers to drive two high-current LEDs in a series configuration, which

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12.5 Gbps, 1:8 Demultiplexer with Latched Comparator Input Enables High Frequency Communications and Computing Applications

October 7, 2008 12:58 pm | Comments

Inphi Corporation announced the 1385DX demultiplexer with latched comparator input operating at bit rates from DC to 12.5 Gbps. Part of the High Speed Logic family of devices, the 1385DX, with its high sensitivity latched comparator input and auto-synchronizing demultiplexer, enables test and measurement, defense, and aerospace designers to develop high speed data acquisition front ends and to deserialize high speed signals. The 1385DX features a high-speed

Flexible Multimode Wireless Data Modem for MSM, SDR

October 7, 2008 12:47 pm | Comments

CML Microcircuits introduced its CMX7143 integrated and adaptable multi-mode wireless data modem built on the company’s FirmASIC component technology. It is said to be able to implement different wireless data schemes, with ease, when required. The CMX7143 initially offers 4-Level FSK operation, but the chip is configurable via special Function Image data files, enabling the implementation of further wireless data schemes, simply by swapping

Power Management ICs with Integrated High-Fidelity Audio Codec

October 7, 2008 12:38 pm | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics launched the first product in its AudioPlus Power Management product line. The WM8350 features an integrated high fidelity audio Codec and power management subsystem which provides high performance audio, extended battery life and reduced system cost for portable audio and navigation applications. It is compatible with

Small-Footprint 0.5 A, 1 A and 1.5 A Flip Chip Schottky Diodes

October 7, 2008 12:31 pm | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology offers FlipKY chip scale Schottky diodes that are said to be the smallest such devices on the market. The Vishay FCSP FlipKY Series includes 0.5 A, 1 A, and 1.5 A devices with footprint dimensions of 0.9 mm × 1.2 mm and 1.5 mm × 1.5 mm. With low profiles of 0.6 mm for the 1 A device and 0.5 mm for the 0.5 A device, these diodes

Input Module Combines Five-Way Rocker and Scrollwheel Functionality with Two Analog Cursor Control Modes

October 7, 2008 12:16 pm | Comments

Avago Technologies announced a thin ultra-compact input device product that combines a navigation pad module with a motion sense and interface integrated circuit (IC) to provide mouse-like pointing in a variety of mobile devices. With a low profile height of 1.7 mm and diameter of 14 mm, this ultra-compact navigation pad incorporates a self centering button with click function. Based on embedded capacitive sense technology, this miniature input module will enable

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LCD Module Displays High Luminance

October 7, 2008 12:01 pm | Comments

Viewing with a horizontal and vertical angle of 176°, NEC LCD Technologies’ NL804BC24-04 9” amorphous-silicon TFT LCD module demonstrates a luminance of 530 cd/m². The unit operates with a contrast ratio of 800:1 using UA-SFT (super-fine TFT) technology, which reduces the color shift that occurs due to a change in the viewing angle. The display

Thin, 2.5-inch MLC-based SSD with SATA II Presented as 2.4x Faster Than an HDD

October 7, 2008 11:55 am | Comments

Samsung Electronics has developed what it asserts as the world’s fastest, 2.5", 256 GB multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive (SSD) using a SATA II interface. The 256 GB SSD is also said to be the thinnest drive with the largest capacity to be offered with a SATA II interface. With a sequential read speed of 200 MB/s and sequential write speed of

Starter Kit De-skills Low Power Wireless Connectivity

October 7, 2008 11:48 am | Comments

Jennic announced a Starter Kit which allows developers with little or no wireless experience to develop products. Priced at $219, the JN5139-EK020 IEEE802.15.4/JenNet Starter Kit uses Jennic JN5139 MCUs and modules as wireless processors or co-processors. In the wireless co-processor configuration, the kit demonstrates nodes adding wireless connectivity to

Data Deduplication Cards Accelerate Hashing, Compression and Encryption Algorithms

October 7, 2008 11:38 am | Comments

Hifn announced the addition of two members of its Express DR card family, the Express DR 250 and 255, designed to accelerate data deduplication and data reduction applications. The Express DR 250/255 hardware accelerated data deduplication cards use built-in SHA-1 or MD5 hashing algorithms and single-pass LZS 2.5:1 data compression (on average) with

High-performance DSP/FPGA AdvancedMC Module for Wireless, Baseband, Image and Signal Processing

October 7, 2008 11:02 am | Comments

CommAgility is shipping its AdvancedMC module AMC-D4F1, targeted at high-performance processing roles in wireless baseband and other applications. Designed around four TMS320C6455 DSPs from TI running at 1 GHz and a Virtex-4 FX100 Series FPGA from Xilinx, the AMC-D4F1 module provides more processing capabilities and I/O bandwidth than other

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Instrument Platform Provides Power Characterization

October 7, 2008 10:47 am | Keithley Instruments | Comments

Combining a precision power supply, true current source, DMM, arbitrary waveform generator, the 2600A System SourceMeter Instrument family from Keithley Instruments has a V or I pulse generator with measurement, electronic load, and trigger control. Using A/D converter technology that provides both high speed and measurement precision, the instruments also feature

Trident Connectors Address Transportation Applications

October 7, 2008 10:38 am | Comments

Intended for use in transportation applications, Trident Series connectors from ITT Interconnect Solutions are offered in six configurations, including Snap Together (rectangular and slimline), Multiway (rack & panel), Ringlock (circular), Neptune (circular), and TNM (circular) versions. The Snap Together connectors can handle 250 VAC, with a current rating is 13 A

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