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ESD Protection Device Offers Low Capacitance

November 4, 2008 6:34 am | Comments

Protecting data lines for applications such as HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) from ESD, Epcos’ 0603-sized ceramic multilayer CeraDiode exhibits a typical capacitance of 0.6 pF. The SOD-523-packaged component delivers data rates of up to 10 Gb/s, and is said to be able to replace semiconductor diodes 1:1 due to their identical fit, form, and function

Lighting System Touts 20 Percent Battery Consumption Reduction

November 4, 2008 6:30 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Enabling an up to 20 percent reduction in battery power consumption through the use of an “intelligent” lighting-control, the single-chip ADP5520 lighting management system from Analog Devices automatically detects ambient light levels and adjusts backlight brightness according to changing lighting environments. The lighting system can also assume control of key-scan and general-purpose I/O

DC-DC Converters Reduce PCB Size

November 4, 2008 5:34 am | Comments

Designed for portable consumer electronics applications, a series of high-frequency, synchronous DC-DC converters from Diodes Incorporated offer switching frequencies that reduce circuit inductor and capacitor size, resulting in smaller PCBs. The converters feature typical efficiency of 94%, with a quiescent current of 150 µA. The AP6714 has an adjustable output voltage range

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SoC Combines Wi-Fi, Active RTLS, and Wireless Sensing

November 4, 2008 4:55 am | Comments

Coming with a processor running a TCP/IP stack, G2 Microsystems’ G2C547 IEEE 802.11b/g SoC handles Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, active RTLS, and wireless sensing capabilities. The 72-pin QFN-packaged component operates in a thin-client architecture for Internet-enabling MCU-based devices, or in a G2-hosted architecture that eliminates the external processor and runs on the G2 CPU. Other offerings include EPC Gen 2 capability for RFID/RTLS applications; a

Board Support Package Supports Linux

November 4, 2008 4:05 am | Comments

Targeting the AMD Geode LX-based Cougar and Python SBCs, VersaLogic’s DEV-CD-L6 quick-start board support package (BSP) uses the Debian Linux 4.0 (etch/stable) product running Linux kernel 2.6.25-5. The bootable LiveCD installs and supports Ethernet, audio, video, USB, and serial communications. The package offers 3 stable images for meeting

Controller ICs Allow Two-Touch Gestures

November 3, 2008 10:52 am | Atmel Corporation | Comments

Targeting personal electronics and mobile phones, Atmel’s AT42QT5320 and AT42QT5480 capacitive touchscreen controller ICs track and report 1 or 2 simultaneous touches as separate X and Y positions. The RoHS-compliant components implement common user-initiated gestures, including tap, double tap, flick, and drag, as well as two-touch gestures, such as

Oscillators Operate at 250 MHz

November 3, 2008 10:17 am | Comments

Measuring 3.2 mm × 2.5 mm, Fox Electronics' HCMOS XpressO oscillators function in frequencies from 0.75 MHz to 250 MHz. The 3.3 V components are suitable for microprocessor, DSP, FPGA, SONET, and Ethernet environments, as well as industrial controllers, test and measurement equipment, and storage area networks. The RoHS-compliant oscillators offer stabilities of

Terminal Blocks Include Inclined Wire Entry

November 3, 2008 9:45 am | Comments

Performing in PCBs or small equipment housings, Camden Electronics’ CTB3000/4000 rising clamp terminal blocks allow for 45° inclined wire entry with a cable entry size of 12 AWG. The interconnects come in pitch sizes of 5 mm with a 17.50 A and 250 V rating, and 10 mm with a 17.50 A and 750 V rating. The products exhibit a dielectric strength of =1.25 kV at 60 s, height of 12 mm, working temperature range from -20°C to 125°C, and approvals per UL, cUL, VDE, and

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Unit Test Tool Covers All Code

November 3, 2008 9:16 am | Comments

Automating the test process, the TBrun stand-alone unit test tool from LDRA covers development, test, legacy, and large systems. It extracts details about the unit interface including parameters, template arguments, input and output globals, input and output members and return values. These variables are then presented to the user as a framework for generating a test case for the unit

Bayonet Connectors Target Military, Industrial Systems

November 3, 2008 8:39 am | Comments

Meeting the requirements of VG52934, the CA Bayonet Series connectors from ITT are intended for use in applications such as military vehicles, mining equipment, railway projects, and industrial automation. Featuring a positive bayonet locking mechanism, the connectors withstand temperatures up to 200°C. Plating options include

RFID Tags Work in Liquid and on Metal Surfaces

November 3, 2008 7:53 am | Comments

Offering epoxy and silicon-seal packaging, Ferroxcube’s Ferroxtag high-frequency RFID tags are designed for use in liquid or on metal surfaces and can be affixed onto the surface via screws, glues, or double-sided adhesive tapes. The 25 mm × 12.50 mm × 5 mm components support

Interfaces Enable High-Definition Recording

November 3, 2008 6:40 am | Comments

Operating on the 1394 (Firewire) link layer and integrated physical layer, Texas Instruments’ TSB43EC42 and TSB43EA42 encrypted interfaces yields tru2way set top boxes and digital TVs to record in high definition. The IEC61883-1/2/4/7-compliant instruments integrate a 1394a 2-port PHY that functions at 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, or 400 Mbps with IEEE Std. 1394-1995 and 1394a-2000 compliance. The BGA-packaged components support MPEG2, MPEG4, DV, and

Voltage Regulator Supports PMBus

November 3, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

Managing, monitoring, and reporting power supply operating conditions, NXP’s TEA132X digital point-of-load voltage regulator complies with PMBus 1.1 with 96 standard commands including margining, protections, sequencing, monitoring, and user defaults store. The 32-pin HVQFN-packaged component provides

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Power Supply Generates Three Voltage Rails

November 3, 2008 5:24 am | Comments

Coming in a chip form factor, Integral Wave Technologies’ P3131-S 3-output power supply creates 3 independent voltage rails exhibiting output voltages from 0.7 V to 3.6 V in 4 mV steps at maximum currents of 6 A, 3 A, and 3 A. The 13.6 mm × 20.8 mm × 2.5 mm LGA-packaged component offers an input voltage of 12 V, efficiency of up to 90%, and power of up to 25 W at

LCD Modules Display High Contrast

October 31, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

Targeting industrial applications, Sharp Microelectronics’ LQ043T3DG01 and LQ043T3DG02 4.3” landscape-mode VGA LCD modules show a contrast ratio of 900:1. The 480 × 272 pixel displays exhibit a horizontal viewing angle of 160°, a vertical viewing angle of 140°, response time of 29 ms, and 262,144 6-bit colors. The devices have an LED backlight, an anti-glare polarizing

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