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Evaluation Kit Serves Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGA Development

April 18, 2008 9:54 am | Spansion | Comments

Based on the 400,000-gate and 8,000-logic-cell 3S400A FPGA from Xilinx, a development kit from Avnet provides a platform for experimenting and prototyping applications based on the Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGA family. Suitable for exploring general logic designs as well as DSP and MicroBlaze-based embedded processing applications

Power Semiconductor Package Provides Thermal Enhancement

April 18, 2008 8:30 am | Comments

Targeting amplifiers, discrete transistors, and diodes where more than 0.5W is consumed, StratEdge's new family of small outline thermally enhanced molded ceramic packages for power semiconductors can be used for silicon, silicon carbide, gallium nitride, and other compound semiconductors in power applications.

Single Chip Synchronous Clock Solution for SETS

April 18, 2008 7:51 am | Comments

The STC5270 from Connor-Winfield is an integrated single chip solution for the synchronous clock in SDH, SONET, and synchronous Ethernet network elements. The device is fully compliant with ITU-G.813 and Telcordia GR1244 and GR253. The STC5270 accepts 2 reference inputs and generates 2 independent synchronized output clocks. Reference input frequencies are automatically detected. All reference switches are hitless.

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32-bit Microcontroller Serves USB On-the-Go Applications

April 18, 2008 7:47 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Providing USB 2.0 on-the-go (OTG) functionality to enabled devices, the PIC32MX420F032H-40I/PT USB On-The-Go PIC32 Microcontroller from Microchip provides designers with the flexibility to add all three modes of USB operation to their products. USB OTB functionality also includes the ability to auto-negotiate

Tiny Detect Switch Serves Mezzanine-Card Applications

April 17, 2008 8:52 am | Comments

Designed for side- and top-actuation with a board height of 3.5 mm, the HDT Series detect switch is suitable for use in Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) applications. Features include an operational life of 100,000 cycles with a maximum actuation force of 35 gm, a pre-travel of 0.30 mm, and an over-travel of 0.75 mm.

ADC Saves I/O Lines in FPGAs

April 17, 2008 8:34 am | Comments

Streamlining the digital communication between high speed ADCs and FPGAs, the Linear Technology LTC2274 16-bit, 105Msps ADC reduces the number of data I/O lines required between the ADC and the FPGA from 16 CMOS or 32 LVDS parallel data lines to a single, self-clocking, differential pair communicating at 2.1Gbps. Consuming 1.3W from a 3.3V analog supply, the 6mm² QFN-40-packaged device includes

5V MIL-STD-1553 Transformer With Smaller Footprint

April 17, 2008 7:56 am | Comments

Beta Transformer Technology Corporation introduced the MLP-2205 compact 0.4” × 0.4” footprint, 0.185” maximum height single channel transformer. A pair of MLP-2205 transformers can be used for dual channel applications yielding an overall footprint that is smaller than industry-available dual transformers.

Hi-Frequency Line Resistors for RF and Microwave Applications

April 16, 2008 12:19 pm | Comments

Available in standard case sizes 0402 through 3838 State of the Art has expanded its line of high frequency chip resistors. The devices are optimized for 50 ohm characteristic impedance using special manufacturing techniques to reduce VSWR. Power ratings for the resistors range from 50 mW up to 200W and a low return loss, up to 20 GHz.

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Shielded Category 6 Connectors and Snagless Boots Ensure the Integrity Of High-Speed Connections

April 16, 2008 7:38 am | Comments

Bomar’s shielded connector, the EZ-RJ45, exceeds the CAT 6 performance requirements per TIA/EIA-568-B when used in conjunction with a standard strain relief boot, or the new snagless boot. It is therefore suitable for a wide range of high-speed residential, telecommunications, and broadband communications applications where

Heating Tapes with Built-In Adjustable Thermostat

April 16, 2008 6:13 am | Comments

The HTWAT series of silicone rubber heating tapes from Omega Engineering feature an adjustable thermostat control up to 218°C (425°F) and are designed for process temperature control, freeze protection, and supplemental heat. The heating tapes are moisture and chemical resistant, suitable for electrically conductive surfaces, and heat up at a very quick rate. Recommended applications include valves, pipe lines, bearings, filter housings

New Interface Specification Empowers Next-Generation SBCs

April 15, 2008 8:48 am | Comments

Created by the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), a collaboration of board, I/O suppliers, and component manufacturers led by WinSystems, VIA Technologies, VersaLogic, Octagon, and Ampro, the SUMIT interface specification is intended to improve I/O issues in next generation SBCs.

Resistors Target Military Electronics

April 15, 2008 8:24 am | Comments

With voltage ratings from 750V to 20,000V and a resistance range from 330kO to 1GO, IRC's CMH Series of thick film resistors are qualified to MIL-PRF-49462. Suitable for high reliability applications including military communications, radar equipment, high-voltage power supplies and medical electronics

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Heat-Shrinkable Wraparound Repair Sleeves

April 15, 2008 7:23 am | Comments

QSW (Quick Shrink Wrap) heat-shrinkable wraparound repair sleeves from Tyco Electronics are available in flat sheets with widths of 60 or 100 mm and lengths of 100 mm, 200 mm, 300 mm and 400 mm. The black, adhesive-backed polyolefin wraparound sleeves permit fast, permanent repairs of minor damage to cable insulation without requiring the connector to be removed from the cable prior to repair.

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Event Data Recorder with Integrated F-RAM Memory

April 15, 2008 6:24 am | Comments

Presented as the semiconductor industry’s first F-RAM-based Event Data Recorder (EDR) the FM6124 from Ramtron International continuously monitors state changes, stores them in the F-RAM, and alerts the system to the changes. Like a programmable logic controller (PLC), the device features simple device settings and data retrieval for easy system integration and a shorter design-in cycle. The device is designed for use

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Signal Conditioner with Automatic Zero Adjustment Eliminates Sensor’s Inherent DC Offset Voltage

April 14, 2008 11:38 am | Comments

PCB Piezotronics introduced Model 478A30, a three-channel DC sensor signal conditioner with selectable gain. This model is designed to be compatible with new Series 3991/3993 high amplitude 20,000g MEMS DC response shock accelerometers, and providing the end user with

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