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Custom and Standard Segmented Display Cells Offer Readability In Paper-Thin Form Factor

October 8, 2008 7:40 am | Comments

E Ink announced general availability of its next-generation segmented display cells (SDC). The products are simple digit, icon and alpha-numeric displays, offering desirable readability in a paper-thin form factor that uses minimal battery power. The company asserts the new SDCs are 40 percent thinner with a wider operational temperature range and increased flexibility for repetitive

Power Supplies Meet Industrial Safety Standards

October 8, 2008 7:31 am | Comments

Measuring 3" x 5" x 1.3", the ECM140 series of compact open frame single-output AC/DC power supplies from XP Power meets the electrical safety standards of both IEC 60601-1 / EN 60601-1 for medical equipment and IEC 60950-1 / EN 60950-1 for industrial and IT equipment. It offers a power density of 7.9 Watts per cubic inch. The ECM140 requires

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LED-based Light Guides Presented As Thinnest for Portable Devices, Laptop/Desktop LCDs and Keypads/Keyboards

October 8, 2008 7:31 am | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) has introduced LED-based high-brightness backlights that offer thinness down to 0.4 mm or less for LCDs in an array of consumer electronics products, as well as the keypads/keyboards used in mobile phones and laptop and desktop PCs. The light guides leverage the company’s MicroLens light extraction technology and improved manufacturing processes to enable backlight assemblies less than 1 mm high using light guides as

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LED Backlight Driver Provides Flexible Color and Output Control

October 8, 2008 7:05 am | On Semiconductor | Comments

Integrating management for LCD backlighting, light output control, and ambient light sensing feedback, the NCP5890 lighting management IC from ON Semiconductor creates homogeneous lighting for LCD backlights Delivering an output of 30 V, the chip can control up to three sets of white or RGB LEDs in backlights. keypads, or chassis lighting. Features include an overall power efficiency

Fifty-Volt LDMOS Power Transistors Serve L-Band Radar Applications

October 8, 2008 7:05 am | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor introduced a 50 V LDMOS RF power transistor line-up for L-Band radar applications. The MRF6V14300H final stage device produces pulsed RF output power of 330 W at frequencies between 1,200 and 1,400 MHz and offers desirable efficiency, gain and thermal resistance at this power level and frequency. This line of transistors offers

High Density 40-nm FPGAs and HardCopy ASICs Present Transceiver Options

October 8, 2008 6:49 am | Comments

Altera introduced its Stratix IV 40-nm FPGAs and HardCopy ASICs. Both devices feature transceivers options, provide desirable densities, performance and low-power. The Stratix IV family has up to 680K logic elements (LEs), two-times bigger than the company’s Stratix III family. The HardCopy IV ASIC family offers equivalent densities as the Stratix IV devices and features up to 13.3 million gates. These 40-nm devices meet the diverse high-end

Powertrain Microcontrollers Feature Emissions Control Technology to Address Global Warming

October 8, 2008 6:33 am | Stmicroelectronics | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a family of 32-bit automotive microcontrollers (MCUs) with integrated emissions control technology. The MPC563xM family includes three 32-bit powertrain MCUs designed to help improve the efficiency and performance of small engines scaling from one to four cylinders. Built on Power Architecture technology, the MPC563xM devices help address the cost constraints of engine and transmission suppliers and

Hygrotherms Sense Temperature and Humidity

October 8, 2008 6:16 am | Comments

Weighing ~0.2 kg (7.1 oz), Omega Engineering’s ETF012 Series electronic hygrotherms sense the ambient temperature and relative humidity in an enclosure with electrical/electronic components. The instrument turns on a heater or a fan at either set point to help prevent the formation of condensation in the enclosure. The LED integrated in the adjustment knob on the active controller shines when the connected device is in operation. The CE-compliant units are equipped for

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Midspan and Splitter Enable PoE Solutions

October 8, 2008 5:15 am | Phihong | Comments

Meeting IEEE802.3at specifications, Phihong’s Gb-compatible POE60U-560G midspan and POE45-120 splitter power multi-radio access point arrays in business and educational environments, and thin client terminals for call centers and kiosks. The 60 W one-port midspan performs in applications requiring up to 52 W of low-voltage DC power. The 45 W

Space-Saving SRM-SPM Power Modules Drive Two-Phase Switched Reluctance Motors

October 7, 2008 1:41 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor introduced what is said to be the first SRM-SPM power modules for driving two-phase switched reluctance motors (SRM) in small motor applications. Switched reluctance motors are an alternative to AC drives due to their high efficiency. The small motor industry is migrating from single-phase to two-phase SRM motors due to their

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

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