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Controller IC Cuts Development Time for Cordless Phone Power Supplies

April 22, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

CamSemi announced a mixed signal controller to enable the rapid development of simple, low cost, switched mode power supplies (SMPS) for cordless phone and other EMI-sensitive or low power consumer applications. The C2471 device will allow designers to meet the demands of

Serial Flash Memory Targets Portable Devices

April 22, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Targeting execute-in-place (XIP) applications in devices where size, power consumption, and high data rates are important, the 3.0-V SST26VF016 Serial Quad I/O 4-bit multiplexed I/O flash memory is available in an 8-contact WSON (6 mm x 5 mm) or 8-lead SOIC (200 mil) package. Handling up to a 350 Mbit/s sustained burst data rate and 8-, 16-, 32- or 64-Byte burst mode operation, the 16-Mbit device operates at 80-MHz and can erase small block sectors in as little as 25 ms or the entire memory in 50 ms.

Connector Provides Fast External Data Backup

April 22, 2008 5:49 am | Comments

Aimed at singlelane external storage applications with less than six feet of cable the eSATA input/output connectors from FCI provide external data backup and protection at speeds up to 3 Gb/s. They operate at both Gen1 and Gen2 speeds so regardless of the implementation the outside of the device enclosure will meet Gen1m specifications when operating at Gen1 speeds and Gen2m specifications when operation at Gen2 speeds.


Stackable SBC Specification Addresses Embedded Systems

April 22, 2008 5:06 am | Comments

Using the recently-introduced SUMIT (Stackable Unified Module Interconnect Technology) expansion interface, the Express104 SBC stackable module form factor specification from the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group provides the basis for stackable, I/O-centric, multi-board systems. Processor architecture and chipset independent, the specification describes a 90 mm × 96 mm board

Sixteen-Amp POL DC/DC Converter Features 94 Percent Efficiency

April 21, 2008 12:35 pm | Comments

Lambda has expanded its range of point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters with the  iAD Series of 16A non-isolated, single inline package (SIP), thru-hole mounted devices. Featuring a DOSA compatible pin-out, the iAD Series addresses a range of applications including


Miniature Servo Drive Integrates High Power Density

April 21, 2008 11:59 am | Comments

Elmo Motion Control added the Solo Whistle to its family of servo drives. This ready-to-use integrated device is designed to connect the company's Whistle Servo Drive directly to the application. The solution consists of the Whistle plus a connection interface which either eliminates or reduces

Small Wire-Wound Power Inductors

April 21, 2008 10:18 am | Comments

Packaged in an EIA 0603 case, Taiyo Yuden’s BRC1608 series of high-current, wire-wound power inductors are touted as the smallest available, measuring 1.6 mm × 0.8 mm × 0.8 mm. In addition to small size, the eight models offer a DC resistance of 0.06? to 0.55?, inductance of 0.2 µH to 2.2 µH and current; ratings of 0.98A to 0.28A. The footprint of the series facilitates compact DC/DC converters and thinner-profile products

Controller IC Supports Electronic Paper Displays

April 21, 2008 7:02 am | Comments

Created to support E Ink's Vizplex-enabled electronic paper displays, the Epson S1D13521B is a jointly-developed display controller IC will bring greater functionality with user interface features such as navigation, drop down/popup menus, responsive cursors, and real-time keyboard entry. The device can perform regional updates and enables the display to perform up to 16 tasks in parallel with support for pen input devices.


1 GHz SAW Clock Oscillator Provides Low Noise and Low Jitter Performance

April 21, 2008 6:13 am | Comments

Crystek’s CCSO-914X3-1000 1GHz SAW Clock Oscillator (CCSO) is delivered in a 9 mm × 14 mm SMT package. Featuring -142 dBc/Hz phase noise at 10 KHz offset, the device uses FR5 PCB and SAW (surface acoustic wave) crystal technology. It uses a +3.3V supply and generates a true-sinewave with +5 dBm min. output power.

SBC Form Factor Spec Advances Embedded Development

April 21, 2008 6:01 am | Comments

Intended to appeal to designers of embedded systems that require fanless operation, the Qseven single-board computer (SBC) specification created by a consortium including congatec AG and SECO and endorsed by the Small Form-Factor SIG has a maximum power consumption of around 12 W and a novel thermal cooling interface to aid in heat transfer. The specification provides for a 70-mm² footprint and offers two different connector heights, 5.5mm and 7.8mm.

High-Temperature Supercapacitor for Portable And Wireless Devices

April 18, 2008 10:49 am | Comments

The RoHS-compliant HS and HW, single- and dual-cell supercapacitors from Tecate Industries boast what is presented as the industry’s highest voltages for low ESR pulse supercapacitors. The high temperature electrolyte extends both the operating voltage (from 4.5V to 5.5V), and the operating and storage temperature (from 75°C to 85°C). This higher temperature specification enables them to operate reliably in portable and

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.

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


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