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Ambient Light Sensor Mimics Human Eye Response

April 24, 2008 10:26 am | Comments

Intended for use in consumer, industrial and automotive applications, Avago’s APDS-9300 digital ambient light sensor is designed to approximate the spectral response curve of the human eye. Using an I²C interface with a 16-bit digital output at 400 kHz, the chipLED-packaged device has a programmable interrupt function with user-defined upper and lower threshold settings. The RoHS-compliant ambient light sensor accepts a 2.5-V input voltage at 0.6 mW (typical) with a power-down mode

Fiber Optic Transceiver Complies with 150 Mbps MOST Physical Layer

April 24, 2008 8:25 am | Comments

Melexis has developed the MLX75605, a single package solution for a 150 Mbps Fiber Optic Transceiver dedicated to the newly introduced MOST150 physical layer. It comes in a 24 pin SOIC package compatible with lead free SMD processes. The transceiver includes integrated ferrule receptacles for both receiver and transmitter pigtails with

Software Verifies Compliance with DO-178B, IEC-61508, and MAAB Modeling Standards

April 24, 2008 8:02 am | Comments

The MathWorks announced that its Simulink verification and validation software automatically evaluates and verifies system models for compliance with DO-178B and IEC-61508 standards and MAAB modeling guidelines, which have been extensively adopted by international aerospace, automotive, and industrial equipment markets, among others. The model-checking features


Motor Control Kits Include Optimized DSP Source Code

April 24, 2008 6:42 am | Comments

Based on Texas Instrument's TMS320F28335 floating-point digital signal controller, the Technosoft MCK28335 Motor Control Kit include source code and MATLAB libraries to provide a complete motion control development and evaluation package. Both BL (brushless) and IM (induction) kit versions complete C language source code, including a MATLAB motion library, complete DSP source code

High Efficiency 72W External AC/DC Power Adapter

April 24, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Emerson Network Power expanded its portfolio of AC/DC power adapters with the launch of a high efficiency 72W model. The AD72 power adapter features a universal 90-264V AC input and produces a single, fully regulated 16V DC output capable of delivering up to 4.5A continuously.

Operating System Empowers Multi-Core Virtex-5 FXT Platform

April 23, 2008 10:54 am | Comments

An implementation of the 2.6 Linux kernel, the LynuxWorks BlueCat real-time operating system (RTOS) supports the latest Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT platform. The platform offers the capacity of two PowerPC 440 Processor blocks, allowing a GUI-based operating system such as BlueCat Linux on one core and then asymmetrically running an RTOS like LynxOS on the other.

Computer-on-Module Addresses Extreme Applications

April 23, 2008 10:14 am | Comments

WIth an operating temperature range from -40°C to +85°C, a high level of component integration, and a PWB that is 0.093"-thick, Ampro's COM 840 computer-on-module is well-suited for use in rugged-use applications. Based on Intel’s Core2 Duo processor and GME965 chipset, the device integrates processor, RAM, graphics, networking, PCI Express expansion, and other functionalities in a 3.7 × 4.5" footprint.

PXI Embedded Controllers Perform in Value-based Test, Measurement and Control Applications

April 23, 2008 8:21 am | Comments

National Instruments introduced two embedded controllers – the PXI-8104 and PXI-8183 – intended for value-based test, measurement, and control applications across the consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductor, telecommunications, and aerospace and defense industries.


880 nm Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes Serve Medical Imaging Applications

April 23, 2008 7:50 am | Comments

AMS Technologies announces the extension of its Exalos family of Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes (SLEDs) with the 880nm SLED (EXS8810). These semiconductor light sources combine the spatial coherence of a laser diode with the temporal incoherence of an LED. The 880 nm SLEDs typically exhibit


Handheld Multimeter Delivers Voice Output

April 23, 2008 5:54 am | Comments

The OMEGASAYS UV1000, from Omega Engineering, measures 0V DC to 10V DC voltage, 0 mA to 20 mA current, and Type K thermocouple inputs and verbalizes them in any range with over 100 built-in Engineering units. The device is battery powered and equipped with RS232 PC interface that allows configuration of the verbalizer for input range, engineering units, and high and low alarm set points. Front keypad allows input

Sixteen-bit, Dual-channnel DAC Family Presents 1 Gbps LVDS Inputs

April 22, 2008 7:13 am | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a 16-bit, dual channel, 1 GSPS (giga sample per second) digital-to-analog converter (DAC) family. The single and dual-channel DAC family features a low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) data input port at 1 Gbps, providing up to 400 MHz signal bandwidth.

Microcontrollers Incorporate USB On-the-Go

April 22, 2008 6:59 am | Comments

Presented as the first integration of USB On-the-Go (OTG) and host capability in the ARM Cortex-M3 architecture, Luminary Micro’s Stellaris Microcontrollers also integrate the ARM PrimeCell 32-channel configurable µDMA controller to provide features such as advanced scatter/gather transfer modes. The LM3S3000 USB Series and LM3S5000 CAN+USB devices feature a USB controller that can be configured for USB Host-mode or USB Device-mode

Oscilloscopes Provide Triggering, Decode Support for Serial Buses In Embedded Systems

April 22, 2008 6:28 am | Tektronix | Comments

Tektronix announced the availability of the DPO3000 Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes (DPOs), a portable series of models that provides triggering and decode support for popular serial buses used in embedded design applications. They offer 5M standard record length and use the


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.


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