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Chip Enables Simultaneous Audio Connections of Consumer Electronics

December 19, 2007 9:51 am | Comments

STS Inc. announced the availability of its fourth-generation chip (DARR81) for digital wireless audio platforms in the connected home or office. The chip enables simultaneous audio connections of consumer electronics (CE) devices, such as headphones, speakers, home theater systems, flat panel TVs, game consoles, iPod and portable media player docking stations, and PCs for uninterrupted streaming of HD uncompressed wireless audio.

Pocket Reference Oscillator Integrates HCMOS Oscillator in SMA Housing

December 19, 2007 9:38 am | Comments

Crystek introduced the Pocket Reference Oscillator (PRO Series), said to be the industry’s first frequency control product to integrate a complete HCMOS crystal clock oscillator in a rugged SMA housing. The oscillator offers frequency stability of ±25 ppm over 0°C to 70°C (operating temperature range rated at -40°C to 85°C; storage -45°C to 90°C). They are available off-the-shelf in frequencies from 4 MHz to 125 MHz

Interface Module Connects up to 15 Addressable SEI Devices

December 19, 2007 9:02 am | Comments

The SEI-USB from US Digital is an interface module that connects the company's SEI compatible devices to a standard USB 1.1 / 2.0 port. It connects up to 15 addressable SEI devices using a single 6-wire telephone-type cable up to 1000 feet long. It uses two RS-485-like differential pairs, one for “busy” flow control, and the other for bi-directional serial data

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Mini Wave System for Specialized Soldering

December 19, 2007 8:54 am | Comments

A multipurpose miniature wave system for soldering and desoldering is now available from Manncorp. The System 120 bench-top device is designed for single-point or single-edge soldering and removal of ICs such as DIPs, QFPs, PGAs, connectors, and odd forms. It is useful for short runs requiring selective soldering of single components and can be adjusted to 399ºC for lead-free or tin/lead processing.

DC/DC Converter for Railways Generates 2 kW Output

December 19, 2007 7:59 am | Comments

The HVI 2K-750/24 high input voltage DC/DC converter from Absopulse uses field proven design topology to generate 2kW output power. It accepts a 750V DC input voltage (525V to 975V DC range), which is the traction voltage typically required for mass transit vehicles such as trams, metros and light rail, as well as mining locomotives. The standard unit delivers

Board-to-Board SMC Connectors with Locking Capability

December 18, 2007 10:07 am | Comments

ERNI Electronics expanded its 1.27 mm SMC connector family with a board-to-board right-angle SMC connector and integrated locking system. The locking system can withstand normal vibration and shock loads, yet still disconnect without using tools. Female (type Q) and male (type B) connectors are available with surface-mount termination and plastic housings constructed of

Standard Cell Device Implements a Structured ASIC as IP

December 18, 2007 9:20 am | Comments

ChipX announced the introduction of Hybrid ASIC, the implementation of a structured ASIC as IP on a Standard Cell device. This development approach is said to allow for rapid and economical product line development and save companies recurring engineering (NRE) and tooling costs. According to the company, turnaround time for logic changes can be

Loop Powered Ultrasonic Sensors Internally Calculate Flow Rates and Volume

December 18, 2007 8:46 am | Comments

Automation Products Group, Inc. introduced the LPU-2428 Loop Powered Ultrasonic Level Sensors with microprocessor control to internally perform volume, flow, and totalization calculations. These IP65 rated sensors provide a 1 foot to 25 foot (0.3 m to 7.62 m) detection range. They are designed for liquid flow-rate and volume measurement applications.

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Battery Contacts Eliminate Plastic Housing

December 18, 2007 8:33 am | Comments

Components Corp. announced the freestanding BC-501 battery contact series. The low profile, small footprint contacts can be placed anywhere on a circuit board and eliminate the need for a plastic housing. They have a wireform design that helps ensure reliable and high spring force. BC-510 2A contacts are provided on 8 mm wide, 4 mm pitch, conductive polycarbonate tape that meets ANSI/EIA-481 standards

Post Amplifiers with Twice the Signal Gain of Previous Offerings

December 18, 2007 7:13 am | Comments

Micrel's SY88343HL and SY88289HL high-sensitivity, low-power CML limiting post amplifiers are designed with twice the signal gain of the company's previously announced SY88343DL and SY88289CL. These products are targeted at applications using low-cost transimpedance amplifiers and/or low gain PIN diodes which occur in a variety of data and telecom markets

RS-485/RS-422 Transceiver Provides Precision Control

December 18, 2007 6:53 am | Comments

Intersil Corporation introduced the ISL3259E RS-485/RS-422 transceiver, a next-generation interface IC that combines a 100 Mbps data transmission rate with a low 2.6 mA supply current and 15 kV IEC61000-4-2 ESD (electro-static discharge) protection. The IC allows for the elimination of external protection components and saves on total costs. This device’s ESD level is rated at 15 kV air gap and 8 kV contact discharge to IEC61000-4-2 on the RS-485/RS-422 bus pins and 9kV HBM on all of the other pins.

RS-432, RS-485 Transceivers Offer Extended Operating Temperature

December 18, 2007 6:51 am | Comments

Linear Technology expanded its RS-422/RS-485 transceiver product family with an "H-grade" option designed for high temperature applications. LTC285xH versions feature an extended operating temperature of -40°C to 125°C, as well as the characteristics traditionally required for these applications. The new temperature grade is intended to ensure reliable data transmission in harsh environmental conditions

Battery Charger IC for Single and Dual Cell Applications Reduces Charge Time

December 18, 2007 6:36 am | Comments

Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated announced the AAT3663, the first in a family of 1A linear battery charger ICs capable of charging up to two Li-ion cells in series. Designed to operate from either an AC adapter or a USB port, this device features the company’s Digital Thermal Loop charge reduction circuit which monitors the internal die temperature and gradually steps down the charge current to avoid thermal shutdown.

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Power Dividers Use 8-Way Adjustment

December 18, 2007 6:14 am | Comments

Microlab/FXR, a subsidiary of Wireless Telecom Group Inc., announced an 8-way version of its Dx-64FN Power Divider series. The frequency includes all cellular, PCS, and UMTS bands in a single unit. It is suited for low power applications where output isolation is more important than lowest possible loss. The wide frequency range of this design allows use with multi-band

Ball Bearings in Variety of Metric Sizes

December 17, 2007 11:39 am | Comments

Danaher Motion's Thomson Super Ball Bushings are now available in metric sizes of 16, 20, 25, 30, 40, and 50 mm. These bearings have a coefficient of friction as low as 0.001 so designers can specify smaller, less expensive motors, belts, gears, and ball screws. They are drop-in replacements for existing applications and are dimensionally interchangeable with competitive and legacy applications.

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