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Software Radio System in a PMC/XMC Module

August 29, 2007 10:05 am | Comments

Pentek, Inc. releases its model 7140-420 dual digital transceiver with wideband digital downconverter (DDC) core and interpolation filter. This is a complete software radio system in a PMC/XMC module. It includes two A/D and two D/A converters for connection to HF and IF ports. This transceiver with an extended bandwidth can fulfill a range of applications in signal intelligence, military and commercial communications systems and in radar. This module is also available in a variety of form factors including PCI, 3U and 6U cPCI, as well as a PMC/XMC conduction-cooled version. It handles a range of input and output signal bandwidths from 4.8 kHz to 40 MHz.

EMC Filters for Medical Applications

August 29, 2007 10:00 am | Comments

EPCOS’ SIFI-F (B84111FM*) compact two-line filters are available in a medical version for applications where low leakage current is a critical factor. They have a low maximum leakage current of 2 µA, and they offer desirable suppression of symmetrical and asymmetrical interference. The SIFI-F, along with the larger SIFI-G and SIFI-H, is designed for


Resistor with Low Thermal Resistance

August 29, 2007 8:02 am | Comments

TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division has announced its MHP20S Series TO-126 resistor that features a non-inductive thermal resistant design that is rated up to 20W for applications with limited PC board space. It is specified for pin driver use in IC and board testers. Additional applications include pulse handling circuits, motor control and drive circuits, and switch-mode power supplies


.040” Diameter Headers

August 29, 2007 7:26 am | Comments

Mill-Max introduces SIP and STRIP male pin headers which feature sturdy .040" diameter leads and mate to the company’s standard SIP and STRIP female sockets. The double-row connector is offered standard in 8 (2 × 4) up to 100 (2 × 50) position configurations on .100" spacing. This pairing creates a high-current interconnect rated at 8A per position.  When mated, these connectors create a high force, stiff and rugged interconnection between two boards or modules which resists separation and walkout

CMOS Photonics-based 40G Optical Active Cable

August 29, 2007 7:08 am | Comments

Luxtera, Inc. introduced a 40 Gigabit optical active cable (OAC), Blazar, which is said to be the world’s first CMOS Photonics product. The cable combines the characteristics optical modules and copper cables to provide a high bandwidth interconnect. The target markets are high performance computing InfiniBand and 40G proprietary rack to rack interconnect applications. With support for quad data rate (QDR), Blazar’s 40G bandwidth and extended reach of up to 300m overcomes the speed and range barriers that have limited InfiniBand applications to small computer clusters.

Low Cost, Low Bit-Rate RALCWI Vocoder IC

August 29, 2007 6:56 am | Comments

CML Microcircuits announced the RALCWI (Robust Advanced Low Complexity Waveform Interpolation) vocoder IC. The product is the result of a co-operation between CML Microcircuits and SPIRIT DSP. The CMX618 is a flexible, half-duplex, highly integrated RALCWI vocoder IC suited to both wireless and wireline voice applications such as voice scramblers, alarm systems, military field applications and digital professional/leisure two-way radios (DMR/dPMR).

EMI Shielded Vents and Filters

August 29, 2007 6:55 am | Comments

Tech-Etch, Inc. introduced EMI shielded honeycomb vents, fan vents, quiet vents and air filters in all shapes and sizes. Honeycomb vents are offered in both standard and custom configurations. Nine different aluminum vent styles are offered, and additional shielding gaskets can be added to increase attenuation

SPDIP Mating Pin Headers

August 29, 2007 6:51 am | Comments

Mill-Max introduces its family of SPDIP mating pin headers to compliment its line of SPDIP sockets. SPDIP (shrink plastic) packaging reduces device lead spacing between pins down to .070" pitch (1.778 mm) which is useful in memory, microcontrollers, video controllers and automotive design applications.


Small 2.25 MHz Low-Power DC/DC Converters

August 29, 2007 6:48 am | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced miniature 2.25 MHz, step-down DC/DC converters, which support low-power DSPs and microcontroller-based portable electronics. Said to extend battery life in Bluetooth headsets, cell phones and other Li-Ion battery-powered applications, the converters also save board space. These 300 mA, 600 mA and 1A synchronous, step-down DC/DC converters can efficiently regulate output voltages down to 0.6V with ±1.5 percent accuracy.

High Performance, Power-efficient DSP Platform FPGAs

August 29, 2007 6:44 am | Comments

Xilinx added power efficient Spartan-3A DSP devices to its XtremeDSP portfolio for signal processing applications. The devices offer DSP capabilities in a low-power FPGA for applications such as tactical radios for military communications, wireless access points and portable medical equipment. The Spartan-3A DSP low power (LP) devices are said to deliver a 50 percent static power savings, and a 70 percent savings while in suspend mode, compared to the standard devices, and they are available in industrial rated grades.


PTFE-Based Coreless Semiconductor Package

August 29, 2007 6:32 am | Comments

Endicott Interconnect Technologies’ HyperBGA PTFE-based coreless semiconductor package enables silicon devices to run at high speeds. The combination of the low loss, low dielectric constant material and strip line cross sections enables signal speeds surpassing 12 Gb/s. The material compliance of the PTFE, combined with the dimensional stability of a copper-invar-copper center plane


Quick Connect Plugs

August 29, 2007 6:26 am | Comments

Phoenix Contact releases its QC (Quick Connect) 1.5 plugs, an insulation displacement connection (IDC)-based plug for use in an expanded range of wire gauges. They offer flexibility in wire selections (24 AWG to 16 AWG), they are designed on a 5 mm pitch (centerline) spacing and they come with or without mounting flanges. The plugs mate with proprietary 5 mm headers, enabling vertical, horizontal or lengthwise PCB mounting for wider range flexibility.

Vibration-Damping Breadboards for OEM Applications

August 29, 2007 6:22 am | Comments

Kinetic Systems introduces high-performance breadboards that provide a flat, stable surface for a variety of applications that include mounting or assembling lasers, small optical systems, prototyping and precise inspections. Available in four standard configurations, these breadboards feature high natural frequency, nominal broadband damping, and flatness of ±0.004" over a 24" × 24" area.


Miniature Servo Drives Support Up to 2,400W

August 29, 2007 6:22 am | Comments

Elmo Motion Control introduced three miniature servo drives that support up to 2,400W. The new Whistle servo drives achieve high power density coupled with SimplIQ intelligence and are available in the following additional models: WHI-15/60 (15A, 60VDC), WHI-10/100 (10A, 100V), WHI-15/100 (15A, 100V). By integrating the company’s FASST (Fast And Soft Switching Technology) power management technology with thermal management technology, the miniature Whistle exhibits a power density of 35 W/cm3.

Shielding Gaskets Made from Recyclable Copper

August 29, 2007 6:17 am | Comments

Laird Technologies announces that 31 fingerstock standard products made from Recyclable Clean Copper (RCC) that offer similar performance characteristics to beryllium copper (BeCu) products, and they will work in 80 percent of all applications where BeCu is now used. RCC products do not contain beryllium, giving customers who want to avoid the use of beryllium containing metals a choice in alloy selections



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