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Hot-swap Managers Support Currents up to 5 A

February 23, 2009 7:49 am | Comments

 Protecting against over currents for voltage rails between 3 V and 20 V, three hot-swap managers from TI support an operating current of up to 5 A. The TPS2420 comes in a tiny 16-pin QFN package and the TPS2421-1 and TPS2421-2 come in 8-pin SOIC packages. Other features include

White LEDs Produce High Power

February 23, 2009 7:24 am | Comments

Exhibiting a lifetime of 60,000 hours with lumen maintenance of >70%, Luminus Devices’ SST-90 and CST-90 white PhlatLight LEDs generate 1,000 lm with 10-W input at 6,500K and 2,250 lm at its maximum rated drive current. The devices come in SMT and connectorized chip-on-board packaging with standard mounting features, respectively, and

Evaluation Board Remotely Controls Laser Diodes

February 23, 2009 7:01 am | Comments

Equipped with a USB port, AMS Technologies presents Wavelength Electronics’ FL593FL combination evaluation board and laser diode driver that remotely controls multiple laser diodes via computer. The module can control setpoint, current limit, and constant current/constant power mode settings, and optional analogue inputs facilitate


Touch Sensor Controller Converts Capacitance to Digital Data

February 23, 2009 5:09 am | Comments

Targeting mobile devices, Fujitsu Microelectronics' FMA1127 touch sensor controller converts capacitance generated by the human body and conductive touch pad to digital data with no analog processing. The water-resistant unit also performs in alarm systems, handheld health care products, home appliances, and applications where the controller can replace mechanical switches and buttons. The device exhibits operating voltage from

Li-ion Pack Integrates Cell Balancing

February 23, 2009 4:51 am | Comments

Offering an extended battery lifetime with improved inherent safety, a Li-ion battery pack from Micro Power Electronics has integrated cell-balancing capabilities. The pack consists of twenty-seven 18650 lithium-ion cells

Processor Consumes 85 µW/MHz

February 23, 2009 4:46 am | Iar Systems Software | Comments

Designed to help achieve 32-bit performance at an 8-bit price point, ARM’s Cortex-M0 processor exhibits power consumption down to 85 µW/MHz in an area of <12K gates when using the ARM standard cell library on an 180ULL process. The CMSIS-compatible device is

Linux-Based Platform Supports Mobile Internet Devices

February 20, 2009 11:14 am | Comments

Providing functionality for mobile internet devices, the Montabello Linux-based software platform for Mobile Internet Devices from MontaVista provides an integrated set of applications including a browser, document reader, email client, contact manager, and calendar suite.


Micro Coaxial Connectors Are Smallest in Class

February 20, 2009 9:06 am | Comments

Targeting portable device applications, the FI-J Series micro coaxial connectors from Japan Aviation Electronics (JAE) are claimed as the smallest devices of their type, compared to other 0.4-mm pitch connectors. The connectors mounted dimensions are 2.5 mm deep x 1.58 mm high, with width dependent on pin count


SMPS Capacitors Handle High Currents, Frequencies

February 20, 2009 8:58 am | Comments

With capacitance values of up to 33 µF , the CSM Series of stacked Switch Mode Power Supply Capacitors (SMPS) from Tecate can withstand up to 500 VDC. The Capacitors are offered in EIA 1825 and 2225 size codes, and in both NPO and X7R dielectrics. Features include an input or output operating voltage

PLC Offers 400 Memory Lines

February 20, 2009 6:47 am | Comments

Including 254 symbolic variables and 6 programmable PID loops, Galil Motion Control’s RIO-471x2 Pocket PLC provides 400 lines of program memory. The device contains 8 analog inputs and outputs, 16 optically isolated inputs and outputs, a 32-bit processor, and non-volatile memory. The controller includes arithmetic and logical processing, process control loops, data logging, counters and timers. The unit communicates via

1206 Chip Fuses Rated to 20 A

February 20, 2009 6:10 am | Comments

Exhibiting a 100-A interrupt rating at rated voltage, Tyco Electronics’ new line of 1206 form factor chip fuses demonstrate rated current values of up to 20 A with voltage ratings up to 24 VDC. The halogen-free units help provide overcurrent protection on power supplies, servers, communications equipment, voltage regulator modules, and

SATA Compliance Test Software Enables 6-Gb/s Measurements

February 20, 2009 5:50 am | Keysight Technologies | Comments

Performing in Infiniium oscilloscopes, Agilent Technologies’ N5411B SATA compliance test software provides early 6-Gb/s physical layer transmitter measurements for users designing to the requirements of the SATA Revision 3.0 specification. The product test general specifications, transmitted signal requirements, and

Light-Load Regulators Address POL Applications

February 20, 2009 5:29 am | Comments

Using the company’s Simple Light Load Mode (SLLM) technology along with current-mode PWM control, the BD91x Series of point-of-load (POL) step-down switching regulators from ROHM Semiconductor are presented as having an efficiency improvement of up to 200% over devices using standard PWM controllers. The SLLM technique enables BD91x series regulators to seamlessly transfer to / from conventional PWM control depending on load conditions.


LED Emitters Deliver 87 lm

February 20, 2009 5:12 am | Comments

Coming in a 5-mm × 4-mm × 1.85-mm SOP package with a 165° viewing angle, Avago Technologies’ ASMT-Jx1x 1-W LED emitters yield a flux output of up to 87 lm at 350 mA. The moisture sensitivity level-one (MSL 1)-capable devices present a maximum allowable junction temperature of 150°C, ESD resistance of 16 kV, and color options including red, amber, green, blue, cool white, neutral white, and

CMOS Image Sensors Function Down to 15 cm

February 20, 2009 4:49 am | Stmicroelectronics | Comments

Combining on-chip Extended-Depth-of-Field (EDoF) with ST’s 1.75 µm pixel process, STMicroelectronics’ VD6853 and VD6803 3.15-megapixel CMOS image sensors enable image quality at focus distances down to 15 cm in phone cameras. The components embed 4-channel anti-vignette, and come in a TSV


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