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CPU Board Features Accelerated SDRAM

November 5, 2008 6:12 am | Comments

With a clock rate of 733 MHz, and accelerated DDR SDRAM (266 MHz, + 33 percent), the PowerPC-based Rugged Conduction-Cooled CP3210 from Kontron is an updated version of the company's PowerEngineC7. The CP3210 incorporates a thermal sensor for health monitoring and thermal management. The board features onboard user memory of 512 MB

Surge Protector Passes European Test Requirements

November 5, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Based on thyristor overvoltage protection technology, Bourns’ TISP4310T3BJR-S TISP surge protector meets European ITU-T K.21 testing requirements, which call for 600 Vrms, 600 Ohm, 1 A test for 1 second. The UL-approved component operates in a voltage protection window from 269 VDRM to 310 V(BO) in modems to ensure that the heating effect of

MCUs Integrate LCD Driver

November 5, 2008 5:24 am | Comments

Targeting portable handheld devices, Freescale Semiconductor’s S08LL, RS08LA, and RS08LE 8-bit MCU families incorporate a high-segment on-chip LCD driver. The components have a low-power blinking mode, front- and back-plane reassignment, an internal charge pump, and an internal clock source. The 9S08LL16/8 units present a voltage range from 1.8 V to 3.6 V, CPU speed of 20 MHz, an 8-channel keyboard interrupt, up to 38 GPIOs, up to 18

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SBC Incorporates Legacy I/O Interfaces

November 4, 2008 11:23 am | Comments

Targeting 386 or 486 PC/104 users, Adlink Technology’s CoreModule 430 single board computer combines legacy I/O interfaces with on-board video, DDR2 RAM, USB 2.0, and 10/100 Ethernet. On-board I/O consists of a UDMA port, Compact Flash socket, 4 serial ports (2 with RS-422/485 capability), 2 USB 2.0 ports, Intel 10/100 Ethernet, parallel port, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, and

Signal Generator Exhibits Short Frequency- and Level-Setting Times

November 4, 2008 10:47 am | Comments

Integrating AM/FM/fM and pulse modulation, Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S SMC100A 1/2 × 19”, 2 HU signal generator shows frequency- and level-setting times of <5 ms from 9 kHz to 1.1 GHz or 3.2 GHz. The instrument displays a typical single-sideband phase noise of

PoE Midspan Supplies 33.6 W

November 4, 2008 10:08 am | Phihong | Comments

Conforming to IEEE802.3at (PoE Plus) standards, Phihong’s POE36U-1AT single-port PoE midspan delivers up to 33.6 W of power on a single Ethernet port. The 5.51” × 2.55” × 1.42” instrument provides cUL/UL- and CE-approved detection, disconnect, and voltage control, as well as gigabit compatibility, diagnostic LEDs and overvoltage and overcurrent protection. Applications

Solar Panel Connector Meets NEC Requirements

November 4, 2008 9:40 am | Comments

Including a TUV-compliant touch-proof casing, Amphenol Industrial’s Helios H4 4-mm solar panel connector uses a locking design to fulfill NEC 2008 requirements. The product connects multiple solar panels in strings and then to combiner boxes or inverters, and mate with

AMOLED Module Delivers 16M Colors

November 4, 2008 9:04 am | Comments

Utilizing a 24-bit parallel RGB interface, OSD Displays’ OSD0430WQLC-T 4.3” diagonal WVGA active matrix organic LED (AMOLED) module supports up to 16 million colors. The 102.40 mm × 65.60 mm × 1.60 mm device exhibits typical luminance of 200 cd/m², contrast ratio of 10,000:1, and an active area of 95.04 mm × 53.85 mm with 480 × 272 resolution. The display

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Linear Actuators Allow Customization

November 4, 2008 8:27 am | Comments

Using a modular design, SKF’s CAT33 electro-mechanical linear actuators enable users to select motors, gears, controls, attachments, and other options to meet application needs. Users can specify standard or special stroke lengths, AC or DC motors, friction clutch gears, cables, front and rear attachments, and accessories such as limit switches and encoders. The right- and left-hand

ESD Protection Device Offers Low Capacitance

November 4, 2008 6:34 am | Comments

Protecting data lines for applications such as HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) from ESD, Epcos’ 0603-sized ceramic multilayer CeraDiode exhibits a typical capacitance of 0.6 pF. The SOD-523-packaged component delivers data rates of up to 10 Gb/s, and is said to be able to replace semiconductor diodes 1:1 due to their identical fit, form, and function

Lighting System Touts 20 Percent Battery Consumption Reduction

November 4, 2008 6:30 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Enabling an up to 20 percent reduction in battery power consumption through the use of an “intelligent” lighting-control, the single-chip ADP5520 lighting management system from Analog Devices automatically detects ambient light levels and adjusts backlight brightness according to changing lighting environments. The lighting system can also assume control of key-scan and general-purpose I/O

DC-DC Converters Reduce PCB Size

November 4, 2008 5:34 am | Comments

Designed for portable consumer electronics applications, a series of high-frequency, synchronous DC-DC converters from Diodes Incorporated offer switching frequencies that reduce circuit inductor and capacitor size, resulting in smaller PCBs. The converters feature typical efficiency of 94%, with a quiescent current of 150 µA. The AP6714 has an adjustable output voltage range

SoC Combines Wi-Fi, Active RTLS, and Wireless Sensing

November 4, 2008 4:55 am | Comments

Coming with a processor running a TCP/IP stack, G2 Microsystems’ G2C547 IEEE 802.11b/g SoC handles Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, active RTLS, and wireless sensing capabilities. The 72-pin QFN-packaged component operates in a thin-client architecture for Internet-enabling MCU-based devices, or in a G2-hosted architecture that eliminates the external processor and runs on the G2 CPU. Other offerings include EPC Gen 2 capability for RFID/RTLS applications; a

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Board Support Package Supports Linux

November 4, 2008 4:05 am | Comments

Targeting the AMD Geode LX-based Cougar and Python SBCs, VersaLogic’s DEV-CD-L6 quick-start board support package (BSP) uses the Debian Linux 4.0 (etch/stable) product running Linux kernel 2.6.25-5. The bootable LiveCD installs and supports Ethernet, audio, video, USB, and serial communications. The package offers 3 stable images for meeting

Controller ICs Allow Two-Touch Gestures

November 3, 2008 10:52 am | Atmel Corporation | Comments

Targeting personal electronics and mobile phones, Atmel’s AT42QT5320 and AT42QT5480 capacitive touchscreen controller ICs track and report 1 or 2 simultaneous touches as separate X and Y positions. The RoHS-compliant components implement common user-initiated gestures, including tap, double tap, flick, and drag, as well as two-touch gestures, such as

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