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Compiler Gets More DMIPS/MHz

November 10, 2008 11:14 am | Comments

Targeting Silicon Labs’ 8051 MCU family, Hi-Tech Software’s HI-TECH C PRO “omniscient code generation” (OCG) compiler uses Silicon Labs’ Dhrystone V1.1 benchmark and a 22.11 MHz clock to achieve 55.40% more DMIPS/MHz in a 49% smaller code size than other non-OCG compilers in its class, according to the company. The ANSI C program collects comprehensive data on every register, stack, pointer, object, and variable declaration across the entire program, and uses the information to

Embedded Evaluation Kit Contains LCD Display

November 10, 2008 10:16 am | Comments

Including a Cyclone III EP3C25 FPGA with 25,000 logic elements, Altera’s Nios II embedded evaluation kit (Cyclone III edition) comes with a 800 × 480 touchscreen LCD display. The product comprises of 32 MB DDR SDRAM, 1 MB SRAM, 16 MB Flash, an SD card, a 24-bit CD-quality audio codec with line-in, line-out, and mic-in jacks; RS-232 and PS/2 mouse/keyboard

DC/DC Power Supplies Show High Power Density

November 10, 2008 9:09 am | Comments

Coming in a 31.75 mm × 20.32 mm × 10.16 mm DIP package, Aimtec’s AM12T-Z and AM12TW-Z Series DC/DC power supplies exhibit a power density that produces up to 12 W/in². The devices come in 2:1 voltage ranges from 9 VDC to 18 VDC, 18 VDC to 36 VDC, and 36 VDC to 75 VDC, and 4:1 input ranges from 9 VDC to ~36 VDC and 18 VDC to ~75 VDC. The RoHS-compliant


Patch Cord Identifier Uses Color Clips and LED Lights

November 10, 2008 8:16 am | Comments

Incorporating 2 plastic optical fibers built into Cat5, Cat6, and Cat6a patch cords, Mitsubishi International’s PatchSee patch cord identifier employs LED light injection. This enables users to identify and secure both ends of a patch cord without tracing cables or disconnections causing “line-down” conditions. The device helps define various cable line functions by

Brian Halla talks about the future at electronica

November 10, 2008 7:30 am | Comments

National Semiconductor’s ( CEO, Brian Halla, spoke today at a press conference on the eve of electronica 2008 in Munich about the future of technology and National Semiconductor’s role in it. He spoke about the power of convergence, the importance of analog, and the Next Big Thing.

Power Amplifier Targets Femotcell Markets

November 10, 2008 7:03 am | Comments

Operating from 2.5 GHz to 2.7 GHz with extended operational capability between 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz, Anadigics’ AWB7220 4.5 V power amplifier is specifically designed for use in 3G and 4G femtocell and customer premises equipment (CPE) worldwide. The 7 mm × 7 mm × 1 mm SMT unit delivers 28 dBm (P1dB = 35 dBm) output power with 30 dB gain, and functions in

SSLDs Offer Wide Output Current Range

November 10, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Regulating the current source through an external resistor, Toshiba America Electronic Components’ TB62777FNG and TB62778FNG 8-channel constant current SSLDs exhibit an output current range from 5 mA to 40 mA. The components display an output voltage range from 0.4 V to 4 V, current accuracy between channels of ±3%, current accuracy between ICs of ±6%, thermal shutdown, output open detection, and output short detection. The 5.5 mm × 4.4 mm SSOP16-packaged drivers

Accelerometer Exhibits 10 mV/g Sensitivity

November 10, 2008 5:54 am | Comments

Adding to the 3035B family, Dytran Instruments’ 3035M18 stainless steel IEPE accelerometer demonstrates a sensitivity of 10 mV/g while weighing 2.5 grams. The sensor consists of a M3 mounting screw and a 5-44 side connector. The component is appropriate for


Electrolytic Capacitors Used in Lighting Ballast Applications

November 10, 2008 5:08 am | Comments

The NRB-XS series from NIC Components is a family of miniature aluminium electrolytic capacitors that is intended for use in lighting ballast applications. The polarized, radial leaded NRB-XS series is available with capacitance values ranging from 1.0 µF to 220 µF, and rated voltages of 160 VDC to 450 VDC. It has an operating temperature range between -25ºC to +105ºC

Contactor Combines Four Motor Starter Functions

November 10, 2008 4:52 am | Comments

Designed for three-phase AC motors up to 4 kW/5 HP in size, the CONTACTRON 4-in-1 solid state reversing contactor from Phoenix Contact combines four functions in one package. The contractor provides forward, reverse, overload protection, and redundant emergency stop contactor functionality in a 22.5 mm-wide module

Sockets Suit BGA ICs

November 10, 2008 4:32 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Comments

Designed for a 8 mm² package size, Ironwood Electronics’ SG-BGA-7121 and SG-BGA-7122 10-GHz bandwidth QFN sockets perform in 0.500-mm pitch 256-pin BGA ICs. The elastomer contactor-constructed instruments exhibit insertion loss of <1 dB, handling of up to 100 W with custom heat sink, and typical contact resistance per pin of 20 mOhm. The devices

PC Power Supply Receives Medical Approval

November 7, 2008 11:31 am | Comments

Containing an input range from 90 VAC to 265 VAC and active PFC, Tumbler Technologies + TRUMPower’s TMPC-180-1U PC power supply demonstrates medical approval per UL, cUL and VDE to UL 60601-1, EN 60601-1, IEC 60601-1 standards. The 7.48” × 3.21” × 1.59” device exhibits MTBF of >100,000 hours at 25°C, typical earth leakage current as low as


Handheld DMM Contains OLED Display

November 7, 2008 10:57 am | Keysight Technologies | Comments

Expanding the U1250 Series, Agilent Technologies’ U1253A handheld DMM utilizes an OLED display showing readouts with 2,000:1 contrast ratios, a 160° viewing angle, smoothed fonts, and a “large display” mode. The instrument offers 4.500-digit resolutions with 50,000-count full-scale dual display and basic accuracy of up to 0.025% on simultaneous measurements of validation tests, tolerance checks, and marginal-failure troubleshooting. The device includes


Pushbutton Switch Utilizes Two LEDs

November 7, 2008 9:59 am | Comments

Having availability as a SPST or DPST, E-Switch’s LP6 illuminated pushbutton switch uses 2 separate LEDs over a lifespan of 200,000 cycles. The device demonstrates a contact rating of 12 mA at 12 VDC, maximum initial contact resistance of 50 mOhm, and minimum dielectric strength of 100 MOhm at 500 VDC over an operating temperature range from -20°C to

PWM Controllers Enable Energy-Efficient Designs

November 7, 2008 9:31 am | On Semiconductor | Comments

Complying with Intel’s VR11.1 requirements, ON Semiconductor’s ADP4000 and ADP4100 6-phase PWM controllers allow for energy-efficient motherboard and graphics card designs for servers and desktop computers. The LFCSP-48-packaged components conserve power during light-loading, and exhibit VID transitions to adjust the processor voltage and processor frequency to switch between power/performance states. The RoHS-compliant devices offer


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