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High Temperature Encoder Modules Enable Motor-Size Reduction

June 2, 2008 1:26 pm | Comments

Designed to enable size reduction in industrial motors, Avago’s three-channel high temperature optical incremental AEDT-9140 encoder module series fit directly onto industrial motors. The RoHS-compliant modules include a lensed LED source and a detector IC enclosed in a plastic package that can be used in

Small-footprint MCUs Enable Addition of USB to Any Application

June 2, 2008 12:25 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Microchip Technology announced a family of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) for USB applications. The PIC18F13K50 and PIC18F14K50 (PIC18F1XK50) allow the addition of embedded USB into a wide range of applications. The PIC18F1XK50 MCUs include serial communications interfaces such as

Data Converters Feature High Signal-To-Noise Ratios

June 2, 2008 12:25 pm | Comments

Presented as having the highest signal-to-noise (SNR) of any similar device, Texas Instruments’ ADS556 family of 16-bit, single-channel MSPS ADCs provide an SNR as high as 80 MSPS (depending on model). Targeting test and measurement, wireless communications, and image applications in medical, industrial, and military, the devices

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RF Amplifier Presented as World's Smallest

June 2, 2008 6:43 am | Comments

Optimized for operation from 500 MHz to 12 GHz, the 0402-packaged VMMK-2x03 family of RF amplifiers is presented as the smallest such devices of their type. The 1.0 x 0.5 x 0.25-mm devices use 10% of the board area of a standard SOT-343 package and have no internal wirebonds with all I/Os routed to the backside of the device wafer to significantly reduce signal loss and minimize parasitics. The family includes the 0.5 to 6.0 GHz VMMK-2103, the 15 dB (at 5 GHz) 1.0 to 10.0 GHz VMMK-2203

Programmable Single-Chip Laser Navigation System Simplifies Mouse Design

June 2, 2008 6:29 am | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced its second generation laser navigation product family, which integrates a laser navigation sensor and programmable Flash based microcontroller on one die. The OvationONS II Laser Nvigation System-on-Chip features the surface tracking and low-power consumption characteristics of the

SMT LEDs Offer Reverse Gullwing Mounting

June 2, 2008 5:26 am | Comments

Providing a luminous intensity from 71 to 285 mcd with a 75-mW power dissipation, a family of yellow and red SMT LEDs comes in reverse gullwing packages to offer top-down mounting and light emission through the PCB. Features include a profile of 1.9 mm, a luminous intensity from 112 to 285 mcd in yellow

First SiC Switching Power Bipolar Junction Transistor Announced

May 30, 2008 12:26 pm | Comments

Presented as the first such device of its type, the BitSiC0620 from TranSiC is a silicon carbide (SiC) 20-A, 600-V, switching power bipolar junction transistor (BJT). The “normally off” device has a collector-emitter saturation voltage that enables a reduction of more than 60% in on-state power losses

Sockets Suit 0.8 mm Pitch SDRAM

May 30, 2008 10:48 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a high performance BGA socket for 0.8 mm pitch SDRAM. The SG-BGA-6252 socket is designed for a 9 mm × 11 mm, 0.8 mm pitch 60-pin BGA package and SG-BGA-6253 socket is designed for a 9 mm × 13 mm, 0.8 mm pitch 84-pin BGA package. The sockets operate at

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Lamp-Mounted Wireless Module Creates Municipal Networks

May 30, 2008 10:48 am | Comments

Taking advantage of existing streetlight infrastructure, the BrownBetty family of lamp-mounted RF modules from Sunrise Technologies creates a mesh network for communications between ground-based devices and the Internet. The ZigBee-enabled device is used Ember’s EM250 SoC transceiver and EmberZNet PRO

Solder Cup Interconnects Terminate Discrete Wires

May 30, 2008 10:15 am | Comments

Mill-Max offers a method to terminate discrete wires into a pluggable interconnect with its Solder Cup Headers and mating Socket Connectors. They provide a pluggable path between wired applications. Manufactured using precision-machined brass alloy and beryllium copper contact clips, then assembled in

Audio Resistor Reduces Signal Distortion

May 30, 2008 7:30 am | Comments

Designed to provide increased clarity in audio circuits, the Z-Foil audio resistor from Vishay provides a typical TCR of ±0.2 ppm/°C from -55°C to +125°C (+25°C ref.), a PCR ("?R due to self heating") of 5 ppm at rated power, an absolute tolerance of 0.01%, and a current noise of less than -40 dB. Using an encapsulation- and molding-free configuration, the "naked Z-foil" resistor has

Dynamic Braking Resistors Withstand High Temperatures

May 30, 2008 5:27 am | Comments

Able to withstand temperatures to 400°C, IRC's WDBR Series of thick-film planar dynamic braking resistors on insulated stainless steel substrates replace bulky wirewound devices. The fireproof devices are available in resistance ranges from 12 to 150 O with tolerance to ±10% with

Class-D Audio Amp Integrates Boost Converter

May 29, 2008 8:45 am | Comments

Targeting portable applications including wireless handsets, personal navigation devices, portable gaming, and wireless speakers, the TPA2014D1 from Texas Instruments is a monolithic, filter-free Class-D audio amplifier with an integrated boost converter that provides up to 1.5 W across an 8-O load.

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Buck Converter Includes Performance Monitoring

May 29, 2008 7:42 am | Comments

Provided in a 4-mm² MLPQ 12-pin package, the AS7620, a hysteretic, high efficiency, 32-V step-down DC/DC buck converter from austriamicrosystems provides both "early-power-fail" warning and "power-good" signals for alerts in performance-sensitive systems. Optimized for industrial 24-V applications, the converter is available with

DC/DC Converter Delivers 60W in Industrial and Mobile Environments

May 29, 2008 6:54 am | Comments

Absopulse Electronics' DCL 60 Series 60W DC/DC converter is designed for operation in industrial, mobile and heavy-duty environments. It delivers standard output voltages of 12V, 24V, 48V or 125V DC (3.3V to 125V range) and can be powered from any line voltage from 20V DC to 160V DC. The DCL 60 features

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