National Semiconductor Corp. announced the addition of WEBENCH LED Architect to its portfolio of online WEBENCH Designer tools. Said to be the first of its kind, the tool enables both novice and expert designers to
Texas Instruments announced what is said to be the industry’s first true 0.9-V microcontroller (MCU). The MSP430L092 MCU inherently operates at 0.9-V, including the entire analog and digital logic.
Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX98088 stereo audio codec that leverages the company’s Flexsound audio processor. This proprietary technology is said to improve loudspeaker performance by
CEVA, Inc. introduced the CEVA-X1643, a 1 GHz DSP core designed to boost overall chip performance for a broad range of applications including wireline and wireless communications, surveillance and portable multimedia. Features include
The OSD050T0714-29 features a high-resolution WVGA (800xRGBx480) format in a 5.0” diagonal size. This TFT-LCD display features a parallel 24-bit TTL interface with a high-quality 16.7M color palette. The module has
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced a new CapSense capacitive touch-sensing controller that enables designers to achieve mechanical button replacement (MBR) without having to write firmware or learn to use new software tools. The device
So many people feel they can’t live without their cellular telephones these days, but how do cell phones survive all that use – and abuse – from people?
austriamicrosystems has announced the AS3940, the first fully integrated 2.4 GHz multi-channel FSK (frequency shift keying) transceiver with integrated link manager for reliable control of star networks (up to eight clients). It features low power, high sensitivity (-100 dBm at 250 kbps, -92 dBm at 2 Mbps), data rates from
Texas Instruments announced the availability of TMS320C5504 and TMS320C5505 ultra-low-power digital signal processors (DSPs) at 150 MHz, providing 25 percent higher performance than previous C55x devices. The processors are
This month's question is, “What barriers still exist between solid-state lighting and mainstream acceptance in the marketplace?”
The Tactilus heat-sink analysis system by Sensor Products Inc. enables engineers to visualize actual contact forces and pressure distribution data on the circuit board components. As the mounting screws between the CPU and the heat sink are torqued, it
Dave reviews the new Amazon Kindle 3 3rd Generation 3G GSM/WiFi Ebook reader. What superlatives can he find for the new E-Ink display? And what happens to the E-Ink display when you put it in the thermal chamber?
Extending lighting-class performance with enhanced light uniformity and LED-to-LED color consistency, the 100+ lumen XLamp MX-3 LED from Cree delivers a luminous flux of up to 122 lm at 350 mA...
In a step toward more efficient, smaller and higher-definition display screens, a University of Michigan professor has developed a new type of color filter made of nano-thin sheets of metal with precisely spaced gratings.
The PLC Development Kit (TMDSPLCKIT-V2) is based on the industry's only PLC modem solution capable of supporting multiple modulation and protocol standards on a single hardware platform.
http://ti.com/PLC The PLC Development Kit (TMDSPLCKIT-V2) is based on the industry's only PLC modem solution capable of supporting multiple modulation and protocol standards on a single hardware platform. Developers can quickly evaluate the suitability of using PLC-based communications...
Check-in, tag, and venues are just a few key words that you’ll need to know to use Facebook’s new feature, Places. This feature allows users to update where they are and what they are doing...
This training module from Digi-Key and TT Electronics/Optek Technology provides guidance on managing junction temperature of high-power visible LEDs, including ways to remove heat.
When HDMI version 1.4 was publicly released in October 2009, it included a number of new features. Most of the new features are barely moving the needle on the consumer electronics industry's Richter scale. But one new HDMI 1.4 feature -- the implementation of 3D video mode -- is about to buckle the pavement of the status quo.
For years, radio broadcasters and artists have duked it out over performance rights. Enter the highly-contentious Performance Rights Act, which would expand copyright law to include all public performances of copyrighted sound recordings. And it’s gotten even wilder: an amendment would mandate that all mobile phones contain FM radio chips.
Semtech Corp. announced the SC442, a 10-channel white LED driver with an integrated 3A boost power switch. The device is capable of driving up to 120 LEDs at up to 30 mA per channel and is packaged in a low-profile 4 mm x 4 mm x0.6 mm, 28-pin MLPQ package. The SC442 operates
austriamicrosystems has announced the 30-mW AS3560 and AS3561 Stereo Headphone Amplifiers, that continuously adjust the supply rails in response to the input signal, thus drastically minimizing power consumption.
Indesit’s Smart Washer uses Freescale’s ZigBee node to reduce energy by considering green power availability and energy cost in its operation.
VIA Technologies, Inc, announced the addition of the VIA COME8X80 module to its COM Express portfolio; the first COM Express type product utilize the 64-bit VIA Nano E-Series processor. The VIA COME8X80 is
Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN5622/24/26 linear LED drivers tout a design that reduces overall component count by eliminating additional passive components used in charge pumps and series boost LED drivers. They feature an