Developers at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors have succeeded in increasing the efficiency of red thin-film LEDs by 30% – a new record. The latest generation of thin-film chips benefit from an optimized chip platform that has potential for further improvements.
Aimtec expands its SIP8 product line with the addition of the AM3GH-Z series of single and dual output buck DC-DC converters. Housed in a compact SIP8 (21.85 x 9.2 x 11.1mm) package, AM3GH-Z accepts 4:1 input ranges of 4.5-18VDC, 9-36VDC and 18-75VDC with an input/output isolation of 1600VDC.
Semtech Corp. today announced a new boost converter platform offering the world’s smallest step-up regulators for low-voltage applications. The SC120, SC121 and SC122 boost inputs from as low as 0.7V to a regulated output settable from 1.8V to 5.0V and are available in tiny 1.5x2mm ultra-thin (0.6mm max.) plastic packages.
If, like most of us, you can’t afford a Porsche, a mouse shaped like a Porsche is the next best thing. As novelty computer mice go, this is one of the coolest I’ve seen. Avant Garde Gifts was kind enough to send me a sample of the “Motormouse,” and I’ve been evaluating it this week.
The HawkBoard open-source development platform is based on the TI OMAP-L138 processor. This low-cost board enables Linux developers to harness the power of floating-point DSP to design...
This month’s Tinker’s Toolbox podcast is about the issues and hurdles facing the commercialization and adoption of advanced technologies. For example, Solid-State Lighting, “green” devices, and even relatively well-developed technologies Like MEMS are still pushing for greater adoption in the marketplace.
Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX19993, a fully integrated, 1200MHz to 1700MHz, dual, downconverting mixer with an on-chip LO switch, buffer, and splitter. Designed using Maxim's proprietary SiGe process, this device delivers outstanding linearity and noise performance.
International Rectifier today introduced the first in a series of high current, ultra-low dropout (ULDO) RAD-Hard hybrid linear voltage regulators for space applications including satellites and launch vehicles. The space level screened devices, designed for point-of-load and post DC-DC power conversion, offer a low dropout voltage of only 0.4 V at full 3 A load.
ConTech, a Division of Calex Mfg., announces the “PC60” Series of AC/DC switching power supplies. The PC60 Series offers 60 Watts of output power in an encapsulated case, making it well suited for ruggedized backplane applications.
Do you ever find yourself trying to squeeze your car into a tight parking spot? Isn’t it a pain when the power goes out and you can’t park your car in the garage?
Is the designer responsible for the effects of the device created? Is the manufacturer? What about the salesperson or the marketing department creating the demand? Is the user ultimately responsible? Every tool and technology, no matter how mundane, has effects beyond the intended function.
Microchip Technology announced that it has partnered with Cymbet Corporation to provide the world’s first customizable energy harvesting application development kit—the XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit.
Micrel, Inc. today introduced the MIC2165, a HyperLight Load efficient, adaptive on-time, synchronous DC-DC controller. The device features an architecture that significantly reduces the required output capacitance and allows for excellent transient response, while making high delta-V operation (VIN=28V, VOUT=0.8V) possible.
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has introduced the ADP1650 1500-mA white LED driver – the latest addition to ADI’s power management portfolio and its inductive-based flash driver class of devices. The ADP1650 provides excellent flexibility with features like a programmable I²C-compatible interface...
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced two current-mode, synchronous buck controllers that support input-power voltages ranging from 2.75 V to 20 V. The ADP1882 and ADP1883 synchronous buck controllers provide superior transient response through the use of a constant on-time, valley-current-mode control system.
MK Consultants, a leading designer and manufacturer low power radio modules, has introduced a new range of embedded intelligent radio transceivers that operate in the UHF bands of 434, 457, 868 and 915 MHz with a VHF 169 MHz version also available.
LSI/CSI announces two new innovative additions to its extensive line of Lighting Control ICs. Designated LS7642 and LS7642FO, these new ICs have been designed for easy control via manual or uC interface.
STMicroelectronics has announced an innovation that will help reduce the size and cost of surge protectors for electronic equipment by providing specified energy absorption capability up to the maximum operating temperature.
WIN Enterprises, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of embedded platforms for OEMs, announces the MB-80100, a PICMG 1.3-style SHB that supports twin multicore Intel Nehalem and Westmere processors. MB-80100 features the Intel LGA 1366 processor socket that enables CPU scalability across the Nehalem and Westmere multicore processor families.
VIA EPIA-M840 Mini-ITX board brings the VIA Nano E-Series processor to intelligent industrial applications.
Ophir-Spiricon's New StarLab Laser Power/Energy Software Adds Support for Windows 7 64-bit and LabVIEW
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces the USB-4704 data acquisition module. The USB-4704 is a 48 kS/s, 14-bit, 8-channel multi-functional module with analog I/O, digital I/O and counter functions specifically recommended for students or trainees.
Back in December, we reported on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial spaceship. Christened the VSS Enterprise, the vessel is a sub-orbital spacecraft capable of ferrying two pilots and six passengers into the thermosphere (an apogee of about 110 km). On July 15th, the Enterprise completed its first crewed flight.
Dontech Therma Klear transparent heaters provide the warmth necessary to extend the operating temperature of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in cold environments.