2-Cell Alkaline & USB-Compatible Low Loss Power Controller from Linear Technology
Linear Technology has announced the LTC3101, the latest PMIC in a family of multifunction, compact power management solutions for battery-powered and battery backup applications. The micropower LTC3101 integrates a low loss PowerPath controller, three high efficiency synchronous switching regulators (one buck-boost and two bucks), a current limited 200mA VMAX output (which tracks the higher voltage input supply), a protected 100mA Hot Swap output, pushbutton On/Off control, a programmable processor reset generator and an always-on LDO, all in a compact, low-profile 4mm x 4mm QFN-24 package.
Clock IC First To Harness GPS Signals For Synchronization
Analog Devices has introduced what it says is the industry's first clock IC that enables system designers to use the standard, readily available and free 1-pps (pulse-per-second) signal of GPS satellite transmitters to generate and synchronize clock signals for communications infrastructure equipment.
Low power DSPs from Texas Instruments offer up to 40 percent additional battery life for voice, biometrics, medical and other portable devices
To meet the power levels needed for the latest portable designs, Texas Instruments today announced the availability of the TMS320VC5505 and TMS320VC5504 digital signal processors (DSPs), which offer the best combination of standby and active power, up to 320 KB of on-chip memory and multiple integrated peripherals that reduce system cost by more than 20 percent.
12-/10-/8-Bit Octal DACs Integrate 10ppm/°C Reference in Tiny Packages
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2636, a family of 12-bit, 10-bit, and 8-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that integrate a precision reference in tiny 4mm x 3mm DFN and MSOP packages, making them the smallest octal DACs available on the market today. The LTC2636's small size and internal reference is vital for a variety of industrial and communications applications.
Agilent Technologies' 1Gxx MMIC Products Now Available
Agilent has announced the release of its 1Gxx family of MMIC (Monolithic Microwave IC) products through existing distribution channels. The MMIC devices, previously exclusively used by Agilent, are now available for a select set of end-user customers. The 1Gxx MMICs provide superior performance for applications focused at aerospace/defense and telecommunications.
Fujitsu Releases Full HD H.264/MPEG-2 Encoder/Transcoder ICs
Fujitsu Microelectronics has announced its latest solutions in the form of two IC packages for encoding and transcoding between Full High Definition (HD) H.264 and MPEG-2 streams. The MB86H57 (15 x 15mm) and MB86H58 (27 x 27mm) encoder/transcoder ICs include memory-in-package and feature low power consumption of only 1W in full transcoding operation.
4x Oversampling Video Decoder from Maxim will Push Digital Video into New Markets
Maxim has introduced the MAX9526, said to be the industry's lowest power, 10-bit, 4x oversampling video decoder. This device is built around a high-performance 54MHz, 10-bit ADC that delivers outstanding image quality when converting analog video signals to a digital format. The selectable 8-/10-bit video output provides image quality at the same precision (8-bit) used to author Blu-ray Disc(R) and other forms of high-definition content (ITU-R BT.656 4:2:2).
Avago Launches Miniature WiFi and WiMAX Linear Amplifier Modules
Avago has announced a series of miniature fully matched WiMAX and WiFi power amplifier modules for mobile and fixed wireless data applications. Avago's new MGA-2xx03 series of PA modules feature a compact 3 mm by 3mm by 1 mm package and are ideal for manufacturers of portable and mobile devices containing WiMAX or high power WiFi links.
Clock Buffers Achieve 75-fs and 100-fs Jitter Performance and 9-ps Skew
Analog Devices has announced 6- and 12-channel, compact clock buffers for high-speed applications requiring low jitter. ADI's 12-channel ADCLK954 LVPECL and ADCLK854 LVDS/CMOS and 6-channel ADCLK946 LVPECL and ADCLK846 LVDS clock fanout buffers provide up to four times as many clock channels on a single chip, with better combined jitter and skew performances than competing devices in their category. Jitter is as low as 75 fs (femto seconds) for ADI's LVPECL (low voltage positive emitter coupled logic) fanout buffers and 100 fs for its LVDS (low voltage differential signaling)/CMOS fanout buffers. In addition, the ADCLK9xx clock buffers offer an extremely low 9-ps (pico second) skew. The ADCLK854 clock buffer also offers 24 CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) channels.
High-Voltage, Precision/Low-Noise Op Amps From Maxim
Maxim has introduced the MAX9943/MAX9944/MAX9945 family of high-voltage, low-power operational amplifiers. Designed for power- and space-constrained applications, these high-voltage op amps deliver superior precision (MAX9943/MAX9944) and ultra-low noise (MAX9945). The MAX9943/MAX9944 are ideal for sensor signal conditioning, high-performance industrial instrumentation, and loop-powered systems. The MAX9945 is well suited for portable medical and industrial applications that require low-noise analog front-ends.
STMicroelectronics Advances Ultra-Low-Power Linear Design with 1.5V Op-Amps
STMicroelectronics has unveiled three new families of precision op-amps targeting low-power and portable products, with power-saving features that include high-speed performance at low supply current, operation from a 1.5V supply, and device-shutdown capability.
AMD Mobile SVI-Compliant 2-/3-Phase Output Controller for Notebook Computers
Maxim has introduced the MAX17480, a fixed-frequency, step-down regulator designed specifically for the AMD serial VID interface (SVI) CPU. This device features two high-current SMPSs for the CPU cores and one 4A internal switch SMPS for the Northbridge (NB) core. To enhance design flexibility, it provides an adjustable switching-frequency range of 100kHz to 600kHz for the CPU cores and 200kHz to 1.2MHz for the NB core. Additionally, it features SMPS feedback-adjustment amplifiers to allow for programmable AC and DC droop. All three SMPSs can be independently programmed to any voltage using AMD's SVI.
NXP Expands its DisplayPort Portfolio with VGA Interface Enabling Easy High Definition Video Connection
NXP Semiconductors has announced a single-chip DisplayPort to VGA adapter IC with embedded flash, delivering a cost-effective, production-ready solution that improves the multimedia experience for mobile PC users. Based on its extensive DisplayPort portfolio, NXP and leading IC distributor, World Peace Industrial Group (WPI), also announced that NXP's DisplayPort to HDMI technology has been selected by a major ODM for its global notebook customers, enhancing mobile high definition content.
Super-Resolution ASSP Sharpens Full HD Image and Video Quality
NEC Electronics has announced its new super-resolution application-specific standard product (ASSP), the uPD9280GM, that can reduce blurring that occurs when low-resolution images and video are expanded and displayed in 1920 x 1080-pixel high-definition monitors.
5V low drift op amp features high accuracy at high gain and lowest power
Intersil has launched what it says is the industry's most accurate 5V single-supply, precision, low-power, low-drift op amp for high gain, 16-bit and 24-bit precision applications. The new Intersil pinPoint ISIL28133 implements advanced patented chopper-stabilized design to achieve high-gain accuracy with zero drift at extremely low power consumption.
Bunker Electronics improves sound quality in loudspeaker systems with processor powered by DSP and analog technologies from TI
Professional audio customers requiring simplified management of loud speaker systems with enhanced sound quality can now take advantage of the new Bunker Power Drive (BPD-1) from Bunker Electronics. The BPD-1 is one of the first audio processors to contain a four-way stereo system and six integrated audio control components in a one rack unit space.
CISSOID introduces a High Temperature driver for power transistors
CISSOID has unveiled PROMETHEUS, said to be the industry's first driver for power transistors suitable for operation from -55°C up to +225°C. The reference design drives Silicon Carbide transistors and can be adapted to other devices such as MOSFET, IGBT, JFET, BJT and GaN. PROMETHEUS, Cissoid's next product within its TITAN family of high temperature drivers, was selected by HISPANO-SUIZA for the development of a multi-KW power inverter demonstrator, representative of Aerospace applications, including electric actuators, brakes, pumps and VSV (Variable Stator Valve) motors.
Wolfson mono DAC and speaker amplifier
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced the WM9081, a new single chip mono DAC and speaker amplifier, ideal for delivering optimum sound pressure levels and maximum intelligibility from low cost speakers, which are typically used in portable navigation devices, mobile handsets, digital radios and conference speakerphones.
TI introduces octal-channel, low-power DAC family with internal reference for industrial applications
Extending its family of 12-, 14-, and 16-bit digital-to-analog converters, Texas Instruments has introduced the DAC8568 (16-bit), DAC8168 (14-bit) and DAC7568 (12-bit) for data acquisition systems, industrial process control and portable instrumentation. The new devices integrate eight channels of precision DACs, while providing the industry's best combination of high accuracy and low power. In addition to enabling twice the accuracy of competitive devices, the family's 2 ppm/oC internal reference saves space and cost over external references.
Atmel's New System-in-Package Solution for Automotive LIN Networking Applications
Atmel has announced the availability of a new System-in-Package solution for LIN automotive networking applications. The ATA6616, featuring maximum integration, is the second member of Atmel's new LIN SiP family. It combines Atmel's LIN System Basis Chip (SBC) ATA6624 – including LIN transceiver, voltage regulator, watchdog – and a member of Atmel's AVR microcontroller family – the ATtiny87 with 8k Flash memory – in a single package. With this highly integrated solution, customers can create complete LIN nodes using just one IC.
Operational Amplifiers With On-Chip One-Shot Calibration Circuit
Microchip's new op-amps include mCal, an on-chip calibration circuit that calibrates offset voltages at power up using an internal power-on reset detector, or based upon the state of an external pin. The result is a low initial voltage offset and a means to minimise drift over time and temperature, which are extremely important for applications involving instrumentation and sensor conditioning.
High-Performance Low-Cost Transceiver FPGAs for 3-Gbps Applications from Altera
Altera has announced it has started shipping Arria II GX devices, its third family of 40-nm FPGAs. The Arria II GX family with integrated transceivers joins Stratix IV GX and Stratix IV GT FPGAs and HardCopyIV GX ASICs to extend the industry' broadest portfolio of transceiver FPGA and ASIC solutions.
CISSOID's OpAmp in plastic package for continuous operation up to 175°C
CISSOID has announced a new High Temperature general purpose operational amplifier CMT-OPA, which sustains a temperature range from -55°C to +175°C. The CMT-OPA is packaged in Plastic SOIC16W to fit market demand for small form factors in high temperature applications such as automotive, industrial, oil & gas, and aeronautics markets.
80V High Voltage Op-Amp from PREMA
The new PREMA high voltage operational amplifier PR2201 is for supply voltages of up to 80V single supply or up to ±40V with a maximum output current of ±6mA is now available. The common mode input voltage covers nearly the complete supply voltage range with an excellent common mode and power supply rejection ratio of typical more than 110dB.
Stereo Audio Digital-to-Analog Converter IC with High-power Audio Power Amplifier from Atmel
Atmel has announced the release of its AT73C240 Audio Companion IC for portable multimedia applications. Manufactured on Atmel's low-cost mainstream CMOS process, the AT73C240 integrates an audio quality 20-bit Stereo DAC and an up to 1W audio power amplifier. The AT73C240 is ideally suited for portable applications where a high-quality audio interface is required, such as new-generation mobile phones, PDAs, palmtop computers, digital still cameras, portable multimedia devices and music players, etc.
NEC Electronics Expands Lineup of SoCs For Portable Audio/Visual Devices
NEC Electronics today announced the availability of a new EMMA Mobile 1 series of system-on-chips (SoCs), the EMMA Mobile 1-D, for use in portable audio/visual devices such as multimedia players and mobile televisions.
Toshiba’s Audio power amps deliver low noise and 50% reduction in power consumption
Toshiba has expanded its family of automotive audio power amplifiers with two new high-efficiency devices. Both the TB2955HQ and TB2915HQ can operate with significantly lower power consumption than conventional Class AB alternatives, with the TB2955HQ offering the additional benefit of integrated I2C diagnosis functionality.
Automotive Headphone Amplifiers from Maxim
Maxim has introduced the MAX13330/MAX13331 automotive, stereo headphone amplifiers. Designed for automotive entertainment systems in which board space is at a premium and high-voltage protection is paramount, these robust devices protect outputs against shorts to battery/ground and load dump up to 45V. This built-in protection circuitry eliminates the need for the discrete components that perform such protection, resulting in both space and cost savings.
Renesas Technology releases industry’s first mobile phone application processor providing Full HD video recording and playback support
Renesas Technology Europe today announced the SH7370 application processor for mobile phones, said to be the first in the industry to deliver Full High-Definition (1,920 × 1,080 pixels) video recording and playback support.
Analog Devices Unveils Tiny Low Power Instrumentation Amplifier
Analog Devices has introduced what it says is the industry's smallest and lowest power instrumentation amplifier (in-amp). Smaller than the tip of a pencil, the miniscule size of the AD8235 in-amp, combined with its ultra-low power consumption, is effective for power-efficient and portable, lightweight medical devices and consumer-health products, including home-use ECG (electrocardiogram) monitors, infusion pumps and activity-monitoring medical devices.
Boost Converters from Linear Technology Only Require 8.5uA of Quiescent Current
Linear Technology has announced the LT8410/-1 low noise micropower boost converters with integrated power switches, Schottky and catch diodes and output disconnect circuitry packaged in a 2mm x 2mm DFN package. The LT8410/-1 use a unique design scheme, requiring only 8.5uA of quiescent, which is further reduced to 0uA in shutdown.
Fujitsu Claims First 1394 Automotive IC for HD Video
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe has announced what it says is the world's first '1394 Automotive' controller IC that realises HD (1,280 dots x 720 lines) video transmission over the 1394 Automotive in-vehicle multimedia network protocol. The new IC, the MB88395, can transmit multiple streams simultaneously around the vehicle, such as HD video from Blu-ray DVDs, digital TV, and car navigation images.
ADC Drivers Combine Low Noise, Low Distortion and Ultra-Low Power Consumption
Analog Devices, Inc has extended its family of low-power, low-distortion analogue-to-digital converter drivers today with the introduction of the ADA4932 and ADA4950 differential amplifiers. At 9.6 mA per channel, the new ADC drivers provide engineers with the industry's lowest power consumption and the best performance of any ADC drivers operating at 50 mW or less.
High sensitivity transimpedance amplifier from Phyworks
Phyworks has launched a high sensitivity transimpedance amplifier that enables lower cost PIN photodiodes in the receive path of customer premises GPON applications to replace costly avalanche photodiodes (APDs). The reduction in component cost combined with elimination of the high voltage bias circuitry and lower yields associated with APDs is expected to help increase FTTx GPON deployment.
Microchip Introduces High Speed, Low Power Comparators
Microchip has announced the MCP6561/2/4/6/7/9 (MCP656X) family of high speed comparators, with rail-to-rail input and output, push-pull open-drain outputs and a low quiescent current. With an operating speed of 45ns, the new family of devices offers the high performance and low power options needed by a wide range of applications.
Eight-channel Ultrasound Receivers Enable High-quality Continuous Wave Doppler Processing
Analog Devices is meeting the diverse requirements of new medical imaging applications by introducing the third generation of its award-winning octal (eight-channel) ultrasound receivers. Designed for CW as well as PW Doppler ultrasound, the AD9276 and AD9277 octal ultrasound receivers integrate gain, filtering, data conversion, and demodulation for CW Doppler signal processing on a single chip.
DSP from TI brings floating-point precision and fixed-point performance to energy-efficient, connected applications
Combining the ease-of-use and precision of floating-point programming with the connectivity and lower-cost options of fixed-point devices, Texas Instruments has announced the availability of the TMS320C6743 digital signal processor (DSP). Based on the TMS320C674x core, the new low-power DSP couples the high precision and wide dynamic range of TI's floating-point TMS320C67x+ core with the higher system performance of TI's fixed-point TMS320C64x+ core.
Maxim's bias controllers for Power Transistors in Cellular Base-Station Infrastructure
Maxim has introduced the MAX1385/MAX1386/MAX11008 dual RF LDMOS bias controllers. At 7mm x 7mm, these highly integrated devices are said to be the industry's smallest LDMOS bias controllers to integrate all of the A/D and D/A interfaces and logic functions required for cellular base-station control. The MAX1385/MAX1386/MAX11008 are uniquely suited to bias the power-amplifier power transistors employed in CDMA, GSM, EDGE, and UMTS cellular base-stations.
Microchip DSCs Bring Digital Power to Mainstream Applications
Microchip has announced the first seven next-generation 16-bit dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) for common, multi-drop switch mode power supplies (SMPSs) and other power conversion applications. There devices, offered in the industry's smallest DSC packages for digital power conversion (with as small as a 6x6mm footprint), provide up to twice the performance at a significantly lower price than Microchip's first SMPS family.
Combinable, Dual, Quick-PWM Graphics Core Controllers for Notebook Computers
Maxim has introduced the MAX17007A/MAX17008 dual, synchronous, step-down, switch-mode power-supply (SMPS) controllers. These devices utilize Maxim's proprietary, constant on-time, Quick-PWM architecture to support wide input/output voltage ratios, while maintaining a relatively constant switching frequency. This blend of flexibility and performance makes the MAX17007A/MAX17008 ideal for GPU cores and I/O power generation in battery-powered systems.