Compact SMD IR Receiver from Vishay
Vishay has introduced a compact SMD IR receiver optimized for sensor and light barrier systems. With its fast reaction times, insensitivity to supply voltage ripple and EMI noise, and low supply current of 0.85 mA typical at 5 V, the fixed gain device provides consistent performance in all ambient light conditions.
Mitsubishi's Laser Diode claims World’s Highest Output Power
Offering what the company says is the world's highest output power of 110mW CW at 638nm in stable lateral single-mode, the new laser diode developed by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation offers the best power performance in its class. It is therefore predestined for use in mobile projectors, laser show equipment, and instrumentation applications as well as in the biomedical fields.
Precision Micropower Oscillators from Linear Technology
Linear Technology has announced the LTC6930, a family of low power precision silicon oscillators with fixed frequencies from 32.768 kHz to 8.192 MHz. Five versions are available, each with a unique master frequency and digitally controlled frequency dividers that give 8 different frequencies per device.
Surface-Mount 940-nm Infrared Emitters from Vishay
Vishay Intertechnology has broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of a family of 940-nm surface-mount infrared (IR) emitters featuring significantly higher radiant intensity over standard emitter technologies.
Silicon Labs Introduces High Performance Synchronous Ethernet Clock IC
Silicon Laboratories has introduced the Si5315, a jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC that meets or exceeds the performance, integration, frequency and jitter requirements for the 1G and 10G Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) market. The Si5315 is the industry's only SyncE clock multiplier IC to support 10G line encoding rates (161.13 MHz) in addition to SONET/SDH and Ethernet frequencies.
TI introduces third generation HD audio decoding DSP
In response to increased consumer demand for immediate access to their remote music collections and streaming Internet radio service on inexpensive, advanced systems, Texas Instruments has announced its third-generation DA830 and DA828 Aureus digital audio processors. The highly-integrated, dual-core DA8x product line offers the combined features of an ARM-based applications processor and an audio digital signal processor (DSP) core, as well as a wide range of peripherals.
SiGe Power Amplifier Reduces System Footprint for Embedded WLAN
SiGe Semiconductor has released the SE2568U ISM band high-performance power amplifier (PA) targeted at the embedded 2.4GHz wireless LAN (WLAN) market. This new device integrates direct to battery operation and offers state of the art integration for embedded handheld and modular application. The SE2568U offers the industry's smallest solution footprint for embedded WLAN functionality, delivering +18dBm output power at 3% error vector magnitude (EVM), integrating a fully-matched PA, power detector, 3.2GHz LO filter and harmonic filter in a tiny 2.0mm x 2.0mm x 0.5mm QFN package.
CMOS Digital Photo IC for Colour Sensing
Hamamatsu Photonics has introduced the 12-bit digital output colour sensor Photo IC. The new S9706(X) device consists of a matrix photodiode array, coupled to a RGB (red, green and blue) filter matrix to give colour response. The device is combined with "in house" CMOS processing electronics and is all within a monolithic silicon chip. The output of the S9706(X) is in 12-bit digital format with the colour intensity of red, green and blue read out sequentially at potentially high speed.
Analog Devices' precision instrumentation amplifier front-end
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has introduced the AD8295, a highly integrated precision instrumentation amplifier front-end that uses 50 percent less board space than competing amplifier solutions for industrial and instrumentation applications. Incorporating a world-class instrumentation amplifier with two uncommitted operational amplifiers and two precision-trimmed matched resistors in a single 4-mm × 4-mm chip-scale package, the AD8295 in amp provides an integrated front end for industrial process controls, precision data acquisition systems, medical instrumentation equipment and Wheatstone bridge measurement applications.
EvKit from CML Offers Rapid-Time-To-Market
CML Microcircuits has introduced an evaluation kit (EvKit), for their recently launched CMX993 RF quadrature modulator IC. The CMX993 is a highly integrated, general purpose, RF quadrature modulator, offering 100MHz to 1GHz operation and excellent wide-band noise performance.
XMOS releases new package and pricing on XS1-G4
XMOS has released a new package option for the G4 programmable device, the first member of the XS1-G4 family. The new 144-pin BGA package option is designed for systems that require the smaller form factor (11mm square). With a .8mm ball pitch it is ideal for compact designs and simple PCB layout. For designs that require a full complement of 256 I/O pins a 512-pin BGA package is available.
Fujitsu launches SD multi-standard decoders supporting MPEG-2 and H.264
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) today announced a new series of multi-standard decoders that support decoding of video compression formats for Standard Definition (SD) video. Designed for use in TV and set-top box (STB) equipment, the MB86H01 series is targeted at the SD digital broadcast markets in Russia, Eastern Europe and China.
Renesas announces compact, high-performance digital amplifier
Renesas has announced the R2J15116FP, a compact, high-performance digital amplifier supporting IIS*1 digital audio signal input with a built-in 24-bit audio DSP. It is intended for use in thin flat-screen TVs employing LCD or plasma display panels.
Smart motor controller provides all-in-one solution
Diodes Incorporated has introduced a single chip solution providing all the functionality required for driving low power single coil brushless DC fans and motors. The AH5792 integrates a Hall sensor and amplifier, complete digital control circuitry and a full bridge output driver in the low profile SOT553 package and will appeal in particular to low voltage micro-motors and ultra thin cooling fan applications.
TI introduces single-supply, auto-zero sensor amplifier
Texas Instruments has introduced a single-supply, auto-zero bridge sensor amplifier. Featuring programmable gain and offset, the PGA308 amplifies the sensor signal and provides digital calibration for zero (offset) and span (gain). A One-Wire, UART-compatible digital serial interface performs the calibration. The PGA308 is used as a building block for resistive bridge sensor conditioning and general data acquisition applications.
Vishay Releases High-Speed 870-nm Infrared Emitter
Vishay Intertechnology has broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of an 870-nm SMD infrared emitter with the industry's lowest forward voltage and highest radiant intensity of any such device in the PLCC2 package.
IDT Broadens Portfolio of Asynchronous Dual-ports for High-end Handsets
IDT has introduced new series of flexible, low-power, asynchronous dual-ports for high-end handsets. Acting as a bridge between processors, the new IDT devices allow handset designers to minimise device complexity through increased design flexibility, resulting in faster time to market. Moreover, by adding in power plane isolation functionality, the devices allow for a significant reduction in total system power consumption.
NEC Introduces Second-Generation Image Processor Series for Automotive Safety Systems
NEC has introduced the IMAPCAR2 image processors, which are available in four different configurations to meet a variety of customer requirements and provide the best cost/performance ratio.
ON Semiconductor Introduces RGB LED Pixel Drivers
ON Semiconductor has expanded its line of constant-current, LDD™ (low dropout driver) products recently acquired from Catalyst Semiconductor, to include two new high-brightness RGB LED pixel drivers. The CAT4103 and CAT4109 are three-channel, linear-based constant-current LED drivers for RGB LED pixel control in emerging high-brightness, high-visual impact LED architectural lighting.
ADI's SHARC Processors Said to Provide Highest-performance Floating-point DSP
Analog Devices has broadened its new fourth generation SHARC family, the industry's highest-performance floating-point digital signal processors, by introducing a series of processors for industrial and instrumentation, automotive audio, and home theatre applications. Sharing the same higher-performance design as the pro audio version of the SHARC 21469 (commercial temperature range) introduced in October, at up to 450 MHz/2700 MFLOPS these newest processors more than double the total computational performance of the previous SHARC generation. A number of key features across the SHARC 2146x lineup contribute to this impressive performance and I/O throughput, including hardware accelerators, increased on-chip SRAM, a high-speed DDR2 SDRAM external memory interface, and link ports.
Convergent Industrial Applications Profit From Widespread Adoption Of Analog Devices Processors
A broad portfolio of embedded and signal processing choices is what increasingly attracts industrial application developers to technologies from Analog Devices. This is especially true for the industrial control, and test and measurement designs that require performance scalability, power and cost efficiency, and connectivity to a wide variety of industry standard communications protocols. The company's Blackfin and SHARC processor families not only meet these demands, but drive fast time-to-market with a robust ecosystem of development tools and third-party solutions for a wide variety of industrial markets.
Microchip announces high-resolution, low-power delta-sigma ADCs
Microchip announces a new series of low-power, high-resolution delta-sigma analogue-to-digital Converters. The MCP3422, MCP3423 and MCP3424 (MCP3422/3/4) ADCs provide 18-bits of resolution and consume only 135µA at 3V continuous conversion. The multi-channel devices have an integrated voltage reference, programmable gain amplifier and oscillator onboard, eliminating the need for external components, providing a smaller overall design footprint and making it easy for designers to create smaller applications.
Microchip introduces mTouch™ inductive touch sensing solution
Microchip announces new mTouch™ Inductive Touch-Sensing Technology, as an addition to its capacitive touch-sensing solutions. Inductive touch sensing's fundamental operating principles enable it to work through a front panel such as plastic, stainless steel or aluminium. The technology also works through gloves and on surfaces that contain liquids.
Single chip Hi-speed USB 2.0 solutions ease serial and parallel interfacing
Future Technology Devices International Limited announced today the availability of their 5th generation of USB to UART/FIFO ICs. The two new devices support the 480 Mb/s USB 2.0 Hi-Speed specification. The FT2232H and FT4232H devices have the capability of being configured in a variety of industry standard serial or parallel interfaces such as UART or FIFO.
FTDI extends operating temperature of Vinculum embedded USB host controller
Future Technology Devices International announces the availability of an extended operating temperature version of its popular embedded USB host controller, Vinculum VNC1L. The device is now specified to operate over the temperature range of -40ºC to + 85º C. With this increased range of operating temperature the VNC1L is now suitable for use in a much wider range of consumer and industrial appliances. In particular, hand-held personal electronics devices such as personal media players, GPS navigation, cellular phones and digital cameras can benefit from VNC1L's embedded USB host capabilities.
Analog Devices’ Inertial Sensors Deliver Cost-effective, Easy-to-implement Motion Sensing For Industrial And Medical Instrumentation
Analog Devices, Inc. is expanding its award-winning iSensor™ intelligent sensor product family with two new inertial sensors that make it simple and affordable to implement sophisticated motion and navigation control in a broader range of applications, including medical instrumentation. The ADIS16405 six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) inertial measurement unit (IMU) combines high-performance, simplicity, and a tri-axis magnetometer sensor for improved heading accuracy. The ADIS16300 four-degrees-of-freedom (4DoF) IMU is offered at an industry breakthrough price that is up to 10 times less than other products in its class.
Tensilica Ports RealVideo Codec to 388VDO Video Engine
Tensilica®, Inc. announced that it has ported the RealVideo codec from digital entertainment services company RealNetworks®, Inc. (RNWK) to the 388VDO Video Engine, increasing the versatility of this popular video chip subsystem. The RealVideo codec expands the applicability of Tensilica's 388VDO video processor to products that efficiently display Internet content on everything from mobile devices to extended standard definition DTV.
National Semiconductor’s New Zero-Drift Amplifiers Break the Noise Barrier
Two new zero-drift operational amplifiers from National Semiconductor Corp. offer the industry's lowest input voltage noise (11 nV/sqrt Hz at a gain of 1000 V/V) and high DC accuracy for sensor interface applications operating at low frequencies and low supply voltage. With these new devices, the clear performance advantages of zero-drift amplifiers can for the first time be used in applications requiring high gain and low sub-15 nV/sqrt Hz noise.
National Semiconductor Delivers Industry’s Best Linearity Performance with New High-Speed, 16-Bit ADC and DVGA
Two new high-speed signal path products, a 16-bit, 130 mega-samples per second (MSPS) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and a digital-controlled variable gain amplifier (DVGA), were announced today by National Semiconductor Corp. They deliver the industry's best linearity performance and lowest power to enable a new class of multi-carrier GSM and multi-carrier, multi-standard wireless base station receivers. This new performance level makes it possible for base stations to offer higher capacity, as well as improved coverage and RF performance.
ON Semiconductor Introduces Improved Standalone LIN Transceiver
ON Semiconductor has announced the NCV7321, a standalone Local Interconnect Network (LIN) transceiver for the automotive industry. The low-power, mixed-signal NCV7321 is a replacement for the AMIS-30600 single-wire LIN transceiver, but with improved electromagnetic capability (EMC) and electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance and lower power dissipation.
ON Semiconductor Introduces High Quality Class AB Audio Amplifier for Portable and Wireless Applications
ON Semiconductor has introduced the NCP2991, a new generation of Class AB audio amplifier dedicated to providing superior audio performance without sacrificing power efficiency for portable and wireless applications.
EnOcean and Sensordynamics announce Energy Harvesting Single Chip RF Transceiver
EnOcean and SensorDynamics today announced the availability of EnOcean's first energy harvesting wireless sensor IC. The jointly developed EO3000I ASIC has been specifically designed and built for EnOcean's new Dolphin system architecture capable of addressing the challenging requirements of building engineering. Intelligent functionality includes bidirectional communication, actuation, high transmission security and ultra-low power energy management in a single chip device.
Current Sense Amplifier from Linear Technology Operates from -55°C to 150°C
Linear Technology has announced the LT6107, a Military Plastic grade (MP-grade) high side current sense amplifier specified for operation from –55°C to 150°C. As an MP-grade device, the LT6107 is guaranteed and tested across the specified temperature range and is intended to meet the demands of automotive, military and industrial, and other harsh environment applications.
Laser for High Power RGB White Light Source
Photonic Products is the authorised distributor of what is said to be World's first 642nm, 150mW, single longitudinal mode semiconductor laser diode with TE mode oscillation; the Opnext HL6385DG. This laser diode from Opnext offers the highest optical output power on the market at a visible lasing wavelength of 642nm. Opnext's technology breakthrough was achieved with a new development process, a new waveguide structure and optimised structural parameter.
Silicon Labs Introduces Any-Rate, Any-Output Clock Generator
Silicon Laboratories has introduced a family of clock generators and buffers that provide the most frequency flexibility in the industry. Based on Silicon Labs' breakthrough MultiSynth technology, the Si5338 is capable of synthesizing any frequency from 0.16 to 350 MHz and select frequencies to 700 MHz on each of the device's four differential outputs, dramatically simplifying timing architectures by replacing four discrete phase-locked loop (PLL) devices with a single IC. Consistent with Silicon Labs' timing strategy of providing the most frequency flexible clock and oscillator solutions in the industry, the Si5338 provides best-in-class performance and integration while shortening design cycles for applications such as next generation communications equipment, wireless base stations, broadcast video, test and measurement and data acquisition.
Miniature phototransistor coupler from Toshiba
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced a new miniature photocoupler that combines transistor output with extended temperature operation and a high isolation voltage of 5000VACrms (min). Available in two DIP4 package options, the TLP781 is ideal for a variety of applications including switching power supplies, home appliances, solid state relays and office equipment. The device is also suitable for use in controller designs and for applications requiring signal transmission between circuits with different voltages.
Fujitsu launches ultra-low power full HD H.264 CODECs
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) has expanded its line-up of H.264 CODECs with two new devices that encode and decode full high-definition (HD) (1920 dots x 1080 lines) video in H.264 format. The first of the two products to be launched, the ultra-low power MB86H55, features power consumption of only 500mW during full HD encoding including the built-in memory, an industry-leading level for low power consumption. In addition, the upcoming MB86H56 will offer processing of full HD video at 60 frames-per-second (progressive) '60p', to improve picture quality even further.
TI introduces zero-drift programmable gain amplifiers
Texas Instruments has introduced the PGA11x family of zero-drift programmable gain amplifiers (PGA) with single-ended input, single-supply operation, rail-to-rail I/O and multi-channel multiplexers (MUX). The PGA112, PGA113, PGA116 and PGA117 provide a flexible, highly integrated programmable gain amplification solution for microprocessor-based applications such as portable data acquisition, remote meter reading, automatic gain control, programmable logic controllers and handheld test equipment.
Mitsubishi's Low-Noise GaAs HEMT for Ku Band LNAs
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a new GaAs HEMT (Gallium Arsenide High Electron Mobility Transistor) for the Ku band (12/14 GHz). The new device, which is named the MGF4935AM, is designed for use as the first stage in low-noise amplifiers of DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) receivers and VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) systems. A low noise amplifier's (LNA) performance depends primarily on the noise characteristics and associated gain of the first stage device.
Silicon Labs Introduces Fully-Integrated Automotive AM/FM radio receiver IC
Silicon Laboratories has announced the Si474x, what is said to be the industry's smallest, most fully-integrated automotive AM/FM radio receiver IC. Based on Silicon Labs' proven digital low-IF architecture, the Si474x family is the first automotive AM/FM receiver to be implemented in CMOS, meeting demanding automotive-grade radio performance requirements while saving cost and reducing customers' time to market. The Si474x family supports worldwide radio band requirements, including FM, FM radio data system (RDS), AM, long wave (LW), short wave (SW) and weather bands, giving customers the flexibility to support a variety of world wide needs with a single design.