Touch Sensor for Portable and Cost-Sensitive Applications Features Low Power Consumption
STMicroelectronics has announced a new family of ultra-low-power touch-sensor chips, following the signing of a technology-licensing agreement with the Korean company ATLab, Inc. The sensors are intended for portable applications such as mobile phones, PDAs, notebook PCs and media players, as well as for the cost-sensitive white-goods market. The new 'S-Touch' family uses ATLab's capacitive touch-sensing technology, which is based on a fully-digital architecture that needs no on-chip MCU, memory or firmware to implement control interfaces responsive to their users' touch. The first products in the family are 8-channel and 12-channel devices.
BAE chooses ARTiSAN Studio as its preferred tool for OMG SysML modelling
ARTiSAN Software Tools has announced that BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte) has chosen ARTiSAN Studio as its preferred tool for the implementation of its OMG SysML-based systems engineering processes. BAE Systems' choice of ARTiSAN Studio follows a far-reaching investigation into the potential benefits of adopting OMG SysML to underpin its overall systems engineering methodology and an extensive evaluation of the available SysML tools.
Monitor measures short circuit current
A wide common mode input voltage range, from ground to within 2V of the supply voltage, ensures that the ZXCT1050 current monitor from Zetex Semiconductors will continue to provide accurate current measurement even if the load is short circuited. Its current output topology and very low offset voltage increases its versatility and allows it to be optimised for low in-line voltage drop. Able to operate on both high and low sides of the load, the monitor will support dynamic output current limitation circuits in a broad range of applications, from power supply bricks to motor control circuits.
GaAs MMIC mixer modules have SMA connectors
Now available from RF and microwave component specialist Link Microtek are three new connectorised hermetic mixer modules that are ideal for military, space, wideband telecom, industrial, microwave radio and test equipment applications from 4 to 38GHz. Manufactured by Hittite Microwave Corporation, these GaAs MMIC-based modules all feature removable SMA connectors, which can be detached to allow direct connection of the module's I/O pins to a microstrip or coplanar circuit.
Input Device Module with Multi-Mode Linear and 2D Navigation
Avago Technologies has announced an innovative input device module that combines a navigation pad module with a motion sense and interface integrated circuit to provide a mouse-like pointing solution for use in a wide range of handheld and gaming devices, computer peripherals, and remote controls for set-top box and multi-media PC applications. This new compact input device module from Avago is the first in the industry to incorporate a 5-way rocker switch with scrollwheel emulation (linear function), mouse and joystick (2D) navigation. Based on embedded capacitive sense technology, this input module will enable designers to develop input devices that can greatly enhance the user's experience when navigating long menu lists on computers and handheld devices, and for analog cursor control in web browsing, gaming or digital camera applications. Avago is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications.
Electric Cloud joins Symbian Platinum Program
Electric Cloud has announced that it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program to further support the growing Symbian ecosystem with Electric Cloud's award-winning software production management solutions. Electric Cloud's technology is designed to accelerate software builds, enabling Symbian smartphone manufacturers to deliver new phones to market faster with pre-integrated, high-quality applications.
Electric Cloud establishes European headquarters in the UK
Electric Cloud, the provider of software production management solutions, is expanding its operations internationally with the establishment of a direct presence in Europe. The company has set up its European headquarters in Oxford, UK and has appointed Andrew Patterson its European business director. The move reflects the growing interest and demand from European software development organisations for Electric Cloud's innovative, award-winning software production management solutions. It also follows the successful completion, in January 2007, of a $9 million Series C round of financing led by Rembrandt Venture Partners in which all the existing venture capital investors - Mayfield Fund, RRE Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners - participated.
USB memory stick designed for industrial applications
Yamaichi's latest USB stick meets the high protection requirements needed in the industrial sector. The Y-ConUSB-Stick-1 has a USB high-speed interface to USB 2.0 standard and a total storage capacity of 512 MB (up to 2GB on request) and, like the whole Y-Con series, meets the requirements of IP67/68/69K.
White LEDs provide low power alternative to conventional lighting
Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of white LEDs with a new device that can provide a typical flux of 30lumens (lm) from a driving current of 250mA. The new TL12W01-D surface mount LED has dimensions of just 7.0mm x 5.0mm x 2.1mm and will be ideal for many domestic and commercial lighting applications that have conventionally used incandescent bulbs. In addition, it is anticipated that designers will choose these compact devices for space-limited designs that require high-brightness LCD backlighting.
White LEDs double brightness from compact package
Toshiba Electronics Europe has launched a high efficiency white LED that provides double the brightness of previous devices in the same form factor. Supplied in a standard, compact package, the new TLWK1100B LED delivers typical luminous intensity levels of 1500mcd from a drive current of only 20mA.
Bluewave 200 UV curing spot lamp
The DYMAX BlueWaveTM 200 UV curing spot lamp from Intertronics has a patent pending Intensity Adjustment feature allows simple, manual intensity adjustment during initial UV process validation and production. This major new feature not only enables consistant process timing, but also ensures consistant quality of adhesive curing. The improved predictability of bonding thus leading to higher quality and lower reject rates.
Freescale and Tundra Semiconductor Introduce Development Platform Enabled by RapidIO
Freescale Semiconductor and Tundra Semiconductor Corporation have introduced a development platform that combines what is said to be the industry's highest performing programmable digital signal processors and the lowest power Serial RapidIO (sRIO) switch available.
National Instruments Honoured in 2007 Medical Design Excellence Awards
National Instruments has been honoured as a supplier to a winning product in the 2007 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition, the premier awards program for the medical technology community. OptiMedica Corp. used the National Instruments LabVIEW FPGA Module and NI intelligent data acquisition (DAQ) devices to create PASCAL, an innovative laser photocoagulator. PASCAL won the gold award at the 2007 MDEA presentation ceremony, held June 13 at the Medical Design and Manufacturing East 2007 Conference and Exposition in New York.
Compact Flash host controller targets mobile devices
QuickLogic has announced an addition to its integrated programmable connectivity solution portfolio targeting mobile devices. The company has released a full Compact Flash host controller to provide designers with simple access to this common memory technology. Compact Flash was introduced in 1994 initially as an interface to flash data card storage. Over time, it has been enhanced to support micro hard disk drives and peripheral devices such as Wi-Fi, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Scanner modules. Although the Secure Digital (SD) card has gained more popularity due to its simpler interface, Compact Flash is still required for devices such as Enterprise PDAs, portable industrial ePOS, and high-end digital cameras.
First Product in STM's QST Family of Capacitive Touch Sensors Launched
STMicroelectronics has announced the launch of the QST108, the first IC in a family of capacitive touch sense products that will enable contemporary and innovative user interfaces for many markets. QST family products are all-digital standard products based on proven, patented technology recently licensed from Quantum Research Group. ST is the first semiconductor company to license QProx technology from Quantum.
Kontron Completes Triple 10-Gigabit ATCA Portfolio for Triple Play IPTV-Based Broadband Network Solutions
Using Intel Architecture, Kontron has Introduced 10-Gigabit Ethernet Fabric Connectivity at the Node, Hub and Carrier Board Level for Powerful Integrated Solutions Intended For High Speed I/O and Bandwidth Intensive Traffic-Bearing Applications. Unveiled at NXTcomm, its 10-Gigabit triumvirate AdvancedTCA product portfolio that enables telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and network equipment providers (NEPs) to accelerate their IMS and IPTV-oriented application system designs. The three open modular platform elements consist of – the Kontron AT8030 AdvancedTCA processor node featuring three Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo CPUs and one AdvancedMC slot; the Kontron AT8904 AdvancedTCA 10 GbE Switch with two AdvancedMC slots, and the Kontron AT8404 AdvancedTCA 10 GbE Carrier with four AdvancedMC bays. All three are designed for Communications Platforms Trade Association (CP-TA) compliance.
Miniature sensors can take the pressure
Contrinex has developed the 'Series E' range of miniature sensors that can withstand up to 20bar continuously on the front face. Available in 4mm, M5, 6.5mm and M8 sizes, these devices can be embedded in pressurised systems to detect moving elements or targets.
New circuit breakers provide protection in harsh conditions
Aerco is now supplying into the UK a range of single and two-pole, high-performance, thermal-magnetic circuit breakers from E-T-A. All breakers in the new E-T-A 3120-F7 series are supplied with rocker switch actuation and provide single-pole with thermal-magnetic protection, double-pole switching with thermal-magnetic protection on one pole and thermal protection on the other and double-pole switching with thermal-magnetic protection on one pole only. Illuminated versions are also available.
IDT ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY’S FIRST PRE-PROCESSING SOLUTION OPTIMIZED FOR MODULAR, LOW COST, SCALABLE AND FLEXIBLE 3G BASE STATIONS
IDT™ (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.), a leading provider of low-power, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions, announces its second generation pre-processing switch, the PPS Gen 2, an innovative, off-the-shelf solution that addresses the interconnect and acceleration needs of 3G and beyond. Leveraging the serial RapidIO® (sRIO) interconnect standard, and offering a reduced port count together with a richer feature set, the PPS Gen 2 is optimized for the support of smaller DSP clusters that are commonly used in micro and pico base stations. The IDT PPS family now provides the needed scalability and flexibility to move up and down a range of base station applications, enabling a high degree of hardware and software reuse. Today, customers can deploy the modular, low cost, scalable and flexible macro, micro, and pico stations for the cost-effective proliferation of 3G communications.
TI DSCs Bring Performance and Integration For Real-time Acoustic Triangulation In Team SONIA’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Developing higher performance autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) that are smaller and less complex, Team SONIA, comprised of students from the École de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Quebec, Canada, have integrated Texas Instruments Incorporated's TMS320F28x digital signal controller (DSC) technology into their new vehicle, which will compete in the 10th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition in San Diego, July 12-15, 2007. The SONIA autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) will compete in complex tests designed to advance subsurface navigation technology for use in dangerous, difficult and expensive real-world underwater applications.
Aeroflex and Beijing StarPoint to co-operate on the development of the first, full TD-SCDMA protocol conformance test system
Aeroflex and the Beijing StarPoint Telecommunication Software Company have announced an agreement to jointly develop the first, full TD-SCDMA protocol conformance test system. TD-SCDMA is the 3G technology standard being developed by the Chinese Academy of Telecommunication Technology (CATT) that is expected to be the primary 3G technology in use during the forthcoming Beijing Olympics.
ARTiSAN Studio’s comprehensive OMG SysML capability to be demonstrated at INCOSE 2007
At INCOSE 2007 – the 17th international symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering to be held in San Diego, USA 24th-28th June 2007 – ARTiSAN Software Tools will demonstrate its comprehensive support for OMG SysML in ARTiSAN Studio, its UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modelling tool suite. SysML is the internationally recognised, general purpose graphical modelling language for developing complex systems jointly specified by the Object Management Group (OMG) and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). By reusing a subset of UML 2.1 and extending it to meet the explicit needs of system engineers, it represents the natural evolution of existing UML techniques into an internationally adopted standard.
TI to Receive 2007 Vision Award for Technology Advancements that Help the Blind
RP International (RPI), non-profit fighting Retinitis Pigmentosa and other blinding degenerative eye diseases, announced it will honor Texas Instruments for its many contributions to the organization and technology developments that assist the blind. Beginning with a speech recognition computer donated to the organization years ago, TI has since supported RPI and its cause through technology development and research. The award will be presented to Gene Frantz, TI's principal fellow and digital signal processing (DSP) visionary, during its annual fundraising event tomorrow night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Frantz helped revolutionize speech synthesis technology using DSP while leading the design team for the Speak 'n Spell in the 1970s. DSP technology is now found in many medical applications, including devices that assist the blind.
Increased sales means relocation for ONELAN
A steady increase in sales performance has necessitated a move for digital signage specialist ONELAN to a larger establishment in Henley-on-Thames. The new 2500 sq ft commercial trading location accommodates not only ONELAN's current needs, in terms of space and facilities, but also offers great expansion potential for future manufacturing.
Anglia Designs opens technology centre and EMC test chamber
Anglia Designs, part of Anglia Components, has opened a £500,000, 2,500 square feet (232 square metres) technology centre in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Sir Robin Saxby, President of the IET and Emeritus Chairman of ARM, officially opened the facility on Friday 8th, June. It has a fully equipped laboratory, a wet room that includes a PCB etching, drilling and environmental chamber, and a custom-built EMC test chamber designed to help Anglia customers achieve pre-compliance for their electronic products through accurate measurement of conducted emissions. Anglia is planning further investment in equipment to measure radiated emissions. Six hardware engineers and seven software programmers staff the new centre. Their role is to provide design support for bespoke systems. Use of the pre-compliance test chamber is free-of-charge to Anglia customers and the company provides a wide selection of components to assist them in achieving their EMC performance goals.
Sensor from STMicroelectronics Translates Finger Hits into Actions
STMicroelectronics has extended its range of motion sensors with a new digital-output two-axis linear accelerometer. The low-power, ultra-compact LIS202DL with embedded smart features addresses a wide range of consumer and industrial applications from motion-activated user interfaces to vibration monitoring. Smart features embedded in ST's new accelerometer include click and double-click recognition, motion-detection/wake-up and high-pass filters. The LIS202DL makes it easier to associate simple tapping gestures with user commands, such as opening a document or selecting an option from an application menu. Similarly, a ringing mobile phone can be muted with a single tap, without taking the phone out of the pocket.
University of Tulsa Wins NI's Most Innovative Use of Graphical System Design Award at Challenge X 2007
The University of Tulsa last week won the National Instruments Most Innovative Use of Graphical System Design Award at the third annual Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility competition. The team built an environmentally friendly crossover sports utility vehicle based on the National Instruments LabVIEW graphical design environment. Challenge X, which took place in Detroit, Mich. from May 30 to June 7, is a four-year engineering competition to develop methods for reducing total energy consumption and emissions in a crossover vehicle while maintaining or exceeding vehicle performance and consumer acceptability.
New Chip Material Addresses Power Leakage and Scaling for 45-nm and Beyond
Texas Instruments has announced plans to integrate a high-k value material within the transistors in its most advanced, high performance 45nm chip products. For years, high-k dielectrics have been under consideration to address leakage, or power drain, which has become increasingly problematic as transistor dimensions continue to shrink. Through its approach, TI will reduce leakage by more than 30 times per unit area as compared with commonly used silicon oxide (SiO2) gate dielectrics. In addition, TI's high-k choice offers the compatibility, reliability and scalability to continue delivery of high volume, high performance and low power semiconductor solutions through the 45-nm and 32-nm process nodes.
Intel Quad Core Mini-ITX motherboard is a first says BVM
BVM has announced availability of the LV-676, the world's first Mini-ITX motherboard to support Intel's leading-edge Quad Core processors, putting the hardware ahead of the curve in processor-intensive applications such as high definition video and graphics based gaming. Based on the Intel Q965 Express chipset, the board also supports the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel Pentium D 900 sequence and Pentium 4 processors in the LGA775 socket. Overall system performance is optimised through Intel's Fast Memory Access technology, which optimises available bandwidth and reduces memory access latency.
Online Lighting Applications Design Centre launched by Microchip
Microchip has announced an online Lighting Applications Design Centre at (www.microchip.com/lighting). This site provides a wide range of technical tools and resources that designers can use to add intelligence to lighting designs — including information relating to Microchip's PIC microcontrollers, dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), analog and memory products, as well as development tools.
Shortform catalogue covers waveguide products
Link Microtek has published a shortform catalogue detailing the extensive range of microwave and RF components, assemblies and sub-systems manufactured in-house by its Engineering Division in Basingstoke.
Acoustic Echo Cancellation Software Boosts Speakerphone Performance in Grandstream SIP Phone Portfolio
Grandstream Networks and Texas Instruments have announced today that Grandstream has selected Texas Instruments' new advanced acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) software to dramatically improve the speakerphone quality for its GXP2020, GXP2000, and BT200 IP phones, all of which are based on TI's TMS320C5000T digital signal processor (DSP) platform. A speakerphone enhancement firmware release based on the TI's new advanced AEC software will be available at the end of this month.
635nm Photon laser modules incorporate near end of life detection facility
Photonic Products, the UK opto-electronics device manufacturer and laser diode specialist, is showcasing new 635nm Photon laser modules with Near End of Life Detection facility at LASER 2007 in Munich. As a laser diode approaches the end of its operational life, its imminent failure is signalled by an increase in the current being drawn from its drive circuitry. Typically, when the current draw reaches a value of 120% of its original operating value, the laser diode is considered to have reached its Near End of Life condition.
Sony Vision Network adds four new members
Sony Europe's Image Sensing Solutions Division has announced that the Sony Vision Network, a partnership programme intended to deliver proven combinations of Sony hardware and third-party software backed with expert consultancy, advice and supply chain support, has added four new members: MVD Ltd, Silicon Systems, Shafi and Compar AG. They bring distribution and support, data storage, manufacturing software and system integration expertise to the Network - key elements to add further resource for Sony machine vsion customers to support their machine vision applications.
Cherry Computer Interface Devices available through Charity eBay site
Cherry Electrical has donated product to the Iain Rennie Hospice, a registered charity offering specialist palliative nursing care at home to patients with terminal illness, within the Chilterns region of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the UK. Brand new keyboards are available for sale via the charity's eBay shop - http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iain-Rennie-Hospice-Shop - and all the money raised will be used to help the hospice provide care for its patients.
Optical Bonding Solution
GDS Clearview, experts in bonded display services, announce the availability of the innovative G-BOND process, an optical bonding procedure that offers the highest performance of any display enhancement technique in the industry. G-BOND is a solid transparent bond which optically couples the front glass or touch screen directly to the face of the display. GDS Clearview is a subsidiary of Global Display Solutions (GDS), market leader in the design and manufacture of industrial displays, with the G-BOND process adding to GDS's range of outdoor display products.
OEM Color Sensing
MAZeT GmbH has added to its JENCOLOR family for spectral analysis at the SENSOR+TEST 2007 trade fair. MAZeT also offers customized OEM Color Sensing, in the field of color analysis and spectral sensor systems, to its customers. In addition to the development and distribution of the JENCOLOR sensors, our design team is now developing tailored color analysis modules, including optical connection, especially for customers or applications, said Frank Krumbein, Division Manager of Optoelectronics at MAZeT. With this enhancement of our portfolio, we are reacting to the increasing demand for customer-specific ideal solutions. JENCOLOR stands for reliability, quality and cost control in the whole chain - sensors, optics, electronics, production and support.
Green TEC Laser Module to be unveiled at Laser 2007
Photonic Products is introducing a new 532nm DPSS green laser module with integral thermo electric control at LASER 2007 in Munich (June 18 on). Integral thermo electric control enables the laser module to be operated at a stable temperature level which provides the constant optical performance and wavelength precision necessary for demanding industrial and laboratory applications such as alignment, bio-analysis and flow cytometry.
Texas Instruments and Network Physics Collaborate to Deliver Optimized End-User Experience for IP-Based Services
Texas Instruments and Network Physics have announced a far-reaching development initiative centered on delivering optimized end-user experiences for VoIP and IPTV services. Designed around TI's PIQUAT quality management system, the partnership will further help service providers and enterprise IT managers deliver important real-time visibility into performance related problems and provide automated corrective actions that can be deployed to mitigate some of the challenges with delivering IP-based services.
Two Korean Universities Licence Tensilica’s Xtensa Configurable Processor
Tensilica has announced that two Korean universities have licensed its Xtensa configurable processor. The CoSoC (Center of System on Chip design technology) of Seoul National University is using the Xtensa processor in the classroom and has announced their third annual SOC (system-on-chip) design contest, which will, for the first time, accept designs that use Xtensa processors. The KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) has licensed the Xtensa configurable processor to develop multimedia SOC designs.
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