National Semiconductor’s New Video Timing Reference Design
National Semiconductor has introduced a new video clock reference design, now available as a module for the Xilinx ML571 serial digital video development board. National's module improves the jitter performance of the ML571 board's SERDES-optimized Virtex®-5 LXT field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and enables popular FPGA-based video solutions to easily meet the stringent Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) 424M jitter specifications. The reference design module simplifies the development of video cameras, digital recorders and a wide range of video editing and post-production equipment.
Compact Dual Channel Computer Cards
Inertial Aerosystems have introduced a new range of low cost dual channel PC104 compliant synchro/ resolver output cards. The PC104-DS series are manufactured by U.S. based Computer Conversions and are designed to provide precision simulated A.C. synchro and resolver formatted signals for use in navigation and positioning systems. It can also be used with test sets for both industrial and COTS military type applications or combined with synchro amplifiers for Torque Receiver applications.
Microchip Technology Offers Capacitive Touch Demo Board
Microchip has announced the PICDEM Touch Sense 2 Demo Board for capacitive touch-sensing applications. The easy-to-use board comes with the royalty-free mTouch Sensing Solution Software Development Kit (SDK) and is populated with a 16-bit PIC24FJ256GB110 microcontroller (MCU), which features an integrated Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) peripheral for fast capacitive touch sensing. This is also the world's first 16-bit MCU family with USB On-The-Go (OTG).
Analog Devices Claims World's Smallest HDMI Transmitter
Analog Devices has introduced the ADV7521NK, what it says is the industry's smallest, low-power HDMI v 1.3 (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) transmitter that enables video delivery to HD televisions from portable multimedia devices, including digital still and DSLR cameras, camcorders, portable media players and cell phones.
Renesas Technology PLC network layer software to add wireless connectivity to automatic meter reading applications
Renesas Technology Europe today announced that it will shortly release an updated version of its power line communications-based (PLC) Renesas Ubiquitous Network – Metering (RUN-M) network layer software. Designed for automatic meter reading (AMR) applications, the new software, RUN-M (RF), will incorporate wireless extensions that conform to the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer standard. Using a wireless approach will now allow AMR applications to not only meter electricity consumption but to combine gas and water usage using a single network protocol.
Murata SAW resonator family for ISM-band devices
Murata's latest family of SAW resonators is designed for short range devices (SRDs) operating in the ISM300 and ISM400 bands, and achieves ±50ppm tolerance. Because of its tight tolerance, the SARCC series of SAW resonators helps designs comply with the latest ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) frequency error standard.
IDIS powers scalable video security product lines with TI's DaVinci technology
Intelligent Digital Integrated Security Co., Ltd. (IDIS), a leading provider of digital video surveillance solutions, announces it is utilizing Texas Instruments Incorporated's (TI's) TMS320DM6446 digital media processor based on DaVinci technology for two video surveillance-focused product lines. IDIS is delivering a low-cost, four channel Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and an Internet Protocol (IP) video transmitter and receiver for IP-based surveillance systems. These products help customers protect their video surveillance system investments by allowing current analog cameras to work with future, IP-based systems.
Advanced MPPC Semiconductor Detector Technology for Photon Counting Applications
Hamamatsu Photonics has expanded their range of semiconductor detectors featuring photon detection capability with the introduction of the brand new S10362-33(X) series multi-pixel photon counter (MPPC). The new device utilizes a Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode structure for ultra-low-level light detection, and the active area has been increased almost ten times from 1 mm2 to 9mm2. The MPPC is easily connected to an external circuit for simple operation and is operated from a low voltage power supply (typically 70 Volts).
VersaLogic Announces Celeron M PC/104-Plus Single Board Computer
VersaLogic Corp has announced the release of a fanless version of its Cheetah PC/104-Plus embedded single board computer (SBC). The new Cheetah version (EPM-32v) boasts the processing power of Intels Ultra-Low Voltage Celeron® M CPU, but operates without a fan and uses only eight watts of power.
National Instruments Extends Smart Camera Family
National Instruments has announced the extension of its NI Smart Camera product line with the introduction of three new products. The NI 1744, NI 1762 and NI 1764 Smart Cameras deliver faster processing speed and higher image resolution to offer more powerful options for engineers requiring an embedded machine vision solution.
TI introduces complete audio subsystem for portable devices
Texas Instruments has introduced an analog-input audio subsystem that integrates TI's field-proven stereo Class-D power amplifier and stereo DirectPathTM headphone amplifier into one compact package. The audio subsystem is highly flexible, enabling customers to choose different input-to-output configurations and program design parameters to optimize audio performance. Integrating all amplifier channels into one integrated circuit reduces bill of materials, lowers cost and enables sleeker end designs in wireless handsets, portable DVD players, portable gaming and portable media players.
Video multiplexer from Intersil combines multiformat video filtering, two universal sync separators and programmable output gain control
Intersil has introduced the ISL59450 Multiformat Video Multiplexer with Integrated Sync Separator, a device designed for the variety of video signals and formats used today. The device's video format flexibility along with programmable anti-aliasing filters and integrated sync separators, make this multiplexer the ideal choice for video switching in nearly all display systems.
National Semiconductor Introduces LVDS Crosspoint Switches, Drivers and Receivers
National Semiconductor has announced a family of automotive-grade low-voltage differential signalling (LVDS) 2 x 2 crosspoint switches that deliver the industry's best signal integrity and noise immunity at data transmission rates up to 3.125 Gbps. These PowerWise crosspoints, which consume as little as 105 mW of power per channel, combine with National's line drivers and receivers to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation in a wide range of automotive applications including infotainment, instrument cluster displays, GPS navigation, and backup and lane departure camera warning systems.
Eurotech's SBC based on the Intel Atom processor.
Eurotech has been working with Intel Corporation as an early adopter of Low Power Intel Architecture (LPIA) devices. As a result of this work Eurotech have now released the new ISIS single board computer. ISIS is a PC/104+ format device offering levels of functionality and performance traditionally requiring a high performance x86 board, but at a significantly reduced power consumption of less that 5 watts. This fan-less x86 compatibility is achieved by harnessing the low power capabilities of the next generation embedded Intel Atom chipset.
Vishay's New 1-A Output Current Integrated Power Phototriac
Vishay Intertechnology has announced an integrated power phototriac that outputs currents up to 1A to drive resistive and inductive loads. Offered in the 16-pin DIP package, the VO3526 consists of a GaAs infrared LED that is optically coupled to a monolithic photosensitive non-zero-crossing TRIAC detector chip. This in turn powers on an integrated power TRIAC. By eliminating the need for an external power TRIAC, the device cuts design costs and saves board space.
ZTE Selects Tundra Semiconductor for Next Generation Platform
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation, a leader in System Interconnect, has been selected by ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, to supply Tundra's high performance PCI Express product for ZTE's Next Generation Platform System Graphics Card.
Heavy duty solenoid from Aerco
The Series 147 is a new high force and long stroke, open frame solenoid from Dialight BLP that is now stocked by Aerco
Green Hills Software Achieves CMMI Maturity Level 3 Rating
Green Hills Software has announced that it has attained Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 3 rating following a successful Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) A appraisal for its operating system and compiler development organizations. Green Hills Software was appraised to the CMMI-DEV Version 1.2 Model.
National Instruments Recognises Global Achievements in Engineering and Science
National Instruments recognised more than 20 innovative applications developed by engineers and scientists from around the world at the inaugural Graphical System Design Achievement Awards earlier this month. At the award ceremony held during the NIWeek graphical system design conference and exhibition in Austin, Texas, winners from 10 categories were recognised for developing applications that meet complex engineering and science challenges using graphical system design. Additionally, four applications were presented with the Humanitarian of the Year, Green Engineering Application of the Year, Editor's Choice and Overall Customer Application of the Year awards.
705nm Laser Diode Module from Photonic Products
Photonic Products, the UK opto-electronics device manufacturer and laser diode specialist, has expanded its range of laser diode modules with the near-infrared PM606-P Photon laser module which uses the first 705nm semiconductor laser diode from Opnext. This is an innovative laser diode module; a lasing wavelength of 705nm is totally new to the market.
BVM's 5.25 motherboard supports Core 2 Quad processors and dual independent displays
The new LS-572 5.25 form factor motherboard from BVM supports current and 45nm next generation processors of the LGA775 packaged Core 2 Duo and Quad processors with up to 1333 MHz system bus; Pentium dual-core and Celeron processors are also supported. The low power GMA3100 graphics core combines high performance, low power consumption and reduced noise with multi-display support for VGA, LVDS and 2 x DVI. The LS-572 is ideal for use in video-intensive and sound-rich applications such as kiosks, gaming machines, point of sale and point of Information terminals as well as in the rapidly emerging new generations of smart digital entertainment devices such as set top boxes and media centres.
Express Logic and Avnet Develop RTOS Support for Xilinx PowerPC 440 Processor on Virtex-5 FPGA
Express Logic and Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet have announced that ThreadX RTOS now supports the PowerPC 440 processor embedded in Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs. The IBM PowerPC 440 core is a hard 32-bit RISC CPU processor immersed directly into the Xilinx Virtex FPGA fabric to implement high-performance embedded applications. The combination of the hard PowerPC 440 processor with coprocessing capability and high-performance Virtex-5 FPGA fabric enables a wide range of performance optimization options.
GSM industrial modem from RF Solutions
RF Solutions is bringing to the UK market Maestro Industrial, the only cellular wireless modem that combines the state of the art self-maintenance capability ('Comm Alive' function) and a powerful Programmable Logic Controller-like functionality (PLC) with a wide range of interfaces that are essential for today's demanding M2M applications.
NI and LEGO Education Develop Low-Cost Robotics Platform for Elementary School Students
National Instruments and LEGO Education continue their educational robotics collaboration with the new LEGO Education WeDo classroom robotics platform. Powered by NI LabVIEW graphical design software, LEGO Education WeDo Software is a drag-and-drop, icon-based environment that students ages 7 to 11 can use to easily program their own robotics inventions. Using WeDo software, students learn basic programming skills while designing their robotics applications.
Human-machine interface modelling tools from Toshiba
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced the availability of a suite of human-machine interface (HMI) modelling tools for its Capricorn automotive display processor family. The tools, developed by Altia, enable designers of TFT instrument clusters for automotive applications to swiftly develop demonstrations, working prototypes and complete systems.
Carlo Gavazzi’s smart-house controller
Carlo Gavazzi has launched a controller to enhance its range of intelligent home automation solutions. The BH8-CTRLX-230 smart-house controller is remarkably easy to configure with its new intuitive windows based software. Set up and configuration can be achieved rapidly for all property sizes, via the simple to use structured 3 step programming system.
Laser Diode Launched by Photonic Products
Photonic Products has introduced to the UK what it says is the World's first 642nm, 150mW, single longitudinal mode semiconductor laser diode with TE mode oscillation.
New liquid level sensors from Aerco suit wide range of applications
Aerco now stocks the LLE and LLN liquid level sensors from Honeywell. The LLE range is designed primarily for use in home appliances, vending machines and any equipment where the presence or absence of water needs to be known or controlled, while the LLN range has a stainless-steel housing, is sealed to IP67 and is designed to meet the requirements of harsh industrial environments where extreme pressure vibration and shock conditions are experienced. They are ideal for industrial compressors, machine tools, processing and packaging equipment and heavy-duty automotive applications.
Aewin Technologies selects Ramtron’s 4-megabit F-RAM memory for advanced industrial PC-based gaming and gambling solutions
Ramtron International Corporation has announced that Aewin Technologies Co., Ltd., Taiwan's leading applied industrial computing platform manufacturer, has designed Ramtron's FM22L16 4-megabit (Mb) nonvolatile F-RAM memory into its Intel-based GA-2000 and AMD-based GA-3000 gaming and high-definition multimedia PC boards. The 4Mb F-RAM — with its fast writes, high endurance, and low power — has replaced battery-backed SRAM (BBSRAM) in Aewin's gaming solution to guarantee data integrity with a lower component count, less mechanical contact, higher reliability, and higher security.
Freescale and Green Hills Software Collaborate on Multicore Networking Development
Freescale Semiconductor and Green Hills Software have announced a development partnership to produce groundbreaking multicore development tools for Freescale's QorIQ™ communications platforms. The tools will feature capabilities unavailable on competing processors, enabling developers to bring their QorIQ platform-based products to market faster and with higher quality.
Unique boutique clock has UV adhesive solution
World renowned clocks have been made in Derby since the mid seventeen hundreds when clockmaker John Whithurst entertained his friends Benjamin Franklin and Erasmus Darwin ( grandfather of Charles Darwin ) at his house in Queen Street. So, when the Finesse Collection of hotels (www.thefinessecollection.com) were planning the reception area of their new boutique hotel in the town it was natural that they seek out the present day flag carriers of the Whithurst brand. Smith of Derby (www.smithofderby.com) worked closely with James Blick, the Hotelier, to derive a contemporary design in keeping with the modern refurbishment of their traditional building.
Sundance modular acceleration platform
Sundance has announced availability of its RASS Reconfigurable, Accelerating, Scalable SuperComputing solution. The dividend of more than 20 years multiprocessor design experience, the RASS has been created to easily integrate with existing High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure and is supported by a widely available and mature design ecosystem.
Eurotech’s Low Power ISIS & PROTEUS uses the Intel Atom processor
Eurotech has been working with Intel Corporation as an early adopter of the Low Power Intel Architecture (LPIA). As a result of this work Eurotech Ltd will be offering the ISIS and PROTEUS products later this year.
Intersil acquires D2Audio
Intersil has signed a definitive agreement to acquire D2Audio Corporation, a privately-held innovation leader in the design of digital audio power amplifiers for consumer, commercial, automotive and professional audio applications. D2Audio was founded in 2002 as a privately-held company in Austin, Texas. D2Audio is the developer of the world's only intelligent digital amplifiers, the Digital Audio Engine™ (DAE) family of ICs, which deliver superior sound quality. The patented D2Audio technology monitors, perfects, and enhances audio quality with real-time digital feedback.
Ultracapacitors for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Maxwell Technologies Inc has announced that Golden Dragon Bus Co. Ltd., one of the world's leading producers of medium and heavy duty buses, has selected Maxwell's BOOSTCAP ultracapacitors for braking energy recuperation and torque assist in fuel-efficient, low-emission, diesel-electric hybrid buses Golden Dragon is producing for the Hangzhou, China, Public Transport Group Co., Ltd.
Tundra's Multi-Standard RapidIO Evaluation Platform with Texas Instruments and Altera
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation, a leader in System Interconnect, today introduced an evaluation platform centered on its Tsi620TM multi-standard RapidIO Switch. In addition to the Tundra Tsi620, the multi-platform evaluation platform uses Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320TCI6487 high performance multi-core DSP and an Altera Stratix III FPGA to enable prototyping and, ultimately, cost reduction in applications such as high performance wireless and video processing, medical imaging and military signal-processing solutions.
ZF To Acquire Cherry Corporation
ZF Friedrichshafen AG is further expanding its leading worldwide automotive supplier position for Driveline and Chassis Technology. Upon government approval, ZF will acquire the Cherry Corporation, headquartered in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, with production locations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, and India (India is a joint venture with TVS Group). The electronics manufacturer develops and produces among others switch systems, sensors, and control units for the automotive industry. In 2007, Cherry had sales of approximately $ 400 million with 3,100 employees worldwide.
NI LabVIEW Monitors Structural Health of Summer Olympic Venues in Beijing
National Instruments has announced the China Earthquake Administration (CEA), the leading governmental body managing the country's earthquake preparedness and disaster mitigation, selected a structural health monitoring (SHM) solution developed by National Instruments Alliance Partner CGM Engineering, Inc., based on the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform and NI CompactRIO programmable automation controllers. The systems are designed to aid engineers in conducting structural health research on seven recently constructed megastructures in China including both of the main venues for the 2008 Summer Olympics – the Beijing National Stadium and the National Aquatics Centre.
NMI membership increases by 50% in a year
The National Microelectronics institute (NMI), the trade association representing the semiconductor industry in the UK and Ireland, has announced a 50% increase in its membership in little over a year. The University of Southampton has just become the NMI's 150th member.
Interactive Learning with Reward System is Wire-Free
LPRS has demonstrated again how the simplicity of its plug and play easy-Radio wireless solutions simplify product development and speed time to market.
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