True 3D Coplanarity Inspection Increases Production Yield
Adaptsys has announced the availability of true 3D optical coplanarity inspection for V-TEK taping machines. By inspecting parts prior to taping, manufacturing defects such as lead burr and coplanarity problems caused by handling of parts can be identified and parts rejected before they cause a board to fail. The increased manufacturing yield and reduction in subsequent failures offer substantial savings for electronics equipment manufacturers.
Six-Line Protection Device Seems a Natural fit for Mobile Phone Keypads and other Portable Devices
Semtech has announced the µClamp™0506P, the industry’s first ultra-small six-line 5V protection device for portable systems. The µClamp0506P is the latest addition to Semtech’s MicroClamp product family, which now has the industry’s widest selection of line capacities – from one to six lines. The device works in any portable device, but is a natural fit for 12-button mobile phone keypads, reducing the number of protection parts need...
Ultra-Low Noise, 10A Relay Provides High Insulation in a Small Package
Fujitsu Components Europe B.V. has introduced a 10A power relay with a maximum noise level of 50dB for use in sophisticated consumer appliances, such as digital televisions. An internal U-shaped spring enables the relay’s low noise level even when mounted on a printed circuit board.
Capacitor-free LDO offers One Percent Voltage Regulation Accuracy
Texas Instruments has introduced a series of 1.5-A and 3-A low-dropout linear regulators that feature a one percent voltage regulation accuracy rate over line, load and temperature. The easy-to-use LDOs meet the sequencing requirements for high-current applications such as telecom, notebooks and servers that use FPGAs and TI's digital signal processors (DSPs).
High-Reliability Serial Flash Memory Devices Designed Specifically for the Automotive Market
STMicroelectronics has announced a new generation of its serial Flash memory chips, with densities from 1 to 4 Mbit, which are intended specifically for demanding automotive applications with high reliability requirements. The new M25P10-A, M25P20 and M25P40 (1 Mbit, 2 Mbit and 4 Mbit, respectively) – are thought to be the first serial Flash devices tough enough to be specified and made available for the automotive environment.
Ultra-Flat Tact switch has profile of 1.5mm
The new TSS 17-1 series from knitter-switch features a very low profile of just 1.5mm and a body size of 5 x 5mm, making it suitable for applications where space is at a premium. These include portable consumer products such as MP3 players and remote controllers.
Low cost, high performance spectrum analyzers span 3Hz to 26.5GHz
Aeroflex has announced its new 3280 series of 3 Hz to 26.5 GHz spectrum analyzers designed to offer impressive RF and microwave specifications, exceptional connectivity and many ease-of-use features at an affordable price.
Online simulation tool for power management applications
Microchip has announced a Web-based simulation tool for power-management applications. Known as the Mindi simulation tool, the new software enables designers to quickly generate detailed circuit diagrams and specify associated passive components for a variety of power-supply and battery-charger applications.
4x4mm Dual-Band Power Amplifier from Fairchild Saves Space, Extends Range in WLAN Applications
Building upon its established portfolio of WLAN power amplifiers, Fairchild Semiconductor has introduced its FMPA2151, a highly integrated dual-band WLAN power amplifier module optimized to increase performance and reduce PCB board footprint in the latest 802.11a/bg WLAN applications, including notebooks, digital cameras and portable handsets.
NI products meet RoHS directive
National Instruments has announced the release of several products that now comply with the NI Hazardous Substances Reduction initiative, furthering the company’s commitment to meeting high environmental standards. This NI initiative is a voluntary program modelled after the European Union Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, which restricts the use of harmful substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium in n...