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CompactPCI PlusIO backplanes

Backplanes specialist Elma Electronic now offers a CompactPCI PlusIO Backplane compliant to the latest PICMG 2.30 specifications. The first in the series is an 8slot version in a 3U height.

‘Ultra fast’ output current devices

Semtech has added the SC171 and SC172 buck converters to its EcoSpeed dc/dc converter platform. The 1 and 2A output current devices are designed to meet emerging green power requirements in networking and office automation equipment, power supply modules and POL applications.

POL voltage regulators for energy efficient computing and consumer applications

International Rectifier has expanded its SupIRBuck range of integrated point of load voltage regulators to include the IR347x and IR386x devices. Designed for energy efficient computing and consumer applications, the units feature hysteretic constant on time modulators with adaptive dead time control to achieve superior light load and full load efficiency.

Toshiba develops energy saving flip flop circuit

In a bid to reduce power consumption in mobile equipment, Toshiba has launched a new flip flop circuit using 40nm cmos process. According to the company, the device's power dissipation is up to 77% less than that of a typical conventional flip flop. The company also claims it achieves a 24% reduction in total power consumption when applied to a wireless LAN chip.

Integrated 850/500kHz battery chargers

Maxim Integrated Products has introduced two highly integrated SMBus battery chargers capable of operating at 850 and 500kHz respectively. The MAX17435/MAX17535 feature programmable settings such as charge current, charge voltage, input current limit, relearn voltage and digital IINP voltage readback. According to Maxim, the SMBus interface enables programming of the charge settings without changing external components to maximise design flexibility.

36V input dual step down regulator

The LT3688 from Linear Technology is a dual 800mA, 36V input step down switching regulator with dual power on reset and a watchdog timer. According to Linear, the device's 3.8 to 36V input voltage range makes it ideal for load dump and cold crank conditions commonly found in automotive applications. Its dual 1.2A internal switches are optimised to deliver up to 800mA of continuous output current from each channel at output voltages as low as 0.8V.

400W power supply provides 600W peak

XP Power has introduced the FCM400 series of single output, high efficiency 400W ac/dc power supplies, suitable for a range of industrial and medical applications. The units feature an enclosed low noise fan and measure 6 x 4 x 1.93in. They have a power density of 13.9W per cubic inch and a typical efficiency rating of 85%. XP believes the units have one of the highest power densities of any 400W power supply with medical safety approvals.

Protection for high bandwidth connections on a single chip

STMicroelectronics has unveiled what it claims are the industry's first single chip ICs to combine the common mode filtering and ESD protection needed by high speed data lines commonly used in Smartphones, tablets and mobile computers - as well as for wired connections such as USB2.0 and HDMI.

LPC1100 ARM Cortex-M0 CAN microcontrollers

NXP has introduced the first two devices, LPC11C12 and LPC11C14, in its LPC11C00 series featuring a Controller Area Network (CAN) 2.0B-compliant controller for industrial and embedded networking applications.

Low cost unshielded versions of M9 connectors

The Binder Series 702 is a range of M9 shielded connectors that the German connector manufacturer has sold into applications such as marine equipment, industrial computers, portable communication and medical equipment. The range has now been extended with the introduction of an unshielded version that offers a 'significant price advantage' for M9 applications where shielding is not required.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Mouser Electronics has announced the availability of the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectors from Amphenol. The connectors are compliant with the USB 2.0 and 3.0 specification and offer a 'significant leap forward' in transfer speeds (5Gb/s signaling rate) and a 10 x performance increase over Hi-Speed USB capabilities, while maintaining backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 devices.

Maxim announces low noise amplifiers for GPS enabled devices

Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX2686/MAX2688 low noise amplifiers, designed for GPS enabled portable devices operating in the 1575MHz band. The 4pin devices incorporate Maxim's SiGe BiCMOS technology and are packaged in a 0.86 x 0.86, 0.4mm pitch. According to the company, they provide better receive sensitivity, longer battery life and a compact solution footprint compared to other devices on the market.

Signal analyser and mixed signal oscilloscope

Tektronix' RSA5000 Series real time signal analyser (pictured) and MSO5000 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes are now available from Microlease, with short term rental, long term leasing, 'try before you buy' and interest free purchase options.

Low power d/a converters prolong battery life

The MAX5214 and MAX5216 digital to analogue converters from Maxim Integrated Products are said to incorporate 'best in class' accuracy, a small package size and a low current consumption of less than 80µA IQ. The 14 and 16bit devices have been optimised to prolong battery life in portable applications and are said to be highly programmable to add flexibility and efficiency to power usage.

Martek’s New Railway Qualified dc/dc converter series

Martek Power has launched a dc/dc converter designed to satisfy the majority of rolling stock dc power applications with a single unit. As a result, users are able to specify the same power supply no matter what the input voltage demanded by the application.

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