This month's selection of hot product picks focuses on technology advances for high-reliability applications, ranging from medical devices to industrial equipment. The unifying factor here is their high performance specs. It's also a nice mix of product types, including an op amp, motor driver, MCU, cable, rocker switch, oscillators, data converter, and mixed-signal control processor.
Let's first take a look at why I selected Linear's LTdC2057HV op amp as a hot product pick for this month. In addition to its high stability over temperature, time, input range and supply voltage − all needed for hi-rel apps, this part offers more than 140-dB dynamic range while operating on a 60V (±30V) supply, enabling tiny signals to be amplified in the presence of much larger signals without losing precision. Wide dynamic range is the key point for this product.
In a changing world where energy efficiency and energy savings is high on the priority list of many OEMs, Toshiba's TB6585AFTG integrated motor driver IC for three-phase DC brushless motors fits the bill. Along with low-power consumption, the device features quiet operation and low vibration − all major benefits particularly for home appliances. Another nice feature is its leadless, thermally efficient QFN48 7- x 7-mm package with an "assembly bonding technique" that improves the current handling capability by 45 percent over the previous version of the device.
C&K Components' SW series of heavy-duty rocker switches was selected primarily because of its extended operating life range, rated at beyond 6,000 cycles, making them well suited for rugged apps, including household appliances, industrial equipment, audio & visual (A/V) equipment, telecommunication, and office equipment. An added benefit is the availability in a bunch of flavors: SPST, SPDT and DPST.
As the market shifts to 32-bit MCUs, Freescale is ready to meet demand with the industry's first claimed 5-V 32-bit MCU built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor for industrial applications. The Kinetis E series MCUs feature electromagnetic noise immunity for systems that traditionally use 8- and 16-bit MCUs, such as white goods and industrial applications.