Component Manufacturers Target Harsh Environments

As demand for electronics components that can be used in harsh environmental conditions continues to increase, interconnect, passive and electromechanical device (IP&E) manufacturers are developing more designs that operate in a wide range of harsh environments, and quite often, also deliver smaller form factors to fit into space-constrained systems and applications. Demand also continues to…

Freescale Delivers ‘Thin as a Blade of Grass’ MCU

Austin, Tex. – Freescale Semiconductor released an ultra-thin version of the Kinetis K22 microcontroller (MCU) with a 120-MHz ARM Cortex-M4 core, 512KB Flash and 128KB SRAM in a package measuring 0.34 millimeters in height. The new device is suited for applications such as chip-and-PIN credit cards, wearables and consumer electronics that require security and small form factors.…

TI Claims Smallest, Lowest Power Battery Management for IoT

Dallas, Tex.  – Texas Instruments (TI) launched a highly integrated battery management solution that features a linear charger, configurable LDO, load switch, buck converter, pushbutton control and battery voltage monitor in one solution. The bq25120 claims the industry’s lowest quiescent current (Iq) at 700 nA with the buck converter, operating at 1.8 V.  The configurable…

Toshiba Offers Serial Interface NAND Flash for Embedded

Irvine, Calif.  — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) launched a new family of NAND flash memory products for embedded applications. The new devices are compatible with the widely used serial peripheral interface (SPI). The serial interface NAND flash memory devices can be used in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications, including flat screen TVs,…

Intersil LDO Regulators Deliver 50% Lower Dropout

Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil Corporation offers two new high-performance, single-output low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulators that tout best-in-class dropout and transient performance for noise sensitive loads. The ISL80510 and ISL80505 deliver 1-A and 0.5-A of continuous output current and ultra-low-dropout of 130 mV and 45 mV at full load, respectively. The ISL80510 LDO regulator’s maximum dropout is nearly…

Microchip Sensing Controllers Replace Mechanical Buttons

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its MTCH10x mTouch sensing portfolio with the launch of the turnkey MTCH102-5-8 capacitive touch controllers. In a hardware-only configuration, these 2-, 5- and 8-channel controllers can replace mechanical buttons with a simple digital output. This makes it easy to add proximity and touch detection to any application that is constrained…

Artesyn Intros 500W Quarter-Brick DC-DC Converter

Tempe, Ariz. — Artesyn Embedded Technologies launched the high efficiency ADQ500 series of 500-watt quarter-brick isolated DC-DC converters for telecom network and data center equipment. The DC-DC converters offer ultra-high efficiency of typically 95.5 percent at full load and operates over an ambient temperature range of minus 40 to 85 degrees Celsius, which makes them suited…

FCI Expands Power Connector Line

Singapore — FCI expanded its power connector family with the introduction of the PwrMAX Ortho power connectors. Designed to support data center equipment, this new Orthogonal system packaging architecture can offer improved data transfer and system cooling by eliminating mid-plane circuit boards, said FCI. The PwrMAX Ortho power connectors can be used with either busbars or circuit boards…