ADI Converter Module Doubles Channel Count, Reduces Cost

Norwood, Mass.- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has developed a current-to-digital converter module that reduces the cost and complexity of computed tomography (CT) scanner system design.  Touted as the industry’s first 256-channel, 24-bit current-to-digital converter module for CT scanners, the ADAS1131 is available in a 15-mm² BGA package with a 0.8-mm pitch. The device uses approximately 33 percent less PCB area…

Vishay Combines Proximity, Ambient Light Sensing

Malvern, Pa. — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. offers a new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an industry-high operating temperature range to +105 °C. The VCNL4020X01 combines an IR emitter, a photo-pin-diode for proximity, an ambient light detector, a signal processing IC, and a 16-bit ADC in one small 4.8…

Linear Tech Offers Integrated IO-Link Transceiver

Milpitas, Calif. – Linear Technology has introduced its LT3669 IO-Link PHY compatible (COM1/COM2/COM3) industrial transceiver that integrates a high efficiency step-down regulator and a low dropout linear regulator. The device offers cable interface protection to ±60V. Other key features of the IO-Link transceiver include wake-up detect functionality and a programmable power-on reset timer for system reliability. The…

TI Delivers Integrated Thunderbolt DC/DC Power

Dallas, Tex. — Texas Instruments (TI) has expanded its Thunderbolt portfolio with the TPS65980 DC/DC switching regulator. Touted as the first fully integrated power solution for bus-powered Thunderbolt applications, the TPS65980 is the centerpiece of TI’s certified Thunderbolt single port peripheral reference design, simplifying the power chain and speeding the design of bus-powered applications, such as hard…

Fab Capacity Stretched: Uptick in Sight?

For an industry that’s been in the doldrums since the 2009 recession, the words “strained capacity at chip players across the industry” are, ironically, welcome. The electronics components market has enjoyed an extended period of ample supply, and only a shortage or an unexpected surge in demand will spur the market into proactive purchasing for…

TI Delivers Single-Chip Wi-Fi Solution

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has launched its SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family is the first in a series of low-power SimpleLink wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT. The Internet-on-a-chip family allows customers to easily add embedded Wi-Fi and Internet to a variety of home, industrial and…

ROHM Wearable Key Device Integrates Several Functions

Santa Clara, Calif. – ROHM Semiconductor has developed a wearable key device that integrates multiple sensors, a Bluetooth LE IC, and a low-power sensor hub microcontroller into a compact, lightweight form factor. The device provides high functionality – counts the number of steps taken, estimates the number of calories consumed, and calculates distance to performing lock/unlock…

TI Smart Meter SoCs Enable More Features

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced three-phase metering systems-on-chip (SoCs) for smart electricity meters and portable measurement applications. The MSP430F67641 SoCs include high-performance delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for energy measurement products requiring high accuracy across a wide dynamic range. An integrated 320-segment LCD eliminates the need for external drivers and enables developers to create smart energy measurement…