The votes are in this week and several of our editors cited Texas Instruments' ADS62P49, a dual 14-bit ADC that the company says is the industry's fastest of its kind with a 250 MSPS. Planet Analog editor Bill Schweber said its dynamic performance and low-power specs “make it a winner for communications systems (base stations, software defined radios, and more) as well as imaging.”
Another key analog product announcement this week emerged from Linear Technology, which introduced the LTC2634 line of quad 12-bit, 10-bit and 8-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs). The devices' features, including the integration of a precision reference in 3mm x 3mm package for industrial, automotive and ATE applications, as well as the precise internal reference's temperature coefficient of just 10ppm/°C, make the line one of this week's top products, Schweber said.
In the embedded tools space, Microchip Technology teamed up with Accelerated Designers to offer CAD help for PCB engineers using Microchip devices, including its 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs), serial EEPROMs and analog and interface products.
With fierce competition in the MCU area, Steve Bitton, technology analyst for TechInsights and editor of www.industrialcontroldesignline believes any extras to help designers get their job done, beyond the device itself, can help persuade the decision makers.
“Microchip teaming up with Accelerated Designs to offer complete PCB schematics and footprints for all of Microchips parts is one such extra that may help speed up the PCB design phase,” he said.
Redpine Signals Inc. helped push Wi-Fi into new territory this week when it launched its Find-iT module, a single-stream 802.11n device for asset tracking, said Rick Merritt, editor at large. The module supports the Cisco Compatible Extensions tag specifications.
“This is a small step toward the world of pervasive ubiquitous networking that is the next big thing in computing,” Merritt said.
And Nic Mokhoff,Design + Products section editor at EETimes and editor of Power Management Design Line and EDA Design Line, likes Fujitsu's MB88395 controller, which allows HD video content to be viewed throughout the vehicle. Since the 1394 automotive in-vehicle networking technology will be 2011 and 2012 models, automotive engineers should take a closer look at this device.
I think it's hard to ignore Advanced Micro Devices' server microprocessors that hit a new low in power consumption for the company as well as some at new and higher data rates. AMD's EE series chips consume 40W maximum on typical workloads while running at data rates up to 2.3 GHz.
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