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2011 Golden Mousetrap Finalists

2011 Golden Mousetrap Finalists

Electronics & Test

A1 - Components, Hardware & Interconnect

3M's Twin Axial Cable
Twin Axial Cable from 3M is a flat, foldable and longitudinally shielded high-performance twin axial ribbon cable. 3M SL8800 Series Cable is for high data-rate applications that can make sharp turns and fold with little or no impact on electrical performance. The first products in this new family are for serial digital signaling over differential pair for high-speed internal cabling applications. Initially available in 4-channel 100 ohm 30AWG versions, two layers of SL8800 cable are less than half the thickness of an equivalent bundle of conventional twinax cable. Its construction allows the cable to fit through narrow openings and free up space in tightly packed systems or even enable design of new smaller form factors/architectures. The ribbon structure is integral to the cable. The structure also allows folding to occur without disturbing the pairs or compromising the performance.

3M cable is thinner, more routable, space-efficient and easier to terminate. The cable is less than 1 mm thick compared to up to 8 mm for competitive cables. It can be easily bent and folded in multiple places without affecting the cable's performance or longevity unlike most competitive products. The cable can be bent around corners or threaded between components, allowing it to avoid obstructing air flow or to open up valuable system real estate. 3M cable's built-in wire-to-board registration eliminates tedious wire handling, enabling consistent and reliable terminations. This is useful for automation in the assembly process.

Analog Devices' AD9467
The AD9467 is a 16-bit, monolithic, IF sampling ADC and is optimized for high performance over wide bandwidths and ease of use. The product operates at a 250 MSPS conversion rate and is designed for wireless receivers, instrumentation and test equipment that require a high dynamic range. No external reference or driver components are required for many applications. Data outputs are LVDS compatible (ANSI-644 compatible) and include the means to reduce the overall current needed for short trace distances. The AD9467 operates on 35 percent less power at 25 percent higher sampling rate than any other 16-bit data converter, providing a new level of signal processing performance for applications where high resolution over a wide bandwidth is needed. The AD9467 delivers resolution, a fast sample rate and a high SFDR of up to 100 dBFS and SNR performance of 76.4 dBFS. The device's SFDR of 90 dBFS up to 300 MHz analog input and 60-femtosecond rms (root mean square) jitter helps lower the signal chain bill of materials and component count by allowing engineers to increase system performance at higher intermediate frequencies, thereby reducing the number of signal down-conversion stages.

Aptina's MT9H004 Image Sensor

Aptina's new high-performance APS-C format 16MP MT9H004 image sensor delivers maximum signal-to-noise ratio across all scene lighting and ISO speed conditions. Other MT9H004 features include 16MP still image capture at 10fps, live-view video support and 1080p/30fps HD video recording. A 5dB increase in SNR, approximately equivalent to gaining two full f-stops of range for the camera lens aperture, is achievable under low-light conditions without sacrificing performance in high-light environments, where it can achieve a 47dB max SNR. Through the addition of a pixel-level, dual-conversion gain (DCG) switch, Aptina DR-Pix technology combines two modes of operation in one pixel design - a low conversion gain (LCG) mode for large charge handling capacity in bright scenes, and a high conversion gain (HCG) mode with increased sensitivity and low read noise for low-light scenes. The DCG switch controls the switching on and off of a capacitor connected to the FD node. When imaging in high-light conditions, the DCG switch is turned on, utilizing the FD node's large capacitance to enable the LCG mode to handle large amounts of signal charge. In low-light conditions, the DCG signal is turned off, allowing the HCG mode to be used as an extra analog gain inside the pixel. Lower FD capacitance results in much higher conversion gain, higher sensitivity and reduced read noise. DR-Pix technology offers benefits for automotive imaging systems, surveillance and PC cameras that must often capture video in dimly lit conditions.

Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s CadenceA(R) PalladiumA(R) XP
Cadence Palladium XP is a powerful verification computing platform that helps companies design, verify and integrate the hardware and software components of advanced multicore offerings. In addition, the Palladium XP verification computing platform provides developers a high-fidelity representation of their design so they can quickly and confidently locate and fix bugs, resulting in better-quality IP, subsystems, SoCs and system. It delivers a platform that excels in bring-up time, ease of use, scalability and turnaround time. The product supports design configurations up to 2 billion gates, delivering performance up to 4MHz and supporting up to 512 users simultaneously. The platform also provides unique system-level solutions, including low-power analysis and metric-driven verification. Developed to support next-generation designs, the highly scalable Palladium XP verification computing platform lets design and verification teams bring their hardware/software environment faster and produce better quality embedded systems in a shorter time.

Harting Inc. of North America's Han-YellockA(R)
Han-Yellock is a re-invention of industrial connector technology and a completely new connector series. The new design is effective for harsh environments combining many new features within one connector, most noticeably a new internal locking system which incorporates a patented push-button technology which is a departure from existing lever designs for latching and un-latching rectangular connectors. This new product allows for simple installation as well as a method for locking the product simply by turning the push-buttons 90 degrees, thus reducing the chance for unauthorized access without the use of a tool.

Han-Yellock is suitable for all industrial markets with applications requiring a robust connector technology solution. The new connector is available in multiple sizes incorporating up to 30 20A connections within one IP67-rated connector. The product also accepts standard modules from the widely popular Han-ModularA(R) connector series thus providing great flexibility in contact arrangements and media-like fiber and pneumatics to meet applications needs. Pre-wired modules may be installed into the connector body from the front or back and without mounting screws, therefore greatly simplifying and decreasing installation time. The ability to combine potentials and contacts has been integrated into the connector providing functions formerly reserved for terminal blocks. This saves space, reduces wiring time and eliminates potential wiring errors. The product incorporates a single gender crimp contact design which eliminates the need for inventory and processing of male and female contacts.

Inphi's JEDEC-Compliant Isolation Memory Buffer
Inphi's JEDEC-compliant Isolation Memory Buffer (iMBTM) 02-GS02 component is a logic device that interfaces with the host memory controller through a DDR3 connector interface. It is placed centrally on the LRDIMM board for optimal design of the Command, Address and Control signals. The primary purpose of the iMB component is to reduce the burden of driving long traces of Data, Command and Control signals on the Host controller drivers. The iMB isolates the electrical loading of DRAM devices on the LRDIMM from the host memory controller and from other DIMMs on the same host memory channel. It is designed to address the critical CPU/memory bottleneck in data center servers and high-performance computing systems, allowing them to operate at higher speeds with greater memory capacity and better power efficiency. The new memory buffer can facilitate high-memory capacity on next-generation DDR3 servers used for virtualization, cloud computing and other high-capacity applications. Adoption of the iMB allows up to four times the memory capacity to be installed in a server platform, resulting in increases to server bandwidth, as well.

The iMB 02-GS02 component offers higher memory performance at maximum system capacity compared to current technology. The component is backwards compatible from the electrical and mechanical standpoint and is a standards-based solution that is multi-sourced and supported by JEDEC member organizations. In addition, the iMB component helps to lower total cost of ownership, enabling data centers to maximize the usage from the current system before investing in another system.

National Instruments' NI PXIe-4844
The NI PXIe-4844 optical sensor interrogator is a dual-slot 3U PXI Express data acquisition module for fiber Bragg grating (FBG) optical sensors. It has four optical channels that are simultaneously sampled at 10 Hz for FBG sensor measurements including strain, temperature and pressure. FBG optical sensors are an alternative to conventional electrical sensors as they are nonconductive, electrically passive, immune to EMI and can be daisy chained along a single optical fiber to reduce the size, weight and complexity of the measurement system. The NI PXIe-4844 features an optical core that combines a high-power, low-noise swept wavelength laser with fiber Fabry-Perot tunable filter technology from Micron Optics. The module delivers wavelength accuracy, repeatability and stability of 1 pm, which is equivalent to sensor accuracies of approximately 0.8 microstrain and 0.1C for FBG strain and temperature sensors, respectively. Unlike most instruments, the interrogator does not require periodic external calibration as every scan made by the NI PXIe-4844 is calibrated to an onboard NIST-traceable wavelength reference. Engineers can program the NI PXIe-4844 with easy-to-use configuration and driver software to shorten setup and configuration time.

FBG optical sensors enable applications that were previously difficult or even impossible with conventional electrical sensors. Applications include monitoring bridges, aircraft frames, wind turbine blades and nuclear generators. This helps engineers get more data to help close the loop between design and validation/monitoring/test. With the NI PXIe-4844, one can integrate the optical sensor interrogator with over 1,500 PXI modules, enabling a system to meet exact application requirements.

National Semiconductor's FPD-Link III Ser/Des Chipset

National Semiconductor's Ser/Des chipset consists of the DS90UH925Q serializer and DS90UH926Q deserializer and carries digital video, audio and bidirectional I2C control signals concurrently over a single twisted pair cable using the HDCP-protected interface protocol approved by the Digital Content Protection (DCP) LLC. The FPD-Link III chipset supports in-car distribution of protected video and audio content from a source such as a Blu-ray player to the central information display or rear seat entertainment panels to create a movie theater-like experience in the vehicle. Each Ser/Des chipset has a unique HDCP key stored in on-chip memory to protect video content against unauthorized use. National's Ser/Des encrypt the content data and make required authentication exchanges per the HDCP specification.

The FPD-Link III Ser/Des' on-chip processing of protected content simplifies infotainment system design and eliminates the need for costly secondary components, such as microcontrollers and FPGAs, by handling the computationally intensive tasks of data authentication and encryption. The consolidation of video data and control over a single differential pair reduces interconnect size, weight and cost. The chipset's features enable infotainment system designers to develop a modular platform of video source and display combinations that support an automobile manufacturer's vehicle portfolio from luxury to base models.

National Semiconductor's ADC12D1800
The ADC12D1800 is a12-bit analog-to-digital converter that is 3.6 Giga-samples per sec (GSPS). The combination of sample rate and dynamic range enables a new generation of wide bandwidth software-defined radio (SDR) architectures. The ADC12D1800 delivers dynamic performance of -149.5 dBm/Hz noise floor, 48.5 dB noise power ratio and -61 dBFS intermodulation distortion. A single ADC12D1800 combined with a digital down-converter can replace multiple mixers, filters, amplifiers and local oscillator stages used in traditional heterodyne double- or triple-conversion radio implementations. In multi-channel cable STB applications, one ADC12D1800 can replace all of the STB's single-channel, narrowband tuners. In each application, shifting traditional architectures to an SDR implementation reduces board area, power consumption and cost, while improving system flexibility.

The ADC12D1800 enables new architecture possibilities for system design engineers which were previously not feasible. The major difference in architectures is that ADC12D1800 architectures enable scaling up to very high channel counts, flexible frequency planning and massive reduction in board area and component count. Examples include: military radar, cable STB, satellite modems, microwave communications and wireless infrastructure.

National Semiconductor's PowerWiseA(R) Chipset
The industry's PowerWise chipset's innovative circuit architecture enables the design of both hand-carried and handheld scanners that deliver longer battery life and imaging performance comparable to larger console systems. National Semiconductor provides a complete eight-channel transmit/receive chipset, including receive analog front end (AFE), transmit/receive switch, transmit pulser and configurable transmit beamformer. This high-level of integration allows system designers to build lightweight 128-channel portable ultrasound systems with enhanced image quality and diagnostics in a small footprint. National supports the chipset with evaluation kits, reference schematics and tools that help customers make detailed chip performance evaluations and accelerate time-to-market.

National's AFE architecture provides superior imaging quality and B-mode power consumption that is 10 percent lower than the closest comparable AFE. It includes high-resolution digital variable gain amplifier (DVGA) and a low-power continuous-time sigma-delta (CTSD) analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The DVGA offers several advantages over traditional analog VGAs such as better channel-to-channel matching and higher spectral performance. The CTSD ADC provides inherent brickwall anti-aliasing filtering compared to higher power consuming, low-order anti-aliasing filters found in other AFEs with conventional pipeline ADCs.

NKK Switches' Extended Life OLED SmartSwitch

NKK Switches' Extended Life OLED SmartSwitch is a programmable push-button switch with a built-in high-resolution OLED display capable of running full color video or image sequences. It is an emissive device operated by commands and data supplied via the SPI communications protocol. The display life has now been doubled compared to earlier versions and power consumption has been reduced by 30 percent. The Extended Life OLED SmartSwitch is suited for a wide variety of applications requiring a graphical user interface or real-time sequencing. The Extended Life OLED SmartSwitch simplifies and improves complex multi-decision operations in string-dependent switching systems.

With a doubled display life, the Extended Life OLED SmartSwitch opens the door for many new applications where equipment life of three years or longer is required. These attributes, along with the reduced power consumption of the Extended Life OLED SmartSwitch, are useful as green initiatives become a greater priority. With the reduced power consumption, the new device is also suited for miniature operator interfaces or battery-powered mobile equipment. The Extended Life OLED SmartSwitch supports live video feeds. In addition to the full video, high resolution and contrast, operators can use the built-in push-button to select video sources or initiate action based on real-time video data.

Northwire Inc.'s EcoPower Products

EcoPowerTM products are UL 62-rated and CSA-recognized 105C Halogen-Free Flame Retardant Power Cables, Power Cords and Retractile Cables. EcoPower features an environmentally aligned jacket material - an alternative to PVC jacketing. RoHS- (Directive 2002/95/EC) and REACH-Compliant, EcoPower's jacket material is phthalate-, bromine- and PVC-free for improved retractability over PVC designs. The material contains no heavy metal pigments, allowing EcoPower to help manufacturers and OEMs meet Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) (Directive 200296/EC) requirements. Most EcoPower configurations pass FT1, FT2, VW-1 and 1061 UL/CSA flame tests and do not emit toxic or corrosive gases during combustion. EcoPower products are mold and over mold compatible and pass 850 UL 1510 abrasion test cycles. 300 and 600V EcoPower HFFR products surpass 850 abrasion cycles per UL 1510. Unshielded configurations have a bend radius of 10 times the cable diameter and shielded versions have a bend radius of 15 times the cable diameter.

Available in five days or fewer with no minimum order quantity or length requirements, custom EcoPower products are useful for medical devices, computer and consumer electronics, aerospace, marine/shipboard, transit and other applications where protecting people and equipment from toxic and corrosive gas is critical.

Phoenix Contact USA's Push-in Terminals

Push-in Terminals (PIT) are modular terminal blocks with push-in connection technology that are part of Phoenix Contact's Clipline Complete terminal block system. PIT provides quick installation and an effective direct termination solution for solid or ferruled wires. They are useful for installations with limited space or hard-to-access wiring areas. PIT is currently available in the 2.5-mm 2 cross-section range. When terminating solid or ferruled wires, PIT's leg-spring design reduces insertion forces by up to 50 percent compared with other push-in terminal blocks. This results in faster terminations, reduced operator fatigue and fewer wiring errors.

This system can also be used with stranded wire using an orange actuation button. This button requires a 3 mm operating stroke, which is up to 35 percent faster than other spring terminals. The button can be actuated with any implement, resulting in fast, easy-to-access wiring and touch-proof safety. With 250N of pullout force (five times the IEC requirement), PIT is useful for high-vibration applications.

Phoenix Contact's PIT features includes: orange actuation button, requires no special tools, clear visual identification, allows for shorter operating stroke, resulting in faster terminations, touch-proof termination when terminating stripped, stranded wire and accepts a wide range of wire sizes.

Tag-Connect's TC2050-IDC Plug-of-Nails Cable
The TC2050-IDC Plug-of-Nails Cable is a cable that snaps directly into a tiny footprint of pads and holes in a PCB, eliminating the need for a programming/debug or JTAG header on each and every PCB. It utilizes a combination of stainless-steel locating pins, plastic feet that snap into the board to retain it in place. Crown-tipped spring-pins make a secure and reliable connection with the pads on the PCB. Also footprint compatible, the TC2050-IDC-NL "legless" version is hand-held during a fast (production) programming operation. Tag-Connect eliminates the need for a connector on every PCB, reduces board space and can be used to provide test-signal access (e.g. for SPI/IIC signal monitoring). The footprint uses about the same space as a couple of SMT resistors (0.03 square inches for the -NL part) so it can be located close to the MCU, or underneath the board (since it has no volume).

Texas Instruments' ADS1298
Texas Instruments' ADS1298 is the first in a family of fully integrated analog front ends (AFEs) for portable and high-end electrocardiogram (ECG) and electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment, as well as patient monitoring and consumer medical applications. The eight-channel, 24-bit ADS1298 reduces component count and power consumption by up to 95 percent as compared to discrete implementations, with a power efficiency of 1 mW/channel, while allowing customers to achieve the highest levels of diagnostic accuracy. With the ADS1298, manufacturers can develop equipment that is portable, compact and affordable due to its high integration and low power consumption. The ADS1298 simplifies design and saves board space, using up to 95 percent fewer components, by integrating all common features required for ECG and EEG front ends. The ADS1298 makes it easier for doctors to monitor vital parameters over the long term for more accurate clinical data, while increasing patient comfort with devices that can easily be carried, concealed or worn.

Vishay Intertechnology's Tantamount Hi-Rel COTS T97 and 597D Series of Solid Tantalum Chip Capacitors
Vishay's Tantamount Hi-Rel COTS T97 and commercial, industrial-grade 597D series of solid tantalum chip capacitors feature a capacitance range of 10 to 1,500 I.25F and a voltage range from 4 to 75V in nine case sizes, including the "V" case with a low 2 mm profile. The 597D capacitors are optimized for industrial automation and control systems and the T97 devices are designed for safety-critical applications, such as those found in the military and aerospace industries, including dc-to-dc converters and power distribution in weapons and radar systems, avionics and space-based electronics.

The company has now built the Hi-Rel COTS T97 and commercial, industrial-grade 597D series, the industry's first 75-V solid tantalum chip capacitors. The devices provide reliability in circuits with applied voltages between 25 and 40V, a performance level that has previously been available only with through-hole technology. The conformal-coated capacitors have a low ESR, down to 0.015I(C) at 25C. The T97 series offers designers a wide array of ratings not found in available MIL specifications, combining the flexibility and convenience of a commercial product with the reliability needed in demanding applications. The T97 series offers high-reliability screening options including Weibull grading and surge current testing options in accordance with MIL-PRF-55365. This differentiates these devices from commercial-grade capacitors by featuring the required reliability and surge screening options necessary to ensure performance in Hi-Rel applications while still maintaining a maximum capacitance-voltage product.

WAGO Corp.'s 713 Series MCS MINI HD
The 713 Series MCS MINI HD is a low-voltage - 150V/10 A (UL) and 160V/10 A (IEC) - wire-to-board connector system for control circuits, e.g., I/O interfaces and sensor cables. The high-density, 16 mm dual-row design carries rear-side Cage Clamp terminals for wiring of field devices, or factory wiring of cable harnesses. The 713 Series' header features a 3.5 mm pitch and separated pin slots. Three distinct variants are available: standard header, lever-equipped and connector-to-header screw interlock. Each variant is available in configurations from 6- to 36-poles.

WAGO's 713 Series MCS MINI HD connector reduces front-panel space consumption by up to 40 percent. Key to the compact, dual-row design is Cage Clamp Spring Pressure Connection Technology - inherently more compact connection than other designs. Cage Clamp maximizes reliability with vibration- and thermal cycling-resistant connections. Terminations are hands-free for conductors 28-16 AWG, minimizing installer strain.

713 Series industry-exclusive features are guided by usability, thus enhancing safety. A WAGO-exclusive, twin-use lever (select variants) serves as a lock and an ejection aid. Additionally, the optional, dual-mode centered strain-relief plate anchors conductors and eases disconnection by functioning as a "handle" - useful for frequently connected/disconnected applications. The 713 Series offers standard catalog suffixes for direct pole marking, guiding proper termination. Supporting these features are touch-proof male headers while unplugged (IP20). Mating halves are 100 percent protected against mis-mating. Additional differential coding is available. Separated pin slots reinforce male connectors while preventing pin damage and misalignment.

A2 - Digital Control/Embedded Computing

Microchip Technology Inc.'s 8-bit PIC1XF182X Microcontrollers
The 8-bit PIC1XF182X microcontrollers (MCUs) feature Microchip's nanoWatt XLP eXtreme Low Power technology - less than 50 AmuA/MHz, in addition to sleep currents of 20 nA. The highly integrated MCUs feature mTouch capacitive touch-sensing, multiple communications peripherals and other features, enabling designers to combine many functions into a single MCU. The PIC12F1823 MCU is available in a 1.6 x 2.4 mm Chip-Scale Package. The MCUs increase the energy efficiency of applications in the appliance, consumer and automotive markets. The result is a smaller PCB footprint and energy efficiency. Examples include new products such as implantable/digestible medical devices.

MontaVista Software's Rapid Deployment Program for Android
The MontaVista Rapid Deployment Program for Android delivers commercial-quality Android reference platforms for Texas Instruments (TI) and MIPS processors, an Automated Test and Validation Suite (ATVS) and commercialization services for Android. Targeted at designers of Android-powered consumer devices ranging from Smartphones, set-top boxes, Digital TVs (DTV), IPTVs, Internet-connected TVs, eReaders and eBooks, In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems and other connected devices, the RDP helps deliver commercial-quality Android-powered products to market faster, with less development risk, and higher quality. The use of Android as a complete software solution has expanded rapidly from Smartphones and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) into all types of devices. This broader adoption has created the need for tools and solutions to simplify and speed the development of Android-based devices. The new MontaVista program helps customers developing Android-based products reduce their time to market, while improving overall product quality and lowering development costs. For customers using Android in new areas it provides additional benefits not found in the standard Android framework, like pre-integrated IPTV, DTV and video-on-demand (VOD) engines for digital media applications.

Reference platforms provide a commercial quality software stack to begin development efforts, rather than using the generic open source Android distribution. Reference platforms include a port to the selected hardware, Support for all on-chip SoC devices including video and graphics acceleration and detailed test reports. The Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) provided by Google only tests the Android application framework. The new Automated Test & Validation Suite extends CTS by offering extensible test cases for the Android Hardware Abstraction Layer and Linux layers to provide a complete test and QA solution. More than 3,000 manual and automated tests cases are provided.

A3 - Power Management

CUI Inc.'s Novum Modules
Novum Modules are non-isolated digital dc-dc point-of-load modules offered in 12 and 25A configurations. Output voltages are programmable between 0.6 and 2.5V. They support a wide array of digital power control functions including current monitoring, temp sensing, margining and voltage sequencing. The modules are capable of auto compensating load variations to constantly regulate outputs. Both devices operate off a standard SMBus interface and support industry-standard PMBus commands.

Auto-compensation adapts to system level changes on a cycle-by-cycle basis and frees the engineer from designing a control loop circuit. The module is a full digital solution and gives the engineer the ability to monitor, program and configure the device virtually instantaneously. System engineers can now make in-system adjustments based on real-time reported data. This allows for improvements in total system efficiencies. The Novum POLs were developed for widespread use. The designer needs to layout their board to support the power and signal pin configuration of the module. Subsequent changes are handled via an intuitive software GUI. This shortens the design cycle and allows end products to get to market more. The Novum modules also require less output capacitance than competitive offerings to achieve comparable transient response performance. This translates to board space savings in a technology environment where board real estate is at a premium.

Kollmorgen's Power Generation System
Kollmorgen's Power Generation System is a complete, robust power platform that can be optimized to meet most heavy-duty vehicle's energy requirements, with the flexibility to fit in applications where space is at a premium. Consisting of a Kollmorgen permanent magnet ac generator, generator controller, software and cables, the system has the flexibility to support any heavy-duty hybrid vehicle power need at low or high voltage, ac, dc or both. Its modular design readily accommodates vehicle upgrades and retrofits without any need to replace the generator, wiring or drive electronics.

The Power Generation System enables Kollmorgen to serve as a one-stop shop for heavy-duty hybrid vehicle OEM's who have a wide variety of power needs within a single vehicle, and/or across vehicle platforms. At 28V, the Kollmorgen system can supply 30 kW of power; most 28V dc systems are capable of supplying about 15 kW of power, without having to move to a high-voltage system. Conventional hybrid motors and alternators aren't engineered to satisfy the strenuous power demands of heavy vehicles. These vehicles require a high kW system that's small and adaptable enough to fit the vehicle without requiring a lengthy and costly redesign, and that supply the ac and dc voltages the vehicle requires.

National Semiconductor's LM3464
The LM3464 is an LED driver with dynamic headroom control and multiple outputs for high-power applications that drives up to four strings of LEDs. The LM3464 maximizes system efficiency and reduces system complexity and cost in LED-intensive applications such as industrial, street and automotive lighting. The LM3464 includes four individual current regulator channels and works in conjunction with external N-channel MOSFETs and sense resistors to accurately drive current to each LED string. The LM3464 features a wide input voltage range up to 80V to drive multiple LEDs per string, making it useful for LED-intensive applications. The dynamic headroom control feature monitors the forward voltages of the LED strings and dynamically adjusts the LED supply voltage through the power supply feedback to the lowest level required. By directly controlling the output of the offline regulator, the LM3464 can eliminate the second stage switching regulator commonly required for offline LED power supplies. An additional thermal foldback feature protects the LEDs from unsafe temperatures that can significantly degrade the light output or lifetime of the LEDs. During an over-temperature condition, the thermal foldback reduces the current through the LEDs until the LED junction temperature of the LEDs returns back to a safe operating temperature. This user-programmable feature allows for a more robust and reliable thermal design, helping to ensure the lifetime and light output of the LEDs over time and through temperature variances due to environmental conditions of the fixture.

National Semiconductor's Simple Switcher LMZ-Series
The Simple Switcher LMZ-series of power modules provide a solution to save design time and help system designers get their products to market faster. The power modules provide the efficiency of a synchronous switching regulator with the simplicity of a linear regulator, eliminating the external inductor and complex layout placement challenges typical of switching regulator designs. National's power modules simplify power supply design for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), microprocessors, digital signal processors (DSPs) and other point-of-load (POL) conversions for medical, broadcast video, communications, industrial and military applications. The modules provide -40 to 125C operation, along with low output voltage ripple and a wide voltage and current range that enable a complete customer-specific power supply solution. The LMZ power modules supports the common 3.3, 5, 12 and 24V input voltage rails and offers load currents up to 4A. Power supply designers can design with Simple Switcher power modules using National's Webench Power Designer, as well as the Webench Power Architect design tool. Webench Power Architect enables engineers to rapidly create multi-output dc-dc power supplies for an entire system.

The power modules include patent-pending packaging technology that provides low radiated electromagnetic interference (EMI) to meet the requirements of the EN55022 (CISPR22) Class B radiated emission standard. The modules' heat dissipation and large exposed-bottom pad allows for operation in high-ambient temperatures without the need for airflow. They typically operate as much as 10 degrees cooler than comparable modules. Additionally, the power modules' single exposed-bottom pad allows for easy and quick prototyping on lab benches, eliminating the possibility of non-visual solder bridging. The size and lead pitch of these modules enable the use of the same pick-and-place manufacturing employed with standard TO-263 packages. Each module is pin-to-pin compatible with other family members, allowing designers to create one layout to facilitate last-minute drop-in replacements if load current requirements change.

Texas Instruments' TPS84620
Texas Instruments' new 14.5-V, 6-A TPS84620 achieves a power density of greater than 800W per cubic inch with up to 95 percent efficiency and 30 percent better thermal dissipation than competitors with 13C/W ja in a package size about 40 percent smaller than other 12V, 6A devices. The integrated step-down solution combines the inductor and passives onto one device and requires only three external components. This efficient design results in a complete solution less than 200 mm2 and supports a variety of high-power telecom infrastructure and industrial systems by offering an output of 1.2V. The TPS84620 offers simple, yet reliable POL solutions by offering a design that removes the magnetics selection process, eliminates compensation components and reduces the count of small external components. The TPS84620 provides a solution for the inexperienced power designers, while allowing them to construct a very small and dense form factor directly on the circuit board.

Vishay Intertechnology's ThunderFET SiR880DP 80-V n-Channel Power MOSFET
Optimized for primary side switching in isolated do-to-dc converters for telecom point-of-load applications, the ThunderFET SiR880DP 80-V n-channel power MOSFET offers ultra-low on-resistances of 8.5 mI(C) at 4.5V, 6.7 mI(C) at 7.5V and 5.9 mI(C) at 10V. Typical on-resistance times gate charge, a key figure of merit (FOM, expressed in nC-mI(C)) for MOSFETs in dc-to-dc converter applications, is 161 at 4.5 V. The device is offered in the thermally enhanced PowerPAK SO-8 package. Built on a new low-on-resistance technology optimized for higher-voltage devices, the SiR880DP has an on-resistance rating at a 4.5-V gate drive. The device's 4.5-V rating is conducive to higher-frequency designs, enabling significantly lower gate drive losses in POL applications while allowing lower-voltage/lower-cost 5-V PWM ICs to be utilized.

A4 - Test & Measurement

Agilent Technologies' M9202A
The Agilent M9202A is a fast and wide analog bandwidth 12-bit PXI Express IF digitizer running at 2 GS/s, with up to 1 GHz instantaneous analog bandwidth and a large 512 Mbytes DDR3 memory. The M9202A features a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA which implements different functionalities depending on the firmware option you choose. The M9202A implements a real-time digital down conversion IP firmware algorithm called DDC, enabling both basic digitizer data acquisition functionality and real-time data decimation for improved analog performance and reduced data upload time. The DDC firmware is active in the 325 to 675 MHz band, with selectable IF frequency and pass-band. The sampling rate of this IF digitizer, in combination with its wide input bandwidth and high dynamic range, makes it useful for aerospace/defense and wireless communication industries, especially in applications such as military mobile repair stations, radar tests, wideband communication standard tests and fast signal capture applications.

Agilent Technologies' Infiniium 90000 X-Series
The Infiniium 90000 X-Series has bandwidths from 16-32 GHz and can achieve >30 GHz real-time oscilloscope bandwidth. The 90000 X-Series achieves a 32 GHz oscilloscope bandwidth and uses indium phosphide technology to achieve a low noise floor (nearly half the noise of a comparable scope), low jitter measurement floor (30 percent less than the competition) and flat frequency response. This oscilloscope is designed to enable high-speed digital, RF and optical designers to make measurements more accurately. Designers now can validate their systems with the flexibility of a real-time oscilloscope and accuracy comparable to a sampling oscilloscope.

Agilent Technologies' M9018A PXIe Chassis
The M9018A PXIe Chassis has 18 slots, 16 of which are Hybrid-compatible. It also contains three controller expansion slots for embedded PXIe controllers. The backplane switch fabric is configurable to provide a 2-link (2x8) or a 4-link (4x4) connection to the system controller. Module slots have a x4 or x8 link depending on location. Two x1 links provide control of PXI modules via PCIe to PCI bridges. Combine the M9018A with the M9021A PCIe Cable Interface and M9047A PCIe Desktop Adaptor to achieve the highest system bandwidth. With 16 PXIe Hybrid slots, it allows the system designer to mix and match the number and location of PXIe and PXI-1 hybrid compatible modules essentially at will. It contains an advanced PCIe switch fabric that operates up to Gen 2 speeds and can be configured for performance with most PXIe controllers. The switch fabric is also configurable for peer-to-peer communications and any peripheral slot can communicate with any other peripheral slot without utilizing the system slot PCIe links.

The M9018A has an innovative cooling design which allows the chassis to fit into 4U of rack space in most cases. When combined with the latest 1U rack-mounted computer, a powerful system can be built in 5U of rack space. Additionally, optional "air-inlet" modules can be used to supply more cool air from the front of the chassis. The Hybrid slots enable backward compatibility and the ability to mix and match PXI, PXIe and PXI Hybrid cards in one single chassis.

Agilent Technologies' M9392A
The Agilent M9392A is a PXI Vector Signal Analyzer with frequency from 50 MHz to 26.5 GHz with 250 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth. When combined with the Agilent 89600A VSA (Vector Signal Analysis) Software, designers will experience a complete Microwave Vector Signal Analyzer solution enabling analysis of communications, radar and avionics signals in a modular, open-system standard. The entire system requires seven slots in a PXI chassis. The modular Vector Signal Analyzer demonstrates the integration of Agilent measurement science in the modular PXI form factor. The 250 MHz instantaneous bandwidth is for single-vendor modular Vector Signal Analyzer. Since radar and satellite applications require wide bandwidth analysis, it is key to ensure the signals can be captured, analyzed and measured in their entirety. Single vendor is an important element to optimize the calibration process and remove unnecessary overhead thus reducing time to first measurement. The combination of the M9392A with of the Agilent vector signal analysis (VSA) software enables flexible modulation analysis and demodulation of a broad range of standard-based and general-purpose digital signals and formats.

Agilent Technologies' Portfolio of 48 PXI and AXIe Modular Products
The Agilent Technologies Portfolio of 48 PXI and AXIe modular products are an extension of Agilent's measurement expertise into PXI and the new AXIe standard. This portfolio of 48 products includes chassis', digitizers, digital multi-meters, vector signal analyzers, digitizing scopes, arbitrary wave form generator and bit error rate testers, enabling new capabilities that were not previously possible across analog, digital, RF, microwave and lightwave technologies.

The new PXI and AXIe chassis' enable up to 8GB/s data throughput, by leveraging the PCIe Gen 2 technology on the backplane. Each module driver has been designed to take full advantage of register access and DMA transfers reducing measurement latency and increasing throughput. The modular platform is integrated with Agilent industry-standard VSA software enabling flexible modulation analysis and demodulation of a broad range of standard-based and general-purpose digital signals and formats. Each module includes drivers, soft front panels and programming examples for integration into Visual Studio, (VB.NET, C#, C/C++) LabVIEW, LabWindows, and MatLab enabling test engineers to work in their preferred SW environment. The innovative concepts used for the chassis' (Hybrid slots and cooling techniques) and the modules provide the market and customers with new choices and expands the meaning of modular PXI and AXIe instrumentation.

Agilent Technologies' AXIe
AXIe is an open standard, that leverages from existing standards from ATCA, PXITM, LXITM and IVIA(R), with high performance per rack inch and added features including timing, triggering and module-to-module data movement features that are important to the implementation of high-performance test and measurement systems. The AXIe standard complements the LXI and PXI standards. It includes PCIe and LAN interfaces, so that AXIe instruments can act like virtual PXI or LXI instruments, and can be included in existing test set ups utilizing the Agilent AXIe accessories such as the PXIe system interface or PCIe adaptor cards for PCIe1 or PCIe2. Both chassis are built for high-performance instrumentation and complementary to existing standards (LXI and PXI) due to the connectivity options M9502A 2-slot AXIe chassis: This new chassis was designed with transportable applications in mind. It can also be racked occupying 2U of space. M9505A 5-slot AXIe chassis: select this chassis when you need more capacity for AXIe modules. This chassis can be used on the bench or in a rack, occupying only 4U of rack space.

Two slot (2U) and five-slot (4U) models, deliver the advantages of AXIe - robust power, cooling and timing systems - in an open platform for multivendor systems.

Data Translation Inc.'s DT9824/DT8824
The DT9824 (USB version) and DT8824 (Ethernet version) are ultra-high-resolution modules for test and measurement. The accurate front-end design allows users to simultaneously sample up to four fully isolated 24-bit inputs, for complete signal measurement protection from all environmental or system noise. Data Translations' advanced technology makes the DT8824/DT9824 a useful choice for chromatography, seismic, weigh scale and medical uses, along with other measurement applications where accuracy and stability are paramount. In addition to 24-bit resolution, a full feature set includes comprehensive software CD for making measurements quickly and easily.

Built-in proprietary ISO-ChannelTM Technology guarantees accuracy advantage with protection from noise and ground loops and utilizes galvanic isolation methods to guarantee 1,000V isolation between any input channel to any other input channel and A plus or minus 500V to earth ground. ISO-Channel vastly increases reliability by implementing a separate isolated return path for each 24-bit A/D converter used by the four input channels, all operating in parallel. The benefit to the user is total isolation of all input/outputs from each other and from digital ground. Product is useful for applications where accuracy and stability are critical. An Ethernet version (DT8824) useful for local or distributed monitoring or portable USB version (DT9824) offers users a highly accurate test and measurement solution for the field, factory floor or lab.

LeCroy Corp.'s SPARQ
The SPARQ is a new class of instrument; the Signal Integrity Network Analyzer. The SPARQ uses TDR/TDT to measure 40 GHz S-parameters and time domain responses on up to 4-ports at a fraction of the cost of a vector network analyzer with single button press operation. With its low price and automatic internal calibration capability, SPARQ eliminates VNA frustration and brings high bandwidth multi-port S-parameter measurements to a much wider audience. With the SPARQ's automatic calibration, S-parameters can be measured in minutes without any need to connect and disconnect calibration standards. This approach eliminates the frustration VNA users have with error-prone manual calibration procedures and expensive "ECAL" modules. In addition to S-parameter results, SPARQ calculates step and impulse responses and rho and Z profiles normalized to a user's rise time. All measurements can be made in both single-ended and mixed-mode configurations. Results are "simulation ready," using passivity, reciprocity and causality enforcements and results include a dc point, something that cannot be done with a VNA. All of these features are standard.

The SPARQ utilizes a high-bandwidth switch matrix to route signals from the TDR pulser/sampler and TDT sampler to the internal calkit and to the DUT. This architecture is cost-effective, and provides single-button-press operation. The reference plane is moved to the DUT via an algorithm that de-embeds the switch matrix and other external components such as cables. The SPARQ uses LeCroy's "CIS" timebase to acquire waveforms about 20x faster than other TDR solutions. The benefit is faster averaging, without linearity issues. Additionally, a wavelet denoising algorithm further eliminates noise, yielding the highest dynamic range of any TDR/T-based network analyzer (50db). SPARQ is designed specifically for the signal integrity engineering marketplace, for characterization and compliance testing of passive devices such as backplanes, interconnects, PC boards and cables.

LeCroy Corp.'s WaveMaster 8 Zi-A Digital Oscilloscopes
WaveMasterA(R) 8 Zi-A digital oscilloscopes provide up to 45 GHz of bandwidth and 120 GS/s of sample rate combined with 768 Megapoints of analysis memory. 20 GHz bandwidth is available on each of the four channels; useful for testing emerging 40/100 GbE DWDM devices and systems. The WaveMaster 8 Zi-A is a single hardware platform with nine models from 4 to 45 GHz of bandwidth. This means engineers can stay current with emerging high-speed technologies by upgrading to additional bandwidth as needs change. The bandwidth of the WaveMaster 8 Zi-A is useful for leading-edge research and development applications, especially high-speed next-generation, long-haul optical network development. In addition to the 45 GHz capability, the oscilloscope may also be operated in a 30 GHz/2-channel or a 20 GHz/4-channel mode. This gives flexibility to utilize multiple channels at 30 or 20 GHz for timing validation while retaining the ability to utilize fewer channels for higher bandwidth signal fidelity measurements. The 20 GHz four channel rating of the 845Zi-A has 25 percent more bandwidth compared to competitive offerings.

The WaveMaster 8Zi-A models utilize second-generation silicon germanium (SiGe) components with none of the thermal conductivity, reliability, yield, cost and other concerns that captive in-house processes must contend with. LeCroy's 30 to 45 GHz 8Zi-A models make use of sixth generation Digital Bandwidth Interleave (DBI) to extend bandwidth without the deleterious effects of bandwidth "boosting". X-Stream II technology enables high throughput of data - even when the oscilloscope is analyzing 768 Mpt waveforms, by using variable waveform segment lengths to improve CPU cache memory efficiency.

Mentor Graphics' Tessent YieldInsight Software

Mentor Graphics' Tessent YieldInsight software analyzes large populations of scan diagnosis reports to intelligently and quickly identify the most likely yield loss mechanisms in digital semiconductor devices. The software leverages data collected during production tests and implements sophisticated statistical testing techniques to automatically identify hidden yield limiters and prioritize yield enhancement efforts.

Specific Capabilities:

  • Automatic identification of hidden yield limiters.
  • Visualization of results consistent with yield analysis practices in wafer maps, signature Paretos, physical heat maps and layout viewers.
  • Drill-down capability to effectively pick die for failure analysis.
  • Analysis automation and ability to integrate with other systems.

The Tessent YieldInsight software product is specialized for understanding and identifying semiconductor yield loss from production scan test data. Augmenting traditional methods, this solution reduces the time to root cause by 75 to 90 percent. Tessent YieldInsight customers have been able to accelerate their cycle time to root cause from months to days, reduce the amount of wasted PFA and uncover previously hidden yield limiters representing the last 1 to 2 percent in high-volume manufacturing. Tessent YieldInsight provides the right questions to ask to select the right devices for PFA that represent the systematic yield loss mechanisms. While the software visualizes results consistent with yield analysis practices, it also automatically identifies systematic defects and includes drill-down capability to effectively pick die for PFA. The solution leverages layout-aware diagnosis that provides a rich and detailed data set for each failing device. The statistical analysis is designed especially to work on this dataset. At advanced process nodes, it's increasingly difficult to separate random and systematic defects, often resulting in wasted PFA and slower yield ramp.

Pico Technology's PicoScope 6403

The PicoScope 6403 is a 5 GS/s PC Oscilloscope connected by USB and a four-channel 350 MHz real-time oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer capable of over 1 million captures per sec. It also includes a built-in 20MHz (200 MS/s, 12 bits resolution) arbitrary waveform generator. The PicoScope 6 software includes a waveform editor to reproduce, edit or create custom signals to be "played" out of the AWG. The 6403 contains a massive 1GS record length with which the user can then use PicoScope's zoom tools to drill all the way down to a maximum zoom factor of 100 million times magnification. Other features like Serial Decoding (CAN, RS232/UART, I2C, and SPI), mask limit testing, advanced triggering, math's and various display modes all come standard.

It has a footprint of 10 x 6.7 x 1.6 inch and can be directly controlled by the PC through the USB port on any computer, saving data and generating reports is quicker and easier than having to fumble with any USB thumb drives or software. The PicoScope 6403 comes standard with 1GS. This 1-gigasample buffer allows you to capture at 5 GS/s down to 20 ms/ div - for a total duration of 200 ms.

Weidmuller's ACT20X

Weidmuller's ACT20X range comprises analog and digital isolators which accept hazardous area inputs, from intrinsically safe flow, pressure or level devices, or proximity sensors for position or motor speed measurements, and create isolated outputs for safe area controls. ACT20X modules can also isolate and drive analog and digital actuators in hazardous areas. They also feature a separate alarm output in the event of a cable or internal fault. These isolating conditioners are specifically designed for industrial or process-related applications. The input and output parameters of the ACT20X are also configurable via a simple PC-based software and cable interface. The ACT20X range adds intrinsic safety and digital functionality to an engineer's tool box when working within or around hazardous locations. This range complements Weidmuller's extensive line of electronics for hazardous locations.

A power-rail option simplifies and minimizes cabling and installation costs for the integrator. Half the range (seven models) are 2-channel types - in 22.5 mm width - meaning the user benefits from very high mounting density. For engineers this saves panel space (up to 50 percent). PC-based configuration software minimizes the product learning curve for the end-user. The configuration tool format is a standard supported by a group of international organizations. Universal input models help users minimize the number or product versions needed as well as spares inventory. They also simplify new product training and installation for site maintenance staff. Milliamp outputs automatically detect whether the load is active or passive. So the user has complete application flexibility with sourcing or sinking controller inputs, and confidence in wiring security. A full set of Zone and Division approvals make the ACT20X range applicable for hazardous locations world-wide.

A5 - Wireless/Mobile Components

Analog Devices' ADF7242
The ADF7242 is a RF transceiver targeting short-range wireless systems in the global 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, science and medical) band. The transceiver supports the IEEE802.15.4 standard and may be used to implement solutions based upon protocols such as ZigbeeA(R) IPv6/6LowWPAN, ISA100.11a and Wireless HART, and offers the flexibility to implement proprietary FSK-based protocols with data rates of up to 2 Mbps. The ADF7242 offers best-in-class blocking resistance to increase the signal quality and range, and prolong battery life. The ADF7242 features a robust communications processor to reduce system complexity and enable engineers to use less powerful and more power-efficient controllers. The transmit and receive paths of the ADF7242 provide blocking resistance that allows the device to operate in the crowded 2.4 GHz band, where interfering signals are greater than 30x stronger. The high sensitivity and low power consumption more than double the operating range of the radio while increasing the battery life. Applications include smart meters/smart grid; wireless sensor networks, building automation, industrial wireless control, wireless remote controls, consumer electronics and healthcare.

Aptina's MobileHDR

Aptina MobileHDR technology, a form of intra-frame multi-exposure HDR capture, allows high-performance imaging SoCs, such as Aptina's new 1.4-micron, 5MP AS0540, to cost-effectively capture a wider range of naturally occurring scenes in mobile and DSCs without clipping highlights and lowlights. In addition to MobileHDR technology, the feature-rich, high-performance AS0540 combines AptinaTM A-Pix and Auto Focus (AF) technologies, hue correction, column-gain summing, re-sampled binning and an integrated VCM driver. Other benefits include low-noise in reduced lighting, smooth 720p/30fps video and 120fps slow motion playback in VGA/QVGA mode and dual-interface options (parallel, CSI-2 MIPIA(R)), enabling auto-focus modules as small as 8.5 x 8.5 x 6 mm. MobileHDR technology uses dual exposures with a maximum of 8x ratio between the long and short exposure for a total dynamic response range (DR) extension of 18dB. The technology, which includes adaptive global tone mapping, enables total DR of approximately 80dB, providing a leap forward in image quality compared with alternative imaging solutions for mobile and DSC camera systems.

MP Antenna Ltd.'s Trident-2.4GHz Multi-Polarized Wi-Fi Antenna
The Trident-2.4GHz Multi-Polarized Wi-Fi antenna allows for quick and easy retrofit of most standard "rubber duck-" style antennas often found in wireless network deployments. The technology behind the Trident has improved connectivity in difficult non-line of sight applications typically found in industrial and warehouse applications. Tests have shown that even in areas with satisfactory connectivity, the Trident increases signal capture, reducing data loss and packet retries. The net effect is faster throughput and better utilization of bandwidth. Because of its ability to capture any available signal, use of the Trident saves money on wireless network deployments because fewer access points are required. Video streaming improves with reduced pixilation and increased resolution. The Trident also extends range and resolution when deployed in robotic video surveillance systems. The Trident can even extend battery life by reducing the amount of time a radio operates in high power mode searching for a signal.

Its patented multi-polarized technology enables it to transmit and receive signals in all polarizations. The 3-D design also incorporates built-in spatial diversity. This feature virtually eliminates multipath cancellation by emulating the performance of complex multiple radio and antenna systems oriented in different spatial locations. The Trident creates a broad full signal pattern free of voids so common with standard omni directional antennas.

Nordic Semiconductor's nRF24LE1 OTP
The nRF24LE1 OTP (One Time Programmable) System-on-Chip 2.4GHz ultra-low-power (ULP) wireless transceiver can run from small capacity batteries (such a 3V, 180 to 220mAh CR2032 coin cell) for many months or even years (dependi
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