Texas Instruments Inc. (TI, Dallas, TX) has announced the new bq2023, a high-performance battery monitor IC for lithium-ion and lithium-polymer-based applications. The...
USAR Systems (New York) is offering a new ACPI-compliant embedded controller that, in addition to providing an 8042 keyboard controller, also features an SMBus host and a built -in Smart Battery System Manager (SBSM). Intended for notebook and other portable systems, the single IC is equipped with USAR's patented Zero-Power technology, which is claimed to […]
Tyco Electronics Corp. (Menlo Park, CA) announced the newest addition to its line of PolySwitch PPTC resettable strap devices from its Raychem Circuit Protection division. The new VTP110 device has a maximum width of 2.9mm and can be installed on 3mm-thick lithium-ion prismatic cells. Designed for rechargeable lithium-ion and NiMH prismatic cell packs, the VTP110 […]
Vishay Siliconix (Santa Clara, CA) announced three new power MOSFETs with improved specs for notebook computer and CPU point-of-use dc-to-dc conversion applications....
Semtech Corp. (Newbury Park,CA) announced two new families of highly integrated TVS devices that are designed to exceed the overvoltage protection and lower space requirements of sensitive CMOS technology used in portable applications. According to Semtech, the new SMF05 and SMF12 are the first TVS devices to integrate EDS protection for four low-power data or […]
Microsemi Corp. (Santa Ana, CA) announced a new high-voltage MOSFET for implantable cardio defibrillator (ICD) applications that is 40 percent smaller than those currently available. Designated the MSAFA1N100D, the new device is the first to be developed jointly by Microsemi and Advanced Power Technology (APT, Bend, OR).The Microsemi device will be used as an overvoltage […]
AVX Corp. (Myrtle Beach, SC) announced it is expanding the current range of its Accu-Guard Series SMD Thin-Film fuses. The fuses are now available with current values from 150mA to 5A in sizes 0603, 0805, 1206 and 0612. The fuses are intended for telecommunications applications, battery chargers and battery packs, hard disk drives, LCD screens […]
Zetex (Commack, NY) introduced its new SOD323 packaged Varactor Diodes, which are claimed to offer the same high-performance operation as their larger...
Intersil (Irvine, CA) announced a new family of hot-plug power management devices. The new Endura family includes hot-plug power control devices designed into over half of the global server hot-swap computer power management applications. New devices include the ISL6121, ISL6118 and HIP1011E. Intersil's Endura hot-plug devices comply with the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) hot-plug specifications. […]
Power Integrations Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) announced that its TinySwitch IC is a finalist in the 1999 Discover Magazine Awards for Technological Innovation. The TinySwitch is one of 27 technologies the selection panel chose as making a revolutionary impact on society."TinySwitch provides a unique solution to a global problem that costs billions of dollars annually in […]
Xentek Power Systems (San Marcos, CA) recently announced the completion of its merger with its sister company, Taiyo Yuden (USA) Inc. The new company will operate under the Taiyo Yuden (USA) name, and the firms plan to consolidate operations into a single location yet to be determined. According to the firm, no staff or personnel […]
Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. (FMI, San Jose, CA) has developed three new power management ICs suitable for use in cellular phones, PDAs and other mobile devices. The devices are intended to address the requirements of digital systems such as CDMA, GSM and W-CDMA. The set includes the MB3891, which was developed specifically for current and future […]
Cherry Semiconductor Corp. (East Greenwich, RI) introduce the CS51313, a switching buck controller designed to power motherboards based on Pentium III microprocessors, which require five different voltages. The CS51313 switching buck controller features a Vref pin and a small external quad op amp. The controller powers Vcore at 2.0V, and the Vref and quad op […]
Solarex (Frederick, MD) announced the commissioning of the largest US-based solar electric system using its Millennia thin-film solar electric modules. The newly dedicated, 43kW system uses 1,400 Millennia modules and is located on top of the BJ's Wholesale Club in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The solar modules were sold to Sun Power Electric (Westborough, MA), who were […]
Guangzhou Hong Min Electronic Co. (China) introduced the HM-Y Series electronic ballast, designed to light fluorescent lamps through high-frequency self-oscillation without 50Hz flicker and noise. The ballast is claimed to be able to normally start at as low voltage as 100V and work reliably at a voltage over 200V. According to the company, the ballast […]