ICs & Semiconductors

CISSOID unveils OPAL a new high temperature sensor

CISSOID, a specialist in high-temperature semiconductor solutions, has introduced OPAL, a high precision operational amplifier that is guaranteed for operation from -55°C up to +225°C. OPAL is a dual Op Amp specifically designed to meet very tough environmental constraints on sensors used in automotive, industrial and general High Reliability applications such as aeronautics, military and down-hole tools (Oil & Gas) electronics.

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NXP accelerates MFi accessory development

NXP Semiconductors has introduced the MFA100 digital audio streaming device – the first application-specific standard product (ASSP) for MFi accessories (Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad) using Lightning connectors. A development kit featuring the MFA100 – an IC designed specifically for digital auto streaming applications – is now available via the Avnet MFi Procurement website.

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Energy Micro Cortex-M4 MCU achieves performance benefits using low leakage process

Energy Micro has been working closely with TSMC to verify the benefits of using the TSMC eLL (Extreme Low Leakage) process to fabricate its next generation of energy efficient Cortex-M microcontrollers. By aligning closely with TSMC, Energy Micro has benefitted from early access to the process technology to further enhance its MCU portfolio.

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Samsung unveils first 45 nanometer embedded flash logic process development

Samsung Electronics has announced the industry"s first 45 nanometer (nm) embedded flash ("eFlash") logic process development. The company said that it had successfully implemented the new process into a smart card test chip, which means that this process technology fulfills the stringent quality requirements of the security solution market and can now be deployed on a commercial scale.

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Melexis unveils enhanced LIN communication devices

At a time when the local interconnect network (LIN) bus is seeing continued widespread adoption in the automotive world Melexis has unveiled the MLX80031 and MLX80051 enabling the development of LIN slaves in a simple and highly efficient manner. These ICs combine a physical layer LIN transceiver (according to LIN 2.x and SAEJ2602) with a voltage regulator (3.3V/70mA for the MLX80031 and 5V/70mA for the MLX80051).

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Maxim launches industry’s smallest 18-Bit SAR ADC saving board space

Maxim Integrated Products has started shipping the MAX11156, a device that it claims is the industry’s smallest 12-pin, 18-bit successive approximation register (SAR) analogue-to-digital converter (ADC). Available in a 3mm x 3mm TDFN package, the device integrates an internal reference and reference buffer, saving cost and at least 70% board space over competing solutions.

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New automotive-grade programmable linear Hall-effect sensor ICs from Allegro

Two new factory one-time programmable linear Hall-effect sensor ICs which eliminate the need for customers to optimise or program the devices for their finished sensor assemblies are now available from Allegro MicroSystems Europe. The A1318 and A1319 provide a low-noise temperature-stable output, and are targeted at high-bandwidth displacement and angular position sensing applications involving a 3.3 V supply rail.

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Fujitsu expands FM3 Family of 32-bit MCUs

Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe (FSEU) has introduced a new series of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, expanding the Fujitsu FM3 MCU family to around 500 products in total. This new MCU series includes the MB9BF121JWQN model, which features low-pin-count QFN packaging and has been optimised for system control in household appliances, office automation systems and industrial equipment.

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Microchip expands 8-bit PIC MCU family with intelligent analogue integration

Microchip is expanding its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller (MCU) family with increased Flash memory densities; intelligent analogue and digital peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analogue-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), 16-bit PWMs, 8-bit and 5-bit Digital-to-Analogue Converters (DACs), operational amplifiers, and high-speed comparators with 50 ns response time; in addition to EUSART (including LIN), I2C and SPI interface peripherals.

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Low-power HD camerchip sensor targets portable devices and Smart TVs

OmniVision Technologies, a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, has unveiled a cost-efficient and compact 720p high definition (HD) CameraChip sensor, that has been designed specifically for secondary cameras in notebooks, tablets and smartphones, as well as the rapidly developing smart TV market. The OV9728 uses a 1.75-micron OmniBSI+ pixel to deliver improved HD video performance that exceeds the premium specifications for video quality.

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