AWR recently published a news application note: Design of a Full ETSI E-band Circuit for a Millimeter-Wave Wireless System. The article explains how to use Microwave Office circuit design software to develop a Q- to E-band doubler and a K- to E-band quadrupler circuit (including a medium E-band power amplifier) for millimeter-wave wireless systems. The design effort resulted in an increase in gain as well as output power, two critical criteria for E-band systems.
Texas Instruments launched the Hercules LaunchPad, which is the latest member to their microcontroller LaunchPad ecosystem. The Hercules LaunchPad is an entry-level option that helps developers gain familiarity with TI Hercules MCUs and evaluate the MCUs performance and safety features. The TI Hercules TMS570LS04 MCU LaunchPad (LAUNCHXL-TMS57004) and Hercules RM42x MCU LaunchPad (LAUNCHXL-RM42) are available for $19.99. They are the lowest cost evaluation platforms for Hercules MCUs.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the TPS65290 multi-mode power management unit. The TI PMU enables ultra-low, total system quiescent current as low as 100 nA, which minimizes power consumption. The device is ideal for battery-powered, microcontroller-based water and gas meters and other industrial applications. The TPS65290 is available now in a 24-pin, 4-mm x 5-mm, VQFN package. The suggested retail price is $1.75 in 1000-unit quantities.
Texas Instruments recently announced the SafeTI Hitex Safety Kit. The tool enables developers to evaluate SafeTI components for use in designs requiring compliance to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 and IEC 61508. The SafeTI Hitex Safety Kits are available now for $499. The Hercules RM48x MCU-based SafeTI Hitex Safety Kit is ideal for medical and industrial designs. The Hercules TMS570LS31x kit is ideal for automotive and transportation designs.
Microchip Technology introduced the MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module. The low-cost software optimization tool enables engineers to increase power efficiency out of their code. The MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module (part #AC244008) is available now for $379.99 each. The tool is ideal for a broad range of battery-powered, digital power-supply, motor-control and metering applications.
Texas Instruments recently announced new UL-certified SafeTI software packages. The software in the TI SafeTI software packages is UL-certified, as recognized components to the UL 1998:2008 Class 1 standard, and is compliant with IEC 60730-1:2010 Class B. SafeTI software packages for use in consumer products needing functional safety certification to UL 1998 and IEC 60730 standards using TI C2000 MCU designs are available now without charge, fee or use royalties.
Texas Instruments announced their new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control solution. The tool is a torque-, speed- and motion- control software solution. It features robust system performance at the highest efficiency for motor applications that operate in various motion state transitions. InstaSPIN-MOTION is ideal for applications that require accurate speed control, minimal disturbance, and for applications that undergo multiple state transitions or experience dynamic changes.
Innovasic Semiconductor announced the IA18xER embedded processor. The chips are form, fit, and function compatible with the Am186ER and Am188ER devices. The Innovasic IA18xER is capable of operating as a 186 or 188 processor (16-bit or 8-bit) and is available in 100-lead PQFP and 100-lead LQFP RoHS-compliant packages. The IA18xER embedded processors are available now.
The Multicore Association announced the availability of the Multicore Task Management Application Program Interface. MTAPI supports the coordination of tasks on embedded parallel systems. The Multicore Association is a global non-profit organization that develops standards to speed time-to-market for products with multicore processor implementations.
ADLINK Technology introduced the IMX-2000 mobile device. It is the first industrial mobile handheld device with the Android 2.3 operating system. The IMX-2000 features 3.5″ resistor-type touch panel, 800MHz computation capacity, RFID, barcode scanner, 3G/WLAN wireless transmission, and resistance to impact, water and dust. It is ideal for logistics management, transportation and factory automation.