Microchip Technology launched the UCS100X programmable USB port power controller family. The UCS100X family includes the UCS1001-3, UCS1001-4 and UCS1002-2. The devices offer advanced USB-based charging capabilities for designing host devices, such as laptops, tablets, monitors, docking stations and printers; as well as dedicated AC-DC power-supply and charging products, such as wall adapters. The UCS1001-3, UCS1001-4 and UCS1002-2 are available now for sampling in a 20-pin QFN package. Prices start at $0.90 each, in 5,000-unit quantities.
Texas Instruments launched the LMH6881 and LMH6882 programmable differential amplifiers (PDAs). The LMH6881 is a 2.4 GHz single-channel PDA, and the LMH6882 is 2.4 GHz dual-channel PDA. The devices optimize noise, distortion and bandwidth performance over a 6-dB to 26-dB gain range. The TI LMH6881 PDA is available now in a 24-pin, 2.6 mm by 2.6 mm QFN package for $3.71 each in 1,000-unit quantities. The LMH6882 dual-channel PDA is available now in a 36-pin, 4.6 mm by 4.6 mm QFN package for $5.95 each (1,000-unit quantities).
Netronome revealed details of their NFP-6xxx flow processor family. The Netronome NFP-6xxx features 216 processing cores and 100 accelerators. The flow processors are optimized for packet, flow, security and content processing in a single device. It is the world’s first programmable 200 Gbps flow processor. The Netronome NFP-6xxx flow processors are ideal for 100-400 Gbps intelligent line cards, service blades and PCIe cards in applications such as carrier networking, cyber security, software-defined networking (including OpenFlow), mobile networking, virtualized datacenters and cloud computing.
Summit Microelectronics introduced the SMB206A and SMB210A programmable DC-DC integrated circuits. The SMB206A/SMB210A ICs integrate single or dual step-down DC-DC buck regulators with on-board MOSFET(s) supplying up dual 3A+3A (SMB206A), or single 6A (SMB210A) output currents. The SMB206A and SMB210A DC-DC regulators are available now in a tiny thermally enhanced, RoHS-compliant, lead-free 3mm X 3mm, 20-pad QFN. The SMB206A is priced $1.20 each, while the SMB210A is priced at $1.10 (in quantities of 10,000 units).
In a single day, a solitary grad student at a lab bench can produce more simple logic circuits than the world’s entire output of silicon chips in a month. So says a Duke University engineer, who believes that the next generation of these logic circuits at the heart of computers will be produced inexpensively in almost limitless quantities. The secret is that instead of silicon chips serving as the platform for electric circuits, computer engineers will take advantage of the unique properties of DNA, that double-helix carrier of all life’s information.
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), a leading global supplier of high performance, energy efficient silicon solutions, announced the availability of two new Digitally Programmable Potentiometer (DPP[TM]) ICs suitable for high accuracy and stability for variable resistance adjustment applications in a wide range of industrial and consumer products. The CAT5270 and CAT5271 are dual-channel digital potentiometers with 256 resistor taps for fine resolution adjustment and an I2C-compatible interface for maximum interoperability. The new ON Semiconductor DPPs feature a volatile wiper register, making them ideal for applications using a microcontroller (MCU) with on-chip memory for wiper recall, or for systems that do not require memory. They also provide a low-noise, reliable and space-saving alternative to mechanical potentiometers with the added benefit of immunity to dust/dirt contamination and vibration.