Texas Instruments introduced the single-chip HD3SS2521 DockPort Controller and Switch. The TI HD3SS2521 is an integrated DockPort switch solution. It provides independent 2:1 passive switching for the SuperSpeed USB and Display Port signals as well as for the USB 2.0 (HS/FS/LS) and I2C necessary to support DockPort applications. The HD3SS2521 is available now in a 56-pin WQFN package. The suggested retail price is $1.85 in 1,000-unit quantities.
SOR recently published a white paper about selecting the right instrumentation for the job. The article presents three questions to help the engineers determine the best instrumentation for the application. The technical paper is titled, Weigh Your Instrumentation Options, Switch, Transmitter or Hybrid?
Texas Instruments announced their TPS27081A high-side load switch. The device integrates a power PFET and a control NFET in a tiny 6-pin package. The TPS27081A is a flexible replacement for discrete FET switches. The load switch features adjustable slew-rate control so designers can implement the device in any application that requires load switching or power sequencing. The TI TPS27081A is available in a 2.9-mm x 1.6-mm x 0.75-mm thin SOT-23 (DDC) package. The suggested retail price is $0.12 in 1000-unit quantities. It is ideal for notebooks, tablets, LCD televisions, global positioning systems (GPS) and set-top boxes.
Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dune Networks, a privately-held company that develops switch fabric solutions for data center networking equipment. Data centers are scaling to provide significantly more bandwidth to meet the requirements of cloud computing, where computing resources, products and services, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), can be delivered real-time over the Internet. Dune Networks has developed a scalable chipset that supports bandwidth speeds of up to 100Gbps per port and can connect more than ten thousand servers (ports) in a single deployment.