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Flash MCU with LED/LCD driver directly drives display panels for small household appliances Holtek Semiconductor Inc. has introduced a Flash MCU with LCD/LED Driver which includes fully integrated LCD and LED driver circuits that can directly drive display panels and eliminate the need for large number of external components. The HT69F240 is suitable for small household appliance panel applications. The device includes 4K Words of Flash Program Memory, 256 bytes of RAM Data Memory, 64 bytes of Data EEPROM Memory and an 8-level stack. With regard to peripheral functions, the device includes multifunctional Timer Modules, external interrupts, I2C and UART interfaces, internal and external high accuracy oscillators etc. In addition to operating independently, the device can use its communication interfaces to work together with other master devices as part of an overall system. With this wide range of integrated and versatile functions, users have at hand a highly functional device with which to easily develop their small household appliance products. Holtek supports the HT69F240 with the company’s comprehensive hardware and software development tools. The hardware development tool is known as the e-Link which works together with an OCDS structured evaluation MCU, providing users with an actual device with which full emulation and debug can be implemented. The software development tool is known as the HT-IDE3000, which includes features such as real time emulation, full memory and register access, hardware breakpoints complete with logical setups, trace analysis etc. The range of development tools ensure that designers have all the resources at hand to provide for rapid and efficient design and debug of their microcontroller based new product applications. Holtek Semiconductor www.holtek.com. PC Cards with integrated NVRAM for extended temperature Hilscher has enhanced its CIFX PC-Card family by special types with integrated NVRAM for secure data storage. Especially designed for compact IPC or HMI terminals those cards are available in “Low Profile PCI Express” and “Mini PCI Express” format. In addition to Fieldbus or Real-Time Ethernet communication the user can freely access a 128kByte non-volatile memory. Thus in case of a voltage loss his key data will remain available. The cards are also available for extended temperature, same as for the complete CIFX family. Due to loadable firmware and software licenses the same hardware can alternatively be used as Master or Slave. For Real-Time- Ethernet 11 different protocol variants can be used on the same PC-card. All protocols use the same application interface and data exchange will be done via Dual-Port-Memory or DMA. A complete software package is always included in the scope of delivery. Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation www.hilscher.com Dual 12-A PoL modules offers 30 percent reduction in board space GE’s Critical Power business has introduced the company’s UDXS1212 non-isolated point of load (POL) DC-DC boardmounted power module which claims to offer an industryleading 30 percent reduction in board space over previous and competing solutions. The new DLynx Series power modules include GE’s PMBUS interface for digital configuration, communication and control, as well as adaptive voltage scaling for power reduction. The features provide exceptional power density in a single, flexible module. The new UDXS1212 power module offers original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) a highdensity solution by utilizing two 12-amp parts in a single module instead of two individual modules. This greatly reduces the amount of board space required for installation of the module. In addition, the module provides exceptional current de-rating over temperature, which enables the device to achieve full load (up to 85 degrees Celsius) without external airflow for most application voltages. The UDXS1212’s industry-standard PMBus interface and space-saving Tunable Loop technology deliver leading current density for a broad range of applications including data communications, telecommunications, storage, industrial, medical and military infrastructure equipment. The UDXS1212 POL modules have a broad input range of 4.5 V to 14.4 V and a precisely regulated output voltage from 0.51 VDC to 5.5 VDC. The PMBUS digital interface supports a wide range of commands including on/off, trim, margin, power good, rise time adjustment and input under voltage lockout. Digital interface also offers output voltage, current and temperature measurement capabilities. The module supports 12 A at 1.2 V up to 80 degrees Celsius without airflow and is interleaved 180 degrees out-of-phase to reduce input ripple when both outputs are operating. GE’s Critical Power www.dlynx.com Robot automates NFC testing NFC Forum standards harmonize quite a few related specifications to form a universal NFC ecosystem, thus enabling interoperability. An NFC Forum compliant device has to support all different NFC technologies with a large number of possible parameter sets. This becomes especially apparent when testing the RF performance at physical level. Although only about 30 test cases have been specified for the RF interface, the variety of parameters and antenna positions sums up to about 3,500 individual test executions. Running this vast number of test cases manually is a time-consuming effort. Even worse, it is also tedious and error prone. Comprion’s new NFC Robot extends the company’s UT³ Platform to a comprehensive and automated solution for RF analogue testing. The 6-axis robot allows for the testing of NFC devices regardless of their size or shape. This also enables testing not only mobile devices but also other consumer electronic goods such as TV sets for instance. An additional benefit is the possibility to emulate natural movements like the swipe of a hand to and away from the reader. Comprion www.comprion.com 44 Electronic Engineering Times Europe January 2014 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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