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design & products Handheld oscilloscope offers the performance of a lab instrument Rohde & Schwarz is offering a handheld oscilloscope with the functionality and touch and feel of a state of the art lab oscilloscope. Scope Rider combines five instruments in a compact format, and its rugged design makes it perfect for mobile installation and maintenance work. The instrument features isolated input and communications interfaces. It meets CAT IV standards and can carry out measurements on low voltage installation sources up to 600 V. With an acquisition rate of 50,000 waveforms per second, a 10 bit A/D converter developed by Rohde & Schwarz and a maximum bandwidth of 500 MHz for the analog input channels, this portable oscilloscope clearly outperforms comparable instruments. Scope Rider integrates five functions to offer a level of versatility not found in any other instrument. It is based on a high performance oscilloscope featuring a precise digital trigger system, 33 automatic measurement functions, mask test and XY diagram mode. Plus, Scope Rider can function as a logic analyzer with eight additional digital channels, as a protocol analyzer with trigger and decoding capability, as a data logger and a digital multimeter. This wealth of functions makes it ideal for a wide range of tasks. The handheld oscilloscope is the first to be equipped with a large format capacitive touchscreen, allowing it to be operated as intuitively as a tablet PC. Rohde & Schwarz www.rohde-schwarz.com On-chip process, voltage and temperature sensing controller IP ready for 28nm Moortec Semiconductor Limited, a provider of embedded die monitoring IP solutions for advanced nodes, has released a PVT controller that provides a single standard interface to its embedded Process, Voltage and Temperature (PVT) sensing Sub-System. On-chip PVT monitoring is now a key consideration for 28-nanometer (nm) and Fin- FET technology based designs. Higher accuracy monitors embedded within SoC designs enable a greater opportunity for dynamic performance optimisation, either for lower power or higher data throughput as well as offering greater device reliability. Sensing die temperature, detecting logic speed and monitoring voltage supply levels can be used intelligently to vary system clock frequencies and the voltage levels of supply domains. A benefit of embedded thermal monitoring in particular is to enhance device reliability and life-time by assessing the electro-migration effects of hot spots within the chip. A key aspect is that PVT data collection can be applied to each and every device, either during production or ‘in-thefield’. Moortec believe that strategies adopted by IC designers over the coming years will be heavily influenced by the analysis of data harvested from in-chip monitors. Moortec Semiconductor www.moortec.com Reader O f fer Go beyond the “Rails”! This month Maxim Integrated is giving away 10 of its new break-through “Beyond-the-Rails™” precision, low-noise, low-drift, MAX44267 dual operational amplifier evaluation kits, worth approximately 50 USD each. The kit showcases the MAX44267, a precision, low-noise, low-drift dual operational amplifier that offers true-zero output which allows the output to cross zero, maximizing the dynamic range of an ADC and increasing resolution. In addition, the input common-mode range extends from +13.5V down to -12V. Delivered in a 14-pin TSSOP package, the MAX44267 integrates charge-pump circuitry that generates the negative voltage rail in conjunction with external capacitors. This allows the amplifier to operate from a single +4.5V to +15V power supply, but it is as effective as a normal dual-rail ±4.5V to ±15V amplifier. Easy to set up and run, the MAX44267 evaluation kit will save you space and cost by eliminating the need for isolating a negative supply rail. The EV kit circuit is preconfigured as non-inverting amplifiers, but can be adapted to other topologies by changing a few components. It can be connected directly to bipolar input sensors and is well suited for Programmable Logic Controller front ends. Check the reader offer online at www.electronics-eetimes.com Hi-Bri LEDs allow exact lighting level Semiconductor supplier Rohm has succeeded in creating an LED type that excels through extraordinarily low individual brightness variation. This results in highly homogeneous light yield, making the LEDs ideal for automotive lighting applications. The need to reduce brightness variations is increasing as a greater number of applications and devices, particularly in the automotive and industrial sectors, are demanding improved consistency when configuring multiple LEDs side-by-side. However, up to now it has been difficult to minimize brightness variations during the manufacturing process. Conventionally, users were able to only narrow down the number of ranks from around 4 to 2-3, which still required sorting and the use of different resistors to match each rank, increasing the number of man-hours required along with inventory management. In response, the SML-D15 series was developed using a comprehensive, highly integrated manufacturing system, allowing Rohm to surpass the limits of conventional LED production. As a result, high-accuracy brightness is achieved and brightness variations reduced by 75%. This makes it possible to provide a single rank of brightness, significantly lightening design load. In addition, by optimizing the LED element Rohm was able to improve brightness by up to 3x over conventional products, delivering class-leading brightness in the 1608 size (1.6x0.8mm). 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