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A48E_EETimes_2_37x10_87_A19.qxd 8/28/14 12:52 FPGAs blend programmable logic and analogue MAX 10 FPGAs host up to 50k logic elements, plus programmable analogue blocks, and retain their configuration in Transformers & Inductors SURFACE MOUNT (and thru-hole) Size Does matter! Low Profile From .18” Height 1.2 Grams Weight Reliability: MIL PRF27/MIL PRF21308 Manufacturing Approved DSCC Quality: AS9100C Qualified Facility US Manufactured Military and Commercial Aircraft Supplier for over 45 Years For all your TRANSFORMER & INDUCTOR requirements • Audio • Pulse • DC-DC • MultiPlex • Power & EMI See Pico’s full Catalog immediately at w w w. p i c o e l e c t ro n i c s . c om PICOElectronics, Inc. 143 Sparks Ave. Pelham, N.Y. 10803-1837 Pico Representatives Germany ELBV/Electronische Bauelemente Vertrieb E-mail: info@elbv.de Phone: 0049 89 4602852 Fax: 0049 89 46205442 England Ginsbury Electronics Ltd. E-mail: rbennett@ginsbury.co.uk Phone: 0044 1634 298900 Fax: 0044 1634 290904 dual-configuration flash memory. By use of a soft-core Nios processor, the can also host embedded processing. Altera has formally introduced its MAX 10 FPGAs, that it previewed in May 2014; they are Altera’s latest addition to its Generation 10 family. Using TSMC’s 55 nm embedded flash process technology, they are nonvolatile FPGAs with dual-configuration flash,, DSP, analogue and embedded processing capabilities in a small-formfactor, low-cost, instant-on programmable logic device. First chips in the family are available now together with support in a Quartus II software update, evaluation kits, design examples, documentation, training and design services. The products bridge the CPLD and FPGA market sectors, Altera says. Altera www.altera.com 8-bit PICs gain analogue blocks for capacitive touch The PIC16LF1554/9 combines low power and dual ADCs with a hardware capacitive voltage divider (CVD) for capacitive-touch sensing, to reduce software overhead for advanced touch-sensing and generalpurpose sensor applications. The PIC16LF1554/9 includes two independent 10-bit 100 ksamples per second ADCs with hardware capacitive voltage divider (CVD) support for capacitive-touch sensing. This ADC configuration enables more efficient sensor acquisition and assists with advanced touchsensing techniques for extremely noisy environments, low-power applications, matrix keypads and waterresistant designs. The 14- and 20-pin PIC16LF1554/9 MCUs combine up to 17 ADC channels with automated hardware CVD modules. Microchip www.microchip.com Safe drive-control interface IC for sine/cosine encoders Designed to provide fast and safe position acquisition with sine/cosine encoders and linear systems, the iC-MR provides 13-bit sine-to-digital conversion with condition monitoring for linear and rotational encoders A complete position sensor and encoder interface in a “system-on-chip” solution, intrinsically safe differential sine/cosine transmission of position information runs at signal frequencies of up to 500 kHz. The circuitry contains serial and parallel MCU interfaces; a complete analogue front end for signal conditioning; a 13-bit sample and hold SAR tangent converter with a latency of 2 μsec; diagnostic functions for monitoring the sine/cosine signals in real time; and a a 1V output driver for a differential sin/cos output at 100Ω. A combined singleturn/multiturn period counter with a length of up to 50 bit supports real time processing in the drive controller even at high sine/cosine signal input frequencies. iC-Haus www.ichaus.de Programmable Hall sensor supports 2-wire operation Extending Melexis’ innovative ‘No PCB’ design concept, the new MLX92242 programmable Hall sensor has a built-in capacitor, so it can be implemented directly into a design without inclusion of supplementary board level components. It achieves all this while still delivering identical performance and functionality to the original MLX92242, as well keeping the standard industry TO-92/UA package form factor, enabling drop-in replacement solutions. As with the standard MLX92242, a Hall sensing element, a voltage regulator (covering 2.7V to 24V), a current sink-configured output driver and a series of sophisticated IC protection mechanisms (over-voltage, reverse voltage, thermal shutdown, etc.) are all included, plus an EEPROM memory for End-of-Line (EOL) programming. Melexis www.melexis.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2014 47


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