The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U ICs, from STMicroelectronics, enable designers to connect an antenna to a Bluetooth transceiver using a single chip. The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U are integrated baluns, used to convert the antenna signal to a balanced pair of signals as required by the Bluetooth transceiver. The new devices occupy up to 70% less printed-circuit-board area, simplify design and assembly, and ensure better balanced signal channels with low losses. The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U are in production now, in 4-bump flip-chip packages, priced at $0.25 for a minimum order of 5000 pieces.
Kontron announced the 2U Butterfly Backplane xPB-6E5PO for PICMG 1.3-based system designs. The Kontron 2U backplane xPB-6E5PO is designed for 5.0 GT/s throughput and features the latest frame grabbers, graphics and network cards. The space-saving butterfly backplane was developed for image processing, gaming, infotainment, and networking applications. The Kontron 2U PICMG 1.3 Backplane XPB-6E5PO is now available.
Microchip Technology introduced the PICDEM Inductive Touch Development Kit, which is an evaluation and development platform for Microchip’s Inductive Touch technology. The PICDEM Inductive Touch Development Kit features a fully-developed inductive-touch board, complete with embossed metal front panel, source code, schematics and a diagnostic software tool that enables designers to evaluate their application. The kit is available for for $69.99.
Silicon Laboratories announced the C8051F91x/0x microcontroller (MCU) family. The ultra-low-power C8051F91x/0x MCUs increase battery life in portable designs and other power-sensitive embedded systems. The new F91x/0x MCUs are ideal for applications where low power consumption is critical such as smart meters, RFID tags, personal medical devices, sensor interfaces, energy harvesting, home security systems, and smoke and fire detectors. The C8051F91x/0x family is available in a compact, 24-pin 4×4 mm package. Pricing for the C8051F91x MCUs starts at $1.69 in 10K quantities, and F90x 10K pricing starts at $1.53 (USD).
Microchip Technology introduced the dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (for high-voltage motors) and the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (for stepper motors). The development tools enable rapid designs using dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). Both tools are available today. The dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (part # DM330023) is $650. The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (part # DM330022) is $129.99, and is also available as the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Kit (part # DV330021, $269.99), which includes a stepper motor and 24-volt power supply.