Texas Instruments (TI) announced the ISO1176T isolated half-duplex differential line transceiver with integrated transformer driver. The TI ISO1176T provides the primary voltage for an isolation transformer. The ISO1176T offers the smallest isolated signal and power system design with highest efficiency and lowest electromagnetic interference (EMI). The 16-pin SOIC ISO1176T is available now for $3.30 (in quantities of 1,000). Two other isolated full-duplex RS-485 transceivers with transformer drivers, one operating at 5 V and other operating at 3.3 V, will be available by the end of this quarter.
Semitech Semiconductor introduced their SM2101 FSK/BPSK based power line transceiver. The SM2101 is ideal for Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Automated Meter Reading (AMR) applications. The SM2101 is based on the SM6401. However, the SM2101 does not include embedded Flash and application microcontroller (MCU) to lower the cost for high volume PLC applications on low or medium voltage power line networks. The SM2101 is now sampling.
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.
Mercury Computer Systems introduced Echotek Series RFM-1802RF with Synthesizer ADV-1800S Dual-Channel Wideband Microwave Tuner, DCM-V6-XMC Digital Transceiver, and DCM-V5-VXS Virtex-5 Based FPGA Digital Receiver for Electronic Warfare (EW) applications. The new Echotek Series products integrate open-standards technology across the signal processing chain to enhance EW capabilities for the warfighter.
imec, Renesas Technology, and M4S announced a complete transceiver with RF, baseband, and data converter circuits in 40nm low-power CMOS. The fully reconfigurable transceiver is compatible with various wireless standards and applications, including the upcoming mobile broadband 3GPP-LTE standard. In a next phase of imec’s ‘green radio’ research program, the focus will be on further reducing the bill of materials and energy consumption by continuing the research on digitally-inspired SAW-less transceivers and power efficient transmitters.
NEC Electronics announced the µPD78F8056 (64 KB), µPD78F8057 (96 KB), and µPD78F8058 (128 KB) 16-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs). The new microcontrollers feature embedded IEEE802.15.4-compliant 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) radio frequency (RF) transceiver for ZigBee RF4CE. The new microcontrollers come with 56 pins and 8x8mm quad flat no-leads (QFN) packages. The µPD78F8056, µPD78F8057, and µPD78F8058 MCUs are ideal for RF remote control and provide the lowest level of power consumption in the industry.