Research centre for photonics

05 May, 2003

Many items in everyday use - such as mobile phones and laptop computers - exist because of research carried out in photonics. At the UKs University of Cambridge, several academic groups have joined with industrial partners to investigate the different aspects of photonics, applications and materials in a new Centre for Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics (CMMPE).

Fibre-delivery laser

15 April, 2003 | Supplied by:

Agilent says it has released what it claims is the first laser with fibre optic delivery suitable for the demands of next-generation lithography motion control.

Foundry Networks interface modules

14 April, 2003 | Supplied by: ASI Solutions

Foundry Networks has announced interface modules for three existing product families. BigIron Layer 3 switches, FastIron Layer 2/3 switches and NetIron metro routers will use the JetCore-based modules to provide high-density 100 Mbps ethernet connectivity over multimode and singlemode optical fibre.

Smart Microchip

26 March, 2003

A self-timed microchip has been developed by scientists in the UK to make smartcards more secure.

30 V Power MOSFET

18 March, 2003 | Supplied by: Soanar Plus

International Rectifier's IRLR7833 and IRLR7821 HEXFET power MOSFETs are designed using stripe-trench technology enabling a low on-resistance, or RDS(on), 30 V MOSFET in a D-Pak.

Push power switches

18 March, 2003 | Supplied by: Switches Plus Components Pty Ltd

The ALPS/Switches Plus SDKVB series push power switch is equipped with a built-in detector switch that determines whether the switch is in the 'on' or 'off' position.

Microwave testers

18 March, 2003 | Supplied by:

Anritsu has introduced the S810C and S820C microwave Site Master models for installing, verifying, troubleshooting and repairing microwave communication systems operating up to 20 GHz.

POD-6704 single board computer

18 March, 2003 | Supplied by: Advantech Australia Pty Ltd

Advantech has released the POD-6704 its single board computer.

ICS-460/ICS-480 series industrial computer

18 March, 2003 | Supplied by: Backplane Systems Technology Pty Ltd

Backplane Systems has released Axiom's latest TFT LCD industrial computer system, the ICS-460/ICS-480 series.

'Dirty little secret' threatens Moore's Law

05 March, 2003

Today's state-of-the-art chips have transistors roughly a micrometre in overall length. But this very success has brought the chipmakers to the brink of a steep, new obstacle to further gains in performance

Tunable optical fibres

04 March, 2003

Optical fibres regularly carry billions of phone conversations and other data transmissions every day and are a fundamental part of optical sensing and numerous medical applications. The photonic devices responsible for this traffic are being made even more efficient and versatile by handing over some of the switching and reconfiguring chores to the fibres themselves - the trunk lines linking all the optical nodes.

Molecular Switch

24 February, 2003

A molecular switch took only 47 zepto-joules to operate in a recent experiment, 10,000 times less than transistor switches used in current high-speed computers. The molecular switch consists of rotating one of the four phenyl legs attached to a complicated porphyrin molecule from one stable position to another.

Logic devices 100% lead-free

13 February, 2003

Texas Instruments has announced that its complete logic portfolio is now offered in Pb-free solutions for all finishes and balls.

8 bit microcontroller

11 February, 2003 | Supplied by: Active Components Australia Pty Ltd

Available from Active Components in 28 pin PLCC and TSSOP is the Philips P89LPC932 that has a 2.4 to 3.6 V VDD operating range with 5 V tolerant I/O pins.

Programmable amp

11 February, 2003 | Supplied by:

Linear Technology has introduced the LTC6910-1, a digitally controlled programmable gain amplifier (PGA).

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