The LM3463 by Texas Instruments is a six-channel LED driver with dynamic headroom control for high-power applications that accurately drives up to six strings of LEDs. The biggest cost reductions in LEDs today come from improvements in efficacy (fewer LEDs needed for the same light output), and the LM3463 is no exception.
It is the industry’s first wide-input voltage LED driver featuring multiple dimming control modes—PWM input signals, analog-to-PWM input control, or 4-byte data control—to maximize system efficiency and reduces complexity in LED area lighting. The driver targets such bright-light applications as street, high-bay and ceiling lighting. When designers require PWM, the LM3463 is particularly useful as it accepts a simple serial data stream and the LED driver creates the PWM signals internally. It can, therefore, be used with a fairly inexpensive MCU and it easily adjusts brightness. [via]
High-power LED driver features multiple dimming control modes - [Link]
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Energy-microharvesting applications such as wireless sensor nodes require periodic bursts of power well beyond that available in steady state from most ambient sources. In this respect, supercapacitors offer performance characteristics that are well suited for energy-harvesting environments. By combining supercapacitors with appropriate power and charge management circuitry, and using specialized devices from manufacturers including Linear Technology, Maxim Integrated Products, and Texas Instruments, engineers can exploit microharvesting techniques in applications with demanding peak power requirements.
Power Management ICs Simplify Integration of Supercapacitors in Energy Microharvesting Designs - [Link]
The LTM4620 is a dual 13A per output (or single 26A output) DC/DC μModule step-down regulator that delivers up to 100A when four devices are current shared. The LTM4620 is a complete DC/DC regulator system in a 15mm x 15mm x 4.41mm LGA package, including inductors, power stages and all control circuits. For optimum heat dissipation, an integrated top side heat sink removes heat quickly and evenly.
LTM4620 – Dual 13A or Single 26A DC/DC µModule Regulator with integrated heatsink - [Link]
Thanks to their very low equivalent serial resistance (ESR), they provide a very worth function in power supply parts of various devices. In many cases, there´s no need to add any other types of filtering capacitors anymore.
SMD ceramic capacitors are nowadays commonly available in relatively very high capacities of units to tens of uF, while keeping small dimensions (0603 – 1210). There are also available higher capacities in bigger packages, but the offer of producers is especially reach at these small packages (0603-1210) and prices are significantly better in comparison to a recent past.
Why to use a ceramic capacitor? First, it has a substantially lower value of ESR than electrolytic capacitors and also lower than tantalum ones. This is reflected in low losses and outstanding filtering properties even at high frequencies and high currents, what is especially beneficial at power supply of fast semiconductors and in switch-mode power supplies. Low power consumption of modern components enables to decrease an overall capacity of capacitors in a power supply part, that´s why in many cases a few uFarads are sufficient. A big advantage is a long lifetime too, because they don´t contain any liquid electrolyte. Naturally, in devices, where high current peaks occur, it would be economically inefficient to use ceramic capacitors only. In such cases a combination of ceramic and tantalum or electrolytic capacitors is ideal.
In our offer can be found more types, also a novelty in our offer – 2,2uF/10V/0805 from the X7R mass from company YAGEO (please note a significantly lower price at purchase of 50 pcs and more). The X7R mass ensures very good properties in a wide range of temperatures and voltages. Detailed information will provide you the X7R, X5R and Y5V documents. In case of interest about any YAGEO component, please contact us at email@example.com
Do you utilize ceramic capacitors for power supply filtering? - [Link]
The TPS22966 is a small, ultra-low RON, dual channel load switch with controlled turn on. The device contains two N-channel MOSFETs that can operate over an input voltage range of 0.8V to 5.5V and can support a maximum continuous current of 6A per channel. Each switch is independently controlled by an on/off input (ON1 and ON2), which is capable of interfacing directly with low-voltage control signals. In TPS22966, a 220-Ω on-chip load resistor is added for quick output discharge when switch is turned off.
TPS22966 – 6A Dual Load Switch with Controlled Turn On - [Link]
Reed contacts feature many properties, by which they considerably outperforms standard switching technologies. Components from company Meder electronic belong to a top in this segment.
A reed switch operates on a principle of deformation of magnetically conductive blades in a magnetic field. It can be said, that the most of reed switches outstanding properties results from the fact, that the reed themselves are small, light-weight and distant only few hundredth of milimeter (at small types). At the same time, they are hermetically sealed in a glass capsule in a vacuum, or more often – filled by an inert gas. Thanks to this construction, Meder electronic reed contacts (and on their basis produced reed relays and reed sensors) feature mainly these properties:
A reed contact can be considered to be a “sensor” controlled by a magnetic field, the most often by a permanent magnet or by a coil, creating a reed relay. Components with reed contacts can be divided to three basic groups – reed contacts, reed sensors and reed relays. Reed relays themselves, soldered into a PCB, can serve for many applications like for example a monitoring of a position (for example closing of a door, end positions of various mechanisms, …), counting of goods, etc. However, from mounting and mechanical protection point of view, in praxis the reed sensors are usually more convenient, as they are optimized exactly according for a given application. Reed relays offer all above-mentioned features of reed contacts, thus being an ideal choice for example in a measurement equipment, HF/ audio/ video and other devices with small signals, at switching of high voltages and in many other applications. Small dimensions, very low power consumption of common relays (50-125 mW), extreme reliability and a relatively low price are another arguments for usage of components from company Meder electronic. Many useful informations can be found in documents „The Basic Reed Switch“, „Reedswitch used with permanent magnet“, „Reed Switch used as Reed Relay“ and „Parameters_of_Reed_Switch“.
Wouldn´t a reed switch suit to you? - [Link]
The MAX16962 is a high-efficiency, synchronous step-down converter that operates with a 2.7V to 5.5V input voltage range and provides a 0.8V to 3.6V output voltage range. The wide input/output voltage range and the ability to provide up to 4A to load current make this device ideal for on-board point-of-load and post-regulation applications. The MAX16962 achieves -3.7%/+2.6% output error over load, line, and temperature ranges.
MAX16962 – 4A, 2.2MHz, Synchronous Step-Down DC-DC Converter - [Link]
The MAX16122–MAX16125 pushbutton controllers with single-supply monitors monitor one or two pushbuttons and generate a hard reset signal if the buttons are pushed and held for a setup delay. The devices make it easy to “hide” the hard reset function in an existing pushbutton, such as a soft power switch. These devices operate from 1.6V to 5.5V and consume a quiescent current of only 5µA at 3V.
MAX16122 – Dual Pushbutton Controllers - [Link]
All in one GSM 3G module Quectel U10 simplifies schematics and shortens testing time thanks to a quantum of built-in interfaces. If you´re searching for a module for transfer of data, voice, video, SMS and MMS, which has everything imaginable already built-in, then the Quectel U10 is the right solution for you.
Unbelievably many functions, supported protocols, built-in interfaces and other features are provided by the new 3G module Quectel U10. Thanks to this, in the most of applications it isn´t necessary to connect any other interfaces, what decreases the production cost of a target device. Only the list of features itself would occupy the whole article, that´s why we will mention at least some of them.
The module supports dual mode and is multi-band (WCDMA & GSM) and a UMTS (HSPA) high-speed data transfer, further supported even by a high-speed USB 2.0 interface and three UART channels. CMOS camera interface with an 8 Mpx resolution enables a direct camera connection without other extra costs. All necessary can be stored into a directly connectable SD card with up to 32 GB capacity. To gain a Bluetooth communication, it is only necessary to connect an antenna to the U10. The U10 module also contains a control circuit for Li-ion battery charging, what is convenient in mobile applications, as well as when using a battery as a backup source. RIL (radio interface layer) driver for WinCE6.0 and a USB driver for WinCE 6.0, Win7/XP and Linux 2.6 further simplify a communication and connectivity. Excellent sensitivity, advanced audio algorithms and video codecs contribute to universal usage of the U10 module. So that it was possible to use all functions without limitations, a given circuit should have a wide operating temperature range – U10 meets even this requirement at 100% and has a guaranteed functionality in range from -40 to +85°C. Connection of the U10 to a PCB is very simple, by an SMD connector (board to board). The module naturally enables to use SIM cards of any GSM operator. U10EVB-KIT development kit is also available for a development support.
Basic information will provide you the U10 module specification and the Quectel U10 presentation. Detailed information will provide you the U10 Hardware Design, U10 AT Commands set, U10 EVB kit user guide and the video call application note.
U10, as well as U10-EVB kit are available directly from our stock. Guide price of the U10 module is 50 EUR at purchase of 1 pcs. Upon request we´ll let you know the exact price for your project.
UMTS 3G module Quectel U10 will amaze you by a quantum of functions - [Link]