Electronics Weekly – Synopsys Cloud SoC, TI Processors & More
Vincent Charbonneau posted on June 09, 2017 |

Analog Devices Wideband GaN Amplifier

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(Image courtesy of Analog Devices.)
Analog Devices has introduced the HMC8205 wideband gallium nitride (GaN) power amplifier. Covering the 300 MHz to 6 GHz spectrum, the HMC8205 is well-suited for system designers of applications that require pulse or continuous wave (CW) support.

The HMC8205 combines DC feed/RF bias choke, DC blocking capacitors and driver stage on a single design, while delivering 35 Watts with up to 44 percent power added efficiency across an instantaneous bandwidth. The amplifier also operates both pulse and CW.

For information regarding pricing and availability, visit Analog Devices’ website.


Maxim Dual IO-Link Master Transceiver

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(Image courtesy of Maxim.)
Maxim has released the MAX14819 dual-channel, IO-Link master transceiver. The architecture of the MAX14819 dissipates 50 percent less heat compared to previous models and is compatible in all modes for IO-Link and SIO compliance. L+ supply controllers with settable current limiting and reverse voltage/current protection can help ensure communications with low power consumption.

With one microcontroller, the integrated framer/universal asynchronous receiver-transmitter (UART) provides a scalable architecture while enabling cycle times of up to 400 microseconds, with reduced latency. The MAX14819 is available in a 48-pin (7mm x 7mm) TQFN package and operates over the -40C to +125C temperature range. Applications include IO-Link master systems and IO-Link gateways.

For more information, visit Maxim’s website.


Microsemi Upgrades TimeProvider Grandmaster Clock

(Image courtesy of Microsemi.)
(Image courtesy of Microsemi.)
Microsemi has announced that the hardware on its TimeProvider 5000 IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock has been updated to support Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and multi-Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellations to ensure better reception and higher security in a wide variety of telecommunications network applications.

The TimeProvider 5000 is a carrier-grade grandmaster clock with a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server option and expansion shelf capabilities that include SyncE and advanced PTP profiles. It is designed to enable circuit to packet network migration for high-speed data services and wireless backhaul, and to deliver 3G, 4G/LTE, LTE-A and 5G wireless services.

In addition to its TimeProvider family, Microsemi also offers IEEE 1588 and SyncE network synchronization silicon tools providing time stamping, ultralow jitter (for up to 100G PHYs), and IEEE 1588 protocol support (including the ITU-T telecom profile for frequency and phase).

Detailed schematics are available on Microsemi’s website.


Synopsys Cloud Computing SoC

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(Image courtesy of Synopsys.)
Synopsys has announced the availability of its DesignWare CCIX IP system on a chip (SoC), consisting of controller, PHY and verification IP. The SoC delivers data transfer speeds up to 25Gbps and supports cache-coherency for high-performance cloud computing applications.

The Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX) standard allows accelerators and processors to access shared memory in a heterogeneous multi-processor system for lower latency. In addition, CCIX leverages the PCI Express 4.0 line rates with extended speed modes to accelerate throughput up to 25Gbps for applications such as machine learning, network processing and storage off-load.

The RAS features in the DesignWare CCIX controller offer data protection and integrity in the datapath and read-access memory (RAM). In addition, debug capabilities, error injection and statistics monitoring give visibility into components such as link training and status state machine and PHY equalization process for a more comprehensive system testing.

For more information, visit Synopsys’ website.


TI Multiprotocol Communication Processor

(Image courtesy of Texas Instruments.)
(Image courtesy of Texas Instruments.)
Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced the Sitara AMIC110 SoC. The AMIC110 is a multiprotocol industrial communication processor that supports more than 10 industrial Ethernet and fieldbus communication standards. The device utilizes TI's unified software platform, Processor SDK, and the programmability of TI's industrial communications subsystem (PRU-ICSS) for industrial communication support in factory automation and control applications.

The AMIC110 also helps developers convert existing non-networked designs (such as motor drives) to networked systems by adding industrial Ethernet. Unlike application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), which may only support a single industrial Ethernet standard, AMIC110’s programmable real-time unit supports many different protocols including EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet/IP, PROFIBUS master and slave, HSR, PRP, POWERLINK, SERCOS III, and CANopen.

The AMIC110’s planned rollout schedule can be found on TI’s website.


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