STMicroelectronics and and Veredus Laboratories announced that they are developing a fast, point-of-need diagnostic capability that will enable health practitioners to quickly detect strains of Avian Flu and other influenza viruses. The diagnostic capability, which uses reliable and inexpensive equipment, produces results within approximately one hour of testing.
Using STMicroelectronics' In-Check platform, Veredus is developing an application to specifically identify whether a patient is infected with the Avian Flu (H5N1) or a subtype of Influenza A or B in a single test, instead of requiring many tests, as needed currently. To be available in time for the next flu season, the single-test application can be a substantial breakthrough in enabling rapid identification of the infectious agent to limit the spread of the disease and speed patientsí treatment.
Based on the encouraging results seen so far and following extensive testing and validation, the Veredus application, running on ST's In-Check platform, is expected to be commercially available to health care providers in the fall of this year.
Teknovus announced the availability of its TK3713 Optical Network Unit (ONU) chip. Used in Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) access networks, the TK3713 provides all the features needed for a single-chip, IPTV-capable ONU.
The TK3713 is fully standards-compliant and is designed to interoperate with IEEE 802.3ah-compliant ONUs from other suppliers. Single-chip IPTV features include integrated Forward Error Correction (FEC), an ultra-low jitter SerDes, bidirectional encryption, multiple LLIDs per ONU, a line-rate packet-processing engine, and hardware-based SLA enforcement.
The TK3713, a 130nm System-on-Chip (SoC), is the first member of an extensible platform that offers a toolkit for cost-effective development of next-generation home gateway solutions. Included in this platform are firmware and reference designs.
The TK3713 ONU is shipping now. Pricing and delivery information can be obtained by contacting Teknovus or its authorized sales representative.
STMicroelectronics has announced a compact Class D power amplifier chip intended for the new generation of mobile phones and other products seeking to provide higher audio power output while preserving and extending battery life. The new TS4962 will provide 3W of output power into a 4-ohm loudspeaker when operating on a 5V power supply, and achieves 88% efficiency.
The TS4962 is designed to operate over a wide 2.4V to 5.5V supply voltage range. Its quiescent current with no input signal is 2.3mA typical, and Standby current when powered down using its active-low control line is just 10nA. Pop and Click reduction circuitry provides low on/off switching noise while allowing the amplifier to start within 5ms. The gain is set using two external resistors.
A fully differential design reduces RF rectification effects and eliminates the need for a bypass capacitor. Output power is 3W into 4 ohms or 1.75W into 8 ohms, at 10% maximum THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise), on a 5V supply. At 1% maximum THD+N, output power is 2.3W into 4 ohms on a 5V supply, or 0.75W on a 3V supply. Signal to noise ratio is typically 85dB.
The new amplifier is available in a lead-free, 1.6mm square, 9-bump flip-chip package, and is supported by a development board, which includes the device pre-mounted onto a flip-chip to DIP adapter for easier handling during evaluation.
Available in production volume now the device is priced at $0.55 in quantities of 5000 pieces.
GeIL introduced its DDR2 Value Series PC2-8000 product clocked at 1000MHz. The novelty is capable of reaching such a high frequency with the CAS of 5-5-5-15.
The GeIL DDR2 PC2-8000 1000MHz Value Series has been thoroughly tested on Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte i955 motherboards by the company for compatibility and stability.
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