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Sixteenth-Brick Converters Yield up to 50 W

September 3, 2009 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

PQ60xxxSMx series of isolated, fixed switching frequency dc-dc converters from SynQor require no minimum load and deliver up to 50 W of power with minimal derating. Eight versions have outputs from 1.2 VDC to 15 VDC, in power levels from 30 to 50 W and 3 to 25 A.

An Electronic Contact Lens

September 3, 2009 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight. Conventional contact lenses are polymers formed in specific shapes to correct faulty vision. To turn such a lens into a functional system, we integrate control circuits, communication circuits, and miniature antennas into the lens using custom-built optoelectronic components.

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DC Load Simulates LEDs for Driver Testing

September 3, 2009 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chroma Systems Solutions released an LED simulator for driver testing. The 63110A electronic load allows the forward voltage (Vf) and operating resistance (Rd) to be adjusted to the LED's V-I curve and simulates ripple current characteristics of typical LED's. The 63110A load has the

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Touchscreen Controllers Tout Unlimited Touch, Low Power

September 3, 2009 7:16 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel announced the release of its maXTouch family of capacitive touchscreen controller solutions, capable of supporting an unlimited number of unique simultaneous touches with a video-quality screen refresh rate of 250 Hz. This platform supports

Header with High Retention Force Suits High-vibration Apps

September 3, 2009 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex has introduced the Picoflex SMT Header with positive retention latches to provide a wire-to-board connection for rugged applications and high-vibration environments. The patent-pending latch design increases theretention force between the header and receptacle by

Power over Camera Link Standard Saves Space in Factory Floor Machinery

September 2, 2009 11:35 am | by Dan Cronch, Product Development Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Articles | Comments

In Japan, space is a precious commodity. In the manufacturing setting, companies strive to make the most of every square inch. To that end, the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) led the development of the Power over Camera Link (PoCL) Interface Standard for digital cameras and frame grabbers used in Machine Vision systems.

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Detachable Power Cords Suit International Applications

September 2, 2009 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlobTek's two-conductor IEC 320/C7 International Detachable Power Cordsets are approved to international safety agency requirements. Designs are available in various lengths, cable types, conductor gauge, termination, and jacket color. The cordsets are

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Pressure Sensor Includes Output Signal to 4.5 V

September 2, 2009 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for hydrogen pressure measurement applications, the AST2000H2 pressure sensor/transducer from American Sensor Technologies features a Ratiometric output signal from 0.5 V to 4.5 V. The thread, hex, and diaphragm are all machined from one piece of 316L SS.

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Aluminum Polymer Capacitors Boast High Temperature Solder Capabilities

September 2, 2009 10:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier announced the availability of types SPCX and SPSX SMT aluminum polymer capacitors for DC/DC converter input and output applications. Both series are designed to handle up to 260°C solder temperatures used in the manufacture ROHS compliant circuit boards. Type SPCX offers

PIN Diode Switches Reach 100 W

September 2, 2009 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

With thermal resistance of the Tx PIN Diode on the order of 6ºC/W, the MSW2000 Series of surface mount PIN Diode SP2T Switches can handle C.W. incident power levels exceeding 100 W @ 85ºC. Tx-Rx Isolation is in excess of 40 dB, and it allows less than 10 dBm leakage to the receiver port with a 50 dBm Tx applied signal.

USB Hub Delivers up to 1 A On All Ports Simultaneously

September 2, 2009 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LPH-204B USB hub from Vaunix Technology provides as much as 1 A current at 5 VDC to each of its four USB ports simultaneously. The USB hub supports low speed, full speed, and high speed peripherals with data transfer rates to 480 Mb/s with superior Vbus regulation of +/- 2% typical over all specified load conditions.

Eclipse-based IDE Enables Low-cost Embedded Development

September 2, 2009 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced the availability of Code Composer Studio v4, an upgrade to its integrated development environment (IDE) based on the Eclipse open source software framework. CCStudio v4 is compatible across

Embedded Processors are Pin-Compatible Replacement for 80C18 Chips

September 2, 2009 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supporting internal 20-33 MHz operation, Innovasic's IA186XL and IA188XL are form, fit, and function compatible with the original Intel® 80C186XL and 80C188XL 16-bit high-integration embedded processors. The industrial-temperature-grade devices have the same set of peripherals including standard numeric interface, interrupt control unit, chip-select unit/Ready Generation Logic

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SuperSpeed USB: A USB 3.0 Update

September 2, 2009 7:35 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

SuperSpeed USB connections — coming in 2010 — will zip data between devices at a theoretical rate of 5 Gbps, or more than 10-fold faster than a high-speed USB 2.0 connection. The faster transfers could help embedded-system developers who design video kiosks, TV recorders/players, and test-and-measurement equipment that use large quantities of information.

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Study Finds Web no Equalizer for Civic Engagement

September 2, 2009 7:04 am | News | Comments

Unlike some people have hoped, the Internet hasn't led to big changes in the socio-economic makeup of Americans engaged in civic activities, a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds. As in offline politics, people who participate in online civic life - by contacting government officials, making political or charitable donations or signing petitions, for example - tend to be richer and better educated.

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