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Pictures from the 2009 Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition

February 24, 2009 6:11 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Held this year in Washington, DC, this year's APEC was very well attended, especially considering the economy. According to the event organizers, the attendance was down from 2008, but up from 2007, about 2,000 people. Here are some photo highlights from the exhibit floor.

Design Tool Checks MISRA-C:2004

February 24, 2009 5:41 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

Providing support for ARM’s Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS), IAR Systems’ IAR Embedded Workbench Version 5.30 for ARM supports source code compliance checking to the MISRA-C:2004 standard. The software introduces new debug capabilities for ARM Cortex-M3 processors that is said to be previously available only in dedicated devices and debug probes. A Data Log window logs accesses to up to

Integrated Power Stages Are Smallest Available

February 24, 2009 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting servers, storage equipment, and routers, Primarion’s PX4650 and PX4640 integrated power stages (iPSs) are presented as being the smallest available, measuring 4 mm × 6 mm. The 20-lead QFN-packaged chips combine low-RDS(ON) N-channel MOSFETs for high- and low-side FETs with high- and low-side MOSFET drivers. The RoHS-compliant units support an average output current of up to 50 A in


Fan Trays Operate at High Current

February 23, 2009 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

A variety of standard and custom fan trays from Orion Fans operate from 12 VDC to 48 VDC and 115 VAC to 230 VAC. The trays are available in 3-, 6- and 9-fan trays as well as custom configurations. Each fan may be equipped to adjust its speed in direct relation to the ambient air temperature between 55 percent and 100 percent of full speed

Capacitors Deliver up to 3,000 Farads

February 23, 2009 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in cylindrical or rectangular cases, a family of WIMA double-layer Supercaps from TAW Electronics are available with capacitances up to 3,000 Farads. Configured in models addressing the operating voltage required by the application, the maintenance-free devices can handle more than 500,000 charge/discharge cycles

Radio Communication Tester Supports Multi-Standard Testing

February 23, 2009 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting a frequency range up to 6 GHz, Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester offers the option of coming equipped with two channels, so it can test two DUTs at the same time using different standards. The unit supports GSM/(E)GPRS, WCDMA/HSPA, UMTS LTE, TD-SCDMA,

AC/DC Power Supplies Offer Fan Cooling

February 23, 2009 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting industrial applications, XP Power’s MFA350-TF and MFA350-EF enclosed AC/DC power supplies include a top- and end-mounted fan, respectively. The MFA350-EF measures 8.20" × 3.33" × 1.75", while the MFA350-TF measures 6.8" × 3.33" × 2" and demonstrates a power density of up to 8 W/in.³. The Class B conducted devices deliver up to 364 W from an input range from 85 VAC to 264 VAC with

Hot-swap Managers Support Currents up to 5 A

February 23, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Protecting against over currents for voltage rails between 3 V and 20 V, three hot-swap managers from TI support an operating current of up to 5 A. The TPS2420 comes in a tiny 16-pin QFN package and the TPS2421-1 and TPS2421-2 come in 8-pin SOIC packages. Other features include


White LEDs Produce High Power

February 23, 2009 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting a lifetime of 60,000 hours with lumen maintenance of >70%, Luminus Devices’ SST-90 and CST-90 white PhlatLight LEDs generate 1,000 lm with 10-W input at 6,500K and 2,250 lm at its maximum rated drive current. The devices come in SMT and connectorized chip-on-board packaging with standard mounting features, respectively, and

Evaluation Board Remotely Controls Laser Diodes

February 23, 2009 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Equipped with a USB port, AMS Technologies presents Wavelength Electronics’ FL593FL combination evaluation board and laser diode driver that remotely controls multiple laser diodes via computer. The module can control setpoint, current limit, and constant current/constant power mode settings, and optional analogue inputs facilitate

Touch Sensor Controller Converts Capacitance to Digital Data

February 23, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting mobile devices, Fujitsu Microelectronics' FMA1127 touch sensor controller converts capacitance generated by the human body and conductive touch pad to digital data with no analog processing. The water-resistant unit also performs in alarm systems, handheld health care products, home appliances, and applications where the controller can replace mechanical switches and buttons. The device exhibits operating voltage from

Li-ion Pack Integrates Cell Balancing

February 23, 2009 4:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering an extended battery lifetime with improved inherent safety, a Li-ion battery pack from Micro Power Electronics has integrated cell-balancing capabilities. The pack consists of twenty-seven 18650 lithium-ion cells

Processor Consumes 85 µW/MHz

February 23, 2009 4:46 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to help achieve 32-bit performance at an 8-bit price point, ARM’s Cortex-M0 processor exhibits power consumption down to 85 µW/MHz in an area of <12K gates when using the ARM standard cell library on an 180ULL process. The CMSIS-compatible device is


Linux-Based Platform Supports Mobile Internet Devices

February 20, 2009 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing functionality for mobile internet devices, the Montabello Linux-based software platform for Mobile Internet Devices from MontaVista provides an integrated set of applications including a browser, document reader, email client, contact manager, and calendar suite.


Micro Coaxial Connectors Are Smallest in Class

February 20, 2009 9:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting portable device applications, the FI-J Series micro coaxial connectors from Japan Aviation Electronics (JAE) are claimed as the smallest devices of their type, compared to other 0.4-mm pitch connectors. The connectors mounted dimensions are 2.5 mm deep x 1.58 mm high, with width dependent on pin count


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