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Software Combines 8-bit MCU and Capacitive Touch Capabilities

March 6, 2009 6:28 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting 8-bit STM8 MCUs, STMicroelectronics’ new open-source capacitive touch sensing software library integrates touch sensing functions through multiple configurations while preserving the traditional MCU features for the application firmware, including communication, LED control, beeper, and LCD control. The software is provided as royalty-free C source code, and as many as 24 individual touch pads can be supported. The library includes

Socket Connector Delivers Over 7 Gbps Backplane Performance

March 6, 2009 6:16 am | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

Aiding engineers working with 2 mm hard-metric-based designs, such as VME or CompactPCI, the Ultra Hard Metric (UHM) Socket Connector from 3M can achieve speeds greater than 7 Gbps. Using “virtual coaxial box” shielding, the connector can support multi-gigabit, high-speed serial IO protocols such as SAS, SATA, Rapid IO, PCI Express and Gigabit Ethernet.

Prototyping Hardware Suite is Virtex-5 Based

March 6, 2009 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to prototype industrial and embedded projects, five new National Instruments’ cRIO-911x family of CompactRIO reconfigurable chassis feature a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA for developing the latest in embedded systems. Features include version with a Freescale 533-MHz industrial real-time processor and all use LabVIEW graphical programming tools.


Keypads Perform in Harsh Environments

March 6, 2009 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sealed per IP67 standards, EAO Switch’s S.series Zamac keypads are appropriate for security and access control applications within harsh environments. The RoHS-compliant devices offer 12 or 16 keys, telephone or hexadecimal II configurations, a library of >20 different illuminated key characters, and a lifetime of up to

Supplies Tout High Power Density

March 6, 2009 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in 3 models offering 3 kilowatts of output power, the Mean Well RSP-3000 Series of switching power supplies has a power density of 15.6 W per cubic inch. The active-PFC units accept from 180 to 264 VAC with primary output voltages of 12, 24, or 48 VDC and an auxiliary 12 V (at 100 mA) output. Features include an operating efficiencies from 86 to 90 percent with external control voltage trim from 20~110% of the rated output.

Tyco Shares Could Continue to Slide

March 6, 2009 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics shares could continue its steep slide because of its exposure to the troubled auto industry, an analyst said Friday. Analyst Brian J. White of Collins Stewart said in a note to investors he believes Tyco Electronics, which makes electronic components, undersea telecommunications systems, and wireless equipment, could slide another

Marvell Shares Climb

March 6, 2009 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shares of chip maker Marvell Technology Group advanced Friday morning after the company's fiscal first-quarter outlook topped forecasts, a sign that semiconductor demand may be stabilizing. Marvell also said it will be eliminating 850 jobs, or about 15 percent of its work force, to save on costs. The Santa Clara, CA company posted a loss for

Photocouplers Demonstrate High Isolation Voltage

March 5, 2009 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a 4.55-mm × 3.70-mm × 2.10-mm SO6 package, Toshiba America Electronic Components’ TLP109 and TLP116A SMT photocouplers exhibit a min. isolation voltage of 3,750 Vrms. The 30-V (max.), 1-Mbps, open-collector output TLP109 has max. propagation delay of 0.8 µs, typ. common-mode transient immunity of ±10 kV/us, and operating temperatures from -55°C to 100°C. The 6-V (max.), 20-Mbps, totem-pole output


EMI Filters Target Multimedia Wireless Handsets

March 5, 2009 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on Praetorian III LC-based filtering technology, California Micro Devices’ CM1693 family of EMI filters address handset designs based upon 4G LTE-based processors. The units exhibit typ. roll off frequencies at 300 MHz, broad stop band starting in the 700-MHz band up to 6 GHz; ESD protection up to ±18 kV contact discharge, rise/fall times of

GUI Color Starter Kit Creates Interactive Displays

March 5, 2009 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing everything needed to create and drive a color GUI display, the Color Starter Kit from Amulet Technologies includes a 480 x 272 TFT display, an integrated touch panel and controller board, downloadable compiler software, a 5 VDC power supply, stylus, and USB PC interface cable.

Board Form Factor Serves Next-Gen Embedded Systems

March 5, 2009 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a footprint 30% more compact than a Mini-ITX board yet with 200% more I/O capability, the 12 cm x 17 cm Em-ITX form factor from VIA Technologies includes dual I/O coastlines and an Em-IO expansion bus. The Em-IO expansion bus integrates the majority of popular bus signal technologies, including USB 2.0, GPIO, LPC, PCIe, IDE, IEEE 1394, S-ATA, PCI, DVI, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and Card Bus signals.

Rockers Snap into Panel Cut-Out Hole

March 5, 2009 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering single- and double-pole versions with UL, cUL, VDE, and RoHS approvals, Phaseda’s RL3-2 Series rocker switches fit into a standard panel cut-out hole. The devices have UL ratings of 16 A and 1/3 hp at 125 VAC for high-power and motor applications, and 10 A at 125 VAC for small appliances and test equipment usage. The rockers demonstrate a VDE rating of 10(4) A and 6(2) A at 250 VAC, and can be

Oscilloscopes Have Largest Display in Class

March 5, 2009 5:54 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Equipped with a 12.1” displays for close to a 40 percent increase in display area over other scopes in their class, the InfiniiVision 7000 Series of mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscopes now offers bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz with a deep-memory waveform update rate of up to 100,000 waveforms per second. Available applications include serial decode and trigger for I2C, SPI, CAN, LIN, FlexRay, mask/waveform limit testing, RS-232, and other UART testing.


DC/DC Converters Supply 12 W

March 5, 2009 5:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a 1.26" × 0.79" × 0.41" 24-pin DIP package, V-Infinity’s VAWQ12 Series DC/DC converters deliver 12 W of output power. The components exhibit 4:1 input ranges from 9 VDC to 36 VDC at a nominal input of 24 VDC or from 18 VDC to 75 VDC at a nominal input of 48 VDC. The units offer output voltages of

Burj Dubai Uses LED Products

March 5, 2009 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Focus announced today that the Burj Dubai will be illuminated with its Crescent brand LED lighting products. Crescent Lighting, a whole owned subsidiary of Energy Focus, headquartered in the UK, offers a line of LED based lighting solutions to international markets. The Burj Dubai is the tallest man-made structure ever built, despite being incomplete. At its current building state, the tower stands 2,684 ft tall and


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