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Next Stop, the Twilight Zone

February 7, 2009 9:22 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Obama’s position on tailpipe emissions presents a strange paradox: traditional supporters of states’ rights are clamoring for one national standard, while federalists want the states to decide. It seems that we’ve entered bizarro world. But it goes deeper. Allowing states to set their own emissions standards is a thinly-disguised attempt to impose higher national standards through backdoor means.

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Modular Mezzanine Connector Eases Board Assembly

February 6, 2009 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing connection issues between parallel PC boards, the IT3 Series Mezzanine Connector from Hirose is a three-piece modular system that eases assembly, aids X-ray inspection, and improves reflow performance. The system includes two low-profile BGA board-mounted receptacles with a variable-height interposer that reduces risk of mechanical damage to the BGA joints.

Power Modules Demonstrate 60-W Constant Output

February 6, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting short-circuit protection, MTM Power's PMAS/PCMAS60 Series primary-switched AC/DC power modules deliver constant output Wattage of 60 W. The SMT units offer input ranges from 90 VAC to 264 VAC and 100 VDC to 353 VDC; and single output voltages of 3.3 VDC, 5 VDC, 12 VDC, 15 VDC, 24 VDC,

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Analyzer Serves I²C Buses

February 6, 2009 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, Corelis’ BusPro I2C analyzer offers an intuitive environment for I²C hardware debugging, software development, and in-system programming of serial EEPROMs. The instrument supports Standard-mode, Fast-mode, Fast-mode Plus (Fm+), and High-speed mode (Hs-mode) with I²C bit rates up to

Snap Switches Exhibit Long Electrical Life

February 6, 2009 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering SPDT and SPST configurations with solder, quick connect, or PC terminals, C&K Components' LCA Series snap switches offer an electrical life of 50,000 cycles at 3 A at 125 VAC. The components demonstrate operating force of 140 g, maximum contact rating of 10 A at 125 VAC, and an operating temperature range from -10°C to 125°C. The RoHS-compliant units are suitable for motorized equipment, sump pumps,

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Converter Provides Output Levels from 30 KVA-480 KVA

February 6, 2009 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using MOSFET-based, switch-mode power conversion technology, the Elgar XWave AC power source/frequency convertor from AMETEK provides incremental output levels from 30 kVA to 480 kVA. A single cabinet can provide 120 kVA with multiple cabinets configured for outputs from 120 kVA to 480 kVA. The XWave provides up to 150 percent of rated output current for up to 7 seconds to handle loads with heavy in-rush currents

Doherty Amplifiers Offer Efficiency >40%

February 6, 2009 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BLD6G21-50 and BLD6G22-50 Doherty amplifiers from NXP Semiconductors offers efficiency of greater than 40 percent at an average power of 10 W. This enables 35% lower power dissipation under multi-carrier signal operation compared to class AB amplifiers. The BLD6G21-50 is designed for TD-SCDMA operation at frequencies from 2010 MHz to 2025 MHz, whereas the BLD6G22-50 operates at frequencies

X-Ray Generators Deliver Wide Output Range

February 6, 2009 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Performing in X-ray systems used for XRD, XRF, and industrial and analytical applications, Spellman High Voltage Electronics’ DXM 1200W Series X-ray generators offer output voltages from 20 kV to 70 kV at a maximum power of 1,200 W. The 4.75” H × 12” W × 12” D instruments can be configured for either floating filament or

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Surge Protectors Target ADSL and VDSL Applications

February 6, 2009 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on TISP overvoltage protection technology, Bourns’ TISP4CO15L1N, TISP4CO20L1N and TISP4C025L1N thyristor surge protector devices (TSPDs) provide protection for ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, VDSL, and VDSL2 ports in modems or telephone exchanges. The feed-through-packaged devices are designed to

FPGA Families Enable Improved Designs

February 6, 2009 4:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing system designers with improved methodologies for creating FPGA-based system-on-chip solutions, the Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families from Xilinx can deliver twice the capacity at half the power consumption compared to previous families. With a logic density of up to 760 K and more than 38 Mbit of BlockRAM and 2,000 DSP slices, these new Xilinx devices set new benchmarks in on-chip performance.

Photoelectric Sensors Offer Remote Teaching Options

February 6, 2009 4:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using push-button programming, Carlo Gavazzi’s PD30 Series photoelectric sensors allow remote teaching options in most models, so setup and programming of the sensor can be done away from the application. These same models also provide an option for locking the sensor settings. A muting version exhibits mutual interference protection, sensor alignment aid, and the ability to verify the sensor’s proper operation remotely via

SBC Based on Core2 Duo Processor

February 6, 2009 4:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering BGA-based components, Dynatem’s CRD 6U single-slot CompactPCI/PICMG SBC integrates an Intel Pentium Core2 Duo L7400 or T7400 processor at 1.50 GHz or 2.16 GHz. The conduction-cooled module comes with wedge locks and a full-board heat sink for shock/vibration environments and temperature extremes. The platform

Power Splitters Intended for Broadcast Applications

February 5, 2009 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

With wraparound or single- sided terminals, 1-W two-way resistive power splitters from International Manufacturing Services (IMS) are intended for broadcast applications. These resistive power splitters have 6-dB evenly split attenuation and operate from DC to 20 GHz. The devices have an attenuation accuracy of ±0.5 dB and a VSWR of 1.3:1

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Antenna Allows Functionality of Four Frequency Bands

February 5, 2009 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

A modular antenna assembly from Laird offers SDARS, GPS, AMPS, and PCS antenna coverage in one package. With a design of 16 mm, the base module is designed to fit multiple vehicle platforms with various roof curvatures. The base antenna is installed on the car in the factory, and houses both

Low-Profile Copper Cable Fits Tight Situations

February 5, 2009 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing the needs of dense, higher-port-count switch installations using 10 GbE, FCoE, or 8 Gigabit Fiber Channel, a low-profile SFP+ direct-attach copper cable assembly from W.L. Gore and Associates is half the cross-sectional area of OM3 fiber optic cable and one-third the size of 62.5/125 optical cable, with a significantly reduced bend radius.

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