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Laser Navigation Sensors Operate in Harsh Environments

January 29, 2009 4:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting automated guided vehicles, Danaher Motion’s LS5 Navigator laser navigation sensors are designed for use in outdoor and indoor environments. The devices withstands variations in temperature from -30°C to 50°C, <95% relative humidity, and mechanical stress, such as vibrations and shock. The product comes with a direct drive motor and an optics system, and works with the AutoSurveyor software tool for automatic

DC-Output Power Modules Accept AC or DC

January 29, 2009 3:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting a variety of applications, the PMAS/PCMAS Series of 60-W power modules from MTM Power accept an input of 90 to 264 VAC or 100 to 353 VDC and deliver single output voltages of 3,3 VDC 5 VDC, 12 VDC,15 VDC 24 VDC 36 VDC, and 48 VDC. The constant-current devices include features such as short-circuit protection, no-ground load operation, and a standby power mode.

Object-Oriented Embedded Database Adds Persistence

January 28, 2009 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as the latest upgrade of the open source, object-oriented, embedded database for Java and .NET, Perst 4.0 from McObject expands Perst’s usefulness in a broad range of applications by enabling it to add persistence to any object—including objects created by other programs, those for which source code is unavailable, and even objects created in different programming languages.

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Motor Drives Offer Triple Stack Option

January 28, 2009 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combining a NEMA size 14 brushless 1.8° stepping motor with electronics, Intelligent Motion Systems’ MDrive14Plus motor drives present a NEMA size 14 triple stack motor option. The instruments exhibit height of 2”, width of

Rotary Latch Enables Electronic Access

January 28, 2009 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Performing in storage compartments or access doors for vehicles and medical, electronics, self-service, and industrial equipment, Southco’s R4-EM rotary latch allows for electronic access. The 2.56" × 2.72" × 0.75" interconnect installs with two bolts and has all-metal construction. The unit operates from 12 VDC to 24 VDC with a current draw during actuation of <500 mA at 12 VDC. The product’s microprocessor control accepts

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Rotary Torque Sensor Systems Address Automotive Applications

January 28, 2009 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Utilizing an onboard transducer, PCB Automotive Sensors Division’s Series 5300D TORKDISC in-line rotary torque sensor systems designed serve automotive engine, powertrain, and chassis dynamometer testing, torque studies, and gearbox efficiency testing. The devices incorporate dual analog outputs, AC and DC coupled, providing static and dynamic torque measurement capabilities that can be recorded separately and

Membrane Switch Keypads Target Interface Designs

January 28, 2009 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Said to replace multiple mechanical switches, soldered wires, and cable assemblies, NKK Switches’ FM Series membrane switch keypads perform in human-machine interface designs. The dot-illuminated configurations offer 12 or 16 keys, pre-configured legends on embossed keypads; and stroke from 0.5 mm to 1.2 mm. The

Chokes Address Renewable Energy Sector

January 28, 2009 4:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable as input and output devices for solar, wind, and fuel-cell inverter applications, Premo’s POT CORE Series chokes operate in the renewable energy sector and railway sector applications. The shielded components offer heights of 100 mm, 120 mm, and 180 mm, diameters of 100 mm and 120 mm, and availability to assembly in 1 or 2 cells. The inductive units exhibit current up to 44 Arms, operating frequencies up to 25 KHz, and

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Chip Combines Bluetooth, GPS, FM Tx/Rx

January 27, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Serving Bluetooth 2.4-GHz systems, CSR’s BlueCore7830 single-chip radio and baseband IC includes GPS and an integrated FM transmitter and receiver with stereo audio input and output stages, Bluetooth low energy, and RDS modulator/demodulator. With the on-chip CSR Bluetooth software stack, it provides a fully compliant Bluetooth system to v2.1 +EDR of the specification for data and voice communications. The component exhibits

Blue Laser Diode Targets Micro-Projectors

January 27, 2009 11:40 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in an optimized TO38 package, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ new blue laser diode serves micro-projectors integrated in mobile devices, such as cell phones and digital cameras. The 3.2-mm high component demonstrates a wavelength of 450 nm, output of 50 mW, voltage of 5.5 V, and efficiency of 0.9 W/A. The ridge laser will serve as

Spatial Channel Modeling Tool Serves WiMAX/LTE Applications

January 27, 2009 11:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating in the EB Propsim radio channel emulators, EB’s new spatial channel modeling (SCM) and SCM extended (SCME) emulation method and tool target mobile devices and base stations using Mobile WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. The product is based on a geometry-based stochastic modeling method for system-level emulations and performance metrics, such as throughput and delay, are measured over a number of

State vs. Federal Emissions Standards

January 27, 2009 10:39 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

President Obama has ordered the EPA to “review” its denial of California’s request for exemption to federal emissions standards. On Monday, January 26th, Obama gave a press conference relating to, “Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Change.” Among other things, he spoke about America’s dependence on foreign oil, the proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, and the aforementioned EPA denial.

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SERDES Framer Interface IP Core Aids Lattice SC/M FPGAs

January 27, 2009 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using seventeen SERializer/DESerializer (SERDES) channels in the Lattice SC and Lattice SCM (Lattice SC/M) devices, the SERDES Framer Interface, Level 5 (SFI5) Intellectual Property (IP) Core from Lattice Semiconductor enables the creation of next-generation 40-Gbps systems. LatticeSC/M FPGA devices include 4- to 32-channels of high-speed SERDES capable of supporting data rates from 600 Mbps to 3.8 Gbps

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Transistor Sockets Contain Brass Alloy Receptacles

January 27, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering 3, 4, 8, or 10 positions, Mill-Max’s Series 917 TO-5 and TO-100 transistor sockets have precision-machined, brass alloy receptacles assembled with a Mill-Max, 4-finger #30 contact inside each socket. The #30 contact exhibits a pin diameter acceptance range from 0.015” to 0.025” and a current rating of 3 A per position. The through-hole and SMT devices utilize high-temperature thermoplastic suitable for wave soldering and

Analysis/Reporting Software Performs in Multimeters

January 27, 2009 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Including a temperature probe, test leads, alligator clips, and a soft case, Fluke’s latest version of the FlukeView Forms analysis and reporting software comes in a combo kit with Fluke 289 or Fluke 287 digital multimeters. The product offers TrendCapture for recording events and display results on the built-in display screen; and data logging for recording up to 15,000 events over time before downloading the results to a PC. The software presents

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