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Brush-commutated DC Motors Maximize Power Density, Minimize Cogging

November 11, 2009 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pittman brand 30 mm brush-commutated DC motors integrate high-energy bonded neodymium magnets for maximized power density and an optimized magnetic field profile and 7-slot straight armature to minimize cogging. The motors feature a large diamond-turned commutator and copper-graphite brushes to deliver

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Programmable Actuator Features Graphic User Interface

November 11, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions introduced its Haydon IDEA Drive stepper motor linear actuator. The IDEA Drive is an integrated linear actuator, electronic drive, and control unit fully programmable with a patent pending GUI (graphic user interface). Programming the actuator is through

PXI Battery Simulator Suits Automotive Apps

November 11, 2009 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI instrumentation modules with the introduction of the 41-752 Battery Simulator. Developed in association with DMC, this six-cell battery simulator provides up to 300 mA of current from each cell. The output voltage from each cell is fully

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Software Provides UPS Infrastructure Status via Mobile Devices

November 11, 2009 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chloride North America announced today that its ManageUPS CIO UPS centralized infrastructure management software is capable of sending email alerts to all mobile devices, providing professionals with remote visibility of key UPS performance measures, regardless of location. IT professionals can now

Ethernet-based DAQ Modules Include Interactive Measurement Software

November 11, 2009 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

IOtech has released three new data acquisition modules in the 6000 Series of advanced measurement products. These products combine Ethernet-based DAQ modules with powerful, easy-to-use software. The 6222 is a 12-channel, simultaneously sampled, thermocouple input module. It features

Rectifiers have highest switching efficiency on market

November 11, 2009 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 600 V H-Series power factor correction (PFC) rectifiers from Qspeed Semiconductor purportedly has the highest switching efficiency of any silicon diode on the market. The H-Series products have a lower QRR temperature coefficient that purportedly minimizes switching losses at higher operating temperatures.

3U PXI Card Features 160 Digital IO Signals

November 11, 2009 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Geotest offers a user-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card that features 160 digital I/O signals for specific application needs. The GX3500 employs the Altera Cyclone III FPGA that supports clock rates up to 150 MHz and features over 55,000 logic elements. According to the company, the GX3500

Schools shun Kindle, saying blind can't use it

November 11, 2009 6:53 am | News | Comments

Amazon's Kindle can read books aloud, but if you're blind it can be difficult to turn that function on without help. Now two universities say they will shun the device until Amazon changes the setup.

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Scientists: New dinosaur species found in SAfrica

November 11, 2009 6:44 am | News | Comments

A newly discovered dinosaur species that roamed the Earth about 200 million years ago may help explain how the creatures evolved into the largest animals on land, scientists in South Africa said Wednesday. The Aardonyx celestae was a 23-foot- (7-meter-) long small-headed herbivore with a huge barrel of a chest, and the scientists told reporters it could prove to be a missing evolutionary link.

LDO delivers up to 200 mA continuous load current

November 11, 2009 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Capable of delivering up to 200 mA continuous load current at each output, the dual LDO AS1374 (from austriamicrosystems) is intended for portable battery powered devices. These include RF, cell-phone cameras, wireless base stations, and PA bias supplies. The LDO operates from a 2 V to 5.5 V supply 

Driving a Car with an iPhone, Part 2 - How To (Video)

November 10, 2009 8:36 am | News | Comments

A group of engineers from National Instruments, called Waterloo Labs, created an iPhone app that can drive a car. In part 2, they give a detailed explanation of how they designed and implemented our control system. This video provides more details about the motor assembly, the wireless communication...

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Driving a Car with an iPhone, Part 1 - Overview (Video)

November 10, 2009 6:26 am | News | Comments

A group of engineers from National Instruments, called Waterloo Labs, created an iPhone app that can drive a car. See below. Part 1 includes an overview of how NI turned an Oldsmobile Delta 88' into a remote control car in just a few weeks.  They built their control systems using a few motors, potentiometers, a CompactRIO embedded controller, and LabVIEW.

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Dongle Bridges USB and I²C

November 10, 2009 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a simple way to connect I²C to USB, the IOW24-DG USB to I²C dongle from Saelig operates at 100 kHz and allows a throughput of up to 750 bytes/s. 5-V and 3.3-V outputs are also available to power small external circuits...

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Artisan Acquires Extessy

November 10, 2009 5:44 am | News | Comments

Washington DC, USA and Cheltenham, UK – Artisan Software Tools, a leading supplier of industrial-grade, collaborative modeling tools for complex, mission and safety-critical embedded systems and software, has acquired Extessy, a supplier of development tools and services...

Planetary Society plans new LightSail Project

November 10, 2009 5:41 am | News | Comments

Four years after its first solar sail ended up in the ocean instead of orbit, The Planetary Society announced Monday that by the end of 2010 it will try again to launch a spacecraft that will be propelled by the subtle pressure of sunlight.

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