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Encoders Offer Resolution/Bore Diameter Options

December 11, 2008 5:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suiting DC motors, actuators, and motion control applications, CUI’s AME, BME, and LME Series modular incremental encoders demonstrate different resolution and bore diameter options, depending on model. The 2-channel AME Series exhibit resolutions from 100 ppr to 1024 ppr and bore diameters from 3 mm to 8 mm. The 3-channel BME Series includes an index pulse, resolutions from 100 to 1,024 ppr (2-channels and no index for 1,000-ppr and

Coaxial Multi-position Switches Work to 40 GHz

December 11, 2008 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Including K-type connectors, Ducommun Technologies’ QK Series coaxial multi-position switches exhibit frequencies from DC to 40 GHz. The SP3T-SP6T devices present a nominal RF impedance of 50 Ohm and an operating life of >1,000,000 cycles over an ambient operating temperature range from -35°C to 85°C. The MIL-E-5400- and Mil-S-3928-compliant units demonstrate a max. switching time of 15 ms in a break-before-make switching

European Union to Phase Out Incandescent Bulbs by 2012

December 11, 2008 4:42 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

In a move sure to ignite debate on this side of the Atlantic, the European Union approved the phasing out of incandescent bulbs by 2012. Here in the US, we’re debating which technologies should be allowed to earn a label (Energy Star). Over in Europe, they’ve ended the discussion with multinational governmental action. By following the commission’s proposal, EU citizens will save close to 40 TWh per year, and emissions will go down by 15 million tons of CO2 (according to the European Commission). But there’s a larger issue at hand: should government have such control of industry?

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Design Kits Calibrate Optoelectronic Devices

December 10, 2008 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mounting optoelectronic devices directly or remotely via a connectorized configuration, OPTEK Technology’s OCB100 Series auto-calibration design kits enable engineers to calibrate optoelectronic devices. The systems regulate reflective, interruptive, and special opto sensors to produce a consistent output, and can set internal

PCMA Benders Displace in Millimeter/Micrometer Range

December 10, 2008 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Containing buried internal electrodes in a monolithic ceramic housing, Morgan Electro Ceramics’ line of co-fired piezo ceramic multi-layer actuator benders (PCMA benders) provides controllable and repeatable displacement in the millimeter and micrometer range. The devices offer lengths from 10 mm to 30 mm, widths from 3 mm to 20 mm, thicknesses from

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USB Load Cell Handles up to 5,000 lbs

December 10, 2008 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available with USB output and metric threads, the redesigned LCF400 Tension & Compression Load Cell from FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology is offered in versions capable of handling from 500 lbs to 5,000 lbs. The device provides a variety of voltage- or current-driven outputs to ease systems integration

Circular Connector Includes Secondary Locking Mechanism

December 10, 2008 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Capable of withstanding harsh and wet-area environments, an APD (Automotive Product DIN) circular connector from ITT Interconnect Solutions features a secondary locking mechanism. The connector has 19 contacts, with the option of increasing to 27 contacts. For applications requiring a larger load capacity

Illuminated Tact Switches Contain Independent LED Leads

December 10, 2008 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering multiple LED color options, E-Switch’s TL1240 Series illuminated tact switches have through-hole termination and independent LED leads. The units exhibit an electrical life of 100,000 cycles, an operating force of 160 ± 50 gf, max. contact resistance of 100 mOhm (initial, from 2 VDC to 4 VDC), min. insulation resistance of 100 MOhm, dielectric strength of 250 VAC, and an operating temperature from -20°C to 70°C. The devices’

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ESD Protection Diodes Possess 0.18-mm² Footprint

December 10, 2008 9:11 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Matching the 0201 outline, STMicroelectronics’ ESDALCxx-1U2 family of ESD protection diodes have a footprint of 0.3 mm × 0.6 mm. The ESDALC3V9-1U2, ESDALC6V1-1U2, and ESDALC14V2-1U2 units offer a breakdown voltage of 3.9 V, 6.1 V, and

Real-Time Clock Modules Exhibit Small Dimensions

December 10, 2008 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using a QMEMS crystal chip, Epson Toyocom’s RX-4571BD and RX-8571BD real-time clock modules come in a 3.400-mm × 1.700-mm × 1t-mm 10-pin SON package. The RX-4571BD supports a 3-wire serial interface and consumes a standby current of 0.320 µA at 3 V, while the I²C-Bus-compliant RX-8571BD has 128-bit user RAM and

Switching Power Supplies Deliver 600 W

December 10, 2008 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Having primary output voltages from 12 V to ~48 V and a secondary output of 5 V at 4 A, PowerGate’s PowDec BSL600 Series switching power supplies offer 600 W of output power. The 9” × 3.7” × 1.6” instruments exhibit a universal AC input with active PFC; end-mount ball-bearing fans, remote sense, remote on/off control, power good signal, and

Submersible Pressure Sensors Measure from 50 mbar

December 10, 2008 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Consisting of capacitive ceramic pressure cells in stainless-steel construction, Sensortechnics’ KTE2000CS Series submersible pressure sensors offer hydrostatic low-level measurement from 50 mbar (0.5 water column) Full Scale. The transmitters are calibrated and temperature compensated from -20°C to 70°C while providing a 4-mA to 20-mA output signal. A cable with an integrated vent tube allows a true reference pressure to the

RGB LED Delivers up to 25 lm

December 10, 2008 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing full-color output in a 3-W package, Lumex’s AstraLED RGB LED demonstrates a light intensity of 8 lm, 25 lm, and 20 lm, respectively, at 300 mA (red) and 350 mA (green and blue). The 10-mm × 16-mm × 3.30-mm (0.39” × 0.63” × 0.13”) device operates in a temperature range from -30°C to 85°C, withstands reflow soldering temperatures of

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DC/DC Converters Exhibit High Efficiency

December 10, 2008 4:34 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Offering a power density of 0.85 W/cm³, Murata Power Solutions’ MEV and MEA Series isolated 1-W DC/DC converters achieve a typical efficiency of 84%. The 0.770” × 0.236” × 0.394” SIP 7-packaged instruments present load regulation performance of <5%, input voltages of 5 V or 12 V, output voltages from 5 V to 12 V, toroidal magnetics, ceramic

Solid State Drive Stores 32 GB

December 10, 2008 4:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Visible to the system as 2 independent SATA drives, Curtiss-Wright Controls’ XMC/PMC-550 NAND Flash solid state drive provides up to 32 GB of disk space. The component delivers data transfer rates of up to 30 MB/s for raw read and write access and up to 40 MB/s with software RAID support. The device exhibits hardware write protection, up to

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