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Varactor Diodes Enable Tuning up to 28 V

August 5, 2009 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Billed as offering high breakdown voltage, the SMV1800-079LF and SMV1801-079LF varactor diodes from Skyworks enable tuning as high as 28 v. The diodes are intended for use in applications such as mobile handset based DTV receivers, FM tuners, and low phase noise voltage-controlled oscillators. Other features include

NI Week 2009 - a Photo Essay

August 5, 2009 11:49 am | by Alix Paultre | News | Comments

National Instruments (NI) Week is always a good show, and this year's announcement of the latest version of LabView 2009 was received by a standing-room only crowd at the Austin Convention Center. Here are some photos I shot on the exhibit floor of some of the interesting stuff.


Switches Actuated From X or Y Axes

August 5, 2009 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GDS Series of side-actuated detect switches from C&K Components can be actuated from either the X or Y axes. The switches feature a maximum actuation force of 30 g. Contact rating is 1 mA @ 5 VDC, with a maximum initial contact resistance of 1 ? and a minimum insulation resistance of 100 MO between adjacent contacts


LabVIEW 2009 Addresses Parallel Programming, Distributed WSNs and Real-Time Math

August 5, 2009 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments’ LabVIEW 2009 addresses the development challenges of parallel hardware architectures with new virtualization technology that takes advantage of multicore systems as well as by offering new compiler improvements and IP that enhance

RFID Antenna System Comes With Weatherproof Enclosure

August 5, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Laird Technologies released its RFID HD RooTenna Series that offers six options of integrated RFID antennas covering 865 MHz to 960 MHz. The series integrates a high-performance RFID antenna and a compartment for reader electronics into an IP-67 rated weatherproof housing enclosure, making it

ESD Absorber Protects Laser Diodes Against ESD, Surges and Reverse Bias

August 5, 2009 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pangolin Laser Systems has introduced what it calls the first electronic component to protect laser diodes against damage from direct and indirect electrostatic discharge (ESD).  Called LASORB, the component is described as an "ESD absorber" that

Wireless Measurement Nodes Address Remote Monitoring Applications

August 5, 2009 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments announced the NI wireless sensor network (WSN) platform, a complete remote monitoring solution that consists of NI LabVIEW graphical programming software and new reliable, low-power wireless measurement nodes. The platform deliversa drag-and-drop programming environment for configuring wireless systems, extracting measurements, performing analysis and presenting data. LabVIEW also offers

Sensor Tolerates Wide Temperature Range

August 5, 2009 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for automobile applications, the single-channel TCPI1300X01 and the dual-channel TCUT1300X01 surface-mount interrupter sensors from Vishay feature an operating temperature range from -40° C to +125° C and a moisture sensitivity level rating of 1.


Thermal Management Strategies for Extreme 3U cPCI Embedded System Applications

August 5, 2009 6:47 am | by Barbara Schmitz, MEN Mikro Elektronik | Articles | Comments

As the cooling challenges of 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) embedded system applications multiply due to increased processing power, reduced package sizes and more hostile environments, new thermal management options and industry standards continue to evolve. Chip and board manufacturers have already done a vast amount of work to mitigate thermal management concerns.


Ethernet Controllers Include Security Engines

August 5, 2009 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use in embedded systems, the IEEE 802.3-compliant ENC624J600 100-Mbps Ethernet interface controller from Microchip combines a 10/100 Base-TX physical interface and media access controller (MAC) with a hardware cryptographic security engine.

Nanolasers Promise Improved Computing

August 4, 2009 4:11 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Ways to make lasers smaller are being discovered through collaborative efforts of researchers at Arizona State University and Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The work opens up possibilities for using nanoscale lasers to significantly improve the performance of computers and speed up Internet access.


RF Switch Supports Frequencies Down to 10 MHz

August 4, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With support for frequencies down to 10 MHz, the UPG2405T6Q RF switch from California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is designed for numerous wireless applications, including Near Field Communications (NFC), RFID, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee/802.15.4. Features include

Gearhead Provides Load Carrying Capacity of 10 N

August 4, 2009 12:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With continuous torque of 0.05 Nm, the R08 Planetary Gearhead from Portescap provides radial load carrying capacity of up to 10 N. The standard gearbox is available from 4 to 256 ratios which can be further extended to higher ratios of 4096. The R08 can be coupled with Brush DC, Brushless and Stepper motors


Modules Simplify RF Designs

August 4, 2009 10:01 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Ready-to-use wireless modules provide a way to quickly get a design "on the air" when engineers find RF circuits and communication protocols fall outside their areas of expertise. Even when engineers have RF experience, a module still might make sense from the perspective of saved time and money.


Miniature Molded Case Circuit Breakers Offer High Interrupting Capacity

August 4, 2009 8:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech UL489 AC miniature molded case circuit breakers offer the highest 14 kA short circuit interrupting capacity in the industry, according to the company, and are available up to 20 A in the C trip curve. These breakers perform in applications such as


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