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Mobile PC Performs in DC-powered Apps

November 18, 2008 4:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating with a power input ranging from 10 VDC to 16 VDC,’s LPC-450M mobile PC functions in DC-powered applications found in vehicles and remote applications. The integrated start-up delay timer prevents any false power starts and ensures that power is available and ready to go with selectable timer settings of 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 40 seconds,

SPDs Provide Continuous Over-Voltage Protection

November 17, 2008 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing continuous protection from over-voltage and other transient voltage activity, medium voltage surge protection devices (SPDs) from Raycap meet the IEEE C62.11-2005 Standard. The Strikesorb 40-3000, Strikesorb 40-4000, and Strikesorb 40-5000 are designed to protect equipment from lightning strikes, power surges, and spikes without

Evaluation Kit Ported onto Linux

November 17, 2008 10:51 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Linux release, v2.6.27, from Atmel, is for its 400 MHz ARM926EJ-S-based AT91SAM9G20 embedded microprocessor, and for other members of the AT91SAM9 family. A Linux distribution based on v2.6.27 is available from Atmel’s AT91SAM portal at It includes the complete Linux v2.6.27 kernel, the Linux patch for the AT91SAM9G20-EK, device drivers


Subsystem Reference Designs Address Multiple Apps

November 17, 2008 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor’s PowerWise energy-efficient subsystem reference designs assist in portable, lighting, solar, industrial, medical, communications infrastructure, and test and measurement applications. The reference file kits consist of applicable design schematic, bill of materials (BOM), board layout, firmware, design documentation, and FPGA source code in synthesizable


Analyzer Software Allows Multi-Method Analysis

November 17, 2008 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calibrating the instrument and determining the parameters of analysis via a set of data and variables, Applied Analytics’ ECLIPSE Process 10 online analyzer software enables simultaneous Analysis and Calibration Methods (ACM) configuration. The program includes instantaneous user interface response, and diagnostics and reporting routines to continuously evaluate the performance of the system and trigger rapid action. The software presents an ACM report generator, automatic

On the Light Side: Optical Sensors Aid Oil Drilling

November 17, 2008 10:00 am | by Alfred Poor, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

If you’re not familiar with the modern oil industry, you might think that drilling for oil still resembles the scene in the movie “Giant”, where James Dean’s character hits a classic Texas gusher. The truth is that it’s much harder than that to get oil out of the ground these days. Most of the oil exists in a solid form, trapped in rock crevices or layers of sand. And oil drilling companies are using light to help get it out.

PCIe Switches Integrate DMA Engine

November 17, 2008 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering configurable ports ranging from x1 to x8, PLX Technology’s ExpressLane PEX 8619 (16 lanes and ports), PEX 8615 (12 lanes and ports), and PEX 8609 (8 lanes and ports) PCIe Gen2-compliant switches incorporate a direct memory access (DMA) engine. The components provide 4 DMA channels supporting data transfers between I/O devices connected to any of the available ports while maintaining independence from the transparent switch functionality with

Fuses Function in Extended Temperature Range

November 17, 2008 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Receiving UL and CSA approval, Littelfuse’s 438 Series 0603-size SMT fuses operate in a temperature range from -55°C to 150°C without nuisance tripping. The RoHS-compliant devices exhibit current ratings from 250 mA to 6 A, a nominal melting rate of up to 1.38 A at 6 A, and a maximum fault rating (interrupt rating) of 50 A. The Pb- and halogen-free components are appropriate for


Control ICs Suit Lighting Ballast Apps

November 17, 2008 8:31 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating a half-bridge driver, International Rectifier’s IRS2530D DIM8 and IRS2158D 600-V control ICs target energy-efficient dimming fluorescent lighting ballast applications. The 8-pin DIP- or SOIC-packaged IRS2530D DIM8 presents a high-voltage pin, DC dim input voltage reference, and AC lamp current feedback, internal non-ZVS protection, and internal crest factor

White SSLD Handles 150 mA

November 17, 2008 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting current-mode buck/boost DC/DC control, ROHM Electronics’ BD8113EFV-E2 dual-channel white SSLD drives up to 150 mA of constant current per channel. The Pb-free HTSSOP-B24-packaged component offers a maximum input voltage of 36 V, a supply voltage range from 5 V to 30 V, and an operating temperature range from -40°C to 105°C. The driver presents

Digitizers Hold 256 MB per Channel

November 17, 2008 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sustaining up to 2 GS/s real-time sampling rates, National Instruments’ 500-MHz NI PXI-5153 and NI PCI-5153, and 1-GHz NI PCI-5154 digitizers store up to 256 MB of deep onboard memory per channel. The instruments use T-Clock technology for integration with other instrumentation, such as arbitrary waveform generators and digital waveform generator/analyzers. The devices can be synchronized to build systems with up to 34 channels in a single PXI chassis, all simultaneously

Flow Sensor Works at 80°C

November 17, 2008 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for OEMs requiring NSF approval and PPO reinforced materials, Gems Sensors & Controls’ FT-330 turbine flow sensor functions at temperatures up to 80°C (176°F). The instrument couples a 316 SS shaft and Delrin bearings to perform measurements during quick dispensing cycles. The component is constructed with over-molded electronics and a plastic design for

Semiconductor Highlight: Solutions for Complex DC/DC Power Conversion Needs

November 17, 2008 6:03 am | by Ingrid Kugler & Alfred Hesener, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

In embedded DC-DC converters in industrial applications like test and measurement equipment or embedded computing, the system architecture can be quite complex, with many different output voltage and current, ripple, EMI and power sequencing requirements. This article will explore the impact of the choice of the converter power stages in DC-DC applications.


Connectors Present EPP-918A Coating

November 17, 2008 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing pore blocking and lubricating properties, Stewart Connectors’ RJ11 and RJ45 modular connectors have a EPP-918A (Environmentally Protective Product) coating for moisture, humidity, dirt, chemical, and corrosion resistance. The products suit FTTH (fiber to the home), industrial Ethernet, and outdoor network and communications equipment, as well as military field

Toggle Switches Offer Function Options

November 17, 2008 4:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enduring for over 10,000 electrical life cycles, Phaseda’s MS Series toggle switches exhibit function options including single- and double-pole, on/off, on/on, on/off/on, and momentary. The RoHS-compliant devices demonstrate a UL rating of 5 A at 125 VAC, and have solder lug


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