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Low-Power is Life Saver for Medical Electronics Devices

November 11, 2008 11:24 am | by Steve Kennelly, Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Designers of portable medical devices face unique challenges. Their chosen field is known for regulatory scrutiny, protracted design and life cycles, and a need for unparalleled robustness in the finished product. In addition, design objectives that are common to all electronics can have special significance when it comes to medical devices. For example, low power consumption is always an objective for designers of portable electronics. Less power means a smaller and lighter battery, which enhances portability.


VCO Yields -104 dBc/Hz Phase Noise

November 11, 2008 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Functioning from 3,901 MHz to 4,101 MHz, Crystek’s CVC055CC-3901-4101 VCO exhibits a typical phase noise of -104 dBc/Hz at an offset of 10 KHz. The 0.5” × 0.5” SMT component demonstrates a control voltage range from 0.1 V to ~16 V, typical output power of 5 dBm, input voltage of 8 V, and a maximum current consumption of 40 mA. Pulling and pushing are

Fasteners Join Metal Components

November 11, 2008 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pairing with a compatible wave washer, PennEngineering’s PEM SpotFast Type SFW self-clinching fasteners create a flush-attachment connection between two thin metal parts in applications requiring repeatable pivoting or hinging action. The steel components have zinc plating with lubricant, can attach dissimilar metals or sheets with different thicknesses, and work in steel or


PDUs Monitor Critical Functions

November 11, 2008 9:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using a data center-grade transformer, Power Distribution’s Wavestar 400 kVA, 625 kVA, and 750 kVA power distribution units (PDUs) display PDU critical functions and the Branch Circuit Monitoring System (BCMS) in a single monitor. The Wavestart monitoring system can also provide these points remotely to the building management system via Modbus or SNMP. The devices offer an input voltage of 480 VAC at 60 Hz, input current from 481 A to 903 A at 480 VAC, output voltage of

Oscilloscopes Present High Sample Rates

November 11, 2008 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating from 60 MHz to 200 MHz, RIGOL Technologies’ DS1000B Series four-channel sampling oscilloscopes demonstrate a real-time sample rate of up to 2 GSa/s and an equivalent sample rate of up to 50 GSa/s. The LXI-certified instruments exhibit one-touch automatic setup, a proprietary ASIC front end, digital filtering, pass/fail testing, record and playback, and I/O capabilities, such as

Relay Exhibits Small Footprint

November 11, 2008 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting test and measurement equipment, Panasonic Electric Works’ SON (Small Outline No-lead) Series PhotoMOS relays come in a 2.95 mm × 2.20 mm × 1.40 mm package. The ceramic-constructed components come with gold-plated leads, side solder fillets, and a MSL 2 rating. The product lineup consists of the CxR5 C-type with a load voltage of 25 V, and


Ultrasonic Sensor Withstands Harsh Environments

November 11, 2008 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using an IP67 (NEMA 6) housing and fully-encapsulated electronics, Banner Engineering’s T30UX U-GAGE-housed ultrasonic sensor performs in hostile environments. Applications include liquid level monitoring in tanks; Web loop control, slurry monitoring in vats; clear bottle detection; automotive glass detection, and repeatable detection of targets of various color. The device offers a sensing range from 100 mm to 3 m, a single analog or user-configurable discrete output, and

PCI Express Interface Adds Two RS Ports

November 11, 2008 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

With 128-byte FIFOs, a two-port PCI Express serial interface adapter (the COMM+2.PCIe) from Sealevel Systems supports 9-bit framing and is software compatible with legacy 16550 UART applications. The serial ports on the COMM+2.PCIe are individually configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485. The 14.7456 MHz oscillator and the UART’s flexible clock prescaler support standard


Negative Mode LCDs Fit 1/8 DIN Designs

November 11, 2008 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suiting rackmount, instrumentation, medical equipment, industrial indoor meters, and control applications, Denistron’s LMR5429 Series negative mode LCDs can fit into the 96 mm × 48 mm form factor of 1/8 DIN panel meter applications. The devices offer a 240 × 64 display format, viewing area of 82 mm (W) x 24 mm (H), dot size of 0.29 mm², viewing angle of


Desktop Platforms Support Intel Technology

November 11, 2008 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor with Intel QuickAssist Technology, the PL-10540 and PL-10550 desktop platforms from WIN Enterprises are designed for SOHO/SMB network management and network security applications, such as firewall, VPN, anti-spam, anti-virus, and intrusion detection & prevention. The platforms support 4 GbE and 5 GbE LAN capability, respectively

Compiler Gets More DMIPS/MHz

November 10, 2008 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting Silicon Labs’ 8051 MCU family, Hi-Tech Software’s HI-TECH C PRO “omniscient code generation” (OCG) compiler uses Silicon Labs’ Dhrystone V1.1 benchmark and a 22.11 MHz clock to achieve 55.40% more DMIPS/MHz in a 49% smaller code size than other non-OCG compilers in its class, according to the company. The ANSI C program collects comprehensive data on every register, stack, pointer, object, and variable declaration across the entire program, and uses the information to

Embedded Evaluation Kit Contains LCD Display

November 10, 2008 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Including a Cyclone III EP3C25 FPGA with 25,000 logic elements, Altera’s Nios II embedded evaluation kit (Cyclone III edition) comes with a 800 × 480 touchscreen LCD display. The product comprises of 32 MB DDR SDRAM, 1 MB SRAM, 16 MB Flash, an SD card, a 24-bit CD-quality audio codec with line-in, line-out, and mic-in jacks; RS-232 and PS/2 mouse/keyboard

DC/DC Power Supplies Show High Power Density

November 10, 2008 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a 31.75 mm × 20.32 mm × 10.16 mm DIP package, Aimtec’s AM12T-Z and AM12TW-Z Series DC/DC power supplies exhibit a power density that produces up to 12 W/in². The devices come in 2:1 voltage ranges from 9 VDC to 18 VDC, 18 VDC to 36 VDC, and 36 VDC to 75 VDC, and 4:1 input ranges from 9 VDC to ~36 VDC and 18 VDC to ~75 VDC. The RoHS-compliant


Patch Cord Identifier Uses Color Clips and LED Lights

November 10, 2008 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating 2 plastic optical fibers built into Cat5, Cat6, and Cat6a patch cords, Mitsubishi International’s PatchSee patch cord identifier employs LED light injection. This enables users to identify and secure both ends of a patch cord without tracing cables or disconnections causing “line-down” conditions. The device helps define various cable line functions by

Brian Halla talks about the future at electronica

November 10, 2008 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor’s ( CEO, Brian Halla, spoke today at a press conference on the eve of electronica 2008 in Munich about the future of technology and National Semiconductor’s role in it. He spoke about the power of convergence, the importance of analog, and the Next Big Thing.


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