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ZAP Cars Go Zoom Zoom Zoom

July 11, 2007 7:04 am | Blogs | Comments

Productive Product: We last gave an update on electric sports cars three months ago but now we're hearing about ZAP ("Zero Air Pollution") which is promising a $60,000 crossover SUV that goes 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and can travel 350 miles with one charge.


Low Cost I/O Expansion for Embedded Designs

July 11, 2007 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic announced a line of low-cost I/O expansion boards called Serial Peripheral eXpansion (SPX ) modules. The SPX format provides designers with an easy-to-implement I/O expansion platform for both standard and custom functions. The format uses a proprietary implementation of the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) Bus that operates at high speed on a simple 14-pin interconnect cable. Initial SPX offerings include an 8-Channel Analog Input module, CANbus controller, 4-Channel Analog Output module

Shell CEO: Conservation's Good, Not Forever

July 11, 2007 5:59 am | Blogs | Comments

Energy News: Pressed recently about the need for alternative energy research, Exxon's CEO persisted on a traditional tack: "We're in the business of oil and gas." But Shell's CEO is being more progressive. "Well, you won't see me in an SUV. And I've just installed solar electricity panels on my roof," he told U.S. News & World Report.


Sampling Oscilloscope Probes Second Generation PCI Express, Serial ATA, XAUI and 10 Gigabit Ethernet

July 10, 2007 12:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LeCroy Corporation introduces WaveExpert 100H, said to be the first sampling oscilloscope capable of acquiring, measuring and processing signals that cannot be physically probed. It addresses the analysis and compliance requirements of the long serial data patterns required by standards such as second generation PCI Express, serial ATA, XAUI and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The modular architecture supports up to four optical or electrical channels with bandwidths up to 100 GHz, as well as

High-Flow Temperature Forcing System

July 10, 2007 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Thermonics, Inc. announces the T-2500HFE precision temperature forcing system (PTFS) that provides increased air flow to control temperatures of high power electronic components and parallel component testing. The system controls device temperatures with power consumption of up to 140W to within ±1°C.

Digital Power Meters

July 10, 2007 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Chroma ATE, Inc. announces its series 66200 digital power meter that is designed for accurate AC power measurements. The internal 16-bit analog/digital converters provide high speed sampling rates up to 240 KHz. In addition to standard power measurements, these power meters include inrush current, total harmonic Distortion of V/I and energy measurements.

Temperature Meter with Audible Buzzer

July 10, 2007 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering introduces its DP7000 temperature meter that offers a wide temperature range, two selectable alarm settings and an internal buzzer that indicates alarm condition or error. The user can define set-point, ON/OFF heating/cooling regulation, alarm configuration, load status and ambient probe adjustment.

Calibration Software Enhances RF Device Accuracy

July 10, 2007 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cascade Microtech announces its WinCal XE calibration software to help semiconductor labs create more accurate high-frequency RF device models. The 16-term calibration eliminates certain undesired measurement parasitic effects, thus enabling more accurate device models and shorter design cycle times. Its flexible design and open architecture allow innovations and capabilities to be added quickly to the software.


Data Acquisition Box for Harsh Applications

July 10, 2007 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hacker-DatenTechnik announces its MF16080-T series of small portable USB data acquisition boxes with an extended temperature range of -40°C to +105°C that are usable for a range of industrial, offshore and military applications. For OEM applications the inside PCB is also available separately with an extended temperature range of -40°C to +120°C.

Single Platform Emulation and Conformance-Test Software

July 10, 2007 11:56 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies, Inc. announces its single platform protocol emulation and conformance testing of bidirectional forwarding detection (BFD). The N2X multi-services test software ensured that routers conform to the new IETF BFD recommendations and meet scalability requirements.

Linear Movement Redundant Sensor

July 10, 2007 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

MTS Systems Corp. Sensors Division introduces a redundant version of its G-Series Temposonics sensors that offer maximum safety in critical applications. Designated the GT, this sensor measures critical variables by means of two or three independent measurement systems in a single compact sensor housing.

Magnetic Rotary Encoder IC

July 10, 2007 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems introduces its AS5046, a 12-bit resolution magnetic rotary encoder that offers rotation, tilt and vertical distance detection of a magnet placed above the IC. The device can detect vertical distances over several millimeters for contactless, multi-axis human interface devices, such as navigational knobs.

Sealed Encoders for Harsh Environments

July 10, 2007 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

BEI introduced the ES encoder series, a line of environmentally sealed encoders designed for harsh industrial applications. Through the use of a magnetic hub, these rugged incremental encoders are completely enclosed and sealed. The hub is installed on the equipment’s mating shaft, leaving a small air gap between it and the encoder, isolating the encoder from high shock and vibration and makes them highly tolerant of shaft misalignment.  With an IP67 rating, the encoders are completely protected from environmental fluids, dust, dirt, grime, and even water immersions. They are suitable for


Relay Actuator and Isolated Digital Input Card

July 10, 2007 11:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The eAutomation Group of Advantech introduces the PCI-1763UP relay actuator and isolated digital input card with eight optically-isolated digital inputs with isolation protection of 2,500V DC for collecting digital inputs in noisy environments and eight relay actuators for serving as ON/OFF control devices or small power switches.

Boundary Elastic Surface Acoustic Wave (BEL SAW) Filter

July 10, 2007 10:43 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics North America introduces its small Boundary Elastic Surface Acoustic Wave (BEL SAW) filter that measures 0.8 mm × 0.6 mm × .365 mm, making it suitable for the mobile phone market. It does not need a cavity, and it achieves the same high tolerance capabilities as traditional filters while assuring the identical thermal-shock tolerance of semiconductors.


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