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LEDs Combine SMT with Through-hole Features and Capabilities

July 29, 2008 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announced a line of surface-mount LEDs that are positioned to combine surface-mount technology (SMT) with the features and capabilities of through-hole, leaded T-5 mm epoxy lens LEDs. OctoLEDs devices offer brightness levels of up to 7,000 mcd (dependent on color) when driven by the common If of 20 mA. OctoLEDs SML-H1505xxx-TR can be used in applications such as front panel, PCB multi-LED and industrial control or fault indicators.

Software Operates on LynuxWorks

July 29, 2008 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Working on LynuxWorks LynxOS 4.2 and LynxOS 5.0 real-time operating systems, Aonix’s PERC Ultra 5.1 cross development and target support software sets the name of each LynxOS thread to match the corresponding Java thread name for thread-aware tools, such as LynuxWorks’ SpyKer Embedded System

Data Logger Offers Versatility in Geotechnical Applications

July 29, 2008 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering versatility in geotechnical applications, the DT80G and DT85G from CAS DataLogger, are two dataTaker GeoLoggers that work with a host of geotechnical sensors including extensometers, piezometers, inclinometers, strain gauges, pressure cells, crack meters, tilt meters and also support


Miniature Controller Delivers Complete IP Connectivity

July 29, 2008 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering complete IP connectivity and security in a small form factor, the CO2144 from Connect One, is the latest addition to the iChipSEC family of machine-to-machine IP Controllers. This 10 x 10 mm chip supports wireless LAN and cellular standards making it suitable for


Supplies Perform at 48 VDC Output

July 28, 2008 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Operating with output voltages of 12 and 48 VDC, SolaHD’s SDN16-12-100P, SDN9-12-100P and SDN5-48-100P single-phase DIN Rail power supplies offer sag immunity, transient suppression and noise tolerance. The Power Factor Correction-designed devices are well suited for industrial process controls, machine tools and other equipment exposed to a harsh factory floor environment, including Class 1, Div. 2 hazardous

Design Suite Employs Filter Software

July 28, 2008 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using filter synthesis and analysis software from Nuhertz Technologies, AWR’s Microwave Office design suite directly integrates “delay equalization with off-axis quadruplet and real zeros”. According to the company, the program reduces required computation

Low-Chlorine Content Resin Targets Halogen-free Products

July 28, 2008 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ticona Engineering Polymers announced a new grade of Fortron PPS that reduces the amount of chlorine contained in the formulation, thereby enabling electrical and electronic component original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers to design and make products that will comply with

Semiconductor Highlight: Using A Current Monitor

July 28, 2008 10:01 am | by Peter Abiodun A. Bode, Senior Applications Engineer, Zetex Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, precision full wave rectifiers1 used in a range of instrumentation applications have employed between 7 and 9 discrete circuit components.  These are typically 2 op-amps, 2 diodes and 3 to 5 resistors.  This article will show that an alternative approach, using a standard current monitor IC, reduces the component count to just five and greatly simplifies circuit configuration and produces a more elegant overall solution.


Industry Focus: Defining Distributor Design

July 28, 2008 9:10 am | by Chris Keuling, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The electronics distributor plays an important role in the electronic components industry, selling engineers the components and subsystems they need to use in their designs. A growing number of distributors also provide value-added services such as design support to their customers. With the combined pressure of the shrinking design cycle and expanded technology availability, it’s important for engineers to be able to talk to someone who can help them throughout the design process. We recently cold-called a number of major distributors without identifying ourselves as press and simply asked what design services they perform.


OMAP3530-Based Development Board Features Cortex-A8 Graphics

July 28, 2008 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating an ARM Cortex-A8 graphics engine and high-performance TMS320C64x+ DSP core, the Beagle Board development platform (part number 296-23428-ND) from Digi-Key provides developers an environment with the same peripherals and usage mode for flexible USB and standard PC expansion. The 3 x 3-inch board’s 600-MHz superscalar graphics chip has branch prediction and multiple instruction pipelines

Moving forward

July 28, 2008 7:30 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor in Chief | Articles | Comments

Change is a key word in our industry. Technology has progressed so far so fast it is amazing to see how far we have come in such a relatively short time. We are swept downstream in the relentless river of development, buffeted by currents from so many quarters the pattern seems random. Disruptive technologies shove us in one direction as convergence tips us in another...


Design Talk: Technology Solutions

July 28, 2008 6:30 am | Articles | Comments

Failures of semiconductor ICs are typically due to overvoltage or overcurrent for a given junction temperature. This overvoltage can be caused by an external factor or an uncontrolled switching inductance. The overcurrent failure can be caused by excess junction temperature due to excessive power losses and a poor thermal path or an abnormal load current. It is typical for a failure report to state Electrical Over Stress(EOS).


Transceiver Integrates DC-DC Converter

July 25, 2008 8:36 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating a DC-DC converter to supply isolated power, Analog Devices’ ADM3251E RS-232 transceiver includes a serial communications interface for use in harsh HVAC, industrial and medical applications. The Pb-free 13 × 10.56-mm 20-lead SMT-packaged device integrates a line driver, line receiver, oscillator, rectifier, regulator, voltage doubler, voltage inverter and transformers into a single-chip


Enclosures Target Handheld Electronics

July 25, 2008 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Having designs dedicated to desktop and handheld electronics, TEKO Enclosures’ TEKBOX range of keypad enclosures are appropriate for applications such as data entry keypad devices for point-of-sale, test and measurement, medical and computer equipment. The 3.70" × 6.30” × 1.43” TEKBOX-SLANT and 6.30” × 3.70” × 1.43” TEKBOX-SLOPE include sloping front keypads, contacts for


MOSFETs Yield 1.5 A Output Current

July 25, 2008 7:26 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Generating a peak output current of 1.5 A, Microchip Technology’s MCP1415 and MCP1416 single-output MOSFET drivers operate over a voltage range from 4.5 to 18 V. The inverting MCP1415 and non-inverting MCP1416 come in a 5-pin SOT-23 package and have excellent latch-up immunity. The devices are well suited in consumer



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