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Connectors and Headers Perform in Multiple Apps

October 16, 2008 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting high-volume applications, 3M’s 95x Series board-to-board stacking connectors and box headers function in industrial control units, home appliances, handheld test and measurement devices, and computing market segments. The 10 µ” gold devices comply with requirements for IEC Performance Class 3 items and RoHS regulations from the EU and

Development Kit Creates CAN Networks

October 16, 2008 8:00 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Utilizing Renesas’ High-performance Embedded Workshop (HEW), Arrow Electronics’ RCDK8C CAN development kit builds and monitors CAN networks. The product consists of 2 RSK-R8C boards, a multi-plug DC power supply, 2 2-line LCDs, Sys Tec CAN Sniffer bus analyzer, 6 ft mini-USB and USB cables, E8 on-chip debugger, and a CD-ROM quick start guide. The kit presents

Filter Fans Keep Out Dust and Water

October 16, 2008 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using the design of the intake and exhaust fan hoods, Omega Engineering’s Series FF018 filter fans prevent direct infiltration of falling dust and water. The CE-compliant instrument provides an axial fan, a self-adhesive seal on the mounting frame, and air channeling for quiet operation. The filter material shows temperature resistance to 100°C and moisture resistance to


Analyzer Detects Chemicals

October 16, 2008 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Containing an oven-less gas chromatographic separation module and a microDMx sensor, Sionex’s microAnalyzer trace chemical detector system detects, identifies, and measures minute quantities of chemicals in the air or vaporized liquids at the point of collection. The 9.50” × 5.25” × 3.50” device includes a touchscreen display showing target compounds, concentrations, and alarm notification with a separate


Digital Temperature Sensor Achieves High Accuracy

October 16, 2008 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Monitoring automotive system temperature from -40°C to 175°C, National Semiconductor’s LM95172Q digital temperature sensor delivers ±1°C accuracy between 130°C and 160°C. The AEC-Q100 Grade 0-qualified component uses a serial peripheral interface (SPI), a MICROWIRE bus interface, and a 16-bit sigma-delta ADC. The thermal management sensor presents

Schottky Diode Comes in SOD-923 Packaging

October 15, 2008 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 0.026” × 0.043” × 0.016” (0.650 mm × 1.100 mm × 0.410 mm), Central Semiconductor’s CMAD6263 70 V 15 mA Schottky diode performs in a SOD-923 package. The integrated circuit demonstrates a maximum VF of 410 mV at 1 mA (395 mV typ.), typical reverse leakage current of 98 nA at 50 V (200 nA max.), and power dissipation of

Isolation Amplifiers Possess High CMR

October 15, 2008 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meeting 8 mm creepage and clearance requirements, Avago Technologies’ ACPL-C780, ACPL-C780, and ACPL-C784 isolation amplifiers present a CMR of 15 kV/µs at 1,000 V VCM. The SO-8-packaged components display gain temperature drift of 0.00025 V/V/°C, input offset voltage of 0.30000 mV, and 0.00040% nonlinearity using advanced sigma-delta A/D

Pulse Pattern Generators Present Selectable Operation Modes

October 15, 2008 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Including a front panel GUI interface and GPIB/USB programmability, Picosecond Pulse Labs’ 12000 Series pulse pattern generators offer user-selectable operation modes while sharing a similar mechanical configuration. The Model 12000 offers an output up to 40 V with programmable


Embedded Workbench Provides Debug Tools

October 15, 2008 9:30 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

With support to handle trace packets sent over the SWO channel, version 5.20 of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM is an integrated development environment (IDE) for building and debugging embedded applications. The user can configure the types of packets that should be displayed by IAR C-SPY debugger. A multi-file compilation feature allows the compiler to treat several files as one compilation unit

Development Board Features Programmable Chip

October 15, 2008 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Powered from the host workstation’s USB port, the XC-1 development board from XMOS features the XS1-G4 programmable chip. The chip incorporates four 32-bit, XCore event-driven processors and can execute up to 32 simultaneous real-time tasks and managing up to 400 million events per second. Features include 1600 MIPS performance, 256 Kbytes of RAM, and 32 Kbytes of ROM

SSLDs Exhibit Adjustable Output Current

October 15, 2008 9:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Having a nominal output current set by a resistor, Diodes Incorporated’s ZXLD-1352, ZXLD-1356, and ZXLD-1366 continuous mode SSLDs deliver adjustable output currents of 350 mA, 550 mA, and 1 A, respectively, by applying a PWM or DC voltage control signal. The 3 mm² ZXLD1356/1366 present typical output current accuracy of better than

Gearmotors Supply High Continuous Torque

October 15, 2008 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting gear ratios of 19:1. 28:1, and 56:1, Bison Gear & Engineering’s VWDIR40 parallel shaft AC gearmotors show continuous torque output ratings of 287 in./lbs, 400 in./lbs, and 800 in./lbs. (32.4 N-m, 45.2 N-m, and 90.4 N-m), respectively. The UL- and CSA-recognized instruments run at corresponding output speeds of 92 rpm, 62 rpm, and 31 rpm, respectively. The 373 W

Connector System Passes MFG Testing

October 15, 2008 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering power to a tunable laser, Advanced Interconnections’ Mezza-pede 1 mm SMT connector system passes mixed flowing gas (MFG) testing for use in 1 mm pitch micro board-to-board and flex cable-to-board applications. The RoHS-compliant device presents a mated height of 4 mm, a pin and lead frame design, and screw-machined terminals with multi-finger contacts having a


Embedded Systems: Kits for Kids

October 15, 2008 6:17 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

I'll begin this column with a recommendation: Start kits with a set of basic hand tools. When my son went to college, he had tools to hang pictures, connect TV sets and CD players, and tighten desks and shelves. As a result, he met most of the people on his co-ed floor. When our daughter went to college she got a tool kit, too. I suggest Phillips and flat-blade screwdrivers, pliers, diagonal cutters, wire strippers and a couple of adjustable wrenches...


Inductors Suit LAN Applications

October 15, 2008 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Isolating and suppressing common-mode and differential-mode interference, Epcos’ AS249, AS247, and AS066 magnetic inductor modules perform in LAN applications, such as 10/100 Base-T, 1000 Base-T, and PoE. The components demonstrate insertion loss of -1 dB, return loss of -16 dB, crosstalk of -40 dB, and electrical isolation withstanding a breakdown voltage of


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