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Optical-fiber Signal Conditioner Modules

July 31, 2007 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

FISO Technologies introduced a new generation of optical-fiber signal conditioner modules, combined with a new Evolution table-top platform. The FPI-HR signal conditioners are suitable for laboratory and OEM applications. Each optical module is integrated inside a housing shell providing system protection and ease of integration. In addition, each module includes a RS-232 and RS-485 communication port as well as analog outputs (0V to 5V or 4 mA to 20 mA).

Crosspoint Switches Provide Low Power and Flexibility for High-Speed Applications

July 31, 2007 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced two crosspoint switches supporting data rates up to 4.25Gbps. The 4 × 4 and 2 × 2 switches provide a desirable combination of high speed, low power and low jitter performance for applications such as XAUI signal buffering/muxing, backplane redundancy and high-speed network routing in end equipment such as wireless base stations and IP network routers.

Intelligent Power Modules for Energy Efficiency, Reliability in Home Appliance Motors

July 30, 2007 12:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Infineon Technologies AG introduced a family of integrated intelligent power modules that contain nearly all of the semiconductor components required to drive electronically controlled variable-speed electric motors. The CiPoS (Control Integrated Power System) modules are designed to enable energy-efficient operation of consumer appliances such as washing machines and air conditioners, offering efficiencies of up to 94 percent.

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Energy Harvesting Wireless Strain Sensing Modules

July 30, 2007 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroStrain announced that its energy harvesting wireless strain sensing modules have been released for sale. The company asserts its sensing systems will operate indefinitely -- without the need for batteries -- by converting the component’s cyclic strains into DC power using piezoelectric materials. The miniaturized energy harvesting sensing nodes, called ESG-LINK, feature a precision time keeper, non-volatile memory for on-board data logging and frequency agile IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver.

Wire-to-Board 0.6 mm Pitch Insulation Displacement Connector Said to be World’s Smallest

July 30, 2007 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The XSR Series Wire-to-Board connector from JST Corp. is said to be the world’s smallest 0.6 mm pitch insulation displacement (ID) connector for discrete wires. This connector has a mounting height of 1.45 mm and a depth of 3 mm. The twin U-slot along with a new design approach for wire strain relief ensures a reliable contact/connector system. It features a secure locking design between the socket housing and PCB assembly

Development Platform and Production-ready Module Enable Key Deterministic Industrial Standards in COM Express

July 30, 2007 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale is introducing an all-in-one networking platform for industrial markets featuring Power Architecture technology and delivered in the COM Express form factor. The platform’s MPC8360E PowerQUICC II Pro processor is said to meet or exceed the performance of ASICs and FPGAs and support control and communications processing tasks on a single device. It also integrates QUICC Engine communications controller technology for desirable programmability and the ability to support evolving

IP Gateway Products Fuse ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Cellular for Drop-in Networking

July 30, 2007 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digi International introduced the ConnectPort X line of gateways that provide seamless connectivity of ZigBee, Wi-Fi, cellular and Ethernet traffic to centralized applications and databases. They also support GPS and 1 GB of local storage. The product family is augmented by new families of XBee adapters and wall routers that provide end-device connectivity and network extension. “Drop-in Networking” devices provide end-to-end wireless connectivity to commercial grade electronic devices in locations where wired infrastructure doesn’t exist or satisfy customer needs.

Dual-Purpose 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel SAN Tester and Protocol Analyzer

July 30, 2007 11:20 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced what is said to be the industry's only dual-purpose SAN tester and protocol analyzer for 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC). Combining realistic network stimulus of the SAN tester application with sophisticated protocol analysis and troubleshooting capabilities allows engineers to speed up the design and development of next-generation storage devices. The module helps storage equipment manufactures conduct realistic tests on their device under test (DUT) early in the development and qualification cycle

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Decrease Processor Power Consumption using a CPLD

July 30, 2007 8:23 am | by Mark Ng, Xilinx, Inc. | Articles | Comments

One of the most critical factors in designing handheld, portable electronics today is reducing overall system power consumption. With increased consumer expectations, portable devices require longer battery life and higher performance. Even power reductions on the order of 10 mW are crucial to portable system designers and manufacturers.

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RoHS: One Year Later

July 30, 2007 8:09 am | by Zulki Khan, president, NexLogic Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The industry’s conversion from leaded (eutectic) to lead-free has been slow. The industry perception prior to July 2006 was a virtual overnight switch to lead-free.  However, today many OEMs still have a “don’t care, wait and see attitude” since they’re either RoHS-exempt at this time or don’t sell into Europe.

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Kits for Kids

July 30, 2007 7:57 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

As a youngster I enjoyed wiring up circuits with knife switches, lamps, buzzers and large dry cells. While in high school I made frequent trips to surplus-electronics stores in New York City and ordered components from mail-order supply houses. My projects included a 4-bit binary adder -- built from switches and relays -- and a tic-tac-toe machine. I also built my share of kits from Knight, Eico and Heath. My friend Bill Kuhn designed and built relay-logic learning machines.

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High Power Wirewound Resistors

July 30, 2007 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics, Inc. announced additions to its line of resistors. Round Silicone wirewound ceramic resistors in 1W, 3W, 5W, and 10W Versions feature a high temperature silicone coating with complete welded construction, and provide stability in operation and exhibit a high power to size ratio. Fixed vitreous wirewound types in

Programmable Gain Amplifier

July 30, 2007 4:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corporation introduced what is said to be the industry’s highest-precision programmable gain amplifier (PGA). The LMP8100A delivers guaranteed 0.03 percent gain accuracy using a software adjustable gain (in 1V/V increments) from 1V/V to 16V/V over the full industrial temperature range of -40°C to 125°C. The company also offers the LMP8100 semi-precision grade PGA, which provides guaranteed 0.075 percent gain accuracy over the -40°C to

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Photosynthesis Impacts Alternative Energy

July 27, 2007 12:05 pm | Blogs | Comments

Energy News: Researchers found bacteria that can transform light into chemical energy -- a method of photosynthesis still not completely understood by science, but which could become an energy windfall if it's duplicatable by industry. The discovery happened at the famed Yellowstone National Park. The bacterium has "light-harvesting antennae known as chlorosomes

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AdvancedTCA Chassis for Cost-Sensitive Applications

July 26, 2007 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Asis North America announced its Effective Series AdvancedTCA chassis, available in AC or DC versions and two-, five- and 14-slot configurations. Effective Series 2 and 5-slot versions are available with removable top cover making them an ideal development platform. Its cooling system implements a pressurized-only cooling method and uses the latest fan and airflow technologies. The system has been verified to meet more than the 200W per slot requirement, while

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