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CES 2009 Day 1

January 9, 2009 12:46 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

So far, the big themes this year seem to be Green Technology and 3D. 3D Technology has been around for decades, mainly as a gimmick in movie theaters, but it may finally have come of age. Most of the major manufacturers have 3D tech on display, and filmmaker James Cameron (Titanic) is partnering with Panasonic to use 3D tech on his new movie, Avatar. This Editor tried out the various 3D displays, and they seemed leagues ahead of their gimmicky ancestors. As always, enjoy!


Digital Line Voltage Monitor Protects Single-Phase Equipment

January 8, 2009 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Field-adjusting parameters via a push of a button, ICM Controls’ ICM492 digital line voltage monitor shields single-phase equipment against low and high voltage conditions and rapid short-cycling. The instrument continuously checks incoming line voltage for faults, displays rms voltage on a backlit digital display, and offers adjustable over and under voltage settings. The device includes an adjustable anti-short cycle time delay, control

Temperature Sensor Features Foul Proof Probe

January 8, 2009 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring an enclosed foul proof probe tip that permits operation in bio-fuel and diesel engine applications, the EGT Diesel Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensor from The Sensor Connection is a type K thermocouple


Lithium Coin Cell Holders Withstand Shock and Vibration

January 8, 2009 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using dual-spring contacts, Keystone Electronics’ 1054 and 1054TR #2450 lithium coin cells holders retain cells under shock and vibration in high-density applications for PCB requirements. The polarized devices may be used with most vacuum and mechanical pick-and-place assemblies, and are supplied in bulk and on tape and

RF Power Transistors Function over UHF Band

January 8, 2009 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using the High Voltage Vertical Field Effect Transistor (HVVFET) architecture, HVVi Semiconductors’ HVV0405-175 and HVV0912-150 RF power transistors operate across the UHF frequency band from 420 MHz to 470 MHz and 960 MHz to 1,215 MHz, respectively. The 175-W HVV0405-175 exhibits 25-dB gain at

Design Tool Targets Embedded Systems

January 8, 2009 6:22 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

Offering code generation, simulation and test, and formal verification, IAR Systems’ IAR visualSTATE 6.20 design tool is suitable for designing, testing and implementing embedded applications based on state chart diagrams in the medical and industrial control sectors. The program provides verification and validation utilities, generates C/C++ code that is 100% consistent with the system design, and integrates with the


Gearmotors Offer Wide Operating Range

January 8, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rated at 1/20 hp (37.3 W) at 230 V/60 Hz/3-phase, Bison Gear & Engineering’s 107 Series Verdant Duty gearmotors present an operating range from 6 to 90 Hz to provide a 15:1 range of adjustable output speeds in applications requiring no maintenance. The products contain totally enclosed, non-ventilated (TENV) AC motors, and exhibit

Medical Power Supplies Provide Various Protections

January 8, 2009 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Complying with UL/EN 60601-1 and CSA C22.2 No. 601.1 medical standards, Tumbler Technologies + TRUMPower’s TM650 Series AC/DC switching power supplies demonstrate PFC, PFD, remote inhibit, remote sense, overvoltage, overcurrent, and thermal protections. The 5” × 10.5” × 2.5” products exhibit withstand voltages of


Storage Chokes Serve Renewable Energy Sector

January 8, 2009 4:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Obtaining an efficiency of ~99%, Premo EMC’s AIC Series single- and 3-phase storage chokes are designed to operate in inverter applications in the renewable energy sector. The devices exhibit an operation frequency from 2.5 KVA to 100 KVA, operating frequency of up to 25 KHz, and inductances from 250 mH to 6 mH. The 250- and

Light Sources Illuminate Daylight-Appearing Light

January 8, 2009 4:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering a ballast configurable to a 14-W or a 9.5-W setting, Welch Allyn’s Solarc NGX metal halide light sources produce daylight-appearing light in industrial, medical, and analytical applications. The 14-W devices exhibit 1,000-lm output, 6,900K color temperature, and a median lamp life of 350 hours. The 9.5-W unit demonstrates 500-lm


Watchdog Timer IC Prevents Automatic Reset Generation

January 7, 2009 8:04 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Operating over a temperature range from -40°C to 125°C, STMicroelectronics’ STWD100 watchdog timer IC is designed to prevent automatic reset generation during in-system programming or boot-up. The device offers timeout periods of 3.4 ms, 6.3 ms, 102 ms, or 1.6 s, push-pull or open-drain active-low output configurations, and 2-mm × 2.1-mm 5-pin SC70-5 or 2.8-mm × 2.8-mm SOT23-5 packaging. The component operates in


In-Circuit Programmer Serves Renesas Devices

January 7, 2009 6:51 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Offering Ethernet, USB, and Serial ports, P&E Microcomputer Systems’ Cyclone for Renesas standalone in-circuit programmer communicates with a device using the control protocol of the target processor. The product completes programming operations in one touch, once configured, and allows for a transition to the production environments via

Fan Heaters Utilize Built-in Temperature Limiter

January 7, 2009 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a DIN rail, panel, or foot mountable formats, Omega Engineering’s CR030/130 Series fan heaters uses a built-in temperature limiter. The CE-compliant product offers an integrated adjustable thermostat or fixed hygrostat, as well as double insulated plastic housing. The component maintains minimum operating temperatures in


Power Supply Design Software Supports Switcher ICs

January 7, 2009 6:04 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Including design functionality for offline SSLDs, Power Integrations’ PI Expert Suite v7.1 power supply design software provides support for the LinkSwitch-CV and LinkSwitch-II families of primary-side-control switcher ICs. The PI Expert program takes a designer’s power supply specifications and automatically generates the

R-C Protection Devices Target 3G Handset LCD Interfaces

January 7, 2009 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating in frequencies from 1.8 GHz to 2.5 GHz, Semtech’s EClamp237xK family resistor-capacitor (R-C) protection devices serve high-resolution color LCD interfaces in GSM- and CDMA-based 3G handsets. The RoHS- and WEEE-compliant units exhibit a C(in) value of 20 pF, series resistance of 100 Ohm, and min. attenuation of


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