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400-W Power Module Demonstrates Active PFC

February 24, 2009 8:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting military, aerospace, and industrial applications, Martek Power’s MW400S 400-W AC/DC power module includes active AC PFC and a built-in EMI filter. The 6.5” × 8” × 1” converter accommodates a universal single phase input from 90 VAC to 265 VAC at from 47 Hz to 440 Hz. Line harmonics meet MIL-STD-1399 for

Training Library Aids Electronic Designers

February 24, 2009 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended to help designers get up to speed on the latest technologies and solutions, Newark introduces a library of TechCast product training modules that helps designers select which key solutions to include, and then either collaborates with its suppliers to develop the content or produces original material itself, based on application notes and datasheets.

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Pressure Transducer Exhibits Digital Temperature Compensation

February 24, 2009 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Touting static accuracy of ±0.25% FS at 21ºC, Ashcroft’s T2 pressure transducer demonstrates digital temperature compensation to ensure a Total Error Band of >±1% between -20ºC and 85ºC. The device can be configured from a list of process connections, output signals, and electrical termination options. The instrument is available in

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Converter Cables Offer Serial Interface Support

February 24, 2009 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using FTDI’s FT232RQ USB-to-asynchronous serial interface IC, FTDI’s USB-RS485-WE and USB-RS422-WE converter cables utilize a RS-485 and RS-422 transceiver, respectively. The far end of the 1.8-m cables are wire ended, and the complete USB protocol is managed within the FT232RQ. Royalty-free device drivers for

Low-Power FPGAs Offer Cost-Effectiveness

February 24, 2009 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as having the lowest (up to half) power consumption and price of any SERDES-capable FPGA device, the LatticeECP3 family is also presumed to be the only 65-nm mid-range products of their type. Features include multi-protocol 3.2G SERDES with XAUI jitter compliance, DDR3 memory interfaces, DSP capability, on-chip memory and up to 149K LUTS.

Apple Announces Safari 4

February 24, 2009 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Apple today announced the public beta of Safari 4 for Mac and Windows PCs. The Nitro engine in Safari 4 runs JavaScript 4.2 times faster than Safari 3. Innovative new features that make browsing more intuitive and enjoyable include Top Sites, for a stunning visual preview of frequently visited pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow, to flip through

Pictures from the 2009 Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition

February 24, 2009 6:11 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Held this year in Washington, DC, this year's APEC was very well attended, especially considering the economy. According to the event organizers, the attendance was down from 2008, but up from 2007, about 2,000 people. Here are some photo highlights from the exhibit floor.

Design Tool Checks MISRA-C:2004

February 24, 2009 5:41 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

Providing support for ARM’s Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS), IAR Systems’ IAR Embedded Workbench Version 5.30 for ARM supports source code compliance checking to the MISRA-C:2004 standard. The software introduces new debug capabilities for ARM Cortex-M3 processors that is said to be previously available only in dedicated devices and debug probes. A Data Log window logs accesses to up to

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Integrated Power Stages Are Smallest Available

February 24, 2009 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting servers, storage equipment, and routers, Primarion’s PX4650 and PX4640 integrated power stages (iPSs) are presented as being the smallest available, measuring 4 mm × 6 mm. The 20-lead QFN-packaged chips combine low-RDS(ON) N-channel MOSFETs for high- and low-side FETs with high- and low-side MOSFET drivers. The RoHS-compliant units support an average output current of up to 50 A in

Fan Trays Operate at High Current

February 23, 2009 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

A variety of standard and custom fan trays from Orion Fans operate from 12 VDC to 48 VDC and 115 VAC to 230 VAC. The trays are available in 3-, 6- and 9-fan trays as well as custom configurations. Each fan may be equipped to adjust its speed in direct relation to the ambient air temperature between 55 percent and 100 percent of full speed

Capacitors Deliver up to 3,000 Farads

February 23, 2009 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in cylindrical or rectangular cases, a family of WIMA double-layer Supercaps from TAW Electronics are available with capacitances up to 3,000 Farads. Configured in models addressing the operating voltage required by the application, the maintenance-free devices can handle more than 500,000 charge/discharge cycles

Radio Communication Tester Supports Multi-Standard Testing

February 23, 2009 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting a frequency range up to 6 GHz, Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester offers the option of coming equipped with two channels, so it can test two DUTs at the same time using different standards. The unit supports GSM/(E)GPRS, WCDMA/HSPA, UMTS LTE, TD-SCDMA,

AC/DC Power Supplies Offer Fan Cooling

February 23, 2009 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting industrial applications, XP Power’s MFA350-TF and MFA350-EF enclosed AC/DC power supplies include a top- and end-mounted fan, respectively. The MFA350-EF measures 8.20" × 3.33" × 1.75", while the MFA350-TF measures 6.8" × 3.33" × 2" and demonstrates a power density of up to 8 W/in.³. The Class B conducted devices deliver up to 364 W from an input range from 85 VAC to 264 VAC with

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Hot-swap Managers Support Currents up to 5 A

February 23, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Protecting against over currents for voltage rails between 3 V and 20 V, three hot-swap managers from TI support an operating current of up to 5 A. The TPS2420 comes in a tiny 16-pin QFN package and the TPS2421-1 and TPS2421-2 come in 8-pin SOIC packages. Other features include

White LEDs Produce High Power

February 23, 2009 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting a lifetime of 60,000 hours with lumen maintenance of >70%, Luminus Devices’ SST-90 and CST-90 white PhlatLight LEDs generate 1,000 lm with 10-W input at 6,500K and 2,250 lm at its maximum rated drive current. The devices come in SMT and connectorized chip-on-board packaging with standard mounting features, respectively, and

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