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Tact Switches Endure 100,000 Cycles

October 2, 2008 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Achieving an electrical rating of 50 mA at 48 VDC, CIT Relay & Switch’s CS1110 Series SPST tact switches works for an electrical life of 100,000 cycles. The 6.2 mm² devices offer an optional grounding tab, J lead or gull wing termination, and board-to-top actuator lengths of 2 mm, 2.3 mm, 2.5 mm, and 3.1 mm with a positive tactile feed. The RoHS-compliant


Frame Grabber Supports Gigabit Ethernet Vision

October 2, 2008 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Performing alignment, measurement, and identification in vision applications, ADLINK Technology’s PCIe-GIE62 PCI Express frame grabber demonstrates support for Gigabit Ethernet Vision. The card uses the bandwidth of a PCI Express x4 lane for up to 1,000 Mbps image acquisition rates and 2 independent Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect to multiple

Pressure Sensor Delivers 4.5 VDC Output

October 2, 2008 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Requiring a 5 VDC power supply, Kavlico’s P6050 PCB mount pressure sensor dispenses a standard analog linear amplified output from 0.5 VDC to 4.5 VDC proportional to pressure. The piezo-resistive sensing technology-incorporating unit allows for the selection of a standard voltage output device or alternative digital SPI output with an embedded


Test Instrument Combines DSO/DMM and Data Logging

October 2, 2008 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Storing data logging memory to 17,000 points, Protek Test and Measurement’s Model S2505 integrates a battery-operated dual-channel 5 MHz bandwidth DSO providing 50 Ms/s sampling rate and a 10,000-count true rms DMM. The DSO section performs with ±3% vertical accuracy, 512 B record length in single shot/glitch capture mode (256 B in other modes), sweep rate from 1 µs to 5 sec, 16 waveforms and setups memory storage, and

Electric Bike Sports Revolutionary Half-hour Recharge Time

October 2, 2008 6:31 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Bicycling is generally considered one of the most efficient forms of transportation. In many countries (particularly ones where the average income precludes weekly gasoline fill-ups), the bike is the primary mode of transport. Yet for a variety of reasons, the bike has yet to catch on in this country as a viable means of transportation. Schwinn could adjust the paradigm with its new Toshiba-powered Tailwind electric bike. Schwinn, a constant fixture in the bicycling industry since 1895, is no stranger to the E-bike market. Their current lineup, including the Continental, World GSE, and Campus, gets 40-60 miles on a 4 hour charge (decent stats for the E-bike market), and costs anywhere from $1,480 to $2,080.


Rackmount Enclosures Encase MicroTCA Chassis

October 2, 2008 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meeting MIL-STD-810F, 167, 461D, and 901D standards, Elma Electronic’s 19” rackmount enclosures have the capability of holding the ATR (Air Transport Rack) version of the ruggedized MicroTCA chassis. The device allows for ruggedization techniques, such as

HDDs Hold 120 GB per Platter

October 2, 2008 5:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating into portable media players, camcorders, and mobile PCs, Toshiba Storage Device Division’s dual-platter MK2431GAH and single-platter MKxx31GAL Series 1.8” HDDs exhibit 120 GB per platter. The parallel ATA-interfaced components offer an areal density of 344 Gb/in.², media transfer rate of 488 Mbps, rotational speed of 4,200 rpm, average seek time of

Slide Switches Exhibit Right Angle Actuations

October 1, 2008 12:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Suiting momentary or momentary and latched operation, C&K Components’ AYZ, JS, JSM, and PCM Series slide switches display right angle actuations. The 1.5 mm high AYZ Series possess 1 or 2 poles, double- and triple-throw action, offset or side actuation, contact resistance of <80 mO, surface mounting, and life cycles to 10,000 operations. The 0.7 mm


Connectors Yield 40 A DC Current

October 1, 2008 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering over-molded cut-to-length cable assemblies or field-wired-on-site versions, Wieland’s PST 40i1 pluggable connectors carry 40 A of DC current in a temperature range from -40°C to 85°C. The IP 68-rated interconnects include a rated voltage of 1,000 V, wire size of

Transceivers Cover RS-232 and RS-485/422 Protocols

October 1, 2008 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Functioning as 1- or 2-channel components, Intersil’s ISL333X family of dual protocol transceivers show switching between RS-232 and RS-485/RS-422 protocols. The 6 mm² devices exhibit 15 kV (HBM) ESD protection, data rates of 20 MBps, and flow-through pinouts while operating on 3.3 V supplies. An on-board charge pump generates compliant

Circuit Breakers Achieve High Voltage Ratings

October 1, 2008 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling service entrance, feeder, or branch circuit protection, Altech’s UL489 DC molded-case circuit breakers possess voltage ratings of 125 V in 1 pole and 250 V from 2 to 4 poles at up to 63 A. The 17.5 mm per pole tools present a disconnect function, DIN rail mounting, green/red positive trip indicator, and short-circuit interrupt capacity of 10 kA. The CE-certified breakers

LEDs Demonstrate High Optical Power

October 1, 2008 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using InGaN/TAG on sapphire technology, Vishay Intertechnology’s VLMW63 and VLMW64 white power SMT LEDs operate with an optical power range from 2,240 mcd to 5,600 mcd. The CLCC-6-packaged VLMW63 possesses thermal resistance of 50 k/W, and the CLCC-6 flat ceramic-packaged VLMW64 has thermal resistance of

Transceiver Enables ZigBee in Personal Computers

October 1, 2008 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a USB stick form factor, Telegesis’ ETRX2USB 2.4 GHz ISM band transceiver enables ZigBee into personal computers via the Telegesis AT Style Command line interface. The Ember EM250 SoC-based module comprises of a LED, plug on the side for


AC-DC Supplies Satisfy Low and Medium Applications

October 1, 2008 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mean Well GS series of miniature external 18 w to 90 w AC-DC power supplies from PowerGate is designed for low and medium power applications with 18 w, 25 w, 40 w, 60 w, and 90 w platforms. Consisting of 57 single-output models with outputs ranging from 3.3 Vdc to 48Vdc, the GS Series delivers high power density with sizes ranging from 18 W in 3.66" x 2.1" x 1.42" through 90 W in 5.71" x 2.36" x 1.26"

RF Analyzer Targets Base Station I & M

October 1, 2008 6:42 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Making return-loss and distance-to-fault measurements simultaneously, Agilent Technologies’ FieldFox handheld RF analyzer performs in base station wireless network installation and maintenance (I&M). The instrument measures cable and antenna test from 2 MHz to 4/6 GHz, spectrum analysis from 100 kHz to 4/6 GHz, vector network analysis, and true average power measurements. The analyzer offers integrated QuickCal, calibration with CalReady, a task-driven user interface, and fault location with


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