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Brake Pedal Effort Sensor Features High Overload Protection

March 4, 2008 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Automotive Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics released a series of pedal effort load cells for automotive test applications, including brake development, drivability, vehicle handling, and legislative and safety testing. Designed to measure the force required to operate a vehicle’s primary brake, clutch, or floor-mounted emergency brake pedals, the Series 1515 brake pedal effort sensor with integral cable is compact, with a 1.19” (3.02 cm) overall height. It is designed to be easy to install and remove, and is temperature-compensated for

2.4 GHz RF Transceiver for ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 and Proprietary Low-Power Wireless Applications

March 4, 2008 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a second-generation ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 radio-frequency (RF) transceiver designed for the 2.4 GHz unlicensed ISM frequency band. Featuring desirable selectivity/co-existence and link budget, the CC2520 targets a variety of ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 and proprietary wireless systems used in

Chipscale USB Power Manager Includes 1A Regulator

March 4, 2008 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to manage multiple input sources such as a wall adapter or USB port and the Lithium battery while preferentially providing power to the system load, the LTC3566 from Linear Technology targets power management in Li-Ion/Polymer battery applications. The 4mm2 QFN-packaged device accepts an input of up to 5.5 V (7V transient) and integrates a switching PowerPath manager, a stand-alone battery charger, a 1A high efficiency synchronous buck-boost regulator, an ideal diode and controller

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650W Power Supply Provide Floating and Adjustable Output Voltages

March 4, 2008 4:56 am | Protek Power North America | Product Releases | Comments

Protek Power North America announced the PM650 Series of 650W AC/DC switching power supplies, which offer a performance packed design and compliance to worldwide EN60101-1 medical safety standards. The series have a power factor corrected universal input and single, dual and triple output models with floating and adjustable output voltages.  Either U-bracket or enclosed (with recessed internal fan) mechanical configurations are packaged in a

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Socket for 0.5 mm Pitch SOIC IC Does Not Increase PC Board Footprint

March 4, 2008 4:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood introduced the SG-SOIC-3000 socket for SOIC. The compact ZIF sockets provide desirable signal integrity, and can be mounted on the small footprint. It needs about 2.5 mm extra space around the chip than the actual chip size. The device has a short signal path of 0.5 mm or 0.75 mm, and an operating temperature is from -35°C to 100°C. It uses elastomeric interconnect technology and the signal loss is less than 1 dB at 6.5 GHz or 10 GHz.

BCD Process Enables 50 Percent Power Die Size Reduction

March 3, 2008 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jazz Semiconductor has developed enhancements to its advanced Bipolar CMOS DMOS (BCD) process platform including the addition of an ultra low Rds(on) scalable NLDMOS device enables up to a 50 percent shrink in die size in most power devices.

Mini Triax Accelerometers Target Space-constrained Apps

March 3, 2008 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well-suited for use in applications where space is at a premium, the 3023M20 miniature triaxial accelerometer weighs only 2.4g with a vertical dimension of 0.28". Using the latest in quartz shear technology coupled with 2-wire internal IEPE electronics, the device contains three miniature quartz laminar shear mode accelerometer elements orthogonally mounted into a welded  titanium housing.

DC/DC Railway Converter in Plug-in Format Meets IEC 61373 Categories 1 A and B Shock and Vibration Standards

March 3, 2008 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Absopulse Electronics’ DCW 150R-EH Series is a plug-in DC/DC converter with wide input ranges designed for railway and other heavy-duty applications. It can be operated from 48V DC (28V to 74V range), 72V DC (42V to 110V) or 110V DC (57V to 168V) supply voltages. This 100W converter provides output voltages of 12V, 24V, 48V or 110V DC. Other input and output configurations are also available.  The device meets the requirements of

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No-Noise, Four-Channel White LED Drivers Feature True-load Disconnect in Shutdown

March 3, 2008 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leadis Technology, Inc. announced the LDS8845 and the LDS8846 family of no-noise, highly-efficient 4-channel white LED drivers. These devices target low-cost handsets and portable products that use lower-VF white LEDs and lower-cost TFT-LCD modules. The family offers part-to-part LED current accuracy better than 7.5 percent and channel-to-channel matching better than 3 percent.

Stand-alone GPS Receiver Module with UART-NMEA Interface

March 3, 2008 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

NavSync’s TrineX CW27 is a self-contained GPS receiver module based on the NemeriX NX3 high sensitivity A-GPS single chip receiver. Using a new baseband processor and RF front end, the module performs in a small SMT package to help minimize power consumption and maximize battery life. It takes up 24 mm × 24 mm of PCB space and connects directly to the host system through a UART using NMEA protocols for enhanced performance and flexibility.

I/O Module Is Fully Upgradeable and Recoverable

March 3, 2008 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accurate Technologies' CANverter I/O Module enables bi-directional conversion between CAN and analog/digital signals. Version 2.0 is fully field upgradeable and recoverable. Users can instantly check for channel status or firmware versions using the Device drop-down menu in the CANverter Configuration Tool. The tool has an upgraded look and presents functions in a more user-friendly manner based on customer feedback

Multi-I/O PMC for Diverse I/O Requirements

February 29, 2008 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems offers a multi-I/O PMC that provides a variety of configuration options for different I/O environments. The low power, single-width M705 features PMC density with up to five dual channel, dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553B channels, 16 ARINC-429 receive channels and eight ARINC-429 transmit channels, up to six RS-232/422/485 serial channels and eight opto-isolated digital discrete input channels, all of which reduce the number of I/O cards when developing subsystems.  Additional board options include an ARINC 708 Weather Radar interface contained as VHDL within the large on-board FPGA.

Confidence as world commodity

February 29, 2008 8:58 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

For all the new component demos I see each year, particularly those with applications for consumer electronics, I often wonder whether the latest whiz-bang feature that a particular component is intended to deliver for the end-product is really satisfying some sort of demand. In other words, does the end-user have an appetite for that revolutionary new feature?

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Mini PC Offers Built-in PCI Expansion Card Slot Capability

February 29, 2008 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stealth Computer Corporation released a small form factor mini PC with built-in PCI expansion slot capability. The LPC-450PCI Little PC uses Intel’s latest Core 2 Duo processor technology for desirable Mini PC performance. The anodized aluminum chassis measures just over 2 inches tall having the overall footprint approximately the size of a hard cover novel, measuring 10" × 5.8" × 2.8" and weighing approximately 10 lb. or 4.5 kg. Using open and available PCI card slot

LED Bulbs are Available in a 40° Light-emitting Viewing Angle

February 29, 2008 6:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

LEDtronics announced its latest generation of PAR30-Style LED spotlight bulbs which is made up of five 3W high-power LEDs. They are direct incandescent PAR30 replacements, combining advanced Light Emitting Diode (LED) technologies, standard 25 mm Edison screw-in bases, and light optimizing designs producing 480 to 544 lumens of vivid light depending on the bulb model. They are available in a 40° light-emitting viewing angle, running on 80V to 260V AC current.

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