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High-Stability Oscillator Can Replace Crystal Oscillators

September 8, 2008 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories entered the consumer timing market with its 100 percent CMOS oscillator suited for consumer applications. By completely eliminating the quartz resonator that must be cut and tuned for each crystal oscillator (XO) frequency, the Si500 helps enable extremely short lead times. The ultra-low phase noise silicon oscillator

Connector Assembly Illuminates Target Cavities

September 8, 2008 9:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating in aerospace applications, CAMI Research’s Light Director light-guided connector assembly uses light fibers driven by LED lamps to individually illuminate target cavities in the connector being assembled. Correct insertion is confirmed by the elimination of light from that location and incorrect insertion leaves the flashing

Waveform Generators Accelerate Sample Rates

September 8, 2008 7:29 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting 9.6 GHz effective RF output and 10-bit resolution, Tektronix’s AWG7000B and AWG5000B Series arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) offer sample rates up to 24 GS/s in serial data buses and wideband

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Interface Module Performs Analog Signal Conversion

September 8, 2008 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using an analog signal transmitter achieving 0.1% of the full scale, TURCK’s IMS interface module exhibits analog signal conversion of current and voltage signals. The 6.2 mm wide device offer temperature signal-specific transferring

Tact Switches Offer LED Options

September 5, 2008 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enduring an electrical life of 25,000 cycles, E-Switch’s TL1290 Series right-angle tact switches with through-hole termination and gold-plated contacts offer LEDs in blue, red, yellow and green. The devices exhibit a contact rating of 100 mA at 32 VDC, maximum initial contact resistance of 250 mO and minimum insulation resistance of

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Generator Offers 10 nS Resolution

September 5, 2008 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating on 8 channels of delay and width, Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation’s Model 505 pulse and digital delay generator displays 10 nS edge resolution on all 16 edges. The entry-level device targets users who need multiple

Fastener Thread Adds 30° Wedge Ramp

September 5, 2008 9:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mating with standard 60° male fasteners, Spiralock Corporation’s Spiralock self-locking fastener thread offers a 30° wedge ramp at the root of the female thread to allow spinning relative to female threads until tension is created in the male fastener. The crests of the standard male thread form are drawn against the wedge ramp to reduce

Voltage Supervisors Use 160 nA

September 5, 2008 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Running on a supply current from 1.8 V to 5 V, Intersil’s ISL88001/2/3 3-lead voltage supervisors consume 160 nA of power on a 1.8 V supply current. The SC-70- or SOT-23 packaged devices offer a voltage threshold accuracy of ±1.2% for reset assertion and precision monitoring, a 200 ms power-in reset timeout function and 54 potential

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Digital Front End Delivers 1,450-W Peak Output

September 4, 2008 12:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing the demand for low-profile configurable power solutions for broadcast, instrumentation, medical equipment, ATE, and other demanding applications, the NV-Power family of AC/DC digital front-end supplies can deliver a 1,450-W peak output for as much as 10 seconds.

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Enclosure Targets Radios

September 4, 2008 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using a universal mounting system with tamper-proof plugs and feed-throughs, ARC Wireless Solutions’ ARC IES Generation II (Gen II) enclosure performs in radios using broadband Wi-Fi, WiMAX and MIMO. The RoHS-compliant device demonstrates compatibility with many of ARC Wireless’ dual polarization, embedded, bolt-on

IC Employs Timing Generators for SETS Apps

September 4, 2008 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing hitless reference and master/slave switching support with a SyncLink cross-couple data link, Connor-Winfield’s STC5230 synchronous clock IC uses 2 independent timing generators, T0 and T4, that include a digital phase-locked loop (DPLL) in Freerun, Synchronized, and Holdover modes with programmable loop bandwidth of each DPLL from 90 mHz to 107 Hz. The ITU-G.813- and Telcordia GR1244 and

Dual Band Antennas Handle 50 W

September 4, 2008 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Utilizing a RG58 cable with a U/V stable polypropylene radome and 3M VHB Series 2-sided adhesive gasket, Astron Wireless Technologies’ LP8319H, LP8615H, LP8619H, LP9119H and LP9219H dual band antennas present a power handling capability of 50 W. The 4.50” OD × 1.06” H devices offer vertical polarization with a

Biomechanical Energy Harvester Converts Human Motion Into Electricity

September 4, 2008 7:22 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The inherent weakness of any portable device is its isolation from a constant power source, such as electricity. Thus, battery technology has evolved alongside the iPod and laptop computer. But batteries themselves are inefficient, because they either deplete themselves, or in the case of rechargeables, require electricity supplied from a power grid. But what if you could harness the energy produced by the natural motion of the human body? Bionic Power is endeavoring to accomplish that with its “Biomechanical Energy Harvester.”

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Foot Switch Eliminates Stress

September 4, 2008 5:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Having a cast aluminum cover, Linemaster Switch’s Linemaster Junior foot switch is said to eliminate lower leg stress and pain after many hours of usage while standing or sitting. The device is suitable for applications including communication equipment, conveyors, terminal application equipment, computer software programs and

MCU Yields Low Current Consumption

September 3, 2008 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Running off of a 32 kHz oscillator, Freescale Semiconductor’s MC9S08QE32 8-bit MCU demonstrates current consumption of less than 7.3 mA on an operating voltage range from 1.8 V to 3.6 V. The device exhibits 2 low-power stop modes, low-power run and wait modes, clock gating registers to disable clocks or unused peripherals and

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