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Segment Protectors Provide Single Location for the Terminator

January 7, 2008 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced its R2 FieldConnex Segment Protectors. This product family allows the segment protector to be disconnected while leaving trunk communications uninterrupted, and they inherently prevent over-termination that can cause start-up and commission problems. They are also designed to eliminate errors that can occur while

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Connectors Meet AdvancedTCA Specifications

January 4, 2008 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated introduced its 170-circuit AdvancedMC connector solution for 12.5 Gbps NRZ signal transmission. The connectors support PIGMG AdvancedTCA industry specifications for next-generation mezzanine cards and are well-suited for a wide range of applications in the telecommunications, computing and IEEE 1386 markets, as well as non-ATCA applications.

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Fastener Access Hardware Helps Avoid Cross-Threading

January 4, 2008 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEM's threaded flare-in access hardware, MAThread, now has a captive screw assembly for permanent installation into almost any panel hardness or material. MAThread corrects off-angle installations to help align components and to push through clogged threads. Fastener caps are available in knurled (for operator access) or smooth (for service access) styles, and in thread sizes from #4-40 through ¼-20 and M3 through M6

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Active Latch Is Intermateable with Other Existing Elements In Modular Systems

January 3, 2008 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

FCI introduced the Minitek CTW Active Latch, a low profile housing mateable with other elements in the modular system. The Minitek Active Latch is designed for use in harsh and high vibration environments and is appropriate for industrial or automotive applications. The 2 mm latch houses crimp-to-wire systems, enabling discrete wiring to be attached and unattached to PCB boards with an audible click.

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AdvancedTCA Handle Does Not Require Assembly

January 2, 2008 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. announced a second Generation AdvancedTCA (ATCA) handle that does not require assembly. The one-piece handle simply has two screws to attach it to the panel/PCB. The handle's alignment pin is part of the handle mold, making it sturdier and increasing drop-test survivability. The handle is engaged/disengaged with a unique slide-motion which prevents the handle from being accidentally tripped or bumped into and broken. The slide-motion switch opens the handle

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Self-Clinching Cable Ties are Permanent Without Screws or Adhesives

December 20, 2007 4:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEM self-clinching cable tie mounts and hooks provide secure attachment points for mounting wires and cables to electronic chassis or enclosures.  Model TD cable tie mounts and model TDO hooks can be installed quickly and permanently without screws or adhesives. Their locations and positions are set during the design process to provide optimal layout for wires and cables during final assembly. Both types are RoHS compliant and are available in several sizes for installation in metal sheets from .040"/1.02 mm to .125"/3.18 mm.

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Mini Wave System for Specialized Soldering

December 19, 2007 8:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

A multipurpose miniature wave system for soldering and desoldering is now available from Manncorp. The System 120 bench-top device is designed for single-point or single-edge soldering and removal of ICs such as DIPs, QFPs, PGAs, connectors, and odd forms. It is useful for short runs requiring selective soldering of single components and can be adjusted to 399ºC for lead-free or tin/lead processing.

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Board-to-Board SMC Connectors with Locking Capability

December 18, 2007 10:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

ERNI Electronics expanded its 1.27 mm SMC connector family with a board-to-board right-angle SMC connector and integrated locking system. The locking system can withstand normal vibration and shock loads, yet still disconnect without using tools. Female (type Q) and male (type B) connectors are available with surface-mount termination and plastic housings constructed of

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Battery Contacts Eliminate Plastic Housing

December 18, 2007 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Components Corp. announced the freestanding BC-501 battery contact series. The low profile, small footprint contacts can be placed anywhere on a circuit board and eliminate the need for a plastic housing. They have a wireform design that helps ensure reliable and high spring force. BC-510 2A contacts are provided on 8 mm wide, 4 mm pitch, conductive polycarbonate tape that meets ANSI/EIA-481 standards

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Ball Bearings in Variety of Metric Sizes

December 17, 2007 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Danaher Motion's Thomson Super Ball Bushings are now available in metric sizes of 16, 20, 25, 30, 40, and 50 mm. These bearings have a coefficient of friction as low as 0.001 so designers can specify smaller, less expensive motors, belts, gears, and ball screws. They are drop-in replacements for existing applications and are dimensionally interchangeable with competitive and legacy applications.

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Micro USB Connectors in A- and AB- Sizes

December 17, 2007 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kycon now offers micro-USB connectors in the KMMX size. Connectors are availabile with the Micro-B receptacle for standard devices and the Micro-AB receptacle for the USB Implementers Forum Specification's USB-On-the-Go devices. Both are surface-mount receptacles with stainless steel shells, yielding more than 10,000 insertion cycles for longer life and higher durability.

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Two-in-One ST5 Connector for Mobile Devices

December 17, 2007 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Japan Aviation Electronics developed the ST5, a low-profile, SIM/microSDTM two-in-one connector for connecting the microSDTM, SDA cards, and GSM11.11 plug-in SIM cards in high-end mobile devices. The connector is 2.8 mm thick, uses a push-push insertion/ejection structure; and has a breaking mechanism to prevent the microSDTM card from disconnecting. The design emits an audible click

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Wall Router Extends ZigBee Networks

December 12, 2007 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digi International introduced the XB wall router, a ZigBee router used to expand a ZigBee network's range.  This device plugs into standard power sockets to compensate for a network's signal erosion or data loss due to distance or interference. It also creates multiple pathways to ensure maximum network reliability. The XBee wall router can be used with Digi's ConnectPortT X gateways, XBee embedded modules, XBee adapters, or XBee sensors.

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High Performance QNF Socket for 0.5 mm Devices Minimizes Performance Loss

December 12, 2007 8:35 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics introduced a high performance QFN socket for 0.5 mm pitch devices. The SG-MLF-7025 sockets are designed for a 10 mm package size, operate at bandwidths up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. The sockets are designed to dissipate several watts without extra heat sinking

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Through-Panel Terminals have Industrial Power Filtering

December 11, 2007 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Weidmuller introduced its WGK Series of through-panel terminal blocks that provide a universal system for industrial control power filtering and UPS systems such as frequency converters and power supplies. The terminal blocks feature housing halves that interlock and enable an easy-to-mount through-panel termination system. In addition to the standard versions with vertical or horizontal wire entry

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