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Software Combines 8-bit MCU and Capacitive Touch Capabilities

March 6, 2009 6:28 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting 8-bit STM8 MCUs, STMicroelectronics’ new open-source capacitive touch sensing software library integrates touch sensing functions through multiple configurations while preserving the traditional MCU features for the application firmware, including communication, LED control, beeper, and LCD control. The software is provided as royalty-free C source code, and as many as 24 individual touch pads can be supported. The library includes

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Hall-Effect Switch Accepts Input as low as 1.5 V

March 4, 2009 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for use in flip and slide detection in portable handsets, Melexis’ MLX90248 Micropower & Omnipolar Hall-Effect Switch requires an input of 3µA at 1.5 V, down from the previous version’s 2.5 V. Features include up to 8 kV of protection against ESD and the ability to detect magnetic fields below 6 MilliTeslas (60 Gauss).

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Pressure Sensor Integrates USB Interface

March 4, 2009 8:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for industrial pressure measurement applications, Validyne Engineering’s P58 digital differential pressure transmitter incorporates a USB interface for communication and power. The interface provides remote zero and span adjustment, as well as digital pressure readings in engineering units, and the USB drivers and

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Encoder Series Acts as Backup Power System

March 4, 2009 3:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on the ‘Wiegand effect,’ the MAGNETOCODE encoder series (MCD) from FRABA generates a short burst of electric power whenever the shaft rotates. MCD encoders provide a maximum resolution of 12 bits per revolution and can register up to 8,192 revolutions (13 bits). Higher capacity models are available

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Transducers Combine Pressure and Temperature Sensing

February 26, 2009 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating bonded foil strain gage technology and RTD elements, Stellar Technology’s Series PT170 and PT17XX transducers integrate a pressure sensor and temperature sensor in one package. The devices measure dynamic and static pressures and temperatures, and exhibit shock and vibration protection. The Series PT170 provides

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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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Touch Sensor Controller Converts Capacitance to Digital Data

February 23, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting mobile devices, Fujitsu Microelectronics' FMA1127 touch sensor controller converts capacitance generated by the human body and conductive touch pad to digital data with no analog processing. The water-resistant unit also performs in alarm systems, handheld health care products, home appliances, and applications where the controller can replace mechanical switches and buttons. The device exhibits operating voltage from

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CMOS Image Sensors Function Down to 15 cm

February 20, 2009 4:49 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Combining on-chip Extended-Depth-of-Field (EDoF) with ST’s 1.75 µm pixel process, STMicroelectronics’ VD6853 and VD6803 3.15-megapixel CMOS image sensors enable image quality at focus distances down to 15 cm in phone cameras. The components embed 4-channel anti-vignette, and come in a TSV

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Digital Pressure Gauge Uses Five-Digit Display

February 19, 2009 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leveraging MEMS-based sensing technology, Automation Products Group’s PG5 digital pressure gauge utilizes a 5-digit display with 0.40” characters. The device delivers 0.01-digit resolution through 100 psi, has ranges from vacuum to 500 psi and from 0 psi to 10,000 psi at ±0.25% accuracy of full scale. The unit incorporates a 9-V battery for self-powering; an all-stainless steel sensor, and a microprocessor-based circuit with

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LVDT Assembly Enhances Performance of Extensometers

February 17, 2009 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

An oil-filled and double bellows-sealed LVDT assembly from Macro Sensors supposedly enhances the reliability of multiple redundant LVDT-based extensometers. The LVDT assembly is designed from 316 SS and Inconel 625. According to Macro Sensors, these materials enable the instrument to operate for at least 10 years

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Dual Encoder-to-USB Converter Allows PC Data Access

February 17, 2009 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Handling signals from 2 SSI absolute encoders or 2 quadrature incremental encoders, BEI Industrial Encoders’ new Dual Encoder to USB Converter translates encoder position data to USB 2.0 format that can be accessed directly through a PC. The PC interface enables the module to be programmed through the USB port for number of bits with absolute encoders. For incremental encoders, count mode (X1, X2, X4), reset, preset, and

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Development Kit Integrates 4.3-Inch Touch Panel

February 17, 2009 5:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on a beta version of the Touch Park framework, Stantum Technologies’ SMK-4.3 multi-touch development kit offers a 4.3" touch panel. The product simulates a mobile device user interface in address book, drawing, picture resize, and gaming applications. The kit uses the PMatrix resistive multi-touch detection platform with

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Explosion-Proof Pressure Sensor Offers Digital Compensation

February 13, 2009 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting approval per CSA30 (UL1203/FM3615) Class 1, Division 1 and Zone 1 Group IIB Explosion Proof, Groups C and D, American Sensor Technologies’ AST46HA media-isolation pressure sensor applies digital compensation. The compensation and Krystal Bond technology enables the unit to perform in

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Interface IC Addresses Capacitive Sensors

February 13, 2009 4:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting a noise level of 30 aF, e2v’s CPIC2.0 interface IC enables acceleration, pressure, altitude, humidity, rain, level, and gas measurements in MEMS transducers with a base capacitance from 1 pF to 32 pF. The component contains a dual capacitor input enabling several configurations, including "Delta"Csens/"Sigma"Csens. The device embeds a temperature sensor and an EEPROM for storage of calibration parameters, temperature, and

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Ultrasonic Sensor Addresses Car Reversing Aids

February 12, 2009 4:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Generating asymmetrical beam patterns approximately ±80° about the horizontal axis and 40° about the vertical, LPRS’ Pro-Wave US040015 ultrasonic sensor meets the requirements of most car reversing aids. The component has 3

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