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Encoder Possesses 13-Bit Resolution

July 10, 2008 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Having a 13-bit (8192-count) per turn resolution, BEI Industrial Encoders’ Model L18 absolute encoder contains ASIC electronics, sealed bearings, and BEI’s code disk. The optically-based device comes in a 1.8” servo package in all-metal housing. The encoder is well suited for semiconductor fabrication

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Magnet Bases Offer High Pull Strength

July 9, 2008 8:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering high pull strength, the B12 and B13 from Wilcoxon Research, are two magnet bases for developed for accelerometers. The B12 Model is a two-pole magnet base with a 7/8" (22 mm) diameter and 20 lbs. of force. The B13 Model is a two-pole magnet base with a 1" (25 mm)

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Development Kit Creates Multi-Touch User Interface

June 24, 2008 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as the first commercially available, the SMK 15.4 development kit from Stantum Technologies can enable designers and integrators to develop a multi-touch display user interface. The resulting interface lets users simultaneously move an unlimited number of fingers, nails or utensils (such as styli) on a screen.

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Five- and Seven-channel Temperature Monitors Tout High Accuracy

June 19, 2008 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced its MAX6622/MAX6636 ±1 degree Celsius accurate, five-/seven-channel temperature sensors. The MAX6622 accurately measures its own temperature and the temperature of up to four external locations-such as CPUs, memory, GPUs, and other heat-sensitive components-while the MAX6636 measures

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Sensor Uses Thermoelectric Cooling

June 16, 2008 11:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Utilizing thin-film thermoelectric coolers, Nextreme Thermal Solutions’ and Princeton Lightwave’s SWIR (short wave infrared) focal plane sensor features Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) 2-D focal plane arrays. The eye-safe device senses nightglow radiation at 1.6 um wavelengths. The imaging sensor

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MEMS Sensor Provides 3D Orientation Info

June 12, 2008 7:32 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Consolidating multiple sensor functions in a single 14-pin LGA ECOPACK SMT package, STMicroelectronics’ FC30 sensor provides 3D orientation as well as click detection to recognize mouse-button controls. Accepting a nominal 2.5V at 0.3 mA, the 3.0 × 5.0 × 0.9-mm device exhibits an accuracy of ±3 degrees with a max acceleration of 10,000 g for 0.1 ms. Features of the RoHS-compliant

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TEDS Microphone Arrays Enhance Automotive Testing

June 6, 2008 2:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Automotive Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) released a series of acoustic sensors for use in automotive testing applications such as legislative certification, quality control, system and component performance, and vehicle and powertrain NVH, including measurements for

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Light Sensor Controls Display Dimming

June 6, 2008 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for display-dimming feedback in portable devices, notebooks, and automotive applications, the MLX75304 Light-to-Frequency SensorEyeC from Melexis has a dynamic range in excess of 100dB. Incorporating photodiode, transimpedance amplifier, and output stage onto one chip, the sensor provides a frequency output to increase precision under all lighting conditions while simultaneously simplifying the sensor interface.

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High Temperature Encoder Modules Enable Motor-Size Reduction

June 2, 2008 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to enable size reduction in industrial motors, Avago’s three-channel high temperature optical incremental AEDT-9140 encoder module series fit directly onto industrial motors. The RoHS-compliant modules include a lensed LED source and a detector IC enclosed in a plastic package that can be used in

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Fault Detector Senses Rolling Element Bearing Impacts and Offers Early Warning

May 23, 2008 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IMI Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) released the patented Model 682A05 Bearing Fault Detector, which senses impacts within rolling element bearings caused by bearing faults. This type of detection provides early warning of typical bearing faults such as cracked races, spalling, brinelling, fatigue failure, looseness, and

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6-Channel Encoder Handles Industrial Applications

May 19, 2008 9:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to enable the reduction in overall motor sizes, Avago’s AEDT-9340 encoder module targets Brushless DC motors used in industrial and factory automation equipment. The device includes a lensed LED source and a detector IC enclosd in a small plastic package with a switching accuracy of ±1°

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Mini 3-Channel Optical Encoder Integrates Codewheel

May 12, 2008 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for stepper and servo motors with shaft sizes from 2 to 5 mm in packaging machines and other industrial and factory automation applications, the AEDx-8xxx encoder series of three-channel optical incremental encoders includes a codewheel, LED light source, and detector IC.

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Handheld, 1g Shaker Performs On-site Troubleshooting, Sensor Calibration and Performance Verification

May 7, 2008 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IMI Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) has released the Model 699A02 portable, lightweight, battery powered industrial handheld shaker. It is designed to verify accelerometer and vibration system performance, as well as confirm the operation of interconnecting cables, switching devices and monitoring systems. The unit operates at 159.2 Hz and delivers a controlled, 1g rms or 1g  peak acceleration to

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Novel Chipscale Sensor Detects Both Proximity and Ambient Light

May 1, 2008 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Promising to extend the battery lifetime and reduce circuit complexity and component count in advanced portable devices, the CM3612 from Capella Microsystems combines proximity and ambient light sensor functions in a single chip. The proximity detector in the chip is topped with a microscopic 830- to 880-nm IR filter and the ambient light sensor diode has a filter that passes

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Rotary Magnetic Encoder Boasts Long Life Expectancy

April 25, 2008 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EMS22 non-contacting magnetic encoders from Bourns, Inc. are suited for environments where extreme range of temperatures and harsh conditions like moisture, particles, grease and oil are present. Typical applications include factory automation, fuel dispensing, marine, metal working and instrumentation and material handling. The RoHS compliant magnetic encoder family performs in a temperature ranging from -40°C to +125°C and

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