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Digital Potentiometer IC Provides Simple Up/Down Control

April 2, 2008 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well-suited for control and calibration applications such as digital volume control and display adjustment applications in portable, consumer, and industrial electronic products, the CAT5128 digital potentiometer IC from Catalyst Semiconductor is a volatile, single-pot device with up/down control to provide a simple digital interface. Housed in an 8-lead SOT-23 package, the device powers on at the midscale setting and provides a 32-position linear taper

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Sensors Address High-Changeover Environments

March 31, 2008 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to consistently detect targets at up to 50 mm regardless of target color or reflectivity,  Pepperl+Fuchs’ Tru-Vue photoelectric background suppression sensor is unaffected by potentially distracting background objects without using reflectors or thru-beam alignment. The sensors are 29 mm deep, giving them flexibility for tight-confined mounting and offer tamper-proof operation in industry-standard housings, with versatile side-mount or snout-mount options to satisfy various application needs.

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Hall-Effect Sensors Let Users Adjust the Bandwidth

March 27, 2008 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems announced Hall-effect sensors that are fully programmable with low noise and a high bandwidth. The A1360/1/2 devices are suited for use in high frequency, current sensing applications due to the low noise (down to 8 mV (p-p)), flat temperature coefficient (0 percent/°C) and high bandwidth capability (typically 50 kHz). They come in a 1 mm thin, four-lead SIP (KT-package), which allows for

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Miniature Accelerometers Address Tight Spaces

March 25, 2008 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Encapsulated in a titanium package measuring 6.4 mm x 5.5 mm, the 3225M23 and 3225M24 voltage-mode (IEPE) piezoelectric accelerometers from Dytran are able to mount in spaces potentially inaccessible to other types of accelerometers. Intended for shock and vibration measurements in space-constrained lightweight applications such as in board-mounted devices

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Blind Hollow Shaft Encoders Reduce Potential for Contamination

March 16, 2008 1:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VFS 60 blind hollow shaft encoders from Sick Stegmann, Inc. feature a unique nickel code disc that provides robust operation in harsh industrial environments, and tolerance to temperatures as high as 100ºC. They are IP65 rated and deliver from 1ppr to 10,000 ppr in an industry-standard 60 mm housing. The ball bearings that support the encoder shaft are spaced 30 mm apart for excellent concentricity (± 0.3/± 0.1 mm radial; ± 0.5/±0.2 mm axial) and robustness, and minimum encoder vibration

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High Temperature Preamplifier for Automotive Sensors Operates to +120°C

March 12, 2008 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Automotive Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics announced a high-temperature preamplifier, designed to overcome high temperature testing challenges associated with NVH powertrain and vehicle underhood testing applications. The Model HT426E01 is a 1/2” preamplifier operating from ICP sensor power, terminating with a BNC connector and utilizing standard coaxial cables. The model also features a low attenuation factor

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Digital Infrared Temperature Sensor Reduces Outer Dimensions and Power Consumption

March 10, 2008 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

HL-Planartechnik, part of Measurement Specialties Inc., introduced the TSEV01P digital infrared temperature sensor. The benefit of this OEM module is integration leading to a reduction of the outer dimensions of the sensor combined with a reduction of the power consumption. The sensor, housed in a TO metal can, provides an electronic voltage depending on the incoming infrared radiation. Additional electronics are applied for analogue and digital signal processing in order to compute the surface temperature of the object of interest.

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Motion Sensors for Railway Applications

March 7, 2008 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Colibrys introduced its inertial, vibration and tilt sensors that have been certified for safety-critical railway applications. The CENELEC (European center for electronic and electro-technique normalization) EN 50128 railway application standard has assessed their software common mode failure conformity.

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Multi-Sensor Interface Delivers Low Power

March 7, 2008 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD America introduced its Multi-Sensor Interface Circuit (MUSic) family of semiconductors for microcontroller-based consumer, medical and industrial systems that require multiple sensor control. The product family is designed for a variety of markets and applications, especially those with multiple sensors where a microcontroller is the heart of the system.

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All-Metal Encoder for Robust Applications

March 7, 2008 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic released an all-metal body version of its E27 series encoders. The metal encoder is designed for more robust applications than the standard version where bushing strength, panel nut tightening torque and side-impact resistance is of primary importance. It can be a drop-in replacement for users who want to upgrade their designs or replace other devices without customization.

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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

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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.

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Miniature Load Cell Sensors and Interface Device with USB or Analog Outputs

February 28, 2008 4:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Loadstar Sensors, Inc. announced the iLoad Mini miniature load cell, and the DQ-1000 versatile signal conditioning board that enables three different outputs: digital USB, 0.5V to 4.5V analog or 2 mV/V. The sensor offers ease of use in a rugged, low profile 1.25" diameter package and heights between 0.5" and 1" depending on the configuration. The separation of the load cell from the signal conditioning interface board gives greater flexibility to designers and inventors who want to fit the sensor into small spaces.

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Incremental Encoders Available In Blind Hollow Shaft Versions

February 13, 2008 5:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

SICK STEGMANN’s DFS 60 Incremental Encoders are available in blind hollow shaft versions. These blind hollow shaft encoders are designed to reduce the potential for contamination, making them suitable for use in dirty or dusty environments with water washdown cleansing. DFS60 blind hollow shaft encoders deliver from 1 to 65,536 ppr with reliable operation

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Capacitive Touch Sensing ICs Cut Product Development Time

February 4, 2008 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Electronic Components LLC announced an addition to its B6TS application-ready touch sensing IC family; 8-channel and 16-channel LF versions are now available. This family of products measures floating capacitance through most insulating touch panel materials. Therefore, they are suitable for use in appliance, medical, commercial, fitness, consumer, and other products that must be able to withstand long life, cleaning, and be easily operated by personnel wearing thin polymer surgical or food service gloves.

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