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Console Server Controls and Troubleshoots Remote Networks

November 18, 2008 9:17 am | Comments

Using an iPhone, BlackBerry, Smartphone, or virtually any mobile computing device with Java-enabled browsing capability,’s ECS0016 Conyx serial console server allows users to remotely monitor, troubleshoot, and control remote networks and attached equipment. The 16-port device exhibits consolidated access and control of connected serial consoles on

Sine-to-Digital Converter Evaluates Sensors

November 18, 2008 8:44 am | Comments

Working in industrial applications for optical and magnetic linear scales and rotary encoders, iC-Haus’ iC-TW4 sine-to-digital converter evaluates magnetic or optical linear and angle sensors. Two setup pins determine the chip function, the signal gain, and the rate of interpolation within a range of x2 to x6; and the sine/cosine sensor signal can be divided up into 256 angle steps and output as an encoder quadrature signal via the RS422 drivers. The 4 mm² QFN-packaged

Oval LEDs Use Optically-Matched Radiation Patterns

November 18, 2008 8:05 am | Comments

Enhancing image quality for digital billboard and full-color sign applications, Cree’s C4SMF-RGS/GJS/BJS and C5SMF-RGS/GJS/BJS Screen Master oval LEDs employ optically-matched radiation patterns in blue, green, and red. The red pattern is located inside of the blue and green, resulting in a blended cool-white light. The 4- and 5-mm lights are available in a wide


Interface Modules Present Control-Level Connections

November 18, 2008 7:00 am | Comments

Pairing with 737-109 triple-deck terminal strips, WAGO’s 51013375 26-pin D-sub interface modules provide control-level connections for electromechanical devices in motion control applications. The DIN-rail-mountable products offer integration with 1-to-1 pin contact for signal transmission and distribution, and wiring for conductors AWG 28-12. The units operate in a

Ferrite Chip Beads Target Handheld Devices

November 18, 2008 6:15 am | Comments

Coming in a 0.6 mm × 0.3 mm × 0.3 mm footprint, Laird Technologies’ LI0201 line of EIA 0201 ferrite chip beads are suitable for handheld electronic devices, such as cellular phones, Bluetooth handsets, PDAs, GPS devices, mp3 players, digital camcorders, and digital cameras. The components show optimal impedance versus frequency characteristics with

Oscilloscopes Debug Mixed-Signal Designs

November 18, 2008 5:35 am | Tektronix | Comments

Operating at frequencies up to 200 MHz, the MSO2000 Mixed-Signal and DPO2000 Digital Phosphor oscilloscopes from Tektronix can debug mixed signal designs with features including Wave Inspector search and navigation tools, automatic decoding of serial data busses, and FilterVu variable low-pass filters. The MSO2000 provides the ability to time-correlate up to 4 analog and 16 digital signal channels

DC/DC Converter Focuses on Light-Load Efficiency

November 18, 2008 5:27 am | Comments

Intended for applications such as telecom, computing, industrial, and consumer point of load applications, a 1.5-A output step-down switcher from TI uses the Eco-mode light-load switching technique to achieve a 116-uA operating current and 1.3-uA shutdown current. Features of the 65-V input device include an integrated FET, a switching frequency range

Rocker Switches Achieve High Current Ratings

November 18, 2008 4:57 am | Comments

Utilizing silver alloy contacts, Cherry Electrical Products’ KR Series water-resistant rocker switches demonstrate current ratings of 20 A at 14 VDC and 16 A at 125 VAC. The devices fit into a panel cut out of 13 mm × 19 mm, receive UL approval on AC loads, and consist of a silicon rubber actuator, snap-fit mounting, and 4.8 mm quick connect tabs. The products suit outdoor appliances, power equipment, commercial appliances, and medical equipment. The switches offer


Mobile PC Performs in DC-powered Apps

November 18, 2008 4:18 am | Comments

Operating with a power input ranging from 10 VDC to 16 VDC,’s LPC-450M mobile PC functions in DC-powered applications found in vehicles and remote applications. The integrated start-up delay timer prevents any false power starts and ensures that power is available and ready to go with selectable timer settings of 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 40 seconds,

SPDs Provide Continuous Over-Voltage Protection

November 17, 2008 11:05 am | Comments

Providing continuous protection from over-voltage and other transient voltage activity, medium voltage surge protection devices (SPDs) from Raycap meet the IEEE C62.11-2005 Standard. The Strikesorb 40-3000, Strikesorb 40-4000, and Strikesorb 40-5000 are designed to protect equipment from lightning strikes, power surges, and spikes without

Evaluation Kit Ported onto Linux

November 17, 2008 10:51 am | Atmel Corporation | Comments

The Linux release, v2.6.27, from Atmel, is for its 400 MHz ARM926EJ-S-based AT91SAM9G20 embedded microprocessor, and for other members of the AT91SAM9 family. A Linux distribution based on v2.6.27 is available from Atmel’s AT91SAM portal at It includes the complete Linux v2.6.27 kernel, the Linux patch for the AT91SAM9G20-EK, device drivers

Subsystem Reference Designs Address Multiple Apps

November 17, 2008 10:42 am | Comments

National Semiconductor’s PowerWise energy-efficient subsystem reference designs assist in portable, lighting, solar, industrial, medical, communications infrastructure, and test and measurement applications. The reference file kits consist of applicable design schematic, bill of materials (BOM), board layout, firmware, design documentation, and FPGA source code in synthesizable


Analyzer Software Allows Multi-Method Analysis

November 17, 2008 10:12 am | Comments

Calibrating the instrument and determining the parameters of analysis via a set of data and variables, Applied Analytics’ ECLIPSE Process 10 online analyzer software enables simultaneous Analysis and Calibration Methods (ACM) configuration. The program includes instantaneous user interface response, and diagnostics and reporting routines to continuously evaluate the performance of the system and trigger rapid action. The software presents an ACM report generator, automatic


PCIe Switches Integrate DMA Engine

November 17, 2008 9:36 am | Comments

Offering configurable ports ranging from x1 to x8, PLX Technology’s ExpressLane PEX 8619 (16 lanes and ports), PEX 8615 (12 lanes and ports), and PEX 8609 (8 lanes and ports) PCIe Gen2-compliant switches incorporate a direct memory access (DMA) engine. The components provide 4 DMA channels supporting data transfers between I/O devices connected to any of the available ports while maintaining independence from the transparent switch functionality with

Fuses Function in Extended Temperature Range

November 17, 2008 9:01 am | Comments

Receiving UL and CSA approval, Littelfuse’s 438 Series 0603-size SMT fuses operate in a temperature range from -55°C to 150°C without nuisance tripping. The RoHS-compliant devices exhibit current ratings from 250 mA to 6 A, a nominal melting rate of up to 1.38 A at 6 A, and a maximum fault rating (interrupt rating) of 50 A. The Pb- and halogen-free components are appropriate for


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