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APD Receivers Incorporate Thermoelectric Cooler

October 29, 2008 4:58 am | Comments

Performing in military laser radar and optical communications, and commercial telecommunications applications, Voxtel’s VDHAX line of hermetically-packaged avalanche photodiode (APD) receivers use Nextreme’s OptoCooler UPF4 thermoelectric cooler. The cooler integrates directly into the VDH-A TO-8 package to deliver >45°C of cooling curing operation via Nextreme’s thin-film thermal bump technology. The component removes a maximum of 610 mW of heat at

Automotive HDD Possesses Low Energy Consumption Efficiency

October 28, 2008 11:48 am | Comments

Measuring 69.85 mm × 111 mm × 9.50 mm, Toshiba Storage Device Division’s MK8057GSC 80 GB SATA automotive-grade HDD exhibits an energy consumption efficiency of 0.01 W/GB. The 98 gram component shows an average seek time of 16 ms, interface transfer rate of 1.5 Gb/s, rotational speed of 4,200 rpm, and an operating temperature range from

Switching Regulators Exhibit High Efficiency

October 28, 2008 11:16 am | Comments

Operating at an ambient temperature of up to 60°C without a heatsink or forced cooling, Tracopower’s TSR-1 Series 1 A switching regulators operate at a full load efficiency of up to 96%. The 9 models offer input voltages from 4.75 VDC to 32 VDC, output voltages from 1.50 VDC to 15 VDC, output current of 1 A, and direct operation from a 24 VDC bus voltage. The instruments act as


Motion Controller Manages Four Axes

October 28, 2008 10:32 am | Comments

Pairing with FANUC servos, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platform’s PACMotion motion controller module controls up to 4 axes plus a master axis in motion applications in the packaging, assembly, metalworking, and printing industries. The component uses PACcore multi-processor architecture bridged by virtual dual port memory and a PCI backplane to decrease the degrading of

UHF Reader ICs Utilize Protocol Engine

October 28, 2008 9:45 am | Comments

Known as “SimplyGen2”, austriamicrosystems’ AS3990 and AS3991 single-chip UHF reader ICs use an EPC Class 1 Gen 2 protocol engine. The 9 mm² 64-pin QFN-packaged components include an integrated power amplifier, require 32 registers to enable full RF, filtering, and protocol control, and operate over a temperature range from -45°C to 85°C. The products can

Cable Assemblies Transmit 10 Gbps

October 28, 2008 9:11 am | Comments

Targeting the high-performance computing (HPC), enterprise networking, and network storage markets, W.L. Gore & Associates’ GORE SPF+ copper cable assemblies delivering 10 Gbps data at distances up to 25 meters. The SFF-84310- and RoHS-compliant devices use an expanded

Level Control Sensors Enhance Power Measurements

October 28, 2008 7:52 am | Comments

Coming fully calibrated, Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S NRP-Z28 and R&S NRP-Z98 one-box level control sensors are designed to enhance the performance of power measurements. The instruments exhibit a VSWR of <1.11 in a frequency range from 9 kHz to 2.4 GHz to reduce

Lamps Include Switch and Sensor

October 28, 2008 7:25 am | Comments

Suiting panels and enclosures, Omega Engineering’s SL025 Series of slimline lamps come equipped with an on/off switch and a movement sensor. The CE-compliant devices fit into any position in a steel enclosure via a magnet fixing. The user has the choice of a lamp with or without


Power Supply Used Globally Without Changing Settings

October 28, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

With its 90-265 VAC universal input and active PFC, the 400W TMPC-400 ATX PC power supply can be used globally without changing input settings. The power supply is approved to UL 60601-1, IEC 60601-1, and EN 60601-1 medical standards, and complies with EN 60601-1-2 EMC standards, including EN 55011, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-4-2, and EN 61000-4-11


Audio Codec Uses Class H Technology

October 28, 2008 6:49 am | Comments

Improving audio playback battery life by up to 2 hours, Cirrus Logic’s CS42L55 portable audio codec utilizes supply-adjusting bimodal Class H headphone driver technology for quiescent power consumption of 5.1 mW. The 5 mm × 5 mm × 0.45 mm 36-pin QFN-packaged component delivers 1 Vrms line output from a 1.8 V supply and 17 mW per channel of 96 dB dynamic range

Tact Switches Endure 300K Cycles

October 28, 2008 6:17 am | Comments

Demonstrating an operating current of 1 µA at 1.8 VDC, C&K Components’ 4.6 mm × 2.8 mm KMR Series tact switches last for a life span of up to 300,000 cycles in mobile applications. The KMR 2 devices display a height of 1.9 mm and an actuation force range from 1.2 N to 4 N, and the KMR 4 units exhibit a height of 2.5 mm and an actuation force range from 2 N to


Potentiometers Integrated in Dog Training Equipment

October 28, 2008 6:16 am | Comments

Model P160 panel potentiometers from TT electronics BI Technologies have been implemented in Tri-Tronics' electronic dog training equipment. With a 5 oz to 8 oz-in rotational torque for each detent position over 100,000 cycles, the panels feature a resistance range of 500 O to 1 MO and standard tolerance to ±20%. The 16mm rotary potentiometers feature conductive plastic elements

Development Tool Supports MCUs and DSCs

October 28, 2008 5:48 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Supporting in-circuit programming and debugging, Microchip Technology’s MPLAB ICD 3 development tool performs in Microchip’s 8-bit PIC MCUs, entire line of 16- and 32-bit MCUs, and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). The product maintains backward compatibility with the RJ-11 interface for connecting to target boards for device programming, and shows compatibility with


Ultracapacitors Satisfy Power Apps

October 28, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Adding to the PowerBurst Series, Tecate Industries’ PBF Series electric double layer capacitor (EDLC) modules target short-term or back-up power applications, such as automatic meter readers (AMRs), solid-state drives (SSDs), and wireless transmission applications. The 48 mm × 5.70 mm × 20 mm to 96 mm × 5.70 mm × 35 mm instruments suit soft shutdown, “dying gasp” notification, battery swaps, and memory retention. The devices offer capacitance values of

SDRAM Module Stores 64 MB

October 27, 2008 12:32 pm | Comments

Based on the 4,000,000 gate Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA, Opal Kelly’s XEM3050 FPGA USB 2.0 module presents 64 MB SDRAM using 2 independent 32 MB SDRAMs. The component offers 8 Mb SPI Serial Flash memory for non-volatile storage; a separate Xilinx Platform Flash for FPGA configuration data; 512k x18 synchronous SRAM; and 2 switching power supplies. API is available for


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