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Infrared SMT LEDs Promise Extended Operation

April 4, 2008 7:15 am | Comments

Housed in a plastic leadless PLCC-2 package with a silicon encapsulant, the OP180 Series and OP280 Series of SMT infrared LEDs from Optek have an increased operational life over unencapsulated emitters. The devices are available in GaAs and GaAIAs versions providing 850 nm, 875 nm, or 940 nm light at power levels from 0.15 mW/cm² to 0.15 mW/cm² of apertured power

Radio Communication Analyzers Test High Data Rate

April 4, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

Anritsu Company introduced its HSDPA high data rate and W-CDMA Band XI test options for its MT8820B/MT8815B radio communication analyzers to create single-instrument systems for testing next-generation high data rates and Tx/Rx characteristics. Advantages include faster measuring times, one-touch operation, high-level signaling and high performance for designers and manufacturers of HSPDA and W-CDMA mobile devices who need to quickly verify performance.

Data Logger Features a Flexible Probe

April 4, 2008 6:41 am | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. announced its Model OM-CP-HITEMP-150FP small, rugged, reusable temperature data logger for deployment in harsh environments. This data logger comes standard with a flexible silicone rubber cable, penetration style stainless steel probe and a stainless steel body. It features a programmable start time, real time operation and an extended temperature range. Data analysis is easy by using the accompanying Windows software, and NIST Calibration certificates are available.

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Test System Measures Passive Intermodulation

April 4, 2008 6:37 am | Comments

Boonton, a Wireless Telecom Group company, introduced its PIM 20 ultra portable test system for passive intermodulation. Its design provides a rugged, reliable tool for RF field technicians. The device is battery-driven and self-calibrating. When connected to a component or system, users can read the measurement value (dBc) directly from the display, follow the LED bar that turns red if too high of a PIM value is measured, or they can connect it to a device like a Walkie-Talkie to listen remotely if PIM values change when altering components (e.g. tap test).

LED Lightpipes Prevent Color Mixing

April 4, 2008 6:33 am | Comments

Using optional barriers that prevent color mixing from adjacent rows Elma Electronics’ LED Lightpipes provide distinct color output. The lightpipes have thin polycarbonate barriers which are configurable, block intruding light from other tube lanes, and add strength; resulting in clear, segregated color definition. The lightpipes offer the flexibility to have barriers between some or all of pipes, allowing the ability to mix and match.

High Accuracy Resistance Temperature Detector Simulator

April 4, 2008 6:31 am | Comments

Pickering Interfaces introduced its Model 40-262 high accuracy resistance temperature detector simulator that is an 18-channel variable resistor module designed to simulate the operation of PT100 and PT1000 RTDs with resolution and accuracy in the PXI form factor. The detector provides an accuracy of more than 0.1 percent for all resistance settings, allowing RTDs to be simulated with accuracy. It uses a design principal that combines fine and coarse control mechanisms in combination with a calibration system to achieve its performance.

Power Monitor Measures Current and Voltage

April 4, 2008 6:27 am | Comments

Linear Technology Corp. introduced its LTC4151 high side power monitor that measures current and input voltages from 7V to 80V. The monitor uses an internal 12-bit ADC to continuously measure both high side current and input voltage to give a true power reading. It replaces prior units that use costly current sense amplifiers with a separate ADC, a hot-swap controller with an ADC, or an ADC with a floating ground.

Precalibrated Position Sensor Serves as Potentiometer Replacement

April 4, 2008 6:16 am | Comments

Macro Sensors introduced its LP750 series position sensors that are hermetically sealed, frictionless, and they can serve as long-life replacements for failing potentiometers in a range of industrial position measurement applications such as machine tool positioning, hydraulic cylinder positioning, valve position sensing and automatic assembly equipment. Offering frictionless position feedback similar to the potentiometer, these sensors have no parts that wear out, offering unlimited cycle life and greater performance than a potentiometer.

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Vision Sensors Perform in Complex Inspection Applications

April 4, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced its Model VOS300 series vision sensors that combine a camera, illumination, digital outputs, process data and five evaluation methods into a single, rugged sensor housing. The result is an out-of-the-box vision sensing system that is easily configured without programming knowledge and operated without the need for detailed image processing experience. The sensors deliver advanced functionality in a number of complex inspection applications where traditional photoelectric sensors are unsuitable for use.

Guide Details Sensing Systems for Process Control

April 4, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG) released its Guide to Ultrasonic and Level Sensors that details the company’s ultrasonic, liquid level and solid level sensing systems for process control. Each product section includes a full operational description, list of potential applications, detailed specifications and dimensions, and ordering information.

High Resolution Analog Output Encoder for Harsh Environments

April 4, 2008 5:57 am | Comments

Micronor, Inc. announced its ENA361M (hollow shaft) and ESA361M (solid shaft) series ruggedized high resolution analog output absolute encoders that provide 12-bit resolution with a choice of analog output for high reliability industrial automation and process control applications. These single-turn absolute encoders are offered with a choice of 4 mA to 20 mA or 0V to 10V output, and measuring range options of 45°C, 90°C, 180°C or 360°C.

Dual Output Drawworks Encoder for Oil Field Applications

April 4, 2008 5:49 am | Comments

BEI Industrial Encoders introduced its dual output drawworks HS35 encoder for oil field applications that combines rugged, heavy-duty features into a through-shaft style for use as a winch-turns counter in the drawworks system of oil rigs. The encoder can supply simultaneous position feedback to two separate systems from a single encoder. The hard-anodized metal housing, sealed connector, IS rating, dual bearings and shaft seals for NEMA 4 and 13 (IP65) ratings combine to provide a rugged encoder that performs in the harsh oil field environment.

Compact Module Is Based on the Intel Atom Processor Z500 Series

April 3, 2008 12:43 pm | Comments

congatec AG added the conga-CA to its COM Express product line. It features the Intel Atom processor Z500 Series and the Intel System Controller Hub US15W. The complete design of this 95 mm × 95 mm, 3¾" × 3¾" sized COM Express module is geared around low power consumption. Typical power requirements for this module will be less than 5W which, when combined with ACPI 3.0 battery management, ultra mobile embedded applications

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Solid State Lamp Challenges T-8 Fluorescent Tubes In Large-Scale Refrigerators, Freezers

April 3, 2008 11:58 am | Comments

American Bright Lighting's UL Listed (UL file number E315644) SimpleTube LED replacement lamp is presented as being capable of replacing T-8 fluorescent tubes in large-scale retail refrigerators and freezers. According to the company, independent laboratory testing performed

Synchronous Buck Regulator Features Built-In Sequencing

April 3, 2008 11:45 am | Comments

Micrel, Inc. introduced its Model MIC22400 fully integrated 4A synchronous buck regulator for powering systems from 3.3V and 5V supply rails. With operating frequency programmable from 800 KHz to 4 MHz, it features built-in sequencing, tracking and ramp control, enabling all power-up sequencing and tracking protocols. Targeted at the communications, computing peripherals and high-end consumer markets, the regulator is suitable for servers/routers, HD DVD recorders, wireless base stations, FPGAs, DSPs and low voltage ASICs. The regulator features fully integrated 60 m? P-FET and 35 m? N-FET switches that deliver a 4A output current with an input voltage range of 2.6V to 5.5V.

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