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Connector Targets IFE Systems

October 22, 2008 5:06 am | Comments

Meeting technical specifications for use in commercial aircrafts, ITT Interconnect Solutions’ custom ARINC 600 connector is designed specifically for in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. The device uses Quadrax contacts for gigabit Ethernet channels, as well as a custom-size two shell designed to reduce EMI/RFI emissions. The connector utilizes custom insert arrangements and pre-loaded inserts with tail contacts to eliminate unused positions and for PC board

Light Sensors Display 16-bit Resolution

October 21, 2008 9:58 am | Comments

Managing LED and cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) display backlighting, TAOS’ TCS3404 and TCS3414 digital color light sensors use RGB filters to derive the color chromaticity and illuminance of ambient light with 16 bits of resolution. The 2.095 mm × 1.875 mm × 0.685 mm components automatically eliminate signal fluctuation resulting from AC lighting flicker without

Radiometer Performs Multiple Detector Measurements

October 21, 2008 9:12 am | Comments

Utilizing 4-channel multiplexed technology, Gigahertz-Optik’s X1-1 handheld multi-spectralband filter radiometer simultaneously operates and displays multiple detector measurements of the XD-450X 3-cell detector series. The device exhibits autoranging from 0.1 pA to 200 uA or manual range selection, dose mode, selectable integration time from 20 ms to 1 second, USB interface, backlit LCD, and compatibility with up to 4 single- and multi-sensor light detector

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VCO Demonstrates Low Phase Noise

October 21, 2008 7:58 am | Comments

Operating in a frequency range from 5,340 MHz to 5,390 MHZ, Crystek’s CVCO55CXT-5340-5390 VCO exhibits a typical phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset. The 0.5” × 0.5” SMT component presents typical output power of 3 dBm, a control voltage range from 0.5 V to ~4.5 V, input voltage of 5 V, and maximum current consumption of 25 mA. The oscillator shows pulling and

Turnkey Devices Incorporate SLED Technology

October 21, 2008 7:35 am | Comments

Performing in laboratory applications, Exalos’ EBS4000-0000 and EBS8000-0000 turnkey devices with touchscreens enable the use of superluminescent light emitting diode (SLED) technology. The EBS4000-0000 can utilize up to 4 different SLEDs, and the EBS8000-0000 can utilize up to 8 ones with availability as

Photos From the Renesas Developers' Conference

October 21, 2008 7:17 am | Iar Systems Software | Comments

Addressing the needs of engineers and managers using microcomputers to develop embedded systems, the Renesas Developers’ Conference (held from October 13 to 15 in San Diego) presented tutorials, technology updates, hands-on technical labs, panel discussions, and ‘meet the experts’ sessions.

Mechanical Hygrostats Control Relative Air Humidity

October 21, 2008 6:53 am | Comments

Connecting to an enclosure heater (dehumidifier), Omega Engineering’s MFR012 Series mechanical hygrostats are designed to control the relative air humidity inside of enclosures. The CE-compliant units activate the heater at the set humidity level in order to raise the dew point to help prevent damage and malfunction of electronic components caused by condensation and

SoC Reduces ICs in Amplification Circuits

October 21, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Using multibit Delta-Sigma audio converter technology, the CS47048 audio system-on-a-chip (SOC) from Cirrus Logic can reduce the number of ICs required to implement an automotive amplifier by as many as 10. Featuring a 4-channel ADC and a 32-bit audio DSP, the SOC has a 105 dB dynamic range and a -98 dB THD+N. The device uses integrated converters to simplify the management

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Buck Controllers Deliver up to 12 A

October 21, 2008 5:44 am | Comments

Accepting and input from 6 to 42 V, the Simple Switcher family of synchronous buck controllers from National Semiconductor has an output current capability of up to 12 A. The LM3150 features an adjustable switching frequency and output voltage, and the LM3151, LM3152 and LM3153 deliver a fixed 3.3-V output voltage at 250, 500, and 750 kHz

Circuit Protectors Reset Remotely

October 21, 2008 5:37 am | Comments

Isolating circuit failures for design, control, and systems integration applications, Weidmuller’s ESX10-T Series circuit protectors demonstrate remote reset capabilities that operating via the use of an electronic signal. The instruments combine electronic trip characteristics and active current limitation to allow selective disconnection of loads that are connected to 24 VDC power supplies. Selective load protection prevents complete shutdown of the system by disconnecting

IDCs Accept Small Wires

October 21, 2008 5:04 am | Avx Corporation | Comments

Designed to accept 26 AWG to 28 AWG stranded or solid wires, AVX’s 9176 and 9177 Series wire-to-board insulation displacement connectors (IDCs) hold 18 AWG to 24 AWG and 14 AWG to 20 AWG wires, respectively. The 2- and 3-position devices exhibit current ratings of 10 A and 15 A, respectively, voltage rating of 125 V, minimum insulation resistance of

Processor Board Uses 45-nm Core 2 Duo Chip

October 21, 2008 4:33 am | Comments

Including dual 10-Gbps Ethernet interfaces for high-bandwidth embedded communication applications, the PRM-100 processor AdvancedMC board from JumpGen Systems is based on the latest 45nm Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor SL9380, coupled with the Intel® 3100 chipset.

Resistor Demonstrates Industrial-Grade Absolute TCR

October 17, 2008 12:32 pm | Comments

Having a 25°C ref., Vishay Intertechnology’s VPR221Z Z-Foil resistor provides an industrial-grade absolute TCR of ±0.050 ppm/°C from 0°C to 60°C and ±0.200 ppm/°C from -55°C to 125°C. The component exhibits a power rating up to 8 W at 25°C per MIL-PRF-39009 (1.500 W in free air), a typical power coefficient ("DeltaR due to self heating") of ±4 ppm/W, and a tolerance of ±0.010%. The unit presents a 1 ns rise time without ringing, a load-life stability of ±0.005% (50 ppm) for 2,000 hours at

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Eye Pattern Analyzer Supports Multiple Systems

October 17, 2008 12:02 pm | Comments

Conducting measurements at data rates from 0.1 Gbps to 12.5 Gbps, Anritsu’s Bit Master MP1026 eye pattern analyzer demonstrates support for OC-192/STM-64 SONET/SDH, 10G Fibre Channel, and 10G Ethernet systems at the physical layer. The 315 mm × 211 mm × 78 mm 4 kg device verifies the performance of high-speed circuits, transceivers, transponders, and

Bonding System Attaches Multiple Parts

October 17, 2008 11:19 am | Comments

Offering a motorized X-axis table, Y-axis table, or XY axis table, Miyachi Unitek’s Unitek Eapro DT-500-PH desktop hot bar bonding system connects multiple parts in an array at one time, multiple flexes onto a PCB, or one flex to a PCB and a LCD. The tool uses a Uniflow2 power supply for selective hot bar soldering, heat sealing, and conductive adhesive applications. The instrument delivers

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