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Membrane Switch Keypads Target Interface Designs

January 28, 2009 5:03 am | Comments

Said to replace multiple mechanical switches, soldered wires, and cable assemblies, NKK Switches’ FM Series membrane switch keypads perform in human-machine interface designs. The dot-illuminated configurations offer 12 or 16 keys, pre-configured legends on embossed keypads; and stroke from 0.5 mm to 1.2 mm. The

Chokes Address Renewable Energy Sector

January 28, 2009 4:44 am | Comments

Suitable as input and output devices for solar, wind, and fuel-cell inverter applications, Premo’s POT CORE Series chokes operate in the renewable energy sector and railway sector applications. The shielded components offer heights of 100 mm, 120 mm, and 180 mm, diameters of 100 mm and 120 mm, and availability to assembly in 1 or 2 cells. The inductive units exhibit current up to 44 Arms, operating frequencies up to 25 KHz, and

Chip Combines Bluetooth, GPS, FM Tx/Rx

January 27, 2009 11:45 am | Comments

Serving Bluetooth 2.4-GHz systems, CSR’s BlueCore7830 single-chip radio and baseband IC includes GPS and an integrated FM transmitter and receiver with stereo audio input and output stages, Bluetooth low energy, and RDS modulator/demodulator. With the on-chip CSR Bluetooth software stack, it provides a fully compliant Bluetooth system to v2.1 +EDR of the specification for data and voice communications. The component exhibits

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Blue Laser Diode Targets Micro-Projectors

January 27, 2009 11:40 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

Coming in an optimized TO38 package, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ new blue laser diode serves micro-projectors integrated in mobile devices, such as cell phones and digital cameras. The 3.2-mm high component demonstrates a wavelength of 450 nm, output of 50 mW, voltage of 5.5 V, and efficiency of 0.9 W/A. The ridge laser will serve as

Spatial Channel Modeling Tool Serves WiMAX/LTE Applications

January 27, 2009 11:31 am | Comments

Operating in the EB Propsim radio channel emulators, EB’s new spatial channel modeling (SCM) and SCM extended (SCME) emulation method and tool target mobile devices and base stations using Mobile WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. The product is based on a geometry-based stochastic modeling method for system-level emulations and performance metrics, such as throughput and delay, are measured over a number of

SERDES Framer Interface IP Core Aids Lattice SC/M FPGAs

January 27, 2009 9:36 am | Comments

Using seventeen SERializer/DESerializer (SERDES) channels in the Lattice SC and Lattice SCM (Lattice SC/M) devices, the SERDES Framer Interface, Level 5 (SFI5) Intellectual Property (IP) Core from Lattice Semiconductor enables the creation of next-generation 40-Gbps systems. LatticeSC/M FPGA devices include 4- to 32-channels of high-speed SERDES capable of supporting data rates from 600 Mbps to 3.8 Gbps

Transistor Sockets Contain Brass Alloy Receptacles

January 27, 2009 6:00 am | Comments

Offering 3, 4, 8, or 10 positions, Mill-Max’s Series 917 TO-5 and TO-100 transistor sockets have precision-machined, brass alloy receptacles assembled with a Mill-Max, 4-finger #30 contact inside each socket. The #30 contact exhibits a pin diameter acceptance range from 0.015” to 0.025” and a current rating of 3 A per position. The through-hole and SMT devices utilize high-temperature thermoplastic suitable for wave soldering and

Analysis/Reporting Software Performs in Multimeters

January 27, 2009 5:51 am | Comments

Including a temperature probe, test leads, alligator clips, and a soft case, Fluke’s latest version of the FlukeView Forms analysis and reporting software comes in a combo kit with Fluke 289 or Fluke 287 digital multimeters. The product offers TrendCapture for recording events and display results on the built-in display screen; and data logging for recording up to 15,000 events over time before downloading the results to a PC. The software presents

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DC/DC Converters Demonstrate 4:1 Input Ranges

January 27, 2009 5:33 am | Comments

Including a remote on/off signal, XP Power’s 12-W JTF12 Series and 20-W JTM20 Series DC/DC converters offer 4:1 input ranges from 9 VDC to 36 VDC or 18 VDC to 75 VDC. The devices exhibit dual output voltages of ±5 VDC, ±12 VDC, or ±15 VDC that are fully regulated to within ±0.5% over all input ranges and to

Radial Inductors Address Low- and Medium-Current Applications

January 27, 2009 5:30 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

The 1100 R and 1300 R series of radial lead format inductors from Murata Power suit low and medium current applications. The 1100R series has overall dimensions of 4.0 mm diameter x 5.5 mm, is offered with inductance values ranging from 1.0 µH to 470 µH, and has a maximum current rating

Motor Starters Suit Industrial Apps

January 27, 2009 5:26 am | Comments

Moeller’s SYST-M line of ready-to-use industrial enclosed motor starters are rated to 60 HP at 575 V. The three-part non-reversing and reversing starters are UL/CSA approved and come in both non-combination and fused-combination configurations. All starters are housed

Plastic Ice Sensor Serves UAVs

January 27, 2009 5:19 am | Comments

Providing RF transparency for installation in close proximity to radio antennas, the Model 9732-UAV ice detecting transducer probe from New Avionics also solves the problem of conductive metallic interference with mission-critical RF gear on unmanned aerial vehicles and other small aircraft. Weighing less than 10 grams, the sealed sensor consumes less than 2 watts and has an ice sensitivity of 0.001 inch or better.

Rotary Encoder Exhibits Small Footprint

January 27, 2009 5:13 am | Comments

Being billed as the world’s smallest, Avago Technologies’ and the FAULHABER Group’s PA2-50 rotary encoder measures 3 mm × 3.28 mm × 1.26 mm. The component incorporates the AEDR-8400 optical IC with a transmitter and emitter located on the same SMT surface. The motor connections are integrated into the flex circuit. The 6-mm D unit demonstrates power consumption of 8 mA at 3 VDC, making it suitable for

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DC/DC Boost LED Driver Supports 18-V Input

January 27, 2009 4:18 am | Comments

Suiting 12-V or 15-V industrial power rails, Texas Instruments’ TPS61500 DC/DC boost LED driver (SSLD) offers an input voltage range from 2.9 V to 18 V. The 14-pin, HTSSOP-packaged unit presents a 3-A current switch with integrated FET for powering 4 3-W LEDs at an input voltage of 5 V and 8 3-W LEDs at an input voltage of

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Development Board Serves Motor Control Applications

January 27, 2009 4:00 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Supporting the dsPIC33F family of motor control DSCs, Microchip’s dsPICDEM MCLV development board (part # DM330021) provides a method for evaluating and developing sensored or sensorless BLDC and Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) control applications. The product contains a three-phase inverter bridge

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