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Sensor Uses Thermoelectric Cooling

June 16, 2008 11:18 am | Comments

Utilizing thin-film thermoelectric coolers, Nextreme Thermal Solutions’ and Princeton Lightwave’s SWIR (short wave infrared) focal plane sensor features Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) 2-D focal plane arrays. The eye-safe device senses nightglow radiation at 1.6 um wavelengths. The imaging sensor

Storage Drive Offers Up to 1 TB

June 16, 2008 7:26 am | Comments

Delivering up to 1.0 TB, Newer Technology’s Guardian MAXimus eMAX external RAID-1 Mirror plug-and-play storage drive has 5400 rpm and up to 64 MB of drive cache with a transfer rate up to 100 MB/s. The US/International 90 V to 240 V, 4.2 A, UL-listed power supply comes with a USB 2.0 “B” port

Connector Performs at High Temperatures

June 16, 2008 6:01 am | Comments

Performing at temperatures from -40°C to +175°C, Cinch Connectors’ Dura-Con Micro-D connector family has an insulator in tooled sizes in 9-15-25-50-100-120 positions and a seven-point twist-pin design. The interconnects in these devices can handle over 50 G of shock (Mil-Std 1344, Method 2004, Condition E) and 20 G of vibration (Mil-Std 1344, Method 2005, Condition IV). The connectors are appropriate

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Solderless Contact Switch Survives 3,000 Cycles

June 13, 2008 9:57 am | Comments

With a life cycle of 3,000 operations, ITT Interconnect Solutions' Universal Contact stamped contact uses pre-loading and anti-lift designs and comes with dome contact points and “side wings”. Addressing solderless component interconnection applications

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Measuring Software Supports Multiple .NET Frameworks

June 13, 2008 8:07 am | Comments

Capable of running in many .NET frameworks, National Instruments’ Measurement Studio 8.5 software includes user interface controls, such as ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET scientific, and ASP.NET AJAX server. The ASP.NET AJAX-compatible programming comes with NI-DAQmx and NI-SCOPE .NET driver support, as well as advanced network variable communication functions and memory-optimized analog waveform read operations. The Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

8-Axis Motion Controller Incorporates Servo Drive

June 13, 2008 6:59 am | Comments

Designed to address advanced automation applications, Technosoft’s TMC-3D 8-axis motion controller includes a digital servo drive to control up to 8 Technosoft intelligent drives (including itself) via CAN-bus

Fan Controller Accepts I2C Commands

June 12, 2008 8:25 am | Comments

Able to drive 4-wire DC fans and blowers, Control Resources’ SmartFan Cirrus-6 fan speed controller accepts commands from a custom or an I2C interface. The controller handles tach pulses from 6, 12, 24, or 48 VDC fans

MEMS Sensor Provides 3D Orientation Info

June 12, 2008 7:32 am | Stmicroelectronics | Comments

Consolidating multiple sensor functions in a single 14-pin LGA ECOPACK SMT package, STMicroelectronics’ FC30 sensor provides 3D orientation as well as click detection to recognize mouse-button controls. Accepting a nominal 2.5V at 0.3 mA, the 3.0 × 5.0 × 0.9-mm device exhibits an accuracy of ±3 degrees with a max acceleration of 10,000 g for 0.1 ms. Features of the RoHS-compliant

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2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 RF Transceiver Module Is FCC-Certified

June 12, 2008 4:48 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the MRF24J40MA FCC-certified Radio-Frequency (RF) transceiver module which services the 2.4 GHz unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) short-range wireless frequency band for the IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee specification or proprietary wireless-protocol

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Hall Effect Switches are Smallest Available

June 11, 2008 12:15 pm | Comments

Provided in a BGA package with a footprint 1.1 mm²  and a height of 0.5 mm, a family of  Hall Effect ICs from ROHM Electronics are presented as the smallest devices of their type (a 1.6 × 1.6 × 0.6-mm package is also available). Features include compensation and push-pull CMOS logic output circuitry , as well as integrated dynamic-offset cancellation.

Drum Heaters Include Thermostat

June 11, 2008 9:51 am | Comments

Giving off even heat to the contents within, Omega Engineering’s DRUM-DHW-55 Series of OMEGALUX drum heaters wrap around a 55-gallon drum and have a built in thermostat calibrated from 10 to 218°C. The spring-and-hook devices are resistant to mechanical damage and attack from many chemical substances. The drum heaters have a built-in electrically electrically-grounded metal screen and

SBC Operates at Voltages as Low as 0.9 V

June 11, 2008 6:58 am | Comments

Populated with the NXP LPC3250 microcontroller, the phyCORE-LPC3250 ARM9 based Single Board Computer (SBC) can operate in ultra-low-power mode down to 0.9V. Targeting demanding embedded applications, the 70 × 58-mm device includes power management, an FPU, and SD/SDIO, USB OTG, and Ethernet connectivity

Signal Analyzer Add-on Aids Optical Modulator Testing

June 11, 2008 5:27 am | Comments

Generating 0.5 to 3.5 Vp-p high amplitude waveforms, the MU181020A-013 Variable Data Output option from Anritsu Company configures with the MP1800A/MT1810A Signal Quality Analyzer/PPG to eliminate the need for an external amplifier

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Fans Offer Tachometer Output

June 11, 2008 5:23 am | Comments

Giving an engineer the ability to monitor and report rotational speed, Orion Fans’ DC fans trigger a  5-V TTL or an “open collector” alarm signal to indicate that they have stopped or slowed significantly. The UL/cUL- and TUV-approved devices have a 2 period-per-revolution square-wave frequency and can

Front Ends Boast High Power Density

June 10, 2008 12:41 pm | Comments

Delivering up to 2,000 W in a 5.5" × 10.7" × 1.6" package, the UFE series of programmable AC/DC front-end power supplies from Emerson Network Power yield a power density as high as 22 W/in³. Up to three supplies can deploy on a single 1U high 19"rack for up to 6 kW of available power, and up to 4 kW of redundant power. The power supplies can also be stacked up to 6U high

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