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Software Speeds Image Processing

February 26, 2009 11:14 am | Comments

Intended to enhance the workflow for digital line sensors such as the ADS80, Leica XPro line sensor workflow software by Leica Geosystems and North West Geomatics covers the process from data download to image generation. A Downloader Module performs a mass-memory captured-data overview with data extraction or data replication, and a viewer enables quick checking of downloaded images


Switcher IC Supports Energy Star EPS v2.0

February 26, 2009 11:12 am | Power Integrations | Comments

Designed for applications with up to 3.1 W of output that require Energy Star EPS v2.0 compliance, the LinkSwitch-II LNK632DG switcher IC from Power Integrations enables the creation of power systems with a no-load power consumption of 30 mW or less. The ICs eliminate the need for optocouplers and all secondary-side CV/CC control circuitry, as well as all control-loop compensation and clamping circuitry.

Stereoscopic Display Targets General Apps

February 26, 2009 11:06 am | Comments

Targeting applications such as photogrammetry, computational chemistry, and virtual simulation, the StereoMirror SD1710 3-D/stereoscopic display from Planar Systems supports 1,280 × 1,024 resolution in stereo. Two LCD monitors separated at a 110° angle with a semitransparent mirror bisecting the space between the two monitors generates stereo separation when used with polarizing glasses. This creates a stereoscopic 3-D image that


Dual-Band MIMO Antennas Address 802.11n Systems

February 26, 2009 7:28 am | Comments

Operating in the 2.4-GHz-to-2.5-GHz and 5.1-GHz-to-5.9-GHz bands, Laird Technologies’ S245112PT directional and S24517PT sector dual-band external MIMO antennas are intended to enhance the latest generation of WLAN technology systems. The devices contain 3 MIMO antenna elements, each of which is connected to the WLAN access point via a low-loss, coax pigtail. The S245112PT targets point-to-point and

Transducers Combine Pressure and Temperature Sensing

February 26, 2009 7:04 am | Comments

Incorporating bonded foil strain gage technology and RTD elements, Stellar Technology’s Series PT170 and PT17XX transducers integrate a pressure sensor and temperature sensor in one package. The devices measure dynamic and static pressures and temperatures, and exhibit shock and vibration protection. The Series PT170 provides

Multimode Ferrules Demonstrate Low Insertion Loss

February 26, 2009 6:30 am | Comments

Exhibiting a typical distribution mode of 0.10 dB, US Conec’s MT Elite 12-fiber, thermoplastic, multimode ferrules offer a worst case mated pair insertion loss of 0.35 dB on 50/125 OM3 fiber at 850 nm. The devices perform with MTP-brand MPO connector components in array trunk cabling and breakout cassettes, and for existing and

Motion Controller/Driver Uses 64-bit Processor

February 26, 2009 6:16 am | Comments

Driving and controlling up to 3 axes of motion using any combination of DC or 2-phase stepper motors up to 3 A per axis, Newport’s ESP301 3-axis motion controller and driver utilizes a 64-bit, floating point, DSP processor. The instrument includes a USB interface, a manual front panel interface, a digital PID-FF (feed-forward)

Low-Profile SCRs Target Tight Spaces

February 26, 2009 5:53 am | Comments

With overall package dimensions of 2.1 mm x 3.1 mm x 1.0 mm, the CTLS5064-M532 and CTLS5064R-M532 SCR devices come in an SMT TLM532 case. Key electrical characteristics include a 0.8-V gate threshold voltage, a 200-µA gate threshold current, and an on-state switching speed of 2.8 µs.


Crystalline Lattice May Revolutionize Memory

February 26, 2009 5:50 am | Comments

Researchers say a newly tested method for producing super dense, defect-free, thin polymer films is the fastest, most efficient method ever achieved and it may dramatically improve microelectronic storage capabilities, such as those in computer memory sticks. In the February 20 issue of the journal Science, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and their colleagues at the University of California Berkeley report

PAR30-Style LED Spotlight Delivers 367 Lumens

February 26, 2009 5:26 am | Comments

Accepting an input from 85 VAC to 260 VAC, the 15-degree narrow-beam PAR30A LED bulb from LED is made up of five 3-W, high-power LEDs and replaces filament-based 75-W incandescent or halogen bulbs.

SSLDs Enable Next-Gen LED Designs

February 26, 2009 5:15 am | Comments

Addressing the higher currents needed by the next generation of high brightness LEDs, the RCD-24-1.0 and RCD-24-1.2 solid-state lighting drivers (SSLD) from Recom are available in versions delivering up to 1,200 mA. The 22 × 12.5 × 8.5-mm devices require no external components, reducing the circuit footprint by up to 50%. Features include short circuit protection and thermal shutdown as well as independent PWM and Analog linear dimming inputs

Kazakhstan Withdraws from Central Asian Power Grid

February 26, 2009 5:00 am | Comments

Kazakhstan announced Thursday it was pulling out of the Central Asian power grid to protect its energy supplies, a move that forced rolling blackouts and electricity rationing on Kyrgyzstan, its tiny, power-starved neighbor. Kazakhstan said it had to withdraw from the power grid because Tajikistan was taking more energy from the grid than it was producing.

Temperature Compensation Engine Open for Licensing

February 26, 2009 4:44 am | Comments

Leadis Technology announced that its proprietary LED-Sense temperature sensing and compensation engine, implemented in the LDS8160, is now available for licensing to third parties as an embedded, stand-alone IP block. This IP engine, suitable for enhancing the performance of LED driver, light management unit, and power management unit ICs, directly measures the junction temperature of an LED in the system at its


Toolkit Integrates Mechanical System/Control Software Design

February 25, 2009 12:02 pm | Comments

Enabling software and mechanical engineers to work together to design, test, and modify custom motion algorithms, Danaher Motion’s MechaWare 3.0 mechatronic toolkit seamlessly integrates mechanical systems and control software design. The product includes capture, logging, and visualization tools that allow mechanical, I/O, and software data to be integrated into one measurement environment. The toolkit delivers

Quad-Channel VGA Exhibits 24-dB Gain Range

February 25, 2009 8:22 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Designed for PET scanners, communication systems, and advanced video equipment, Analog Device’s AD8264 quad-channel VGA (variable-gain amplifier) demonstrates a 24-dB gain range. The 40-lead LFCSP-packaged component has auxiliary differential ADC drivers operating with ADI’s data converters. The device’s pinout provides single-ended output taps directly from the VGAs, which have a -3-dB bandwidth of


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