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Four-Direction Sensor Exhibits Noiseless Operation

December 22, 2008 5:04 am | Comments

Using an infrared LED, 2 phototransistors, and a light blocking mechanism, ROHM Electronics’ RPI-1040 SMT 4-direction sensor detects up, down, left, and right movement in 90° intervals with noiseless operation. Instantaneous gravity direction detection is enabled, which is linked to the movement of the device. The tilt sensor offers

Evaluation Kit Explores Power Devices

December 19, 2008 8:52 am | Comments

Providing a first-evaluation solution to assess Nextreme's power generation technology, the eTEG Thermoelectric Power Generation Evaluation Kit requires only modest equipment to measure the power generated by the company’s eTEG UPF40 devices. A nanoengineered thin-film embedded thermoelectric generator (eTEG) generates electrical power (greater than that of one using conventional materials) via the Seebeck effect, where

Fill System Processes Small Packages

December 19, 2008 8:40 am | Comments

Useful for packaging of small lots of materials, the Ring Dex filling & capping system from Dispense Works can process small bottles, tubes and vials. Setup of fill volumes, capping torques, and check weights is done with a pre-programmed graphical interface.


DC/DC Modules Support up to 100 W

December 19, 2008 6:41 am | Comments

Offering 100 W, the TEP-100 dfgn Series of DC/DC converter modules from Tracopower features a metal enclosure with four M3 inserts for attaching the converter to a chassis or heatsink. The Series is comprised of 12 models with input ranges from 18 VDC to 36 VDC or from 36 VDC to 75 VDC, and output voltages ranging from

Computer-on-Module Based on Intel N270 Processor

December 19, 2008 6:37 am | Comments

Based on an Intel Atom Processor N270 at 1.6 GHz, the Express-AT Computer-on-Module (COM) from ADLINK Technology is COM Express type 2 compatible. The module comes with integrated support for high-resolution CRT, single/dual channel LVDS, and TV out (SDTV and HDTV). The COM supports up to 2 GB

Temperature Switches Offer User Programmability

December 19, 2008 6:21 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Triggering for temperatures ranging from -40°C to 125°C from an operating voltage from 2.7 V to 5.5 V, Microchip Technology's MCP9509 and MCP9510 logic-output temperature switches exhibit a temperature-switch threshold that can be programmed with a single external resistor. The devices monitor temperature based upon user-programmed resistance values, and, when the programmed temperature threshold is reached, the switches


Dual-Phase Coupled Inductor Suits Notebook Computers

December 19, 2008 5:46 am | Comments

Designed to support Volterra’s VT1300 multi-phase voltage regulator, Pulse’s PA2143 dual-phase coupled inductor operates in notebook computers. Each phase is rated for 30 A and exhibits min. equivalent transient inductance (Lk) of 50 nH, min. magnetizing inductance (Lm) of 160 nH, and max. DCR of 0.28 mOhm. The 11.8-mm ×

Light Engines Use XLamp LEDs

December 19, 2008 5:17 am | Comments

Offering from 1 to 3 LEDs wired in series or parallel for integration into SSLD systems, ETG Corporation’s new family of light engines utilize Cree’s XLamp MC-E or XP family of LEDs. The single MC-E version offers input power of 9.8 W while providing up to 790 lm at 6,000K and up to 605 lm at 3,000K. The three-up MC-E version delivers >2,250 lm at 6000K with an input power of <30 W. The 1-W single XP version produces


Inertial Sensors Target Automotive Airbag Systems

December 19, 2008 4:58 am | Comments

Based on High Aspect Ratio Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems (HARMEMS), Freescale Semiconductor’s MMA6222EG, MMA6255EG, and MMA621010EG inertial sensors perform in automotive airbag systems. The units offer an XY-axis of sensitivity, 10-bit digital data output, full-scale range per axis of ±20 g, ±50 g or ±100 g, ±4% sensitivity accuracy at 25°C, and operation from a 3.3-V or 5-V supply voltage in a

Eighth-Brick DC/DC Converters Yield 4:1 Input

December 19, 2008 4:27 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Meeting UL/EN/IEC/CAN/CSA-C22.2 60950-1, RoHS-6 and FCC RMI/EMI requirements, Murata Power Solutions’ UWE Series eighth-brick DC/DC converters offer 4:1 input from 9 VDC to 36 VDC or from 18 VDC to 75 VDC. The 22.9-mm × 58.4-mm × 9.1-mm devices exhibit a fixed output of up to 75 W, fixed output voltages from

Test Software Combines Curve Tracing and Parametric Test

December 19, 2008 4:11 am | Keithley Instruments | Comments

Pairing with the SourceMeter instrument family, Keithley Instruments’ Automation Characterization Suite (ACS) Basic Edition component test software performs basic curve tracing and parametric test for component test applications on the device, wafer, or cassette level. The system is targeted for bench-top component test applications that

Platform Brings HD Performance to Small Spaces

December 18, 2008 7:08 am | Comments

Combining a VIA Nano processor, a unified digital media chipset, and an S3 Graphics PCIe discrete GPU, VIA Technologies’ VIA Trinity three-chip silicon platform delivers HD video performance to desktop PCs, notebooks, and embedded devices while supporting x86 technology. The S3 Graphics Chrome onboard graphics accelerator supports the DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL graphics architectures, HDMI output, and playback of

LED Light Tubes Serve Multiple Applications

December 18, 2008 6:54 am | Comments

Containing an 80 CRI (color rendering index), Marktech LED Lighting Products’ T5 LED light tubes suits general or indirect lighting of display cases, wall washes and alcoves, in addition to backlighting of POP displays and vending machines. The 1-ft to 5-ft devices operate at 24 VDC in low-power 60º or a  high-power 120º versions with color temperatures of 3,300K, 4,200K, and 6,500K. The tubes come with a clear or diffused


VCOs Deliver up to 9 dBm

December 18, 2008 6:42 am | Comments

Providing output power of up to 9 dBm, two SMT MMIC VCOs from Hittite Microwave Corporation are for point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, VSAT, military and test equipment applications in the frequency range, 20.9 GHZ to 26.8 GHz. With SSB phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz @ 100 kHz offset, the HMC738LP4(E) accepts a tuning voltage

Active Star Transceiver Incorporates Embedded Bit-Reshaper

December 18, 2008 6:42 am | Comments

Reducing the asymmetric delay caused by components in FlexRay networks or introduced by external interferences onto the network, austriamicrosystems’ AS8224 FlexRay Active Star transceiver integrates an embedded bit-reshaper for use in in-vehicle networks. The device is capable of reshaping single bits in 12.5 ns steps (microtick) up to a total amount of 37.5 ns (3 microticks). The mechanism performs a clock-deviation


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