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Lighting Controller Manages Multiple Illumination Technologies

May 23, 2008 8:00 am | Comments

Combining solid-state electronics with on-site, remote, and aggregate Web-based controls, the IEPC Vari-Ballast Control provides dynamic real time lighting/energy control for HID, Incandescent, Fluorescent, CCFL, and LED lighting, enabling remote mixed-system whole-building lighting control indoors and out. The device includes a user-modifiable program which monitors lumen depreciation, light output

Mini 6-W Switchmode Transformers Target Mil/Aero Applications

May 23, 2008 7:09 am | Comments

Designed and built to meet the ruggedized requirements of MIL-PRF-27 for high-reliability aerospace and military systems, Beta Transformer's EE12.7 switchmode transformer can deliver 6 W at 100 kHz. Measuring 0.215” × 0.55” × 0.66”, the device is also available with custom electrical specifications.

Fault Detector Senses Rolling Element Bearing Impacts and Offers Early Warning

May 23, 2008 6:58 am | Comments

The IMI Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) released the patented Model 682A05 Bearing Fault Detector, which senses impacts within rolling element bearings caused by bearing faults. This type of detection provides early warning of typical bearing faults such as cracked races, spalling, brinelling, fatigue failure, looseness, and

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PC/104 Connectors Suit Embedded PC Applications

May 23, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Available with features such as a press-fit tail option to enable solder-free attachment, a PC/104-compatible range of bus connectors from Harwin for embedded PC applications come in stack-through and non stack-through versions. Configurations available include a 32 × 32 way part supporting 8-bit systems and

Dual Channel Delay Line IC Features 5 ps/Step Signal Delays, Runs At 3.2 Gpbs

May 23, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Micrel launched the dual channel SY89297U delay line IC. The second generation device can be serially programmed to provide 5 ns of delay per channel while running up to 3.2 Gbps/1.6 GHz. The delay is very linear and monotonic, providing precise delay for high-speed applications. The device includes

Leveraging FPGAs for Low Power

May 22, 2008 12:21 pm | Comments

UPC Software Controls All Areas of AC Power Source Tests

May 22, 2008 10:35 am | Comments

Pacific Power Source announced Version 1.3 of its UPC Studio Software. This tool gains desirable control of UPC-equipped AC Power Sources, and this version incorporates a new and unique Test Manager feature. Test Manager helps the user create and run test sequences and test plans. Test sequences consist of

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Molded 0805-size Tantalum Caps Offer Low ESR

May 22, 2008 9:50 am | Comments

Intended for applications in cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, and other portable devices, the TR8 series of molded MicroTan tantalum chip capacitors from Vishay Intertechnology provide an ESR value of 0.8O (at 100kHz and 47µF) in the 0805 case size and 1.5O in 0603. RoHS-compliant and halogen-free, the parts have Pb-free, L-shape facedown terminations and

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USB Optically Isolated Input and Solid State Relay Output Module Each Switch Up to 2A

May 22, 2008 8:38 am | Comments

ACCES I/O Products added the Model USB-IDIO-16 to its line of USB/104 I/O modules. The unit features 16 individually optically isolated inputs and 16 fully protected solid state FET outputs capable of switching up to 2A each. The USB-IDIO-16 is fully compatible with both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 ports and offers

SMT LEDs Deliver up to 1,900 mcd for LCD Backlights

May 22, 2008 7:19 am | Comments

Available in versions providing a light output of up to 1,900 mcd, a family of SMT LEDs from JKL Components are intended for use in BLUs (backlight units) for liquid crystal displays. Providing a 120° viewing angle, the side-mounted white LEDs include the ZSM-S2808-W, a 2.8 × 1.2 × 0.8-mm emitter with a luminous intensity (at 20 mA) of 1,400 mcd max, and the ZSM-S3806-W

ESMexpress Module Performs in Low Power, High Processing in Rugged Embedded Applications

May 21, 2008 11:03 am | Comments

MEN Micro offers the ESMexpress-based XM50 that is presented as providing COMs-style cost and time saving benefits for rugged, mobile and mission-critical embedded systems. ESMexpress is currently in the process of ANSI-VITA standardization (ANSI-VITA 59, RSE Rugged System-On-Module Express). With the PowerQUICC III MPC8548 processor operating at

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DAC Provides 16-bit Linearity

May 21, 2008 8:32 am | Comments

Offering six software-programmable output ranges, the LTC2755-16 quad 16-bit current output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) from Linear Technology provides 16-bit linearity (±1LSB (max) INL and DNL) over the industrial temperature range without any adjustment. Each DAC output can be individually programmed through a parallel interface or can be pin-strapped for operation within a single range.

Interconnect Family Features Contacts to Reduce Broadside Coupling and Crosstalk

May 21, 2008 8:16 am | Comments

Samtec expanded its Board-to-Board and Cable-to-Board line featuring a rugged Edge Rate contact. These systems are designed for applications where signal integrity and durability are critical. The specially designed contacts are asserted to offer impedance matching, reduced broadside coupling and crosstalk, and high cycle life. Board level systems include the

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Tricolor LEDs Perform in Displays and Signage

May 21, 2008 7:51 am | Comments

Designed to meet indoor and outdoor LED screen requirements for better screen resolution (greater than 12 mm pixel size), Avago’s ASMT-YTB0 LEDs have six leads to enable individual color control of each chip. Features of the PLCC-6-packaged silicone-encapsulated devices include a 115° viewing angle , an MSL 2a moisture sensitivity level

Ultra-Slim RGB Micro LED Device Delivers High Brightness for in-coupling Into Light Guides

May 20, 2008 7:56 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

The RGB MicroSIDE LED from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors features an ultra-slim design and delivers high brightness for in-coupling into light guides designed for backlighting in space-sensitive applications. Featuring three individual color chips, the device is presented as having the highest

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