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Cordsets Are First to Meet Fieldbus Specs

October 24, 2008 6:59 am | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s 7/8-inch MINI SAC cordsets are the first connectorized cables to receive official compliance registration in accordance with the Fieldbus Foundation’s FF-844 requirements for H1 Type A cable. The H1 Cable Test Specification (Document FF-844) is designed for manufacturers developing cables for FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 (31.25 kbit/s) installations

Verification System Tests SAS/SATA 6G Protocols

October 24, 2008 6:38 am | Comments

Using a native PHY implementation, LeCroy’s Sierra M6-4 verification system captures, displays, and analyzes SAS (SAS2) and SATA (SATA 6G) data traffic at rates of up to 6 Gb/s. The device performs protocol analysis, traffic generation, host and device emulation, and

PMIC Targets Handheld Apps

October 24, 2008 5:08 am | Comments

Integrating a single-cell, lithium-ion (Li+)/lithium-polymer (Li-Poly) charger with proprietary Smart Power Selector circuitry, Maxim Integrated Products’ MAX8819A power-management IC (PMIC) functions in portable media players, MP3 players, GPS devices, and other handheld applications. The 4 mm × 4 mm × 0.8 mm 28-pin QFN-packaged component uses 3 2 MHz step-down converters and a step-up converter with serial-step dimming control for powering from


Simulation Software Presents Cross-Platform Interface

October 23, 2008 11:32 am | Comments

Based on the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD), Remcom’s XFdtd Release 7.0 multi-purpose EM simulation software comes with a cross-platform user interface. The full-wave 3-D EM solver offers parameterization sweeps including a scripting capability, and meshing for complex objects. The software allows for editing of imported CAD files, modeling, and scripting that enables

DC/DC Converters Deliver 200 W

October 23, 2008 10:55 am | Comments

Meeting EN 50155 requirements for electronic equipment used on railway rolling stock, Absopulse Electronics’ RWR 212 Series fully-encapsulated DC/DC converters supply 200 W of power. The devices include a built-in voltage circuit limiter to ensure input voltage surge and transient withstand capability to meet RIA 12 (3.5 Vn for 20 ms). The instruments perform from

LEDs Cover Over 125% of NTSC Color Gamut

October 23, 2008 10:21 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

Providing 15% more light for direct display backlighting than standard Advanced Power TOPLEDs, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ Advanced Power TOPLED Plus LEDs cover >125% of the NTSC color gamut in the usual combination of red (623 nm), green (527 nm), and blue (457 nm). At an operating current of 100 mA, the LEDs achieve 14 lm (red), 24 lm (green) and

RF Detector Offers RMS Measurement Capability

October 23, 2008 9:38 am | Comments

Regardless of waveforms that have high crest-factor modulated content, multi-carrier, or multitone, Linear Technology’s LT5581 broadband 6 GHz RF detector demonstrates an rms measurement capability for RF power readings to within ±0.2 dB. The 8-lead 3 mm × 2 mm DFN-packaged component outputs a DC voltage that is linearly proportional to the log input power for mV/dB scaling with linearity of >±1 dB across a 40 dB dynamic range. The device operates over a frequency range from

Emulator Ensures Wireless Connectivity Quality

October 23, 2008 9:07 am | Comments

Exceeding the performance requirements for WiMAX, LTE and 4G testing, Elektrobit Corporation’s EB Propsim F8 radio channel emulator performs complete channel emulation for existing and future wireless systems. The product enables laboratory testing of wireless devices, applications, and networks under real air interface conditions with standardized and advanced radio channel


GPS Chip Antenna Exhibits Small Footprint

October 23, 2008 8:36 am | Comments

Having a ground clearance area of 4 mm × 4.250 mm, Pulse’s W3011 SMT ceramic GPS chip antenna measures 1.600 mm × 3.200 mm × 1.100 mm and weighs 0.033 g. The tape and reel-packaged component handles frequencies of 1,575.420 ±10 MHz with 80% efficiency over

LCD Module Achieves High Luminance

October 23, 2008 7:58 am | Comments

Showing ultra-extended graphics array (UXGA) resolution, NEC LCD Technologies’ NL160120AC27-22B 21.3” (54 cm diagonal) amorphous-silicon TFT LCD module displays luminance of 900 cd/m². Proprietary UA-SFT technology and a direct backlight system reproduce the grayscale images required for medical diagnosis in applications such as radiograms and


Controller Hub Expands MicroTCA Capabilities

October 23, 2008 7:16 am | Comments

Providing system management and Ethernet switching for up to 12 AdvancedMC modules, The Kontron AM4901 Management Controller Hub (MCH) enables MicroTCA applications outside of telecommunications segment. With an unmanaged BCM5396 Ethernet switch, the MCH is a single PCB solution with one MCH tongue. It provides one GbE uplink on the front. On the edge connector, there are 12x GbE for AMCs

Dual-Core Processors Satisfy Extended Reliability Requirements

October 23, 2008 7:09 am | Comments

Two dual-core integrated processors from e2v, the PC8641D and the PC8572, are extended-reliability versions of the MPC8641D and MPC8572 from Freescale Semiconductor. The MPC8641D features two superscalar e600 cores running at up to 1250 MHz in a military temperature range of -55°C to +125°C. The e600 core has a 128-bit vector processing unit. With 1 MB of backside L2 cache for each core

NCCM Appliance Uses ChangeManager Software

October 23, 2008 7:02 am | Comments

Including an operating system and a hardware platform, Exaprotect’s Solsoft ChangeManager Appliance utilizes pre-installed, pre-tested ChangeManager software for network configuration change management (NCCM). The device enables the management of


Gearmotors Exhibit Right Angle Worm Gearing

October 23, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Functioning as Von Weise drop-in replacements for VW23 and VW33 gearmotors, Bison Gear & Engineering’s VWDIR23 fractional horsepower DC gearmotors present right angle worm gearing. The devices offer 90 VDC input, gear ratios from 37:1 to 525:1, corresponding fixed output speeds from 90 to 3 rpm, and output torque from 34 in./lbs to 250 in./lbs (3.8 N-m to 28.3 N-m). The units include 1/10 hp or 1/20 hp (75 W or 150 W) permanent magnet DC motors with replaceable

Circular Connectors Suit Industrial Apps

October 23, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Performing in rough conditions, Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics’ eco|mate Series circular connectors target industrial applications. The grasping range of the screw locking parts show dirt resistance for a simple connection release. The cable housing includes a non-sensitive metric trapezoid thread. A clamping ring protects the sealing around the cable housing and delivers output forces of


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