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Linear Stage Achieves 1-Micron Resolution

April 28, 2008 8:31 am | Comments

Providing a load capability of up to 200 kg, a continuous force as high as 1978 N (5933 N peak), a velocity of up to 25 m/sec, and acceleration of up to 9 G’s, the dual-profile rail linear motor-driven linear positioning stage from H2W Technologies has a resolution as fine as 1 µm. Well-suited for use as the base or “X” axis in stacked multi-stage applications such as inspection, pick-and-place

Small 15W Industrial Switcher

April 28, 2008 6:02 am | Comments

The Mean Well RS-15 Series Industrial Switcher from PowerGate offers 15W of single output power in 2.44” x 2.00” x 1.10" caged enclosure. The power supply operates on both Universal AC Input (85V AC to 264V AC) and 120V DC to 370V DC Input voltages. It uses 105°C long-life capacitors for improved reliability with an MTBF in excess of 1.6 million hours (MIL-HDBL-2175 / 25°C).

MCU Development Platforms Provide Interactive Feedback

April 25, 2008 7:10 am | Renesas | Comments

Created to support development of the M16C, R8C and H8 microcontroller (MCU) product families, the Renesas Technology family of Sub-Atomic Particle Board demonstration platforms enable assessment of the on-chip peripheral functions and system development tools supplemented by interactive tutorials that quickly and easily guide users through necessary setup procedures and learning scenarios. An integrated suite of hardware and software

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LabVIEW Module Supports ARM Microcontrollers

April 25, 2008 6:37 am | Comments

Presented as an extension of the LabVIEW graphical system design platform, the NI LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM Microcontrollers directly supports the ARM 7, ARM 9 and Cortex-M3 microcontroller families. The module can create embedded applications and deploy them with drivers that enable domain experts to graphically program all components of the ARM microcontroller including the analog and digital I/O.

Rotary Magnetic Encoder Boasts Long Life Expectancy

April 25, 2008 5:33 am | Comments

The EMS22 non-contacting magnetic encoders from Bourns, Inc. are suited for environments where extreme range of temperatures and harsh conditions like moisture, particles, grease and oil are present. Typical applications include factory automation, fuel dispensing, marine, metal working and instrumentation and material handling. The RoHS compliant magnetic encoder family performs in a temperature ranging from -40°C to +125°C and

Ambient Light Sensor Mimics Human Eye Response

April 24, 2008 10:26 am | Comments

Intended for use in consumer, industrial and automotive applications, Avago’s APDS-9300 digital ambient light sensor is designed to approximate the spectral response curve of the human eye. Using an I²C interface with a 16-bit digital output at 400 kHz, the chipLED-packaged device has a programmable interrupt function with user-defined upper and lower threshold settings. The RoHS-compliant ambient light sensor accepts a 2.5-V input voltage at 0.6 mW (typical) with a power-down mode

Fiber Optic Transceiver Complies with 150 Mbps MOST Physical Layer

April 24, 2008 8:25 am | Comments

Melexis has developed the MLX75605, a single package solution for a 150 Mbps Fiber Optic Transceiver dedicated to the newly introduced MOST150 physical layer. It comes in a 24 pin SOIC package compatible with lead free SMD processes. The transceiver includes integrated ferrule receptacles for both receiver and transmitter pigtails with

Software Verifies Compliance with DO-178B, IEC-61508, and MAAB Modeling Standards

April 24, 2008 8:02 am | Comments

The MathWorks announced that its Simulink verification and validation software automatically evaluates and verifies system models for compliance with DO-178B and IEC-61508 standards and MAAB modeling guidelines, which have been extensively adopted by international aerospace, automotive, and industrial equipment markets, among others. The model-checking features

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Motor Control Kits Include Optimized DSP Source Code

April 24, 2008 6:42 am | Comments

Based on Texas Instrument's TMS320F28335 floating-point digital signal controller, the Technosoft MCK28335 Motor Control Kit include source code and MATLAB libraries to provide a complete motion control development and evaluation package. Both BL (brushless) and IM (induction) kit versions complete C language source code, including a MATLAB motion library, complete DSP source code

High Efficiency 72W External AC/DC Power Adapter

April 24, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Emerson Network Power expanded its portfolio of AC/DC power adapters with the launch of a high efficiency 72W model. The AD72 power adapter features a universal 90-264V AC input and produces a single, fully regulated 16V DC output capable of delivering up to 4.5A continuously.

Operating System Empowers Multi-Core Virtex-5 FXT Platform

April 23, 2008 10:54 am | Comments

An implementation of the 2.6 Linux kernel, the LynuxWorks BlueCat real-time operating system (RTOS) supports the latest Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT platform. The platform offers the capacity of two PowerPC 440 Processor blocks, allowing a GUI-based operating system such as BlueCat Linux on one core and then asymmetrically running an RTOS like LynxOS on the other.

Computer-on-Module Addresses Extreme Applications

April 23, 2008 10:14 am | Comments

WIth an operating temperature range from -40°C to +85°C, a high level of component integration, and a PWB that is 0.093"-thick, Ampro's COM 840 computer-on-module is well-suited for use in rugged-use applications. Based on Intel’s Core2 Duo processor and GME965 chipset, the device integrates processor, RAM, graphics, networking, PCI Express expansion, and other functionalities in a 3.7 × 4.5" footprint.

PXI Embedded Controllers Perform in Value-based Test, Measurement and Control Applications

April 23, 2008 8:21 am | Comments

National Instruments introduced two embedded controllers – the PXI-8104 and PXI-8183 – intended for value-based test, measurement, and control applications across the consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductor, telecommunications, and aerospace and defense industries.

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880 nm Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes Serve Medical Imaging Applications

April 23, 2008 7:50 am | Comments

AMS Technologies announces the extension of its Exalos family of Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes (SLEDs) with the 880nm SLED (EXS8810). These semiconductor light sources combine the spatial coherence of a laser diode with the temporal incoherence of an LED. The 880 nm SLEDs typically exhibit

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Handheld Multimeter Delivers Voice Output

April 23, 2008 5:54 am | Comments

The OMEGASAYS UV1000, from Omega Engineering, measures 0V DC to 10V DC voltage, 0 mA to 20 mA current, and Type K thermocouple inputs and verbalizes them in any range with over 100 built-in Engineering units. The device is battery powered and equipped with RS232 PC interface that allows configuration of the verbalizer for input range, engineering units, and high and low alarm set points. Front keypad allows input

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