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Software Tools Aid RF Design

January 29, 2009 5:32 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Two downloadable software tools from Analog Devices are intended to aid in RF systems design. The ADIsimRF design tool calculates a variety of parameters within an RF system including cascaded gain, noise figure, and power consumption. ADIsimPLL Version 3.1 development software

Evaluation Kit Identifies Colors

January 29, 2009 4:51 am | Comments

Using a light reflection technique, Optek Technology’s OPB780 color sensor evaluation kit recognizes colors over the full wavelength from 300 nm to 1,100 nm. The product includes the OPB780 Series full-color sensor with four different frequencies relating directly to a specific color seen by the sensor. The sensor uses a programmable light-to-frequency converter that combines 64 configurable silicon photodiodes and a

CCD Cameras Drive Vehicle Apps

January 29, 2009 4:36 am | Comments

With an angle of vision of 130° amd a level of sensitivity of less than 0.1 lux, the RJ841A22000Q CCD camera module from Sharp can record activities behind a vehicle in a variety of ambient lighting conditions. Accepting a supply voltage from 9 to 16 V, features of the NTSC-output imager include a 60-dB dynamic range and an eleven-second internal back-up memory.

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Laser Navigation Sensors Operate in Harsh Environments

January 29, 2009 4:19 am | Comments

Targeting automated guided vehicles, Danaher Motion’s LS5 Navigator laser navigation sensors are designed for use in outdoor and indoor environments. The devices withstands variations in temperature from -30°C to 50°C, <95% relative humidity, and mechanical stress, such as vibrations and shock. The product comes with a direct drive motor and an optics system, and works with the AutoSurveyor software tool for automatic

DC-Output Power Modules Accept AC or DC

January 29, 2009 3:39 am | Comments

Targeting a variety of applications, the PMAS/PCMAS Series of 60-W power modules from MTM Power accept an input of 90 to 264 VAC or 100 to 353 VDC and deliver single output voltages of 3,3 VDC 5 VDC, 12 VDC,15 VDC 24 VDC 36 VDC, and 48 VDC. The constant-current devices include features such as short-circuit protection, no-ground load operation, and a standby power mode.

Object-Oriented Embedded Database Adds Persistence

January 28, 2009 9:01 am | Comments

Presented as the latest upgrade of the open source, object-oriented, embedded database for Java and .NET, Perst 4.0 from McObject expands Perst’s usefulness in a broad range of applications by enabling it to add persistence to any object—including objects created by other programs, those for which source code is unavailable, and even objects created in different programming languages.

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Motor Drives Offer Triple Stack Option

January 28, 2009 5:58 am | Comments

Combining a NEMA size 14 brushless 1.8° stepping motor with electronics, Intelligent Motion Systems’ MDrive14Plus motor drives present a NEMA size 14 triple stack motor option. The instruments exhibit height of 2”, width of

Rotary Latch Enables Electronic Access

January 28, 2009 5:37 am | Comments

Performing in storage compartments or access doors for vehicles and medical, electronics, self-service, and industrial equipment, Southco’s R4-EM rotary latch allows for electronic access. The 2.56" × 2.72" × 0.75" interconnect installs with two bolts and has all-metal construction. The unit operates from 12 VDC to 24 VDC with a current draw during actuation of <500 mA at 12 VDC. The product’s microprocessor control accepts

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Rotary Torque Sensor Systems Address Automotive Applications

January 28, 2009 5:18 am | Comments

Utilizing an onboard transducer, PCB Automotive Sensors Division’s Series 5300D TORKDISC in-line rotary torque sensor systems designed serve automotive engine, powertrain, and chassis dynamometer testing, torque studies, and gearbox efficiency testing. The devices incorporate dual analog outputs, AC and DC coupled, providing static and dynamic torque measurement capabilities that can be recorded separately and

Membrane Switch Keypads Target Interface Designs

January 28, 2009 5:03 am | Comments

Said to replace multiple mechanical switches, soldered wires, and cable assemblies, NKK Switches’ FM Series membrane switch keypads perform in human-machine interface designs. The dot-illuminated configurations offer 12 or 16 keys, pre-configured legends on embossed keypads; and stroke from 0.5 mm to 1.2 mm. The

Chokes Address Renewable Energy Sector

January 28, 2009 4:44 am | Comments

Suitable as input and output devices for solar, wind, and fuel-cell inverter applications, Premo’s POT CORE Series chokes operate in the renewable energy sector and railway sector applications. The shielded components offer heights of 100 mm, 120 mm, and 180 mm, diameters of 100 mm and 120 mm, and availability to assembly in 1 or 2 cells. The inductive units exhibit current up to 44 Arms, operating frequencies up to 25 KHz, and

Chip Combines Bluetooth, GPS, FM Tx/Rx

January 27, 2009 11:45 am | Comments

Serving Bluetooth 2.4-GHz systems, CSR’s BlueCore7830 single-chip radio and baseband IC includes GPS and an integrated FM transmitter and receiver with stereo audio input and output stages, Bluetooth low energy, and RDS modulator/demodulator. With the on-chip CSR Bluetooth software stack, it provides a fully compliant Bluetooth system to v2.1 +EDR of the specification for data and voice communications. The component exhibits

Blue Laser Diode Targets Micro-Projectors

January 27, 2009 11:40 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

Coming in an optimized TO38 package, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ new blue laser diode serves micro-projectors integrated in mobile devices, such as cell phones and digital cameras. The 3.2-mm high component demonstrates a wavelength of 450 nm, output of 50 mW, voltage of 5.5 V, and efficiency of 0.9 W/A. The ridge laser will serve as

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Spatial Channel Modeling Tool Serves WiMAX/LTE Applications

January 27, 2009 11:31 am | Comments

Operating in the EB Propsim radio channel emulators, EB’s new spatial channel modeling (SCM) and SCM extended (SCME) emulation method and tool target mobile devices and base stations using Mobile WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. The product is based on a geometry-based stochastic modeling method for system-level emulations and performance metrics, such as throughput and delay, are measured over a number of

SERDES Framer Interface IP Core Aids Lattice SC/M FPGAs

January 27, 2009 9:36 am | Comments

Using seventeen SERializer/DESerializer (SERDES) channels in the Lattice SC and Lattice SCM (Lattice SC/M) devices, the SERDES Framer Interface, Level 5 (SFI5) Intellectual Property (IP) Core from Lattice Semiconductor enables the creation of next-generation 40-Gbps systems. LatticeSC/M FPGA devices include 4- to 32-channels of high-speed SERDES capable of supporting data rates from 600 Mbps to 3.8 Gbps

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