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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


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

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


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

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

SSLD Boards for Industrial, Medical LCDs Tout Low Power Consumption

May 20, 2008 7:09 am | Endicott Research Group | Comments

Endicott Research Group (ERG) has released two Smart Force solid state lighting driver (SSLD) boards as standard products for industrial and medical LCDs. The SFDE (Economical) and SFDM (Mini) Series provide full function power supplies for high brightness as well as low power consumption, low cost and a compact size.


6-Channel Encoder Handles Industrial Applications

May 19, 2008 9:02 pm | Comments

Designed to enable the reduction in overall motor sizes, Avago’s AEDT-9340 encoder module targets Brushless DC motors used in industrial and factory automation equipment. The device includes a lensed LED source and a detector IC enclosd in a small plastic package with a switching accuracy of ±1°

SSLD Drives 2.5-inch AMOLEDs

May 16, 2008 12:37 pm | Comments

Driving the next generation of handheld devices, the TPS65136 solid-state lighting driver (SSLD) from Texas Instruments manages power to AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) displays up to 2.5" with a buck-boost topology that allows the device to generate a positive voltage up to 4.6 V and adjustable negative output voltage down to -7 V.

PoE Midspans Deliver Over 33 W Per Port

May 16, 2008 11:00 am | Phihong | Comments

In full compliance with power specifications released in draft 3.0 of the IEEE802.3at, a family of power-over-ethernet (PoE) midspan power injectors from Phihong can provide up to 33.6 W per port. Available in single-, 4-, 8- and 16-port models, the devices support demanding peripherals such as new IEEE802.11N broadband access points.


Handheld Meter Measures Magnetic Fields

May 15, 2008 11:38 am | Comments

Created to measure the electromagnetic fields of extremely low frequency (30 to 300Hz) devices such as electric transmission equipment, microwave ovens, air conditioners, computer monitors, and video/audio devices, the HHG191 Gauss meter from Omega Engineering represents allows measurements up to 2,000 mG to 200 micro-tesla with a basic accuracy of 2.5% + 6-digit.

Rackmount Rectifiers Boast High-Efficiency Operation

May 15, 2008 8:09 am | Comments

Presenting a power density of over 27 W/in.³, the FMP25.48 rectifier from Power-One accepts an input from 90 to 300 VAC and delivers an output of -48 VDC at efficiencies exceeding 92%. Powering applications such as wireless base stations, remote switches, and broadband access


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