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Signal Analysis Software Eliminates Need For Down Converter

October 27, 2008 9:21 am | Tektronix | Comments

Combining the signal analysis engine of the RSA6100A real-time spectrum analyzer with the triggering capabilities of the industry’s DPO7000 and DPO/DSA70000 digital oscilloscope series, SignalVu vector signal analysis software from Tektronix enables designers to evaluate signals up to 20 GHz without the need for an external down converter. SignalVu controls all scope acquisition parameters

Light Sources Demonstrate Low Power Dissipation

October 27, 2008 9:13 am | Comments

Functioning over an operating temperature from 10°C to 40°C, EXALOS’ EBS4000-0000 and EBS8000-000 stabilized broadband light sources exhibit power dissipation of ~5 W for each superluminescent LED inside. The 200 mm × 160 mm × 124 mm 2 kg EBS4000-0000 incorporates up to 4 superluminescent LEDs over a single output, and the 200 mm × 290 mm × 124 mm 3 kg EBS8000-0000 integrates up to 8 superluminescent LEDs over up to 8 outputs. The turnkey devices offer

Convergent Processors Deliver High Clock Speeds

October 27, 2008 8:35 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Available at clock speeds up to 400 MHz (800 MMACS), the Blackfin BF51x series of the convergent-processor family from Analog Devices include 116 kBytes of RAM, plus an optional 4 Mbits of serial (SPI) flash memory. Each device integrates Lockbox security for code and content protection, support for sixteen stereo I2S digital-audio channels


Actuator Delivers High Continuous Force

October 27, 2008 7:45 am | Comments

Presenting a force versus position curve characteristic, BEI Kimco Magnetics’ Voice Coil cylindrical actuator shows a continuous force range from 1 N to 5 N. The instrument demonstrates stroke lengths from 0 mm to 1.27 mm, hysteresis-free operation, and sizes from 1” OD to 1.50” OD. The component performs in valve control and beam steering applications, including


Pushbutton Switches Suit Heavy Equipment Apps

October 27, 2008 7:20 am | Comments

Targeting ultra-low level applications of 10 mA at 50 mV and power applications up to 4 A at 125 VAC, APEM Components’ 1300X778 Series push/pull pushbutton switches are suitable for heavy equipment applications. The IP67-sealed components offer positive detent action, 5 lbs actuation force, and a red anodized aluminum actuator. The products include a double shell case, gold-plated

Capacitors Target Wireless Apps

October 27, 2008 6:42 am | Avx Corporation | Comments

Operating over a temperature range from -40°C to 75°C, AVX’s BestCap Series double layer capacitors perform in GSM/GPRS wireless-based systems, USB modems, automatic meter reading systems, handheld scanners, battery chatter, dying gasp, and memory backup systems. The components offer voltage ratings from 3 V to 15 V, a capacitance range from 6.8 mF to 1 F, and sizes of

DC/DC Converters Exhibit High Power Density

October 27, 2008 6:14 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Presenting regulated fixed output voltages from 3.3 V to 15 V, Murata Power Solutions’ UEI15 Series PCB-mounting DC/DC converters demonstrate a power density of 15 W over one square inch of board area. The 0.96” × 1.10” × 0.36” instruments demonstrate an input voltage range from 9 VDC to 36 VDC or 18 VDC to 75 VDC, and magnetic and optical isolation of

Receptacles Operate in Vacuum-Sealed Apps

October 27, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Including an O-ring for gastight sealing to a panel, Binder-USA’s M8 718 Series male potted panel-mounted receptacles suit applications in a vacuum-sealed environment. The connectors offer a maximum leak rate of 8 × 10-8 millibar per second, 4 gold-plated male contacts, and 4 PCB solder pins on the back. The devices mate with the female M8 Series 768 cable plugs and


Audio Codec Incorporates miniDSP

October 27, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Offering a sample rate of 192 kHz, Texas Instruments’ TLV320AIC3254 audio codec integrates the miniDSP programmable audio processing engine for running algorithms such as surround sound. The 5 mm² QFN-32-packaged component utilizes PowerTune technology for power consumption from 2.4 mW at 90 dB SNR to 5.1 mW at 100 dB SNR for stereo playback, and from 6 mW at 88 dB SNR to 14.2 mW at 93 dB SNR for stereo recording. The 1.8 V device includes the PurePath

MEMS Accelerometer Qualifies for Automotive Applications

October 24, 2008 1:03 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Comments

Leveraging 200 mm-wafer MEMS fabrication, STMicroelectronics' AIS326DQ three-axis MEMS accelerometer meets AEC-Q100 specifications for automotive applications. The 28-pin QFPN-packaged component presents user-selectable full-scale range of ±2 g or ±6 g in all three axes, temperature range from -40°C to 105°C, and 10,000 g shock survivability. The product offers

Battery Charger IC Works with Various Standards

October 24, 2008 12:29 pm | Comments

Performing in single-cell Li-Ion and Li-polymer powered systems, Summit Microelectronics’ SMB339 3rd-generation programmable battery charger IC shows compatibility with USB 2.0, USB on-the-go supplement, USB 1.0, IEEE1725, and Chinese USB charging specifications. The device offers

Switching Power Supplies Accept Universal Input

October 24, 2008 11:27 am | Comments

Delivering 240 W of output power, Astrodyne’s SDR-240 Series DIN-rail mounted switching power supplies accept universal input from 90 VAC to 264 VAC. The 4.46” × 2.48” × 4.93” devices include protection for overload, overvoltage, and overtemperature, free air convection cooling, a power-good LED indicator, and an output adjustment potentiometer. The UL508- and TUV-approved supplies operate over an ambient temperature range from

Thermal Software Creates IC Models

October 24, 2008 10:53 am | Comments

Converting models with one click, Daat Research’s CoolitPCB v4.0 thermal software allows user to construct detailed models of ball grid arrays (BGA), dual inline packages (DIP), and quad flat packages (QFP), or select IC packages from hundreds in the IC Packages Library, modify them, and save the results. The CFD software enables PCB designers to do their own board level


LED Bulb Shines in Edison-base PAR16 Fixtures

October 24, 2008 10:18 am | Comments

Consisting of three 1 W LEDs, LEDtronics’ PAR16 LED spotlight bulb acts as a direct drop-in replacement in standard E26 Edison-base PAR16 fixtures. The 3000K warm white-colored device produces up to 120 lm of vivid light while consuming 3.3 W of energy for up to 50,000 continuous hours. The component offers a 20° light-emitting viewing angle while running on

Sensor Film Measures and Maps Low Contact Pressures

October 24, 2008 9:37 am | Comments

Placed between contacting or mating surfaces, Sensor Products' Pressurex Zero tactile pressure-indicating sensor film characterizes contact surface pressures from 7.20 psi to 28 psi (0.50 kg/cm² to 1.97 kg/cm²). The product measures and maps pressure magnitude and distribution, and variations in contact surface pressure are visible by the impression made on the film. The film comes in 8 different


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