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Three-Channel Encoder Suits Industrial Automation Applications

April 3, 2008 10:00 am | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Comments

Providing a resolution of up to 1000 counts per turn, the HEDM-5540 optical transmissive three-channel encoder from Avago Technologies can operate in temperatures from -40°C to 100°C, suitable for use in industrial environments. The TTL-compatible devices accept 5V and provide a third-channel index output in addition to two-channel quadrature, with a 90 electrical degree, high true index pulse output with up to 100 kHz frequency response.

Snap Action Switch Targets Multiple Applications

April 3, 2008 8:41 am | Comments

C&K Components announced the ZMS Series single pole, double throw compact sealed snap action switch featuring a variety of actuators and terminal styles including PC, solder, potted leads, and positive and reliable snap action mechanism. Designed for use in applications and environments, including communication devices, testing equipment, and motor controls. The RoHS-compliant and dust and splash-proof switch offers a life span of over 100,000 cycles, and electrical performance of up to 3 A at 125V AC with an operating temperature of -25°C to +85°C.

Ceramic Trimmer Capacitors Designed for Minimal Capacitance Drift

April 3, 2008 8:36 am | Comments

Suited for telecom and microwave projects requiring miniature components, the SGC3S series ceramic trimmer capacitors measure 0.126” (3.2 mm) × 0.177” (4.50 mm) × 0.059” (1.5 mm). The capacitors are constructed with high temperature liquid-crystal polymer housings for superior durability and low dielectric loss to resist penetration by dust and flux, and are colored to make each of the five available capacitance ranges easily identifiable. Requiring minimal capacitance drift over the operating temperature range of -25°C to 85° C, the SGC3S series capacitance ranges are: SGC3S030 (Black): 1.2 pF to 3.0 pF; SGC3S060 (Blue): 2.2 pF to 6.0 pF; SGC3S100 (Ivory): 3.0 pF to 10.0 pF; SGC3S200 (Pink): 5.5 pF to 20.0 pF; SGC3S300 (Green): 8.0 pF to 30.0 pF. Designed for reflow soldering and available in embossed carriers, 1,000 pieces per 7 in (18 cm) reels, the capacitors are well-suited for placement on boards with automated pick-and-place equipment.

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Demo Board Simplifies Implementation of Capacitive Touch-Sensing Interfaces

April 3, 2008 8:29 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc.’s PICDEM Touch Sense 1 Demo Board (Part # DM164125) is designed for capacitive touch-sensing applications. It comes with a PICkit Serial Analyzer and the royalty-free mTouch Sensing Solution SDK to provide a complete platform for implementing capacitive touch-sensing interfaces using integrated, 8-bit Flash PIC microcontrollers. Equipped with capacitive touch-sensing keys and sliders, the board enables designers to evaluate capacitive touch sensing in their applications using the PICkit Serial Analyzer and Windows-based mTouch Diagnostic Tool GUI that is included in the mTouch Sensing Solution SDK.

Driver and Power Amplifier Pair Offers Linear Performance

April 3, 2008 8:23 am | Comments

Mimix Broadband, Inc. introduced a highly linear driver and power amplifier pair covering 12 GHz to 16 GHz offered in RoHs compliant, 3 mm × 3 mm and 4 mm × 4 mm QFN plastic packages. The XP1042-QT driver amplifier provides +38 dBm OIP3, +25 dBm P1dB and 21 dB gain, while the XP1043-QH amplifier achieves +41 dBm OIp3, +32 dBm Psat and 20 dB gain. Features for both include on-chip temperature-compensated power detector, power and gain control through bias adjustment, on-chip ESD protection structures, DC by-pass capacitors, and BCB water coating.

RTD Sensors Suitable for High Vibration Environments

April 3, 2008 8:11 am | Comments

Red Lion Controls Inc. announced the TMPRT00 (SMT) and TMPRTOO2 (pipe plug) RTD sensors, with high vibration resistance and the ability to operate in pressure vessel applications. The sensors can easily be combined with temperature meters, controllers, and various accessories, such as connectors, transmitters, and extension wires for different temperature measurement and control requirements. Features include a quick-disconnect temperature probe with miniature, standard and optional connector terminations in various calibration types, sheath materials and diameters.

Stepper Drive Accepts Direct AC Input

April 3, 2008 8:01 am | Comments

Suitable for laboratory, assembly, medical and packing environments, Copley Controls’ StepNet AC drive runs directly on 115/240 AC at 7A peak current to eliminate a separate DC supply. Features include servo mode operation as well as Command, Encoder, and Communications interfaces to suit different stand-alone and networked architectures and applications, including CAN/open, DeviceNet, and ASC11/Discrete I/O. Stepper commands include a ±10V position/velocity/torque command and PWM velocity/torque command. The 146 mm × 119  mm × 55 mm drive may be mounted flat or sideways and includes several built-in motion control modes such as indexing, PVT trajectory tracking, camming, and electronic gearing.

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MR16 LED Plug-In Replacement Lamp Consumes Less Electricity

April 3, 2008 6:03 am | Comments

Integrating a high-power LED light source, optical lens, and thermal heat sink shell in a traditional MR-16 halogen form-factor the SoL™ MR16 LED replacement lamp from Lamina is designed as a direct, ready-to-plug-in retrofit for 20W MR-16 halogen and comparable compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The LED operates at 12V AC, and fits most existing fixtures, producing as much light as the 20W halogen bulb, while consuming less than 8W of electricity

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Wireless Development System Embraces Multiple Standards

April 3, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Enabling base station OEMs to support multiple wireless standards from a single platform, a development system based on Texas Instrument’s multicore TMS320TCI6487 and TMS320TCI6488 DSPs and multi-interface software libraries covers all major air interfaces including GSM-EDGE (6-carrier, 3-sector), WCDMA/ HSPA/ HSPA+ (1-carrier, 3-sector), TD-SCDMA (6-carrier) , LTE (3-carrier 10MHz) and WiMAX (3-carrier 10MHz). The scalable and programmable platform can create products like the CommAgility AdvancedMC AMC-6487

Thermal Management Device Transports Heat

April 2, 2008 12:42 pm | Comments

International Manufacturing Services, Inc. (IMS) introduced its B-Series Therma-Bridge as a simple thermal management device that uses a thermally conductive Aluminum Nitride chip with metallized terminals to transport heat from one location to another, thus enhancing overall board performance. The Therma-Bridge is made in numerous sizes and thicknesses, allowing users to choose the part which best fits their heat management needs.

Silicon Diode Array Improves Communication Line Protection

April 2, 2008 12:33 pm | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. expanded its SP72x Series of SCR diode arrays for electrostatic discharge (ESD) and other over-voltage protection of telecomm and datacom interface circuits. The SP725 is suitable for protection of microprocessor/logic inputs, data bus lines, analog device inputs and many other voltage clamp applications. Its thyristor-based design uses two bipolar SCR/diode structures to protect each of the four inputs (typically external signal or bus lines). Its operation is similar to what is known as a steering diode, but it has lower capacitance and leakage current for a given impulse rating, meaning less chance of communication signal distortion.

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XGA Industrial TFT Display Features Extended Temperature Range

April 2, 2008 11:51 am | Comments

i-sft introduces its I-SFT 100i.10X-XT industrial TFT with a 10.4" open frame display with XGA resolution and an extended temperature range that has been tested according to MIL-STD810. The economic lifetime of 50,000 hours (MTTH) is specified, covering the temperature range from -31°C to +-85°C, whereas cold starting is possible up to -31°C. Due to the integrated inverter, this rugged system is energy-efficient. The device is characterized by a high shock and vibration resistance. A brightness of 1,000 cd/m2, a dimming range of 1:1,000 and a contrast of 800:1 ensure that the display can be read optimally in direct sunlight and at night.

840 nm SLEDs Conform to Bellcor Standard

April 2, 2008 11:44 am | Comments

AMS Technologies introduced EXALOS AG’s line of 840 nm superluminescent light emitting diodes (SLEDs) that typically exhibit 5 mW of optical power in a single mode fiber and a 48 nm, 3 dB spectral bandwidth. The standard light sources are delivered in a 14-pin butterfly housing with a monitor diode and a fixed connection/angled physical contact connector. The parts conform to the Bellcor GR-468-CORE standard, and they can be integrated into OCT systems, data transfer units and fiber optic sensors for civil structure monitoring as well as for aerospace navigation.

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Fine Binning for White LEDs Delivers Improvements

April 2, 2008 11:37 am | Comments

SRAM Opto Semiconductors introduced its advanced fine binning for white LEDs that delivers improvements in off-angle color uniformity as well as a typical color rendering index (CRI) of 80+. This advanced binning process for white LEDs corresponds to a 3-step McAdams ellipse, and it is available for Power TOPLED, Advanced Power TOPLED and the proprietary DRAGON family of products. Applications such as backlighting of diffused surfaces and linear array applications benefit from the uniform light enabled by this technology which is fully ANSI/Energy Star-compliant in the United States.

QVGA Modules Feature a Touchscreen Option

April 2, 2008 11:31 am | Comments

Phoenix Display International (PDI), Inc. introduced its line of 5.7" monochrome QVGA modules that are available in FSTN/gray/positive/transflective or STN/blue/negative/transmissive configurations. These graphic modules (PN G-320240-5.7) allow the user to control each pixel individually to display both text and graphics simultaneously. With a variety of options available, the monochrome graphic displays are modular in design, and they can be customized to fit specific applications. Both the STN and FSTN models are available with an RA8803 controller with built-in touchscreen controller, and they can be configured with either a CCFL or LED backlight.

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