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Software Upgrades Offer Additional Capabilities and Streamlined User Interface

April 9, 2008 11:22 am | Comments

Ansoft Corporation announced two software upgrades for the design and analysis of electromagnetic devices. Maxwell v12 is electromagnetic field simulation software used for the design and analysis of 3D/2D structures, such as motors, actuators, transformers and other electric and electromechanical devices common to automotive, military/aerospace and industrial systems. RMxprt v12 is a specialized software program dedicated to the design of electric machines.

Boost Controller IC Drives Solid-State Lighting

April 9, 2008 7:49 am | Comments

Intended for applications such as solid-state lighting where the output is a regulated current instead of a regulated voltage, the TPS40211 non-synchronous boost controller can drive multiple 1W to 5W high-brightness LEDs in series when the input voltage is less than the voltage required. Using a fixed-frequency current-mode control for improved transient

Switching Power Supplies Offer Reduced Case Sizes

April 9, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

Utilizing high-density SMT construction, the multi-package PMK225 line of switching power supplies offers case sizes up to 30 percent smaller than products with similar output power. Presenting power densities of up to 4W/in3, the device is available in U-Channel, enclosed, or DIN-Rail mount configurations. Features of the UL/EN60950-1-approved power supply include short circuit, overvoltage and over current protection with an integral power-good LED indicator and screw terminal input/output connections.

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Servo Motor Drives Large Loads with 4.5A Input

April 9, 2008 6:50 am | Comments

Suited for driving large flywheel loads without additional gearing, the QCI-A34L-1 servo motor can handle inertial miss-matches as great as 100:1. Providing a 185 oz-in (1.3Nm) of continuous torque, 260 oz-in (1.8Nm) of peak torque, and 100W of continuous mechanical power from an input of 4.5A, the motor can operate at speeds of up to 2000 RPM.

19” Enclosures Accept 3U Subracks and Chassis

April 9, 2008 5:36 am | Comments

The ‘INSTRUMET’ 19” case range from METCASE conform to the DIN and IEC standards for full and half width 19” equipment, and accept standard 3U subracks and chassis. Typical applications include test and measurement devices, communications equipment, medical equipment, and laboratory systems. The aluminium cases are available in three standard sizes: 3U × 10.5” × 13.8”, 3U × 19” × 13.8” and 3U × 19” × 17.7”.

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Multilayer Ambient Sensors Feature Fast Response and Interchangeability

April 8, 2008 11:29 am | Comments

The UPSICAP passive and active sensors measure ambient temperature and relative humidity. The tiny (9 mm × 8 mm) passive elements vary their capacitance with humidity and their resistance with temperature, and they are fully interchangeable without recalibration.

Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs Offer Multiple Platforms for Space Applications

April 8, 2008 10:46 am | Comments

Xilinx announced the immediate availability of radiation-tolerant Xilinx VirtexR-4QV FPGAs. The new Virtex-4QV family for space applications offers multiple platforms to meet the processing needs of video, audio, radar streams, and packet processing functions.

250W AC/DC Supply Boasts High Power Density

April 8, 2008 8:44 am | Comments

Available in both single- and dual-output configurations, the SDR250 Series of 81.2 mm × 127.0 mm × 38.10 mm power supplies claims a power density of 10.4W/in³ and can deliver up to 250W with 16 CFM of forced air cooling. The 11 single-output models can provide from 5V DC to 60V DC and the 6 dual-output models provide combinations of  3.3V, 5V, 12V, 24V and 48V DC

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Removable Terminal Carriers Available in Nonlinear Patterns

April 8, 2008 7:16 am | Comments

Peel-A-Way removable terminal carriers from Advanced Interconnections Corp. are available in nonlinear configurations. The RoHS-compliant polyimide film carriers are offered in a variety of shapes, patterns and pin spacing to suit diverse through-hole or press-fit applications. Standard socket terminals accept leads as small as .010" (.25 mm) and as large as .102" (2.59 mm) and are available with optional solder performs.

Dual-Channel LDO Regulator Suits Battery-Powered Applications

April 8, 2008 6:06 am | Comments

Suited for today’s power-hungry, battery-powered electronics including mobile phones, PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras and handheld instruments, Micrel’s MIC5331/32/33 dual channel micro-power LDO regulator consumes a maximum of 40µA with both outputs enabled.

VPX DSP Engine Achieves 8.68 GB/s Sustained Inter-Card Data Rates

April 8, 2008 5:46 am | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls announced its CHAMP-AV6 VPX DSP engine which delivers a sustained intercard data rate of 8.68 GB/s, a 16× improvement over the quad PowerPC-VME-based DSP engine. The device uses the standard IPC communications library, highlighting the inherently low overhead of both SRIO and the IPC library, which together were able to deliver approximately 92 percent of the “wire speed” of the SRIO links. Features include four Freescale 8641 single/dual-core processors, backplane connectors capable of handling signaling speeds in excess of 6.25 Gbits/sec, and 1.0" pitch option defined by the VPX-REDI standard (VITA 48) that enables the use of several enhanced mechanical design elements to achieve higher power dissipation.

Evaluation Board Provides Fully Programmable Secure Internet Solution for M2M Applications

April 7, 2008 12:52 pm | Comments

Connect One announced the IIEVB-PIC-2128-110/220 reference design and a corresponding evaluation board that bring together the 16-bit MCU for application control and the CO2128 iChip for secure, reliable TCP/IP connectivity to LAN and GPRS networks. Using the evaluation board, developers can quickly and easily develop an IP-enabled embedded system where the application resides on the PIC24 MCU and the networking and security are provided by the CO2128 iChip.

Switches Enable PCIe 2.0 Switching While Offering Zero Delay

April 7, 2008 11:26 am | Comments

Enabling switching PCIe 2.0 data rates at 5.0Gbps and operating at 1.8V, 2.5V, or 3.3V, the MAX4888A and MAX4889A dual, passive PCIe switches allow multiple PCIe graphics cards to be used in PCs and servers. The MAX4888A (dual single-pole/double-throw- 2 × SPDT) is suited for switching two Rx or Tx equivalent lanes while the MAX4889A quad switch offers twice the capacity, handling four equivalent lanes of PCIe data with the equivalent half lanes used as one source and two destinations or two sources and one destination to minimize the effects of crosstalk. Both feature a single digital-control input (SEL) to switch signal paths designed to minimize power and skew and offer a zero delay switch. Specifications include operation from a single +3.0V to +3.6V power supply and down to +1.65V over the extended -40°C to +85°C temperature range.

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One-Watt Amber and Red SMT LEDs Yield up to 42 Lumens

April 7, 2008 7:45 am | Comments

Encapsulated in a heat- and UV-resistant silicone compound, Avago’s one-Watt ASMT-MA00 amber and ASMT-MR00 red LEDs accept a drive current as high as 350mA to deliver an output of up to 42lm. Suitable for architectural and decorative lighting applications, the 3.3-mm high RoHS-compliant devices include features such as a 120° viewing angle, an exposed pad for increased heat transfer, and an ESD withstand of greater than

Computer-on Module Targets Handheld and Mobile Equipment

April 7, 2008 6:56 am | Comments

Based on the high-performance IntelR Atom processor Z500 series, the RadiSys Procelerant Z500 addresses handheld and mobile applications with features such as 1GB memory, a MicroSD socket, and an extended input voltage range for battery power. Compatible with the Type 2 COM Express pin-out, the 85 mm × 70 mm module can pair with the RadiSys heatspreader/mechanical adapter to provide drop-in replacement for existing Basic Form Factor designs.

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