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Surge Protective Devices with Ratings from 40,000A to 200,000A

March 14, 2008 11:05 am | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s VALVETRAB-SQ surge protective devices (SPD) offer safe, reliable surge protection from 40,000A to 200,000A. The NEMA-style product series includes approximately 50 part numbers in three different mountable designs designated by CC (control cabinet), SP (sub-panel), and SE (service entrance) identifiers. The VAL-SQ CC Series offers an economical method of

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Reference Designs Create Low-Power Wireless Modules

March 14, 2008 6:17 am | Comments

Providing engineers the ability to create Ultra-Low Power (ULP) ISM-band button-cell powered wireless links, a family of reference designs using Nordic Semiconductor RF tranceiver chips require only a digital In/Out, power (+V) and ground (GND) connection for implementation. The seven module designs are based on the 2.4GHz nRF24L01 (RF Digital Modules RFD21010, RFD21676, RFD21677), nRF2401 (RFD21006), and nRF24E1 (RFD21018) and the 433/868/915MHz nRF905 (RFD21002), and nRF9E5 (RFD21014).

HDTV Image Processor for Embedded Systems

March 14, 2008 5:59 am | Comments

Sensoray introduced a 1080i compatible HDTV image processor for embedded systems in the broadcast and medical markets. The Model 2246 captures an HDTV signal from an HD or SD-SDI source and formats it for display and image compression. Conventional analog video inputs are also accepted. Its high speed hardware can scale and add text/graphics prior to compression, display and storage. A scan converter section formats

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Double Level PCB Terminal Blocks Saves Space

March 13, 2008 5:22 am | Comments

The CTBDD93 series feature high quality rising clamp wire connections and are UL, cUL, CE, VDE and IMQ approved. They available in two standard pitches of 5 mm and 5.08 mm, and are ordered as separate male and female connectors. The two connectors can be mounted vertically, or at 90°, to suit different applications. The double level design of the male connector reduces the required space on the PCB by a half. The terminal blocks are molded in green UL94 V-0 flame retardant PA66, and are

High Temperature Preamplifier for Automotive Sensors Operates to +120°C

March 12, 2008 10:11 am | Comments

The Automotive Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics announced a high-temperature preamplifier, designed to overcome high temperature testing challenges associated with NVH powertrain and vehicle underhood testing applications. The Model HT426E01 is a 1/2” preamplifier operating from ICP sensor power, terminating with a BNC connector and utilizing standard coaxial cables. The model also features a low attenuation factor

DSL Filter is Compatible with VDSL2 to 30 MHz

March 12, 2008 6:30 am | Comments

Excelsus brand Z-301LS in-line xDSL filter from is compatible with VDSL2 and can filter frequencies up to 30 MHz. The lightweight 51.3 mm × 19.6 mm × 19.0 mm filter has good intermodulation distortion performance which allows the maximum possible VDSL2 data rates. The 600 Ohm return loss is greater than 14 dB.

Thermal Substrate Targets High-Output LED Apps

March 11, 2008 10:18 am | Comments

Using copper and aluminum layers 0.0042" and 0.062" respectively with a dielectric 0.004". thick with a breakdown of 4kVDC, OptoTherm OCB201 Series substrate from Optek has a thermal conductivity of 1.1W/m-°K and a thermal resistance of 1.8°C/W. Compliant with UL-94 V0 flammability specifications

Tri-Color Illuminated Tact Switch Provides Uniform Brightness

March 11, 2008 8:19 am | Comments

Omron Electronic Components LLC announceds the availability of the B3W 9 Series of SPST NO (momentary) configuration LED illuminated tactile switches. The switches are available in red, yellow, blue, green and bright green LED’s. The keycaps use a proprietary diffusion

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Multi-I/O Avionics PC/104-Plus and PCI-104 Cards

March 11, 2008 7:48 am | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduced multi-protocol PC/104-Plus and PCI-104 boards (BU-65590Cx) that provide up to two dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 channels, sixteen ARINC 429 receive channels, eight ARINC 429 transmit channels, eight user-programmable digital discrete I/Os, eight user-programmable Avionics level (+35V) Discrete I/Os, an IRIG-B time synchronization input, and an IRIG-B time generator.

Off-the-Shelf EMI Filter Modules Comply to Military Standards

March 11, 2008 7:46 am | Comments

VPT Inc., the innovative leader in providing power handling products, has added two new EMI filters to its new COTS product line, the VPT Series. The new VPTF10-28 (10A) and VPTF20-28 (20A) filter modules provide compliance to MIL-STD-461 C/D/E for conducted emissions in military and avionics DC-DC power systems. Both filters satisfy

Keyboard Backlight Requires Less Power

March 11, 2008 6:30 am | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), Inc. has introduced a thinner, LED-based backlight for use with desktop or notebook PC keyboards that provides brightness and uniformity, along with the opportunity to utilize fewer LEDs, reducing the cost of the backlight. The backlight design utilizes the company’s MicroLens light extraction technology and optical engineering expertise to extract more light from the backlight through to the keyboard

Submini Board Connectors Enable Tight Spacing

March 11, 2008 6:30 am | Comments

Based on a patented hermaphroditic design where the connector and counter-connecter are identical, ERNI Electronics' MicroStac 9- and 14-pin SMT connectors have a 0.8mm grid and enable a board-to-board spacing as close as 3 mm. Features include a coplanarity of less than 0.1mm, suction attach areas for pick-and-place handling, and a permissible longitudinal center offset of ±0.7mm and a permissible angular offset of ±4 degrees.

Radial Lead Tactile Switches Offer Many Actuation Force Choices

March 10, 2008 12:30 pm | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch CR1102H and CR1102V Series tactile switches are packaged on radial lead ammo packs. Both styles offer numerous actuation force choices; the CR1102H offers 100, 130, 160, and 260 ± 50 gF. The CR1102V right angle tactile switch offers 100, 160 and 260 ± 50 gF. The CR1102H is available with many choices of actuator lengths from 4.3 mm to 9.5 mm. The actuator length of the CR1102V is 4.75 mm.

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IGBTs Boast Improved Thermal Performance

March 10, 2008 12:22 pm | Comments

Using a novel building block package design with AlN ceramic and high elastic Sn-Ag-Cu solder for improved heat transfer, the NX Series of IGBT modules from Powerex is presented as having a tenfold improvement in thermal cycle lifetime over previous solutions. A common base plate and case shell with interchangeable screw- and pin-termination create single, dual, seven-pack and converter-inverter-brake circuit configurations

VCO Operates from 2,425 MHz to 2,440 MHz with Desirable Linearity

March 10, 2008 8:06 am | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-2425-2440 VCO operates from 2,425 MHz to 2,440 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V to 4.7V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -113 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has desirable linearity. The model CVCO55CC-2425-2440 comes in the industry-standard 0.5-in. × 0.5-in. SMD package. The input voltage is 5.0V, with a maximum

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