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Molded-On Socket Has a One-Piece Design

April 3, 2008 11:01 am | Comments

The 3M Electronic Solutions Division extended its product line for interconnect products to include an RoHS-compliant, 34 position, 2 mm Molded-On Socket for the 2M Series. The 34-position molded-on socket cable assembly, along with the rest of the product family, has a rugged, one-piece design with integral strain relief and closed connector ends. With a 2 mm × 2 mm pitch, it is fully customizable to customer specifications, and it offers a space-saving, lower height profile that stands up to repeated insertions and withdrawals, helping with airflow in high density applications.

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Modular Power Terminal Block Saves Panel Space

April 3, 2008 10:53 am | Comments

BlockMaster introduced its Model OTB-351 modular thru-panel modular power terminal block that saves panel space with its tight 8.5 mm terminal spacing. Standard SEMS screws with terminals of nickel plated brass makes the series suitable for easy field service and product assembly usages. They are appropriate for power supplies, motor drives, industrial controls, electric heating, lighting and almost any other thru-panel medium power/current applications. The series is specified for use within an operating temperature range of from –30°C to +80°C, accepting wire sizes of 12 AWG to 22 AWG. Housing material is a polycarbonate (UL94V-O) with black as the standard color.

Cable Assemblies Perform in Space Critical Applications

April 3, 2008 10:46 am | Comments

Lighthorse Technologies, Inc. released its IPX series of connectors and cable assemblies. The micro-miniature connector is 100 percent form, fit and function compatible with all U.FL Hirose series interfaces. Because if their small size, the connectors are suitable for a variety of space critical applications. Operating up to 6 GHz, the low profile (2.5 mm) series has a 3 mm square PCB footprint. The cable assemblies can be cut to any length and attached to a variety of RF coaxial connectors.

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Connector Series Comes in Vertical and Stacked Versions

April 3, 2008 10:41 am | Comments

Kycon expanded its HDMI connector series by adding a vertical and a stacked version to the existing KDMIX Series. Both the vertical and the stacked connectors enable the next generation interface for end consumer products such as digital televisions, set-top boxes and DVD players. These connectors provide the same standard features as the traditional version, while offering additional product design flexibility. Both carry up to 10.2 Gb/s of uncompressed audio and video, they are fully shielded for ESD protection and they are RoHS compliant.

USB Interface Features BUS Evaluation

April 3, 2008 10:35 am | Comments

API Nanotronics Corp. announced that its National Hybrid, Inc. (NHi) division has developed an affordable, portable 1553 to USB interface. The 1553/USB Pocket Pal is a redundant 1553 BC/MT/RT terminal with 64K words of internal RAM. It interfaces to a 2.0 compliant USB port, making any laptop/notebook into an autonomous 1553 work station. It weighs less than 7 oz., and it is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. Features include hardware and software development, bus exercisor, bus evaluation and trouble shooting. Other applications include BUS management and BUS integrity analysis.

Remote Control Enclosures for Portable Electronics

April 3, 2008 10:30 am | Comments

OKW Enclosures announced its ergonomic MINITEC enclosures for small, portable electronics which are carried in the hand, in a pocket, on a key ring or on a neck chain. Typical applications include personal safety, detection, monitoring, emergency call, audio, alarm, and radio and infra-red remote control devices. With over 120 individual choices, the enclosures are available in two basic styles: rectangular style ‘E’ and tear drop style ‘D’. Four external sizes are available.

Flat Cables Connect Displays to LVDS Data Interfaces

April 3, 2008 10:25 am | Comments

AXON’ Cable expanded its AXOLINK line of flat cable assemblies by adding shielded assemblies that include DF-19 (Hirose) and FI/FI-X (JAE) connectors. They are suitable for connecting displays with LVDS data interfaces. The product line consists of flat flexible cables with tinned copper conductors and polyester insulation. Shielded assemblies with 14, 20 and 30 conductors include DF-19, FX and FI-X connectors. Other connector types are also available. The shielding of these cables is carried out with a ground plane grounded on the connector, assuring a constant impedance of 100? for a stable picture transmission.

TCXO Comes in a Reduced LCC Package

April 3, 2008 10:18 am | Comments

Vectron International announced its Model VTM3 small temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) that offers phase noise performance in a small package (3.2 mm × 2.5 mm), enabling customers in the communications, industrial test and military markets to benefit from the flexibility of a smaller, lower power oscillator without compromising stability and phase noise performance. The device is optimized for use in a range of wireless RF applications that include GPS, in-car navigation, pilot locator, security/tracking, WLAN, WiMAX and WiFi base stations, Bluetooth, digital cameras, PHS, RFID, test equipment and wireless meter readers.

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Three-Channel Encoder Suits Industrial Automation Applications

April 3, 2008 10:00 am | 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.

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.

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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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