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Thermometers Provide Total Temperature Measurements for Industrial Applications

January 4, 2008 11:07 am | Comments

Fluke Corporation announced the Fluke 566 and Fluke 568 Thermometers, which feature broad infrared (IR) temperature measurement functionality, an on-screen menu system and a dot-matrix display enabling users to take even complex. Both thermometers combine contact and non-contact temperature measurement capability in a single tool. The thermometers provide a broad temperature measurement range from -40°C to 800°C (568) or -40 °C to 650 °C (566) at one percent measurement accuracy

Fastener Access Hardware Helps Avoid Cross-Threading

January 4, 2008 9:29 am | Comments

PEM's threaded flare-in access hardware, MAThread, now has a captive screw assembly for permanent installation into almost any panel hardness or material. MAThread corrects off-angle installations to help align components and to push through clogged threads. Fastener caps are available in knurled (for operator access) or smooth (for service access) styles, and in thread sizes from #4-40 through ¼-20 and M3 through M6

LDO Controller Offers Adjustable and Fixed 1.2V and 1.5V Output Voltages

January 4, 2008 9:22 am | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology released an LDO controller with adjustable and fixed output voltage options that uses external n-channel MOSFETs to provide extremely low drop-out voltages of under 50 mV at very high currents, up to 7A, with, according to the company, 80 percent efficiency. The SiP21301 device is designed for driving n-channel MOSFETs to power FPGAs, ASICs, and ASSPs in


Integrated, Low-Power, Single-Conversion Silicon Tuner Meets ATSC Requirement

January 4, 2008 7:32 am | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products' MAX3540 integrated, single-conversion television tuner for ATSC and NTSC applications meets the sensitivity and adjacent-channel guidelines specified by ATSC Recommended Practice A/74, while consuming 760 mW. The tuner integrates a tracking filter and high-linearity front-end. Additionally, it

Rail Systems With Custom Adjustments and Carriages

January 4, 2008 7:13 am | Comments

Haydon Switch & Instrument Inc.'s Linear Rail Systems product line uses a precision leadscrew assembly to provide controlled positioning along the axis of a linear slide. The system consists of a stationary base with a load-bearing carriage that travels along an extruded, wear-resistant aluminum rail. Motion comes from a standard or double-stack external linear actuator


General-Purpose I/O Card for Motion Control

January 3, 2008 10:02 am | Comments

Mesa Electronics' 7I43A general-purpose, programmable I/O card connects to host computers via USB or PC parallel ports and can be a basis for applications such as simple GPIO, smart motion control (SoftDMC), host motion control (HostMot2), buffered step / direction generation, and as a waveform generator. The 7I43 is available with a 200K or 400K Xilinx Spartan3 FPGA for all logic. It also has has local configuration storage via onboard EEPROM.

Low-Power 300 MHZ to 930 MHz RF Receivers

January 3, 2008 9:45 am | Comments

Melexis announced the MLX71120 and MLX71121 integrated RF receiver series of automotive-qualified ICs with dual inputs. These are suited for low-cost antenna applications in unlicensed industrial-scientific-medical and short-range-device frequency bands in Europe and North America. The MLX71120 and MLX71121 feature an integrated FSK and ASK demodulator, 5 mm2 32-lead QFN package, and power range from 2.1V to 5.5V


Vector Signal Analysis Software with LTE Modulation Analysis Option

January 3, 2008 9:12 am | Keysight Technologies | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. added a 3GPP LTE modulation analysis option to its 89600 Series Vector Signal Analysis software to enable LTE signal analysis from baseband to antenna, on digitized or analog signals, both uplink and downlink. The 3GPP LTE option is designed to give R&D engineers


Boost Converter Manages Multiple High-Brightness LEDs

January 3, 2008 8:55 am | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced an LED driver with an integrated 40V, 1.2A switch that can drive up to three 1W LEDs in series. The TPS61165 device’s features and input voltage range of 3V to 18V allow designers to manage multiple high-power LEDs used in single-cell, battery-powered applications or point-of-load designs with a 9V or 12V bus.


Reference Layout for HDMI 1.3 Based on Passives

January 3, 2008 8:48 am | Comments

Tyco Electronics introduced its reference layout for ESD and over-current protection for HDM 1.3 interfaces. It uses proprietary 0.25 pF signal-to-ground-capacitance PESD protection devices and component placement and routing to help protect against ESD events. It also includes optional over-current protection on the +5V rail using the PolySwitch nanoSMD device. This ESD and reference layout

Active Latch Is Intermateable with Other Existing Elements In Modular Systems

January 3, 2008 8:37 am | Comments

FCI introduced the Minitek CTW Active Latch, a low profile housing mateable with other elements in the modular system. The Minitek Active Latch is designed for use in harsh and high vibration environments and is appropriate for industrial or automotive applications. The 2 mm latch houses crimp-to-wire systems, enabling discrete wiring to be attached and unattached to PCB boards with an audible click.

Red Laser Diode Offers High Optical Output of 150 mW at 640 nm

January 3, 2008 8:28 am | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric completed development of the ML520G51 red laser diode with an optical output standard of 150 mW at 640 nm. It is intended for use in mobile projectors, laser show devices as well as in other applications in the industrial and medical environment. This red laser diode appears bright to the human eye and is capable of emitting deep reds in the 640 nm range.


Solid State Relays Cut ON Resistance By 50 Percent

January 3, 2008 8:21 am | Stmicroelectronics | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced a quad high-side intelligent power switch (IPS) -- the VNI4140K -- which is produced using the latest generation of ST’s VIPower technology to achieve a 50 percent saving in Rds(on) compared to earlier devices with the same die size, officials said. The reduction in on-resistance and quiescent current saves energy through lower losses. IPS devices integrate a logic interface, drivers and protection circuits on the same chip as a power stage


8-bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator Features up to 4 Giga Samples Memory

January 3, 2008 7:36 am | Comments

Strategic Test announced the UF2e-6110 two-channel 125 MS/s 8-bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator (AWG) PCI Express card. With synchronous multi-channel capability, the AWG card is suited for creating complex waveforms in applications that include I&Q signal generation, RADAR system development, communications testing, laser positioning, and HDTV signal generation

Power Management IC Maximizes Energy Performance in Multi-Kilowatt Systems

January 3, 2008 7:13 am | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a single-chip, interleaved power factor correction (PFC) control circuit for multi-kilowatt communications, server and industrial systems. In line-operated systems with power levels from 75W to 1 kW and above, the UCC28070 helps reduce total harmonic distortion, allowing systems to maximize usable outlet power and accommodate extreme variations and disturbances


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