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Rocker Switches Receive UL and VDE Approvals

October 29, 2008 7:27 am | Comments

Coming in single- and double-pole versions, Phaseda LLC’s RL3-6 Series oval rocker switches achieve UL, cUL, and VDE approvals, as well as RoHS compliance. The devices exhibit a UL ratings at 16 A and 0.33 hp at 125 VAC for high power and motor applications, and 10 A at 125 VAC for small appliances. The units demonstrate a VDE rating of 10(4) A and 6(2) A at

Battery Protection ICs Offer Cell-Balance Functions

October 29, 2008 6:48 am | Comments

Consuming 7 A current max, Seiko Instruments’ S-8209A and S-8209B Series battery protection ICs exhibits charge and discharge cell-balance functions in lithium-ion and lithium-polymer rechargeable battery packs. A voltage detection circuit enables overcharge detection and release voltages of up to 4.4 V at -25 mV and -50 mV accuracy, cell-balance detection and

Analyzer Measures Spectral Monitoring and Interference

October 29, 2008 6:14 am | Comments

Making measurements of RF readings, Bird Technologies Group’s SignalHawk VNA handheld spectrum analyzer performs spectral monitoring and interference analysis. The “Made in the USA” instrument shows one-port cable insertion loss measurements and high-resolution determination of distance-to-fault, and streamlines testing procedures. The device passes drop and splash

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Pluggable Connector Designed for Modular Wiring

October 29, 2008 5:42 am | Comments

The 890 Series WINSTA MINI pluggable connector from WAGO is designed for modular wiring systems. The 890 Series WINSTA MINI fits through 5/8" knockout (2-pole) or 7/8" knockout (3-pole) and features a voltage/current rating of 600-V/10-A. CAGE CLAMP'S Spring Pressure Connection Technology terminates all conductor types. A strain relief system features housings

TSPDs Protect Next-Gen Telecom Equipment

October 29, 2008 5:24 am | On Semiconductor | Comments

Designed to protect the next generation of high speed telecom equipment, a family of low capacitance Thyristor Surge Protection Devices (TSPD) from ON Semiconductor protect DSL chipsets and line drivers. With differential capacitance of less than 3 picofarad (pF) across the operating voltage range, the TSPDs include a current withstand capability of greater than 50 ampere (A)

APD Receivers Incorporate Thermoelectric Cooler

October 29, 2008 4:58 am | Comments

Performing in military laser radar and optical communications, and commercial telecommunications applications, Voxtel’s VDHAX line of hermetically-packaged avalanche photodiode (APD) receivers use Nextreme’s OptoCooler UPF4 thermoelectric cooler. The cooler integrates directly into the VDH-A TO-8 package to deliver >45°C of cooling curing operation via Nextreme’s thin-film thermal bump technology. The component removes a maximum of 610 mW of heat at

Automotive HDD Possesses Low Energy Consumption Efficiency

October 28, 2008 11:48 am | Comments

Measuring 69.85 mm × 111 mm × 9.50 mm, Toshiba Storage Device Division’s MK8057GSC 80 GB SATA automotive-grade HDD exhibits an energy consumption efficiency of 0.01 W/GB. The 98 gram component shows an average seek time of 16 ms, interface transfer rate of 1.5 Gb/s, rotational speed of 4,200 rpm, and an operating temperature range from

Switching Regulators Exhibit High Efficiency

October 28, 2008 11:16 am | Comments

Operating at an ambient temperature of up to 60°C without a heatsink or forced cooling, Tracopower’s TSR-1 Series 1 A switching regulators operate at a full load efficiency of up to 96%. The 9 models offer input voltages from 4.75 VDC to 32 VDC, output voltages from 1.50 VDC to 15 VDC, output current of 1 A, and direct operation from a 24 VDC bus voltage. The instruments act as

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Motion Controller Manages Four Axes

October 28, 2008 10:32 am | Comments

Pairing with FANUC servos, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platform’s PACMotion motion controller module controls up to 4 axes plus a master axis in motion applications in the packaging, assembly, metalworking, and printing industries. The component uses PACcore multi-processor architecture bridged by virtual dual port memory and a PCI backplane to decrease the degrading of

UHF Reader ICs Utilize Protocol Engine

October 28, 2008 9:45 am | Comments

Known as “SimplyGen2”, austriamicrosystems’ AS3990 and AS3991 single-chip UHF reader ICs use an EPC Class 1 Gen 2 protocol engine. The 9 mm² 64-pin QFN-packaged components include an integrated power amplifier, require 32 registers to enable full RF, filtering, and protocol control, and operate over a temperature range from -45°C to 85°C. The products can

Cable Assemblies Transmit 10 Gbps

October 28, 2008 9:11 am | Comments

Targeting the high-performance computing (HPC), enterprise networking, and network storage markets, W.L. Gore & Associates’ GORE SPF+ copper cable assemblies delivering 10 Gbps data at distances up to 25 meters. The SFF-84310- and RoHS-compliant devices use an expanded

Level Control Sensors Enhance Power Measurements

October 28, 2008 7:52 am | Comments

Coming fully calibrated, Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S NRP-Z28 and R&S NRP-Z98 one-box level control sensors are designed to enhance the performance of power measurements. The instruments exhibit a VSWR of <1.11 in a frequency range from 9 kHz to 2.4 GHz to reduce

Lamps Include Switch and Sensor

October 28, 2008 7:25 am | Comments

Suiting panels and enclosures, Omega Engineering’s SL025 Series of slimline lamps come equipped with an on/off switch and a movement sensor. The CE-compliant devices fit into any position in a steel enclosure via a magnet fixing. The user has the choice of a lamp with or without

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Power Supply Used Globally Without Changing Settings

October 28, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

With its 90-265 VAC universal input and active PFC, the 400W TMPC-400 ATX PC power supply can be used globally without changing input settings. The power supply is approved to UL 60601-1, IEC 60601-1, and EN 60601-1 medical standards, and complies with EN 60601-1-2 EMC standards, including EN 55011, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-4-2, and EN 61000-4-11

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Audio Codec Uses Class H Technology

October 28, 2008 6:49 am | Comments

Improving audio playback battery life by up to 2 hours, Cirrus Logic’s CS42L55 portable audio codec utilizes supply-adjusting bimodal Class H headphone driver technology for quiescent power consumption of 5.1 mW. The 5 mm × 5 mm × 0.45 mm 36-pin QFN-packaged component delivers 1 Vrms line output from a 1.8 V supply and 17 mW per channel of 96 dB dynamic range

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