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FPGA Families Enable Improved Designs

February 6, 2009 4:29 am | Comments

Providing system designers with improved methodologies for creating FPGA-based system-on-chip solutions, the Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families from Xilinx can deliver twice the capacity at half the power consumption compared to previous families. With a logic density of up to 760 K and more than 38 Mbit of BlockRAM and 2,000 DSP slices, these new Xilinx devices set new benchmarks in on-chip performance.

Photoelectric Sensors Offer Remote Teaching Options

February 6, 2009 4:16 am | Comments

Using push-button programming, Carlo Gavazzi’s PD30 Series photoelectric sensors allow remote teaching options in most models, so setup and programming of the sensor can be done away from the application. These same models also provide an option for locking the sensor settings. A muting version exhibits mutual interference protection, sensor alignment aid, and the ability to verify the sensor’s proper operation remotely via

SBC Based on Core2 Duo Processor

February 6, 2009 4:02 am | Comments

Offering BGA-based components, Dynatem’s CRD 6U single-slot CompactPCI/PICMG SBC integrates an Intel Pentium Core2 Duo L7400 or T7400 processor at 1.50 GHz or 2.16 GHz. The conduction-cooled module comes with wedge locks and a full-board heat sink for shock/vibration environments and temperature extremes. The platform

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Power Splitters Intended for Broadcast Applications

February 5, 2009 10:36 am | Comments

With wraparound or single- sided terminals, 1-W two-way resistive power splitters from International Manufacturing Services (IMS) are intended for broadcast applications. These resistive power splitters have 6-dB evenly split attenuation and operate from DC to 20 GHz. The devices have an attenuation accuracy of ±0.5 dB and a VSWR of 1.3:1

Antenna Allows Functionality of Four Frequency Bands

February 5, 2009 10:30 am | Comments

A modular antenna assembly from Laird offers SDARS, GPS, AMPS, and PCS antenna coverage in one package. With a design of 16 mm, the base module is designed to fit multiple vehicle platforms with various roof curvatures. The base antenna is installed on the car in the factory, and houses both

Low-Profile Copper Cable Fits Tight Situations

February 5, 2009 9:07 am | Comments

Addressing the needs of dense, higher-port-count switch installations using 10 GbE, FCoE, or 8 Gigabit Fiber Channel, a low-profile SFP+ direct-attach copper cable assembly from W.L. Gore and Associates is half the cross-sectional area of OM3 fiber optic cable and one-third the size of 62.5/125 optical cable, with a significantly reduced bend radius.

Datalogger Software Addresses CP Remote Monitoring

February 5, 2009 8:22 am | Comments

Working in conjunction with FreeWave's line of FGRCP radios, FreeWave Technologies’ new PC-based DataLogger software targets Cathodic Protection (CP) remote monitoring. The product assists in remotely monitoring and reporting CP operational values for pipelines, tanks, structures, and other underground facilities that are

Gearmotors Exhibit High Continuous Torque Rating

February 5, 2009 7:54 am | Comments

Demonstrating corresponding fixed output speeds from 120 to 6 rpm, Bison Gear & Engineering’s VWDIR20 parallel shaft AC gearmotors demonstrate a continuous torque rating from 100 in./lb to 600 in./lb (11.3 N/m to 68.8 N/m). The devices utilize ¼-hp (186-W) 115-V, 60-Hz split-phase electric motors, and act as Von Weise

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LED Driver Supports Green Lighting Designs

February 5, 2009 7:14 am | Comments

Suiting boost, buck-boost, SEPIC, and high-side buck topologies, Maxim Integrated Products’ MAX16834 current-mode LED driver (SSLD) operates in solid-state lighting (SSL) designs, such as MR16 spotlights, for LED automotive exterior lighting, LCD backlighting, and architectural lighting. The 4-mm × 4-mm, 20-pin

Digital RTD Thermometers Boast High Accuracy

February 5, 2009 5:36 am | Comments

Operating over a temperature range from -328°F to 1,472°F (-200°C to 800°C), Wahl Instruments’ DST500 temperature indicator, and DSX500 transmitter thermometers present total system accuracy of ±0.3°F (±0.2°C) over a 1-year period. The devices offer a 1"-high LCD display and standard and custom-built probe configurations, including MIG standard tapered bulb for drop-in direct MIG replacement. The "Unique

Demodulator Accommodates High Data Rates

February 5, 2009 5:17 am | Comments

Targeting the space communications market, Escape Communications’ EGM-2 multi-Gigabit demodulator supports arbitrary data rates between 1 Mbps and 3 Gbps. The device uses a multi-mode, multi-rate architecture to enable programmable symbol rates from

High-Torque Actuators Withstand High Axial Loads

February 5, 2009 5:09 am | Comments

Delivering up to 484 in-lbs of torque at 100 psi, VRX rotary vane actuators from Tolomatic can withstand high axial loads of up to 23 lbs. The pneumatically-operated devices come in bore sizes of 1”, 1.75”, and 2.5”. Each model is available in single-vane models that rotate to 280° and produce up to 242 in/lbs of torque or double-vane models that rotate to 100° with up to 484 in/lbs of torque.

Switching Power Supplies Serve Industrial/Medical Applications

February 5, 2009 4:35 am | Comments

Delivering 450 W with active PFC, Astrodyne’s PMK450 and PMMK450 Series switching AC/DC power supplies are designed to perform in I.T.E systems, pumps, motors, and instrumentation applications, as well as medically-approved AC/DC power supply applications (PMMK450). The UL/EN 60950-approved

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Signal Analyzer Includes Temperature and Voltage Input Channels

February 4, 2009 12:18 pm | Comments

The USB-based 655u, a Dynamic Signal Analyzer from IOtech, offers both temperature and voltage input channels. The Analyzer features five temperature inputs, along with ten voltage or direct integrated electronic piezoelectric (IEPE) input channels. Other features include

Z-Foil Resistors Achieve Thermal Stabilization in <1 Second

February 4, 2009 11:56 am | Comments

The SMR1DZ and SMR3DZ Z-Foil molded surface-mount resistors from Vishay include thermal stabilization time of less than one second. The devices provide a low typical TCR of ±0.05 ppm/°C from 0°C to 60°C, 25°C Ref, and ±0.2 ppm/°C from -55°C to 125°C, 25°C Ref., tolerances to ±0.01%, load-life stability of 0.005%

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