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Portable Oscilloscopes Offer Multiple Features

May 6, 2009 5:17 am | Keysight Technologies | Comments

Operating at bandwidths from 60 MHz to 200 MHz, Agilent DSO1000A Series oscilloscopes can display 23 automatic measurements – up to 21 simultaneously – including measurements from a built-in six-digit counter.

Nanophotonics May Create Next-Gen ICs

May 5, 2009 8:23 am | Comments

The IMEC nanoelectronics research institute has developed a method to integrate high-speed CMOS electronics and nanophotonic circuitry based on plasmonic effects.

Card-Edge Connectors Handle Harsh Environments

May 5, 2009 8:02 am | Comments

Engineered to accept 0.062” (1.58-mm) thick daughtercards, RDPS card edge connectors from Sullins Connector Solutions have a double-contact-point pin design as well as an operating temperature from -65°C to +150°C.

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Electromagnetic Simulation Tool Features Hysteresis Solver Option

May 5, 2009 7:33 am | Comments

Cobham Technical Services is releasing a new version of its Vector Fields Software tool for designing rotating electrical machinery. The electromagnetic simulation software combines the accuracy of virtual prototyping using finite-element analysis with a rapid front-end design tool that allows users to create models of motors and generators in minutes.

Variable-Speed Drive Offers High Motor Functionality

May 5, 2009 7:19 am | Comments

The Altivar 12 variable-speed AC drive from Schneider Electric offers nearly 150 application-specific advanced motor-control functions.

Reliable Power is the Key to Mechatronics Systems Reliability

May 4, 2009 1:14 pm | Comments

Mechatronics is a relatively new field of complex systems design that encompasses the disciplines of Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering.

MCUs Boast 32-bit CLA for Direct Access to On-chip Peripherals

May 4, 2009 10:42 am | Comments

Texas Instruments announced its TMS320F2803x Piccolo microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring the Control Law Accelerator (CLA). Unique to TI’s F2803x Piccolo MCUs, the CLA is a60 MHz, 32-bit floating-point math accelerator that operates independently of the 60 MHz C28x core, allowing for direct access to on-chip peripherals and

Add-in Cores Simply the FPGA Debug Chore

May 4, 2009 10:28 am | Keysight Technologies | Comments

Design tools insert debug logic into FPGAs so engineers can focus on design problems and not on debugging the debugger.

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Design Talk - Prototyping and Design

May 4, 2009 8:56 am | Comments

There are always things to consider when prototyping a design. Here are a few essays on the subject to aid you in your efforts.

Parallel Shaft Gearmotors Deliver up to 500 in-lbs

May 4, 2009 6:44 am | Comments

With hardened-steel helical and spur gearing in ratios from 108:1 to 266:1, the VWDIR104 AC gearmotor family offers fixed output speeds from 15 to 6 RPM with continuous torque ratings from 340 to 500 in-lbs (38.4 to 56.5 N-m). Features include built-in face mounting compatible with Genesis mounts and an overhung load capability up to 400 lbs. (181.8 kg.).

Real-Time Data System Includes Multiband Transceiver

May 4, 2009 6:09 am | Comments

Provided in a 19" rackmount server chassis, the RTS 2701 Recording and Playback System from Pentek includes a Dual-channel multiband transceiver. The system is well suited for digitizing analog signals from a communications system or a radar system and delivering that data to high-speed disk arrays at sustained data rates as high as 500 MB/second.

Self-Powered 3G System Provides WiFi HotSpot In A Box

May 4, 2009 4:49 am | Renesas | Comments

Designed to provide mission-critical wireless communications, the Proxicast’s new Cell-PAK 3G + Wi-Fi HotSpot in a box is a wireless "grab & go" solution that provides mobile wide-area cellular Internet connectivity (WWAN) and local 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi access (WLAN) in an easy-to-deploy portable form-factor. The Cell-Pak features Proxicast’s commercial-grade LAN-Cell 2 mobile 3G cellular router.

Board-to-Board 0.4-mm-Pitch Connector is Smallest Available

May 1, 2009 7:54 am | Comments

Designated the 5802 Series, a 0.4-mm-pitch board-to-board connectors from AVX is presented as the smallest available, with a 0.8-mm stacking height and 3.2-mm width, including tails.

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Trench MOSFETS Boast High Current Ratings

May 1, 2009 7:32 am | International Rectifier | Comments

Available in a variety of packaging including TO-220, D2PAK, TO-262, and 7-lead D2PAK, logic-level gate-drive trench HEXFET power MOSFETs from International Rectifier have a package current rating of up to 195 A.

MOSFET Pre-Driver IC Provides Fault Management

May 1, 2009 6:27 am | Comments

Designed for applications with high-power inductive loads, Allegro’s A4940 full-bridge MOSFET pre-driver IC incorporates fault diagnostics and reporting functionality. With an operating voltage from 5.5 V to 50.0 V, the 24-pin TSSOP-packaged device has a bootstrap charge management system that ensures the bootstrap capacitor is always sufficiently charged to supply the high-side gate drive circuit.

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