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Oscilloscopes Debug Mixed-Signal Designs

November 18, 2008 5:35 am | Tektronix | Comments

Operating at frequencies up to 200 MHz, the MSO2000 Mixed-Signal and DPO2000 Digital Phosphor oscilloscopes from Tektronix can debug mixed signal designs with features including Wave Inspector search and navigation tools, automatic decoding of serial data busses, and FilterVu variable low-pass filters. The MSO2000 provides the ability to time-correlate up to 4 analog and 16 digital signal channels

DC/DC Converter Focuses on Light-Load Efficiency

November 18, 2008 5:27 am | Comments

Intended for applications such as telecom, computing, industrial, and consumer point of load applications, a 1.5-A output step-down switcher from TI uses the Eco-mode light-load switching technique to achieve a 116-uA operating current and 1.3-uA shutdown current. Features of the 65-V input device include an integrated FET, a switching frequency range

Rocker Switches Achieve High Current Ratings

November 18, 2008 4:57 am | Comments

Utilizing silver alloy contacts, Cherry Electrical Products’ KR Series water-resistant rocker switches demonstrate current ratings of 20 A at 14 VDC and 16 A at 125 VAC. The devices fit into a panel cut out of 13 mm × 19 mm, receive UL approval on AC loads, and consist of a silicon rubber actuator, snap-fit mounting, and 4.8 mm quick connect tabs. The products suit outdoor appliances, power equipment, commercial appliances, and medical equipment. The switches offer

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Mobile PC Performs in DC-powered Apps

November 18, 2008 4:18 am | Comments

Operating with a power input ranging from 10 VDC to 16 VDC, Stealth.com’s LPC-450M mobile PC functions in DC-powered applications found in vehicles and remote applications. The integrated start-up delay timer prevents any false power starts and ensures that power is available and ready to go with selectable timer settings of 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 40 seconds,

SPDs Provide Continuous Over-Voltage Protection

November 17, 2008 11:05 am | Comments

Providing continuous protection from over-voltage and other transient voltage activity, medium voltage surge protection devices (SPDs) from Raycap meet the IEEE C62.11-2005 Standard. The Strikesorb 40-3000, Strikesorb 40-4000, and Strikesorb 40-5000 are designed to protect equipment from lightning strikes, power surges, and spikes without

Evaluation Kit Ported onto Linux

November 17, 2008 10:51 am | Atmel Corporation | Comments

The Linux release, v2.6.27, from Atmel, is for its 400 MHz ARM926EJ-S-based AT91SAM9G20 embedded microprocessor, and for other members of the AT91SAM9 family. A Linux distribution based on v2.6.27 is available from Atmel’s AT91SAM portal at www.linux4sam.org. It includes the complete Linux v2.6.27 kernel, the Linux patch for the AT91SAM9G20-EK, device drivers

Subsystem Reference Designs Address Multiple Apps

November 17, 2008 10:42 am | Comments

National Semiconductor’s PowerWise energy-efficient subsystem reference designs assist in portable, lighting, solar, industrial, medical, communications infrastructure, and test and measurement applications. The reference file kits consist of applicable design schematic, bill of materials (BOM), board layout, firmware, design documentation, and FPGA source code in synthesizable

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Analyzer Software Allows Multi-Method Analysis

November 17, 2008 10:12 am | Comments

Calibrating the instrument and determining the parameters of analysis via a set of data and variables, Applied Analytics’ ECLIPSE Process 10 online analyzer software enables simultaneous Analysis and Calibration Methods (ACM) configuration. The program includes instantaneous user interface response, and diagnostics and reporting routines to continuously evaluate the performance of the system and trigger rapid action. The software presents an ACM report generator, automatic

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PCIe Switches Integrate DMA Engine

November 17, 2008 9:36 am | Comments

Offering configurable ports ranging from x1 to x8, PLX Technology’s ExpressLane PEX 8619 (16 lanes and ports), PEX 8615 (12 lanes and ports), and PEX 8609 (8 lanes and ports) PCIe Gen2-compliant switches incorporate a direct memory access (DMA) engine. The components provide 4 DMA channels supporting data transfers between I/O devices connected to any of the available ports while maintaining independence from the transparent switch functionality with

Fuses Function in Extended Temperature Range

November 17, 2008 9:01 am | Comments

Receiving UL and CSA approval, Littelfuse’s 438 Series 0603-size SMT fuses operate in a temperature range from -55°C to 150°C without nuisance tripping. The RoHS-compliant devices exhibit current ratings from 250 mA to 6 A, a nominal melting rate of up to 1.38 A at 6 A, and a maximum fault rating (interrupt rating) of 50 A. The Pb- and halogen-free components are appropriate for

Control ICs Suit Lighting Ballast Apps

November 17, 2008 8:31 am | International Rectifier | Comments

Incorporating a half-bridge driver, International Rectifier’s IRS2530D DIM8 and IRS2158D 600-V control ICs target energy-efficient dimming fluorescent lighting ballast applications. The 8-pin DIP- or SOIC-packaged IRS2530D DIM8 presents a high-voltage pin, DC dim input voltage reference, and AC lamp current feedback, internal non-ZVS protection, and internal crest factor

White SSLD Handles 150 mA

November 17, 2008 8:02 am | Comments

Exhibiting current-mode buck/boost DC/DC control, ROHM Electronics’ BD8113EFV-E2 dual-channel white SSLD drives up to 150 mA of constant current per channel. The Pb-free HTSSOP-B24-packaged component offers a maximum input voltage of 36 V, a supply voltage range from 5 V to 30 V, and an operating temperature range from -40°C to 105°C. The driver presents

Digitizers Hold 256 MB per Channel

November 17, 2008 7:01 am | Comments

Sustaining up to 2 GS/s real-time sampling rates, National Instruments’ 500-MHz NI PXI-5153 and NI PCI-5153, and 1-GHz NI PCI-5154 digitizers store up to 256 MB of deep onboard memory per channel. The instruments use T-Clock technology for integration with other instrumentation, such as arbitrary waveform generators and digital waveform generator/analyzers. The devices can be synchronized to build systems with up to 34 channels in a single PXI chassis, all simultaneously

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Flow Sensor Works at 80°C

November 17, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Designed for OEMs requiring NSF approval and PPO reinforced materials, Gems Sensors & Controls’ FT-330 turbine flow sensor functions at temperatures up to 80°C (176°F). The instrument couples a 316 SS shaft and Delrin bearings to perform measurements during quick dispensing cycles. The component is constructed with over-molded electronics and a plastic design for

Connectors Present EPP-918A Coating

November 17, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Providing pore blocking and lubricating properties, Stewart Connectors’ RJ11 and RJ45 modular connectors have a EPP-918A (Environmentally Protective Product) coating for moisture, humidity, dirt, chemical, and corrosion resistance. The products suit FTTH (fiber to the home), industrial Ethernet, and outdoor network and communications equipment, as well as military field

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