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RAID 1 Controller Demonstrates Disk Mirroring

October 22, 2008 10:46 am | Comments

Measuring 3.5” × 2.2”, Data Protection Solutions’ EzRAID DD4 FlexMount SATA RAID 1 controller performs disk mirroring from anywhere within the computing chassis without a bus slot or drive bay. The component uses a black plastic shell for protection from other electrical components within the computer, and connects via provided SATA cables. Once installed, the product sends all

DMM Performs 100 Sa/s Measurements

October 22, 2008 9:26 am | Agilent Technologies | Comments

Making it possible to carry 2 or 3 pieces of test equipment in a briefcase alongside a laptop PC, Agilent Technologies’ U2741A USB modular digital multimeter (DMM) makes 100 Sa/s measurements with maximum input levels of 300 VDC and 2 A. The 5.5-digit device provides

Base Station Antennas Offer Beam Width Choices

October 22, 2008 8:50 am | Comments

Complying with ETSI specifications, Laird Technologies’ J51017V00-60N, J51016V00-90N, and J51014V00-120N 5 GHz vertically-polarized base station antennas exhibit 60°, 90° and 120° beam widths, respectively. The devices cover from 4.9 GHz to 5.9 GHz with the null fill below

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XMC Card Utilizes Dual-Core Processor Node

October 22, 2008 7:44 am | Comments

Performing in radar, sonar, and signal intelligence applications, as well as UAVs and land vehicles, Curtiss-Wright Controls’ VPX3-450 Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA-based 3U VPX (VITA 46/48) compute engine uses a dual-core Freescale 8640D processor node. The XMC card includes one bank of DDR2 SDRAM and two banks of QDR-II+ SRAM attached directly to the

Power Adapters Offer Class I and Class II Insulation

October 22, 2008 6:42 am | Comments

Including a 4-pin power DIN plug, Tumbler Technologies + TRUMPower’s TMP150 Series medical-grade AC/DC desktop power adapters exhibit Class I and Class II insulation. The Class I units present an IEC 320/C14 AC inlet with a ground pin, and earth leakage current of 90 µA at 115 VAC or 150 µA at 230 VAC. The Class II instruments have an IEC 320/C18 AC inlet with

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Voltage Regulators Allow Large Transient Range

October 22, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

With an input voltage range from 4.5 V to 42 V, SIMPLE SWITCHER step-down voltage regulators from National Semiconductor allow for voltage transients from 12 V and 24 V input rails. The regulators feature internal compensation and low pin-count packages. The 11 SIMPLE SWITCHER step-down voltage regulators support load currents from 0.5 A to 5 A. Each provides a fixed switching frequency

Audio Receiver Features Converter Technology

October 22, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Giving designers of consumer and professional audio applications a solution for receiving incoming digital audio sources, the CS8422 24-bit, 192 kHz digital audio receiver from Cirrus Logic features a low jitter PLL and integrated asynchronous sample rate converter. The audio receiver integrates an input multiplexer that supports up to four S/PDIF or two differential AES3 audio inputs

Connector Targets IFE Systems

October 22, 2008 5:06 am | Comments

Meeting technical specifications for use in commercial aircrafts, ITT Interconnect Solutions’ custom ARINC 600 connector is designed specifically for in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. The device uses Quadrax contacts for gigabit Ethernet channels, as well as a custom-size two shell designed to reduce EMI/RFI emissions. The connector utilizes custom insert arrangements and pre-loaded inserts with tail contacts to eliminate unused positions and for PC board

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Light Sensors Display 16-bit Resolution

October 21, 2008 9:58 am | Comments

Managing LED and cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) display backlighting, TAOS’ TCS3404 and TCS3414 digital color light sensors use RGB filters to derive the color chromaticity and illuminance of ambient light with 16 bits of resolution. The 2.095 mm × 1.875 mm × 0.685 mm components automatically eliminate signal fluctuation resulting from AC lighting flicker without

Radiometer Performs Multiple Detector Measurements

October 21, 2008 9:12 am | Comments

Utilizing 4-channel multiplexed technology, Gigahertz-Optik’s X1-1 handheld multi-spectralband filter radiometer simultaneously operates and displays multiple detector measurements of the XD-450X 3-cell detector series. The device exhibits autoranging from 0.1 pA to 200 uA or manual range selection, dose mode, selectable integration time from 20 ms to 1 second, USB interface, backlit LCD, and compatibility with up to 4 single- and multi-sensor light detector

VCO Demonstrates Low Phase Noise

October 21, 2008 7:58 am | Comments

Operating in a frequency range from 5,340 MHz to 5,390 MHZ, Crystek’s CVCO55CXT-5340-5390 VCO exhibits a typical phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset. The 0.5” × 0.5” SMT component presents typical output power of 3 dBm, a control voltage range from 0.5 V to ~4.5 V, input voltage of 5 V, and maximum current consumption of 25 mA. The oscillator shows pulling and

Turnkey Devices Incorporate SLED Technology

October 21, 2008 7:35 am | Comments

Performing in laboratory applications, Exalos’ EBS4000-0000 and EBS8000-0000 turnkey devices with touchscreens enable the use of superluminescent light emitting diode (SLED) technology. The EBS4000-0000 can utilize up to 4 different SLEDs, and the EBS8000-0000 can utilize up to 8 ones with availability as

Photos From the Renesas Developers' Conference

October 21, 2008 7:17 am | Iar Systems Software | Comments

Addressing the needs of engineers and managers using microcomputers to develop embedded systems, the Renesas Developers’ Conference (held from October 13 to 15 in San Diego) presented tutorials, technology updates, hands-on technical labs, panel discussions, and ‘meet the experts’ sessions.

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Mechanical Hygrostats Control Relative Air Humidity

October 21, 2008 6:53 am | Comments

Connecting to an enclosure heater (dehumidifier), Omega Engineering’s MFR012 Series mechanical hygrostats are designed to control the relative air humidity inside of enclosures. The CE-compliant units activate the heater at the set humidity level in order to raise the dew point to help prevent damage and malfunction of electronic components caused by condensation and

SoC Reduces ICs in Amplification Circuits

October 21, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Using multibit Delta-Sigma audio converter technology, the CS47048 audio system-on-a-chip (SOC) from Cirrus Logic can reduce the number of ICs required to implement an automotive amplifier by as many as 10. Featuring a 4-channel ADC and a 32-bit audio DSP, the SOC has a 105 dB dynamic range and a -98 dB THD+N. The device uses integrated converters to simplify the management

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