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PCMA Benders Displace in Millimeter/Micrometer Range

December 10, 2008 9:58 am | Comments

Containing buried internal electrodes in a monolithic ceramic housing, Morgan Electro Ceramics’ line of co-fired piezo ceramic multi-layer actuator benders (PCMA benders) provides controllable and repeatable displacement in the millimeter and micrometer range. The devices offer lengths from 10 mm to 30 mm, widths from 3 mm to 20 mm, thicknesses from

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USB Load Cell Handles up to 5,000 lbs

December 10, 2008 9:24 am | Comments

Available with USB output and metric threads, the redesigned LCF400 Tension & Compression Load Cell from FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology is offered in versions capable of handling from 500 lbs to 5,000 lbs. The device provides a variety of voltage- or current-driven outputs to ease systems integration

Circular Connector Includes Secondary Locking Mechanism

December 10, 2008 9:17 am | Comments

Capable of withstanding harsh and wet-area environments, an APD (Automotive Product DIN) circular connector from ITT Interconnect Solutions features a secondary locking mechanism. The connector has 19 contacts, with the option of increasing to 27 contacts. For applications requiring a larger load capacity

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Illuminated Tact Switches Contain Independent LED Leads

December 10, 2008 9:17 am | Comments

Offering multiple LED color options, E-Switch’s TL1240 Series illuminated tact switches have through-hole termination and independent LED leads. The units exhibit an electrical life of 100,000 cycles, an operating force of 160 ± 50 gf, max. contact resistance of 100 mOhm (initial, from 2 VDC to 4 VDC), min. insulation resistance of 100 MOhm, dielectric strength of 250 VAC, and an operating temperature from -20°C to 70°C. The devices’

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ESD Protection Diodes Possess 0.18-mm² Footprint

December 10, 2008 9:11 am | Stmicroelectronics | Comments

Matching the 0201 outline, STMicroelectronics’ ESDALCxx-1U2 family of ESD protection diodes have a footprint of 0.3 mm × 0.6 mm. The ESDALC3V9-1U2, ESDALC6V1-1U2, and ESDALC14V2-1U2 units offer a breakdown voltage of 3.9 V, 6.1 V, and

Real-Time Clock Modules Exhibit Small Dimensions

December 10, 2008 7:35 am | Comments

Using a QMEMS crystal chip, Epson Toyocom’s RX-4571BD and RX-8571BD real-time clock modules come in a 3.400-mm × 1.700-mm × 1t-mm 10-pin SON package. The RX-4571BD supports a 3-wire serial interface and consumes a standby current of 0.320 µA at 3 V, while the I²C-Bus-compliant RX-8571BD has 128-bit user RAM and

Switching Power Supplies Deliver 600 W

December 10, 2008 6:39 am | Comments

Having primary output voltages from 12 V to ~48 V and a secondary output of 5 V at 4 A, PowerGate’s PowDec BSL600 Series switching power supplies offer 600 W of output power. The 9” × 3.7” × 1.6” instruments exhibit a universal AC input with active PFC; end-mount ball-bearing fans, remote sense, remote on/off control, power good signal, and

Submersible Pressure Sensors Measure from 50 mbar

December 10, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Consisting of capacitive ceramic pressure cells in stainless-steel construction, Sensortechnics’ KTE2000CS Series submersible pressure sensors offer hydrostatic low-level measurement from 50 mbar (0.5 water column) Full Scale. The transmitters are calibrated and temperature compensated from -20°C to 70°C while providing a 4-mA to 20-mA output signal. A cable with an integrated vent tube allows a true reference pressure to the

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RGB LED Delivers up to 25 lm

December 10, 2008 5:36 am | Comments

Providing full-color output in a 3-W package, Lumex’s AstraLED RGB LED demonstrates a light intensity of 8 lm, 25 lm, and 20 lm, respectively, at 300 mA (red) and 350 mA (green and blue). The 10-mm × 16-mm × 3.30-mm (0.39” × 0.63” × 0.13”) device operates in a temperature range from -30°C to 85°C, withstands reflow soldering temperatures of

DC/DC Converters Exhibit High Efficiency

December 10, 2008 4:34 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Offering a power density of 0.85 W/cm³, Murata Power Solutions’ MEV and MEA Series isolated 1-W DC/DC converters achieve a typical efficiency of 84%. The 0.770” × 0.236” × 0.394” SIP 7-packaged instruments present load regulation performance of <5%, input voltages of 5 V or 12 V, output voltages from 5 V to 12 V, toroidal magnetics, ceramic

Solid State Drive Stores 32 GB

December 10, 2008 4:01 am | Comments

Visible to the system as 2 independent SATA drives, Curtiss-Wright Controls’ XMC/PMC-550 NAND Flash solid state drive provides up to 32 GB of disk space. The component delivers data transfer rates of up to 30 MB/s for raw read and write access and up to 40 MB/s with software RAID support. The device exhibits hardware write protection, up to

Dual TLM Transistors Exhibit Low VCE(SAT)

December 9, 2008 11:32 am | Comments

Functioning in a TLM832D package, Central Semiconductor’s CTLM3410-M832D (NPN), CTLM7410-M832D (PNP), and CTLM3474-M832D (complementary NPN/PNP) dual TLM transistors have a typical VCE(SAT) of 20 mV (NPN) and

Digital VRM Challenges Analog Systems

December 9, 2008 10:37 am | Ericsson Power Modules | Comments

Using a highly-integrated digital PWM controller, the 100-W BMR450 voltage regulation module (VRM) from Ericsson Power has a component count up to 50% smaller for a higher power density (120 A/in2) than a similar analog product. Further performance advantages are realized using the device’s embedded dynamic and adaptive controls.

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LED Pilot Light Indicates in Critical Environments

December 9, 2008 9:17 am | Comments

Retrofitting and replacing common GE ET-16 sockets, DDP’s PowerLine PL16 Pilot 16-mm LED pilot light includes a solid-state, bayonet-based LED lamp and a Lexan lens that resists impact in industrial plants and utilities. The device uses a shunt resistor to reduce transient current and prevent a false positive indication by the LED. The product comes in 24-V, 48-V, or 120-V designs with thermoplastics, an operational lifetime of up to 100,000 hours, and

I/O Receptacles Offer 19 Contact Positions

December 9, 2008 8:40 am | Comments

Coming with surface-mounted signal leads and through-hole ground tails, Samtec’s Mini HDMI (MHDMI) Series I/O receptacles are comprised of 19 contact positions with 5 signal pairs and 4 power lines. The mating cable plug (HPSTP Series) exhibits a micro-shielded twisted pair of 30 AWG cable, to prevent EMI interference from

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