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Technology Integrates Inductive Touch into Existing Application Code

December 8, 2008 10:03 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Performing in a single standard 8-, 16-, or 32-bit PIC MCU or 16-bit dsPIC DSC, Microchip Technology’s mTouch inductive touch-sensing technology allows designers to incorporate inductive touch-sensing functionality with their existing application code. The product enables devices to work through plastic, stainless steel, aluminum, gloves, and surfaces containing liquid. Implementation details are available via a free download from

Fuses Handle High Voltages

December 8, 2008 9:31 am | Comments

Coming in a 5 mm × 20 mm ceramic package, Littelfuse’s 477 Series time-lag cartridge fuses demonstrate a voltage rating of 500 V at 8 A or above. The RoHS-compliant devices exhibit ampere ratings from 0.5 A to 16 A, an interrupting capability of up to 1,500 A at 400 VDC, and recognition from UL, CSA, and SEMKO. The products are appropriate for 3-phase power supplies, uninterruptable power systems (UPSs), motor control

Microcontrollers Target Driver-Assist Vehicle Applications

December 8, 2008 8:42 am | Renesas | Comments

Created to address the increasingly popular “preventative safety” features in new vehicles, the 32-bit SH74504 and SH74513 microcontrollers (MCUs) from Renesas Technology feature on-chip flash memory and peripheral sets tailored for driver-assist systems. Examples of such “proactive” in-vehicle features include lane-departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control functions and blind-spot monitors.


Shielded Connectors Serve Rugged Applications

December 8, 2008 8:15 am | Comments

Coming preassembled for Profibus and Ethernet users, Binder-USA’s M12 shielded panel-mounted male or female connectors offer a receptacle that is attached to a shielded cable with a twisted pair of AWG 22 wires. The Profibus receptacles come in a front- or rear-mount design for mounting to control cabinets, and the die-cast zinc housing has a galvanic

Power Inductors Present Wide Inductance Range

December 8, 2008 7:17 am | Comments

Offering 10 case sizes from 9 mm² to 64 mm², NIC Components’ NPIS_L Series shielded SMT power inductors demonstrate inductance values from 0.800 µH to ~220 µH in ±20% (M) and ±30% (Y) inductance tolerance. The devices present IRMS current ratings from 1.400 A to 7.800 A, an operating temperature range from -25°C to ~120°C (80°C operation at rated IRMS current), DC resistance from 0.006 Ohm to ~4 Ohm, and Sn-Ag-Cu

Interconnects Offer “Reverse Fix” Option

December 8, 2008 6:42 am | Comments

Featuring a four-finger beryllium copper contact clip with jack-screw fixing, the Datamate J-Tek Reverse Fix family of connectors from Harwin offers a fixing variant reversed from the usual orientation. The connectors are suited for use in environments where high vibration, shock, and extremes of temperature are

Thermal Imaging System Offers Camera Upgrade

December 8, 2008 6:19 am | Comments

Targeting semiconductor failure analysis, OptoTherm’s latest version of the Micro thermal imaging system offers a thermal imaging camera upgrade. The camera upgrade includes a 320 × 240 element uncooled detector, sensitivity of 0.05°C, a 20-µm microscopic lens, a wide angle lens, and a 16-bit digital Camera Link interface. The product measures and displays

Power Bricks Include PFC and Rectification

December 8, 2008 5:44 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Comments

Combining the AC input rectification function and power factor correction (PFC), and the DC-DC isolation, PFE1000F power modules from TDK-Lambda provide an output power of up to 1,008 W. The models are available with 12-V, 28-V, and 48-V nominal outputs that can be adjusted ±20 percent


SBC Supports Legacy STD Bus Applications

December 8, 2008 5:37 am | Comments

Targeting legacy applications, the LPM-LX800-G STD Bus single board computer (SBC) from WinSystems provides both an upward performance migration path and a continued source of supply for STD Bus SBCs, while maintaining hardware, software, and I/O compatibility. The SBC can be populated with up to 1 GB of system DRAM

1149.1/JTAG Pod Offers Non-volatile Test Program and Failure Memory

December 8, 2008 5:36 am | Comments

Designed to allow plug-and-play test and FPGA configuration without a computer, cable, or software, Intellitech’s UltraTAP-BT Bluetooth-enabled IEEE 1149.1/JTAG pod comes with non-volatile test program and failure memory. 1149.1/JTAG-based tests occur via the UltraTAP-BT Flash memory at a continuous test clock rate of up to 50 MHz, and test flow, test scripts, and third-party Serial Vector Format files download over a USB connection to

Brushless Motors Achieve High Efficiency

December 8, 2008 5:04 am | Comments

Offering 2- and 4-pole designs with or without hall sensors, Koford Engineering’s new line of 22-mm slotless brushless motors present efficiencies of up to 86%. The instruments demonstrate power outputs from 0.7 W to 406 W, speeds from 2,600 rpm to


Downconversion Mixer Provides Two Independent Channels

December 5, 2008 9:33 am | Comments

Operating from 700 MHz to 1,000 MHz, Maxim Integrated Products’ MAX19985A dual downconversion mixer provides 2 independent downconversion channels, each with a typical IIP3 of 25.5 dBm, typical conversion gain of 8.7 dB, and typical noise figure of 9 dB. The 6-mm x 6-mm 36-pin TQFN-packaged component offers a 2LO-2RF spurious rejection of 76 dBc for an RF level of -10 dBm and 71 dBc for a level of -5 dBm. The SiGe downconverter

Video Buffer Draws Low Standby Current

December 5, 2008 9:33 am | Stmicroelectronics | Comments

Addressing power-conscious systems such as those in portable devices, the TSH122 video buffer IC from STMicroelectronics has an operating current of 1.7 mA and what is presented as the lowest standby current among comparable devices, 4 nA typical, 500 nA maximum. The input voltage range is from 2.2 to 5 V, and features include a differential gain of 0.5%, a differential phase of 0.5 degrees, and a group delay of 10 ns. Attenuation at 27 MHz is typically


Light-to-Digital Converter Performs Light/Proximity Sensing

December 5, 2008 8:32 am | Comments

Incorporating an IR SSLD and an I²C/SMBus interface, Intersil’s ISL29015 ambient and infrared light-to-digital converter executes ambient light and infrared sensing. The 2-mm × 2.100-mm 6-lead ODFN-packaged component uses an internal 16-bit ADC with adjustable conversion time from 25 ìs to 100 ms and flicker noise rejection of 50 Hz and 60 Hz. For

Seven-Segment Displays Operate in Consumer-Industrial Apps

December 5, 2008 7:12 am | Comments

Possessing character heights of 0.28” (7 mm), 0.39” (10 mm) and 0.56” (14.22 mm), Avago Technologies’ HDSM-28xx, HDSM-29xx, HDSM-43xx, HDSM-44xx, HDSM-53xx, and HDSM-54xx single- and dual-digit 7-segment displays perform in home appliances, exercise equipment, TV set-top boxes, measurement equipment, and warning indicators. The SMT devices are built on a PCB substrate with metal tabs or end caps that can


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