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Embedded Computer System Consumes Low Power

October 27, 2008 10:12 am | Comments

Based on a PC/104 SBC fitted with a 500 MHz AMD Geode LX processor, Anders Electronics’ ENC-iGLX embedded computer system dissipates <6 W of power while operating at 5 V. The 120 mm × 116 mm × 40 mm module contains 256 MB of DDR memory; 60 GB hard disk for Linux or Windows XP; and an SXGA graphics controller to connect to a flat-panel monitor. The system can be

Stereolithography Material Enables Visualization and Simulation

October 27, 2008 9:45 am | Comments

Producing virtually colorless parts, 3D Systems’ Accura ClearVue plastic stereolithography material allows designers and engineers to visualize internal structures and simulate lenses and other optical components. The product presents a modulus range that bridges ABS and polypropylene for creating parts to test snap-fit assemblies. Applications include automotive headlamp lenses, hydraulic and pneumatic functional models, and form, fit and function parts and prototypes. The material is developed

Signal Analysis Software Eliminates Need For Down Converter

October 27, 2008 9:21 am | Tektronix | Comments

Combining the signal analysis engine of the RSA6100A real-time spectrum analyzer with the triggering capabilities of the industry’s DPO7000 and DPO/DSA70000 digital oscilloscope series, SignalVu vector signal analysis software from Tektronix enables designers to evaluate signals up to 20 GHz without the need for an external down converter. SignalVu controls all scope acquisition parameters


Light Sources Demonstrate Low Power Dissipation

October 27, 2008 9:13 am | Comments

Functioning over an operating temperature from 10°C to 40°C, EXALOS’ EBS4000-0000 and EBS8000-000 stabilized broadband light sources exhibit power dissipation of ~5 W for each superluminescent LED inside. The 200 mm × 160 mm × 124 mm 2 kg EBS4000-0000 incorporates up to 4 superluminescent LEDs over a single output, and the 200 mm × 290 mm × 124 mm 3 kg EBS8000-0000 integrates up to 8 superluminescent LEDs over up to 8 outputs. The turnkey devices offer

Convergent Processors Deliver High Clock Speeds

October 27, 2008 8:35 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

Available at clock speeds up to 400 MHz (800 MMACS), the Blackfin BF51x series of the convergent-processor family from Analog Devices include 116 kBytes of RAM, plus an optional 4 Mbits of serial (SPI) flash memory. Each device integrates Lockbox security for code and content protection, support for sixteen stereo I2S digital-audio channels

Actuator Delivers High Continuous Force

October 27, 2008 7:45 am | Comments

Presenting a force versus position curve characteristic, BEI Kimco Magnetics’ Voice Coil cylindrical actuator shows a continuous force range from 1 N to 5 N. The instrument demonstrates stroke lengths from 0 mm to 1.27 mm, hysteresis-free operation, and sizes from 1” OD to 1.50” OD. The component performs in valve control and beam steering applications, including


Pushbutton Switches Suit Heavy Equipment Apps

October 27, 2008 7:20 am | Comments

Targeting ultra-low level applications of 10 mA at 50 mV and power applications up to 4 A at 125 VAC, APEM Components’ 1300X778 Series push/pull pushbutton switches are suitable for heavy equipment applications. The IP67-sealed components offer positive detent action, 5 lbs actuation force, and a red anodized aluminum actuator. The products include a double shell case, gold-plated

Capacitors Target Wireless Apps

October 27, 2008 6:42 am | Avx Corporation | Comments

Operating over a temperature range from -40°C to 75°C, AVX’s BestCap Series double layer capacitors perform in GSM/GPRS wireless-based systems, USB modems, automatic meter reading systems, handheld scanners, battery chatter, dying gasp, and memory backup systems. The components offer voltage ratings from 3 V to 15 V, a capacitance range from 6.8 mF to 1 F, and sizes of


DC/DC Converters Exhibit High Power Density

October 27, 2008 6:14 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Presenting regulated fixed output voltages from 3.3 V to 15 V, Murata Power Solutions’ UEI15 Series PCB-mounting DC/DC converters demonstrate a power density of 15 W over one square inch of board area. The 0.96” × 1.10” × 0.36” instruments demonstrate an input voltage range from 9 VDC to 36 VDC or 18 VDC to 75 VDC, and magnetic and optical isolation of

Receptacles Operate in Vacuum-Sealed Apps

October 27, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Including an O-ring for gastight sealing to a panel, Binder-USA’s M8 718 Series male potted panel-mounted receptacles suit applications in a vacuum-sealed environment. The connectors offer a maximum leak rate of 8 × 10-8 millibar per second, 4 gold-plated male contacts, and 4 PCB solder pins on the back. The devices mate with the female M8 Series 768 cable plugs and

Audio Codec Incorporates miniDSP

October 27, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Offering a sample rate of 192 kHz, Texas Instruments’ TLV320AIC3254 audio codec integrates the miniDSP programmable audio processing engine for running algorithms such as surround sound. The 5 mm² QFN-32-packaged component utilizes PowerTune technology for power consumption from 2.4 mW at 90 dB SNR to 5.1 mW at 100 dB SNR for stereo playback, and from 6 mW at 88 dB SNR to 14.2 mW at 93 dB SNR for stereo recording. The 1.8 V device includes the PurePath

MEMS Accelerometer Qualifies for Automotive Applications

October 24, 2008 1:03 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Comments

Leveraging 200 mm-wafer MEMS fabrication, STMicroelectronics' AIS326DQ three-axis MEMS accelerometer meets AEC-Q100 specifications for automotive applications. The 28-pin QFPN-packaged component presents user-selectable full-scale range of ±2 g or ±6 g in all three axes, temperature range from -40°C to 105°C, and 10,000 g shock survivability. The product offers

Battery Charger IC Works with Various Standards

October 24, 2008 12:29 pm | Comments

Performing in single-cell Li-Ion and Li-polymer powered systems, Summit Microelectronics’ SMB339 3rd-generation programmable battery charger IC shows compatibility with USB 2.0, USB on-the-go supplement, USB 1.0, IEEE1725, and Chinese USB charging specifications. The device offers


Switching Power Supplies Accept Universal Input

October 24, 2008 11:27 am | Comments

Delivering 240 W of output power, Astrodyne’s SDR-240 Series DIN-rail mounted switching power supplies accept universal input from 90 VAC to 264 VAC. The 4.46” × 2.48” × 4.93” devices include protection for overload, overvoltage, and overtemperature, free air convection cooling, a power-good LED indicator, and an output adjustment potentiometer. The UL508- and TUV-approved supplies operate over an ambient temperature range from

Thermal Software Creates IC Models

October 24, 2008 10:53 am | Comments

Converting models with one click, Daat Research’s CoolitPCB v4.0 thermal software allows user to construct detailed models of ball grid arrays (BGA), dual inline packages (DIP), and quad flat packages (QFP), or select IC packages from hundreds in the IC Packages Library, modify them, and save the results. The CFD software enables PCB designers to do their own board level


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