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COM Express Module Adjusts Fan Speed

December 3, 2008 11:09 am | Comments

Regulating the CPU temperature, Advantech’s SOM-5781 COM Express module uses the SUSI API tool’s “reduce CPU speed” command to prevent a system crash when abnormal status is detected from the CPU fan while issuing an optional alarm message via Ethernet. The component supports the Sempron Socket S1 Series CPU or AMD Turion 64 X2 CPU with

Test System Targets ZigBee Products

December 3, 2008 10:01 am | Comments

Completing a three-month beta-testing period with three Gold Units, TÜV Rheinland’s Automizer customizable test system performs in products that meet the ZigBee Smart Energy Public Application Profile, such as in-home displays, thermostats, and meters. The product’s software package design eliminates the need to manually perform ZigBee Smart Energy testing in which the tester cuts and pastes together command scripts. Instead, the PC-based offering

Power Supplies Come in 3U Form Factors

December 3, 2008 8:45 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Delivering continuous full power across a -5ºC to +55ºC operating temperature range, with airflows as low as 250 lfm, 200W & 300W AC/DC and DC/DC power supplies from Murata Power Solutions come in 3U form factors. All three models have efficiency levels in excess of 80%, are hot-swap capable and require no minimum load


RFID IC Monitors Temperature Throughout Shipping Process

December 3, 2008 8:44 am | Comments

Enabling logistics customers to monitor and record temperature and humidity throughout the shipping process, the ZMD41211 temperature logger and Smart Label RFID IC from ZMD AG has a built-in timer function. The temperature logger complies with ISO 15693 RFID technology and can be read and programmed with existing standard compliant systems

MLCCs Exhibit Wide Capacitance Range

December 3, 2008 8:15 am | Comments

Offering case sizes from 0402 to 1812, Novacap’s X7R and X5R Series MLCCs demonstrate capacitance values ranging from 100 pF to 100 µF in filter applications. The devices have the ability to stack into an array with capacitors, resistors, and inductors, screen for optimum reliability in MIL PRF levels (Group A, Group B, Group C tests) in capacitor groups, and

Pushbutton Switches Offer Bi-colored LED Options

December 3, 2008 7:03 am | Comments

Coming in SPDT and DPDT, CIT Relay & Switch’s JC Series of latching illuminated pushbutton switches present bi-colored LED combination options in blue, green, red, yellow, and white. The products have an internal snap-action mechanism to provide momentary or latching contacts, tactile detent, and audible feedback. The devices exhibit an electrical rating of 500 mA at 24 VDC, an electrical life of 10,000 cycles, initial contact resistance of


RF Transistors Operate in Wide Frequency Range

December 3, 2008 6:22 am | Comments

Functioning in radar applications, signal jammers, and wireless communications, TriQuint Semiconductor’s PowerBand family of broadband RF transistors perform in an operational frequency range from 500 MHz to 3 GHz. The devices deliver an output power range from 10 W to 50 W, and demonstrate operating voltages ranging from 12 V to 28 V. The components can be developed using gallium arsenide (GaAs) and

Quarter-Brick DC/DC Converters Accept Wide Input Range

December 3, 2008 5:09 am | Comments

Performing in battery-operated applications and systems that have to operate with 24-VDC or 48-VDC input, Bravo Electro Components’ CQB100 Series 100-W/30-A quarter-brick DC/DC converters exhibit an input range from 18 VDC to ~75 VDC. The RoHS-compliant devices consist of four single output models offering output voltages of 3.3 VDC, 5 VDC, 12 VDC, 15 VDC, and 24 VDC, and isolation of 1,500 VDC. The fully-encapsulated instruments


Battery Clips Withstand Shock and Vibration

December 3, 2008 4:05 am | Comments

Suiting dense PCB placements, Keystone Electronics’ “A” and “AA” battery clips exhibit resistance to shock and vibration using a “flow hole” SMT solder tail design. The units are made of 0.012” (0.300-mm) thick, nickel-plated steel, and come in bulk (part #53) or on tape and reel (part #53TR) with 125 pieces per 15” reel. A 44-mm wide Polystyrene

Pin Fins Exhibit Large Footprint and Low Profile

December 2, 2008 11:03 am | Comments

Combining forging and reflow manufacturing technologies, Cool Innovations’ hybrid copper/aluminum pin fins provide a cooling alternative for applications requiring heat sinks with footprints from 1.5” × 3” to 8.2” × 8.2” and heights from 0.3” to 1.3”. The devices are composed of forged aluminum pin fin heat sinks that are reflowed onto a copper plate, and weigh

Card Connectors Ensure Robust Contact

December 2, 2008 10:25 am | Comments

Able to support data rates up to 10Gbit/s, blind-mate versions of ERNI Electronics’ MicroSpeed family of mezzanine-card connectors are designed to be used in multiples between two parallel cards without mating issues from negative tolerance stack up. Available in 50 signal contact modules with a 1.0-mm longitudinal and a 1.5-mm transverse pitch, the connectors have integrated guide pins with higher displacement tolerances to stop incorrect, forced connections.

Pressure Sensor Lowers System Contamination Risk

December 2, 2008 9:21 am | Comments

Utilizing Krystal Bond technology, American Sensor Technologies’ AST4900 MEMS-based SS pressure sensor contains no oil-fill, welds, or internal O-rings, which reduces the risk of system contamination in extreme conditions. The 316L stainless steel devices offer ¼” NPT male and ¼” VCR male fittings, and can be scaled with pressure ranges between

Solid State Relays Accept 6 AWG Wire

December 2, 2008 8:44 am | Comments

Complying with IEC IP20 touch safe regulation, Crouzet Solid State Relays’ next-generation GN Series solid state relays offer a clear plastic cover accepting wire terminals suitable for up to #6 AWG wire with an unrestricted view of wire installation. The overall height of the RoHS-compliant and CE-certified devices have been reduced by 2 mm, compared to


MRAM Products Connect to Existing Designs

December 2, 2008 8:15 am | Comments

Operating in consumer, computer, industrial, automotive, and aerospace applications, Everspin Technologies’ MR2A08, MR0A08, and MR2A16 MRAM products insert into existing MCU and system designs. The 4-Mb asynchronous MR2A08 is organized as 512,000 words by 8 bits, while the 1-Mb MR0A08 is organized as 128,000 words by 8 bits. Both 3.3-V memories offer read/write cycle times of 35 ns, RoHS compliance, and 44-pin TSOP Type II or

Fanless Switchers Deliver 180 W

December 2, 2008 6:35 am | Comments

With standard single output voltages of 12 V, 15 V, 19 V, 24 V, 36 V, or 48 V, the TRA180 series of fanless desktop AC/DC switching power adapters from Tumbler Technologies + TRUMPower deliver a peak output from 150 W to 180 W. Having standby power less than 0.5 W, the units achieve an efficiency of greater than


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