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Automotive HDD Possesses Low Energy Consumption Efficiency

October 28, 2008 11:48 am | Comments

Measuring 69.85 mm × 111 mm × 9.50 mm, Toshiba Storage Device Division’s MK8057GSC 80 GB SATA automotive-grade HDD exhibits an energy consumption efficiency of 0.01 W/GB. The 98 gram component shows an average seek time of 16 ms, interface transfer rate of 1.5 Gb/s, rotational speed of 4,200 rpm, and an operating temperature range from

Switching Regulators Exhibit High Efficiency

October 28, 2008 11:16 am | Comments

Operating at an ambient temperature of up to 60°C without a heatsink or forced cooling, Tracopower’s TSR-1 Series 1 A switching regulators operate at a full load efficiency of up to 96%. The 9 models offer input voltages from 4.75 VDC to 32 VDC, output voltages from 1.50 VDC to 15 VDC, output current of 1 A, and direct operation from a 24 VDC bus voltage. The instruments act as

Motion Controller Manages Four Axes

October 28, 2008 10:32 am | Comments

Pairing with FANUC servos, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platform’s PACMotion motion controller module controls up to 4 axes plus a master axis in motion applications in the packaging, assembly, metalworking, and printing industries. The component uses PACcore multi-processor architecture bridged by virtual dual port memory and a PCI backplane to decrease the degrading of


UHF Reader ICs Utilize Protocol Engine

October 28, 2008 9:45 am | Comments

Known as “SimplyGen2”, austriamicrosystems’ AS3990 and AS3991 single-chip UHF reader ICs use an EPC Class 1 Gen 2 protocol engine. The 9 mm² 64-pin QFN-packaged components include an integrated power amplifier, require 32 registers to enable full RF, filtering, and protocol control, and operate over a temperature range from -45°C to 85°C. The products can

Cable Assemblies Transmit 10 Gbps

October 28, 2008 9:11 am | Comments

Targeting the high-performance computing (HPC), enterprise networking, and network storage markets, W.L. Gore & Associates’ GORE SPF+ copper cable assemblies delivering 10 Gbps data at distances up to 25 meters. The SFF-84310- and RoHS-compliant devices use an expanded

Level Control Sensors Enhance Power Measurements

October 28, 2008 7:52 am | Comments

Coming fully calibrated, Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S NRP-Z28 and R&S NRP-Z98 one-box level control sensors are designed to enhance the performance of power measurements. The instruments exhibit a VSWR of <1.11 in a frequency range from 9 kHz to 2.4 GHz to reduce

Lamps Include Switch and Sensor

October 28, 2008 7:25 am | Comments

Suiting panels and enclosures, Omega Engineering’s SL025 Series of slimline lamps come equipped with an on/off switch and a movement sensor. The CE-compliant devices fit into any position in a steel enclosure via a magnet fixing. The user has the choice of a lamp with or without

Power Supply Used Globally Without Changing Settings

October 28, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

With its 90-265 VAC universal input and active PFC, the 400W TMPC-400 ATX PC power supply can be used globally without changing input settings. The power supply is approved to UL 60601-1, IEC 60601-1, and EN 60601-1 medical standards, and complies with EN 60601-1-2 EMC standards, including EN 55011, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-4-2, and EN 61000-4-11


Audio Codec Uses Class H Technology

October 28, 2008 6:49 am | Comments

Improving audio playback battery life by up to 2 hours, Cirrus Logic’s CS42L55 portable audio codec utilizes supply-adjusting bimodal Class H headphone driver technology for quiescent power consumption of 5.1 mW. The 5 mm × 5 mm × 0.45 mm 36-pin QFN-packaged component delivers 1 Vrms line output from a 1.8 V supply and 17 mW per channel of 96 dB dynamic range

Tact Switches Endure 300K Cycles

October 28, 2008 6:17 am | Comments

Demonstrating an operating current of 1 µA at 1.8 VDC, C&K Components’ 4.6 mm × 2.8 mm KMR Series tact switches last for a life span of up to 300,000 cycles in mobile applications. The KMR 2 devices display a height of 1.9 mm and an actuation force range from 1.2 N to 4 N, and the KMR 4 units exhibit a height of 2.5 mm and an actuation force range from 2 N to


Potentiometers Integrated in Dog Training Equipment

October 28, 2008 6:16 am | Comments

Model P160 panel potentiometers from TT electronics BI Technologies have been implemented in Tri-Tronics' electronic dog training equipment. With a 5 oz to 8 oz-in rotational torque for each detent position over 100,000 cycles, the panels feature a resistance range of 500 O to 1 MO and standard tolerance to ±20%. The 16mm rotary potentiometers feature conductive plastic elements

Development Tool Supports MCUs and DSCs

October 28, 2008 5:48 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Supporting in-circuit programming and debugging, Microchip Technology’s MPLAB ICD 3 development tool performs in Microchip’s 8-bit PIC MCUs, entire line of 16- and 32-bit MCUs, and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). The product maintains backward compatibility with the RJ-11 interface for connecting to target boards for device programming, and shows compatibility with

Ultracapacitors Satisfy Power Apps

October 28, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Adding to the PowerBurst Series, Tecate Industries’ PBF Series electric double layer capacitor (EDLC) modules target short-term or back-up power applications, such as automatic meter readers (AMRs), solid-state drives (SSDs), and wireless transmission applications. The 48 mm × 5.70 mm × 20 mm to 96 mm × 5.70 mm × 35 mm instruments suit soft shutdown, “dying gasp” notification, battery swaps, and memory retention. The devices offer capacitance values of


SDRAM Module Stores 64 MB

October 27, 2008 12:32 pm | Comments

Based on the 4,000,000 gate Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA, Opal Kelly’s XEM3050 FPGA USB 2.0 module presents 64 MB SDRAM using 2 independent 32 MB SDRAMs. The component offers 8 Mb SPI Serial Flash memory for non-volatile storage; a separate Xilinx Platform Flash for FPGA configuration data; 512k x18 synchronous SRAM; and 2 switching power supplies. API is available for

LED Strips Give Color Choices

October 27, 2008 11:54 am | Comments

Suiting signange and channel-letter applications, OPTEK Technology’s OVM18F4x7 Series 4 LED module strips, OVM12F3x7 Series 3 LED module strips, and OVQ12S30x7 Series LED light strips have availability in red, amber, green, blue, and white. The OVM12F3x7 Series consists of 30 modules per strip in lengths from 3” to >40 ft, power dissipation of 1.5 W, input voltage of


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