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12-bit Encoder IC Includes Absolute, Incremental and BLDC Motor Commutation Signals

December 14, 2011 4:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The iC-MH8 system on chip magnetic encoder device provides fast step response for motor control applications. Combined with a diametrically magnetized permanent magnet, this compact device (QFN28 5x5 package) can be used to

Push-pull Solenoids Offer High Force Using Low Power

December 14, 2011 3:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for remote or renewable energy applications where rechargeable or standard batteries or capacitors are used, the new Geeplus range of small Push-Pull solenoids is presented as a robust solution for a number of applications requiring

Micro Power Electronics Announces Merger

December 13, 2011 1:21 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Micro Power Electronics, Inc., the global leader in portable power solutions for mission-critical equipment, today announced that Electrochem Solutions, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 100 percent interest in Micro Power from Weston Presidio.

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Designing Smart Gas and Water Meters for the Utmost in Energy Efficiency

December 13, 2011 12:59 pm | by Keith Odland, Director of Marketing, Microcontrollers, Silicon Labs, www.silabs.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Electronic water and gas meters represent vexing low-power design challenges for embedded control systems requiring RF connectivity. The nature of these applications requires them to be battery powered (i.e., electricity is rarely provided at the point of service for gas or water utilities). The expected battery life for these metering systems is often

QFP Test and Burn-In Socket Adds Moveable Ground Pin

December 13, 2011 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yamaichi Electronics introduced the moveable ground pin for its popular Open Top socket series IC357 for QFP type IC packages with exposed pad in test & burn-in applications. With its gull-wing shaped lead feet surface mount, QFP is most

DC Signal Conditioner Amplifier is Microprocessor Controlled

December 13, 2011 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dytran Instruments, Inc. has introduced the model 4010, a microprocessor controlled, 3-channel DC signal conditioner amplifier, designed for use with bridge type or differential output accelerometers and pressure transducers for a variety of

Motor Control Development Kit Features Spartan-6 FPGA

December 13, 2011 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed in collaboration with Xilinx, the Spartan-6 FPGA Motor Control Development Kit from Avnet enables engineers to prototype motor control designs for applications in industrial, consumer, medical, and robotics.

Thermistor-RTD Sensor Suits Tower Tanks, Hot Water Heater Apps

December 13, 2011 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kele Precision Manufacturing announced the latest addition to its line of thermistors and RTD Sensors, the ST-TS* Series. The ST-TS* Series’ sensing element is a highly stable precision thermistor or platinum RTD.

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RJ45 Connector is IP67-Rated

December 13, 2011 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kycon offers an IP67-rated RJ45 connector, which combines the ease of Ethernet connectivity with industrial-rated protection. The GM67X Weries provides quick secure connections for

BLDC Fan Motor Driver Features Resistor-Programmable, Sensorless Sinusoidal Architecture

December 13, 2011 7:39 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its sinusoidal, sensorless, 3-phase BLDC fan motor driver portfolio with the MTD6505 — a standalone, resistor-programmable driver that enables

Sealed Switches Helps Vehicles Endure Corrosive Effects of Winter Road Salt

December 13, 2011 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cole Hersee, announced that it has launched a new line of switches with a sealed engineered-plastic body that helps fleets endure the extremely corrosive effects of winter road salt brine.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Valerie Rothermel-Nelson of Honeywell on Ambient Environmental Sensing

December 13, 2011 5:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Valerie Rothermel-Nelson, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Thermal Products, of Honeywell Sensing and Control about Ambient Environmental Sensing and the challenges to the design engineer.

Image Sensor Quantum Efficiency Versus Wavelength Optimization

December 12, 2011 1:31 pm | by Gareth Powell, Pierre Fereyre, e2v semiconductors SAS, France, www.e2v.com | Articles | Comments

Technology advances applied to improving the performance of traditional front-illuminated CMOS imagers are yielding surprising results.

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Motor Control Kit Spins and Tunes Three-Phase Motors in Minutes

December 12, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Adding to its growing portfolio of motor control solutions, Texas Instruments announced a new motor control kit for spinning three-phase brushless motors with a Stellaris Cortex-M3 microcontroller (MCU).

Film Capacitors Tout Low Insertion Height

December 12, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a wide range of EPCOS MKP and MKT film capacitors with low insertion heights. The new capacitors with a lead spacing of 37.5 mm feature insertion heights of only 15 mm or 19 mm. These components are designed for

Development Tools Help Create Next-Generation Underwater ROVs

December 12, 2011 4:32 am | News | Comments

IAR Systems announced that its build and debug tool chain IAR Embedded Workbench has been selected by Ocean Modules, an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of remotely-operated vehicles (ROV), for the next generation underwater technology.

Photoelectric Sensor Series Offers Fast Response Time, Multibeam Redundant Detection

December 10, 2011 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has expanded its family of ML4.2 Series Subminiature Photoelectric Sensors. A number of new models are available to help maximize machine productivity by delivering

14-bit Sample and Hold Amplifier Acquires in 35 ns to 0.003 Percent Accuracy

December 10, 2011 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

DATEL announced the availability of the SHM-14 14-bit ultra high speed linear sample-and-hold amplifier designed for extremely fast data acquisition applications. With a 70 MHz full power bandwidth, and a 250 MHz small signal bandwidth the amp achieves

Dedicated Signal Conditioners Support Focused Applications

December 9, 2011 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation has added six Dedicated Signal Conditioners to its JUMPFLEX 857 Series Signal Conditioner and Relay family. DSCs support focused applications requiring

The Tinker's Toolbox - Peter Green of International Rectifier on Driving Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 5:46 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Peter Green of International Rectifier about solid-state lighting and the circuits needed to drive them.

A Hybrid GPS-Wireless Positioning Technology Addresses Security Issues

December 6, 2011 12:11 pm | by Carl Fenger, u-blox, www.u-blox.com | Articles | Comments

Due to the extremely weak strength of GPS satellite signals, relying on GPS alone for mission-critical security applications is not enough. Global positioning performance can be augmented through the hybrid combination of GPS receivers together with 2G/3G wireless modems that can identify and report visible GSM or UMTS cell attributes.

Custom Motion Control Solutions Suit Large-Volume 0.5”- to 36”- Diameter Apps

December 6, 2011 9:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Motion Technologies announced its custom capabilities range from 0.5” in diameter to 36 inches in diameter for permanent magnet brushless synchronous motors/generators with the associated drive electronics from a few Watts up to 25 kW, often with

How Fast is Your Amplifier?

December 6, 2011 4:53 am | by Kevin Tretter, Microchip Technology Inc., www.microchip.com | Articles | Comments

Operational amplifiers provide fundamental building blocks that can be used for the buffering, amplification and/or filtering of signals. In addition, these measurements may be required under harsh conditions, such as extreme temperatures, centrifugal forces and electrically noisy environments. System designers must be diligent in designing the appropriate signal conditioning to deal with these environmental issues, and their operational amplifier’s speed should not be overlooked.

16-mm Metal Gear Motors Tout Greater Durability and Reliability

December 5, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nidec Copal has expanded its 0.630” (16 mm) OD brush and brushless DC gear motor product lines with the next generation MG16B (brush) and LB16MG (brushless) metal planetary gear motor series. The new metal planetary gear train allows for higher torque providing greater durability and reliability with improved protection against shock and vibration loads. With

Implement PROFIBUS in Industrial Automation Applications Using a Single-chip Solution

December 2, 2011 11:39 am | by Maneesh Soni, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Articles | Comments

PROFIBUS (Process Field Bus) is a standard for industrial automation technology. It was first developed in 1989 in Germany, and today, there are more than 35 million PROFIBUS nodes installed. The PROFIBUS industrial field bus is used to connect controllers to remote

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