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Plastic Enclosures Use Renewable Raw Materials

February 3, 2012 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

On request, OKW now offers its design-oriented standard plastic enclosures in a bioplastic material. This biomaterial is entirely manufactured from renewable raw materials and is formulated to replace the fossil plastics currently being used. Bioplastics are

Dynamic Signal Analyzers Feature 625 ksamples-sec Data Rates

February 2, 2012 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

VTI Instruments introduced its Sentinel EX Series of “Smart” Dynamic Signal analyzers (DSA). This series features measurement performance of 625 ksamples/sec/channel data rates, true differential inputs with

Meter Shunt Resistor Features Low Resistance, Handles 3 W of Power in 3124 Package

February 2, 2012 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced a new Power Metal Strip meter shunt resistor that combines a 3 W power capability in the 3124 size package with low resistance values down to 100 µ?. The WSMS3124 allows


Miniature 2-W DC-DC Converters Feature Ultra Wide Input

February 1, 2012 12:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct announced the availability of its D200ERU Series. Featuring an ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage range, this miniature series of 2-W SIP converters provides miniature packaging, tight output regulation, 1,500 VDC input/output isolation and high

1-kW, Industrial Quality DC-DC Converter Includes Convection Cooling

February 1, 2012 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Absopulse Electronics announced the BAP 1K-U7712 Series of DC/DC converters that generate up to 1 kW output power with convection cooling – no fans or forced air are required. Housed in a compact, ruggedly constructed 7” x 7” x 12” chassis-mount

SMD-Terminal Block Line with Pushbutton Actuation Offers 1- and 3-pole Versions

February 1, 2012 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation’s 2060 Series SMD-Terminal Block line gains 1- and 3-pole variants, bringing push-button actuation to additional PCB-based LED lighting and electronics. This alternative to hand-soldering PCB leads streamlines termination and permits

Making a Contact Reliably and Economically

February 1, 2012 7:13 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

The smallest metal parts can often be among the most critical components in larger products, and how they are specified, designed, and manufactured can play a vital role in overall product reliability and cost.

Panel Mount Indicators Feature 120 VAC LED That Eliminates Need for AC-DC Transformers

January 31, 2012 11:19 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

Lumex launched the QuasarBrite family of panel mount indicator LEDs with hundreds of standard technologies and expedited custom capabilities. The family features a 120V-AC LED that eliminates the need for AC to DC transformers, since


Customizable Clock ICs Are Presented as the Industry’s Smallest

January 31, 2012 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories Inc. introduced what are said to be the industry’s smallest and lowest power customizable clock generators. Available in a 1.7 mm-squared package, Silicon Labs’ new Si512xx clock generator family offers up to

Micro-Sized Intelligent Drive Promises Fast Assembly and Installation

January 31, 2012 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Technosoft announced a new, micro-sized pluggable servo drive: iPOS3602 MX. Particularly developed for motion control applications where space is critical, this drive can be integrated

Multi-lead Probe for PCIe 3.0 Supports 8 GT-s Data Rates at Widths Up to x16 Lanes

January 30, 2012 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

LeCroy Corporation announced a new multi-lead probe for the Summit T3-16 and Summit T3-8 Protocol Analyzers, supporting the PCI Express 3.0 specification (which includes data rates up to 8 GT/s). Adding the multi-lead probes

PWM Motor Driver IC Touts Reduced Quiescent and Switching Power Losses

January 27, 2012 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announced the release of a new dual, full-bridge PWM motor driver IC targeted at the office automation, automotive, industrial and consumer markets. The A4970 motor driver IC uses

Linear Actuator Replaces Existing Size 17 Units

January 27, 2012 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions has released a new version of the 36-mm G4 linear actuator. This configuration includes a special adapter plate that allows the smaller 36-mm OD unit to replace existing size 17 hybrid stepper motor linear actuators. The


Serial Device Server Family Adds PoE Models

January 27, 2012 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Roalan Ltd announced Serial Device Servers, powered over the Ethernet connection. The NetCom 111 PoE, 113 PoE and 211 PoE are upgraded variants of the well known Serial Device Servers NetCom 111, NetCom 113 and NetCom 211. They provide

Low-Profile SiC MOSFET Modules Features Multiple Circuit Topologies

January 27, 2012 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Created with a low profile and multiple circuit topologies, including independent; dual; in parallel; common collector; and common emitter, two new Powerex split dual SiC MOSFET Modules (QJD1210010 and QJD1210011) are designed for

Five Questions with Ed Sarrat of Cirrus Logic

January 26, 2012 9:12 am | Podcasts | Comments

Ed Sarrat of Cirrus Logic is my guest for this edition of Five Questions. Cirrus Logic just announced its CS5484/80/90 family of analog front end (AFE) ICs which provide very high energy measurement accuracy, offering designers of single and polyphase utility meters and smart energy products a desirable combination of

SMD Current Sensing Resistors Tout Wider Termination to Handle More Current

January 25, 2012 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics Inc. announced the addition of the 1210 size to the CSR/CSRN Series of thick film SMD current sensing chip resistors. The CSR1210 has a 0.5-Watt power rating and can achieve

MCUs Tout Flexibility for Next-gen Single-phase Metering and Energy Monitoring Apps

January 25, 2012 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced the MSP430F673x/F672x family of ultra-low-power 16-bit microcontrollers. According to the company, these new devices guarantee no interruption of operation through a backup capable microcontroller

1500 VA AC Power Source Offers Programmable AC Voltage, Frequency Up to 450 Hz

January 25, 2012 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision introduced model 1657, an AC power source. It delivers up to 1500 VA in two selectable output voltage ranges of 135 VAC or 270 VAC, at frequencies from 45 Hz to 450 Hz. With a standard 19" rack-mountable design, this new AC power source is

AFE Devices Tout High Measurement Accuracy for Smart Grid Apps

January 24, 2012 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cirrus Logic Inc.’s CS5484/80/90 family of analog front end (AFE) ICs features the highest energy measurement accuracy in the industry, according to the company, to give designers of single and polyphase utility meters and smart energy products a desirable

Pushbuttons Are Presented as Having the Industry’s Shortest Above-Panel Dimension

January 24, 2012 10:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches announced the availability of the YB2 Series of 24-mm square, flush mount and tamperproof panel seal pushbutton switches. These devices are appropriate for applications requiring a low-profile, yet secure and splash proof design. Available in

Plug-and-play Sensor Prototype Kit Accelerates Gas Analysis Tool Development

January 24, 2012 8:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors announced the global launch of a new Sensor Prototype Kit, a plug-and-play tool deigned to accelerate prototyping, validation and product development for new gas measurement instruments. Supporting PbS and PbSe detector technologies, the kit allows

Two Component Epoxy Adhesive Features High Peel Strength

January 24, 2012 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond’s EP21TDCHT-LO two component epoxy adhesive is formulated to cure at room temperature or more rapidly at elevated temperatures, with a one-to-one mix ratio. Upon curing, the adhesive offers high shear and peel strength which allows

ZigBee Smart Energy Gateway Supports Large Device Deployments

January 24, 2012 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digi International (introduced the ConnectPort X2e for Smart Energy, a low-cost, enhanced version of the company’s ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to

Concealed-head Studs and Standoffs Enable Smooth and Sealed Thin-metal Assemblies

January 23, 2012 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PEM self-clinching concealed-head studs and standoffs provide strong, permanent, and reusable threads for mating hardware in thin-metal assembly applications. Their unique concealed-head feature offers design and esthetic benefits by allowing the side of the sheet opposite installation to remain smooth and untouched. This feature additionally

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