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Lansdale and Freescale Partner to Manufacture RF Prescalers

October 17, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor president, R. Dale Lillard, announced the continued availability of a series of RF prescaler circuits originally designed and built by Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

Enabling Microscopy: Piezoelectric Actuation Offers a Wide Variety of New Capabilities

October 15, 2011 9:26 am | by Scott Jordan, Physik Instrumente, L.P., www.physikinstrumente.com | Articles | Comments

The intersection of nanopositioning and microscopy is expanding and deepening rapidly. The evolutions of disciplines as diverse as single-molecule biophysics, super-resolution microscopy and automated microassay scanning share several common themes which combine to increase the prevalence of piezo-based positioning systems added-to or integrated into microscopic setups. Recently developed mechanisms of significant relevance to microscopic applications present substantial new opportunities for advancement.

The Roundtable - Test & Measurement Trends

October 14, 2011 10:08 am | by Moderated by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: What functionality and/or features will drive the next generation of test & measurement products? What will be the most radical emphasis? Lower cost, better accuracy, robustness, speed, the ability to function in hazardous environments? What are you looking for in your next test device? Our answers come from people at Honeywell, Rohde & Schwarz, and Texas Instruments.

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Holdover Crystal Oscillator

October 14, 2011 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OX-203 is the newest addition to the Vectron Family of Holdover Oscillators. This OCXO delivers exceptional stability, supporting holdover performances of 1µs over 8 hours and 8µs over 24 hours.

Sine Wave Inverters Provide Up to 3000 VA for Rail, Military and Industrial Apps

October 13, 2011 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer announced a series of efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 3000 VA of power. The PRP-3000 Series has versions that meet industrial (EN60950) or rail (EN50155) standards. Standard input voltages of

Direct-To-Bare-Board Plug-of-Nails - No Header No Brainer

October 13, 2011 10:22 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Tag-Connect’s In-Circuit Programming and Debug Cables connect directly to a tiny PCB footprint of pads and holes, eliminating most of the space and all of the cost of a traditional programming / debug / test header on every board.

Stepper Motor Drive Module Offers RS-485 Communication Protocol

October 13, 2011 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IDEA stepper motor drive platform now has the capability of communication using an RS-485 data protocol, overcoming the limitations of other drive communication methods.

AirMax Connectors for CompactPCI Serial Applications

October 13, 2011 6:28 am | Videos | Comments

This is an FCI Electronics Product introduction video on AirMax connectors for CompactPCI serial applications

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Vector Fabrics Joins ARM Connected Community

October 13, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

Vector Fabrics today announced it is now a member of the ARM Connected Community, the industry’s largest ecosystem of ARM technology-based products and services.

Webcast Presents Techniques for Reducing Power Consumption in Industrial Designs

October 13, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

Analog Devices will broadcast its latest webcast “Design Techniques for Reducing Power Consumption and Harmful Thermal Events in Industrial Designs” on October 19, 2011, at 2:00 pm EDT.

Ruggedized LED Indicator Provides NEMA 4-Level Protection

October 12, 2011 1:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC has developed a new, panel-mounted, ruggedized indicator that meets NEMA 4 requirements for resistance to dust, wind, rain and other threats in harsh environment applications. Designated CNX 480, the

Watertight Miniature Switches Suit Harsh-duty, Wash down Areas

October 12, 2011 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell’s MICRO SWITCH Basic Switch line has been expanded with the addition of the V15W Series of Watertight Miniature Switches. With an IP67 waterproof seal rating and as the only V-switch in the industry rated up to 10 A, according to the company, the new switches can

600 V and 650 V N-Channel Power MOSFETs Feature Currents From 22 A to 47 A

October 12, 2011 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. released a series of 600 V and 650 V n-channel power MOSFETs with ultra-low maximum on-resistance from 64 m? to 190 m? at 10 V and with a wide range of current ratings from 22 A to 47 A. Based on the

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Snap-action Pushbutton Switches Offer Fast Switching, Long Electrical Life

October 10, 2011 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) introduced new miniature ALCOSWITCH Blue Series pushbutton switches for power and signal applications. This miniature series of switches incorporates an innovative snap-action mechanism that produces an extremely fast switching moment.

6U cPCI Power Supply Touts Increased Output Power

October 10, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digital Power Corporation increased the output power of its 6U CompactPCI power supply series models CPCI-AC-6U-650 and CPCI-DC-6U-650 to 650 Watts. The product line is fully

Resonant Controller-Power Switch Combination Enables Efficient Power Solution for LED Street Lighting

October 8, 2011 7:51 am | by Wonseok Kang, Sungmo Young, Fairchild Semiconductor, www.fairchildsemi.com | Articles | Comments

This article will explore a total solution for a switching power supply targeted to LED street lighting. The new resonant controller combined with new power switch enable a high efficiency solution for LED lighting power supplies without sacrificing

Four-quadrant PWM Servo Controller Touts Large Bandwidth

October 7, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Maxon’s NEW ESCON 36/2 DC is a four-quadrant PWM servo controller for use with DC motors up to 72 W. This fast digital current controller features a large bandwidth for optimal motor current/torque control. The drift-free and dynamic speed behavior enables

Diode Laser Stack Product Line Includes 1940-nm Wavelength

October 7, 2011 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DILAS announced the expansion of its QCW high-power vertical diode laser stacked arrays. These devices are now available at 1940 nm with power ranges up to 12 W QCW per bar and optional fast-axis collimation. These compact, completely AuSn soldered vertical stacks are

Heat Sinks Are Designed for Higher Power Densities

October 7, 2011 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Designed for applications requiring high power densities and where forced air cooling is present, Ohmite has released a larger version of its MV/MA heat sink which provides even more heat dissipation. The longer

cPCI Serial Board with Freely Configurable FPGA IP Core Offers Flexible Configuration

October 7, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. offers the G215, a universal CompactPCI Serial peripheral board that provides flexible serial communication via an individual mix of UART and fieldbus interfaces. Although equipped with five standard interfaces, the board features

Triaxial Accelerometers Are Tailored for Low-to-Medium Frequency Applications

October 6, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dytran Instruments has introduced the 7503A Series, a family of high precision triaxial MEMS DC accelerometers designed for use in both commercial and military applications. The accelerometers combine a

RFID Chip Targets Logistics Applications

October 6, 2011 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEITEC, a Brazilian company that develops and produces application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) today announced the final development phase of a new integrated circuit (IC) for multiple logistics applications

Accelerometers, Fantasy and Reality

October 5, 2011 2:16 pm | by Harvey Weinberg, Analog Devices, www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

As applications engineers supporting ADI’s compact, low-cost, gravity-sensitive iMEMs accelerometers, we get to hear lots of creative ideas about how to employ accelerometers in useful ways; but sometimes the suggestions violate physical laws! We’ve rated some of these ideas on an informal scale, from “real” to “dream land”:

Reference Circuits Address Practical Circuit Design Challenges

October 5, 2011 1:21 pm | Articles | Comments

With the industrial and instrumentation market becoming more competitive, circuit designers continually face new challenges to design products faster, with fewer iterations, and incorporating a wider range of mixed-signal technologies including analog, digital, power, and RF. In addressing these challenges, reference circuits provide

Composite Shell Circular Connectors Suit Low Weight Apps

October 5, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies' Spectrum Control product line announces its new composite connector series. These composite connectors feature shells fabricated from high grade thermoplastic. Designed to

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