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The Tinker's Toolbox - Andreas Koller of Energy Micro on Sensor Interfaces

September 1, 2011 12:11 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Andreas Koller, VP of WW Sales and Marketing at Energy Micro and their Low Energy Sensor Interface (LESENSE). 

1200-V IGBTs Offer Reduced Switching and Conduction Losses

September 1, 2011 12:10 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of a family of 1200-V Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) for induction heating, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) solar and welding applications. The new family of 1200-V IGBTs uses thin wafer Field-Stop Trench technology that

IC Monitors Internal and Remote Voltage, Current and Temperature

September 1, 2011 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology introduced the LTC2991, an eight-channel I²C temperature, voltage and current monitor for 3-V and 5-V systems. This monitoring solution incorporates a 14-bit ADC, 10ppm/°C voltage reference and I²C digital interface to provide

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R & S RTO High-performance Family Introduces the 600 MHz Oscilloscope(2)

August 31, 2011 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fast detection of rare signal faults at an extremely high acquisition rate, excellent signal fidelity thanks to low-noise frontends, intuitive user interface for quick work: The R&S RTO for 1 GHz and 2 GHz bandwidth offers all this and much more.

Tektronix' New MDO4000 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope

August 31, 2011 12:01 pm | Videos | Comments

This mixed domain oscilloscope (MDO) from Tektronix delivers the functionality of an oscilloscope and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. In this video, Gary Waldo of Tektronix shows off the new MDO.

Absolute Encoder Touts Accuracy, Modular Design

August 31, 2011 8:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announced a high-resolution absolute optical encoder for high-performance servo and motor feedback applications. The AEAT-9000 ultra-precision absolute encoder provides desirable accuracy for

Switch Amplifiers Feature Line Fault Detection

August 31, 2011 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced three new Switch Amplifiers with Line Fault Transparency (LFT). NIC2831 and HIC2832 are one- and two-channel switch amplifiers with LFT suitable for mounting on termination boards. The K-System KFD2-SOT2-EX1.N provides

Cables for Fiber-Optic Sensors Are Vibration Resistant

August 30, 2011 1:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega introduced its E32 Series of shock and vibration resistant cables for fiber-optic sensors. This CE compliant product can withstand high temperatures (350 degrees Celsius/660 degrees Fahrenheit) and

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Auto-Transformers Allow North American Appliances to be Used Worldwide

August 30, 2011 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Foster Transformer introduced a new line of Auto-Transformers or autoformers that use a single non-isolated winding to step up or step down the available line voltage to match the requirements of the load. With an integral enclosure to facilitate hook-up, they are

Oscilloscope Combines Scope and Spectrum Analyzer Functionality In a Single Instrument

August 30, 2011 7:03 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix introduced what it asserts is the first mixed domain oscilloscope (MDO) that delivers the functionality of an oscilloscope and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. The MDO4000 Series gives engineers the ability to

Very-High-Resolution Oscilloscope Includes Low-distortion Signal Generator

August 30, 2011 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new PicoScope 4262 from Pico Technology is a two-channel, 16-bit very-high-resolution oscilloscope (VHRO) with a built-in low-distortion signal generator. With its 5-MHz bandwidth, it can analyze

Digital PFC Controller Features Accurate Power Metering, GUI Interface

August 30, 2011 6:30 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced a digital PFC (power factor correction) controller with accurate AC power meter capability and inrush control functionality. This chip is desirable for AC/DC power-factor correction and precision power metering applications that require

Power Line Soft-Modem Development Kit Complies With Utility Band

August 29, 2011 1:42 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit (part # AC164145) that is compliant with the utility frequency band and enables products to communicate using

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Slotless DC Motor Touts Efficiency and Smooth, Quiet Motion

August 29, 2011 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Pittman family of slotless brushless DC servo motors are used to power a wide range of applications for the medical/biotech, semiconductor processing, business and computer equipment, and automation industries. The motor’s

SMD Resistor Handles Up To 12 Watts

August 29, 2011 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HPC12 from Stackpole is a high power handling SMD resistive device. It is rated for 5 W of power in free air, but can handle 12 W continuously with 400 lfm air movement on standard recommended solder pads with

Danfoss Hosts Congressman Manzullo During Groundbreaking for New Facility

August 26, 2011 9:24 am | News | Comments

Danfoss hosted Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL), local officials and community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new logistics facility in Loves Park, IL – home to Danfoss’ VLT Drives division.

NanoMarkets: Radiation Detection Materials Industry Sees $2.7 billion Opportunity in 2016

August 26, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets has just released a new report on the radiation detection materials market. The report quantifies the market for scintillation, thin-film, and semiconductor detection materials used for domestic security, military, medical imaging, nuclear power, science and geophysical applications. Also included is an in-depth assessment of

Compact IR LED Illuminates Camera Applications

August 25, 2011 5:43 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new IR OSLON SFH 4715S from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is presented as the smallest infrared LED on the market with more than one watt of optical power.

Dual Channel Brushless DC Motor Controller Targets Small Electric Vehicles, Robotics

August 22, 2011 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Roboteq, Inc. introduced the HBL2350, an intelligent controller capable of simultaneously driving two brushless DC motor up to 75 A each at up to 50 V. This motor controller allows users to

IMS Research Forecasts Chinese Low Voltage AC Motor Revenues to Triple by 2016

August 18, 2011 12:11 pm | News | Comments

IMS Research forecasts that the Chinese market for low-voltage integral horsepower AC motors will nearly triple in revenues to $7.9 billion in 2016 from 2010. Unit shipments are expected to grow annually at double-digit rates, reaching 22.6 million units in 2016. The robust revenue growth will be driven by

Kyzen to Showcase Products at the SMTA Long Island Expo & Tech Forum

August 18, 2011 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Kyzen will showcase products for every process at the upcoming Long Island SMTA Expo and Technical Forum, scheduled to take place Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the Islandia Marriott Long Island in Islandia, NY.

DC-AC Inverter Suits Rail and Industrial Applications

August 18, 2011 11:22 am | Articles | Comments

Schaefer announces the PRP-1500 Series of highly efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 1500VA of power in a flexible package that can be chassis mounted, DIN rail mounted or fits into a standard 3U Eurorack. The PRP-1500 Series has

SMT LED Displays Go Ultrathin

August 17, 2011 2:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Opto Plus LED Corp is producing ultrathin LED Displays that are 1 mm or less in reflector thickness. This technology allows compact product design and utilization of LED displays in products that failed to have sufficient room in the past, according to the company. This capability also allows

Industrial Grade AC-DC Switching Power Supply with PFC-Input Delivers 750 W

August 17, 2011 1:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Absopulse Electronics’ PFC 65F-125FT industrial grade AC/DC power supply with power factor corrected input delivers up to 750 W output power. It employs field proven design topology to convert

Anatomy of a Digital Isolator

August 16, 2011 2:25 pm | by David Krakauer, Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

For years, designers of industrial, medical and other isolated systems had limited options when implementing safety isolation: the only reasonable choice was the optocoupler. Today, digital isolators offer advantages in performance, size, cost, power efficiency and integration. Understanding the nature and interdependence of three key elements of a digital isolator is important in choosing the right digital isolator.

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