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Light-measurement sensor designed for industrial automation and factory assembly applications

December 13, 2013 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

EMX Industries has announced the global market introduction of its LEX-1000 color light measurement sensor. The LEX-1000 is used within industrial automation and factory assembly related applications, providing fast, high-resolution comparative measurements of the color characteristics of a variety of light sources and illuminated objects.

IC is ideal for larger systems implementing IO-Link

December 11, 2013 12:28 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2874, an IO-Link master IC, combining a power and communications interface to four remote IO-Link devices (slaves).  A rugged interface and rich feature set make the LTC2874 ideal for larger systems implementing IO-Link (IEC61131-9) in harsh, industrial environments.

Piezoelectric MEMS timing product targets communications infrastructure, industrial and military apps

December 6, 2013 4:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sand 9 announced it is the first MEMS company to achieve the stringent low-noise, high-stability and harsh environmental requirements for communications infrastructure, industrial and military applications. The TM651, based on Sand 9’s Temperature Compensated MEMS

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Arduino-compatible ecosystem adds WiFi development board, IoT cloud software and motor control shield

December 5, 2013 5:23 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its Arduino-compatible chipKIT ecosystem, with two new development tools from Digilent, Inc., and an embedded cloud software framework. Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board minimizes the need for users to

Brushless DC motors feature low inertia and minimal detent

December 5, 2013 5:05 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

In automation and robotics, many applications are characterized by high energy and high torque at the same time. Spatial restrictions also mean that drives must be short, have a long service life and be maintenance-free. The newly redesigned EC-i motors from maxon motors offer solutions that fit these requirements perfectly.

Evaluation kit lets designers spin BLDC motors instantly

December 5, 2013 5:00 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduced a new product evaluation kit for its A4915 three-phase MOSFET controller IC featuring an on-chip hall commutation and a unique speed control input. The speed input takes an analog voltage and generates

Active harmonic filter improves efficiency while reducing harmonic pollution

December 5, 2013 2:10 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer is proud to introduce their new PB Series three-wire and four-wire active harmonic filter modular systems that are designed to meet IEEE-519. The Power Balance (PB) family is scalable and offers a practical solution for improving power quality for tower buildings....

Semiconductor parts: Distinguishing real from fake requires a trained eye

December 5, 2013 1:40 pm | by Steve Martin, EVP of Sales for Components Direct, an Avnet Company | Components Direct | Articles | Comments

Detecting counterfeit electronic components is not easy — if it was, our industry would not be suffering the $160 billion in annual risk identified by IHS Research. The industry is being forced to take action, with recent federal legislation setting an example for the entire supply chain....

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LED A19-style bulb provides 1050 lumens from only 10 watts

December 3, 2013 12:29 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight LED-A19-10W-E26 Directional 10 Watt LED A19 Style Bulb is designed to fit in standard light bulb sockets but provides durability and multi color adjustability that makes it ideal for industrial and commercial applications. This 10 watt LED provides 1050 lumens from only 10 watts.

Mini-USB connector includes insertion life of 5,000 times

December 3, 2013 9:39 am | Omron Electronics Components Llc | Product Releases | Comments

OMRON announces the release of the new XM7D Mini-USB Connector, designed to supplement its current USB Connector lineup and I/O Connector portfolio. The Mini-USB connectors are widely used in a variety of devices found within the Office Automation, Consumer Electronics and PC Peripheral markets. They’re also found within Factory Automation applications and Industrial Equipment.

Protecting industrial PCs: Early discovery and containment with CIFS monitoring

November 26, 2013 1:59 pm | by Dan Schaffer, Phoenix Contact | Articles | Comments

A large number of legacy industrial PCs (IPCs) are still deployed in active control and monitoring roles. Most of these IPCs are running older, out-of-support operating systems such as Windows 2000 or XP. Microsoft Windows 2000 support expired July 2010, and Windows XP support ends April 2014.

Gauge promises easy pressure monitoring

November 25, 2013 12:44 pm | Ashcroft Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Ashcroft DG25 digital pressure gauge provides a five full-digit LCD in ranges up to 25,000 psi. Available in accuracies of 0.5% percent and 0.25 percent FS, this new design boasts a minimum battery life of 2000 hours. Standard features include

DC/DC controller drives over 250W of LED power

November 22, 2013 5:00 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3797, a triple output DC/DC controller designed to drive three independent channels of LEDs. Its fixed frequency, current-mode architecture delivers constant, accurately regulated LED current over a wide range of supply and output voltages.

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Handheld DSO offering suits industrial applications

November 22, 2013 12:42 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision announced its 2510 Series handheld digital storage oscilloscopes (DSO). Four models make up this new line of dual-channel oscilloscopes that includes 60-MHz and 100-MHz bandwidth models in non-isolated and isolated designs. Suitable for general electronics

GaN high electron mobility transistors target 2.9- to 3.5-GHz S-Band radar amplifier systems

November 22, 2013 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree has introduced two new gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for use in 2.9-GHz to 3.5-GHz S-Band radar amplifier systems, including: weather, air traffic control, marine, port surveillance, and search and rescue radar applications. Based on

Equipment light designed to withstand extreme operating conditions

November 22, 2013 8:49 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has released a new equipment light designed to withstand extreme operating conditions while providing powerful and reliable high output illumination. The 1830L LED light is features a robust design and high output Seoul Z Power LEDs to provide a lighting solution ideal for military, law enforcement and marine applications.

Software coupling aims to streamline simulation process

November 18, 2013 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Motor Design Limited (MDL) has partnered with CD-adapco to create a link between MDL’s Motor-CAD and CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+ software.  The collaboration aims to improve the accuracy of a fast analytical approach while simplifying the modeling process of the CFD computation. This will

Process control meters can store up to five user-adjustable calibration presets

November 18, 2013 11:43 am | Extech Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Extech Instruments announced that its versatile PRC Series of four new precision meters – the PRC10, PRC15, PRC20 and PRC30 – enable plant and electrical technicians to test and calibrate a wide variety of process control equipment....

Servo motion actuator combines motor and resolver in the same footprint as the motor

November 18, 2013 10:26 am | Quicksilver Controls Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Quicksilver Controls introduced a servo motion actuator that infuses a position feedback sensor into the very structure of a high pole count AC motor. The Mosolver is a combination motor and resolver in the same footprint as the motor alone, enabling compact, inexpensive, and robust closed loop motion

Wire-to-board connector designed for industrial and solid-state lighting applications

November 14, 2013 12:55 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its innovative 9296 Poke Home Connector Series with the introduction of a new vertical through board, SMT, wire-to-board (WTB) connector.  The new 9296 WTB single poke home connectors feature a dual beam box contact that provides maximum mechanical stability....

New "contactless connectivity" brings limitless opportunities

November 13, 2013 3:52 pm | by Benjamin Mang and Dirk-Jan Riezebos, TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

Emerging technologies such as wireless power are not only enabling wireless charging of phones and electronic volts but can also be applied to create a new category of "contactless connectivity.” Immune to vibration, pollutants and harsh environments and unconfined by movement restrictions...

Is solar power a viable energy option?

November 13, 2013 2:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

It's about to be a new year at ECN and we're looking forward to the future with a Brainstorm about alternative energy! It's a hot topic in engineering and around the world as researchers, designers, and politicians try to figure out what the energy of the future will be. This month, we're focusing in on SOLAR POWER with a question for our readers

Isolated monolithic flyback regulator delivers up to 15 Watts

November 13, 2013 1:49 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8302, a monolithic flyback regulator that significantly simplifies the design of isolated DC/DC converters. By sampling the isolated output voltage directly from the primary-side flyback waveform, the part requires no opto-isolator or third winding for regulation.

RFID magnetometer tag transmits a unique identifier without a battery

November 13, 2013 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Magneto from Farsens S.L., San Sebastián, Spain, is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated magnetic field measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag.

Versatility of ultra-miniature detect switches on display

November 12, 2013 4:32 pm | by Kyle Peterson, Product Management, C&K Components | Articles | Comments

Ultra-miniature detect switches are playing a significant role in a number of applications today. The miniaturization of key components, including switches, has enabled the continued trend towards end-products getting smaller and smaller.

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