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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.

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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

Voltage Comparator Touts Fast Response Time, Low Current Consumption

December 2, 2011 7:45 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced a high-speed voltage comparator with what it asserts is the market’s best ratio of current consumption to response time. This high-speed voltage comparator addresses applications where fast response time is critical, such as in data communications equipment. When a

Rotary Code Switches Withstand High-Temperature Soldering

December 1, 2011 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

APEM Components introduced the P65 series of rotary switches, a high temperature version of the company’s PT65 dual in-line package (DIP) coded rotary switch. The series is specially designed for high temperature soldering and is appropriate for

IR3553 40A PowIRstage Delivers High Current in Smallest Form Factor

December 1, 2011 7:47 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the expansion of its PowIRstage family of integrated devices with the introduction of the 40A IR3553, optimized for next-generation servers, consumer and communication systems.

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Data Acquisition and Analysis Software for Force Measurement is USB-Based

December 1, 2011 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kistler has introduced the USB-based Type 2825A DynoWare universal data acquisition and analysis software, designed for direct compatibility with Kistler stationary and rotary measuring systems, including single- and multi-component dynamometers and other force sensors. Its operation allows for

Ember Enables ZigBee-certified Water Meter

November 30, 2011 12:31 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

A ZigBee-certified wireless water meter developed by Elster and Freestyle Technology is using ZigBee technology from Ember to help utilities and consumers better manage their water cost and usage. Elster and Freestyle have integrated Ember’s ZigBee System-on-Chip and ZigBee PRO networking software into the new Elster V200 digital water meter to

Low-g Accelerometers Support Variety of Zero-to-Medium Frequency Apps

November 30, 2011 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Designs, Inc. has announced the global market introduction of its new LG Series, a dedicated product family of low-g range chips and modules, designed to support of a variety of zero-to-medium frequency aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, industrial, and general test & measurement requirements. The LG Series provides

40-W DC-DC Converters Come In a Compact Case

November 30, 2011 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s F4000RW Series DC/DC converters provides 40 Watts of isolated, tightly regulated output power in a compact 2 x 1.6-inch case. They are specifically designed for applications requiring high power density, robust performance and

QM Power Continues to Win Major R & D Contracts

November 29, 2011 12:10 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

QM Power has the unique distinction of developing several different new electric motion technologies; the Parallel Path Magnetic Technology (PPMT), the Q-Sync electronic drive and the QM Power Switched Reluctance (QSR), among others.

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AltaSens Adopts Berkeley Design Automation AFS Platform for HD CMOS Image Sensors

November 29, 2011 11:59 am | News | Comments

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. announced that AltaSens, Inc., a supplier of high-performance CMOS image sensors, has selected the company’s AFS Platform for full-circuit post-layout verification, block-level characterization, and device noise analysis of their high-definition (HD) and wide-dynamic-range CMOS image sensors.

I-O Board Boasts Advanced 32-bit Counters

November 29, 2011 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray’s Model 826 PCI Express board features six encoder/timer/counter interfaces, 16 differential analog inputs (18-bit resolution, 100 ksps), 8 analog outputs (16-bit resolution), and 48 bi-directional digital I/Os with edge capture. Its

Development Tool Supports 16- and 32-bit PICR MCUs, 16-bit dsPICR DSCs

November 29, 2011 7:50 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a development tool supporting 3.3-V 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs), as well as 16-bit dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) in 28-pin SPDIP packages. The flexible Microstick II tool offers

Connector and Cable Assemblies Optimize Signal Transmission in Harsh Environments

November 29, 2011 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated SC/APC indoor- and outdoor- rated cable assemblies and SC/APC 4.80-mm connectors help customers and system integrators meet datacom and telecom design challenges, including adherence to

Vibration Immunity in Analog Devices' MEMS Gyroscopes

November 28, 2011 7:54 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows a side-by-side demo of the Analog Devices MEMS gyroscope and a competitive gyro, comparing their responses when erroneous input stimuli are applied. ADI's new gyros exhibit high immunity to shock, vibration & linear acceleration.

Datalogic Group Integration to Address Automatic Data Capture Market

November 28, 2011 3:55 am | News | Comments

As part of its drive to capture the ADC market, Datalogic has announced that Datalogic Scanning, Datalogic Mobile, Enterprise Business Solutions and Evolution Robotics Retail will be integrated to form Datalogic ADC (Automatic Data Capture).

Eight Tips for Alternate-Energy Users

November 23, 2011 9:57 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

When you evaluate alternate-energy sources look at your entire system to find ways to reduce power use.

Heat Exchange Institute Releases Standards for Air Cooled Condensers

November 23, 2011 9:21 am | by posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

The Heat Exchange Institute (HEI) has released the first edition of Standards for Air Cooled Condensers. The Standard offers technical information from the combined expertise of the members of the HEI Air Cooled Condenser Section and includes typical purchaser requirements. In addition, the standard outlines the important

ARM-based MPUs Help Accelerate Industrial Designs

November 23, 2011 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Developers looking to ease and accelerate their industrial automation designs can now benefit from the industry’s first ARM® Cortex-A8 system solution with multiple integrated industrial communication protocols, offered by Texas Instruments. The Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors, launched last month, deliver

Common Mode Absorption Device Ensures Reproducible Emissions Measurements

November 23, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has introduced a new line termination clamp as required by CISPR test methods. Reproducible emissions measurements require a defined line termination for the frequency range where connected lines provide a significant

Plug-and-Play Junction Box Provides Versatility, Modularity

November 22, 2011 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial introduced the ModLink junction box. This modular plug-and-play system allows manufacturers, distributors, installers and owners/operators to insert 'smart' modules as needed at any time onto

Rotary Angle Sensors Are Touchless

November 22, 2011 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Novotechnik U.S. introduced the Vert-X 90E Series of touchless rotary angle sensors. These sensors use a magnetic pick up that is secured to the rotating object, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore

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