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Thermistor-RTD Sensor Suits Tower Tanks, Hot Water Heater Apps

December 13, 2011 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kele Precision Manufacturing announced the latest addition to its line of thermistors and RTD Sensors, the ST-TS* Series. The ST-TS* Series’ sensing element is a highly stable precision thermistor or platinum RTD.

RJ45 Connector is IP67-Rated

December 13, 2011 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kycon offers an IP67-rated RJ45 connector, which combines the ease of Ethernet connectivity with industrial-rated protection. The GM67X Weries provides quick secure connections for

BLDC Fan Motor Driver Features Resistor-Programmable, Sensorless Sinusoidal Architecture

December 13, 2011 7:39 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its sinusoidal, sensorless, 3-phase BLDC fan motor driver portfolio with the MTD6505 — a standalone, resistor-programmable driver that enables

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Sealed Switches Helps Vehicles Endure Corrosive Effects of Winter Road Salt

December 13, 2011 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cole Hersee, announced that it has launched a new line of switches with a sealed engineered-plastic body that helps fleets endure the extremely corrosive effects of winter road salt brine.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Valerie Rothermel-Nelson of Honeywell on Ambient Environmental Sensing

December 13, 2011 5:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Valerie Rothermel-Nelson, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Thermal Products, of Honeywell Sensing and Control about Ambient Environmental Sensing and the challenges to the design engineer.

Image Sensor Quantum Efficiency Versus Wavelength Optimization

December 12, 2011 1:31 pm | by Gareth Powell, Pierre Fereyre, e2v semiconductors SAS, France, www.e2v.com | Articles | Comments

Technology advances applied to improving the performance of traditional front-illuminated CMOS imagers are yielding surprising results.

Motor Control Kit Spins and Tunes Three-Phase Motors in Minutes

December 12, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Adding to its growing portfolio of motor control solutions, Texas Instruments announced a new motor control kit for spinning three-phase brushless motors with a Stellaris Cortex-M3 microcontroller (MCU).

Film Capacitors Tout Low Insertion Height

December 12, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a wide range of EPCOS MKP and MKT film capacitors with low insertion heights. The new capacitors with a lead spacing of 37.5 mm feature insertion heights of only 15 mm or 19 mm. These components are designed for

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Development Tools Help Create Next-Generation Underwater ROVs

December 12, 2011 4:32 am | News | Comments

IAR Systems announced that its build and debug tool chain IAR Embedded Workbench has been selected by Ocean Modules, an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of remotely-operated vehicles (ROV), for the next generation underwater technology.

Photoelectric Sensor Series Offers Fast Response Time, Multibeam Redundant Detection

December 10, 2011 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has expanded its family of ML4.2 Series Subminiature Photoelectric Sensors. A number of new models are available to help maximize machine productivity by delivering

14-bit Sample and Hold Amplifier Acquires in 35 ns to 0.003 Percent Accuracy

December 10, 2011 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

DATEL announced the availability of the SHM-14 14-bit ultra high speed linear sample-and-hold amplifier designed for extremely fast data acquisition applications. With a 70 MHz full power bandwidth, and a 250 MHz small signal bandwidth the amp achieves

Dedicated Signal Conditioners Support Focused Applications

December 9, 2011 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation has added six Dedicated Signal Conditioners to its JUMPFLEX 857 Series Signal Conditioner and Relay family. DSCs support focused applications requiring

The Tinker's Toolbox - Peter Green of International Rectifier on Driving Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 5:46 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Peter Green of International Rectifier about solid-state lighting and the circuits needed to drive them.

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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.

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.

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

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