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World's First Freeform Escalator

October 1, 2010 5:24 am | by LabEquipment | Videos | Comments

Architects will be able to create escalators in any shape they want, even freeform curves, thanks to the first significant rethink of escalator design since the 'moving stairway' was invented in 1897. A system known as the 'Levytator' has been developed by Jack Levy, an Emeritus Professor...

Signal Integrity Network Analyzers Measure 40 GHz, Four-Port S-Parameters

September 30, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

LeCroy Corporation launched the SPARQ series of Signal Integrity Network Analyzers. The instruments measure 40 GHz S-parameters on up to four-ports with single button press. The units are positioned as

Network Analyzer Handles Gapless Measurements from 10 MHz to 110 GHz

September 30, 2010 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Rohde & Schwarz ZVA110 high-end network analyzer covers the entire frequency range from 10 MHz to 110 GHz. Its dynamic range, high output power and measurement speed make the analyzer appropriate for


10-A Relay Features 12- and 24-V Coil

September 30, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch J107E1 Series is the industry standard 10 A featuring 12-V and 24-V coil. Small in size and presented as robust, this relay is cUL listed and RoHS compliant. The contact arrangement is (1A) SPST or (1C) SPDT with contact rating of 10 A at 250 VAC and 30 VDC. The contact resistance is

PC-104, 1 GHz SBC Supports Networking and Communications

September 30, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems introduced a PC/104-compatible 1 GHz single board computer (SBC), dubbed the PCM-VDX-2-512. It is designed for headless space- and power-limited systems. It has two Ethernet, four USB 2.0, and four asynchronous serial channels plus

Oscilloscope Series Provides Up to 45 GHz of Bandwidth and 120 GS-s of Sample Rate

September 30, 2010 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

LeCroy Corporation’s new line of WaveMaster 8Zi-A digital oscilloscopes, Serial Data Analyzers, and Disk Drive Analyzers provides up to 45 GHz of bandwidth and 120 GS/s of sample rate. Asserted to be the world’s highest bandwidth and fastest sample rate real-time oscilloscope, the series also features

Wireless IO Modules and Radio Modems Are Outdoor-rated

September 29, 2010 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co., Inc. today announced that it is expanding its Zlinx Industrial Wireless product line with the Zlinx Xtreme IP67 Outdoor-Rated Radio Modems and I/O Modules. Featuring license-free, proprietary RF, the products are

AC-DC Digital PWM IC Integrates 800-V Bipolar Power Transistor

September 29, 2010 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt’s iW1810 AC/DC digital PWM IC, which is designed for the industrial market, integrates an 800-V bipolar power transistor to protect rugged offline power supplies for household appliances, motor control, and smart meters from high-line surge voltage while


One-Watt DC-DC Converters Are Ultra-miniature

September 29, 2010 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s ACP100E Series of ultra-miniature 1W DC/DC converters, with a small 0.23 square inch product footprint are specifically designed to be a "Drop In" upgrade for older DCP01 type converters. Eight standard models operate from

Pulse Withstanding Chip Resistors Offer 1 Percent Resistance Tolerances

September 29, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics, Inc. announced the addition of 1 percent tolerance to its RPC Series of thick film high pulse withstanding chip resistors. Through proprietary materials and processing, the company announced it is able to

Transient Blocking Units Feature a Broad Range of Trigger Currents, Voltages

September 29, 2010 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. introduced its next-generation Transient Blocking Unit (TBU) Series of circuit protection devices designed to protect a broad selection of industrial and telecommunications applications. The series provides

A Quest for Spindle Speed Using a Multi-Physics Motor Design Tool

September 28, 2010 12:47 pm | by Lois Lee, Manager, Cobham Technical Services USA | Blogs | Comments

The Opera motor design software package is helping Air Bearings of Poole to extend the speed of spindle motors beyond 400,000 RPM.

UPS Offers Advanced True on-line, Double Conversion Features

September 28, 2010 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

SolaHD has introduced the S4KC Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) incorporating a host of advanced true on-line, double conversion features in a compact package that is purpose-engineered for industrial applications, such as industrial computers, automation systems, robotics and pocess controls. It is available in


AS-Interface Power Conditioner Easily Panel Mounts Into Two Networks

September 28, 2010 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced the VAN-KE2-2PE Two Network AS-Interface Power Conditioner. The conditioner is said to be the industry’s first panel mount AS-Interface power conditioner to

Open Frame DC-DC Converters for Railway Apps Have a Smaller Footprint

September 28, 2010 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martek Power announced additions to its Powertron family of DC/DC converters. The new DC/DC converters are extensions to the company’s JL series of open frame units originally designed for on-board passenger information systems. The new JLM and JLHM converters are

Isolated Quarter-Brick DC-DC Converters Have Output of 22 A

September 28, 2010 7:55 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions extended its HPQ range of high power quarter-brick isolated DC-DC converters with the introduction of the HPQ-8.3, a 182.6W model with 8.3 V output, and a

Reference Designs Enable Energy Efficiency Through Digital Power

September 28, 2010 7:50 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced two digitally controlled DC/DC converter reference designs with advanced, high-efficiency topologies. Complete documentation — including software, Gerber files, MATLAB® models, Webinars and application notes — can be downloaded for free from Microchip’s Web site. These new reference designs are

5-10 kVA Online UPSs Increase Power Capacities in Small Spaces

September 28, 2010 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power introduced the Liebert GXT3 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system in 5-10 kVA models. The true on-line double conversion UPS system enables higher power capacities into smaller spaces while

Rugged, 30 W DC-DC Converter Modules Target Railway Apps

September 28, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Absopulse Electronics’ DCW 30R Series of rugged, railway quality DC/DC converter modules delivers 30W output power. The modules meet all relevant railway standards including EN 50155, EN50121-3-2 conducted and radiated EMI, EN 55022 Class B, and EN 61000 immunity. These converters offer

NXP Motor Control Demo at the 2010 Embedded Systems Conference

September 24, 2010 5:22 am | by ecnmagazine | Videos | Comments

Here's a demo of an NXP motor control development platform at the 2010 Embedded Systems Conference in Boston

Technical Sessions Cover the Latest in Motor Control and Drive Solutions

September 23, 2010 7:37 am | News | Comments

Avnet Electronics announced the launch of a new On-Ramp Technical Session featuring motor control and drive solutions  featuring live presentations and demonstrations of motor types and control techniques.

Vote for your Favorites in the ECN Readers Choice Tech Awards

September 17, 2010 10:48 am | Articles | Comments

This has been a good year for the electronic design community, with advances in hardware, software, materials, and technology. Take a moment to nominate your favorites for the 2010 ECN Readers Choice Tech Awards.

Flow Sensor Suits Higher Velocity Applications

September 17, 2010 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Electronic Components LLC announced the release of a new 10 m/s Air Velocity Sensor (D6F-W10A1). The sensor incorporates the company’s MEMS Mass Flow Chip and patented Dust Segregation System flow path designs. It also features

802.11n Wireless Access Point Enables High-Speed Transmissions

September 16, 2010 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduced the EKI-6311GN, an IEEE 802.11n industrial wireless access point. It is said to deliver three times the throughput rates of a normal 802.11g. It is fully

Selector Switch Provides Clear Status Indication

September 16, 2010 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

EAO Switch Corporation announced the Series 04 hybrid, a rugged, large-lever selector switch. The Series 04 hybrid is suitable for any application where it’s critical to show a very clear change in status, such as a door lock. This lever features

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