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PFC Controllers Suit Harsh Environments

April 28, 2011 8:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC extended its range of power factor controllers with a heavy duty version of the EPCOS BR6000 controller. The new EPCOS BR6000-HD is suited for applications that place high demands on EMC (electromagnetic compatibility).

The 6 Creepiest Things Hiding in Your DNA

April 28, 2011 8:18 am | by C. Coville, www.cracked.com | Blogs | Comments

We're all just one impulsive Google images search away from facing the unblinking darkness that lurks within the heart of man. But that black pit of twisted evil and decay shouldn't surprise anybody; it's rooted in our genetic makeup. Literally.

Dual Voltage Supply Source Offers Two Power Sources in One Unit

April 28, 2011 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq Inc., has released the VAR 3005, a dual voltage supply source controlled by the company's NSG 3000 series of EMC test generators. This new supply source not only regulates test voltage, but also generates the reduced voltage for dips and drops testing of EUTs...

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20-A Brazilian Plug and Connector are Rewireable

April 28, 2011 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower Corporation has expanded its plug, socket, and connector product line to include Brazilian rewireable plugs and connectors. The company offers a 20A/250VAC rewireable plug 88040300 and connector 88040310 for use in Brazil.

Open Frame Power Supplies Accept a Wide Input Voltage Range

April 28, 2011 7:23 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has upped the output power of its ZPSA Series of compact open-frame AC/DC power supplies with the introduction of a 100-Watt model. The single-output ZPSA100 accepts a wide input voltage range, has a low profile (1.3”)...

Square SMD Fuses Feature a Current Rating from 20 A to 30 A

April 28, 2011 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bel Fuse introduced its square ceramic surface-mountable SMM Series of 3812 size medium-blow fuses. SMD fuses with rated current values up to 30 A and with voltage ratings up to 250 VAC and 65 VDC, they address the industry's requirements...

10-W DC-DC Converter Targets Apps Requiring Input to Output Isolation

April 28, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calex the availability of the 10-Watt EW Single Output Series of DC/DC Converters. Designed for applications requiring input to output isolation, the converters offer three input ranges with five output voltage combinations.

Rackmount Inverter Provides 3 kVA in a 1 U Package

April 28, 2011 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer’s AEP-A3000R Series of pure sign wave inverters provide 3 kVA of power in a 1U rack design and is available in standard input configurations of 24 VDC and 48 VDC. Outputs are regulated to +/-3 percent or better. A built-in, 4-6 ms automatic bypass switch...

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DC-DC Converters Address Telecom, Datacom and Wireless Infrastructure Demands

April 28, 2011 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power-One, Inc. introduced the 1/8th brick SQL48T20033 and the 1/16th brick SSQL48T20033. Both products are rated at 20 A, provide an adjustable 3.3-V isolated output and operate over the full 36 V to 75 V telecom input voltage range.

20-W DC-DC Converters Suit Board Level Power Distribution Apps

April 28, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s B2000RU Series is a family of ultra-wide input, 20-W DC/DC converters. With a compact 1” x 2” case, these units provide high power density or space critical, board level applications. Fourteen standard models operate from wide 4:1 inputs...

SMT LED Drivers Feature Constant Current Output

April 28, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s LDF24E Series of DC/DC LED drivers is designed to power/control high brightness LEDs. These units feature a constant current output; analog and PWM dimming; control and efficiency to 96 percent. Five models operate from a wide input voltage range...

Regulated DC-DC Bus Converter Touts Efficiency and Wide Input Range

April 28, 2011 6:59 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has introduced a regulated bus converter (RBC) that delivers up to 210 W output power, with a Vin range of 36 V to 75 V (92.5 percent efficiency at full load with Vout regulation and ±1.5 percent) in a quarter brick open frame package.

Power Cords Latch Into IEC Connectors and Power Entry Modules

April 28, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter announced the addition of the V-Lock cord retaining system for 10-A and 16-A appliance couplers and power entry modules, according to IEC 60320 (15 A and 20 A according to UL). This power cord latches into the notched inlet or outlet...

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48-Watt LED Power Supply Touts Constant Current Operation

April 28, 2011 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Astrodyne Corporation announced the release of the OLP48 Series, a 48-Watt constant current LED power supply. The single output, open frame module includes output voltages of 12 V, 24 V, or 48 VDC and features a universal input of 90 V to 264 VAC...

MCBs Offer UL 1077 Supplemental Protection

April 28, 2011 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect, Inc. announced a new line of DIN rail mounted miniature circuit breakers that are 13 mm wide and UL 1077 Recognized for use as supplemental protectors. The NDB5 circuit breaker product line...

DC-DC Switching Regulators Features High Efficiency at One Quarter the Size of Linear Regulators

April 28, 2011 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aimtec added two series of DC/DC switching regulators to its product offering. The AMSRW-78Z features a wide (up to 8:1) input voltage range spanning from 9 V to 72 VDC stepping down to highly regulated and protected output voltages ranging from 3.3 V to 15 VDC.

300 W U Frame Offers Optional Top or End Mount Fan Covers

April 28, 2011 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Solutions (APS) announced the APS303 Series of high density switching power supplies in the industry standard 3.2” x 5.00” x 1.50” U-frame package with both single and dual outputs with an optional top-mount fan cover.

Digital Attenuator Includes Serial-Parallel Control for 75-Ohm Systems Operating to 1 GHz

April 28, 2011 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. introduced the MAAD 008866, a 6-bit, 0.5-dB step digital attenuator for 75-Ohm systems operating up to 1 GHz. This attenuator is appropriate when high accuracy, low power consumption (4 microAmps typical at 5 V, steady state)...

Power Supply Suits Dimmable LEDs for Dry and Damp Locations

April 28, 2011 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. announced the LF1048 Series AC-DC constant current or constant voltage dimmable LED driver power supply. The units are fully potted and suitable for dry and damp locations. They are UL1012, cUL, FCC B, CE, REACH and RoHS compliant.

Paying Tribute to the Legacy of Earth Day

April 27, 2011 1:26 pm | by Paul Smith, MathWorks, and Tyler Joswick, The Ohio State University | Blogs | Comments

This past Friday marked the 41st Earth Day. The past 40 years have demonstrated the growing global green movement, reinforced each year by Earth Day to celebrate and spread awareness of environmental protection and sustainability. Earth Day’s goals of environmental protection and sustainability are echoed by the EcoCAR Challenge, its organizers, participating student teams, and sponsors.

Murata Power Solutions extends its range of 25W low-profile open-frame DC-DC converters

April 27, 2011 10:52 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions announced today additions to its UEI25 series of 25W output, 2:1 input range, high efficiency, isolated DC-DC converters. Featuring 25W output in one square inch of board area, the new devices add +3.3VDC and +5VDC output models to the series.

Field Wireless Devices Based on ISA100.11a Industrial Communications Standard

April 27, 2011 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has developed the world’s first field wireless devices based on the ISA100.11a1 industrial wireless communications standard and was released in Foreign Markets in July 2010.

Acopian no-compromise power systems

April 27, 2011 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

A few power supply manufacturers sell hardware to combine several power supplies into a rack mounting multiple-output power system. The problem is that the possible combinations of power supplies and desired operating features...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking Hardware & Software Integration with Ashok Reddy of IBM

April 27, 2011 6:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to returning guest Ashok Reddy, Director of IBM Rational, and continue our discussion on hardware and software, developing and disruptive technology, and the challenges facing today's engineer.

Return to Zero - Bowling Balls

April 27, 2011 5:11 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a new comic strip for engineers, with lab humor and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

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