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Panel Gauge Resists, Shock, Vibration and Pulsation

April 14, 2011 8:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ashcroft Type 1001T is an economical commercial pressure gauge designed specifically for OEM panel applications. These ASME B40.100, Grade B steel case gauges are available in

Proximity Capacitive Touch Sensor Platform is Optimized for TV Apps

April 14, 2011 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech announced a new platform of capacitive sensing ICs optimized for the next-generation of energy-efficient, touch button television applications. The eight-channel SX8660/61 touch sensor platform features

Rotary Inductive Sensor Provides 360-deg Angular Measurement for Outdoor Apps

April 14, 2011 8:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK introduced rotary inductive sensors, a new line of inductive analog sensors that provide 360-degree angular measurement. The rotary inductive sensors use resistance inductive capacitance (RLC) measuring technology

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Three-axis Analog Gyroscope Touted as World’s Smallest

April 14, 2011 8:46 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has announced what are said to be the market’s smallest three-axis analog-output gyroscope. Housed inside a small 4 mm x 4 mm x 1 mm3 package, the L3G462A gyroscope provides

Gyro Rivals RLG-FOG Performance in Underwater and Surface Apps

April 14, 2011 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Sensing’s CRS09 solid-state gyro performs in a range of underwater and surface applications. The vibrating ring structure of these MEMS gyros means they can offer

Twelve-channel Thermocouple Module Has Configurable Input Channels

April 14, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech has announced the release of a 12-channel thermocouple module, the APAX-5018. It offers a 12-channel high density analog input solution for reading thermocouple sensor data, and has configurable input channels that

Electric Rod-Style Actuators Offer Increased Force, Load Guidance

April 14, 2011 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tolomatic has expanded its line of ERD electric rod-style actuators. New features such as ball screws, motor mounts for NEMA and metric stepper and servo motors, plus a guide option, make it possible to

IR Temperature Sensor Includes USB Interface

April 14, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s new IR-USB series of infrared temperature sensors provide a method for most PC based non-contact temperature monitoring. The unit features

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Paramagnetic Oxygen Sensors Are Asserted to be World’s Smallest

April 14, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paracube Sprint from Hummingbird Sensing Technology is said to be the world’s smallest fast response paramagnetic oxygen sensor, measuring 43.3 mm(l) x 30 mm(w) x 33.5 mm(h) in size. The sensor was developed to

Position Sensors for Defense and Space Apps are Fully Housed

April 14, 2011 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell introduced the Hawk™ Resolvers 1-Inch Series, Fully Housed Configuration, which provide enhanced accuracy (±7 arcmin) for precise motion control. Potential defense applications for the 1-Inch Series include positioning for

Position Sensors Enhance Solar Energy Output

April 14, 2011 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL's Optocode (OCD) rotary encoders and Accelens (ACS) inclinometers, when used in tracking systems of advanced solar power installations, provide the controller with

Programmable Controller Targets Machine Safety Market

April 14, 2011 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

eloProg is designed for monitoring specific machine inputs such as photoelectric sensors, light curtains, magnetically operated sensors, emergency stop buttons, safety mats, etc. and then allowing the user to

LED Control IC Increases Efficiency, Simplifies Design

April 14, 2011 7:24 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the IRS2548D Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) control IC for energy efficient applications for high power Light Emitting Diode (LED) illumination including LED street lighting, stadium lighting and theatrical lighting.

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Single and Dual Digital Rotary Encoders Tout Compact Design

April 14, 2011 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics BI Technologies has developed a line of single-and dual-digital rotary encoders. Designated the EN08 Series, the RoHS-compliant rotary encoders feature an 8-mm design with options of a

Digital Microphone Includes Fully Integrated 0.70 mm2 MEMS Device

April 14, 2011 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akustica, Inc. announced a new single-chip digital MEMS microphone for high-quality voice applications in laptops, tablets and netbook PCs. The AKU230 leverages Akustica’s patented

Pressure Sensors EC79 Certified for Use on Hydrogen Powered Vehicles

April 14, 2011 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (www.astsensors.com) has obtained 79/2009/EC approval for two pressure ranges of its AST Model AST2000 and Model AST4000 OEM pressure sensors. The approval is a necessary European Community Directive...

Male Plug connectors intended for integrated microwave assemblies

April 14, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

SRI Hermetics, Inc. announces the release of their laser weldable hermetic aluminum Micro-D Male Plug connectors for integrated microwave assemblies. SRI Hermetics’ laser weldable hermetic aluminum Micro-D Male Plug connectors conform to MIL-PRF-83513 and are available in 9, 15, 21, 25, 31, 37, 51, and 100 count...

Power Supply Line Targets High Current Applications

April 14, 2011 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision has added five new value-priced DC power supplies to their already impressive product offering: models 1693, 1694, 1900, 1901, and 1902. These new switch mode power supplies provide current up to 60 amps and power up to 960 watts...

PCAP touch panels and optical bonding – A crystal clear solution

April 14, 2011 5:28 am | by Larry Mozdzyn, Chief Technology Officer, Ocular | Articles | Comments

Optical bonding has been around in different capacities for many years and has recently gained new notoriety for the many benefits it brings to projective capacitive (PCAP) touch panel displays. Optically bonded displays, touch and otherwise, have increased in demand...

James Cameron promotes 3D for the tube

April 13, 2011 11:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

James Cameron is bestowing 3D upon us, whether we want it or not. Cameron has partnered with “Avatar” cameraman Vince Pace to form a venture aimed at “driving the widespread adoption of 3D technology in episodic television, sports and advertising.”

The Tinker's Toolbox - CEI Launches New Power Division

April 13, 2011 10:59 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Robert Van Horn, Michael Schulte, and Jonathan Dokuchitz of Custom Electronics Inc. (CEI) about their launch of a new power division to address advanced power distribution applications. 

Floating-Point FPGAs for DSP Bring High Precision to Radar and EW Systems

April 13, 2011 7:58 am | by Ian Land, Altera Corporation | Articles | Comments

Systems used in electronic warfare (EW) and radar applications are essential parts of the strategic environment for threats on the ground, at sea and in the air. Since threats require rapid and shifting tactical responses, the design flexibility provided by programmable logic is essential in military hardware.

Return to Zero - Catch the Weasel

April 13, 2011 6:59 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.

Determining the practical limit for boost factor in DC-DC voltage conversion

April 13, 2011 6:36 am | by Emir Serdarevic, austriamicrosystems | Articles | Comments

Today almost all portable devices are powered by low-voltage batteries. However, these same devices must power some circuits -- like LEDs -- that require higher supply voltages. There is therefore a clear need for boost voltage conversion.

Delivering the Industry’s Best 60A Current Rating

April 13, 2011 5:23 am | by Carl Smith & Wenkang Huang, International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

Next generation high performance server, storage and communication system CPU’s, GPU’s and DDR memory have increasingly challenging power management requirements of up to 300A load currents at very low voltages of around 1V.

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