Z-based Bulk Metal foil tech boosts resistor performance Product News 12/31/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. claims its new VSMP1206 high-precision, surface-mount, Bulk Metal Z-foil resistor is the industry's first such device to combine a high power rating of 300 mW, load life stability of 0.01%, and a low nominal temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of ±0.5 ppm/°C in an industry-standard, surface-mount package.
Mini ceramic motor automates in-vacuum alignment Product News 12/31/2004 Post a comment New Scale Technologies Inc. has released a new vacuum-compatible version of its patent-pending mini ceramic SQUIGGLE motor for automating critical alignments in high-vacuum instruments without requiring mechanical feed-throughs or stepper motors. The new motors can be used for nanometer positioning in applications such as semiconductor manufacturing and testing, scanning electron microscopes, ion beam microscopes, and scanning ion mass spectrometers.
Electronic Direct now supplies hard-to-find parts in N. America Product News 12/31/2004 Post a comment Electronic Direct, an independent Munich, Germany-based company that specializes in providing active, passive, and system components, has opened an East Coast office to serve North American electronics and technology companies looking to procure hard-to-find and obsolete electronic components.
Marine-grade DC plug-in receptacle locks out water Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment Waytek Inc. has added a new marine-grade DC plug-in receptacle that comes with a water tight sealing cap for protection against harsh weather conditions. This deluxe 12-volt standard receptacle is made from corrosion resistant marine grade materials. The plug securely locks into receptacle to provide a moisture proof connection.
No solder or mounting holes required for 10 GHz socket Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment Ironwood Electronics' new high performance 10 GHz socket can accommodate 0.5-mm pitch, 11 x 11-mm body ICs such as the AMKOR MAF223 BGA, and arrays with up to 400 balls. The SG-BGA-7026 socket doesn't require solder or mounting holes for attachment, only a 1.25-mm perimeter space for the socket body on the target PC-board.
Emergency stop switch combines compact size with full functionality Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment The new Series 61 emergency stop switch from EAO meets the industrial industry's need for miniaturization and robustness. These new switches may be used in a variety of compact control panels for machinery, process control and access control equipment such as production lines, cranes, robots, moving platforms, security systems and emergency exits.
Three-phase PWM condenses microprocessor designs Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment International Rectifier's IR3093 is a three-phase interleaved PWM control IC that supports AMD Athlon, AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon64, and Intel VR10.X processors for applications that include desktop computer motherboards, voltage regulator modules, video graphics cards and telecom single-in-line (SIP) modules. It integrates MOSFET gate drivers, reducing parts count by 75 percent as well as solution size over competing devices, according to the company.
The Beginning of the Mega Solar Age Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment Kyocera announces the development of a large-scale solar module with 200-watt output capability. The company says it is ideally geared for large-scale solar electric generating systems of 100 kilowatts (kW) or greater.
AdTech offers multi-layer co-fired ceramic design guide Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment Advanced Technical Ceramics Company (AdTech)offers designers a new design guide on advanced electronic packages manufactured with co-fired multi-layer ceramic technology. Typical applications include multi-chip modules, microwave packages, high frequency feed-throughs, crystal packages, custom pin grid arrays and ceramic/metal packages.
Active EMI filters suit DC/DC converters Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment Picor, a subsidiary of Vicor Corp. has added three new devices to its QPI family of active EMI filters. The company says the new products QPI-3, QPI-5 and QPI-6 support all 24- and 48-volt (V) DC/DC converter applications including COTS, industrial, information technology and telecommunications with higher current ratings and lower costs.
POLs stress cost-performance edge for distributed power Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment V-Infinity's new VPOL series of DC/DC point-of-load (POL) converters point to their high efficiency (up to 94 percent in the 5 volt models) and low cost (priced starting at $10 each in OEM quantities) for a range of distributed power architecture applications. They're available in 5-, 15-, and 16-amp versions with single outputs from 0.75 to 5 volts.
Bipolars do motors a good turn Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment Zetex Semiconductors' newest bipolar transistors, the ZX5T851Z NPN and ZX5T951Z PNP devices, tout efficient high-current operation for DC motor control applications. The transistors, in an SOT89 (4.4-by-4.0 mm footprint) and rated for a power dissipation of 2.1 watts, are also billed as a more cost-effective alternative to much larger or other traditional packages (e.g., SOT223, DPAK).
Schottky diodes double thermal, density ratings Product News 12/28/2004 Post a comment Microsemi Corporation's UPDS3200 and UPDS5100H high-voltage Schottky diodes, in a compact PowerDI 5 package licensed from Diodes Incorporated, are designed to provide twice the power density of conventional packages. They're rated at 3 amps/200 volts, and 5 amps/100 volts/low leakage, respectively, for applications ranging from notebook computers to industrial ballasts. In addition, their environmentally friendly RoHS-compliant package, which contain no lead, bromide, or antimony, slashes therma
Half-brick for PoE touts high efficiency Product News 12/28/2004 Post a comment Touting high efficiency— 92.5 percent at full load—Advanced Power Conversion's H201 series DC/DC converter complies with the IEEE 802.3af standard to deliver 200 watts at a regulated 52.5 volts (nominal 48-V input) for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications.
Heatsinkable wirewound resistors tout thermal and space advantages Product News 12/27/2004 Post a comment Ohmite Manufacturing Company has introduced a new WFH series of flat heatsinkable wirewound resistors with ratings from 90 to 330 watts. The company says the new resistors offer a cost, weight and space savings as well as superior thermal efficiencies compared with conventional aluminum-housed resistors.
High-current inductor meets extreme apps Product News 12/27/2004 Post a comment Resistant to moisture, salt, and chemicals, the new low-profile, high-current IHLP inductor from Vishay Intertechnology can be used in automotive applications and other extreme environments. The new IHLM-2525CZ-01 series features the lowest DCR/μH for its package size 0.255 in. x 0.270 in. (6.47 mm x 6.86 mm) with a low 0.118-in. (3.0-mm) profile and excellent operation over a frequency range up to 5 MHz.
Advanced MOSFETs boost DC/DC performance Product News 12/27/2004 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) has added eight new 40-, 60-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-volt single n-channel devices to its SOP Advance MOSFET family to improve the performance of medium-power DC/DC converters. The company also has its first MOSFET device in a new smaller and thinner package, its TSSOP Advanced.
Pushbutton switches serve many applications Product News 12/24/2004 Post a comment NKK Switches offers a new series of standard-size illuminated and non-illuminated pushbutton switches with an extensive selection of options. The new LB series is available in a myriad of configurations, styles, and colors.
SSMCX connectors tout high reliability Product News 12/24/2004 Post a comment Aliner claims its SSMCX connectors offer extreme reliability and durability due to its CNC process technology and utilization of design for assembly (DFA) and DFU concepts that results in reduced assembly cost and end product failure rates.
Tuning fork crystals shrink in size Product News 12/24/2004 Post a comment Raltron Electronics Corp. says the new RT series is the company's smallest tuning fork crystal line. The reduced height of 0.85 mm maximum makes the new series suitable for low-profile applications including cell phones, clock timers, PDAs and wireless devices.
ATCA backplane offers full redundancy Product News 12/23/2004 Post a comment Elma Bustronic Corp. offers a fully pluggable AdvancedTCA (ATCA) backplane. The company says the hot-swappable feature of the 14-slot Dual Star ATCA backplane reduces mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) and lowers cabling costs.
Tiny thermistor offers enhanced response time Product News 12/23/2004 Post a comment AVX Corp. has developed an 0402 surface-mount thermistor for temperature compensation and control applications in handheld and portable electronics equipment such as mobile phones, hard disk drives, laptop computers and compact disc players.
SMA connectors target commercial apps Product News 12/23/2004 Post a comment ITT Industries, Cannon has launched a new range of SMA connectors targeted at diverse markets, including medical electronics, industrial controls and cellular radio base stations for non-harsh applications. These new devices feature crimp/solder center contacts on the cable plugs, a low number of piece parts for ease of assembly, and stand-off steps on the legs of the PC-board jacks.
Flex data links available on 0.5 and 0.8-mm pitch Product News 12/23/2004 Post a comment Samtec Inc. offers its Flex Data Links with socket and terminal strip interfaces on 0.5 mm (.0197 in.) (HFHM2-DP Series) and 0.8 mm (.0315 in.) pitch (HFEM-SE, HFEM-DP and HFEM2-DP Series) for high-speed board-to-board connections.
Focus-On: Data-acq study reveals segment complexities Product News 12/23/2004 Post a comment A report just released by market researchers at Frost and Sullivan shows the mature, densely populated data-acquisition systems market is highly fragmented. But, the report also reveals that the DAQ arena is intensely competitive, and has made rapid technological advancements. Its complex and varied nature, and the presence of well-entrenched participants, also deters the entry of smaller hopefuls. But, don't lose hope if you're a market entrant. There are golden opportunities.
JTAG targets production test Product News 12/22/2004 Post a comment Working with JTAG? Here's a new software add-on that gives you a graphical way to run JTAG tests in production-line settings. Use it to test boards with JTAG-compatible devices on-board, such as BGAs, chip-scale packages, flip-chips, and other high-density packages.
Sealed switches feature ultra-mini size Product News 12/22/2004 Post a comment Featuring the company's sliding twin crossbar contact mechanism, the new G3T and G3B series of ultra-miniature, sealed toggle and pushbutton switches from NKK Switches provides logic level switching reliability. With every actuation, the gold-plated contacts are wiped clean to provide a smoother, positive detent actuation and increased contact stability.
Plug-in power monitor sends e-mail alerts Product News 12/22/2004 Post a comment Here's a new battery-backed-up power monitor that's essentially an e-mail-enabled Internet appliance. It uses any active public telephone line connection, and that line can even be shared with another device at the monitored location. Priced at about $300, this device can inform you if 110-V AC power is lost, or when it is restored at any given location.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...