Ultra-slim SSR targets industrial and appliance apps Product News 11/25/2003 Post a comment Fujitsu Components America, Inc. offers a new ultra-slim solid-state relay (SSR) for industrial and appliance applications such as PLCs, process controls, remote switching, air conditioners, vending machines and photocopiers. Designed for high-density PC-board mounting, the new FTR-SL is a 1A, SIP-type SSR that measures 5 mm (W) x 28 mm (L) x 15 mm (H). The device is pin-compatible with Fujitsu's existing FTR-LY electromechanical relay.
Protection devices offer multiple ports Product News 11/14/2003 Post a comment Eliminating component count through higher integration, California Micro Devices' three new USB overcurrent protection switches for notebook and desktop personal computers support four USB ports in a single device. This allows next-generation PCs, which will have up to 8 ports per desktop, or 3 to 4 USB ports per notebook, to reduce the number of overcurrent protection devices per system by 50% versus traditional 2-port devices.
Lighted knobs improve visibility Product News 11/13/2003 Post a comment Elma Electronics' new series of illuminated knobs improves the viewing of indicator characters in all ambient light conditions. Available in a range of sizes and styles, illumination is accomplished via surface-mount LEDs on a flexible PC-board strip inside a figure dial constructed of proprietary lightguide material.
Chassis designed for CompactPCI, PICMG 2.16 Product News 11/6/2003 Post a comment A new 8-slot CompactPCI portable tower from Elma Electronic Inc. offers PICMG 2.16 backplane options. Measuring 17-in. high x 10.5-in. wide, the 8-slot Type 32 cPCI chassis features 2 x 5.25-in. HH devices and a 350-watt plug-in power supply with an option for dual redundancy.
Antec enclosure features "Quiet Computing" Product News 11/5/2003 Post a comment Antec, Inc. has released the P160, the first case in the company's new Performance One series of high-performance enclosures. The new enclosure series features an aluminum design and the company's Quiet Computing technology, which reduces noise by up to 80%. Quiet Computing features include vibration-dampening mounts for hard drives and specially engineered low-speed 120-mm fans.
Sealed rocker switch targets harsh apps Product News 11/5/2003 Post a comment NKK Switches offers a new environmentally sealed rocker switch line for harsh or outdoor applications. The sealed construction of the new WR series of 15-amp rocker switches conforms to IP67 of IEC529 standards.
High power contactor gets upgrade Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Tyco Electronics said its KILOVAC brand FM200 series contactor, also known as the FLATMAN contactor, switches loads up to 300 amps at either 480 Vac or 48 Vdc. The contactor is now rated to continuously carry loads up to 200 amps at the above rated voltages.
Rugged switch technology targets harsh applications Product News 11/3/2003 Post a comment Developed for harsh and hazardous environments as well as outdoor and vandal-prone locations, Texzec, Inc. said its new ActiveMetal switch technology, that combines solid metal construction with state-of-the-art sensing techniques, produces rugged keyboards, keypads and switches that are vandal-, water- and explosion-proof. They can also withstand impact and vibration, and operate in all weather conditions.
Distributors shed failing components businesses Product News 11/1/2003 Post a comment As the technology recession continues to hammer at distributors' profits, more are being forced to re-evaluate their business models. Reptron Electronics is the latest to conclude that it might be better off without its electronic-components operations.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.