COTS chassis available in 7U height Product News 4/27/2005 Post a comment Elma Electronic Inc. has expanded its 12R1 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) chassis series with a new low-weight, rugged 7U version. Offering excellent shielding capability, the new chassis weighs 20% to 25% less than the company's previous models.
Switch guide features RoHS-compliant switches Product News 4/22/2005 Post a comment NKK Switches has announced the release of its latest Switch Guide complete with new RoHS-compliant switches. Designed to help engineers specify the right switch for their applications, the easy-to-use guide is organized by actuator types for more than 80 switch families with 3-D cutaways and detailed specifications.
Heat sinks cool components in low airflow conditions Product News 4/22/2005 Post a comment Norwood, Mass. Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) has introduced a line of low profile, high performance heat sinks designed for cooling components in low airflow velocity conditions. The new blueICE heat sinks offer height profiles from 4 to 7 mm, which allows them to be used inside most telecommunication enclosures where space is limited.
Magnetic rotary encoder designed for rugged apps Product News 4/19/2005 Post a comment Targeting cost-sensitive and rugged industrial and automotive applications, austriamicrosystems has launched its new 8-bit incremental magnetic rotary encoder for human-machine interface (HMI) applications such as front panel switches. The new AS5035 encoder may also be used as an alternative to optical encoder-based applications where dust or other particles could diminish the reliability and accuracy of the system operation.
Microelectronic relay enhances reliability for ATE systems Product News 4/15/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's new PVY117 series of microelectronic relays (MERs) is designed to increase product reliability by replacing electromechanical and reed relays with more reliable solid-state versions that have no moving parts, lower power consumption and lower actuation current requirements. In addition, they offer a much smaller subminiature, surface-mount package for high-density applications.
CompactPCI backplanes promote easier wiring Product News 4/14/2005 Post a comment Bustronic Corp. has launched its new EasyCable line of CompactPCI (cPCI) backplanes that are designed for easy cabling. These fully-compliant PICMG backplanes are available in 3U and 6U cPCI as well as 6U with H.110 Computer Telephony implementation versions.
Rad-hardened solid-state relays improve reliability in hi-rel systems Product News 4/14/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier has introduced four devices in a new line of radiation-hardened solid-state relays (SSRs) for high-reliability applications. The new hermetically-sealed, all-electronic devices are designed to improve reliability by replacing electromechanical relays in power bus switching, heater control circuits, battery charging and other hi-rel applications.
Cabinet shelf offers fast installation Product News 4/14/2005 Post a comment Bud Industries, Inc. offers a new Tool-Less Shelf that installs in less than five minutes and doesn't require additional tools or hardware. This new heavy-duty shelf can be used in a wide range of applications where cabinet or rack assemblies require the installation of non-rack mountable equipment.
SQUIGGLE motor shrinks in size, boosts precision Product News 4/8/2005 Post a comment New Scale Technologies, Inc. has expanded its family of piezoelectric SQUIGGLE motors with the introduction of the high-resolution SQ-306s that is 50% shorter than previous models. It also offers improved resolution and higher electrical power efficiency for longer battery life in mobile devices including auto focus and optical zoom assemblies in camera phones.
Mini snap-in rocker switch offers illumination Product News 4/6/2005 Post a comment NKK Switches claims to offer the industry's first miniature snap-in illuminated rocker switches. These devices offer a wide range of illumination choices including incandescent bulbs, neon lamps and LEDs. These switches may be used in transportation, communication, security, industrial/commercial, instrumentation, and medical applications.
Lock-out relays protect utility equipment Product News 4/5/2005 Post a comment Accommodating virtually any lock-out switching application in the electric power industry, a new series of lock-out relays (LORs) from Electroswitch provide reliable protection of critical utility equipment. These new relays are available in a variety of models featuring manual-, electric-, or self-reset capability. Standard nameplates include mechanical targets (black for normal operation, orange for trip), and some models are available with "smart nameplates" that incorporate up to three field
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.