OPTEK to develop POF components for industrial control Product News 1/10/2005 Post a comment OPTEK Technology, a subsidiary of TT electronics, is developing a series of plastic optical fiber (POF) products as a replacement for traditional copper wiring that are designed to support the SErial Real-time COmmunications System (SERCOS) interface protocol for industrial control applications. SERCOS is an open, standardized digital interface for fiber optic communication between digital controls, motor drives, I/Os, sensors and actuators in computer numerical control (CNC) systems.
Reflective optical sensors operate up to 40 mm Product News 1/6/2005 Post a comment A new reflective optical sensor from Vishay Intertechnology is capable of detecting objects at operating distances of up to 40 mm. The new surface-mount TCND5000 reflective sensor also integrates an IR emitter and PIN photodiode in a single package. This new device is designed for use in object presence sensors, touch sensors, and proximity sensors in a broad range of consumer, industrial, and automotive applications.
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.