MOTION CONTROL: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ powerful infrared DRAGON SFH 4236 adds depth to the IR DRAGON family by maximizing radiant intensity from a small form factor. The new infrared DRAGON is designed for applications that require narrow radiation characteristics from limited board space, namely automotive applications such as driver and passenger monitoring systems and blind spot detection systems, as well as camera-based vision systems for the industrial and security sectors.
OSRAM’s SFH 4232 IR LED achieves a typical radiant intensity of 650 mW/sr at a DC current of 1 A, more than three times that of the standard IR DRAGON. The device emits at a wavelength of 850 nm and is the best compromise between maximum spectral sensitivity for CCD and CMOS cameras and suppressed visibility for the human eye.
The footprint is identical to that of the other IR DRAGON devices, and the SFH 4236 can be used as a drop-in replacement in existing designs. It exhibits the same electrical parameters as the standard IR DRAGON and is suitable for reflow soldering.
The 850nm IR DRAGON family consists of the standard version SFH 4232, the stack version SFH 4235 with twice the total radiant flux, and the new SFH 4236 with integrated lens.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.