New power supplies were in abundance, including Ericsson Microelectronics' two 2.5V output models added to its PKL 4000 dc/dc power module family. The company claims 89% efficiency for the 60A half-brick devices with a power density of 52W/in 3 .
... SynQor talked about its recently expanded dc/dc converter line for 24V input applications. The quarter-brick converters support a 2:1 input voltage range from 18 to 36V, delivering up to 25A or 100W without a heatsink.
... Lambda announced expansion of its SC Series of ac-dc switching power supplies with a 150W model.
... The recently introduced BI Technologies compact power-factor correction modules were on view. Three Model 7720 Series power modules cover power ranges of 1,500 to 3,000W, 1,000 to 2,250W, and 500 to 1,500W with line voltages up to 300V (rms).
... TK Power showed its latest CompactPCI TK350A-PCI-48 power supply. Input voltage range is 36-72V dc with maximum output power of 350W. An ac option is planned before year's end.
Displays and interfaces
Lumitex debuted its UniLED™backlight technology which can use a single LED to provide uniform, high-output backlighting at low power.
... Newly announced was Cirque's Hidden Touch Surface (HTS) touchpad technology, designed to operate through nonconductive materials. HTS is a two-part system: a flexible printed sensor array, mounted using pressure-sensitive adhesive; and a rigid PCB controller.
... 3M showed its new optically clear adhesives 8161 and 9483, aimed at the electronic display market. The 1.47 refractive index adhesives have 99% light transmission with a haze level of less than 1%, according to the company.
... Tidal Engineering displayed its recently announced WebTouch™Remote touch-screen controller with built-in remote web access for Windows CE and Linux embedded platforms as part of its embedded control framework for the Connected Factory™.
Sensors, test, and measurement
The G8198 series of InGaAs PIN photodiodes from Hamamatsu also debuted. A key feature is high-speed response (2 and 3 GHz) at small reverse voltage (2V) with low dark current, noise, and terminal capacitance for optical-fiber communications applications.
... At the companion Autotestcon show, Intusoft was showing its TestDesigner, a simulation-based test synthesis program. The package automates test simulation, fault analysis, and isolation, and generates test strategy reports.
... B+K Precision had on hand its new Model 885 Synthesized In-Circuit LCR/ESR meter used to test components at frequencies up to 10 kHz. A specialized SMD test probe is included.
... Land Instruments was showing its FTI 6 Thermal Imaging System which uses focal-plane-array detector technology and provides online thermal analysis and report writing.
Fox Electronics highlighted its recently opened oscillator programming center in Fort Meyers, FL. Jim Gibson, sales manager, says "With the greater acceptance of programmable oscillators by customers, our large tech staff is better able to program and ship them out compared to a distributor or customer without such a dedicated staff." (Enter 576)... Chomerics displayed its recently introduced STREAMSHIELD™honeycomb vent panels which allow cooling airflow while delivering shielding performance ( & gt;50 dB at 10 GHz). A fire-retardant HEICF 1594 intumescent coating is available which expands rapidly on exposure to flame or 300F heat, sealing the vent.
... Intricast showed its new line of heat sinks that are attached via plastic clips. The clips eliminate springs or wire attachments that require manipulation or tools.
... The expanded Accu-PSeries Thin Film capacitors from AVX Corp. now include a high-performance RF/microwave capacitor.
... WECO Electrical Connectors showed the new Series 97-PY terminal blocks that use Poka-Yoke technology, a larger diameter pin on the first position of the block, to ensure proper orientation on a PCB.