DN Staff

September 13, 2004

16 Min Read


Multifunctional, flexible casing

The RatiopacPRO from Schroff(R) saves space and features integral EMC shielding. Suitable for measurement, instrumentation, and control applications, the RatioPAC is made in such a way that lets designers completely develop a system before deciding between a portable desktop case or 19-inch plug-in unit. With three different side panel options available and an EMC attenuation of greater than 25 dB at 1 GHz, RatiopacPRO builds off of the features found in Schroff's previous EuropacPRO series. These include injector/extractor handles, guide rails with coding for 19-inch boards, guide rail-mounted ESD clips, and board retention systems. Schroff Enclosureshttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-628


Easy to use with laptops

The Model 866 was designed for fast communication via a standard parallel printer port or a USB port. Featuring extensive device libraries that are constantly updated, Model 866 has been manufactured specifically for use with computers and laptop computers that don't have parallel printer ports. The programmer comes with a 4-pin ZIF socket that eliminates the need for an adapter for any DIP device up to 48 pins. Socket adapters are available to interface with almost any IC package. BK Precisionhttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-629


Measures most types of LED-based display

The new IL Photometric 127 Sensor from International Light Inc. measures CIE averaged LED intensity per CI 127-1997 conditions A and B and provides calibration curves on a CD. Featuring a 100-mm2 input aperture and photopic filter, the detector can measure traffic signals, highway, and mass transit messaging systems, stadium-type signage, and instrumentation. The sensor's CD come with calibration data, comparison curves, application notes, and scanned photopic responses. It was designed for use with International Light's IL1400- and benchtop IL1700 radiometer systems. International Light Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-630


Flagship device in new family of ADCs

This 14-bit dual analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is the first to integrate two 14-bit ADCs on a single chip. The 9- x 9-mm chip houses the pin-compatible family that has a unique combination of high speed, high resolution, and compact packaging that allows design engineers to use only one chip to achieve the performance of multiple high-speed converters. The ADCs work well in situations that require multiple ADC channels to move data at high speeds, such as the 3G wireless base stations, high-end medical and defense imaging systems, and satellite communications. Analog Deviceshttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-631



This 750-841Ethernet controller and the 750-341 Ethernet bus-coupler have recently been declared compliant with EtherNet/IP(TM) standards, which were developed by the Open DeviceNet Vendor Assoc. because of the growing use of Ethernet in industrial applications. Both products are interoperable with other EtherNet/IP(TM) devices. The bus-coupler and controller are reportedly the first I/O product and just one of two controller products to have passed this test. WAGO Corp.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-632


Good for high frequency and circuit matching

Designed for high-volume and small-size applications, the KL73 1H's compact size allows for high-density mounting. The inductor has an inductance range of 0.6-27 nH with low dc resistance. The Kl73 1H inductors are designed for use in many industries, including the computer, digital equipment, industrial equipment, power electronics, telecommunications, instrumentation, and medical industries. This chip extends the surface mount chip inductor line from KOA Speer Electronics. KOA Speer Electronicshttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-633


For rapid system development and evaluation

The PowerPC 750FX-based VME system, designed for a full range of mission-critical COTS applications, incorporates 256 Mbytes DRAM, 64 Mbytes Flash, 2 PMC sites, and a full month of free access to a technical support hotline among other things. Designed for easy use, the PowerPC 750FX lets users have the system up and running in just seconds with simple firmware commands. This integrated system has three of the most popular and powerful operating systems in the embedded COTS marketplace-VxWorks5.5, LynxOS, and Linux 2.4-allowing for instant choice and comparison. Thales Computershttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-634


Environmentally friendly

Replacing all lead surfaces that the previous fuses had with approved substances, the new Nano2 and PICO II RoHS-compliant fuses meet the requirements of RoHS directive for the reduction of hazardous substances and are compatible with higher temperature reflow cycles. The Nano2 fuses are surface-mounting fuses that are available in subminiature and miniature formats, including very fast-acting, fast-acting, Slo-Blo(R), UMF, 250V UMF, and surge-resistant versions. The PICO II fuses are only available as subminiature axial lead fuses and are available up to 250V as very fast-acting, Time Lag, or Slo-Blo. Littelfuse Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-635


Life span of more than 11 years

The FlashLED FLT-5001is the new powerful addition to the line of LED FlashLEDs. More powerful than any of its predecessors, the FlashLED-5001 features three 1W Luxeon(TM) LEDS, the brightest solid-state light source commercially available. Each LED features an on-board collimator that focuses the light into a tight beam for an intensity of 75 lumens each. Tight connections between components that prevent the movement of parts and loose connections make the FlashLED reliable. The flashlight also has a sealed rubber switch and O-rings to prevent moisture and corrosive materials from seeping inside. LEDtronics Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-636


One-step installation

Featuring integrated digital circuitry, long service life, and a small form factor, the Series HE Hall-Effect lighted push-button switches were designed as single-pole single-throw (SPST) or double-pole, single-throw (2PST) momentary, illuminated switches. Weighing less than 1 oz, the Series HE is offered in 0.50, 0.62, or 0.75-inch square or round push-button sizes and only needs 1.7 inches of space behind display panels. The switches are suited for high volume applications such as industrial/avionics displays, instrument panel controls, and high-density panel controls. Series HE requires a 3.8V minimum power supply and 5-mA maximum supply current. Electro-Mech Componentshttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-637


ZiLOG and Data I/O collaboration

The Z8Encore!(R) and eZ80Acclaim!(TM) 8-bit Flash microcontroller families have recently become fully supported by Data I/O's Sprint(R) and PS300 platforms. This offers turnkey solutions for programming Zilog devices during development and prototyping phases. Having the support of these ZiLOG families by Data I/O systems makes designing and programming with ZiLOG's microcontrollers a good option for customers as it opens up a range of possibilities in how they use their Data I/O equipment. Data I/O Corp.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-638


Connects display to output source

The LCD Solution Kits will let almost any size, resolution, or form of digital flat panel display be connected to almost any analog signal output source. Included in the kits are flat-panel controller boards, on-screen display boards, LCD interface cards, necessary interconnection cabling, and the ERB inverter. The kits are a collaboration between Digital View Inc. and Endicott Research Group (ERG), as Digital View supplies flat panel controller boards and ERG supplies dc-ac inverters. Digital View Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-639


For industrial or medical applications

The new line of seven-segment displays from BivarOpto(TM) offer the tightest BIN control processes for brightness and color consistency. These displays use the same LED chips that are used in BivarOpto discrete and surface mounted LEDs. Available in six different heights ranging from 7 to 25.4 mm, and in 24 different styles and models, the displays are ready for immediate installation or use with automated insertion equipment or dispensing systems upon arrival. BivarOptohttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-640


Long lifecycle

Offering an optional solid state end of stroke sensor for its entire line of hybrid linear actuators, Haydon Switch and Instrument Inc. has introduced its newest sensor. With a compact profile and wide temperature operating range (between -55 and 150C), this sensor is capable of monitoring the end position of linear actuators. It has a digital current sinking output of up to 20 mA and a supply voltage range of 3.8 to 24V dc. There is an analog option available for purchase. Haydon Switch & Instrument Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-641


Compact in size

Five models of the new Symmetra LX family, designed to deliver high-performance, redundant power protection with scalable power and runtime offered, range in size from 4 to 16 kVA. At 16 kVA, the Symmetra LX provides 30 min of runtime in a single frame, enabling the system to reduce footprint requirements by up to 50 percent of the previous solution. The Symmetra LX systems are also more adaptable, making one UPS necessary for any installation requirement. The systems come in a variety of models, including the tower and rack-mountable models, which can provide power protection in environments such as wiring closets and computer rooms. American Power Conversionhttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-642


Integral electronic buffer

Designed for the measurement of dynamic pressure events like explosive blasts and high-level pressure pulses in the frequency range of 2 Hz to 18 kHz, the Columbia Model 973 high intensity acoustic sensor features a stainless steel casing as well as a stainless steel connector. The sensor has an integral electronic buffer that provides a low impedance output when used with a constant current source of 2 to 20 mA dc.The unit was also designed to face corrosive environments and has a hermetic seal. Columbia Research Labhttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-643


Saves space

The MICRF505, the latest RadioWire(R) transceiver from Micrel, operates from 850 to 950 mHz and supports frequency shift-keyed modulation at data rates up to 200 kbps. Many functions of the transceiver are user programmable. The size of MICRF505 (5x 5 mm) has been reduced from previous models, which lowers the bill of materials. The number of external components has been reduced as well to only a few capacitors, an inductor and a crystal. The transceiver also features high sensitivity, selectivity and transmit power so RF performance is not lost. Micrel Semiconductorhttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-644


First devices for 100C operation

Designed to combine an input LED with an integrated optical photodiode IC detector optimized for applications requiring high data rates, the single-and dual-channel 10-MBd optocouplers feature fast rise and fall times as well as a typical propagation delay of 50 ns. This new release of optocouplers is aimed at industrial applications such as communication bus lines, high-speed A/D and D/A converters, digital control power supplies, and industrial controller I/O interfaces. Two key features are the noise immunity provided and diminished electro-magnetic interference given by the optocouplers. Vishay Intertechnology Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-645


Diameter of 3 mm

Offering a 1-mm sensing range on mild steel without the need for an in-line amplifier, Turck's newest sensor, the Bi 1-EH03, features integral circuitry that protects against wire-break and reverse polarity. Available with wither a PNP (sourcing) or NPN (sinking) TTL compatible output, the Bi 1-EH03 has a temperature range between -25 and 70C, and has increased durability in applications where cutting coolants and other harsh chemicals are present because of the 2m of PUR potted-in cable. TURCK Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-646


Certified to IPC-A-620 specifications

The Multi-Conductor Cable Harnesses from Aved can be used for mission critical applications including military ground combat vehicles, airborne systems, and medical equipment. The harnesses are built on proprietary back-wired systems that allow for the production of harnesses that have up to 1,000 conductors and provide tests that assure 10-percent accuracy, the company reports. Packaged per MIL-STD-129 specifications, the harnesses are hand-soldered in accordance with MIL-S-45743, MIL-STD-1460, and MIL-STD-2000 specifications. Aved Electronicshttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-647


8-digit, durable, reliable

Interchangeable with ENM's 6-digit counter E6B, the E8B electric counter from ENM is tamper proof and has a durable, reliable performance, offering 1,500 counts per minute and a life count of 10 million. Featuring 0.12 or 0.07-inch high figures and white figures on a black background, the counter comes in 6, 12, or 24V dc, and 24 and 115V ac. The counter requires an operating temperature between -25 and 65C. In addition, its count coil can be continuously energized. ENM Companyhttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-648


For factory automation projects

Featuring a reduced-bend radius and low profile that allow more severe flexing in OEM equipment or in-plant installations, the new flat cables from C&M fit easily in tight spaces and accommodate bending, rolling, and variable flex better than round cables. After studying the effects of flex on conductors, insulation and shielding, the engineers developed these flat cables and created suitable processes for cable extrusion, lay-up, and jacketing. The cables have 12 to 24 gauge conductors. C&M Corp. USAhttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-649


For AdvancedTCA(TM) boards

Ergonomically designed with an intuitive open/close mechanism, the hot swap handle for AdvancedTCA boards address the requirements of the PICMG 3.0 specification. Suited for applications where both high insertion force and hot swap functionality are required, the new handle separates the switch actuation of the hot-swap microswitch from the inject/eject process. Applications include telecom, networking, and security. In addition, the new handle locks in the open position to prevent accidental board insertion into the slot and reduce tilting of the board when inserting. Schroffhttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-650


High-voltage, high-current

Combining 100V reverse voltage and 60A forward current capabilities, the MBR6010CT rectifiers present in the TO-220AB package are intended for secondary rectification of ac-to-dc and dc-to-dc converters, and for freewheeling and polarity protection in power supplies. These power supplies can be found in desktop and notebook PCs, servers, telecommunications exchanges, HDTV equipment, and other systems incorporating high-power switchmode power supplies. Good for 100 to 300W applications, the rectifiers feature a low forward voltage of 0.64V. Vishay Intertechnology Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-651


Right-angle mounting

With an electrical life of 6,000 cycles and a mechanical life of 50,000 cycles, the 400B Series process sealed SMT rocker switch from E-Switch permits right-angle mounting along the edges of circuit boards. There are five options available for the three rocker position: On-None-On, On-None-MOM, ON-OFF-ON, MOM-OFF-MOM, and ON-OFF-MOM. Available in silver- or gold-plated contacts, the switch's overall dimensions are a height of 5.7 mm, a width of 8.25 mm, and a length of 19.27mm. E-Switchhttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-652


Two-wire, current-loop powered

The DM700/I, the Loop Powered LED Indicator from Status Instruments, is sealed into the cap that fits directly into the SCH series of NEMA 4X and Explosion Proof housings. Powered by the 4-20 mA dc process signal it is displaying, the DM700/I Cap is a two-wire current loop. There are three push buttons located in the back of the Cap that are used to program and calibrate the unit by means of a menu. This menu lets users select units, I/O options, offset decimal point position, and password protection. Status Instruments Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-653


Handheld, easy to use

The Comet 1K Power Probe, a hand-held laser power measurement probe designed to measure low- to medium-laser power, is accurate, economical, and easy to use. The probe can be used to measure laser power from 20W to 1 kW and it has a highly sophisticated algorithm to correct for the starting temperature of the puck so that an accurate reading is obtained every time. Additional features include a swivel mount that rotates more or less than 90 degrees, a 2 x 8 character LCD, and the ability to store the history of the last three readings. Ophir Optronics Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-654



The Heavycon-Advance rectangular plug connector housing, suitable for applications in which the connector will be plugged and unplugged, is now available with bayonet locking. Constructed from aluminum die cast, the housings are available in three finishes: standard, which is good for rugged requirements like automotive and machine industries; corrosion resistant, which is good for applications where chemicals are involved; and EMC, which is good for shielding protection. The Heavycon-Advance housings provide more wiring space than Heavycon housings. Phoenix Contacthttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-655


Compact in size

Designed for machines that are carrying out repeated setup and inspection procedures and have limited working space, the TS 440 model of 3D touch trigger probes from HEIDENHAIN is extremely small and is offered in sizes down to 0.49 x 63 mm. Offering 360 degrees of transmission, the TS 440 can be used on the iTNC 530 control and higher in conjunction with the HEIDENHAIN's transceivers. The 3D touch probes are suited for quick workpiece alignment as well as for automated workpiece measurement on the machine. HEIDENHAIN Corp.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-656


Integrated power supply

XtraDrive, a complete drive amplifier with integrated power supply and a fully programmable one and a half-axis positioner, has a new ECAM(TM) feature set. Available in power ranges from 30 to 3,000W, the ECAM feature enhances the on-board controller by creating motion according to a particular profile, depending on master axis encoder position or a virtual axis master. It also features a high-speed position capture for index to a grestration input. Uses include bottle labeling and packaging applications.The XtraDrive is also available with PROFIBUS capability. YET USA Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/3854-657


Polarized pressure

Model 377A51, a .25-inch, externally polarized pressure microphone for extremely high-level decibel measurements, has a flat pressure-frequency response from 10 Hz to 20 kHz. Constructed of stainless steel, the microphone measures sound pressure levels up to 192 dB and meets IEC and ANSI standards. Applications include acoustic testing of airbags, aircraft and rockets, gun blast, and other high decibel uses. The microphone operates via a 200V power supply. PCB Piezotronicshttp://rbi.ims.ca/3854-658

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