Technology Spotlight

New Electronics' Technology Spotlight section focuses specifically on the latest technological developments within the electronics sector. Whether innovative new design or theoretical concepts, our Technology Spotlight articles will keep you informed of advances within the electronics industry.

Texas Instruments' easy-to-use kit reduces development time

Texas Instruments' bqTESLA100LP low power wireless power evaluation kit is a high performance, easy-to-use development kit for the design of wireless power solutions. The kit consists of a single-channel transmitter featuring the bq500110 along with 5 V power supply receiver featuring the bq25046 and MSP430bq1010.

R&SCMW500 Wideband Radio Communication Tester

The R&S®CMW500 is the universal tester for testing the air interface of wireless devices. The R&S®CMW500 can be used in all phases of product development and production and supports all common cellular and non-cellular wireless technologies.

Agilent Technologies’ LXI Data Acquisition Switch Unit Delivers Instant Easy Connectivity and Use Anywhere

Agilent's data acquisition switch unit that easily connects, configures and acquires data at the bench, on the network or in a remote application. The Agilent 34972A 3-slot LXI Class C compliant data acquisition switch unit includes a built-in 6 ½ digit DMM, 8 optional plug-in modules, 1 Gb LAN and USB 2.0 ports. This gives engineers involved in R&D and functional test the connectivity options they need, yet it easily connects to a PC or Laptop using standard PC IO.

National Instruments Releases 2011 Automated Test Outlook

Report Details Next-Generation Test and Measurement Trends That Will Impact the Electronics Industry. The 2011 Automated Test Outlook shares findings of National Instruments research into the technologies and methodologies shaping test and measurement. The report details trends that apply across numerous industries including consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductor, aerospace and defence, medical devices and communications.

The R&S®FSVR combines a full-featured signal and spectrum analyser with a real-time spectrum analyser.

It seamlessly measures and displays the spectrum using Persistence Mode, Spectrogram and Realtime Spectrum. All events are captured no matter how brief. Frequency-dependent masks provide support when triggering on spectral events. Based on the Elektra Award Winning R&S FSV Signal Analyser, the FSVR includes all the personalities known from the FSV, VSA, LTE, WiMAX, 802.11a/b/g/n, Noise Figure and Phase Noise.

Real Time HiL for Power Electronics

Typhoon's hardware-in-the-loop system delivers 1uS resolution and latency to enable effective test and development of power electronics control circuits and software in a synthetic environment. The HiL800 and HiL400 products combine state of the art FPGA processors and custom software tool-chains to provide a cost effective solution to real time testing.

RS releases new version of DesignSpark PCB

RS Components has announced the release of DesignSpark PCB version 2, its free PCB design software package. Including new 3D visualisation, increased library management functionality and enhanced features, the new DesignSpark PCB will deliver even faster design test and development for users.

Introducing LPC1200, wide range of Flash and SRAM size options with configurable peripherals for Industrial Control

Optimized for smart appliances and white goods in tomorrow's energy-efficient designs, the LPC1200 Industrial Control series features the ARM Cortex-M0 processor with up to 128 KB of flash memory sizes. It also includes analog comparators, ADC, Windowed Watchdog timer, SSP/SPI, I2C with Fast-mode Plus features, general purpose timers, DMA, CRC, a ROM-based divide library and up to 55 GPIOs. The features of LPC1200 enable an innovative future-proof platform for next generation white goods.

Introducing the ZL9101M, the Industry’s First Fully-Encapsulated Digital Power Module

Simplify your design and replace up to 80 external components with one compact "pick and place" module. The ZL9101M's digital architecture supports feature selection and system monitoring via the industry standard PMBus interface. Configuration is as simple as "point and click" with the PowerNavigator™ graphical user interface. "Pick and place" manufacturing with "point and click"configurability... now that's power made simple.

Optimising Vector Control for Brushless Motors

Field Oriented Control, or Vector Control, is preferred in systems using brushless motors. Many microcontrollers offer FOC software as an aid to motor control development, but the new generation MCUs from Toshiba incorporate hardware-based FOC processing to simplify design challenges and achieve higher performance at low operating frequencies.

Bi-directional DC/DC converters

The UDIO high power DC/DC converter delivers systems integrators and engineers a standard power electronics block that can be programmed to perform many tasks. Applications include battery charging, MPPT, motor control, super-capacitor and fuel cell voltage regulation. Devices cover 0-60V, up to 75A in either direction through the device.

Anders Streamlines Migration to Touch and Colour with New Off-the-Shelf TFTs

Anders Electronics has announced the launch of its new Smart Touch Modules, a range of small to medium-sized TFT display platforms, with optional touchscreen functionality. Pre-integrated with all driving electronics and backlight drivers, they are ready to be connected by serial port to the device host processor with almost no integration overhead.

TFT LCD Panels with Advanced Imaging and True Colour

Excellent visibility and natural colour reproduction make Pacer's TFT LCD displays ideal for industrial and consumer applications. We offer a wide range of sizes from 1.7" diagonal, including standard industrial LCD panels and high brightness displays for outdoor use. Options include wide operating temperatures, high brightness and contrast, built-in DC-DC and temperature compensation, white LED backlights and touchscreens.

New at Digi-Key, the Interlink Electronics’ FSR™ 400 Round Force Sensing Resister

Interlink Electronics' FSR™ 400 series is part of the single zone Force Sensing Resistor™ family. Force sensing resistors, or FSRs, are robust polymer thick film (PTF) devices that exhibit a decrease in resistance with increase in force applied to the surface of the sensor. This force sensitivity is optimized for use in human touch control of electronic devices such as automotive electronics, medical systems, and in industrial and robotics applications.

QualiSystems TestShell automates and accelerates SSDs performance testing

QualiSystems' TestShell framework offers complete automation of SSD Benchmark Testing for performance and regression assurance, solving issues involving considerable cost, time and human resources investments. Covering the entire testing cycle, TestShell provides programming-free test authoring, automatic test execution, advanced lab management, and comprehensive test reporting and analysis capabilities. Visit: www.qualisystems.com/ssd-findlay

Free new CD about electrical Test and Measurement!

From the most basic to very complex applications, there is one common element - the best possible measurements need to be made. Keithley's complete "Guide to Understanding Electrical Test & Measurement" has been compiled to help you analyze your applications and the various types of instruments that can solve your test and measurement needs.

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