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.

Projected Capacitive ITO touch sensors enable smaller, ruggedized devices

Zytronic's new ZYBRID® touch sensors employ deposited tracks of transparent Indium Tin Oxide as the sensing medium and complement the present product sensor range, which utilizes copper strand electrodes. They will deliver significant advantages over other currently available ITO-based mutual capacitive type pro-cap offerings, particularly for smaller, ruggedized touch devices.

Samtec Releases New Micro Backplane Design Guide

The newly released Micro Backplane Design Guide highlights Samtec's high speed and high density board-to-board and panel & I/O interface solutions ideal for high speed micro backplane applications, as well as for add-on boards, 3G SDI challenges, and data and storage applications.

Wide VGA TFT display from GPEG International.

The new five inch WVGA (800x480) TFT display module, from GPEG International, features a product availability lifetime of a minimum of three years, a high brightness long life LED backlight, excellent contrast ratio and an extended operating temperature range of -30C to +85C.

Ergonomic Sloping Front Aluminium Enclosures

METCASE has introduced the 'UNIDESK' range of aluminium terminal enclosures. These modern and ergonomic sloping front enclosures are designed for desktop and wall mounted electronic systems. Typical applications will include point-of-sale terminals, medical and wellness equipment, machine controllers, and test and measurement devices etc.

New Wall Mount Enclosures for Electronics Equipment & Controllers

OKW have launched the new 'WALLTEC' series of wall mount enclosures which replace the previous 'TYPE S' series. The new enclosures have a more modern and robust design, and being rated to IP65, offer a much higher protection class. Typical applications will include heating, air conditioning, lighting, flow meters, process controls and security systems.

‘aluPLUS’ – The New Industry Standard Diecast Enclosures

For 2011, ROLEC has announced the new 'aluPLUS' series of diecast enclosures which incorporate many modern features previously unique to the 'aluCASE' designer series. By including these unique features on industry standard enclosures, the company is offering a much higher degree of sophistication not previously available in this segment of the market.

New Maxwell Technologies 56v UPS Ultracapacitor Modules offer cost effective, reliable solution for UPS backup applications

Young Electronics Group introduce the new Maxwell Technologies' UPS energy storage modules which provide maintenance-free operation for bridge power and power quality applications. With a maintenance free operating life of up to 14 years and no sophisticated monitoring required, the 56V rated module has the lowest total cost of ownership of any UPS energy storage for systems 20kW and larger (even multi-MW). The module comes in standard rack compatible size of 665 x 176 x 173mm for easy integration and can be used as a replacement for batteries or in conjunction with permanent backup solutions.

DC/DC µModule Regulator Delivers 15A from Inputs Down to 1.5VIN

The LTM4611 µModule is a complete switch mode DC/DC point-of-load regulator capable of generating its own 5V N-channel MOSFET gate drive for very efficient voltage conversion from 3.3V or less at up to 15A. Applications include systems with only 3.3V, 2.8V or 2.5V as the main power rail such as compact data storage and RAID systems, ATCA and optical networking cards, as well as medical and industrial equipment.

SCORPION: Modular High Current Power Density.

Positronic Industries is proud to announce the latest addition to our extensive power connector line: the Scorpion series. This innovative product's "Next Generation" features provide solutions for today's power interface applications. In addition, the Scorpion's modular tooling allows for quick turnaround of a nearly infinite variety of customer-specified contact variants.

Reliability, Flexibility and Service

Positronic Industries has been a supplier of high reliability connectors for 45 years. Many Positronic products are qualified to globally recognized QPLs and industry specifications. Positronic connectors are popular choices in critical applications for industries such as military, aerospace, avionics, and datacom/telecom. A broad product line with a wide variety of options provides flexibility to solve many design challenges.

Maximize Output with ADLINK Rugged Fanless Systems

ADLINK's ruggedized Matrix Series, offering a wide selection of both integrated and configurable embedded systems, delivers advantages of flexibility and robust fanless design, providing reliable operation for a wealth of industrial applications.

Use of Projected Capacitive touch sensors hotting up in home appliances

Zytronic has been working closely with domestic appliance leader Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH) in the development of its premium brand Gaggenau full surface induction cooktop. The flagship ceramic hob utilises Zytronic's innovative Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT™) to create a kitchen appliance that is as stylish as it is practical.

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.

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