Dual op amps and comparators offer 50% smaller footprint

Giving automotive designers twice the freedom to miniaturize ECUs deployed in the most extreme temperature environments and safety-critical systems, the AEC-Q100 Grade-0 op amps and comparators in the space-saving MiniSO8 package have been introduced by STMicroelectronics. The LM2904WHYST dual op amp and LM2903WHYST dual comparator in 4.9×3.0mm MiniSO8 are qualified for operation from -40 to 150°C, with the added advantage of 50% smaller footprint than other Grade-0 parts in standard SO8. The…


New lab record for laser brilliance

A broad area laser diode with a lateral brilliance of up to 4.8 W/(mm*mrad) in the laboratory has been announced by Osram Opto Semiconductors. The more brilliant the laser, the more efficiently it can inject its light into optical fibers. This increases the output power of modules for pumping fiber lasers used for materials processing. This progress is one of the results of the project “Integrated MicroOptical and microTHermal Elements…


Conference to focus on conformal coating

The High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference, scheduled to take place October 25th-27th, 2016 at Hyatt Rosemont, Rosemont, Illinois has been jointly announced by IPC and SMTA. The conference is focused on best practices for designing, cleaning and coating highly dense electronic assemblies to assure reliability in today’s mobile society. Session 3 on Wednesday, October 26th will focus on “Conformal Coating for Class 2 and 3 Electronic Assemblies.” Mathieu Gonsolin,…


World’s first textile mounting connector launched

The mag‑Net soldier connector, the world’s first and only C4I2 MIL-spec connector specifically designed for textile mounting has been announced by TT Electronics. Unlike circular barrel connectors, mag‑Net is a robust, flush rectangular solution with a self-aligning, automatic magnetic latching system that enables the easiest‑ever, one-handed blind mating. This system will be showcased by TT Electronics at the AUSA Exposition in Washington, October 3-5, 2016. Intended for equipment connection to…


AC/DC desktop supply offers level VI efficiency

Protek Power North America has announced the PUP121/PUP136 series of 96-135W ITE AC/DC desktop power supplies. The PUP121/PUP136 series are enclosed in a super slim 1” 94V-0 plastic case, with either a IEC320/C14 or IEC310/C6 AC inlet. Both inlets effortlessly mate with interchangeable cords for worldwide operation. All models are tested to EN55022, EN55024 and FCC Class B emission limits and comply with worldwide safety standards (UL 60950-1, CSA C22.2…


PPS film capacitors designed to keep cool

Available through New Yorker Electronics, the Exxelia Dearborn 880P series of metalized Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) Film Capacitors is designed to keep cool when things get hot. With an operating temperature range of -55 to +150°C, they experience no derating for DC operations and none in AC operations up to +125°C. This enables them to function at full capacity in extreme heat applications. The ability to operate at such high temperatures…


NTC thermistors withstand high input energy

A series of inrush current limiting NTC thermistors designed to withstand high input energy from 500 to 900J and steady-state currents from 10 to 50A has been announced by Ametherm. Offering a rugged design, MS35 series devices are optimized for high-power applications, including solar inverters, battery chargers, and DC/DC converters. The MS35 series consists of seven thermistors featuring resistance from 0.5 to 20Ω, dissipation constants from 78 to 102.45mw/°C, and…


Single output DC power supplies provide 200A current

Saelig Company have announced the PSU-series of single output programmable switching DC power supplies that can provide up to 200A current and cover a power range up to 1520W. These high efficiency, high power density supplies include five models from 6 to 60V rated voltages. The PSU-series can be connected in series for increased power capacity: up to two units in series or up to four in parallel to cover a…


Hydraulically-released disc brake designed for harsh environments

Twiflex has provided a parking and emergency brake for use on hoists at a gold mine in Elko County, Nevada. The VCSD-VR brakes are installed on a motor pinion, operating on a 1.168m diameter disc to produce a total torque of 128kNm. This VCSD-VR is a spring-applied, hydraulically-released disc brake which has been designed for use in harsh environments, while providing superior performance in heavy duty dynamic and emergency stopping…


No slacking allowed: Eye tracking in ‘Digital Classroom’

Eye tracking technology leader SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) has launched a new framework for educational researchers that collects eye tracking and behavioral data from up to 40 students simultaneously. The innovative solution makes large scale educational research easier than ever, allowing for full operator control from a central workstation. The SMI Digital Classroom is aimed at researchers in Educational and Learning Sciences, Psychology, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience and is a powerful…