Thursday, March 29, 2012

Optional shorting kits are now available for Phoenix Contact’s popular RBO 5/RSC 5 modular feed-through terminals. The Carrier 35-13 Kit and Carrier F-13 Kit provide short-circuit capability for current transformer (CT) applications using the terminal blocks.

The Carrier 35-13 kit is for DIN rail-mounted terminals, and the Carrier F-13 Kit is for panel-mounted terminals. The kits include four shorting screws, one bridging bar, four isolators and one carrier to hold the four screws when not in use.

A CT will develop a very high voltage across its secondary winding if the secondary circuit is open while current is flowing in the primary winding. This can damage the CT and cause electric shock. By using the RSC or RBO shorting terminals with a Carrier Kit, the operator can safely short the CT secondary to perform maintenance without switching off the primary system.

The RSC/RBO family is designed to replace traditional barrier blocks. With current ratings of 600 volts and either 30 or 45 amps in 9 and 13 mm pitches, the RSC/RBO family is smaller than most barrier blocks. The compact size increases density within the control cabinet.

Phoenix Contact’s Quint UPS-IQ is now available for 120 V AC/240 V AC applications. Like the other Quint IQ models, the new version uses intelligent battery management to provide advanced diagnostics.

The AC unit automatically detects the input voltage of either 120 V AC or 240 V AC, making the product suitable for global use. To simplify system troubleshooting or startup, the AC UPS can start independent of an AC input. This allows users to power up an industrial PC or controller during a blackout to simplify system diagnostics.

The Quint UPS-IQ uses intelligent battery management to provide advanced diagnostics. The user can easily see critical data about the power supply’s voltage condition, the UPS parameters and the battery health at any time. The “IQ Technology” provides adaptive battery management on several levels:
  • State of Charge (SOC): Indicates the remaining back-up time and level of charge on the battery. Users can quickly see the amount of available time left.
  • State of Health (SOH): Indicates the remaining service life of the battery module. The power supply records the battery module’s history and indicates when the battery needs to be replaced.
  • State of Function (SOF): Indicates the capacity of the battery module. The available capacity of the battery is provided giving indication as to how well the battery is accepting the charge and if the full capacity is still available.
The AC model uses the same batteries as the other products in the Quint UPS-IQ product range. Using these new batteries allows for easy, tool-less battery replacement for easier maintenance.

A lithium-ion-based battery is now available for Phoenix Contact’s Quint UPS-IQ line. The new battery’s longer lifespan and extended temperature range minimize the need for frequent battery replacement.

The lithium technology has a lifespan of up to 15 years, depending on the ambient conditions. That is nearly three times the lifespan of the standard valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery.

The new battery can operate between temperatures of -20 to 58 Celsius, compared with the zero to 40-degree range of the VRLA battery. This wide temperature range allows back-up batteries to be placed in harsh environments.

The li-ion battery is designed for use with both the AC and DC versions of the Quint UPS-IQ. The Quint UPS-IQ is an intelligent industrial UPS that gives the user advanced diagnostics and battery management information, including the states of charge, health and function.

Phoenix Contact’s new range of narrow single-function timer relays saves valuable cabinet space. The ETD-BL relays’ housings measure just 6.2 mm, up to 70 percent narrower than conventional timer relays.

The relays have a labeled thumb wheel at the front to ensure precise time settings. To protect against unintentional adjustments, the wheel is recessed into the casing and can be adjusted using a screwdriver. Time settings range from 0.1 to 5 seconds and have four different functions for easy customization.

The 24 V DC timer relays transmit output signals by using a floating change-over contact. Equivalent potentials can be quickly connected using a plug-in bridge system from Phoenix Contact’s PLC relay product range. An optional PLC-V8 adapter can connect the relays to Varioface system cables quickly and securely.

The new compact timer relays can eliminate the need for mini controllers in some applications. They require no software programming, saving both time and money. Only one selection of time parameter is all that is needed.

Amphenol Industrial introduces the versatile and economical ModLink junction box. This modular plug-and-play system allows manufacturers, distributors, installers and owners/operators to insert ‘smart’ modules as needed at any time onto the back of solar panels. Apart from the smart module, no additional components are needed to upgrade the system and no components need to be discarded.

Designed to allow PV module manufacturers to introduce smart junction box technology at no additional cost or logistical effort, the ModLink junction box base has built-in industry standard connections that allow a direct connection between panels using jumper cables available in various standard lengths. The ModLink base can accept a range of smart modules such as DC/DC converters/optimizers, micro-inverters or monitoring modules.

Comprised of a base unit that is thermally separated, yet firmly attached to the back sheet of the PV panel, Amphenol’s ModLink base includes protective diodes and built-in connectors ready to be used as a basic junction box. Upgrades can be made at any time to the box by simply disconnecting the connectors, snapping in the smart module and reconnecting the connectors. Similarly, smart modules can be exchanged or removed at any time with minimal interruption to solar installation.

Amphenol Industrial Global Operations has expanded its ePower connector series to include the IP67-rated ePower 200 for use in smaller scale electro-mechanical systems with a 200 A current limit as well as in power converters, motors for hybrid electric vehicles and high current electrical systems in utility trucks and other heavy equipment vehicles.

The ePower 200 connectors feature integrated EMI shielding and Amphenol's patented RADSOK technology that attains higher current ratings and lower contact resistance in comparison to other contact methods on the market.

This versatile new connector operates at 600 V DC with a 200A rating. In the growing energy storage market, where space is at a premium and budgets are often limited, these cost-effective ePower connectors can replace up to three conventional connectors, saving on space and cost.

Oslon SSL-LEDs by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors stand for high light output. The new generation of high-power-LEDs will be appreciated by users for its improved performance, with an efficiency increase of approximately 25 percent. Additionally, the luminous flux of the LED at elevated temperatures has now been stabilised. In doing so, it is possible to retain a virtually constant luminous efficacy, despite high application temperatures. Thanks to this optimisation, the luminaire design is significantly simplified.

With the new generation of Oslon SSL LEDs, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors presents a particularly temperature stable light source. The LED provides a luminous flux of typically 98 lm in warm white (3,000 K), with an operating current of 350 mA at an application temperature of 85°C in the chip. With its typical luminous efficacy of 96 lm/W, referring to the ratio between luminous flux and expended electrical output, it is among the most efficient 1 mm2-Chip-LEDs presently to be found on the market. The combination of higher luminous flux and reduced forward voltage of 3.1 V equals an efficiency increase of approximately 25 percent, when compared with the previous generation. For manufacturers of lighting solutions, this makes luminaire development much easier: a smaller number of LEDs attains the same luminous flux, as well as the same efficiency as before.

With their much flatter profile the new OSRAM Ostar Stage LEDs provide the basis for compact spotlights with an extremely narrow beam and high luminance. These LEDs are ideal for moveable stage lights, known as moving heads, which provide powerful light beams for rock concerts and other impressive lighting arrangements.

Instead of the usual lens, OSRAM Ostar Stage LEDs have a flat glass cover with an anti-reflective coating, giving the LED a much flatter profile. It is now only 1.23 mm high – one quarter of the usual height. Spotlights can therefore be made much more compact.

The glass cover on the new LEDs has been optimized for injecting the light into lens systems. Its etendue (the emission angle/area ratio of the emitting light surface to the projected light surface) in conjunction with customer optics enables a very narrow beam of light (+/- 9°) to be produced. This beam is smaller by factor 2 than for spotlights based on plastic-encapsulated LEDs. This optimum bundling of the light increases the luminance of the spotlight also by factor 2.

More and more frequently, luminaires in the professional sector are equipped with LEDs. This applies both for indoor and outdoor lighting solutions. In the process, luminaire manufacturers give particular importance to durable, efficient and high-quality LEDs. “The demand for high-quality and robust light emitting diodes will continue to increase in the future. The Duris P 5 represents a true leap in innovation, in particular owing to its minimal error rate during long-term use,” explains Christian Neugirg, product manager at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors.

Duris P 5 offers a luminous efficacy of up to 110 lm/W (color temperature 3000 K) and an average lifetime of more than 50,000 hours, even at high currents and temperatures. Furthermore, this highly efficient LED is the first of its kind on the market for medium-power classes with particular resistance to adverse environmental conditions. Long-term tests with corrosive gases such as sulphur or chlorine cause no harm to the LED, without inducing a significant luminous flux decrease. Nor did long-term tests under sauna-like conditions, with considerable temperatures and high humidity levels, have any adverse effect on the LED.

Researchers at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors have succeeded in manufacturing high-performance prototypes of blue and white LEDs, in which the light-emitting gallium-nitride layers are grown on silicon wafers with a diameter of 150 millimeters. The silicon replaces the sapphire commonly used until now without a loss in quality. Already in the pilot stage, the new LED chips are to be tested under practical conditions, meaning that the first LEDs on silicon from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors could hit the market in just two years.

“Our investments in years of research are paying off, because we have succeeded in optimizing the quality of the gallium-nitride layers on the silicon substrates to the point where efficiency and brightness have reached competitive market levels. Stress tests we've already conducted demonstrate the high quality and durability of the LEDs, two of our traditional hallmarks," says Dr. Peter Stauss, project manager at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. The company has acquired comprehensive expertise over the last 30 years in the process of artificial crystal growth (epitaxy), the foundation for this milestone in the development of new manufacturing technologies. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds these activities as part of its “GaNonSi” project network.

High voltage optoisolator designed for use in harsh environments and explosion-proof applications, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed a UL- and VDE-rated optical isolator with 20KV isolation and 2Mbit/s data transmission rates designed to comply with ATEX and ICEex certifications for electrical equipment used in hazardous areas, as well as IP65 standards for environmental sealing. No other manufacturer carries all of these certifications.

Designated the OPI1268S Series, the high speed optoisolator is designed for high voltage power isolation in applications requiring sealing against dust and liquids, as well as in electrical equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres, such as transportation systems, hybrid vehicles, medical devices, and industrial control/safety systems.

We have introduced Fan Ionizer (Area fan type) ZJ-FW. 3 slim, lightweight types to choose from. Easy installation.

At 6 cm in depth and weighing 1 kg (ZJ-FW029), the ZJ-FW Series has pursued and achieved a slim, lightweight configuration. These ionizers easily fit on narrow workbenches or in high locations where previously they could not go. Moreover, you can select a size according to the area of coverage, so targets are uniformly neutralized.

With three sizes available, the ideal ionizer for the installation environment and ionization area can be selected. Stable uniform ionization is possible for any kind of work setup from narrow workbenches to wide lines. Moreover, tedious-to-rig air ducts used with bar type ionizers are unnecessary, which also translates into greater energy savings.

A proprietary louver structure enables a slim configuration and yet high speed ionization that removes electrostatic charge in 1 sec or less. As a standard feature, ion balance adjustment is available and airflow can be set by 4-step sliding switch. Moreover, when using the standard stand, the angle can be easily adjusted against a graduated scale.

TE Connectivity expands its MINIPAK HDL power board-to-board connector family to include a new vertical receptacle to allow for right-angle configurations. The UL-recognized, blind-mateable MINIPAK HDL connector, originally introduced in 2011, provides 25 percent more current density in a more compact design than comparable products offered in the market.

The MINIPAK HDL connector consists of a right-angle plug and either a right-angle or vertical receptacle that utilizes an eye-of-the-needle tail for use in both solder and press-fit applications. The product is fully qualified to end-of-life conditions and offers a current rating of up to 40 Amps per contact, with nine adjacent contacts in a one-inch PCB space, all carrying 17.5 Amps while remaining within the 30° temperature rise requirement.

In addition, the MINIPAK HDL product matches the performance and scalability of the previous de-facto standard Multi-Beam XL product and is approximately 35 percent less in height -- resulting in improved cooling efficiency for compact 1U power supply designs.

The connector, which is manufactured on a mass-customizable platform, allows customers to select a wide array of configurations containing up to 24 power contacts and 40 signal contacts without up-front tooling charges. The connector also contains three levels of mating sequences to suit hot-swap applications -- specifically modular hot-swappable power distribution systems. Product applications include 1U servers, high-end servers and telecommunications switches.

TE Connectivity today announces the extension of the AMPLIVAR product line to include an AMPLIVAR terminal with a FASTON (250 series) flag receptacle. This combination provides fast solderless magnet wire termination and a quick and simple connection to any assembly. This special design is suitable for any magnet wire coil assembly such as found in motors, pumps, fans, and compressors. This new product offers many advantages including reduced labor, increased productivity and material savings while offering higher quality and energy efficient termination.

This new product has a wire range of 500~2700 CMA for one- or two-wire connection and meets EIA-364 and UL-310 standards: Electrical Quick-Connect Terminals. The AMPLIVAR splice design terminates aluminum or copper magnet wire without solder or stripping of the coating, but can also terminate pre-stripped stranded wire. The right-angle FASTON receptacles are offered in designs to fit 187 Series or 250 Series tab widths.

This product is RoHS-compliant and has been qualified through vibration and mechanical shock tests for durability.

This innovative design combining two of TE's most popular product lines brings many advantages to customers:

  •     Increases energy efficiency by using low-resistance crimp
  •     Flexible connection using TE standard or customised terminals
  •     Higher quality using a statistical process controlled termination process
  •     Improves health & safety / environmental impacts - Mechanical termination process uses no heat or chemicals
  •     Precisely controlled crimp termination helps eliminate human error for maximum reliability
  •     Increases productivity by reducing termination time
  •     Reduces labor by eliminating magnet wire stripping and soldering
  •     Reduces cost by increasing production and lowering labour content

TE Connectivity presents the RZ relay, the next generation of the successful RT series product line, that delivers excellent performance and now has CQC approval.

CQC approval, in addition to existing UL recognition and VDE approval, enhances the RZ relay's suitability for applications around the world.

Single-pole RZ relays are available with normally-open or changeover contacts of either AgNi or AgSnO2. Standard versions are designed for 85°C ambient temperature, while high temperature models may be used up to 105°C. DC coils are available for various voltages, and rated coil power is 400mW. The product fulfills the glow wire test according to IEC60335-1 and is RoHS compliant. Primarily intended as a PC board relay, the RZ can also be mounted on DIN-rail sockets.

The RZ relay is suitable for a broad range of electronic applications such as energy management systems, household appliances, boiler control, timers and door control.

TE's RZ relay is produced on a fully automated production line in Waidhofen, Austria. Main types are maintained as stock items.

TE Connectivity announces the release of its Z-PACK HM-Zd Plus daughtercard connector, designed for improved via impedance, lowered crosstalk and increased data rate performances up to 20 Gbps. The product -- an addition to TE's broad portfolio of high-speed backplane connectors -- is fully compatible with previous HM-Zd connectors to allow users to quickly and efficiently upgrade their current system architectures with a higher, faster performance design while maintaining the capability to mate with existing backplane connector offerings.

The Z-PACK HM-Zd Plus daughtercard connector significantly lowers PCB footprint crosstalk, allowing users to run faster data rates. In addition, the product's contacts have been designed with a smaller eye-of-the-needle (0.46mm) for tighter impedance control that provides superior electrical performance. As a result, the connector design helps improve insertion loss characteristics.

The Z-PACK HM-Zd Plus daughtercard connector offers density up to 16 Differential Pairs (DP) per centimeter (40 DP per linear inch) in a 25.4mm slot-pitch. It is available in two, three and four pairs per column -- fitting a 20.32mm slot-pitch for the two- and three-pair versions and a 25.4 mm slot-pitch for the 4-pair version. Integrated pre-alignment features and polarization are built into the product's robust mating interface.

Target applications include telecommunication equipment such as hubs, routers and switches; data networking equipment such as servers and storage devices; test and measurement equipment; and medical diagnostic equipment. The Z-PACK HM-Zd Plus daughtercard connector meets the Advanced Differential Fabric requirements of the PICMG 3.X. Advanced TCA (ATCA) specification, making it well suited for various ATCA next-generation applications.

TE additionally offers ATCA power modules and ATCA guidance hardware.

NKK Switches, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switches, today announced it has expanded its FR Series of 10mm ultra-thin, surface mount, DIP rotary switches to now include a shaft actuated option.

Where previous versions of SMT FR Series devices were only available with screwdriver actuation, the FR02 shaft actuated version enables more convenient hand actuation, while still retaining the ability to be adjusted with a flat tipped screwdriver.

With a height of just 3.8mm, FR Series devices also deliver the lowest profile in the industry and allow close stacking of PC boards.

The detent mechanism of the FR Series gives a crisp, positive action providing accurate switch setting. Actuators are fully rotational and can be operated either clockwise or counterclockwise.

Ten-position decimal and 16-position hexadecimal configurations are available in real or complement codes. Highly visible legends with an arrow to indicate position provide trouble-free code setting whether shaft or screwdriver actuated. Color-keyed actuators identify codes.

The cam activated movable contact and gold contacts ensure contact reliability and continuity. The electrical rating is 100mA @ 5V DC while switching, and 100mA @ 50V DC when not switching. The operating temperature range is negative 25 degrees Celsius to positive 85 degrees Celsius, enabling a wide range of applications.

These devices are straight mount and feature gull wing terminals. Gull-winged terminals deliver mechanical stability during soldering and simplify solder joint inspection. The coplanarity tolerance zone is 0.15mm maximum, the allowable distance between all considered surfaces in two parallel planes.

FR02 devices are environmentally friendly, meeting the RoHs directive restricting the use of hazardous substances. The heat resistant resin materials are UL94V-0 and allow for infrared convection reflow soldering.

Packaging for FR02 switches includes a tape-reel of 200 pieces for shaft actuated models or 500 pieces per tape-reel for screwdriver actuated models. Stick tube packaging of 50 pieces is also available.

NKK Switches, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switches, today announced the availability of the CWS Series of full-face illuminated miniature rocker switches. CWS Series devices are ideal for compact or crowded designs requiring illuminated switches at a low cost.

Available with red, green or amber illumination, these switches are also configurable with either LED (CWSC) or neon (CWSB) lighting. The CWS Series’ snap-in mount capability also ensures labor saving installation.

These compact rockers are rated 9A @ 125V AC for resistive loads. The LED illuminated CWSC has an additional rating of 6A @ 250V AC. The neon illuminated CWSB versions also offer a built-in resistor for direct connection to the AC power source. The offset terminal alignment on both versions gives outstanding insulation resistance and dielectric strength.

CWSB versions are offered in DPST and CWSC versions can be specified is SPST or DPST circuit configurations. Both series have snap-acting contact mechanisms to deliver smooth actuation and audible feedback.

Terminals are combination solder lug and quick connect, and can be used with connectors to facilitate wiring. The panel cutout for CWS Series devices is 12.9mm x 19.2mm. Housings are black and ON-OFF symbols (I-O) are molded into the bezels.

High reliability is ensured with a stable stationary contact construction. The quick-make, quick-break characteristics of both versions limits arcing, extending electrical life to 10,000 operations minimum. Mechanical life is 30,000 operations minimum.

All models are UL Recognized. Standard approval marking on CSWB is UL and CSA. Standard approval marking on CWSC is cULus.

NKK Switches, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switches, today announced the CKM Series of high security keylock switches for panel mount applications. Built for high security applications that require sophisticated design and reliability, the CKM series delivers the quality and dependability needed in such environments.

Featuring a highly secure five tumbler locking mechanism, CKM Series 16mm keylock switches are ideal for applications ranging from control and automation environments to computers and communication equipment to military and medical devices.

The high reliability of the CKM Series is due to sliding, silver contacts and a vertically rotating self-cleaning switching mechanism. These features ensure long operating life, smooth operation and highly reliable circuit contact.

CKM Series devices are standard size with 16mm double flatted bushings that sit securely in the panel. The interior construction has two sections, with the contact section sealed away from the key section to protect the contacts.

Keys are available in flat or tubular styles, with flat keys being reversible for easier setting. Keys are supplied with randomly assigned numbers. One key is provided with each switch and since there is no master, security is even further enhanced. Additional keys can be ordered by specifying the key number engraved on the switch.

Rated at 3A@250V AC, the CKM Series has the highest electrical rating of any NKK keylock device. They also have a high dielectric strength of 1,500 volts between contacts and case, which is guaranteed. These keylock switches are constructed of fiberglass reinforced PBT insulation material and can withstand 15 kilovolts of electrostatic discharge, designating them as antistatic devices.

The circuit configuration is SPDT with a choice of two or three key positions. Two position models feature a 90 degree angle of throw and three position models have a 45 degree angle of throw. Circuit options are ON-ON or ON-OFF-ON.

Engineers can also configure CKM Series with keys removable in one or two positions depending on circuit selection. ON-OFF-ON models with tubular keys also feature push-and-lock mechanisms.

Solder lug terminals are epoxy sealed to prevent the entry of flux and other contaminants. Wire assemblies are also available from NKK Switches upon request.

The operating temperature range for these devices is negative 25 degrees Celsius through positive 70 degrees Celsius. They can also withstand humidity at 90 to 95 percent for up to 240 hours at 40 degree Celsius.

NKK Switches, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switches, today announced the availability of the FP01 Series of contactless illuminated pushbutton switches. FP01 devices are ideal for critical and demanding applications requiring a robust and dependable solution.

FP01 contactless, illuminated pushbuttons use a diode photo interrupter rather than traditional contacts to ensure high reliability and a long life of 3 million mechanical operations minimum. These pushbuttons present an attractive alternative for engineers charged with designing panels for equipment exposed to corrosive gases and similarly harsh environments, where reliability due to contact contamination is a concern.

The rugged construction and smooth actuation of the FP01 Series allows repeated and rapid actuation force anywhere on the cap surface. Typical high usage applications for these devices include operator controlled industrial machinery, vending machines, gaming and museum displays.

These switches feature super bright LED illumination with the LEDs as an integral component of the switch. Engineers can configure FP01 devices for highly visible status indication by choosing colored actuators to match the red, green or amber LED illumination, or for subdued illumination in low light environments by specifying a white actuator over the colored LED.

Featuring a single photo transistor that activates a momentary ON position, these pushbuttons are snap-in mount for easy installation. Each device includes a six pin socket and engineers can choose between assembled connector plugs with wire leads or unassembled plugs and pins.

The FP01 Series has a behind panel depth of only 21.4mm. Actuator caps are round with a diameter of 26mm, providing ample actuating surface. The required panel cutout is 22.9mm and the recommended panel thickness range is 2.5mm to 5mm. The operating temperature range is negative 25 degrees Celsius through positive 50 degrees Celsius.

The actuator caps are constructed to easily accommodate pad printing or laser etching. Custom legends and additional value added wire assemblies are available from NKK Switches upon request.

NEC TOKIN Corporation (President: Masakazu Okabe; Head office: Sendai, Japan) has developed a new energy efficient magnetic ribbon named "SENNTIX III*" jointly with Professor. Akihiro Makino of the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, based on Prof. Makino's research. This revolutionary new material has the potential to greatly improve the power consumption of motors used in electric cars, and mid-sized and larger transformers used in electric power grids. Samples will be supplied starting this fiscal year.

This newly developed magnetic ribbon SENNTIX III enables to minimize the loss generated in the magnetic core (iron loss), which is a cause of loss in devices with high energy consumption, such as motors and transformers. SENNTIX III has been composed with Ubiquitous elements only and its iron proportion exceeds 90%. This makes it an Earth-friendly material that can be supplied stably at low prices.

SENNTIX III is the nanocrystalline micro-structured material (see Photo 1) with extremely low loss characteristic in the range of the saturation magnetic flux density over 1.8T (Tesla) discovered by Prof.  Akihiro Makino. NEC TOKIN has conducted joint research with Prof. Makino to commercialize this revolutionary new material.

Over the past few years, there has been rapid growth in development of alternative forms of energy to fossil fuels. While use of solar and wind power has advanced, electric power grids have started being converted into smart grids, and electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with high-capacity batteries have also reached the level where their widespread adoption is possible. Although these technological innovations are effective at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, which are believed to be a cause of global warming, a major breakthrough is still needed strongly in the effective utilization of energy, or in other words, reducing the energy loss of devices that use electricity.

The global electric-power consumption is currently 19,771 TWh (results from 2007), of which 672 TWh (3.4% of the total power consumption) is wasted as heat energy caused by iron loss** when motors and transformers consume power. Minimizing this loss will make that amount of power consumption unnecessary, which would significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Until now, the magnetic-core materials used in large current transformers and motors have required high saturation magnetic flux density and low iron loss, but until now, there had been no material with both of these qualities. For this reason, magnetic silicon steel ribbons would be used if saturation magnetic flux density was prioritized (smaller size), and iron-based amorphous ribbons would be used if low iron loss was prioritized.

SENNTIX III is a revolutionary new magnetic-core material that achieves what no material has been able to do before: deliver both high magnetic flux density and low iron loss. SENNTIX III exhibits significantly lower loss characteristics than conventional materials such as magnetic steel ribbons and iron-based amorphous ribbons (less than half that of magnetic silicon steel ribbons ), while also improving saturation magnetic flux density (a weakness of iron-based amorphous ribbons ) by 20%, and achieving high magnetic flux density  (as high as that of magnetic silicon steel ribbons ). This enables electric-power transformers and motors to be made much more energy efficient and smaller.

Currently, 97% of the cores of transformers and motors are taken up by magnetic steel ribbons, and the rest by iron-based amorphous ribbons. When SENNTIX III is used in the cores of the large transformers used on power-transmission grids, and the cores of motors with high power consumption, the amount of iron loss in the core is reduced greatly. It is estimated that this will save 297ML of petroleum in the world by the year 2020, and 2,829ML by the year 2030, which results in the large reduction of CO2. ***

NEC TOKIN will begin supplying samples to reactor and coil manufacturers this fiscal year, and will expand the target markets for SENNTIX III. At the same time, it will build a production system, and begin mass production and sales within a few years. The company plans to supply the new material globally. Although initial production will start in Japan, SENNTIX III will be supplied to manufacturers of heavy electric machinery both in Japan and internationally.

Although the markets for both medium and large-sized transformers and motors are considered to be mature, they are expected to grow by about 1 to 5% per year, through improvements in energy efficiency and moves to the use of non-fossil energy. NEC TOKIN will start by expanding its business in the Japanese and international transformer markets, and in the future will enter the motor market as well.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed a wireless device compatible with the close-proximity wireless data transfer technology TransferJet™*Another WindowThe device is embedded with a next-generation IC and a Murata high-frequency filter (LFB214G48CGD471) .

TransferJet™ is a technology developed to enable anyone to use close-proximity wireless data transfer easily and with no stress. TransferJet™ enables high volumes of music, image, movie and other data to be transferred at high speeds with ease simply by bringing two devices into proximity with each other. It is expected to have a bright future as a communications interface between mobile devices such as smartphones and digital cameras, and between mobile devices and PCs, TVs, etc.

Miniaturization of components is demanded as the functions of electronic equipment become increasingly sophisticated. The application of Murata's unique high-frequency design technology and component embedding and multilayer process technologies has enabled the development of a small, low-profile wireless device compatible with TransferJet™ standards.

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. will increase production of communications modules employing component embedding technology from March 2012.

The smartphone market is rapidly expanding, propelled by the surge in mobile Internet usage. It is necessary to reduce the space required for the fitting of electronic components in smartphones in order to ensure space for high-capacity batteries.

To enable us to respond to market demands for high-density layouts and small-outline components, Murata has developed a technology enabling high-density integration in an ultra-small package through the combination of component embedding technology and multilayer process technology (thin-layer LTCC* substrates) . Mass production of a smartphone power module employing this technology commenced in October 2011, and the total number shipped has now exceeded 500,000.

In addition, to enable us to accommodate the projected future expansion in demand for embedded modules, we intend to increase production from March 2012, in order to supply close-proximity wireless modules (Wi-Fi modules) and RF modules.

Molex Incorporated introduced today the first-to-market one-piece S8 Automotive Bulb Socket. This wedge-style bulb socket simplifies assembly and reduces inventory and component costs, while providing users with the same high-quality performance and robust design found in all Molex automotive sockets. The Molex S8 bulb socket also includes a unique individual wire seal design that provides easy attachment during the crimping process, along with superior sealing and usability.

“The S8 style of socket has been in use for over 10 years, with the standard design being a two-piece system comprised of a lamp socket pin module that accepts the bulb contact on one side and female plug housing on the other,” said EuiHwa Jung, global product manager, Molex. “Molex saw an opportunity to simplify the assembly process by developing the industry’s first one-piece S8 bulb socket, which provides multiple benefits over the competitive two-piece housing design.”

The bulb sockets, which are ideal for multiple transportation applications including turn signals, brake lights, positioning lights and backup lights, allow automotive OEMs to inventory just one socket, versus stocking alamp socket module and terminal housing. The product also streamlines the inventory process by providing one key type and color per assembly, versus different color pin modules, housings and key type assembly options. Additionally, the Molex S8 bulb socket design features a three-circuit housing to accommodate single or double filament bulbs for greater design flexibility and further reduced inventory needs. The bulb sockets meet industry-standard requirements and are SAE/USCAR-15 compliant.

Molex Incorporated today introduced the EXTreme Guardian™ header and cable solution for high-end servers in the computing and telecommunication markets. Recognized with the 2012 DesignVision Award in the Interconnect Technologies and Components category, this next generation solution features a three circuit, wire-to-board configuration that delivers up to 80 Amps of current per circuit, a PCB header with centerline spacing of 11.00 mm (0.433”) for increased PCB real estate savings and an EMI-shielding option to reduce cable crosstalk and improve immunity to external noise.

“Winning the prestigious DesignVision Award recognizes the innovation of the EXTreme Guardian solution. When developing the system, the Molex technical team focused on several critical requirements expressed by customers, including small package size, high amperage support and good shielding characteristics,” said Ken Stead, new product development manager, Molex. “By gaining a full understanding of these needs, we were able to develop a solution to meet all of the unique physical, mechanical and electrical specifications required by the end user.”

The EXTreme Guardian PCB header assembly reduces network downtime with a recessed, first-mate/last-break terminal that allows for hot-swapping of power units. The headers also include several unique design features, such as insert-molding for higher insert placement accuracy, integral screw threads on the header housing flange for easy and secure mating and locating pegs that enable accurate through-hole positioning of the connector.

The EXTreme Guardian cable assemblies are capable of handling up to 600 V, supporting high voltage with the lowest feasible voltage drop and I2R (irreversible dissipative power) losses. Other mechanical features of the cable solution include thumb-screws on the cable overmold that can withstand a minimum extraction force of 1.5 kgf (3.3 lb), a jacket-included strain-relief that can take a minimum pull force of 9.98 kgf (22 lb) in any direction and a secondary terminal lock to secure the cable from accidental pull out and disconnection.

Molex Incorporated introduces SlimStack™ B8 connectors, featuring a robust housing and unique CleanPoint™ contact for removing flux and other contaminants to provide superior electrical reliability. Compact SlimStack B8 0.40mm pitch SMT board-to-board connectors, with a 0.80mm height and ultra-narrow 2.50mm width, afford maximum space savings in high end medical, consumer electronics and data/telecom mobile device applications.

“In the production process of flex-to-board jumpers, flux or dust can sometimes settle on contacts and disrupt signal continuity. As mobile devices continue to increase in value and complexity, OEM customers need assurance that stable signal connections are maintained to avoid costly re-work or repair,” states Mike Higashikawa, product manager, Molex. “All of the features built into the SlimStackB8 connector system are designed and engineered for maximum reliability in mobile devices.”

Capitalizing on the proven strengths of the Molex SlimStack portfolio, the SlimStack B8 version includes a new patent pending CleanPoint contact design with a beveled shape for a wider, more uniform cleaning path and a more stable signal than other connectors for mobile applications. The CleanPoint contact and redundant dual-contact terminal helps to ensure a secure contact and to avoid drop-shock continuity in the event of falls or rough handling.

The SlimStack B8 assembly method, including a top housing-wall (stopper) design with a rugged metal cover, more effectively protects the terminal from damage due to “zippering” or forcible angled unmating. The metal cover-nail protects the housing from damage during angled unmating or blind mating. Mating tests on the outer wall of SlimStack B8 connectors demonstrate no damage to the housing with up to 50N applied force and 0.80mm displacement. Reliable mechanical features enable easy use, such as a tactile click when mating and strong retention forces for further contact stability.

“Microminiature SlimStack B8 connectors are an excellent choice for mobile device and other electronics requiring strong guarantees of electrical reliability and housing protection, such as higher-end mobile devices, or to safeguard against flux contamination that can sometimes happen on flex-to-board jumpers,” adds Higashikawa.

Molex Incorporated has released details about their development of innovative new technologies for antennas. The MobliquA™ antenna technology incorporates proprietary bandwidth enhancing technologies, which have been used successfully in Molex standard and custom antenna designs. The MobliquA technology is designed to improve impedance bandwidth in any application with a wireless interface antenna, including mobile phones, smart phones, portable TVs, and standard antennas in industrial applications.

“Traditional passive antenna structures are based on meandered antenna patterns, with limitations on manufacturing tolerances and mechanical properties. The MobliquA technology enables simple mechanical and robust antenna designs that minimize efforts needed for iterative retuning during each build cycle,” explains Morten Christensen, RF research manager, Molex.

Suitable for small cell phones, portable electronics, tablet and laptop-sized devices, the MobliquA technology offers a strong multi-use platform supporting both single and dual feed RF architectures within the same antenna structure. The dual feed configuration can provide at least 20dB isolation between the input ports, while maintaining the bandwidth-enhancing features. The good isolation and bandwidth simplifies optimization of antenna impedances to match different RF engines, which reduces current consumption and improves power transfer efficiency.

MobliquA technology provides a high degree of immunity towards insertion of metal objects into the antenna volume. Additionally, it enables utilization of RF decoupled or grounded parts, such as a grounded connector housing, as an integrated component of the antenna system. Furthermore, the technology provides excellent ESD protection of the front end due to its unique feeding techniques combined with a direct grounding of the antenna elements.

“Compared to standard systems, such as L or F type antennas, this new technology can provide impedance bandwidth improvements of 60 to 70 percent without increasing the antenna volume or compromising the radiation efficiency,” adds Christensen.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today it has developed a new 600V high-voltage integrated circuit (HVIC), the M81729FP, for use in voltage converters of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Global sales begin on
April 2.

EVs and HEVs use voltage converters incorporated with power devices to convert high-voltage current, which is used otherwise to power motors, into low-voltage current to power various equipment in the vehicle.

In industrial applications, it is common to drive power devices with HVICs, while automotive applications typically use designated circuits that incorporate comparators and photo couplers for insulation purposes, etc., because of stringent need for guaranteed wide temperature ranges and high reliability. Designated circuits, however, pose challenges in terms of size and reliability.

Mitsubishi Electric's new 600V HVIC achieves a wide guaranteed temperature range of minus 40 to plus 125 degrees C, and offers higher reliability for automotive applications. Such advantages will contribute to the downsizing and higher reliability of EV and HEV voltage converters.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today it has developed a prototype electric vehicle (EV) motor system with a built-in silicon carbide inverter. The EV motor system is the smallest of its kind, measuring just half the dimensions of Mitsubishi Electric's existing motor system that uses an external inverter, and loss is below half that of silicon-based systems.

The new motor system is expected to enable manufacturers to develop EVs offering more passenger space and greater energy efficiency. The company plans to commercialize the motor system after finalizing other technologies for motor/inverter cooling, downsizing and efficiency.

The global demand for EVs and hybrid EVs (HEVs) has been growing in recent years, reflecting increasingly strict regulation of fuel efficiency and growing public interest in saving energy resources and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. As EVs and HEVs require relatively large spaces to accommodate their robust battery systems, there is a strong need to reduce the size and weight of motor systems and other equipment to ensure sufficient room in passenger compartments.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has installed a 665-inch Diamond Vision display at Tochigi Green Stadium, home of Japan's J League professional soccer team Tochigi SC. The order was received jointly with Tochidenko from Tochigi Prefecture in eastern Japan in August 2011 and installation was completed in February 2012, in time for the team's season home opener on March 11.

The 8.32 m x 14.72 m Diamond Vision display has 832 horizontal scanning lines, the third-highest resolution among all soccer stadiums in Japan. Incorporating the latest light-emitting diode (LED) chips and Mitsubishi Electric's display control technology, the display is more energy-efficient than its predecessor.

Mitsubishi Electric has also installed a 20-meter ribbon board along the field railing. Simultaneous control of the ribbon board and Diamond Vision display enable total coordination of audio-visual renderings in the stadium.

The integrated operation console for all signage is highly easy-to-use, allowing operators of non-professional sporting events to use their own roster presentations, connect personal camcorders and more.

The new screen is equipped with an emergency backup power generator, allowing the stadium to serve as a disaster evacuation site or for public notification purposes in the case of blackouts.

Mitsubishi Electric has installed more than 1,700 Diamond Vision displays globally since erecting the world's first full-color large display system at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in 1980. Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric will continue to expand its business in large displays for public stadia and other sports facilities.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today it has developed a high-voltage integrated circuit (HVIC) to drive power modules equipped with AC400 V-output inverter systems for use in Europe and elsewhere. The M81738FP boasts an industry-leading 1,200 V rating and high tolerance to switching noise. Sales begin on April 2.

Variable frequency inverters are being used increasingly in motor control systems of consumer appliances and industrial machinery to save energy and improve performance, which is leading to more demand for HVICs that drive power modules in inverter systems. For AC400 V inverter systems prevalent in Europe and other places, high-voltage HVICs are required. Mitsubishi Electric, which released a first-generation 1,200V HVIC in November 2005, has now developed a second-generation 1,200V HVIC that helps to improves the reliability of AC400 V inverter systems.

With Megger’s new VAX020 high voltage amplifier, it is now possible to reliably assess insulation condition using proven dynamic frequency response (DFR) techniques, even in extreme high interference environments, such as HVDC substations. In addition, the new amplifier also eliminates the difficulties associated with testing low capacitance objects, such as bushings and instrument transformers, at low frequencies.
  • Separate high voltage amplifier enables capacitance and dissipation factor measurements at 2 kV test voltage
  • True and proven DFR/FDS technology for highest performance
  • Large frequency range, DC to 1 kHz
  • Compact design, weight <5 kg
Designed primarily for use in conjunction with Megger’s popular IDAX300 insulation diagnostic analyzer, but compatible with all Megger IDAX and IDA instruments, the VAX020 amplifier is a compact lightweight unit that expands the instrument’s test voltage range from 200 V to 2 kV.

This high output voltage, particularly when combined with the advanced digital filtering algorithms used in the IDAX300, greatly reduces the influence of electromagnetic interference, allowing accurate and dependable results to be obtained under conditions where this would have previously been difficult or even impossible.

Speed of operation is another important benefit. Because of its efficient signal acquisition technology and the provision of two separate current measurement channels, the VAX020 + IDAX300 combination provides fast and reliable true ac measurements without the need for dc to ac conversion. Two separate measurements down to 1 mHz on a three winding transformer can be completed in about 35 minutes, whereas other instruments typically take around two hours.

In addition to allowing the IDAX300 to provide market-leading interference immunity, the VAX020 amplifier extends the capabilities of the instrument to include 50/60 Hz capacitance and tan delta measurements. The high output current capability (50 mA) of the amplifier means that it can be used with test objects with capacitance up to 80 nF at 50 Hz and 67 nF at 60 Hz. Tan delta/power factor measurements can also be made on insulating oils at up to 1,400 V rms.

The new VAX020 high voltage amplifier from Megger has an operating temperature range of -4ºF to +131ºF (-20ºC to +55ºC) making it suitable for use in even the toughest of conditions. It is supplied in a custom transport case, complete with a 10 ft (3 m) multicable to link it to an IDAX3, a 65 ft (20 m) high voltage cable, and an interlocking device.

The Megger DLRO-H200 is like no other micro-ohmmeter on the market today. Using innovative ultra capacitor technology, the primary use of this instrument is for measuring contact resistance in circuit breakers, but it also has many other applications. It’s rugged design works in all types of weather, and industries. Check out 7 TOP REASONS to choose the Megger DLRO-H200 Micro-ohmmeter.

Handleheld and Lightweight - At only 2.2 lbs it’s easy to use in hard to reach places

Up to 240 A High Current Output - Always be compliant with IEC/IEEE standards

Rechargeable Batteries - Makes it convenient and portable

Safe Test – DualGround™ - Allows testing in with both sides grounded

Bluetooth® PC Communication - Do multiple test points concurrently and remotely

PowerDB Lite Included! - Deliver consistent test procedures, maintenance scheduling, and reporting on demand

Auto Range: 1 µΩ to 1000 mΩ - This extensive range makes the DLRO-H200 a great product for low resistance testing

Megger’s new DLRO-H200 micro-ohmmeter uses innovative ultra capacitor technology that allows a high current output to be achieved in an exceptionally small and compact device. The primary use of this instrument is measuring contact resistance in circuit breakers, but it also has many other applications where low resistances need to be measured accurately.

Megger 5- and 10-kV insulation testers meet the requirements for use in CATIV 600V applications, in line with IEC 61010-1. This means that the instruments are suitable for performing measurements at the source of supply in low-voltage installations and offer immunity to high-voltage transients up to 8 kV.

Megger testers offering CATIV 600V capability are the MIT510/2 and MIT520/2 5-kV insulation testers, and the MIT1020/2 10-kV diagnostic insulation tester. All three units deliver a test current of up to 3mA.

PowerDB Lite, a PC based software, is supplied with the MIT520/2 and MIT1020/2. This software provides professional report forms test results as well as asset management details and downloads results straight into test forms.

The SMRT36, is a smaller and lighter protective relay test set, and has more output power than any other comparable three-phase instrument available anywhere. The SMRT36 has a unique constant power output, produces a compliance voltage of 50 V at up to 4 A (200 VArms), and maintains 200 VA output power up to 30 A, making it ideally suited for testing in today’s installations and legacy plants. Also, with its forward thinking design, the SMRT36 is positioned for future challenges associated with smart grid testing.

The SMRT36 is Megger's fourth generation of automated relay test sets. This test set takes full advantage of Megger’s patented developments from previous models to produce an instrument that offers greater precision than its predecessors, with reduced size and reduced weight of only 12 kg.

The SMRT Power Box is specifically designed to test protective relays that are used in conjunction with CTs having 1 A and 5 A secondaries. It combines the capacity to simulate high current faults with the amplifier precision needed to satisfy even the most demanding requirements. The instrument has three current output channels, plus three convertible channels that can be configured as either voltage or current outputs. This makes it possible, for example, to test numerical current differential relays that require six currents.

Its patented design allows the SMRT36 to deliver high power in both the voltage and current channels as needed in high-burden applications, such as testing electromechanical relays. The unique Constant Power Output of the current amplifiers produces a compliance voltage of 50 V at up to 4 A (200 VArms), and maintains 200 VA output power up to 30 A. Two current outputs can be series connected to double the compliance voltage to 100 V and provide a constant 400 VA output power at 4 A and up.

To facilitate panel testing, and the testing of high-burden electromechanical distance protection relays, the high constant power output is also available from the new PowerV voltage amplifiers. From 30 V to 150 V, these deliver a constant 150 VA, providing high current output at “difficult” low test voltages.

Of equal benefit is high current output capability. The new SMRT current amplifiers can deliver 30 A per phase continuous and up to 60 A per phase for short durations. For instantaneous overcurrent test applications, the SMRT36 can provide up to 180 A at high power.

Megger’s new SMRT36 Protective Relay Test Set can be controlled manually with the optional Smart Touch View InterfaceTM (STVI), which provides a simple way of testing even the most complex relays. The STVI, with its large full-color high-resolution touch screen, allows users to perform manual, steady-state and dynamic tests quickly and easily, and has built-in preset test routines for most popular relays.

For fully automated testing, the SMRT is supplied standard with AVTS, Megger’s advanced visual test software package.

Improved mechanical design, optimized resin filling process and a modern laser marking are the new improvements of the optimized LI Relays Series.

Using the principle of continuous product improvement at MEDER electronic and incorporating new technical progress into the production process, allows us to introduce the optimized LI Series Reed Relay into the market. The main improvements include:

Improved mechanical design

New base plate provides a stable relay structure

Optimized resin filling process

Fully automated dispensing process ensures consistent high quality and uniform fill

As part of the improved mechanical design, the new base plate prevents resin from wicking up the connection pins, improving the solderability of the pins.

The new base plate also improves the electrical isolation between pins.

Modern laser marking

Product Marking and date code is applied only after 100% final inspection

More durable marking: (No ink to fade or wear off).

The LI Series Reed Relays  are mainly used in high-voltage technology such as cable and in-circuit test equipment, high voltage test equipment and as the change-over switch in photovoltaic applications. They are also used in the emerging EV (electric vehicles) market.

Instead of an actuating magnet, a simple piece of iron will immediately drive the reed sensor to achieve the desired switching functions.

Conventional reed sensors must be actuated by a magnet, which has to be separately mounted from the sensor. This new proximity switch will respond to any magnetically conductive material. When a piece of iron approaches from the above, the sensor will switch on in a distance from 3,5 to 5,5 mm.

As its repeat accuracy and hysteresis are unique, the MK02 Sensor series by MEDER electronic is an alternative to those costly inductive sensors or to micro-switches.

Standard MK02 sensors are delivered with a NO or a NC contact. The switching performance can be achieved up to 10W by maximum 170VDC, respectively 0.5A.

For applications without printed circuit board (PCB), different cable versions will be offered. MK02 sensor with a 4-wire round cable is the right and proper choice for alarm technique applications; thus, a sabotage loop is already available.

Apart from applications in industry, for instance, monitoring in plant construction and vehicle manufacturing, or end-position detection; the MK02 sensors are especially suitable for applications in alarm technique and for monitoring of fire doors.

The SIL HV Series High Voltage/High Current Reed Relays is an epoxy sealed, single-in-line package measuring only 24mm x 6.4mm x 8.9mm.  An optional offset pin-out measuring 29mm x 6.4mm x 8.9mm is also available.  Standard coil selections include 5 or 12 volts with or without diode suppression. 

This series can switch up to 1000 volts and carry up to 5 amps for up to 50 milli-second at a consistent repetition rate or 10 amps at pulsed current for up to 10 micro-seconds.  The relays can dielectrically hold off up to 4000 volts across the contacts as well as between contacts and coil.

The SIL HV Series is especially suitable for use in automatic test systems, testing high power MOS-FETs.  These rugged semi conductors have very high initial peak current capability and require a reed relay that can carry high current pulses for hundreds of millions of operations. These relays come standard with an internal magnetic shield making them an ideal choice for close stacking matrices.

Due to their small size, high current and high voltage capability, the SIL HV Relays are also an appropriate match for several medical device applications such as portable defibrillators.  These reed relays are RoHS compliant and UL approved.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) has just released to production its low cost Model 8102 triaxial accelerometer.  This CE and RoHS compliant piezoelectric sensor features an amplified output and is packaged in a rugged aluminum or stainless steel housing with an integral 60 inch cable assembly. It is offered in ranges from ±50 through ±6000g and boasts low current consumption. This COTS sensor features an operating temperature range of -40°C to +125°C .

The low profile plug and play Model 8102 was specifically designed for high-g impact measurements. Typical uses include, but are not limited to, mining, pile driving, structure demolition, IED explosive effects, vehicle impact, weapons and ammunition testing. Designed for screw mounting, this device provides a flat frequency response to 6000Hz with linearity of ±1% FSO. This accelerometer operates from 3.0 - 5.5Vdc excitation and offers a full scale output swing equal to ½ of excitation voltage. 

Each unit is packaged with an NIST traceable calibration certificate. These devices are EAR99 export compliant and warranted for a period of one year from date of shipment to original purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship. 

Measurement Specialties, Inc. designs and manufactures sensors and sensor-based systems. The company produces a wide variety of sensors and transducers to measure precise ranges of physical characteristics such as pressure, force, vibration, torque, position, temperature, humidity, fluid properties, mass air flow and photo optics. Measurement Specialties uses multiple advanced technologies – including  piezo-resistive, electro-optic, electro-magnetic, variable reluctance, magneto resistive, digital encoders, thermistors, thermocouples, RTDs, capacitive, resonant beam, application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), piezoelectric polymers and strain gauges to engineer sensors that operate accurately and cost-effectively in customers' applications.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) has just released its new M7100 pressure transducer for high volume industrial, engine and vehicle markets. Offering a pressure range from 0 to 150psi up to 43,000psi (3000Bar), this rugged, automotive grade sensor features an operating temperature from -40°C to +125°C.  Applications include, but are not limited to: HVAC&R refrigeration controls, off-road vehicle engine control, compressors, hydraulics, energy and water management.

 The M7100 pressure cavity is machined from a solid piece of 17-4 PH stainless steel so no o-rings or organics are present that could be exposed to the pressure media. It has a 0.5 – 4.5Vdc ratio metric output and is shipped with a mating Packard connector or Sumitomo connector.  Ease of installation is insured with a wide selection of optional pressure port threads. This durable pressure transducer exceeds the latest industrial CE requirements including surge protection and provides overvoltage protection to 16Vdc for both positive and reverse polarity. It can withstand up to 50g shock, 20g vibration, offers excellent stability and has an accuracy of 0.25%.

The M7100 is a next generation transducer design that has evolved from many years of field experience that met or exceeded customer expectations. The M7100 combines several innovative technologies that have been developed or acquired by Measurement Specialties since its inception over a quarter century ago. The core pressure sensing technology, known as Microfused™, is used in hundreds of millions of automotive transducers worldwide. It is now accompanied by new ground-breaking, packaging technology to improve hydraulic shock protection. The electronics have been significantly upgraded to ensure signal integrity in electrically noisy applications such as heavy digging equipment or industrial controls with variable drive motors. This was accomplished while minimizing total packaging size and eliminating internal connections to further improve vibration and shock performance.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. designs and manufactures sensors and sensor-based systems. The company produces a wide variety of sensors and transducers to measure precise ranges of physical characteristics such as pressure, force, vibration, torque, position, temperature, humidity, fluid properties, mass air flow and photo optics. Measurement Specialties uses multiple advanced technologies – including  piezo-resistive, electro-optic, electro-magnetic, variable reluctance, magneto resistive, digital encoders, thermistors, thermocouples, RTDs, capacitive, resonant beam, application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), piezoelectric polymers and strain gauges to engineer sensors that operate accurately and cost-effectively in customers' applications.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS), an expert in sensor design and manufacturing, has issued a Part Number Cross-Reference listing for its OEM position sensors used in gas and steam turbines. These products include almost 200 LVDT and LVRT models.

End users such as power plants, maintenance and upgrade companies, OEM licensees, resellers, import/export traders and distributors will find this document extremely useful and easy to use for quickly finding a MEAS sensor part number for each Turbine OEM manufacturer’s part number.

MEAS carries inventory for many of these products and can also build to orders with a short lead-time at very competitive prices.

MEAS also designs and manufactures many custom designed sensors for subsea (oil/gas and other) applications, including position transducers (LVDTs, Rotary Encoders), load cells, pressure and temperature sensors. Outputs are typically 4-20mA current loop or digital CANOpen.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) has just released to production its Model 606M2 IEPE, triaxial seat pad accelerometer. This device is specifically designed for characterizing whole body vibration in accordance with ISO 2631-1 and ISO 8041. The nitrile rubber seat pad incorporates a removable triaxial IEPE accelerometer with 100mV/g output sensitivity. The Model 606M2 is designed for low frequency measurements with a measurement resolution of <0.4mg.  A detachable 10ft cable is included with three BNC connectors for simple interface.

The ISO 10326-1 compliant seat pad accelerometer requires an input voltage of 18-30Vdc and provides a ±5Vdc full scale output. This rugged device features a dynamic range of ±50g with over shock protection to ±5,000g. The accelerometer is specifically designed for low frequency measurements from 0.5 to 1000Hz and provides a stable, reliable output over a temperature range of -20ºC to +85ºC.

The ease of installation of the Model 606M2 makes it ideal for whole body vibration studies in a variety of mobile applications, biodynamic research, transportation and flight testing. Each unit is packaged with an NIST traceable calibration certificate. These devices are EAR99 export compliant and warranted for a period of one year from date of shipment to original purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship.  

Measurement Specialties, Inc. designs and manufactures sensors and sensor-based systems. The company produces a wide variety of sensors and transducers to measure precise ranges of physical characteristics such as pressure, force, vibration, torque, position, temperature, humidity, fluid properties, mass air flow and photo optics. Measurement Specialties uses multiple advanced technologies – including  piezo-resistive, electro-optic, electro-magnetic, variable reluctance, magneto resistive, digital encoders, thermistors, thermocouples, RTDs, capacitive, resonant beam, application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), piezoelectric polymers and strain gauges to engineer sensors that operate accurately and cost-effectively in customers' applications.

KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, today introduced its new line of surface mount and miniature radial aluminum electrolytic capacitors.

These capacitors are available in a variety of configurations, and are well-suited for common applications in the industrial, lighting, consumer and alternative energy markets. Three low-profile surface mount series are offered in voltages up to 450 VDC including low impedance models with up to 5,000 hours life at 105ºC. Seven radial-lead versions are available with up to 10,000 hours life and voltages to 500 VDC. Several of these series also offer high ripple current capability for more demanding applications.

“Our latest electrolytic portfolio fulfills the need for miniature capacitors in a wide range of applications and industries,” said Andrew Bellavia, KEMET Director of Product Marketing for Film and Electrolytic Capacitors, Americas. “KEMET's electrolytic products now span the complete range from surface mount devices to large screw terminals. This allows designers the ability to select the capacitance solution with the right mix of characteristics to meet their specific requirements, even in the most demanding applications.”

JKL has expanded the ZSM Surface Mount LED series.

JKL Components Corporation introduces expansion of the ZSM Series LEDs. This series is suitable for a large range of markets, but the size and optical range of the ZSM series make them an excellent fit for LCD backlighting.

The ZSM LEDs are offered in both, topview and sideview packages with profiles as low as 0.6mm and outputs as high as 13,700 mcd. The ZSM series are available on reels for automatic placement to printed circuit boards for rails in LCD lighting or rear and edge illuminated panels. PCB assemblies for backlighting can be supplied using a variety of components for color matching, brightness uniformity and performance. Submit your design needs to JKL engineering. The LEDs are reliable and dependable in extreme environments and offer a low-cost, long-life solution to designers seeking LCD enhancement or CCFL replacement options.

Since 1972, JKL Components Corporation offers quality lighting solutions utilizing a wide variety of technologies, including LED, incandescent, fluorescent, ultraviolet and gas-filled lighting. JKL is registered ISO-9001.

International Rectifier, IR® (NYSE: IRF), a world leader in power management technology, today introduced its highly versatile family of CHiL digital PWM controllers that dramatically shrinks footprint and improves efficiency in a variety of mid-range to high-end and extreme server, desktop, and computing applications. IR’s six new devices meet Intel VR12 and VR12.5 and AMD SVI1 and SVI2 specifications, and support multiphase designs from 1 to 8 phases operating 1 to 2 loops.

These new third generation CHiL devices offer efficiency shaping features such as phase shedding and variable gate drive with enhanced algorithms including PID scaling (when shedding phases) and phase current balancing to ensure maximum efficiency. The solution architecture supports the extremely high di/dt transients from high-end processors, and, as a result of a new Adaptive Transient Algorithm (ATA), the transients can be met with fewer phases and fewer capacitors to shrink system size.

“By offering the highest efficiency and smallest footprint, the new CHiL line-up continues to underline IR’s leadership position in providing versatile VR solutions for leading-edge CPU and GPU designs for servers, motherboards and graphics cards. Supporting designs from 1 to 8 phases, the new family offers flexible phase configurations that allow customers to vary the number of phases on each voltage loop to optimize cost and efficiency for each load,” said Deepak Savadatti, Vice President and General Manager, IR’s Enterprise Power Business Unit.

The new CHiL digital PWM controllers feature a 30 percent reduction in operating current to help meet higher efficiency goals during low-load operation. For protection of high-end circuits, the devices offer improved pulse-by-pulse current limit protection, controlled pulse width limiting a new phase imbalance/phase missing fault feature.

The devices fully support phase doubling using IR’s IR3598 to drive two phases from each PWM output. The devices also sense 12V, 5V and 3.3V supplies without special sequencing and feature PMBUS telemetry.

When designed with IR’s DirectFET® power MOSFETs and PowIRstage® integrated devices, the CHiL product line enables smaller solutions by combining the density advancements of DirectFET and PowIRstage. The highly digital nature of these devices enables extremely low pin count solutions in a 0.4mm pitch QFN packages, and an improved transient response that eliminates at least one SP bulk capacitor and many ceramic capacitors to deliver the smallest and most efficient solution.

International Rectifier, IR® (NYSE: IRF), a world leader in power management technology, today announced the extension of its PowIRstage® family of integrated devices with the introduction of the IR3551, optimized for use in next-generation servers, desktop PCs, graphics cards, and communication systems.

Offering a maximum operating point of 50A, the IR3551 is optimized for high end processor and DDR memory multiphase solutions, offering a peak efficiency of 94.5 percent at 1.2V output. The new device integrates a synchronous buck gate driver, benchmark figure-of-merit control and synchronous MOSFETs and a Schottky diode into a small, high density, low profile 6x5mm footprint compatible PQFN package.

“The IR3550 and IR3553 have been proven to deliver efficiency and space savings in our customers’ designs. With the introduction of the IR3551 we now offer footprint compatible 60A, 50A and 40A rated devices to allow our customers to optimize the efficiency of each phase depending on their application,” said Deepak Savadatti, Vice President and General Manager, IR’s Enterprise Power Business Unit.

The IR3551 is footprint compatible with the IR3550 and IR3553. Using a single layout, with the choice of several plug and play PowIRstage® products, customers can now select the best price/performance solution while eliminating the risk of a board re-design due to changing requirements.

The IR3551, IR3550 and IR3553 utilize IR’s leading-edge technology in silicon integration, packaging and control techniques to achieve a high current density and high efficiency power stage solution. The PowIRstage® devices enable system-level scalability in high current, high efficiency multi-phase configurations. The resulting system solution can in most cases be achieved in less phases and board space versus alternate solutions.

IR’s PowIRstage® products also provide an integrated current sense amplifier that achieves superior current sense accuracy and noise immunity compared to best-in-class controller based inductor DCR sense methods. The IR3551, IR3553 and IR3550 are fully PWM compatible with IR’s CHiL® digital power control products, as well as most industry standard PWM controllers on the market.

IR’s entire family of PowIRstage® products including next-generation devices with dual-sided cooling for higher power density applications were recently showcased at APEC 2012.

International Rectifier, IR® (NYSE: IRF), a world leader in power management technology, today introduced the compact IRS2334SPbF and IRS2334MPbF three-phase, 600V ICs for inverterized motor drives used in energy efficient appliance and industrial applications.

The IRS2334SPbF is offered in an SOIC20WB package while the IRS2334MPbF is available in a QFN5X5 package featuring a footprint of just 25mm² and designed with the appropriate creepage and clearance requirements to enable rugged and reliable designs at voltages up to 600V.

“Inverterized motor drives offer efficiency greater than 80 percent compared to standard on/off drives that deliver less than 50 percent efficiency,” said Alberto Guerra, Vice President, Strategic Market Development, IR’s Energy Saving Products Business Unit. “The IRS2334SPbF and IRS2334MPbF offer a compact solution and simpler implementation that enable designers of applications such as power tools, refrigerator compressors and electrically controlled fans to utilize energy efficient inverters and with the smallest form factor,” he added.

The IRS2334x family provides comprehensive protection including proprietary negative voltage spike (Vs) immunity for safe operation under extreme switching conditions and short circuit events. The output drivers feature a high pulse current buffer stage designed for minimum driver cross-conduction. Propagation delays are matched to simplify use at high frequencies. The floating channel can be used to drive N-channel power MOSFET or IGBT in the high-side configuration.

The new ICs utilize IR’s advanced high-voltage IC (HVIC) process which incorporates next-generation high-voltage level-shifting and termination technology to deliver superior electrical over-stress protection and higher field reliability. The IRS2334x feature under-voltage lock-out protection, integrated deadtime protection and shoot-through protection. Other features of the new devices include advanced input filter, lower di/dt gate driver for better noise immunity, output in phase with inputs and are 3.3V input logic compatible.

International Rectifier, IR® (NYSE: IRF), a world leader in power management technology, today introduced the automotive-qualified AUIR3240S battery power switch for the combustion-engine shut-off and restart function (Stop-Start system) that can help reduce fuel consumption in automotive vehicles by up to 15 percent.

The AUIR3240S is a highly integrated boost converter designed specifically for the Stop-Start system that halts the engine when a vehicle is stopped in traffic. This system requires a “board net stabilizer” using a power switch that disconnects the starter and main battery from the auxiliary electrical systems during engine start. The AUIR3240S is capable of driving several MOSFETs in parallel to achieve very low on-state resistance (Rds(on)) with current consumption below 50µA. The new device provides 15 V on the output with a wide input voltage (4-36 V). The AUIR3240S also features diagnostic on the output current and a thermal sensor interface for very robust designs.

“Designing a boost converter with the requirement of low current consumption is very challenging using discrete components. The AUIR3240S makes the system robust, reliable and cost effective by cutting down the number of components and the PCB space,” said David Jacquinod, Product Marketing Manager, IR’s Automotive Products Business Unit.

The AUIR3240S is qualified according to AEC-Q100 standards, features an environmentally friendly, lead-free and RoHS compliant bill of materials, and is part of IR’s automotive quality initiative targeting zero defects.

Infineon Technologies (FSE: IFX/OTCQX: IFNNY) has added a product to the ORIGA™ family of authentication solutions: The new ORIGA™2 chip integrates a communication interface supporting the MIPI BIF standard defined by the MIPI Alliance. MIPI BIF (Battery Interface) is the first standardized single-wire interface for communication between the mobile device and battery pack. The standardization facilitates the development of intelligent batteries that authenticate and constantly monitor and report important battery parameters, such as temperature. This helps to enhance user’s protection from potentially dangerous counterfeit batteries in mobile devices such as smart phones or tablet computers. The mobile device for example will only operate with advanced features like fast charging, if the ORIGA™2 chip authenticates the battery as an original product.

The Infineon ORIGA™2 chip is also suitable for printer cartridges, replacement parts, medical disposables, network components or accessories such as earphones, speakers, docking stations and chargers. Increased key length and other features further increase the security of Infineon’s ORIGA™2 solution. In addition, the ORIGA™ Digital Certificate feature enables the provision of chip-individual keys. The ORIGA™2 chip uses asymmetric authentication based on elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) already introduced in ORIGA™1. ECC authentication utilizes two different keys: a public key on the host side, in the mobile phone for instance, and a private key on the battery side, which is protected in the ORIGA™ chip. This provides improved security at reduced system cost because on the host side the public key can be implemented in software without compromising security.

“Infineon’s ORIGA™2 solution brings significant benefits in clone prevention and temperature monitoring: For designers and developers of smart phones as well as for all other OEMs using batteries and accessories. The new MIPI BIF standard helps to Enhance User’s Protection from Counterfeit Mobile Device Components,” says Sandro Cerato, Vice President Power Management & Multimarket Division at Infineon Technologies.

The ORIGA™ chips provide battery and electronics manufacturers with counterfeit detection capability to prevent device failure or damage due to unauthorized components. Device users are protected from accidents and injuries possibly caused by non-approved, untested accessories and batteries – in notebooks or mobile phones, for instance.

Infineon’s ORIGA™2 chip (product name SLE95200) is designed for temperatures from -25 to +85 degrees Celsius and for an operating voltage range of 2.5 V to 4.8 V. It will be available from the fall of 2012 in an ultra-small chip-scale package and in a very small QFN package.