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Shorting Kits Now Available for Current Transformer Terminal Blocks

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 a…

Intelligent UPS for AC Applications

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 Healt…

Lithium-ion Battery Option for DIN Rail Quint UPS-IQ

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.

Narrow Timer Relays Save Control Cabinet Space

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 sele…

Amphenol Industrial Introduces Helios ModLink Modular Junction Box

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 c…

Amphenol Industrial Expands ePower Series With ePower 200

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.

Temperature Stable Oslon SSL LED with Constant Efficiency

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 …

New OSRAM Ostar Stage LEDs with a Flat Glass Window

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 li…

LED-Component Duris P 5 Sets Standards for Lifetime and Corrosion Stability

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 i…

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Expands Its Leading Position in High-Quality, Thin-Film LEDs

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 acq…

OPI1268S “Super Blue” Optoisolator

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.

Omron Have Introduced Fan Ionizer (Area Fan Type) ZJ-FW

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 availabl…

Vertical Receptacle Added to MINIPAK HDL Power Connector Family for Right-Angle Configurations

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 i…

Extended Line Of Amplivar Contacts Offers Convenient & Solderless Termination Method

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 i…

RZ Relay Now CQC Approved for Applications Around the World

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 p…

Daughtercard Connector Enables Quick System Upgrades to Boost Performance up to 20 Gbps

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 …

NKK ANNOUNCES SHAFT ACTUATED OPTION FOR 10MM SMT DIP ROTARY SWITCHES

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-f…

NKK SWITCHES ANNOUNCES MINIATURE ILLUMINATED SNAP-IN ROCKER SWITCHES

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 seri…

NKK ANNOUNCES TWO AND THREE POSITION PANEL MOUNT KEYLOCK SWITCHES FOR HIGH SECURITY APPLICATIONS

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 cont…

NKK SWITCHES ANNOUNCES SNAP-IN MOUNT ILLUMINATED PUSHBUTTONS WITH PHOTO INTERRUPTER

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 mus…

Successful Development of New Ultra Energy Efficient Magnetic Ribbon SENNTIX III

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 mat…

Development of TransferJet™-compatible Wireless Device World's Smallest!

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…

Increased Production of Communications Modules Employing Component Embedding Technology

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 Mar…

Molex First to Market with Innovative One-Piece Automotive Bulb Socket

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 mul…

The EXTreme Guardian™ System by Molex Receives DesignVision Award; Delivers Compact, High-Power Header and Cable Solution for the Top-End Server Market

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…

Molex Microminiature SlimStack™ B8 Connectors Designed for Superior Contact and Cleaning

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 Sl…

Molex Debuts Next Generation MobliquA™ Bandwidth Enhancing Antenna Technologies

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 mul…

Mitsubishi Electric to Launch 600V High-voltage Integrated Circuit for Automotive Applications

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 highe…

Mitsubishi Electric Develops EV Motor System with Built-in Silicon Carbide Inverter

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…

Mitsubishi Electric Installs 665-inch Diamond Vision Display at Tochigi Green Stadium

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 fo…

Mitsubishi Electric Launches 1200V High-voltage Integrated Circuit for Inverter Systems

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.

Megger Steps up the Voltage for Insulation Analysis

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 voltageTrue and proven DFR/FDS technology for highest performanceLarge frequency range, DC to 1 kHzCompact 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 advanc…

The DLRO-H200 –the World’s First Handheld Micro-ohmmeter

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…

5 and 10-kV Insulation Testers from Megger

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.

Megger’s New SMRT36 – The Smart Solution For Protective Relay Testing

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 cur…

LI Series Relays Optimized for High Voltage Applications

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 …

MK02: Ferromagnetic Sensor for Print Assembly

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 …

Miniature High Voltage Single-In-Line Relays-4kVDC Voltage Hold-off!

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 the…

Low Cost, Low Power Triaxial Accelerometer for High g Impact Measurements

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…

M7100 Industrial Pressure Transducer

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 t…

MEAS Position Sensors for Power Turbines OEM to MEAS Part Number Cross Reference

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.

Model 606M2 Triaxial Accelerometer for Whole Body Vibration Studies

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…

KEMET Introduces New Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors Series

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 electrol…

Expanded ZSM Surface Mount LED Series

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 variet…

IR’s Versatile Family of CHiL Digital PWM Controllers Delivers Smallest Footprint; Highest Efficiency Multiphase Solutions

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 highe…

IR Extends its PowIRstage® Portfolio to Enhance Scalability and Performance for Space and Thermally Constrained Computing and Consumer Applications

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 thei…

IR Introduces IRS2334SPbF and IRS2334MPbF 600V ICs for Energy Efficient Inverterized Motor Drive Applications

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…

IR’s Highly Integrated AUIR3240S Boost Converter for Stop-Start Applications Helps Reduce Fuel Consumption by up to 15 Percent

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.…

Infineon’s New ORIGA™2 Authentication Chip with MIPI BIF Standard Interface Protects Mobile Device Users Better Against Counterfeit Components

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 accessor…