Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bulgin – an Elektron Technology connectivity brand – has unveiled the latest addition to its rugged Buccaneer range of connectors, giving engineers and product design professionals even greater flexibility in systems design. The all new Buccaneer 6000 Series of waterproof power, signal and data connectors features a unique and easy to use, patent pending push­pull locking system, that connects up to 10 times faster than a traditional screw thread mechanism. This latest addition to the popular Buccaneer range is designed to withstand the harshest environments and meets IP66, IP68 and IP69K standards.

The Buccaneer 6000 Series includes data (USB or Ethernet), signal and power versions up to 16A, 277V, and complements the popular screw thread Buccaneer range. Available in fully interchangeable metal and plastic constructions, the body mouldings and pin carriers have been specifically designed to create a robust interface while avoiding damage during coupling. This guarantees a correctly sealed connection – even where access is restricted.

Stuart Hutchings, Marketing Manager for Bulgin, commented: “Elektron’s innovative design team has made a significant breakthrough with the introduction of the Buccaneer 6000 Series of connectors, giving a robust, fully waterproof and fast connection in a range of challenging environments. This makes these adaptable connectors ideal for a wide range of applications, from industrial automation to food processing.”

John Wilson, CEO of Elektron Technology commented: “This is a triumph for Elektron Technology’s investment in innovation and our product development team, delivering cleverly engineered, well-designed products in response to clear market needs. I expect these new connectors to be in great demand for a wide range of potential applications. These connectors are our easiest yet to use and they look good too.”

Elektron’s new series of connectors will be made available on a global basis through the Bulgin distribution network.

Bluegiga Technologies today announced the availability of its line of embedded Wi-Fi modules: Bluegiga WF111 and Bluegiga WF121. The new modules are ideal for embedded applications requiring small, reliable, long range Wi-Fi connectivity in an easy to integrate surface mount package. Both modules utilize Cambridge Silicon Radio’s UniFi® CSR6031 chipset which has excellent RF performance, low power consumption, and compact size.

“Bluegiga is very excited to expand our product portfolio to include our two new Wi-Fi modules. Bluegiga has leveraged its extensive experience in developing robust, easy to integrate Bluetooth modules to create what we think will be a compelling alternative to existing Wi-Fi solutions on the market today.” says Tom Nordman, Bluegiga’s VP of Sales and Marketing.

Bluegiga WF121 module is a stand-alone Wi-Fi module, providing a fully integrated 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n radio and IP stack in a 15.4mm x 26.2mm footprint. It is designed for embedded applications requiring simple, low-cost/low-power wireless TCP/IP connectivity with flexible interfaces for connecting a wide variety of peripherals. The Bluegiga WF121 module also comes with Bluegiga Wi-Fi® software, a powerful, yet easy-to-use command interface to manage connectivity functions such as Access Point discovery, association and connection establishment. The WF121 also supports Bluegiga's BGScriptTM programming language enabling developers to embed applications directly onboard the WF121 in matter of hours.

Bluegiga WF111 module is a fully integrated 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n module, providing a low cost, small size Wi-Fi solution for devices that run a Linux operating system on ARM or x86 processors with an SDIO interface. WF111 offers all of the benefits of an optimized wireless module – small size, great performance, and excellent range in cost effective surface mount package.

“In designing our WF111 and WF121 we have strived to create very small, long range Wi-Fi modules that provide real benefits for our customers including superior radio performance, reduced design risk, and shortened time-to-market. Innovative software features have always been a hallmark of Bluegiga modules and we believe our BGScriptTM and Wi-Fi software will enable OEMs to easily create winning Wi-Fi designs.” adds Mikko Savolainen, Bluegiga’s VP of Product Management.

Bivar, a leading specialty provider of LED indication products and solutions, has announced the launch of 4xpress, an online program that enables Bivar to quickly respond to custom light pipe design inquiries. As part of the 4xpress program, Bivar will assess new projects and provide recommendations within two business days or less. The benefit to design engineers is they will now receive critical feedback as quickly as possible to help them determine if a viable light pipe design solution is available to meet their cost and production requirements.

Bivar’s light pipes are ideally suited to applications with difficult designs where the LED light source is positioned far from the viewing surface or is obstructed by other components. Bivar’s 4xpress program is targeted to engineers facing this challenge as they design applications for a wide range of markets including medical, industrial, audio/video and security.

Before 4xpress, design engineers were challenged not only by difficult designs but also by lengthy response times to their custom light pipe design inquiries. Ranging from several days to several weeks, these industry average response times can cause serious delays in a product design schedule. Bivar’s 4xpress program significantly reduces average response times, providing design engineers the information they need in a timely manner.

Bivar has years of experience analyzing, evaluating and providing solutions to a wide variety of unique and difficult product designs. The company has built its reputation by working closely with its customers to provide solutions – some complex and custom, others simple, standard product modifications. From brand new designs to retrofitting existing designs, Bivar takes into consideration the resources and urgency of each project and becomes an extension of its customers’ teams.

“There are many new and exciting applications ideal for LED indication,” said Michael Finn, Bivar vice president of sales and marketing. “To keep up with the rapid pace of evolving technology, we’ve created 4xpress to offer solutions to our customers’ product design challenges. We have an experienced engineering team that has spent years utilizing industry best practices, manufacturability and cost optimization and can provide viable solutions to our customers. The new 4xpress program enables our customers to maintain momentum and bring their products to market faster.”

TT electronics Components Division today announces that it has secured a contract to develop custom micro inverter/power electronic modules for the hybrid and electric vehicle (HEV) market. The contract with UK based Protean Electric will see TT electronics AB Mikroelektronik design and manufacture these complex modules at its advanced factory in Salzburg, Austria.

"The HEV industry is growing at a rapid pace and is set to become a multi-billion dollar market," commented Robert Rehrl, Sales Director at TT electronics AB Mikroelektronik. "The development of the custom modules for Protean is just one example of how our investment in R&D for this burgeoning market has added value to our customer's design."

Deciding on the best fit for the customer was the key to securing the contract according to Dr Steve Jones Technical Director at TT electronics Semelab. "The initial enquiry was received through TT electronics Semelab in the UK. However, across the Components Division, we have a number of capabilities that enable us to bring value and expertise to this market. Semelab and AB Mikroelektronic worked jointly with the customer, presenting a comprehensive portfolio of potential solutions, to determine the best approach for the customer's needs and, in coordination with the customer, decided that AB Mikroelektronik had the most appropriate fit."

The new micro inverter/power electronic module is a rugged high reliability device designed to withstand water and dirt ingress and be resistant to shock and vibration. Each of Protean's in-wheel motors contains multiple drive modules enabling vehicle performance that matches the performance of traditional 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive vehicles. "The knowledge, expertise, manufacturing and design support available to us through TT electronics AB Mikroelektronik and TT electronics Semelab will help us to bring to market an advanced in-wheel motor that is already finding traction with major vehicle manufacturers for both hybrid and full electric vehicles," said Dr. Gerry Boast, V-P Engineering at Protean Electric.

The award from Protean adds to a string of recent wins that TT electronics Components Division has secured in the alternative energy and the HEV industries. "In recent months, we have won several major projects in North America and Europe in the areas of solar energy, fuel cells, and HEV with several more projects currently underway. These wins were made possible through unique capability and know-how. We expect to continue investing in this important area to expand on our success", said Billal Hammoud, Divisional Chief Executive for the Components Division.

AB Connectors Ltd has won new contracts worth $90 million over the next five years for the supply of interconnection systems to the US armed forces for use with mobile radio communication equipment.

The orders cover two different connector platforms. One is for the Power Off-take for US Military Armoured Vehicles and the other is for the latest US Armed Forces Vehicle Communication Equipment.

The new orders have been won by TT electronics' specialist interconnection systems business which is an established supplier to the defence market and is already supplying NATO approved equipment to the majority of the NATO armed forces, including the MoD.

TT electronics' interconnection systems business operates from a global manufacturing base supplying the defence, aerospace and traction markets. TT electronics' specialist expertise has been a key factor in winning significant contracts including the interconnection systems for all the new
rolling stock for the upgrade of the London Underground in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.

OPTEK receives Industry Leadership, Best Technology Awards from LED journal.

TT electronics OPTEK Technology, a leading global manufacturer of LED components and arrays, has received two Innova Awards from LED Journal. OPTEK received first place in the categories of Best Technology and
Industry Leadership for its 1-watt LED package and visible LED lab, respectively.
"OPTEK strives to contribute to the enhancement of technology in the LED lighting industry, and we developed our visible LED laboratory and the 1-watt LED package in an effort to do just that," said Alan Bennett, vice president of sales and marketing for OPTEK Technology. "We are pleased to accept these awards from LED Journal and will continue to work towards the advancement of LED technology for all of our customers."

OPTEK Technology is a leading manufacturer of standard and application-specific sensors using infrared, visible, magnetic and fiber optic technologies focused on applications in office machines, industrial equipment, encoders, automotive electronics, military and high reliability applications, and medical diagnostic equipment. Headquartered in Carrollton, TX, the company is ISO/TS16949:2002 and BS EN ISO 9001:2000 certified, as well as ITAR registered.

OPTEK Technology was acquired by TT electronics in December 2003.
TT electronics plc is a global electronics company manufacturing a broad range of advanced electronic components, assemblies and sensor modules for the automotive, industrial, telecommunication, computer and aerospace markets.

TT electronics plc, a world leader in sensor and electronic components technology, today announces that it has secured a contract to supply speed sensors for the Nano, the radically new minicar unveiled in January 2008 by Tata Motors Ltd, one of India's leading car manufacturers.

The sensors will be manufactured by Padmini TT electronics Private Ltd ("Padmini TT"), the joint venture formed in 2006 between TT electronics and Padmini VNA Private Ltd ("Padmini VNA"), in Gurgaon, near Delhi, India. This is one of several contracts with local vehicle manufacturers and automotive component suppliers recently awarded to this new enterprise.

"We are delighted with this news which further endorses our strategy of investment in India's thriving automotive industry," said Neil Rodgers, CEO of TT electronics. "Although relatively modest in value terms, we regard this contract as a major breakthrough with Tata Motors and are very pleased to be part of the revolutionary ‘one lakh car' project, which is expected to bring affordable four-wheel transportation to millions of people across the globe."

The Nano, due to be launched later this year, is a small saloon vehicle with rear-wheel drive powered by an all-aluminium, two cylinder, multi-point fuel injection petrol engine and has been designed specifically to reduce weight and to keep costs to a minimum. This also helps maximise performance whilst delivering greater fuel efficiency; as a result, the car has a low carbon footprint.

Padmini TT operates on an eight acre site in Gurgaon. Products manufactured include engine speed, position, temperature sensors and related modules.

Prototypes of the Tata Nano speed sensor have already been supplied; Padmini TT is now preparing to increase output, in preparation for high-volume vehicle production scheduled for September 2008.

Features and Benefits

    Thermal conductivity: 3.6 W/m-K
    Thixotropic nature makes it easy to dispense
    Two part formulation for easy storage
    Ultra-conforming – designed for fragile and low-stress applications
    Ambient or accelerated cure schedules

Gap Filler 3500S35 is the technology leader in thermally conductive, liquid gap filling materials, featuring ultra-high thermal performance and superior softness. The material is a two-component, cured either at room or elevated temperature. Prior to curing, the material maintains good thixotropic characteristics as well as low viscosity. The result is a gel-like liquid material designed to fill air gaps and voids yet flow when acted upon by an external force (e.g. dispensing or assembly process). The material is an excellent solution for interfacing fragile components with high topography and/or stack-up tolerances to a universal heat sink or housing. Once cured, it remains a low modulus elastomer designed to assist in relieving CTE stresses during thermal cycling yet maintain enough modulus to prevent pump-out from the interface. Gap Filler 3500S35 will lightly adhere to surfaces, thus improving surface area contact. Gap Filler 3500S35 is not designed to be a structural adhesive.

Typical Applications Include

    Automotive electronics
    Discrete components to housing
    PCBA to housing
    Fiber optic telecommunications equipment

High Power Lighting Dielectric

HPL is a dielectric specifically formulated for high power lighting LED applications with demanding thermal performance requirements. This thin dielectric at 0.0015" (38μm) has the ability to withstand high temperatures with a glass transition of 185°C and phenomenal thermal performance of 0.30°C/W (RD 2018). Bergquist Thermal Clad HPL is available in scored array circuits, scored singulated circuit, punched singulated parts and in LED standard stars and squares configurations.

Applications

    High watt-density applications where achieving the lowest
    thermal resistance is required
    Backlighting
    Projectors
    LED applications

Benefits

    Very low thermal impedance 0.02°C-in2/W (0.13°Ccm2/W)
    High thermal conductivity of 3.0 W/m-K
    High temperature applications
    Lead-free solder compatible
    RoHS compliant and environmentally green
    Available on all aluminum and copper metal substrates as
    well as Ultra Thin Circuits

Features and Benefits

    Thermal conductivity: 1.3 W/m-K
    Ultra conformability
    Gel-like modulus
    Excellent rebound
    Decreased strain
    Remarkable handling
    Electrically isolating

Gap Pad® VO Ultimate is a robust, highly compliant product that is ideal for both small and large gap designs. The fiberglass carrier on one side of the material allows ease of rework, excellent handling characteristics and puncture resistance. Additionally the fiberglass carrier has a slight inherent tack, minimizing any shifting during assembly.

The conformable and elastic nature of Gap Pad® VO Ultimate allows excellent interfacing and wet-out characteristics, even to surfaces with a high degree of roughness or uneven topography.

The construction of Gap Pad® VO Ultimate; one side has high inherent tack, while the other side has minimal tack. This combination is useful for manual and automated processes.

Features and Benefits

    Thermal Conductivity: 2.0 W/m-K
    Applies very low force on components during assembly
    Low volumetric expansion
    Excellent chemical and mechanical stability even at higher temperatures
    No curing required
    Stable viscosity in storage and in the application

Liqui-Form™ 2000 is a high thermal conductivity liquid formable material designed for demanding applications requiring a balance between dispensability, low component stresses during assembly and ease of rework.

Liqui-Form™ 2000 is a highly conformable shear-thinning material which requires no curing, mixing or refrigeration. Its unique formulation assures excellent thermal performance, low applied stress and reliable long-term performance. Liqui-Form™ 2000 is thixotropic and has a natural tack ensuring it forms around the component and stays in place in the application.

Typical Applications Include:

    Bare die to heat spreader lid
    Filling various gaps between heat-generating devices to heat sinks and housings
    Devices requiring low assembly pressure
    BGA, PGA, PPGA

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today introduced the industry’s first remote control code learning IC to integrate signal detection and processing into one component. Optimized for universal remote controllers, the VSOP98260 simplifies the code learning process by amplifying and shaping the signal received by the infrared emitter already present in these devices. The VSOP98620 also can be used in tablet PCs and smartphones that are enabled with an infrared emitter.

In order to transmit valid commands, universal control devices must learn the modulation frequency and pulse patterns for each appliance being controlled. The most intuitive method for teaching them the correct code is to use the appliance’s remote control, placing it nose-to-nose with the universal controller. When a key is pressed, the infrared emitter transmits the pulses associated with this function and the universal controller receives the code and stores it in memory.

Before the VSOP98260, signal detection and processing functions for code learning in universal control devices required discrete solutions. By combining these functions into one component, the IC released today simplifies designs in these devices, saving space and reducing overall costs. The output from the VSOP98260 accurately corresponds to the carrier frequency and data burst length of the input signal while being immune to noise from other light sources like compact fluorescent lamps.

The VSOP98260 can receive any carrier frequency from 20 kHz to 60 kHz, and operates on a supply voltage from 2.0 V to 3.6 V and a supply current of 0.6 mA to 0.9 mA. The IC is packaged in a small 2 mm by 2 mm QFN package with a low height of 0.7 mm. The RoHS-compliant device operates over a temperature range of - 25 °C to + 85 °C, is compliant to WEEE 2002/96/EC, free of halogens, and compatible with lead (Pb)-free soldering.

Samples and production quantities of the new VSOP98260 IC are available now, with a lead time of six weeks for large orders.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Azoteq, the world leader in proximity and touch solutions, today announced the release to market of the IQS128. The IQS128 features the unique Azoteq approach that offers both capacitive proximity and touch sensing in the same device using a single antenna. The IQS128 is a cost effective replacement for mechanical switches and optical proximity sensors, offering electrical isolation, unlimited operation and omnidirectional proximity sensing.

“The next advance in touch technology is the addition of proximity technology which requires a sensor 100 times more sensitive than existing solutions and Azoteq is first to introduce a single chip solution”, said Dr. Frederick Bruwer, CEO and President of Azoteq.

“The IQS128 is the first device to offer a solution to meet FCC SAR (specific absorption rate) requirements for cell phones and tablets to reduce RF power when the device is in close contact to a human” said Kobus Marneweck, VP of Marketing. “The ProxSenseTM family now has over 20 products”, he added.

Significant savings can be realized compared to electro-mechanical switches and the IQS128 offers the added advantages of electrical isolation and unlimited operation. A touch pad can be realized with a simple pad on a PCB and easily projected through a variety of dielectric materials. The IQS128 can be used to implement a triple action switch - an approaching finger wakes the device, a light touch selects a first function and press selects a second function.

The IQS128 is specifically aimed at proximity handheld detection in tablet PC’s, on-ear detection for mobile phones and other proximity applications. The capacitive technology holds advantages of very low power consumption, omnidirectional sensing and does not require an aperture lens.

Azoteq, the world leader in capacitive proximity sensing, announced that their latest generation of proximity and touch controllers can sense capacitive changes as small as 20 atto farads. This sensitivity allows reliable proximity detection of over 300 mm or 12 inches on practical electrodes. One atto farad (1e-18 farads) is one million times smaller than one pico farad (1e-12 farads). Typical competitive devices can detect changes of 0.1 to 1 pico farad.

Azoteq combined these breakthrough levels of sensitivity, industry-leading (~1000:1) SNR and RF immunity into cost-effective capacitive controllers. These benefits relax the common design constraints normally imposed on designers, and the automatic tuning algorithm ensures that no calibration is required in manufacturing. This allows designers to use thick overlay materials of up to 50 mm or more, unusual overlay materials such as wood, and touch buttons in extremely small spaces. With ProxSense® a touch key is easily realized with mere edge plating on a PCB. Proximity detection is natively offered on all touch key controllers, opening up possibilities for more intuitive user interfaces. This includes such as wake-up from standby, pre-emptive menu selection and automatic backlight illumination.

ProxSense® was developed and patented from the ground up using novel analog design techniques for ultra sensitive capacitive measurements. The result is a proximity and touch controller that can sense changes of 20 atto farads in projected capacitance mode and 200 atto farads in self capacitance mode. In contrast to common perception, Azoteq has proven that long range can reliably be achieved with projected capacitance. R&D in novel micro-electronic designs allows for this groundbreaking sensitivity whilst maintaining industry-leading ESD immunity and low current consumption.

“Azoteq’s industry-leading sensitivity and robustness open numerous applications, such as intelligent user guidance, even before physical contact is made in cost-sensitive capacitive sensing applications” said Frederick Bruwer, CEO of Azoteq. “ProxSense® is also ideal for battery applications, since consumption is less than 10 microamperes while sensing proximity,” he added.

Azoteq will be releasing a next generation family of controllers based on the ProxSense® technology during the first and second quarters of 2012.

Azoteq, the world leader in capacitive proximity sensing, today announced the IQS253, Azoteq’s latest addition to the ProxSense® family of capacitive proximity and touch controllers. The IQS253 sets new standards for proximity and touch sensing, with power consumption of 6 microampere, which is 20 to 50 times better than that of competitive devices.

Azoteq is the first to introduce a low pin-count capacitive controller that features projected (mutual) capacitance and self-capacitance in the same controller. The IQS253 uses advanced analog and digital circuitry to achieve unparalleled proximity and touch performance. The high sensitivity enables the IQS253 to work reliably through glass of up to 25 mm thick and achieves proximity detection of up to 250 mm with practical electrodes. The device can operate from 1.8 to 3.6V and achieves power consumption as low as 6 microampere while still sensing proximity and touch. The I2C compatible interface allows full control of the controller functions from a host microcontroller. The IQS253 features Azoteq’s patented DYCAL™ algorithm, which allows the sensor to track environmental changes during prolonged periods of activation.

“Azoteq controllers are widely used in tablets to meet FCC SAR requirements, and the IQS253 opens up new applications such as handheld detection, on-ear detection and proximity wake-up in cell phones and tablets,” said Jean Viljoen, Marketing Manager for Asia.

During the first and second quarters of 2012, Azoteq will release a full family of controllers based on the latest ProxSense® technology. The family will be expanded to include stand-alone controllers with up to 12 channels.

Azoteq, the world leader in capacitive proximity solutions, today announced the release to market of the IQS259. The IQS259 is Azoteq’s latest addition to the ProxSense® family of capacitive proximity and touch controllers. The IQS259 sets new standards for proximity and touch sensing with power consumption of 8 microampere, which is up to 100 times better than competitive devices.

The IQS259 uses advanced analog and digital circuitry to achieve unparalleled proximity and touch performance. The high sensitivity enables the IQS259 to work reliably through glass up to 25 mm thick and achieves proximity detection up to 250 mm. The device can operate from 1.8 to 3.6V and achieves power consumption as low as 8 microampere while still sensing proximity and touch. The I2C-compatible interface allows for full control of the sensor functions from a host controller.

“Azoteq provides the only proximity and touch solutions that enable designers to achieve first-time success with their design due to the auto-tuning and drift compensation features,” said Kobus Marneweck, VP of Marketing at Azoteq. “These features also dramatically increase the manufacturability of the product by compensating for any changes in the environment,” he added.

Azoteq is releasing a full family of controllers based on the IQS259 technology during Q1 and Q2 of 2012. The expanding feature sets include stand-alone devices, self- and mutual capacitive sensors and lower cost single-channel devices in small packages.

Avery Dennison announced today that the University of Michigan’s solar car, Quantum External link will be wrapped with Avery Dennison’s popular vehicle wrap films when it competes in the 2012 American Solar Car Challenge External link. Avery Dennison MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS™ and DOL 1360 were installed on Quantum by TKO Graphix of Indianapolis, Indiana External link.

“The wrap is an important improvement to the car. We eliminated a significant amount of weight with the wrap. The vinyl conforms very well to the compound curves of Quantum’s body – and looks just like paint,” said Cole Witte, engineering director for University of Michigan solar car. “We focused on streamlining Quantum over the last two years and shaved off 200 pounds compared to our previous car.”

This year, Quantum is lighter than its competitors’ cars that use paint instead of vehicle wraps. Traditional paint weighs about 9 pounds while the Avery Dennison MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS and DOL 1360 wrap materials weigh between 8 ounces and 1 pound. The reduced weight gives the University of Michigan solar team a distinct advantage as Quantum makes its way through the 8-state, 1,650 mile course. The race begins on July 14 in Rochester, NY and ends eight days later in St. Paul, MN.

“Avery Dennison graphics films create a great look and serve as an innovative way to reduce weight for the team to succeed in the race as well as showcase Quantum’s sponsors,” said Kathleen Hall, vice president and general manager, Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Solutions, Americas. “The opportunity to support America’s most successful solar car team and the engineering, innovation and dedication of the student-led University of Michigan group is an honor.”

Avery Dennison MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS, a digitally printable pressure-sensitive vinyl that is repositionable and slideable, makes application easy. In addition it features air egress technology, allowing air bubbles to escape during the installation process. TKO Graphix, a graphics services provider that has worked with the University of Michigan Solar Car team for several years, wrapped Quantum and several team vehicles in the Avery Dennison digitally printable, pressure sensitive material.

“It’s exciting to partner with college students that push technology to the edge with the passion to win the race,” added Hall. Since its inception 20 years ago, the University of Michigan team has built 11 custom solar-electric vehicles and won 6 National Championships, establishing itself as America’s #1 team.

Vinyl wraps aren’t limited to solar cars, they can be installed on vehicles, boats, ATVs, motorcycles, and RVs – the options are almost endless. Not only is a wrap lighter than paint, in many cases, wrapping a car is more affordable than a custom paint job and can be installed faster.

Avery Dennison announced today that fashion designer Mark Goldenberg of Israel was awarded the first Avery Dennison Brand Innovation Award for his innovative apparel branding collection at International Talent Support (ITS) in Trieste, Italy.

Goldenberg was one of 11 ITS finalists chosen to create an inspiring branding solution for their fashion collection at ITS 2012 by Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS), a global leader in apparel and footwear solutions and an ITS fashion partner. Goldenberg’s submission was selected as the winner because of its strong, consistent branding connection with his fashion collection.

“Mark was able to express himself as effectively on his branding solutions as he did in his collection, while telling a consistent story,” says Tim Voegele-Downing, global creative director at Avery Dennison RBIS. “Branding is essential for young fashion designers in establishing how consumers will interact and perceive their new creative collections. It is important that they infuse their brands with the same kind of style and creative flair as their collections. Watching these talented young designers, like Mark, use our apparel branding solutions to represent their personal brands and elevate their ITS collection was truly inspiring and we’re excited to be able to work with them to make their designs a reality.”

Avery Dennison RBIS created the award to help motivate young designers to unleash their creativity for branding. As the winner of the first-ever Brand Innovation Award, Goldenberg received a €3,000 cash prize and the opportunity to design and develop integrated branding solutions for the company’s Branding Solutions Portfolio that will be shown to all Avery Dennison RBIS global clients. Avery Dennison has also invited Goldenberg to visit its Customer Design and Innovation Centre in Germany, where he will work directly with the Avery Dennison Global Creative Services team.

Avery Dennison RBIS develops the latest creative trends and the innovative branding solutions that enable established brands and up-and-coming designers – like Mark Goldenberg – to bring their designs to life with high-impact brand graphics, labels and finishing touches. By providing guidance, support and the company’s full complement of branding solutions and tools to the 11 ITS finalists, Avery Dennison was able to demonstrate the impact branding can have on a collection from the very beginning. ITS 2012 was held in Trieste, Italy on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14thand featured young designers and students from around the globe.

Autotrol now offers a line of precision coreless DC motors built with an integral  “incremental” encoder. The encoders are produced by Citizen-Micro, a global manufacturer  of precision components.

Two types of encoders are available. The  magnetic encoder can be coupled to 13-17 mm diameter coreless motors and the  optical encoder can be coupled to 17-24 mm diameter coreless motors, from  2.4-24 VD volts. Applications range from medical, optical, robotic, industrial and many others. For more information please contact Autotrol’s sales  department at 815-459-3080 (x132).

Autotrol Corporation is proud to report that our motors are used in the bomb disposal robot featured in the critically acclaimed 2009 film “The Hurt Locker”.  The movie, which won the 2009 Best Picture Academy Award, is the story of three members of the US Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad.  The squad members risk their lives daily as they search for and disarm roadside bombs in the streets of Baghdad in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. 

In one of the first scenes in the movie, the squad is using a small, track mounted robot to investigate a bomb.  This robot is manufactured by one of our customers and it uses two Autotrol 200 Series motors to position it’s camera.  These EOD robots are used when possible so as to avoid risking the lives of American soldiers and the Autotrol motors help to make it happen.

One of the most popular and successful applications for Autotrol motors is in Medical Products.  One customer has recently introduced a high-tech blood mixer with wireless communication and information transfer, built-in bar code scanner, and a proprietary mixing action using an Autotrol 200 series motor.  This unit is proving to be very popular with hospitals and blood banks throughout the world.

Another customer has developed a portable lactate analyzer designed for coaches and trainers to monitor lactate levels of elite athletes training in the field with the accuracy and precision of a laboratory analyzer.  Lactate levels can be a direct indicator of oxygen supply to muscles during and after training activities.  This unit also uses an Autotrol 200 series motor which is a DC powered motor mated with a customized gearbox designed to perform exactly in accordance with the demands of the medical devise.

Autotrol motors are used in many different types of sophisticated medical products which require some form of movement.

Autotrol is currently working with several companies whose purpose is to help their customers “go green” to become more environmentally friendly and save money at the same time.

One is working to provide the people of the world with the ability to have 99.99% clean drinking water.  The water purification system that they have developed is unique and proprietary. It provides a totally integrated, stand alone and maintenance free system that will provide purified water from any water source. This innovative product will not only provide benefits in third world countries but in developed countries as well.  After all, bottled water is not only expensive but it generates large amounts of container waste. In this application, the Autotrol gear motor provides the driving motion for the filtering medium.

Another Autotrol customer has developed a method to grow locally produced high quality food all year round, regardless of external environmental conditions. Their product is a hydroponics system that will allow people in urban settings or environmentally hostile areas to grow plants and vegetables inside their homes.  Imagine having fresh vegetables, picked literally within reach of the dinner table, and without the energy consuming transportation costs required with grocery store food.  In this application, the Autotrol gear motor drives the plant trays allowing exposure to both light and water.

These two new and exciting applications are just a few of the innovative projects that Autotrol’s engineering team, with its years of motion control experience, is supporting.

ARM, the UK technology leader at the heart of many of today’s electronic devices, today announced that it has invited some of the UK’s leading specialist technology companies – EnLight , Neul, Alertme and AquaMW – to establish the UK’s first industry forum to help shape the Internet of Things. The forum aims to combat what they describe as the ‘Internet of Silos’ - an unconnected world with less value to both consumers and businesses. The forum will drive a blueprint for how technologies associated with the Internet of Things should and could work together to support the 50-billion intelligent devices due to be connected to the Internet by 2020. 

This coincides with ARM CEO Warren East speaking on the importance of mobile technologies and the UK’s role in developing this market at the British Government’s Business Olympics event in London from 26th July to 3rd August. The event is timed to showcase the UK contribution to international business during the Olympics, when the world spotlight is on the UK. 

In 2020 everything that can benefit from an Internet connection will have one. In a similar way to people increasingly being online, every object will have a connection. This has huge potential to help use energy and natural resources more efficiently, manage our cities, monitor health more effectively and to improve lives.  The Internet of Things represents a big opportunity to drive growth for both UK and worldwide economies. According to IMS Research*, governments will play a key role in defining the regulations that will propel shipments for M2M communications modules to more than 118 million units by 2016, especially in the automotive sector. 

The forum’s founding members are all involved in advanced technology and solutions associated with the Internet of Things, including commercial infrastructure monitoring, energy-saving street lighting, home automation, energy monitoring and low power radio technology for sensors. Their aim is to work together to develop public policies and standards designed to create the right framework to help governments and others ensure that the Internet of Things works properly, across the globe, and enjoys the confidence of consumers and businesses.  The first forum will meet 24th August in the UK and will be chaired by the Gary Atkinson, who leads the Internet of Things initiative at ARM. 

“In the next five years, over £2.4 billion will be spent in the UK on smart home energy management devices, ranging from smart meters themselves to in-home devices that are connected to them. This is a great example of an Internet of Things application, but is only a fraction of the market that will open up over the next 15-20 years,” said Gary Atkinson, director of embedded, ARM. “There are massive opportunities for the UK and the industry as a whole in this market, but that requires a common approach to infrastructure and systems to enable the Internet of Things. The UK can lead this thinking and that’s why we are establishing a forum to create a blueprint for success. Working with innovative ARM partners, such as EnLight , Neul, Alertme and AquaMW, is a good place to start.” 

Hittite Microwave Corporation, the world class supplier of complete MMIC based solutions for communication & military markets, has launched a new double-balanced mixer product which is ideal for microwave and VSAT radios, sensors, test equipment and military & space applications.

The HMC1048LC3B is a GaAs MMIC, general purpose, double-balanced mixer that can be used as a downconverter with DC to 4 GHz at the IF port and 2 to 18 GHz at the RF port. This mixer requires no external components or matching circuitry and exhibits excellent LO/RF and LO/IF isolation due to optimized balun structures. The mixer operates with LO drive levels from +9 dBm to +17 dBm and provides a typical input IP3 of 23 dBm. Ideal for downconversion in satellite transponder applications, the HMC1048LC3B is housed in a compact ceramic 3 x 3 mm SMT package.

The HMC1048LC3B complements the widest selection of microwave communication solutions available from any OEM. Samples and evaluation PC boards for all SMT packaged products are available from stock and can be ordered via the company's e-commerce site or via direct purchase order.

Applied Motion Products is pleased to announce the addition of eight integrated drive+motors to our line of Ethernet and EtherNet/IP motion control products.

The new STM23 models fuse a high performance motion controller with 100 MBit Ethernet communications to a high torque NEMA23 step motor. Connecting to an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, CompactLogix or MicroLogix PLC? EtherNet/IP is also available.

The STM23Q-2Ex provides 125 ounce inches of torque, while the longer STM23Q-3Ex produces 210 ounce inches. Both models are available with an optional 4000 count/rev optical encoder, safely housed inside, that can detect and prevent motor stalls using Applied Motion’s proprietary stall prevention algorithm. Our auto tuned digital current control provides smooth, quiet motion, while an advanced anti-resonance algorithm with electronic damping allows for maximum torque utilization, rapid acceleration, and fast settling times.

Software applications can communicate with the STM23 in real time, using the SCL and Q languages over standard 100 megabit Ethernet cabling, addressing and protocols. Ethernet can transmit data at 100 times the speed of CANopen and more than 1000 times faster than RS-232 and RS-485. The number and types of devices that can share a network are practically unlimited.

Even if you are just programming a Q drive for standalone operation, the Ethernet option can be more convenient than chasing down a USB-serial converter and trying to remember which COM port it uses. Just plug the drive into your office network, install our free, easy to use software, and you’re ready for programming and configuration.

Applied Motion Products is pleased to announce the STR2 step motor drive. The STR2 is a compact, digital step & direction drive, great for OEM applications requiring basic step & direction control of a 2-phase stepper motor. The STR2 outputs up to 2.2 A/phase to the step motor, and is compatible with a variety of 2-phase step motors that have been selected to optimize performance of both the drive and motor.

The STR2 drive features advanced microstepping performance and sophisticated current control with anti-resonance. Anti-resonance electronically damps motor and system resonances, which improves motor smoothness and torque over a wide speed range.

Each STR2 step motor drive operates in either Step & Direction or Pulse/Pulse control mode. Selecting between these two modes is done by moving a jumper located under the cover of the drive. Each STR2 drive can microstep up to 20,000 steps/rev with a 1.8º step motor (1/100 step), and can even microstep the step motor when the command pulses are low resolution. This feature is called Microstep Emulation. All drive setup is done via dip switches on the side of the drive, including motor selection, running current, idle current, and step resolution.

The STR2 is RoHS compliant and CE certified. Matching step motors and DC power supplies are also available from Applied Motion Products.

Did you know that Applied Motion Products’ STAC6-Q AC-powered Advanced Microstep Drive w/ Q Programming and Encoder Input provides the capability to solve encoder following with registration control applications? If your application requirement is 1 HP (750W) or below, requiring high torque at low speed and rotary speeds less than 2000 RPM, consider Applied Motion Products’ STAC6-Q stepper drive.

Providing significant cost savings over servo-based registration solutions for high speed insertion, line speed matching, adhesives application and labeling, the STAC6-Q can assist OEMs in maintaining high performance for a wide range of machinery. The STAC6-Q provides a distinct price/performance advantage.

The Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in the Q programming environment allows the STAC6-Q to match conveyor speeds based on external encoder inputs wired to the digital inputs of the STAC6-Q. Registration is accomplished by triggering a discrete input and reliably capturing the encoder position allowing math calculations to manipulate the registration input (offset) by adding or subtracting to the output signal and mitigating the impact of encoder count error accumulation or change in material types.

For applications requiring more than 2000 rpm, yet under 1HP (750W), consider the SV7-Q, SVAC3-Q or BLuAC5-Q servo drives, which offer the same encoder following functionality as the STAC6-Q, but with higher rotary speeds. What’s more, Applied Motion servo drives use the same Q programming environment as the STAC6-Q stepper drive. How much value would you place on the ability to switch between stepper and servo control within the same programming environment?

Our ST5 and ST10, STAC5, STAC6 and STM stepper drives with Q programming are well suited for labeling applications. A product sensor can be tied to one of the digital inputs, triggering a WI (Wait Input) command when the product nears the labeling position. To prevent wrinkling or tearing, the label must be applied at the same speed the product is traveling on the conveyer.

The drive measures the conveyer speed using a “master encoder” whose AB quadrature signals feed into the X1 and X2 inputs. The FE (Follow Encoder) command automatically ratios the label speed to the master encoder frequency, and monitors the label sensor, positioning the label at exactly the right location on the product. The Q programming’s powerful math capability can provide additional customization and control.

Another option for labeling is to use a basic step & direction drive like the STR2, STR4, or STR8. In this approach another controller in the machine, usually a PLC or proprietary controller, provides the control and synchronization with the master encoder, and commands the motion of the stepper system through step (pulse) and direction signals.

Whether you choose a drive with Q programming or a basic step & direction drive, Applied Motion Products offers another major benefit in labeling applications. Our proprietary anti-resonance algorithm provides excellent smoothness and increased useable torque over the entire speed range. When step motors run smoother and with more available torque, it ultimately means faster line speeds and higher throughput on the labeling machine. The anti-resonance capability is available on all Applied Motion stepper drives and integrated steppers.

As the leading memory module maker, Apacer Technology Inc. has long been devoted to the industrial computer field, particularly the embedded systems. Apacer takes the lead by introducing today a memory module featuring high speed, high capacity and low power consumption as well as full compatibility with the 22-nm Ivy Bridge microprocessor platform released lately by Intel. Compared with the mainstream 8-GB DDR3-1333 memory module, Apacer’s high-speed DDR3-1600 memory module dedicated to embedded systems requires a working voltage of only 1.35V, which can be applied into the module either to the fanless design or to the embedded system. Thanks to its 20% higher performance and 11% less power consumption, the module can save considerable power expenditure for enterprise users.

In endless pursuit of technology innovation, Apacer’s industry-leading memory module features high speed, high capacity and low power consumption. Dedicated to embedded systems, the memory module boasts high capacity of up to 8 GB and high speed of up to 1600 MT/s. The Ivy Bridge-compatible module also comes equipped with the memory chip designed with advanced process. This guarantees the best stability under high-speed computing. Thus it can fully meet high demands for storage solutions from such industrial computer fields as digital bulletin board, POS and Thin Client, making it the best memory device option.

The just-launched 1.35-V DDR3-1600 SODIMM memory module has passed rigorous environment tests (extended temperatures and high/low pressure tests for long periods of time) and motherboard tests for ensured compatibility and stability when used in the embedded system. Currently, it is gaining recognition from leading OEM manufacturers. Committed to delivering products of high reliability and compatibility, andcomprehensive customization services, Apacer is enterprise users’ prime choice among storage solution providers.

As cloud computing becomes mature, most enterprises have already regarded this innovative management technology as the key point to building future information architecture so as to meet the needs for the massive data processing. To fully meet the stringent demands for cloud computing, Apacer, the leading memory module manufacturer, rolls out industry-leading enterprise-level 16GB bulk storage DDR3-1600 high-speed server memory module. It uses both internal and external voltage reference(Vref.) circuits, allowing the storage system to directly use external Vref. with high efficiency while eliminating signal noise. It provides powerful computing to process on-going massive data, optimizes cloud computing and storage performance and realizes the most stable server storage environment.

This Apacer’s just-launchedDDR3-1600 16GB 2Rx4 ECC RDIMM server memory module is 100% JEDEC compliant and has built-in ECC. Thanks to its outstanding hardware design and advanced processed memory chips, server systems can maintain excellent stability while implementing high-speed computing, boostoperation efficiencyby 20% and provides multiple superior storage device options to the enterprises. To help customers create the optimal product performance, the DDR3 server memory module has gone through rigorous reliability tests. It is fully compatible with the latest Intel/AMD 2-ways server platform and supports the latest Intel Quad-Channel Xeon E5-2600/4600 series and AMD Quad-Channel Opteron 6000 series server platforms for communication network devices, demonstrating incomparable platform compatibility.

With many years of experience in server memory module productseries, Apacer’s business covers a range from product design, manufacture to final sale, and its major clients include medium and high level cloud computing server, disk array storage server and front end network load management server. Furthermore, this productseries is suitable for Computerized Tomography graphic workstation, image processing and scientific computing.

Apacer products have all gone through rigorous environment tests (extended temperature and high/low pressuretesting for longer periods of time) and motherboard test. They havepassedeach major vendor’s platform tests and gain certification from CMTL, the certified third-party lab authorized by Intel, for ensured compatibility and stability when used in servers and network communication systems, in order to cater to the enterprises’ demands- all these facts have made Apacer the enterprises’ prime choice among storage solution providers.

Despite the increase in adoption of SSDs in the industrial computer sector, price remains a major concern. Apacer seeks to address this issue with a quality SSD product. Apacer, one of the world's top ten PC SSD suppliers, has introduced a large-capacity MLC wide-temp SSD with CF and SD interfaces designed for industrial computer systems and automatic applications. Favorably priced, the product employs the vendor guaranteed flash chip, which means it can run stably under industry-level extended-temperature (-40°C ~ 85°C) environments. It stays reliable even at very high or very low temperatures, which makes the SSD a great storage solution suitable for the military, aviation, automobile, oil-well drilling and other industries.

Apacer’s next-gen MLC wide-temp SSD includes an CF card compliant form-factor with CFA 4.1 specifications and an SD card supporting the SDHC Class 10 standard. The CF card adopts the standard 50-pin connector; the data transfer mode is up to PIO-6, Multi-Word DMA-4 and Ultra DMA-5, available in capacities from 8GB to 32GB. It features sequential read/write speed of up to 55/20 MB/Sec, which is about 3 times faster than that of its predecessor. The industrial SD card version supports the ver. 2.0 standard as defined by the SD Association, available in capacities from 4GB to 32GB. It also effectively enhances file transmission speeds thanks to sequential read/write speeds of up to 19/14 MB/sec. Above all, this series of products adopts vendor guaranteed wide-temp MLC chips for the highest reliability and longest lifespan, while the firmware and major components of Apacer industrial SSDs can be tailored to customer’s specifications and verification, which reduces the risk of out-of-stock and compatibility issues by offering a stable supply. To give a performance boost, this product series comes equipped with an industry-leading Error Correcting Code (ECC) function, S.M.A.R.T technology, and the ATA Secure Erase command, all of which enhance the product’s reliability and stability.

Apacer believes that the MLC chip will initiate a new market direction and expects a significant rise in demand, thanks to the newly incorporated wide-temp support, compared to the existing advantages of the SLC chips in terms of a huge capacity and low production cost. Samples of Apacer’s CompactFlash5 and industrial SD-M are now available for the customers to run tests on. Please contact your local Apacer sales representative.

As cloud computing becomes a mainstream, it is essential for enterprise servers to improve capacities and data transmission speeds. Apacer is taking cloud computing as one of its core areas of development, and has created the SAFD 25A - a SATA 3.0 SSD that boasts both capacity and performance gains to address the needs of this industry. This is a high-end SSD targeted for cloud-based computing, featuring outstanding efficiency, based on high IOPs, and a large storage capacity of 512GB. It aims to optimize data storage variables in cloud computing centers by providing speed within a stable and power-saving operating environment.

By using the exceptional features of SSDs suchasanti-shock, anti-vibration, low-power consumption, and high-speed data transmission, Apacer expects to help enterprise servers to improve their data access constraints and, in doing so, take the place of traditional hard drives. This can all be accomplished in tandem with cutting a large amount of the cooling cost, providing ground-breaking efficiency to create an increasingly reliable operating environment.

In terms of performance and capacity, the SAFD 25A SSD adopts the SATA 3.0 interface, achieving twice the processing capacity of preceding SATA IIinterfaces. It boasts a maximum sequential speed of 475/360 MB/sec and IOPs of up to 50,000, making it as efficient as a RAID array consisting of 50 ~ 60 mechanical hard drives. By utilizing this SSD to access data, enterprise clients will have superior overall data processing capability and save the floor space cost of Data Center.

Besides industrial SSDs with SLC chips, the SAFD 25A series also offers a storage solution that adopts MLC chips, the SAFD25A-M, presenting an option for clients with budget concerns.

With more than 10 years of experience in the SSD market, Apacer is famed for its ever-increasing shipment volumes, excellent ability for customizations, rigorous manufacturing techniques and timely technical support. It is one of the few Taiwan-based SSD suppliers capable of developing hardware, software and firmware, with a production quality and efficiency recognized by Tier-1 tech giants in the U.S.and Japan.

According to the latest report from Gartner 2012, Apacer has become one of the top 10 PC SSD suppliers in the world. Dedicated to achieving the highest quality, Apacer’s full range of products have passed rigorous reliability tests for temperature, humidity, shock and vibration. Furthermore, post-mass production ORT (on-going reliability testing) is performed for ensured stability and lifespan of products.

Samples of new SAFD 25A and SAFD 25A-M units will be available for customers to run tests on in the third quarter of 2012.

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today announced the AL5801 linear LED driver. Needing only two additional components, the AL5801 enables designers to simplify automotive interior, signage and general lighting control circuits. Integrating a 100V rated N-channel MOSFET with a pre-biased NPN transistor, this small footprint SOT26 packaged device will drive chains of up to 30 low-power, series-connected LEDs with currents from 20mA to 350mA.

The AL5801's open-drain output operates between 1.1V and 100V, ensuring common 12V, 24V and 48V power rails are supported, while the LED current is set using an external low value resistor. By generating a 0.56V reference voltage across the resistor, the driver's internal control transistor helps minimize power losses and ensures sufficient supply voltage margin.

Due to the reference voltage's negative temperature coefficient, the output current is automatically reduced at higher temperatures, helping to protect the LED chain from any damage, thus improving overall circuit reliability. In addition, the AL5801's wide operating temperature range of -40°C to +150°C means it can be mounted immediately adjacent to LEDs where PCB space is limited.

For applications requiring simple LED dimming, the driver supports PWM output- current regulation, achieved by driving its bias pin with a PWM signal via an external open-collector NPN transistor or open-drain N-channel MOSFET.

Amprobe Test Tools introduces the ACD-14 PLUS, a 600A clamp-on multimeter with dual display that allows simultaneous reading of amperage and voltage. Its complete set of measurement features makes it an ideal tool for HVAC and electrical applications.

The ACD-14 PLUS features thinner jaws than standard clamp meters, allowing access to tight measurement areas while still accommodating conductors up to 28 millimeters. The versatile meter measures AC current to 600A, AC and DC voltage to 600V, capacitance to 3000 µF, resistance to 40MΩ, temperature (with Type-K thermocouple probe), and micro amps for testing flame sensors. It features a continuity buzzer, auto power off, and low battery indication-all in a compact and lightweight size.

The ACD-14 PLUS 600A Clamp-On Multimeter with Dual Display comes complete with test leads, bead type thermocouple probe with banana plug, rubber over-molded carrying case and users manual. Optional accessories include the ELS2A line splitter and TL36A heavy-duty test leads with threaded alligator clips.

Alps Electric has developed the SSCL Series two-way detector switch with female connector terminal ideal for applications such as door lock and latch detection in vehicles. Samples will be available from May 2012.

Alps Electric has developed and produced many automotive components since introducing a fader control potentiometer for vehicles in 1975. Besides characteristics ordinarily demanded of automotive components—shock and vibration resistance, and excellent operability—Alps’ products are recognized in the market for satisfying wide-ranging criteria, including compatibility with automated assembly in customer production lines and consideration of environmental impact.

Now Alps has developed the SSCL Series two-way detector switch with a female connector terminal, an industry-first for a lever-type detector switch. The product is ideal for door latch detection. The switch is installed and connected simply by plugging it in (see Fig. 1), and it supports automated assembly. The product also contributes to the reliability of manual assembly by workers of all skill levels. Furthermore, the switch requires no soldering during installation, helping to reduce environmental impact.

The SSCL Series incorporates precision processing, molding and simulation technologies acquired by Alps over the years and employs a double-sided sliding contact that holds the terminal from both sides. High reliability is realized by ensuring consistent output while achieving strong resistance to contact errors caused, for example, by dirt particles.

The product bolsters the line-up of automotive detector switches already in production, including the SSCW and SPVQ5 Series, which have female connector terminals, the SSCF Series for two-way detection, and the waterproof lever-type SSCN Series. In this way, Alps continues to serve the diversifying requirements of the automotive market.

Alps Electric has developed the UGXZD–G Series Bluetooth™ HCI*1 module with antenna for automobiles. Mass production is already underway.

Today Bluetooth™ technology features in most of the mobile devices that enrich our lives, including smartphones, tablet PCs, and portable music players. Automotive equipment, too, increasingly employs Bluetooth™ to allow connection of devices like smartphones and portable music, enabling activities such as hands-free phone calls and playback of your favorite music inside the car, thereby creating a more comfortable cabin space for users.

With more and more people making hands-free phone calls or playing music via portable players in their cars, an increasing number of car audio systems employ Bluetooth™, as car navigation systems have, and there is a growing need for compact modules with built-in antennas for easier installation.

Alps has responded to this need by developing the UGXZD–G Series Bluetooth™ HCI module with antenna for automobiles. Integrating the antenna makes it is no longer necessary to separately examine characteristics essential to installation of Bluetooth™ modules in automotive equipment, such as the realization of excellent high-frequency communication on the 2.4GHz band, and compatibility with radio legislation in relevant countries. This helps to reduce the design and development workload for equipment manufacturers.

Antenna, RF circuit, and RF simulation technologies acquired by Alps over the years were used to integrate the antenna into the module while achieving a compact size of 28.5 × 13.8 × 2.8mm. The module can also be installed in the front panels, for example, of various car navigation and audio systems with different conditions by tweaking the antenna and transceiver matching circuitry to optimize high-frequency characteristics.

Having enjoyed success with its All-in-One*2 Bluetooth™ modules for automobiles, Alps now adds the UGXZD–G Series to its Bluetooth™ module line-up and will continue to meet the diversifying needs of customers.

Alps Electric has developed the TDGW9 Series DAB*1/DAB+*2/DMB–A*3 tuner for automobiles. Mass production is already underway.

Radio makes going for a drive so much more enjoyable. Like television, use of digital technology for radio is advancing, allowing digital audio transmission. Digital radio is spreading around the world.
Digital radio specifications differ from country to country. For example, ISDB–Tsb is used in Japan, HD Radio in the United States, and DAB in Europe. Interest in digital radio is particularly high in Europe where the use of multiple standards to enhance services and legislation on the installation of digital radio receivers is progressing.

Alps Electric, responding quickly to trends within the European market, has developed and commenced mass production of the TDGW9 Series DAB/DAB+/DMB–A tuner for automobiles. Despite being the industry’s smallest at 45.0 × 30.0 × 9.0mm, the tuner supports three broadcasting standards—DAB, DAB+, and DMB–A. The product is also an “All-in-one” type module, incorporating firmware to match individual customer requirements. This helps equipment manufacturers to shorten the time it takes to develop software.

For the TDGW9 Series, RF circuit technology and design know-how acquired by Alps over the years were used to optimize circuit design. Besides achieving a compact size, Alps managed to reduce interference between circuits and realize both low noise and high sensitivity. In addition, tuning support provided for the installed firmware enables compatibility with a wide range of receiving environments.

Alps is continually working to strengthen its design and development capabilities. In July 2011, Alps opened a new EMC Evaluation Center at its Furukawa Plant (Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture), establishing systems for evaluating RF characteristics under actual usage conditions.

Alps Electric has developed the TSVN Series Full Segment Digital Terrestrial TV (ISDB–T) Tuner for Automobiles, the industry’s smallest and the industry’s first surface mount type. Mass production is already underway.

Television enhances the comfort of a vehicle cabin. In Japan, the installation of digital TV tuners in automotive equipment has been picking up pace ever since analog TV broadcasts ended in July 2011. A cumulative total of 13 million units*1 are expected to be installed by 2013.

In addition to characteristics so far demanded of automotive RF equipment, namely high-sensitivity reception and resistance to noise created, for example, by electric mirrors, there is a growing requirement for automotive TV tuners which consume low levels of power to make them suited to hybrid and electric vehicles. TV tuners built into car navigation systems, too, need to be more compact and require a smaller mounting area than ever before since greater sophistication of systems, such as incorporation of Wi-Fi and other technologies, has led to a larger number of components.

Responding to these market requirements, Alps Electric has developed and commenced mass production of the TSVN Series Full Segment Digital Terrestrial TV Tuner for Automobiles, the industry’s smallest. As the industry’s first surface mount, 4-diversity type full segment tuner, the TSVN Series contributes to automation in the production lines of car navigation system manufacturers. In addition, power consumption has been reduced to 1.55W, a 30% improvement on earlier models, realizing the low power consumption demanded for use in electric and other environmentally friendly vehicles.

RF circuit technology acquired by Alps over the years was applied to the TSVN Series to reduce interference between circuits, thereby enhancing immunity to ITS*2 interference and resistance to various types of noise while allowing a compact size of 23.0 × 25.0 × 3.1mm. The mounting area is 70% smaller, and volume 85% smaller, than earlier models.

This ISDB–T tuner also has the highest receiving sensitivity in the industry. To ensure stable reception during actual use, circuitry has been optimized through feedback from repeated road tests into circuit design.

Alliance Memory is adding to its extensive line of legacy high-speed CMOS SRAMs with two new 8M ICs in the 44-pin, 4-mil TSOP-II and 48-ball, 6-mm by 8-mm TFBGA packages. Featuring fast access times of 10 ns, the AS7C38096A (1M x 8) and AS7C38098A (512K x 16) are pin-for-pin compatible with 4M fast SRAMs, offering twice the density in the same slot.

Optimized for commercial, industrial, telecom, and medical applications requiring fast access times, the AS7C38096A and AS7C38098A feature operating currents of 80 mA typical and standby currents of 3 mA typical. The SRAMs operate from a single power supply of 3.3 V, and all inputs and outputs are fully TTL-compatible.

The AS7C38096A and AS7C38098A are fabricated using very high-performance, high-reliability CMOS technology, and their current is stable within the operating temperature range of - 40 ºC to + 85 ºC. The devices offer fully static operation and tri-state output, and they feature a data retention voltage of 1.5 V minimum.
Samples and production quantities of the AS7C38096A and AS7C38098A are available now, with a lead time of six to eight weeks for large orders. Pricing starts at $7.50 per piece.

Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and supply of customized performance-critical components and systems for advanced electronics and wireless products, today announced it will be attending the 2012 Shenzhen International Internet of Things Technologies and Application Exhibition (IOTE). The exhibition will take place at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center in Shenzhen, China, August 15-17, 2012. Laird Technologies can be found at booth #A70-A71.

Laird Technologies will showcase its industry-leading RFID antenna portfolio with a focus on UHF RFID antenna solutions. These antennas can be utilized in a variety of markets including telecommunications, mobile communications, network equipment, automotive, industrial and instrumentation, aerospace, defense, medical, and consumer electronics. 

“As the largest IOTE show in China, this year’s exhibition allows Laird Technologies to showcase our wide range of antenna solutions to several leading RFID OEM’s,” said Roy Chen, Territory Sales Manager for IAS.  “The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to reconnect with current and potential customers.”

The company is the leading provider of RFID antennas for high-performance reader applications throughout the world. With end-to-end system knowledge, Laird Technologies adds value to their customers in every RFID antenna application by employing advanced and proprietary design tools, including Artificial Intelligence Optimization (AIO), bringing novel designs to market with unmatched performance.

The 2012 IOTE is the largest exhibition of its kind in Asia. Concentrating on the latest technologies, research and development results and RFID products, it has become the most important exhibition in the RFID/IOT industry. The event allows RFID/IOT technology vendors, end users, information service providers and integrators to communicate in a face-to-face setting. To learn more about RFID technology from industry-leading technical experts, visit the Laird Technologies booth.

Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and supply of customized performance-critical components and systems for advanced electronics and wireless products, today announced it is a recipient of the Best Practices & Innovation in HR Award presented by China Human Resources Management Research Institute. Laird Technologies was one of ten companies to receive the award which was presented at a ceremony in Shanghai, China on June 29, 2012.

Laird Technologies received the award for successful implementation of Chinese human resources and payroll management software. Evaluators from the China Human Resources Management Research Institute were impressed by the support from top management for the project along with the company’s flexibility in applying the software across multiple sites. 

“We are very honored to be recognized for this project,” said Carolyn Koenig, Chief Human Resources Executive of Laird Technologies. “Our global HR team works hard to ensure we are providing the best service and information to all of our employees across all of our sites.” 

Frank Zuo, HR Systems Manager for Laird Technologies explained, “We had excellent support from top management. They recognized the importance of implementing this software across multiple sites. We were able to maintain control over the project while creating a centralized location for HR information.” 

In addition to the award, Laird Technologies will also be featured in a book of the same title “Best Practices & Innovation in HR.”  The book is a collection of case studies based on the best practices by the ten companies who received the award.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Siemens Healthcare (NYSE: SI) has announced that the MAGNETOM Spectra 3 Tesla MRI system has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The latest addition to Siemens' internationally renowned portfolio of MRI solutions, the MAGNETOM Spectra system offers premium imaging at a reduced total cost of ownership compared to other scanners in this product range, providing hospitals and radiological institutes with easier access to the highly coveted 3T technology, which yields excellent image quality and rapid scan times. Designed for easy and efficient operation, the cost-optimized MAGNETOM Spectra system is innovative and competitive – two primary goals of the Healthcare Sector's Agenda 2013 two-year global initiative.

"Siemens Healthcare is proud to offer the MAGNETOM Spectra MRI system, which opens the door to 3T imaging technology for a wider range of health care facilities than ever before," said Ioannis Panagiotelis, PhD, vice president of MR, Siemens Healthcare. "The MAGNETOM Spectra delivers crisp, high-resolution images that provide the key to a new level of usability and diagnostic confidence for physicians."

The MAGNETOM Spectra system employs Tim (Total imaging matrix) 4G technology – Siemens' latest coil generation that unlocks a new level of imaging accuracy and flexibility. This modern array structure allows for high spatial and temporal resolution, which, along with a high-quality signal-to-noise ratio, enables Tim 4G to deliver outstanding image quality. Until now, images of similar quality could be produced only by high-end 3T systems, which require a higher investment. The MAGNETOM Spectra enables private radiology practices, imaging centers and clinics to benefit from high imaging quality for their clinical routine.

The MAGNETOM Spectra system also consumes less energy than other 3T scanners. Furthermore, the magnet-cooling helium is contained in a closed loop, preventing the gas from escaping and reducing the need for costly refills. In addition, various components of the MAGNETOM Spectra help technologists simplify the MRI examination process. For example, the cableless direct-connect coils allow for simple and quick setup, with up to 120 coil elements capable of being combined in a flexible manner. For this reason, even large scans with large anatomical coverage up to whole-body scans (205 cm, or 80.71 inches) can be performed in one examination without patient or coil repositioning.

The MAGNETOM Spectra system can be used for a broad spectrum of applications, from diagnosing damaged ankle cartilage to conducting dynamic abdominal examinations to performing functional brain imaging. To reduce exam complexity, the MAGNETOM Spectra is equipped with Siemens' MRI workflow solution Dot (Day optimizing throughput), which enables easy, fast selection of the best scan strategy based on the patient's condition and the clinical indication. Users benefit from step-by-step guidance throughout the examination, receiving decision-making assistance at critical junctures to support consistent, reproducible scanning across patients. Thanks to Siemens' Tim and Dot technologies, high-quality images can be produced in less time.

Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector, Agenda 2013 is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector's innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.

Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. announced today the release of a bundled solution for the digital entertainment and signage markets. As part of any D-IMager purchase, users are entitled to a complimentary copy of a special Panasonic edition of the Omek Beckon™ Development Suite, providing a complete solution for hardware and software developers looking to equip their devices and applications with gesture-based interfaces.

Gesture-based interfaces - which enable users to control devices or software using natural body movements and gestures - are being incorporated into a wide range of devices, including interactive digital signs, medical equipment, arcade game machines and robots, among others. Digital signage is a key target market for the D-IMager, which has the range, durability, and robust light-handling needed for large-scale interactive digital signage applications. With the addition of the Beckon SDK for Panasonic, which is optimized for signage and other interface creators using the D-IMager, creative agencies and developers are fully empowered to create "touchless" interactive experiences.

The D-IMager is a 3D sensor that uses time-of-flight (ToF) technology to capture the depth information of a target by instantaneously measuring its distance in real-time. Unlike other 3D depth sensors, the D-IMager is highly resistant to interference from ambient light due to its patented in-pixel background light suppression technology. It is robust and designed to operate on a 24/7 basis, making it ideal for a wide range of gesture control applications such as interactive digital signage and immersive multimedia.

Omek Beckon for Panasonic is a full-featured set of middleware and development tools designed to unlock the power of the D-IMager. The Beckon engine accesses the sensor's depth data and recognizes a person in front of the sensor. It then adds a skeletal framework to the human forms, and tracks the position and rotation of each major joint in the body with high accuracy. Beckon provides a complete and flexible API for applications to access these movements, and tools that allow specific positions or motions to be defined as gestures.

The Beckon SDK for Panasonic provides support for full-body and partial-body modes, and can recognize multiple individuals at one time, allowing for new "multiplayer" modalities in interactive digital signage. The SDK supports development in C+, C# and Flash, and provides a full set of sample applications and plug-ins for common development frameworks.

"Interactivity is a key factor when it comes to attracting and engaging with customers. Today, this interactivity using gesture recognition is now made easily available to developers involved with digital out-of-home advertising systems," said Ken Omori, General Manager of Marketing for the D-IMager. "The bundling of Panasonic's D-IMager with Omek's Beckon SDK enables creative agencies and development firms to easily and efficiently access this power. Our goal is to provide these firms - and others that want to add professional-level gesture system to their devices and applications - with the market's leading professional solution." said David Sternis, Business Development Leader for the D-Imager.

"Gesture-based interfaces are transforming the way people interact with devices and the applications that run on them, and Omek is proud to be playing a leading role in this transformation, said Jonathan Epstein, President of Omek USA. "Panasonic has focused its D-IMager squarely at the high-end professional user, including digital signage creators, and the combination of our products is a powerful solution indeed."

Traq3D, a leader in computer simulation for the enhancement of health, physical performance and fitness, announced a successful launch of the next generation TRAZER® system. Panasonic Electric Works' 3D Image Sensing Camera, D-IMager, was chosen as the preferred 3D motion detection device for this state-of-the-art product.

TRAZER is a groundbreaking interactive exercise technology that was featured on Oprah®, ESPN® and displayed at Disney's® Epcot. Twelve U.S. patents have been issued to date protecting TRAZER's unique capabilities to deliver unprecedented results for those seeking improvements in their health, fitness and performance.

"Conventional fitness machines, such as treadmills, bikes and ellipticals, only exercise the muscle groups that propel us forward. By contrast, TRAZER also exercises the muscle groups that propel us backward, side-to-side, up and down, and that allow us to twist and turn and stop and start. All while engaging the mind as well as the body," states TRAZER's inventor Barry J. French.

"TRAZER measures the previously immeasurable fundamental components of movement. It provides the power to detect movement asymmetries and weaknesses to guide rehabilitation, performance enhancement and injury prevention programs.

"Without TRAZER's patented ability to measure real-world capabilities, the clinician could not effectively manage their rehab program or deliver timely, motivating and uniquely relevant feedback to the patient," French adds.

Panasonic's D-IMager is a time-of-flight sensor that accurately captures image depth information in real time. Depth values for each pixel are delivered without the need for complex calculation algorithms. Patented CCD technology is used in conjunction with eye-safe infrared emitted light resulting in measurements that are not dependent on external reference points. D-IMager is a compact and lightweight solution featuring an aluminum housing that eliminates the need for cooling fans.

Preceding the inclusion of D-IMager, the user had to wear a sensor on their body to control the onscreen action. Panasonic's technology eliminates the body-worn marker affording the user unrestricted movement. TRAZER captures all movements including turning, bending and twisting -- and the D-IMager allows the user's entire body to interact in the activity.

"Physical rehabilitation, sports training and fitness are ideal applications for the D-IMager. Accurate pixel-by-pixel image information enables full body motion tracking for precise feedback on the user's progress. Reliability is ensured with strong ambient lighting resistance and a 10 year continuous usage life expectancy," said Tom Monczka, Product Manager for Panasonic Electric Works USA.

"By eliciting interactive, weight-bearing, 3-dimensional movement from the user, TRAZER exercises far more muscle groups than conventional exercise equipment. Consequently it improves our ability to perform, burns more calories, and sculpts a more symmetrical, athletic body," adds Dr. Alan Davis, M.D.

"TRAZER offers entertaining and effective programs for Fitness and Weight Management, Senior Health and Fall Prevention, Sports Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. For the healthcare provider, TRAZER's role will be to enhance preventative, rehabilitative and performance building programs and services that maximize each patient's functionality and promote the well-being of every family member," said MaryEllen French, Traq3D's co-founder.

TRAZER's new capabilities further increase its utility for fitness and performance enhancement professionals such as coaches, athletes and trainers.