Products

Product of the Month: the SolidWorks® 2014 3D Software Portfolio

Dassault Systèmes, Paris, France, has introduced the SolidWorks® 2014 3D software portfolio that consists of 3D CAD, simulation, product data management, technical communication, and electrical design. Enhancements and workflow improvements include new Style Spline functionality, automatic Sketch Picture scaling, and Conic Fillet controls to create complex surfaces and organic shapes; and new sheet metal features for faster creation of sheet metal geometry and improved data output for manufacturing. Enterprise PDM Streamlined Workflow lets users manage data with Microsoft Office integration and enhanced Web Client with graphical preview. SolidWorks Electrical is integrated with the Enterprise PDM and eDrawings, allowing users to optimize, share, and track electrical designs. SolidWorks Simulation automatically leverages engineering data for re-use in simulations, eliminating duplication and improving design collaboration.

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OpenVPX(R) 40G Ethernet + InfiniBand(R) Switch Card

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (Ashburn, VA), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced the newest member of its Fabric40(TM) family of extremely high-speed 40 Gbps OpenVPX™modules. The new VPX6-6802 Fabric40 Switch is the first rugged, high performance 6U OpenVPX (VITA 65) switch card to provide support for 10/20/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and SDR/DDR/QDR/FDR-10 InfiniBand®(IB) connectivity to OpenVPX™ systems. Systems built using the VPX6-6802 and complementary Curtiss-Wright Fabric40 system elements will deliver over 2x the performance of previous generation SRIO Gen-2-based systems and 4x the performance of 10 GbE-based systems. The fully rugged VPX6-6802 is available in air-, conduction-, and air flow-through (AFT)-cooled configurations. Designed for use with today’s highest speed switched fabrics, the board provides a combined Data Plane and Control Plane high-performance switch for 6U VPX systems.

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Power MOSFETs

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mansfield, TX) now stocks International Rectifier’s (IR) family of AEC-Q101 Automotive qualified 40V N-channel MOSFETs, featuring IR’s proven Gen12.7 trench technology with ultra-low Rds(on). International Rectifier's Automotive COOLiRFET™ Power MOSFETs target rugged automotive applications. These HEXFET® Power MOSFETs achieve very low on-resistance, resulting in highly efficient switching of high current signals with very little power loss. Additional features include a high 175°C junction temperature, fast switching speeds for better power efficiency, and a high repetitive avalanche rating for harsh signal environments. These new devices offer low conduction losses and robust avalanche performance to deliver higher efficiency, power density and reliability. Applications using these new IR COOLiRFET™ devices from Mouser Electronics can run significantly cooler than comparable MOSFETs.

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Projected Capacitive (PCAP) Touch Panel

(Dallas, TX) has announced the addition of an 18.5-inch projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel to the Crystal Touch: TRUE Multi-Touch PLUS standard product line. Crystal Touch: TRUE Multi-Touch PLUS panels provide a true multi-touch interface with a pre-integrated, optically bonded, soda-lime cover glass with a decorative black border. The additional layer of glass adds durability and is ready to be incorporated into touch driven devices. The 18.5-inch PCAP touch panel allows for up to 16 simultaneous touches and features the Atmel® maXTouch™ mXT1664S controller. The combination of Ocular's Crystal Touch technology and Atmel's maXTouch line of touchscreen controllers provide a robust and sophisticated touch solution that can identify and disregard unintended touches.

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Closed-Loop I2S Audio Amplifiers

Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, TX) has introduced a family of four digital-input, closed-loop I2S amplifiers for mid-power stereo audio applications including TVs, soundbars, portable docking stations, Bluetooth® speakers, and aftermarket automotive audio products. The TAS5760xx devices feature high switching frequency, allowing designers to use smaller output filter components to reduce overall solution size and bill of materials (BOM) cost. They stream 20W continuous power per channel without a heatsink, and deliver superior performance specifications, including THD+N of 0.03 percent at 1 W, crosstalk of -92 dB, and 66-uV idle channel noise.

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Product of the Month: the MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner

MakerBot, Brooklyn, NY, has introduced the MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner for creating 3D models. The scanner takes a real-life object, scans it using a camera and two lasers, and creates a 3D digital file, without the need for design or 3D software experience. It can be used in an office, manufacturing space, or workshop, and connects to a laptop or computer. The scanner creates a clean, watertight 3D model with two clicks, and generates a 3D digital design file in minutes. It outputs standard 3D design file formats that can be modified or improved in third-party 3D modeling programs. The file can be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, or on other 3D printers. The scanner can digitize physical objects up to 8" in diameter and 8" tall, and weighing up to 6.6 pounds.

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Gearboxes

The i-series planetary gearboxes from Groschopp (Sioux Center, IA) are available with AC, PMDC, and brushless motors, and are made of cast aluminum. They are offered with up to three stages of steel cut or optional plastic gears, suitable for both leftand right-hand rotation running, in continuous and intermittent duty operation. The plastic gears can withstand operating temperatures from -15 to 65 °C; the steel gearing can withstand -30 to 140 °C temperatures. Rated at a standard IP54, the gearboxes feature sealed, doubleball output bearings and gaskets between each module to resist grease and dust.

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