Products

Modular Backplane System

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has announced a high-performance connector system designed specifically to enable PCB developers in the video, commercial broadcast and telecommunications industries to transfer multiple RF signals across mated boards in a single assembly while taking into consideration space constraints. The RF DIN 1.0/2.3 Modular Backplane System features a unique bracket housing design, which enables an expansion capability of up to 10 ports for increased orthogonal PCB mating flexibility. The modular board-to-board system offers multiple options including a standard four port, 75 Ohm contact version or customizable six, eight and 10 ports with 50 Ohm contacts. The DIN 1.0/2.3 interface allows up to 1.00 mm of axial engagement tolerance.

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Tunable Light Sources

Oriel(R) Instruments (Stratford, CT) has introduced the new fully integrated TLS Series Tunable Light Source. The system delivers up to 0.6 nm resolution of monochromatic light in a broad tunable spectral range from 250 nm to 2,400 nm. The Oriel TLS systems are mounted on a 12”x24” baseplate and feature a research series light source, a motorized filter wheel with four order sorting filters, as well as a 1/8m monochromator with two multiple fixed slit wheels and two 600 l/mm gratings. The integrated TracQ(TM) software package for PC-based system command and data acquisition is also part of the standard system. Oriel Instruments offers three models of fully integrated TLS systems, namely 75W Xenon, 300W Xenon, and 250W Quartz Tungsten Halogen lamp based systems.

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Optical Chopper/Shutter

Electro-Optical Products Corp. (New York, NY)has introduced the Model CH-62 Optical Chopper/Shutter, a low cost variable low frequency device (DC to 25Hz) that consists of a blade mounted on a motor with a limited rotation angle. Current in one direction will set the chopper to the open position and current in the other direction will set the chopper to the close position. Using our DCH-62 driver with the “MODE” selector switch provides two modes of operation for the CH-62 chopper/shutter. In the internal mode the CH-62 is used as a variable low frequency chopper. The chopping frequency is set by an internal oscillator adjustable from 1 Hz to 25 Hz. In the external mode the CH-62 is used as a chopper or as a shutter and is controlled by an external TTL signal input. “High” input keeps the CH-62 open, “Low” input keeps it closed. Response time is 10 msec. Maximum frequency for TTL input is 25Hz.

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Diode Lasers

TRUMPF Inc. (Farmington, CT) has introduced the next generation of TruDiode lasers. The two newest additions to TRUMPF’s diode laser product line are the TruDiode 151, a 150 watt fiber-coupled laser and the TruDiode 301 which supplies 300 watts of laser power to the work piece. Wavelength range is between 920 – 970nm with CW or modulated CW up to 3kHz. Both lasers feature a 150μm core diameter TRUMPF LLK but are available with LLK core diameters of up to 600 μm. The two output external beam switch with a single safety circuit is also an option. In addition, customers may choose between a 19 inch rack mount laser unit or 19 inch rack cabinet with central power distribution and self- contained chiller.

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EMCCD With Enhanced UV Response

Raptor Photonics (Larne, Northern Ireland) has added another product to its lineup of EMCCD cameras. The Falcon BLUE offers UV transmission using a MgF2 window which will pick up signals as low as 180nm. The Falcon Blue combines speed and sensitivity across a wide spectral range from 180nm up to 1100nm. Running at 35Hz full frame, the 1MP EMCCD offers ultralow readout noise of less than 1 electron with EM gain on and a spectral range with QE of 24% at 200nm. Other features include a 1004 x 1002 EMCCD sensor; read out noise

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Frame Grabbers

Teledyne DALSA (Billerica, MA) has released the Xtium-CL PX4 series of frame grabbers. In addition to PCIe Gen 2.0 ×4 and Camera Link®, upcoming models will support Camera Link HS® as well as other interface standards on a PCIe Gen 2.0 ×8 platform.

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Spherical Imaging System

Point Grey Research (Richmond, BC, Canada) has announced its Ladybug ®5 camera. The LD5-U3-51S5C features 30 megapixels (MP) of total resolution, covering 90% of a full sphere; a 5Gbit/s USB 3.0 interface; and a post-processing workflow.

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