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Demonstrator PCB

Elan Digital System’s (Fareham, UK) USBHC869 USB interface chip now has a Demonstrator PCB including SDK driver code to help engineers simplify and speed up the development task of implementing the capability of the chip.Windows CE and Linux (Android) driver software are also available for this chip. The USBHC869 chip is designed to provide a solution for adding USB host function to low cost microcontroller systems. On board PLL allows the use of the system clock and eliminates the need for an additional crystal and multi–standard I/O voltages of 3.3, 2.8 or 1.8V are supported, further reducing the additional system component count.

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MTS 360 non-contacting SMD rotary position sensor

Piher International Corp., Libertyville, IL, has announced the MTS 360 non-contacting SMD rotary position sensor that combines a through-shaft design with 360° absolute position feedback in an ultra-miniature size. Measuring 6 x 17 x 18 mm, the sensor can be integrated directly onto a PCB. The low profile enables the sensor to fit into space-restricted places. It relies on patented Hall Effect technology to enable true non-contacting, through-hole shaft sensing using standard SMD features. The offset through-hole accommodates the vacuum pickup tool, allowing use in automated SMD assembly systems. The standard model features a 4-mm double D-flat shaft and an 8-pad SMD footprint that is compatible in most reflow soldering systems. The sensor offers electrical angles up to 360° with no dead band, and linearity as low as ±0.5%. Rated for use at -40 to +150 °C, it can operate up to 300 RPM, and can be programmed with full-scale output with angles shorter than 360 degrees.

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Curvable LED Display

The F-6 curvable LED display from Pixled (Ostend, Belgium) features convex and concave curvability on both the horizontal and vertical planes. The F-6 can be shaped into a combination of both directions on both planes via integrated mechanics on each module. This can be achieved quickly and simply with no additional tools or rigging apparatus needed. The F-6's 4000 NIT brightness is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, with an IP65 rating on the front of the module, and IP54 on the rear. Each F-6 module measures 50 x 50cm in size with a thickness of just 6.3cm, for an ultra lightweight display of 34Kg per square meter.

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LED Array

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) offers the XLamp® CXA20 LED array, which can enable a 60-watt A-lamp equivalent while consuming 11 watts. With a single, uniform optical source, compact 22mm x 22mm footprint, and two-screw attachment, the CXA20 array simplifies the manufacturing process for customers who require a single component in their light engine design. When used in a traditional downlight application, luminaires based on the CXA20 deliver 38-percent more illumination than a 26-watt CFL or a 100-watt incandescent bulb, while consuming 14 watts. The array delivers 1050 lumens at 11 watts — or 2000 lumens at 27 watts — with a 3000-K warm-white color temperature.

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Self-Retaining LED Mounting Spacers

Self-retaining, T-1 LED mounting spacers designed to assure uniform and perpendicular LED positioning while reducing assembly costs are available from Keystone Electronics Corp. (Astoria, NY). The spacers feature internal retention “teeth” which secure spacers onto LED leads, prior to assembly on PCBs. The design eliminates the possibility of LED lead shorting by separating and retaining component leads while inserting into a PCB. The spacers feature 0.5mm legs incorporated into the molded Nylon 6/6 structure to serve the dual purpose of heat dissipation and easy post-solder cleaning. Overall height of the spacers range from 3.0mm to 23.5mm.

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Flexible LED Backlight

Lumex (Palatine, IL) introduces QuantumBrite flexible LED backlight technology. Customizable in any shape, size, and color, QuantumBrite flexible LED backlights are up to 88% thinner and can cost up to 80% less than standard LED backlight technology. The QuantumBrite flexible LED backlight is made out of an ultra-thin polycarbon film and is only 0.6mm thick on its widest side. The new thin, flexible backlights are ideal for traditional applications such as flat panel displays and indicator lighting, as well as for non-traditional applications, such as logo enhancement or indirect lighting.

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LCD-LED Driver Cross-Reference Guide

Endicott Research Group, Inc. (ERG) (Endicott, NY) has updated its online LCD-LED Driver Cross- Reference Guide. The online guide has datasheets on over 200 drivers supporting more than 150 OEM panels. It has been updated with ERG’s line of full-function drivers for LED-backlit industrial LCDs in the 5.7" – 28" diagonal range. The cross-reference guide is a useful tool for designing new backlighting applications, as well as for finding a retrofit solution for CCFL replacement parts when a crossover to LED is desired. It also has been updated with ERG’s line of LED replacement rails, matched with the appropriate LED driver, for a number of OEM LED-backlit panels.

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Stacked Flat Type Light Guide Panel

At 6mm thick, the stacked flat type light guide panel from DynaScan Technology (Taipei, Taiwan) is an assembly of simple flat light guides, without any curvature or wedge angle, allowing over 90% light output efficiency. Due to the flat lightguide structure and front space providing an adjustable long light-mixing area, the uniformity of output light can approach to ideal within one light-guide. Compared to conventional direct-lit RGB LED backlight, power consumption of stacked flat type RGB backlight is reduced by a factor of 40% by utilizing both local dimming and ultra high efficiency flat light guide panels.

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Automated Design Analysis software

DfR Solutions (College Park, MD) has launched Sherlock automated design analysis software for analyzing, grading, and certifying the expected reliability of products at the circuit card assembly level. The software's intuitive commands and ease of use enable usage among a broad range of engineers and managers, where rapid results provide almost immediate feedback on product designs and their performance in the hands of the customer.

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RTL Exploration Solution

Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, CA) has introduced DC Explorer, the latest addition to the Galaxy™ Implementation platform, to speed up development of high-quality design data. DC Explorer delivers 5X faster runtime and 10 percent timing and area correlation to DC Ultra™ RTL Synthesis. It also tolerates incomplete design data and therefore can be used very early in the design flow to guide the development of high-quality RTL and constraints, enabling a highly convergent design flow.

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