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Power Modules

National Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced three SIMPLE SWITCHER® power modules to drive high output voltage applications in a variety of markets including industrial and communications infrastructure. The power modules provide the efficiency of a synchronous switching regulator with the simplicity of a linear regulator.

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60V Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Controller

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC3810H-5, a high input voltage synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with specifications for junction temperatures up to 150°C. The rugged controller can directly step down voltages from 60V to an output voltage ranging from 0.8V to 93% of VIN.

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Solid Edge® software ST3

Siemens PLM Software, Plano, TX, has released Solid Edge® software ST3, a hybrid 2D/3D design tool that features the company’s Synchronous Technology (ST), which accelerates product design, streamlines revisions, and improves importing and reusing of third-party CAD data. Synchronous-based models can be used directly with all assembly applications such as piping, frames, wiring, and assembly features. Synchronous-based part-to-part associativity lets users establish and alter design intent before, during, or after the assembly design process. Manufacturing dimensions on 2D drawings can be automatically transferred to the corresponding imported 3D model. Using its integrated simulation application, the software includes new torque and bearing loads, user-defined constraints, and new options for connecting assemblies such as bolt and sheet metal edge connectors. The program uses Microsoft SharePoint® 2010 to extend collaboration through project management, business analytics, and social media capabilities.

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Product of the Month: Solar Simulation Measurement Tool

Oriel® (Stratford, CT) has announced a new uniformity measurement tool for measuring the uniformity of irradiance at the sample plane of solar simulators. The new PV tool is equipped with a single metal test platen, compatible with English/metric table mounts, and with all 3 test standards: IEC, ASTM and JIS. A detector head is provided with appropriate masking to the area defined by either the IEC or the JIS method, depending on the model. The system is designed to correctly place the test detector head in 17 predetermined positions as defined by JIS standard C8912, or in 64 equally-spaced positions, defined by IEC method 60904-9. The intuitive MUMS software package provides 2D and 3D surface plots to analyze XYZ positioning of the lamp to quickly attain optimal irradiance uniformity. Photonics West Booth #1301

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RGB Combiners

RGB combiners from CASIX Inc. (Fuzhou, Fujian, China) combine the three fundamental colors (Red, Green and Blue) to produce the desired visible color output through the proper modulator (e.g. LCD, LCOS). It could be potentially used in display projection, laser TV, and mobile projection. RGB combiners are available for either S- or P- polarization input and with or without cone angle. Wavelength = 440 – 645nm; cube size is 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5mm (+/-0.1); scratch and dig = 20/10. Photonics West Booth #831

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Picosecond Laser

TRUMPF’s (Farmington, CT) has expanded its lineup of diode pumped disk lasers with the TruMicro 5250 compact picosecond (ps) laser. The ps-laser is based on disk technology and combines 6 ps pulses with a diffraction limited beam and high pulse-to-pulse stability starting with the first pulse. In addition, the ultra-short pulses of different wavelengths in IR (1030 nm), green (515 nm) and UV (343 nm) enable almost perfect ablation processes on all kinds of material. High-speed welding and cutting with enhanced precision, deep penetration welding, hybrid welding, and large scale scanner welding are typical applications for TruDisk lasers. Photonics West Booth #1631

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Miniature M3-F Focus Module

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has introduced its M3-F focus module for miniature OEM cameras used in handheld products; portable biometric sensors; targeting, surveillance and security systems; and medical diagnostic and imaging devices. At only 20 × 22 × 16 mm — about the same dimensions as a fixed lens holder — the M3-F focus module improves image quality over a wide range of focus distances without adding volume or significantly increasing power usage. All lens motion functions are fully integrated in the M3-F module including actuator, position sensor, guide mechanism, drive and control electronics and software. Modules provide millimeters of lens motion with 0.5 micrometer position resolution, better than 30 micrometer accuracy, and better than +/-1 degree angular alignment (static tip/tilt). Photonics West Booth #610

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