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Foundry® 5.0 Test and Measurement Software

Eagle Eyes’ original product, the Aviator style,is the number-one choice of pilots and policeofficers.Data Translation, Marlboro, MA, has released Measure Foundry® 5.0 test and measurement software that offers open support of all system standards, including VISA, SCPI, GPIB, USB, PCI, LXI, PXI/VXI, and RS-232. The application builder software enables users to graphically combine various test and measurement instruments without writing code to create process control and data analysis applications. The software uses drag-and-drop components such as oscilloscopes and chart recorders that are placed on a form and then configured with their property pages. Features include a VISA script component to send SCPI commands to any instrument on a system, a process component that allows creation of automated test sequences, and built-in text-based language that allows programming ability for all math and other requirements. The software also includes one-click distribution to create Windows executables without programming, and real-time scope, chart recorder, and spectrum analyzer components. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/10968-120

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Mini CW Lasers Enable Next-Generation Bioinstrumentation

During the past few years, low-cost, continuous-wave (CW) lasers have helped advance a wide range of life and health science applications such as cell sorting, DNA sequencing, confocal microscopy, micro array readers, hematology, and flow cytometry. The bioinstrumentation market continues to evolve, and as it matures, it continues to follow the same trends inherent to the semiconductor and telecommunications markets. Like their counterparts in those other markets, manufacturers of benchtop instruments are looking for robust, cost-effective solutions. They want smaller footprints so that they can decrease the size of their solutions. At the same time, they want to consolidate their supply chain by focusing on proven suppliers that can provide a complete spectrum of wavelengths.

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FPGAs Yield Virtual Laser Valves for Microfluidics

In today’s “micro world,” complex electrical systems, including analog and digital components, can fit on integrated circuits smaller than a fingernail. Microfluidics, a subset of microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, is emerging as a new technical niche within microelectronics with widespread application in the health, chemical, and food industries.

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Photonics Tech Briefs Announces 2006 Products of the Year

The votes are in and the winners of the 2006 Photonics Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards have been selected. The three PTB Products of the Year were presented at a special awards reception and dinner in New York City on April 23.

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Product of the Month: Spectrograph Software

HORIBA Jobin Yvon (Edison, NJ) released the LS5 software, designed with a kernel-based modular structure. It operates all Raman products including the automated LabRAM ARAMIS, high-resolution LabRAM HR, and T64000 triple spectrograph. It incorporates custom accessories such as FT-IR, mapping, temperature-controlled stages, and additional detectors (all of which can be retrofitted). The software records Raman images in any shape or format. A range of data-processing tools is available to monitor the intensity of the marker band, perform multivariate chemometrics analysis, or provide a gateway to stand-alone, dedicated chemical-imaging data-processing software.

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Photoelectric Sensor

The OptoproxTM from Balluff, Inc. (Florence, KY) is a photoelectric sensor that offers the mounting, aligning, and handling of an inductive proximity sensor without the range limitations of a prox. The device has a focused red light beam with a fixed sensing range up to 23 mm. Applications include presence sensing, exact background suppression, positioning, controlling, and monitoring of discrete and process automation sequences. The device may target very small objects and sense black plastic, metal, and rubber parts.

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Photodetector Amplifier

Opto Diode Corp. (Newbury Park, CA) offers the ODA-5W-100M Photodetector Amplifier Combination with 100 Mohm gain. The visible wavelength responsivity at 660 nm is 40 V/μW, and the combination detector-preamps frequency response is 1 KHz with low dark offset at ±1 mV with dark offset noise at 5 mV RMS. Operating specifications are at ±15 V, 25°C. The active area is 0.100" diameter, and different gains are available. The detector is packaged in a standard TO-5 can, allowing for ease-of-integration and suitability for fluorescence, spectroscopy, and low-light-level tasks.

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