Differential Measurement System

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Middletown, CT, released the KD-5100 differential measurement system that provides resolution to a nanometer of positional change. Featuring a package size of 2 × 2.12 × 0.75", the system can be used where space is a limiting factor. It features rugged construction with a mean time between failures of better than 238,000 hours in a spaceflight environment and 55,000 hours in a tactical environment.

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Equipment Enclosures

L-com, Irvine, CA, introduced a series of NEMA-rated equipment enclosures for protecting equipment in indoor and outdoor installations. They are offered in 14 × 12 × 6" and 18 × 16 × 10" sizes and are constructed of high-impact, UV-resistant polycarbonate material that is suited for high-temperature or corrosive environments. Options include 120 VAC and 240 VAC power, heating, cooling, equipment mounting plates, and DIN rail mounts.

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CAD/CAM Software

Open Mind Technologies, Needham, MA, introduced hyperMILL® 2019.2 CAD/CAM software that includes high-precision 3D finishing, 5-axis tangent machining, and CAD-for-CAM technologies. Features include a high-precision surface mode option for ultra-smooth surfaces with tolerances in the micron range. A smooth overlap function also improves surface finish. A global fitting function enables multiple faces to be joined into one face with a controlled ISO orientation.

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Front-End Module

Skyworks Solutions, Woburn, MA, introduced the SKY85774-11 integrated 5-GHz front-end module (FEM) that supports simultaneous WLAN and licensed assisted access (LAA) protocols for mobile smartphones and tablets. The module incorporates a power amplifier, low-noise amplifier with bypass, and an SPDT transmit/receive switch. It comes in a 20-pin, 2.2 × 3 package and is leveraged across leading mobile connectivity reference designs.

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Power Dividers

Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand, Irvine, CA, released a series of high-frequency power dividers consisting of 17 models with an operating frequency range from 26.5 to 67 GHz. Additional features include 2.92-mm, 2.4-mm, and 1.85-mm connectors; power handling capability up to 20W(CW); and 2- and 4-port model options. The power splitters offer low insertion loss for proof-of-concept testing and prototype builds.

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Thermal Interface Material

Fujipoly America Corp., Carteret, NJ, offers Sarcon® GR-Ae gel-like thermal interface material that can be die-cut to fit electronic components of almost any shape. The gap filler pad is available in multiple thicknesses ranging from 0.5 to 5.0 mm. When sandwiched between heat-generating components and a heatsink, the material fills air gaps and delivers a thermal conductivity of 1.3 W/m•K with a thermal resistance as low as .50 °C•in2/W.

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This article first appeared in the October, 2019 issue of Tech Briefs Magazine.

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