Radar Sensors

D3 Engineering, West Henrietta, NY, announced DesignCore® RS-6843AOP and RS-6843AOPU mmWave radar sensors that enable the implementation of mmWave radar algorithms to measure, detect, and track. They feature a 1" cube form factor, heat-spreading metal body, and mounting tabs. The sensors feature the TI IWR6843AOP, a single-chip 60-GHz industrial radar sensor integrating a DSP, MCU, radar accelerator, and built-in antenna.

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Basler, Ahrensburg, Germany, offers the ace 2 camera series with 24 models featuring Sony Pregius S sensors IMX540, IMX541, and IMX542. With 16 to 24 megapixels, the ace 2 Basic and ace 2 Pro models combine small pixel size, backside-illuminated structure (BSI), and global shutters. Depending on resolution and interface (USB 3.0/GigE), the cameras deliver frame rates of 4 to 23 frames per second for recordings without any motion artifacts, even at high speeds.

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Wireless Sensor System

Swift Sensors, Austin, TX, offers the Series 3 wireless sensor system that incorporates BLE5 technology with the Nordic nRF52840 SoC’s on-chip cryptography, multiprotocol communication, and power management features.

Sensor range is up to 300 feet and each gateway can support up 150 sensors. Features include a water-resistant (IP 67) sensor enclosure for harsh environments.

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CCD Camera

Raptor Photonics, Larne, Northern Ireland, released the Kestrel electron-multiplying (EM) CCD camera with single-photon sensitivity at KHz frame rates.

Using a cooled back-illuminated sensor, it provides sensitivity from 350 nm to 1100 nm. It has a resolution of 128 × 128 pixels with 24 μm square pixels and provides a standard CameraLink output.

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Voltage Clamp Module

Advanced Linear Devices, Sunnyvale, CA, offers the SABMBOVP family of low-power, low-voltage, high-precision voltage-clamp modules for clamping products that are 5V or below. The circuit board series protects from overvoltage by using very low-voltage enhancement-mode MOSFETs to improve the clamping function. Both the SABMBOVP and Zener diode options monitor the input voltage and control the external transistor switch’s gate without affecting the load circuit’s operation.

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Ethernet Switch Modules

Diamond Systems, Sunnyvale, CA, released the EPSM-10GX4 compact Gigabit Ethernet switch modules that offer 24 10/100/1000 Mbps copper ports and four 10-Gbps SFI ports. The modules are used on a carrier board to implement a complete Ethernet switching solution. The core Ethernet switching technology is almost fully encapsulated on the module.

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Radio Development Kit

Avnet, Phoenix, AZ, announced a mm-Wave radio development kit for Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen-3 for direct-RF sampling that lets system architects explore the entire signal chain from the RF in millimeter wave spectrum to digital at intermediate frequencies up to 6 GHz. The kit enables users to develop wideband mmWave wireless systems across a range of applications. Users can add their own antenna front end or use a compatible 8×8 antenna array.

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Magnetic Field Sensor

Balluff, Florence, KY, offers the BMF 415 weldimmune magnetic field sensor that detects interference of magnetic fields caused by high weld currents and stops the sensor from false triggering. It is available in standard and IO-Link versions with M8 and M12 connections.

The standard version has an interference suppression time of 600 ms; the IO-Link version is configurable from 50 to 1,000 ms.

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RF Processing System

The VP431 3U VPX direct RF processing system from Abaco Systems, Huntsville, AL, features Xilinx Radio Frequency System-on-Chip (RFSoC) technology. The system maximizes I/O channel density and was developed in alignment with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) technical standard. It is available in either an air-cooled version or a fully conduction-cooled and rugged configuration.

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Laser Scanner

Exact Metrology, Brookfield, WI, introduced the Hexagon RS6 laser scanner for high-speed scanning of up to 1.2 million points/sec with a scan rate of 300 Hz. It has a wide laser stripe of 150 mm at mid-range and a visual guide that provides real-time feedback for standoff distance. The scanner features repeatable mounting so it can be removed if necessary and replaced without need for calibration.

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Displacement Sensors

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Middle-town, CT, released the AMS family of non-contact displacement sensors for condition monitoring of rotating machinery in extreme pressure environments from 500 psi to over 22,500 psi.

They detect target position through non-magnetic, conductive, and non-conductive barriers. The sensors are IP-67 rated with hermetic options available.

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LVDT Position Sensors

NewTek Sensor Solutions, Pennsauken, NJ, offers LVDT position sensors in a range of construction materials to provide position measurement for extreme conditions. Stainless-steel, Monel, Inconel, Hastelloy, and titanium are used based on parameters such as corrosion, pressure, and magnetic properties across the operating temperature range.

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Cloud-Native Simulation

OnScale Solve cloud engineering simulation platform from OnScale, Redwood City, CA, provides multiphysics solvers with scalable cloud supercomputers from AWS and Google Cloud. It does not require any installation and can be accessed via a secure Web-based connection to any Web browser. The software integrates directly with the Onshape® cloud product development platform that combines CAD, product lifecycle management, and collaboration tools.

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Material Removal Tool

ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, released the RCE-710 radially compliant electric material removal tool that features large bearings, a shaft designed for robotic use, and a variable-speed motor with a range of 0 to 13,000 rpm. It handles an array of robotic material removal tasks such as rust and weld spatter removal, blending, polishing, and light grinding. Available as a complete end-effector package, the tool includes the deburring tool, power and signal cables and connectors, and controller.

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DC Power Module

Magna-Power Electronics, Flemington, NJ, introduced the DBx Module for its MagnaDC programmable DC power supplies. Systems utilizing the module can span voltage ranges from 0-10 Vdc to 0-1,000 Vdc and current levels up to 6,000 Adc. The 1U (1.75" high) rack-mount module provides stability less than 5 ppm in voltage or current-mode control, temperature coefficients as low as 0.05 ppm/°C, and resolution up to 24-bit.

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This article first appeared in the January, 2021 issue of Tech Briefs Magazine.

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