USB Hub

ACCES I/O Products, San Diego, CA, announced the USB-104-IHUB rugged, industrial-strength 4-port isolated USB hub that features Tru-Iso™ signal isolation up to 4kV, temperature operation from -40 to 85 °C, high-retention USB connectors, and an industrial steel enclosure for shock and vibration mitigation. The hub expands the number of USB ports and provides up to 4kV isolation between the host computer and connected USB peripherals.

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Power Supplies

SL Power Electronics, Ventura, CA, announced the TE240 Series external power supplies. The single-output models are designed for integration with test and measurement equipment and industrial applications. Features include up to 240 Watts of DC power, electrolytic capacitors, and industrial levels of EMC per EN61000-4-X for protecting end-use equipment from harsh electrical environments including 8/15kV for ESD and 4kV for input surge protection.

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Sponge Connectors

Fujipoly® America Corp., Carteret, NJ, offers Fujipoly® Self-Supporting Sponge Connectors for connecting LCD displays to circuit boards. Each connector is made from an electrically conductive Zebra® core that is supported by a low-compression-force silicone sponge on either one or two sides. The soft supports create a larger base width and eliminate the need to install a separate holder. The connector is available in a choice of widths to accommodate LCDs with a minimum glass lip overhang of 0.060"/1.5 mm.

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Keylock Switches

APEM, Vista, CA, introduced LK Series keylock switches available in nickel-plated or black overmolded barrel shutter and key. The multi-position switches are available in momentary and maintained functions, and in single or double pole configurations. They feature two-, three-, and four-position locking configuration with positive detent and multiple key-pull locations. They are rated for 4A at 125 VAC or 28 VDC, with a mechanical lifespan of 6,000 cycles at full load.

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Reader ICs

LEGIC Identsystems Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland) recently introduced its new 6000 series reader ICs that combine RFID, BLE and a Secure Element into one chip. LEGIC’s technology platform is made up of five basic components: LEGIC Connect, mobile SDK, reader ICs, smartcard ICs and a key and authorisation management. With LEGIC Connect, authorisations can be granted and withdrawn easily on a smartphone. The app used for this is based on the LEGIC’s software development kit. Furthermore, mobile ID rights are then processed by a reader with LEGIC technology. The key and authorisation management make it possible to create a secure ID solution easily, without having to grapple with cryptography.

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Miniature HV SMT Gas Discharge Tube

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced its first high voltage, surface-mount gas discharge tube (GDT) with two squared terminals that is capable of withstanding surge currents of 3kA@8/20μs in a small form factor. CG4 Series Two-Terminal High Voltage Miniature Gas Discharge Tubes are high voltage (800V – 3000V) devices designed for over-voltage protection for high isolation applications. They help protect personnel, equipment and circuitry from abnormally high voltages caused by lightning or electrical transients.

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Solid State Tape Drive Replacement

Solid State Disks Ltd (Reading, UK) has launched SCSIFlash-Tape, which provides a CompactFlash-based, solid state replacement for traditional SCSI-based, electro-mechanical tape drives on legacy computer-based mil/aero systems that are either obsolete or nearing the end of their life. SCSIFlash-Tape provides a drop-in replacement for the popular DDS DAT, DLT and QIC tape drives on a variety of host systems. SCSIFlash-Tape only requires a 5V power supply and will also fit into a standard floppy disk drive slot using the same fixings. Featuring a small 3.5-inch footprint and using a standard 50 pin SCSI-1 or SCSI-2 connection, SCSIFlash-Tape boasts data transfer rates up to 6 Mbytes/s sustained.

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Entry-Level PXI/PXIe Platforms

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced new entry-level PXI and PXI Express (PXIe) platforms for PXI testing system startup users. PXES-2301 is an all-hybrid, 6-slot compact PXIe chassis with system bandwidth up to 8 GB/s. PXIe-3935 and PXI-3930 are embedded controllers with Intel® Celeron® 2000E 2.2GHz processors, delivering up to 50% increase in computing power and as much as eight times the bandwidth of available market offerings. ADLINK's PXIe-3935 and PXI-3930 significantly reduce maintenance burdens with easily replaceable battery and upgradable storage and SODIMM modules. Backup BIOS also eases recovery in the event of a main BIOS crash.

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Antenna Basics

The antenna is the most intrinsic component of all RF systems, yet the principles of antenna design and wave propagation are rarely discussed outside the entry level engineering classes. Rohde & Schwarz has developed an educational white paper on Antenna Basics to reteach the basic principles in a simplified manner.

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Researchers Create Smallest Transistor Ever

A research team led by faculty scientist Ali Javey at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a transistor with a working 1-nanometer gate — the smallest to date.

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