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Products : Photonics/Optics
Source Measurement Unit

Keithley Instruments (Cleveland, OH) has announced the Model 2401 SourceMeter® instrument, which is optimized for high-precision test applications such as current vs. voltage (I-V) characterization of photovoltaic (solar) cells, high brightness LEDs (HBLEDs), low voltage materials, and semiconductor devices, as well as...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Submillimeter Achromats and Doublets

Bern Optics (Westfield, MA) has released submillimeter achromatic lenses as small as 0.20mm in diameter. The achromatic doublet, a compound lens consisting of two elements cemented together, can be custom engineered, ground, and polished to micron tolerances. In addition to careful control of the grinding and...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Multispectral Imaging Camera

The SpectroCam™ Multispectral Imaging (MSI) Camera from Ocean Thin Films (OTF) (Largo, FL) combines a scientific-grade CCD array with a precision rotating optical filter wheel. With a single-point spectrometer, users can analyze spectral differences from sample to sample and then, by selecting discrete filters in...

Products : Photonics/Optics
HD Zoom Lens

Resolve Optics Ltd (Chesham, UK) offers the adaptable Z10-HDCF compact f/1.8 highdefinition zoom lens. The motorized 10x HD zoom lens is 87.5mm long and 45mm square. The Z10-HDCF, which is lighter than 500g, is also able to focus upon objects up to 450mm from the lens. A camera mount incorporates topside and back focus adjustment. A...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode Driver

The laser diode drivers iC-NZN and iC-NZP from iCHaus Corp. (Bodenheim, Germany) operate laser diodes in both CW and spike-free pulse mode, with up to 155 MHz. The devices allow either the optical output power (APC) or laser diode current (ACC) to be controlled. Blue laser diodes can also be operated with iC-NZN. The maximum...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Single-Photon Counter

AUREA Technology (Besancon, France) has introduced the SPD_B, a single-photon counting module used for short near infrared wavelengths [1,000 to 1,350 nm]. The SPD_B is an ultra-low-noise, highquantum- efficiency, and low-timing-jitter near-infrared single photon counter. The SPD_B includes a Geiger-mode InGaAs avalanche...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Hybrid Sensor

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has released a “3 in 1” SFH 7773 digital sensor that combines an IR LED emitter and detector chips together, eliminating the need to install a separate IR emitter to enable the proximity sensor function. Apertures are integrated into the package to reduce crosstalk. The SFH 7773 detects...

Products : Photonics/Optics
2011 Products of the Year

For each of the eight issues of PTB, the editors chose a Product of the Month. That product exhibits exceptional technical merit and practical value for our readers. At the end of the year those eight products were...

Products : Lighting Technology
Polycarbonate Diffuser Sheet

The Makrolon® Lumen XT diffuser sheet from Sheffield Plastics (Sheffield, MA), a Bayer MaterialScience LLC Business, was developed specifically as a diffusion lens for LED lighting. It offers three distinct light diffusion levels that can be matched with other design elements to help achieve the desired lighting...

Products : Lighting
Surface-Mountable LED Component

The Micro SM4 from Bridgelux (Livermore, CA) reduces component count, cost, complexity, and size of lighting systems — enabling a high performance LED solution for diffuse and directional lighting, such as 20-40 W incandescent, 20-35 W halogen, B10-style (candelabra), and low-wattage compact fluorescent lamp...

Products : Lighting Technology
LED Downlight Holder

IDEAL Industries, Inc. (Sycamore, IL) has introduced the LED-LOK™ downlight holder that mates with all puck-style LED light engines and is designed for OEMS with features that enable luminaire design freedom. Plated electrical contacts provide reliable hot mating and a thermoplastic hous ing handles environmental extremes...

Products : Lighting Technology
LED Panel-Mount Assembly

New weather-resistant panel-mount assemblies from Bivar (Irving, CA) offer a variety of options to accommodate a range of challenging environments. They are available in steel, brass, and anodized aluminum packages; are extraordinarily bright; have a wide viewing angle; and can accommodate a variety of input voltages....

Products : Lighting Technology
LED Flat Panel Downlight Assembly

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) Inc. (Brecksville, OH) offers a 2 × 2 ft.2 LED flat panel downlight assembly as an efficient replacement for fluorescent lay-in troffers used in recessed ceiling lights. The OL2 ceiling light employs GLT’s edge lighting technology, with 100 LEDs spaced along two...

Products : Lighting
High-Brightness Oval Through-Hole LED

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) has introduced the HLMP-Lx75, HLMP-Hx74/75, and HLMP-Ax74/75 series of high-brightness oval throughhole LEDs for electronic signage applications. The LEDs’ matched RGB radiation pattern is designed to maintain consistent light and uniform color mixing from all viewing...

Articles : Software
Experts On Design & PLM Software

In our annual poll of executives in the Design and PLM Software market, we asked our experts about topics ranging from mobile applications and CAD in the cloud, to improving productivity and enhancing the user experience. Here’s more of what they had to say:

Articles : Software
INDUSTRY UPDATE: Design and PLM Software

Sharing 3D Designs: Compatibility is the “Word”

In last year’s roundtable, one of our executives predicted that one day, sharing 3D designs would be as easy as sharing Microsoft Word documents today. Ease of use has been a thorn in the sides of software vendors for years, but changes to...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Transforming Gaussian Beams into Uniform, Rectangular Intensity Distributions

The majority of laser types in current use produce output beams with circular or elliptical crosssections, with either Gaussian or near- Gaussian intensity profiles. This Gaussian intensity distribution is acceptable, and often beneficial for many applications in which...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Designing Optical Systems With Off-The-Shelf Products

Utilization of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) products is now almost a bylaw of government and military design projects and is becoming of increasing interest in commercial designs, as well. Optical systems are no exception; the use of stock optics can provide tremendous advantages in terms...

Articles : Lighting
Coordinated Circuit Protection for LED Lighting

As lighting technologies transition from power-hungry incandescents to coldcathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs), and now to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), it is clear that while end-users are willing to pay more for greener light there is an inherent expectation that longer life and improved...

Articles : Lighting Technology
The Cold Hard Facts

Highly regarded for their maintenance-free, energy-efficient operation, and environmental friendliness in a wide range of industrial applications, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions are quickly becoming a sought-after alternative to high-intensity discharge (HID) and fluorescent lighting in cold storage...

Articles : Aerospace
Speech Recognition Interfaces Improve Flight Safety

NASA Technology

“Alpha, Golf, November, Echo, Zulu.” “Sierra, Alpha, Golf, Echo, Sierra.” “Lima, Hotel, Yankee.”

It looks like some strange word game, but the combinations of words above actually communicate the first three points of a flight plan from Albany, New...

Who's Who
Sam Ortega, Program Manager, NASA Centennial Challenges, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

Sam Ortega, manager of the NASA Centennial Challenges Program, leads progressive aerospace initiatives, encouraging the participation of independent teams, individual inventors, student groups, and private companies. Most recently, the...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Air Conditioning Cools Lunar Test Vehicles

NASA tests robotics for lunar electric rovers (LERs) and space exploration in remote locations, such as the Arizona desert, that closely simulate the terrain of the Moon or planets. The LER tests are conducted by a team of NASA engineers also known as the Desert RATS (Desert Research and Technology...

Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
Collision-Prediction Capabilities to Improve NAS Integration
Collision avoidance radar
Numerica Corporation
Loveland, COM
970-561-2000
www.numerica.us

The National Airspace System (NAS) is a complex and shared network of people, procedures, equipment, and infrastructure that ensures safe and timely air...

Application Briefs : Lighting
Reducing Energy Costs at a California Waste Facility

Waste Connections, Inc. is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets. They serve over two million residential, commercial, and industrial customers from a network of...

Application Briefs : Lighting
Industrial LED Hall Lighting
Jenoptik, Jena, Germany
LEiDS, Backnang-Waldrems, Germany

The Lucid power high-bay light-emitting diode (LED) system from Jenoptik and LEiDS was developed for use in high halls and buildings. The hall and high rack luminaire ensures an efficiency of more than 100 lm/W at a lifetime of up to 60,000...

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High-Efficiency 3

A Step-Down Converter austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) has released the AS1328 high-efficiency 1.5 MHz synchronous DC-DC step-down converter. This buck regulator features efficiencies up to 96%, excellent light load efficiencies, and a quiescent current of 25 μA. The AS1328 DC-DC delivers up to 3A of output...

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Isolated Power Factor Corrected Offline Regulator

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) offers the LT3798, an isolated flyback controller with single stage active power factor correction (PFC). A power factor of greater than 0.97 is accomplished by actively modulating the input current, eliminating the need for an extra switching power...

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DC/DC Converters

The dual output AHW series of DC/DC converters from Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) feature a continuous input range of 9VDC to 75VDC. The AHW is isolated input to output and provides a regulated +/-5, +/-12, and +/-15VDC output at +/-400mA, +/-167mA, and +/-133mA. All models will fully regulate down to a no-load condition....

Products : Lighting
Triple Step-Down LED Driver

The LT3597 from Linear Technology ((Milpitas, CA) is a 60-V triple step-down LED driver capable of achieving 10,000:1 digital PWM dimming at 100 Hz with fast NPN current sources driving up to 10 LEDs in each channel. LED dimming can also be achieved via analog control of the CTRL1-3 pin.

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