TI introduces the first differential inductive switch

Texas Instruments (TI) (TXN) today introduced the industry’s first differential inductive switch, with a dual-coil architecture that automatically compensates for variations in temperature and component aging. The LDC0851 detects the presence or absence of conductive material by using a simple coil drawn on a printed circuit board (PCB). This unique approach enables low-cost, highly reliable…

Component Manufacturers Target Harsh Environments

As demand for electronics components that can be used in harsh environmental conditions continues to increase, interconnect, passive and electromechanical device (IP&E) manufacturers are developing more designs that operate in a wide range of harsh environments, and quite often, also deliver smaller form factors to fit into space-constrained systems and applications. Demand also continues to…

Ametherm Thermistor Targets Extremely High Voltages

Carson City, Nev. — Ametherm released a new PTC circuit protection thermistor with an industry-high voltage rating of 680 V for inrush current limiting and overcurrent protection in applications such as welding equipment and plasma cutters with extremely high voltages from 480 V to 930 V. The MCL20 500100-A thermistor features a 680-V voltage rating…

C&K Keyboard Switches Rated for 50M Cycles

Newton, Mass. — C&K Components introduced a new series of high reliability, ergonomic keyboard switches for applications that require long operating lifetimes, including gaming, industrial, professional, and workstation keyboards. The KBD Series switches, rated for an extended operating life of 50,000,000 cycles, are available with two haptic responses and operating forces. The switches are top-actuated,…

AOS Expands IGBT Series

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) expanded its IGBT product portfolio with the launch of the 650V M-Series. The new M-series is co-packaged with a soft and fast freewheeling diode available in a variety of package types. Applications include motor drives in refrigerators, washing machines, fans, air conditioners, treadmills, and sewing machines applications.…

Vishay Chipscale MOSFET Saves Space, Power

Malvern, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced a new TrenchFET 20 V n-channel MOSFET in the chipscale MICRO FOOT 0.8-mm x 0.8-mm package with an ultra-thin 0.357-mm profile. The Vishay Siliconix Si8824EDB is designed to save space, decrease power consumption, and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, solid-state drives, and portable medical devices such as hearing…

Hoffmann-Krippner Delivers Rugged LVDT Sensors

Frisco, Tex. – Hoffmann – Krippner Inc. now offers a wide range of rugged LVDT sensors from its German partner company INELTA for contactless and wear-free path and position detection. The LVDT sensors operate on the principle of the differential transformer and are suitable for many applications, such as medical technology, industrial, seafaring, testing, machinery…

Acopian Narrow Profile Power Supplies Meet UL, CE Standards

Easton, Pa. – The Narrow Profile power supply series from Acopian Power Supplies is now certified to UL Safety Standards UL 60950 (Information Technology Equipment) and UL 508 (Industrial Control Equipment). The series also meets the requirements of CE marking.  The single-output switching regulated AC/DC and DC/DC power supplies provide up to 288 watts (W) of output power, and operate…

Broadcom Unveils First Secure MCUs with NFC

Irvine, Calif. – Broadcom Corp. has extended its StrataGX portfolio with a new family of secure microcontrollers (MCUs) that delivers advanced security and integrated NFC for a variety of low-power connected devices. The BCM58100 family is designed for a variety of embedded applications including mPOS terminals, personal computers, security systems, and home automation, including Internet…

SynQor Develops DC-DC Converters for Railways

SynQor has added two higher power DC-DC converters to its RailQor line.  These new converters triple the usable power in the quarter-brick footprint to 150 W, and increase the power capability by five times to 252 W in the half-brick package. These ruggedized board-mountable and isolated DC-DC converters use synchronous rectification to achieve power conversion efficiencies up to 91 percent at full load…