Recon revolutionizes the ski hill experience

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Basic Spectrum Analyzer for
budget-driven applications
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the N9322C basic spectrum analyzer for the 9 kHz to
7 GHz frequency range. Features of
the spectrum analyzer include: typical -152 dBm DANL for viewing
low-level signals easily and clearly; ±0.1 ppm annual aging rate; and,
seven user-definable soft keys.
Recon revolutionizes the
ski hill experience
High-tech goggles display data, capture video By Peter Caulfield
PM# 40065710
econ Instruments Inc. of Vancouver has developed a new consumer
product for outdoor enthusiasts who
want to combine winter sports with the latest cool technology.
The company’s heads-up display (HUD)
is a tiny, microprocessor-powered liquid
crystal display located in the corner of ski
goggles that enables skiers, snowboarders
and snowmobilers to monitor their performance statistics at the same time as they are
skiing, boarding or driving down the snowy
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The statistics displayed on the mini-size
LCD include speed, longitude, altitude, vertical distance travelled, total distance travelled, temperature and time.
If you were somehow able to cut a smart
phone in half, add the latest optics and then
fit all the pieces into a pair of ski goggles,
that would approximate what is inside the
Although other types of head-mounted
displays have been available in the past, the
Modular console system
The Series 2000 console range from
Hammond Manufacturing enables
complex control desks to be created
from standard parts is now available
in both RAL7035 light grey and stainless steel. The system allows units to
be stacked in multiple combinations to
provide the proper display functions.
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Supplies suitable for ATE
The TDK-Lambda Z+ Series of programmable power supplies now include 200 W models. The 2U format,
bench-top and rack mountable power supplies are designed for ATE, laboratory and OEM applications.
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Technology from RIM and Upverter
shows Canada can lead the world
Advisory Board Brief
Mark Tayles: middle class a casualty
of manufacturing downturns
Agilent Technologies . . . . . . . . . . 24
Allied Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Digi-Key Corporation. . . . . . . . . . 1,5
EMX Enterprises Ltd . . . . . . . . . . 19
Fischer Connectors . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Globtek Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Hammond Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Mark Borkowski
So you want to start your own
business? Tips for the timid
Harting Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Master Bond Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Wireless and HUD revolutionize ski
goggle design functions
LPKF Laser & Electronics Inc . . . . 3
Microart adds PCB capacity
Harting displays manufacturing skill
Digi-Key honored by Molex
Memory Protection Devices Inc . 17
Mouser Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
TDK-Lambda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Varta Batteries Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Vibration proof connectors for LeMans and F1 take a licking
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Why not try a different
approach before you
head to lunch?
Video highlights of top products from biennial Munich trade show
Market research points to modest battery consumption growth
10:05 AM
Your first board is
ready to test.
Randy Frank, IEEE Fellow, reports on sensing technologies
1:03 PM
Your second board is
ready to test.
Flextronics relies on data management to drive efficiencies
3:14 PM
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Apple iPad “4” makes strides in processing power
After a few tweaks,
you’re ready to make
your finished board.
Your circuit design is
done and you’re ready
to make a prototype.
4:09 PM
Your finished board is
ready to go.
5:00 PM
Nice work. You just
shaved weeks off your
development schedule.
ProtoMat® Benchtop PCB Prototyping Machine
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What would your day look like tomorrow if you could
cut yourself free from the board house and produce
true, industrial quality PCBs right at your desk?
LPKF’s ProtoMat benchtop prototyping systems are
helping thousands of engineers around the world
take their development time from days and weeks
to minutes and hours. In today’s race to market,
it’s like having a time machine.
“You can’t beat an LPKF system
for prototyping. We do up to
three iterations of a design
within a day.”
Leonard Weber
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BlackBerry and Upverter show
strength in maturity and youth
his year has kicked off with some great news from one of Canada’s technology leaders, as well as one of its newest innovators.
In the lead up to its BB 10 OS and mobile handset announcement last month,
BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) of Waterloo, ON, says the Visa credit card
system has approved the company’s method for handling secure mobile payments.
The green light from Visa is a step towards offering global support for any device equipped with
the smartphone maker’s mobile-payments technology, according to The Canadian Press.
Visa’s approval also builds on an initiative by Canada’s three biggest wireless networks through its
EnStream joint venture. BlackBerry describes its Secure Element Manager technology, or SEM, as a
way for networks to manage all types of mobile devices equipped for close-range wireless payments,
also known as near field communications or NFC.
The EnStream joint venture owned by BCE’s Bell, Rogers and Telus has already begun to deploy mobile payments in Canada using the BlackBerry SEM technology.
According to Frank
Maduri, a BlackBerry seMIKE EDWARDS
nior director responsible for
mobile payment services,
“we now offer carriers a [email protected]
bust solution with
the-clock global support that
works on any NFC-capable
device, and meets the strinTHE CLOUD AND SECURE
gent technology and usabilTRANSACTIONS – TWO PATHS
ity guidelines for Visa.”
There is a more recent
player, Toronto-based Upverter (,
that is also making waves in world of hardware design, but not as a manufacturer.
Did I say “world?” I meant “cloud,” as the two-year-old Upverter moves past the toddler stage in
business with its cloud-based engineering tools for design capture, simulation, PLM and manufacturing. The beauty of its platform is that only a browser is required – any PC or Mac will do.
Upverter unshackles the designer from expensive computer hardware and software continually in need of upgrading – greatly democratizing the whole design process. and creating
a community of users that can also share design ideas. The company has also just won a 2013
DesignVision Award at DesignCon 2013 in Santa Clara, CA, for its Upverter platform in the
PCB Design Tools Category.
All I can say is that you really have to admire a company whose slogan is “Ship Faster. Bam!”
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By Mark Tayles
President, EnablerTech
[email protected]
Time to manufacture
our future in Canada
here has been a lot of buzz about the prospects of electronic manufacturing making
a comeback in North America. Apple’s
CEO Tim Cook announced in early December that his company would invest over $100M
dollars in the U.S. in “something broader than merely
Well before the conclusion of the protracted U.S.
Presidential campaign, the majority of us had become
‘overly-sensitized’ to discussions on: job creators; the
hollowing-out of the middle class; etc. We only hope
that Apple’s announcement wasn’t just a PR marketing
moment. The migration of electronic manufacturing
from the U.S. and Canada to low-cost regions of the
world has been underway for decades. Other industries
either preceded or followed similar trajectories.
However, a casualty of this migration of manufacturing has been the middle-class. In October, the
New York Times reported that “income inequality”
has been progressing steadily since 1983. Few would
argue that a strong middle class isn’t desirable – and
crucial – to long-term economic health. But the
middle class has traditionally been built on a strong
manufacturing base.
True wealth creation – be it for individuals, companies or entire countries - is mostly a ‘value adding’
proposition. Transforming raw materials into a ‘higher
value’ entity. Manufacturing companies are the most
graphic example of wealth creation in action. Stamping,
painting & assembling components of a car is very tangibly - ‘value adding.’ Laying down electronic components, configuring, testing and packaging an electronic
system is similarly so. One valid question is whether
western economies have lost the ‘know-how’ to compete in manufacturing?
Pockets of this ‘know-how’ are alive and well in
Canada. There are companies within our industry
that continue to successfully manufacture products in
Canada. Although their strategic reasons for doing so,
sometimes vary. Whether to provide contract manufacturing services close to their customers and customers’ markets or to be able to provide ‘best in class’ responsiveness for highly configurable and complex gear,
these companies cite their manufacturing model as a
strategic advantage.
One thing is for sure - manufacturing IS NOT for
the ‘faint of heart.’ I congratulate and thank those companies that have built successful businesses based – in
part – on their Canadian manufacturing footprint.
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So you want to start your
own business?
or over 20 years, Wendy Eustace has developed programs for, coached and been an
entrepreneur. In fact, most of her friends are or have been entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs are an interesting breed.
Is your idea a great hobby or a feasible business? How do you really know?
At Clarity Coaching & Facilitation (, Eustace has many clients
come to her with an exciting idea that made sense to them. However it’s important to do some research, crunch some numbers and talk to people with knowledge of in that field that will be honest
with you! Is this a hobby or a great business idea?
A lovely lady in her 50s came in
to see Eustace ([email protected])
with a hat she had made. It was beautiBORKOWSKI
ful, well constructed and eye catching.
[email protected]
When asked how many could she make
in a day, how much she was going to
charge and how much did the materials
cost; it became obvious to Eustace that
this was a great hobby.
She was sad to learn that the hat
maker had recently lost her husband,
needed to bring in more income and
felt this was her answer. Eustace calculated the numbers and put it in front of
her to help her see why this was a hobby. The cost in time and materials was so high, that making a
profit would have required her to charge over $200 for each hat.
The hat lady could only make one every day or two and she started to understand. It was tough
to deliver this message. Eustace felt that it would have been cruel as a trusted advisor not to point it
out. It seemed she owed this lady an opinion. Why waste valuable time and money when a year or
two later she would come to the same conclusion – that hat making was a hobby.
If you’ve watched Dragon’s Den, you see how passionate entrepreneurs can be about a scheme
that might look ridiculous to you. At the Business Advisory Centre, Eustace interviewed potential
entrepreneurs and had them bring information to support their idea. Then as advisors, her group
“pitched” the candidates they were convinced had a viable idea to a round table of experienced
business people and colleagues.
After a process of elimination, 12 to 15 new entrepreneurs were selected to go through a
two-week mini MBA. Then these budding business owners were supported for a year. They were
obliged to create a business plan, present it to bankers, accountants and respected business leaders.
Each month a profit and loss statement was sent to their advisor and was part of a discussion on
their progress, challenges and future vision.
All of the advisors had operated successful businesses ranging from banking, hospitality, and retail, to accounting and consulting. Each of the group facilitated a couple of days of the workshops so
that they had some idea of the people who were going to be running the businesses they supported.
Feasibility isn’t just about the business concept!! At least as important, and arguably more important, is ensuring that you are the right person to operate this kind of business. Even if the answer
is yes, and your concept is viable, consider that you need to be aware of your own strengths and
In the beginning it may not be feasible to hire those that can do what you really don’t do well
or enjoy. You need to be aware of your soft spots.
For example, Eustace was very successful at an early age in taking floundering restaurants and
turning them around. However, she knew that her interest in administration was minimal.
While she learned how to do all of the administrative functions, she built in checks and balances
to ensure she didn’t miss details. She also trained her assistant to do all the paperwork to ensure
they could back her up and provided another set of eyes.
Who can provide that back up for you? Do you have a coach, mentor or advisor? Every business
has success indicators. What is going to indicate whether you are on track or off track?
Are you excited about starting a business? Then please talk to someone who can be objective,
kind and has expertise in the type of business you want to start. Next do some research into your
idea, ask questions of experienced business owners, go online to research and seek a variety of informed opinions.
Mark Borkowski is president of Mercantile Mergers & Acquisitions Corporation, a mid market M&A
brokerage firm – contact
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Microart makes short work of contract PCB projects
MARKHAM, ON – Microart Services, Inc. has increased its SMT assembly capacity with the eighth addition
of a Samsung SM4500 series SMT
multi-functional, high speed pick &
place machine. Already known for being highly flexible in meeting the PCB
electronic manufacturing demands of
its customers, ( the
Samsung SM4500 is equipped with
high precision force control and applies linear scale to the X-Y axis to
improve placement accuracy.
Microart’s SMT assembly lines
are standardized on reliable Samsung
Microart operations VP Mark Wood
with new Samsung SM4500 series SMT
multi-functional, high speed pick &
place machine.
equipment, according to VP of Operations Mark Wood. “Machines run
24 hours, six days a week. Some have
been operating close to 8 years requiring only routine maintenance to stay
in top condition,” according to Wood.
Specializing in quick-turn prototypes and short runs, Microart’s five
assembly lines run as many as 500 jobs
per month, explained Wood. “When
production volumes change, we can
alternate from one line to another to
meet the demand.”
The company manufactures over
2000 unique board designs every year
in a combination of prototypes to full
production runs.
Harting North America produces custom cabling and PCBs
ELGIN, IL – Last fall, Harting Inc. of
North America sponsored a special tour
of the facility where it produces valueadded customized cable harnesses and
cable assemblies, as well as products
from the Harting Integrated Solutions
circuit board technology division.
The cable assembly capability includes support of the company’s HanModular line of rectangular industrial
connectors, including the latest HanPower T power distribution connections to multiple motors.
PCB technologies are supported
by vapor phase reflow ovens suitable
for large, thick backplanes and heavy
power planes, as well as by computercontrolled automatic presses for precise
pressfit repeatability of connectors.
Abram Pries, production manager at the
Elgin, IL-based Harting plant.
Taking license
Resolving domain name disputes
Amicable transfers can be negotiated
tance, is to simply contact the current owner informally and see if an amicable transfer can be negotiated. Contact details for legitimate registrants are
easy to find. An experienced lawyer can assist with
approaching the relevant parties, making a reasonable offer and negotiating a transfer.
In some cases, a registrant may be difficult to
contact, or unwilling to facilitate
a transfer. This can occur where a
registrant is actively using the [email protected]
main name in bad faith. To deal with
this issue, the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) has developed a dispute
resolution process known as the
Uniform Domain Name Dispute
Resolution Policy (UDRP). The
policy aims to provide an accessible,
expeditious means for resolving domain name disputes without requiring recourse to the courts.
The UDRP applies to disputes involving doingly similar to the name of one of your products,
and is directing your company’s potential custom- main names registered under the most common
generic top-level domains, such as .com, .org and
ers to a competitor. So what are your options?
The first step, and often the path of least resis- .net. Canadian .ca domain names, which are adomain names on the World Wide
Web are commercially important for
obvious reasons. So it’s no surprise
that disputes often arise over who
should control a particular domain name.
For instance, you may discover that an unscrupulous party has registered a domain name strik-
Digi-Key wins
Molex 2012
Distributor of
the Year award
Molex Inc. has announced its 2012
Global eCatalog Distributor of the
Year award goes to Digi-Key Corp.
The award recognizes a Molex global partner demonstrating financial
growth coupled with operational and
management excellence in advancing Molex products and technology
around the world.
“Digi-Key not only outgrew all of
its competitors in the Internet-based
eCatalog space, but also demonstrated
an extraordinary commitment to supporting Molex products in the global
marketplace,” said Fred Bell, VP, global
distribution, Molex.
“The Internet is changing how we
... deliver timely information to engineers,” said Chris Beeson, VP, global
sales and business development at
Digi-Key. “Together with Molex, we
are able to showcase the latest ... component technologies and offer a broad
selection of new, in-stock products.”
ministered by the Canadian Internet Registration
Authority (CIRA), are governed by the separate
CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
(CDRP), which is modeled on the UDRP although
there are key differences.
A complainant can initiate the UDRP process
by showing that three conditions are met: (i) a disputed domain name is identical or confusingly similar to the complainant’s trade-mark or service mark;
(ii) the current registrant has no rights or legitimate
interests in the domain name; and (iii) the disputed
domain name has been registered and is being used
in bad faith. All three conditions must be met.
The CDRP contains similar conditions, with
some differences. Among these differences is that
the CDRP can protect unregistered trade names
that have been used in Canada to distinguish a
company’s goods, services or business.
An administrative panel reviews evidence and
can decide whether the domain name registration
should be cancelled or transferred to the complainant. Roughly half of the complaints are undefended.
Even in cases where the registrant responds to
the complaint, complainants prevail in about twothirds of all decisions, on average. Of course, if all
else fails, the parties may still seek recourse the oldfashioned way: in the courts.
Paul Horbal is an associate lawyer with Bereskin &
Parr LLP and a registered Canadian patent agent. He
can be reached at (416) 957-1664. This article is intended to provide general information and should not
be considered legal advice.
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Connectors tested at Le Mans 24 Hours
Vibration resistance attracts Formula One interest, too
emo is proud of its connectors that have proven their
worth in one of the world’s
toughest motor races, the
Le Mans 24 Hours, and that are now
specified for Formula One.
The M-Series connector, introduced in 2008, is widely used on the
Lola-Toyota race car. The ratchet
screw mechanism enables quick and
secure coupling of the connectors,
making it easier to tighten the plug in
the socket than to untighten it, thus
ensuring a firm connection.
The connector is available with
two different shell designs: arctic grip
or knurled outer shell. The arctic grip
is subject to vibrations at a frequency
range of 25 Hz up to 2 kHz and must
continue to function.
The electrical contacts and electrical shield must ensure electrical
continuity during the entire test. Micro cut-offs should last less than 1 μs.
Finally, a visual examination of
the mechanical characteristics confirms that the connector remains fit
to function.
More recently, Lemo has just
introduced three connector plug
models to intermate with the latest Formula One ECU (TAG-320)
developed by McLaren Electronics
Ltd. and contracted by the FIA for
the 2013-2015 seasons. As the unit
needed to be as light as possible, the
new Lemo 5M series ratchet-coupling connector with up to 114 ways
packed into the equivalent of a size
21 shell proved to be an ideal choice
for the primary harness connections.
The benefits that the Lemo 5M
brings to the F1 ECU are also generating opportunities in other applications such as in the defence sector
where high density of high rated contacts in rugged and reliable housings
are becoming more necessary with
miniaturization. The M-Series is one
of the lightest and most compact of
the Lemo connector range, providing
a significant size and weight advantage
over MIL-38999 connectors as well as
over other micro circular connectors.
Typically a MIL spec 9-35 grounded plug with 6 contacts (for 22 AWG
max wires) has a diameter of 21 mm,
length of 31 mm and takes an M12x1
backshell thread. The LEMO 1M
fully shielded plug has up to 8 contacts
(for 22AWG max wires), diameter of
only 14.6 mm and length of 26.4 mm.
However the LEMO 1M incorporates
an integral backshell negating the need
for the additional size and weight of a
MIL backshell.
The short flange to PCB distance
on PCB panel mount housings also
provides the opportunity for much
smaller enclosure sizes – e.g. flange
to PCB depth is 10 mm less than for
an equivalent MIL38999 PCB mount
jam nut receptacle – potentially leading to significant savings in equipment
weight and cost. Additionally, the model is watertight (unmated) and has PCB
mounting legs to add much greater stability to the whole assembly.
This article was contributed by Lemo with
material from Crash Test International magazine
Lemo F-Series and M-Series connectors feature on the ECU being
provided by McLaren Electronic Systems for the FIA Formula One World
Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
design makes it easy to manipulate
the connector while wearing gloves
or when the connector is located in
an area that is difficult to access. The
connector is environmentally sealed
with ingress protection to IP68.
A sealing gasket made of fluororubber (Viton) ensures resistance
against hydrocarbons such as oil and
gasoline. The series is produced in
various sizes (nominal diameter from
13 to 34 mm) and offers high-density
pin count with up to 114 contacts.
Lemo connectors are tested for
vibrations. They are subject to conditions involving vibrations in each of
the three orthogonal axes (X, Y, Z)
during 12 hours. According to standard IEC 600-68-2-6, the connector
Three 5M connectors feature on
the TAG320 – two 114-way connectors with different keying to avoid
cross mating and one 66-way. The
114-way accommodates from 32 to
24 AWG wires, with reduced crimp
barrel contacts available for the
smaller wires. The special 66-way
connector features an outer ring of
22 power contacts for up to 5 A continuous rating on all contacts with
wire sizes up to 18 AWG.
Following requests from various
F1 teams, the range has been extended to provide panel plugs without
locking ring in order to simplify the
coupling process, with a bridge plate
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WATCH who made an impression at electronica 2012 in Munich, Germany
Video highlights at demonstrate both new product introductions and technology trends.
New offices signal European
push by Digi-Key
Agilent introduces first
capacitive touch screen scope
Avnet Velocity pursues
‘profitable proximity’ strategy
Rohde & Schwarz intros
signal & spectrum analyzer
Digi-Key’s Mark Larson discusses the
“prototype to production” electronics
distributor’s growing presence in Europe.
The InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series ‘scope,
with capacitive touch screen, is introduced
by Jay Alexander of Agilent Oscilliscopes.
Avnet Velocity Global VP Douglas Kent
says that ‘profitable proximity’ means labor
costs don’t have to dictate plant location.
FSW Signal & Spectrum Analyzer from
Rohde & Schwarz rated up to 43.5 GHz is
described by Martin Schmähling of R&S.
TDK-Lambda DC supplies
suitable for ATE applications
Honeywell demos airflow,
pressure and rotary sensing
Aimtec outdoor LED driver
conquers Siberian climate
C&K pico switch claims
smallest footprint
TDK-Lambda Z+ Series of programmble DC
power supplies are suitable for ATE, says
global account manager Oliver Schmidt.
Ashis Bhattacharya, VP at Honeywell
Sensing & Control, illustrates expertise in
airflow, pressure and rotary sensing.
Louise Coté of Aimtec introduces an LED
driver developed for a Siberian oil refinery
outdoor lighting dropping to -55ºC.
Jérôme Smolinski, senior product manager
at C&K Components, describes top-actuated
pico switch with smallest footprint.
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Cool HUD technology
takes to the ski slopes
company says its HUD is the first system of its
kind for the consumer market.
The technology was developed by four young
men who were studying for their MBAs at the
University of British Columbia (UBC) – Hamid
Abdollahi, Dan Eisenhardt, Fraser Hall and Darcy
Eisenhardt, who today is Recon’s CEO, is a
former competitive swimmer. He originally conceived of a heads-up display as a way for swimmers
to check their speed, instead of stopping to look at
the pace clock on the side of the pool.
It was such a good idea that somebody else had
already thought of it; there was a patent for swimming goggles equipped with a microprocessorpowered display. So the foursome regrouped and
began to think of other ways to apply the technology. When they found out that almost everyone
who took part in snowy alpine sports wore goggles, they decided it was the right market for their
heads-up display product.
The young inventors got to work quickly. In
2007, they completed their first working prototype for a HUD in a snow sports goggle. In 2008,
they incorporated Recon Instruments and moved
into a small office and lab space at UBC. In 2010,
the company moved to its current headquarters
near downtown Vancouver, where it is led by
Eisenhardt and chief technology officer Hamid
In late 2010, Recon launched Transcend, its
first commercial HUD product, in partnership
with boutique eye wear company Zeal Optics.
Transcend, which Zeal sold with the HUD technology already installed, came equipped with a
formidable arsenal of bells and whistles, includ-
Recon Instruments’ heads-up display (HUD) with the
user interface: all-in-one GPS, LCD display, Bluetooth,
social media posting, USB-charging and data transfer.
ing on-board GPS navigation, USB-charging and
data transfer and Recon HQ post-processing software, which enabled users to upload their HUD
data to on-line and social media websites. All features were controlled by buttons which are part of
the frame of the goggles.
Transcend has been superseded by the second
generation of Recon’s HUD technology, MOD
(micro optics display) and MOD Live, which have
a modular design. Unlike Transcend, they are sold
separately from the goggles and are designed to
fit inside them. Known as Recon-Ready goggles,
they are sold by Uvex Sports, Alpina, Briko and
Scott Sports eye wear manufacturers. The goggles
can also be purchased from Smith, Oakley and
Zeal Optics with the HUD already installed.
Unlike Transcend and its built-in buttons, the
modular system uses a wireless remote to navigate
the HUD display. Housed in a waterproof casing,
the remote has oversized buttons which enable
the user to navigate the HUD even when wearing
gloves. The remote is connected to the MOD and
MOD Live HUDs by Bluetooth low-energy wireless radio technology.
In addition to Bluetooth, the HUDs incorporate GPS technology and the MOD Live version
can make additional real-time connections with
Android and iOS smart phones.
The optics used in MOD and MOD Live
means that skiers and snowboarders do not need
to refocus when looking at their HUDs. The display’s prism technology makes everything on it
appear as if it is on a 14-in. screen being looked at
from a distance of five feet.
Power for the MOD display comes from a tiny
lithium polymer battery, rated at 3.7 V and 1200
mAh, which fits inside the goggles.
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Air-cooling extended with fan-and-filter unit
Axial and radial fan options explained By Ralf Schneider and Christine Ronzheimer
Due to the diagonal outflow,
a better distribution of the air
is ensured in the enclosure,
which contributes to a more
homogeneous temperature
distribution within the
enclosure and helps prevent
hot spots.
ittal’s newly developed TopTherm units have shown
that significant improvements are still possible with
fan-and-filter units. This innovative
product is the first in the world to
use diagonal fan technology. When
installed, it ensures a far better air
throughput for improved ventilation
in enclosures and housings. Other
convincing advantages of these fanand-filter units, besides their simple,
tool-free assembly, are their ease
of maintenance and increased efficiency. Extensive tests have shown
that energy savings of 43% can be
Fan-and-filter units move the
surrounding air around by a rotating
fan wheel. In essence, there are two
distinct types: On the one hand the
so-called axial fans, in which – like
with an airplane propeller – the air is
moved in the direction of the axis of
rotation. With radial fans, however,
the air moves radially to the axis of
rotation – like with a paddle steamer.
Both types have advantages and disadvantages. Radial fans are characterized, for example, by the fact that
they can produce a relatively large
pressure difference and thus move
large air quantities in the face of resistance. Axial fans produce only a
relatively small pressure difference
but they are very flat compared to
radial fans, and so are particularly
well suited for integration in the side
panel of an enclosure or enclosure.
The new TopTherm fan-and-fil-
Air flow in a Rittal TopTherm diagonal fan-and filter unit.
ter units from Rittal follow a different principle: they combine (and so
make the most of) both designs’ advantages. These new fan-and-filter
units make use of so-called “diagonal fan technology.”
Fans built according to this principle have a flat design similar to axial
fans. The blades of the fan are shaped
so that they expel the air to the outside diagonally. This way, diagonal
fans have a steeper characteristic
curve and a higher pressure resistance. This results in a greater pressure stability and – when installed
under operating conditions – a constantly high performance over a wide
range of curves. A further advantage
of the new fan technology is that,
due to the diagonal outflow, a better
Running time of the unit is 40% higher than traditionally.
distribution of the air is ensured in
the enclosure, which contributes to
a more homogeneous temperature
distribution within the enclosure and
helps prevent hot spots.
In order to demonstrate the efficiency of the new fan-and-filter
units, Rittal carried out extensive
tests that permit direct comparison
between the old and the new technology. One conventional fan-andfilter unit and one new TopTherm
fan-and-filter were installed in each
of two otherwise identical test setups.
The enclosures used were equipped
with a heater as a heat source and
with temperature sensors. Both fanand-filter units were regulated by
the digital enclosure thermostat during the test period of one and a half
months. Thanks to the advantages
of the new TopTherm fan-and-filter
unit – a higher air throughput and a
better distribution of air in the enclosure – the running time of the fan
in this construction was about 40%
lower than in the conventional fanand-filter unit.
Power consumption was reduced as much as 43%. The customer not only has the advantage of
lower energy costs with the new fanand-filter units. Due to the shorter
running time, which (when extrapolated over a year) adds up to 74 days,
the service life of the fan-and-filter
unit is appropriately extended. At
the same time, the costs of maintenance are reduced because the filter
mats must accordingly be replaced
more often.
Ralf Schneider is Head of Business Development,
Climatization and Christine Ronzheimer is
Product Management, Climatization at Rittal
in Herborn, Germany.
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DIN rail supplies with UPS and redundancy module
Ultra high-density supplies
for medical equipment
LHV Power Corp. has introduced a
series of ultra high-density AC/DC
single-output power supplies that
provide up to 160 W of continuous
power at typical efficiencies of 90%.
Available in six models, with outputs
ranging from 3.3 to 48 V, the series
is suitable for use in medical equipment and has received full medical,
ITE, EN60601-1 and EMC safety
approvals. LVOM-160 models fea-ture 18 W/in3 power density and a
2 x 4 x 1 in. footprint.
Wieland Electric has announced a DIN rail-mounted uninterruptible
power supply (UPS) and redundancy module to increase the uptime and
reliability of control systems. The P1 series switch-mode power supplies
are designed for industrial applications in control panels. The singlephase models are available in 12, 24 and 48 Vdc outputs, with current
ranges from 1.25 to 20 A, and have a voltage input range (from 85 to 264
Vac and 90 to 375 Vdc, depending on model). The series has an operating temperature of -40º to 70ºC, and provides full output power at 60ºC.
Low-noise precision power source for industry and research
Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced two low-noise power sources. Members of the Agilent B2900A
precision instrument series, the one-channel B2961A and the two-channel B2962A feature 6.5 digit and
100 nV/10 fA resolutions, 10 μVrms noise performance, bipolar operat
operating ranges up to 210 V/3 A dc or 10.5 A pulse, more sourcing functions
and an intuitive graphical user interface. Precision arbitrary waveform
generation supports six predefined common waveforms and a userdefined waveform at a frequency range from 10 mHz to 10 kHz.
Battery demand to reach US$132B in 2016
Canada’s market represents 7% of North American consumption
orld demand for
primary and secondary
is forecast to rise
8.1% per year to US$132 billion in
2016. China will remain the largest
national market for batteries, bolstered by an over 12% annual increase in product sales through 2016
as consumer electronics, electric bicycle, and motor vehicle output and
use continue to climb.
These and other trends are presented in World Batteries, a new
study from The Freedonia Group,
a Cleveland-based industry market
research firm.
Demand for secondary batteries is
expected to rise at a faster rate than demand for primary types. Many common electronic devices use secondary batteries. In addition, use of grid
storage systems to regulate electrical
generation system output is expected
to increase quickly, further bolstering secondary battery sales. Li-based
secondary batteries are expected to
register the fastest demand gains of
any type of battery due to their high
performance characteristics.
Primary battery suppliers will see
a shift away from low-cost, low-performing battery types toward higher
output, more expensive primary batteries, which will contribute to value
growth through 2016. Demand for
these batteries will be spurred by
greater use of devices traditionally
powered by primary types – such as
flashlights and electronic lanterns,
clocks and radios – as income levels
climb in developing nations.
Battery sales to industrial and
other markets will post the fastest
gains of any market through 2016.
As compared to gross domestic
product, Canada’s intensity of battery use is below the world average
due to Canada’s large natural resource
extraction and service industries.
However, intensity of use for batteries as calculated on a per capita basis is
above the world average.
Battery sales are supported by a
large motor vehicle manufacturing
industry that is closely related to its
US counterpart. As a result, the performances of the Canadian and U.S.
automotive battery markets are generally similar. Per capita consumer
battery sales in Canada tend to be
lower than those in the U.S., reflecting Canada’s lower usage rates of
battery powered devices.
Shipments of batteries from suppliers in Canada totaled US$235 million in 2011, posting minimal gains
over output in 2006, and leaving a
trade deficit equivalent to 80% of
demand. Major suppliers of primary
batteries to Canada include the U.S.,
China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Japan. Secondary batteries are usually
sourced from the U.S., South Korea,
Mexico, China or Germany. The U.S.
is the end destination for the majority
of Canada’s battery exports.
Sales of primary and secondary
batteries in Canada are forecast to rise
3.6%/year to US$1.4 billion in 2016.
Increases will be slower than both the
regional and historical averages.
Shipments of batteries from Canadian suppliers are expected to rise
3.9% per year – faster than the 20062011 average – to US$285 million in
2016. The trade deficit will increase
over the same time period reaching
US$1.1 billion. Domestic market expansion and sales opportunities in the
U.S. and Mexico will be the primary
drivers of growth. Further increases
in output will be dampened by heavy
competition from low-end battery
producers in the developing world and
high-tech products imported from the
U.S., Japan and South Korea.
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ITE Certified 10 to 30 W open frame switching power supplies
TDK-Lambda has introduced the ZWS10-30B series of open-frame, 2-in. wide power supplies, with
output power ratings of 10, 15 and 30 W. The series consumes >0.5 W under no-load conditions (0.2
W typical). Units have a width of 2 in. and a profile of 1 in. or less depending on the output rating.
The 10 W models are 2.89 in. long, the 15 W models are 3.44 in. long, and the 30 W models
are only 4.13 in. long. Operating from a universal 85 to 265 Vac input, the single output
supplies are available with a choice of output voltage, including of 3.3, 5, 12, 15 or 24 Vdc.
EV battery charging system
smart thermal fans
Orion Fans has developed a thermally-controlled series of AC fans
designed for electric vehicle (EV)
charging systems. The smart AC axial
fans feature a ball-bearing design that
can deliver airflows up to 100 CFM
with significantly reduced noise levels. The smart AC fans for electric
vehicle charging systems are available
in either 120 or 230 V. Other AC fans
are available in a wide range of sizes
and voltages with a variety of options.
Innovation Tower in
Ellwangen, Germany is home
to VARTA Microbattery.
AC/DC power supply
with universal input
Environmentally friendly,
Hg 0% (mercury-free) batteries
Absopulse Electronics has announced the PFH 53TF series of
400 W industrial grade AC/DC
switch mode power supplies. The
units employ a power factor corrected input and a following halfbridge stage to convert the universal ac-input voltage (95 to 264
Vac) to 110, 125 or 150 Vdc output with fan cooling. The supplies
meet the EN61000-3-2 directive.
ILock Technology delivers 30%
greater energy density compared to
conventional coin cell batteries.
VARTA V500HT Series batteries
are designed specifically for high
temperature applications.
VARTA Li-Ion Power packs are designed
and manufactured to exacting standards
for a wide variety of products.
From electric bicycle
batteries to server batteries, VARTA
means power to do what's next.
LED controller with
internal PWM generator
Linear Technology has announced
the LT3761, a 60 V DC/DC controller designed to operate as a constantcurrent source and constant-voltage
regulator. Its internal PWM dimming generator makes it suitable for
driving high current LEDs, as well as
for charging batteries.
Contact a VARTA application engineer today to discuss your
next innovative product. VARTA means innovation on the go.
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The changing role of sensors in
industrial automation systems
Drivers include improved quality control, greater system efficiency By Randy Frank, IEEE Fellow
The Festo SOPA air gap sensor
detects whether the workpiece is
present and whether it is in exact
Turck representative Chartwell Automation is finding that OEMs are installing more sensors in more hostile environments than ever.
or industrial automation
systems, the need for greater system efficiency, lower
purchasing and operating
costs, and improved quality control,
are just a few of the driving forces that
dictate a changing role for sensors. In
addition, the need to avoid unscheduled downtime through greater use
of machine monitoring and the increasing use of wireless technology
are directly impacting sensors. Three
suppliers’ provide their perspective in
these areas.
Armin Seitz, Head of Sensors for
Factory Automation at Festo in Germany, sees a major trend in the shift
from simple binary sensors to more
sophisticated, complex sensors with
multiple digital and/or analog outputs.
“Sophisticated sensors deliver more
information in the process that is
used in several different ways, such as:
diagnostics; fast adaption on production changes; improved quality control in production; and higher precision requirements in production.”
For example, Festo’s SOPA is an
air gap sensor for the machine tool
industry to observe the correct seating of a workpiece on the base plate
to ensure machining accuracy. The
sensor provides customers an easy
initial set-up, pressure change com14
pensation, and an electronic adjustment of the threshold. As a result,
users save time due to a set-up that
minimizes subsequent sensor resets
for every change in production.
Steve Boehmer, vice-president
of sales & marketing for Chartwell
Automation in Markham, ON, that
represents Turck, said OEMs are
installing more sensors in more hostile environments than ever before.
“Traditional sensing products that
are typically rated -25º to 70ºC simply don’t work in these more hostile
environments,” he noted.
In addition to sensors with 100ºC
or higher or -40ºC or lower temperature ratings, high vibration requirements for sensors are increasing
as well. In spite of the increased requirements, quality cannot be compromised. “Certainly, in the Ontario
market, here so much of what we are
doing is automotive, or automotive
related, downtime is a huge, huge
factor,” explained Boehmer.
One of the keys to satisfy cus-Honeywell’s WLS Heavy-Duty
Switch is designed for wireless
position sensing or presence/
absence detection in industrial
and other applications.
tomers seeking high reliability in
these more hostile environments is a
broad portfolio with a broad line of
solutions offered to obtain the right
sensor rather than a “one size fits all”
solution. “One of the stand-up products over the last five years has been
a product called the UProx+,” says
Boehmer. Turck continues to optimize and expand the range of its UProx+ proximity sensor family.
Claude Hajji, president of X
Tronics – that represents Honeywell
Sensors in Canada – sees a trend
towards using wireless sensor and
switch technologies. “We see this as
the single largest trend that will impact the industrial automation market in the next 5 years,” he said. Hajji
expects that within 10 years, wireless
sensors and switches will be used
throughout manufacturing plants,
particularly in the automotive market.
For the industrial automation
market, the use of wireless sensing is driven by a need for simplicity, ease of setup, and manufacturing
cost competitiveness. Honeywell says
that wireless switching can save up to
60% compared to traditional wired
switching by reducing installation
time, conduit, wire, clips, and other
“We are currently working with
a major automotive manufacturing
facility that is looking at standardizing on as much wireless (products) as
possible, says Hajji.
Honeywell’s recently launched
wireless technology microsite showcases wireless products for the industrial automation market. Using
the global, license-free RF wireless
802.15.4 WPAN 2-Honeywell Limitless Wireless Din-Rail Receiver
protocol, Honeywell’s Limitless wireless network provides up to a 305 m
line-of-sight communication range as
well as prolonged battery life through
the use of advanced power management technology.
Hajji offered insight regarding
what automation customers can expect in the near future for wireless
sensing. He says that Honeywell is
currently working on wireless pressure sensors and transducers to expand their wireless product offerings
and has a finalized design on a wireless proximity sensor as well.
Based on the number of critical
driving forces for industrial automation improvements, expect more sensor changes in 2013.
Randy Frank ([email protected]) is the author
of Understanding Smart Sensors. The third
edition published in 2013.
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Juggling product compliance
and a global supply chain
Flextronics adds value, maintains social responsibility with PTC Windchill software
• Effective out-of-the-box solution to keep costs
Flextronics is well known for providing integrated
solutions and services that span the full product lifecycle, from design to manufacturing to distribution and
a broad range of aftermarket services. The company
is also noted for providing a single source solution for
environmental compliance needs.
That distinction is due to Flextronics implementing PTC Windchill Product Analytics as its compliance and environmental data
management solution. After spending one year analyzing all the product analytics options, Flextronics
selected PTC for its patented technology for BoM aggregation and
analysis, as well as its out of the box
support for managing critical regulations and ongoing updates.
“PTC Windchill Product Analytics is the master system for all of
our environmental data. As it autoPTC Windchill Product Analytics is the master system for all of the
matically calculates compliance and
environmental data necessary for Flextronics to calculate compliance in
generates compliance status, this indifferent jurisdictions around the world.
formation is transferred to our PLM
tomer base spanning several markets and industries, and ERP systems where it is linked to development,
purchasing and receiving functions,” said Ricci. “PTC
Flextronics provides value to its customers not only
Windchill Product Analytics allows us to ensure prodthrough execution, but also through social and enviuct designs are compliant. In this way we can guarronmental responsibility and services.
antee that materials from our warehouse all the way
According to Bill Ricci, senior director, Supplier
Quality Systems, Global Procurement Organization, through our production line and shipping are correct.”
Flextronics, “the number of environmental compliBenefits from the PTC solution to Flextronics:
ance regulations worldwide has grown at an expo• Ensures compliance with regulations (e.g.
nential rate and we do not expect this rate to slow
REACH, RoHS, RoHS2 (Recast), Conflict Mindown in the future.
erals, CA Proposition 65, EPEAT) and additional
“Our customers are not only looking to us to
customer requirements;
ensure product compliance with today’s regulations,
• Automatically requests and validates data directly
but also to assess and minimize the risk posed by pofrom suppliers utilizing 1752A standard;
tential future regulatory changes.”
• Enables customers to leverage multiple disclosure types, from yes/no certificates to full mateMega challenges identified by Flextronics:
rial disclosure;
• Rapidly growing number and increasingly more
• Simple dashboard to show compliance with mulcomplex environmental compliance regulations
tiple regulations and customer requirements;
worldwide with little global harmonization;
• Roll up of data to BoM or Assembly level if desired
• Existing government compliance regulations and
or just provide data for each component; and,
customer requirements continue to evolve; and,
• Adaptable outputs for customer requirements.
• Environmental mega trends, including natural
Direct benefits to customers include:
resource shortages, climate change and hazard• Confidence that materials and suppliers are envious materials management.
ronmentally low risk;
• Confidence that the manufacturing process is enFlextronics’ system needs include:
vironmentally controlled; and,
• Track regulations and product compliance re• Expertise and collaborative partnerships that serquirements relevant to the markets served;
vice Flextronics customers.
• Systematically collect and validate required prodFlextronics now has a systematic approach to
uct and supply chain data;
acquire data, coupled with early and ongoing assess• Establish a centralized solution that can be leverments, into product and supply chain risks, which
aged across Flextronics locations;
enables corrective action to ensure compliance and
• Report accurate pass/fail compliance status to
improve performance.
key stakeholders in multiple Product Lifecycle
Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource
This article was contributed by PTC.
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s a socially-responsible, global leader in
design, manufacturing, distribution and
aftermarket services with annual sales of
more than $30 billion, Flextronics provides end-to-end supply chain solutions through its
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8-channel wireless thermocouple module
The 8 channel wireless thermocouple input module supports thermocouple types J, K, T, E,N, R, S and B.
The OM-WLS-TC can be operated as a standalone plug-and-play device when connected directly to the
computer’s USB port or as a remote wireless device that communicates with the computer
through the OM-WLS-IFC USB-to-wireless interface. The module is CE compliant.
Potentiometer selected for
Encompass program
All-in-one photoelectric
Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced Series
61 photoelectric sensors. The UL and
cUL listed sensors are available in DC
models with Pepperl+Fuchs’ 4-in1 output and AC/DC models with
SPDT relay output. The output automatically sinks or sources depending
upon the load detected, simplifying
set-up while reducing costs and stock
requirements by delivering four output options from a single sensor. Both
4-in-1 output models and SPDT output models include Standard Diffuse
mode offering a 1 m or 4 m sensing
range, diffuse with background suppression mode offering a 500 mm or
2 m sensing range, polarized retroreflective mode (18 m range) and thrubeam mode (60 m range).
Airflow sensor ranges
up to 20 SLPM
Honeywell has expanded its
Zephyr airflow sensor HAF series
portfolio with digital versions that
provide airflow ranges of 0 to 20
SLPM and 0 to 200 SLPM. Benefits include a Total Error Band of
±4% reading and a high accuracy
of ±3.5% reading and multiple
mechanical configurations such
as manifold mount, male and female fittings.
The Posital Programmable Potentiometer from Fraba has been added to
the list of products referenced by the
Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork. Through Encompass Product
Partners, designers can locate complementary products to solve application challenges. The non-contact
sensor product is based on a magnetic
sensor technology that requires no
physical contact between rotating
components and the sensor element.
Miniature accelerometers for automotive testing
Kistler has announced miniature accelerometers for automotive component durability testing. Available in measurement ranges of ±50, ±250 and ±500 g, the
low-noise Type 8766A incorporates Kistler’s proprietary PiezoStar shear element
quartz crystal technology. Piezoelectric sensing elements of the unit 8766A are
housed within a welded, hermetically sealed, low-mass titanium housing, finishing
in a ¼-28 automotive connector. Type 8763B, a miniature triaxial IEPE (voltage
output) accelerometer, and the Type 8395A triaxial version designed to simultaneously measure acceleration and LF vibration in 3 axes (x, y and z), are also available.
MEMs pressure sensors
Melexis has introduced packaged
MEMs pressure
sensors. The device is an AEC
Q100 qualified relative pressure
sensor targeted at 1 Bar applications. The company’s proprietary
piezo-resistive MEMS technology is combined with an accurate
sensing element, low noise analog
front end, and 16-bit sigma-delta
A/D converter. The resulting analog chain provides the necessary
amplification and offset compensation for the sensing element.
The built-in 16-bit MCU deals
with temperature compensation
and supplies the diagnostics required for safety critical applications. An EEPROM supports different configurations.
White paper identifies selection of positioning sensors
Turck has announced a white paper, How to Select the Right Positioning Sensor Solution,
is available for download at or on its website. The white paper provides
an explanation of how sensors using the resistance inductance capacitance (RLC) technology enhance position sensing in industrial applications. Sensors using the RLC operating
principle are designed for accuracy, flexibility and durability.
Expanded ultrasonic sensor line
AutomationDirect’s ultrasonic sensor offering now includes additional 18 mm
round plastic DC models. The UK1 series are IP67 rated sensors with a 15
to 30 Vdc operating range and are fitted with an M12 quick-disconnect. The
series offers six different output types: single PNP, Dual PNP, 4 to 20 mA only,
0 to 10 V only, PNP and 0 to 10 V, and PNP and 4 to 20 mA. Models are available in four different sensing ranges: 50 to 400, 100 to 900, 150 to 1600 and
200 to 2200 mm. The series is cULus, CE and RoHS approved.
50 mA surface mount
chip fuse
Schurter has introduced a surface
mount chip fuse in a 50 mA rating for
its USFF series. The USFF 1206 uses
wire-bonding technology for reliable
operation of ambient temperatures
from 55° to 90°C. The fuse is suitable
for the protection of smart metering
systems, has cURus certification, is
halogen-free and conforms to RoHS.
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3-position grip
Miniature, antistatic, snap-in
keylock switch
IDEC HE2G grip switches
provide dual enabling con-tacts with a separate actuator
for each contact. By using these
switches in conjunction with an
IDEC safety relay module or safety
controller, users can achieve Category 4 safety
levels. Grip switches can be equipped with additional control units such as an E-stop, indicator light,
momentary pushbutton, and/or key selector switch.
The three-position switch features a curved ergonomic grip and is UL recognized, CE marked and have an
IP67 degree of protection.
RoHS-compliant door interlock switch
C&K Components has developed a snap-mount interlock
pushbutton switch for door interlock systems. The DS series interlock switch provides
latching or momentary actions
to deliver a variety of integration
options, including typical applications as a detection switch or
a circuit interrupt in harsh environments. The single- or double-pole double-throw switches
are RoHS-compliant and made
of halogen free material. The
dielectric strength is measured
at 1500 V (50 to 60Hz at sea level) and insulated at 100
mohms (minimum) with initial contact resistance rated at
30 milliohms.
Instrumentation grade reed relays
Standex-Meder Electronics has announced its
CRF series of instrumentation grade reed relays.
The relays are said to be the smallest in the industry, at 3.4 mm high, and come with an internal
magnetic shield that allows them to be stacked
side by side without concern for magnetic coupling effects. The relays have a flat insertion loss
curve from DC up to 7 GHz, attained by keeping the signal path as short as possible and using an internal coaxial shield with a consistent 50
ohm impedance path. Packaged in epoxy overmolded ceramic, with a heat-conducting alumina
substrate, the RoHS compliant units provide an
offset voltage of <1 µV.
NKK Switches has announced the availability of the SK Series of miniature, antistatic, snap-in keylock switches. The SP3T
series housing and bushing are made of
glass fibre-reinforced polyester capable of
withstanding 15 kV of electrostatic discharge. The devices are offered with solder
lug and 1.8 mm quick connect. Panel cutout dimensions are 1.0 to 2.0 mm. The mechanical life is rated at 30,000 operations
minimum, while electrical life is at 10,000
operations minimum.
Intelligent universal safety relay
Wieland Electric universal safety relays now include a 22.5
mm wide version. The SNO 4083KM series relay is suitable
for safety functions from conventional emergency stop, safety
door monitoring, and monitoring of electro-sensitive protective
equipment (ESPE) – type 4 (safety light curtain) – to the monitoring of pressure mats or coded magnet switches with open/
close contact pairs.
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Lithium Battery Holders
CR 1/ 2 AA, CR 2 / 3 A, CR 1 / 3 N
Metal pushbutton switch
with ceramic actuator
Schurter has introduced the MSM
CS, a metal pushbutton switch with
a patented ceramic actuator. The ceramic actuator allows for fully transparent backlighting in red, green,
blue or white. The non-illuminated
version offers a translucent actuating
surface. Black lettering can be applied
directly on the ceramic material. The
switch has a 1.7 mm profile, with an
impact rating of IK07. The IP69K
rated unit is UL, CSA and ENEC approved. Current rating is 0.1 to 10 A.
Made of Glass Filled Nylon that withstands
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Bayonet locking panel mounted receptacle available with terminal blocks
The RJ45 Cat. 5e IP67 rated connectors from Conec are suitable for applications such as CNC machines, process control, diagnostic systems, network and
telecom systems. This series is now available with terminal blocks whereby the
user can attach the wires to the terminal block by using a blade type screwdriver. Wire sizes from AWG 28 to AWG 16, stranded or solid wires can be
used. The terminal block has identification markings in accordance with EIA/
TIA-568-B2, the hardware on the terminal blocks is RoHS and REACH compliant. Unit housings are available in metalized plastic, nickel plated die cast
and in black plastic.
Connectors for advanced
medical equipment
Lovato has introduced GA series switch disconnectors. Units are available
in a 36 mm wide size rated from 16 to 40 A and a 70 mm wide size rated
from 63 to 125 A. IP65 handles (NEMA 4X), lockable with 3 padlocks in “0”
position are available. Certifications include UL508/CSA 22.2 n°14 for GA
16-40A, UL98/CSA 22.2 n°4 for GA 63-125A and KEMA certification for
GA16-125A. Terminal accessibility is from rear, internal panel door, and dual
breaking contacts with direct opening operation are benefits. A photovoltaic
version is available.
FCI has developed a power distribution connector for medical equipment. The PwrBlade series connector
is designed to handle both power and
high-speed data signals. The series
provides alignment during blind mating. Available in a variety of configurations with either solder or press-fit
board termination, the power distribution connectors feature up to 20
power contacts with zero to 148 signal contacts, and provide three levels
of sequencing of power and signals.
Switch disconnectors rated to 40 A
Plug-in circuit board connections
Han-Fast Lock circuit board connectors from Harting make it possible to
join Han connectors to a circuit board without additional components or
the need to solder connections. That, in turn, allows PCB manufacturers
to connect up to 60 A to a PCB via a drilled hole and a pad.
The inner surface of the plated, drilled contact hole serves
as the interface. The connector is simply inserted into the
contact hole. The locking pin is pushed in, locking the
contact into position. Only one contact point is needed
to make the connection. The unit takes up to a 10
mm2/7 AWG wire.
Overmolded Mil-Spec
Turck has introduced overmolded
Mil-Spec cordsets that are said to
offer a more robust connectivity
solution than field-assembled versions. Cordsets are factory tested
to ensure optimal performance
for applications in harsh environments, including automotive, mobile equipment and oil and gas.
Units are available in shell sizes
8-24, in addition to threaded, bayonet and reverse bayonet styles.
The products meet NEMA 1, 3,
4 and 6P and are rated IP67 and
IP68. Cable options include NEK
606, ABS and IEEE 1580.
Multi-wire connectors
AutomationDirect has expanded its
ZIPport product line of multi-wire
connectors and accessories. Added
frame sizes include 10 A, 16 A, and
32 B made of heavy-duty metal or
thermoplastic housings. Connector
hoods are available with top entry
and side entry cable passages and
feature Pg threaded cable passages.
ZIPport multi-wire connectors accessories include additional IP66
and IP68 cable glands, Pg to NPT
adapters and blanking plugs; insert
plates are available in blank, reducer
and cutout styles. Code pin kits are
available where identical connectors
could be incorrectly coupled.
Non-contact RFID interlock switches
MHS3A non-contact, RFID-coded, magnetic safety interlock switches have
been announced by IDEC. Designed to be used in applications where no
contact is desired between the switch and its actuating key, the Category 4
and PLe compliant, safety switches ensure detection of slow moving, open,
sliding and rattling doors by using RFID signals to actuate the switch when in close proximity. The IP67 rated units have 3
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Wireless connectivity to clamp meters includes mobile apps
HF test probe sockets
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the addition of wireless connectivity to its U1210
Series clamp meter. It also added new capabilities, including voice output and remote hosting, to the Mobile Meter and Mobile Logger applications that support the company’s wireless connectivity solution for handheld digital multimeters and clamp meters. To enable
wireless connectivity, the U1210A Series clamp meter is now compatible with the optional
Agilent U1177A IR-to-Bluetooth adapter. With a range of up to 10 m, this capability enables measurements of large currents at a safe distance. The applications run on most Android-based smartphones or tablets, as well as Windows-based PCs.
Aries Electronics has introduced
machined high-frequency centre probe test sockets to accommodate IC devices with a lead
pitch of 0.30 mm. The sockets
are suitable for a wide variety of
BGA, CSP and MLF packages.
Units have a four-point crown
or sharp point gold plated 0.30
mm pitch probe pin, spring and
flanged bottom pin, which contacts the tail of the probe pin to
shorten the signal path.
RTO oscilloscopes verify compliance of USB interfaces
Rohde & Schwarz has introduced R&S RTO-K21 USB 2.0 compliance test software for its R&S RTO high-performance oscilloscope. The software offers scenarios for testing USB 2.0 devices (DUT) when functioning as a device, host or
hub. The different tests include verification of the signal quality, the exchange of
data packets, the timing between the transmitter and receiver, and the receiver
sensitivity. The compliance test software runs on a PC. It controls the oscilloscope and the DUT that is connected via a test fixture. Image-based instructions
provide step-by-step support during the measurements. The automatically generated measurement report documents the test results: Users can add measurement
details and screenshots and output the report in PDF, RTF or HTML format.
Vibrating sample
Electromagnet-based vibrating
sample magnetometer (VSM)
systems from Lake Shore Cryotronics are said to meet the demands of new materials that are
entering the market. Lake Shore
VSM systems are used to characterize the DC magnetic properties of materials as a function
of magnetic field, temperature
and time.
Entry level oscilloscopes
Tektronix, Inc. has introduced
the TBS1000 series of entry-level
oscilloscopes said to provide electrical engineers, educators and
hobbyist an affordable, dependable and full-featured tool for a
wide variety of general purpose
electronics test applications. The
oscilloscopes deliver 1 GS/s or
500 MS/s sample rates and 3%
DC gain accuracy down to 2 mV.
A new waveform data logging
feature allows users to save up to
8 h of triggered waveforms to a
USB flash drive.
Source Modules compatible with 20 GHz signal
For generating synthesized millimeter wave signals, OML has announced
source module compatibility with Hittite’s Signal Generators (HMCT2220 series). The source module technology multiplies the microwave
signal generator characteristics to the millimeter wave spectrum from 50
GHz to 0.5 THz. In the multiplication process,
the source module degrades the input phase
noise characteristics by a factor of 20 log
(N), where N is the overall multiplier of the
module. In the WR-12 band from 60
to 90 GHz (where N is equal to six),
the typical output phase noise at 100
kHz offset is -76 dBc/Hz.
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ATR enclosures suitable for avionics
Pixus Technologies has announced ATR (Austin Turnbull Radio) enclosures for avionics and
other applications. The first in the series is a conduction-cooled 1/2 ATR short, developed
utilizing the frame from partner Wakefield-Vette. The series offers various sizes and configurations of enclosures, in both fan convection and conduction-cooled versions.
Air conditioners for
indoor cooling
PC industrial enclosures
Rittal Systems offers the PC
series industrial enclosure to house
a PC, monitor, keyboard and mouse
for factory automation applications.
The IP55/NEMA 12 units include
a door, mounting compartment and
keyboard drawer. Supports are constructed from sheet steel, handles and
decorative trim panels from plastic
and door trim panels from aluminum.
Enclosure dimensions are 600 x 1600
x 636 mm (W x H x D), keyboard
dimensions are 480 mm wide (max.)
x 70 mm tall (max.) x 260 mm deep
(max.) and overall weight is 118 kg.
Adhesive vent reduces
W. L. Gore & Associates has
introduced an adhesive vent
specifically engineered for small
enclosures, such as displays for
electric bikes, mobility aids and
heavy duty equipment. Available
in standard packaging of five
parts across a 41-mm wide carrier, the 2.0 x 5.0 mm VE80205
vent has a typical airflow of
103.62 ml/min/cm2.
Pentair Equipment Protection has
introduced McLean Spectracool
compact air conditioners. Designed
to efficiently deliver cooling to sensitive electronics within enclosures, the
units provide 1000 and 2000 BTU/h
(293 and 585 W) of cooling in a 17in. tall by 12-in. wide footprint to fit
smaller enclosures for indoors. The
units feature a dust-resistant treated
coil to support filter-less operation.
IP65 extruded aluminum enclosures
TEKO has extended its TEKAM range of extruded aluminum enclosures with models sealed to IP65. The multi-colored sealing gaskets can be used for product or brand identification. Each enclosure
consists of an extruded case body with two die cast end panels that
are assembled by four or eight self-tapping screws. The case extrusion includes a series of internal guide rails for mounting slide-in
PCBs. External dimensions from 2.75 x 2.36 x 1.22 in. to 6.89 x 4.17
x 1.81 in.
instrumentation cases
Hammond Electronics’ 1553T
range of T flame-retardant ABS
cases is designed for use in a wide
variety of hand-held instrumentation, data capture and controller
applications. Initially available in
two sizes, 165 x 80 x 28 mm and
210 x 100 x 32 mm, the enclosures
feature recessed areas for keypads
and displays and are available
with or without a battery compartment. Versions without a battery box have two removable end
panels; the battery versions have a
single panel at the top of the unit.
The battery box in the larger unit
accepts 4 x AA or 2 x 9 V cuboid
batteries and 2 x AA or 1 x 9 V in
the smaller.
Extended range of instrument enclosures
Metcase has extended its Unicase range of aluminum instrument enclosures with ten new
models in black. The enclosures are offered in two styles: regular and slimline. There are ten
standard sizes with externals dimensions from 5.11 x 7.08 x 1.96 in. to 18.66 x 11.81 x 5.29
in. All versions are now available painted in black or light gray. The enclosures are supplied
flat packed and assemble in a few minutes. The assembly consists of the top and base covers, two internal assembly extrusions and anodized front and rear panels. Internal assembly
extrusions also include guide rails for mounting slide-in PCBs and chassis plates.
Heater option for air conditioned cabinets
EIC Solutions, Inc. has introduced a heating option for EIC thermoelectric
air conditioners used in its electronic/electrical enclosures. The heater is integrated into the air conditioning unit and control system – no dimensional
changes to the transit case or enclosure are necessary. The heating function
is automatically activated when the internal temperature of the enclosure falls
below 45ºF. Shut off is at 55ºF. The heater is controlled by an independent
thermostat and no settings or adjustments are required.
Pocket guide to systems,
solutions enclosures
Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced the
Systems & Solutions Enclosures
Pocket Guide. This guide provides
an overview of enclosure solutions
for oil refining
purification, biodiesel
chemical, petrochemical,
solar grade silicone manufacturing, wastewater and power generation-related
applications. Each enclosure solution also indicates relevant location
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Inside the Apple iPad (version 4)
The A6X processor – a new beast on the block!
Well, firstly, it did not go to the
he focus of this Apple iPad
CPU core. The A6X uses the identi(version 4) teardown will
cal CPU to the A6 – same size, same
be on its A6X processor
layout. This is not surprising given
board, as it sets this hardthat the prior CPU used custom layware release from predecessors.
out techniques, and
The most obvitherefore it would
ous overall concluGPU CORES
be a huge amount
sion we can come to,
SHOULD RESULT IN of work to redesign
is that this new iPad
so soon. Much of
continues the Apple
the extra area has
tradition of re-use
gone to the GPU
among their handYOUR IPAD
cores that are up
held devices.
from three to four.
This is not just an
More notable is that each of these
A6 with a couple minor tweaks. The
GPU cores is much larger. On the
A6 is 94 mm2 while the A6X is 123
A6X each GPU core is 8.7 mm2
mm2 – a full 30% larger. So where
did that extra area go?
while the A6 GPU cores are only
5.4 mm2. The overall area occupied
by the A6X GPU cores is more than
double that of the A6!
So we see that of the 29 mm2 of
new area on the A6X – a full 18.6
mm2 – is the result of the increased
quantity of graphics processing. Impressive!
Additionally, if you look closely
at the GPU cores (which our high
magnification scopes allow us to
do), we can see they are actually split
into sub-cores themselves. Each
GPU core is sub-divided into nine
sub-cores (two sets of four identical
sub-cores, plus a central core). This
could be done to allow for more efficient parallel processing, or to allow
for a higher maximum clock rate.
In either case, these GPUs should
result in some blazing graphics on
your iPad.
Other items of note related to
the processor:
• It looks like the A6X has double
the SDRAM interface width
of the A6 (again likely to allow
for greater graphics processing
• Other than the CPU, it appears
all the other digital cores have
new layouts. This chip is not just
a minor tweak from the A6, a lot
of work has gone into this.
• Apple has reduced the number
of core PLLs needed from nine
on the A6 to eight on the A6X.
However they have moved them
close to the middle of the chip
that may allow for better control
over clock skew across the chip.
• Many of the analog and interface
cores have been reused from the
A6, however there are also some
new interface blocks.
This article was contributed by Chipworks.
Chipworks saw that of the 29 mm2 of new area on the A6X processor – a full 18.6 mm2
– is the result of the increased quantity of graphics processing.
Here are some other identifiable components from the iPad V4’s BOM:
SAKM 8975/B227T electronic compass
Apple 343S0622-A1 Dialog Semi PMIC
Apple 338S1077 Cirrus Logic class D amplifier
Apple 338S1077 Cirrus Logic class D amplifier
Hynix H2JTDG8UD2MBR 16 GB NAND flash
Apple 338S1116 Cirrus Logic audio codec
Murata 339S0171 Broadcom BCM4334 WiFi module
Fairchild BCHAH/FDMC voltage regulator/reference
Fairchild BCHAH/FDMC voltage regulator/reference
Elpida B4064B3MA-1D-F/333S0638 512 MB LP DDR2 SDRAM
Elpida B4064B3MA-1D-F/333S0638 512 MB LP DDR2 SDRAM
Texas Instruments CD3240B0 touch screen line driver
Broadcom BCM5973A1 touch screen controller
Broadcom BCM5974 touch screen controller
Omnivision OV290BA 5 Mp CMOS image sensor
Omnivision OV2C3B8E 1.2 Mp CMOS image sensor
STMicroelectronics AGD8/2234 gyroscope
STMicroelectronics A233/33DH accelerometer.
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Thermoelectric generators for energy harvesting
Nextreme Thermal Solutions has announced the eTEG PG8000 series
of thin-film thermoelectric power generators. The series harvests waste
heat from thermal sources, converting it into electricity for a variety of
self-powered applications in the wireless sensor, automotive, aerospace,
industrial and medical device markets. The series includes five new modules that can produce between 2.7 to 21.6 mW of output power.
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National Instruments has added six new modules to its C
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options for NI CompactRIO and NI CompactDAQ devices.
With over 100 different modules, the C Series platform is
said to allow engineers to accurately take almost any measurement, including thermocouple, voltage, current, resistance and strain. Units include: NI 9467 GPS synchronization module; NI 9469 chassis synchronization module;
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AutomationDirect has announced
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Integrated microwave
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Aeroflex Inc. has announced the
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