MEMs

Compact UV Lasers Could ID Substances from a Distance

For soldiers in the field, the ability to identify an object or substance based on how it responds to light could mean the difference between life and death. They could, for example, determine from a safe distance if an approaching person or vehicle is carrying an explosive device or dangerous biological agent.

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White Light LED Source

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) has introduced the X-Cite 120LEDmini – a compact white light LED source for fluorescence imaging applications. Through direct coupling, the X-Cite 120LEDmini provides efficient optical output and exceptional uniformity. The X-Cite 120LEDmini offers broad-spectrum coverage ranging from 370nm to 700nm with high excitation power for popular fluorophores including DAPI, GFP, mCherry, and Cy5. Through USB, TTL or manual control via speedDIAL, a standard component included with the system, the X-Cite 120LEDmini offers convenient control options for any instrument configuration, from basic to fully automated operation.

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Self-Supporting Sponge Connectors

Fujipoly’s (Carteret, NJ) Self-Supporting Sponge Connectors are ideal for connecting LCD panels to circuit boards with a very low deflection force. Each connector is made from an economical and highly reliable Zebra® core that is sandwiched between two soft sponge supports. The silicone rubber “supports” create a larger base width and eliminate the need to install a separate holder. The connector is available in a multitude of widths to accommodate LCD’s with a minimum glass lip overhang of 0.060”/1.5 mm. The carbon-based ZEBRA® connectors can be ordered with 140, 240 or 500 conductive layers per inch and provide a current carrying capacity of .050 mA per .040” x .040” pad.

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Plastic Diffractive Optical Elements

If diffractive optical elements are used at low and medium laser power, then plastic elements may be sufficient instead of using fused silica elements. Laser Components (Bedford, NH) offers Holo/ORs plastic DOEs in different materials: polycarbonate, PMMA, Zeonex, and Zoner. They are produced in large quantities using an injection molding process. Plastic DOEs are used in particular in systems of mass production. For the most part, customers have optics made that feature their required specifications. Holo/OR offers inexpensive tooling and low production costs. Multi-spot DOEs and homogenizers are currently available as standard elements for the wavelengths 850 nm and 532 nm.

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2-D Vision Measuring Systems

Mitutoyo America Corporation (Aurora, IL) has announced the latest version of the Quick Image series 2-D vision measuring system. Two new systems with advanced one-click measuring functionality – available with 0.2X or 0.5X magnification – have been added to the lineup. The Quick Image Telecentric lens design offers a wide field of view and depth of focus, enabling easy measurements on workpieces with multiple step heights. A new one-click measurement function enables measurement and tolerance judgment with a single mouse click. Measurement results are displayed in real time directly on the video image, which enables tolerance limits to be seen at a glance.

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Portable Fluid Chiller

A low temperature fluid chiller, suitable for labs and plants, has been introduced by Thermonics Corp. (Mansfield, MA). The portable chiller recirculates heat-transfer fluids at precise temperatures needed to support industrial applications in chemical, energy, and electronics. The two-stage, cascade refrigeration chiller is capable of reaching –80°C. Designed for reliability during 24/7 temperature control, the fluid chiller is equipped with on-board diagnostics that help predict chiller health and avoid unexpected downtime. An intuitive touch-screen interface allows for set up of thermal profiles, viewing data and trends, and logging diagnostics. Communications interfaces (IEEE, RS232, Ethernet, USB) for remote chiller control.

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FPGA Chip and Protocol

MEN Micro Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) has released the CS1, an FPGA chip with an integrated AFDX protocol that provides a flexible alternative for communication in airplanes. The customizable CS1 enables users to build AFDX-based communication systems independent of a form factor. Specifically designed for the demands of safety-critical avionic applications, the new chip is a DO-254-compliant FPGA, certifiable up to DAL-A, with DAL-D certification support package available in March 2015. Developed according to ARINC 664P7-1, and in consideration of the specific Airbus and Boeing AFDX requirements, the CS1 can be used in applications of both airplane suppliers.

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M-PHY® Multi-Lead Probe

The Teledyne LeCroy M-PHY Multi-lead Probe allows developers using an embedded MPHY bus in their PCB designs to tap into the signal traces directly and capture bus traffic for protocol analysis and debugging. The probe allows for individual connection to each separate transmit-pair and receive- pair of each serial lane, allowing flexibility to connect to any accessible points on the surface of the PCB. Each connection uses a high-impedance electrical probe to minimize perturbation of the M-PHY bus signals, while providing reliable capture of all M-PHY traffic.

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VMEbus 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 Processor Board

Concurrent Technologies (Colchester, UK) has announced VP B1x/msd, a 6U VME board based on a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 processor. The headline variant of VP B1x/msd uses the quad-core i7-4700EQ processor that features new instructions to enhance vector processing and security along with improved graphics capability. Variants are also offered based on i5-4410E and i5-4422E processors for dual core based performance and power optimized solutions. All processor variants include Intel HD Graphics 4600 which has 20 execution units and can support three simultaneous display outputs.

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Low-Profile AC-DC Power Supplies

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) recently introduced the new low-profile TERa Series of Advanced Thermal Technology AC-DC power supplies. The TERa family offers three output power classes of 700, 1200 and 2000 Watts that are uniquely sealed in a heat conducting potting material. Featuring an ultra-wide temperature range of –50°C to 85°C, these units are designed for easy-to-connect parallel/ series operation if higher power or redundancy is needed.

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