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Current transformers shape up for wind power systems

harting 15.37.06

Harting has announced a range of current transformers with an eye to wind energy system developments. The window type current transformers can be used to measure the feed from decentralised power generation plants for billing activity with the network operator. The transformers incorporate a transducer that has a rectangular shape with a cut that is selected so that it fits ...

Touch sensor will measure force too

Zytronic

Zytronic, the supplier of rugged projected capacitive touch sensor technology, has added force sensing to its sensor range which will allow systems to differentiate between a soft and hard touch. Force or pressure sensing is becoming available on smartphones and UK-based Zytronic is bringing it to retail and industrial applications. Its approach is based on a measurement of the surface ...

PXIe-based wafer tester has 10fA current sensitivity

NI PXIe-4135 SMU

NI has introduced a PXIe module source measure unit (SMU) with a measurement sensitivity of 10fA and capable of driving a voltage output up to 200V. The PXIe-4135 SMU has the low-current accuracy and can provide up to 68 channels in a single PXI chassis for wafer-level parametric test, materials research and characterisation of low-current sensors and ICs. The PXIe ...

Intel invests $1.5m in IoT chip R&D in Ireland

Intel Ireland

Intel has committed to invest $1.5m over the next three years in research in semiconductor materials, devices and photonics technologies at Tyndall National Institute,  the Irish ICT research institute. Intel has been investing in research at the Cork-based institute since 2009. Bernie Capraro, Research Manager, Silicon Technology at Intel Ireland, said: “The standard of work from Tyndall researchers is top-class, from ...

Personal healthcare terminals need good power design

22jun16linear

Portable medical monitors and terminals will move more healthcare to the patient’s home and this is creating special requirements for designing the power systems which allow safe and reliable operation, writes Tony Armstrong Portable and wireless medical instruments rely on low power operation, however, unlike many other low power applications, these types of medical products typically have much higher standards ...

Qualcomm offers 6GHz radio chips for early 5G launch

Qualcomm (1)

Qualcomm has developed a prototype radio system for 5G mobile communications research and first network trials. Interestingly, this latest 5G prototype system from Qualcomm operates in the sub-6GHz spectrum bands and not in the millimetre-wave (28-65GHz) frequency bands. However, this just confirms the likelihood of a two stage introduction of 5G services over the next five years or so. First ...

Makers make their mark with distributors

Recent company acquisitions in the component distribution sector may only be the start of things. Since selling over the internet changed the way companies and so-called “maker” designers find and buy new components, the distribution business has been turned on its head. For decades the component distribution business was straight-forward. Supply companies with components for new design projects and pick ...