In a break with tradition Textronix have announced their first USB-based item of test equipment. The RSA306 is a spectrum analyzer with a 9 kHz to 6.2 GHz frequency range and a 40 MHz instantaneous bandwidth. According to the press release this is just the first of many test instruments the firm will be launching which takes advantage of the availability of affordable desktop computers and laptops with sufficient processing power to handle complex test and measurement analysis along with high-speed USB 3.0 interfaces.
Tektronix USB Spectrum Analyzer - [Link]
Universal Soft shell connectors MATE-N-LOK from company TE Conectivity belong to the best, what can be found on the market.
In industrial applications we need various connectors. “Various” usually means really various -almost indefinite amount of types, to have a hope to find the right type for our application in a given series of connectors.
High chance for success at searching for a suitable connector provides a group of connector „Soft shell“ from company TE Connectivity. In this group can be found the above mentioned series MATE-N-LOK, which can be securely marked as an industry standard. Series MATE-N-LOK is a four-component system consisting of 2 contacts (pin+socket) and from the connector housings (F+M).
MATE-N-LOK system of connectors provides two basic things usually expected from a connector – reliable contact and a mechanically stable connection of both connector parts. When we add to this an easy assembly and a huge amount of versions, we have a series which gives a presumption, that with these connectors can be solved majority of connections inside a given device. Standard versions, but also versions with sealing (IP56/57), circular, colored, panel/ PCB mount … all these are possibilities of one family. In one line can be 2-10 positions, in a 6-15 matrix.
Connectors have a high current handling capability of 19A/600V and a high-temperature housing material(nylon UL 94-V2/V0) also contributes to overall connector reliability.
A comprehensive overview of „Soft-shell“ connectors TE Connectivity can be found in following catalogue.
Connect and lock – connectors MATE-N-LOK - [Link]
by Martin Rowe @ edn.com:
Teledyne LeCroy has announced the LabMaster 10-100Zi, the world’s first 100-GHz real-time oscilloscope. First demonstrated in 2013, the LabMaster 10-100Zi acquisition module for the LabMaster 10 Zi oscilloscope makes a significant jump in bandwidth over the previous record of 65 GHz, also held by Teledyne LeCroy.
100 GHz real-time oscilloscope arrives - [Link]
What´s more, M66 is currently the smallest quad band GSM/GPRS moduloe in the world … AT the same time it withstands strong frosts, so it´s ready for a wide spectrum of applications.
New extraordinary attractive communication module Quectel M66 asks its place maybe even in your application.
Does it deserve it? Most probably yes. Besides two basic facts mentioned in the name and perex of this article, it offers a lot of “smallnesses” making the life of a developer easier, for example:
- Quectel OpenCPU functionality
- power consumption only 1.3 mA (DRX=9)
- easily applicable LCC package suitable for small and also big production series
- powerful internet protocols embedded
- based on the newest 2G chipset ensuring a long lifetime (availability) of the module
- GPRS multi slot class 12
- 3x UART/ 1x RTC
- DTMF, QuecLocator, QuecFOTA for a simple software update, eCall
What to add? For a real decision and usage in your device we bring you the M66 presentation and mainly a complete documentation M66 (30 MB). In this package can be found a detailed description, various application notes, description of AT commands as well as SW tools.
MM66 offers a stable platform to build a quality product, moreover for an attractive price. As usually, even M66 is also available on a so called adaptor board – M66TE-A nabling usage through a connector – without soldering and also usage in a universal development kit M10EVBKIT.
Within a frame of novelties in Quectel communication modules, there´s also available the second version of the M95 – module – M95 R2.0, marked as M95FA which is fully compatible with a previous version of M95 but it also has another features like digital audio, DSSS a SSL.
Another novelty is the GPS/Glonass module L76 offering an advanced functionality, excellent sensitivity and various services (AlwaysLocate, advanced AGPS, LOCUS, …).
Comprehensive comparison of current Quectel modules can be found in the Quectel v3.4 brochure.
GSM/GPRS module Quectel M66 is proud to be small and that it has a Bluetooth - [Link]
Today, we’ll be discussing Rigol’s MSO2302A Mixed Signal Oscilloscope from the MSO2000A series. Starting at $1,239, this oscilloscope features 300 MHz bandwidth, with 2 giga-samples per second, a memory depth of 14 megapoints (Mpts), with an option up to 56 megapoints. The large 8 inch high resolution screen typical to Rigol scopes allows for easy review of your data. 2 channel input and has an ethernet connection for networking and USB ports to interface with computers, save waveforms to USB storage devices, or print directly to printers.
Tech Lab – Rigol MSO2000A Series Oscilloscopes - [Link]
Professionals, school laboratories and amateurs can now gain this new, extra affordable digital MSO oscilloscope in a limited offer.
Probably you may have noticed, that company Hameg became a member of Rohde&Schwarz group and new oscilloscopes already carry only an R&S logo. However the name of series HMO remains, which represents for several years products with an excellent price/ performance ratio. This time a new member was added to the HMO series – HMO1002, further decreasing a price level while maintaining many features, which usually can´t be found in this price level. For a standard recommended retail price of 798 Euro it provides really a lot.
Moreover, now we offer you a special limited offer in which you can purchase this oscilloscope for only 610 Eur. The offer is valid for the first five pieces and only until stock sell-out.
The 2-channel 2×50 MHz oscilloscope offers a full MSO functionality and after buying an external logic probe HO3508, we´re able to watch analog and digital signals on one screen at once (ideal for measuring AD/DA converters and similar). With a 1Gsample/s sample rate (512Mhz/ channel), 128k FFT, function generator and various math functions, it provides wide possibilities for analysis of circuits. Unique in this class is a 50 MBit/s arbitrary generator, allowing to create 4 bits wide and 2k long custom samples. At the same time, this generator can be set for example in a way to obtain 25 MHz signal (clock) on its output.
Another unique in this price level is a possibility to precisely measure even weak signals thanks to a real sensitivity of 1 mV/division.
HMO1002 is also available in 2×70 MHz and 2×100 MHz versions, but perhaps the mos interesting is a possibility to upgrade the basic type (with 2×50 MHz inputs) anytime later to 70Mhz or 100MHz bandwidth by means of SW Vouchers.
Detailed information will provide you the HMO1002 brochure.
It´s hard to resist to R&S HMO1002 oscilloscope for 610 Euro - [Link]
Compressed gas for cleaning – Dust cleaner, brings huge savings for the price of small limitations.
The name of this article might also be like „Dust Off or Dust Cleaner? Both are the sprays – compressed air for dust removal. Dust Off is a well known, long-term well-proven spray for cleaning from dust and other loose dry particles. Dust Off provides absolute safety in a form of non-flammability. However, this indisputable plus is also reflected in a price.That´s why we bring you also a cheaper alternative – spray Dust Cleaner, which provides practically the same service like Dust Off, but for approximately only a 1/3 price. Even though compressed (liquefied) gas Dust Cleaner is flammable, but it represents much cheaper solution for all cases, when there´s no risk of ignition. for example when we work with a switched-off device, which isn´t hot at the same time and there´s no source of sparks near. That´s why it´s suitable for example for cleaning of:
- plated copper boards (disconnected from a power supply)
- micro-assemblies, servo-motors etc.
- optics, lenses and precision mechanics
- PC and other communication devices
- fans and heatsinks
- fiberglass cables connections
Similarly like Dust Off, even the Dust Cleaner produces a strong air jet, which is in majority of cases strong enough to remove various dry contaminants. It finds its place everywhere, where other cleaning methods (for example with liquids) are not suitable, or they might leave various residues. Detailed information can be found in the Dust Cleaner and also Dust Off datasheets.
Dust Cleaner will blow away dust for a 1/3 price - [Link]
Microchip Technology have announced a computer peripheral 6” touchpad which it claims is the first able to resolve 2D multi-touch and free-space 3D gestures. To detect gestures up to a distance of 70 mm from the pad surface Microchip have used their MGC3130 single-chip gesture recognition and motion tracking controller released in 2012. It works on the principle of electrical near-field sensing. The 2D touch functionality is handled by a PIC32-based PCAP controller type MTCH63104. It handles 12 Rx and 16 Tx nodes, which are located in the centre, on the top layer of the TouchPad PCB between the 3D GestIC Rx electrodes. Microchip’s MTCH652 line driver is used to provide the necessary Tx drive signal up to 18V. The 2D touch pad allows tracking of up to ten simultaneous contacts. Besides the 2D multi-finger tracking functionality, a variety of surface gestures are implemented. These surface gestures can be used, for example, for two-finger scrolling.
3D TouchPad from Microchip - [Link]
by Ben Coxworth @ gizmag.com:
While keeping batteries small and light is definitely a factor with electronic devices in general, it becomes particularly important when dealing with wearable electronics such as smart glasses. With that in mind, Panasonic has just announced its CG-320. Measuring 20 x 3.5 mm, it’s being billed as “the industry’s smallest cylindrical shaped rechargeable Lithium Ion battery.”
The CG-320 weighs 0.6 grams, has a nominal capacity of 13 mAh, a nominal voltage of 3.75 volts, and a maximum charging voltage of 4.2 volts. It also has a stainless steel exterior case, designed to prevent swelling.
Panasonic’s tiny new battery is destined for the wearables market – [Link]
Voltcraft sets of measuring leads provide several reasons why to choose right them.
Maybe we even don´t realize in a common praxis, how important role is played by measuring leads of a measuring device, the most often multimeter. Firstly, they´re “responsible” for a good transfer of a signal to a measuring device and at the same time they perform an important safety function, especially at measuring of higher voltages or on devices, where such a voltage can appear (unexpectedly).
Testing leads are often exposed to a considerable mechanical stress at measuring. As for the safety, especially older or damaged leads need to be replaced soon and better not to risk a possible injury. Older low quality measuring lead often shows small defects and it´s not that rare, when a broken thin wire (one of many which create a stranded wire) penetrates insulation from inside and stays hidden close to an outer surface. Naturally, in this case we can forget the declared properties of such lead.
Measuring/ testing leads Voltcraft are a novelty in our offer:
● MS-4 – set of safety measuring leads 10A/CATIII/1000V. Leads have a quality classic tip, usable even for a banana F socket. Also included are quality crocodile clamps with a thick insulation.
● MS-4N – set of safety measuring leads with an insulation from extra flexible silicone rubber, 10A/ CATIV/ 600V. Easy and safe removing of tips covers thanks to a click mechanism. Indication lug on a red lead for an easy orientation even in twilight. Extraordinary high flexibility makes the measurement especially pleasant and they´re highly resistant to hot surfaces at the same time.
● MS-7 – set of safety measuring leads 20A/CATIV/600V. A set with the highest current handling capacity from these three sets.
All three sets conform to EN61010-031:2008 safety standard and all of them have removable top covers (as illustrated on attached pictures) for comfortable measuring in tiny places (for example on a PCB). Comparison and basic features of these measuring cords can be found in an attached table.
Voltcraft – above standard quality even in measuring leads - [Link]