If prices of thermal imaging cameras seem to you to be high, but you´d like to take advantage of a graphic temperature displaying, then the TG165 is the right device for you.
Infrared thermometer or infrared camera? A typical dilemma, which device to choose can be solved very simply – by a purchase of imaging thermometer Flir TG165!
Thermal imaging camera is a great thing for various industrial segments, as we described to you for example in our article „Even hidden faults can be found with FLIR thermal cameras”. Perhaps the only disadvantage of quality thermal cameras are their prices. Especially for a casual usage perhaps majority of us will consider the 1000+ EURO investment for such a device.
A good job can be also done by an IR thermometer but by its usage we´re missing a unique feature of visual imaging of a temperature distribution in a given device. In reality perhaps nobody is able to make for example 3600 measurements ( 60x60px) within few seconds and consequently to make an idea how it looks with a temperature in a given device.
From this point of view – the novelty of company Flir – TG165 is a unique device intended for everyone, who wants to have a visual idea about temperature for an affordable price. TG165 is a combination of a quality IR “point” thermometer (24:1) with an IR camera with a new Flir „LeptonR“ chip.
Without a useless “going around” it can be straightly said, that the imaging functionality of TG165 has a fix-set range and that it´s not possible to exactly determine temperature from a displayed image (except a middle of the image, where it is measured exactly by a central thermometer). However, usually in praxis it doesn´t matter at all, because such imaging is sufficient to discover warmer/ colder places and consequently – it´s possible to focus a center of a measured field on a given “suspected” place.
In result, we get a device, which is in praxis fully usable for a visual inspection of distribution boxes, motors, compressors, PCBs and other for a roughly half price of a usual thermal camera.
Also beneficial is a double (diverging) laser, which visually shows a measured area – independently of a distance from a measured object. Professional construction and a sturdy construction is also underlined by a fact, that the device is designed to withstand a fall from a 2m height.
FLIR TG165 – do you know a golden middle way …? – [Link]
Although originally announced back in August, the Creator C120 development board from Imagination Technologies can now be pre-ordered for delivery in January 2015. This capable little board can run Linux and Android. The board’s hardware includes a dual core, 1.2GHz MIPS32 based processor, PowerVR SGX540 graphics, 1GB DDR3 memory and a 4GB flash memory. It comes pre-installed with Debian 7 and other Linux distributions will be available in the future, including Gentoo and Yocto, as well as a version of Debian 7 that complies with the principles of the Free Software Foundation. Users can also install the latest version of Android v4.4.
The Creator C120 dev Board – [Link]
In a bid to encourage greater use of TI’s Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU) built into the Sitara AM335x and AM437x family of devices which power the BeagleBone Black development board Texas have announced the PRU cape. The PRU is made up of dual 200 MHz coprocessors, implementing a low-latency subsystem optimized for deterministic, real-time processing allowing direct access to I/Os. It would be fair to say that this capability is seldom used by BeagleBone developers because it has been found to be complex to program.
The Texas PRU Cape – [Link]
Headless Ghost is a display emulator (dummy plug) that fits discreetly in to a HDMI socket.
It fixes a problem you probably didn’t even know you had – unlocking the full potential of your graphics card hardware.
By simulating the presence of an attached display, Headless Ghost allows you to use all of the power and available resolutions locked away inside your graphics hardware, which might otherwise be disabled when there is no screen available.
Headless Ghost – HDMI emulator – [Link]
Despite a low power consumption this relay handles 5A/250VAC while maintaining a considerably long lifetime.
If we should mark an electronic component by a term “sympathic”, then the FTR-MY MY relay should be one of adepts …. Why? It´s simply chic. FTR-MY is:
- slim (5mm), so it doesn´t take much time on a PCB (only 100 mm2)
- relatively low profile (12mm), so it´s usable in majority of applications
- very sensitive (110 mW), operates even at 54 mW
- handles 5A/250VAC but thanks to bifurcated gold-plated contacts doesn´t have problems neither with small signals
- outstands by long mechanical and electrical lifetime
In praxis it looks so, that on a small PCB space, where we´d usually fit 3 common relays, it´s possible to assemble 10 pcs FTR-MY.
Despite small dimensions FTR-MY has an isolation strength of 3000VAC. Even thanks to a low power consumption, max. operating temperature is +90°C and at the same time FTR-MY enables dense assembly without worry about overheating.
The last bonus of FTR-MY is a considerably affordable price. By its specification, this series is comparable (or even better) with series NY.
Slim, humble and long-age – this is the Fujitsu FTR-MY relay – [Link]
Steve Taranovich @ edn.com:
Panasonic Corporation has developed a pin-shaped Lithium Ion battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g.
This offering will give designers an added choice to their power sources for new designs among paper and thin film batteries but is not an earth-shattering battery breakthrough. EaglePicher has had small LiIon batteries for implantables for a while and Quallion has a 2.6mm diameter by 10.9mm height in their QL0002l device for implantables and sensors—BUT—it has only 1.5 mAh capacity.
Tiny pin-shaped Lithium Ion battery – [Link]
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]