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FreeStor Software now available throughout EMEA FalconStor Software, a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, is now making its FreeStor platform available in the EMEA region through London-based Beta Distribution, one of the UK’s largest independently owned IT product distributors. By distributing only a small handful of vendors and products in each category – FalconStor now one of them – Beta is able to offer best-of-breed IT products at competitive pricing. As the first to resell FreeStor in the UK, Beta will take a lead role in the country and more broadly throughout EMEA, particularly in the – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg where the demand is strong. With FreeStor, resellers have a trouble-free way to transition their customers’ legacy storage environments to modern paradigms like flash and cloud. Beta Distribution PLC www.betadistribution.com Compensated, amplified pressure sensor takes 1 psi to 150 psi Acal BFi is now stocking Honeywell’s new ABP series of basic amplified board mount pressure sensors to the European market. Boasting high performance and reliability in a compact package, Honeywell’s ABP series provides the industry’s smallest, compensated, amplified pressure sensor in its class at 8x7x3mm. In addition, its small size helps to significantly save board space and reduce manufacturing costs and its low current consumption (2uA) with sleep mode enabled allows for use in battery powered applications. Suitable for use across a wide pressure range, from 1 psi to 150 psi, the ABP series is ideal for medical and industrial applications, including blood pressure monitoring, ventilators and air brakes due to its enhanced sensitivity. Acal BFi www.acalbfi.com USB-to-SDIO host IC expands microSDcompatibility Designed by Elan Digital Systems, the VUB300 is a unique IC that converts a USB interface into an SDIO Host Interface, suited to SD or microSD cards. The VUB300 is a single-chip USB-to-SDIO hardware bridge that allows SDIO- and SD-compliant devices to be connected to any host PC via its USB port. The VUB300 is the ideal solution when a target system has no spare SDIO ports but does have available USB ports. The capability and intelligence to handle both the USB and SDIO protocols is all in hardware, allowing the IC to seamlessly translate data between the two formats. Saelig www.saelig.com Crowdfunded CodeBug nano-board now at element14 CodeBug is a GBP12.50 crowdfunded nano-board designed to teach beginners the fundamentals of programming and electronics in a friendly non-intimidating way. First announced on Kickstarter in March 2015, following 3 years of development, CodeBug made the leap into mainstream development and is now being launched on a global scale with the help of electronics distributor element14. CodeBug defines a new class of microprocessor board that anyone can get results with in minutes using just a web browser. The device is programmed in a standard web browser through the companion website www.codebug.org.uk with the drag and drop ‘Blockly’ blocks, eliminating the need for any complicated setup or drivers/software to be installed. Farnell element14 www.element14.com/codebug Right angle tricolour SMT LEDs light up to 155 degrees Kingbright’s KPFA-3011 series of tricolour (RGB) chip-type LEDs are now available in the UK from specialist passives distributor Components Bureau. Featuring a wide viewing angle (up to 155 degrees), the compact size, narrow footprint and low profile (only 1.0mm high) makes this right-angle LED well suited for backlighting and indicator panel applications. Each of the three colours on the KPFA-3011 series LED can be controlled independently via the 6-pin inputs. To facilitate pick and place, the LEDs are tape & reel packaged with a moisture sensitivity level (MSL) of 3 and in quantities of 2000 pieces. Components Bureau www.componentsbureau.com RS adds electrical design tool to free CAD portfolio DesignSpark Electrical is the latest free software package to be made available by distributor RS Components. The tool brings time-saving and error-reduction benefits to electrical system design, RS says. In electrical design, there are many engineers who have not had the productivity gains taken for granted in, for example, the PCB design sector – RS asserts. The tool offers a wiring-based approach – wiring line diagrams – to system planning that is familiar to electronic and PCB engineers. From a connectivity base, engineers can call real components from a library, complete connectivity with automatic wire numbering (maintained through changes), and proceed to populate cabinets, with assistance in making the optimum choice in terms of cabinet size and similar parameters. RS Components www.rs-online.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2015 49


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