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Reader O f f er Grab Altera’s latest MAX 10 FPGA kit This month, Altera is giving away three of its second-generation Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit (NEEK), worth $359 each, for EETimes Europe’s readers to win. The feature-rich platform provides a fast and simple way for embedded designers to experience the capabilities of a custom embedded processor in a non-volatile FPGA. The MAX 10 NEEK was jointly developed by Altera and its board partner, Terasic. It combines a MAX 10 FPGA-based board with a 7-inch, 5-point multi-touch display. Embedded developers can select from a variety of networking, audio, video and image processing reference designs, and launch example applications with the touch of a finger. The kit includes many amenities that enhance human machine interface (HMI), machine vision, and surveillance operation including an 8 megapixel MIPI CSI-2 camera, HDMI support, humidity & temperature sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, and built-in microphone.Combining a Nios II soft processor and a MAX 10 FPGA with on-die flash provides several advantages over microcontroller-based solutions, including enabling custom hardware configuration, obsolescence proofing, and custom hardware acceleration for real-time processing. Altera www.altera.com Check the reader offer online at www.electronics-eetimes.com Digital temperature sensor IC delivers accuracy with thermostat function Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) has released a digital temperature sensor IC featuring both digital output with I2C interface for continuous temperature monitoring as well as a thermostat function (temperature switch) to signal out of range temperature conditions. Users can set the upper and lower limit values of the temperature range. For the temperature monitoring, typical digital temperature sensor ICs require a microcontroller to read temperature information at all times via a digital interface. The S-5852 Series has the added thermostat function in addition to the digital output, which can send a detection signal via an independent pin in the event of an out of range temperature condition. This dual temperature monitoring control enables simplifying systems and securing temperature control. Typical applications include temperature management of SSD, HDD, tablet PCs, and HEMS. The S-5852A Series offers low voltage operation of 1.7 V, high temperature accuracy of ±0.5°C, and a wide operating temperature range of -40°C to +125°C making this part suitable for both battery operated applications and line powered applications. Two thermostat output modes are available: a dual trip mode (that can set upper and lower limit values of the temperature range) and a single trip mode (that can set the upper limit value of the temperature range). Users can set these values to their required levels. Seiko Instruments Inc. http://datasheet.sii-ic.com 2.5 GHz phase locked clock source Crystek Microwave has released a 2.5 GHz phase locked clock source with internal reference, the CRFS75-2500. The company designed the module using proprietary circuitry and SAW (surface acoustic wave) resonator technology to provide ultra-low jitter/phase noise performance with true SineWave output. The resulting source features -105 dBc/ Hz phase noise at 10 KHz offset and a noise floor of -167 dBc/Hz. The CRFS75- 2500 comes in a 19x19mm (0.75x0.75-inch) SMT package. With 5 V input voltage, it generates a true-sinewave with +5 dBm minimum output power. The source has no sub-harmonics; second harmonic is -20 dBc typical. Frequency stability is rated at ±25 ppm. The CRFS75-2500 operates from -20°C to +70°C. Applications include: analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, system clocks for network clock generators/synchronizers; clocks for DDS; test and measurement; avionics; point-to-point radios; and multi-point radios. Crystek Microwave www.crystek.com UV-A LED flashlight focuses on nondestructive testing Spectroline has introduced a cordless, rechargeable UV-A (365 nm) LED flashlight that is ideal for nondestructive testing applications such as MPI, FPI and general fluorescent examination. The Optimax 365 inspection lamp utilizes ultra-hi-flux LED technology to produce a nominal steady-state UV-A intensity of 18,000 μW/cm² at a distance of 38 cm. The device’s Electronic Intensity Stabilizer assures consistent performance; the beam strength will not weaken between charges. Powered by a rechargeable NiMH battery, the flashlight provides 90 minutes of continuous use between charges. The LED lifetime is 100,000 hours. The Optimax 365 is lightweight and compact, weighing just 11.8 ounces (335 g). The device is ergonomically designed to provide ultimate comfort and freedom of movement during inspections. The flashlight has a corrosion-resistant anodized lamp body, which makes it perfect for use in the field. A push of a button turns the lamp on instantly at full power. The flashlight comes with UV-absorbing spectacles, a rubber lamp protector, a belt holster and smart AC and DC battery chargers, all conveniently packed in a padded carrying case. The AC charger is available in 120 V, 230 V, 240 V or 100 V versions. Spectroline www.spectroline.com 46 Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2015 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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