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HUBER+SUHNER and Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik publish an industry first extensive guide to determine most advantageous RF connector plating
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EM Microelectronic’s Augmented RFID powers Green IoT solutions
EM Microelectronic, the ultra-low-power semiconductor company of the Swatch Group and an RFID industry pioneer for more than 30 years, today has announced the release of em|aura-sense, its Augmented RFID product for wireless sensing applications. em|aura-sense enables mass deployment of cost-effective batteryless sensors for ubiquitous IoT applications. Problem statement The pervasiveness of IoT applications poses complex challenges due to the presence of batteries, not only in terms of sustainability and environmental friendliness, but also in terms of scalability and cost. IoT endpoints, on the other hand, need to be able to capture and communicate data dynamically, as opposed to static information. The cloud needs to know from an endpoint what’s going on at the time of the enquiry rather than what data was stored there a while back. Current solutions in the market are either based on very smart, yet expensive, battery-powered devices or on simple, very cost-effective passive RFID solutions that, in return, can only handle static data. The EM solution em|aura-sense fully leverages EM’s Augmented RFID concept, by upgrading a passive RFID chip into a smart sensing device. The addition of a passive sensor leverages the simplicity and pervasiveness of RAIN RFID infrastructure to transform the RFID tag from an end-node into a communication pipe. The RFID becomes context-aware! em|aura-sense Benefits End-users can fully leverage existing RAIN RFID infrastructure, dramatically lowering the deployment effort for ubiquitous, sustainable and eco-friendly sensor deployments. Moreover, the solution dramatically reduces the complexity to operate the installation, just “place it and leave it”, with no maintenance. Measurements can be performed remotely and automatically, without human intervention and in environments where the use of battery is not an option. Besides the environmental aspect, the absence of batteries further contributes to the affordability of these solutions, fostering their adoption and creating new opportunities in markets such as automotive, construction, energy and healthcare. Thanks to the decoupling between antenna and capacitive sensor, em|aura-sense sensor tags can be manufactured using traditional RFID label manufacturing process, making them compatible with 1-step inlay manufacturing. “The em|aura-sense Augmented RFID technology, coupled with Avery Dennison’s leading-edge transponder capabilities offer the ideal solution for sustainable, green IoT deployments”, said Hal Hikita, VP Product Management at Avery Dennison Intelligent Labels. “Coupled with our Green Tag initiative, this product family will allow us to massively deploy affordable, batteryless, eco-friendly IoT.” Thomas Brunner, Managing Director at Kathrein Solutions stated, “Combining Kathrein’s smart RFID reader hardware and software offering with EM’s new passive Augmented RFID sensor solutions opens up a world of new opportunities in the Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT market. We are excited to integrate the new em|aura-sense in our solution offering.” Michel Willemin, the CEO of EM Microelectronic added, “EM is proud to disrupt the market once again and pioneer the Augmented RFID concept, fully leveraging its True Ultra Low Power (TULP) IC design expertise and the Swatch Group semiconductor manufacturing footprint. We are excited to contribute to the future of Green IoT with eco-friendly electronic solutions.” Product features Higher accuracy: 7 bits resolution (17pF effective range) and offset calibration Measurement can be stored inside the IC: User Memory up to 2kbit Standard RAIN RFID protocol (ISO/IEC 18000-63), no custom commands needed Snapshot Sensor technology can enable other types of sensing without requiring any change on the reader.
HID Global Launches Compact OMNIKEY® 5127CK Reader Core to Further Accelerate and Broaden the Partner Ecosystem
HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced the launch of its smallest embedded reader module, the OMNIKEY 5127CK Reader Core. The latest addition to the proven OMNIKEY family makes it possible for systems integrators, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other partners to embed RFID into devices with limited physical space to accurately authenticate people, reduce fraud and protect sensitive data in a contactless way. The new reader core uses standard interfaces that make it ideal for embedding into constrained spaces and battery-powered devices. It enables everything from handheld devices, tablets, PCs and notebooks to keyboards, displays, monitors, and kiosks to be used across a range of applications in numerous vertical markets. “The OMNIKEY 5127CK Reader Core opens new market opportunities for partners seeking to incorporate a host of new physical and digital use cases that were previously difficult to add due to space restrictions on the devices,” said Steve Currie, VP and Managing Director, Extended Access Technologies with HID Global. “At the same time, we are also making it possible to further simplify development and integration of readers with our comprehensive reader core software development kit (SDK).” The reader core accelerates time-to-market with numerous features for ease of integration, streamlined configuration and flexible connectivity. It includes modular approval certification for wireless devices, efficient power management (USB suspend/resume and remote wake up modes) and external off-board HF/LF and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) antennas or the option to design custom antennas that meet specific embedded requirements. For ultimate interoperability, the OMNIKEY 5127CK Reader Core supports multiple low and high frequency credential technologies within a single device and includes Apple’s Enhanced Contactless Polling (ECP) application to support credentials in Apple Wallet. It also supports the latest mobile access solutions via NFC or BLE, as well as iCLASS Seos®, iCLASS SE®, HID Prox®, MIFARE™ Classic and MIFARE™ DESFire™ EV1/EV2 credential technologies.
Samtec Releases RF047-A Cable Assembly
Samtec announces a new flexible low-loss cable assembly with performance up to 67 GHz. The RF047-A cable assembly, using 1.85 mm male and female connectors, operates to 67 GHz with a maximum VSWR of 1.4:1 or better. The connectors are solder clamp designs with fully captivated center contacts. The body components are passivated stainless steel with gold plated brass solder ferrule and beryllium copper contact. Other connector options offered include male and female 2.92 mm series, as well as male and female SMPM series. Custom connector options are also available. These high-performance assemblies are ideal for space-limited applications requiring high flexibility.
TYAN Delivers Performance Boost to HPC and Storage Servers with New AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors
TYAN®, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation subsidiary, today announced support for high frequency AMD EPYC™ 7F32, AMD EPYC™ 7F52 and AMD EPYC™ 7F72 processor-based server motherboards and server systems to the market. TYAN's HPC and storage server platforms continue to offer exceptional performance to datacenter customers. “Leveraging AMD’s innovation in 7nm process technology, PCIe® 4.0 I/O, and an embedded security architecture, TYAN’s 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-based platforms are designed to address the most demanding challenges facing the datacenter”, said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation's TYAN Business Unit. “Adding the new AMD EPYC 7002 Series processors with TYAN server platforms enable us to provide new capabilities to our customers and partners.” These three new processors are aimed at HPC applications with enhanced per-core performance by equipping higher base frequency, lower core counts and larger L3 cache among the same core-count SKUs. The EPYC 7F32, with 3.7GHz base frequency, 180W TDP, and 128MB L3 cache, is the fastest 8-core processor in the EPYC 7002 Series processor product stack. The EPYC 7F52 is a 16-core processor featuring 3.5GHz base frequency, 240W TDP, and 256MB L3 cache, which is four times the L3 cache size than the base 16-core EPYC 7002 SKU. The EPYC 7F72 is a 24-core processor with 3.2GHz base frequency, 240W TDP and a 1.5 times L3 cache size (192MB) than other 24-core EPYC 7002 stack. Powered by AMD EPYC 7002 Series processors, TYAN’s Transport HX product line is designed to scale the most demanding HPC, high-frequency trading and AI applications, and its Transport SX product line is optimized to satisfy data-driven workloads.
Mouser’s New Price and Availability Assistant Makes Quoting and Purchasing Easier than Ever
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, announces its new Price and Availability Assistant, which allows customers to easily check prices and availability on millions of semiconductors and electronic components. Customers simply drag and drop, type in or load (copy and paste) a parts list with desired quantities for rapid pricing and availability results. Using the new tool, customers can drag-and-drop spreadsheet files or copy and paste order data, adding up to 200 part numbers, with up to three different quantities per part number. The tool returns exact part matches for each line and offers replacement options for non-orderable part numbers. “At Mouser, we are continually improving the tools we offer to help buyers and engineers manage their product specifications and purchasing,” said Glenn Smith, Mouser’s President and CEO. “We are excited to add the Price and Availability Assistant to our collection of productivity tools, which help make buying as fast and hassle-free as possible. This is another way that our teams are working diligently to provide best-in-class service to our customers around the world.” The Price and Availability Assistant is the latest addition to a full suite of productivity tools from Mouser, including the FORTE intelligent BOM tool, ECAD design resource solution and Inventory Management Tool. As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics is focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Over 800 semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers count on Mouser to help them introduce their products into the global marketplace. Mouser's customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each manufacturer.
HUBER+SUHNER Launches Its Smallest Outdoor Fiber Optic Connector for Harsh Environments
HUBER+SUHNER, a leading global supplier of optical connectivity solutions, has today launched its smallest ever outdoor fiber optic connector – the Q-ODC-2 Mini – to enable more cost-effective, flexible and higher capacity deployments of new wireless infrastructure in industrial and communication applications. Featuring a compact design, this size-optimised connector reduces dimensions by 50% and weight by 40% when compared to the Q-ODC-2 outdoor connector from HUBER+SUHNER. These smaller proportions allow wireless infrastructure providers to access new locations and add more capacity to the network, reducing the cost per bit. The Q-ODC-2 Mini also overcomes the challenge of high system sensitivity and increases reliability. This opens up new areas of application for fiber optics in a number of industries, such as wind energy, railway and shipbuilding. The connector is waterproof, dust-proof and corrosion resistant and provides the maximum safety for outdoor installations. It features a robust push-pull coupling mechanism and an extension connector for cable chaining, making the solution fast and easy to install. “As our smallest outdoor fiber optic connector to date, the Q-ODC-2 Mini addresses critical challenges in the planning, building and operation of new wireless infrastructure deployments by providing an affordable solution that is simple to install and takes up the minimum amount of physical space,” said Carsten Dieckmann, Product Manager at HUBER+SUHNER. “The product adds to our portfolio of fiber optic solutions that are suitable for complex applications with high data rates as network providers look to meet the demand for more capacity at a lower cost per bit.” With cleaning and inspection equipment vital for outdoor connectors, two solutions are currently available on the market which can meet requirements in this area – US Conec IBC Brand Cleaner and Sumix’s inspection equipment the Manta-W+.
ProLabs Launches Innovative Solutions for the 400G Evolution as Pressures Grow for Digital Transformation
ProLabs, a global leader in optical networking and connectivity solutions, has today announced the launch of its latest portfolio of transceiver solutions that ensures smooth digital transformation and supports next-generation 400G technology, which organizations are currently struggling to harness despite its ability to revolutionize industry operations for the better. ProLabs’ new solutions vow to facilitate the transition to 400G for organizations, minimizing upgrade costs and investments across their networks. Its new range of universal transceivers offer a one-stop solution for laying the foundations to support 400G, eliminating the need for multiple components to reduce shipping, buying, installation and labor costs – while ensuring they are ready to meet the ever-increasing demands for the future. With the introduction of 400G comes the promise of improvements on network bottlenecks for data centers to combat the increased network traffic brought by the 5G era. However, industries have since battled with rising challenges to implement such technologies within their existing operating infrastructures, struggling to maintain performance and meet rising user expectations while remaining cost-effective. “The dawn of 400G requires careful consideration and planning to avoid unwanted network gear and overhead investment,” said Ray Hagen, Global Product Line Manager at ProLabs. “Understanding the transceiver solutions available is key to data center and network operators to minimize network hardware costs and ensure efficient business operations in terms of revenue and customer experience.” The higher data rates offered by 400G are four times that of the current Non-Return to Zero (NRZ) signaling made possible via the application of PAM-4 modulation. However, such a significant technological advancement has resulted in interoperability issues with current network infrastructures, causing costs to soar as entire systems require replacement. ProLabs’ cutting-edge solutions eradicate this issue, offering full-coverage, standardized technologies which guarantee a seamless digital transformation. Tested to the highest standards and specifications, ProLabs’ transceivers guarantee Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) compatibility and optimum performance capability, every time. “Those still using 100G switches and transceivers to manage 400G will need to consider new options as the demands continue to grow,” continued Ray. “400G transceivers typically transmit and receive with four lanes of 100G, making them incompatible with older infrastructures. This puts businesses at risk of digital transformation failure if they do not upgrade their networks to be able to withstand such advancements in application.” Keeping up with current trends on the road to digital transformation is a necessity for organizations to maintain their relevance among the thousands of competing services to offer the best customer experience, security and performance. Organizations need to opt for flexible solutions that future proof their infrastructure and their business.
Mouser Electronics New Product Insider: February 2020
As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics, Inc. is focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Over 800 semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers count on Mouser to help them introduce their products into the global marketplace. Mouser's customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each manufacturer. Last month, Mouser launched more than 460 new products ready for same-day shipment. Some of the products introduced by Mouser last month include: • Texas Instruments UCC12050 Isolated DC-DC Converter TI’s UCC12050 DC-DC converter provides 5 kVRMS of reinforced isolation with low EMI and high efficiency. • Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense The Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense is a 45 × 18 mm AI-enabled board, based on a Nordic nRF52840 SoC, that offers Bluetooth® Low Energy and a suite of embedded sensors. • TE Connectivity PCIe Gen 4 Card Edge Connectors TE’s PCIe Gen 4 card edge connectors meet industry PCI-SIG Card Electromechanical (CEM) specification 4.0 and support up to 16 Gbps of bandwidth. • Murata Electronics Automotive Products for Infotainment Mouser Electronics stocks a variety of Murata Electronics automotive products for infotainment, including highly reliable products for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), navigation, and electronic throttle control (ETC). With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.
Chang-Hyeon Kim, Managing Director at JENAX, "Leads the Next Generation of Battery Production Without the Risk of Fire"
- With the continuous R&D, Jenax dominates both manufacturing technology and essential materials of a nonflammable battery. - With the mass production of a remarkable flexible battery, Jenax leaps forward as a significant player in the industry. - By securing battery manufacturing capabilities without worrying about fire, Jenax aims for smart devices, electric vehicles, and even the ESS market. Lithium-ion batteries are being used as necessities in various electronic devices and infrastructures because they are suitable for the high energy capacity, lightweight, and miniaturization required in the IT industry. The lithium-ion battery is in the spotlight for next-generation energy. To be specific, the lithium-ion battery market, which was $33 billion in 2017, is expected to grow up to $160 billion in 2025 with an annual growth of 25%. In the lithium-ion battery market, there are three product groups, namely LCO(LiCoO2), LFP (Li-FePO4), and NCM/NCA, all of which are named based on cathode materials. These materials have both pros and cons. For instance, cobalt is expensive as it is a rare metal, while steel is inexpensive but low in performance. Lithium-ion batteries have become the mainstream by various attempts of the industry. However, subsequent fire accidents of ESS (Energy Storage System) have increased consumers’ anxiety and products’ safety controversy. Therefore, the key in the battery industry is to keep performance high and fire risk low. Jenax Inc., a battery manufacturing company, is drawing attention by offering solutions that can improve battery safety based on its unique stainless steel wire processing capability. "We are confident that our proprietary battery manufacturing technology using metal fibers will significantly improve the performance and safety of batteries by using nonflammable electrolytes as well as secondary batteries, which use gel electrolytes,” said Chang-Hyeon Kim, managing director at Jenax. “Our new products that overcome fire risk will be the center of innovation for all industries where batteries are used in the global market." ▲ Chang-Hyeon Kim, Managing Director of New Business Development at Jenax Q. What is the technical level and the status of the current battery market? As of now, small cylindrical cell has the most advanced technology in the field of battery market. This is because the price is low, and the performance deviation of the products is minimal. Small cylindrical cell has a capacity of 1-2Ah, so when a fire breaks out, the explosion will relatively be small, and can be easily extinguished. On the other hand, the pouch type usually used in electric vehicles or ESS has more than 20Ah, so it is easy to detonate like a bomb when a fire occurs. Q. Jenax has been listed on KOSDAQ as a stainless steel wire business, but why did the company decide its new business as a battery? In 1991, we started the stainless steel wire business, which is similar to making conventional wires. The company was established with the aim of marketing ropes, automotive wire parts, and stainless steel welding rods by making and twisting wires. And we were listed on KOSDAQ in 2002. In the early days after the establishment, various attempts were made to overcome competition issues with Chinese companies in the market. Just in case customers ever needed, we even colored stainless steel in gold, purple, white, etc. Then in the early 2000s, the nanomaterial boom broke out. At that time, we tried to manufacture very thin metal fibers out of wires like a hair or a thread. Only two companies in the world, one each in Belgium and Japan, had such metal fiber manufacturing technology at the time. In this business, companies typically manufacture relatively thick stainless steel wire, such as 0.1mm, 0.05mm, and 0.03mm. However, only two companies had the technology to produce wires less than 10 ㎛ thick, which is almost one-tenth of the thickness of a hair. At that time the imported products with metal filters made from finely cut metal fibers were 100% sold. So, we thought that we could sell wires expensively if we produced them thinly. We continued our research and development ever since. It took us eight years to develop this metal fiber technology which we first announced in Korea in 2010. ▲ Jenax is a company that started with the stainless steel wire business, so its related know-how has found a new growth engine. Q. So, Jenax has started a new business with the capabilities it has at the material level. If there was any critical factor that led the company to a new business, please introduce us. Jenax is the first company to ever produce metal fiber in Korea and third in the world. In 2010, we tried to make and use metal filters. Since stainless steel can withstand temperatures of 1000 to 1500 degrees, it can be used as a filter to remove impurities at high temperatures in the polysilicon manufacturing process used as a solar power material. There was no suitable product in Korea, so all the products had to be imported. Moreover, stainless steel is resistant to not only heat but also corrosion. As a variety of chemicals are used in petrochemical plants, corrosion is likely to occur, so the metal filters made from metal fibers were used instead of ordinary filters. And the metal filters had been imported from Belgium, so we thought that we could apply our products here. Because stainless steel conducts electricity well, it is also used to make textile clothes that require good electrical conductivity. All of the antistatic wear worn by KEPCO employees in charge of telegraph poles are imported, so we intended to apply our products at the industrial textiles used for the uniforms. Metal fibers can also be used for weaving cloth, a material used for making fencing uniform. As stainless steel has a feature of blocking heat, the raw material of the thermal shielding curtain in front of the furnace of POSCO (Pohang Iron & Steel Co.) is made of stainless steel metal fiber. To release various products using metal fibers, we had to be affiliated with a textile company, so we cooperated with Kolon, Woongjin Chemical and other companies for making prototypes. That was the moment we realized that this product can be used as a secondary battery. At the end of 2010, Dr. Chul-Hwan Kim (Chief Director, KITE Entrepreneurship Foundation) filed a patent about applying metal fiber material to the electrode side of a rechargeable battery. He also succeeded in improving the charge/discharge rate and increasing the energy density. With the idea of making metal fiber materials into various forms of wires and flexible battery, he was looking for a company that seeks such material. Fortunately, he saw Jenax’s announcement, contacted us, and started to work together. ▲ Jenax is presenting an ideal model for Korean manufacturing by conducting perfect industry-educational cooperation. Q. The first step began with the collaboration with experts. Then, how things worked out at the time of cooperation? Dr. Chul-Hwan Kim contacted Jenax to obtain the metal fiber materials and test the materials. When he made the electrode by sprinkling the electrode active materials onto the metal fiber and evaluated, it was confirmed that the capacity becomes larger than the battery using the aluminum foil form. Therefore, he asked to supply the material stably. It was the first time that the materials produced by Jenax could be also used in secondary batteries. The secondary battery has become a hot topic since we noticed that Jenax's metal fibers could be used to improve battery performance by placing electrode materials in a three-dimensional framework. At that time, Dr. Chul-Hwan Kim was making a sell-off deal with LG Display about his business of electronic ink. He progressed the research by hoping that if he made a battery with the idea of a new secondary battery using metal fiber in the form of fiber, he would make a revolutionary performance improvement on the secondary battery. Dr. Chul-Hwan Kim's original patent was transferred to Jenax. Three patents were filed between July and October 2010. In January 2011, we signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the transfer of patent rights and decided to commercialize this patent technology at Jenax. Because the CEO of Jenax made a bold decision, things could go quickly. ▲ The flexible battery is expected to be commercialized in various forms with excellent performance and stability. Q. Since when have you been working at Jenax? Please introduce us about the research and work that you have undertaken. I joined on December 1, 2010, and worked as a director in patent verification and completion tasks. In order to make a battery using metal fiber, it is essential to find out which form of implementation would be appropriate, so I started the research on this first. To study batteries in Korea, I thought it would be good to start at Daedeok Research Complex, which has a well-established research base. There was a team that researched batteries within ETRI (Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute), and my junior was on the team. So, I could conduct the tests with his help. I even transferred the technology developed by the team to complement technology. I joined on December 1, 2010, and worked as a director in patent verification and completion tasks. In order to make a battery using metal fiber, it is essential to find out which form of implementation would be appropriate, so I started the research on this first. To study batteries in Korea, I thought it would be good to start at Daedeok Research Complex, which has a well-established research base. There was a team that researched batteries within ETRI (Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute), and my junior was on the team. So, I could conduct the tests with his help. I even transferred the technology developed by the team to complement technology. Since the first year was a period of getting direction, I had to find out what method to use for implementing as a real battery and how to use metal fiber material as a rechargeable battery. I mixed anode aluminum, cathode copper, separator, active material, and conductive material. The electrons move to the current collector, and the lithium-ions move to the separator. A vital factor of battery performance is how fast lithium-ions and electrons move. The shorter the distance, the faster they move, and the better the battery's performance improves. The electrons go through the conductive material, so thickening the electrode will degrade performance. For example, how many times would it take to travel 50㎛ passing through 30㎚ sized conductive material particles? In this process, the resistance within the battery will be quite high. However, for better battery performance, thinning the electrode to 50㎛ or less reduces its energy density. The energy density of the battery is closely related to the thickness of the electrode. Until this time, due to the battery performance, the electrode became thinner, and a lot of subsidiary materials that are not related to capacities such as separators and metal foils had to be used. Therefore, the energy density of the battery was low. Nevertheless, if it is possible to make electrodes thick, move electrons fast, and maintain battery performance at the same time, you can use fewer subsidiary materials and increase energy density as a result. If you put metal fibers that conduct electricity very well in every corner of the active material and the electron produced by the active material gets on the metal fiber road right next to it, it will move quickly, resulting in a very low resistance of the electrode. Q. How did you implement your ideas from the field in reality? Metal fiber is in the form of a cotton ball. You first make the electrode into the positive and negative electrode by inserting the cathode active material, adding the separator, making the battery, and implementing the performance. At this time, there was a trial and error phase by studying how to insert the active material appropriately. If the cotton ball is too thick, the travel distance of lithium-ion will be farther, and the performance of the battery will degrade. Therefore, we made various attempts to develop a way to make it thinner at the material level. We experimented with various temperature, pressure, size, and we even made it with just powder as the dry process. Then, we found that when electrode material was dispersed in a solvent using the wet process and applied to the metal fiber, it was evenly distributed on the metal fiber, which consequently showed a great performance. Since then, things got faster. By applying the metal fiber, even if the electrode thickness is 2-3 times thicker than the existing system, it is confirmed that the battery can perform well. Even if the electrode thickness of 50㎛ thickens to 100~150㎛, it still performs well. By the way, I wondered if it would be thinner. In order to make the cotton ball thin, I thought that laying a thin sheet of short metal fibers would be the solution. I even tried to grind a cotton ball by using a kitchen mixer to make a fiber material in powder form and used it. This is how I obtained the fiber material in powder form. With this, I made the same electrode thickness and compared it, and as a result, the charge and discharge rate increased greatly. The existing products typically require two hours to be fully charged. The metal fiber, in powder form with narrowed electrode, charged a battery at 70% in 12 minutes. In other words, a battery can be charged up to 20~30% in a single minute. The moment that can be called motivation for developing the material “metal powder” finally came. ▲ Jenax has realized things that existing batteries could not attempt to commercialize due to deterioration or threat of fire. Q. We can say that you made the leap. What happened next? I immediately found a way to mass-produce metal powder. I tried the idea of making it short and sprinkling it in an air-laid way. I also tried to disperse it in the solvent when making active materials. With the metal fiber in the form of long-fiber, I tested to make it evenly re-absorb in a non-woven structure through the textile industry partners. In 2011 and 2012, I contacted a relevant institute, asked for permission to use their equipment, and started testing. The uniformity of metal fibers into metal powder was achieved through the research conducted from September 2011 to the second half of 2012. In this uniformization process, quality management was a significant factor. In order to integrate with a rechargeable battery, the process must have been established stably. I confirmed what kind of structure would be appropriate when the metal fiber is used as a rechargeable battery. I also researched how the battery performance improved at battery performance evaluation. Q. Objectively, what level do you think Jenax is at now? Even if the next generation of smartphones become smaller, Jenax would be able to fit a battery of the appropriate capacity in reduced size. Jenax also enables solution companies such as batteries and charging to gain the capability to run and utilize at lower power. All related patents are being filed and secured in-house. Jenax solutions provide customized products according to customer needs. Whether it's energy density, fast charging, or discharging, Jenax can newly implement what you couldn't get in the past. Q. There is an announcement that Jenax will directly mass-produce and sell flexible batteries. Please introduce us about the story related to this business. Because metal fiber was used to make cloth, it has a steady performance even when physical bending force is applied. As a result of experiments in 2013, we softened the packing material and went through the steps of commercialization. Basically, the electrode is in the form of a cloth. It's the same principle that, when we were playing in childhood, the mud got on our clothes and it didn't wash off. If you make a metal fiber into a form of cloth and add an active material, the particles will not fall no matter how much you bend. This is the basic theory of the flexible battery. In the past, the active material was applied to the foil, so if it was bent by force, it fell. But when the active material was applied to the metal fiber, the active material, and the conductive particles did not fall off. Ensuring that the active material adheres well was the first challenge, and Jenax provided an answer with its own technology. The next step was the packaging. At first, we experimented with the snack pack, which is the softest among the materials that use aluminum, but it didn’t last long as it is not made for a rechargeable battery. Jenax has contacted a manufacturer with a technology to make a thin aluminum pouch and tested with them and completed commercialization by 2014. ▲ In the existing form of electron transference, there was a considerable limitation for product expansion. ▲ Jenax caught two birds, which are performance and safety, with the introduction of metal fiber. Q. How do you plan to develop a flexible battery business? At the beginning of the business, we thought of supplying metal fiber to rechargeable battery manufacturers, but, as the flexible battery was developed, the CEO of Jenax decided to run the business him/herself. Since the battery business is like a comprehensive art, one good material cannot solve all the problems of a rechargeable battery. Nevertheless, the CEO has shown a strong commitment that we must do the flexible battery business. So, we started to manufacture the finished flexible battery products. Jenax can apply its technology in the areas of EV, ESS, and flexible batteries by utilizing metal fiber materials with their exclusive technical capabilities. The plan is to start its own flexible battery business and ultimately achieve the finished battery products for the material business. ▲ Jenax flexible battery can be ideally applied for various electronic devices manufactured in a curved form. Q. It's great to bend flexibly, but it's amazing that it won't catch fire even if you hit it with a hammer or a stone. Your expectation of the flexible battery must be high. When consumers use flexible batteries, their biggest concern is fire from external shocks. It is important that the battery must be developed in the way it does not ignite and flares up even in dangerous situations. Jenax has implemented a technology that will never start a fire on a battery, even if it's pinned with a nail or taken into water or fire. Throughout the battery business, this technology has become a significant, and the performance based on this technology will appeal to customers. Active materials, separators, and electrolytes used in finished product research must all be optimized at the design stage to become products that can be used by customers. You need to look at the general picture, including cell production and defect checking. Since early 2014, Jenax has faced many difficulties but made technological innovations with continuous R&D at the company-wide level. From 2015, we focused on flexible batteries and started research for mass production of finished products. This finished product was presented to the world at the “CES 2015” exhibition and also presented at the “Wearable Expo Japan” in January of the same year. We took thousands of brochures to both exhibitions, but they were exhausted early. On top of that, the excited response from local companies has confirmed the potential and marketability of flexible batteries in the wearable device market. Not only the leading companies that have seen the actual products, but large Korean and Chinese companies are also showing great interest. We have joined the battery industry and market through conducting support projects for customers who have contacted us. ▲ Jenax flexible batteries have excellent physical properties that work even if wrinkled or folded. In addition, since the company has reduced the fire risk, it is expected to play an active role in the electric vehicle battery and ESS market. Meanwhile, on January 29th, 2020, Jenax has announced that MyungSung TNS will be granted a patent co-license for rechargeable battery technology, and MyungSung TNS will pay a technology transfer fee for it. The two companies will accelerate their entry into the global EV battery market, starting with the supply of innovated LFP rechargeable batteries to the Chinese EV market. What’s more, they signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of next-generation rechargeable battery technology and are speeding up the joint research.
Mouser Electronics Empowers Tomorrow’s Engineers by Sponsoring Hall of Fame at FIRST Championship
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, will once again sponsor the FIRST® Robotics Competition Hall of Fame exhibit at the 2020 FIRST Championship events in Houston and Detroit. Nearly 100,000 high-school students on nearly 4,000 teams from 35+ countries around the world are vying in 182 competitions for a chance to advance to one of the two 4-day championship events. The FIRST Championship events will occur at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, April 15 – 18, and at Detroit’s TCF Center, April 29 – May 2. The Mouser-sponsored Hall of Fame exhibit honors the winning teams of the esteemed Chairman’s Award at both championship locations. Instead of awarding the Chairman’s Award to the team that earns the most points in the competition, FIRST honors the team that best exemplifies the goals and values of FIRST. “Since Mouser’s beginnings, education has played an important part in our mission,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser's Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We are proud to be the Hall of Fame sponsor for the FIRST Robotics Competition since 2014. The organizations gives students a platform for innovation, a chance to solve real engineering challenges, and an opportunity to build character and self-esteem.” For many years, Mouser has been a major supporter of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a leading student-serving nonprofit advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Mouser sponsors FIRST competitions at the local, regional and international levels. Joining Mouser in the sponsorship is valued supplier Analog Devices, Inc. Each FIRST Robotics Competition team receives a kit of parts — including motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and a mix of automation components — with no instructions. Teams have limited time to transform their kits into working robots designed to perform specific tasks. With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.
ProLabs’ innovative partnership with UNH-IOL sees its optical connectivity solutions pass with flying colors
ProLabs, the largest global independent supplier of high-speed cabling and fiber optic transceivers, has successfully demonstrated its connectivity solutions to the renowned University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL). As a follow up to ProLabs investment in the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab, 25 products were sent to undergo the highly regarded UNH Open Networking Systems Interoperability testing, with all modules achieving the coveted standard in interoperability testing. Comprising of conformance and interoperability testing, alongside visual eye diagrams and with a focus on hardware level capabilities and compatibility between multiple devices, the rigorous testing marks ProLabs products as completely interoperable and fully conformed in specification and attestation parts. "Our optical products have been truly proven to be of the best quality, having passed these third-party independent trials by UNH-IOL, who are highly-respected within the industry. It gives ProLabs a competitive edge to have this level of acknowledgement,” said David Sohn, VP of Technical Services at ProLabs. “Customers can have absolute trust that the optical connectivity solutions they purchase from us, are guaranteed to be of the highest standard and will fully conform and operate in the environments they are specified for. This is a qualification unparalleled and on top of our pre-existing rigorous in-house testing, gives our components a unique and undeniable level of quality assurance.” This is the latest development in the partnership between ProLabs and the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab, which most recently included an appearance by ProLabs at the annual UNH-IOL Career Advancement Event. This continued collaboration is creating an innovative legacy to educate and inspire students as they continue to develop industry-wide networking applications as well as providing an incomparable quality control process. “We are pleased ProLabs has passed the required testing set forth in the Open Networking standards for both interoperability and conformance testing at the lab. It is encouraging to see a company incorporating interoperability as a key part of their production process,” said Michael Klempa, Technical Manager at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab. “Alongside the testing, we are excited about the student advantage partnership with ProLabs. Our computer science and electrical engineering students are getting vital first-hand experience of working with component systems engineers from ProLabs, as well as allowing them an input to deliver their concepts and ideas. It is important we give these innovators of the future a thorough education to unlock the potential they could have on the industry.”
Sonnet Announces Pro Dual-Slot Thunderbolt 3 Card Reader for CFexpress 2.0 Type B and XQD Media
What's New: Sonnet Technologies today announced the SF3™ Series – CFexpress™ / XQD™ Pro Card Reader, the latest model in its expanding family of professional media readers. The SF3 Series – CFexpress / XQD Pro Card Reader features dual card slots and a 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 interface. CFexpress 2.0 Type B is a new, ultra-fast recording media developed to support the requirements of shooting 4K and 6K RAW video and continuous capture of high-megapixel photos. XQD cards have been available for several years and share the same form factor and connector as CFexpress 2.0 Type B media. What It Does: Compatible with Mac® and Windows® computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the SF3 Series – CFexpress / XQD Pro Card Reader ingests footage from CFexpress 2.0 Type B and XQD media at up to maximum supported speeds. Designed for demanding workflows, Sonnet's SF3 Series card readers are built with rugged aluminum enclosures and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. These features enable users to stack and connect up to six readers to their computer in a daisy chain through a single cable, and ingest footage from four, six, or more cards simultaneously. The Sonnet reader is also compatible with older Macs with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the bidirectional Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter and a Thunderbolt cable (both sold separately). Why It's Important: The SF3 Series – CFexpress / XQD Pro Card Reader was designed to meet the time-sensitive demands digital imaging technicians (DITs), post professionals, and pro photographers face on a daily basis, needing to offload huge files from memory cards in as little time as possible. Not only can the Sonnet reader deliver better CFexpress card ingest performance than any USB-based reader, it can ingest files simultaneously from two CFexpress cards at up to 2,600 MB/s (or two XQD cards at up to 800 MB/s) — cutting ingest times by up to half compared to any USB- or Thunderbolt-based single-slot reader available. How It's Unique: Sonnet's SF3 Series – CFexpress / XQD Pro Card Reader is the only dual-slot CFexpress 2.0 Type B card and dual-slot XQD card reader available, and it supports both card types in both slots. For DITs working multicamera shoots or in a small workspace, the ability to stack multiple SF3 Series CFexpress / XQD, RED MINI-MAG®, SxS™, and CFast™ 2.0 readers in the same footprint is convenient, while being able to connect them all to a computer through a single cable is game-changing. The capability to ingest multiple cards simultaneously means that users can complete the process — without swapping cards — in as little as one-sixth of the time required using single-slot readers. For users who need to mount their gear in equipment racks, Sonnet SF3 Series readers include threaded mounting holes to support installation in a standard rack shelf, enabling side-by-side mounting of two readers in 1U of rack space. When You Can Get It: The SF3 Series – CFexpress / XQD Pro Card Reader (part number SF3-2CFEX) is available now at a suggested retail price of $199.99.
Mouser Electronics New Product Insider: January 2020
As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics, Inc. is focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Over 800 semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers count on Mouser to help them introduce their products into the global marketplace. Mouser's customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each manufacturer. In 2019, Mouser launched more than 4,700 new products ready for same-day shipment. Some of the 640 products introduced by Mouser last month include: • Analog Devices LiDAR Prototyping Platform The Analog Devices light detection and ranging (LiDAR) Prototyping Platform is a modular hardware and open-source software platform for 1D non-scanning LIDAR development in applications such as automotive, environmental, aerospace/defense, security, and industry 4.0. • NXP Semiconductors K32 L2 Microcontrollers NXP K32 L2 microcontrollers feature a low-power Arm® Cortex®-M0+ core, coupled with a rich set of power-optimized integrated peripherals. • ams TCS3408 Color Sensor The ams TCS3408 color sensor is an ultra-high sensitivity light-to-digital converter that features ambient light sensing (ALS); red, green, and blue (RGB) color sensing; and selective flicker detection. • Molex L1NK Connector System Molex L1NK connector system is a wire-to-board system that delivers up to 11 A through 2.50 mm or 3.96 mm pitch and offers superior design options for flexibility and efficient assembly. With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.
Western Digital Launches 6 New SanDisk Storage Solutions in Korea
On 30th, Western Digital held a press conference at the COEX InterContinental Hotel in Samsung-dong to unveil a large line of SanDisk mobile storage solutions for both professionals and consumers. The officials including Jo Won-seok, President of Western Digital Korea, and Shim Young-chul, General Manager of Korea Distribution Business at Western Digital Corp., attended the event. President Jo Won-seok first delivered a welcoming speech. "From professional photographers to smartphone users, many consumers around the world appreciate the outstanding performance, quality and reliability of SanDisk products. As a leader in the digital sector, we are constantly striving to showcase a range of new products that deliver the best performance and experience to meet the support of the consumers. We will strengthen our business while satisfying consumer needs with various brands such as SanDisk, WD, WD Black and G-Technology." Also, "Today's SanDisk Extreme Pro CF Express Card Type B is for professional photographers and videographers who need the latest technology to produce better content, including RAW 4K videos and files. To that end, Western Digital offers a broad portfolio that enables consumers and professionals to create, share and deliver content across a variety of devices and platforms. We are happy to introduce the innovation of Western Digital through this press conference." ▲ 6 new products were unveiled at the press conference on Western Digital's SanDisk storage solution. SanDisk Extreme PRO® CFexpress™ Card Type B SanDisk Extreme PRO® CFexpress™ Card Type B is based on next-generation NVMe technology, delivering the fastest speed of any Western Digital memory card. This product is for photographers and videographers who need cutting-edge technology to meet the growing demand for high-quality content. In addition, it supports continuous recording of RAW 6K video more than three times faster than its existing card format and improves workflow efficiency. 1TB SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDXC™ UHS-I Card The industry's fastest 1TB SDXC UHS-I card, 1TB SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDXC™ UHS-I Card, offers high performance for creators. A high-capacity SDXC card capable of recording speeds up to 90MB/s4 and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording, optimized for seamless high-resolution 4K UHD video and continuous shooting mode. It also offers a transfer speed of up to 170MB/s4, allowing for quick editing after shooting. 1TB SanDisk Extreme PRO® microSDXC™ UHS-I Card 1TB SanDisk Extreme PRO® microSDXC™ UHS-I Card delivers up to 170MB/s4 reading speed and 90MB/s4 writing speed. It enables the capturing and transmission of a large amount of high-quality photos and videos such as 4K UHD and Full HD6 videos and high-resolution photos from smartphones, drones, and action cameras. Consumers can create content without worrying about capacity limitations or long delivery times. It also has A2 grade, the next generation application performance class for fast launching and loading time of applications. 2TB SanDisk Extreme PRO® Portable SSD By offering fast transfer speed of up to 1050MB/s based on its NVMe technology, Western Digital added the upgrade version with the capacity of 2TB for SanDisk Extreme PRO® Portable SSD series, which is high-performance series to help photographers improve workflow. The SanDisk Extreme PRO® Portable SSD allows photographers and videographers to transfer professional-quality videos and photos faster and edit them right inside the drive. 1TB SanDisk Ultra® Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C™ Flash Drive 1TB SanDisk Ultra® Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C™ Flash Drive is a new dual-connector drive available for the latest USB Type-C smartphones and laptops. With its sleek metal design and high-capacity drive, consumers can capture more photos and videos and transfer content freely between USB Type-C smartphones and tablets, laptops, and USB Type-A computers. Its ultra-small form factor, which can be attached to a key ring, provides a large capacity of 1TB, so that anytime, anywhere necessary content can be stored and managed. SanDisk Ultra® USB Type-C™ Flash Drive (CZ460) SanDisk Ultra® USB Type-C™ Flash Drive is a high-performance USB 3.1 Gen 1 flash drive designed for computers, smartphones and tablets with USB Type-C port 10. It features a slim sliding-type design with a capacity option of up to 256GB, a reading speed of up to 150MB/s, and a fast writing speed that can transfer a movie in 30 seconds. Moreover, the SanDisk SecureAccess™ software lets you keep your files safe and SanDisk Memory Zone™ app helps you manage data more easily.
KDPOF Demos First 25 Gb/s Automotive-grade Optical Network
KDPOF – leading supplier for gigabit transceivers over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) – displayed the world’s first demonstration of an automotive-grade optical transmission system with 25 gigabits per second at the Automotive Ethernet Congress from February 12 to 13, 2020 in Munich, Germany. In his presentation, “Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet – on the Verge of Standardization and Implementation,” on February 13 at 14:30, Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF, showed details on the process for the new standard for multi-gigabit in automotive. It will enhance the existing 10GBASE-SR, which is the current standard by IEEE, to establish a communications channel in optical fiber at 10 Gb/s. “With technological leaps such as electrical vehicles, automated driving, and V2X interconnection rushing through, automotive applications, utilization, and safety requirements are boosting the necessary network speed tremendously,” explained Carlos Pardo. “Consequently, in-vehicle networks are on the brink of speeds from one to multiple gigabits per second.” IEEE 802.3 Automotive Optical Multi-Gigabit Standard With the approval of the IEEE 802.3 working group, a team of individuals affiliated with more than 15 key carmakers and components suppliers, including KDPOF, has started the standardization of an IEEE 802.3 Automotive Optical Multi-Gigabit Standard with strong support from the industry. The working group headed by Carlos Pardo (KDPOF) kicked off last summer. The first prototypes are projected by the end of 2021. The study group will evaluate the creation of an IEEE Ethernet standard for the automotive industry, with speeds starting at 2.5 Gb/s and going up to 25 or 50 Gb/s. The key advantages of the optical solution for specific applications using multi-gigabit speeds with in-vehicle connectivity are, among others, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) thanks to the inherent galvanic isolation, low weight, and low cost. Relevant use cases from different carmakers in Europe and the USA incorporate the comprehensive features and benefits of the optical network technology. Use cases include the interconnectivity of telematics control modules, redundant and safe backbones for autonomous driving architectures, and advanced driver assist system (ADAS) sensors. Key leading optoelectronic, connector, and wire harness vendors worldwide are prepared and already provide a well-supplied and competitive market with all the new components needed for multi-gigabit in the car: Physical Layer (PHY), Fiber Optic Transceiver (FOT), fibers, connectors, and light sources. The technology will be scalable in order to enable even higher data rates such as 50 and 100 Gbps in the future. By combining optimization in all areas of the new standard, the right balance of complexity and cost among all parts (CMOS IC, VCSEL, PD, ferrules, sleeves, cable, in-line connection technology, optics, and lenses, etc.) can be achieved in order to deliver the lowest cost, most reliable, and highly scalable solution to the automotive market.
Coilcraft Introduces High Voltage Molded Power Inductors
Coilcraft has expanded its market-proven XEL Family of high-performance, molded power inductors to include three new higher-voltage series: the XEL401xV, XEL4020V and XEL4030V. All three offer operating voltage ratings of 120 V, 50% higher than the standard versions. They also offer exceptionally low DC resistance and ultra-low AC losses for greater power converter efficiency at high frequencies (2 to 5+ MHz) and high ripple current. XEL40xxV Family inductors measure just 4.0 x 4.0 mm with a maximum height of 3.2 mm and feature a rugged, composite construction that provides magnetic shielding and minimizes audible buzzing. The XEL401xV Series is available in six inductance values from 92 to 780 nH, with current ratings up to 24.0 Amps. The XEL4020V Series has 10 values from 0.08 to 2.2 µH and current ratings up to 33.2 Amps. The XEL4030V Series is offered in 13 values from 0.10 to 6.8 µH and current ratings up to 30.0 Amps. All models offer soft saturation characteristics to withstand high current spikes. They are qualified to AEC-Q200 Grade 1 (−40°C to +125°C) standards and exhibit no thermal aging issues, making them ideal for automotive and other harsh-environment applications. They also feature RoHS-compliant, tin-silver-over-copper terminations and are halogen free. About Coilcraft Headquartered outside of Chicago in Cary, Illinois, Coilcraft is a leading global supplier of magnetic components including high performance RF chip inductors, power magnetics and filters. In addition to a large selection of standard components, Coilcraft also designs and builds custom magnetics to fit a customer’s exact electrical requirements. Engineers and buyers consider Coilcraft a preferred supplier because of its reputation for quality, reliable delivery, engineering support and the superior performance of our products. In independent surveys, engineers consistently rank Coilcraft the number one magnetics company they would recommend to a friend.
Schneider Electric announces Preventa XPS Universal safety modules, providing differentiated diagnostics for hardwired architectures
Schneider Electric has launched the Preventa XPS Universal safety modules series, which is raising the performance of safety modules for handling single safety functions in hardwired architectures on a new level. Preventa XPS Universal combines the simplicity of application of hardwired safety modules with a diversity of messages, which has required in the past more complex and expensive fieldbus technology. With a simple point-to-point connection between the smart solid-state output of the modules and a digital input of a PLC via a simple wire, Preventa XPS Universal safety modules can send more than 40 different messages.(depending on the type) With a smart auxiliary output the safety modules moreover provide information about coming test cycles and the amount of remaining cycles before reaching end of life time. How does it work? The Preventa XPS Universal safety modules send modulated signals to the machine controller. The machine builder includes two function blocks in the machine controller’s program for decoding the signals. A library provides function blocks for all programming systems of Schneider Electric’s controllers and for the programming systems of the most common controllers on the market. This makes Preventa XPS Universal safety modules the first choice for a broad range of simple to mid-complex machines: Easy to use, since the integration is still basing on hardwired connections and no fieldbus is needed. Nevertheless, the modules provide a reply on the demand for more differentiated diagnostics information and approaches for predictive maintenance. Each reference of the safety module family is adaptable to several safety functions. The selection of functionality can be done with fingers or a screw driver, turning rotary switches on the front. This multi-functionality is resulting in a reduced number of types to cover a broad range of safety functions, simplifying the spare part logistics and the documentation of a machine. As usual at Schneider Electric for safety devices, Certified Safety Chain Solutions are available as well for Preventa XPS Universal safety modules. Schneider Electric´s Certified Safety Chain Solutions are applications examples, including an application architecture and the documentation. This helps to reliably create defined safety functions and to speed up the development of safe machines. Some technical features of Preventa XPS Universal safety module series: • Protection against unintended changes: Transparent sealable flap in front face to cover the selector switches from manipulation. • Easy installation : Side connection for extension unit, no need for external wiring (except XPSUAB and XPSUEP). • Wide time delay selection: Time delay selectable from 0.1 to 900 seconds for low and high inertia machines. • Compact modules, flexible mounting: 22.5 and 45 mm width, DIN-rail or direct wall mounting (IP40 housing, IP20 terminals). • Only 2 supply variants for all references: 24V AC/DC + wide range power supply 48…240V AC/DC • Removable screw and spring terminal variants for all references