Future Electronics Has Controller ICs Eliminating Design Constraints in LED Lighting Applications

Montreal, Canada – April 30, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, announces immediate availability of Integrated Controller ICs from Fairchild, which help eliminate design constraints in LED lighting applications.

LED driver designers need solutions and technology choices to help address constraints such as smaller volume cavities and limited circuit board footprints, while still meeting efficiency requirements, regulatory standards, and reliability demands.  Fairchild’s integrated MOSFET solutions are the answer, enabling designers to choose from the smart non-isolated Power Factor Correction (PFC) buck LED driver FLS0116 with integrated MOSFET or the single stage PFC Primary Side Regulation (PSR) flyback FLS3217 and FLS3247, both with integrated MOSFETs.

The FLS0116, FLS3217 and FLS3247 with their integrated MOSFETs are able to support designs targeting worldwide input voltages. These designs also integrate PFC, making these optimal solution knobs for low power LED applications. With the addition of the integrated power MOSFET, these devices help decrease design time since the MOSFET is included into the controller. Equipped with cycle-by-cycle current limiting and integrated protection features such as over-temperature protection (OTP) and under-voltage lockout (UVLO), these devices help to significantly improve LED system reliability.

The FLS0116 utilizes an “adopted digital” technique that automatically detects AC and DC input voltage conditions, enabling and disabling PFC functions while also offering programmable oscillation frequency and analog dimming and soft start functions. The FLS3217 and FLS3247 can support isolated flyback and non-isolated buck-boost topologies both with PSR technique as well as regulate accurate output current by using a precise constant-current control (CC) function and increase efficiency for an easier design with linear frequency control.

For more information about eliminating design constraints, controller ICs, LED lighting applications, LED bulbs, buck LED drivers, and Fairchild solutions, along with access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

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Freescale Freedom Development Platform Available through Future Electronics

Montreal, Canada – April 29, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, announces immediate availability of the Freescale Freedom Development Platform, offering rapid prototyping of ARM® Cortex™-M4 and M0+ processors. The features and benefits of the Freescale Freedom Development Platform are explained in more detail in a recent issue of FTM.

The Freescale Freedom Development Platform is a small, low power, cost effective evaluation and development system perfect for quick application prototyping and demonstration of Kinetis MCU families. The platform offers an easy-to-use mass storage device mode flash programmer, a virtual serial port and classic programming and run-control capabilities.

With its low cost ($10-18 MSRP), industry standard compact form factor, easy access to the MCU I/O pins, integrated open standard serial and debug
interface (OpenSDA), and compatibility with a rich-set of third-party expansion boards, it’s easy to get started. Users can simply choose their preferred Freescale Freedom development hardware, select compatible software, connect with the community, and go.

For more information about the Freedom Development Platform, quick application prototyping, Kinetis MCUs, Cortex™-M4, Cortex™-M0+, Kinetis L, KL1x, KL2x, and Kinetis K20, along with access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

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Future Electronics Offers LUXEON Products with Precise Beam Control for Efficacy Driven Applications

Montreal, Canada – April 24, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, announces immediate availability of LUXEON products delivering performance and precise beam control for directional and efficacy driven applications.

LUXEON T, the next generation illumination grade LED, is tested and specified at 85°C to ensure application performance with tight color control, within 3 Step MacAdam Ellipse. Optimized for efficacy and supported by the industry leading forward voltage and the lowest thermal resistance, LUXEON T enables designers to achieve the highest possible system efficacy and the flexibility to reduce the number of emitters, all without compromising on high color rendering (CRI) across the full
Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) range from 2700K to 5700K.

LUXEON T is available in six different CCTs, 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, 4000K, 5000K and 5700K all specified at high-CRI, 80 minimum. In addition to the market leading 80 CRI range, LUXEON T is available with 95 typical CRI and exceptional red rendering (R9) of 90, making it ideal for the professional lighting market. To enable system level performance improvements in outdoor and industrial applications including high bay, street and roadway lighting, LUXEON T is also extended to the 70 CRI range.

Delivering color consistency, ensuring in-application performance with superior efficacy and light output, LUXEON T is ideal for a variety of applications, including lamps, downlights, indoor/outdoor, high bay, low bay, and architectural lighting.

LUXEON S is the second generation illumination grade multichip emitter which offers twice the lumen density of existing solutions, an R9 value that exceeds 80 and has 50% better Color Over Angle (COA) variation over existing solutions. Designed for retail, architectural and entertainment applications, LUXEON S emitters deliver up to 50 lumens per square millimeter and a high light output of up to 8000 lumens in narrow beams
with sharp shadows.

With LUXEON S, luminaire designers have more flexibility and can achieve beam angles in the 8° range in a compact design, with light levels that rival traditional CDM light sources. The new emitters feature correlated color temperatures of 2700K and 3000K with a CRI of 80 or 90, as well as CCTs of 3500K, 4000K and 5000K at CRI of 80. In the 90 CRI products, R9 value exceeds 80, making them ideal for applications requiring exceptional color renderings such as in premium retail and museum applications.

For more information about LUXEON products, Luxeon T, Luxeon S, hot testing, Freedom from Binning, tight color control, illumination grade LEDs, multichip emitters, along with access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

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martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

How to Select the Right Hall Effect Sensor for Your Application: A New Future Electronics Video

Montreal, Canada – April 22, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, announced the addition of “How to Select the Right Hall Effect Sensor for Your Application” to its video series on selecting the best electronic components for various applications, available on the company’s YouTube channel.
A Hall Effect sensor is a transducer which varies its output voltage in reaction to a magnetic field. These types of sensors are used for proximity switching, speed detection, positioning and current sensing applications.

When appropriately packaged, Hall Effect sensors are immune to dust, dirt, mud, and water. These characteristics make Hall Effect devices better for position sensing than alternative means such as optical and electromechanical sensing. They also offer a mechanical robustness and can be used in applications with multiple cycles that require wear-free operation due to their contact-free position sensing. Hall Effect sensors can also work in an extended temperature range and are accurate and reliable enough to be used in industrial and scientific applications.

Hall Effect sensors are often combined with circuitry which allows the device to act in a digital on/off switch mode. They are often seen in industrial applications and in consumer equipment. For example, some computer printers can use them in order to detect open covers and missing paper. They can also be found in various types of sensors such as rotating speed sensors, current sensors, pressure sensors, fluid flow sensors and speed detection.

There are several different kinds of Hall Effect sensors. Future Electronics stocks many of the most common types categorized by type, operating temperature range, supply current, supply voltage, packaging type and output current. The parametric filters on the company’s website can help users refine their search results depending on the required specifications.

“How to Select the Right Hall Effect Sensor for Your Application” can be seen at: http://youtu.be/AIgCu0yP9BU

For more information about Hall Effect sensors, magnetic sensors, ic sensors, magnetic field sensors, current sensors, magnetic speed sensors, Hall Effect sensor circuits, Hall Effect position sensors, Hall Effect speed sensors, linear Hall Effect sensors, magnetic sensor systems, the how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit: Future Electronics YouTube channel.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For further information, please contact:
Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com.
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

Future Electronics Adds “How to Select the Right Image Sensor for Your Application” to Video Series

Montreal, Canada – April 18, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, recently added another how-to video to its series on selecting the best electronic components for various applications. “How to Select the Right Image Sensor for Your Application” is now available, along with many more helpful tutorials offered through the company’s YouTube channel.

An image sensor is an electronic, photosensitive device which converts an optical image into an electronic signal. It is composed of millions of photodiodes and is used as an image receiver in digital imaging equipment.

Image sensors are small in size and offer low power consumption. They are also easy to use and can be adapted to several applications at a low overall cost.

Image sensors are mostly used in digital cameras, videoconferencing equipment and other imaging devices. In a camera, a photo electronic image sensor converts the light passing through the lens into per-photodiode charges of varying sizes. These charges are then processed by the camera’s electronics and are converted into image information by the camera’s software. Applications in the dental x-ray field include intra-oral, panoramic, and cephalometric imaging.

There are several different kinds of image sensors. Future Electronics stocks many of the most common types categorized by supply voltage, packaging type and supply current.

The video explains the various kinds of image sensors, and then shows the easy process of using parameters such as supply voltage, packaging type, supply current and more, to find the best parts for any application on the company’s website.

“How to Select the Right Image Sensor for Your Application” can be seen at: http://youtu.be/w7aZWyE9jZs

Many helpful videos have been recently added, with more being launched on a regular ongoing basis. For more information about image sensors, sensor images, cmos sensors, ccd sensors, camera image sensors, digital image sensors, contact image sensors, image sensor chips, linear image sensors, the how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit: FutureElectronics.com

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For further information, please contact:
Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com.
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com 

Future Electronics Offers StrongIRFET Power MOSFET Family for Industrial Applications

Montreal, Canada – April 16, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has announced immediate availability of International Rectifier’s StrongIRFET™ Power MOSFET Family for Industrial Applications Requiring Ultra Low On-State Resistance.

The family of StrongIRFET power MOSFETs features ultra low on-state resistance RDS(ON) for a wide variety of industrial applications including battery packs, inverters, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), solar inverters, forklift trucks, power tools, mobility scooters and ORing and Hot Swap.

This family of StrongIRFET devices offers a wide selection of benchmark performance MOSFETs for the industrial market. The wide portfolio and package offering provide designers flexibility in selecting the most optimal device for their application.

Features and benefits include ultra low on resistance; high current capability (up to 195A); RoHS compliant containing no lead, no bromide, and no halogen; qualified to industrial grade and moisture sensitivity level 1  (MSL1).

Applications include DC motors, battery packs, inverters, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), solar inverters, forklift trucks, mobility scooters, ORing and hot swap.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

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Future Electronics Offers AS5048 Evaluation Kit for Stepper Motors from ams

Montreal, Canada – April 15, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has announced immediate availability of the AS5048 Evaluation Kit from ams, enabling fast and easy evaluation for stepper motors.

The AS5048 eval kits are designed to adapt standard size stepper motors with a magnetic rotary position sensor for easy and fast evaluation of the AS5048 IC in a real application. The eval kit includes the adapter PCB with the soldered IC, four magnet holders with different shaft diameters, and the Allen key to fix the magnet holder on the shaft.

There are two eval kits available, The AS5048A eval kit is configured for SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) and PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) output signal, and the AS5048B eval kit is prepared for I2C interface and also PWM output signal. The AS5048 IC is a 14-bit magnetic rotary position sensor for absolute angle position sensing, which means 16,384 positions per
360° turn.

The AS5048 is unlike other magnetic position sensors on the market because the zero position can be programmed into the IC after assembly via simple SPI or I2C command, which eliminates the need for a special programmer. This feature makes the AS5048 even easier to implement in microcontroller-based designs for rotary position sensing.

The AS5048 is highly tolerant of misalignment between the sensor IC and its paired magnet and of variations in the air gap (typ. 2mm ±50%). It is also tolerant of variations in temperature ranging from -40°C to +150°C.

Applications include robotics (motor control and joint position detection), industrial (motor position and motion control, potentiometer), and medical (surgical robots, injection pumps, fitness equipment).

Because of its unique design, the AS5048 now makes it easier than ever to design magnetic position sensors in end applications.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

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Future Electronics Offers Full Range Of GE Sensing Solutions

Montreal, Quebec –  April 10, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, offers immediate availability of GE’s full range of sensing solutions, including high accuracy NTC thermistors, PTC heaters, state-of-the-art, high performance pressure/MEMS sensors, fully integrated humidity sensors, CO2 Telaire sensors, NPA surface mount, and infrared gas sensors.

With more than 70 years of technology experience in the development, design, and manufacturing of high quality sensors, GE boasts one of the most comprehensive ranges of temperature measurement and sensing products in the world. GE provides solutions to a wide range of temperature sensing challenges faced by healthcare, automotive, industrial and consumer markets.

Equipped with the most advanced design tools and cutting edge laboratories, GE is a leader in the design, model and fabrication of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), with a sensor line including state-of-the-art, cost effective sensor solutions known for their accuracy, reliability and size.

More information on GE’s full range of sensing solutions available through Future Electronics, offering the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, can be found at Future Technology Magazine.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

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Future Electronics Launches “Getting Started with LPCXpresso” as Part of How-to Video Series

Montreal, Quebec – April 8, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has added “Getting Started with LPCXpresso” as part of their how-to video series on selecting the best electronic components for various applications, which can be seen on the company’s YouTube channel.

The video explains the first step in using NXP’s LPCXpresso is to select the software development platform that will be used. There are a few key software IDE/Compilers available, including Keil, IAR and Code Red.

This groundbreaking development platform, created by NXP exclusively for its Cortex-M microcontrollers, takes the user from evaluation all the way through to product development for less than $30. Designed for simplicity and ease of use, it features a powerful Eclipse-based IDE with a special, NXP-designed user interface. A Linux version is also available.

LCPXpresso development boards include an optimized Cortex-M0 compiler with libraries, an LPC-Link JTAG/SWD debug probe, and target boards.

Once the platform has been selected, a hardware debugger must be chosen. A hardware debugger or debug adapter connects a PC’s USB port to a developer’s target system, therefore allowing developers to code and debug embedded software on target hardware. Some debuggers are integrated into development boards, which is the case of LPCXpresso.

The third step is selecting an evaluation or rapid prototyping board. Evaluation and development boards provide developers with a hardware platform for testing software before customer prototypes are available. NXP’s LPCXpresso combines with the LPCXpresso Integrated Development Environment for a low cost evaluation and development platform with various baseboards available.

Rapid prototyping boards are low cost and time efficient ways to evaluate microcontrollers. mbed Rapid Prototyping boards are compatible with the LPCXpresso form factor.

There are several reasons to choose NXP LPCXpresso. Users can evaluate, explore, and develop within a single, easy-to-use interface while retaining all the advanced features associated with powerful and expensive tools. Free software and libraries are also available from NXP.

“Getting Started with LPCXpresso” can be seen at: http://youtu.be/OD1MYDuSjik.

For more information about microcontroller programming, microcontroller kits, microcontroller boards, programming microcontrollers, embedded microcontrollers, microcontroller development, microcontroller development boards, microcontroller development kits, debug hardware, NXP cortex, microcontroller starter kits, NXP microcontrollers, low cost microcontrollers, microcontroller evaluation boards, NXP LPCXpresso, NXP Cortex m0, the how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit: http://www.futureelectronics.com/en/Search.aspx?dsNav=Ntk:PartNumberSearch%7cNXP+LPCXpresso%7c1%7c,Ny:True,Nea:True.

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Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For more information, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

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Future Electronics Named Finalist for EE Times/EDN ACE Awards

Montreal, Canada – April 4, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has been named as a finalist for the EE Times and EDN ACE Awards, in the Energy Technology category.

The Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards ceremony is held on April 23, 2013 as part of UBM Tech’s DESIGN West and ESC Silicon Valley Conference, celebrating the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the industry.

The competition recognizes the best products brought to market over the prior year, and Future Electronics has been nominated in recognition of its Energy Harvesting Platform featuring the Renesas RL78 microcontroller. The modular development tool enables designers to accurately evaluate energy harvesting use in their systems.

“Our Energy Harvesting Platform reduces time to market and design costs for companies working to develop renewable energy designs,” explained Todd Baker, Regional Technical Director at Future Electronics. “It is our hope that this tool will spur the market for energy harvesting designs and expand the number of applications utilizing this technology.”

“The 2013 finalists represent the execution of forward-thinking technologies and creativity that captures the imagination of consumers, illustrating the influence that electronics and embedded design professionals have on today’s culture,” said Patrick Mannion, EDN’s Brand Director.

More information about Future Electronics and the company’s Energy Harvesting Platform can be found at www.FutureElectronics.com.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

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Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com