A natural rubber latex material is made from a desert plant, called guayule, grown extensively in the southwestern United States. The product, developed by Yulex Corp. (Carlsbad, CA), is safe for people with Type 1 latex allergy. According to the company, it also outperforms both synthetic and imported natural rubber latex.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) has the potential to destroy a device. And yet, most products intended to measure site-specific voltage on ESD-sensitive devices actually transfer charge upon contact. Though the ESD riddle has continually gnawed at the industry, one company claims to have the answer
A new line of switching power supplies features advanced digital management capabilities. The iMP series of ac-dc switching power supplies from Astec Power (Carlsbad, CA) includes a range of hardware modules. Single-, dual-, and triple-output modules, in power ratings from 600 to 1500 W, allow designers to build custom solutions. Modules can be configured in a selection of four customizable MP cases. Cases can hold up to seven modules, with a choice of outputs ranging from 2 to 60 V dc. Input voltages of 85–264 V ac or 120–350 V dc are available.