CUI Devices is an electronic components manufacturer specialising in an ever-expanding range of product technologies. Formerly part of CUI Inc, you can trace their roots back to 1989 just outside of Portland, Oregon. In September of 2019, a group of senior managers deeply involved in the historical growth of CUI Inc - and with over 15 years of average tenure - spun-off part of the business. Thus, CUI Devices was born, offering a wide range of Interconnect, Audio, Thermal Management, Motion, and Sensor solutions.
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Driving piezoelectric transducer buzzers
Forming part of the user interface apparatus, piezoelectric transducer buzzers can provide an important function in a broad array of electronic equipment. Through incorporation of one of these electromechanical components, an audible signal can be passed to the equipment’s user. By Ryan Smoot, CUI Devices
USB Type C receptacle for power only applications
CUI Devices’ Interconnect Group has announced the introduction of a new USB Type C connector designed for power only applications. The UJC-HP-3-SMT-TR is a 6-pin USB Type C receptacle that can deliver up to 60W of power with a three amp rated current and 20Vdc rated voltage.
CUI devices prioritises efforts to tackle COVID-19
CUI Devices has announced new initiatives in its support of the medical industry’s response to the global coronavirus (COVID‑19) pandemic. These initiatives include prioritising orders and expediting free product samples to OEMs, makers, volunteers, and organisations designing medical equipment key to fighting COVID‑19, such as respirators, ventilators, blood analysis machines, test equipment, patient monitors, imaging systems, and home...
A closer look at IP ratings and designing with IP rated connectors
If you have owned a portable device, then you have likely subjected it to unwanted dirt or a drop into liquid. From tablets and wearables to outdoor sensors and industrial equipment, the demand for devices that can withstand these host of environmental factors continues to grow. By Ryan Smoot, CUI Devices
Screwless terminal blocks for high temperature operation
CUI Devices’ Interconnect Group has announced the addition of screwless terminal block connectors for high temperature applications. Featuring -40 to +130°C operating temperature ranges, the horizontal orientation TBLH10 350 and TBLH10 500 series as well as the vertical orientation TBLH10V 350 and TBLH10V 500 series provide a rugged solution for wire-to-board application dealing with extreme temperatures.
Choosing the right rotary encoder for ruggedness and performance
The motion control systems of equipment such as industrial automation or robotics are often reliant on rotary encoders to provide data on position, speed, direction and distance. These typically feature a disc, which is attached to the shaft of the motor whose movements need to be tracked. By Jeff Smoot, CUI Devices
Senior managers purchase CUI Inc’s Electronic Components
Former senior managers of CUI Inc announced that they have purchased the company’s components business from CUI Inc’s publicly-traded parent company, CUI Global. The newly-formed private entity will go to market as CUI Devices and will continue to serve its customers and develop new technologies within its interconnect, audio, thermal management, motion and sensors product lines.
Capacitive incremental encoder supports increased shaft sizes
CUI Devices have announced the addition of a new series to its innovative AMT incremental encoder family to support larger motor shaft sizes from nine to 15.875 mm. The AMT13 series, based on CUI Devices' proprietary capacitive ASIC technology, brings the same high levels of durability, accuracy, and immunity to environmental particulates as current AMT encoder models.
How to achieve temperature control with a peltier module system
A Peltier module, also known as a thermoelectric module, is a powerful device for thermal management, for use in applications such as laser products. When a current is passed through the module a temperature differential is created, causing one side to be hot while the other is cold. Depending on the design of the module and the applied voltage and current, a temperature differential over 100°C can be achieved. By Bruce Rose, Principal Appli...
Beamforming arrays with MEMS microphones
Offering small size, low power consumption and affordability, MEMS microphones are chosen by designers for a wide variety of applications including tablets, desktop computers, headsets and teleconferencing terminals, as well as specialist equipment such as environmental noise monitors and equipment for surveillance and law enforcement. By Bruce Rose, Principal Applications Engineer at CUI Devices
Terminal block connectors introduced to interconnect portfolio
CUI Devices has announced the addition of terminal block connectors to its existing line of connector products. Featuring up to 24 pole counts, the terminal blocks come available in pluggable, screw type, and screwless configurations with 2.54, 3.50, 3.81, 5.00, 5.08, and 7.62mm pitches.
Considering the trade offs of different fan bearing designs
Fans are a vital element of many electronic systems, designed to keep the device operating within recommended temperatures, while making sure the electronics are working at their optimum level. Attempts have been made to find alternative thermal management methods, with none proving as effective and economical as the fan. By Ryan Smoot, CUI Devices
Understanding the encoder resolution
An incremental rotary encoder can be used to measure rotational direction, speed and angular displacement. The encoder generates two output channels as it rotates, A and B. Each output is a square wave, and in a quadrature encoder, the two outputs are 90° out of phase. By Jason Kelly, Motion Control Design and Applications Engineer, CUI Devices
Waterproof audio jack connectors carry IP67 ratings
A range of waterproof audio jack connectors with Ingress Protection (IP) ratings of IP67 have been introduced by CUI Devices. The audio jacks are available in surface mount, mid mount SMT, and through hole mounting styles, while featuring right-angle orientations, four conductors, and conformance to the 3.5mm audio standard.
Comparing analogue and digital MEMS microphone interfaces
MEMS microphones have been steadily expanding opportunities and functionality into a wide range of devices, now adding communication and monitoring capabilities into the mix. Voice-enabled navigation devices and digital home assistants are examples of such devices driving this change and are helping to boost the huge growth in voice-controlled electronics. By Bruce Rose, Principal Applications Engineer, CUI Devices
USB cable assemblies added to portfolio
A range of USB cables to has been added to CUI Devices' existing portfolio of connector and cable assembly products. The USB cable assemblies come available with USB Type A, USB Type B, Micro B, Mini B, and USB Type C plugs and receptacles, along with dc power plugs, blunt cut, and stripped and tinned terminations.
Choosing the right buzzer - a review of key buzzer selection criteria
If you are designing products like a home appliance, security panel, a door-entry system or a computer peripheral, you might choose to feature a buzzer as the sole means of interacting with users or as part of a more sophisticated user interface. By Bruce Rose, Principal Applications Engineer, CUI Devices
Waterproof USB Micro B receptacles feature IP67 ratings
The addition of several waterproof USB connectors with Ingress Protection (IP) ratings of IP67, to its USB product family has been announced by CUI Devices. Offering protection from moisture and environmental contaminants, the connectors are available in USB Micro B and Type C receptacle formats, while conforming to either the USB 2.0 or USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, depending on the model.
Design considerations when choosing a MEMS or ECM microphone
Conversational interaction with smart machines such as home digital assistants is a growing trend, and just one that is driving development of new high tech products that can listen to their surroundings, interpret commands, or gather contextual or environmental data. By Bruce Rose, Principal Applications Engineer, CUI Devices.
MEMS Microphones for a range of portable devices
The introduction of a comprehensive line of MEMS microphones suited for a range of portable electronic devices has been announced by CUI Devices. The range has improved audio quality, performance, and reliability, CUI Devices' CMM series is housed in compact, low profile footprints measuring as small as 2.75x1.85x0.95mm.