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PRODUCT SHOWCASE MEC high performance tactile switches The MEC Multimec switch series has three standard actuation forces and is only available in high temperature material in order to stand today’s advanced soldering processes. Furthermore, the switch can be supplied with one or two LEDs integrated on it in order to provide excellent illumination. Night vision (NVIS) LEDs are also available. They have >10 million lifetime cycle, NO or NC/NO functions and is sealed to IP67. Custom legends are available. The Multimec is not just an ordinary switch but manufactured to be the best possible switch for the most demanding customers. Contact: Control Devices Unit 17, 69 O’Riordan St Alexandria NSW 2015 Tel: (02) 9330 1700 Web: www.controldevices.com.au Mouser’s New Product Insider 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 329 new products ready for same-day shipment. Some of the products introduced by Mouser last month include: Intel NUC Mini PCs: Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini PCs offer high-performance capabilities in a space-saving design ideal for applications such as home theater, home office, entrylevel gaming, industrial/commercial kiosks and digital signage. Osram Opto Semiconductors PLPT9 450LA_E Blue Laser Diode: Osram’s blue laser diode achieves an optical power of 3W and emits a highly concentrated visible light with a wavelength of 447nm. Pimoroni PIM486 Enviro for Raspberry Pi: A pHAT for the Raspberry Pi Zero that enables the measurement of temperature, pressure, humidity, light, and noise level in indoor environments. Samtec AcceleRate HD Ultra-Dense Mezzanine Strips: Feature a low-profile 5mm stack height, slim 5mm width, and a 0.635mm pitch. 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 ref- Contact: erence designs, application notes, Mouser Electronics technical design information, and Web: www.mouser.com/ engineering tools. newproductinsider Microchip’s embedded IoT solutions for rapid prototyping When designing IoT solutions, developers can quickly, easily and securely connect to any cloud using WiFi, Bluetooth and narrow band 5G technologies. Microchip’s already broad portfolio of IoT solutions now includes six additional products. Making their core, connectivity, security, development environment and debug capabilities easily accessible, all are designed to lower project costs and complexity in development: • PIC-IoT WA and AVR-IoT WA boards • Gateway solutions running AWS IoT Greengrass • LTE-M/NB-IoT development kit • SAM-IoT WG • Azure IoT SAM MCU • PIC-BLE and Contact: AVR-BLE boards Each solution is Microchip Technology Inc designed to focus Unit 32, 41 Rawson St Epping NSW 2121 on ease of use and Tel: (02) 9868 6733 rapid development. Website: www.microchip.com Covid-19 “virus” malware can be deadly for computers As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with coronavirus for humans, so far there have been five malwares identified which have the ability to do serious damage to your PC. As reported by ZDNet.com early in April (no, not April 1!), one of these can not only trash your PC files but also rewrite your computer’s master boot record (MBR). siliconchip.com.au While an expert with the right software should be able to restore the MBR and files, it will take time and could be very costly. ZDNet report that some of the viruses appear to be malware, demanding payment for the “cure” – which may not even exist. For much more information, visit the ZDNet website: siliconchip.com.au/link/ab12 SC Australia’s electronics magazine May 2020 61