Digi-Key Stocks 3M's New EM Eye Meter Series

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - September 29, 2009

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced it has stock on 3M's EM Eye Meter Series, a new universal test and measurement platform that offers a highly expandable, cost-reducing solution to manufacturers looking for accurate electrical event detection.

The following products are now available on Digi-Key's global websites:

  • CTM048-21 (Digi-Key # SCP297-ND) EM eye meter with ESD sensor
  • CTM048-28 (Digi-Key # SCP295-ND) EM eye meter with EMI sensor
  • CTM048-29 (Digi-key # SCP296-ND) EM eye meter with RF sensor

In addition to their availability on Digi-Key's websites, these products are slated to be featured in upcoming print and online catalogs.

From 3M's Electronic Solutions Division, the EM eye meter provides three devices in one unit. The meter consists of a base unit and three separate sensors for electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio frequency (RF), and electrostatic discharge (ESD) detection. The modular design can save manufacturers money by allowing them to purchase the functionality they need when they need it.

The EM eye meter instantly displays information on its color touch screen and logs data on an SD card. This meter is the only known one of its kind on the market that has a touch screen display, offering incomparable convenience and ease of use. Additionally, the meter's handheld size provides portability and allows manufacturers the ability to check their control plans more frequently, potentially reducing production disruptions.

The ESD sensor identifies steps in the process where ESD events occur and verifies that ESD control methods are functioning as designed, which helps reduce the cost of controls and increase the speed of diagnosis. It also contains an ESD event counter that tracks the number of events above the set threshold and records discharge strength so that immediate, effective adjustments can be made.

The EMI sensor detects and measures transient signals, minimizing interference with normal operation of sensitive equipment. The RF sensor detects receptions of transmitted signals. The sensor provides for exceptional sensitivity and true RF input.

The EM eye meter can be used in a broad range of manufacturing settings, including printed circuit boards, hard disk drives, defense and aerospace, medical equipment, and semiconductor. The meter is also a good fit for companies that install and manage mobile phone towers.

About 3M Electronic Solutions Division

3M Electronic Solutions Division offers innovative solutions to the electronics market, such as static control products, copper interconnect systems, cable and cable assemblies, carrier and cover tapes and trays, flexible circuits, embedded capacitor materials, and Textool brand test and burn-in sockets. For more information about interconnect solutions available from 3M Electronic Solutions Division, visit www.3m.com.

About Digi-Key Corporation

Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available on the Digi-Key website.