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VITA 66 & 67 Bringing Fiber Optic and Mixed Signal Capability to VPX

Today’s rugged embedded computing industry demands the best of technology and reliability. Driven by requirements for higher performance solutions, platforms continually evolve. Standards organizations, such as the VSO (VMEbus Standards Organization), are diligently working to bring the technology for these solutions to the mainstream. The VSO’s VPX architecture, based on Tyco Electronics’ MULTIGIG RT2 backplane connector as qualified to the VITA 46.0 standard, is the latest technology to be applied to rugged embedded computing. In addition to dealing with escalating processing, power, and cooling requirements of leading edge solutions, the VSO is now addressing the need to realize high bandwidth and high fidelity transmission via alternative media — e.g. fiber optic and coaxial wave guides. This technology is crucial in realizing the full potential of today’s cutting edge C4ISR gear, including RF intensive radar, SIGINT and IED defeat gear, as well as systems benefiting from fiber optics, including secure, long distance and high data rate communications lines.

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PrPMC/XMC Module

Extreme Engineering Solutions (Middleton, WI) has introduced XPedite7201, a conduction- or aircooled PrPMC/XMC module, targeting the Intel® Atom™ processor running at up to 1.6 GHz at under 10W. This card comes with PCI Express or PCI interconnect and a Gigabit Ethernet port with integrated magnetics. XPedite7201 is ideal for highbandwidth data-processing applications. The module includes up to 1 GB of DDR2-533 SDRAM and up to 4 GB of NAND flash. P14 I/O includes two USB ports, two RS-232/422/485 serial ports, and Gigabit Ethernet.

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Triaxial Cable Kits

Keithley Instruments (Cleveland, OH) has introduced triaxial cable kits for semiconductor device probers that are capable of handling I-V, C-V, and pulsed I-V signals. Model 4210-MMPC-C is optimized for use with Cascade Microtech probers, and Model 4210-MMPC-S for use with SUSS Microtech probers. The cables are designed for compatibility with Keithley’s Model 4200-SCS Semiconductor Characterization System, as well as with other test instruments used for characterization.

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ESMexpress Modules

The XM2 from MEN Micro (Ambler, PA) is based on the latest Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 processor with a clock frequency of up to 2.26 GHz. The advanced Intel processor, combined with the ruggedization and low development costs of the ESMexpress standard, make the XM2 a costeffective choice for a variety of harsh, mobile, and mission-critical environments found in the railway, avionics, industrial automation, and medical engineering industries.

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Cryptographic Authentication ICs

The AT88SA family of low-cost, ultralow- power authentication ICs from Atmel® Corporation (San Jose, CA) have an embedded SHA-256 engine and 256-bit cryptographic key. The first device in the family, the AT88SA102S, is a general purpose CrytpoAuthentication™ IC designed to protect consumers from counterfeit electronic and medical consumables, such as batteries, ink cartridges, test strips, blood bags, and breathing tubes. They can be used in any microcontroller-based system to secure network data transmissions such as satellite radio broadcasts or medical records, protect end-products from bogus firmware updates, and validate software or media modules.

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GPS and Cellular-Based Tracking Device

Laird Technologies (Chesterfield, MO) has been awarded a supply contract to provide the Stealth II GPS tracking device to Trackn powered by Enfotrace (Irvine, CA). The Stealth II is a selfcontained GPS and cellularbased tracking device that can quickly and effectively locate any vehicle or mobile asset. The cost-effective device is the smallest of its kind available on the market. Key product features include starter immobilizer, remote door unlock, no external antennas, vehicle location 24/7, alarm reporting, speed notification, electronic fencing, and ease of installation.

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Point-of-Load DC/DC Converters

Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) now offers the Okami™ SIP 10A and 16A output current models of nonisolated single point-of-load (PoL) DC/DC converters. A range comprising four 10A models and four 16A models is available with either positive or negative on/off polarity and an optional sequence/track feature to control start-up time requirement. The modules can act as a drop-in replacement for other DOSA-compliant parts, or be used in space constrained designs that require high density power solutions and where a short time-to-market is required.

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