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Fanless Single Board Computer ( ADLINK Technology)

The NuPRO-796 from ADLINK Technology (Irvine, CA) is a half-size board computer featuring an AMD GeodeTM GX 533 processor. Fanless, the device has a 1.1 W CPU power consumption, and includes an on-board 128 MB memory on a single SODIMM slot, one UltraATA 66 IDE connector, and four Serial ATA connectors with RAID support. With several display options, it supports VGA/CRT monitors (1,600 ×1,200, 16 bbp at 85 Hz or 1,280 ×1,024, 24 bpp at 85 Hz), TFT LCDs, (1,280 ×1,024 bpp), and LVDS. Key I/O interfaces include an ACPI-compliant 10/1000BASE-T LAN port, four USB 1.1 ports (two USB ports on the faceplate, two by the pin header), and integrated audio controllers with an AC’97 interface. Operating temperature ranges from 0 to 60°C (storage temperature is -20 to 80°C).

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Maple Mathematical Software

Maplesoft™, Waterloo, ON, Canada, has introduced Maple™ 11 mathematical software with a smart document environment that automatically captures technical knowledge in an electronic form that seamlessly integrates calculations, explanatory text and math, graphics, images, and sound. These live documents can be reused or shared across an organization. The smart document environment also includes the ability to use natural math notation in titles, legends, and labels, and annotation capabilities such as sketching, adding text and math, and drawing lines, shapes, and arrows.

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Product of the Month: HPL Diodes, Bars, and Stacks

Intense, Ltd. (Glasgow, UK) released Hermes™, a family of High Power Laser (HPL) products. Included are single emitters, bars, conductively and micro-channel cooled bars, and stacks. The single emitters have wavelengths of 808 nm (up to 5 W), 940 nm (up to 7 W), and 980 nm (up to 7 W). The bars are at 808 nm and 940 nm (both up to 100 W), while the conductively cooled bars are 808 nm (up to 60 W) and the micro-channel cooled bars are 808 nm (up to 100 W). The stack is 808 nm (up to 805 W). The devices operate in both continuous-wave and quasi-continuous-wave modes. The line is designed for use in industrial, medical, defense, and aerospace applications.

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Dichroic Filter

Patterned dichroic filters from Deposition Sciences, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) operate over a wide range of wavelengths, from near ultraviolet to infrared. Able to be applied in a variety of substrates in multiple shapes and sizes, the filters maintain stability in extreme temperatures and conditions. Additionally, they may be applied to wafer substrates up to 100 mm in diameter in materials such as glass, silicon, sapphire, and fused silica. Coatings are applied on a single substrate with dimensions down to 100 microns, an accuracy of ±1 micron, and feature placement accuracy of ±5 microns. Applications include optoelectronic and opto-mechanical devices, satellites, and aircraft.

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Laser-Scanning Probe

Laser Design (Minneapolis, MN) released the SLP-2000 3D laser-scanning probe with an extra-long-laser line (8") and standard dual CMOS receptors. The device captures 50,000 to 75,000 points per second. The probe is integrated with Surveyor Scan Control software and Surveyor 3D scanning systems, and can be used interchangeably with portable Faro CMMs, traditional CMMs, and the Surveyor DS, CS, DT, and TS-Series 3D laser-scanning systems. The probe weighs less than one pound.

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Polarimeter

The P-2000 multi-option polarimeter from JASCO (Easton, MD) is designed to be customizable with options to handle a researcher’s initial requirements and then upgraded at a later date. The unit can operate via a PC with Windows® software or by JASCO’s handheld controller (iRM). The device has a range of light sources: tungsten-halogen, sodium, or mercury lamps. Up to two sources can be simultaneously installed, from the UV-V region (254 nm) to the NIR region (880 nm). Sample temperature is available at ±0.1°C accuracy.

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Image Simulation

The 2D Image Simulation feature in CODE V® 9.7 from Optical Research Associates (Pasadena, CA) allows users to visualize overall performance and communicate design tradeoffs to non-optical personnel. The function displays an object as it would appear when imaged by an optical system, taking into account diffraction, lens aberration, distortion, relative illumination, and blurring. Image orientation for complex folded systems also is determined. Results may be saved in BMP, JPEG, and PNG formats. Other features include enhanced ID Partial Coherence function and a Gaussian Quadrature Radial Grid for defining ray sets speeds optimization of systems having circular or vignetted circular pupils.

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