Application Briefs

Bright and Economical LEDs Enable Mobile Projection

3M, St. Paul, MN www.3m.com OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Sunnyvale, CA www.osram-os.com Micro projectors from 3M that can be connected to mobile phones and cameras include LEDs from OSRAM Opto Semi-conductors. The small, bright, energy-saving diodes were the key to developing the micro projectors, which could not be implemented with other light sources. Depending on lighting conditions, the LEDs project images of more than a meter.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting

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Demystifying Optical Ethernet Networks

The TDM-to-packet network transformation has been underway in transport/ telecommunications networks for some years now, fueled primarily by two trends: (a) the advent of triple-play (voice, video, data) for enterprise and residential customers and, lately, the explosion in video and mobile data services, and (b) the evolution in both packet- and transport-network equipment.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Optics, Photonics, Architecture, Fiber optics, Telecommunications systems

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Spectrometer Helps NASA Detect Water in Excavated Moon Matter

QE65000 Spectrometer Ocean Optics Dunedin, FL 727-733-2447 www.oceanoptics.comAn Ocean Optics QE65000 spectrometer has contributed measurements to the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, helping NASA scientists to officially confirm the presence of water on the Moon. The spectrometer, dubbed ALICE, was custom re-engineered by Aurora Design & Technology to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation, shock, and vibration of space.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Test & Measurement, Spectroscopy, Soils, Water, Test equipment and instrumentation

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Near-Infrared Cameras Indicate Signature of Water on the Moon

InGaAs shortwave infrared (SWIR) cameras Sensors Unlimited, Goodrich Corp. Princeton, NJ 609-520-0610 www.sensorsinc.comShortwave infrared (SWIR) cameras from Sensors Unlimited were instrumental in NASA’s LCROSS mission to find water on the Moon. The cameras were selected for the mission more than three years ago, and were integrated into the imaging payload of the shepherding spacecraft.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Sensors, Optics, Water, Spacecraft

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Connector Improves Reliability, Cuts Cost on Engine Production Line

HARTING North America was recently asked to solve some of the problems associated with power distribution and motion control on a vehicle manufacturer’s long conveyor and engine block production line. The line’s system integrator needed to reduce installation costs to be competitive with other potential suppliers, and the end customer was looking for higher reliability and ease of maintenance.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Connectors and terminals, Production, Engines, Reliability

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Aircraft Modification and Integration Enables SOFIA to Fly

Aircraft and airborne system development and modification L-3 Communications Integrated Systems Waco, TX 254-799-5533 www.l-3com.com/is/

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Optics, Performance upgrades, Fixed-wing aircraft

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Taking COTS to the Next Level in Vetronics Subsystems

Embedded vetronics (vehicle electronics) subsystems for rugged deployed ground vehicles have long benefited from the reduced risk, faster time to market, and long lifecycle support offered by COTS board vendors. Recent advances in open standards developments, namely the OpenVPX/VITA 65 specification that defines system-level interoperability profiles for VPX architecture boards and backplanes, promise to take the COTS model from the board to the subsystem level, enabling faster deployment of proven, standards-based fully integrated enclosures.

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