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Linear Motor Stages

The PlanarDL-series stages from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) are available in nine different travel and performance configuration applications ranging from high-accuracy surface profilometry to high-speed semiconductor and LED wafer scribing. The PlanarDL XY design allows for use in applications where straightness and flatness of motion are critical. Capable of achieving 1 m/s velocities and 1.5 g accelerations, the stages enable high-throughput and the company’s proprietary directdrive technology.

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Eurocard-Based Subrack Systems

Verotec (Derry, NH) supports the Eurocard standard with its KM6 family of subracks. For light and medium duty general-purpose applications, Verotec’s KM6-II, which meets the requirements of DIN41494 and IEC 60297, features two- screw fixing of all tiebars to give an exceptionally rigid assembly. It is available in heights of 3, 4, 6 and 9U, widths of 24, 42, 60 and 84HP and depths of 160, 240, 300, 360 and 420mm. The KM6-HD subrack system is designed for military and transport application where a rugged system offering resistance to shock and vibration is required. Built to meet MIL-STD-167, its features include positive guide retention, heavy two screw fixing tiebars, 3mm thick side plates and rack angles with a conductive finish throughout. The KM6-HD subrack accepts standard Eurocards in 3, 6 and 9U heights with depths of up to 400mm.

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Serial PCIe MiniCard

Diamond Systems (Mountain View, CA) has introduced a rugged, low cost 4-port multiprotocol opto-isolated serial port module in the popular PCIe MiniCard form factor measuring 30 x 51mm. The DS-MPE-SER4OPT offers 4 RS-232/RS-485 opto-isolated serial ports. Each port offers 16C550 compatibility and ultra-deep 256-byte TX/RX FIFOs. Maximum data rates are 1Mbps in RS-232 mode and 10Mbps in RS-485 mode. The board is available preconfigured for 4 RS-232 ports, 4 RS-485 ports, or a combination of 2 RS-232 and 2 RS-485 ports. I/O signals are provided on two miniature latching connectors, with 2 ports per connector. Each pair of serial ports on the DS-MPE-SER4OPT offers up to 500V isolation from the system ground. Extended temperature capability of -40°C to +85°C enables the board to operate in environments with extreme temperature swings, such as vehicles or outdoor installations. In addition, the board may be custom-configured with 0-ohm resistors in place of jumper blocks for increased ruggedness in high-vibration environments.

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Low-Voltage Power Supplies

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) has extended its GWS500 series power supplies with the addition of two low output voltage models: a 5V 80A and a 7.5V 67A unit. The GWS series is a 400W to 500W AC/DC, forced air-cooled power supply that achieves up to 90% efficiency. Featuring a 4.1 x 8.6 inch footprint and 1.6 inch height, the GWS500 now offers six models with nominal outputs of 5V, 7.5V, 12V, 24V, 36V and 48V. To accommodate non-standard system voltages the GWS500's output is user-adjustable, either via the built- in adjustment potentiometer or by injecting an external programming voltage. Where peak power is needed, for example for motor start-up, the 24V and 36V models can deliver up to 600W for 10 seconds. The supply can be operated at full load from -25 to +50°C ambient temperature and up to +70°C with suitable derating.

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PCI Express® Digital I/O Module

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has announced the release of its new high-speed digital I/O module, the PCIe-7360, which supports up to 100 MHz data rate and 400 MB/s throughput, with parallel and bi-directional 32- channel high-speed I/O lines and 8-channel application function I/Os. Ideally suited to large scale and high resolution digital pattern data acquisition and generation applications, the PCIe-7360 delivers support for complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor capture for image performance verification, ADC/DAC testing, digital image transfer to large-scale printer/plotter applications, and digital video recording/playback. ADLINK’s PCIe-7360 utilizes a PCI Express x4 interface, with up to 400 MB/s throughput and data rate up to 100 MHz guaranteed, with programmable parallel data width (8/16/24/32-bit). 

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Littrow Dispersion Prisms

Precision Glass & Optics (PG&O) (Santa Ana, CA) has announced a line of Littrow dispersion prisms for laser cavities and other optical systems, such as spectrographs. PG&O offers a wide range of coated and uncoated Littrow prisms featuring 30- 60- and 90-degree angles. Uncoated prisms are ideal for image (or light) dispersion because they can disperse white light into its spectral components. Coated Littrow prisms feature an anti-reflective coating on the surface opposite the 60-degree angle to provide a constant deviation prism. For a given wavelength, the refracted ray entering the prism travels normally to the reflectively-coated exit face, then back along its original path. Littrow prisms from PG&O feature angular tolerance >1 arc second, surface quality of 10/5, surface accuracy λ/20, and dimensional tolerances ± .001 in.

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Autofocus Machine Vision Camera

IDS Imaging Development Systems (Woburn, MA) announced that it is shipping its new uEye™ XS, the world's smallest machine vision camera with autofocus. Measuring a compact 23 x 26.5 x 21.5 mm (.9" x 1.04" x .84"), the uEye™ XS is simple to integrate into virtually any imaging system. Featuring the 5 megapixel Aptina™ CMOS sensor with a pixel size of 1.4 µm, the uEye™ XS camera delivers detailed, true color images in a choice of seven fixed image formats ranging from 5 MP (2592 x 1944) to basic VGA (640 x 480). Frame rate is freely adjustable for long or short exposures, and at full 5MB resolution the XS will capture 15 fps. Binning can be used to achieve frame rates as high as 30 fps. It connects via standard USB 2.0 and a mini-B socket, with power supply provided by the bus cable.

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