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Products of Tomorrow: July 2014

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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Product of the Month: July 2014

The iQ-200™ instrument from Advanced Thermal Solutions, Norwood, MA, measures the temperatures of solid materials and surrounding air, while also tracking air velocity and air pressure. Measurements are taken simultaneously at multiple points to profile heat sinks, PCBs, and card racks for testing and characterization. The instrument simultaneously captures thermal data from up to 12 thermocouples that can be J, K, T, and E types. Surface temperature data is recorded from -40 to 750 °C. At the same time, air temperature is measured via 16 hot wire anemometer ports using single-sensor technology; there is no need to change sensors when measuring different velocity ranges. The standard range for air velocity measurement is 0-6 m/s; for custom calibrations, the range is from 0 to 50 m/s. Four additional ports support differential or absolute pressure transducers to capture pressure drop data along circuit cards, assemblies, and orifice plates. Pressure measurements are taken from 0 to 1,034 Pa (0 to 0.15 psi).

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Product of the Month: Hyperspectral Imager

SPECIM Spectral Imaging Ltd. (Oulu, Finland) has released AisaIBIS, a robust and very high spectral resolution hyperspectral imager for ground and airborne measurement of sun induced fluorescence from plants.

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Pulsed Laser Diodes

Laser Components Canada (Hudson, NH) has set a new world record with its pulsed laser diodes at 905 nm. Peak power levels of up to 650W emitted from a small TO-18 housing and are available on a standard basis. These PLDs are based on “multi-junction” laser technology, meaning they contain several epitaxially integrated emitters with a total emitting area of 200μm x 10μm. At a pulse length of 150 ns, it is possible to achieve a peak performance of at least 70W from a single chip. The metal housing allows a higher thermal load, which permits overdriving the diode and ultimately leads to the achievement of an output of up to 650W from a stacked array design. Due to the combination of a small emitter area and an extremely high peak performance, the new 3J08 series is optimally suited for fiber coupling.

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Miniature Full Feature HD/SDI 1080p Camera

Viewbits (San Diego, CA), the industrial cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., are now shipping the GNAT 1080p 60™, their new mini 1080p HD camera that supports 60 frames per second. The 2.1 megapixel ultra-compact camera measures just over 1.65 inches (42 millimeters) and features a 1/3 inch progressive scan CMOS sensor, AGC (Automatic Gain Control), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), digital zoom, and defog. It also supports brilliant DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technologies like DNR, 3D-NR and 2D+3D.

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Liquid Crystal Thermography System

The new ethermVIEW™ liquid crystal thermographic analysis system from Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (Norwood, MA) provides optical temperature measurements of active PCBs and components. The ethermVIEW system uses the color response of thermochromic liquid crystals (TLC) for non-invasive thermal studies.

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2 MP HDTV Format Cameras

Camera manufacturer Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) has expanded its ace camera family to include monochrome and color models in full HD format. The acA1920-25 cameras deliver speeds of 25 fps at 2 MP resolution (1920 pixels x 1080 pixels). They come with a Gigabit Ethernet or USB 3.0 interface and are 100% compliant with GigE Vision and USB3 Vision.

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