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PIXCI SI1 Frame Grabber

EPIX (Buffalo Grove, IL) has introduced a PIXCI SI1 frame grabber that allows image and control data transfer with minimal buffering over any PCI Express slot for low latency image capture and analysis. Featuring 190 MB/sec sustained data transfer rates and burst transfers at 250 MB/sec, the PIXCI SI1 captures images over a software- selectable pixel clock range of 25-70 MHz (typical). Higher pixel clock frequencies offer faster frame rates, shorter exposure times, and cable lengths up to 8 meters. Lower pixel clock frequencies enable slower frame rates, longer exposure times, and the use of longer cables. Bit packing allows more images to be captured to memory or hard drive; 12-bit images are reduced in size by 25 percent, while 10-bit images are reduced by 37.5 percent. The frame grabber supports 64-bit memory addressing for writing long-duration image sequences into terabytes of memory.

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Fiber Laser Marker

TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) has unveiled the TruMark 5020, a new fiber laser marker that is suited for applications on metals and plastics with high speed and edge quality requirements. With high pulse frequencies and pulse-to-pulse stability, this laser marker is able to convert pulse frequencies of up to 1 MHz into a correspondingly high processing speed. For safety, the product includes a mechanical lock that prevents the laser beam from discharging between two marking procedures. The TruMark 5020 also features a modular design with the scanner, laser head, and power supply unit connected via plug-in connectors. The product comes with integrated laser power measurement and laser power calibration to maintain laser marking consistency.

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Thin-Film Thermal Charger Application

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) and Infinite Power Solutions (Denver, CO) have developed a thermal charger with the ability to continuously recharge the IPS THINERGY ™ Micro-Energy Cell (MEC) using an eTEG thermoelectric power generator from Nextreme. The prototype thermal charger uses an array of 16 HV14 modules in power generation mode to provide the 4.1 volts of electricity needed to charge the MEC to a fully charged state in approximately 20 minutes. Four HV14 power generators can replace one AA battery. Nextreme’s eTEG™ HV14 has demonstrated output power levels of >16 mW at ΔT of 70°C and >45mW at T of 120°C. With modules measuring 1.8 mm x 1.5 mm, the eTEG HV14 has corresponding output power densities of ~ 0.6 and 1.6 W/cm². Nextreme’s eTEG devices generate electricity via the Seebeck Effect, where an electrical current is produced from a temperature gradient across the device.

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High-Energy Fiber Laser

Fianium (Eugene, OR) has introduced the FP1060-HE high-energy fiber laser that delivers pulse energies in excess of 10 μJ and pulse durations below 20 ps. The laser platform is suitable for challenging materials including polymers, glasses, organic tissue, and reflective metals. The system features an external modulator that allows pulse repetition rates from single shot to 20 MHz and enables highly flexible pulse shaping and burst-mode operation. The peak power may be enhanced to greater than 5MW by compressing the pulses below 500 fs. Optional frequency conversion to green or UV wavelengths is also available.

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High Heat Pumping Thermoelectric Device

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) introduces an updated version of the OptoCooler HV14 that enables assembly temperatures as high as 320°C. The RoHS-compliant OptoCooler HV14 module is a high heat pumping thermoelectric device designed for standard electrical power requirements.

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A Designer's Carbon Calculator

Rocky Mountain Institute has released Green Footstep - a free online tool for architects, engineers, and developers, which reveals design targets to achieve carbon neutrality in building construction and retrofit projects.

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Reflective Switch Employed in Wind Turbines for RPM Sensing

The OPB732 Series long distance infrared reflective switch from TT electronics OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) has been employed in a 6kW wind turbine for RPM sensing. Placed at the turbine rotor, the switch is used internally to sense RPMs, and that data is then transmitted to a customer-accessible Web site via GPRS.

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