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CompactPC® Multicore Board

Kontron (Poway, CA) has introduced the CP308 3U CompactPCI® multicore board with the CP308-MEDIA extension card, featuring the new HD digital display interface standard DisplayPort. It includes S/P-DIF-Out audio and stereo audio ports for Line In, Line Out, and Microphone. It also features the 45nm Intel®CoreTM2 Duo processor up to 2.26 GHz, the embedded Intel® GS45 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub, up to 8 GBytes of energy-efficient DDR3 RAM, and the Intel® I/O Controller Hub ICH9M.

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Microcontroller Tool Suite

LDRA (San Bruno, CA) has announced the integration of its LDRA tool suite and Microchip Technology’s MPLAB PIC18, PIC24, and dsPIC32/33 tool chains. Microchip’s PIC18, PIC24, and dsPIC32/33 families are 8- and 16-bit micro-controllers designed to provide optimal functionality in a low-overhead design. The scalability of LDRA’s components enables LDRA to offer full tool suite functionality with kilobytes of RAM and tens of kilobytes of ROM. By hooking into the PIC serial I/O ports, developers gain identical output across each of the PIC families. Similarly, the LDRA tool suite fully integrates with the PIC tool chains, allowing for compilation, linking, and programming in the PIC tool chain environment. End users gain full use of graphical test planning and automatic test vector generation tools in the target environment, reducing the need for programmers and testers to have an in-depth knowledge of the extensive differences represented by each PIC platform.

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BGA Socket

Ironwood Electronics (Burnsville, MN) now offers a BGA socket for 0.5mm pitch 51 pin BGA. The SG-BGA-7154 socket is designed for 4mm × 4mm × 0.8 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz with less than 1 dB of insertion loss. The contact resistance is typically 20 milliohms per I/O. The socket connects all pins with 10 GHz bandwidth on all connections. The socket is mounted using supplied hardware on the target PCB with no soldering, and its small footprint allows inductors, resistors, and decoupling capacitors to be placed very close to the device for impedance tuning.

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Protocol Analyzer Mid-Bus Probe

Anew mid-bus probe for the Summit™ T3-16 Protocol Analyzer from LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) can be connected to systems that utilize the Intel® mid-bus probe footprint specification. The probe uses a full-size connector that supports PCle® x8 lanes at 8 GT/s. Two mid-bus probes can be connected to a Summit T3-16 Analyzer and will support x16 lane widths. These probes can be used in conjunction with the unique lane swizzling feature on the Summit T3-16 Analyzer, which allows probe signals to be reorganized logically, to give developers flexibility in PCB layout.

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On-Chip Debug Solutions

Macraigor Systems (Brookline Village, MA) has ported their on-chip debug technology (OCDemon), GNU tools suite, and Eclipse Ganymede/Galileo platform to the ARM Cortex-A8 processor. The Cortex-A8 is ARM’s first superscalar processor featuring technology for enhanced code density and performance, NEON technology for multimedia and signal processing, and Jazelle RCT (Runtime Compilation Target) technology for high-performance, power-efficient mobile devices.

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Lightweight Spreader for SBCs

Advanced Digital Logic (San Diego, CA) has introduced the ADL945PC-LTSPREADER, a lightweight spreader for the ADL945PC family of single board computers. The ADL945PC-LTSPREADER is designed for any application where weight is important, such as mass conscious applications, UAV applications, handheld applications, etc. The ADL945PC-LTSPREADER has thermal performance in excess of 98% of the original ADL945PC-SPREADER (293162), but at a mass savings of nearly 45%. Like all of the thermal solutions offered for the PC/104 lines, the flat-plate mounting pattern on the ADL945PC is bolt-up compatible with all other 855 and 945 class thermal interface products.

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USB CompuScope

GaGe, Lockport, IL, has introduced the USB CompuScope family of high-performance USB digitizers that includes three models featuring up to two input channels, up to 1.1 GS/s maximum sampling per channel, 12- or 14-bit vertical resolution, 128 MS of acquisition memory, and up to 1.2 GHz of input analog bandwidth. The digitizers provide high signal fidelity and feature Effective Number Of Bits (ENOB) performance values of over 10 or 11 at a 70-MHz signal frequency, depending on the model. Each model comes equipped with a USB cable, a 100/220V power cable, and a lightweight carrying case. The digitizers connect to a laptop computer, providing an ultra-portable digitizer solution. Each model operates under the GageScope standalone oscilloscope software, or from any GaGe CompuScope Software Development kit. The devices incorporate SP Devices’ patented interleaving technology.

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