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Pressure Indicating Sensor Film

Sensor Products Inc. (Madison, NJ) announces the Pressurex Zero® tactile pressure-indicating sensor films. Pressurex Zero characterizes contact surface pressure down to an extremely low 7.2 PSI (0.5 kg/cm2). It is an easy-to-use flexible film that is placed between contacting or mating surfaces to instantly and accurately measure and map pressure magnitude and distribution. Var iations in contact surface pressure are immediately visible by the impression made on the film. The spatial resolution of the film is fine enough to expose minute surface defects and other imperfections. The range for Pressurex Zero is 7.2 – 28 PSI. Pressurex comes in the form of a thin clear plastic sheet of 4 or 8 mil. It is available in eight different pressure ranges with the highest measuring impact up to 43,200 PSI. When placed between contacting surfaces, it instantaneously and permanently changes color directly proportional to the actual pressure applied. The precise pressure magnitude is easily determined by comparing color variation results to a color correlation chart. Pressurex can also be scanned through one of Sensor Product’s optical imaging systems. Pressurex is used in design, manufacturing, calibration, and quality control. Other applications include flow check for fuel cell stacks and squeeges. For Free Info Click Here.

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Tiny DC/DC Converter

The RNM series 2000VDC isolated converter from RECOM (Brooklyn, NY) has a compact case size of 8.3 × 8.3 × 6.8 mm, and the pins fit into a standard 0.1" grid. The RNM converter features 1W of output power, and input and output voltages available in any combination from 3.3V to 15VDC and 1kVDC or 2kVDC isolation. The ambient operating temperature covers the full industrial range of -40°C to +85°C without derating and operation up to 100°C ambient is possible. Conversion efficiency is up to 84% and output ripple/noise is a respectable 100mVp-p. The extremely small physical size of the converter allows application designers either to reduce the size of their circuit boards or add extra features in the same sized PCB. The RNM converter is a fully tested and guaranteed component and has the EN-60950-1 safety certification (UL-60601-1 pending) so it can be used in time-constrained projects where the power supply must work first time, every time, or in safety critical applications. Typical applications are isolated power supplies for industrial controllers, medical equipment, and hand-held devices. For Free Info Click Here.

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Virtual Software Development Platform

Express Logic, Inc. (San Diego, CA) and Virtutech, Inc. (San Jose, CA) have announced the availability of Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS on a simulated development platform created by Virtutech’s Simics®. Using Virtutech’s full-system simulator, Express Logic was able to provide engineers and developers interested in developing for the ThreadX RTOS with the necessary architecture to create applications for the Renesas Technology SH-4A, a high-end CPU core. Simics is a highperformance full-system simulator that enables engineers to develop, debug, test, and run their entire software application stack on a virtual representation of their target hardware. This Virtual Software Development (VSD) platform improves the entire product development lifecycle, shortening time-to-market and time-to-profit and accelerating market introduction and customer adoption. Simics runs unmodified productionquality binaries and can be used with third-party software development tools. For Free Info Click Here.

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USB Data Acquisition Board

Data Translation (Marlboro, MA) has introduced the DT9818, a high performance, multifunction USB data acquisition board for OEMs. The DT9818 is aimed at embedded applications rather than the more common USB approach of connecting externally to the PC. The module runs completely on USB power and offers ±500V galvanic isolation, a critical feature for industrial embedded systems. The DT9818 board features 500 volt galvanic isolation that prevents ground loops, maximizes analog signal integrity, and protects the computer; true 16-bit resolution for both the analog input and analog output subsystems; and independent clocking and triggering for input and output subsystems for maximum flexibility. The DT9818 board provides 8 or 16 analog inputs, 2 analog outputs, 16 digital I/O lines, 2 counter timers, and allows simultaneous operation of all subsystems at throughput rates up to150kHz. The board-only OEM version allows the user to embed data acquisition capability directly into their USB system. Many software choices are available for application development from ready-to-measure programs like Measurement Applets and quickDAQ, to full graphical programming with Measure Foundry rapid application development builder. For Free Info Click Here.

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Safety-Certifiable Messaging Middleware

Real-Time Innovations (Sunnyvale, CA) releases the Safety- Critical Edition of RTI Data Distribution Service. The small-footprint version of RTI’s real-time messaging middleware is designed to meet safety certification standards such as DO-178B. Safety- Critical Edition was initially developed for use in satellite applications by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). However, Safety- Critical Edition is also ideal for communication within and between avionics systems and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ground-control stations. Based on the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real- Time Systems (DDS) standard, Safety-Critical Edition provides a high-performance message bus for integrating distributed components of avionics systems, such as control systems, sensors, actuators and displays. Its loosely coupled integration approach significantly reduces long-term software maintenance costs by allowing individual subsystems to be added or upgraded without impacting existing software. Safety-Critical Edition supports the standard DDS interoperability protocol and the Real-Time Publish-Subscribe Protocol (RTPS). Applications developed using Safety-Critical Edition can communicate with other systems developed using RTPS-compliant DDS middleware. This allows military UASs to be easily integrated with net-centric combat systems, where DDS is widely used. For Free Info Click Here.

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Static-Analysis Tool

CodeSonar 3.3 Enterprise from GrammaTech, Inc. (Ithaca, NY) offers improved performance, and richer API that makes it easier for users to add a wide variety of custom checkers. It is also easier to visualize trends in software quality, and managementlevel reports and custom charting features have been refined. CodeSonar is a sophisticated staticanalysis tool that performs a whole-program, interprocedural analysis on code and identifies complex programming bugs that can result in system crashes, memory corruption and other serious problems. CodeSonar is a useful softwareanalysis tool for companies working on mission-critical applications such as satellites, avionics, industrial controls and medical devices. CodeSonar is also suitable for companies outside the safety-critical space that are looking to significantly improve software reliability and security, which includes organizations developing software for wireless devices, networking equipment, and consumer electronics. For Free Info Click Here.

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Energy Harvesting Development Platform

Infinite Power Solutions (Littleton, CO) has introduced the THINERGY™Application Development Platform (ADP) that, coupled with IPS’ THINERGY thin-film micro-energy cell (MEC™) products, allows users to create new microelectronic applications, such as perpetually powered and deeply embedded systems. Companies in the active RFID, powered smart card, wireless sensor, medical device, consumer electronics, automotive, and military/aerospace markets can now have access to both volume- production-ready thin-film MECs and a powerful development platform. IPS’ thin-film MECs deliver a highly efficient, safe, rechargeable and powerful energy storage solution in an extremely thin form factor. The MEC’s thinness, power, and long life make it ideal for integration into embedded applications, while the ADP enables the simultaneous development of energy harvesting solutions to create a new generation of autonomously powered microelectronics systems. The THINERGY ADP simplifies the typical lab setup for micro-battery testing and is ideally suited for evaluating the IPS micro-energy cells’ performance, the effectiveness of charging circuits using ambient energy harvesting, and overall system development of the user’s end application. For Free Info Click Here.

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