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Products of Tomorrow: January 2016

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: January 2016

Dewetron, Wakefield, RI, announced the TRIONet compact data acquisition system that accepts any two of the company’s multi-channel TRION series plug-in modules. The system connects to any Windows computer via USB 3.0 (or USB 2.0) or Ethernet. TRIONet mainframes can be interconnected using Ethernet. As a result, TRIONet mainframes can be placed up to 100 meters apart. Both star and daisy-chain topologies are supported, depending on the physical environment. A 9- to 36-VDC power input allows TRIONet to be operated from vehicle power. A small touchscreen color display shows the status, IP address, and health of the mainframe. Each mainframe can support up to 16 high-speed analog channels of many different types. There are various analog, digital, data bus, and timing modules available. Measuring 12.6 × 8 × 2.2", the system weighs 5 pounds with one TRION-2402-MULTI module. TRIONet consists of the mainframe, a TRION-2402-MULTI (universal input) 8-channel module, the company’s OXYGEN data acquisition software, and cables for both USB 3.0 and Ethernet. The system can be used with Windows 7 or 10 computers or tablets. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61057-120

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THz-TDS and THZ-FDS Imaging Systems

Terasense (San Jose, CA), in collaboration with Toptica Photonics (Victor, NY), has unveiled the first imaging cameras enhanced for time-domain and frequency-domain generation systems. The new cameras, developed for specific use in TDS and FDS systems, operate in the 50 GHz to 0.7 THz frequency range. Both products achieve 50 fps and pixel size dimension of up to 1.5 × 1.5 mm2. Image test results achieved are publicly available on the Terasense website for further analysis and inspection of realtime application. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61057-205

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Frame Grabbers

The FireBird 1xCLD-2PE4 Camera Link frame grabber from Active Silicon (Iver, UK) conforms to both 8-bit/10-tap and 10-bit/8-tap modes. The Gen2 ×4 PCIe bus sustains a 1.7Gbytes/s throughput. Capture is supported from two simultaneous Base Camera Link cameras, as well as single Base, Medium, and Full configurations. Power over Camera Link (PoCL) is provided.

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Design Software

Zemax (Kirkland, WA) has announced Optic Studio™ 15, the next version of their optical and illumination design software. OpticStudio 15 builds upon previous versions with new features including: ZOS-API.NET, a completely new COM/.NET API for communicating with external programs; a Chebyshev polynomial surface; object editor: a more CAD-like way to edit objects in non-sequential mode; cost estimator, an industry-first tool for obtaining real-time, prototype lens quotes from Optimax; report graphics, which is useful for creating reports and presentations; and Code V converter, a ZPL macro that converts Code V files to OpticStudio format. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61057-206

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FPGA Support for GigE Vision IP Cores

Pleora Technologies (Ottawa, Canada) has expanded its GigE Vision® IP core platform to include support for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from both Xilinx and Altera. Customers are currently working with the new iPORT™ NTx-GigE IP Core Package running on Xilinx 7- Series FPGAs in imaging devices for medical, industrial, and defense applications.

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Infrared Cameras

Xenics (Leuven, Belgium) offers the Cheetah-640-CL SWIR camera. The new 800-Hz version outputs 12-bit images via a standard CameraLink medium interface. A TE1-cooled sensor allows the Cheetah-640-CL to achieve low dark current characteristics from 1 μs up to 40 ms @ 25°C sensor temperature (high gain mode), or up to 100 ms @ 268K sensor temperature (high gain mode). The camera obtains above 1000 frames per second at 640×512 resolution. The device is currently being used in adaptive optics systems to correct imaging systems for atmosphere turbulence. For Free Info Visit: http://info.hotims.com/61057-141

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