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Raspberry Pi Model B Enclosure

Hammond Manufacturing (Cheektowaga, NY) has developed a new molded enclosure specifically designed to house the Raspberry Pi Model B credit card sized computer. The 1593HAM is available in translucent blue, grey and black. The Raspberry Pi board clips into the base and, in turn, the top half of the enclosure then clips into the base. A catch secures the assembly and allows the case to be easily opened if required. All I/O capability is directly accessible without having to modify the enclosure. The camera module can be fitted through a slot in the top, or it can be screwed to the inside of the top cover with a hole provided for the lens. A cut out in the split line between the two halves of the case provides access to the GPIO header. Two USB ports, the RJ45 LAN port, the SD carrier, the audio and video RCA ports, the micro USB power-in connector and a HDMI interface are all accessible through apertures of the correct size and shape in the sides of the enclosure. http://www.hammondmfg.com/1593HAM.htm#RaspPi

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Product of the Month: August 2014

Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA, has announced the HP DL380z Virtual Workstation that provides secure, remote access to workstation-class applications from a variety of devices, including thin clients, notebooks, and tablets. The workstation combines HP’s server technology, NVIDIA® virtualization technology, and Citrix® virtualization technology. The workstation uses the industry-standard 2U form factor, and supports up to eight users on one workstation. It transmits encrypted pixel data over LAN or WAN to remote users, and offers a choice of pass-through GPU and virtual GPU modes that can be configured according to usage needs. The workstation also supports HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) that enables remote access to graphics-rich applications, and the ability to host collaboration sessions from multiple devices and multiple operating systems including Linux.

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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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