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20W High Density DC-DC Converters

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Tempe, AZ), formerly Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing & Power business, has announced the new AXA series of compact 20W high power density DC-DC converters. Artesyn AXA series modules cover an ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage range of 9 to 36 VDC and 18 to 75 VDC. The first models available offer single output models with voltages of 3.3, 5, 12, 15 and 24V along with dual output models offering +/- 12 or 15V, all with tight output voltage regulation. Enclosed in a 1.0 x 1.0 x 0.4 inch (25.4 x 25.4 x 10.16 mm) package, the Artesyn AXA series offers up to 89 percent efficiency. http://www.artesyn.com/power/power-supplies/cat/78/1-x-1-inch-low-power-isolated-dc-dc-converters

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Fanless Transportation Computers

Kontron (Poway, CA) has launched TRACe™, its new family of operational computers designed specifically for the transportation market. The first platform is the TRACe™ B304-TR, which is an EN50155-certified fanless transportation computer designed to make customization easy to meet application-specific requirements. The TRACe™ family benefits from the inherent flexibility advantages of Kontron's COM Express® Computer-on-Module (COM) that features the Intel® Atom™ E3845 processor with up to quad core 1.91 GHz performance. The second member of the family is the Kontron TRACe™ V304- TR, which is an EN50155-certified and tested fanless Network Video Recorder (NVR) that can record and transmit H.264 video streams making it ideally suited for rolling stock IP video surveillance. http://www.kontron.com/industries/transportation/products/trace---intelligent-transportation-computer

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Connectors

LEMO (Rohnert Park, CA) has added a new connector size to its M Series. The new MM connectors are the most compact in the lightweight M Series product line. The MM connectors are available with 3 or 4 contacts and are some of the smallest IP68 connectors that LEMO offers. With this very small connector, LEMO completes the M series range of connectors for the automotive / racing / aerospace market by offering connectors suitable for cable diameters 2 to 27mm and contact configurations from 2 to 114 contacts. MM Plugs and cable mount sockets come with LEMO's signature ratchet-coupling shells and offer excellent weight and space savings with superior environmental protection. http://www.lemo.com/en

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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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Three Things You Can’t Measure if Your Oscilloscope Doesn’t Have Enough Memory

Modern oscilloscopes come equipped with a host of different attributes, and many vendors tout their latest additions as “must have” features. With so many attributes and marketing messages, recalling the importance of a long-held attribute such as memory depth can become lost in the noise. However, any engineer who has grappled with shallow memory on an oscilloscope will be vocal about the frustration of the experience. Those who aren’t vocal simply haven’t stumbled on an issue that required it — yet.

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ASICs Support Orion’s Onboard Data Network

TTEthernet switch TTTech North America Andover, MA 978-933-7979 www.tttech.com Radiation-tolerant Ethernet backbone ASICs, developed by Honeywell Aerospace and based on TTTech’s TTEthernet switch and end system chip IP cores, are ready for the first NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) test flight later this year. The ASICs are core components of the Onboard Data Network (ODN) and enable the design of advanced integrated system architectures for human-rated spaceflight.

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Etching System Enhances NASA’s Device Fabrication Capabilities

VERSALINE® Deep Silicon Etch™ System Plasma-Therm St. Petersburg, FL 727-577-4999 www.plasmatherm.com NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, recently installed a VERSALINE Deep Silicon Etch system to expand its silicon deep-etching resources. The new etching system targets silicon-based applications that include MEMS, sensors, and resonators. JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory (MDL) serves users with many different requirements, and the system’s mask selectivity, uniformity, vertical profiles, sidewall smoothness, and silicon-on-insulator capabilities will be used to meet their device fabrication needs.

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