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Vector Signal Analyzer

National Instruments (Austin, TX) introduced the PXIe-5668R 26.5-GHz microwave vector signal analyzer (VSA) and a 20-GHz continuous wave signal generator. The VSA delivers low noise floor, high linearity, and low phase noise, and delivers up to 765 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth. Engineers can analyze wide-bandwidth signals in a single acquisition including radar pulses, LTE-Advanced transmissions, and 802.11ac waveforms. Users can program the VSA’s user-programmable FPGA with LabVIEW system design software to customize instrument behavior. The 20-GHz signal generator features fast tuning time of 100 μs for applications such as blocking/interferer generation, high-performance intermodulation distortion test benches, and various electronic warfare applications.

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Data Acquisition Card

Innovative Integration (Simi Valley, CA) introduced Atropos, an XMC I/O module with low-noise clock generation and distribution for data acquisition and communications timing applications. The module has four output clocks and four output triggers, as well as a clock/reference input and a trigger input. Multiple cards can be cascaded to synthesize dozens of phase-synchronous, ultra-low-jitter clocks and triggers within radar, beam steering, and MIMO applications. In the sample clock generation mode, the card can generate clocks from 74.06 to 3080 MHz. All clock outputs may be referenced to an on-card 280-ppb temperature-compensated oscillator, or an external clock input. In distribution mode, a supplied clock and trigger are buffered and distributed 1:4. The PLL circuit is fully programmable. Example code supports control of all card features. Software tools for host development include C++ libraries, and drivers for Windows and Linux.

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Detection Scanner

The R2000 Detection laser scanner from Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) features a 360-degree gapless measurement angle with angular resolution within 0.071 degrees, scan frequency to 30 Hz, and object detection to 1 mm. An eye-safe visible red laser enables alignment and detection of very small objects or reflectors. The scanner can detect objects up to 10 m away and reflectors up to 30 m away, with measurement repeatability within 12 mm of true distance value. The scanner is suited for detecting protrusions or obstacles over a large area, collision avoidance on overhead monorails, detecting small overhangs such as damaged pallets, monitoring entryways and exits, controlling the height of pallets on palletizers, and verifying empty, full, or overfilled cartons on conveyors. The IP65 rated scanner has an anticipated operating life of 20 years in operating temperatures from -10 to 50 °C, and offers four digital I/O channels that can each be configured as an input or as an output (NPN or PNP).

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Susan Draper, Materials Research Engineer, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

     Susan Draper performs microstructural analysis of metals and determines where fractures have occurred and propagated. Draper is currently characterizing electron-beam-melted, additive-manufactured titanium-6 aluminum-4 vanadium, a titanium alloy. Her team is currently working with the rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer Aerojet Rockdyne to improve the RL10 rocket engine.

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Products of Tomorrow: January 2015

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.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Techs for License, Sensors

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15 Questions to Ask About Circuit Protection for Wearable Electronics

Have you attended an electronics or design tradeshow lately? Have you visited a big-box retailer or browsed an online electronics vendor? If so, you’ve probably seen many examples of wearable technology, including smart glasses, clothing, wristwear, footwear, neckwear, and headbands. Wearable computing is one of the hottest consumer electronics trends on the market, with global sales expected to grow from $14 billion in 2014 to over $70 billion in 2024, according to IDTechEx.

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Design and Analysis Software Ensures Safety of Launch Vehicle Structures

NX‘and Teamcenter® software Siemens PLM Software Plano, TX 800-498-5351 www.siemens.com/plm One of ATK Aerospace Group’s current projects involves the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS is the largest rocket ever built for entirely new human exploration missions beyond Earth’s orbit, and will take astronauts farther into space, eventually including missions to Mars. Its first flight is scheduled for 2017.

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