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NASA Portable Hyperbaric Chamber Technology Finds Home on Earth

NASA has signed a patent license agreement with OxyHeal Medical Systems of National City, CA to improve the medical community’s access to hyperbaric chambers used to treat many medical conditions and emergencies. OxyHeal will develop new products based on technologies NASA originally developed for space. Hyperbaric chambers create an environment in which the atmospheric pressure of oxygen is increased above normal levels. The high concentrations of oxygen can reduce the size of gas bubbles in the blood and improve blood flow to oxygen-starved tissues.

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Multifunction, High-Throughput, Simultaneous USB Data Acquisition Module

Data Translation, Marlboro, MA, has introduced the DT9816-S multifunction, high-throughput, simultaneous USB data acquisition module that allows users to sample six analog input channels independently at up to 800 kHz per channel.

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Core 2 Duo® Rugged System

General Micro Systems (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) has introduced the “Raider” S705 Core 2 Duo®-based system. Raider is based on the GMS P70x module, a Core 2 Duo processor providing up to 2.16 GHz of power and 4 MB of L2 Cache, and up to 2 GB of 667 MHz DDR-2SDRAM. The S705 is available in a variety of configurations that are completely upgradeable and compatible along the Intel® migration path. To its power and expandability, Raider provides performance levels equal to full-size ATR systems.

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Color Touchscreen PLC

Unitronics (Quincy, MA) has added the V570-57-T20B to the company’s Vision570™ series of 5.7” Color Touchscreen PLCs. The model is lower in cost and has a white LED instead of fluorescent display backlight. The display of the V570-57-T20B is also TFT QVGA. Onboard I/Os can be added to this model by snapping a module onto the back of the PLC, and snap-in I/O Modules come in several configurations. I/O Ex - pansion modules enable integrating up to 512 I/Os per Vision PLC.

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Environmentally Sealed LCD Monitor

Stealth.com Inc. (Ontario, Canada) has released the Stealth TT-840, a rugged, environmentally sealed LCD monitor for harsh environments. The TT-840 is an 8.4 inch sunlight-readable LCD encapsulated in a rugged aluminum enclosure that has been sealed to IP68/NEMA 6P specifications. The high-performance LCD is watertight to survive liquid, dust, and dirt. The LCD will operate in extreme temperatures from -20 to +60ºC.

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Freescale Processor-Based SOM

The TX37 Freescale i.MX37 processor-based System on Module (SOM) from Strategic Test (Woburn, MA) measures just 67.6mm x 26mm x 4.2 mm. It contains a 532 MHz i.MX37 processor coupled with 128 MB mobile DDRSDRAM, 128 MB NAND flash memory, and a 200-pin SODIMM connector. The TX37 is pin-compatible with the existing TX27 i.MX27 processor-based module. Both modules can be supplied with the Development Kit-5 hardware reference platform that includes support for Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0.

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LCD Touch Panel Computer

Advantech (Cincinnati, OH) introduces the TPC-1780H, a 17” SXGA TFT LCD fanless touch panel PC with an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo CPU. The TPC-1780H provides one extension slot, such as RS-422/485, PCI-104, and CAN-bus, to provide data bus extension. There are multiple standard communication ports (three serial ports, two Gigabit Ethernet LANs, four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2, and one VGA) allowing connectivity with a variety of peripherals. The TPC-1780H supports Microsoft® Windows XP, XP Embedded, CE 5.0, and CE.NET.

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FPGA Design Solution

Xilinx (San Jose, CA) introduces the ISE® Design Suite 11.1, an FPGA design solution with fully interoperable domain-specific design flows and tool configurations for logic, digital signal processing (DSP), embedded processing, and system-level design. ISE Design Suite 11.1 has four domain-specific design configurations: the Logic Edition, DSP Edition, Embedded Edition, and System Edition. ISE Design Suite 11.1 shrinks development cycles up to 50 percent, reduces dynamic power consumption by 10 percent on average, and boosts tool performance by 2X for current generation Virtex-5 and Spartan- 3 FPGA-based designs.

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Power Supply Reference Design

Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) has introduced the RD212, a 200W DC/DC power supply reference design that offers high efficiency (up to 94 percent), and low noise characteristics due to its zero voltage switching (ZVS) technique. It provides a 24V output at 8A and protection functions such as over-voltage protection (OVP), overload protection (OLP), overcurrent protection (OCP), abnormal overcurrent protection (AOCP), and internal thermal protection (TSD).

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Product of the Month: Lenses for Hostile Environments

Marshall’s Industrial and Security Division (El Segundo, CA) has developed a new series of pinhole lenses designed to protect employees when monitoring high temperature and/or hostile environments. The V-ZPL-HITEMP-A and V-ZPL-HITEMP-B zoom pinhole lenses permit reliable monitoring in temperatures up to 1000°. The V-ZPL12 series pinhole lens, available with motorized or manual zoom control, offers a 4-20mm angle of view and can be used for situations when the camera must be hidden from view. The V-PL150C, V-PL200C, and V-PL300C long focal lenses are designed for covert operations and can be used when looking through walls up to 14.81" thick.

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