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Real-Time Controller Enables Embedded Graphical Design

National Instruments (NI, Austin, TX), in collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor and Wind River, has developed the NI cRIO-9012 real-time controller based on Freescale’s MPC5200 processor built on Power Architecture™ technology, and Wind River’s VxWorks realtime operating system (RTOS). Embedded graphical system design combines open software and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) programmable hardware in one unifying platform to design, prototype, and deploy embedded systems. Freescale’s 400- MHz MPC5200 processor contains an integrated floating-point unit that is suited for networking, media, industrial control, and automotive applications. The MPC5200, which is programmed with NI’s LabVIEW Real-Time Module, gives the cRIO-9012 controller up to four times the processing performance. Running on the MPC5200, the Wind River VxWorks RTOS delivers a fault-tolerant file system that provides data-logging, allowing engineers to operate the controller for long periods of time in remote applications using a battery or solar power.

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Pentium M-Based Slot-O Controller

KineticSystems (Lockport, IL) has announced the V155, a VXI Slot-0 controller featuring a Pentium® M embedded processor. The V155 is a single- width C-size module with 1.1-GHz, 1.6-GHz, and 1.8-GHz clocking options. It features dual Ethernet controllers that support 10BaseT, 100BaseTX, and 1000BaseT interfaces; 2 GBytes of bootable flash on a secondary IDE; 1.5 GByte of PC1600 DDR SDRAM; and one PMC expansion site for user expandability for FDDI, CompactFlash, GPIB, Fibre Channel, or FPDP. The V155 also supports the VXI Plug & Play Virtual Instruments Systems Architecture (VISA) Library, which allows modules to be controlled via several interfaces with the same I/O function calls. Industry-standard VISA support allows the V155 to be integrated into existing systems, while dual Ethernet ports enable direct LAN access for connectivity with LXI-based systems. The controller is suitable for data acquisition and control for applications such as ATE, and aerospace and aircraft testing.

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Platform Enables Wideband Data Links and SATCOM Processing

Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, MA) has announced its integrated COTS application-ready platform for wideband data links and satellite communications (WBDLS) processing. The suite includes the Mercury Echotek™ Series ECV4-RFT 6U Wideband Remote Fiber Transceiver, which combines A/D and D/A technology, Xilinx® Virtex™-4 FPGA reconfigurable processing, and fiber I/O. The board brings COTS to applications such as 274- Mbps and wideband data links that require a blend of wideband I/O from dual 1.5-Gsps 8-bit A/D converters and dual 1.2-Gsps 14-bit D/A converters. The onboard FPGA reconfigurable processing resources enable multi-board coherent processing in distributed systems.

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Single-Port Power Over Ethernet Controller Enables PSE Design

Linear Technology Corp. (Milpitas, CA) has introduced the LTC4263, an autonomous single-channel Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) controller with an onboard MOSFET for use in IEEE 802.3af Power Over Ethernet (PoE)-compliant systems. The IC functions as a single-port PSE tool that detects, classifies, and provides isolated 48V power to Powered Devices (PDs) connected to it. Offering standard-compliant AC or DC methods to sense the removal of a PD and featuring onboard control algorithms, the LTC4263 provides autonomous operation through required tasks without processor intervention. Using an internal sense resistor, the LTC4263 provides inrush, and current limit and short-circuit control to ensure IEEE 802.3af compatibility.

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10-Port Industrial Ethernet Managed Switch Supports Networking Features

SIXNET (Clifton Park, NY) has introduced the ET-10MG, a 10-port industrial Ethernet managed switch offering eight 10/100 Mbps RJ45 ports plus two Gigabit combination ports for copper or fiber connections. All of the RJ45 copper ports support auto-negotiating (10/100 or 10/100/1000), auto-crossover, and auto-polarity for plug-and-play connections. The fiber ports 9 and 10 also accept SFP fiber-optic transceivers for noise-immune links up to 80 km.

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Backplane and Development Chassis Provide Evaluation Platform

Molex (Lisle, IL) offers a μTCA backplane and development chassis to allow developers to build and debug μTCA designs before going to production. The backplane has a fully redundant dualstar architecture designed to run at 10 Gbps to facilitate the development of μTCA systems. The dual-star μTCA backplane features Molex μTCA press-fit edge card connectors that are combined with launch geometry, minimizing reflections and enabling 10 Gbps over each differential pair to handle up to four times the bandwidth of a backplane wired to meet XAUI specifications. The backplane also features Micro-Fit 3.0™ 14-pin, blind-mate fan tray connectors to mate to hot-swappable fan trays and ensure complete redundancy. The backplane uses single-wide AMC cards, is 0.42 × 0.012 m in size, and bolts into both the Molex μTCA Development Chassis and the Rittal Development Chassis. The backplane and development chassis can be used for developing applications that use off-the-shelf cards to configure systems for telecommunication applications such as access products, especially FTTX, cellular, and WiMAX base stations; industrial and instrumentation applications; and medical applications.

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8-Port RS-232 Universal PCI Communication Card

The eAutomation Group of Advantech (Cincinnati, OH) has released the PCI- 1625U, an 8-port RS-232 universal PCI communication card. The PCI-1625U functions as a self-contained computer and features an onboard DSP processor that can take over the processing load from the host PC. The PCI-1625U includes 1 MB of SRAM, which can store serial data and reduce host CPU loading. When the PCI-1625U initializes, it can download the driver software into its onboard DSP. A universal PCI connector is compatible with the 3.3 V PCI bus and 5 V PCI bus. A utility program called ICOM Tools is included that can test the PCI card performance by analyzing the port status.

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