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ARM Computer with Onboard Communication (Micro/sys)

The SBC4670 ARM computer from Micro/sys (Montrose, CA) features onboard communication formats of Power Over Ethernet, Socket Model capable of GSM/GPRS, CDMA or Bluetooth, on-board GPS, and/or CAN bus interface. Fitting on the 4.5 × 6.5" EPIC footprint, the board’s multimedia capabilities include support for an 800 × 600 color flat-panel display, audio output, and debounced keypad input. Eight channels of 14-bit A/D with simultaneous reads, eight channels of 14-bit D/A, and 24 channels of digital I/O serve the industrial control and monitoring applications. The unit is rated for -40° to 85°C operation. An on-chip cache, watchdog timer, SDRAM controller, CompactFlash interface, and a USB host controller are also featured.

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PCI Isolated Digital I/O Cards (ACCESS I/O Products)

ACCES I/O Products Inc. (San Diego, CA) released a line of low-cost PCI isolated digital I/O cards offering a range of 16, 32, or 48 individually optically isolated inputs or outputs (channel to chan- nel, channel to ground). Individual channel-to-channel isolation allows for every channel to be physically and electrically separated from the others. The opto-isolated outputs use solid-state, P-Channel FET switches, providing fast turn-on and turn-off time.

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MPEG Decoder (STMicroelectronics)

STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Lexington, MA) has released the STi5107, a new MPEG decoder for standard definition TV. It is designed to address the require- ments of the mainstream STB market, where it provides a unified, single-device platform for set-top boxes ranging from basic low-cost products up to MHP (Multimedia Home Platform) applications, for satellite, cable, and terrestrial servic- es and plug-in TV modules.

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Graphical Dataflow Environment for RTOS (National Instruments)

National Instruments (Austin, TX) and QNX Software Systems (Ontario, Canada) have collaborated to extend the LabVIEW graphical dataflow environment to the QNX®Neutrino® real-time operating system (RTOS). Engineers now can use the NI LabVIEW Embedded Development Module with the QNX Neutrino RTOS to add comprehensive support for multicore processors and target any supported hardware platform for QNX Neutrino.

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Transceivers for Multi-Gigabyte Systems (Altera)

Altera Corp. (San Jose, CA) offers the high- density Stratix II GX family designed to provide up to 20 low-power transceivers operating between 600 Mbps and 6.375 Gbps with 127 Gbps of aggregate serial-link connectivity. The Stratix II GX FPGAs can be used to design and manufacture multi-gigabit interconnected sys- tems. Additionally, with the release of the EP2SGX30 and EP2SGX60 devices, Altera has completed the rollout of all Stratix II GX family members.

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Integration and Communication Software (Mentor Graphics)

The Nucleus®I2C software from Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville, OR) is now available for developing appli cations needing access to on-board peripherals connect ed via the I2C bus. Demand is increasing for using the low-cost I2C bus to connect peripherals, such as liquid crystal displays (LCDs), light emitting diodes (LEDs), and non-volatile ran dom access memory (NVRAM), with the central processing unit (CPU). The software, when used in conjunction with products from the Nucleus RTOS portfolio, provides a solu tion for device integration and communication for a wide range of applications, such as consumer electronics, medical devices, industrial control, automotive infotainment, and mobile platforms.

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Power-Saving Embedded Board (VersaLogic)

VersaLogic Corp. (Eugene, OR) and General Software, Inc. introduced a power- saving feature on VersaLogic’s PC/104-Plus platform, the Puma. The Suspend- to-RAM function (ACPI S3) of General Software’s Embedded BIOS®2000 allows the system to wake up and resume processing in seconds. The board consumes less than 1 W of power in Suspend-to-RAM mode.

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