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SHB Express™ and PICMG® 1.3

Trenton Technology (Atlanta, GA) announces five new SHB Express™ and PICMG® 1.3 backplanes designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of fields including medical diagnostics, military, telecom, and advanced imaging markets. Trenton’s BPG6615, BPX6610, BPG6714 and BPX6719 backplane configurations support additional PCIe, PCI-X and PCI card slots.

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IP Core Software for FPGA Chips

SERCOS International (Santa Rosa Beach, FL) has introduced Easy-I/O, a freely downloadable IP core software for low-cost FPGA chips that allows SERCOS III to be integrated into basic I/O slave devices with minimal development and integration effort. To minimize the costs for a slave interface, the functionality of a SERCOS III slave was reduced to a minimum. Thus, the Easy-I/O IP core supports only the SERCOS III realtime and service channels.

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PrXMC/PrPMC Module

The TPA-XMC™ PrXMC/PrPMC Module from Themis® Computer (Fremont, CA) provides dual 64-bit processing and flexible high-speed I/O while consuming as little as 15 watts. The energy-efficient module is based on P.A. Semi’s PA6T-1682M PWRficient™ Power Architecture-based processor. The TPA-XMC is designed for a wide range of networking, wireless infrastructure, storage, and military/aerospace systems running applications on PowerPC platforms. Eighteen user-configurable serdes lanes enable the TPA-XMC to serve a wide range of high-speed requirements.

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Signal Processing System Supplied For NASA’s SCaN Program

VXS-based satellite communications development system TEK Microsystems Chelmsford, MA 978-244-9200 www.tekmicro.com TEK Microsystems’ first VXS-based satellite communications development system has been ordered by NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. The system will be used for Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) compatibility test sets as part of NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program. Responsible for providing communications and navigation services to flight missions, the SCaN Program also supplies terrestrial communication needs.

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Vibration Sensors Monitor Engine Health in Latest Space Shuttle Launch

Model 7704M7 vibration sensors Endevco Corp. San Juan Capistrano, CA 949-493-8181 www.endevco.com On August 8, 2007, three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne lifted the space shuttle Endeavor into orbit and on its way to the International Space Station. The three SSMEs were fitted with Advanced Health Management (AHMS) controllers, using Endevco Model 7704M7 vibration sensors, to actively monitor engine health and performance.

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Dash 32HF

The Astro-Med Test & Measurement Product Group, West Warwick, RI, has introduced the Dash 32HF multi-channel, high-frequency data acquisition recorder. Engineered to capture high-frequency data and transient signals, the unit records up to 32 channels to an internal hard drive at sample rates up to 500 kHz, and a bandwidth of 100 KHz per channel. The system contains 32 differential inputs that accept up to ±50 VDC. Filtering capabilities include low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch filtering. It is equipped with a 15" diagonal monitor for touchscreen control and real-time data viewing and analysis. It also includes a dedicated, 250 GByte internal hard drive for capturing data, and a DVD burner for archiving data. Other features include 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet for data upload, and a USB 2.0 port for archiving to external devices. It operates on 120 or 240 VAC, and includes a capacitive backup for proper shutdown without data corruption if power is lost.

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Simulation Reveals How the Body Repairs Balance

When your brain’s neural pathways are impaired through injury, age, or illness, muscles are deprived of the sensory information they need to perform the constant balancing act required for normal movement and standing. In a project designed to build robots that can balance like humans, researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have created a computer simulation that sheds new light on how the nervous system reinvents its communication with muscles after sensory loss. The project could help better diagnose and rehabilitate patients with balance problems by retraining their muscles.

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