Features

Redundant Fieldbus System Switches Automatically to Backup

The TS Series TRUNKSAFE system from MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries (North Hills, CA), maintains continuous communication between a control system and instruments on a Foundation Fieldbus H1 segment. In the event of a failure on the Fieldbus segment, TRUNKSAFE enables the control system to switch immediately and automatically to a redundant path, preventing loss of a complete segment, shutdown of equipment, or other process failures.

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System Host Board Features Intel® Processor Options

The TML graphics-class system host board (SHB) from Trenton Technology (Gainesville, GA) uses the Intel® Core™ Duo, Intel Core™ Solo, and Intel Celeron® M processor options, providing a low-profile passive cooling solution and enabling small chassis designs. The Intel Core Duo processor offers dual-core technology, a 667-MHz frontside bus, 2 MB of L2 cache, and Enhanced Intel Speed- Step® technology. The Intel 945G and Intel ICH7R component combination on the TML enables dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, and a 4-GB, dual-channel DDR2-667 memory interface. Other features include dual SATA2 drive capability supported by the Intel ICH7R, featuring Intel Matrix Storage Technology that directly supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 implementations. PCI Express™ (PCIe) links designed into the TML support the high-speed PCIe interface methodology between the SHB and backplane defined in the PICMG 1.3 industry standard. The TML’s graphics-class PCIe link configuration supports PCI Express graphics and video cards, including ADD2 cards. Other types of PCI Express cards, as well as 32-bit/33-MHz PCI option cards, are supported directly by the TML on a PICMG® 1.3-compatible backplane.

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Baseboard Supports ETX-Compliant Solutions

Kontron (San Diego, CA) has introduced the Kontron ETX® miniBaseboard, a compact EXT baseboard that serves as a universal development platform for ETX 3.0-compliant modules.

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Real-time, Flash-based Microcontrollers

Atmel® Corp. (San Jose, CA) has introduced the SAM9 family of ARM9-based Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) for real-time embedded applications.

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On-Chip Debug Solutions Use USB 2.0

Macraigor Systems (Brookline Village, MA) has introduced the On-Chip Debug Technology (OCDemon) to the Linux platform using the usb2Demon and debug interface.

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SMT and Thru-Hole Receptacles for Board-to-Board Applications

Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA) has introduced a new line of AMPMODU horizontal and vertical receptacles for board-to-board applications in industrial and commercial electronics, aerospace, computers, communications, and other electronic devices.

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Track-and-Hold Amplifiers For Advanced Test Equipment

The GigaTrack™ family of 2-GS/s track-and-hold amplifiers (THA) from Inphi® Corp. (Westlake Village, CA) delivers ultra-wide 18-GHz analog bandwidth. The bandwidth, sample rate, and linearity make direct conversion and software-defined receivers possible, and help advance highsample- rate test and measurement equipment. The GigaTrack amplifiers operate from a single -5.2 V power supply and dissipates 1.3 W. They are available in a 49-pin ceramic ball-grid array and in 24-pin QFN packages. The devices are designed for engineers designing next-generation instrumentation, ATE, and military equipment. They enable engineers to replace numerous components in heterodyne receiver architectures with a track-and-hold and a high-samplerate ADC. A direct conversion receiver can serve multiple applications with system differentiation occurring in software or firmware. The GigaTrack family consists of four track-and-hold amplifiers with 2-GS/s sample rates. The ball-grid-array versions offer 18-GHz (small signal) and 15-GHZ (0.5V pp) input analog bandwidths, with settling times >60 ps and power consumption of 1.3 W. Plastic QFN versions offer 13-GHz analog bandwidth (100mV pp).

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