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Data Acquisition Cards

Strategic Test Corp. (Woburn, MA) offers two new 250 kHz 16-bit data acquisition cards for PCI Express. The UF2e-4721 has 16 analog inputs and the UF2e-4020 has 8 channels. Features include the options for dual- timebase sampling, synchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital I/O, and the possibility to synchronize up to 4336 channels. Drivers and programming examples for Microsoft Windows Vista, XP64, XP, and Linux are supplied with the card, as well as the SBench 5.3 oscilloscope program. SDKs for MATLAB, LabVIEW, Agilent-VEE, DASYLab, and LabWindows/CVI are available as options.

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MicroTCA System

Emerson Network Power (Tempe, AZ) has released the Centellis™ 500, a fully deployable MicroTCA™ system that uses innovative plastic packaging, and Emerson’s MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) and high-performance processor module. Made of an injection molded plastic enclosure that houses a MicroTCA backplane, fans, power module, MCH, PrAMC 7211 processor Advanced Mezzanine Card, and three additional AMC payloads, the Centellis 500 supports a number of enterprise-level applications. These include IP-PBX, Packet Processing, VoIP Gateway, Network Point of Sales, Industrial Automation, Access Router, WiMAX, Telemedicare, Remote Radiology, and Patient Monitoring.

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Product of the Month: Fiber-Coupled Solid State Laser

Point Source (Hamble, UK) introduces the iFLEX-Mustang, a fiber-coupled solid-state laser with on-board modulation. Using single-mode and polarization preserving fiber, the iFLEX-Mustang delivers 25mW of power with a polarization extinction ratio of greater than 100:1. With an operating wavelength of 488 or 561nm and output power (from the fiber) of 25mW, the Mustang is ideal for use in bio-medical instrumentation and specialized semiconductor metrology. The unit’s power can be modulated at up to 2MHz, with a rise and fall time of 150ns and a dynamic range of 30dB. The Mustang is stable to better than 2% over four hours, and has noise of less than 0.3% over the frequency range 20Hz to 2MHz. A detachable fiber is included, simplifying installation and field servicing.

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Laser Bars

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Santa Clara, CA) offers laser bars with a wavelength of 910 to 980 nm that achieve an optical output of 120W under real-world conditions and a typical efficiency of 70%. The laser bars have a 50% fill factor (the ratio of active width to overall width) and they are ideal for pumping solid-state lasers and direct material processing. OSRAM also plans to produce laser bars with wavelengths of 808 nm and 880 nm, which will deliver an efficiency of 62% at 120W. Structures with a fill factor of 20% are also available and are ideal for optical fiber coupling applications.

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Remote Head Camera

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division (Irvine, CA) introduces the remote head IK-TF7H7U camera. The progressive scan model delivers true color video output of 1024 × 768 pixels at 30 frames per second at full frame and up to 90 frames per second in partial scan mode. The camera features 1/100 to 1/100,000 second electronic shuttering capability. The C-mount camera has a digital CameraLink® output for compatible interface with many standard frame grabber boards. The IK-TF7H7U weighs 65g and measures 32.6 mm × 38.6 mm × 41 mm. Two optional cable lengths of 3 and 5 meters are available. The camera is ideal for semiconductor inspection, machine vision, and other remote inspection and analysis tasks.

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Fabry-Perot Etalons

Optical Surfaces Ltd. (Surrey, UK) offers Fabry-Perot etalons in a range of shapes and sizes up to 150 mm in diameter with matching accuracies to lambda/300. Etalons are used in telecommunications, lasers, and spectroscopic applications to measure the wavelength of light. Optical Surfaces Ltd. manufactures Fabry-Perot etalons in two basic forms: air-spaced or solid. Both types can be designed for use at customer-defined wavelengths within the range 190nm to about 2 microns. The Fabry-Perot etalons are available in materials including UV grade Silica and Germanium.

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Infrared Materials

SCHOTT (San Jose, CA) introduces infrared (IR) materials, including Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) and Infrared Chalcogenide glasses. SCHOTT offers its IR material in large sizes and custom shapes, and as windows, domes, or lens blanks. Applications for the IR material include night vision devices, temperature analysis tools, and equipment inspection systems. Regular (FLIR) grade Zinc Sulfide and Multi-spectral (Clear) grade Zinc Sulfide are available. SCHOTT offers five Infrared Chalcogenide glass (IG) variations with excellent transmission and a low thermal change in the refractive index.

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