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High-Speed Development Tool

The MPLAB® ICD 3 from Micro - chip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) is a cost-effective, high-speed development tool that supports in-circuit programming and debugging of Microchip’s Flash-based 8-bit PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs), 16- and 32- bit MCUs, and 16-bit dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). With robust system capabilities and high-speed circuitry, the MPLAB ICD 3 offers full compatibility with the MPLAB In - tegrated Develop ment En vironment (IDE), and exceptional programming speed and reliability. The MPLAB ICD 3 can easily connect to target boards for quick device programming.

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Wireless Ethernet Port Adapters

Based either on Bluetooth or Wireless LAN 802.11 technology, the Rugged Ethernet Port Adapters from connectBlue (Chicago, IL) are well suited for all Ethernet-based devices and systems in need of wireless connectivity. The products improve wireless coexistence without damaging the Bluetooth conformity or the interoperability with other devices. Built-in antennas use a unique radiation pattern. The products optimize the installation process and lower installation costs in demanding applications.

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Standalone LXI Digitizers

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) now offers standalone high-resolution digitizers with LXI connectivity for R&D and manufacturing engineers. The Agilent L4532A 2- channel and L4534A 4-channel digitizers are high-performance LXI digitizers that offer simultaneous sampling at up to 20 MS/s, and with 16-bit resolution. The digitizers have robust input channel, high-performance analog-to-digital (A/D) design, and onboard measurements. The onboard measurements save post-processing time and minimize the need to transfer and store large amounts of data. The isolated input channels can measure up to ±250V, and are designed to handle demanding applications requiring electromechanical device control for product test or characterization.

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Embedded Database

Empress Software (Beltsville, MD) has announced that the Empress Ultra Embedded Database V10.20 works on Windows 7 Beta. Windows 7 Beta is Microsoft’s next-generation operating system for PC users. The embedded database features an Intel Atom board with 2GB of memory. Empress V10.20 for Windows functions after adding Java, Visual Studio 2005, Cygwin, and Firefox.

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Product of the Month: Mini Fiber Laser Transmitter

RPMC (O’Fallon, MO) has introduced the new Manlight ML1550-PL-R-OEM mini laser transmitter for LIDAR, telemetry, or range finding applications. The ML1550-PL-R-OEM has a compact size of 90 × 70 × 15 mm. The pulsed fiber laser provides short to ultra short pulse duration, with 2ns to 50ns pulse duration available, through a near diffraction limited randomly polarized beam (M21.1). In addition to its high performance, the laser can be provided with adjustable pulse duration.

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Digital High-Speed Camera

The Phantom® v310 digital high-speed camera from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) offers users a wide aspect ratio and a top speed of 3,400 frames-per-second (fps) at the camera’s maximum resolution of 1280 x 800. At reduced resolution, the v310 can record at speeds up to 500,000 fps. The camera is suitable for applications such as scientific research, product development, and ballistics and explosions testing. The v310’s proprietary CMOS sensor allows users to keep moving subjects in-frame longer and see more of the event being recorded.

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Line Scan Camera

The DiViiNA line scan camera from e2v (Cedex, France) is a cost-effective industrial inspection camera that features 1024, 2048, and 4096 pixel sensors, running at 40 MHz and outputting 8 bits on Camera Link. The camera can be set through a flexible and easy serial control, operated with a two tap Camera Link base configuration, and triggered on free run and external trigger modes. The DiViiNA cameras are easy-to-use and robust, with user-friendly levels of functionality providing image quality for mid-range applications.

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Illumination Design Software

LightTools® 6.2 illumination design and analysis software from Optical Research Associates (Pasadena, CA) is for applications ranging from LEDs to displays and luminaires. A backward ray tracing capability reduces the time needed to design and analyze systems such as sources, luminaires, and projectors. The LightTools SolidWorks® Link Module reduces design cycle time by enabling users to build 3D models in SolidWorks and import them into LightTools, where they can assign optical properties, optimize the design, and update the SolidWorks model.

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Thru-Beam Sensors

UltraFrameTM self-contained thru-beam sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) are ideal for error-proofing, process monitoring, and general automation tasks in a number of environments. The UltraFrame sensors’ one-piece housings contain both emitter and receiver elements with pre-aligned optics, providing easy installation and an end to misalignment problems. On-board sensitivity and light/dark operation controls provide for easy adjustment to the user’s process.

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Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope

Novelx (Lafayette, CA) introduces the mySEM® compact field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) for imaging and characterizing nanoscale objects and materials. In a compact design that installs easily, the mySEM is optimized for low-voltage operation and delivers sub-10nm imaging capabilities. With no need to coat non-conductive samples and providing up to 65,000x magnification, the mySEM is suitable for the nanoscale imaging of energy sensitive samples, biomaterials, and thin films. The mySEM enables users to select a specific operating voltage between 0.5 to 2.0 kV.

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