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Science Grade Infrared Camera

FLIR Systems (Boston, MA) has introduced the ThermoVision® SC8000 MWIR infrared camera. Capable of generating over 1.0 million pixels for a single thermal image, the SC8000 produces full window 1024×1024 14-bit data at 132 frames per second (fps). By reducing the window size, the camera offers frame rates of 309 fps at 640×512, 751 fps at 320×256, and 909 fps at 160×120. The SC8000’s camera control interface enables the user to adjust the output frame rate of the camera from .0051Hz to full frame. The SC8000 also offers a high-performance 16-channel readout that provides digital data at 205 M pixels/second; multiple camera presets; and Gigabit Ethernet, Camera Link Full, and USB interfaces. Built-in IRIG-B timing provides on-board deterministic time stamping of each frame of data, as well as advanced IRIG-B options. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-228

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Filter Sets for CoralHueTM Keima-Red Fluorescent Protein

Omega Optical (Brattleboro, VT) has developed three new filter sets for use with CoralHueTM Keima-Red fluorescent protein. The new filter sets include versions with both longpass and band-pass emission filters to accommodate a variety of single and multi-fluor applications. Developed by researchers at RIKEN and Hokkaido University in Japan, Keima-Red has an extremely large Stokes shift, making it very useful for tracking protein-protein interactions and for multi-fluor use in fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy. These features make it possible for researchers to excite two labels with a single laser for simultaneous fluorescence, resulting in the ability to track protein localization in cells, as well as for monitoring gene expression. The spectral curves of Keima-Red and its optimized filter sets are available online in Omega’s Curvomatic, an interactive database containing fluorescent probes and filter spectral data. For Free Info Visit http://info.ims.ca/10976-229

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Cell Technology Tackles 3D Medical Imaging Reconstruction Challenges

Medical imaging is an information processing technique that takes data samples from medical devices such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT) scanners and translates them into 2D, 3D or even 4D images. Advances in sensor technology allow for the generation of an increasing number of images per procedure and per patient, posing a tremendous challenge for the efficient, in-time processing and visualization of the resulting images. In addition, sensor systems are now capable of acquiring thousands of projections per second, literally flooding the image reconstruction subsystem with several hundreds of Mbytes of data per second.

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User Programmable FPGAs Power CompactRIO Embedded Systems

With a laundry list of design constraints, including a combination of real-time requirements, reliability/durability requests, and functionality and performance needs, it’s not surprising that engineers may find successfully building a competitive embedded solution difficult. To simplify the process, National Instruments developed a rugged, new high-performance embedded system, called CompactRIO, that combines the processing power and flexibility of a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) with the reliability of a real-time processor.

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Using RapidIO® Technology as a System-Level Fabric

Both Serial RapidIO and Ethernet are being used as a backplane interconnect technology in a wide range of embedded applications. Many suppliers support both standards and let designers choose to work with whichever interconnect they feel is best. This neutral position provides interesting insights into both of these technologies. From a high-level point of view, it seems as if these two technologies are in stiff competition with each other. While Ethernet is certainly the incumbent technology, Serial RapidIO has had a huge uptake in adoption over the past year, with more silicon vendors supporting the standard than was originally anticipated.

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Ruggedized Hard Disk Drives Keep Data Safe In Harsh Environments

Conventional hard disk drives (HDDs) are designed to reliably operate in the hospitable physical surroundings of interior deployments, which are typically characterized by mild temperatures, stable humidity and modest levels of vibration. By contrast, outdoor and mobile storage environments can entail anything from sweltering heat or sub-zero frost to oppressive dampness and pounding vibration. And all may be encountered miles above sea level. So it’s no surprise that bringing the benefits of HDD-based storage to outdoor and mobile settings such as automotive, industrial PC, field computing, and military applications poses a formidable challenge to engineers.

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Booth 1704-Fanless PC/104-Plus Single Board Computer

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) has introduced the PPM-GX, a PC/104-Plus compatible single board computer (SBC) that operates throughout the temperature range of - 40°to 85°C without needing a fan. The board integrates the CPU, video, Ethernet, USB, COM, LPT, mouse, audio, and keyboard controllers onto one board that measures 3.6" x 3.8". The PPM-GX supports up to 512-Mbytes of SDRAM and offers support for rotational and solid state disks.

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