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Dual-Processor, Carrier-Grade AdvancedTCA Server Blade

The KAT6200 quad-core AdvancedTCA® blade from Emerson Network Power (Madison, WI) is a field replaceable ATCA server blade featuring a pair of dualcore, Intel Xeon processors, a high-speed ATCA switched fabric, a mid-size AdvancedMC expansion bay, redundant IPMI system management, and an optional 2.5-inch SAS hard drive.

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32-Bit CompactPCI Backplane

Elma Bustronic (Fremont, CA) has developed a 3U 32-bit CompactPCI (cPCI) backplane in a 6-slot size. It features hundreds of I/O pins across the backplane that are undefined on the 64-bit version. The backplanes are PICMG 2.16-compliant and utilize controlled-impedance stripline design resulting in virtually zero crosstalk. The Bustronic 32-bit backplane line currently includes a 6U 8-slot and 3U versions in 3, 6, and 8 slots. The company also offers a range of 64-bit cPCI backplanes and various other CompactPCI accessories.

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PM Controller with Integrated Control Loop Functionality

Watlow (St. Louis, MO) announces the introduction of its EZZONE ™ PM controller in the popular 1/32nd and 1/16th DIN panel mount package sizes.

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Intel Core 2 Duo Mini PC

Stealth Computer Corporation (Toronto, Canada) has introduced the LPC-450 mini PC. Measuring 5.7"(W) x 9.9"(D) x 1.65"(H), the LPC- 450 mini PC features a multitude of I/O connectivity built into its small design such as: Gigabit LAN, Serial, 3-USB 2.0, FireWire, Video, Audio, PS/2 Mouse & Keyboard ports. The LPC-450 has a builtin 2.5" high-shock hard drive with up to 160GB of storage space for archived data.

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Cyber-Training Today’s Fighting Forces

Dramatic changes are taking place in the way U.S. service men and women prepare for their assignments. Since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is moving from a training cycle in which pre-deployment training events for units and staffs were predictable and occurred every 18-24 months, to one in which deployments are occurring every 10-to-12 months. The Department’s leadership views virtual simulation, where soldiers can experience a wider variety of realistic training scenarios more frequently, as one way to supplement live training to prepare its forces to go into harm's way

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Embedded Development and the .NET Micro Framework

The scenario: You’ve been assigned the task of designing and producing an embedded device. You’ve been given time, cost and size constraints that impact your design. An initial analysis of the requirements leads you to the conclusion that a 32-bit processor with a relatively small amount of RAM and Flash are required. A bit of research shows that an ARM processor with 2MB of external Flash and 2MB of external RAM will meet your cost and size constraints.

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Taking Advantage of Parallel Parametric Testing

The production of many electronic devices begins with wafer processing. In addition to complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits (ICs), this can include such diverse devices as radio frequency (RF) components based on III-V compounds and chemical detectors based on carbon nanotube (CNT) field effect transistors (FETs). In both R&D and production applications, there is a great deal of effort devoted to increasing device test throughput in order to shorten the time to market and reduce costs.

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