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2007 Product of the Year Winners

The 13th annual NASA Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards will be presented on April 22 in New York City. See the June issue for photos and highlights from the awards presentation. Here are the winners, chosen by you, the readers of NTB:

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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6-GHz NI USB-5680

National Instruments, Austin, TX, has introduced the 6-GHz NI USB-5680 USB-controlled RMS RF power meter for automated test, measurement, and monitoring in a small footprint. Powered solely from the USB cable, the meter consumes 100 mA of current without an external power supply. The meter combines both the sensor and the A/D converter in one package occupying less than 9.6 cubic inches, and connects directly to a USB port on any PC or PXI controller. It features a frequency range from 50 MHz to 6 GHz, dynamic range of 63 dB, and amplitude accuracy of ±0.18 dB. The meter comes with an executable soft front panel and software libraries for system set-up. It can be used in a standalone configuration with a VXI plugand- play-compatible executable soft front panel to facilitate interactive control. For Free Info

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TFT LCD Display

AZ Displays, Aliso Viejo, CA, has released the PD057VT1, a 5.7-inch digital active matrix TFT panel display. The PD057VT1 display is compatible with computer screen formats and has full Video Graphics Array/VGA (640 × 480 dot) resolution. The display has a “stripe” pixel configuration, a TTL interface, and 262, 144 colors. The module size is 144.0 × 104.6 × 13.0 mm, with a viewing area of 118.4 × 89.6 mm.

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DGy Codecs

RGB Spectrum, Alameda, CA, introduces the DGy® 201x and 301x codecs, ideal digital recording and streaming solutions for demanding, mission critical missions. DGy codecs record, transmit, and stream high scan rate images at up to 1600 × 1200 pixel resolution. Both models offer multicast streaming with bandwidth-efficient interframe compression. The codecs support computer, radar, sonar, FLIR, X-Ray, HD, optional HD-SDI, and stereo audio.

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Vision-Based Wafer Pre-Aligner

Cognex Corporation, Natick, MA, offers the In-Sight® 1820 vision-based wafer pre-aligner. Utilizing proprietary Cognex Notch-MaxTM alignment technology, the 1820 vision system provides precise non-contact measurement of wafer position and orientation in less than half a second. Mechanical pre-aligners must typically spin wafers for several seconds.

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Inspection Zoom Lens

Edmund Optics®, Barrington, NJ, has released the VZMTM 100i series parafocal zoom lens systems for video cameras. Ideal for inspection systems needing to handle many objects without changing working distance, the VZM 100i features a compact 28mm diameter removable mount with optional zoom lock adapter, and works with camera sensors as large as 2/3-inch.

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