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Imaging Fluorescence Microscope

TILL Photonics (Victor, NY) has announced its dual-color, 2-photon imaging fluorescence microscope, IntraVital2P. The IntraVital2P facilitates imaging at low-light levels and improves SNRs for dynamic measurements deep within highly scattering tissue. Using TILL’s Yanus IV digital scanhead and voice coilbased z focus drive, the IntraVital2P scans large areas (up to 22mm field diagonal) and acquires 3D images with reduced phototoxic effects. The microscope combines excursions of up to 7.5mm with 50nm resolution and a step response time of

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Refractive Index Analysis

CRAIC Technologies, Inc. (San Dimas, CA) has joined with Laboratory Imaging to create rIQ™, a tool that analyzes glass trace evidence. rIQ™, or Refractive Index Quantification, combines image analysis software, optical design, and electronics to enable criminalists in modern forensic laboratories to measure the refractive index of multiple glass fragments simultaneously. The automated system uses the thermal immersion method, as defined by the standard ASTM E1967-98. rIQ™ is offered as a standalone package, as an add-on package to CRAIC Technologies microspectrophotometers, and as an upgrade package for older units already in the field. A standalone package consists of a phase contrast microscope, a high resolution digital camera, the optical interface, a thermal stage, the controlling electronics, and the rIQ™ software.

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Plano-Convex Axicons

Edmund Optics (EO) (Barrington, NJ), introduces its Plano-Convex (PCX) Axicons. The lenses, which feature one conical surface and one plano surface, produce a non-diffractive ring-shaped beam that increases in diameter over distance, while retaining a constant ring thickness. When Plano-Convex (PCX) Axicons are used in conjunction with a collimated Gaussian Beam, they create an approximation of a Bessel beam. Edmund’s Plano-Convex Axicons are available uncoated and with VIS coating in apex angles from 90° to 179°, with a diameter of 25.4 mm. Featuring a precision fused silica sub-
strate, Plano-Convex (PCX) Axicons are also available with an Ultraviolet-Anti-Reflection (UV-AR) coating. The Axicons have apex angles of 90° and 130°, and a diameter of 25.4 mm.

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Positioning Sensor

The Inspector P30 Positioning Sensor series from SICK (Minneapolis, MI) offers a flexible method for part location and provides a precise positioning point of a known target. The P30 reports the X, Y, and rotation angle of the taught part over TCP/IP Ethernet communication or via 4 digital switching outputs. When working with known objects, the user can add in “grip regions” to verify that part is unobstructed and can easily be picked by an automated picking system or robot. The Inspector P30 also adds functions for giving position information of irregular shaped objects, known as blob detection. This method allows users to work with objects that are less repeatable in shape, such as food picked from a belt. The user defines the criteria of the blob, including pixel intensity, area, number of blobs (min/max), and rotation angle. The P30 can then report the details of the blob to the user via TCP/IP. The Inspector P30 has integrated lighting and interchangeable lenses.

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Tecplot Chorus™

Tecplot Chorus™ post-processing software from Tecplot, Bellevue, WA, allows engineers to discover trends and anomalies in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies with a large number of cases, and simultaneously see the underlying fluid-dynamic phenomena that cause these variations. The software analyzes from one to thousands of simulation cases at the same time and incorporates a simulation data management system for both test and computational data. Tecplot Chorus integrates analysis and quality assurance processes with features designed to manage, analyze, and visualize large amounts of metadata; identify trends and anomalies; and link them to the underlying physics. Uses can view 3D surfaces within a flow field with a single mouse click, including grid-works of actual computational data points on body surfaces, slices through a flow field, boundary surfaces, iso-surfaces, and streamlines. Users can filter and compare cases, and calculate differences between solutions or sets of solutions.

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Design Platform for Motor Drives

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) offers new resources for users to simplify design and speed up development of intelligent motor drives for applications such as white goods, air conditioners, industrial automation, power tools and fitness equipment. Electric motors operated by traditional on/off drives consume as much as 50% of the world’s electricity. Intelligent drives enable improved energy ratings, but present complex design challenges and historically have required expensive processors such as digital signal controllers. ST’s advanced STM32 microcontroller family and ready-to-use firmware building blocks for intelligent drives help designers overcome these challenges.

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Embedded Software Development Platform

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Wilsonville, OR) offers a unified embedded software debugging platform, from pre-silicon to final product, based on the integration of the Mentor® Embedded Sourcery™ CodeBench embedded software development tools with Mentor’s electronic system level (ESL), verification, and hardware emulation products. These include the Mentor Graphics® Vista™ Virtual Prototyping product, Veloce® hardware emulator, prototype target boards, and end products. The new common platform enables embedded software developers to access technology data from hardware design tools without leaving their native embedded software environment.

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Seat Design Environment

VISTAGY, Inc. (Waltham, MA) has released the Seat Design Environment™ 2011 (SDE), which improves the automatic generation of documents so manufacturers can efficiently create more of the engineering and manufacturing drawings and details needed to fully define seat covers with commercial 3D CAD systems. The new release streamlines seat trim engineering and manufacturing processes.

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Modeling and Simulation Software for Mechanical Systems

MathWorks (Natick, MA) announced a new version of SimDriveline that simplifies the integration of other physical domains into drivetrain models, including thermal losses in geartrains, electrical solenoids, and hydraulically actuated clutches. SimDriveline, based on MathWorks Simscape technology, helps engineers model and simulate mechanical systems in Simulink for a variety of automotive, aerospace, defense, and industrial applications.

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Driver Powers 32 Strings of LEDs

iWatt (Los Gatos, CA) introduces the iW7032 LED backlight driver to power up to 32 parallel strings of LEDs for high-performance direct and segment-edge LED TV backlighting. iWatt’s adaptive switching technology solves the thermal problems of driving multiple parallel strings of LEDs, where a significant amount of wasted power typically heats the inside of an LED TV.

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