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Lithium-Ion Batteries

Panasonic (Rolling Meadows, IL) has introduced a high rate lithium-ion cell, the CGR18650CH. The cell’s Nickel Manganese-based cathode material delivers higher discharge rates and better energy density and voltage than comparative cells. The cells are suitable for multi-cell applications.

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NI PXIe-5186 digitizer

National Instruments, Austin, TX, has released the NI PXIe-5186 digitizer, co-developed with Tektronix, Beaverton, OR. The unit achieves up to 5 GHz bandwidth and 12.5 GS/s sample rates. The NI PXIe-5185 delivers 3 GHz bandwidth and 12.5 GS/s sample rate. Both digitizers incorporate Tektronix oscilloscope ASICs for high-speed signal acquisition with low noise and high linearity, and are based on the IBM 7HP SiGe process. The 500 fs RMS integrated jitter of the digitizers results in a 5.5 effective number of bits (ENOB) at 5 GHz. NI technology delivers high-data throughput for faster test execution and multimodule timing and synchronization for building high-channel-count, integrated test systems. Designed for the 3U PXI Express platform, the digitizers can stream at rates as fast as 700 MB/s, and synchronize channels on multiple modules to within 160 ps resolution. The digitizers work with NI LabVIEW graphical design software for instrument control and automation, the NI LabWindows™/CVI ANSI C software development environment, and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET development tools for a range of programming options.

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Industrial Cameras

The Imaging Source, Charlotte NC, has released two MegaPixel industrial cameras. The cameras include a Sony CCD ICX274, 1/1.8" sensor; a resolution of 1600 × 1200 pixels; a frame rate of 15 fps; a USB 2.0 or GigE interface; optional trigger in and digital I/Os; and auto-iris control.

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Frame Grabber/Video Streamer

Foresight Imaging, Chelmsford, MA, offers the AccuStream Express HD+™ frame grabber and video streamer, featuring a high performance PCI Express x4 board design. The device acquires video from non-standard and standard video formats including HDMI video, DVI-D, RGBHV, YPbPr, HDTV, S-video, composite color, and monochrome video sources up to 170 MHz pixel rates. It is specifically designed for the high speed PCIe x4 bus and delivers sustained data transfers of 750 MB per second. The AccuStream Express HD+TM provides acquisition up to 75 MHz and includes 720p HDTV and 1024 × 768 × 70 Hz; it also acquires from video signals up to 50 MHz and includes 480p, 576p, and 800 × 600 × 75 Hz.

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Infrared Snapshot Camera

Sensors Unlimited — Goodrich ISR Systems, Princeton, NJ, announces the SU640KTS, a large-format indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) high-resolution shortwave infrared (SWIR) snapshot video camera. The imager meets all Conformite Europeene (CE) and U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards for radiated and conducted emissions, for immunity from such emissions, and for electrostatic discharge (ESD) resistance. The SU640KTS operates in a 0.9-1.7 micron range at 30 frames per second. The solid-state, uncooled 640 × 512 pixel array camera with 25 μm pitch also features built-in non-uniformity corrections (NUCs), automatic gain control (AGC), and adjustable automatic contrast enhancement. It offers both EIA-170 analog video output and Camera Link® compatibility for 12-bit digital imaging. Extensive camera commands and controls are also available using the Camera Link interface or a separate EIA232 interface.

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Optical Part-Recognition Tool

Teledyne DALSA, Billerica, MA, a Teledyne Technologies company, has announced its BOA IDR optical inspection product. Features include identification and grading capabilities for part tracking based on codes, characters, or pattern; verification of 2D matrix codes, such as Data Matrix, PDF/QR codes, 1D barcodes, or printed characters; Ethernet communication between the BOA IDR and the factory enterprise; user administration controls; remote inspection monitoring via Ethernet; history logging; IP67 rated enclosure with lens cap; and direct connection to external light sources.

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LED Video Display

Multi ChipLEDs from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Sunnyvale, CA, have been used by FormoLight Technologies, Inc., Taipei, Taiwan, to develop a 150" diagonal LED video display.

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High-Speed Imaging System

Photron, San Diego, CA, has introduced the IDP Express R2000 system. The R2000 features an on-board field-programmable gate array (FPGA) to provide developers access to the open-ended architecture. The new system supports one or two of Photron’s miniature CMOS high speed camera heads at full or reduced resolution and speed. It is available in two configurations, without the FPGA and with an XILINX FPGA. Without the FPGA, the R2000 operates in a typical, image acquisition capacity, writing image data directly to the host computer’s RAM. Operating with the XILINX FPGA, the tool enables real-time hardware-based pre-processing while recording the event.

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Thermal Scanning System

Invisual E. Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, offers an in-process, real-time thermal scanning system for welding inspection and batch process monitoring. The system utilizes the thermal distribution of the heat-affected zone to detect irregularities of the thermal field during solidification of the welded seam. It also provides mill or production equipment integration, I/O signaling, alarm generation, production tags, and traceability and production reports for audits.

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Stainless Steel Sensor

The ZM Series from Optex FA Sensors, West Des Moines, IA, provides durability with a SUS316L stainless steel housing and IP69K protection conforming to the IEC60529 rating system. The self-contained sensor meets environmental demands such as high pressure and high temperature detergent washing. The anti-static PPSU lens is scratch resistant and repels water and oil.

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