Briefs: Software
Program Analyzes Spacecraft/Ground Radio Links

A versatile computer program analyzes the link-design control table necessary for designing the telecommunication subsystem of a spacecraft in orbit around the Earth or on a deep-space mission. The program helps to calculate all the important parameter values for spacecraft-to-ground telemetry links...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Six-Message Electromechanical Display System

A proposed electromechanical display system would be capable of presenting as many as six distinct messages. This system would be a more capable and more complex successor to the proposed...

Equipment and techniques used in radio-frequency identification (RFID) would be extended, according to a proposal, to enable short-range, two-way communication between...

A proposed optoelectronic system, to be mounted aboard an exploratory robotic vehicle, would be used to generate a three-dimensional (3D) map of nearby terrain and obstacles for...

In the early days of modern automation, the use of microprocessor technology addressed the need for fast and efficient configuration of control logics through graphical methods...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Bringing Modularity to MicroTCA

MicroTCA is a new specification that offers very high performance packed in a small form factor. The new specification is expected to be used in a wide variety of applications, including mil/aero, telecom...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Filtered Conduction Empowers Mil-Spec Desert Systems

As embedded computing systems become more powerful, so are the challenges to protect and cool the payload. In the past few years, we have seen the power of a single board increase in most...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Data-Centric Network Integration Takes Headaches Out of Avionic Upgrades

Avionics systems are becoming more powerful and more dependent upon data exchanged between instruments. These instruments and subsystems reside on a network and must share time-critical data to achieve their mission. For example, targeting systems require real-time input of...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Development Packages for M-Modules and PMCs

MEN Micro, Inc. (Ambler, PA) introduced the Universal Submodule (USM) development packages for M-Modules and PMCs that turn specialized I/O requirements into a series of standard products. The...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Analog Output Boards

United Electronics Industries (UEI, Canton, MA) has released the DNA-AO-308 series of analog output boards for PowerDNA DAQ Cubes. Each board has eight analog output channels with maximum update rates to 100 kHz per...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Single-Board Computers

Aitech Defense Systems, Inc. (Chatsworth, CA) has expanded the C900 series of rugged 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) single-board computers (SBCs) with the C903, available in air- or conduction-cooled models; both conform to PICMG 2.0 R3.0 and ANSI/VITA 30.1-1991 specifications, respectively.

Products: Electronics & Computers
Dual-Slot Controller

Linear Technology Corp. (Milpitas, CA) offers the LTC4242, a narrow, dual-slot PCI Express Hot Swap™ controller for mid-range networking or storage servers and embedded applications. The device simplifies the...

Products: Imaging
Thermal Design Models

Flomerics, Inc. (Marlborough, MA) released the Flopack V6.2 version of its Web-based SmartPart library that generates thermal models for IC packages, standard test harnesses, and associated parts.

Products: Electronics & Computers
Microprocessor & SBC

Radstone Embedded Computing (Billerica, MA) released two versions of its 6U VPX form factor family, the DSP230 and the SBC610. Both are "AXISenabled" — they support Radstone's AXIS Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software. VME interoperability is featured at the board level, allowing integration between the 6U VPX...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Digital I/O Module

As part of the SeaDAC family of USB data acquisition devices, Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) introduced the SeaDAC PLC-16H digital I/O module featuring eight single-pole, doublethrow (SPDT), high-current Form C...

Products: Electronics & Computers
User-Configurable Digital I/O FPGA Module

The IP-EP200 series Industry Pack I/O modules from Acromag (Wixom, MI) interface digital I/O signals to a user-configurable Altera® Cyclone™ II FPGA. With JTAG access to the SignalTap® II embedded logic analyzer, users can monitor internal device operation.

Products: Electronics & Computers
Multi-Core PICMG 1.3 SHB-Express Computer

Nexcom (Fremont, CA) offers the PEAK 8920VL2, a PICMG 1.3 System Host Board (SHB)-Express Computer. The device has dual LGA771 sockets and supports two 5100 Series Quad-Core Intel® Xeon®...

Products: Electronics & Computers
PMC/XMC Transceiver Module

Pentek, Inc. (Long Beach, CA) introduced the Model 7141-703 PMC/XMC module, featuring two 14-bit, 125 MHz A/Ds and a Xilinx Virtex-II Pro field programmable gate array (FPGA).

Products: Electronics & Computers
MicroTCA System Series

Emerson Network Power (Madison, WI) offers the EMC6000 and EMC6200 MicroTCA system series. Available in 12- and 24-slot versions (the EMC6000 and EMC6200, respectively), both feature a high-speed switched fabric, an...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Three-Module Universal PCI Card

North Atlantic Industries (Bohemia, NY) has released the 76C2 PCI card that features three modules, and is a universal, multi-functional, half-slot card.

Products: Electronics & Computers
Linux Development Kits

Arcom (Kansas City, KS) has introduced the 400 MHz VIPER and 200 MHz VIPER-Lite entry-level embedded Linux Development Kits to support the PXA255 XScalebased single-board computers (SBCs). The units are smallfootprint...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Wireless Embedded Computers for Harsh Environments

MOXA Technologies (Brea, CA) has announced the ThinkCore W300 Series of embedded wireless computers, including the models W311, W321, and W341. The computers are designed specifically for...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Mezzanine Card Based on Altera FPGAs

BittWare (Concord, NH) has released the GX-AMC (GXAM) FPGA-only board based on Altera Corporation's high-density field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC) uses the Altera Stratix II GX FPGA for development and deployment of systems such as wireless infrastructure.

Products: Electronics & Computers
USB 2.0 Switch

Fairchild Semiconductor (South Portland, ME) offers the FSUSB30, a low-power, two-port, high-speed USB 2.0 switch that augments board real estate and downloading performances. The unit combines >720 MHz bandwidth (needed to...

Products: Electronics & Computers
CompactPCI Enclosures

Elma Electronic, Inc. (Freemont, CA) has released the Type 39 2U EasyPlug CompactPCI enclosures. The Type 39c HA line features 9U cPCI backplanes that include pluggable 47-pin connectors for hot-swapping power supplies....

Products: Electronics & Computers
Fibre Channel PMC Card

Gbps channel Fibre Channel (FC) PMC card designed for high-bandwidth data communications and storage applications. The card supports both SCSI Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) and Internet Protocol (IP), including both...

Products: Electronics & Computers
System Host Boards Feature Multi-Core Processors

Trenton Technology (Atlanta, GA) offers the MCX/MCG system host boards with dual multi-core processors in numerous configurations for demanding computing applications. MCX-series boards are...

During the past few years, low-cost, continuous-wave (CW) lasers have helped advance a wide range of life and health science applications such as cell sorting, DNA sequencing, confocal...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
FPGAs Yield Virtual Laser Valves for Microfluidics

In today’s “micro world,” complex electrical systems, including analog and digital components, can fit on integrated circuits smaller than a fingernail. Microfluidics, a subset of...