Hardware-in-the-Loop Platform

dSPACE, Wixom, MI, offers the SCALEXIO AutoBox universal real-time platform for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and rapid control prototyping. The system features Intel processors, customer-programmable FPGA components, a real-time operating system, and the IOCNET intelligent I/O network. It is equipped with a stable system power supply for onboard power architectures from 12 to 48 V, compensating for short-term voltage drops or peaks. It features an active cooling concept and a shock and vibration damping system.

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Mobile Server

Eurocom, Ogdensburg, NY, introduced Mobile Server laptops with Server-on-the-Go technology that feature an integrated LCD panel, keyboard, and UPS battery. The system allows up to two hours of uninterrupted power and comes preloaded with server-class operating systems. It consumes up to 230 Watts, is powered by Intel Xeon processors, supports up to 22 TB of storage in five physical drives, and includes up to 128 GB of ECC memory with four physical memory slots.

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Vector Signal Generator

The CXG X-Series radio frequency vector signal generator from Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, features a frequency range of 9 kHz to 3/6 GHz and up to 120 MHz RF modulation bandwidth. It provides basic parametric testing of components and functional verification of receivers, tests devices with multiple standards-compliant vector signals, troubleshoots components within a wireless communication system using a reliable vector signal generator, and offers self-maintenance solutions.

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Epoxy Resin

DELO Industrial Adhesives, San Jose, CA, offers DELO MONOPOX GE6515, a one-component, heat-curing epoxy resin that achieves strength values of 20 MPa on aluminum at a temperature of 150 °C and 14 MPa at 200 °C. Designed for encapsulating electronic components, it also provides adhesion on materials such as FR4, PA, and copper, and is resistant to chemicals such as oils, acids, or fuels. The coefficient of thermal expansion is 23 ppm/K up to the glass transition temperature (Tg) of 155 °C and 48 ppm/K above Tg.

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Oscilloscopes

Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, introduced the 3 Series Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO) and 4 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO) that feature an intuitive touchscreen and front panels. The 4 Series features a 13.3" display with 1920 × 1080 HD resolution and bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz. It offers six input channels; any input channel can be converted from an analog to eight digital channels by connecting a logic probe. The 3 Series has an 11.6" display with HD resolution, built-in spectrum analyzer up to 3 GHz, and bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz.

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DC/DC Converters

MagI3C Power Modules from Würth Elektronik, Waldenburg, Germany, are DC/DC converters with integrated controller IC, inductors, and capacitors. The board is based on the MagI3C VDRM (Variable Step Down Regulator Module) to which two additional control loops have been added. The reference design generates a constant voltage with an adjustable maximum current or maximum voltage. Output voltage can be set from 0 to 15 V and current from 0 to 2.5 A. LEDs indicate voltage regulation mode, current regulation mode, and a missing output voltage.

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Differential Measurement System

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Middletown, CT, released the KD-5100 differential measurement system that provides resolution to a nanometer of positional change. Featuring a package size of 2 × 2.12 × 0.75", the system can be used where space is a limiting factor. It features rugged construction with a mean time between failures of better than 238,000 hours in a spaceflight environment and 55,000 hours in a tactical environment.

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Equipment Enclosures

L-com, Irvine, CA, introduced a series of NEMA-rated equipment enclosures for protecting equipment in indoor and outdoor installations. They are offered in 14 × 12 × 6" and 18 × 16 × 10" sizes and are constructed of high-impact, UV-resistant polycarbonate material that is suited for high-temperature or corrosive environments. Options include 120 VAC and 240 VAC power, heating, cooling, equipment mounting plates, and DIN rail mounts.

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CAD/CAM Software

Open Mind Technologies, Needham, MA, introduced hyperMILL® 2019.2 CAD/CAM software that includes high-precision 3D finishing, 5-axis tangent machining, and CAD-for-CAM technologies. Features include a high-precision surface mode option for ultra-smooth surfaces with tolerances in the micron range. A smooth overlap function also improves surface finish. A global fitting function enables multiple faces to be joined into one face with a controlled ISO orientation.

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Front-End Module

Skyworks Solutions, Woburn, MA, introduced the SKY85774-11 integrated 5-GHz front-end module (FEM) that supports simultaneous WLAN and licensed assisted access (LAA) protocols for mobile smartphones and tablets. The module incorporates a power amplifier, low-noise amplifier with bypass, and an SPDT transmit/receive switch. It comes in a 20-pin, 2.2 × 3 package and is leveraged across leading mobile connectivity reference designs.

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Power Dividers

Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand, Irvine, CA, released a series of high-frequency power dividers consisting of 17 models with an operating frequency range from 26.5 to 67 GHz. Additional features include 2.92-mm, 2.4-mm, and 1.85-mm connectors; power handling capability up to 20W(CW); and 2- and 4-port model options. The power splitters offer low insertion loss for proof-of-concept testing and prototype builds.

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Thermal Interface Material

Fujipoly America Corp., Carteret, NJ, offers Sarcon® GR-Ae gel-like thermal interface material that can be die-cut to fit electronic components of almost any shape. The gap filler pad is available in multiple thicknesses ranging from 0.5 to 5.0 mm. When sandwiched between heat-generating components and a heatsink, the material fills air gaps and delivers a thermal conductivity of 1.3 W/m•K with a thermal resistance as low as .50 °C•in2/W.

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