New technologies in power supplies and management, board-level electronics, electronics and computers, and battery systems provide wide-ranging applications essential to military, aviation, medical, and automotive.

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Narrow-Band WGM Optical Filters With Tunable FSRs

Optical resonators of the whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) type featuring DC-tunable free spectral ranges (FSRs) have been demonstrated. Previously, the FSRs of WGM optical resonators were determined solely by the resonator geometries and materials: hence, the FSR of such a resonator could be...

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Digital Beam Deflectors Based Partly on Liquid Crystals

A digital beam deflector based partly on liquid crystals has been demonstrated as a prototype of a class of optical beamsteering devices that contain no mechanical actuators or solid moving parts. Such beam-steering devices could be useful in a variety of applications, including free-space...

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Distributed Control Standard Connects Industry Regardless of Bus

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 that mimic the hardwired relay logics. Over the past 30 years, the automation community has put the...

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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 edge, medical, enterprise and data, and scientific applications. However, there are so many possible...

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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 cases to over 100W per slot. To further challenge the designers, these systems are being deployed in...

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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...

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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 product implements a board’s desired functionality through one or more IP cores in an FPGA, augmenting the...

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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 channel (800 kHz per board).

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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.

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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 application by eliminating complex software interfaces, and allows for independently controlling the main...

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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.

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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...

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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 outputs and eight optically isolated inputs.

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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.

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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® Processors with 4 MB L2 cache and the Intel Core™ micro architecture up to 2.33 GHz with 1,333 MHz...

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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).

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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 air flow design to facilitate cooling, and platform management software that simplifies and speeds initial...

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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.

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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 SBCs powered by the PXA255 ARM-compatible RISC processor.

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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 use in harsh industrial environments.

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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.

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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 pass the third harmonic), low on-capacitance (6 pF), and 8 kV ESD protection in a 1.4 × 1.8 ×...

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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. There also are pluggable fan tray headers and optional shelf management modules.

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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 File System SCSI and Raw Initiator SCSI.

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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 server-class boards that provide multiple PCI Express™ links to option card slots and devices on a...

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Smooth Phase Interpolated Keying

Smooth phase interpolated keying (SPIK) is an improved method of computing smooth phase-modulation waveforms for radio communication systems that convey digital information. SPIK is applicable to a variety of phase-shift-keying (PSK) modulation schemes, including quaternary PSK (QPSK), octonary PSK (8PSK), and...

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Maintaining Stability During a Conducted-Ripple EMC Test

An improved technique, and electronic circuitry to implement the technique, have been developed for a military-standard electromagnetic- compatibility (EMC) test in which one analyzes susceptibility to low-frequncy ripple conducted into the equipment under test via a DC power line. In the...

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Photodiode Preamplifier for Preamplifier for Weak Signals

An improved preamplifier circuit has been designed for processing the output of an avalanche photodiode (APD) that is used in a high-resolution laser ranging system to detect laser pulses returning from a target. The improved circuit stands in contrast to prior such circuits in which the...

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Advanced High-Definition Video Cameras

A product line of high-definition color video cameras, now under development, offers a superior combination of desirable characteristics, including high frame rates, high resolutions, low power consumption, and compactness. Several of the cameras feature a 3,840 × 2,160-pixel format with progressive...

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Wide-Temperature-Range Integrated Operational Amplifier

A document discusses a silicon-oninsulator (SOI) complementary metal oxide/ semiconductor (CMOS) integrated- circuit operational amplifier to be replicated and incorporated into sensor and actuator systems of Mars- explorer robots. This amplifier is designed to function at a supply...