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Safety Laser Scanners

Omron Automation and Safety's (Schaumburg, IL) new OS32C-4M Type 3 safety laser scanners provide a 4 meter safety range, 15 meter warning zones and a 270 degree detection angle for safeguarding large robotic cells and body entry detection. They can also be mounted 4 meters high to eliminate the possibility of tampering. New pollution tolerance modes ensure safe machine operation, even in the dirtiest and dustiest application environments. All OS32C safety laser scanners provide configurable object resolutions of 30, 40, 50 and 70 mm to accommodate hand and arm detection applications. They feature a compact 104.5 mm profile, light 1.3 kg weight and consume just 5 W power (3.75 W in standby mode). www.omron247.com

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High-Speed Imaging System

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) has introduced the FASTCAM Mini UX50 rugged, lightweight high-speed camera. The new, 1.3 megapixel (1,280 x 1,024 pixels) high-speed sensor operates at 2,000 frames per second (fps) at full resolution, 2,500 fps at 720 HD resolution, and up to 160,000 fps at reduced resolution. Photron’s FASTCAM Mini UX50 is compact (120 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm) and lightweight (less than 1.5 Kg). It delivers light sensitivity to ISO 12232 Ssat standards: ISO 6,400 for monochrome and ISO 5,000 for color. Three memory options are available, 4GB, 8GB, or up to16 GB for extended recording durations and triggering flexibility. www.photron.com

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Tunable Blue Diode Laser

New Focus (Santa Clara, CA), a Newport Corporation brand, has extended its range of Littrow tunable lasers with the TLB-7102-02 Vantage(TM). The direct blue diode laser is tunable from 421 to 423 nm and ideally suited for calcium ion trapping at 422.79 nm. The power and tuning range are optimized at a user specified wavelength with a guaranteed 10 mW at 423 nm. The new Littrow-design Vantage laser has been specifically developed for atomic research labs and applications like BEC, MOT and laser cooling experiments where the wide tuning and narrow linewidth of New Focus’ premium Littman-Metcalf lasers are not always required. www.newport.com/Vantage

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Custom Optical Mounts

Optical Surfaces Ltd. (Kenley, UK) specializes in providing custom modified versions of its high-precision optical mounts for challenging applications. Typical custom modifications include mounts for non-circular optical components and for supporting larger diameter optics (<600mm). Various motorized mount options are also available to suit applications in hostile environments (under vacuum, elevated temperature, high pressure) or where limited space makes manual adjustment difficult. As an option to the standard 2-axis gimbal micrometer-driven action, Optical Surfaces mounts can be fitted with x-y-z linear stages if required. Constructed in black anodized aluminum — OS mounts provide a secure and stable platform for optical components with diameters from 100mm to 550mm. www.optisurf.com/index.php/products/product-6/custom-mounts

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Magnetics Design: Specification, Performance & Economics

An informative white paper from Datatronics Romoland, Inc., provides a discussion of the design, development and delivery of affordable magnetic components. The design development process begins once performance requirements are specified. Upon design approval, the procurement of materials for a prototype build is initiated. During this stage, specifications are not final and options remain open for cost-effective production. Specifications must be reviewed and design trade-offs evaluated to ensure that the technical requirements are economically attainable with consideration given to performance and tolerance in relation to affordable cost.

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Alleviating Memory and Cache Contention in Safety-Critical Applications

In safety-critical systems, the ability to guarantee that safety-critical tasks have sufficient time to execute is key for system integrity and safe operation. A big challenge facing developers of safety-critical software applications is managing the shared resources of memory and cache to minimize worst case execution times (WCET). On-chip cache allows the processor to run at on-chip memory bus speeds and increases overall compute power when executing from the cache. However, task switching and competition among multiple cores can degrade cache performance and have dramatic impacts on WCET. Benchmarks demonstrate that WCET can be 3 times higher than average-case execution time (ACET) on single-core processors, up to an order of magnitude higher or more on multicore processors.

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Next-Generation Mobile Tactical Communications

After many years of development and well-publicized budget overruns, the DoD’s Joint Tactical Radio System program (since reorganized and renamed) has recently given birth to a set of handheld voice and data radios — so-called Rifleman radios — built by a number of traditional military radio firms, including Exelis, GD, Harris, and Thales.

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