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Tablet Cameras

Motic (Richmond, British Columbia) has figured out a way to turn tablet computers into dynamic imaging stations that will preview, acquire, store, measure, and communicate microscope images. Built on Android technology, Motic’s new line includes two tablet cameras, the 7” Moticam S2 and the 10” Moticam T2. Both Tablet Moticams are managed by Android’s powerful 1.6GHz quad core processors using 1GB of DRAM, and both sport brilliant 1280x800 displays. The S2 provides 8GB internal memory while its bigger cousin boasts 32GB. Because images devour storage, both systems are equipped with Micro SD cards (up to 32GB). They also “play well with others”, readily sharing images and movies via Bluetooth, WiFi, and HDMI connections. To learn more, click here.

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Spectrometer Platform

Ibsen Photonics (Farum, Denmark) recently announced the new FREEDOM HR spectrometer platform for integrators of compact analytical and process control instruments. The new HR platform consists of FREEDOM HR-UV, HR-VIS, and HR-VIS-NIR for high resolution down to 0.2 nm in the UV, 0.4 nm in the VIS and 0.6 nm in the VIS-NIR. The size of the spectrometer is only 61 x 64 x 19 mm. All FREEDOM spectrometers can be configured with a range of CCD, CMOS, and NMOS detectors as well as an optional USB controller and accompanying software. The spectrometers are robust and almost athermal and can operate under demanding environmental conditions. To learn more, click here.

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Laser Interferometer

4D Technology Corporation (Tucson, AZ) has introduced its newly improved AccuFiz compact laser interferometer for accurate, repeatable measurement of surface shape and transmitted wavefront quality. New features include long- range wireless remote control, motorized tip-tilt and a variable sensitivity alignment system. The wireless remote provides control over instrument set- up, data acquisition and the motorized tip-tilt, for precise system adjustment without disturbing the cavity. The improved alignment system makes it easy to align weakly reflecting samples and high-loss cavities, even in high ambient lighting conditions. The new Surface Isolation Source option adds a second, external laser source to measure plane parallel optical surfaces, without the need for messy coatings or back-surface treatments to eliminate unwanted reflections. To learn more, click here.

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8-Channel Portable Serial Recorder

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has announced a new recorder for the popular family of Talon® recording systems: the Model RTR 2736A multi-channel Serial FPDP (sFPDP) rugged portable recorder, suitable for military and aerospace, radar, and communications applications. The RTR 2736A is capable of capturing up to 8 Serial FPDP data streams in real time to solid state drives (SSD). It fully complies with the VITA 17.1 specification and additionally supports sFPDP baud rates up to 4.25 Gbaud. The RTR 2736A includes a high-performance PCIe Gen. 3 SATA III RAID controller capable of streaming contiguous data to disk in real time at aggregate rates up to 3.2 GB/sec. The hot-swappable SSD array is available in 1.9 TB to 15.3 TB configurations and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, or 6. The new Talon portable chassis for the RTR 2736A boasts a smaller footprint that is lighter in weight, and provides double the storage capacity, number of channels and the recording rates of previous generation of Talon portable recorders. It also supports AC and DC power options. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55588-520

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Titanium/Composites Brazing

Morgan Advanced Materials (Windsor, UK) announced that it now has the capability to braze carbon fiber, ceramics, composites, or other engineered materials directly to a titanium honeycomb. Carbon fiber and other similar non-metallic engineered materials have exceptional thermal conductivity capabilities, and are able to remain strong at temperatures exceeding 2000°F, far higher than those at which any metals retain their strength. Titanium honeycomb adds greater strength to the carbon fiber and eliminates fracturing issues by transferring forces from impact better than the carbon fiber alone. Both materials are exceedingly lightweight. In addition, the strength of the braze bond is exceptional, equaling or exceeding the strength of each component material, unlike the reduced strength of adhesive, riveted, or other bonds. The addition of the titanium honeycomb to the carbon fiber allows easy joining of the titanium to other structures through traditional joining techniques. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55588-518

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Rugged 1U MicroTCA Chassis Platform

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a rugged 6-slot MicroTCA chassis in a 1U height designed to meet MIL-STD- 901D and 810G for shock and vibration and MIL-STD-461F for EMI. The VT950 holds up to 6 Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMCs) and has an integrated MCH with IEEE1588/SyncE/GPS capabilities. This includes clock disciplining with arbitrary clock frequency output and holdover (Stratum-3 option) including 1 pulse per second (PPS) regeneration and holdover. The MCH can use various fabrics such as 40GbE/10GbE, PCIe Gen 3, or Serial RapidIO. The rugged 1U chassis offers front-to-rear cooling with a 500W universal AC or 400W DC power supply. Another feature of the VT950 is an optional JTAG Switch Module, including a Virtual JTAG probe. MicroTCA.1 modules with front panel retention screws can be plugged into the chassis. VadaTech offers special retention clips so that standard MicroTCA. 0 AMCs can be securely held into the chassis during shock and vibration. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55588-517

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Virtual Environment Tool Chain

The DiSTI Corporation (Orlando, FL) has commercialized their scalable tool chain and process for producing 3-D virtual maintenance training environments. Previously only available in conjunction with DiSTI’s professional services, the Virtual Environment Software Development Kit is now productized as VE Studio and allows users to engineer their own virtual environments for maintenance training. The foundation of VE Studio is the Fidelity Matrix, a relational database that correlates requirements, 3D objects, 2D support equipment, environment properties, and constraints that feed the automated build and testing tools. The tools that populate and reference the Fidelity Matrix include: Requirements Analyzer, an optional tool to analyze job procedures that in turn auto-populate the Fidelity Matrix with the objects and actions needed to complete the tasks; a graphical user interface for creating and modifying Fidelity Matrix content (FM Editor), a 3ds Max plug-in to associate 3-D model geometry with objects in the Fidelity Matrix (MaxLink), VE Builder, and VE Tester. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55588-516

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