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True DC Switch and X-Band Core Chip

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) recently introduced two new integrated products—a True DC switch and an X-band core chip. Built on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® technology, both products integrate RF, digital and analog components onto a single chip.

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Mini Embedded Systems

4DSP (Austin, TX) builds mini embedded systems in the FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) form factor. The FMCs are stacked over one another. A typical system features a 12V-30V DC input power supply; Atom CPU + 64GB SSD + Gigabit Ethernet; and Kintex-7 FPGA with 1 GB DR3 SDRAM. The ruggedized, approximately 3" × 3" form factor can be conduction cooled.

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Military Grade Lithium Batteries

Tadiran (Lake Success, NY) has introduced the TLM Series of military grade lithium metal oxide batteries. TLM military grade batteries are cylindrical in shape, constructed with a carbon-based anode, multi metal oxide cathode, organic electrolyte, and a shut-down separator for enhanced safety. These batteries feature an open circuit voltage of 4V, a discharge capacity of 500 mAh (20 mA at 2.8V RT), and the ability to handle 5A continuously and 15A maximum pulses.

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3U VPX Graphics Board

WOLF Advanced Technology’s (Ontario, Canada) new 3U VPX board, the VPX3U-GTX850M, is developed using NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX-850M – CUDA powered 28nm GM107 GPU – which is clocked at 862MHz and has 5 Streaming Multiprocessors for Maxwell (SMMs) each housing 128 Arithmetic Logic Units (ALUs) for a combined total of 640 Shader cores for CUDA or OpenCL parallel processing. An additional 40 Texture Mapping Units and 16 Render Output Processors, with a massive 2MB L2 cache and 2GB of GDDR5 memory – running a 128-bit interface – offers DirectX 11.2 or OpenGL 4.4 rendering capability per watt. The GPU also supports the sixth generation PureVideo HD video engine (VP6) for hardware decoding of MPEG2 and H.264 compressed video at resolutions up to 4K.

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Intelligent Manufacturing Software

The CNC system solution IndraMotion MTX from Rexroth has enhanced functionalities through Open Core Engineering. With Open Core Engineering, Rexroth enhances classic PLC programming by bridging the gap to IT automation. It increases engineering efficiency thanks to open standards, software tools, and function toolkits. Machinery manufacturers can create individual software functions independently, allowing them to access the control via defined interfaces in real time. This interface technology to Rexroth controls allows OEMs to develop individualized functional capabilities and set themselves apart from the competition. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13563.

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Camera to SWIR Imaging

A clip-on system from UTC Aerospace Systems converts a camera to a day/night short wave IR (SWIR) imaging system. The Sensors Unlimited Warrior C2S lightweight, field-ready module and covert laser illuminator locks into the front of a Canon EOS 5D camera (Mark II and Mark III models) to provide operators with SWIR imaging capabilities on the battlefield. The system enables identification quality SWIR imagery, even in total darkness. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13458.

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USB Load Cells

LC411-USBH low-profile compression load cells from Omega enable 1000 readings per second and feature a USB output to connect directly to a computer. Free PC software simplifies data logging and charting. Also included are .NET APIs and a command set for command line access. No additional power supply is needed. The load cell is powered directly from the computer’s USB port. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13460.

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Rotary Transformer Coupled Torque Sensors

The Model T261 series rotary transformer coupled torque sensors from SensorData Technologies meet the demanding inline testing requirements of small motors, pumps, compressors, turbines, fans, and other fractional horsepower rated devices. Overall performance of the T261 Series offers higher stiffness and lower inertia than comparable torque sensors on the market. Units are available in three standard rated capacities of 5, 10, and 20 K rpm, along with three unique mounting configuration options (others upon request). More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13560.

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Racecar with Composite-Intensive Suspension Gets Track Tested in 2015

A racecar fitted with a prototype rear suspension will compete in the Sports Car Club of America's 2015 season as a proof-of-concept demonstrator for using thermoplastic composite suspension components in future light-duty vehicle production applications. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/13523.

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Isuzu Takes High-Level Approach to T4F Solutions

Depending on which off-highway engine manufacturer you’re talking to, it is either an advantage that its teams of engineers design specifically and solely for the off-highway industry, or it is an advantage that its teams of engineers design for both the on- and off-highway industries. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/13466.

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