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COTS Benchtop SDSI

The LibertyGT™ 1200B from RADX Technologies (San Diego, CA) combines RADX real-time measurement science software and firmware with NI PXI modules and NI LabVIEW system design software. The 1200B, a programmable benchtop Software Defined Synthetic Instrument (SDSI), is housed in an integrated, field-service-optimized benchtop enclosure equipped with a comprehensive RF Interface Unit (RFIU) and High-Definition (HD) touchscreen display. With its LabVIEW software framework, multicore Intel® Core™ i7-based embedded controller and multiple Xilinx® FPGA processing capabilities, the 1200B supports the integration of user Test Procedure Sets (TPS), user programs and scripts via industry standard APIs, and languages such as Lab-VIEW, IVI, Python, and XML.

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Thermoelectric Air Conditioners

TECA Corporation (Chicago, IL) offers a flush-mounted thermoelectric air conditioner. For enclosures with limited space, flush-mounted air conditioners provide cooling without physical intrusion into the enclosure. Environmental gasket and hardware preserve the enclosure's environmental integrity.

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Printer Interface Unit

Sabtech (Yorba Linda, CA) has announced its new Printer Interface Unit™ (PIU). The technology allows any commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) printer to be used in place of a militarized PT-540 or compatible printer. Sabtech’s PIU has passed U.S. military environmental qualification tests, including shock, vibration, temperature, humidity, electromagnetic interference (EMI), airborne noise, altitude, and drip.

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Optical Backplane Interconnect System

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) has released the new VITA 66.1 Ruggedized Optical Backplane interconnect system. The optical system is offered in both a receptacle (backplane) and mating plug (daughtercard) connectors, which interconnect up to two MT ferrules, each accommodating up to 24 fiber paths.

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Graphics Display Module

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (Ashburn, VA) has introduced a new embedded graphics module, the VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX™ six-head graphics display card. The module is designed for use on deployed airborne and ground vehicle platforms.

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Rackmount Recorders

Pentek (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced the Model RTR 2728 rugged portable and the Model RTR 2748 rugged rackmount recorders. SSD (solid state drive) storage technology achieves aggregate recording and playback rates up to 4 GBytes per second.

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Interconnect Solutions

Molex (Lisle, IL) manufactures a variety of interconnect solutions for the aerospace and defense industry. Their high performance cable assemblies include a range of RF/Microwave cable assemblies utilizing Temp-Flex® Low-Loss and Ultra Low-Loss Flexible Cable for applications through 50 GHz. These cables are flexible alternatives to semi-rigid styles, including 0.047, 0.086 and 0.141 inch sizes. Molex can provide standard assemblies in three-inch increments with a range of connectors including 2.92 mm, SMP, SMA, SMPM and many others.

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Shielded twisted pair cables

W. L. Gore & Associates’ Shielded Twisted Pair Cables reduce weight while maintaining reliable signal integrity. The cables meet ANSI/NEMA WC27500 standards for aerospace and industrial electrical cable, type 24, and they maintain high-speed com munication between avionics transmitters and receivers. They are made from fluoro-polymers that reduce cable jacket weight by as much as 37% when compared to ETFE materials, and 50% when compared to FEP. The materials also result in smaller cable diameters, which translate to significantly smaller, lighter, and higher-density cable bundles. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/12625.

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Atomic force microscopy imaging

Asylum Research’s blueDrive photothermal excitation is available on its Cypher atomic force microscopes. blueDrive makes tapping mode imaging simple, stable, and accurate. It replaces the conventional piezoacoustic excitation mechanism, instead using a blue laser to directly excite the AFM cantilever photothermally. This results in an ideal cantilever drive response in both air and liquids, which provides significant performance and ease-of-use benefits for tapping mode imaging. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/12626.

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Two-component electrically conductive epoxy

Two-component electrically conductive epoxy Made with silver-coated nickel filler, Master Bond EP79FL is a two-part, electrically conductive epoxy for bonding, sealing, and coating applications. It has a low-volume resistivity of less than 0.005 ohm-cm and is suitable for applications in the electronic, aerospace, computer, semiconductor, and electrooptic industries. In addition to its electrical properties, the system is flexible upon curing, enabling its use in applications involving thermal cycling, and thermal and mechanical shocks. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/12627.

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