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Avionics Digital Panel Meter

Specifically designed to replace “needle” meters in military aircraft, the new APM model from OTEK Corp. (Tucson, AZ) conforms to military and commercial 1"-diameter standards, as well as a variety of Mil-Standards, including 461, 704, 130, 810, and 889. The APM accepts 4-20mA or VDC signals (others upon request), 0-5VRMS/VDC for intensity (dimming) control, and 5-48VDC power input. The 4-digit (9.9.9.9) display is standard or NVG3-compliant. For new applications (not yet military-approved), the APM can be loop powered, eliminating the need for external power supply and wiring. The < 100mW loop power adds a burden under 5 VDC max to the loop, and has an operating range of 3-36mADC.

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Integrated Circuits Support

Rochester Electronics (Newburyport, MA) has expanded manufacturing and support services of obsolete and active MIL-STD-883 and MIL-PRF-38535 integrated circuits. Through its Extension-of-Life® products, Rochester manufactures National Semiconductor’s 54AC00/QCA (5962-8754901CA), Intel’s 87C51, and Texas Instruments’ UA733M/BIA (8418501IA) to MIL-STD-883 and MILPRF-38535 specifications. In addition, the company has expanded its environmental test lab, which replicates conditions and elements experienced by military and aerospace applications. Rochester Electronics complies with MIL-STD-883 and MIL-PRF-38535 requirements through mechanical and electrical testing, as well as training procedures.

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Integrated Servo Motor

Designed for battery-powered and low-voltage applications, the MAC402 from JVL is the VDC version of the MAC400 400-W integrated servo motor. The supply range for the MAC402 is 12 to 48 VDC, and full power of 400W (RMS) up to 1200W (peak) can be reached with 24 to 48 VDC. This powerful, compact motor measures 191 × 60 × 114 mm. Applications include, but are not limited to, remotely operated robots, robotic vehicles, portable equipment, tracking devices, antenna mounts, and positioning devices. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/12836.

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Nano Circular Connector

TE Connectivity’s CeeLok FAS-T nano circular connector is a nano-miniature, rugged I/O connector capable of meeting 10 gigabit Ethernet performance. The proven, noise-canceling contact configuration minimizes crosstalk, making it suitable for a variety of markets and applications, including missiles, UAVs, soldier systems, and C4ISR. The connector provides a high-speed/bandwidth I/O connector in a form factor that occupies less than 3/8 in of panel space. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/12837.

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PEEK Wear Compounds

The LUVOCOM 8000 series of PEEK wear compounds from Lehvoss North America incorporates proprietary additives that further elevate the wear resistance of PEEK compounds. Through research and testing, Lehvoss designed the LUVOCOM 8000 product line to have a tribological profile significantly surpassing previously known materials while also preserving mechanical performance. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/12835.

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Wire Grid Polarizers

High-contrast IR wire grid polarizers from Edmund Optics are suited for broadband IR applications that require high transmission and contrast, including spectroscopy and thermal imaging. The polarizers are made by applying a thin layer of aluminum microwires to a glass window. They are designed using a lightweight, thin silicon substrate, making them well suited for weight-sensitive systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/12793.

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Voltage Controlled Oscillator

Crystek’s CVCO25CL-0902-0928 VCO operates from 902 to 928 MHz, with a control voltage range of 0.5 to ~3.5V. It features a typical phase noise of -108 dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +3 dBm. The model is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5- × 0.5-in SMD. Input voltage is 3V, with a max. current consumption of 15 mA. Pulling and pushing are minimized to 0.5 MHz and 0.5 MHz/V, respectively. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/12795.

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Dassault Magnifies Focus on Its 5X

In the latest iteration of the EASy flight deck on Dassault Aviation's new 5X business jet, the immediate priorities are separated out from follow-up actions required later during the flight when presenting data for managing safe flight. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/12872.

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Boeing Advances Automation with Smart and Portable Orbital Drilling Tools for 787

Boeing makes a leap forward in manufacturing automation with a portable orbital drilling tool that is, at its core, indistinguishable from a fully autonomous robotic system. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/12811.

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Government-Sanctioned Test Site Opens Up Airspace for MIT Researchers

MIT classes and researchers developing unmanned aerial vehicles and their associated systems will be able to take advantage of a new FAA-designated facility located at Joint Base Cape Cod. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/12993.

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