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Virtex-7 XMC and VPX Boards

4DSP LLC (Austin, TX) recently introduced the FM780 and VP780, two highly configurable modules with advanced digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities and multiple I/O options. The FM780 is XMC (VITA 42.3) compliant with a PCI Express Gen 2 interconnect while the VP780 is 3U VPX form factor (VITA 46) compliant. Both modules provide an FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card, VITA 57) site and two 4DSP BLAST (Board Level Application Scalable Technology) locations that are closely coupled to the onboard Xilinx Virtex®-7 FPGA and 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM.

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RF Transceiver Module

National Instruments (Austin, TX) has released the NI 5791 RF transceiver adapter module for NI FlexRIO, which is currently being used in 5G technologies. The module forms a software defined radio (SDR) solution when paired with an NI FlexRIO FPGA module for real-time, userdesigned processing. Through triggering mechanisms provided by the PXI platform, users can synchronize eight or more transceivers for MIMO and beamforming configurations. The module comes with FPGA digital signal processing (DSP) libraries and example architectures for common signal processing applications.

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PXI Card

AIM’s (Trevose, PA) new PXI card model ACX3910-3U-1-EN is the latest addition to the extensive family of PXI cards for avionics databus test and simulation, providing off-the-shelf solutions for any test benches and test systems designed using PXI. Based on the field proven ACX3910-3U-1 STANAG3910 module for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, the ACX3910-3U-1-EN provides all the same powerful functions and features but has an electrical front end and a specific firmware load to support the Rafale project.

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Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Geotest-Marvin Test Systems (Irvine, CA) has announced the GX1649 64-channel PXI arbitrary waveform generator with 16-bit amplitude resolution and an output voltage range of ±15 volts. It is suited for use in high-channel-count applications for sensor simulation or for system test applications where a large number of DC/AC signal sources is required. The singleslot, 3U PXI module is supplied with a full-featured API and user interface for a variety of software development environments, including ATEasy, C, Visual BASIC, COM, and LabVIEW.

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Amplifiers

AR RF/Microwave Instrumen tation (Souderton, PA) offers Mo dels 15S1G6 and 50S1G6 single-band amplifiers that provide 15 and 50 Watts of linear output power, respectively, across the 1 – 6 GHz frequency band. The ability to use one band instead of two means less power usage. The amplifiers do not need to be switched from one band to the other to perform the required tests. The amplifiers feature a remote interface standard, a low noise figure, and output VSWR of 1.5:1.

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Multicore SoCs

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) recently unveiled six new multicore System-on-Chips (SoCs) based on its award winning KeyStone architecture. These 28-nm devices integrate TI’s fixed-and floating-point TMS320C66x digital signal processor (DSP) generation cores with multiple ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processors, facilitating the development of a widerange of infrastructure applications that can enable more efficient cloud experiences. TI’s six new highperformance SoCs include the 66AK2E02, 66AK2E05, 66AK2H06, 66AK2H12, AM5K2E02 and AM5K2E04, all based on the KeyStone multicore architecture. With KeyStone’s low latency, high bandwidth multicore shared memory controller (MSMC), these new SoCs yield 50 percent higher memory throughput when compared to other RISCbased SoCs.

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28 KB Java Virtual Machine

IS2T (Nantes, France) recently announced MicroEJ® the industry’s first Java platform to support the development and integration of Java-based functionality for low cost, memory-constrained, C and C++ applications running on Cortex M-based microcontrollers. MicroEJ provides a runtime Java platform that includes IS2T’s MicroJvm®, 28 Kbyte Java virtual machine, an optional RTOS (~10 Kbytes), all necessary libraries to run an advanced graphical humanmachine interface (HMI), and a fully functional simulated platform that allows fully debugged and tested binary code to be ported directly to any supported MCU.

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Embedded Firewall

Icon Labs (Des Moines, IA) and Quadros Systems (Houston, TX) recently announced the availability of Icon Labs’ Floodgate™ Packet Filter embedded firewall software for the RTXC™Quadros™ realtime operating system. Floodgate Packet Filter adds proven firewall security to Quadros-powered devices to protect from Internet-based attacks. The combined solution is designed to meet ANSI/ISA/ IEC/TS 62443 standards for cyber security. The system is designed explicitly for use in embedded devices with limited memory and processor speeds that require secure network implementation certified to standards such as the ISASP 99 which is measured by the Wurldtech Achilles™Test Platform.

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12-Bit Analog-to-Digital Converter

Touchstone Semiconductor (Milpitas, CA) has announced the new TS7003, a single-supply, single- channel, 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The TS7003 combines a 10-MHz track-and-hold (T/H), a high-speed serial digital interface, and an internal ±0.6%-initial accuracy +2.5V, 30ppm/°C reference into a very small 3mm × 3mm TDFN package. Operating from +2.7V to +3.6V supplies, it consumes less than 2.8mW when converting at 300ksps. An external serial-interface clock gives the system designer full control over the TS7003’s conversion process and its output shift register operation.

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PCI/104-Express Frame Grabber

The Model 911, PCI/104-Express 4-Channel Frame Grabber with Audio Capture from Sensoray (Tigard, OR) simultaneously captures four channels of analog video and four channels of stereo audio. It captures raw video frames from each channel at up to full frame rate, resulting in an aggregate frame capture rate of up to 120 fps for NTSC and 100 fps for PAL.

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