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A holistic approach to aircraft assembly

It is the "automation and tooling partner" who offers a performance-based and advanced manufacturing systems integration approach that offers the next step-change, say Bombardier Aerospace and AIP Aerospace Odyssey. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/12568.

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Signal AHPEC Platform

GE Intelligent Platforms (Waltham, MA) has announced the DSP281, a rugged, dual-node, quad-core 6U OpenVPX High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) deployed server platform. GE’s HPEC architecture scales from one to many processor nodes per enclosure via RDMA-enabled InfiniBand® and Ethernet dual port network interface cards. In addition, system integrators can minimize card count by mapping multiple platform functions, such as control, DSP, image and video processing and graphics, onto one or more DSP281s.

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Upmast Radar System

Kelvin Hughes (Enfield, UK) offers a carbon composite housing for its SharpEye™ radar system. With coherent transmission and Doppler processing, the system separates targets from clutter, resulting in greatly improved situational awareness, even in adverse weather conditions. A lightweight antenna turning unit and transceiver housing is resistant to shock, vibration, and corrosion. The technology also features a low Radar Cross Section (RCS) design and a GaN-transistor Transceiver.

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Inductance-to-Digital Converter

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) unveiled an inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a new data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. Inductive sensing measures the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive target, as well as detects the compression, extension or twist of a spring.

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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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