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Pentium M-Based Slot-O Controller

KineticSystems (Lockport, IL) has announced the V155, a VXI Slot-0 controller featuring a Pentium® M embedded processor. The V155 is a single- width C-size module with 1.1-GHz, 1.6-GHz, and 1.8-GHz clocking options. It features dual Ethernet controllers that support 10BaseT, 100BaseTX, and 1000BaseT interfaces; 2 GBytes of bootable flash on a secondary IDE; 1.5 GByte of PC1600 DDR SDRAM; and one PMC expansion site for user expandability for FDDI, CompactFlash, GPIB, Fibre Channel, or FPDP. The V155 also supports the VXI Plug & Play Virtual Instruments Systems Architecture (VISA) Library, which allows modules to be controlled via several interfaces with the same I/O function calls. Industry-standard VISA support allows the V155 to be integrated into existing systems, while dual Ethernet ports enable direct LAN access for connectivity with LXI-based systems. The controller is suitable for data acquisition and control for applications such as ATE, and aerospace and aircraft testing.

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Real-Time Controller Enables Embedded Graphical Design

National Instruments (NI, Austin, TX), in collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor and Wind River, has developed the NI cRIO-9012 real-time controller based on Freescale's MPC5200 processor built on Power Architecture™ technology, and Wind River's VxWorks realtime operating system (RTOS). Embedded graphical system design combines open software and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) programmable hardware in one unifying platform to design, prototype, and deploy embedded systems. Freescale's 400- MHz MPC5200 processor contains an integrated floating-point unit that is suited for networking, media, industrial control, and automotive applications. The MPC5200, which is programmed with NI's LabVIEW Real-Time Module, gives the cRIO-9012 controller up to four times the processing performance. Running on the MPC5200, the Wind River VxWorks RTOS delivers a fault-tolerant file system that provides data-logging, allowing engineers to operate the controller for long periods of time in remote applications using a battery or solar power.

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Quad DMOS Full-Bridge PWM Motor Driver

The A3988 quad DMOS full-bridge driver from Allegro MicroSystems (Worcester, MA) can drive two stepper motors or four DC motors. Each fullbridge output is rated to 1.2 A and 36 V. The A3988 includes fixed off-time pulse width modulation (PWM) current regulators; DC motors in forward, reverse, and coast modes; and 2-bit nonlinear DACs (digital-toanalog converters) that allow stepper motors to be controlled in full, half, and quarter steps. The PWM current regulator uses Allegro's patented mixed decay mode for reduced audible motor noise, increased step accuracy, and reduced power dissipation.

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Full-Size PICMG Single-Board Computer

ADLINK Technology (Irvine, CA) has released the NuPRO- 851 Series, a PICMG 1.0 full-size single-board computer. It features an Intel® LGA-775 for Pentium® 4 with FSB 533/800-MHz, dual-channel DDR2 memory at speeds of 400/533-MHz. The single-board computer also includes an Intel® GMA900 graphics core architecture providing 2048 × 1536 resolution with 8.5 GB/s peak memory bandwidth. Based on the Intel® 915GV and ICH6 chipsets, the two onboard Marvell 88E8052 controllers support dual Gigabit Ethernet ports via the PCIe bus.

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Small-Form-Factor SDR Platform for Development and Optimization of Radio Designs

Xilinx (San Jose, CA) offers a Small Form Factor (SFF) Software Defined Radio (SDR) development platform allowing OEMs to develop and optimize their radio designs for low power operation. The RF-to-baseband platform provides the hardware, operating software, and middleware stack. The development platform's power optimization tool allows waveform developers to optimize system power via iterative power measurements and re-partitioning of algorithms across the Xilinx® FPGAs and Texas Instruments' (TI) baseband processor. The SFF SDR platform features a miniature board size of 6 × 5", and is based on the Virtex™-4 SX35 and LX25 Platform FPGAs, TI DM6446 DSP baseband processor, TI ADS5500 analog-to-digital converter, TI DAC5687 digital-toanalog converter, and TI power management ICs. The hardware platform includes Virtex-4 XtremeDSP technology to implement the digital front-end (DFE) functions and wideband waveform processing, and TI DSP SoC technology to manage baseband processing and the SDR's operating environment.

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Small-Footprint Computer Brings Web Connectivity to Embedded Controllers

The Ethersmart Wildcard™, an expansion module from Mosaic Industries (Newark, CA), enables Web connectivity to the company's embedded controllers and operator interfaces. The module can be combined with the company's QCard, a 2 × 2.5" single-board computer, to provide control, communications, and I/O capability. The Ethersmart Wildcard connects with standard Ethernet cables, allowing the QCard to communicate with other computers on a Local Area Network (LAN). The Ethersmart Wildcard implements the SMTP, HTTP, TCP/IP, ICMP, ARP, and DHCP protocols to establish and manage communications. Precoded software allows an application to compose and send e-mail to a specified LAN IP address, open or accept a TCP/IP connection to send and receive binary or ASCII data, and accept connections from a Web browser, serving out dynamic Web pages in response to queries.

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Mid-Sized AdvancedMC Modules for Designing Wireless and Wireline Applications

Kontron America (Poway, CA) has released four AdvancedMC modules that will facilitate the security, processing, I/O, and storage configurations of pre-integrated open modular equipment designed for IMS, 3G wireless, and wireline network applications. The AM4330 IPSec is based on the 4HP form factor introduced by the PICMG as an option to full and compact sizes. The midsized module can handle both IPSec and SSL VPN processing applications deployed within mobile communications infrastructure systems, including media gateways, radio network controllers, and serving GPRS support nodes. The AM4330 may be integrated with AdvancedTCA carrier boards, CPU nodes, and MicroTCA-based systems. The full-size AM4520 SAS storage module offers 73-GByte storage capacity. Built in accordance to the AMC.0 and AMC.3 specifications, the AM4520 features a 10K rpm spindle.

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ZigBee™ Protocol Platform Includes Transceiver and Network-Analyzer Tool

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) offers three tools for IEEE 802.15.4 wireless networking. The MRF24J40 is a 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver targeted for the ZigBee™ protocol in RF applications requiring low power and RF performance. The ZENA™ wireless network analyzer tool enables development of ZigBee protocol systems using Microchip's semiconductors. The MiWi™ protocol is a free, small-footprint protocol developed by Microchip for customers who do not need ZigBee protocol interoperability but want to use IEEE 802.15.4 transceivers in peer-to-peer, star, and mesh networks. With the MRF24J40 transceiver, Microchip now offers a complete ZigBee protocol platform through the addition of an integrated RF transceiver that requires few external components. Microchip's radio also offers low power consumption and performance that exceeds all IEEE 802.15.4 specifications, with full Media Access.

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Motion-SPM Devices in SMD Packaging Optimize Board Space

Fairchild Semiconductor (South Portland, ME) has introduced the FSB50325S (250V), the FSB50250S (500V), and the FSB50450S (500V) Motion-SPM™ devices available in 29 × 12-mm surface-mount-device (SMD) packages. The Motion-SPM in SMD enables designers to achieve energy efficiency, compactness, and low electromagnetic interference (EMI) required by small inverter motor drive applications such as water pumps and fan motors.

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Telecom Adapter for Intra-Chassis Communication

Performance Technologies (Rochester, NY) has expanded its family of communication platforms with the PCE385, a quad T1/E1/J1 PCI Express telecom adapter. The device is enabled with NexusWare Core®, the company’s Linux-based software, and includes an onboard MPC8280 PowerQUICC II™ RISC communications processor. It offers various signaling and communications protocols including SIP, SS7 MTP-2, and ISDN and WAN connectivity with Frame Relay, HDLC, LAPD, and X.25.

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