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VME/VXS Board

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has released its Model 4207 high-performance VME/VXS board for digital signal processing and data-acquisition systems. The new board employs Freescale's MPC8641D Dual Core PowerPC AltiVec™ Processor and a Xilinx Virtex-4 FX Series FPGA for custom programming and gigabit serial I/O. The PowerPC processors perform 128-bit parallel processing of multiple data elements and deliver DSP floating-point processing rates up to 12,000 GFLOPS.

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8-bit Microcontrollers with Flash (ESC Booth 916)

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) has announced two Baseline 8- bit Flash PIC® microcontrollers with non-volatile Flash Data Memory (FDM) in 8- and 14-pin packages. The microcontrollers have 41 bytes to 67 bytes of data RAM memory, an 8 MHz internal oscillator, a 1.125 ms Device Reset Timer (DRT), up to three channels of 8-bit Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC), and up to two comparators.

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32-bit Flash Microcontrollers (ESC Booth 306)

STMicroelectronics (Mansfield, TX) has released the STM32 Family of 32- bit Flash microcontrollers based on ARM® Cortex™—M3 core. The STM32 is offered in the STM32F103 performance line, with 72 MHz clock frequency for 32- bit devices, and the STM32F101 Access line, with 36 MHz clock frequency for 16- bit devices. Both lines offer 32K to 128K of embedded Flash memory. At 72 MHz executing from Flash, the STM32 consumes only 36mA.

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Video Application Processors (ESC Booth 3028)

Renesas Technology America, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has added two new application processors to the SH-Mobile series. The SH-MobileL3V2 offers additional video formats, high-resolution video capture, and enhanced functionality to control image quality. The smallpackage SH-MobileUL is suitable for use in mainstream mobile phone models. The processors support the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 movingimage compression standard.

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Network Appliance Board (ESC Booth 2110)

VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan) has released the VIA NAB 7500 network appliance board for network security or gateway applications, including Firewall, VPN, UTM, Anti-Virus, and Intrusion Prevention System products.

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The Evolution of Storage

The embedded computing industry is being inundated with changes to storage products driven by technological advancements, market forces and environmental concerns. The precipitous drop in solid-state flash drive (SSD) prices has enabled designers, previously turned off by the cost, to now consider solid state as an option over rotating hard disk drives (HDD). With that decision comes a serious list of performance benefits, including improvements in durability and security, which SSDs have over HDDs.

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SPBooth 423

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has introduced the SQL-1.8 SQUIGGLE piezoelectric linear motor that travels up to 7 mm per second and pushes axial loads of up to 30 grams. It measures 1.8 × 1.8 × 6 mm. New materials and thread design in the linear drive screw enable high-volume automated manufacturing. The motors feature high efficiency, force, and precision, and are used for miniature optics and imaging, surveillance, electronic locks and fasteners, micro UAVs, gun sight stabilization, and microfluidics (lab-on-a-chip pumps and valves). A patented ultrasonic motor uses less power than electromagnetic micro-motors.

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Booth 823

Laser Components IG (Hudson, NH) offers the SAT family of Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes targeted for the 1.06-micron detection region. The photodiodes feature quantum efficiency at 1,064 nm and low dark current and optimum capacitance for low-noise applications. The product is available with 80 micro-active areas and in different packaging configurations. The SAT family is the latest in the range of Si and InGaAs APDs offered. The Si APDs are available with a diameter of up to 3.0 mm and packaging options include TEC, fiber receptacle, and fiber pigtail.

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Micro Air Vehicles Serve as Eyes in the Sky for Ground Troops

Honeywell Aerospace has developed the Micro Air Vehicle (MAV), an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based on ducted-fan technology that recently was deployed in Iraq to identify improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from the sky. The deployment marked the first time a ducted-fan UAV was used during combat missions. The MAV, and subsequent generations of the vehicle already in use, could change the face of military reconnaissance, as well as help civilian law enforcement and aviation officials.

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Network Keeps Line of Communication Open to Convoys

An airman riding as part of a convoy escort team in Iraq keys his radio microphone to check in with his base, and hears nothing but dead air. The U.S. Air Force is leading a joint implementation of a Radio over Internet Protocol Routed Network (RIPRnet) communication system that prevents such a scenario. RIPRnet ties convoy radios in with Internet-based technology to extend their range, providing robust, clear, reliable, and secure communications for soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who are out on the roads of Iraq.

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