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Three-Module Universal PCI Card

North Atlantic Industries (Bohemia, NY) has released the 76C2 PCI card that features three modules, and is a universal, multi-functional, half-slot card.

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Linux Development Kits

Arcom (Kansas City, KS) has introduced the 400 MHz VIPER and 200 MHz VIPER-Lite entry-level embedded Linux Development Kits to support the PXA255 XScalebased single-board computers (SBCs). The units are smallfootprint SBCs powered by the PXA255 ARM-compatible RISC processor.

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Wireless Embedded Computers for Harsh Environments

MOXA Technologies (Brea, CA) has announced the ThinkCore W300 Series of embedded wireless computers, including the models W311, W321, and W341. The computers are designed specifically for use in harsh industrial environments.

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Mezzanine Card Based on Altera FPGAs

BittWare (Concord, NH) has released the GX-AMC (GXAM) FPGA-only board based on Altera Corporation's high-density field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC) uses the Altera Stratix II GX FPGA for development and deployment of systems such as wireless infrastructure.

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USB 2.0 Switch

Fairchild Semiconductor (South Portland, ME) offers the FSUSB30, a low-power, two-port, high-speed USB 2.0 switch that augments board real estate and downloading performances. The unit combines >720 MHz bandwidth (needed to pass the third harmonic), low on-capacitance (6 pF), and 8 kV ESD protection in a 1.4 × 1.8 × 0.55 mm UMLP device.

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CompactPCI Enclosures

Elma Electronic, Inc. (Freemont, CA) has released the Type 39 2U EasyPlug CompactPCI enclosures. The Type 39c HA line features 9U cPCI backplanes that include pluggable 47-pin connectors for hot-swapping power supplies. There also are pluggable fan tray headers and optional shelf management modules.

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Fibre Channel PMC Card

Gbps channel Fibre Channel (FC) PMC card designed for high-bandwidth data communications and storage applications. The card supports both SCSI Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) and Internet Protocol (IP), including both File System SCSI and Raw Initiator SCSI.

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System Host Boards Feature Multi-Core Processors

Trenton Technology (Atlanta, GA) offers the MCX/MCG system host boards with dual multi-core processors in numerous configurations for demanding computing applications. MCX-series boards are server-class boards that provide multiple PCI Express™ links to option card slots and devices on a PICMG® 1.3 backplane.

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Distributed Control Standard Connects Industry Regardless of Bus

In the early days of modern automation, the use of microprocessor technology addressed the need for fast and efficient configuration of control logics through graphical methods that mimic the hardwired relay logics. Over the past 30 years, the automation community has put the emphasis on simplifying and standardizing the method of programming this new breed of controllers. From these efforts came the adoption of the IEC 61131-3 standard that specifies the programming languages for automation.

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Bringing Modularity to MicroTCA

MicroTCA is a new specification that offers very high performance packed in a small form factor. The new specification is expected to be used in a wide variety of applications, including mil/aero, telecom edge, medical, enterprise and data, and scientific applications. However, there are so many possible configurations, it can be overwhelming. How can one develop various systems and offerings without starting from scratch — and the time to market, high costs, and implementation issues this brings? One solution is using modularity in MicroTCA designs. Prototyping and development of a new system enclosure design can be a time-consuming and costly process. Building upon a proven modular platform allows a wide range of design options with significantly reduced effort.

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