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Single-Board Computer Delivers High-Performance I/O

Mosaic Industries (Newark, CA) has released the PDQ Board™, a compact I/O-rich single board computer. The PDQ Board™ includes 1 megabyte of memory, a Motorola 68HCS12 processor, dozens of analog and digital I/O lines, and versatile serial communications links onto a 2.5" × 4" board. It delivers 8 digital I/O lines with counter/timer capabilities, 8 pulsewidth modulated (PWM) digital output signals, and 8 general purpose digital I/O lines. Additional I/O includes 16 analog inputs with 10-bit resolution, dual RS232/485 ports with speeds up to 256 KBaud, and synchronous SPI and IIC serial interfaces.

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Lead-Free Solder Paste for Varying Manufacturing Climates

Multicore® LF600, a halide-free, no-clean Pb-free solder paste from Henkel (Düsseldorf, Germany), has been designed for humidity-resistance, making it best suited for varying manufacturing climates. Its formula allows for printing and reflow performance in regions where temperatures are upwards of 30°C (86°F) with 80% relative humidity. Multicore® LF600 features a new activator chemistry that combines coalescence with ultra-low voiding to deliver longterm, in-field reliability results.

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Quality Checking Software for RINEX Data

Leica Geosystems (St. Gallen, Switzerland) has introduced GNSS QC Version 1.3 (V1.3- Windows® Vista® compatible), a stand-alone software that runs alongside Leica GPS Spider or similar reference station software programs to perform automatic quality checking and reporting of the logged RINEX data. Leica GNSS QC V1.3 features additional controls and graphical output to enhance users' workflow.

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RGB/DVI/Video Converter Boards for TFT LCDs

The new PRISMA II series of RGB/DVI/ Video Converter Boards from Apollo Display Technologies (Ronkonkoma, NY) provides a range of solutions with analog control for connecting TFT LCDs to standard graphics and video interfaces. Input signals such as analog RGB, analog video or DVI are automatically converted into TTL or LVDS signals accepted by TFT displays.

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Automated Manufacturing Test Software for Wavesat WiMAX Chipsets

LitePoint (Sunnyvale. CA) has released the IQfact manufacturing test software for WiMAX products based on Wavesat chipsets. This turnkey software package runs on IQmax-500 R&D and IQmax-100 WiMAX manufacturing one-box test solutions.

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JEDEC-Compliant Double-Data-Rate-Configurable Integrated Register Device

Inphi® (Westlake Village, CA) released the INSSTE32882, a JEDEC compliant Double Data Rate (DDR3) Configurable Integrated Register device from the Inphi ExacTik® Family of timing devices. The INSSTE32882 supports all existing DDR3- 800, DDR3-1066, and DDR3-1333 standards as well as proposed standards for server memory operating at DDR3-1600 rates.

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Mini PCI Fieldbus Cards for Industrial PCs

Beckhoff Automation (Verl, Germany) has released Mini PCI fieldbus cards for PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet and Ethernet networks. With the Mini PC cards, the newest Beckhoff Industrial PCs, including the C69xx cabinet PCs and the CP62xx or CP72xx Control Panel PCs, are equipped to integrate additional fieldbus technologies.

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Perspective - Colonel Lewis F. Setliff III

Colonel Lewis F. Setliff III
Commander/District Engineer, St. Louis District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and became one of the largest natural disasters in the history of the United States. It resulted in more than 1,800 deaths and more than $150 billion in damages. Katrina’s storm surge measured up to 30 feet along the Mississippi coast, with winds at 127 miles per hour when it made landfall in Louisiana. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans was under water. In the aftermath of Katrina, Colonel Lewis F. Setliff III of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was selected to command Task Force Guardian, the team responsible for restoring New Orleans’ flood and hurricane protection system to its pre-storm levels before the 2006 hurricane season began.

In the following perspective, Colonel Setliff describes the challenges his team — and local contractors — faced in accomplishing their almost impossible goal of providing a measurably stronger level of protection to the city of New Orleans in a compressed time frame. (Colonel Setliff originally prepared this account of the restoration project for SolidWorks World 2007 in February in New Orleans.)

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SMP vs. AMP: How Homogenous Is Your Embedded System?

Multiprocessing system architectures come in all shapes and sizes, so it is dangerous to make any generalizations. But perhaps there's agreement that most systems can be classified as either symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) or asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP).
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Secure Partitioning Safeguards Real-time Performance

High performance multi-core processors are providing opportunities to consolidate multiple applications into a single system. However, embedded applications often have real-time requirements that cannot be put in jeopardy by other software clamoring for the same system resources such as CPU cycles and memory.

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