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PCI Isolated Digital I/O Cards (ACCESS I/O Products)

ACCES I/O Products Inc. (San Diego, CA) released a line of low-cost PCI isolated digital I/O cards offering a range of 16, 32, or 48 individually optically isolated inputs or outputs (channel to chan- nel, channel to ground). Individual channel-to-channel isolation allows for every channel to be physically and electrically separated from the others. The opto-isolated outputs use solid-state, P-Channel FET switches, providing fast turn-on and turn-off time.

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ARM Computer with Onboard Communication (Micro/sys)

The SBC4670 ARM computer from Micro/sys (Montrose, CA) features onboard communication formats of Power Over Ethernet, Socket Model capable of GSM/GPRS, CDMA or Bluetooth, on-board GPS, and/or CAN bus interface. Fitting on the 4.5 × 6.5" EPIC footprint, the board's multimedia capabilities include support for an 800 × 600 color flat-panel display, audio output, and debounced keypad input. Eight channels of 14-bit A/D with simultaneous reads, eight channels of 14-bit D/A, and 24 channels of digital I/O serve the industrial control and monitoring applications. The unit is rated for -40° to 85°C operation. An on-chip cache, watchdog timer, SDRAM controller, CompactFlash interface, and a USB host controller are also featured.

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Computer Management Software Suite (Infineon Technologies)

Infineon Technologies (Milpitas, CA) has announced the availability of a new software suite version for management of computers using Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) in enterprise environments. Together with the current Infineon TPM v1.2, the TPM Professional Package builds a Windows Vista Ready secure solution compliant with the Trusted Computing Group's (TCG) 1.2 specification.

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Real-Time Multitasking Operating System (CMX Systems)

CMX Systems (Jacksonville, FL) announced the availability of CMX-RTX™ and CMX-Tiny+™ RTOS for Luminary Micro's Stellaris (Austin, TX) microcontrollers based on the ARM® Cortex-M3 microcontroller core.

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Digital Filtering Development Tool (Quickfilter Technologies)

A new development tool from Quickfilter Technologies (Allen, TX) is designed to simplify the task of adding precision digital filtering to designs based on the Texas Instruments (TI) MSP430 ultra-low-power microcontrollers. The MSP-Mojo enables quick implementation of precision digital filtering through an embedded singlechannel precision digital filter chip, the QF1D512 Simple and Versatile FIR engine (SavFIRe™). Until now, a high level of filtering performance would have required migrating from the low-power MSP430 microcontroller to a higher-powered controller such as a digital signal processor (DSP) or a field programmable gate array (FPGA).

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Mobile IGP Chipset (VIA Technologies)

The VIA VN896 digital media mobile IGP chipset from VIA Technologies, Inc. (Fremont, CA) has been certified Vista Basicready by Microsoft® and is designed to provide users with visual clarity for notebooks and mobile devices.

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Software for Safety-Critical Systems (Aonix®)

Release v8.3 of ObjectAda Real-Time RAVEN environment for PowerPC targets from Aonix® (San Diego, CA) provides RAVEN developers with a choice between the traditional Aonix IDE for development and the AonixADT™ Eclipse IDE. AonixADT incorporates Ada-project awareness, an Ada-language sensitive editor, Ada-language compile and build capabilities, and a complete Ada debugger interface. The new release also features a large set of optimizations, fixes, and improvements into the PowerPC RAVEN technology.

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On-Chip Debugging Emulator (Renesas Technology America)

Renesas Technology America, Inc. (San Jose, CA) offers the E8a emulator, an onchip debugging emulator for developing embedded systems that use Renesas microcontrollers. It allows referencing and modification of memory, on-chip I/O, and memory contents while a program is being executed. The tool allows C source-level debugging to be carried out with a microcontroller in the M16C, H8/Tiny, or H8/Super Low Power series, operating at full speed in the system. The device also can be used as a programmer to load code into the internal flash memory of many Renesas microcontroller families. The programming voltage range is 1.8 to 5 V, and the unit features a clock oscillator to enable asynchronous communication in line with a microcontroller's operating frequency. The case measures 92 × 42 × 15 mm.

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Multi-Cores: The Gateway to Next-Gen SBCs and Blades

With the introduction of Intel Core microarchitecture into embedded systems, history could very well repeat itself. The company that invented the microprocessor in 1971 and created the very first micro-controller in 1976 is about to revolutionize the embedded space once again. By bringing the power of parallel processing to embedded developers in an open-standards-based building block architecture, Intel is hoping to break down the cost barriers while taking embedded systems performance to new levels that once were reserved only for expensive computer systems specifically designed for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), while also accomplishing unrivaled levels of efficiency.

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Beamforming System Eases Crowded Wireless Spectrum

Beamforming is critical to enable initiatives by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase spectrum capacity and provide additional cellular service and coverage through satellite and terrestrial systems. The key technology for this application is beamforming, which electronically steers data streams to and from a satellite via a combination of an array of antennas on the satellite and very sophisticated, ground-based computational engines.

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