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Cockroach-Inspired Robots Open Doors for Military Missions

Supported by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, University of California-Berkeley researchers have developed a small, crawling robot that mimics a cockroach's ability to squeeze through confined spaces. These spaces include rubble generated by natural disasters and explosions that first responders may not be able to access in emergencies.

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“Second Skin” Protects Soldiers from Chemical and Biological Agents

The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Air Force Civil Engineering Center, and the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center to develop second skin, the next generation of chemical-biological protection for the warfighter.

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Final Polishing Lapping Film

Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC)

, (New Bedford, MA) has announced the addition of ÅngströmLap Ultimas-Pro Final Polishing Lapping Film to their website. The new Ultimas-Pro line offers: positive protrusion, SiO2 mineral composition, positive fiber height, translucent white color, and a base of 75um-PET. ÅngströmLap Ultimas-Pro Final Polishing Lapping Film is available in 5″ disk, and is sold in packages of 100 disks.

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Smart Camera

The new EyeCheck 9xxx series ready-to-use smart camera by EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) is available as a complete system with integrated EyeVision image processing software or as an OEM version. The OEM solution is also available in a board version without housing and it can be easily programmed with C or C++. Both versions are Linux smart cameras and have FPGA and DualCore ARM CPUs. The OEM version allows the user to select between two FPGA ZYNQs called Raze1 and Raze2. The EyeCheck 9000 smart camera with EyeVision is suitable for applications such as pattern matching, code reading (bar code, DMC, QR), OCR/OCV, object detection, measurement technology, surface inspection and many more.

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Non-Browning Lenses

Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, UK) has expanded its range of fixed focus non-browning lenses for close-up inspection tasks in high radiation environments. Designed to provide uncompromised performance on 2/3-inch cameras, the new 6mm focal length Model 214 and 9mm focal length Model 286 lenses deliver high image resolution (f2) and minimal geometric distortion from 400 - 750 nm. Manufactured to the highest quality standards from cerium doped glass, Model 214 and 286 lenses are able to withstand radiation exposure of up to 100 kGy (100,000,000 rads) and temperatures up to 55 degrees centigrade without discoloration.

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Low-PIM Cable Assemblies

San-tron, Inc, (Ipswich, MA) a manufacturer of RF coaxial connectors and cable assemblies, offers a growing line of advanced, outdoor, low-PIM cable assemblies and innovative new pressurized solutions to overcome environmental challenges.

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2U Rack PC/Server

Stealth.com (a Sparton company) (Toronto, Canada) has released the new Model SR-2510, a space saving 2U (3.5" high) rackmount computer/server. This compact rack mountable steel chassis is just over 15" in depth allowing it to easily mount into shallow rack cabinets or be deployed into any standard 19" EIA rack cabinet. 4x vertical half height expansion slots give you the ability to install PCIe/PCI expansion cards without the need for a riser card, and removable drive bays come standard with support of up to 8TB of internal storage. Optional solid state drives (SSD) and RAID configurations are also available.

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Day/Night-Vision Data Display

Daisy Data Displays, Inc. (York, PA) has unveiled night-vision technology for displays that provide users with full-color readability in daylight and with night-vision goggles without the need for add-on filters. This technology is appropriate for monitors and terminals that need to be compatible with NVIS goggles that are used in military and flight simulation applications.

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Forensic RF Test Enclosure

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the STE3000FAV2 patented RF Test Enclosure, designed to give forensics technicians a highly isolated bench-top environment to perform electronic device interrogations of electronic equipment. The device is therefore protected from remote kill, lock, or self-destruct commands, as well as being protected from GPS and location tracking.

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32-Bit Microcontrollers

Microchip Technology Inc., (Chandler, AZ) announced a new series within its PIC32MZ family of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that features an integrated hardware floating point unit (FPU) for high performance and lower latency in intensive single and double-precision math applications. This new 48-member PIC32MZ EF series also offers a 12-bit, 18 MSPS analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for a wide array of high-speed, wide-bandwidth applications. Additionally, the PIC32MZ EF supports an extensive DSP instruction set.

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