1 GHz, 10 GS/s Oscilloscope

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) has introduced the WaveSurfer 10 oscilloscope. Offering 1 GHz and 10 GS/s, the WaveSurfer 10 combines the MAUI advanced user interface with powerful waveform processing, in addition to advanced math, measurement and debug tools, and a 10.4" touch screen display. The high sample rate of 10 GS/s on all 4 channels, 32 Mpts of memory, sequence mode segmented memory, history mode waveform playback, 13 additional math functions, and 2 simultaneous math traces enable the WaveSurfer 10 to perform advanced analysis on long captures with 10x oversampling to find the root cause of problems. The LabNotebook documentation and report generation tool provides a fast way to save waveforms, save setups and screen images, report results, and view offline.

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Embedded Switch Fabrics

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) has announced its Micro Via Radial Interconnect (MVRI) technology. MVRI improves OpenVPX™ switch fabric interconnect data rates by increasing the signal integrity margin approximately three-fold, enabling switch fabrics and point-to-point connections to run faster and more reliably. MVRI technology is scalable, enabling it to support signaling rates greater than 14 wGbaud per channel. Planned future fabric implementations, using InfiniBand enhanced data rate (EDR) or 100Gb Ethernet, especially benefit from the performance boost MVRI technology delivers. Intel® Xeon® server-class OpenVPX ecosystems in combination with the latest InfiniBand and Ethernet switch fabrics provide the embedded processing capability needed for challenging electronic warfare (EW) and C4ISR processing applications.

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Data Acquisition Module

Diamond Systems Corp. (Mountain View, CA) has introduced DSMPE-DAQ0804, a rugged data acquisition PCIe MiniCard module. The DS-MPE-DAQ0804 offers eight 16-bit analog input channels, four 16-bit analog output channels, and 21 configurable digital I/O lines in a PCIe MiniCard form factor, with an extended operating temperature of -40 °C to +85 °C. The analog inputs provide single-ended and differential capability, 4 programmable input ranges, and 100 KHz aggregate sample rate. Features of the analog input circuitry include an integrated programmable timer to control A/D sample rates automatically.

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VPX Single Board Computer

GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the SBC626 rugged 6U VPX single board computer (SBC). The technology features the quad-core 4th generation Intel ®Core™ i7 processor (Haswell). The Haswell processor supports PCI Express® Gen3 technology and USB 3.0, providing bandwidth for on-board and offboard connectivity. The SBC626 also includes an optional Security Hub field programmable gate array. The FPGA combines a mix of passive and active features to allow users to develop an onboard anti-tamper capability. The computer also provides support for AXIS, GE’s Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software development environment.

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Digital Input Board

United Electronic Industries (UEI) (Walpole, MA) has released the DNx-DIO-449, 48 channel, digital input board. The board is compatible with all of UEI’s popular Cube, RACKtangle and FlatRACK chassis. Features include: Input range from 3.3 V to 150 V; monitors both AC and DC inputs; monitors contact closures without external components; fully programmable logic high/low levels and hysteresis; automatic change-of-state detection with 200 μS resolution time stamps; built-in A/D for analog voltage measurement of each input; internal signal injection for BIT (Built-In-self-Test).

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Selective Laser Sintering System

3D Systems has developed its fastest fab-grade selective laser sintering (SLS) system yet, the ProX 500 Plus. Building upon last year’s ProX 500 release, the ProX 500 Plus continues the company’s efforts to redefine production 3-D printing, adding upgraded speeds, higher print resolution, and an expanded range of engineered composite materials to the line. As with the ProX 500, the ProX 500 Plus delivers injection molding-grade parts without expensive fixed tooling for highly complex and mass customized production. Parts from ProX-series SLS printers exhibit long-lasting, fab-grade durability and functionality as well as smooth surface finish. More detail at https://articles.sae.org/13729.

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Dome-Loaded Pressure Regulator

WITT-Gasetechnik’s dome-loaded pressure regulator is impervious to system pressure and withdrawal fluctuations. A design modification to the integrated control pressure regulator ensures an almost complete compensation of supply pressure and outlet fluctuations. Thus, users can rely on constant conditions in the gas supply at any time. In contrast to spring-loaded pressure regulators, dome-loaded pressure regulators are operated by gas pressure. The “control gas” is monitored via a separate control pressure regulator. More detail at https://articles.sae.org/13620.

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Simulation Software

AVX has released a new version of its SpiCalci simulation software, an engineering tool that calculates performance characteristics and parameters for its switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors. Featuring new products, enhanced parts selection and graphing tools, and broader compatibility, the software calculates performance characteristics and parameters for the firm’s advanced multilayer ceramic SMPS capacitors. More detail at https://articles.sae.org/13731.

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Laser Measurement

Ophir Photonics’ 1000WP-BB-34 high-power water cooled thermal sensor is designed with the requirement that all materials coming in contact with the cooling water are either copper or nonmetallic. This eliminates the possibility of contaminating the water or corroding the sensor, improving the accuracy and reliability of the measurements. The sensor features a 34-mm aperture and a wide dynamic range, measuring powers from 5 W to 1000 W and energy from 400 mJ to 300 J. More detail at https://articles.sae.org/13730.

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Magnetic Field Lines Made Visible in 3-D and Real Time

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real time, which is particularly useful for quality assurance during the manufacture of magnets. Read more at https://articles.sae.org/13706.

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