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Single Board Computers

MPL AG (Dättwill, Switzerland) announced that it is now offering QNX support for its PIP20 and PIP22 embedded computers with Core 2 Duo processors. Triadem Solutions AG (Biel, Switzerland), the official QNX distributor in Switzerland, has developed QNX 6.4.1 & 6.5.0 board-support packages for MPL’s PIP20 platform boards. QNX Photon provides a graphical user interface. The QNX BSP also supports Ethernet, USB, serial ports, PS/2 ports, as well as IDE and SATA ports for mass storage modules or drives.

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DC-DC Switching Regulator

Aimtec (Montreal, Canada) has expanded its line of DC/DC switching regulators with the launch of two new series: AMSR1.5-78-NZ and AMSR2-78-NZ (AMSRx-78-NZ). Feature rich with pin-to-pin replacements of 78xx linear regulators, the AMSRx-78-NZ switching regulators provide highly regulated (±1%) output voltages ranging as low as 2.5 VDC up to 6 VDC. Maximum output currents of 1.5A or 2A are produced at efficiency rates of up to 93% that remain virtually constant over the entire input range. Low output ripple and noise (45mV p-p) make these robust converters ideal for noise sensitive applications.

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FPGA-Based Prototyping Platform

BEEcube Inc. (Fremont, CA) has announced the availability of BEE4-W™. Specifically designed to address rapid system-level prototyping of wireless and digital communications designs, the BEE4-W is BEEcube’s latest generation FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Berkeley Emulation Engine (BEE) platform.

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PCI Express Serial Communication Cards

ACCES I/O Products (San Diego, CA) has released a new family of isolated PCI Express serial communication cards — the PCIe-ICM Series. These PCI Express cards feature a selection of 4 or 2-ports of isolated, software selectable, RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 serial protocols. 2kV isolation is provided between channels and between the PC and bus lines on all signals. The cards feature a x1 lane PCI Express connector which can be used in any available ×1, ×2, ×4, ×8, ×12, or ×16 PCI Express expansion slot.

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Rugged COTS Military Computers

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) has introduced a line of Extreme Rugged™ Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) military computers based on the Intel® Core™2 Duo and Atom™ N270 processors, the MilSystem™ 840 and the MilSystem™ 735. The MilSystem™ 735 and MilSystem™ 840 are built for maximum reliability in the harshest conditions. Designed from the ground up to withstand extreme temperature and high shock environments, they utilize an extreme rugged enclosure with fanless passive-convection cooling and provide a -40°C to +75°C operating temperature range. MIL-STD-D38999 military grade connectors are used by both systems to maximize the reliability of connections between the system and peripherals.

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16-Bit Data Acquisition Board

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has added the Model 71662 four-channel, 200 MHz, 16-bit data acquisition board with built-in digital down converters (DDCs) to its popular Cobalt® family of Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA boards. With an input bandwidth from 300 kHz to 700 MHz, the board is suitable for direct connection to IF or RF ports of communications, unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) and radar systems for real-time DSP tasks such as demodulation and decoding. Together with Pentek’s ReadyFlow board support package, with its built-in command line interface and signal viewer, the Model 71662 forms a complete solution for data acquisition, processing and analysis.

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SUMIT-micro Expansion Modules

VersaLogic Corp. (Eugene, OR) has released two new expansion modules for use with SUMIT™-based products. The expansion modules feature the SUMIT (Stackable Unified Module Interconnect Technology) interface standard developed by the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG™). The SUMIT interface provides a variety of signaling options for system expansion, including multiple high-speed PCI Express (PCIe) lanes, USB, LPC, SPI, and SMBus.

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X Capacitor Discharge ICs

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) has launched CAPZero™, a family of two-terminal, automatic X capacitor discharge ICs that eliminate power losses while allowing power supplies to comply with safety standards. When AC voltage is applied, CAPZero blocks current flow in the X capacitor safety discharge resistors, reducing the power wasted in these components to zero at 230 VAC. When the AC voltage is disconnected, it automatically and safely discharges the X capacitor by closing the circuit through the bleed resistors and directing the energy away from the exposed AC plug. It is offered with 825V or 1000V MOSFETs in an SO-8 package.

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Desktop PCB Prototyping System

T-Tech Inc. (Norcross, GA) has introduced its latest PCB prototyping system — the Quick Circuit QCJ5. This state-of-the-art, in-house circuit board prototyping system is equipped with a host of features including: Z-axis motion control; 12, 24, or 32-position automatic tool change; automatic tool-depth control; 4 zone precision vacuum table; resolution of .00025"; 60,000 or 100,000 RPM variable speed spindle; 4 Mil trace and insulation width; pre-contact pressure foot; and integrated front-panel control of common system commands.

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Dot-Matrix Driver

Austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) has announced the AS1119 dot-matrix driver. The AS1119 2 drives 144 LEDs but requires only 9mm PCB space,

reduces external component count, reduces connector pin count and requires fewer PCB layers. The AS1119 is targeted for dot matrix displays in mobile phones, personal electronics and toys.

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