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Analog-to-Digital Converter

The new EV12AD550 1.5GSps ADC from e2v (Chelmsford, UK) supports high dynamic range at 4.5GHz and S-band direct digitization, which enables space systems to avoid costly down conversion requirements. Future Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation systems, for example, will be able to operate this ADC at up to 5.5GHz without the need for down conversion. The removal of down conversion stages reduces the weight, size and power consumption of the overall space system, helping to reduce expensive orbit costs.

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Aerospace Composites

Victrex (West Conshohocken, PA) launched a new line of PAEK-based composites for the aerospace industry in the form of unidirectional (UD) tape and laminate panels. Introduced under the brand VICTREX® AE250 composites, the new product group enables the production of continuously- reinforced components that can perform under load. Such components include brackets, clips, clamps, and housings used throughout the aircraft in primary and secondary structures.

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Rugged Data Recorders

DTS (Seal Beach, CA) has released SLICE HG, a new standalone 3-channel system; 31.75 mm in diameter × 42.52 mm; 20,000 g shock-rated; programmable bandwidth DC to 40 KHz; with adjustable sampling 10 to 500,000 sps/ch. Data direct-writes to 16 GB flash memory, which can store >4 hours at the max sampling rate. The small potted aluminum enclosure is designed to be embedded in the test article, which also helps improve data quality. Sensor support includes: bridge, MEMS, strain, IEPE, load and temperature sensors.

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Rugged Sunlight Readable Tablet

AMREL (Los Angeles, CA) announced the launch of APEX PX5, a 10.1" fully rugged, sunlight readable tablet. The APEX PX5 is built to meet modern demands with a tough magnesium chassis and a durable ABS plastic cover. Boasting a speedy 4th generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i5 processor, the APEX PX5 Tablet is ideal for graphic and other data-intensive applications. Its capacitive multi-touch display is made from scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports glove touch, and a digitizer option.

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DC/DC Converters

Gaia Converter (Laval, QC, Canada) has extended its ultra-wide input voltage range DC/DC Converters platform to the new High Rel MGDD-08 series, targeting military and airborne applications. The MGDD-08 Series 9-60V & 80V transient input voltage range complies with Mil-Std-1275, 704 or DO-160 standards without an additional front end protection device. This unique performance is achieved via Gaia’s proprietary switching techniques while also keeping efficiency over 90%. With 2 outputs (for parallel, serial or symmetrical operation) of 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V and 24V, they can cover a wide variety of needs such as single 3.3V to 48V output, +&- 15V or 2×24V outputs for example.

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VPX™ ExpressFabric® Switch

Concurrent Technologies (Woburn, MA) recently announced FR 341/x06, a new 3U VPX™ ExpressFabric® switch. FR 341/x06 supports six payload boards and is based around an Avago Technologies PEX9700 series device which is fully Gen 3 PCI Express® compatible with additional ExpressFabric capability. Similar to Concurrent Technologies’ existing FR 331/x06 3U VPX switch, it provides PCI Express data and Ethernet control plane links but with higher performance and more flexible configurations.

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Waveguide Mixer

Anritsu Company (Richardson, TX) has introduced the MA2806A High Performance Waveguide Mixer that can be integrated with its MS2830A Spectrum/Signal Analyzer to create a millimeter-wave (mmWave) measurement solution. When used with the MS2830A-044/045 models, the MA2806A supports spectrum mask measurements of the V band (50-75 GHz) to accurately determine characteristics of ultra-wideband signals. P1dB performance of better than 0 dBm as well as minimum sensitivity performance of -150 dBm/Hz (meas) can be achieved. Design, manufacture, and QA engineers can now measure extremely weak signals at V band frequencies that are typically missed by conventional measurement systems.

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InGaAs Imaging Sensor

New Imaging Technologies (Verrières le Buisson, France) introduces the NSC1401, a new analog wide dynamic range InGaAs sensor series in 320x256 pixels (QVGA). The NSC1401 uses a new generation of ROIC with 320x256 pixels at 25um pitch coupled to an InGaAs retina that operates in WDR mode and global shutter. The spectral response range goes from 900nm to 1700nm. The analog front end is designed to achieve extremely low input noise and ultra-fast response time down to 200ns for applications such as active imaging. The sensor operates both in linear integration mode and in log response. The NSC1401 can operate without TEC within an ambient temperature range from -40°C to 70°C.

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Touchscreen Controller

Quantum Composers (Bozeman, MT) has launched a new touchscreen controller for simplified control of laser systems. The all new Smart Controller is an easy to use extension for manual repair systems that may include a microscope setup and has the functionality to control the systems energy, firing mode, rate, and slit size and shape. The Smart Controller is a portable device that eliminates the need for a desktop computer to operate laser systems. An optional video module is also offered which overlays the outline of the slit shape onto standard composite or s-video signals from the system camera. This feature allows the user to clearly see where the repair area will be on the monitor before actually making cuts.

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Infrared Lighting Module

Vision Components (Ettlingen, Germany) has introduced the new VC Flash infrared area lighting for OEMs. The lighting module has been developed specifically for traffic surveillance applications. Fitted with 24 high power LEDs, it ensures optimal brightness in mobile and stationary ANPR/ALPR applications, red light enforcement, access control, and toll collection without a glare effect that could endanger drivers. VC Flash illuminates an area measuring 7.5 by 5.0 m from 20 m away. The module measures 195 x 80 x 20 mm, and operates with a central wavelength of 850 nm and a spectral width of 30 nm. Power consumption peaks at 36 W for the highest pulse duration and pulse frequency levels.

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