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Designing COTS Computers for Harsh Environments

The need for commercial off the shelf (COTS) single board computer (SBC) products continues to grow as higher processing, smaller footprints and lower power requirements become more critical. For design engineers in medical, military, industrial, aeronautics and other fields, the desire for reduced...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Performing Failure Mode and Effect Analysis

Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) is a methodology for analyzing potential problems early in the product development cycle where it is easier to take action to overcome potential issues, thereby enhancing reliability through design. The tool is used to identify relationships between process and...

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Taking PC/104 CPU Boards to the Next Performance Level

Since their introduction in 1991, PC/104 standard based systems have been widely adopted in various applications. Unmanned aircraft control, onboard vehicle control and navigation systems, personal communicators, add-on cards for customer specific boards, all utilize PC/104 technology. Many...

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Time Coding of Asynchronously Transmitted Multi-Source Data

A method of time coding of asynchronously transmitted data from multiple sources has been invented. The method is especially applicable to a data-acquisition and transfer system that operates in a standard asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), in which, at a transmitter, streams of data...

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Quantum Network Testbed

A document describes the world’s first quantum network testbed — an Internet-compatible fiber-optic data-communication network that is kept extremely secure by use of encryption with quantum key distribution (QKD). The testbed, located in the Boston metropolitan area, includes ten nodes, of which four run continuously...

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Monitoring and Charging System for a High-Power Battery

Figure 1 is a simplified block diagram showing (1) a high-power rechargeable battery comprising multiple series-connected modules, each module containing multiple series-connected rechargeable cells, and (2) a system for monitoring battery voltages and controlling the charging of the...

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Dual-Core VME Single-Board Computer Delivers Low Voltage

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (Leesburg, VA) offers the SVME/DMV-1901 6U VME single-board computer with the Intel® Core™ Duo processor running at speeds of 1.67 and 2.0 GHz.

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PrXMC/PrPMC Module

The TPA-XMC™ PrXMC/PrPMC Module from Themis® Computer (Fremont, CA) provides dual 64-bit processing and flexible high-speed I/O while consuming as little as 15 watts. The energy-efficient module is based on P.A. Semi's PA6T-1682M PWRficient™ Power Architecture-based processor. The TPA-XMC is designed for a wide range of...

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IP Core Software for FPGA Chips

SERCOS International (Santa Rosa Beach, FL) has introduced Easy-I/O, a freely downloadable IP core software for low-cost FPGA chips that allows SERCOS III to be integrated into basic I/O slave devices with minimal development and integration effort. To minimize the costs for a slave interface, the functionality of...

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SHB Express™ and PICMG® 1.3

Trenton Technology (Atlanta, GA) announces five new SHB Express™ and PICMG® 1.3 backplanes designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of fields including medical diagnostics, military, telecom, and advanced imaging markets. Trenton's BPG6615, BPX6610, BPG6714 and BPX6719 backplane configurations support...

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High-Speed Digitizer

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the Acqiris DP1400 high-speed digitizer. Designed in a standard short PCI card format, the compact DP1400 combines data converter ASIC technology with component integration for a reduced power consumption of less than 15 W. It can be used in all standard PCI bus...

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GPU Processors

NVIDA (Santa Clara, CA) has released its new family of NVIDA® Tesla™ processors based on a new graphics processing unit (GPU). The family includes the Tesla™ GPU Computing Processor, which is a computing board that scales to multiple GPUs in a single PC or workstation. It features 128 parallel processors and up to...

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Terminal Blocks

The MTB Series from BlockMaster Electronics (Elk Grove Village, IL) is available in configurations from 2 to 18 poles at a 3.5 mm. pitch, accepting a wire size range of up to 16AWG. Rated voltage is at 300V with a current...

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Power Supply for PC/104, PC/104-PLUS

The MESA 4P20 is an 11W POE power supply for PC/104 and PC/104-PLUS systems from MESA Electronics (Richmond, CA). The 4P20 allows a remote PC/104 system to get power from a single CAT5 cable up to 100...

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Digital I/O Board

The new MSXB 078 digital I/O expansion hardware from Microstar Laboratories, Inc. (Bellevue, WA) combines simultaneous operation on all channels with an isolated ground to protect applications from sources of error. The...

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6U CompactPCI Express CPU Board

One Stop Systems (Escondido, CA) has announced the release of its 6U CompactPCI Express (CPCIe) Core™ Duo 1.66GHz CPU Board. The two-slot wide CPCIe CPU board features front panel I/O with standard...

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Broadband Surface Mount TO-5 Relays

The SGRF100 and SGRF300 are two ultraminiature broadband TO-5 relays from Teledyne Relays (Hawthorne, CA). The hermetically sealed RF relays feature a surface-mount solution and unique ground shield. They...

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Thin Film Thermoelectric Cooler

Nextreme (Research Triangle Park, NC) has developed the eTEC™, an advanced thin film embedded thermoelectric cooler designed to address thermal management needs of the electronics, photonics, bio-tech,...

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DSP Development Kit

VMETRO™ (Houston, TX) and Impulse Accelerated Technologies, Inc. (Houston, TX) have announced the V5+C, an advanced platform for rapid prototyping and algorithm development. The DSP development kit, which includes the latest generation Impulse C-to- VHDL compiler tools and a VMETRO PMC module based on the Xilinx®...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Embedded Design and Technology Trends in the Military

A presidential election... the continuance or end of deploying troops in Iraq...Phoenix spacecraft landing on Mars...2008 could be an exciting year, so let's take a moment to look at a few trends that could affect the military embedded Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) market.

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Virtual Memory

Software developers face constant challenges. Not only must their code be functionally correct, it must also be reliable. In addition, competition among software vendors has taken software quality to significantly higher levels. Producing high-quality code has become one of the core requirements in the software industry today as...

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Understanding the Unique Requirements of Portable Data Acquisition Systems

Portable data acquisition applications have to meet a number of stringent requirements not present in traditional laboratory systems. Environmental conditions such as extremes in temperature, humidity, shock and vibration, are all factors that must be considered when...

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Ultra-Wideband Recording Stretches to Keep Up With Digitizers

Systems designers are always pressing for faster and faster real-time performance, and data acquisition technology continues to evolve to meet that need. Currently available high-performance digitizers perform in the range of 2 to 5 GS/sec, and some new instruments are featuring 7...

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Using Ethernet for Process Automation

The use of Ethernet communications in industrial applications is growing because it enables the real-time exchange of information between processing equipment and companies' Ethernet-based management systems. Some of the factors encouraging the use of Ethernet technology include:

the speed advantages...
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How PCI Express Is Changing Machine Vision

PCI Express is the peripheral bus now being adopted by next-generation PCs, servers, and industrial computers. It provides a scaleable, high-bandwidth, point-to-point pathway between peripheral cards and the computing core while retaining application software compatibility with previous generations. For...

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Variable-Data-Rate Speech Encoder

Avariable-data-rate (VDR) speech encoder has been designed to be interoperable with, and eventually to supplant, the many different voice encoders now used in military communication systems. Because these older systems were designed to utilize specific radio links with fixed and limited channel capacities, these...

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Low Power 65nm FPGA

Altera Corporation (San Jose, CA) announced the shipment of the EP3C120, the largest member of its new low-cost 65nm Cyclone® III FPGA family. Leveraging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 65-nm low-power (LP) process, Cyclone III FPGAs offer low power, a rich supply of logic (5K to 120K logic elements),...

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Booth 1704-Fanless PC/104-Plus Single Board Computer

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) has introduced the PPM-GX, a PC/104-Plus compatible single board computer (SBC) that operates throughout the temperature range of - 40°to 85°C without needing a fan. The board integrates the CPU, video, Ethernet, USB, COM, LPT, mouse, audio, and keyboard...

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Booth 213-Multichannel LVDT Signal Conditioner

ACCESS IO Products Inc. (San Diego, CA) has developed the Model LVDT- 8A, a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) signal conditioner board offering eight channels of signal conditioning. The elimination of multiplexer circuitry on the board provides capability of simultaneous outputs that...

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