Electronics & Computers

Projected Capacitive Touchpanel

EVERVISION Electronics Europe (Karlsruhe/Germany) has unveiled a new capacitive touch panel product line called IPCT (Improved Projected Capacitive Touchpanel). IPCT specifically addresses industrial electronics and medical technology applications that until now have used resistive touch panels and but now require capacitive touch technology. EVERVISION offers the IPCT in diagonals from 3.5“ to 10.2“ that are already mounted ex works on the corresponding EVERVISION TFT displays. The IPCT touch panel features a durable surface hardness of 7H, reliably detects up to five fingers and is neither sensitive to detergents nor to disinfectants. Its transparency is 85 percent. Further characteristics are an I²C interface (USB in Q1/2013) and a chip-on-flex structure.

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Free 32-bit MCU Compiler

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) is offering a free C++ compiler with unlimited code generation. The MPLAB XC32++ compiler supports all of Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs), and enables designers to develop and reuse C++ projects by making all of Microchip’s C language extensions available in an environment that is compliant with the majority of C++98 and C++2003 ANSI standards. Additionally, the Free MPLAB XC32++ Compiler includes Dinkumware(R) standard C, C++, and template libraries. The Free version of the MPLAB XC32++ Compiler — available for download now at Microchip’s Web site — has no time or memory limits, and can be used in commercial applications.

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Using Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) to Create Robust Hardware Security Devices

Awide range of devices are designed to handle, convey and store sensitive information that requires varying degrees of security from protecting low level administrative to classified and top secret information. In addition, the information and data can reside in an equally wide range of locations and environments from protected and guarded facilities to unsecure desks and offices and over a wide range of environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, shock and vibration.

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VPX-SC N-dimensional Supercomputing Architectures Come To The Critical Embedded Systems Market

From the first computers of the 1940s through the machines of the 1990s, all computer systems were CPUbound. In other words, the I/O interfaces could deliver more data than the CPU could process. In the 1990s Moore’s Law took over and clock speeds doubled every 18 months, along with the addition of multi-core processors. So, from 1990 through today, we have been I/O-bound, meaning CPUs can now process more data than the I/O links can deliver. Increases in CPU performance have been revolutionary while the increases in interconnect bandwidth have been incremental for many decades. However, bandwidth increases in RapidIO, InfiniBand, and Ethernet are breaking this bottleneck, giving us the ability to design incredibly powerful embedded supercomputing architectures for today’s dataintensive applications.

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XMC Module

Innovative Integration (Simi Valley, CA) has announced the new X6-250M that integrates digitizing with signal processing on a PMC/XMC IO module. The module has a powerful Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA signal processing core, and high performance PCI Express/PCI host interface. Applications include software defined radio, RADAR receivers, and multi-channel data recorders. The X6-250M has eight simultaneously sampling A/D channels that sample at rates up to 310 MSPS (14-bit). The A/D have matched input delays and response and are supported by a programmable sample clock PLL and triggering that support multi-card synchronization for large scale systems. A Xilinx Virtex6 SX315T (LX240T and SX475T options) with 4 banks of 1GB DRAM provide a very high performance DSP core with over 2000 MACs (SX315T).

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Serial/Deserializer Chipset

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (Dallas, TX) has introduced the DS90UB913Q serializer and DS90UB914Q deserializer, the newest additions to its FPD-Link III automotive-grade chipset family. The SerDes chipset provides a seamless video and data interface to megapixel driver assist camera modules, with no software overhead and fewer wires. DS90UB913Q features a 25mm2 footprint, with 10-MHz to 100-MHz pixel clock and 10- and 12-bit pixel depth. DS90UB914Q’s integrated 2:1 multiplexer allows the ECU video processor to select content from two camera sources. The DS90UB913Q and DS90UB914Q can be combined with other automotive vision control building blocks, including the TMS320DM8148 (DM8148) automotive vision processor; LM22671 42-V, 500-mA SIMPLE SWITCHER® step-down voltage regulator; and LP38693 500-mA LDO regulator.

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2-Channel RF/IF Rackmount Recorder

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced an ultra wide- band RF/IF rackmount recorder, the Talon(TM) RTS 2709. Using 12-bit, 3.6 GHz A/D converters and state-of-the-art solid state drive storage technology, this system can achieve sustained recording rates up to 3.2 Gbytes per second. It can be configured as a one- or two-channel system and can record sampled data, packed as 8-bit or 16-bit wide consecutive samples. The RTS 2709’s state-of-the-art A/D converters digitize high-frequency signals at sample rates up to 3.6 GHz. It streams this digitized data to files created on the recorder’s built- in RAID array. The Talon RTS 2709 recorder moves data at a very high rate to the latest generation SSDs (solid state drives) through SATA- III ports. The drives are hot-swappable and can be configured in multiple NTFS RAID levels, including 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and 50 to provide a choice for the required level of redundancy.

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cPCI Blade

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has announced availability of the cPCI-6930, a next-generation 6U dual-slot CompactPCI(R) (cPCI) processor blade with flexible expansion capabilities. The cPCI-6930 features a 1.8 GHz eight-core Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor E5-2448L, Intel(R) C604 chipset, and DDR3-1333 ECC registered memory up to 48GB capacity. On-card connectivity includes four front panel GbE egress ports, 4GB soldered SATA NAND flash, optional bootable CompactFlash socket, and optional SAS/SATA direct connector for an onboard 2.5” drive to provide flexible storage capabilities. Rear I/O connectivity includes up to three SATA ports and up to eight SAS ports supporting hardware RAID via two mini-SAS connectors.

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Low-Power Distributed Jammer Network

The Distributed Jammer Network (DJN) is composed of a large number of tiny, low-power jammers, which are distributed inside a target network and emit radio energy to disrupt its communications. Recent advancement in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology makes it possible to make jammers sufficiently small that a DJN can take the form of a dust suspending in the air, thus the name Jamming Dust. Miniaturization of jammers should be less challenging than that of wireless sensors since jammers just emit noise signal without requiring complex modulation, filtering, and other signal processing functions. Therefore, new miniature devices such as nanotube radio may find their first application in jamming dust.

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Fundamentals of Metamaterials for High-Power RF Applications

Recent years have seen a burgeoning interest in the physics and applications of metamaterials. Briefly, metamaterials consist of a periodic array of subwavelength structures that produce an electromagnetic response not typically available in nature. Notably, composites of these structures in general exhibit both frequency and spatial dispersion, leading to a rich variety of physical phenomena such as backward wave propagation and a negative refractive index.

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