Electronics & Computers

Implementing Rack-Level I/O Consolidation

The desire to consolidate datacenter I/O has existed for several decades. It has been driven by I/O hardware providers who didn’t want to develop multiple versions of the same I/O card for different computer busses, and by end-users who did not want to stock multiple cards, as well as manage different fabrics with different tools. The problems that I/O consolidation needs to solve are:

Posted in: Application Briefs, Application Briefs, Embedded Technology, Board-Level Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Communication protocols, Computer software / hardware
Read More >>

Magnetic Random Access Memory Integrated Passive Components

An embedded magnetic memory technology was developed to be integrated into a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) circuit fabrication process to provide radiation-hard logic elements and small random access memories. The goal was not to provide large scale, bulk memory, but latches and flip-flops that serve as state and data registers for sequential logic, and configuration registers for configurable logic. The benefits include the ability to power down a subsystem while retaining system state, thus saving energy until the subsystem is required. The subsystem can then be powered up and begin operating in milliseconds.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Computer software / hardware, Semiconductor devices, Fabrication
Read More >>

Differential Amplifier Circuits Based on Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistors (CNTFETs)

Since their discovery, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been extensively studied for their great potential in a variety of applications. Several desirable properties that CNTs possess include a high thermal conductivity, high electrical mobility, high electrical current capacity, high tensile strength, small size, compatibility with current semiconductor fabrication processes, and ability to be functionalized.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Amplifiers, Transistors, Fabrication, Nanotechnology
Read More >>

High-Density Rad-Hard Reconfigurable FPGA

Xilinx, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has launched the industry’s first high-density, rad-hard reconfigurable FPGA. The new devices are built on the second-generation ASMBL™ column-based architecture of the Virtex-5 family with support in Xilinx’s ISE® Design Suite. Virtex-5QV devices integrate many of the same hard-IP system level blocks, such as flexible 36-Kbit/18-Kbit block RAM/FIFOs, second generation 25x18 DSP slices, power-optimized high-speed serial transceiver blocks for enhanced serial connectivity, and PCI Express™ compliant integrated Endpoint blocks. The Virtex-5QV device offers 130,000 logic cells, 320 DSP Slices supporting fixed and floating point operations, and 836 user I/Os programmable to more than 30 different standards for applications and ease of interfacing to a wide variety of system components. The Virtex-5QV family also provides the industry’s first integrated high-speed connectivity solution for space with 18 channels of 3Gbps Multi-gigabit Serial Transceivers for chip-to-chip, board-to-board and box-to-box communication.

Posted in: Products, Products, Electronics & Computers
Read More >>

Video Frame Grabber

The PIXCI® SI2 frame grabber from EPIX (Buffalo Grove, IL) supports two high-resolution SILICON VIDEO® cameras with resolutions from 0.3 to 10 megapixels on the x1 PCI Express bus. With 64 MB of onboard memory and XCAP-Lite software, it allows image capture at rates up to 280 MB/sec and capture of short bursts of high-resolution images from two cameras. Both free-run and async capture modes are provided. TTL trigger and strobe connectors allow async capture and strobe control. Two cameras can be synchronized for simultaneous or stereo image capture. It is available with a standard height or low-profile bracket.

Posted in: Products, Products, Electronics & Computers
Read More >>

Multi-Touch Controller Chip

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has introduced the STM32TS60, a single-chip multi-touch “resistive” touchscreen controller that detects up to 10 simultaneous touches with fingers, nails, or stylus, enabling designers to replace complex sequences with user controls. The controller combines STM32 microcontroller architecture with PMatrix™ multitouch technology from Stantum. The STM32TS60’s high EMI immunity makes it suitable for use in multi-function wireless products such as cellphones, notebook PCs, netbooks, and mobile Internet devices. Moreover, its low power consumption helps to maximize operating times and recharge intervals, and is a direct benefit of the STM32’s energy-saving design features and ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor. In addition, very-low-power idle mode with ‘wake-up on touch only’ helps further extend mobile battery life. It is housed in a 7mm x 7mm, 144-pin UFBGA package.

Posted in: Products, Products, Electronics & Computers
Read More >>

Electrical Test and Measurement CD

Keithley Instruments (Cleveland, OH) has released a free tutorial CD that offers practical and helpful techniques for obtaining the most accurate and precise measurements possible using advanced electrical test instruments and systems. The A Guide to Understanding Electrical Test and Measurement CD covers aspects of measurement performance such as how to troubleshoot, how to connect, how to select instruments, and more. It also contains a large number of application notes, white papers, and webcasts on a variety of test and measurement topics. Instrument options cover digital multimeters, source and measure instruments, and function/pulse/arbitrary/pattern generators. Application examples range from accelerated stress testing to wireless device testing.

Posted in: Products, Products, Electronics & Computers
Read More >>

16-Bit Microcontroller

The MAXQ622® microcontroller with integrated USB transceiver from Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, CA) features an ultra-low stop-mode current (300nA, typ.) and intelligent supply switching to extend battery life in portable consumer and medical applications. Designed for low-power applications, this microcontroller operates from either an external supply (1.7V to 3.6V) or directly from USB power.

Posted in: Products, Products, Electronics & Computers
Read More >>

6U OpenVPX Radar System Upgrade

Available in both air- and conduction-cooled configurations, the Ensemble™ 6000 Series OpenVPX HCD6410 High Compute Density Module from Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, MA) combines eight high-performance Power Architecture processor cores with various I/O capabilities and the scalable serial RapidIO interconnect. The HCD6410 also features the MultiCore Plus® software infrastructure, which allows ease of portability in an open software development environment.

Posted in: Products, Open VPX, Products, Electronics & Computers
Read More >>

OpenVPX/VITA-65 Serial RapidIO® GEN-2 Switch

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) has introduced the OpenVPX™/VITA-65 compliant VPX6-6902 Serial RapidIO® (SRIO) switch card. This rugged 6U VPX board, available in both air- and conduction-cooled versions, combines Ethernet and SRIO switching in a single slot for management, control, and dataplane switching in high performance embedded military systems. Supporting both Gen-1 SRIO (1.25, 2.5, 3.125 Gbaud) and Gen-2 SRIO 6902 enables systems integrators to quickly and easily architect small to large high-performance systems that adhere to the VITA-65 OpenVPX™ systems specification.

Posted in: Products, Open VPX, Products, Electronics & Computers
Read More >>