Electronics & Computers

The Evolution of AdvancedTCA: From telecommunications to military, aerospace and security

The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA® or ATCA®) is a series of open standard computing platform specifications originally ratified in 2002 to meet the needs of carrier grade communications equipment, primarily for core network telecommunications applications. In the 11 years since ATCA products first appeared on the market, there have been numerous advances in the governing standard, the products available, and the products and applications that are driving its adoption and growth.

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3U VPX Ethernet Switches and Routers

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) (Middleton, WI) has introduced the XChange3013 and XChange3018 3U VPX switches and routers. The XChange3018 is the first VPX Ethernet switch to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet using the 10GBASE-T protocol, eliminating the need for 10 Gigabit optical transceivers. The XChange3013 and XChange3018 both deliver full wire speed across all of their ports and jumbo packets up to 13 KB. They also support IPv6, Quality of Service (QoS), Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), and a comprehensive set of IETF RFCs and IEEE protocols. The XChange3013 and XChange3018 include an XMC site that is compatible with the XPedite5205, which implements Cisco IOS IP Routing capabilities and provides a complete Embedded Services Router (ESR) solution.

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Recording System Simulator

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has announced the SystemFlow Simulator for its Talon(R) analog and digital recording systems. The SystemFlow Simulator includes a virtual recorder server application that simulates disk and I/O transactions for a complete and realistic recording environment. Using either the standard SystemFlow graphical user interface (GUI) or the SystemFlow application programming interface (API), the virtual server provides live, interactive operation for training or development. The common user interface (UI) and API provides a simple transition from one Talon recorder to another. The SystemFlow Simulator demonstrates actual Configuration, Record, Playback and Status screens of the standard GUI, each with intuitive controls and indicators. The SystemFlow Signal Viewer includes a virtual oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer for signal monitoring in both time and frequency domains.

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Temperature Controller

Oven Industries’ (Mechanicsburg, PA) 5R7-001 temperature controller creates a seamless transition between heating and cooling devices. With a bi- directional or unidirectional H-bridge configuration, the temperature controller has many benefits including user-friendly PC software that makes it quick and simple to change any temperature control configurations, and eliminates signal interference or errant signals. The software also enables the temperature controller to operate as a stand-alone unit. A computer can be connected to the device, for retrieving data. Delivering a load current of .1 to 25 Amps, the controller is RoHS compliant, allows for a set temperature range of -40 to 250 degrees Celsius, has a large program memory space for customization, and offers 0-36 VDC output using a split power supply system.

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Photo-Etched Lead Frames

Photofabrication Engineering (PEI) (Milford, MA) has expanded its manufacturing capabilities for custom-designed, photochemically-etched surface-mount and insert-mount lead frames for integrated circuit manufacturing. These lead frames are used in a variety of applications including semiconductors, glass-to-metal seals, and relays, as well as medical applicationss. Using base materials such as kovar, nickel-iron alloys, copper alloys, and pure nickel, PEI can plate lead frames in their entirety or selectively. Lead-free plating materials include silver, nickel, gold, or tin. PEI’s lead frames range in thickness from 0.5 mil [0.0127 mm] to 40 mil [1.575 mm], with features as small as 4 mil [0.10 mm] on 0.010 in. [0.254 mm] centers, creating lead frames that are strong enough to be handled yet flexible enough to allow bending when necessary.

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2 GHz RF Source

Crystek Microwave (Fort Meyers, FL) has announced the release of a 2 GHZ RF Source, the CRFS75-2000. Crystek designed the module using proprietary circuitry and SAW (surface acoustic wave) resonator technology to provide ultra-low jitter/phase noise performance with true SineWave output. The resulting source features -134 dBc/Hz phase noise at 10 KHz offset and a noise floor of -164 dBc/Hz. Crystek's CRFS75-2000 comes in a 0.75 in. x 0.75 in SMT package. With 5 V input voltage, it generates a true-sinewave with +5 dBm min. output power. The new source has no sub-harmonics; second harmonic is -20 dBc typical. Frequency accuracy is rated at +/- 150 ppm. The CRFS75- 2000 operates from -40°C to +85°C.

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C40 Heatsink System

Ohmite Manufacturing (Arlington Heights, IL)recently introduced their high performance C40 Heatsink System with modular cooling benefits. Designed to provide engineers with a variety of cooling options, the C40 heatsinks feature flexible board mounted modular assembly that can be used in conjunction with up to four TO-247 and TO-264 power resistors, or similarly packaged passive and active components. These 58mm heatsinks can be used individually or in compact paired configurations. Patented camming clips (sold separately) easily secure the devices in place without the need for holes or screws. In order to create active cooling and enhance their thermal capacity in back-to-back paired operations, the C40 heatsinks include pre- configured mounting holes to accommodate a standard 40mm x 40mm fan.

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OpenVPX HDS Data/Graphics Processing Module

OpenVPX™ systems operating Serial RapidIO(R) or 10Gigabit Ethernet data plane architectures can process data and graphic information faster with the HDS6502 (High Density Server) module from Mercury Systems (Chelmsford, MA). HDS6502 is a potent integration of Mercury packaging/cooling technology, implementation of Mercury firmware and the latest Intel processors. Mercury’s POET (Protocol Offload Engine Technology) firmware implemented data plane bridge, dual 2.4GHz 4th Generation Quad-core Intel i7-4700EQ processors with native AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0), on-die GT2 GPUs, and Gen 3 PCIe interfaces are supported with 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM of system memory.

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Modular Backplane System

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has announced a high-performance connector system designed specifically to enable PCB developers in the video, commercial broadcast and telecommunications industries to transfer multiple RF signals across mated boards in a single assembly while taking into consideration space constraints. The RF DIN 1.0/2.3 Modular Backplane System features a unique bracket housing design, which enables an expansion capability of up to 10 ports for increased orthogonal PCB mating flexibility. The modular board-to-board system offers multiple options including a standard four port, 75 Ohm contact version or customizable six, eight and 10 ports with 50 Ohm contacts. The DIN 1.0/2.3 interface allows up to 1.00 mm of axial engagement tolerance.

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Designing Rugged, Standards-Based Embedded Solutions

It can be argued that small form factor design trends are paradoxical. As form factor size decreases, functionality requirements increase; as processing power requirements heighten, lower power consumption and thermal output is expected. Add to that the requirement for ruggedness to accommodate for the shock, vibration, humidity, and temperature extremes and variance inherent in mobile and outdoor applications, and designers are faced with a very complex soup.

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