Electronics & Computers

XMC Controller/Adapter

Technobox, Inc. (West Berlin, NJ) has introduced a new SATA-based storage solution in its 6183 Dual CFast XMC Adapter. The 6183 accommodates two CFast devices – either the Type 1 or 2 – with one affixed to an on-board site and the other removable via the front panel port. Data movement between each CFast device and the internal 1X PCIe bus is controlled by a Silicon Image Sil3132 bridge. The bridge supports two SATA Gen2 interfaces at 3.0 GBytes/s.

On-board BIOS, loaded in flash memory, provides boot up configuration for the Sil3132. The bridge retrieves the stored configuration data via an I2C interface. Two LEDs on the front panel provide activity status for the front panel and onboard CFast cards. Another four LEDs on the card give an indication of activity for each device.

A retention mechanism is included to prevent accidental removal of the front panel device. The retainer also functions as an interlock for the 6183 hot swap feature. .

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DDS Function Generator

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the TG1006 - a DDS-based 1mHz to 10MHz function generator that, unlike other digital generators, can be operated over any frequency range using analog control in addition to numeric or spin-wheel frequency entry. The quasi-analog frequency control can rapidly sweep the frequency between preset limits, which is difficult to do with most digital function generators.

The TG1006 Function Generator can produce waveforms between 0.001Hz and 10MHz with a resolution of six digits, and with a one-year stability of better than 10ppm. Up to ten frequencies can also be stored in memory for preset test procedures. The output amplitude is variable between 5mV and 20V pk-pk from a source impedance of 50 ohms or 600 ohms. The LCD display shows frequency and amplitude or offset simultaneously. For accurate frequency selection, precise frequencies can be entered directly from the numeric keypad in Hz, kHz or MHz.

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Embedded Radios

Specialized wireless transceivers and radio modems from Ritron (Carmel, IN)provide OEMs and Integrators with wireless connectivity and COTS convenience in a compact, cost-effective package. Direct modulation with low distortion and low group delay results in a low bit-error-rate (BER) for enhanced system integrity and reliability. The Swift Lock™ synthesizer-loading algorithm reduces unit turn-on-time to less than 10ms or high-speed data throughput, and Controlled Envelope™ keying reduces adjacent channel “keyclicks”, resulting in spectrum-friendly operation.

All models meet the 2013 FCC narrowband mandate. All components are placed on the top side of a single PCB for mechanical rigidity and increased protection against damage. Narrow band (12.5 kHz) and Very narrow Band (6.25 kHz) models available.

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CompactPCI Steps Into the Future

CompactPCI Serial has proven to be a beneficial technology upgrade for a number of embedded systems designers accustomed to working with the legacy CompactPCI platform. Not only does CompactPCI Serial bring modern serial interfaces and a ruggedized connector scheme into play, but it also provides significant cost advantages while adhering to many known design principles, lessening a developer’s need to learn a new and complex technology.

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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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