Manufacturing & Prototyping

AdvancedTCA Chassis

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) now offers a 15U AdvancedTCA (ATCA) chassis that exceeds 400W/slot cooling capability and meets stringent NEBS requirements. The Pixus chassis leverages the original Kaparel design that used patented Ri- Cool II blowers for 275W/slot of cooling. Today’s 15U unit provides more air evacuation using the next generation of reverse impellar hot-plug cartridges. The new RiCool III blowers feature 185 CFM of airflow per fan with 71mm H20 of static pressure.

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Turbine Flow Meters: Technology-of-Choice for Measuring Critical Fluid Flow Applications

The aerospace industry has some of the most difficult operating conditions imaginable. Sensors of all kinds used in this industry must stand up to the environment and be able to perform under harsh conditions, fit in extremely tight spaces, and have electronics that can compensate for variable conditions in order to provide precise, repeatable results.

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SIP DC-DC Converters

Premier Magnetics (Lake Forest, CA) has announced additions to its PDCS family of self-contained, single- in-line-package (SIP) DC-DC converters for distributed power applications. The additions to the PDCS product family include two three-pin series. The first is the PDCS01x series, which contains nine models featuring regulated power outputs from 0.75 to 15 watts. They also offer nominal input ranges of 12 VDC and 24 VDC, outputs ranging from 1.5 to 15 VDC, and all are offered with a maximum output current of 500mA. Also being introduced is the three-pin PDCS04x series that includes 10 devices offering a similar range of input and output voltages as the PDC01x series, but with a maximum output current of 1000mA.

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5-Slot 3U Mission Computer

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new fully integrated 5-slot 3U OpenVPX™ rugged mission computer designed to quickly deploy computer power on defense and aerospace platforms. The MPMC-9355-0002 Multi-Platform Mission Computer can be readily configured with up to four 2.1 GHz VPX3-1257 3U OpenVPX™ single board computers (SBCs), each of which features a quad-core 3rd Generation Intel® Core™i7 processor. The MPMC’s SBCs are flexibly connected using a fully managed Layer 2 Ethernet switch and a PCIe backplane infrastructure. The integral VPX3-652 Ethernet switch supports up to eight external Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connections for inter-system communication.

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Contactless Connectivity System

TE Connectivity’s (TE) (Berwyn, PA) new ARISO Contactless Connectivity system, available from Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX), is a hybrid interconnect system that allows for both power and data to be sent over short distances without any mechanical contact between the two couplers. This permits easy connectivity through materials such as walls, fluids, dust, and harsh atmospheric conditions. Power transfer of up to 12W along with eight PNP channels can be sent between the couplers, which can move at an angle and be subjected to intense vibration without losing signals.

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Micro System-on-Module

Inforce Computing®, Inc. (Fremont, CA) has announced the ultrasmall Inforce 6501™ Micro System-on-Module (SOM). The Inforce 6501 Micro SOM is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor. The Snapdragon 805 processor with 2.7 GHz CPUs features the Qualcomm ® Adreno™ 420 GPU, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP v50, and dual image signal processors, supporting a comprehensive encoding and decoding Ultra HD (4K) video solution, and delivers high-resolution video and imaging for embedded devices. The Inforce 6501 Micro SOM comes with up to 3GB of PoP LPDDR3 RAM on a 2×64-bit high-bandwidth memory bus to provide fast and seamless multitasking.

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XMC Modules

Acromag’s (Wixom, MI) new XMC-7A200 is a XMC mezzanine module enhanced with Xilinx ® Artix® -7 FPGA for low-power consumption and exceptional 128M × 16-bit Quad DDR3 SDRAM processing performance. Reconfigurable Artix-7 FPGA is possible via a direct download into the Flash configuration memory over the PCIe bus or the JTAG port. Four-lane high-speed serial interface on rear P15 connector for PCI Express Gen 1/2 (standard), Serial RapidI/O, and Xilinx Aurora implementations are supported. Rear I/O provides 8-lane high-speed serial interface on the P16 XMC port. SelectI/O or LVDS pairs plus global clock pairs direct to FPGA via rear P4 or P16 port. The FPGA serves as a coprocessor applying custom logic and algorithms to streams of remote sensor data.

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Small Form Factor Systems

4DSP (Austin, TX) has announced two new additions to its Compact Embedded System (CES) line. The CES820 and the ruggedized CESCC820 variant both feature an upgraded Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA and support for the new SDAccel development environment. These standalone, small form factor systems are complete and generic processing platforms for data acquisition, signal processing, and communication. The powerful UltraScale FPGA provides a flexible processing backbone for interfacing to the FMC site, CPU, and external DDR3 SDRAM.

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Flow Transmitter

The AS-FT Flow Transmitter from FCI Aerospace (San Marcos, CA) features a rugged, highly reliable thermal dispersion technology sensor design that is ideal for mission-critical air, gas and fluid monitoring systems on commercial and military aircraft.

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Flat Cable Assemblies

Cicoil's (Valencia, CA) flat cable assemblies are designed for use in targeting pods, thermographic camera and infrared sight systems typically utilized in multi-role fighter aircraft, attack helicopters and maritime surveillance vessels where cable failure is not an option. The compact, Flexx-Sil™ encased flat cable solutions are engineered to provide consistent electrical characteristics, space & weight savings, EMI/RFI suppression, and optimum cable flexibility.

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