Manufacturing & Prototyping

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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Aerospace Gimbals Test Service

A new test service introduced by Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. (Foothill Ranch, CA) offers OEMs verified performance results for Bal Seal® spring-energized rotary/face seals used in aerospace and defense gimbal applications. Bal Seal Engineering’s gimbal seal test equipment measures friction and leak rate using customer-defined hardware tolerances and operating conditions, including pressure and speed.

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Quantitative Diagnostics of Multilayered Composite Structures with Ultrasonic Guided Waves

This nondestructive methodology inspects a sound-absorbing composite structural system consisting of polymeric and metallic materials.

Aging infrastructure has a major impact on safety, increasing the need to assess damage severity. Machinery, systems, and components such as airplanes, cars, pumps, and pipes in the oil and chemical industry are subject to varying cyclic service loading and environmental influences. Sometimes multilayered coatings are used, requiring a high-resolution inspection to confirm the presence of a defect such as a delamination, and accurately locate and quantify its size. Highly attenuating materials may significantly increase the inspection time while limiting defect observability. Guided waves have been recognized as having excellent potential for nondestructive inspection. However, the presence of viscoelastic coatings used for corrosion protection is one of the major obstacles for guided wave inspection.

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In-Flight Ice Sensor

New Avionics Corp (Ft Lauderdale, FL) has introduced its next- generation new Ice*Meister™ Model 9732-PLASTIC ice detecting sensor for aircraft. Consisting of a probe, housing, circuit board, and lightweight blue cable, the unit has been tested at NASA Glenn, the world’s largest icing wind tunnel, and complies with defacto in-flight ice-detection standard SAE AS 5498.

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Hybrid Benchtop Chamber

TotalTemp Technologies (San Diego, CA) has introduced the HBC-SD49 Hybrid Benchtop Chamber that combines thermal conduction and convection in one unit, providing many of the best features of temperature chambers and thermal platforms together to maximize performance and control.

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Dual A/D Converter FMC

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) has released a new analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for RADAR, SIGINT, wireless infrastructure, RF Sampling SDR, and other applications. The FMC226 is a dual ADC, 12-bit at 4.0 GSPS module. The compact FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) plugs into any VITA 57 compliant board, including VadaTech’s numerous FPGA carriers. The analog input, clock input and trigger inputs of the FMC226 are routed via SSMC connectors. The internal clock frequency is programmable and the clock is capable of locking to an external reference. An ultra-low noise wideband Phased Locked Loop (PLL) on the FMC226 provides precision timing and clean signals.

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