Manufacturing & Prototyping

Analysis Software

NI (formerly AWR Corporation) (El Segundo, CA) has released version 12 Analyst- MP™ 3D multiphysics finite element method (FEM) electromagnetic (EM) analysis software. This latest version delivers up to 10X improvement in speed from the previous version, making it even faster for analyzing extremely complex high-frequency, multiphysics structures like the X- and Lband accelerators designed by Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK).

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VPX Ejector Handles and Panels

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario) now offers ejector handles and panels for 3U and 6U VPX boards. Designed in Europe, the Pixus Type IV IEEE hot-swap ejector handles feature a rounded base that allow the handle to rock back, providing leverage to insert/remove VPX boards more easily. The handles can engage over 1000N or 225 pounds of force per slot.

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Aviation Fluid-Repellent Sealant Tape

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) (Landenberg, PA) has enhanced its line of GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials with a new aviation fluid-repellent tape. Available in various sizes, the new sealant tape is well-suited for use on belly fairings, engine nacelles, tail boom covers, fuel bladders and access panels. This gap filling material provides durable, reliable protection in the most demanding conditions, including wide temperature ranges, bending, flexing, and exposure to chemically aggressive aircraft fluids.

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Two-Stroke Engines

Ewatt AeroSpace Company (Wuhan, China) has developed a new series of lightweight, powerful and reliable two-stroke engines for both UAV and light-manned aircraft. The engines are being designed and developed by aircraft engine designer Guido Polidoro in Ewatt’s new European Engine Development Center in Piacenza Italy. The new Ewatt engine is designed to be modular, and expandable into multi-cylinder versions to produce more horsepower. Each cylinder has 188cc displacement, developing 22 horsepower at 7500 RPM, making the single-cylinder version, at 7 kilograms, a powerful alternative to other engines on the market.

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Big Data, Aircraft, and a Better Future

The hype phrase today is “Big Data.” It is a phrase Mark Bünger, Research Director for Lux Research, believes can have a number of definitions depending on who is doing the defining. Bünger was the lead analyst on a report that Lux published in April 2015 that surveyed both the technology as it is today and how various industries are adapting to the opportunities—and perils—in trying to exploit it.

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30 GHz and 35 GHz Microstrip Isolators

TRAK Microwave (Tampa, FL) has announced two new Microstrip Isolators covering popular mm-wave frequency bands. Models T001110 (29.6-30.6 GHz) and T001111 (34.5-35.5GHz) integrate ferrite circulator/ isolator substrates on to printed circuit board (PCB) material providing for a high performance, yet economical, solution. Typical insertion loss is 0.8dB, return loss 20dB, and isolation of 20dB. These devices handle RF power levels consistent with T/R Module applications in phased array radar or SatCom tracking antenna systems.

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Compute Stick with Windows

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mansfield, TX) is now shipping the Intel® Compute Stick with Windows 8.1, a new generation of computer from Intel Corp. The Compute Stick is a revolutionary new device that enables any screen with an HDMI interface to become a fully functional personal computer. The Compute Stick comes pre-installed with the Microsoft ® Windows® 8.1 operating system. The Intel Compute Stick is a fully-functional computer in a package similar to a large USB stick.

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ARINC 429 XMC Interface

GE Intelligent Platforms (Huntsville, AL) recently announced the RARXMC ARINC 429 High Density XMC Interface for deployment on many single board computers. Designed for embedded, laboratory and simulator applications, the RARXMC supports maximum data throughput on all channels while providing onboard message scheduling, label filtering, multiple buffering options, receive message time-tagging and error detection, and IRIG-B receiver (AM or DC/TTL) and generator (DC/TTL).

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Avionics Interface Computer

Data Device Corporation (Bohemia, NY) has introduced the Avionics Interface Computer (AIC), providing a scalable, programmable, and portable platform to develop and test MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 system applications via an Ethernet network. The AIC features 2 PMC and 2 Mini- PCIe expansion sites, allowing users to select interface boards optimized for their specific application and connectivity needs. An onboard Intel® Atom™ E3845 Quad Core 1.91GHz processor provides programming flexibility and simplifies connectivity by automatically bridging messages in real-time between Ethernet, ARINC 429, and MIL-STD-1553. The BU-67121W AIC also lowers the complexity and cost of many long discrete cables by locating the 1553/429 interfaces close to onboard electronics, and using the Ethernet interface to provide network access and control from the test lab.

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Adaptive IF Relay XMC

Pentek, Inc., (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced the newest member of its Cobalt® line of XMCs (Switched Mezzanine Cards). The Model 71624 dual channel, 34 signal, adaptive IF (Intermediate Frequency) relay XMC with a Virtex- 6 FPGA accepts two IF analog input channels, modifies up to 34 signals, and then delivers them to two analog IF outputs. Any signal within each IF band can be independently enabled or disabled, and changed in both frequency and amplitude as it passes through the module. The Model 71624 features 34 digital down converters (DDCs), each independently tunable across a 100 MHz input IF range, handling signal bandwidths from 20 kHz up to 312 kHz. The DDCs deliver 34 baseband signals to the host computer, which determines how each signal is dropped, replaced, or changed in amplitude and frequency. The modified signals are then combined and delivered as an analog IF output.

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