Manufacturing & Prototyping

Portable Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers

Omega’s OM-90 Series are portable, battery operated, temperature (OM-91) and temperature/humidity (OM-92) data loggers. Temperature is measured to an accuracy of ±0.3°C over the range of 5 to 60°C (41 to 140°F) and ±2.0°C over the full range of -30 to 80°C (-22 to 176°F). Relative humidity is measured to an accuracy of ±3.0% RH over the 20 to 80% RH range and ±5.0% RH over the 0 to 100% RH range. Both temperature and relative humidity are logged at a user configurable logging rate which is software selectable.

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FAA-Certifiable DO-178C RTOS

DDC-I (Phoenix, AZ) recently announced Deos™ Fourpeaks, a verified DO-178 baseline for the Deos real-time operating system with complete Design Assurance Level A (DAL A) certification artifacts. The new baseline supports Deos cache partitioning and slack scheduling, which reduce worst-case execution time and boost overall performance without compromising safety criticality. The new baseline also features support for the ARINC 653 Part 1 Revision 3 specification, which provides the APEX API, scheduling, and time/space partitioning per the latest published ARINC 653 Standard.

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FPGA Accelerator

Nallatech (Camarillo, CA) has introduced the 510T™ - a GPU-sized 16-lane PCIe 3.0 card featuring two of Altera’s new floating-point enabled Arria 10 FPGAs delivering up to sixteen times the performance of the previous generation. Applications can achieve a total sustained performance of up to 3 TFlops. Deliverables include an optimized Board Support Package compatible with the Altera Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL. This allows the card to be programmed at a high level of abstraction by customers unfamiliar with hardware-based tool flows historically required for FPGAs.

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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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