MEMs

ATCA Chassis

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has introduced a new 6U AdvancedTCA (ATCA) SlotSaver Shelf that gains 2 slots of payload card usage, along with AC power. The 6U ATCA SlotSaver PXS0600 chassis features shelf managers that also employ dual redundant switch functionality.

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Chassis Mount

Calex Mfg. Co. (Concord, CA) has announced the 75 Watt QCM Chassis Mount DC/DC converters, now available with a DIN mount adapter. The QCM Series offers an input range of 18 to 36 VDC and 36 to 75 VDC, with output voltages from 3.3 to 24 Volts DC. The QCM is fully encapsulated with accessible, recessed barrier strips, and it is fully isolated input to output. The isolation voltage of the 2.65 x 4.20 x 1.00” device is 1544 VDC. The QVM operating temperature ranges from -40 to +100°C, and the storage temperature for all models is -40 to +120°C. All models feature remote On/Off as well as output voltage trim. The units are protected by reverse input voltage protection, pulse by pulse current limiting, dead short current limiting, and over-temperature protection. All models are designed to meet UL-60950 standards.

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FPGA

Microsemi Corp. (Aliso Viejo, CA) has introduced the SmartFusion®2 system- on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA). SmartFusion2 integrates flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor, security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM, and communication interfaces on one chip. SmartFusion2 provides a root-of-trust device with secure key storage capability using the physically unclonable function (PUF) key enrollment and regeneration. Users may also leverage built-in cryptographic processing accelerators including: advanced encryption standard (AES) AES-256, secure hash algorithm (SHA) SHA-256, 384 bit elliptical curve cryptographic (ECC) engine, and a non-deterministic random bit generator (NRBG).

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Video Compression Module

An enhanced version of the ICS-8580 high-definition video compression XMC module from GE Intelligent Platforms (Huntsville, AL) allows moving images to be captured, transmitted, and stored with low latency and minimal consumption of bandwidth or disk space. The module includes base-level support for Camera Link®.

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Thermal Cyclers

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) has released a reference design of a compact PCR thermal cycler for field-level DNA amplification. The thin-film eTEC thermoelectric modules feature thermal cyclers that enable shorter throughput times and sample sizes. The Nextreme thermal cycler provides small, single-well systems, with rapid, programmable control. The technology produces up to a 25°C per second temperature ramp in a 50μL sample. Much faster ramp rates are possible from samples as small as 5μL.

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Ceramic Capacitors

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) has added MIL-grade SMPS ceramic capacitors to its Spectrum Control product line. The high-speed switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors feature low equivalent series resistance (ESR) and equivalent series inductance (ESL), as well as predictable performance characteristics with changes in temperature, voltage, and frequency. Ceramic SMPS capacitors are designed for continuous operation at full-rated voltage across their entire temperature range. They are maintenance-free and non-toxic.

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Communications Subsystem

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) (Bohemia, NY) has announced the Nano Inter face Unit (NIU1), a nano-sized subsystem with I/O capabilities. The technology connects to existing platform Ethernet networks, making data available to any system on the network. The NIU1 adds sensor data acquisition, distribution, and communication interfaces to mission computers without chassis and backplane redesign.

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Transducers

The DIT-5200L, a low-noise differential impedance transducer from Kaman Precision Products (Colorado Springs, CO), offers true differential for common mode rejection, sub nanometer resolution, and high sensitivity: up to 10V/mil (39mV/μm) in both single and dual channel configurations. The DIT-5200L has a rugged construction with an MTBF of better than 210,000 hours.

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DAQ Module

The DT9838 Strain- and Bridge-Based DAQ Module from Data Translation (Marlboro, MA) features simultaneous measurements of four 24-bit analog input channels; support for full-, half- , and quarter-bridge strain gage elements , bridge-based sensors such as load cells, torque and pressure sensors, and voltage measurements; and programmable input and bridge configuration internal bridge excitation of 0 to 10V in 167 μV steps. The TEDS-sensor-compatible DT9838 includes support for VIBpoint Framework, VI offset nulling, and shunt calibration.

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Wheel Force Transducer

Kistler North America (Novi, MI) has introduced the Kistler Type 9269A RoaDyn® S6HT System 2000, a six-component wheel force transducer (WFT) with specialty electronics platform, designed to measure three forces and three moments during complete chassis and component road load data acquisition (RLDA).

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