MEMs

VME NAS RAID Blade

ACT/Technico (Warminster, PA) now offers the VME RAIDStor, a single-slot 6U network attached storage (NAS) blade that provides the same automatic, transparent data replication and re-sync of traditional box-level RAID storage modules in a more compact footprint. With network access for up to 18 slots (up to 1/2 terabyte per slot) in a 19" chassis, the SATA-based VME RAIDStor is suitable for use throughout many industries in a number of high availability, data intensive applications including message processing, network- centric military environments, redundant self-hosted Web servers or storage repositories, as well as transaction processing and logging.

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Ultra-Wide Input DC-DC Converters

Aimtec (Montreal, Canada) has introduced the 2 watt AM2GW-NZ series of ultra wide input (4:1) DC-DC switching power supplies with operating temperature range of -40°C to + 85°C. Versatile, single and dual output modules are available in input ranges of 9-36V and 18-72V with I/O isolation of 1500VDC within a compact SIP9 package. With output currents of up to 500mA delivered to a regulated output voltage range of 3 to 15V, at high efficiency rates of up to 82%, the AM2GW-NZ series is ideally suited for portable power management applications, in addition to other telecom, microcontroller, DSPs industrial process systems, remote or battery backed systems, test/lab instrumentation, robotic systems and board level power distribution subsystems, datacom, and transportation equipment applications where loosely regulated input voltages are present.

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32-bit Microcontrollers

Renesas Technology (San Jose, CA) has introduced the SH7262 and SH7264 series of high-performance SuperH® 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with 1Mbyte of on-chip SRAM. The 144MHz devices are highly integrated and optimized for digital audio systems, MP3 media player accessories, and graphical display systems, such as graphical dashboards for automobiles and industrial man-machine interfaces (MMI).

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Network Analysis Software

OMICRON Lab (Houston, TX) has released new operation software for its Bode 100 portable network analyzer, giving users access to an extended frequency range. With the release of Bode Analyzer Suite V2.2, OMICRON Lab has managed to reduce the lower frequency border down to 1 Hz, giving the Bode 100 a range of 1 Hz – 40 MHz for Gain/Phase and impedance measurements. This extended frequency range makes the Bode 100 suitable not only for classical network analysis but also for the analysis of control circuits (e.g. DC/DC Converters), audio and ultrasound measurements, and the measurement of piezoelectric sensors and transducers. Other features of the new operation software include a straightforward and intuitive graphical user interface and OLE compatible automation interface, which facilitates integration of the Bode 100 into automated measurement setups for a variety of manufacturing or quality control applications.

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Software Radio PMC Modules

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced its Model 7151 high-performance, high-resolution software radio module. Four 200 MHz 16-bit A/D converters feed a proprietary FPGA IP core that delivers 256 channels of digital down conversion. The Model 7151 is particularly well suited for GSM cell-phone monitoring and signal-intelligence applications.

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Compact Embedded Computer

Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, MA) has introduced the PowerBlock™ 50 system, a high-performance, ultra-compact embedded computer. The system's modular architecture allows for flexible configurations of multiple processors, delivering well over 100 GFLOPS of processing power in a small, lightweight package. A fully configured PowerBlock 50 weighs less than 10 pounds and measures approximately 4" × 5" × 6". The system is available now as the PowerBlock 50 EDK (Engineering Development Kit), which is a complete software development platform. The EDK includes a PowerBlock 50 system, Linux BSP development environment, and a desktop heat rejection unit (HRU) to support the PowerBlock 50's cooling requirements. The PowerBlock 50 EDK is customizable into configurations that include PowerQUICC™, Virtex™-4, and Intel processors, and SATA storage. Each configuration includes Gigabit Ethernet and RS-232 I/O interfaces.

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Ethernet Protocol Analyzer

Absolute Analysis (Newbury Park, CA) has released a 10Gbps Ethernet protocol analyzer employing a SFP+ (Small Form-Factor Pluggable) interface and support for the 10GBase-LRM (Long Reach Multimode) standard. The 10Gbps SFP+ test solution provides developers with the capability to connect up to 16 ports in a single chassis, simultaneously utilizing both Ethernet and Fiber Channel. These ports are each synchronized to a common clock, allowing users to monitor multiple points in the network and aggregated links, and time correlate trace information for anomalies.

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Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs

Xilinx (San Jose, CA) has introduced radiation-tolerant Virtex®-4QV field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for processing needs of video, audio, radar streams, and packet processing functions in space applications. The FPGAs feature reconfigurable logic fabric, built-in memory, embedded computing, and digital signal processing on a single chip. The devices provide system integration among FPGA-based offerings for space applications with up to 200,000 logic cells, 10-Mbit of RAM/FIFO, two built-in PowerPC® processor blocks with auxiliary processing unit controller, 512 DSP slices, and four built-in Ethernet MAC blocks.

Upset mitigation features address environmental circumstances such as charged particles that can alter the state of configuration elements within the FPGA, causing a single-event upset that produces adverse effects on the FPGA. These features include triple modular redundancy reference designs, and the Xilinx TMRTool to automate logic triplication in the FPGA fabric.

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Time-Coding of Asynchronous Data Transmissions

A method for providing a time code for multiple streams of simultaneously received data has been developed in order to allow reconstruction of the data after asynchronous transfer. It is often desirable to transmit data collected from a plurality of sensors. When the data is received, it is desirable that the original signal be reconstructed to have the same timing as the originally received data.

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Thermal Technology System Acquires Heat Data to Count People

The Flowslide, developed by Royal Boon Edam Group Holding BV, is a combination of a revolving door and curved sliding panels, installed at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris. The Flowslide offers a complete physical separation between two crossing passenger flows on a single floor, allowing arriving and departing passengers to use a single door. The entry and exit points open and close alternatively within the curved wall of the revolving door, while keeping the passengers separate. As the two sets of passengers never come into contact with each other — despite using the same doorway — the Flowslide has enabled today's higher levels of security to be met, without the need to redevelop the terminal.

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