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Ultra-Wideband Amplifier

The Lemos (Barrington, RI) PATHPA21G is a low noise, ultra-wideband amplifier, based on GaN technology. Compact and lightweight, the PATHPA21G has good N.F, high output power P1db of 24 dbm, and high gain of 30 db. The unit can achieve even better specs if the user doesn't need the entire frequency band of 0.8-21 GHZ and only needs, for example, 6-18 GHZ. Low Current 220 mA Max. Meets MIL-STD 810F requirements. Physical dimensions are 1.20” x 0.64” x 0.45.” Weight equals 17 grams.

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25W Ku-Band Transceiver

TRAK Microwave (Tampa, FL) a Microwave brand of Smiths Interconnect, has announced the addition of the HPT Ku-Band High Power Transceiver to its product offerings.

TRAK's new HPT functions as a complete airborne Satcom solution, integrating the necessary GaN SSPA, upconverters, downconverters, and digital control technology to offer a highly modular yet easily maintained system complete with advanced interoperability features and multiple Built-in-Test (BIT) functions. For applications that require additional commercial air transport use assurance, an optional vibration insensitive OCXO installed on a vibration isolation platform is available.

The HPT can transmit from 13.75 to 14.5 GHz from an IF frequency of 950 to 1700 MHz with a gain variation of less than 1.0 dB over any 36 MHz band and provides the frequency block down conversion from 10.7 to 11.7 GHz to the low band IF of 950-1950 MHz or from 11.7 to 12.75 GHz to the high band IF of 1100-2150 MHz. The Receive bands are selectable with commands over the Ethernet bus.

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Thermocouple Simulator-Calibrator

Ectron Corporation's (San Diego, CA) Model 1140A thermocouple simulator-calibrator provides four calibration functions: precise simulation of thermocouple signals, precise measurement of thermocouple signals, generation of accurate DC voltages from microvolt level to ±11 volts, and measurement of DC voltages over the same range.

Using a high-speed microcontroller, the 1140A offers such features as an autozero function to correct the zero reading of a non-ideal thermocouple. For repetitive operations, 100 sets of operating conditions can be committed to memory for future retrieval, including automatic sequencing from one condition to the next. Using one of several interfaces, all functions can be programmed and executed under computer control. With an output impedance of less than 0.05 Ω on all ranges, high accuracy is maintained with an absolute minimum of loading error.

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35A SSPC Module

Data Device Corporation (DDC) (Bohemia, NY) has introduced a highly versatile 35A, 28V Single Channel Remote Solid-State Power Controller (SSPC) module, offering advanced programmability, power optimization, and system health diagnostic and prognostic data in a compact and reliable module. The RP-20011601S0 programmable remote power controller can be readily configured for a wide range of power requirements, making it suitable for advanced electrical management systems, as demonstrated by its selection for use on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). These SSPC modules help extend mission range and longevity, minimize inventory requirements, and enable system designers to efficiently add additional power controllers in support of evolving load requirements.

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Fiber Optic Sensor Probe

Hal Technology (Fontana, CA) has recently developed and demonstrated a compact, lightweight, rugged, high-temperature-capable, flush-mountable, fiber-optic sensor probe for real-time particulate loading rate measurement. The sensor uses an innovative combination of optical particle sensing technologies and fiber-optic packaging in a rugged, compact and non-intrusive optical design. The fiber optic approach separates the electronic components from the extreme harsh environment to prevent direct exposure. The sensor detects light scattering from moving particles as optical pulsed signals whose amplitudes are proportional to size and whose number is proportional to concentration.

The sensor probe provides good sensitivity to particle size (down to 1μm or less) and has large dynamic range (up to 1mm). The current compact sensor probe head is about a quarter inch in diameter, a little over one-inch long and weighs less than 0.1 oz. After calibration, particle load rate tests with standard ISO medium test dust matched distribution data well and high temperature tests showed negligible change in sensor response.

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CAE Software

Altair (Troy, MI) has released HyperWorks 2017®. This latest release sees several functionalities added in areas such as model-based development, electromagnetism, nonlinear structural analysis, modeling and meshing, multiphysics and multi-disciplinary analysis, lightweight design and optimization. New products and enhancement include:

Model-based Development Suite: solidThinking Activate®, Compose® and Embed® capabilities encompassing concept studies, control design, system performance optimization and controller implementation and testing are now part of the platform.

Electromagnetics Analysis and Design: Flux™ for EM simulation of static and low frequency applications, and Win- Prop™ for propagation modeling and radio network planning.

Material Modeling and Manufacturing: Multiscale Designer is a tool for development and simulation of accurate models for heterogeneous material systems including laminated composites, honeycomb cores, reinforced concrete, soil, bones, and various others.

Usability and Efficient Model Management: Hyper-Mesh® now offers a complete, robust solution for assembly and model variants management, expanding the part library and configuration management capabilities. Important new features for crash and safety users have also been implemented.

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4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Hub

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., (San Diego, CA) has released a new rugged, industrial-strength, 4-port USB 3.1 hub—the USB3-104-HUB. Designed for the harshest environments, this small industrial/military grade hub features extended temperature operation (-40°C to +85°C), locking USB and power connections, and an industrial steel enclosure for shock and vibration mitigation. The OEM version (board only) is PC/104 sized and can easily be installed in new or existing PC/104-based systems.

This four port hub can be bus powered or self (externally) powered. Choice of two power inputs (power jack and terminal block) to provide a full 900mA source at 5V on each of the downstream ports.

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Mission-Ready Graphics System

Abaco Systems (Huntsville, AL) has demonstrated an advanced prototype of a very small form factor, rugged, mission-ready system for graphics applications based on the new NVIDIA Jetson TX2 system on a module. Optimized for minimal SWaP-C (size, weight, power and cost), the new system is designed for deployment in harsh, constrained environments that require significant computing capability.

Abaco showcased the Jetson TX2-based GC1000 small form factor graphics computer proof of concept from which the new system will be developed. The demonstration featured deep learning/inferencing, computer vision and advanced image processing applications that leverage the capabilities of NVIDIA's leading-edge GPU technology. The new product – code-named “Elroy” – is scheduled to be launched in 2017.

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