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Barometric Pressure Sensor

Bosch Sensortec (Reutlingen, Germany) has introduced a new high performance barometric pressure MEMS sensor, the BMP388. The BMP388 delivers outstanding altitude stabilization in drones, where accurate measurement of barometric pressure provides the essential altitude data for improving flight stability and landing accuracy. The new barometric pressure sensor is part of Bosch Sensortec's comprehensive sensor solution for drones, which includes the BMI088 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for accurate steering and the BMM150 geomagnetic sensor for the provision of heading data.

The BMI088 is a 6-axis IMU, consisting of a triaxial 16-bit acceleration sensor and a triaxial automotive-proven 16-bit gyroscope. The BMM150 is a low power and low noise triaxial digital geomagnetic sensor designed for compass applications. Due to its stable performance over a wide temperature range, this geomagnetic sensor is especially suited for determining accurate heading for drones.

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3U VPX I/O Boards

The first two products in Concurrent Technologies’ (Johnstown, PA) new range of 3U VPX™ I/O boards include a multi-channel serial board and a multi-channel Gigabit Ethernet board. Both boards require a single 3U VPX™ slot and are available for both air and conduction-cooled applications.

BA 2TR/501 supports up to eight serial communications ports for applications that require multiple serial ports within a single slot. Up to five ports are available on the VPX connector for rear communication and three are available on the front panel in the air-cooled variants along with optional cables (with screw locking connectors). The serial ports can be configured to support RS232, RS422 or RS485 standard interfaces.

BA 2TR/502 supports a quad-port Gigabit Ethernet controller for applications that require additional network interfaces within a single VPX slot. Up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports are available on the VPX connector for rear communication; alternatively the four ports can be routed to the front panel via standard RJ45 connectors for use in air-cooled applications. Both BA 2TR/501 and BA 2TR/502 link to a host processor board via PCI Express.

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Memory and Data Exchange System

The Memory Division of Kaman Precision Products, Inc. (Middletown, CT) recently announced the AMADEUS – the Advanced Memory and Data Exchange Universal System. The AMADEUS includes the Model 9740 Multi-Port® data transfer unit which includes four removable memory cards (RMC) and a mini-Ground Station Adapter (GSA). The Model 9740 provides simultaneous data interface over 10GB Ethernet, Mil-Std 1553, RS-232/422 as well as options to record multiple SMPTE 292 and NTSC (RS-170) video/audio channels.

Each Kaman RMC boasts a capacity of 2TB with AES 256 encrypted data-at-rest. This small card is packaged in rugged and hermetically sealed stainless steel. The pocket-sized GSA facilitates expeditionary operations and enables the operator to connect with virtually any computer via USB 3.0. AMADEUS is engineered to align with Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) and flawlessly perform in the harshest military, aerospace, and industrial environments.

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Digital Oscilloscope

RIGOL Technologies (Beaverton, OR) has announced a significant addition to its oscilloscope portfolio with the introduction of the New 7000 Series Digital Oscilloscope. With 10 GSa/sec sample rate and up to 500M record length, the 7000 Series can deliver 20X oversampling on a 500 MHz signal providing unmatched signal resolution while still capturing a full 50 ms.

The core of the 7000 Series Oscilloscope is RIGOL's new UltraVision II architecture and its Phoenix chip-set. Two custom ASICs provide analog front end and signal processing performance. These chips are surrounded by a high-performance hardware design including Xilinx Zync-7000 SoC, Dual Core Arm-9 Processors, Linux +Qt Operating System, High Speed DDR System Memory and QDRII Display memory. This architecture enables a high waveform capture rate of 600,000 wfms/sec, color graded intensity display, and outstanding time-base accuracy and jitter performance.

The 7000 Series comes with a next generation user interface giving the customer five unique ways to interact with their instrument. A vivid 10.1” (1024 × 600) display supports a responsive and intuitive touch navigation. The 7000 Series is available in 8 Models (100MHz, 200MHz, 350MHz, and 500Mhz) with or without the Logic Analyzer (MSO).

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IR Camera Core

Lockheed Martin's (Orlando, FL) new μLAD SW/MW IR camera core brings big-sensor cooled performance to tiny platforms. Powered by Lockheed Martin Santa Barbara Focalplane's large format, small pixel nBn detector technology, μLAD runs at high operating temperatures, resulting in a compact package ideally suited for applications such as missile seekers, weapon sights, remote weapon stations, small gimbal or gimbal-less (e-stab) platforms, and tactical air and land sensor systems for OEM and military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Lockheed Martin's dual-band μLAD camera core delivers high-definition SW/MW IR imagery at 1280-by-1024 pixels (1.3 megapixels) with the same high-speed digital output (up to 10 Gbps) as a single-band MWIR offering. Pixel pitch is 8 μm. Integration time is <0.1 μs to 200s. F# is 2.3. Input voltage is 5V and 12V, 12W steady state. The camera features a Stirling split linear closed-cycle cooler, and command and control is via an RS-422 serial interface over camera link.

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High Voltage Power Supplies

TDK Corporation (Neptune, NJ) has introduced the FLX-HV Series of high voltage programmable AC to DC power supplies with standard features including USB/LAN digital interfaces and active power factor correction. The FLX-HV Series covers output voltages of 10,000, 30,000 and 50,000 volts, at power levels of 200, 500 and 1,000 watts. The unit is housed in a compact, lightweight 2U rack-mount package that incorporates front to back cooling with a variable speed fan for quiet operation.

Standard features include a user-friendly multi-function display with coarse and fine output voltage and current controls and integrated LAN and USB digital interfaces. All models (and power levels) include active power factor correction with wide range 110-230 VAC input and a power factor better than 0.95 and high efficiency greater than 85 percent. Low output ripple of 0.1 percent peak to peak. Digital interfaces include resettable arc count functionality, programmable fine/coarse control steps, 16-bit ADC-DAC resolution, detailed unit status outputs and many other commands and features.

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