Rate Indicator/Totalizer

The Hoffer (Elizabeth City, NC) HIT-4U Rate Indicator/Totalizer is being offered with additional options providing the user with enhanced functionality and flexibility in a compact enclosure. The choice of a NEMA 4X enclosure joins the explosion-proof enclosure options and is now available flow meter mounted or remote mounted on a 2" or smaller pipe. The NEMA 4X enclosure offers options for local Modbus access ports via USB port or hardwired access through strain relief for data log retrieval and configuration of the unit.

Additional user friendly features of the unit include 12-point linearization, dual set point alarm output configurable for rate or total and a wide range of engineering unit display icons. The HIT-4U is offered in battery or loop-power with a lithium battery backup to ensure continuous, reliable performance.

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Flat Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors

Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc. (CDE) (New Bedford, MA) has introduced the latest in its series of Flatpack ruggedized flat aluminum electrolytic capacitor, the MLSG. This series targets compact power supply applications in military and aerospace, as well as other critical systems.

Design enhancements and a new electrolyte push the MLSG to nearly double the operating life of its predecessor, at no added cost. Two principal package profiles are offered in this technology, the MLSG Flatpack, which measures just 0.5" thick and 1.75" wide and the MLSG Slimpack measuring 0.5" thick by 1.00" wide, both offered in length increments of, 1.5", 2.0", 2.5" or 3.0". A wide range of standard capacitance values from 220 μF to 24,000 μF are available, with voltage ratings up to 250 VDC.

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16-Port Ethernet Switch

MilDef (Alexandria, VA) now offers a powerful managed Ethernet switch that features 16 x 1 Gb copper access ports that provide users with endless configuration possibilities. The ESW 453 is the latest addition to the 19"/2 product family. Ideal for use with high speed networks, including data, video and voice services, the ESW 453 supports both layer 2 and layer 3 functionality for static routing and can be used anywhere high-speed LAN and WAN connectivity is required. The sealed switch requires no active cooling and provides interfaces over military-grade circular connectors.

The ESW 453 includes a military-grade power supply that supports ground/marine (MIL-STD-1275D) vehicle voltage input. Designed to meet IP65, MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F, this unit can withstand high altitudes, humidity, shock, salt fog, extreme temperatures and vibration.

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L-Band RF Tuner XMC Module

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) announced the newest member of its Onyx® family of high-performance XMC FPGA modules. The Onyx Model 71791 XMC module is an LBand RF tuner with two 500 MHz A/Ds based on the high density Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA. The Model 71791 is designed for connection directly to SATCOM or communications system L-band signals.

A front panel SSMC connector accepts L-Band signals between 925 MHz and 2175 MHz, typically from an L-Band antenna or an LNB (low noise block). With its programmable LNA, the Maxim MAX2121 tuner directly converts these L-Band signals to IF or baseband using a broadband I/Q analog downconverter followed by 123 MHz low pass anti-aliasing filters. The two analog tuner outputs are digitized by two Texas Instruments ADS5463 500 MHz 12-bit A/D converters to capture the full 123 MHz bandwidth, three times that of Pentek’s previous L-Band tuners.

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3U Power Supply

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division (Ashburn, VA) has introduced the industry’s first 3Uembedded power supply that also delivers system I/O expansion without increasing slot count. The rugged PSU3-THOR power supply combines dual XMC mezzanine slot expansion and a 6-port PCI Express® (PCIe) Gen2 switch all in a single 3U VPX slot unit. It enables system designers to provide 285 or 485 watts of power to support deployed applications while simultaneously reducing a 3U VPX system’s size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) envelope. The PSU3-THOR’s built-in 24-lane 6-port PCIe switch provides the backplane interface for its dual XMC sites while eliminating the need for a separate XMC carrier or switch card. The power supply’s PCIe switch also provides up to four extra x4 PCIe ports, significantly expanding overall system I/O.

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Aircraft Design Software

DARcorporation (Lawrence, KS) has released the latest version of its aircraft conceptual design software, Advanced Aircraft Analysis Version 3.7 (or AAA 3.7). AAA 3.7 can analyze fixed-wing aircraft with conventional and unconventional configurations; e.g. UAVs, gliders, electric aircraft, tiltrotor aircraft and hybrid propulsion aircraft. Today, industry is seeing more unconventional aircraft with more moving parts, more alternative power sources and more engines. AAA 3.7 can analyze and handle up to 500 electric engines at the same time. One particularly useful feature is the library of over 50 complete airplane examples ranging from commercial jets to military bombers to UAVs. Using this library, designers will be able to easily compare or extract useful data from these airplane examples.

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Sealed Cooling Enclosures

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (Lancaster, PA) has announced the launch of its HSC, HPC and LNC series of sealed enclosure cooler products.

ACT’s HSC series of coolers are based on a patent pending design that utilizes the air impingement technology that is thermally efficient and the heat sink components which have been perfected and are being mass produced and used by the computer industry. ACT’s HPC series of coolers are based on the popular heat pipe heat exchanger technology and incorporate advanced fin features for enhanced heat transfer performance. ACT’s LNC series of coolers are based on a patent pending design that utilizes a HSC-style air impingement heat sink to collect heat from the hot inside air and a larger extruded heat sink to dissipate the heat to the outside ambient via natural convection. Heat pipes are used to spread the heat from the smaller internal heat sink to the larger external heat sink.

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High-Power TVS Devices

Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA) has introduced two new versions of its transient voltage suppressor (TVS) devices in its patented plastic large area device (PLAD) package. The 18-kilowatt (kW) MPLAD18KP and 36-kW MPLAD36KP TVS families meet today’s demanding lightning protection requirements in aircraft, including the multi-strike lightning standard (RTCA DO- 160E), which have grown in importance since the introduction of composite body airframes.

Microsemi’s new products are high power TVS devices in low-profile surface-mount packages with design features to minimize thermal resistance and cumulative heating. Microsemi’s unique plastic large area device (PLAD) technology enables more effective surface-mount TVS packaging for the MPLAD18KP and MPLAD36KP, as it combines a large die size with an exposed bottom contact for heat sinking that improves power handling as compared to through-hole devices.

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Carbon-Graphite Self-Lubricating Materials

Metallized Carbon Corporation (Ossining, NY) offers a variety of oil-free, self-lubricating, mechanical carbon-graphite materials for aerospace gearbox applications that run the hydraulic pumps, generators, and air conditioning compressors. Metcar materials feature a low coefficient of friction and good wear properties in a high speed environment.

Metcar M-45 features excellent thermal conductivity, which gives it the ability to maintain lower seal face temperatures. Other grades, including antimony-impregnated Metcar Grade M-346 and carbon-impregnated Metcar Grade M-133, are frequently used in gearbox seals to avoid seal face blistering or to improve the seals’ resistance to coking.

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RF Digital Step Attenuator

DS Instruments (San Luis Obispo, CA) has introduced the DAT64F, a compact, full-featured RF Step Attenuator that covers 100 MHz to 6 GHz. The step size is upgraded to 0.25 dB and insertion loss is reduced to just 6 dB. Attenuation can be set manually via front panel controls, or remotely programed over the range of 0 to 63 dB. The USB port is configured as a power source and industry standard COM port requiring no additional drivers.

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Composite Applications Software

CGTech (Irvine, CA) is shipping the next major release of VERICUT Composite Applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP), VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS) and VERICUT Composite Paths for Engineering (VCPe). VERICUT Composite Applications are being used by leading manufacturers to program and simulate automated fiber placement and tape-laying machinery from machine tool builders such as: Electroimpact, MTorres, Fives, BA Composites and others.

Many new features have been added in version 8.0, including enhanced support for AFP/ATL hybrid machines, more ways to utilize laser inspection data, display detailed scrap calculations, and other vital analysis tools. VCP reads CATIA V5, STEP, or ACIS surface models. It also reads Fibersim, CATIA V5 or other external ply geometry and information.

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ARINC 801 Fiber Optic Connectors

ITT Inc.’s (Irvine, CA) Cannon brand has introduced its ARINC 801 Fiber Optic Connector Series, a high-bandwidth interconnect solution for commercial and military aviation, and shipboard sys tems. Designed for harsh environments that require high-speed and accurate data transfer, Cannon’s ARINC 801 series offers robust interconnects that operate at transmission speeds of 10 gigabits/sec (Gb/S) and higher.

The Series’ versatility allows for use in multiple applications, featuring a scoopproof connector design that offers alternative keying position, and end-finishes in both APC and PC singlemode and multimode configurations. Termini are available in Pull-Proof and Non-Pull-Proof types, providing a low loss, genderless solution for plug and receptacle applications. For easy and convenient field cleaning, the alignment sleeve is removable.

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Frequency Synthesizer

The ZFR-20000-XA from EM Research (Reno, NV) is a multi-octave frequency synthesizer operating from 4 to 20 GHz with fast switching capability (

The ZFR-20000-XA locks to an external 10 MHz reference and exhibits extremely low phase noise at any frequency;

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Single Board Computers

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) has introduced a new line of Intel® Atom™ E3800-based single board computers designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +85°C. The EBCC413 models include onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet controllers, serial ports, GPIO and additional I/O expansion through MiniPCIe and PC/104-Plus. The EBC-C413 series features the Intel Atom E3800 family of processors in an industry-standard EBX form factor. The SBC EBC-C413 underpins quad-core, dual-core or single-core processors and up to 8 GB of DDR3L SDRAM.

For networking and communications, the EBC-C413 includes two Intel I210 Ethernet controllers with 10/100/1000 Mb/s multispeed operation. It provides eight USB 2.0 channels and four serial ports to support RS-232/422/485 interface levels. The series also includes two MiniPCIe connectors and PC/104-Plus, enabling further high-speed I/O expansion and/or an mSATA SSD drive.

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3D CAD Viewer Module

The German-French software manufacturer CoreTechnologie(CT) (Mömbris, Germany) now offers for its conversion software and the CAD viewer “3D_Analyzer” a unique new module that enables easy creation of animated explosion views for assemblies of all major CAD formats. Illustrated as explosion view, the model can be animated and visualized in 360-degree views like an interactive 3D video.

This innovative documentation software helps users making the structure, installation and disassembly of complex assemblies visible. The user can look at, zoom and move the animated 3D model from any point of view. The 3D animations are saved in a CT-native format. The video can be moved forward and backward, stopped and repeated at any position. The generated models can be opened and played back also on mobile devices such as Windows Surface Tablets using the 3D-Analyzer CAD viewer.

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3U VPX GPGPU

Aitech Defense Systems’ (Chatsworth, CA) new rugged GPGPU, the C535 Typhoon, is based on Jetson TX1 SoM, which combines a powerful ARM Quad-Core CPU with the advanced NVIDIA Maxwell GPU. The rugged C535 Typhoon draws a maximum of only 17W, with 8-10 typical, and offers 60 GLFOPS/W performance. On-board resources include dynamic voltage and frequency scaling as well as a temperature sensor and time elapsed recorder. The board’s robust I/O options include dual Gigabit Ethernet, UART and USB serial ports, dual DVI/HMDI video outputs, composite and SDI video inputs, Camera Link video input, USB, discretes, and a stereo HD audio output.

The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 System on Module (SoM) uses the advanced Maxwell architecture GPU with 256 CUDA cores, which deliver over 1 TFLOP of signal and video processor performance. An H.264/H.265 encoder is also included. Memory capabilities include a 32 GB miniSATA SSD with SLC Flash. The board also features 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM in dual channels operating at 3,200 MT/s and 16 GB of eMMC 5.1 as the boot source.

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Small Form Factor Computer

Alligator Designs Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore, India) announced the next generation of their rugged Small Form Factor (SFF) computer called the Falcon II, designed to be readily configurable, expandable, and extensible using modules with standard electrical and connector interfaces. Tailored for the avionic, military and rugged industrial market, the Falcon II may be configured with the latest high performance computer and graphics engines, as well as the best SWaP optimized, low power, System on Chip (SoC) processors, including Intel Core i7 and Xeon E3, AMD G-Series System on Chip, Intel Atom Bay Trail and Free scale PowerPC.

The Falcon II can support all I/O typically needed in the targeted applications. This I/O includes MIL-STD- 1553B, ARINC-429, AS-5643 MIL Firewire, Video Graphics, Video Frame Capture, Software Defined Radio, RS- 232/422/485, Fibre Channel, GigE and 10GigE, Analog and Discrete signals, and FPGA / GPGPU processors. The I/O can be in XMC or MiniPCIe, including the revolutionary “Plug and Play” AcroPack.

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High-Speed Camera

Fastec Imaging’s (San Diego, CA) IL5 High-Speed 5MP Camera enables you to record gears, motors, engines, or other rotating equipment moving at highspeed and susceptible to vibration problems, as well as other high-speed events for aerospace component testing, performance analysis or troubleshooting using slow motion replay. Four models from 2560 × 2080 @ 230fps to 800 × 600 @ 1650fps.

All models record over 3200 fps at VGA resolution and more than 29,000 fps at smaller resolutions. Able to save images to an SSD or SD card while recording high-speed bursts of hundreds or even thousands of images at a time. The Fastec IL5 camera can be controlled over Gigabit Ethernet via Fastec FasMotion software on your PC/Mac or via the built-in web interface.

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Small Form-Factor Server System

General Micro Systems, Inc. (GMS) (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) has announced a new product line of deployable, rugged, small form-factor server systems, called “Server Room in a Box,” based on the Intel® Xeon® D processor. The first product in the family is the SB2002-SW “Blackhawk” rugged switch/router, which packs up to 16 CPU cores, 20 managed/Ethernet ports, 64 GB RAM, removable storage, Embedded Services Router software from Cisco, and high-level security into a seven-pound box that operates as low as 75W.

The Blackhawk ser ver supports the Intel Xeon D processor with hyper-threading for a total of up to 16 logical cores (32 threads) in a single SoC device—12 cores in the extended-temperature version. Each core operates at up to 2.5GHz and can turbo boost up to 3.1GHz. The Xeon D processor boasts two-channel memory, up to 64 GB total, 24 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3, and six SATA3 controllers.

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