Rugged Data Recorders

Rugged Data Recorders - DTS’

DTS’ (Seal Beach, CA) ultra-small SLICE MICRO and NANO data recorders are rugged and designed to embed directly in the test article – even small drones. The NANO has a footprint of just 26 × 31 mm. The standalone systems include a microprocessor, excitation, full signal conditioning, and sample up to 500,000 sps/channel.

SLICE direct-writes data to 16 GB flash memory. SLICE delivers precision shock and vibration data in low and high temperatures, high altitudes and low-pressure environments (meets MIL-STD-810-E) and is 500g shock rated with a 5,000g option available.

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Vertical Gyro Modules

Vertical Gyro Modules - MEMSIC Inc.

MEMSIC Inc. (Andover, MA) has announced the addition of the VG380 to its portfolio of inertial modules. These new vertical gyros provide highly accurate pitch and roll (with respect to gravity), in both static and dynamic conditions. The static and dynamic accuracy is specified at +/-0.2 and +/-1.0 degrees (respectively) over the -40°C to +85°C temperature range. The VG380 is offered in two package/interface options, VG380SA and VG380ZA.

The VG380SA is a 41 × 48 × 22 mm module designed for standalone applications, including built-in power conditioning (compatible with power supplies from 9 – 32V), and with RS-232/RS-422 interface. The VG380ZA is designed for OEM/embedded applications, offering a much smaller 24 × 37 × 9.5 mm package, and an SPI/UART interface for convenient integration into an end user system.

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25W Ku-Band Transceiver

25W Ku-Band Transceiver - Smiths Interconnect

Smiths Interconnect (Stuart, FL) recently released a new Ku-Band 25W High Power Transceiver (HPT). This HPT is a complete airborne SatCom solution, integrating a GaN SSPA, upconverters, downconverters, and digital control technology to offer a highly modular 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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FMC+ Direct RF Conversion Module

FMC+ Direct RF Conversion Module - Abaco Systems

Abaco Systems (Huntsville, AL) announced the FMC134 FMC+ FPGA Mezzanine Card Direct RF Conversion Module. The card can operate as a 4-channel receiver at 3.2GSPS or a 2- channel receiver at 6.4GSPS. Using 16 of the available 32 high speed JESD204B lanes, the FMC134 is capable of a total maximum transfer rate of 200 Gigabits/second. Unlike some alternative solutions, it is fully compliant with the VITA 57.4 standard, providing customers with the assurance of compatibility and interoperability across different FPGA carriers.

The FMC134 is ideally suited for applications including traditional and bi-static radar; multi-channel radar; digital beamforming; wideband receivers; wireless communication SDR; and signals intelligence receivers. The FMC134 supports FMC stacking, giving customers the ability to take advantage of unused signals for the possibility of up to eight ADC channels on a single FMC site.

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Drone and UAV Components

Drone and UAV Components - Stafford Manufacturing Corp.

A broad range of standard and custom shaft collars, couplings, clamps, and mounts for attaching cameras, sensors, and other devices to drones and UAVs have been introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA). Featuring ODs as small as 0.500" and bore sizes from 0.062", they can be manufactured to specification from various materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, brass, and plastics. Offered in sizes up to 6.00" I.D., depending upon configuration, collars and clamps are available in one-, two-piece, and hinged styles.

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GNSS Receiver

GNSS Receiver - Swift Navigation

Swift Navigation (San Francisco, CA), in conjunction with Carnegie Robotics LLC (CRL) (Pittsburgh, PA), announced their first joint product, Duro™, a ruggedized version of Swift Navigation’s flagship Piksi™ Multi dualfrequency RTK GNSS receiver. Built for outdoor operations, Duro combines a rugged enclosure with centimeter-accurate positioning.

Features include: Dual-frequency RTK GNSS; tough, military-grade hardware; IP67 rating; weatherproof external enclosure design with M12 standard-sealed connectors; onboard MEMS IMU and magnetometer; future-proof hardware with in-field software upgrades; protected IO, including RS232 Serial Ports, 100mbit Ethernet, Event Inputs, PPS, PV, CAN-Bus; durable UV and chemical-resistant powder-coating; and flexible mounting interfaces.

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