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LVDS XMC Module with Optical I/O

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced the newest member of the Jade™ family of data converter XMC modules. The Model 71813 is based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA and features 28 pairs of LVDS digital I/O to meet the requirements of emerging standards from The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA™) Consortium. The Model 71813 is also the industry’s first such XMC to implement an optional front panel optical interface supporting four 12 Gbps lanes to the FPGA.

The Model 71813 routes 28 pairs of LVDS connections from the FPGA to the XMC P16 connector for custom I/O. When mounted on a compatible single board computer, the Model 71813 provides a customizable I/O signal status and control interface. In the case of a VPX implementation, the I/O is routed to the backplane where it can handle control and command signals to the chassis being defined in the evolving SOSA initiative.

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4-Axis Mill/Turn Centers

Quicktech i-42 ROBO and i-60 ROBO 4-axis mill/turn centers feature integrated 6-axis Mitsubishi robots for fast, automated loading and unloading of medium-diameter (i42: 42mm/1.68”, i60: 60mm/2.36”) bar stock. In addition to carrying out highly productive turning, the machines can perform complex milling with standard live tools. An optional 360° B-axis further extends milling capabilities. Quicktech machines are distributed in North America exclusively by Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. (Lorain, OH).

The i-42 ROBO and i-60 ROBO machines operate in 4 axes (5 with the optional B-axis), with a 15-hp high-torque turning spindle that features C-axis capability, a 2-hp live tool milling spindle, and capacity for 17 tools (23 with B-axis). A standard DIN-173-42B collet chuck provides capacity for 42 mm bar, while an optional with a 60 mm collet or 6”, 3-jaw chuck offers 60 mm bar capacity. The Mitsubishi S-series 6-axis high-speed robot automatically loads, unloads, or turns over parts weighing up to 13 lbs. An optional multi-tray 4 pallet stacker handling system enables extended untended operation.

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FMC Module

Abaco (Huntsville, AL) has announced the FMC172 Wideband Low Latency FMC Module. The FMC172 is based on the latest high-performance ADC device from Texas Instruments and DAC devices from E2V. It is the fastest ADC Abaco offers with LVDS interfaces, delivering up to 6.4 GSPS ADC on a single channel (or two channels @ 3.2 GSPS) and up to 6.0 GSPS DAC. The combination of the FMC172’s >6.0 GHz bandwidth, its high sample rate and low latency makes it suitable for advanced Digital RF Memory (DRFM) systems.

The FMC172 is based on the latest high-performance ADC device from Analog Devices and DAC devices from E2V. It is the fastest ADC Abaco offers with LVDS interfaces, delivering up to 6.4GSPS ADC (or 2x 3.2GSPS ADC) and up to 6GSPS DAC, making it among the most powerful available on the market. The FMC172’s level of analog I/O performance is key to advanced multi-channel receivers.

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Low-Power Single Board Computers

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. (Chatsworth, CA) has integrated the ultra-low power T4xx1 processor family from NXP into four of its high-performing SBCs. Aitech has implemented NXP’s new, low-power T4241, T4161 and T4081 PowerPC variants (collectively, the T4xx1 Series) on the company’s QorIQ-based SBCs. The low-power series is available on the C912 3U VPX SBC, which offers up to twelve e6500 PowerPC cores, as well as on the C111 6U VME and C112 6U VPX SBCs, all of which have NXP’s Trust Architecture 2.0.

For those looking for an integrated HW/SW bundled platform that offers exceptional graphics computing, the CB912 VideoPaC also comes with the option of using a processor from the low-power T4xx1 Series. The CB912 combines a 3U VPX single-slot SBC with a video/graphics XMC mezzanine using AMD’s E8860 Radeon GPU to create new dimensions of imaging, high-end graphics and data processing.

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Sensor and Actuator Cable Assemblies

TE Connectivity (TE) (Darmstadt, Germany) now offers M8M12 cable assemblies for applications such as sensors, robotics and production equipment, where extreme temperatures and harsh environments are likely to be encountered. The new M8M12 cable assemblies have a protection rating of IP67, which means they are dustproof as well as waterproof down to 1m.

Customers can choose from single-ended or double-ended cable assemblies, including M8M12 versions. M12 configurations are available with 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 poles, while M8 configurations have 3 or 4 poles. Options include straight or angled connectors and shielded and non-shielded variants. Cable sheathing is either PVC or PUR. Standard cable lengths are 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 3, 5, 7.0 and 10.0 meters, while customized assemblies can also be produced with more specific cable lengths and physical properties.

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6U OpenVPX Backplanes

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario) has released new OpenVPX backplanes for 6U applications. The designs include a 9-slot, 6-slot power and ground, 5-slot, and a 1-slot development backplane.

The 5-slot 6U OpenVPX backplane from Pixus has a BKP6-CEN05-11.2.5 profile. It features PCIe Gen3 speed performance. For development applications, Pixus now offers power and ground only backplanes. This allows signals to pass through to the rear transition modules (RTMs) for easy prototyping and debugging. These backplanes come in 1-slot and 6-slot versions. The one slot version also features an interface for a VITA 62 power supply. The Pixus roadmap includes a 6U, 16-slot Open-VPX backplane utilizing a fully loaded system.

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CAD Software

CoreTechnologie (CT) (Southfield, MI) has developed a new voxel-based function for the 3D_Evolution Simplifier software tool. The new software tool selects the desired items through a so-called balloon stretching out from a user defined starting point. There is practically no limit to the size of the data. The selection process takes place within the shortest space of time by using multiprocessor calculation. The automatically selected models, which represent either the interior or exterior, can be converted to all common 3D formats.

The software offers direct interfaces for major systems such as Catia V5 and V6, NX, Solidworks, Creo, Inventor, as well as standard formats such as STEP, JT, FBX, DWG and DGN. A clever side effect of the balloon calculation is that the contact body consisting of voxels is representing the interior volume minus all bodies contained therein and thus represents the volume of air or liquid inside. Thus, the automatically created model is a closed volume that can also be used for further simulation purposes.

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