Mobile Workstation

Eurocom's (Ottawa, Canada) latest mobile workstation, the Tornado F7W, features a modular MXM 3.1 slot-based GPU allowing easy reconfiguration of GPU capabilities. The GPUs offered are ISV-certified, workstation-class NVIDIA Quadro P5200, P4200 and P3200 cards, which are suitable for CAD/CAE/CAM software such as Adobe, AutoCAD, CATIA and SOLIDWORKS. Over time, a user can choose to swap out the Quadro-based GPU and reconfigure the system to run a different MXM 3.1-compatible GPU (GTX-based cards, for example).

Eurocom systems are also highly reconfigurable in terms of their memory (RAM). The Tornado F7W has up to 4 × SODIMM sockets and can be reconfigured in different combinations to support as much as 128 GB of DDR4 RAM (4 × 32 GB RAM). Additional storage can be added at any time as need arises. Tornado F7W comes with 5 physical drive bays (3 × M.2 NVMe and 2 × 2.5”) capable of supporting up to 22TB of storage. It also supports multiple RAID options including RAID 0/1/5/10. Each 2.5” bay is capable of handling up to 8TB of SSD per bay, and each M.2 slot supports up to 2TB SSD.

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Fanless Embedded Computer

With the PIP40, MPL (Dattwil, Switzerland) presents its newest fanless embedded computer family with the 8th generation Intel processors. The basic version is equipped with interfaces such as display port, DVI-D, USB 3.1, RS232/422/485, etc. Further expansion can be done over the internal expansion interfaces such as mPCIe, m.2 or PCIe/104. WLAN, LTE, GPIOs, and CAN. SATA, mSATA and m.2 can be used for mass storage.

MPL offers the PIP46 with the i7-8850H embedded CPU. The PIP46 is currently available in MPL's standard housing with DIN-Rail or flange mounting. Further housings such as MIL and 19” racks are in preparation. The open frame version (CPU board on cooling plate) is best suited for installation in an existing cabinet and tight areas. For applications with vibrations, the solution can be supplied with lockable headers. The PIP40 Family can be put into various standby mode levels (even below 95 mW) and with Wake On LAN (WOL), the system can be started. The operational power consumption is between 5 and 65W and the power consumption level can be limited.

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Thermal-Acoustic Enclosure Insulation

Elasto Proxy (Boisbriand, Canada) recently announced SH-625-ZTBRA thermalacoustic insulation for maximum sound attenuation over a broad frequency range. This enclosure insulation sandwiches a vibration damper between acoustical foams and includes a metal foil facing that reflects radiant heat. For ease-of-installation, an adhesive-backed liner is used. SH-625-ZTBRA thermal-acoustic insulation is dense and flexible but supports water jet cutting to accommodate specific shapes and geometries.

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Mini PCIe-Based Serial I/O Modules

Acromag (Wixom, MI) continues to expand their offering of AcroPack rugged I/O modules based on the PCI Express mini card (mPCIe) standard with a new isolated RS232 communication module. The AP513 module provides four individually isolated RS232 serial ports on a compact 30 × 70 mm board. Each port is isolated to 250V from digital circuitry and 100V from the other 3 ports. The isolation protects equipment and signal integrity in electrically noisy environments with potential for high common model voltages, harmful transient signals, and ground loops.

Designed for COTS applications, these mPCIe mezzanine modules deliver a SWaP-optimized solution for military, aerospace, and industrial systems performing data collection, control, test, and simulation functions. A variety of carrier cards are available to host a mix of up to four AcroPack I/O modules on PCI Express, VPX, CompactPCI-Serial, or other small form factor computer platforms.

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Current Sensor Modules

TT Electronics (Woking, UK) announced an innovative approach to developing customized current sensor modules for the harsh environment requirements of the aerospace and defense market. Ambient temperature ranges of -55°C to +125°C and a 30A to 2000A AC or DC capability make these current sensor modules ideally suited for electrical systems, generators and motor drive applications.

With a generic single-phase configuration, these TRL5 standard circuit boards can be coated, fully potted, built into a housing, or re-configured into a multi-phase product. Building on the company's existing range of current sensor modules, this new and highly diverse modular technique leverages Hall-Effect and Rogowski sensors, as well as amplifiers and digital converters. Such flexibility of design enables the customer to select key sensor parameters to create their very own unique fit.

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Ceramic Hermetic DDR2 Memory

Data Device Corporation (DDC) (Bohemia, NY) has introduced the first CCGA Rad-Hard DDR2 SDRAM for space applications, the latest addition to DDC's wide range of high-density space grade ceramic hermetic memories, spanning Flash (NAND/NOR), SDRAM, SRAM and EEPROM solutions. The new DDR2 (97D2H) offers up to 8 Gb of SDRAM in a compact CCGA package (1.1 in. × .717 in. footprint & low .325 in. height profile).

The hermetic ceramic packaging provides excellent radiation tolerance for TID (>100 krad orbit/mission dependent) and Single Event Effects (no latch up), while the universal package accommodates multiple density and data width options to enable simplified board design, system integration and error correction implementation. Wide data bus options (×8, ×16, ×32, ×48, ×64, ×80), for simple connectivity to Rad-Hard FPGAs, ASICs and processors, with support for implementation of various error correction schemes.

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Mission-Critical Software

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Andover, MA) announced availability of the full range of flightsafety certification levels in its ROCK-2 mission computing architecture, allowing customers to focus on developing critical aviation applications, while reducing system development time and cost. ROCK-2 customers now have access to the complete range of design assurance levels (DAL), from DAL-E to the highest, DAL-A, and the critical safety assurance they need for a growing number of mission critical applications, including avionics, vetronics for defense and commercial fixed and rotary-wing platforms, ground stations, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and urban air mobility platforms (UAM).

The ROCK-2 architecture features BuiltSAFE™ technology. The ROCK-2 platform is an open systems-compliant, 3U OpenVPX™ form factor that is fully compatible with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA). Together, ROCK-2 and BuiltSAFE™ offer customers an extensive portfolio of interoperable processing hardware, software, networking, datalink, graphics and I/O building blocks with supporting flight-safety certification artifacts.

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Buck Boost Evaluation Kit

Richardson RFPD (Geneva, IL) Inc. has announced the availability and full design support capabilities for a new buck boost evaluation kit from Wolfspeed, a Cree Company. The KIT-CRD-3DD12P buck boost evaluation kit is optimized to demonstrate the high-speed switching capability of Wolfspeed's third generation (C3M) silicon carbide MOSFETs. The board features SMA connectors for monitoring the gate-to-source voltage. The SMA connectors offer cleaner waveforms than traditional probes and ground leads.

This evaluation kit supports 4-lead and 3-lead TO-247 package MOSFETs, as well as diodes in TO-247 and TO-220 packages. The kit contains a heatsink, thermal interface, inductor, needed hardware, and two Wolfspeed C3M MOSFETs. Electrical specifications of the new kit include: Max input voltage of 800 VDC; max output voltage of 800 VDC; output power of 2500W (higher power operation is possible with a different inductor); and switching frequency of 100 kHz (higher frequency operation is possible but may require a different inductor).

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UV-Curable Epoxies

John P Kummer (Marlborough, UK) launched new UV-curable epoxies for dam and fill processes in the UK aerospace industries. The “dam & fill” process with two materials is mainly used in cases where a component needs to be protected with either an opticallytransparent or opaque encapsulant, or if a conventional glob-top material is too viscous to flow around and underneath fine wires. Optically transparent encapsulants usually have a low viscosity. A dam is therefore applied around the component first to prevent the potting material from flowing over the substrate.

Epo-Tek OG116-31 is a UV-curable epoxy. Due to its thixotropic nature, it is often used as a dam. It can be cured with UV-light in a very short time. Afterwards the encapsulant - either also a UV-cure or a thermoset material - can be applied. Whilst OG142-87 is typically used for a UV fill, both products have a high glass transition temperature (Tg >100°C). Both OG116-31 and OG142-87 are cationic products. Ionic polymerization is initiated by photo-generated ions. The cure process continues until all polymers are consumed.

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6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)

Thales (San Jose, CA) recently announced the availability of its NavChip Series 3, the latest in its family of high precision Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). The NavChip Series 3 is a very low drift IMU with a full-scale acceleration range of +/-16g and a full-scale angular rate of 2,000 degrees/sec. Typical specifications include a gyro bias in-run stability of 3°/hr, 5°/hr (max.); angular random walk of <0.18°√hr; velocity random walk of <0.3°√hr and an exceptionally quiet acceleration noise performance of better than 83 μg/√Hz.

Its miniature package of less than 2.0 cm3 (12.5 × 24.4 × 6.1 mm) and weight of 3g allows for flexible integration. Power consumption is a low 135 mW, making it ideally suited for power-sensitive remote and battery-operated systems. It has selectable built-in-test (BIT) modes for command and continuous diagnostic monitoring. Multiple output interfaces, including I2C, TTL UART or SPI-compat-ible provide the designer with exceptional flexibility. The external sync pin can accept optional GPS pulse-per-second or faster synchronization signals. Single supply operation is from 3.25 V to 5.5 V.

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Tektronix, Inc. (Beaverton, OR) introduced two new products to its portfolio with the launch of the 3 Series Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO) and 4 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO).

The new 4 Series MSO features a 13.3-in. display with 1920 × 1080 HD resolution, offers bandwidths from 200 MHz up to 1.5 GHz, and uses 12-bit ADCs for high vertical resolution. The 4 Series MSO is well supported with options including serial decode and analysis, an arbitrary/function generator and a DVM/frequency counter. All models deliver a 6.25 GS/s sample rate on all analog and digital channels. Standard record length is 31.25 Mpoints with option for 62.5 Mpoints.

The 3 Series MDO features a sleek industrial design and an 11.6-in. display with full high- definition resolution. It offers a built-in spectrum analyzer up to 3 GHz, with a separate RF input and specifications comparable to a standalone analyzer. The new 3 Series MDO is available in bandwidths starting at 100 MHz and extending to 1 GHz. Models are available with 2.5 GS/s or 5 GS/s sample rates on all analog and up to 8.25 GS/s on digital channels with 121.2 ps timing resolution. Standard record length is 10 Mpoints.

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VPX™ Processor Board

Concurrent Technologies (Colchester, UK) announced their first VPX™ processor board based on the Intel® Xeon® E-2200 processor family (previously known as Coffee Lake Refresh) just launched by Intel® for use in long life-cycle embedded applications. The default variant of TR E8x/msd is fitted with a 6-core Intel® Xeon® E-2276ME processor running at 2.8 GHz with up to 32 GB of soldered down DDR4 memory and a rich assortment of I/O including on-board graphics.

All TR E8x/msd boards are shipped with Boot Guard enabled to ensure that only firmware authorized by Concurrent Technologies can be executed. Secure Boot is also permanently enabled, so that the operating system and application software are validated before execution. A TPM 2.0 device is fitted to act as a secure safe for encrypted key storage.

The board has been designed with a flexible PCI Express® (PCIe) configuration, to enable connection to several peripheral boards without a PCIe switch. The normal configuration has two x4 data plane ports with a further option to have up to three x4 data and expansion plane ports all running at Gen 3 speeds. An on-board PCIe switch has DMA and Non-Transparent Bridge capability to enable high throughput transfers and multi-processor board configurations.

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Turbine End Mills

Suitable for machining components with challenging geometries, new Emuge (West Boylston, MA) Turbine End Mills have a stable design including on the tools featuring a tapered flute construction. The end mills feature PVD-applied, highly hard and heat-resistant coatings, and a newly developed geometry that enables aluminum machining.

The Emuge Turbine End Mills Line includes a wide range of Taper Ball tools that feature a sub-micro grain carbide substrate and an HA cylindrical shank. The 3°, 4°, 6° and 8° Taper Ball tools have 2 and 3 flute designs, and the 17.5° has 3 flutes. Polished flutes in the 3°, 4°, 6° and 8° tools promote chip evacuation in aluminum alloys. Coating options for the Taper Ball tools include ALCR for additional tool life in titanium alloys, high temperature alloys, stainless steel and aluminum alloys, and TIALN for heat and abrasion resistance in a wide range of materials such as stainless steel, steel alloys, cast iron and other ferrous metals.

Taper Torus end mills include 3°, 4°, 6° and 8° sizes featuring 2 highly polished flutes, sub-micro grain carbide, and have a torus “cupped” radius end design for maximum step over lengths. ALCR coating is standard, and TIALN coatings are available.

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Multi-Sector Antenna

AeroVironment, Inc. (Simi Valley, CA) announced the availability of a new 360 Multi-Sector Antenna (MSA) for its Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Specifically designed to support Puma AE maritime missions, the 360 MSA provides naval operators with immediate tactical situational awareness, while eliminating the need to redirect the vessel or reconfigure the direction of an antenna to maintain an effective communication link.

Featuring an integrated array of 24 high-gain auto-selective antennas, the new 360 MSA analyzes downlink data quality and automatically switches between antenna patches with greater margin to deliver 360-degree continuous command and control coverage within a 20km nominal range. Commanding Officers (COs) can maintain complete control of the Puma AE aircraft and payload with the 360 MSA and access real time, decision critical ISR information. Additionally, it enables the bridge and combat team with mission planning, real time moving map, high resolution imagery, and contact status capability.

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Input-Protected Low-Noise Amplifiers

Pasternack (Irvine, CA) has released a new line of input-protected low-noise amplifiers (LNA's) with no damage up to +30 dBm CW input power that are ideal for radar systems, EW applications, military/microwave radios, wireless and satellite communications and test instrumentation. The new line consists of 12 different models that cover a broad range of frequency bands from 10 MHz to 3.5 GHz. These designs exhibit typical performance that includes low noise figure levels from 0.8 to 1.6 dB, high-small signal gain ranging from 25 to 40 dB, and low VSWR levels from 1.3:1 to 1.5:1. This performance is achieved through the use of hybrid MIC designs that incorporate PIN diode limiter circuitry and Enhancement mode (Emode) GaAs pHEMT semiconductor devices. These amplifiers operate with a bias voltage of +12V typical over the temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. The 50 Ohm, SMA connectorized modules are unconditionally stable, include built-in voltage regulation and have DC blocking capacitors on the RF ports.

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AC/DC Standalone Power Supply

North Atlantic Industries, Inc. (NAI) (Bohemia, NY) has introduced a 2,000 Watt AC/DC Standalone EMI Compliant Power Supply, 56XS1. NAI's 56XS1 is a conduction-cooled, 2,000 Watt AC/DC Power Supply that converts either 3-phase, AC input or +270 VDC input into a single DC output at 2,000 Watts. The 56XS1 is specifically designed with NAVMAT component derating for rugged defense and industrial applications and operates at full load through the entire -55°C to +85°C temperature range. It has been tested and qualified to MIL-STD and DO-160 specifications.

Additional features include remote error sensing, current share, output inhibit, Background Built-in-Test (BIT) and protection against overvoltage, over-current, over-temperature and short circuits. The power distribution option provides 4 fault-isolated output groups. Each group can be enabled independently through discrete signal or RS-485. Operating status for each group can be queried through the RS-485 serial bus.

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