CT Software Solutions

Volume Graphics (Charlotte, NC) announced the latest generation of its software solutions for non-destructive quality assurance with industrial computed tomography (CT): Version 3.3 of VGSTUDIO MAX, VGSTUDIO, VGMETROLOGY, and VGinLINE.

VGSTUDIO MAX software is used for the analysis and visualization of industrial computed tomography (CT) data and covers all requirements related to metrology, defect detection and assessment, material properties, and simulation. Using the new version, customers can determine the surfaces of multi-material components, export measurement and analysis results to store them centrally in quality-management software, automate inspection processes more flexibly based on text recognition, and translate real CT data into volume meshes for simulation.

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Low-Profile K/Ka Band Transceiver

Irish company Arralis (Limerick, Ireland) announced the launch of its new K/Ka-Band transceiver for all satellite applications. The LE-KaTR-102 transceiver, which is designed to fit within a 1U cubesat profile (100 × 100 x 100 mm), offers coverage between 27 and 30.5 GHz in the uplink band and 17 to 21.2 GHz in the downlink band.

The system utilizes Arralis’ Leonis MMIC portfolio and employs a fully integrated VCO and PLL with IQ mixers, for high-speed data communication links between the satellites and ground-based stations. The Leonis chipset was developed to meet the growing demand for low cost K/Ka band satellite equipment that is simple to interface with current digital internet hardware.

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Inductive Linear Position Sensor

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ), a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC, has expanded its sensor product offering by adding the LR-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors to its line. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial applications. Operating from a variety of DC voltages, the LR-27 series offer a choice of four analog outputs, and all units include ASG’s proprietary SenSet™ field scalability feature. Features include: contactless operation to prevent wearout from dither or cycling; 4 ranges from 25 to 150 mm (1 to 6 inches) and LRL series for ranges 200 to 450 mm (8 to 18 inches); 27 mm (1.05 inch) diameter anodized aluminum housing sealed to IP-67; radial cable exit version comes with swivel rod eye ends; and axial termination versions with either M-12 connector or 1m cable.

The LR series also includes the LR-19 series for applications where a shorter length and smaller diameter body is required and the spring-loaded LRS-18 for applications where the probe cannot be hard fixed to the measurand.

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Non-Magnetic Linear Ball Slides

Del-Tron’s new product line of non-magnetic ball slides provides the ideal solution for applications where magnetic interference cannot be tolerated. These lightweight nonmagnetic ball slides are the perfect solution for medical, semiconductor, military and laser applications, just to name a few.

Non-magnetic linear motion ball slides are available in 7 profile sizes with travels ranging from .5 inches to 12 inches of travel. Metric ball slides are also available. All slides have a straight-line accuracy of .0005" per inch of travel and a positional repeatability of .0002". They are self-cleaning and do not require lubrication.

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Tactical Network Software

PacStar® (Portland, OR) announced a new major edition of its IQ-Core Software, now with remote operations and management (ROAM). The new edition, called IQ-Core ROAM, enables network administrators to view entire tactical networks through a single pane of glass, while sharing views and access to deployed operators at any level or echelon of the network, creating a collaborative, hierarchical, network operations and management structure.

IQ-Core ROAM integrates with PacStar’s IQ-Core Network Communications Manager (NCM) for nodal management and IQ-Core Crypto Manager for CSfC and VPN management. Key capabilities in IQ-Core ROAM include: Management capabilities for both local operators and central NOC administrators, running simultaneously at central and distributed locations; multiple site or mission-based diagrams to quickly gain targeted situational awareness; aggregated bandwidth, latency, flow, and availability data views to help troubleshoot and plan network configurations; drill down access to network nodes with full IQ-Core NCM and Crypto Manager capabilities.

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Digital Oscilloscope

RIGOL Technologies (Beaverton, OR) announced a significant expansion to its UltraVision II oscilloscope portfolio with the introduction of the New MSO8000 Series Digital Oscilloscope. Delivering up to 2 GHz bandwidth and a new Jitter and Real-Time Eye Analysis package, the MSO8000 Series extends RIGOL’s value proposition into serial data analysis and signal integrity applications.

The MSO8000 is built around RIGOL’s 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.

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Multi-Core Remote I/O Subsystem

Aitech Defense Systems, Inc. (Chatsworth, CA) has ported the cost-effective, open source Linux operating system onto its intelligent Ai-RIO remote I/O interface unit (RIU). This modular small form factor (SFF) RIU internally networks up to eight expansion modules – or ‘slices’ – for extremely high density and low power in a compact physical space.

The Linux-based software development kit (SDK) for the Ai-RIO facilitates easy development of applications. The Linux BSP is delivered as a Virtual Machine (VM) with the complete source code and build environment. The VM has a pre-configured TFTP server to boot the kernel and an NFS server to be used for storage and file sharing during the development. All Ai-RIO units are tested and characterized directly by Aitech for radiation effects over 25 krads (Si) TID. The dual-core, high performance, low power NXP P1020 processor was selected, since it is immune to latch-up, with other components chosen to meet the heavy ion Linear Energy Transfer threshold (LETth) of at least 37 MeV-cm2/mg for latch-up.

The modular subsystem features onboard temperature sensors as well as A/D voltage and current monitoring with built-in test (BIT) for high reliability and a base configuration weight of only 3.75 lbs with a power dissipation of less than 12W.

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Hermetically Sealed Wet Tantalum Capacitors

AVX Corporation (Fountain Inn, SC) announced that several of its TWA Series axial-leaded, hermetically sealed wet electrolytic tantalum capacitors are now qualified to MIL-PRF-39006/33A. Designed to deliver high-reliability, high-CV performance in harsh-environment military, defense, avionics, and industrial applications, including satellites, DC/DC power supplies, power converters, bulk energy storage, and pulse power circuits, the new TWA M39006 Series capacitors have a cylindrical, axial-leaded case with a hermetically sealed welded tantalum can and header assembly that ruggedly withstands environmental hazards including shock, vibration, and temperatures extending from -55°C to +125°C, and a unique cathode system that provides impressively high CV/cc and stable electrical parameters.

TWA Series capacitors currently on the MIL-PRF-39006 qualified parts list (QPL) are manufactured at the AVX facility in Lanškroun, Czech Republic, and include T3 and T4 case sizes with M-level reliability (i.e., failure rates of 1% per 1,000 hours), capacitance values spanning 470–1800μF, and voltage ratings ranging from 25–75V. The TWA M39006 Series capacitors also exhibit low DC leakage (5–12μA at +25°C and 20–50μA at +85°C and +125°C) and low ESR (0.5–0.9 | max. at 120 Hz).

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Simulation and Optimization Software

One of the ways NCSIMUL simulation and optimization software from Hexagon Production Software (North Kingstown, RI) helps aerospace manufacturers is by creating “digital twin” process models that facilitate fulfilment of customer demands for higher production rates and product quality as part of the Industry 4.0 environment.

NCSIMUL software works directly with ISO NC machining codes to simulate, verify and optimize machining programs based on specific parts, tooling, and machine tool characteristics. Three-dimensional graphics help prevent crashes while complex algorithms and embedded process-based knowledge enable optimization of cutting conditions. Use of the software reduces time spent debugging programs, eliminates risk of spindle collision, tool breakage and scrap, and improves cycle times, process efficiencies and machine utilization.

NCSIMUL provides machining verification in three steps: it investigates and corrects coding errors, simulates to detect collisions and correct motion errors, and validates the machining results. The software also monitors production transfers, tool management and machine status.

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Vector Signal Transceivers

National Instruments (NI) (Austin, TX) announced the PXIe-5831 vector signal transceiver (VST) to further address time-to-market challenges for X-band, Ku-band and Ka-band radar and satellite communications (SATCOM) components and systems. The PXIe-5831 VST with modular millimeter wave (mmWave) heads expands the VST product family to provide frequency coverage up to 44 GHz. It delivers 1 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth for generation and analysis, and features a high-performance FPGA, so users can perform faster, optimized measurements, inline signal processing and high-speed data transfer.

The PXIe-5831 combines the PXIe-5820 baseband VST with the PXIe-3622 vector signal upconverter/downconverter for direct RF generation and analysis from 5 to 21 GHz. Modular mmWave heads further expand coverage to include frequencies from 23 to 44 GHz with integrated and calibrated switching for up to 32 channels. This enables multichannel beamformer and phased-array measurements without the need for additional infrastructure.

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Data Recording System

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) announced the most recent addition to the Talon RTX small form factor (SFF) series of high-speed, high-performance, rugged recording systems, the Model RTX 2596, capable of recording and playing back four Serial Front Panel Data Port (sFPDP) data streams.

The Talon RTX 2596 is fully-deployable and suitable for capturing digitized sensor data from radar systems and RF downconverters that use the lightweight VITA 17.1 sFPDP protocol. It supports baud rates to 4.25 GBaud and has options for multi-mode or single-mode optical interfaces. The VITA 17.1 specification is fully implemented, providing standard sFPDP features such as Flow Control, Copy/Loop Mode and CRC error checking.

The Talon RTX 2596 SFF recorder weighs just 18 pounds and is designed for extreme operating environments. Optimized for SWaP (size, weight and power), the rugged sealed ½ ATR recorder is available with up to 61 TB of removable SSD storage.

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COM Express Type 6 Modules

congatec (San Diego, CA) recently announced 10 new COM Express Type 6 modules featuring the latest Intel embedded processor technology. The four Intel Xeon, three Intel Core, two Intel Celeron and one Intel Pentium processors are all based on the same Intel microarchitecture (code-named Coffee Lake H). This enables congatec to provide all 10 new processors on one COM Express module design – the conga-TS370.

The spearhead in terms of computing power is the 45 watt 6-core module with 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon E-2276ME processor. Particularly noteworthy are the two 6-core congatec modules with a TDP of 25 watts offered on Intel Xeon E-2276ML and Intel Core i7-9850HL processors. They enable developers to create completely passively cooled embedded edge computing systems that can run up to 12 standalone virtual machines in parallel thanks to hyperthreading. This allows operation even in fully sealed systems, under the harshest environmental conditions and with the highest IP protection. The same applies to the two quad-core modules with Intel Xeon E-2254ML or Intel Core i3-9100HL processor as well as the Intel Celeron G4932E processor-based module, all featuring a – partly configurable – TDP of 25 watts.

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This article first appeared in the October, 2019 issue of Aerospace & Defense Technology Magazine.

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