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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