Quartz RFSoC Board

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) introduced the Quartz Model 5550, an eight-channel A/D and D/A converter, 3U OpenVPX board based on the Xilinx Zynq Ultra-Scale+ RFSoC and aligned to the SOSA Technical Standard. A key development breakthrough was the decision to implement connector technology that enables backplane only I/O. The Model 5550 incorporates the ANSI/VITA 67.3D VPX Backplane Interconnect standard for both coaxial RF and optical I/O. In addition, the Model 5550 includes a 40GigE interface and a shelf-management sub-system.

The Model 5550 uses the Model 6001 QuartzXM eXpress module containing the RFSoC FPGA and all needed support circuitry implemented on a carrier module designed specifically to align with the technical standard for the SOSA reference architecture. It comes pre-loaded with a suite of Pentek IP modules that include DMA engines, DDR4 memory controller, test signal and metadata generators, data packing and flow control. The front end accepts analog IF or RF inputs on eight coax connectors located within a VITA 67.3D backplane connector. After balun coupling to the RFSoC, the analog signals are routed to eight 4 GSPS, 12-bit A/D converters. Each converter has built-in digital downconverters with programmable 1×, 2×, 4× and 8× decimation and independent tuning.

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SWaP-Optimized Embedded Computing System

VersaLogic Corp., (Tualatin, OR) announced a new SWaP-optimized embedded computing system with ECC memory. Named “Harrier”, this new embedded computer features Intel®’s latest 5th generation Apollo Lake Atom processors with error-correcting memory. The Harrier includes a TPM 2.0 security chip, onboard power regulation, USB and Ethernet I/O ports, and Mini PCIe expansion sockets. The soldered-on ECC RAM enhances both reliability and ruggedness. The Harrier is available with up to 8 GB of Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory to address the risk of memory errors in any high-reliability applications.

Within its 55 × 95 × 27 mm package, the Harrier is designed and tested for full industrial temperature (-40° to +85°C) operation and meets MIL-STD-202H specifications for shock and vibration. In addition, onboard power regulation ensures reliable operation with fluctuating or noisy power sources. The built-in TPM 2.0 security chip provides hardware-level security for applications that require secure logins, encrypted data storage, protected files, etc. Onboard I/O includes dual Gigabit Ethernet, one USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, and two serial ports.

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Load-Indicating Technology

Knowing the tension of critical joints is a matter of safety, peak performance, and maximum uptime. Valley Forge & Bolt (Phoenix, AZ) recently introduced its SPC4 Load-Indicating Technology that makes it possible to measure the actual tension in a fastener, not just the preload that is being applied by torque or tension tools. By using SPC4 and any one of its specially designed interchangeable readers, technicians can quickly and easily gauge tension and even have the option of remotely monitoring fastener tension within SPC4 bolted joints.

SPC4 is proprietary technology from Valley Forge that is ASTM F2482 compliant and accurately measures direct tension in the fastener within +/- 5%. It provides absolute, real-time knowledge of fastener tension and performance by measuring the stretch of the bolt (in other words, the bolt tension), directly from the fastener. Because stretch is the force that creates clamp load, this capability makes SPC4 the most accurate method available to monitor the clamp load of critical joints.

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400 Hz Power Converter

Digicom Electronics (Oakland, CA) introduced its new portable, lightweight, 400 Hz power converter. The GENO 400 Hz Digicom Power Converter Model 779 accepts 100 VAC-250 VAC, 50 Hz, 60 Hz, and 400 Hz single, two, or 3-phase inputs and converts the power to 120 VAC 60 Hz output. The converter weighs only 15.1 lbs. This design is suitable for applications in the aerospace industry, construction, military, as well as any remote activity locations where a standard power grid is not available.

The default power on almost everything on an aircraft, as well as ground support equipment at airports and maintenance facilities, is designed for 400 Hz. Diesel power generators deliver power at 400 Hz. Yet all power tools made and used in the USA, if not battery driven, are designed to run on 110-120V, 50 Hz. Digicom's GENO power converter's harmonic distortion of less than 5% and output short-circuit protection offer clean, efficient, and safe operation. The four standard outlets with easy access ON/OFF switches, the LED status indicators, two internal cooling fans, each with vents containing an air filter that can be removed for cleaning, make operation of the GENO Converter easy to use and maintain.

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Rugged 3U VPX Server Board

Concurrent Technologies announced a rugged 3U VPX board for compute-intensive applications in accordance with a proposed VITA 65.1 profile developed in alignment with the SOSA Technical Standard. TR J4x/6sd-RCx is Concurrent Technologies’ first processor board with a 40G Optical Ethernet Interface for high bandwidth and reliable connections. It has been developed as a high-performance follow on from the popular TR H4x/3sd-RCx board released in early 2019.

By default, TR J4x/6sd-RCx is fitted with a 12-core Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1559 and 64 GB of soldered down DDR4 memory for server grade application and workload consolidation in highly challenging environments. Alongside the Optical Interconnect (1 × 40GBASE-SR4 or 4 × 10GBASE-SR), TR J4x/6sd-RCx has 2 × 10GBASEKR Ethernet connections and up to ×8 lanes of Gen 3 PCI Express® for high-speed point to point connectivity with adjacent accelerator boards. A front connection with VGA and USB ports allows for easy setup with Linux or Windows Server operating systems or hypervisors from vendors like VMware®.

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