CAD/CAM Software

Kontron has expanded its PiXtend® product range.

Kontron (Ismaning, Germany) has expanded its PiXtend® product range by supporting the engineering software logi. CAD 3 from the company logi.cals and the Spider Control I4.0 Integration Suite from iniNet. With Pi-Tron and PiXtend®, the advantages of the Raspberry Pi can be combined with the engineering platform logi.CAD 3 from logi.cals. Sophisticated control applications for industrial automation solutions can be programmed according to the IEC 61131-3 industry standard in the ST, FBD, LD and SFC programming languages. State-of-the-art source code management systems and code review systems are supported, and it is possible to connect to issue tracking systems.

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10-Gigabit Ethernet XMC Module

The new XMC633 module

Acromag’s (Wixom, MI) new XMC633 module offers two independent 10-gigabit Ethernet interface ports with 10GBASE-KX4 protocol. The XMC mezzanine card mounts on VME, VPX, PCIe and other embedded computing carrier boards. An Intel® XL710 Ethernet Controller provides high-performance network connectivity with advanced off-load and virtualization capabilities. The rear I/O model XMC633 routes two KX4 interfaces to the P16 connector and is compatible with conduction-cooling frames. Two other models are available. The previously released XMC631 model has four SFP+ front panel connectors for fiber optic or copper media transceivers, while the rear I/O model XMC632 routes two XAUI interfaces to P16. Optional VITA 61 connectors enable PCIe Gen3 data rates across eight high-speed serial lanes on the XMC P15 connector.

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High-Speed 3U VPX Synchronizer Module

The Model 5503

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Andover, MA) announced the Model 5503 Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) aligned high-speed 3U VPX synchronizer module (a SOSA plug-in-card). The Model 5503 is an optimized commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution that simplifies complex synchronization tasks for beamforming and phased-array applications used in radar, electronic warfare, and communications. The module can synchronize up to 32 channels across four RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) Quartz® modules. Four sets of programmable clock and timing signals for synchronizing, triggering and gating functions are routed to each Quartz module across the backplane, eliminating front-panel connections, while a rear transition module delivers synchronization signals to four additional modules.

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Thick Film Shunt Resistors

The LTR100L resistors

ROHM Semiconductor (Kyoto, Japan) introduced their new thick-film shunt resistors, LTR100L, optimized for industrial and consumer applications. Often used to detect current in battery protection and motor drive circuits, shunt resistors require higher accuracy to improve reliability and ensure high-efficiency operation. The LTR100L series achieves rated power of 4W in the 3264 size (3.2 mm × 6.4 mm) / 1225 size (0.12 inch × 0.25 inch) by revising resistor materials and applying terminal temperature derating. This makes them suitable for current detection in motor control and over-current protection circuits for industrial and consumer applications, which are progressing towards higher power.

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Wireless Torque Sensor

The SGR510/520 sensors

Sensor Technology (Banbury, UK) has extended its new range of non-contact torque sensors up to 13,000 Nm. The new sensors, designated the SGR510/520 series, use a full four element strain gauge bridge design. The new design also compensates for any extraneous forces, such as bending moments, inadvertently applied to the sensor, improves sensitivity, and has a wide temperature tolerance. An ultra-miniature microcontroller, mounted on a rotor and powered by an inductive coil, measures the differential values in each strain gauge and transmits them back to the stator digitally, via the same coil. State of the art strain gauge signal conditioning techniques are then used to convert raw live data into precise torque value measurements.

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CAD/CAM Software Suite

The new hyper-MILL® 2022.1 CAD/CAM software suite

OPEN MIND Technologies AG (Needham, MA) has introduced its latest hyper-MILL® 2022.1 CAD/CAM software suite that offers users new and enhanced features for even more powerful NC programming in applications ranging from 2.5D to 5-axis. Highlights in hyperMILL® 2022.1 include a new break-edge function for contour milling, combined pocket milling together with a finish path allowing cutter compensation, and increased efficiency for 3D plane machining. The new automated 3D plane machining strategy improves machining quality by searching for suitable, high performance path layouts according to parameters including when adaptive pockets are present. For improved tool data reliability and time savings, tool data such as length, radius, corner radius, and tool number and name, can be transferred directly from hyperMILL® to a Heidenhain TNC640 control using the hyper-MILL® CONNECTED Machining module.

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Compact HD Lens

A new lens from Resolve Optics

Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, UK) has developed a new rugged High Definition (HD) lens optimized for use in Head-Up Display (HUD) systems. Resolve Optics has taken the approach of designing a small compact zoom design that covers the majority of the aircraft that require HUD system recording. The zoom design can be used to set the lens at a desired FOV and locked. This means no matter what aircraft you need a HUD system for you will already have an optimized lens that can accommodate the correct FOV. Resolve Optics HD HUD lens has been designed and tested to withstand the high levels of vibration, shock typically found in aircraft.

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Multiphysics Software Platform

COMSOL has released version 6.0 of its software.

COMSOL (Burlington, MA) has released version 6.0 of the COMSOL Multiphysics ® software. This release introduces the Model Manager, a new workspace in COMSOL Multiphysics that enables efficient simulation data management and collaboration. Also introduced with version 6.0 is the Uncertainty Quantification Module. This is a new add-on product to COMSOL Multiphysics that uses probabilistic design methods to quantify uncertainty in analyses and predetermined safety margins. Version 6.0 further brings major improvements to the solvers with performance speedup by a factor of 10 in engineering areas such as heat radiation and models subjected to nonlinear structural material behavior.

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X-Band GaN on SiC Devices

New support capabilities are available for X-band applications.

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (Geneva, IL), an Arrow Electronics company, has announced the availability and full design support capabilities for a lineup of X-band GaN on SiC devices from Wolfspeed. The product offering includes discrete transistors, impedance-matched FETs and multistage MMIC amplifiers. The devices are well suited for pulsed and continuous wave X-band applications, including airborne and marine radar, weather radar, air traffic control, and test instrumentation. Wolfspeed’s portfolio of high-performance X-band solutions features a variety of power levels to optimize system performance, as well as backend support tools to assist in system design and integration.

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3U VPX High Performance Computer

The GRA115S

Abaco Systems (Huntsville, AL) announced the GRA115S, available as a rugged 3U VPX VITA 65 or as a high-performance computer (HPC) form factor with a graphics output board and designed to align to the SOSA™ standard. The GRA115S is based on NVIDIA’s® Turing architecture using either the NVIDIA RTX-5000™or RTX3000™ platforms. Both versions take full advantage of the NVIDIA GPUDirect™ RDMA to minimize latency for realtime video and data streaming. Similarly, both choices of GPU also deliver real-time performance for encoding applications with dedicated H.265 and H.264 encode and decode engines. This card provides up to 9.49 TFLOPs at peak performance. The GRA115S offers a PCI Gen 4 switch and high-speed, high resolution multi-head capability.

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CEM Interposer

Teledyne LeCroy has extended its CrossSyncPHY technology,

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) has announced the extension of their patented CrossSync PHY technology to support the PCI Express® 5.0 Card Electromechanical (CEM) specification. This new CEM interposer (PE230UIA-X) joins the existing CrossSync PHY enabled M.2 form factor interposers (PE210UIA for PCIe® 4.0 and the PE222UIA for PCIe 5.0), with more form factors in development. Engineers at the leading edge of highspeed serial communications are validating, debugging and deploying the first generation of PCI Express 5.0 devices for data storage, networking and other applications. Device and interoperability problems often arise in the electrical domain, protocol interaction or a combination of the two. By linking the oscilloscope with a protocol analyzer, it permits the oscilloscope and protocol analyzer traces to be viewed, navigated, and analyzed in a time-correlated way during a single system test.

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Manufacturing Management Software (MMS)

The new MMS Insights module supports advanced automation.

MMS Version 8, the newest release of Fastems’ (West Chester, OH) Manufacturing Management Software (MMS), boosts CNC automation intelligence to the next level by introducing a new MMS Insights view, giving practical ideas and suggestions on how to improve CNC production. The new MMS Insights module provides CNC companies with numerous highlights and suggestions on how to improve their production processes based on data gathered from the automation system, including all the integrated machinery and data systems. MMS overviews the whole production and comes up with suggestions such as adding or removing certain tools or fixtures based on usage rates or updating NC-program runtimes for more precise order scheduling. It builds upon the functionality of the earlier MMS versions which offer users a full suite of options for automated production planning, including production resource preparation and indication of missing resources such as cutting tools, raw materials, NC programs, or workholding.

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Signal Generators

The Rubidium signal generator

Anritsu Company (Morgan Hills, CA) has introduced the Rubidium signal generator family that delivers signal purity and frequency stability, even at high output power levels, across a broad frequency range of 9 kHz to 43.5 GHz. Signal purity is critical to a wide range of measurement applications, from radar testing to testing ADCs and DACs. The Rubidium signal generator offers low single sideband (SSB) phase noise of -136 dBc/Hz (typical) and -140 dBc/Hz (measured) at 10 GHz and 10 kHz offset. Rubidium’s AM, FM/PM, and pulse modulation capabilities enable a wide range of complex analog modulated signals. An internal low frequency generator can produce seven waveform types to modulate the carrier. The signal generator is housed in a 3U chassis with a 7-inch touch screen on the front panel with a traditional keypad/dial interface.

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