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USB to RS-232/RS-485 Converter

October 30, 2007 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

OTEK Corp. announced its USB converter that allows the interface of any RS-232 or -485 equipment with any USB port without the need for an external power supply. The USB draws its power from the USB port and since the connectors match any existing PC DB9, the USB plugs to the DB9 on the existing equipment, requiring one cable (type A to type B) for the USB end. For RS-485, the USB comes with a screw terminal connector.

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High-Density PC Board Assemblies

October 30, 2007 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Endicott Interconnect (EI) Technologies, Inc. introduced large, high complexity PC boards for use in compute-intensive applications such as servers and mainframes for defense, aerospace and commercial uses. High-density, double sided, hybrid PC board assemblies (SMT/PTH/press fit) are available with an average component count of > 1,500, including high-I/O area array modules (CGA, LGA, PBGA) and dense, high-I/O connectors in sizes up to 32" × 44".

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Digital Pen Technology Platform

October 30, 2007 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

InPlay Technologies introduced its FinePoint MPD-9xx Series, offering a full range of user-defined digital options. It provides a cordless, active RF digital pen in battery-powered or battery-free versions. The digitizer behind the LCD screen uses electromagnetic technology to communicate with the pen as it moves across the surface, reporting the tip status, sensitivity and pen position.

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Compact PXI Switch Matrix Systems

October 30, 2007 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces introduced its BRIC2 matrices that occupy two slots of a PXI chassis, providing a more compact system for matrix applications not requiring the higher crosspoint count of four- or eight-slot BRICs. Each BRIC2 is a completely configured matrix that requires no terminal blocks for users to wire together and which maximizes the bandwidth of the switches. They are available in a variety of configurations with matrix sizes up to 276 × 4 in single-pole configurations.

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System Supports PCMCIA Technology

October 30, 2007 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex, Inc. introduced its ExpressCard header and ejector assembly to replace the traditional PC Card and CardBus interface. The system offers modular expansion to computers using a smaller interface. Developed for applications in desktop and notebook computers, the technology supports the PCI Express and USB 2.0 interface, allowing hot plugging that permits users to add memory, wired and wireless communications, multimedia, security features to mobile and desktop systems.

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VME64x PowerPC Single Board Computer

October 30, 2007 5:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cornet Technology Communications announced its Celero CVME-7448ST, a VME64x PowerPC single board computer. This board incorporates a host-bridge controller (Tundra Tsi109) and DDR2 to give added life to COTS VME64x single board computers that are still used in real-time/embedded military and aerospace programs.

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Rack Mountable Streaming Video Server

October 30, 2007 5:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray announced its 2446 streaming video server that accepts either standard or high definition NTSC or PAL video inputs with synchronized audio. The video is scaled to D1 for MPEG compression, and it is transmitted using the RTP or UDP protocol. The encoded video is playable by commercial set-top boxes or on PCs running free open source software.

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PCB Assemblies for High Volume Applications

October 30, 2007 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Endicott Interconnect (EI) Technologies announced high-volume, fully assembled PC boards. These high-density hybrid PCB assemblies are double-sided complex boards with mixed technologies and an average component count of  >1,500 in large sizes (18"×24") for SMT or non-SMT backplanes.

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Loop Powered Serial I/O DPM

October 30, 2007 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

OTEK Corp. introduced its LPM series, a 4½ LCD digit process meter that is powered by the current loop. It has an optional loop powered backlight (red or green), and it is RS232/485/USB compatible. Two wires are required in series with the loop to make the LPM work as a basic loop-powered display

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Low Profile PCI Serial Interface

October 30, 2007 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering Inc. announced its OMG-COMM4-LPCI-DB25 low profile PCI serial interface which provides four RS-232 serial ports capable of data rates up to 460.8 Kbps. Each RS-232 port implements all modem control signals for maximum compatibility with a range of peripherals. The board is MD1 low profile, Universal Bus (3.3V and 5V) compatible, and it uses a 16C864 UART to provide 128-byte Tx/Rx FIFOs for maximum reliability in data intensive applications.

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PC/104+ PC card and CardBus Adapter

October 25, 2007 4:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray announced the addition of the model 335 to their PC/104 line of products,.  The PC/104+ module supports CardBus and PC cards (PCMCIA). It will support two Type I or Type II 32 bit PC cards or one Type III allowing the expansion of additional functions such as: 10/100/1000 Mbps wireless Ethernet adapters, biometrics readers, Bluetooth cards and GPS cards.

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PC/104-Plus Board Runs Hot and Cold

October 23, 2007 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Products that operate over a wide temperature range can take advantage of the Winsystems PPM-GX, a PC/104-Plus-compatible single-board computer (SBC) based on the AMD GX500 processor which runs x86-compatible software. This SBC works with PC/104 and PC/104-Plus I/O modules and operates between -40° to +85°C without the need for a fan. The board offers the CPU and video, LPT, mouse, audio and keyboard controllers

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Small MCU Package Adds Lots of Flash

October 23, 2007 11:08 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The small packages -- down to 6×6 mm -- Microchip Technology uses for its newest PIC24F 16-bit microcontroller family do not compromise memory or I/O capabilities. The chips, available in 28- and 44-pin QFN packages, include 16 Kbytes to 64 Kbytes of flash program memory and as many as 8 Kbytes of SRAM. The PIC24FJ64GA004 family lets developers use a pin-mapping function to connect I/O devices to specific MCU pins as needed.

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Compiler Cuts Code in Half

October 23, 2007 11:01 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Hi-Tech Software has announced a new compilation technology that generates object code based on call- and pointer-reference graphs derived from all the modules in an embedded program. The new technology, called Omniscient Code Generation (OCG), overcomes problems in conventional compilers that can miss inconsistent calling conventions, variable declarations and redundant code because they compile each module independently and separately. OCG results in more easily ported code that is nearly 50 percent more dense than code from competing compilers.

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VPX/REDI, 3U SBC Supports Dual Core PowerPC at 34W

October 23, 2007 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The XPedite 8070 high performance 3U VPX-REDI single board computer (SBC) from Extreme Engineering Solutions is appropriate for ruggedized systems requiring high bandwidth processing and low power consumption. With two P.A. Semi PA6T cores running at up to 2 GHz while dissipating <17W, the PA6T-1682 provides desirable performance-per-Watt. The P.A. Semi PA6T-1682 PWRficient integrated platform processor combines dual PA6T cores with high performance communication to two DDR2 SDRAM channels and a variety of network interfaces.

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