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AMC Extender Card Supports Fabric Connectors

April 1, 2008 11:03 am | Comments

Elma Electronic, Inc. announced its extender board for MicroTCA and AMC-based systems that extends the signals out of the card cage area so that an Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) can be tested or debugged. The AMC extender card is a passive extender module, supporting all fabric connectors as defined in the AMC.x and MicroTCA specifications. The board complies with the MicroTCA.0, AMC.1 R1.0, AMC.2 D0.96A specifications, and it plugs into an AMC slot like a regular AMC module. Management and payload power can be individually switch isolated. The metal frame of the AMC extender card holds the board under test securely in place.

Servo Drive Measures Motor Shaft Position

April 1, 2008 10:51 am | Comments

Lenze-AC Tech released its resolver-based Model 941 position servo drive that measures the position of the motor shaft within a revolution, while an incremental encoder can only know the relative position of the shaft. This position servo has an integrated resolver with a scalable emulated encoder output for applications that require tight positioning control. The output scales the resolution back into the user’s controller, providing 15 options of positioning resolution. Users can also choose their own level of control with the position servo drive’s capability of controlling basic torque and velocity applications up through fully programmable coordinated motion.

Switching Modules Address ARINC 608A Requirements

April 1, 2008 10:43 am | Comments

Pickering Interfaces introduced two PXI switching modules to address requirements for ARINC 608A switching in the aerospace market. The products can be supported in any 3U PXI chassis, and they can be supported in a proprietary LXI modular switching chassis. Model 40-569 is a 4- or 8-slot BRIC module that integrates a 16-wire analog bus with BUS matrix cards and resource distributor cards in accordance with Appendix D of the ARINC 608 specification.


WAN Processing Boards Provide Carrier Class Features

April 1, 2008 10:33 am | Comments

One Stop Systems introduced two carrier-class T1/E1/J1 PMC and PCI adapter boards in short card and mezzanine card form factors. Both adapter boards integrate onto host CPU PCI and PMC sites to build processing systems that address high-density wireless, wireline, SS7 and network convergence applications. The carrier-class adapters offer single, dual or quad front panel T1/E1/J1 ports that are accessible through shielded RJ-48c connectors for easy cabling and low emissions.

Evaluation Board is Supplied as a Complete Kit

April 1, 2008 10:25 am | Comments

Future Technology Devices International Ltd. (FTDI) announced its V-EVAL hardware development platform for Vinculum VNC1L-based embedded USB host designs. Supplied as a complete kit, it includes the V-EVAL development board, power supply, USB A/B cable and a USB gender change for use with USB slave applications. The board provides two USB host/slave ports, multiple I/O port connectors and an inbuilt Vinculum USB device programmer, terminal emulator and command monitor.

Rack-mount Converter for Railway Applications

April 1, 2008 10:25 am | Comments

Designed to meet the requirements of EN 50155 for electronic equipment used on railway rolling stock, Absopulse Electronics’ 200W BAP 236R-EH Series plug-in (Eurocard) DC/DC converter delivers any DC output up to 130V DC. The device measures 3U × 14 HP × 220 mm and can be operated from supply voltages of 24V DC (14.4V to 37V), 36V DC (22V to 55V), 48V DC (28V to 74V), 72V DC (42V to 110V), 96V DC or 110V DC (57V to 168V).

Dual-Rank DDR2 Registered DIMMs for High-End Servers

April 1, 2008 10:10 am | Comments

SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. announced its 8 GB dual-rank PC2-4200 registered DIMM (RDIMM) that features advanced packaging technologies and the MetaSDRAM chipset. Designed for use in high-end servers, the RDIMM doubles available storage capacity while lowering cost compared to traditional dual-rank modules, and improving system performance by lowering power consumption with the use of a four-rank module system.

Low-Power, Large Memory 16-bit MCUs Eliminate Need for External Cap-Touch Components

April 1, 2008 8:07 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Microchip Technology added nine new members to the PIC24F 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) family which features low power (2.6 µA standby current) and large-memory (up to 256 KB Flash and 16 KB RAM). This 16-bit MCU includes an integrated Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) peripheral, which


One-Chip PCIe to UART Serial Bridge Designed for Low Power Consumption

April 1, 2008 7:23 am | Comments

Pericom Semiconductor announced a PCI Express SBridge (serial bridge) product family, offering a one chip device for the CPU to UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter) I/O market. The product family consists of three different UART port count configurations:

Mini SIP3 Switchers Deliver up to 1.5A

April 1, 2008 7:08 am | Comments

Offering efficiencies as high as 97% with no need for a heatsink, the R-78Bxx Series of SIP3-sized switching regulators is available in versions delivering up to 15W at ambient temperatures from -40°C to +85°C without forced-air cooling. The R-78Bxx-1.0 delivers from 1.5 to 15VDC at up to 1A with an input of up to 34VDC, the R-78Bxx-1.5 yields 1.5 to 6.5VDC at up to 1.5A from an input of up to 18VDC, and the R-78HBxx-0.5 is presented as the first 8:1 converter with an output from 3.3 to 24VDC using an input from 9 to 72VDC.

Thin Server Board Lets Users Power Down

April 1, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

VIA Technologies' NAS 7800 board for thin servers and NAS segment systems offer up to eight S-ATA II ports and two Gigabit ports. Powered by a low heat, energy-efficient 1.5 GHz VIA C7 processor, with an optional fanless VIA Eden sku, the board features a

DC Link Capacitor Handles Higher Currents

April 1, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

With a low-loss polypropylene dielectric, in a UL 94 V-0 plastic case and self-extinguishing epoxy resin sealing, the WIMA DC-LINK MKP 4 DC link capacitor can replace electrolytic devices in high-power converter applications. Available with capacitances from 5µF to 75µF at voltages of 450V DC, 700V DC, 900V DC und 1,100V DC, the self-healing polypropylene parts come

GaN Power Transistor Addresses 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz Markets

April 1, 2008 6:27 am | Comments

Consisting of a broadband DC to 4GHz GaN-on-Si HEMT in a thermally-enhanced plastic package, the NPT1004 delivers up to 45W at 28V for high PAR and pulsed applications, up to 5W for 2.5GHz to 3.5GHz WiMAX applications, and 4.5W for 3.3GHz to 3.5GHz WiMAX applications. The Pb-free, RoHS-compliant device suits high peak to average power amplifiers for WiMAX and systems using pulsed waveforms such as in radar, telemetry, and medical applications.


Starter Kit Supports ColdFire Development

April 1, 2008 5:38 am | Iar Systems Software | Comments

Providing a tool for designers developing a system based upon a Freescale ColdFire microcontroller, the IAR KickStart Kit includes an MCF52223-SK evaluation board, a limited edition of the IAR Embedded Workbench V1.20 for ColdFire, the IAR J-Link for ColdFire BDM26 debug probe, and a 20-state evaluation edition of IAR visualSTATE. The Embedded Workbench is an integrated C/C++ development environment providing full support for devices with ColdFire V1, V2 and V3 cores.

12-bit Digitizer Features Simultaneous Sampling and Streaming to PC

March 31, 2008 10:16 am | Comments

Recording signals to the card memory of up to 2 Giga-samples or streamed at full rate to the host PC, Strategic Test Corp’s UF2e-3120 two-channel 10 MS/s 12-bit waveform digitizer PCI Express card features options for dual-timebase sampling, synchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital I/O and the possibility to synchronize up to 542 channels. Each channel has its own 10 MS/s ADC for true simultaneous sampling.


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