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Instrument Platform Provides Power Characterization

October 7, 2008 10:47 am | Keithley Instruments | Comments

Combining a precision power supply, true current source, DMM, arbitrary waveform generator, the 2600A System SourceMeter Instrument family from Keithley Instruments has a V or I pulse generator with measurement, electronic load, and trigger control. Using A/D converter technology that provides both high speed and measurement precision, the instruments also feature

Trident Connectors Address Transportation Applications

October 7, 2008 10:38 am | Comments

Intended for use in transportation applications, Trident Series connectors from ITT Interconnect Solutions are offered in six configurations, including Snap Together (rectangular and slimline), Multiway (rack & panel), Ringlock (circular), Neptune (circular), and TNM (circular) versions. The Snap Together connectors can handle 250 VAC, with a current rating is 13 A

ATCA Blade Employs Dual Processors

October 7, 2008 10:17 am | Comments

Coupling with the Intel 5100 memory controller hub (MCH) chipset operating with up to 1,333 MHz front side bus, JumpGen Systems’ PRA-200 AdvancedTCA (ATCA) node blade supports dual quad-core processors. The board can be deployed with 1 or 2 Intel Xeon L5408 processors running at up to 2.13 GHz, Intel Xeon L5238 processors running at up to 2.66 GHz, or other Intel processors in the 5400, 5300, 5200, and 5100 Series. The blade exhibits up to 32 GB of ECC DDR2 memory running at


Avionics Test System Targets MRO Apps

October 7, 2008 9:30 am | Comments

Supporting analog, digital, and mixed-signal testing applications, Geotest’s TS-375 6U avionics test system addresses test applications for depot and MRO (maintenance repair overhaul) facilities. The GX7102A PXI-based instrument offers a 960-pin, zero insertion force

Sensor Architecture Delivers ISR Capabilities

October 7, 2008 8:51 am | Comments

Combining information management, such as data fusion, exploitation, and dissemination, with signal and image processing, Mercury Computer Systems’ Converged Sensor Network (CSN) Architecture offers transformational ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) capabilities. The sensor network solution uses

Host Adapter Presents 6,400 MB/s Throughput

October 7, 2008 8:19 am | Comments

Including an x8 PCI Express 2.0 bus interconnect, ATTO Technology’s Celerity FC-84EN 8 Gb quad-Fibre Channel host adapter exhibits full-duplex throughput of 1,600 MB/s per channel (6,400 MB/s on 4 channels). The board demonstrates aggregate speeds of up to 3,200 MB/s for reads or writes, and support for data applications including 2K and 4K film

Battery Chargers Utilize MOSFET Circuitry

October 7, 2008 5:32 am | Comments

Converting AC power to usable DC power, AMETEK Prestolite Power’s Prestolite Advanced Charger (PAC) Eclipse Series high-frequency battery chargers use MOSFET power conversion circuitry. The devices recharge any 100% discharged flooded or sealed lead-acid batteries and NiCad batteries within 8 hours. The chargers adapt to charging environments including opportunity charging and multiple battery types with 3 different equalize options, delayed start, and time of day block-out periods. The instruments allow the battery to determine its own

WiMAX SoC Supports Base Stations

October 6, 2008 12:31 pm | Comments

Using Fujitsu 65 nm process technology, Fujitsu’s MB86K81 802.16e WiMAX base station SoC offers support for femto, pico, and micro base station architectures. The scalable component incorporates PHY and MAC features along with the analog and digital radio control, and analog circuits required for base station products to pass Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 certiciation requirements. An on-chip


Peak Power Meters Deliver High Sampling Rate

October 6, 2008 11:12 am | Comments

Operating at 20 MHz video bandwidth, Anritsu’s ML2480B Series wideband peak power meters demonstrate a sampling rate of 64 MS/s in next-generation wireless and military communications signals. The tools measure average power, peak power, and crest factor, as well as statistical analysis of complex modulated signals. The ML2487B supports single sensor

Connectors Target MicroTCA Applications

October 6, 2008 10:23 am | Comments

Meeting PICMIG specifications, Conec’s MicroTCA connector program suits MicroTCA applications. The MTCA.0-specified series consists of AMC backplane connectors in press-fit technology (Part # 47-000001), and power output connectors in press-fit technology for backplane (Part # 47-100001) and power modules (Part # 47-100011). The program includes

Power Sensors Cover 20 dBm

October 6, 2008 9:34 am | Keysight Technologies | Comments

Replacing the 8480 Series, Agilent Technologies’ N8480 Series thermocouple power sensors perform in a power range from -35 dBm to 20 dBm for a 55 dB dynamic range. The devices operate in a frequency range from 100 kHz to 33 GHz. The sensors incorporate a built-in EEPROM for storing calibration factors, enabling automatic loading of cal factors, and

Capacitors Function in High Voltage Bus Apps

October 6, 2008 8:42 am | Comments

Presenting voltage ratings from 100 VDC to 500 VDC, ITW Paktron’s RA Series multi-layer polymer (MLP) film capacitors are designed for high voltage bus applications. The devices exhibit capacitance values from 0.1 µF to 10 µF in commercial and military infrastructure products. The capacitors do not crack when exposed to temperature extremes or

Bluetooth Development Kit Includes Stereo DSP

October 6, 2008 7:45 am | Comments

Switching between wireless music playback and voice calls, CSR’s BlueTunes ROM ROM-based Bluetooth development kit integrates a DSP for stereo headsets. The Bluetooth v2.1+EDR-compliant component offers an integrated stereo codec providing 95 dB SNR, support for sub band codec and mp3 decoding, a configurable 5-band equalizer, and a 180 mAh


Brushless Motors Exhibit High Efficiency

October 6, 2008 7:01 am | Comments

Coming in 2- and 4-pole designs with or without hall sensors, Koford Engineering’s new line of 36 mm slotless brushless motors achieve efficiencies of up to 89%. The instruments present power outputs from 10 W to 620 W, speeds from 3,600 rpm to 30,000 rpm, and mechanical time constants as low as 4 ms. The 4-pole configuration doubles the resolution for hall feedback speed control. The cog-less motors are engineered to provide a straight line speed

DC/DC Converters Target Board-Level Applications

October 6, 2008 6:04 am | Comments

The FED20W series of modular packaged dc/dc converters from Astrodyne are designed to meet power conversion requirements in board-level product applications such as data acquisition, communications, and industrial I/O. The FED20W series provides output power of 20 W and accepts 4:1 wide range inputs from 9 VDC to 75 VDC


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