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Radio-via-Ethernet Board for Streaming Audio without a PC

A ready-to-go answer for integrating an Internet radio solution that will play streaming audio without the need for a PC is based on a hard-coded W5100 Ethernet IC from Wiznet and an ARM7 processor and MP3 decoder. WIZ-iRadio’s mother/daughterboard construction provides all needed connectors and a helpful backlit 128 x 64 pixel graphic LCD for program and song-file information. It even comes with its own infrared remote control. WIZ-iRadio allows access to Web-based radio stations broadcasting an audio stream in MP3 format. The module can connect to servers with SHOUTcast, MMS and HTTP, DHCP or static IP. Running from 5V, WIZ-iRadio needs less than 180 mA.

Configuring WIZ-iRadio is simple, thanks to a small Windows utility provided free, which allows you to store a list of your favorite network radio stations settings in a simple text file. Complete C source code software is supplied, so you can adapt the program to your own specific needs, especially if you have ARM environment capabilities. Full documentation is provided, with schematic diagrams and complete instructions for use. WIZ-iRadio is available from U.S. distributor Saelig at $149 each.

Saelig, Pittsford, NY. (888) 772-3544. [].

Hybrid Signal Processing AMC Module Based on TI Multicore DSP

Featuring a high-performance, multicore Texas Instruments DSP designed specifically for telecommunications infrastructure applications and coupled with a high-density Altera FPGA, a new AMC module provides a flexible, reconfigurable platform for high-end digital signal processing. The F1/GXAM from BittWare features TI’s C6474 high-performance multicore DSP, enabling SoC solutions in one modular, scalable device with the benefits of a small footprint. The device contains specialized coprocessors and supports several standard interfaces including Serial RapidIO, Gigabit Ethernet, DDR2 and McBSP. Robust software tools are available to aid development including TI’s Code Composer Studio and numerous third-party programs.

The onboard FPGA, an Altera Stratix II GX, was specifically designed for serial I/O-based applications requiring high-density, reconfigurable logic. The FPGA provides up to 15 full-duplex high-performance, multi-gigabit transceivers supporting Serial RapidIO, PCI Express, 10GigE, Gigibit Ethernet and SerialLite II standards. It contains up to 132,540 equivalent LEs, over 6700 Kbits of embedded memory, 252 embedded 18x18 multipliers (63 DSP blocks) and 8 PLLs.

BittWare offers a comprehensive software and support package for the F1/GXAM. The BittWorks software tools provide host interface libraries and a wide variety of diagnostic utilities and configuration tools. BittWare’s FINe Bridge provides Gigabit Ethernet on port 0 of the common options region. It also provides 10/100 Ethernet and RS-232 on the AMC front panel. The F1/GXAM also implements the standard Module Management Control Interface (IPMI).For FPGA development, Altera’s Quartus II FPGA design flow tool and SOPC builder system-level design tool are available.

BittWare also offers an FPGA Developers Kit, which includes fully validated board-level modules for I/O, communications and memory for BittWare’s Atlantis FrameWork. Implemented on the Stratix II GX, Atlantis facilitates the majority of off-board I/O and provides communications routing and processing. It provides an internal dataflow interconnect fabric that allows these modules to be easily connected, and a control fabric that allows them to be easily coordinated and controlled. Atlantis provides a stable, high-performance signal processing platform that frees the designer to focus on application development rather than reinventing board-level infrastructure. The F1/GXAM will be priced under $4,000 in OEM quantities.

BittWare, Concord, NH. (603) 226-0404. [].

Time-to-Digital Converter Delivers 5-Picosecond Resolution

Precise time-to-digital conversion is vital in a variety of applications that include physics applications and 3D mapping using Lidar/Radar. Agilent’s new single-hit time-to-digital converter (U1050A-002) has a 5-picosecond timing resolution and a wide measurement range of up to 20 seconds, a ratio of 1:4.109. The U1050A-002 TDC has 13 identical hardware channels. Twelve channels are independent stop inputs; the 13th is the common start. The module can operate in either single-start or multi-start acquisition modes with the timing information on all the independent channels encoded relative to the common channel.

Time measurement on the U1050A-002 TDC can be based on either the internal low jitter (under 3 ps rms), high stability (±2 ppm) clock source, or an external 10 MHz reference input. Digitized data is fed directly to the onboard FPGA-based data processing unit. This handles the data and subsequent fast readout with direct memory access (DMA) mode, for increased data throughput to the PC. Pricing for the U1050A-002 multi-start, single-stop time-to-digital converter starts at $16,000.

Agilent Technologies, (408) 345-8886. Santa Clara CA. [].

Video Distribution System for Mil/Aero Defense IP Nets

The demand for real-time distribution and storage of high-quality video continues to grow. System developers need to apply video distribution to a wide range of aerospace and defense applications such as ship-wide naval distribution, local situational awareness, airborne distribution and simulation systems. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has announced VDS, a new digital video distribution system suite comprised of middleware and a comprehensive selection of video hardware. The VDS digital distribution systems support the capture, compression and distribution of video from a wide variety of sources to any display or recording station available over a local or wide area network (LAN, WAN).

JPEG2000, the primary compression algorithm employed in the VDS family, provides an optimal mix of quality, robustness and performance with compression that enables the transmission of multiple video streams over standard Gigabit Ethernet or other suitable network connections. VDS also supports the RTP (real-time protocol) standard used commonly for real-time video and audio distribution requirements. RTP controls the flow of video data to ensure optimized transmission over IP networks. VDS is controlled by a browser-based interface (primarily useful during development) and via an embeddable API. Pricing for VDS starts at $4,500.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA. (703) 779-7800. [].

Frame Grabber for Security Apps Provides 16 Analog Camera Inputs

A 16-Channel PCI Express Frame Grabber for security applications uses low-cost color cameras. The PC_EYE/JPG from American Eltec offers onboard JPEG compression hardware for 16 channels along with an onboard scaling device and a fast PCI Express Bus interface with a bandwidth of 250 Mbytes/s. It records analog color camera data via 16 parallel inputs, all of which contain a separate fast AD converter. With this technology, images can be recorded in real time and stored in the PC’s main memory. There are 16 analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that up to 16 cameras can be connected to. Each camera has its own ADC (SAA 7113-type) as well as its own color separator. This makes it possible to switch cameras in the digital domain, minimizing multiplex times. Since the analog input is not switched, there is no PLL settling delay, which can take up to several frame times in other multiplexing schemes.

The PC_EYE/JPG is intended for security applications where video images from up to 16 color cameras are fed into a PC’s main memory for storage or into the graphics board for display. Data is acquired in compressed or in raw format. An onboard scaling unit can transform full-resolution images to CIF size or smaller for efficient display in split screen applications. All standard color and monochrome video cameras are supported in hardware and software. The video standards PAL, NTSC and SECAM can be used. Single-unit pricing starts at under $1,800.

American ELTEC, Las Vegas, NV,
(702) 878-4085. [].

High-Power, Fully Programmable and Intelligent Standard Power Supply

A new fully programmable and intelligent high-power AC-DC power supply is capable of delivering up to 4920 watts of high-density output (12W/cu-in). The iVS from Emerson Network Power is specifically designed for industrial, military and medical instrumentation applications that require high power, reliability and maximum flexibility. Fully modular in design, iVS power supplies utilize digitally configurable single and dual output power supply modules available in six power ratings. Spanning 210W to 1500W, they support 24 different output choices ranging from 2V to 60V to enable nearly limitless power configurations. All modules are fully interoperable with existing Emerson configurable platforms and can be quickly configured to match exact application requirements, enabling greater precision and energy efficiency.

To maximize control flexibility, microcontrollers are integrated into the case and modules are paired with Emerson Network Power’s I2C GUI-based control software. The software enables designers to configure and reconfigure voltages, current limits and inhibit/enable settings for individual power supplies while allowing them to conveniently export their final configuration specs for mass application.

In addition to its module configuration capabilities, the control software offers OEMs and end-users real-time voltage, current and temperature monitoring to provide at-a-glance performance confirmation for the entire power supply, including the case and all its constituent modules. All iVS power supplies also feature field-upgradable firmware, which extends product lifecycles and offers developers a new dimension of flexibility and interoperability.

Emerson Network Power, Tempe, AZ.
(800) 759-1107. [].

microSD Card Unites Smart Card and NFC-Compatible Contactless Functions

A new mobile security card offers contactless smart card security in addition to the usual data storage functions. The new security feature is provided by a cryptography controller with an NFC-compatible interface integrated in the microSD card along with the flash memory. The Mobile Security Card CL from Giesecke & Devrient serves as a basis for implementing security and payment functions in cell phones and for many other mobile applications. This addresses the needs of digital identity solution providers.

The mobile security cards designed by G&D are suitable for use in mobile phones, smart phones, netbooks and other mobile devices, and even in USB tokens. The only requirement is that such devices must be equipped with a slot for microSD cards. Such cards can provide security functions for all of these devices, as well as PCs and laptops, without the need for an external smart card reader. The latest product in this family of cards, the Mobile Security Card CL, has been enhanced to include a contactless interface in addition to the integrated smart card, based on the international standards ISO 14443 and MIFARE. In order to use the card in contactless mode, the device in which it is inserted must be equipped with an antenna for the contactless communication link. The card contains two additional standardized contacts for this purpose. A battery is not required to operate the contactless interface; the necessary energy is tapped from the radio field generated by the card reader. A secure communication link is established as soon as the antenna comes within a few centimeters of the reading device.

All types of terminals automatically recognize the microSD format of the mobile security cards. In conjunction with the integrated user identity, this gives the cards a high added value. This can be usefully exploited to develop new, feature-rich products such as an electronic student pass with incorporated encrypted e-learning content and signature applications for electronic document submission, library passes capable of storing downloaded and copy-protected eBooks, or personal identity cards for bank accounts containing a secure banking application.

Giesecke & Devrient, Munich, Germany.
+49 89 4119-2985. [].

6U CompactPCI CPU Board with 1.86 GHz Intel Celeron M 440

A new 6U value line CompactPCI CPU board specially designed for cost-sensitive industrial applications is equipped with the 1.86 GHz Intel Celeron M processor 440, the Intel 945GM chipset, up to 4 Gbyte 533 MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM and the ICH7-R IO controller hub. The CP6001-V CompactPCI board from Kontron is optimized to provide the best cost/performance ratio. Due to its industrial components and 4 Gigabit-Ethernet interfaces, the CPU board is designed for demanding, powerful industrial automation and IP switching applications. The 4HP single-slot CompactPCI board comes with industry-required interfaces such as a serial port, VGA graphics interface, 4 Ethernet ports, 2 front USB ports, PMC, HDD, CompactFlash and USB flash disk support.

With an integrated graphics accelerator on the Intel 945GM chipset, the Kontron CP6001-V provides high-resolution graphics up to 2048 x 1536 pixel @ 75 Hz, and 2D/3D multimedia quality video. The 945GM chipset also enables balanced memory usage between graphics and system for optimized performance (up to 128 Mbytes of dynamic video memory allocation). With the Intel ICH7-R I/O controller hub the board provides USB 2.0 and Serial ATA300. The PMC site, USB flash, CompactFlash socket and an optional onboard 2.5-inch hard disk can all be used at the same time in a single 4HP slot. Utilizing the modular extensions, all industrial requirements for write-protected operating systems and data storage capabilities are supported.

Two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces available on the front panel operate independently of the additional two PICMG 2.16-compliant Ethernet channels, which are routed to the backplane. The CP6001-V is provided with a self-installing board support package for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded and Linux. The onboard temperature and voltage sensors can be monitored; the front panel LEDs, hardware watchdog and timer can be triggered to support application-specific features.

Kontron, Poway, CA. (888) 294-4558. [].

HD SDI Matrix Routing Switcher with Remote Capability and Simple Front Panel Operation

Capable of switching SMPTE 292M & SMPTE 259M from any of the four inputs to any of its four outputs, the 2444 from Sensoray allows for remote capability and simple front panel operation. It features a built-in, customizable Web page that allows for remote operation while remaining operating system independent. An automatic reclocking and equalization of the incoming signal is applied to HD SDI signals from as far away as 150m and SD SDI signals from as far as 250m away.

The unit is enclosed in a simple desktop case; custom packaging dependent upon the end user's needs can be arranged for OEM quantity orders. The 2444 is available with pricing starting at $226 with OEM pricing and customization available.

Sensoray, Tigard, OR. (503) 684-8005. [].

High Port Density 6U VME Gigabit Switches Offer Managed or Unmanaged Options

The rapidly growing demand for high-performance, high-reliability switching and high port density is at the heart of today’s sophisticated, demanding network-centric applications. In response, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced two new 6U VMEbus Gigabit Ethernet switches, the NETernity RM980RC and RM982RC. The goal is to provide engineers with more choice and flexibility as systems continue to rely on more Gigabit Ethernet communications in their architecture.

The RM982RC is a configuration-managed switch, featuring GE Fanuc’s embedded OpenWare Lite management software that allows the switch to be monitored and/or controlled either locally or remotely. Management features include support for VLANs, MSTP, trunking, mirroring and limited SNMP. It can be configured with either 24 copper rear Gigabit Ethernet I/O ports or 22 copper rear I/O ports plus two fiber or copper ports routed to the front panel.

The unmanaged RM980RC provides a lower-cost option for customers not requiring a managed switch, and is available in three configurations. The entry level unit supports twelve Gigabit Ethernet ports routed to rear I/O. Alternatively, a 24-port version and 22-port version are available, the latter with two further copper ports with RJ45 connectors routed through the front panel.

Both the RM980RC and RM982RC are RoHS-compliant, and are capable of Layer-2 switching and routing at wire speed. 12-, 22- and 24-port rear transition modules are available. Each switch board occupies only a single chassis slot (the 22- and 24-port rear transition modules require two slots) providing maximum port density per slot, and each is able to facilitate communications both within a chassis as well as to support the external network.

The OpenWare Lite switch management environment is available on selected NETernity configuration-managed Layer 2 Ethernet switches, providing a common control and monitoring environment that can enhance customer productivity. Configuration and monitoring functions are accessible from a serial console or via a network. Supported access methods include Telnet, SSH and SNMP. OpenWare Lite is easy to deploy and is Linux-based, allowing faster implementation and easy updates to firmware. A familiar Linux command line interface and remote Telnet user interface support allows users to select how they interact with the switch. It is portable across switch fabrics and processor environments.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, Charlotteville, VA.
(800) 368-2738. [].

Conduction-Cooled PrPMC/PrXMC Sports PowerQUICC III

Compute-density is the watchword for a lot of today’s high-end applications. The PowerQUICC processor has had a lot of success as a comms processor, but many want it for its pure performance and system-level features. With that in mind, Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) has introduced the XPedite5201, a PrPMC/XMC based on Freescale Semiconductor’s MPC8548E PowerQUICC III processor.

This conduction-cooled card comes standard with PCI-X support with optional PCI Express support via an XMC connector. XPedite5201 is an optimal solution for military system designers that need to include additional processing in an existing system, or want to take advantage of the advantageous performance/watt characteristics of the 8548E. XPedite5201, with the Freescale MPC8548E embedded PowerPC e500 core running at 1.333 GHz, includes up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2-533 SDRAM, up to 4 Gbytes of NAND flash and 256 Mbytes of redundant NOR flash. Rear I/O includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports, GPIO and two RS-232 serial ports. The new XPedite5201 is available today. Pricing starts at $6,000.

Extreme Engineering Solutions
Middleton, WI.
(608) 833-1155.

GPIB-to-Serial Board Supports RS-422, RS-485

Serial interfaces like RS-422 and RS-485 can be found all over embedded systems, often side by side with more modern I/O technologies. ICS Electronics makes a GPIB-to-Serial Interface Board for interfacing devices with an RS-422 or RS-485 interface to the GPIB bus. Designated the Model 4808, this new board provides an IEEE-488.2-compliant, GPIB-to-serial, data path to the device and includes an RS-232 to RS-485 converter that provides a transparent RS-232 communication path to the serial device. The 4808 is a new type of interface board that combines a GPIB interface and an RS-232 interface to control a serial device with RS-422 or RS-485 differential signals.

The Model 4808 is an intelligent IEEE 488.2/GPIB to Serial Interface that adapts any device with RS-422 or RS-485 signals to the GPIB or HP-IB bus. The 4808 provides the serial device with an IEEE-488.2-compatible interface that responds to all of the required IEEE-488.2 Common Commands and includes the 488.2 Status Reporting Structure. Prices start at $340.

ICS Electronics
Pleasanton, CA.
(925) 416-1000.

I/O Expansion Devices for PCI Express Gen2 Support Multicast

Two new PCI Express (PCIe) Gen2 switching solutions are optimized for computing and embedded applications. The new 32-lane, 8-port and 48-lane, 12-port solutions from Integrated Device Technology (IDT) are based on the company’s switching architecture and technology, and support multicast functionality for increased system resource utilization. The two new devices incorporate advanced features to minimize power consumption, maximize performance-per-watt, and reduce total cost of ownership and thermal design complexity.

Both new devices support PCIe multicast functionality, which allows any switch port to simultaneously send identical data to two or more switch ports, increasing system resource utilization by decreasing the previously required hardware and software overhead needed to send copies of data in a looped manner. This extension of the PCIe standard ensures consistency in data and table information among multiple system elements and extends the reach of PCIe into emerging enterprise computing and embedded applications requiring robust data coherency and sharing. The Gen2 PCIe switches are fully compliant with the PCI-SIG PCIe base specification 2.0 and provide customers the option of doubling the throughput bandwidth of existing PCIe lanes to 5 gigabits per second of data transfer for cutting-edge designs, or allowing a 50 percent reduction in the number of PCIe lanes and board traces necessary to support link throughput requirements for a more cost-effective design.

Each of the IDT PCIe switching solutions has a dedicated evaluation and development kit for device testing and analysis, and system emulation. Each kit consists of a hardware evaluation board with representative upstream and downstream connectivity, and an IDT-developed, GUI-based software environment that enables the designer to tune system and device configurations to meet system requirements. Moreover, to ensure that each OEM system design is optimized for production and meets its time-to-market objectives, IDT provides customers with extensive, collaborative technical support including system modeling and signal integrity analyses, and schematic and layout review services. The 32-lane, 8-port 89PES32T8G2 device is packaged in a 484-ball ball gate array (BGA), and the 48-lane, 12-port 89HPES48T12G2 is packaged in a 676-ball BGA. The new devices are sampling to qualified customers and range in price from $42.50 to $62.00 for 10,000 units.

Integrated Device Technology, San Jose, CA.(408) 284-8200. [].

VXS GPU Platform Targets Sensor Stream Computing

Graphics processing units, or GPUs, now rank as the computing industry’s most powerful, programmable floating-point graphics-rendering engines. With recent architectural advancements, the algorithmic scope to which GPUs can be applied has grown dramatically. For traditional signal processing algorithms like the FFT (Fast Fourier Transform), they provide unprecedented performance, particularly performance per watt. With the Mercury Sensor Stream Computing Platform, embedded stream computing customers can benchmark and evaluate application performance in their choice of GPU environments, and then migrate to a larger deployed solution.

The VXS-based Mercury Sensor Stream Computing Platform offers scalability in compute power, performance and thermal management, and allows for much greater, tunable performance for a variety of commercial and defense applications. The Platform leverages a dual dual-core Intel Xeon-based VX6-200 SBC, which offers unprecedented levels of compute performance and a wide selection of I/O interfaces. At the heart of the Platform is the VXS-GSC5200 dual MXM GPU module, which delivers very high bandwidth performance to each GPU from the host, as well as between GPUs. Each MXM GPU module can drive up to 3 display monitors (1 analog and 2 digital). Customer shipments of the Mercury Sensor Stream Computing Platform are planned for early 2009.

Mercury Computer Systems, Chelmsford, MA. (978) 256-1300. [].

“Starter Lab” Turnkey Line for Training & Entry Level SMT Assembly

Contractors and OEMs who require low-cost precision prototyping or low-volume SMT assembly can now make use of the “Starter Lab” turnkey line from Manncorp, which is geared for production as well as for training applications. It reportedly has also gained acceptance by numerous technical schools and colleges as a teaching aid. The SR2100 stencil printer offers precision screw alignment to boards, X, Y and Theta adjusting knobs and double-sided board processing. Frame capacity is 18” x 22” (47 mm x 570 mm). The single-chamber 850 hot air convection reflow oven adjusts to lead-free temperatures to 260ºC. Included are LCD preheat and reflow-phase time and temperature settings.

PCB assemblers on tight budgets no longer have to scavenge for used, almost outmoded equipment, “when for the same or less money, they can now have a single-sourced SMT line with fully integrated lead-free and fine-pitch equipment.” The placer is the latest upgrade of the company’s ECM-5611S with on-the-fly vision placement and available bottom vision for larger components, such as BGAs and CSPs. It will place a wide range of fine-pitch devices on a 10.6” x 5.9” placement area and holds 24 8 mm tape feeders. A computer with LCD monitor is included. Internet-priced at $27,995, the line includes three space-saving bench-top systems: a precision stencil printer, a computer-controlled pick and place unit and a lead-free reflow oven.

Manncorp, Willow Grove, PA. (215) 830-1200. [].

PCIe Dual Copper Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Includes Bypass Function

A PCI Express dual copper Gigabit Ethernet adapter features a bypass function for increased network security. Based on the Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet controller, the new ABN-262 from American Portwell features low power connectivity with advanced performance in a footprint as small as 147.3 (W) x 68.9 (L) mm / 5.8” (W) x 2.71” (L). The main focus of the ABN-262 is to reduce network downtime caused by security appliance hardware failure, which then automatically increases the continuity of the business network. It is targeted as a win-win situation for customers who have been plagued by worms, viruses, Trojan Horses and the like. The ABN-262 is a standard low-profile PCI-E x4 adapter that is easy to integrate into a 1U/2U or 4U server

The ABN-262 unit includes a built-in watchdog timer with an easily configurable Normal/Bypass mode and incorporates a software programmable time-out setting and a control to automatically switch to bypass/non-bypass functions for Ethernet ports in the event of a host system “hang” and/or power failure. Built with onboard LED and LED pin-out for LAN status and bypass mode and variable LED location for system integration, the new ABN-262 supports most network operating systems and its low profile form factor will fit in a wide variety of systems platforms. The ABN-262 is a solution for customers seeking applications for increased throughput and High Availability (HA) on server-based systems, Intrusion Prevention Servers (IPS), Intrusion Detection Servers (IDS), WAN optimization, security appliances and other mission-critical gateways.

American Portwell Technology, Fremont, CA.
(877) 278-8899. [].

Small Surface Mount Filtered GPS Low Noise Amplifier

A line of surface mount filtered GPS low noise amplifiers offers multiple gain stages of 26 to 38 dB with more than 35 dB of out-of-band rejection at 1575.42 MHz. This new small surface mount design from Spectrum Microwave exhibits a low noise figure of 1.8 dB, and operates from a 5 to 32 volt supply while only consuming 77 mA.

These filtered amplifiers offer a 4 pin design for easy mounting and customer selected 26 dB, 32 dB or 38 dB gain options while still maintaining a low 1.8 dB noise figure from 0° to 70°C. Spectrum also offers these filtered LNAs in connectorized hermetic packages for in-line booster applications or other harsh environments.

Spectrum Microwave’s high isolation, Filtered LNAs are suitable for a wide range of applications including Avionics, Satellite Navigation, Marine Navigation, or Surveying and Mapping systems. The series 310 Filtered GPS LNAs are priced starting from $300 depending on quantity and configuration.

Spectrum Microwave, Philadelphia, PA
(888) 553-1531. [].

USB to Serial Adapters are Software Configurable

Sealevel Systems has announced new additions to its SeaLINK USB to serial product line: the SeaLINK/PC.SC (one-port) and SeaLINK+2/PC.SC (two-port) embedded USB to serial adapter with a PC bracket, perfect for adding serial ports to any PC using the computer’s internal USB connection. The serial ports are software configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485, which eliminates the need for an external converter and provides a clean, professional installation.

All configuration and electrical interface selections are handled through the driver software, so users never need to shut down the computer or open the system enclosure to set jumpers or dipswitches. Standard operating temperature range for SeaLINK products is 0 to +70°C, and extended temperature range (-40° to +85°C) models are available. Both models include a standard-sized PC bracket and ship with an internal USB cable that is compatible with ATX, Mini-ITX and similar large motherboards with 0.1” USB header connectors. For smaller motherboards, an internal USB cable with a 2 mm header connector (Item# CA383) is available as an option. Both items are available immediately from stock priced at $179 for the SeaLINK/PC.SC and $229 for the SeaLINK+2/PC.SC.

Sealevel Systems, Liberty, SC.
(864) 843-4343. [].

High-Density 16-bit D/A PMC Module for Industrial Apps

A standard single-wide 32-bit PMC module provides 32 or 16 channels of 16-bit analog outputs. The TPMC553 from Tews Technologies is suitable for applications in industrial, transportation and aerospace/defense COTS. All signals are accessible through an HD68 SCSI 3 type front I/O connector.

The software-selectable output voltage ranges are 0-5V, 0-10V, 0-10.8V, ±5V, ±10V or ±10.8V. The output voltage range can be individually set per channel. The conversion time is typically 10 μs and the DAC outputs are capable to drive a load of 2 kΩ, with a capacitance up to 4000 pF. In addition to individual channel updates, the double buffered DACs allow simultaneous update of all channels for simulation applications. Additionally, a sequencer on the TPMC553 allows the periodic updating of enabled channels with a sequence timer range from 10 μs to 167s.

Each TPMC553 is factory calibrated. The calibration information is stored in an onboard serial EEPROM unique to each PMC module. The TPMC553 operates in extended temperature range (-40° to +85°C) standard. Driver software for the module is available for operating systems including VxWorks, Windows, Linux, LynxOS and QNX6.

TEWS Technologies, Halstenbek, Germany. +40 (0) 4101 4058-0. [].

12-/10-/8-Bit Octal DACs Integrate 10ppm/°C Reference in Tiny Packages

A family of 12-bit, 10-bit and 8-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) integrates a precision reference in tiny 4 mm x 3 mm DFN and MSOP packages, making them the smallest octal DACs available on the market today. The small size and internal reference of the LTC2636 from Linear Technology are vital for a variety of industrial and communications applications. Optical networking is one such application that requires multiple DACs in a single compact package. These DACs are suited for driving optical attenuators or setting the current levels for laser diodes. By integrating a 10ppm/°C reference, the LTC2636 offers further space reduction for constrained optical networking circuit boards.

In addition to selecting one of three resolution options, designers can also choose between a 2.5V or 4.096V full-scale range, making the LTC2636 a good fit for 3V or 5V systems. The internal reference is bonded out, providing a convenient way to drive the reference inputs for other data converters in the system. Alternatively, an external reference can be used if greater accuracy or a nonstandard voltage range is required. Ordering option provides the choice between powering up the DACs at zero-scale or mid-scale, offering flexibility for designs that cannot be forced to ground when power is first applied.

The LTC2636 octal DACs join the previously released LTC2630 and LTC2640 single DACs. These are part of a complete family of octal, quad, dual and single 12-/10-/8-bit DACs with internal references in tiny packages. Pricing begins at $2.85 each, in 1,000-piece quantities.

Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA. (408) 432-1900. [].

6U CompactPCI PMC Carrier Card Provides Simple I/O Expansion

Two versions of a new 6U carrier card provide an easy and low-cost solution to expand the use of PMC mezzanine modules in 6U CompactPCI computer systems. The AcPC4620 carrier card from Acromag acts simply as an adapter to route PCI bus signals to and from the PMC module through the CompactPCI card slot edge connector. A PLX Technology PCI6540 bridge device provides a transparent 32-bit 33/66 MHz PCI/PCI bridge for data transactions from the PCI bus (system host) to the PMC site. The card is available in two models for air-cooled (-40° to 85°C range) or conduction-cooled applications. All Acromag PMC modules and those from other vendors are compatible. 3.3V and 5V DC signaling are supported.

The board accommodates front and rear-panel access to field I/O signals. The air-cooled carrier card has front panel cut-outs providing access to a PMC module’s front I/O connector. Alternatively, all I/O signals can be routed through the carrier card’s rear J3 and J5 connectors. An air-cooled rear transition board, Acromag Model TRANS-C4620, is available to map the field I/O on the PMC module to the rear of the CompactPCI card cage.

The conduction-cooled model employs a heat frame with wedge-locks and thermo bars for use in applications where ambient or forced air can’t provide adequate cooling. This unit is designed to meet ANSI/VITA-47 Environmental Class ECC4 standards and is ideal for airborne systems, deployment in battleground equipment, and other situations with advanced thermal management requirements. Field I/O signals are routed through the carrier card’s rear J3 and J5 connectors. The carrier cards start at $750.

Acromag, Wixom, MI.
(248) 295-0310. [].

Rugged Digital Data Recorder and Signal Conditioner Allow Wide Range of Deployments

A digital data recorder and signal conditioner are specifically designed for use in harsh environments that are subject to extremes of heat, vibration and shock. The DDR-300 and DSC-300 from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms are rugged, compact and lightweight, allowing them to be field deployed in space-constrained and weight-constrained environments such as aircraft and in dangerous testing environments that require the units to be nearby and in conditions that prohibit the use of conventional rackmount units.

For applications in which data from numerous sensors must be processed, a primary requirement is to ‘condition’ the incoming signal–amplifying it, for example–before it can be processed. In many applications, the requirement also exists to capture multiple parallel streams of incoming data at very high speeds for subsequent analysis. Such applications include test environments with NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) and munitions testing, and the DDR-300 and DSC-300 are ideal solutions in these environments.

The DDR-300 is a complete, self-contained, ready-to-run field-deployable unit. The rugged 32-channel or 64-channel digital data recorder includes an integral 15” XGA TFT display, USB keyboard and mouse, integrated stereo speakers and support for up to 2.5 Terabytes of high-speed (up to 100 Mbytes/second) 7200 rpm SATA disk storage, which may optionally be implemented in a RAID configuration. It features a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2 Gigabytes of system memory. Housed in a magnesium chassis enclosed within a fiber-reinforced polycarbonate housing, the DDR-300 offers expansion slots for two full-size and two half-length PCI cards and a combination AC/DC power supply. Optionally available are a UPS battery, removable hard disk storage and rack-mounting. It weighs less than 25 lbs.

The rugged DSC-300 8-channel signal conditioning module weighs less than 5 lbs, and is capable of handling either analog or digital signals and either differential or single-ended inputs. Gain is selectable up to x1,000 per channel, with a bandwidth of 200 kHz at gains of up to x100. It features a built-in buffered output monitor together with a reference input for calibration, and supports voltage, bridge and ICP (Integrated Circuit Piezoelectric) inputs.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, Charlotteville, VA.
(800) 368-2738. [].

Low-Power 3U cPCI SBC Targets Freescale MPC8572E

A new 3U CompactPCI single board computer is based on Freescale Semiconductor’s MPC8572E PowerQUICC III processor. In addition to the MPC 8572E dual core processor, the XPedite5330 from Extreme Engineering Solutions provides a PMC/XMC site along with Gigabit Ethernet and the traditional PCI bus. To provide a system designer with multiple hardware options, the XPedite5330 is available in a full range of convection- or conduction-cooled configurations.

The XPedite5330 operates with two 1 .5 GHz e500 cores based on Power Architecture technology, and supports two separate DDR2-800 ECC SDRAM channels with up to 2 Gbytes per channel as well as up to 4 Gbytes of NAND flash and 256 Mbytes of redundant NOR flash. It also provides two Gigabit Ethernet ports. The J2 connector I/O includes GPIO, I2C, PMC I/O and two RS-232/RS-422/RS-485 serial ports. Operating system support includes board support packages (BSPs) for Wind River VxWorks, QNX Neutrino and Green Hills Integrity as well as Linux 2.6.

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Middleton, WI.
(608) 833-1155. [].

VITA 46 3U Two-Slot Chassis Offers Quick Start Development Platform

A VITA 46 3U dual-slot conduction-cooled chassis is intended to provide 3U VPX system engineers with an inexpensive desktop platform to jump-start their software or hardware development. The XPand1000 from Extreme Engineering Solutions hosts up to two 3U VPX conduction-cooled cards providing fabric interconnect between the two slots, as well as easy access to Gigabit Ethernet and serial port I/O. Powered by an external 12V supply with integrated heatsink fins and built-in fans, the chassis is suitable for desktop or lab bench use. Front and rear acrylic panels provide a showcase for safe viewing of the installed cards, and can be removed for access to the hardware.

The design allows customers to immediately begin using new 3U VPX hardware, such as our XPedite5370 and XPedite71 70 single-board computers. The complete XPand1000 development system includes a backplane, I/O breakout module, heat fins, fans and power supply. The system is priced at $2,215.

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Middleton, WI.
(608) 833-1155. [].

2U 20-inch LCD/Keyboard Has CAT5 KVM Switch

The increasing use of networking in embedded applications is fueling demand for more displayed nodes where users tap into that network. Serving those needs, Neuro Logic Systems offers a ruggedized rackmount 20-inch LCD/sealed keyboard and integrated 16-port KVM switch. The RFT-20-2U-MIL-CAT5 is designed for military and harsh environment use and features a sealed, backlit, full-travel keyboard and sealed 38 mm 3-button trackball. When closed, the lightweight, aluminum alloy RFT-20-2U-MIL-CAT5 stows into a single, 17-inch deep 2U space in a transport case or standard RETMA equipment rack.

The high-quality, wide view angle 20-inch LCD is protected by strengthened, anti-reflective glass filters. The LCD native resolution is 1600 x 1200. The integrated 16-port CAT5 KVM switch allows the unit to connect up to 16 servers via a standard CAT5 Ethernet cable instead of using the older, larger and heavier analog cables. All the above features are installed in an aluminum housing designed to meet Military Specifications 461E, 167, 810 and 901D. While the RFT-20-2U-MIL-CAT5 was designed for military use, it is priced at a level that allows it to be used in any harsh environment situation including vibration, heat and cold. Pricing starts at $5,750.

Neuro Logic Systems, Camarillo, CA. (805) 389-5435. [].

PowerPC 7448 Upgrade Provides 20-30% Increase in Application Performance

The RACE++ Series PowerPC 7448 Multicomputer is a high-performance, drop-in product upgrade that adds significant improvements in processor speed, L2 cache size and application performance over previous RACE++ products built on the PowerPC 7447A processor. The new PowerPC 7448 Multicomputer from Mercury Computer Systems comprises a Mercury MCJ6 motherboard and two faster daughter cards that interface directly with the RACE++ switch fabric. By maintaining commonality with previous RACE++ Series PowerPC products, Mercury provides an easy upgrade path for existing system designs.

The Mercury RACE++ Series interconnect fabric represents a robust and proven approach for multicomputer digital signal processing, with products deployed in more than 1,000 programs worldwide. The RACE++ Series PowerPC 7448 Multicomputer allows integrators the option to increase application performance while preserving their investment in the existing system chassis, hardware and software–thus providing savings in development costs.

The two daughter cards on the RACE++ Series PowerPC 7448 Multicomputer combine two 1.06 GHz MPC7448 processors with AltiVec technology to address today’s power-sensitive legacy upgrade market. The low-power version of the PowerPC 7448 enables a RACE++ product upgrade that has less power dissipation than the previous generation based on the PowerPC 7447A, minimizing customer requalification costs.

Mercury Computer systems, Chelmsford, MA.(866) 627-6951. [].

2W DC/DC Converters Boast Compact Size

As mixed-voltage systems become more the exception than the rule, embedded systems are requiring more and more DC/DC converters in their design. Fortunately, converter manufacturers continue to offer more compact and functional products. Along such lines, Martek Power offers two new series of compact DC/DC power converters: the 200VFI and 200WFRS. The 200VFI series is a family of cost-effective 2W single and dual output DC/DC converters with 18 models that operate from input bus voltages of 5V, 12V and 24V; producing output voltage levels of 5V, 12V, 15V, ±5V, ±12V and ±15V. Measuring 1.25 x 0.8 x 0.4 inches, the models feature short circuit protection, 4000VAC input/output isolation and built-in PI filter. The 200VFIs are priced at $11.75 per unit for volume orders.

Also new are the 200WFS series of cost-effective 2W single and dual output DC/DC converters in an ultra-miniature “gull-wing” SMT package. Thirteen models operate from input bus voltages of 5V, 12V and 24V; producing output voltage levels of 5V, 12V, ±5, ±12V and ±15V for a wide choice. With many standard features such as 1000 VDC input/output isolation, 2:1 Input range and remote on/off control, the units are priced at $6.50 per unit for volume orders.

Martek Power
Torrance, CA.
(310) 202-8820.

Mini ITX Motherboard with Core 2 Duo and Two GbE LAN Ports

Designed for applications requiring high performance in a small form factor such as POS, mobile kiosks, factory automation, gaming machines, multimedia and digital signage, a new Mini ITX motherboard is powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The MB-73170 from WIN Enterprises features an Intel Socket 479 Core 2 Duo processor supported by the Intel 965GME and ICH8M express chipsets. The Intel 965GME mobile chipset (GMA X3100) supports dual independent displays such as CRT + LVDS, CRT+DVI.

By means of an Intel 82573L Ethernet controller, the board supports two GbE LAN ports and the IEEE 802.3u standard for network connectivity. The onboard ICH8M chipset supports HD audio with mic in, line in and line out. Two DIMM sockets support up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2 system memory (533/667 MHz). For those requiring additional multimedia support, expansion is available through one PCI slot, one Mini PCI slot and a CompactFlash socket. Two Serial ATA interfaces provide up to a 150 Mbyte/s transfer rate.

The board features six USB 2.0 ports and six COM ports. MB-73170 is equipped with an onboard TPM 1.2 chip to provide a runtime mechanism for encryption support during transaction, communication and signature phases. TPM 1.2 assists in verification of user authentication and authorization. The Intel 965 Chipset enables broad operating system support that includes Windows XP, XP Embedded and Vista (this includes 64-bit versions). Support is provided for these Linux versions: Fedora 9, Suse 11, Debian/Ubuntu, Gentoo and Redhat; as well as the Unix-like FreeBSD. Price without the processor in OEM quantities is $234.

Win Enterprises, Andover, MA. (978) 688-2000. [].

Handheld RF Analyzer Aids Wireless/Wi-Fi Diagnostics

Convenient, cost-effective RF spectrum analyzers are finding increasing demand with the exponential use of wireless technology and the increased challenges of identifying interference and available frequencies. Created for RF analysis, where bringing out an expensive or bulky bench-size analyzer is not reasonable, the HF60100 fills the need at a price that is affordable.

The new model, the Spectran HF60100 from Kaltman Creations, is a handheld RF analyzer that features a frequency range of 1 MHz to 9.4 GHz with a sensitivity of 130 dbm and a bandwidth resolution of 1 KHz. Stability is 0.5 PPM yielding an accuracy of +/- 1 db. Convenience is enhanced with automatic unit conversions and unlimited marker points.

The HF60100 is sold as a complete analysis kit that includes: HF60100 (1 MHz - 9.4 GHz) RF analyzer, optional internal pre-amp, an SMA stick antenna, a precision handheld LOG Periodic antenna, AC charger/adaptor, aluminum carrying case, mini-tripod stand, 6-foot USB cable, PC software and documentation. Priced at $4,975

Kaltman Creations, Suwanee, GA. (678) 714-2000. [].

The MathWorks Introduces Simulink Fixed Point 6

A major upgrade within the Simulink product family from The MathWorks, Simulink Fixed Point 6 delivers capabilities for designing and simulating fixed-point systems and generating optimized code for implementation, while creating more efficient workflows. Simulink Fixed Point 6 supports word lengths up to 128 bits to facilitate more accurate designs. It enables engineers to quickly turn a floating-point design built in Simulink, Stateflow, Embedded Matlab functions, Signal Processing Blockset, and Video and Image Processing Blockset into a fixed-point design based on input data ranges and target hardware characteristics.

The new version can be used with MathWorks Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder to generate bit-accurate production code from fixed-point models, ensuring the implemented design performs exactly as it did in simulation. Code can be generated for signals and parameters with word sizes from one to 128 bits, accelerating simulation modes and enabling embedded code deployment. Designers can now develop and implement algorithms for modern digital signal processors (DSPs) and microprocessors, which offer large accumulator and integer word sizes for high degrees of numerical range and precision.

Additionally, the advisor feature in Simulink Fixed Point 6 moves design from floating to fixed point using an automated system conversion approach that creates optimized workflows in shorter time spans. This in turn facilitates more accurate and cost-effective design of high end, mass production components, especially in the signal processing segment. Simulink Fixed Point 6 is available immediately for the Microsoft Windows, Solaris, Linux and Macintosh platforms. U.S. list prices start at $1,000.

The MathWorks, Natick, MA.
(508) 647-7000. [].

Altera Stratix IV GX-based AMC Supports Comms and Military/Aero Apps

An Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC) can be populated with multiple densities of the Altera Stratix IV GX FPGA, from 230K to 530K logic elements (LEs). The state-of-the-art Altera Stratix IV GX FPGA at the heart of the S4-AMC (S4SM) from BittWare provides up to 530K equivalent logic elements (Les), 20 Mbits of RAM and 1,024 embedded multipliers in addition to up to 27 full-duplex, multi-gigabit transceivers–24 of which are high-performance, capable of supporting PCI Express Rev 2.0 and Serial RapidIO Rev 2.0. The S4AM connects the Stratix IV GX transceivers to three ports (1, 2 & 3) in the AMC common options region, and 16 ports (4 - 15, 17 - 20) in the AMC fat pipes region. These 19 ports provide a network data and control switch fabric interface on the AMC connector. Additionally, four of the Stratix IV GX transceivers are made available on the AMC front panel via an InfiniBand-type connector. All AMC clocks are also connected to the Stratix IV GX FPGA to facilitate system synchronization.

BittWare’s ATLANTiS FrameWork provides the Stratix IV GX FPGA on the S4AM with fully validated board-level physical interfaces to I/O, communications and memory, along with DMA engines and resource arbitration. A standard, open data interconnect fabric implemented using Altera’s streaming Avalon interface allows the ATLANTiS modules to be easily connected. Similarly, a standard control fabric using memory-mapped Avalon allows ATLANTiS modules to be easily controlled and coordinated. The ATLANTiS FrameWork frees users of the S4AM from having to reinvent low-level IP for the FPGA, and allows them to focus on the development of their application’s unique processing and I/O requirements.

BittWare’s FINe Bridge implements a complete host/control bridge for the S4AM with extensive software support, thus removing that complexity from the data plane, I/O and processing implemented on the Stratix IV GX FPGA. The FINe provides Gigabit Ethernet on port 0 of the common options region, along with 10/100 Ethernet and RS 232 monitor port on the AMC front panel, and is connected to the FPGA via a local control bus.

BittWare offers a complete suite of development tools to make developing and debugging applications for the S4AM easy and efficient. These software tools provide host interface libraries, a wide variety of diagnostic utilities and configuration tools and debug tools. This tool set is comprised of BittWare’s DSP21k Toolkit and DSP21k Porting Kit. Pricing starts at $5,000.

BittWare, Concord, NH.
(603) 226-0404. [].

E-Frame Open Access Chassis Aids Development for 3U Backplanes

The E-frame from Elma Electronic has been available in heights for 6U backplanes and now accommodates 3U heights. The unit does not have side or back walls around the card cage area, providing easy access for test and development. The E-frame was designed with the high power and cooling requirements for VPX (VITA 46/48) systems. However, any backplane architectures in a 3U height can be used, including VME and CompactPCI.

The total height of the portable E-frame is approximately 9U, with a convenient carrying handle on top. With a rugged modular aluminum construction, the E-frame tower can support up to 21 slots at .8” or 17 slots at 1” pitch. There are front accessible test points and monitoring LEDs for +3.3V, +/-5V, +/- 12V, +/- 24V and +/- 48VDC. The E-frame features high-performance cooling with 3 x 150 CFM fans under the card cage. The fans are speed controlled with fan fail indication. A system monitor with remote monitoring via Ethernet capability is optional.

The black, powder-coated finish of the E-frame enhances aesthetics. Other features include a Rear A/C PEM (Power Entry Module) with fuses, GND Stud and Front located ESD jacks. The unit also offers full RTM (rear transition module) support. Pricing for the E-frame is under $3,500 depending on volume, backplane architecture and options.

Elma Electronic, Fremont, CA.
(510) 656-3400. [].

New CPPD Line of Frequency Multipliers in Rugged Housings

A new line of frequency multipliers is designed in a rugged SMA housing for easy in-line assembly and operation in test equipment and general lab use. The Crystek Pocket Passive Doubler (CPPD) series features an input drive level of +10 dBm to +20 dBm with a typical conversion loss of 15 dB for the CPPD-0.85-2.0 and 13 dB for the CPPD-2-4. Isolation (Fo, 3Fo, 4Fo) for both is rated at 33 dB typical. Maximum output power rating for the CPPD line is +27 dBm, with an operating temp of -40° to 85°C and a storage temp of -55° to 100°C.

The CPPD-0.85-2 will accept an input frequency from 0.85 to 2.0 GHz and multiply by a factor of two to achieve output frequencies from 1.7 to 4.0 GHz. Likewise, the input for the CPPD-2-4 is 2.0 to 4.0 GHz with an output of 4.0 to 8.0 GHz. The CPPD-2-4 is available from stocking distributors at $31.29 each. For additional pricing details, contact Crystek Corporation.

Crystek, Ft. Myers, FL. (239) 561-3311. [].