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10 GigE Switches Provide IP Carrier Class Routing on 6U cPCI, VME and VPX

A family of switches supports jumbo frames, full-wire speed Layer 2 bridging as well as Layer 3 Unicast and Multicast engine forwarding, all running at full data rate. In addition, the fully managed IPv4/IPv6 ComEth4300a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) switches support Layer 2 through Layer 4 advanced traffic classification, filtering and prioritization. This makes them suitable for data security services that require strict priority data trafficking as found in time-sensitive or critical applications.

Designed for demanding networking applications and built on the latest generation of Marvell’s Prestera GigE packet processors, the new family of Gigabit Ethernet switches ranges from 24 to 28 ports, up to four of which can be 10 Gigabit. The automatic MAC address management, auto-negotiation, auto-polarity and auto-crossover on each port make the ComEth4300 family truly plug-and-play. The ComEth4300 family provides a routing capacity of 125 million packets per second. The switches easily fit in standard 6U CompactPCI systems, comply with the PICMG 2.16 standard and come in standard, extended and conduction-cooled grades. VME and VPX versions, compliant with VITA standards 31.1 and 46.20 respectively, of the ComEth4300 switches will also be available.

An onboard PowerQUICCIII processor handles all the management functions and the protocol processing, including L3 routing and setup, and additional L4 services. Interface Concept’s onboard Switchware software manages all the traffic routing and packet processing. The entire system can be monitored from a browser, SNMP or CLI. Some additional functions are provided including configuration of all PHY and switch parameters, port monitoring, static MAC addresses, VLAN control and statistical counter. The switches are fully compatible with other Interface Concept ComEth switches, including the 4000a, 4020a, 4030a, 4050a versions. Pricing starts at $8,995 at quantity 1 for a standard-grade board.

ACT/Technico, Warminster, PA. (215) 956-1200. [].

High-Resolution Dual-Channel ADC FMC Card for Rugged DSP Apps

Designed for use in demanding DSP applications such as signal intelligence (SIGINT), electronic counter measures (ECM) and radar, a high-resolution FPGA Mezzanine Card speeds and simplifies the integration of FPGAs into embedded system design by providing high-bandwidth I/O direct to the host card’s FPGAs. The ADC511 from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is an FMC/VITA57 dual-channel analog-to-digital converter card designed to eliminate data bottlenecks and increase DSP subsystem performance by routing high-speed ADC I/O directly to the host board.

Available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled rugged versions, the ADC511 has two onboard 14-bit 400 MHz Texas Instruments ADS5474 ADC devices. Each of the module’s ADCs supports a sampling rate up to 400 MS/s, within an analog bandwidth of >1.7 GHz, and provides 14-bits of digital output. By routing the ADC device interfaces directly to the FMC connector, the ADC511 enables an FPGA on the host board to directly control and receive data. A choice of sample clock sources is provided, including an onboard source that supports sampling rates of 300, 320 and 400 MS/s, as well as the ability to utilize an external sample clock. Input and output triggers are provided enabling the number of input channels to be increased by synchronizing multiple ADC511 modules. Curtiss-Wright Controls provides HDL design reference code for the ADC511 to simplify and speed integration into the HDL development suite for Curtiss-Wright FPGA host boards. Pricing for ADC511 starts at $5,000.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA.
(613) 254-5112. [].

Low-Cost, Low-Power Processor AMC Boosts Embedded Communications

A processor AdvancedMC (PrAMC) features the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor with Intel QuickAssist Technology and up to 4 Gbytes of ECC DDR2 memory and is targeted for use as coprocessor or host processor for embedded communication applications. The PRM-110 from JumpGen Systems supports up to 5 GigE links including 2 Front Panel and 3 routed to the AMC connector. It may be deployed with 600 MHz, 1.066 GHz, or 1.2 GHz processors to serve and is available with integrated accelerators that support Intel QuickAssist Technology through software packages provided by Intel. The software drivers enable acceleration of cryptographic and packet processing for VPN/firewall and unified threat management, wireless and WiMAX access applications, and SMB and home network attached storage applications.

Additional features include a PCI Express x4 Interface to Fat Pipes Lanes 4-7 (AMC.1, Type 4), dual GigE interfaces to Common Options Lanes 0 and 1 (AMC.2 Type E2) and a single GigE interface to Fat Pipes, Lane 8 (AMC.2, Type 1). Dual SATA interfaces to Common Options Lanes 2 and 3 (AMC.3) are also provided. The front panel I/O includes Dual 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet, RS-232 Serial and USB. The PRM-110 is available in both full and mid-size AMC configurations for AdvancedTCA (ATCA), MicroTCA and proprietary architecture systems. Unit pricing for a range of configurations is expected to be under $1,000.

JumpGen Systems, Carlsbad, CA. (760) 931-7800. [].

Switching Power Manager with USB On-The-Go & Overvoltage Protection

A family of power manager ICs for single-cell Li-Ion/Polymer battery-based applications features a bidirectional switching power manager that can power an application and charge the battery from USB. Operating in reverse, the same switching regulator can take power from the battery to generate 5V and deliver up to 500mA for USB On-The-Go (OTG) applications without any additional components.

Targeted at applications such as media players, personal navigation devices, digital cameras, PDAs and smart phones, the LTC4160/-1 from Linear Technology includes automatic load prioritization when powered from USB, input overvoltage protection, a stand-alone battery charger, and an ideal diode, all in a compact, ultra-low profile (0.55 mm) 3 mm x 4 mm UTQFN package. The LTC4160-1 offers a 4.1V battery float voltage allowing high temperature safety margin, while other family member, the LTC4160, features a 4.2V final charge voltage for optimized battery run time.

The on-chip switching regulator also features programmable input current limits of 100 mA and 500 mA for enhanced USB compatibility, as well as a wall adapter input current limit setting up to 1.2A. For fast charging, the LTC4160/-1 converts nearly all of the 2.5W available from the USB port to charging current, enabling up to 600mA of charge current from a 500 mA limited USB supply and up to 1.2A of charge current from a wall adapter. The device provides an overvoltage protection (OVP) control circuit that prevents damage to its input from the accidental application of high transient voltages. The OVP circuit can protect the USB port even when the IC is providing power for USB. Pricing starts at $2.85 each for 1,000-piece quantities.

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

COM Express Reference Carrier Board Is Compatible with New PICMG Design Guide

Following closely on the heels of the release of the PICMG COM Express Carrier Design Guide, a new version of the Express-BASE Reference Carrier Board for Basic Form Factor Type 2 COM Express modules has been announced by Adlink Technology. The reference board, in standard ATX size, allows system designers to emulate the functionality of a desired end product with their chosen COM Express module and add on cards to get a head start on software development and hardware verification.

The PICMG COM Express Carrier Design Guide is a 150-page document that provides information for designing a custom carrier board for COM Express modules. The design guide includes reference schematics for the external circuitry required to implement the various COM Express peripheral functions, explains how to extend the supported buses, and how to add additional peripherals and expansion slots to a COM Express-based system.

The Adlink Express-BASE is a reference carrier board for Basic Form Factor Type 2 COM Express modules in standard ATX size that allows system designers to emulate the functionality of the desired end product with their chosen COM Express module and get a head start on software development and hardware verification. The latest version of the Adlink Express-BASE is fully compatible with the design practices described in the PICMG COM Express Carrier Design Guide and provides a full complement of I/O interfaces, debugging tools and peripheral devices (such as Super I/O and an audio codec) that may be required on the custom carrier board. The full schematics and mechanical drawings of the Express-BASE are available for download from the ADLINK website (as well as the PICMG COM Express Carrier Design Guide), to allow customers to immediately begin their own carrier board design effort.

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA.
(408) 360-0200. [].

1U Accelerator Expansion System Supercharges Performance

A new 1U accelerator expansion system employs either the AMD FireStream 9270 or 9250 graphics processor-based accelerator boards to provide a system tailor-made for high-end computational applications. The 1U 9270 from One Stop Systems contains one or two AMD 9270 boards while the 1U 9250 system employs up to four AMD 9250 boards. The 1U accelerator expansion system is equipped with a PCIe x16 Gen 2 host cable adapter that installs in a host computer’s PCIe x16 expansion slot, delivering data transfers of up to 80 Gbits/s to the host system. A 1-meter standardized PCIe x16 cable is included. The GPU expansion system off-loads the host CPU engines and will be used by research laboratories, video imaging systems and gaming applications. The new product family supports maximum compute density in the datacenter, allowing users to deploy up to 4 single-precision TFLOPS and 800 double-precision GFLOPS of compute performance.

The 1U rack-mountable system can be installed within up to 10 meters of its host system using the standard PCIe cable. Greater distances from the host system can be accommodated using a fiber optic version, to be released by OSS later this year. Vital system functions like fan rotation, power voltages and temperature can be remotely monitored through Ethernet, making the solution easy to manage in large datacenter environments.

The AMD FireStream provides up to 1.2 TFLOPS raw single precision performance and up to 240 GFLOPS raw double precision performance. That amounts to over 8 GFLOPS per watt of single precision performance potential. AMD FireStream 9270 is a dual-slot solution with 2 Gbyte GDDR5 memory and up to 1.2 TFLOPS single precision and 240 GFLOPS double precision floating point performance. AMD FireStream 9250 is a single-slot, lower power solution with 1 Gbyte GDDR3 memory and up to 1 TFLOPS single precision and 200 GFLOPS double precision floating point performance. The 1U 9250-4 Accelerator Expansion System with four FireStream 9250s lists for $7,495. OEM quantities can be quoted on request.

One Stop Systems, Escondido, CA.
(760) 745-9883. [].

RISC Embedded Computing with Rich I/O and Windows CE 6.0

A system based on the Atmel AT91SAM9263 processor delivers RISC computing power in a compact, rugged package that is packed with a wealth of I/O features and uses the latest embedded software environment. Boasting a 32-bit ARM instruction set for maximum performance, the Relio R9 from Sealevel Systems is a suitable platform for embedded applications requiring small size, wide operating temperature range and flexible I/O connectivity.

Available with up to 256 Mbyte RAM and 256 Mbyte flash memory, the I/O features of the Relio R9 extend the possible uses beyond traditional ARM applications. Standard I/O includes Ethernet, serial, USB, CAN Bus, digital and analog interface. For local or remote I/O expansion, the Relio R9 connects to Sealevel SeaI/O modules via the dedicated RS-485 expansion port and communicates via RS-485 Modbus RTU.

To provide a fast time-to-market, the Windows CE 6.0 BSP binary and low-level drivers for system I/O are included. Additionally, the R9 software package is equipped with the Sealevel Talos I/O Framework, which offers a high-level object-oriented .NET Compact Framework (CF) device interface. This interface provides an I/O point abstraction layer with built-in support for the specific needs of analog and digital I/O such as gain control and debouncing.

The Relio R9 is housed in a rugged, small enclosure suitable for mounting almost anywhere and is rated for a full -40°C to +85°C operating temperature range. The Relio R9 is priced from $599, and a QuickStart Development Kit is available. For applications with specialized hardware requirements, system designers can use the Relio R9 as a platform for application development while a customized target system is designed for specific application requirements.

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

Compact, Rugged PC/104-Plus SBC Rolls

Fans are frowned on in harsh environment applications. They represent a single point of failure that’s not worth the risk. Offering its latest fanless SBC solution, VersaLogic began shipping a new PC/104-Plus SBC called the “Manx”—a mid-range SBC featuring a highly efficient AMD Geode LX 800 processor. The product is function and pin-out compatible with VersaLogic’s older Puma SBC, offering customers a higher performance migration path from that popular product. The new Manx incorporates mid-range processing speed (500 MHz) with very low power consumption (less than 5W). The ACPI suspend-to-RAM state feature reduces power draw to an incredible 0.2W between active sessions.

This high-reliability fanless design is available in both standard (0° to +60°C) and extended (-40° to +85°C) temperature versions. The Manx has standard onboard features that include 256 Mbytes of soldered-on DRAM, 10/100 Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, LPT port, IDE interface, three COM ports and analog audio. A CompactFlash socket provides reliable, high-capacity onboard storage with no moving parts. The PC/104-Plus expansion interface supports both ISA and PCI add-on modules. The Manx will be available in production quantities in June. Pricing is about $550 in OEM quantities.

VersaLogic, Eugene, OR. (541) 485-8575. [].

Network Appliance Utilizes Latest Intel Xeon 5500

A new server-grade network appliance features a 2U rackmount chassis, dual sockets for the Intel Xeon processors E5540 or E5504 with an integrated memory controller, high-speed Intel QuickPath Technology link connections between the two processors as well as Intel Turbo Boost, Virtualization and Hyper-Threading Technologies. The NAR-7100 from American Portwell also features the associated Intel 5520 I/O Hub to meet high-performance computing requirement with up to 36 PCI Express Gen2 lanes. Ten DDR3 memory DIMMs support up to 80 Gbytes system memory. The new NAR-7100 not only provides high CPU computing performance, but also supplies high Ethernet performance using PCI Express Gen2 solution.

The NAR-7100 2-socket, 2U rack network appliance provides maximum performance while supplying a variety of Ethernet interfaces and Ethernet ports, helping reduce energy and deployment costs. The high concentration of computing power and redundancy makes the NAR-7100 an appropriate choice for high-performance networking applications. The appliance supplies the necessary computing power for UTM, IPS, IDS, Anti-virus, Firewall, VPN, Content Filtering and much more to enhance our customers’ applications.

Customers using traditional Copper or Fiber modules can now choose the NAR-7100’s programmable bypass module. In practice, the programmable bypass mode allows network packets to flow in and out unattended when the appliance is shutting down. The programmable next boot-up status means that the Bypass or Open mode can be determined in advance before a system shuts down. This means that the system can be predetermined to reboot to the preferred status and is immediately ready to serve. Bypass mode status can be changed instantly by software commands. Each Bypass segment has its own WatchDog Timer (WDT), therefore bypass behaviors can operate independently.

American Portwell, Fremont, CA.
(510) 403-3399. [].

USB 3.0 Automated Compliance Test Package

An automated compliance test package for USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) is available for use on the recently released WaveMaster 8 Zi Oscilloscope platform from LeCroy. QualiPHY USB3 provides SuperSpeed USB physical layer compliance testing according to the USB-IF Electrical Test Specification, and more importantly, enables rapid debugging of compliance failures to identify the root cause of serial data problems.

QualiPHY USB3 features automated oscilloscope control for accurate measurements, connection diagrams showing the proper setup for each test, and report generation available in HTML, XML or PDF formats. In addition, integration with LeCroy SDA II and Eye Doctor II analysis software ensures that the challenges that come with the faster data rate and unique capabilities of SuperSpeed USB are addressed easily and accurately.

QualiPHY USB3 uses LeCroy SDA II analysis software to display eye diagrams and jitter decomposition 50 times faster than other solutions, and contains integrated jitter and timing analysis for clock and data signals. It allows analysis of data up to the memory limit of the oscilloscope. LeCroy Eye Doctor II analysis software allows the user to view his signal after Continuous Time Linear Equalization (CTLE) and Channel Emulation. QualiPHY USB3 uses this functionality to create the eye diagram and measure the jitter after CTLE as required for SuperSpeed USB compliance. The Price for the QPHY USB3 Software Option is $1,500.

LeCroy, Chestnut Ridge, NY. (800) 553-2769. [].

PC/104-Plus SBC Sports 1.60 GHz Atom CPU

The Atom processor is quickly pushing aside the idea that PC compatibly means suffering with high power consumption. Advanced Digital Logic has released its ADLS15PC, which is based on the Intel Atom (Z510, Z530) and the IntelUS15W (Poulsbo) chipset. The Intel Atom is a single core processor built on a 45nm process that boasts an impressive 2.0 watts TDP (Intel) for the CPU. This processor delivers the benefits of genuine Intel architecture to a small form factor for low-power, thermally and space-constrained markets.

The ADLS15PC takes advantage of these features by delivering high performance and low thermals in a compact, single board PC/104-Plus form factor. Memory is added via an SODIMM200 socket that will accept up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2-400/533 DRAM. In addition to ACPI/APM functions, the ADLS15PC provides EIDE, 8xUSB 2.0, 2xRS232 COM ports, PS/2 keyboard and mouse, LPT, 7.1 HDA Audio, 10/100/1000 Mbit LAN and more. The ADLS15PC can also come equipped with an onboard Solid State Disk (SSD) of 2 or 4 Gbytes. With the use of ADL’s advanced conductive and convective thermal solutions engineered for the Atom design, the boards can be placed in nearly any application under environmentally demanding conditions.

Advanced Digital Logic, San Diego, CA.
(858) 490-0597. [].

Data Translation Announces New Technology in Precision Measurement

Extremely high accuracy in analog voltage readings regardless of the environmental conditions is possible with instrumentation using proprietary ISO-Channel technology. The VOLTpoint and TEMPpoint instruments from Data Translation use galvanic isolation to guarantee 1000V isolation between each sensor input. The result is that accuracy is preserved on all input channels.

ISO-Channel technology offers increased reliability over older relay front-end designs prone to system failure, by implementing a separate DC/DC Converter on each 24-bit A/D converter for all 48 channels. Common mode noise and ground loop problems are eliminated with ISO-Channel design. Sensors at varying ground reference are individually referenced to their own level even at vastly differing voltages, including transients to thousands of volts. The all solid-state design provides digital transfer of valuable sensor data with optical and transformer isolation. The result to the user is preserved accuracy on all sensor inputs without regard to grounding conditions.

VOLTpoint is a precision measurement instrument designed and newly enhanced for measuring a wide range of voltage inputs of ±10V, ±100V and ±400V. Applications include Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV) battery performance, Li-ion Cell measurements, High voltage, precision battery stack, or cell balance measurements and battery back-up monitoring among others.

TEMPpoint is a series of temperature measurement instruments designed for high accuracy and industrial robustness. These instruments allow direct thermocouple, RTD and precision voltage or resistance measurements with a PC. Temperature and voltage values can be viewed, graphed, or exported to Excel, and allow limit checking for control or monitoring of a manufacturing process. Pricing for VOLTpoint and TEMPpoint begins at $3,195 and both are available immediately in USB and Ethernet versions.

Data Translation, Marlboro, MA.
(508) 481-8620. [].

PCIe-to-CompactPCI/PXI Expansion Kit in a 6U Chassis

A new PCIe-to-6U CompactPCI/PXI expansion kit from Adlink Technology includes the company’s PCIe-8560 PCI Express host board, the PXI-8656/6U remote system controller and an expansion cable. Adlink’s family of bus expansion products includes PCIe-to-PCI, ExpressCard-to-PXI/PCI, PCI-to-PCI/PXI, PXI-to-PXI, and now PCIe-to-6U CompactPCI/PXI systems and kits for use in a wide range of applications. The PCIe-to-6U CompactPCI/PXI expansion kit is specifically designed for applications with high-density I/O requirements such as telecommunication systems, mass production testing and military/aerospace by providing direct control of 6U CompactPCI/PXI modules via the high-bandwidth, low-latency PCI Express interface.

The PCIe-to-6U CompactPCI/PXI expansion kit supports up to 7 devices in a remote 6U CompactPCI/PXI chassis. The control of the 6U CompactPCI/PXI chassis through the PCIe-8560 PCI Express host board is transparent to software applications and drivers. All CompactPCI and PXI modules installed in the remote chassis will operate as if they are directly installed in the host system. Adlink’s 15-slot 6U CompactPCI/PXI chassis, the PXIS-3320, is also available for use as a remote chassis. The PCIe-to-6U CompactPCI/PXI expansion kit is currently available with a list price of $1,155.

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA. (408) 360-0200. [].

High-Definition XMC Video Interface Sports JPEG2000 Compression

A new interface for high-definition video with JPEG2000 compression provides an open standards-based high-performance solution for capturing, compressing, decompressing and displaying two channels of video at up to 1080p and 1920x1200 resolutions. Designed for demanding military video applications, the XMC-280 from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing facilitates the design of systems that require the distribution or recording of video such as those in situational awareness applications.

In real-time embedded systems JPEG2000 offers better quality than MPEG at higher compression ratios, and because each frame is compressed individually, there is no dependence on preceding or subsequent frames. This frame-by-frame compression results in lower latency and greater resistance to errors in transmission. The JPEG2000 ISO/IEC15444-1 image compression standard (9/7 irreversible wavelet compression) provides visually lossless compression at ratios in excess of 10:1.

Using the XMC-280, multiple channels of high-definition video can be distributed over standard Gigabit Ethernet networks in excellent quality and with minimal latency. Details are retained at 50:1 compression at which eight 1080p60 channels could be transmitted over a single Gigabit Ethernet. The XMC-280 is supported on Intel x86 and Power PC hosts under Windows, Linux and VxWorks, and as an industry-standard XMC-format module, it can be deployed in a variety of system types such as PCs and embedded rackmount displays.

The XMC-280 includes two video inputs (each can be Digital DVI, Analog RGB or PAL/NTSC composite) with up to 1920x1200 resolution at 60 Hz, and two DVI-D digital outputs. Captured video is compressed using a high-performance FPGA-based JPEG2000 algorithm or transmitted over PCIe interface uncompressed. In addition, there are two stereo channels (or four mono channels) of audio input/output that support 6-bit 48 kHz, WAV and PCM encoding. A Four-lane PCIe 1.1 interface is optimized to provide in excess of 500 Mbytes/s in each direction. Pricing for the XMC-280 starts at $5,000. Availability is Q3 2009.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing Leesburg, VA. (613) 254-5112.

VXS Computing Module for Radar, SIGINT/EW and Industrial Apps

A platform for high-performance computing solutions in image, sensor and signal processing applications is being offered with the availability of the Ensemble 5000 Series VXS HCD5220 Dual 8641D Dual-Core Processing Module from Mercury Computer. The HCD5220 is the first of several new products from the VXS Ensemble 5000 Series product family designed to extend embedded, high-performance computing to a sensor-networked environment, enabling rapid access to critical information from distributed sensors via the Converged Sensor Network (CSN) Architecture.

The HCD5220 combines two Freescale 8641D PowerPC processors with dual PMC/XMC mezzanine sites. For example, signals intelligence/electronic warfare (SIGINT/EW) applications are typically optimized for size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints. The HCD5220, when configured with Echotek Series Digital Receiver modules, allows up to eight channels of processing per HCD5220, doubling the channel count per slot compared to previously available systems. Additionally, the thermal design of the HCD5220 supports the faster 1.33 GHz 8641D processor in a standard 0.8"-inch VXS slot. These improvements result in an overall 2x increase in performance relative to currently available SIGINT/EW processor-digital receiver subsystems.

For synthetic aperture radar/moving target indicator (SAR/MTI) radar applications, the HCD5220 brings new heights to system-level processing performance while simultaneously simplifying application development. Scaling a chassis to 18 HCD5220 modules and two Serial RapidIO switch modules, the system offers two to three times more bisection bandwidth than mesh topologies of similar sizes, such as Mercury's previous generation of VPX products. For large systems, this increase in bisection bandwidth enables new and faster radar algorithm processing, as well as reduced system size, weight and cost.

Ensemble Series software enables rapid deployment of customer applications across 3U VPX, 6U VPX and VXS form factors. Moreover, with identical hardware building blocks, the Ensemble products share identical Linux and VxWorks development and runtime environments. Customer applications for the HDC5220 can be easily retargeted for other Ensemble products. This allows users to have a single software code base, a protected investment in software algorithms, code portability, performance predictability and rapid deployment across multiple form factors. Entry-level versions in volume start at under $10,000.

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

3U CompactPCI Boards and Rack Family for Thermal Needs of Extreme Environments

A new, rugged 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) family consists of two single board computers (SBCs) and a rack that provide reliable performance in temperatures as extreme as -40°C and +85°C. In addition to the standard, convection-cooled F50P SBC, the new line from Men Micro includes the conduction-cooled F50C that easily fits into the new conduction-cooled rack. The new rack accommodates readily available, less costly 3U cards designed for ventilated systems, when mounted within conduction-cooled adapter frames and is designed for use in environments from -40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F).

Both the F50P and F50C SBCs offer the choice of either MPC8548 and MPC8543 PowerPC processors running at speeds up to 1.5 GHz as well as up to 2 Mbytes of SDRAM, 2 Mbytes non-volatile SRAM, 128K non-volatile FRAM and up to 16 Gbytes of flash solid state disk storage.

Each board provides front- and rear-connection I/O options including a minimum of four USB ports, up to three 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channels and up to two SATA ports. Additional FPGA-controlled I/O, a standard on conduction-cooled models and optional on convection-cooled models, provides the extreme flexibility of up to 62 additional I/O lines for user-defined functions in application-specific needs such as graphics, touch screens, serial interfaces, fieldbus controllers and binary I/O.

Both SBC styles, which feature soldered components to withstand shock and vibration, are designed for the added protection of an optional conformal coating. Each offers reliable system expansion using the full cPCI interface, or can be used as a busless stand-alone board with power supplied from the backplane. All versions run popular Linux, VxWorks, QNX, INTEGRITY and OS-9 operating system software.

Convection-cooled SBCs are fitted with tailor-made heat sinks necessary for their environmental requirements—up to +85°C. When integrated into dedicated CCA (circuit card assembly) frames, they become conduction-cooled (F50C series) boards, available for stand-alone use up to +85°C or for installation in the new conduction-cooled rack. This frame design maintains 20% to 30% more usable card space than more costly card designs conforming to VITA 30.1.

The 200 mm x 350 mm x 145 mm unit is equipped with three 3U cPCI slots for one CPU board with a side card and one I/O board, as well as a PSU slot with an H15 connector. It accommodates both front and rear I/O wiring of boards installed within the enclosure.

Pricing starts at $1,637 for the F50C and $2,322 for the F50P. The conduction-cooled rack is $5,473.

MEN Micro, Ambler, PA. (215) 542-9575. [].

Controller Adds Graphics to StackableUSB

Using USB as a link for stacked embedded boards is the whole idea behind StackableUSB. Micro/sys satisfies the demand for graphical user interfaces in low-power, space-constrained embedded applications with the introduction of its new USB3201, a graphics controller and a compact 2.8-inch (320x240 pixel) color LCD, which comes with a highly modular, easy-to-use software package. Using StackableUSB, the USB3201 easily mates with small, energy-efficient microcontrollers operating off a 9V battery, as well as x86 and ARM SBCs, to provide OEMs complex 2D and simple 3D graphics within the popular 104 form factor. The USB3201 exemplifies USB’s ability to enable sophisticated, low-power systems across all CPU platforms.

Powered by the Microchip PIC32 and the Microchip Graphics Library, the USB3201 can support multiple input devices. The user-friendly software package has an open documented interface for LCD driver support making it easy to interface to any LCD with the creation of a single low-level C file. With both a CPU and RGB interface, it is easy to accommodate an LCD with a maximum 480x272 WQVGA resolution. The USB3201 set including the controller and LCD touch screen starts at $265 in single quantity.

Micro/sys, Montrose, CA. (818) 244-4600. [].

Open Frame TFT Displays Target Cost-Sensitive Markets

Designed with advanced image inversion electronics, the new series of display products allows customers to use lower-cost twisted nematic (TN) TFT-LCDs for many applications that currently use more expensive, wide-viewing-angle TFT panels. The new I Series TouchScape displays from Smart Modular Technologies provide customers with more options to address cost pressures in kiosk, gaming, ATM and digital signage deployments.

When a traditional TN TFT display is viewed from below, light areas become dark and dark areas become light. Known as “grey scale inversion,” this type of distortion effectively renders traditional TN TFT displays unsuitable for many applications that would be viewed from below, forcing OEMs to use high-cost, wide-viewing-angle TFT LCDs. With the I Series displays, OEMs can realize cost savings while still achieving the image quality required by their application. Available in 19” and 22” sizes, the TouchScape I series displays are available with impact-resistant glass, surface acoustic wave (SAW) and capacitive touchscreen options. Supporting USB 2.0 and RS-232 touchscreen controller interfaces, the new displays are IP65 capable, so they offer resistance to dust and water damage.

SMART Modular Technologies, Newark, CA.
(510) 623-1231. [].