NI's latest 6-1/2-digit DMM is a PCI bus plug-in Product News 1/29/2004 Post a comment Priced at less than $2000, here's a system-oriented PCIbus DMM with a 1.8-Msamples/s digitizer and solid-state relays to handle range and function changes. This combo gives you speed, 6-ppm DC voltage accuracy, and sensitivity into the microvolt regime.
SBS Technologies spins three single-board computers with Pentium Ms on-card Product News 1/27/2004 Post a comment At the Bus and Board Conference, SBS Technologies rolled out three 6U-sized CompactPCI single board computers. Configured with different feature sets, these models can dish up the speed and bandwidth needed for performance-oriented applications---while benefiting from the low power dissipation of Intel's Pentium M microprocessors.
PC/104-format serial comm boards tout multiple ports Product News 1/27/2004 Post a comment Board maker ACCES I/O Products announces some nifty additions to its ever-expanding line of PC/104-compatible boards. The company's latest FPGA-based products are eight- and four-port, asynchronous serial communications boards, respectively. Both handle multiple protocols.
RS-232 to TCP/IP software eases instrumentation data transmission Product News 1/21/2004 Post a comment TAL Technologies will be demo'ing the latest version of its existing WinWedge 32 Pro utility software at the upcoming Pittcon 2004 show and conference in Chicago. Its new WinWedge 32 Pro bits will include upgraded TCP-Com software to expose an RS-232 serial port on a PC to a TCP/IP port so that RS-232 serial data could be sent and received across a TCP/IP network. New features will include the ability to create so-called virtual COM ports that are actually TCP/IP port connec
Army wants low-power, lighter equipment News & Analysis 1/20/2004 Post a comment U.S. Army Gen. Paul Kern, head of the Army's Materiel Command, is calling on electronics engineers to provide lower power, lighter weight communications devices and vision systems for next-generation soldiers. Chuck Murray reports.
Bandwidth boost breathes new life into the VMEbus News & Analysis 1/19/2004 Post a comment At the Bus & Board/2004 Conference here this week, VME vendors are expected to lay the groundwork for the addition of high-speed switch fabrics by rolling out new VME boards and connectors based on an up-and-coming technology called the VMEbus Switched Serial Standard (VXS).
Timing Synchronization speeds network access News & Analysis 1/14/2004 Post a comment As the essential foundation of all multiplexing, switching and transmission equipment, system timing's importance has been growing as the demands and variety of communications services increase. An Agere Systems engineer offers insights into the timing issues which effects communications between chips, boards and server card cages.
Coax cable turned into backbone net News & Analysis 1/12/2004 Post a comment A chip set from startup Entropic Communications lets end users turn their coaxial connections into a backbone network in the home. Commsdesign's Rob Keenan has this report.
Boards roll for embedded PCI-X Product News 1/9/2004 Post a comment Focus-On: Embedded board makers dishing up successors to the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group's venerable v1.0 architecture. Here's an update on some representative single-board computers based on PICMG's new embedded PCI-X spec.
High-Speed Backplanes Pose New Challenges to Comms Designers News & Analysis 1/7/2004 Post a comment High-Speed Backplanes Pose New Challenges to Comms Designers
As backplane speeds move beyond 3 Gbit/s, designers will encounter problems not seen at lower rates. Fortunately, through the use of modeling techniques, designers can tackle these issues head on. A Rambus engineer shows how.
Exciting times at Gage Applied Technologies Product News 1/7/2004 Post a comment Things are popping at the venerable firm of Gage Applied Technologies. The company, renowned for its high performance digitizers, is under new ownership (it was formerly part of Tektronix). It also sports a more expansive name (adding the word Technologies, as that's what the folks there apply). Along with sister companies and partners, Gage is gearing with an expansive range of systems and products.
Controller makes power supply redundancy easy News & Analysis 1/5/2004 Post a comment Traditional methods for connecting redundant power supplies usually involve placing a diode in series with each power supply output and tying either the cathodes or anodes, depending on whether the power supply is positive or negative, together at the load. This is commonly referred to as diode OR-ing and, although simple, is far from an ideal solution. In this article (intended for EE Times' InFocus section on backplane power management), a TI engineer offers a more efficient means of coupling
Line of DSP-based PXI data-acq boards grows Product News 1/2/2004 Post a comment With two new product families of no less than 28 different PXI-based data acquisition and signal generation boards, Exacq Technologies---a member of the PXI Systems Alliance---is really extending its existing line of PXI data-acq products in a big way.