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USB data acquisition module is optically-isolated
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
ACCES I/O Products' USB embedded data acquisition module (USB-IIRO4-2SM) incorporates four optically isolated digital inputs, four Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relay outputs, and two RS-232/422/485 serial communication ports, all packaged in an industrial enclosure.
Fast booting techniques meet automotive infotainment/telematics activation needs
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
No single technique can possibly manage all of the booting and shutdown requirements of car infotainment systems. Nonetheless, several techniques have emerged that, together, address almost any fast-boot scenario.
Software-based PXI plug-in grants 2-Gsamples/s sampling speed
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Check out this PXI digitizer/oscilloscope plug-in that provides a 1-Gsample/s realtime sampling rate on two simultaneous channels, or 2-Gsamples/s on one channel. It uses 8-bit data conversion. For repetitive signals, it provides an equivalent-time sampling mode that lets it sample at up to 20-Gsamples/s.
Full-size SBCs clocl Pentium 4 LGA-775 processors
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a line of PICMG 1.0 full-size SBCs that clock Intel LGA-775 for Pentium 4 processors with a front-side bus at 533/800-MHz. They also use dual-channel DDR2 memories that work at speeds of 400/533-MHz.
FlexRay hits the road
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Here's how engineers economically developed deterministic, fault-tolerant communications, supplementing LIN and CAN networks, in a new BMW--starting with chassis and suspension control.
Kit powers SDR handsets, rapid prototyping
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
A collaboration among TI, Xilinx, Lyrtech and others has produced a Small Form Factor Software SDR Development Platform that provides a full signal chain from antenna to baseband processing. It features unique power measurement tools and a Simulink design flow.
Advanced Mezzanine Cards ease integration into MicroTCA systems
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
Need to put control and packet processing capabilities into MicroTCA systems, AdvancedTCA blades, or custom carrier blades equipped with AMC sites? Then check out this line of AMC modules from Emerson (formerly Artesyn). A mid-size form-factor provides enhanced connector reliability, and simplifies integration.
Cypress spins 2.4-GHz VoIP headset demo kit
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11/7/2006   Post a comment
Pairing a Cypress Semiconductor WirelessUSB LP radio SoC with a Winbond single-channel CODEC, Cypress rolls out a demonstration kit for a robust VoIP headset. This kit will help you rapidly implement a design.
Analog-to-digital recorders crank as fast as 700-Mbytes/s
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11/7/2006   Post a comment
Data-acq and signal processing system vendor Signatec is rolling out another in a line of high-speed waveform capture products that transform near-realtime PC environments into realtime data recording systems. DR-Series systems are capable of continuously recording up to 700 million samples/s direct to disk storage, without any loss of data.
Tech Tutorial: Message buffers provide FlexRay versatility
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
Here is what is needed in hardware and software to configure, control, and monitor message buffers to meet a system's required deterministic latency and fault tolerance.
Xilinx and AXIS roll radio card platform for W-CDMA, WiMAX
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx and AXIS have announced a common digital radio system (CDRS) development platform for W-CDMA and WiMAX base stations. The platform increases power amplifier efficiency, enabling OEMs to lower cost and power.
5-port PC/104 Fast Ethernet switch packs port-based VLAN support
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11/1/2006   Post a comment
Board maker Parvus Corp. is debuting a VLAN-enabled 5-port PC/104 Ethernet switch that meets MIL-STD-810F specs. The ruggedized network switch features very low dissipation at 1.5-W, extended-temperature operation, and can be operated standalone.


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