VMIC's CompactPCI SBC packs Intel's latest Pentium M micro
Product News 12/24/2003 Post a comment
GE Fanuc Automation Americas, also known to board users as VMIC, previews a new hot-swappable single-slot CompactPCI board that features Intel's latest Pentium M processor technology. The new board's processor clocks at up to 1.6-GHz, yet performs many applications comparable to a 2.4-GHz Pentium---but it dissipates half the power. Although only a preliminary datasheet is available, eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn enumerates some if its salient features.
Single-slot PowerPC-based VMEbus SBC salutes MIL/aerospace applications
Product News 12/23/2003 Post a comment
With military budgets flush, and defense spending in full swing, board-level MIL-Std. products are in their ascendancy. DY 4 Systems has a new single-board computer that has both flexibility and vast processing power---and Mil-Std.-1553 airframe bus communications hooks. It runs dual Motorola PowerPC microprocessors clocking as fast as 1.3 GHz.
SuperMicro's dual-Itanium-2 platforms scream
Product News 12/11/2003 Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor looks at what's billed as the world's first 1U Itanium 2 platform. Designed to meet the ever-growing demands of the high-computing server segment, two products are sophisticated 1U Itanium 2 server boards in standard form-factors.
Trending into data-acquisition: a mini-study in contrasts
Product News 12/4/2003 Post a comment
To show how diverse data acquisition products are, we compare two recent data-acq boards that are truly "horses of a different color." One is a high-end high-speed data-acq board for VMEbus assemblages. The other is a slow-speed low-power board intended for embedded applications where slowly changing sensor signals are conditioned.
Spreadsheet tools estimate available wattage for Power over Ethernet applications
News & Analysis 12/3/2003 Post a comment
The recently approved 802.3af Power over Ethernet standard is gaining wide industry acceptance. But the appliance designer is faced with both a limited number of choices about getting power to the application, and a limitation in the amount of power that is available to the application's functional circuits. A Texas Instruments engineer calculates how much power is available, and suggests some tools and techniques that will help you maximize what's available.
Accelerant pushes binary serdes to 6.25 Gbits/s
Product News 12/2/2003 Post a comment
Ratcheting up the capabilities of its binary serializer/deserializer technology, Accelerant Networks announced Monday (Dec. 1) a 6.25 Gbit/second serdes with enhanced adaptive equalization. The part rounds out a family of binary, PAM4 and dual-mode serdes from the startup.
Sun, Alcatel back spec for multilevel signaling backplanes
News & Analysis 12/1/2003 Post a comment
A group of seven semiconductor and systems companies unveiled an alliance and draft specification Wednesday (Nov 26) for high-speed multilevel signaling, potentially gaining an edge over a group advocating a rival binary technology. The Multi-Level Signaling Alliance was formed quietly in July to promote PAM4 signaling for serializer/deserializers used in backplane systems. Rick Merritt has this report.