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VMIC's CompactPCI SBC packs Intel's latest Pentium M micro
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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
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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.
Cards upgrade Keithley multi-channel I-V test system
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12/18/2003   Post a comment
Test equipment vendor Keithley Instruments is dishing up two multi-channel source-measure test cards that put expanded operating ranges into the company's existing multi-channel I-V test system.
VME board sports gigahertz PowerPC
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12/17/2003   Post a comment
The Pentek Model 4205 features a 1 GHz Motorola MPC7457 G4 PowerPC processor and two programmable Xilinx Virtex-II FPGAs.
Popular VMEbus board upgrade adds GHz-speed PowerPC, on-board Gbit Ethernet
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12/17/2003   Post a comment
Here's a new VMEbus for high-performance embedded applications, such as wideband data-acq or software defined radios. Pentek's latest spin features a 1-GHz Motorola PowerPC microprocessor, and two Xilinx Virtex-II FPGAs.
Test your ejection seat (!) with miniature triaxial accelerometer
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12/17/2003   Post a comment
Here's news of a miniature triaxial accelerometer that can be used in biomechanics research, studies of head injuries, and testing of sport helmets, heads-up displays---and ejection seats.
Opinion: If you're seeking test system flexibility, modular instrumentation isn't the only way to go
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
12/16/2003   Post a comment
Many EEs feel that test-and-measurement flexibility is best achieved with modular instruments, But, they're only one of many ways to reach the goal. Grant Drenkow, Solutions Planner at Agilent Technologies's Test and Measurement Group explains why he believes there are tradeoffs.
RapidIO technology wins ISO/IEC certification, poised for meteoric rise
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Product momentum for RapidIO is really skyrocketing, with a very strong outlook for the coming year. Both the ISO and the IEC have ratified the RapidIO interconnect spec. That makes RapidIO the only system interconnect technology so certified.
Industry's First Flash Smart Card IC Certification to Common Criteria EAL4+?
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Industry's First Flash Smart Card IC Certification to Common Criteria EAL4+?
Cutting-Edge SIM Card with Enhanced Capability
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
Cutting-Edge SIM Card with Enhanced Capability
VISA Level 3 Smart Card Chips Move to Next-Generation 180nm Production Process
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12/15/2003   Post a comment
VISA Level 3 Smart Card Chips Move to Next-Generation 180nm Production Process
Opinion: Test equipment investment will ensure the promise of CDAMA2000 3G cellular telephony
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12/12/2003   Post a comment
Opinion: Proper test equipment is absolutely needed to maintain quality-of-service in today's evolving cellphone systems. Having the right test equipment is key to ensuring satisfied cellphone users will offset large cash investments. Here's why.
JTAG chip eases multi-board structural test, FPGA config, in-field updates
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12/11/2003   1 comment
A new parallel test-and-configuration BIST chip from Intellitech is for use in circuit boards on multi-slot or multi-cabled backplanes. The JTAG device provides the infrastructure necessary for multi-board FPGA configuration, as well as board-to-board interconnect test.
SuperMicro's dual-Itanium-2 platforms scream
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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.
National Instruments's popular LabVIEW battered by legal fire
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12/8/2003   Post a comment
SoftWIRE says it's seeking damages for past sales of National Instrument's popular LabVIEW product. Significantly, SoftWIRE is seeking an order prohibiting NI from selling the LabVIEW product!
Trending into data-acquisition: a mini-study in contrasts
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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
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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.
PXI/CompactPCI cards, software comprises modular motion control
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12/3/2003   Post a comment
Here are new motion control products for industrial applications, including driver software that delivers Ethernet-based distributed motion control and data acquisition integration for industrial measurement and automation systems.
Linux v2.4 drivers debut for 16-channel PCI, PMC digital receivers
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12/2/2003   Post a comment
New Linux kernel v2.4 drivers provide access to the capabilities of hardware through driver calls for PCI boards and PMC modules from board maker Pentek.
Feature-rich single-board-computers house AMD processors
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12/2/2003   Post a comment
We review two new multi-media-ready industrial-grade Pentium-II class single-board computers that are loaded with communications hooks, USB, PCMCIA slots, and PC/104 expansion.
Accelerant pushes binary serdes to 6.25 Gbits/s
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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.
VMEbus plug-in targets software defined radio apps
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12/1/2003   Post a comment
Here's a board-level VMEbus product that can implement software-defined radios. It can also be used to generate RF signals used in radar, military countermeasure systems, and test equipment.
Sun, Alcatel back spec for multilevel signaling backplanes
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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.


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