Focus-On: Data-acq study reveals segment complexities Product News 12/23/2004 Post a comment A report just released by market researchers at Frost and Sullivan shows the mature, densely populated data-acquisition systems market is highly fragmented. But, the report also reveals that the DAQ arena is intensely competitive, and has made rapid technological advancements. Its complex and varied nature, and the presence of well-entrenched participants, also deters the entry of smaller hopefuls. But, don't lose hope if you're a market entrant. There are golden opportunities.
Focus-On: Next-gen PCI Express Product News 12/16/2004 Post a comment Focus-On: PCI Express --- The PCI-SIG has some amazing news. Hang onto your hats! The PCI-SIG says the data rate for the next planned revision of the PCI Express spec will be a super-fast 5-Giga-transfers/s.
Engine test system enhanced with wireless connectivity Product News 12/15/2004 Post a comment Working with instrumentation for large motors or automotive engines? If so, engine and power train test company SAKOR Technologies's updated version of its DynoLAB PT product may interest you. It's designed to support National Instruments's popular Compact Fieldpoint System (an industrial control-and-measurement system comprised of I/O modules and intelligent controllers). The redesigned DynoLAB PT supports testing of engines, vehicles, and related drivetrain components, seamlessly integr
Rack-mountable 1U platform slated for development purposes Product News 12/15/2004 Post a comment As a supplier of custom embedded systems, WIN Enterprises is now offering a Pentium-equipped rack-mountable 1U-sized development platform. Intended to help you achieve fast time-to-market, WIN's new product can be used for networking, so-called Internet appliance, industrial automation, and point-of-service applications. Significantly, it's priced at less than $600 a pop.
VXI plug-in provides precise timing pulses Product News 12/14/2004 Post a comment In this day and age of militarization and concomitant MIL contracts, radars are a focal point of many defense system designers' efforts. Here's news of a table-driven digital delay generator VXI bus plug-in that's in lockstep with the times. It can be used as a precision and ultra-stable timing generator to do radar pulse simulation. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn goes over its salient features.
Tiny board computer has CompactFlash form-factor Product News 12/13/2004 Post a comment Need an ultra-small single-board computer for embedded system design? Here's one that's targeted at low-volume developers, or OEMs doing proof-of-concept development. Priced at less than about $300 a pop in OEM quantities, this new SBC is a CompactFlash-based device, with a tiny CF-sized footprint and low Z-height. Running a Motorola Coldfire microprocessor, the tiny board packs 32-Mbytes RAM, and 8-Mbytes of flash.
Communications board handles wire-speed packet processing Product News 12/10/2004 Post a comment Communications computer board maker Gateworks Corp adds a new networking board to its product line-up. For designs of wired and wireless network routers, backhaul repeaters, switches, bridges, access points, and concentrators, this board runs an Intel XScale IXP425 network processor and a Micrel Kendin KS8995MA five-port Ethernet switch. Most amazing is that, thanks to today's level of chip integratiom, the board is priced at less than $300!
Module adds 3D/2D graphics to industrial applications Product News 12/9/2004 Post a comment The P517 PMC graphics mezzanine card from MEN Micro enables system designers and integrators to include high-resolution 2- and 3D graphics into systems that accommodate PMC cards, such as VMEbus, CompactPCI, and PXI systems, or even bus-independent systems.
Multi-port serial I/O cards are low-profile PCI plug-ins Product News 12/9/2004 Post a comment Board maker ACCES I/O Products is rolling out a number of multi-port serial communication cards. One is an 8-port low-profile PCI bus card that provides asynchronous field-selectable RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 connectivity on a port-by-port basis. But wait! There's more. Four-port and RS-232-only versions are also available.
Modbus Remote Terminal Unit runs 8051 derivative Product News 12/9/2004 Post a comment Here's news of an 8051-based Remote Terminal Unit designed for field and industrial relay-based applications. It will accommodate remote configuration, monitoring, and control applications needing a high degree of I/O isolation and high-current output control.
I/O box expands PC systems with plug-and-play USB Product News 12/8/2004 Post a comment Got I/O? If you need more, check out Measurement Computing's latest USB-based digital I/O interface. As eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn points out in his review, it provides 96 bits of digital I/O in four independent 24-bit groups, each divided into two 8-bit ports and two 4-bit ports. It's also based on an emulation of the industry standard 82C55, and ships with gobs of software.
Tech accord promises liquid-cooled sub-systems Product News 12/7/2004 Post a comment Recognizing a growing need for commercial off-the-shelf sub-systems that operate at higher power levels with higher dissipation, board maker Radstone Technology and the Aerospace Group of Parker Hannifin Corp. announce an agreement to collaborate on the development of a range of liquid-cooled products for MIL/defense applications.
PCI plug-in DMMs outperform benchtop equivalents Product News 12/3/2004 Post a comment Here's news of two 7-1/2-digit PCI-bus plug-in DMMs that tout measurement rates to 20,000-eadings/s, current measurement capabilities down to the picoamp regime, resolution to 10-nV, and precise triggering functions. Read the manufactuerer's release notes, and a review by eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn.
Power-Computermodul mit niedrigem Energiebedarf News & Analysis 12/3/2004 Post a comment Für Echtzeit-Rechneranwendungen, bei denen es auf minimalen Stromverbrauch und passive Kühlung ankommt, hat Kontron sein Computermodul E²Brain EB405 konzipiert. Systementwickler können sich damit auf die Applikationsentwicklung konzentrieren.
High-Speed Data Logger Withstands Racing Heat Design How-To 12/2/2004 Post a comment The saying 'Racing improves the breed' could apply to Infineon Technologies development of a high-speed data logger for Ferrari's 2005 Formula 1 race car. The emphasis on performance results in severe conditions for both the device and the driver.
Designing external cabling for low EMI radiation News & Analysis 12/2/2004 Post a comment The advent of equalizer circuits that compensate for cable loss allows systems to send high-speed data over very long copper cables. The use of integrated circuits for equalization of cable loss has enabled a major reduction in the cost of interconnects for communications systems. For optimum performance, such systems must minimize any radiated emissions from the cables and connectors. A Maxim engineer offers this assessment of EMI reduction techniques, including coax, twisted pair cabling and e
Fast multi-media platform fits 3.5-in. HDD form-factor Product News 12/1/2004 Post a comment Here's news of a 3.5" single-board computer with GHz speed as a multi-media platform for the embedded applications. The SBC packs an on-board 1-GHz microprocessor and chipset to support hardware MPEG 2 decoding, AGP 8X 3D graphics, and both CRT and LCD dual displays.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 18 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...