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TTL-I/O PXI plug-in maxes memory
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4/29/2004   Post a comment
Strategic Test Corp. has a 125-MHz 1-channel to 16-channel digital I/O card for PXI systems. All of the on-board memory can be used when recording or replaying with 16, 8, 4, 2 or 1 channels.
PMC-Sierra, Vativ Technologies collaborate on interoperable DS3 line cards
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4/27/2004   Post a comment
Broadband equipment supplier PMC-Sierra, and fab-less semiconductor maker Vativ Technologies announce a collaborative plan to deliver interoperable framer/mapper and line interface units for next-gen voice and data communications. A planned high density, multi-channel DS3 equipment line-card will be the industry's lowest power and highest performance framer/mapper and LIU.
Module conditions bridge sensors
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4/27/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a signal-conditioning module for bridge-type sensors. It's designed to power and signal-condition most strain gauge or piezoresistive sensors, configured as single-, half-, or full-bridge types.
Telecom PCI mezzanine card targets high-density connectivity apps
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4/27/2004   Post a comment
Check out this single-site PCI bus mezzanine card for full-DUX channelized DS3 connectivity. It's designed for data applications requiring high-density connectivity using up to 28 T1 lines, and up to 672 DSOs in clear channel, fractional, and channelized DS3 applications.
Distributors are ready for a recovery in 2004
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
An economic recovery in the electronics industry, the transition of U.S. manufacturing to China, demand creation, and the lead-free initiative will highlight the discussions between distributors and components suppliers as they meet for their annual Electronic Distribution Show (EDS) this week in Las Vegas.
CompactPCI plug-in serves LEON processor developers
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
Here's news from a Swiss company offering an FPGA development platform. The Compact PCI development board also supports the early development and fast prototyping of LEON 32-bit microprocessor designs.
PCI-bus A/D plug-in grabs 8-Gbytes of continuous analog data
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4/22/2004   Post a comment
Touting unprecedented storage-depth and speed, this PCI-bus data-acq board packs deep storage depth. Capable of continuously acquiring two simultaneous channels, each running at up to 800-Megasamples/s, and storing up to 4-Gsamples of uninterrupted data on each, this board offers extreme memory depth for unheard of record lengths.
PC/104 MIL-Std.-1553 bus controllers get Windows drivers
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4/21/2004   Post a comment
Single-board computer maker Parvus announces that its existing PC/104-compatible MIL-Std.-1553 boards now include device driver support for Windows. The company also supports the legacy DOS v6.2 operating system, and provides source code for C and VisualC codesmiths.
Ultra-powerful HDTV board plugs into PCI slot
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4/21/2004   Post a comment
It's intriguing to see how the development of a highly integrated IC can impact a board-level product---especially when both products are from the same vendor! Look at IC maker LSI Logic's latest announcement. It's enhancing its realtime MPEG-2 high-definition TV PCI plug-in with new features that the company claims will make it easier and more cost-effective to develop HD content in a PC environment. What's neat is that the PCI board is based on one of LSI Logic's most powerful DSP- and RISC-eq
BIST targets GHz-speed serial I/O
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4/21/2004   Post a comment
High-speed serial I/O is proliferating, as the advantages of fast serial links drive parallel I/O buses out of board designs. But, how do you test these GHz-speed I/O systems?
PCI plug-ins put wideband storage scope, spectrum analyzer functions on PCs
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4/20/2004   Post a comment
Gage Applied Technologies has a new PCI bus digitizer that can sample as fast as 200 Msamples/s with a resolution of 14 bits. The company's latest CompuScope 14200 is billed as a general-purpose digitizer, but it can do precision signal capture.
$270 long-life ATX motherboard packs six PCI slots, CompactFlash
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
Board maker Radisys is debuting its latest member of the company's Endura family of CPU platforms. The new Model SH845GV supports both Intel Pentium-4 and Celeron microprocessors. The product is designed to address compute-intensive applications such as video surveillance, medical imaging, gaming, and industrial control systems.
VME signal conditioner handles bridge-type strain gauges
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
A new 8-channel VME bus strain-gauge signal conditioner plug-in uses individual remote-sensed excitation supplies for every channel. The single-width 6U-sized VME bus B-size VXI modules also pack filtering and normalization functions.
PLX rolls Express switches and bridges
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
Jumping on the PCI Express bandwagon, PLX Technology Inc. announced two Express switches and an Express-to-PCI bridge.
Grant boosts RFID development
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
ITPCO has won a £20,000 Smart Micro project award, (now renamed Research & Development grants), from the Department of Trade and Industry's Small Business Service (SBS) to expand its work on the development of an electronic tag that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for packages in warehouses.
PXI-2.0-compliant plug-ins run programmable resistors
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4/16/2004   Post a comment
Modular instrumentation house Pickering Interfaces is offering some neat PXI programmable resistor modules. These PXI 2.0 plug-ins let programmable resistors and potentiometers simulate external sensors and controls.
Board makers ink Pentium-M-based VMEbus accord
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4/16/2004   Post a comment
Single-board computer maker Concurrent Technologies and VMEbus supplier Thales Computers are inking an accord to co-develop Pentium M-based VMEbus boards. These products will be available in commercial, extended-temperature, and ruggedized versions.
High bit-rate recorders to use modular signal interfaces
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4/15/2004   Post a comment
Working with MIL/aero technologies and systems? If so, data-acquisition equipment supplier Heim Data Systems is pre-announcing some nifty cabinet-level data-acq gear. The company's recorder will be equipped with modular signal interfaces and interchangeable media cartridges, so that it can adapt to changing requirements in airborne and mobile applications.
Programmable PCI-bus synthesizer boards pack fast DDS chips
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4/14/2004   Post a comment
Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews some half-size PCI boards that operate as direct-digital synthesized RF generators. These plug-ins can run in either 64-bit or 32-bit 33-MHz or 66-MHz PCI slots, at either 5 V or 3.3 V.
ARCNET PCI card is compatible with old, new PCs
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4/13/2004   Post a comment
Contemporary Controls Systems is rolling out a universal-voltage PCI ARCNET network interface module that's compatible with both new 3.3-V PCI-X, and older 5-V computers.
Measurement technique streams data-acq to a host computer in realtime
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Data-acquisition house Data Translation is debuting an embedded DSP realtime measurement technique that can stream data to a host computer in realtime controlled by a high level PC application.
Cygnal fabs single-chip USB to UART bridge
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Mixed-signal chip maker Cygnal now has available a power-managed USB-to-UART bridge chip. It provides USB v2.0 full speed-to-921-kbaud UART data transfers, thanks to separate 512 byte Transmit and Receive buffers. The IC can be self-powered or USB bus powered, and can quickly update legacy UART, RS-232, and RS485 systems with USB connectivity.
Texas Instruments Incorporates Mobile DiskOnChip
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Smooth integration of advanced NAND-based mobile storage solution within the latest mobile devices.
New 2.3GB MO Disk Drives
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
First 2.3GB SCSI-interface MO (magneto-optical) drive
Analog MUX, data converter combo is low cost, easy-to-implement
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Here's a PCI and PC/104-bus analog MUX---replete with on-board power converter circuits---that can run as a standalone product or with an 8-channel A/D board. eeProductCenter's Alex Mendelsohn provides additional insight above and beyond the vendor's notes.
Low-cost mezzanine plug-in pops 10-MHz digital scope functions into systems
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4/8/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a new 10-MHz-bandwidth M-Module mezzanine card that lets you add multi-channel digital storage oscilloscope functions to systems based on a wide variety of open buses, including Compact PCI, PXI and VME. Alternatively, you can also install it in bus-less standalone systems.
Agilent crafts GUI for PCI Express test applications
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4/7/2004   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Agilent Technologies now has a graphical user interface for its popular serial protocol tester. Agilent says its GUI tool can dramatically reduce the setup time of PCI Express transactions to test designs.
System to put up to fifty dual-blades in a 42U-sized rack
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4/7/2004   Post a comment
Server hardware maker Appro is preparing to demo its new HyperBlade Mid-Cluster, a product designed to fit in a standard 19-in. RETMA rack cabinet. The Appro product will support up to fifty HyperBlade servers in a 42U-sized cabinet, in five sub-racks stacked in a row, housing ten servers in each sub-rack.
Public infrastructure markets for ruggedized computers to grow by 4%
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4/7/2004   Post a comment
A newly released study shows that the markets for industrial and ruggedized computer systems is expected to grow over the next two years, as prices drop.
PC/104 embedded consortium agrees to govern EBX spec
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4/7/2004   Post a comment
Broadening support of embedded platforms that use PC/104 technology, the PC/104 Consortium announces that it has reached agreement with Motorola Computer Group and board maker Ampro Computers to become the governing standards body for the new EBX specification.
Startup touts DSP-based backplane transceiver
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4/6/2004   Post a comment
Analogix Semiconductor Inc., a startup with operations split between Silicon Valley and Beijing, is promoting DSP-based receiver techniques in a next-generation backplane serializer/deserializer for 5- and 10-Gbit/second systems.
DSP noise cancellation extends backplane reach
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4/5/2004   Post a comment
Adaptive DSP-based noise cancellation circuitry enables FR-4 backplanes to hit 6.25-Gbits/s data transfer rates. Startup Analogix Semiconductor believes its new Serdes device paves the way for 5-, 6.25 and even 10-Gbits/s data transfers over low cost copper.
Boundary-scan controllers support three communications interfaces
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4/2/2004   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies, a provider of IEEE-1149.1 techniques for testing and programming high-density boards, announces an extension of its line of high-performance boundary-scan controllers. The company's DataBlaster Triple-Serial Interface units support JTAG testing with a choice of USB, Ethernet, or FireWire interfaces.
RapidIO at interconnect forefront, RapidFabric specs come under review
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4/1/2004   Post a comment
With the steady---and predictable---increase in microprocessor clock speeds, system bandwidth requirements are moving beyond the capabilities of bus architectures. Enter RapidIO as a next-generation switch fabric for embedded systems. During the Electronica USA/Embedded Systems Conference, product initiatives using RapidIO were presented by members of the RapidIO Trade Association, and the Association also reviewed its new RapidFabric communications spec.


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