TTL-I/O PXI plug-in maxes memory Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Distributors are ready for a recovery in 2004 Product News 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.
TDR and VNA measurements shed light on Gbits/s interconnects News & Analysis 4/26/2004 Post a comment With Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) designers can deduce information on device-under-test (DUT) properties as the location of failures, the line impedance and the time delays for high speed signals, writes Dima Smolyansky, measurement expert at TDA Systems. But Frequency Domain Vector Network Analysis (VNA) using a synchronized sweep between a sine wave stimulus, and a narrow band filter at the receiver end requires additional software to make sense of the picosecond-readings captured by TDR sc
PCI-bus A/D plug-in grabs 8-Gbytes of continuous analog data Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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?
$270 long-life ATX motherboard packs six PCI slots, CompactFlash Product News 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.
Grant boosts RFID development News & Analysis 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.
Board makers ink Pentium-M-based VMEbus accord Product News 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 Product News 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.
Cygnal fabs single-chip USB to UART bridge Product News 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.
System to put up to fifty dual-blades in a 42U-sized rack Product News 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.
PC/104 embedded consortium agrees to govern EBX spec Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.