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7200-rpm, 100-Gbyte drive available in 2.5-in. platter for notebooks
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4/29/2005   Post a comment
Seagate Technology has added to its Momentus family of hard disk drive products a 7200-rpm, 100-Gigabyte drive, the highest capacity available for notebooks. And it has ramped up the areal densities on its 5400 and 4200 drives to 120-Gbytes from 100-Gbytes. With the latest additions, Seagate now offers a complete line of 2.5-in notebook drives covering all spin speeds, capacity points and interfaces.
SMA's 3U CompactPCI Module provides Ethernet for industrial applications
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4/29/2005   Post a comment
The CLAN7 from SMA is a ruggedized 3U CompactPCI module that combines industrial standards with a low price. Based on the LAN Controller 82551ER specifically developed by Intel for the embedded sector, this module provides an Ethernet/Fast Ethernet interface according to IEEE 802.3.
PCI combo card generates spectrally pure mixed-signals
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4/28/2005   Post a comment
With two 16-bit output channels running at 400-Msamples/s, here's a PCI plug-in card that works as a spectrally pure mixed-signal waveform generator. It's just the ticket for video, or IF strip testing.
Wideband FPGA-equipped signal processor plays in Windows PCs
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4/27/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a PC-based 12-bit digitizer and oscilloscope card that can reach sampling speeds of up to 400-Msamples/s. As a PCI plug-in, it touts a depp on-board memory of up to 4-Gbytes to store 2-Gsamples.
Using dual port memory as interconnect
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
Interconnect ICs enable data transfer between a variety of processing elements that do not have a compatible interface. They are also used to extend system bus that does not have the required fanout or sufficient bandwidth to meet the data transfer need. Popular interconnect components are dual-port buffers, SERDES, and PCI bridge chips. Without the usual circuit diagrams or waveforms, a Cypress engineer suggests how.
Fan-free Pentium-M boards run Windows CE 5.0
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4/26/2005   Post a comment
If you're designing a low power embedded application based on the ubiquitous PC architecture, you'll be interested in this line of boards from Ampro Computers. It now offers four single-board computers based on the Windows CE 5.0 operating system. Best of all, none of these board-level PCs requires a cooling fan.
Generic 2-wire I2C software added to open source
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
eCosCentric Ltd. has contributed the generic I2C bus infrastructure from its eCosPro product line for inclusion within the public eCos project.
USB high-voltage I/O module supplants PCI equivalent
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
As Universal Serial Bus continues its ascendancy for many moderate-speed measurement and data acquisition applications---especially those where plug-and-play in a PC environment is paramount---data acquisition and test-and-measurement supplier Measurement Computing is dishing up a USB-based high-voltage, high-current digital I/O module. It's an alternative to, or replacement for, PCI-based systems used for high-voltage monitoring and control.
Ampro releases four Windows CE 5.0 SBCs
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Providing additional proof that Microsoft's Windows CE is gaining some acceptance in the embedded market, Ampro Computers Inc., has just released four small footprint Pentium-based single board computers based on Version 5.0 of the OS.
WirelessUSB opens applications for human interface devices
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Operating in the 2.4 GHz spectrum, enables wireless solutions for a variety of computer peripherals such as keyboards, mouse pointers, security systems, and even headsets. From the April issue of Planet Analog magazine, a Cypress Semiconductor engineer offers insights into an SoC architecture that implements spread-spectrum over 10 meters - without interfering with other devices in its frequency range.
Ruggedized industrial computers pack Tualatin processors, chipsets
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
If you're designing ruggedized embedded subsystems, check out four new embedded processor boards based on Intel's latest Tualatin micros and 815E chipsets. They come in PC/104-Plus and PCI-104 form-factors.
500-kHz 16-bit analog I/O board is low-profile PCI plug-in
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a high-resolution data converter and control board that's priced at less than $700 a pop. The new plug-in is a PCI bus-compatible multi-function analog I/O board that imparts 16-bit precision to PC-based measurement, analysis, monitoring and control applications. Either commercial temperature range or industrial temp range versions can be ordered. PCI-X and PC/104 versions are available, too.
DRS Technologies wins $23 million for U.S. Army surveillance systems
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
DRS Technologies Inc. has been awarded a $23 million subcontract from Raytheon Co. to provide major subsystems for the U.S. Army's Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System.
Under the Hood of Siemens' ADSL modem: Broadband from A-to-D (and back)
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4/18/2005   Post a comment
Guess whose parts Portelligent's David Carey found inside Siemens' asynchronous digital subscriber line interface? The essentials are codecs and DSP. Oh yes, clocking and power management devices as well. From the April issue of Planet Analog magazine.
Building JPEG/Motion JPEG Into The Security Camera
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4/15/2005   Post a comment
The Security & Surveillance industry is asking for higher and higher resolution images. The need for JPEG/Motion-JPEG compression is growing rapidly. Individual frame data is preferred to MPEG based algorithms because of its ease of use in reconstructing individual frame data for law enforcement purposes. The existing infrastructure for the Security & Surveillance industry is based on CCTV standards. They are now beginning to migrate towards 10/100 Ethernet solutions. Here's how ISG created cam
EE Times Japan to launch in July
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4/13/2005   Post a comment
Targeting one of the largest electronics markets in the world, EE Times' new sister magazine, EE Times Japan, will begin publishing in July.
Storage disk arrays pose challenges for chassis design
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
We had heard from Teradyne's Chris Heard at DesignCon about some of the issues involved in the packaging of RAID storage cabinets. A visit from Maxtor confirmed some of the things we had been hearing: Though drives were getting smaller, they were getting packed tighter together on a rack. Heat and cable routing is becoming a problem. Here is Chris' commentary from Planet Analog magazine.
Less-than-$1500 data-acq board packs USB, 300-MHz DSP
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
Data acquisition board maker Data Translation is now shipping a less-than-$1500 data acquisition and control board. As a 2-channel-in/2-channel-out board, it's intended for price-sensitive systems. "The E in the product designation stands for economy," says DT product manager Tim Ludy.
PC-hosted 7-1/2-digit DMMs drop into PXI, cPCI slots
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4/8/2005   Post a comment
On the heels of its recently released 7-1/2-digit precision digital multimeter, as well as the competing follow-on product from National Instruments, DMM maker Signametrics is rolling out two new 7-1/2-digit DMMs, this time in PXI and CompactPCI form-factors.
High-speed/RF digitizers tout 25-Gbit/s optical data streaming
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4/6/2005   Post a comment
Digitizer maker Acqiris has two new data-acquisition plug-ins that carry optical output links. These give the modules the ability to stream data at rates as high as 25-Gbits/s! That's just the ticket for applications such as I/Q demodulation in software-defined radios or for radar and SIGINT.
L-3 Communications to acquire optical systems company
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4/5/2005   Post a comment
L-3 Communications announced Tuesday (April 5) it has agreed to acquire Sonoma Design Group, a supplier of electro-optical and infrared imaging systems for airborne and surface platforms, including unmanned aerial vehicles.
Chipset automates wireless links
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4/5/2005   Post a comment
Low-data-rate wireless systems designers can catch a break with a new chipset that includes on-board algorithms for digital baseband processing.
Slot-0 VXI controller runs Pentium-4 micro
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
Here's a new VXI Slot-0 controller that packs a Pentium-4 microprocessor. Alternatively, on-board strapping can let this VMEbus board be used as a VXI-based processor in non-Slot-0 applications.
Settable equalizer increases copper throughput to 6.25 Gbits/s
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
A settable analog equalizer boosts the integrity of NRZ data patterns at 6.25 Gbits/s data rates, and legacy application frequencies of 2.5 Gbits/s, 3.125 Gbits/s, and 5 Gbits/s. The device has the small size and low power consumption of fixed-frequency equalizers, and the flexibility of self-adaptive types " without any of their data errors. Steve Ohr took a briefing with company principals, and generated this review.
FM tuner simplifies radios in portable devices
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4/4/2005   Post a comment
Designers seeking to include FM radio functionality in their portable devices, such as handsets, MP3 players, PDAs, and notebook PCs, should take a serious look at this latest FM tuner family from Silicon Labs, which adds FM radio tuning and requires only one external capacitor.
PCI bus motion-control board eventually targets PC/104
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4/1/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of PCI bus motion controller plug-in card that is the basis of an embedded controller using the compact PC/104 form-factor. The new card packs dual bi-quad filters, and is available in 1-axis, 2-axis, 3-axis, and 4-axis versions supporting brush-type, brushless DC, micro-stepping, pulse, and direction motors.


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