Less than $800 buys high-resolution DMM Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Signametrics is releasing a plug-and-play PXI/cPCI digital multimeter with 5-1/2 digits of resolution, high dynamic range, and 100-reading/s capability. Best of all, it sells for less than $800.
Module speeds Bluetooth development Product News 5/27/2005 Post a comment National Semiconductor's "Simply Blue" module supports Bluetooth 2.0 by embedding a complete Bluetooth node including a CMOS radio transceiver, a protocol stack, application-specific profiles and a high-level command interpreter for communication with the host using the on-chip UART interface.
Less-than-$1200 frame grabber leverages PCI Express Product News 5/26/2005 Post a comment Board maker American Eltec has a frame grabber board that marries four simultaneous async inputs with the high-speed PCI Express bus. The board can supplant up to four monochrome frame grabber boards for the acquisition of four independent non-synchronized camera signals.
Board mates PCI bus with FPDP Product News 5/26/2005 Post a comment This Front Panel Data Port digital I/O board should go a long way to solve the problem of interfacing FPDP systems with PCI buses; it can operate in 5-V and 3.3-V environments. Click here to learn more.
PC/104 extenders link I/O across noise-free optical waveguides Product News 5/25/2005 Post a comment Here's news of an FPGA-equipped PC/104 plug-in that can find a home in electrically noisy environments, such as industrial data acquisition systems. The board comprises a bus extender that lets you extend the range of any PC/104-based data-acq and control stack. It does that by means of a multi-mode fiber optic channel. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
PCI Express x16 graphics card to drive dual monitors Product News 5/25/2005 Post a comment Need to drive more than one monitor? Then check out this low-profile plug-in card for PCI Express applications. Priced at less that $250, it will feature native PCI Express x16 support and 64-Mbytes of graphics memory, and can drive two digital or analog monitors at a time in either an independent mode or in a stretched linked mode.
Raza Micro's XLR processors get JTAG emulation support Product News 5/24/2005 Post a comment Boundary-scan equipment vendor Corelis now has a family of JTAG/IEEE-1149.1 emulators for the Raza Microelectronics XLR microprocessor. The emulators give you source-level debug capability for multiple processors, partitioning individual processor hardware and software resources into a multi-windowed environment.
$240 PCI drop-in is GPIB controller Product News 5/19/2005 Post a comment Providing an interface between IEEE-488/GPIB instruments and PCI-equipped PCs, this PCI bus plug-in card is compliant with IEEE-488.1 and IEEE-488.2 standards. Best of all, it's available at an introductory price of $240.
Programmable electronic loads heft nearly 2-kW Product News 5/18/2005 Post a comment If you're working with batteries or battery chargers, fuel cells, AC-to-DC and DC-to-DC converters, DC-to-AC inverters, or voltage regulator modules, Elgar Electronics has a new line of programmable electronic loads to ease the task of testing such sources. Offered in both modular and rack-mount configurations, these loads can heft either AC or DC, with versions capable of handling between 75-W to 1.8-kW.
Digital, analog function generator resides on VME board Product News 5/18/2005 Post a comment A new VME bus four-channel analog and digital waveform generator plug-in can let you create arbitrary waveshapes that are synchronized with logic-level outputs. The board's four waveform generators are each capable of generating one 12-bit analog waveform and up to four TTL-compatible outputs.
Ultra-fast A/D board packs 2-GHz silicon Product News 5/16/2005 Post a comment You can now boost RF signal bandwidth by nearly an order of magnitude with a new VME bus A/D converter board from Pentek. Its Model 6826 comes in either a single-channel or dual-channel version, but either samples at up to 2-Gsamples/s, with 10-bit resolution. That performance acrues to a very new Atmel A/D chip. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look at this very fast A/D system.
FPGA-equipped VME data-acq board leverages VXS standard Product News 5/13/2005 Post a comment A high-speed data acquisition board leverages the VXS standard to implement multi-channel high-end sensor data-acq and processing as used in electronic warfare systems, signals intelligence systems, and radar. 105-Msample/s Analog Devices A/D converters and Xilinx FPGAs team up to provide five channels of signal processing.
PA Modules boost talk time for CDMA Product News 5/13/2005 Post a comment Optimized for power consumption, two new handset power amplifier modules from Agilent Technologies are designed to provide reliability, temperature stability, cool operation and ruggedness.
Board initiative, products address MIL COTS obsolescence problem Product News 5/12/2005 Post a comment If you're working with leading-edge MIL designs, you'll be interested in this development from board vendor General Micro Systems. GMS is debuting what it calls a Processing Engine initiative to help solve a knotty technology problem that's impacting military designers everywhere these days. The problem is how to successfully use commercial off-the-shelf hardware in the face of galloping technology. GMS has two new products as part of its Processing Engine initiative.
Trenton shifts board focus to PICMG 1.3 SHBExpress interface News & Analysis 5/12/2005 Post a comment Counting itself amongst the first, Trenton Technology has taken the wraps off a new family of host and backplane boards that support the new SHB Express (PICMG 1.3) standard defining a high-speed PCI Express interface between the system host board (SHB) and a passive backplane.
Software-defined radio mezzanine module gets ruggedized Product News 5/11/2005 Post a comment Designing MIL radios? Here's news of a board-level high-speed data conversion product that's suitable for software-defined radio applications for hostile environments. Offered by board maker Pentek, it's a new version of one of the company's existing 16-channel multi-band digital receiver PCI mezzanine card modules, but this one shrugs off shock and vibration, as well as temperature extremes.
Miniature multimedia MPEG-4 encoder processes four video inputs Product News 5/11/2005 Post a comment Remote video pickups, mobile video, and surveillance and security systems often demand inconspicuous electronics packages. If you're designing that kind of system, check out this PC/104+ board. It's a compact video compressor with an on-board microcontroller to handle computationally-intensive video compression. The product's footprint measures just 3.5 x 3.77 inches.
Arcom introduces a PC/104 carrier for wireless M2M applications Product News 5/11/2005 Post a comment Arcom has released a versatile PC/104 baseboard suitable for adding cellular wireless communications to any embedded Machine-to-Machine (M2M) system. The WEB-Telemetry (Wireless-Embedded-Baseboard for telemetry) includes sites to locate several leading iDEN and GPRS/GSM cellular modems from Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Siemens.
PCI scope plug-in packs unique memory architecture Product News 5/10/2005 Post a comment Here's news of a 14-bit PCI bus digitizer that's capable of sampling two simultaneous analog inputs at rates up to 125-Msamples/s on each channel. A unique dual-port memory architecure lets you set up a realtime data-acq systems under probabilistic operating systems such as Windows.
High-performance scope plug-ins pack on-board DSP Product News 5/4/2005 Post a comment Instrumentation card maker ZTEC Instruments is rolling out a family of modular digital storage oscilloscopes packing high-speed data converters coupled with deep waveform memory. These scopes impart benchtop scope features, including flexible signal conditioning, a number of triggering options, average and envelope acquisition modes, and on-board DSP. The family includes versions for PCI, CompactPCI/PXI, and VXI buses.
CSS Labs adds white box service News & Analysis 5/3/2005 Post a comment Computer designer and integrator CSS Laboratories announced it has expanded its services with a private-label program that lets OEMs, value-added resellers, and network operators have customized configurations while preserving their brand identity.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 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 ...