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DSP FPGA boards handle high-speed I/O
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
With prices starting at less than $800, board maker Alphi Technology releases several PCI/cPCI, PMC, and Industry Pack I/O modules.
Third-generation VME single-board computer extols backwards compatibility
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a VME bus board packing a Freescale Semiconductor PowerQUICC III MPC8560 microprocessor clocking at 833-MHz. The chip provides 1926 MIPS of processing horsepower. The board is compliant with the VME Rev. C legacy standard, so it doesn't require the new VME bus extension, making it fully compatible with all existing VME backplanes.
PCI Express analysis zeros-in on AdvancedMC
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Board maker and test-and-measurement vendor Vmetro expands its existing Vanguard Express analyzer family with the introduction of a PCI Express protocol and link analyzer for the AdvancedMC form-factor.
ZigBee transceivers use Texas Instruments SoCs
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Hot ziggety dog! RF supplier AeroComm is offering OEMs two ZigBee RF data transceiver modules based on Texas Instruments's recently released IEEE-802.15.4 system-on-a-chip, and TI's Z-Stack firmware.
Safety drives automotive body electronics computers
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
With the growth in automotive electronics systems, it is not so much a question of which automotive systems are safety related, but are there any systems which are not?
Realtime PCI system leverages Windows
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
Are you looking for a moderate-speed realtime data acquisition system that uses Microsoft Windows? Then check out this product from Microstar Laboratories. It will implement an RTOS under Windows.
Avocent's antenna extends wireless video up to 1000 feet
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Avocent's Emerge UNI-8dB directional antenna extends range by focusing energy into a unidirectional beam.
CDMA2000 transceiver chip to pack GPS, receive diversity
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Cellular components supplier Qualcomm is about to roll out a single-chip CDMA2000 RF transceiver that will be distinguished by integrated receive diversity and simultaneous-GPS satellite reception capability.
Tech Tutorial: Slide switches boost automotive design flexibility
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5/18/2006   Post a comment
Slide switches offer designers of automotive electronic systems more options (such as wiping contacts and constant contact force) along with lower cost, compared to snap-action, sub-miniature switches.
RapidIO-equipped VXS starter kit is first in MIL COTS series
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Hastening deployment of very fast COTS MIL products, including RF systems, board maker Mercury Computer Systems is rolling out a family of so-called starter kits. They're VXS building blocks that leverage Serial RapidIO's switched-fabric communications.
Biorobotics challenges engineers
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Biorobotics are encouraging engineers to become neuroscientists, an expert told the IEEE's International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
VME development platform helps build realtime record/playback transceiver
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a forthcoming VMEbus high-bandwidth data recording and playback system for applications such as radar, direction finding, SIGINT, telemetry, and commercial wireless base stations. It runs a 1-GHz Motorola MPC7457 G4 PowerPC chip, working in conjunction with Xilinx FPGAs.
Eval kit supports 2.4-GHz Wireless USB SoC
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Choosing an RFIC based on a vendor’s datasheets alone can be daunting. It’s preferable to get some hands-on experience before committing, especially for Wireless USB. Providing a user-friendly prototyping tool for WUSB, chip maker Cypress Semiconductor announces the availability of an eval kit for its latest 2.4-GHz SoC.
Realtime remote Java controller to address myriad enterprise applications
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
A soon-to-be-released box-level product comprises what's billed as the world's first 100-percent Java controller. The less-than-$400 unit, when it ships later this summer, will provide a Java environment for industrial, automation, security, logistics, RFID, and facilities control applications. A development kit is available now.
World’s highest-density single-slot 3U PXI switching modules?
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
PXI bus module vendor Pickering Interfaces is expanding its line of relay-equipped switching modules. The company is rolling out a family of boards it says comprises the world's highest-density matrices in single-slot PXI module formats. Pickering even makes its own hi-rel relays for these plug-ins.
Software kit abets UHF/microwave SiGe RFIC design
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
If you roll your own RFICs, you'll be interested in this announcement from a US EDA vendor and a European silicon provider. Applied Wave Research and Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics jointly announce the availability of a high-performance specialty SiGe process and a design suite.
Interface controller enables high-reliability monitors
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
Digital View has introduced the ALR-1400, designed to be a compact, cost-effective interface for TFT LCD panels.
U.S. weather sat behind schedule, over budget
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
The next-generation U.S. weather satellite program has been mismanaged, leaving it well over budget and behind schedule, a U.S. investigator told Congress.
ExpressCard reference design targets DVB-T
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
Micronas introduces a dual-tuner DVB-T ExpressCard 54 reference design for notebook PCs.
WiFi adapters come in compact flash and PCMCIA form factors
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
Summit’s 10G family of compact flash and PCMCIA 802.11g WiFi adapters are designed to address hardware, software, and support requirements.
USB stimulus-response module generates four simultaneous waveforms
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of multi-function modules for simultaneous generation of stimulus-response test signals. These high-speed USB modules from Data Translation let you generate arbitrary waveforms on up to four output channels at throughput speeds of 500-kHz each.
Iowa State claims highest resolution VR room
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
A virtual reality installation sporting 100 million pixels is being touted as offering the world's highest resolution, and could aid medical and military research.
RadioScape touts RFIC for multistandard radios
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5/10/2006   Post a comment
RadioScape has developed a software controlled, single chip RF front end that can handle six frequency bands for use in digital and analog radio applications.
Turnkey 10-mW RF modules handle wideband audio, video
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5/8/2006   Post a comment
Need turnkey RF transmission and reception for audio or video? Then check out these diminutive modules from Saelig Co. Operating in the 2.4-GHz ISM band, you can feed in audio or video and get A/V out.
Benchtop device programmer lends itself to automation
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5/4/2006   Post a comment
Frustrated with labor-intensive device programmers that result in bent leads and/or blank devices? Eliminating the need for manual device programming, here's a self-contained and automated device programmer that sits on a desktop and uses patents-pending plug-and-program techniques. It accommodates all flash and serial memory devices, including NAND flash and programmable microcontrollers. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
cPCI/PXI A/D module packs integrated signal conditioning
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
Here's an A/D converter module that packs integrated signal conditioning circuitry, all in a single-width CompactPCI/PXI format that sells for about $1275. The built-in signal conditioning is noteworthy at this price point.
Modular instrumentation system streams data using USB 2.0
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
National Instruments is debuting a modular platform for sensor and electrical measurements under Windows. Useful in the lab, in the field, or on the production line, NI's CompactDAQ system offers an eight-slot chassis that accepts I/O modules capable of measuring up to 256 channels of electrical, physical, mechanical and acoustic signals. By combining plug-and-play USB with modular instrumentation, NI CompactDAQ comprises small, simple, portable, and cost-effective data-acq and test-and-measurem


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