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NI launches next-gen multi-function data-acq plug-ins
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
Offering no less than 20 new products, all introduced in a family at the same time, National Instruments is rolling out what it bills as the next generation of multi-function DAQ products. Significantly, they use the company's newly designed NI-STC 2 system controller chip and a new NI-PGIA 2 monolithic amplifier chip.
Pentium M-based cPCI board works in harsh embedded environments
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Pentium-M microprocessors are proliferating! Here's another example, this time in an SBC format from MEN Micro. It's new SBC comes in an operational range suitable for industrial applications. The plug-in is a single-slot 32-bit CompactPCI system controller whose CPU clocks at frequencies up to 1.8 GHz.
RapidFabric multicast and data streaming specs get the nod
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
RapidIO is gaining steam. The RapidIO Trade Association just announced the approval of two new additions to the family of specs known as the RapidFabric extensions. These specs add some nifty features to the RapidIO architecture.
Memec to distribute PLX's PCI, PCI-X products
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Memec Unique, a division of the Memec Group (San Diego) have announced a distribution agreement for PLX's lines of advanced PCI and PCI-X bridging silicon.
Flextronics acquires Indian software developer
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
EMS provider Flextronics International announced plans to bolster its ODM activities by acquiring telecommunications networking and data communication firm, Future Software Ltd., based in Chennai, India.
VME Development System - for mission-critical COTS applications
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
Thales Computers has announced a unique integrated PowerPC 750FX-based VME system designed for rapid and easy system development and evaluation
Embedded GPS Design - a hardware and software platform
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
RF Solutions has introduced a GPS evaluation board to provide a hardware and software development platform for embedded applications that use the company's GPS receiver modules
Rockwell tells suppliers to get the lead out
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8/26/2004   Post a comment
Rockwell Automation has notified 2,000 suppliers worldwide that they must stop using lead in certain products by October 2004 in order to be in compliance with global environmental regulations that go into effect in 2006.
Thumb temperature logger plugs into your PC's USB port
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8/25/2004   Post a comment
Here's a USB "thumb" temperature logger that can store more than 16,000 readings, permitting it to log data continually for up to a year. Just plug this little puppy into your PC's USB port and away you go. It includes a built-in thermal sensor.
Fast Pentium-M single board computers will pack dual PMC slots
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8/25/2004   Post a comment
COTS board supplier Thales Computers is pre-announcing a new line of PC-compatible VMEbus single-board computers. Although the company seems reluctant to supply data sheets and there's no info on the company's Web site, the latest PENTXM SBCs look like they'll shape up as cool-running hot tickets when they debut for real.
Market, legislative forces driving lead-free conversion, says report
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8/24/2004   Post a comment
The effort to adopt lead-free electronic assembly is being driven by a combination of environmental considerations, government legislation, and the marketing advantages of lead-free packages, according to a report by market research firm Frost and Sullivan.
Embedded LabVIEW plays on new industrial platform
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8/23/2004   Post a comment
Data-acq and test-and-measurement giant National Instruments is playing hardball at the innovation game again. Debuting what the company says are ultra high-performance embedded control and acquisition platforms, they're designed for applications where small physical size and high reliability are important. NI's new RIO technology gives LabVIEW developers the ability to define custom measurement hardware and circuitry using FPGAs and LabVIEW's popular graphical development tool.
GNU remote protocol debugging tool debuts
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8/23/2004   Post a comment
Macraigor Systems has a new API and a GNU Debugger remote protocol supporting instant plug-and-play. The company's latest tool uses a 74-MHz 32-bit embedded processor that supports debug of multiple CPUs on a single scan chain.
TV Twin-Tuner Modules - first to be cable-free
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8/23/2004   Post a comment
Philips Electronics introduced twin-tuner modules for set-top boxes (STB) and television sets with dual program reception that enables Personal Video Recording (PVR)
High-capacity data-acq modules are ruggedized plug-ins
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8/20/2004   Post a comment
Working with MIL or ruggedized data acquisition? Then check out Heim Data Systems's new compact high channel-capacity modules. These modules handle video and PCM signals, as well as avionics bus data, interfacing with instrumentation and flight test recorders that can handle a variety of sensors. The modules are available for operation in systems producing both Heim DATaRec-3 and IRIG-106 Chapter 10 data formats.
PCI-bus module packs four fast USB ports
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8/19/2004   Post a comment
Board maker WinSystems is debuting a PCI plug-in for high-speed USB. The company's 4-port module is available in an industrial temperature range version that proves that USB is applicable just about everywhere!
Artesyn, Summit Microelectronics team on power systems
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Artesyn Technologies Inc. and Summit Microelectronics Inc. have entered a strategic agreement to develop comprehensive power system control and conversion solutions aimed at distributed power architecture designs for telecommunications and data communications
Gating functions added to sequential high-speed waveform recording firmware
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
High-speed data-acquisition vendor Acqiris adds new functions to its existing Sustained Sequential Recording (SSR) firmware. The SSR enhancements acquire, store, and transfer sequential waveforms to a host PC at higher sustained trigger rates than previously possible. We're talking 2-Gsamples/s here!
IDE adapter adapts embedded computers for CompactFlash, microdrives
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Board maker Parvus is now offering a nifty a remote CompactFlash-to-IDE adapter board for embedded computers. It's designed with both 40-pin (100-mil) and 44-pin (2-mm) IDE connectors, and will handle both Type I and Type II PCMCIA cards.
cPCI/PXI digital capture card converts your PC to a logic analyzer
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8/12/2004   Post a comment
Gage Applied Technologies has a cPCI/PXI digital capture card that can work as a logic analyzer, mixed-mode tester, and pulse-response tester. Pop one of these cards into your Windows PC and you'll be all set to capture as many as 128 channels of digital data.
USB grabs data-acq spotlight
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
National Instruments is debuting the first of a line of signal acquisition and generation hardware that plays over Universal Serial Bus. eeProductCenter technical editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a look at the first five new plug-and-play DAQ products from NI.
Logic level translators match the ups and downs of portables
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor offers a 4-bit bi-directional and 5-bit uni-directional low-voltage logic-level translators designed for cell phones, notebooks and other battery-powered portable devices. The FXL series translators enable interconnection between a lower voltage microprocessor and higher voltage ASIC functions.
PCI Express: It's not just fast, but small and simple too
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Because PCI Express requires no class drivers, it's destined to be the interconnect of choice for product markets unsupported by Microsoft. So, what's holding up its widespread deployment?
Infineon testet Buffer-Chip für schnelle Serverspeicher
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Infineon hat den ersten AMB-Testchip (Advanced Memory Buffer) für die nächste Generation von Server-Speichermodulen auf Basis von DDR-2-DRAMs erfolgreich getestet. Der AMB ist die zentrale Komponente für Fully Buffered DIMMs (FB-DIMMs), die als künftiger Standard für Serverspeicher angesehen werden.
Data-acq box mixes, matches industry-standard plug-ins
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8/5/2004   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews an economical, but high-performance, moderate-speed data acquisition system designed for PC/104 and PC/104-Plus configurations. This integrated system is packaged in a handsome powder-coated steel enclosure for panel, DIN rail, or rack-mount installations. The box supports a stack of up to four PC/104 boards plus a compute engine that'll handle everything from DOS to Windows to Linux.
CompactPCI-Computer mit Stromsparprozessor
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8/5/2004   Post a comment
Um zwei neue CPU-Boards mit dem Mobilprozessor Pentium M erweitert Kontron sein Compact-PCI-Programm. Die beiden Single-Board-Computer im 6HE-Format sind primär für Anwendungen in der Telekommunikation konzipiert; darüber hinaus sieht Kontron Einsatzmöglichkeiten in Industrieautomatisierung, Luftfahrt und Medizintechnik.
Wipro licenses its IEEE 1394 technology to Zoran
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8/4/2004   Post a comment
Wipro Technologies, the software services division of India's Wipro Ltd. said it has licensed its IEEE 1394 audio-video link (Avlink) software stack to Zoran Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a provider of digital solutions-on-a-chip for applications in the growing markets of digital entertainment and digital imaging.
Nocona module debuts at WIN Enterprises
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8/4/2004   Post a comment
Embedded controller and x86-based product vendor WIN Enterprises is rolling out an Intel 64-bit Xeon core module for developers of embedded platforms using Intel's spanking new Nocona/Lindenhurst silicon. WIN Enterprises'Xeon-based core runs at clock speeds up to 3.4-GHz. But, is there a bug lurking?
ATA/ATAPI Devices Bridge the Gap for USB 2.0 Cable-Powered Drives
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8/3/2004   Post a comment
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) has been the most successful peripheral interface in the history of PCs. USB 2.0 is capable of keeping up with the high bandwidth requirements of mass-storage peripherals. The basis for any USB 2.0 mass storage peripheral is a USB 2.0 to ATA/ATAPI bridge board. The USB 2.0 bus, however, neither communicates with nor understands ATA/ATAPI commands. A USB 2.0 to ATA/ATAPI bridge board must act as an instruction translator and data manager between the two buses.
Non-transparent bridging allows multiprocessor design with PCI Express
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8/3/2004   Post a comment
There are significant differences between the PCI Express architecture and its future cousin Advanced Switching Interconnect (ASI), but contrary to popular belief, the ability to build robust multiprocessor systems is not among them. The PCI Express standard offers a state-of-the-art serial interconnect technology with the same software architectural world view as PCI, and as such benefits from the same system-level capabilities.
Options emerge for 10-Gbits/s chip-to-chip interfaces
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8/3/2004   Post a comment
Engineers have been rapidly increasing chip-to-chip I/O speeds in an effort to keep pace with the bandwidth needs of increasingly integrated silicon. Consequently, a variety of parallel and serial options at speeds up to 10 Gbits/second are becoming available that a designer would do well to evaluate carefully. From EE Times' InFocus report section, an LSI Logic engineer has these recommendations.
BASIC datalogger packs Mbytes of removable storage
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8/3/2004   Post a comment
Expanding its offerings of imported test gear and data acquisition equipment, Saelig Co. is rolling out a new single board computer designed for embedded data logging. It's equipped with a SmartMedia interface for removable storage cards, and can be programmed in BASIC.
PCI-X Bus Bridge supports telecommunications backplanes
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8/3/2004   Post a comment
Dynamic Prefetch and other features make Pericom's parts more than drop-in replacements for Tundra's and IBM's bus interface circuits. The dynamic controls support I/O intensive applications such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and RAID storage.
Cheap and dirty data logger can be sited almost anywhere
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Check out this self-contained 12-bit-resolution data logger. It can be used for measuring and recording temperatures from a variety of thermocouple probes, in applications from industrial process monitoring to concrete maturity testing. This unit accepts any J, K, S, or T thermocouple and provides high-accuracy measurements over wide temperature ranges.
1394 finding design-ins despite competition, says report
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
The market for products meeting the IEEE 1394 specification continues to be characterized by both tremendous opportunity and enormous ambiguity, according to a report by In-Stat/MDR, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Solectron continues divestitures
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Solectron Corp. continued to streamline its operations, completing the sale of its Force Computers embedded computing business to Motorola Inc. and announcing it would sell its Microtechnology business to Francisco Partners, a California-based private equity firm.
Labtech products to be discontinued
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Measurement Computing Corp. says that on September 30, 2004, all of its LABTECH products will be discontinued. After that date the products will no longer be available.
RAID host bus adapter offers SATA-based features
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Broadcom announces its RAIDCore BC4000 Series RAID host bus adapter. Offering a SATA-based RAID feature set, new controller cards are for small-to-medium-sized businesses and enterprise workgroups looking to improve data integrity and data access---without the high costs usually associated with enterprise-class RAID functions.


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