NI launches next-gen multi-function data-acq plug-ins Product News 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 Product News 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.
Rockwell tells suppliers to get the lead out News & Analysis 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.
Fast Pentium-M single board computers will pack dual PMC slots Product News 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.
Embedded LabVIEW plays on new industrial platform Product News 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 Product News 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.
High-capacity data-acq modules are ruggedized plug-ins Product News 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 Product News 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!
Focus-On: Jitter's the critter to fritter Product News 8/18/2004 Post a comment If you're designing a high-speed communications link, it's likely you're grappling with characterizing your system at-speed. Jitter looms as the biggest problem, but test-and-measurement makers are responding with cost-effective, accurate, and highly repeatable instruments. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews some recent significant product developments that can help you tackle jitter.
Artesyn, Summit Microelectronics team on power systems News & Analysis 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
USB grabs data-acq spotlight Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
Infineon testet Buffer-Chip für schnelle Serverspeicher News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
Cheap and dirty data logger can be sited almost anywhere Product News 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.
Solectron continues divestitures News & Analysis 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.
RAID host bus adapter offers SATA-based features Product News 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.