Opteron-based EBX board packs powerful multimedia clout
Product News 8/31/2005 Post a comment
Take a look at this EBX form-factor board that packs dual-core AMD Opteron processors and 64-bit technology. Available with both single- and dual-core processors, this board packs a 16-lane PCI Express slot, a stackable HyperTransport connector, ExpressCard and CompactFlash sockets, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and lots more.
Thales set to roll out Rapid IO multi-processor system
Product News 8/30/2005 Post a comment
Military systems vendor Thales Computers is about to roll out its first serial Rapid IO system for embedded computing applications. Significantly, the company's PowerMP4-60 rack and cards will combine both PowerPC and Pentium-M processors. Here's a preview.
90-MHz digital scope plug-ins play in PCI, PXI
Product News 8/23/2005 Post a comment
Board-level instrumentation house ZTEC Instruments is rolling out a new high-res oscilloscope line that's firmware compatible with its predecessor digital storage scopes. These plug-ins are available in PCI and PXI form-factors. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Fanless wall-mountable PC targets multimedia
Product News 8/23/2005 Post a comment
Here's news of an Intel-based embedded PC designed for human-interface applications that require flat-panels. The system includes a 1024 x 768-pixel 15-in. touchscreen, runs a 650-MHz Intel Celeron processor, and can be optionally stuffed with as much as a Gbyte of DDR SRAM.
RF modems go in deadly environments
Product News 8/19/2005 Post a comment
Maxstream RF modems have been granted Class I, Division 2 Certification safety compliance, and can be safely deployed in hazardous locations where highly-flammable vapors are present.
Data-acq boards talk PCI Express
Product News 8/18/2005 Post a comment
National Instruments releases the industry's first PC-based multi-function data acquisition boards for PCI Express. Two boards marry the PCI Express bus with NI's existing M Series technologies. The new products feature up to 32 analog channels with 16-bit 1.25-Msample/s sampling speed and 10-MHz digital I/O on up to 32 lines.
Streamlining power delivery systems for servers
Design How-To 8/17/2005 Post a comment
With the electronic loads totaling 280 watts typical — not worst case — the fan losses are still among the largest. As part of our "power is where you find it" August issue theme, an International Rectifier engineer catalogs the places were compute server card cages and telecomm switching stations burn serious energy.
DSP PMC module churns through high-res realtime data conversion
Product News 8/8/2005 Post a comment
A family of DSP modules debuting at Sheldon Instruments lets you add realtime signal processing to systems. Using a PCI mezzanine connector, you can use CompactPCI and VMEbus single-board computers that have PMC sites, as well as adapter or carrier cards. The PMC packs a high-performance DSP and graphical application development in LabVIEW.
Board enables SIGTRAN, ATM protocol processing
Product News 8/3/2005 Post a comment
A less-than-$1500 protocol processing board can enhance applications such as SS7/SIGTRAN signaling and ATM AAL-5. It readily adds protocol processing and signaling capability to telecom systems equipped with PMC or PCI Telephony Mezzanine Card expansion slots.
MAXQ microcontroller drives smart 4-20ma transmitter
Design How-To 8/3/2005 Post a comment
The 4-20mA current loop offers a common technique for transmitting sensor information in industrial process-monitoring applications. Current loops are particularly useful when the information must travel a long distance to a remote location, since they are relatively insensitive to noise, and their power can be derived from a remotely supplied voltage. A Maxim FAE offers a means of implemented the current loop using a small controller.
Small Ethernet device performs sound, vibration measurement
Product News 8/1/2005 Post a comment
Instrumentation maker National Instruments now offers a small and ruggedized dynamic signal analyzer built on the company's reconfigurable I/O hardware. NI's new analyzer, priced at less than $5000, is a 24-bit 8-channel data acquisition device for making high-accuracy sound and vibration measurements from integrated electronic piezoelectric sensors.