Conduction-cooled COTS computer handles military's C4ISR
Product News 8/31/2006 Post a comment
Need to hear them, find them, blast them? MIL board and systems supplier Mercury Computer Systems has a product that can work in development or deployed in military systems. Its PowerStream 6600 multi-computer runs 716 PowerPC FLOPS of performance in a conduction-cooled enclosure.
PC/104 RoHS module packs eight ESD-protected serial ports
Product News 8/23/2006 Post a comment
Check out this hardened RoHS-compliant 8-channel PC/104 module. It provides asynchronous communications for embedded applications requiring a large number of serial I/O ports. Each channel supports RS-232, RS-485, and RS-422 levels, and exhibits 15-kV ESD protection.
Kontron introduces the first compact baseboard for ETX 3.0
News & Analysis 8/22/2006 Post a comment
Kontron introduces the ETX miniBaseboard, an extremely compact ETX baseboard for ETX 3.0-compliant designs, with a mere 130 mm x 155 mm footprint. It serves as a universal development platform for ETX 3.0 modules and is completely backward compatible with its ETX predecessors.
Transitive, IBM link for server applications
News & Analysis 8/17/2006 Post a comment
Transitive Corp., a company that has pioneered processor virtualization and emulation technology, has inked a deal with IBM that allows the computer giant to apply its technology to allow most popular Linux applications written for the x86 architecture to run on selected IBM servers.
ETX 3.0 baseboard will be extremely compact
Product News 8/16/2006 Post a comment
Board-level system vendor Kontron America is readying an extremely compact RoHS-compliant baseboard designed to support all the features of ETX 3.0. Ready for sampling next month, it will be priced at $234 a pop.
Dual-core embedded processing makes PXI Express data-acq scream
Product News 8/15/2006 Post a comment
National Instruments announces what it says are the industry's first data acquisition modules for PXI Express. NI's M Series modules deliver analog and digital I/O, with up to 250-Mbyte/s dedicated per-slot bandwidth. In addition, NI is rolling out four PXI Express controllers using Intel Duo-Core CPUs. These controllers are the industry's highest-bandwidth units, with up to 1-Gbyte/s system and slot bandwidth.
Board-level DVRs ease design for innovative video apps
Design How-To 8/11/2006 Post a comment
Designing a digital video recorder requires skill in layout, synchronization, file management, and many other details. A board-level digital video recorder may enable focusing on your innovative DVR application, rather than re-inventing the wheel.
High-speed multi-channel data-acq systems interface to PCs
Product News 8/10/2006 Post a comment
Three compact high-speed multi-channel data acquisition systems deliver oscilloscope capabilities when combined with a desktop or laptop PC. Systems accommodate multiple 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit CompactPCI digitizers, and are backed up with powerful client-server software.
Building-block PCI plug-in simultaneously samples on gobs of channels
Product News 8/9/2006 Post a comment
Here's news of a mid-range PCI bus A/D converter board that can be used to configure high channel-count systems that can sample many inputs simultaneously. Designed to work in multiples, you can sync two or more boards, installed in the same PC or in PCs on a network, to create A/D systems that potentially sample hundreds of channels simultaneously. Read eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's review.
Asustek, Gigabyte form motherboard JV
News & Analysis 8/9/2006 Post a comment
In an effort to battle intensifying competition in the motherboard market, Taiwan's Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Computer will form a $244 million joint venture to manufacture motherboards and VGA cards.
Build a PBX using Asterisk
Design How-To 8/8/2006 Post a comment
Implementing an open-source-based PBX for home or office is easy. All it takes is a little hardware and the open source PBX package Asterisk sponsored by Digium.
GaAs MMIC PA, driver produce 2-W at 46-GHz
Product News 8/7/2006 Post a comment
Developing 26-dB of gain and delivering 2-W of saturated output power, here are a pair of GaAs MMICs that comprise a 3-stage balanced PA and a complementary driver. The two MMICs ensure good impedance matching across the 43.5-GHz to 46-GHz band.
Security video camera design for all lighting conditions, 24/7
Design How-To 8/4/2006 Post a comment
Surveillance video presents special challenges to camera designers. The image capture and processing subsystems must effectively handle extreme backlight, glare, specular highlights, reflections, color temperature, low light conditions, and high contrast scenes, with a photographic dynamic range spanning 14 f/stops.