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Agilent joins PXI Systems Alliance board
News & Analysis  
9/30/2010   2 comments
Agilent Technologies Inc. has joined seven other sponsor-level member companies on the board of directors of the PXI Systems Alliance. The primary goal of the PXISA is to improve the effectiveness of CompactPCI-based solutions in measurement and automation through use of the PXI specification
Sensor Products Tactilus heat-sink analysis system
Product News  
9/29/2010   1 comment
The Tactilus heat-sink analysis system detects surface contact and pressure distribution between a CPU and a heat sink.
New GE VME I/O boards deliver 48 analog/digital inputs/outputs in single 6U VME slot
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9/29/2010   Post a comment
GE Intelligent Platforms has launched the first in a new family of VME multifunction I/O boards designed specifically to address the problems caused by the growing constraints on size, weight and power in today’s military platforms. Using only a single chassis slot, he VME-6500 6U VME Multifunction I/O Board can deliver the analog and digital I/O capabilities that previously would have occupied four slots, making a significant contribution to substantially enhanced performance and functional den
VME boards suffer market slump
News & Analysis  
9/28/2010   4 comments
The military, industrial and telecom markets for VME single-board computers are all underperforming, according to a report from the Vita trade association.
Interconnect group opens India office
News & Analysis  
9/27/2010   4 comments
IPC, the electronic interconnect industry association is opening an Indian office as part of a plan to expand its electronics manufacturing and training.
Roboteq programmable 2 x150A DC motor controller targets mobile robot & automation apps
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9/26/2010   Post a comment
The HDC2450 is an intelligent motor controller from Roboteq capable of directly driving two DC motors up to 150Amps each at up to 50V. The new controller is targeted at designers of mobile robots, Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), or any other high power motor control application.
ESC-Cypherbridge, Nabto web-server module with Microchip PIC18F66J60
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9/25/2010   Post a comment
Cypherbridge and Nabto announced a new web-server module, the Nabto uServer module at ESC Boston 2010.
New Intel Atom is all about embedded
9/23/2010   Post a comment
Kenton Williston reviews the new Atom E6xx processor.
Best of Intel Developer Forum (IDF)
9/23/2010   Post a comment
Kenton Williston offers his view of the best of the Intel Developer Forum.
Extreme Engineering Solutions' XPedite5570 air- or conduction-cooled 3U VPX single-board computer
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9/23/2010   Post a comment
Dubbed XPedite5570, X-ES’ latest product provides a low-power, high-performance SBC for Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) constrained military applications.
ESC - RFM introduces low-cost 900 MHZ FHSS module for sensing, telemetry, control apps
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
The DNT90 from RF Monolithics, Inc. is a new 900 MHz frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) module. Operating in the 900 MHz ISM band, the DNT90 is a low-cost, long-range, multi-purpose OEM RF module suitable for a wide variety of cost-sensitive applications, including wireless sensor networking, telemetry and control applications.
ESC - PTI’s new Flash Board cuts development time for wireless embedded apps
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9/22/2010   Post a comment
The PTI Flash Board from Precision Technology, Inc. (PTI) is a new, low-cost development board and prototyping platform for optimization of embedded applications, including portable data terminals, medical patient monitors and human machine interface (HMI) display panels.
National Semiconductor: Software defined radio: Don't talk to me about ENOBS (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
9/20/2010   10 comments
Recent advances in analog-to- digital converter technology have enabled the development of wide bandwidth software defined radio systems that can simultaneously process multiple channels at high input frequencies. But do the traditionally important specs hold with this new model?
Open frame, slim panel computers from Axiomtek fit any space
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9/19/2010   Post a comment
The new FDK series open frame panel computer from Axiomtek, comprising the FDK150-830, FDK170-830 and FDK190-830, is designed for quick and easy integration with indoor kiosk and HMI automation applications. Designed for configuration flexibility, its slim ID fits into any space and can be encased in any chassis.
CipherOptics CEP10 CEP100 CEP1000
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9/18/2010   Post a comment
CipherOptics has developed a new line of Variable Speed Encryption (VSE) appliances, claimed to be the first in the industry.
A Common Personal Health Research Platform—SHIMMER and BioMOBIUS (Part 3 of 3)
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9/16/2010   Post a comment
Explore this hardware platform and software environment for developing personal medical prototype research tools to acquire data and assess results
A Common Personal Health Research Platform—SHIMMER and BioMOBIUS (Part 2 of 3)
Design How-To  
9/16/2010   2 comments
Explore this hardware platform and software environment for developing personal medical prototype research tools to acquire data and assess results
Performance verification of a complex bus arbiter using the VMM Performance Analyzer
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9/16/2010   Post a comment
This paper describes how Mediatek Wireless Inc. used the VMM Performance Analyzer to complete performance validation for an AXI bus arbiter.
ADLINK launches PXI-2022/2020 PXI DAQ modules
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9/15/2010   Post a comment
ADLINK Technology, Inc., has released its PXI-2022/2020 high-density simultaneous sampling PXI DAQ (data acquisition) boards. As the latest addition to ADLINK’s extensive lineup of DAQ boards, the PXI-2022 and PXI-2020 provide 16-bit simultaneous sampling of devices at sample rates of 250 kS/s per channel across sixteen and eight channels, respectively. The new boards are designed for applications that require simultaneous sampling over multiple channels, such as advanced physical research, rada
Kontron nanoETXexpress-TT features Intel Atom Processor E6xx Series and rugged design
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9/15/2010   Post a comment
The Computer-On-Module nanoETXexpress-TT is Kontron’s first ultra-small form factor COM Express compatible module (55mm x 84 mm) with the new Intel Atom processor E6XX. The module is also equipped with the newly defined PICMG COM Express Type 10 pin-out that has been added to the COM.0 R2.0 specification.
A Common Personal Health Research Platform—SHIMMER and BioMOBIUS (Part 1 of 3)
Design How-To  
9/15/2010   4 comments
Explore this hardware platform and software environment for developing personal medical prototype research tools to acquire data and assess results
The Embedded Treasure Map for IDF 2010
9/15/2010   Post a comment
Intel's Eric Mantion offers an overview of some of the Embedded events happening at the Intel Developer Forum.
Aurora SBC features Intel Atom and conduction cooling in tiny package
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9/14/2010   Post a comment
Diamond Systems Corp. is touting their Aurora single board computer (SBC) a much-needed technological breakthrough in small form factor (SFF) embedded computing. Featuring the 1.6GHz AtomTM Z530 processor from Intel, Aurora boasts a tiny 3.6x3.8" PC/104 form factor and conduction cooling, making it half the size, weight, power and cost compared to legacy VME and PC/104 SBCs.
IDF 2010 products roundup
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9/14/2010   Post a comment
A round-up of product announcements at the 2010 Intel Developer Forum
Emerson Power Embedded Development Kit part number MATXM-CORE-411-WR
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9/14/2010   Post a comment
This Embedded Development Kit from Emerson Network Power combines its MicroATX motherboard based on the Intel Core i7 processor with optimized trial versions of Wind River's operating systems, tools, embedded hypervisor and graphics software.
congatec's Ultra-Mobile Module features Intel Atom E6xx
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9/14/2010   Post a comment
congatec AG has announced conga-QA6, an extended temperature range small form factor module. The conga-QA6 is based on the Qseven mobile standard and is equipped with the new Intel Atom processor E6xx Series as well as the Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T.
SMART Modular Technologies Design Feature: Stacking solves DRAM supply challenges and unique application requirements
Design How-To  
9/14/2010   4 comments
As certain types of DRAM are phased out or simply not available, OEMs can use the tried-and-true method of DRAM stacking to maintain design integrity and a competitive advantage.
Agilent launches broad-spectrum assault into modular PXI and AXIe markets
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9/13/2010   Post a comment
Lots of boards and advanced chassis—46 in all—mark company's entry into modular test and measurement instrumentation arena
E-car's future doesn't hinge on batteries
News & Analysis  
9/9/2010   50 comments
Many industry experts believe that slow progress in battery technology prevents e-vehicles from penetrating a range of automotive markets. Soichiro Fukutake, chairman of Japan's e-vehicle startup SIM-Drive, thinks otherwise.
New TI C2000 Peripheral Explorer Kit and free Teaching ROM
Product News  
9/8/2010   1 comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated is offering its enhanced floating-point F28335 Delfino microcontroller (MCU) Peripheral Explorer Kit and free C2000 MCU Teaching ROM to give students and new real-time control developers an easy-to-use, cost-efficient foundation for jumpstarting designs.
Embedded instruments unlock validation & test for Xeon 5500 processor boards
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9/7/2010   Post a comment
The advanced microarchitecture and high interconnect speeds on circuit boards designed around the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series (codenamed Nehalem) present design validation and test challenges for board designers and manufacturers. Older legacy test systems typically involve a probe of some sort making physical contact with the circuit board or chip pins on the board.
QuickUSB Module offers 20 megabytes/sec transfer rates
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9/7/2010   Post a comment
The QuickUSB Module from Bitwise Systems provides an alternative for adding hi-speed USB 2.0 for speeds as much as 40X faster than USB 1.1. 
MEN Micro A602 6U FPGA-based VMEbus single board computer
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9/3/2010   Post a comment
Check out MEN Micro’s 6U FPGA-based, triple-redundant A602 64-bit VMEbus SBC that employs a lock-step architecture, keeping software development at a minimum.
CAN bus modules IP560, IOS-560 connect network sensors/actuators
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9/2/2010   Post a comment
Acromag has released two new CAN bus modules to interface network sensors and actuators to high-performance control systems.


Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.

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