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Rad-Hard FPGAs Boast Four-Million Gates

An embedded system designed to travel through space needs electronics that are uniquely suited for the environment. Now even high-density FPGAs are entering that arena. An example is the RTAX4000S device from Actel. This four-million-gate radiation-tolerant RTAX-S FPGA has completed the stringent MIL-STD-883 Class B qualification. The RTAX4000S device has completed 1,000 hours of high-temperature operating life (HTOL) testing and nearly 80,000 total hours of life testing data to date. This device-specific testing data is in addition to the more than 2,000,000 device hours of testing and rapidly accumulating flight heritage achieved by the remainder of the RTAX-S family. The qualification of the device, combined with its usable error-corrected onboard memory and large number of user I/O, make it ideal for high-bandwidth processing applications in spacecraft payloads. Rigorous testing and qualification of the RTAX4000S toward QML Class Q and QML Class V certification continues.

Hardened by design against radiation single-event upsets (SEUs), the nonvolatile RTAX4000S requires no radiation mitigation techniques. Competing high-density FPGA solutions require user-instantiated triple module redundancy (TMR), which can consume more than two-thirds of the device’s available logic. The RTAX4000S offers the inherent flexibility of the programmable fabric, delivering cost and time-to-market advantages over radiation-hardened (RH)-ASICs.

Actel, Mountain View, CA. (650) 318-4200. [www.actel.com].

3U PXI Controllers for PXI-Based Hybrid Testing System

Two new 3U PXI controllers are designed to be the core of a hybrid testing system, able to control bench-top instruments through different interfaces (including LXI, GPIB, USB and serial) by integrating multiple I/O interfaces.

Introduced by Adlink Technology, the PXI-3920/3910 (Intel Pentium M 760) incorporates dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. This feature allows the use of one port for LAN connectivity while the other port provides determinative bandwidth and latency for the connection with LXI instruments. The PXI-3920/3910 also provides a GPIB port, four USB 2.0 ports and two serial ports for controlling instruments using these interfaces.

The PXI-3920/391 (Celeron M 760) is designed to maximize stability and durability. The cable-free mechanical construction and onboard soldered CPU and memory chips, in conjunction with a solid-state disk drive, enable the PXI-3920/3910 cards to withstand vibrations up to 6 Grms during operation and allow it to be used in harsh environments such as in vehicle and avionic applications.

Adlink Technology, Irvine, CA.
(949) 727-2099 [www.adlinktech.com].

BDM/JTAG Debug Interface Works with Multiple Processors and Debuggers

The latest addition to Abatron’s worldwide BDI family (BDI1000/BDI2000) of debug interfaces offers high performance and high flexibility. The BDI3000 offers BDM debug support for ColdFire, PowerPC 5xx/8xx and JTAG debug support for PowerPC, ARM, XScale and MIPS. Host communication for the BDI3000 is via RS-232 and Ethernet (10/100). The BDI3000 has fast program download speed up to 1500 Kbytes/s and BDM/JTAG clock up to 32 MHz. The new BDI3000 supports target system voltages from 1.2 to 5V and offers flash memory on board programming. Debuggers from leading vendors are supported by the BDI3000 and the same hardware can be used for all supported targets and debuggers.

The BDI3000 is available immediately from Ultimate Solutions, Inc., the stocking distributor of Abatron products in North America.

Abatron,
Rotkreuz,Switzerland.
+41 792 09 55.
[www.abatron.ch].

Ultimate Solutions,
Tewksbury, MA.
(978) 455-3383.
[www.ultsol.com].

AdvancedTCA Backplanes Ready for Radial IPMB

A family of second-generation AdvancedTCA (ATCA) backplanes developed by Elma Bustronic has routing implemented for radial Intelligent Platform Management Bus (IPMB) signals. Radial IPBM provides dual segment access to every IPM controller even when only one shelf manager is present or operational. This is an important option for ATCA systems to provide higher reliability and redundancy.

The backplanes also feature 14 slots with a Dual Star routing topology. Bustronic now uses the familiar AMC female connector, used in MicroTCA and other form factors, as the shelf manager connectors. They were chosen because they are widely used, reliable and offer a high pin count in a small space. The connectors are dense enough to be placed next to the slots (called Slot 0) so that they can fit within a card cage for 19” rackmount systems. These edge connectors are stacked on top of each other so that dual shelf managers can be used in the same system, but not take up any slot space. Mesh topology backplanes are also available in 2, 5 and 14-slot sizes standard. Custom versions of Bustronic’s ATCA backplanes are also available. Pricing is under $2,000 depending on volume and configuration.

Elma Bustronic, Fremont, CA. (510) 490-7388. [www.elmabustronic.com].

COM Express Battery Management Module Extends Operational Lifetime

A new Battery Manager Module from Congatec targets the COM Express standard by providing 12V/70W in addition to 5V/30W from a single 19V supply with suspend to RAM capability. The conga-SBM2C joins the company’s original conga-SBM2 to meet the current demand for a flexible embedded battery management module. While the original conga-SBM2 is suitable for all congatec XTX modules, the 68 mm x 110 mm x 12.5 mm conga-SBM2C module addresses the COM Express specification.

The module offers parallel battery operation (sequential on demand) for cell configurations between 2S1P and 4S3P. LEDs provide a direct view of charging and battery capacity status. The battery manager module can be quickly evaluated using the corresponding starter kit, which includes all the necessary cables as well as a Smart battery.

With mobile applications designed around the numerous industry-standard embedded computing form factors becoming more prevalent, they may differ in their application areas, but they all share a common feature—the need for intelligent battery management. The conga-SBM2C and its corresponding starter kit enables developers to create power supplies that can maximize operational time between charges, while extending the lifetime and efficiency of Smart batteries.

Smart batteries provide performance data, which intelligent management modules like the conga-SBM2C can use to extend the performance of mobile devices. Through their use, catastrophic system failures caused by unexpected battery failures can be avoided, preserving valuable system data and the overall user experience.

Congatec, Deggendorf, Germany.
+49 991-2700-0. [www.congatec.com].

Quad Port Ethernet XMC Adaptor Covers up to 1 Gbit

A quad port gigabit Ethernet adaptor is the first of a series of XMC mezzanine cards, supporting 1000Base-T, 100Base-Tx and 10Base-T. Where performance, functionality and space are key elements, the XM 510/x24 from Concurrent Technologies can be installed on a suitable host board, e.g. CompactPCI, VXS, VPX or VME, to provide four network ports within a single-width XMC site. Commercial and extended temperature versions are available and ruggedized, conduction-cooled or air-cooled versions will be available shortly. The board is suitable for applications requiring high-speed data throughput and lower-latency communications; target embedded markets include industrial control, telecommunications and defense.

The XM 510/x24 contains two Intel 82575EB Ethernet Controllers. Each controller implements two Ethernet ports and integrates (into a single device) the functionality of two Ethernet Media Access Controllers (MAC), two 10/100/1000 Mbits/s PHY transceivers and a x4 PCI Express interface. The XMC host board’s connection to the XM 510/x24’s two Ethernet controllers is via a x4 PCI Express switch. The four Ethernet ports can either connect to the front or to the rear panel.

Each MAC and LAN controller provides the Host Offloading and MAC functionality for its link. The Host Offloading includes Transmit and Receive IP, TCP and UDP checksum offloading, TCP segmentation and VLAN support. The MAC Controller provides IEEE 802.3x flow control, 8 Kbyte Transmit and Receive FIFOs to support jumbo frames and a 48 Kbyte per-port packet buffer. Each PHY provides the physical layer functionality for its link and contains the transmitters and receivers for full and half duplex operation at 10Base-T, 100Base-Tx and 1000Base-T operation. Also provided is IEEE 802.3ab auto-negotiation, auto MDI/MDI-X selection and polarity correction. Internal loop-back is available for self-diagnostic purposes.

The XM 510/x24 is a single-size card and is compliant with the XMC (Switched Mezzanine Card) specification. Each Ethernet Controller connects to its own 128 Kbyte in-circuit programmable Flash EPROM that includes PXE firmware. The XM 510/x24 supports many of today’s leading operating systems, including Linux, Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows 2000, LynxOS, QNX and VxWorks.

Concurrent Technologies, Woburn, MA.
(781) 933-5900. [www.gocct.com].

New AMC Extender Card Aids Test/Debug

An extender board for MicroTCA and AMC-based systems from Elma Bustronic brings the signals out of the card cage area so that an Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) can be tested or debugged. The AMC extender card is a passive extender module, supporting all fabric connectors as defined in the AMC.x and MicroTCA specifications. The board complies with the MicroTCA.0, AMC.1 R1.0, AMC.2 D0.96A specifications and plugs into an AMC slot like a regular AMC module. Management and payload power can be individually switch isolated.

The metal frame of the AMC extender card holds the board under test securely in place. The module extends all fabric signals and 3 clock lines, and features virtually zero power consumption. Elma has also released an AMC Load Board and offers a full line of MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA backplanes, chassis, and components. Pricing for the AMC Extender Card is under $850 depending on volume.

Elma Bustronic, Fremont, CA.
(510) 656-3400. [www.elmabustronic.com].

PC/104 SBCs Combine High CPU Performance with Advanced Data Acquisition

A family of 2-in-1 compact SBCs with integrated data acquisition combines state-of-the-art CPU and I/O technology with high accuracy analog data acquisition circuitry on a single board, saving space and reducing cost in embedded computer systems. The Athena II SBC family from Diamond Systems is a technology update of the Athena SBC family, bringing additional performance at the same price while maintaining backward compatibility to support long customer product lifecycles.

The Athena II family is a plug-compatible replacement for Diamond’s Athena family of SBCs. It utilizes the new Via Mark processor, operating at 500 MHz or 800 MHz, an improvement over the Athena speeds of 400 MHz and 660 MHz. It offers 256 Mbytes of DDR2 DRAM operating at 533 MHz (vs. 128 Mbytes on the older models) soldered onboard for increased shock and vibration resistance. Built-in I/O includes a 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet controller, VGA/LCD display, four USB 1.1 ports, four RS-232 serial ports (two with RS-485), keyboard, mouse and IDE hard drive interfaces. Athena II’s integrated data acquisition functions utilize Diamond’s autocalibration technology to calibrate the A/D and D/A circuits providing analog I/O performance with the maximum possible accuracy. Athena II has 16 analog inputs with 16-bit A/D and 100 KHz sample rate, four analog outputs with 12-bit D/A and 100 KHz waveform output capability, 24 digital I/O lines and two counter/timers. It supports interrupt A/D transfers and uses an enhanced FIFO for maximum flexibility and data reliability. Diamond’s Universal Driver programming software for Linux, Windows XP and CE .NET is included.

Also available for immediate delivery are new, comprehensive Athena II Development Kits and the Pandora enclosure for Athena II. Each kit contains the selected Athena II SBC, an IDE flashdisk with Linux pre-loaded, all necessary cables, an AC adapter and detailed “getting started” documentation. Prices start at $575. Volume discounts are available.

Diamond Systems, Mountain View, CA. (650) 810-2525. [www.diamondsystems.com].

Module Offers Dual 14-Bit ADC/DAC I/O

Applications like software defined radio are increasingly hungry for compact, modular data conversion. The GigaFlex 220 from iVeia is a high-speed analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog I/O module designed for the iVeia Titan family of processing modules. The GigaFlex 220 adds two 14-bit 150 MSPS ADCs and two 14-bit 1 GSPS DACs to a Titan processing module creating a small form factor platform ideal for intermediate frequency (IF) processing in SDR applications.

Only 2.125 x 3.525 x 4.25 inches in size, the module has advanced clock generation circuitry that allows the software to independently set the sample rates of the dual ADC and dual DAC to almost any frequency. The GigaFlex 220 has a clock generator that can phase-lock to the onboard 10 MHz TCXO reference or an optional external reference. Through the Digital I/O Connector, the GigaFlex 220 provides one to two RS-232 UARTs and five bi-directional general-purpose I/Os (GPIOs). The GPIOs may be used for time (1 PPS, IRIG-B and so on), synchronization, or custom user-programmable I/O. The product operates over temperature ranges of -40° to 85°C.

iVeia,

Annapolis, MD.
(410) 858-4560.
[www.iveia.com].

ATX Motherboard with AMD Quad Core and 1080p HD Graphics

An ATX motherboard offers the AMD AM2/AM2+ socket supporting AMD Phenom Quad Core processor performance and the latest AMD chipsets with high-end graphics features for full 1080p High-Definition Video in a cost-effective basic motherboard design. As the first in a new class of so called “basic motherboards” from Kontron, the KT780/ATX is designed for high-volume OEM systems that have fast innovation cycles and therefore reduced requirements on long-term availability. The motherboard offers up to three years availability.

Based around the AMD RS780 and SB700 chipsets including high-performance AMD AM2/AM2+ Athlon 64 and Phenom single, dual, triple and quad core processors, the Kontron KT780/ATX basic motherboard offers scalable performance up to 4x 2.6 GHz to meet individual application requirements. Performance is boosted even further by two dual channel RAM banks for up to 32 Gbytes of DDR2-400/533/667/800 with ECC support. In addition to low-cost processor performance, applications also benefit from the high-end graphics features. The new integrated graphics processor (IGP) is based on the ATI Radeon HD 3200, which supports DirectX 10 and incorporates dual display, integrated DVI, HDMI (optional) and CRT as well as internal TMDS (Transition Minimized Differential Signaling) and VESA DisplayPort functionality. Furthermore, it has a Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for accelerated decoding of HD video data for enhanced Blu-ray and HD-DVD playback. Should even greater performance be required, external graphic cards can be connected via the PEG PCI Express 2.0 expansion slot.

Despite emphasis on a low-cost, basic design, the Kontron KT780/ATX basic motherboard offers a range of features such as HDD RAID 0/1/5/10 support for enhanced data safety, HD audio and TPM on board. 6 x SATA, 1 x PATA 133, 10 x USB 2.0, 4 x PCI, 1x PCI Express x4 slot and 2 x GbE onboard round off the range of I/O features. Equipped with HyperFlash support for fast OS booting, the KT780/ATX supports Windows XP, Vista and Linux. The Kontron KT780/ATX will be available in Q2, 2008.

Kontron, Poway, CA (858) 677-0877. [www.kontron.com].

Upgraded AMC Serves Up Core2 Duo

The AdvancedMC (AMC) mezzanine form factor is ramping up acceptance among industrial application designers. This trend will only increase as MicroTCA gains momentum as a backplane solution for AMC slot cards. Performance Technologies has announced an update to its AMC121 AMC single-board computer that utilizes an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

The upgraded module features a substantial increase in memory capacity—up to 4 Gbytes of 64-bit PC3200 DDR2 memory, as well as support for faster, user-replaceable, flash memory devices. The flash memory compatibility includes support for both standard MiniSD and high-capacity MiniSDHC modules and can be swapped out depending upon user requirements. This socketed option provides enhanced user flexibility to meet design requirements as opposed to permanently affixed flash memory devices that could limit module performance. The AMC’s connector ports include two 1 Gbit to 2.5 Gbit Ethernet Channels, a pair of SATA links and eight PCI Express Lanes—x1, x4, or x8.

Performance Technologies, Rochester, NY.
(585) 256-0200. [www.pt.com].

Multiview Display Does 1920 x 1080p HD

Complex real-time video and graphics data are becoming ever more ubiquitous in industrial environments. Zandar Technologies offers a set of multimedia display solutions, including its FusionPro+ multiviewer. Zandar Technologies was recently acquired by Harris, and together they now offer a wide range of multiviewers. The FusionPro+ multiviewer is part of the new family of multiviewers offered by Harris. It is a multi-image display solution for mission-critical security monitoring and surveillance. The 1RU unit displays up to eight channels, and the 3RU unit displays up to 26 channels.

The FusionPro+ can take any mix of analog, SDI, HD-SDI and computer inputs, and display them on a single screen with output up to HD (1920x1080p). An additional feature is the ZdH Dual output option. In addition to the FusionPro+, the new range of multiviewers by Harris Corporation includes the recently introduced Zandar Predator II multiviewer. Specifically designed for control and monitoring, the 2RU Predator II multiviewer can handle up to 32 HD, SD and analog inputs and is perfectly suited for various applications, including command centers, master control, AV applications, security monitoring and surveillance.

Harris, Melbourne, FL. (321) 727-9100. [www.harris.com].

Digital Instrumentation Set Leverages USB

Where once large racks of boards were needed, now complex test platforms can be implemented with USB-based modules hosted by a PC. National Instruments has introduced its NI USB-5132/5133 digitizers and the NI USB-4065 6½-digit digital multimeter (DMM). These small, lightweight instruments feature bus-powered and plug-and-play operation, which makes them ideal for portable, benchtop and OEM applications. They also are shipped with NI LabView SignalExpress LE interactive measurement workbench software for quickly acquiring, analyzing and presenting data with no programming required.

The USB-5132/5133 50 Msample/s and 100 Msample/s digitizers offer two simultaneously sampled channels with 8-bit resolution. These USB digitizers feature 10 input ranges from 40 mV to 40V and programmable DC offset, and come standard with 4 Mbytes/channel of onboard memory for measurements requiring extended data captures. The USB-4065 DMM offers 6½ digits of resolution at up to 10 readings per second and up to 3,000 readings per second at lower resolutions. With ±300V of isolation, current measurements up to 3A and 2- or 4-wire resistance measurements, the USB-4065 offers a complete multimeter solution for portable 6½-digit measurement needs. Pricing for these products ranges from $899 to $1,299.

National Instruments, Austin, TX.
(512) 683-0100. [www.ni.com].

1500W Supply Designed for Harsh Environments

For harsh environment applications, ordinary IT-class power supplies don’t make muster. Serving such needs, Lambda has extended its 500-watt LZSa series of industrial power supplies to include 1000 and 1500-watt supplies with a unique feature set and safety-agency approvals not commonly found in standard off-the-shelf supplies. These new LZSa1000 and LZSa1500 series boast a wide operating temperature range, compliance with MIL-STD-810E standards for shock and vibration, and the ability to operate in explosive gas atmospheres.

These rugged power supplies are available with a nominal output of 12V (LZSa1000) or 24V (LZSa1000/1500). With integral fan-cooling, they provide full-rated output power from

-40° to +60°C, derating linearly to 60 percent load at 71°C ambient. The LZSa series accepts a wide input range from 85 to 265 VAC, 47 to 440 Hz and has active power factor and harmonic correction. It also complies with SEMI-F47 standards for input droop down to 100 VAC at full load. Output ripple and noise is a low 75 mV peak-to-peak, and the unit is designed to provide 20-millisecond hold-up and ride-through to avoid nuisance tripping during transient electrical interruptions. The LZSa1000 and LZSa1500 are available now, priced at $825 and $1,250 each in 100-unit quantities.

Lambda Americas, San Diego, CA. (619) 575-4400. [www.lambdapower.com].

PC/104-Plus SBC Withstands Extended Temps

PC/104’s popularity continues to ramp up in applications where space constraints and power concerns are priority. Fastwel’s latest PC/104-Plus single board computer offering is the CPC304. Based on the AMD Geode LX800 CPU and AMD CS5536 I/O companion chipset, the board provides full support for PC/104 and PC/104-Plus expansion modules. The board is designed for use in mission-critical, onboard systems requiring low power consumption and wide operating temperature range from -40° to +85°C. All key components including CPU, chipset, memory and peripheral controllers are soldered on board providing excellent vibration stability and increased efficiency.

A protective conformal coating is available to enhance the survivability of the board in exposed or other harsh environments. System developers can take advantage of simultaneous operation of a standard VGA interface with resolution up to 1920x1440, or 24-bit LVDS interface for connection of TFT or DSTN LCD panels. For data exchange CPC304 offers two independent Fast Ethernet ports, four COM ports, two USB 2.0 ports and eight programmable discrete input/output lines. The CPC304 will begin shipping in volume in March with prices starting at $658.

Fastwel, Brooklyn, NY.
(718) 554-3686. [www.fastwel.com].

Digital Receiver with 16-bit A/D at up to 160 MHz sampling for SDR

With four 16 bit ADCs sampling synchronously at frequencies up to 160 MHz, a new PMC module provides extremely high throughput in demanding applications such as communications, radar, wireless test and measurement, 3G and 4G cellular base station development, signal intelligence, smart antenna, radar beam forming and satellite ground stations. Combining the ICS-1554 from GE Fanuc with an appropriate host processor offers a very powerful single slot IF processing solution for software defined radio applications.

Simultaneous downconversion of up to 16 arbitrary signal bands is implemented by four Graychip GC4016 digital downconverters. A Xilinx Virtex 5 SX95 FPGA is provided for user-defined signal processing functions, giving greater capacity and lower power consumption than previous generations of GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms digital receivers. The FPGA, which is almost 100% available to the application, provides a signal processing capability that can be loaded with standard functions such as wide band DDC, FFT and time stamping, or programmed by the user.

The ICS-1554 achieves its performance in part through the implementation of the four Graychip digital downconverters, while support for simultaneous wide- and narrow-band operation is enabled by the use of dual decoupled FIFO memory. 64 User I/Os connected directly from the FPGA to the Pn4 connector provide an alternative high-speed data path from the module. The I/O pins support LVTTL and LVDS transmit signaling and can be factory-configured for LVDS receive operation.

Included is a Hardware Development Kit (HDK) providing support for users who wish to implement their own signal processing algorithms in the FPGA. Alternatively, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms can develop FPGA cores specific to customer needs.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms.
Charlottesville, VA.
(800) 368-2738.
[www.gefanuc.com].

Pico-Style MicroTCA Backplanes

New MicroTCA backplanes in the Pico-style format have been introduced by Elma Bustronic. The first Pico backplane has been designed for sister-company Elma Electronic’s 1U MicroTCA enclosure solution. The Pico format for MicroTCA is typically in a horizontally mounted chassis. The compact size saves vertical rack space. The Bustronic Pico backplanes will typically have a Star topology, with one MCH and one Power Module. The rest of the slots will allow for AMC modules in various sizes.

The version for the 1U MicroTCA also has connections for a JSM (J-Tag Switch Module) used for diagnostics and the AMC slots are in the single width/mid size. The backplane features a 20-layer controlled impedance stripline design. Bustronic uses the compression-mount style connector, which facilitates easier routing. Further, as the connector is mounted to the backplane with screws, it can be easily replaced if damaged. Bustronic also offers MicroTCA backplanes in both Star and Dual Star topologies and in Cube and Subrack formats. Pricing for the Pico MicroTCA backplane is under $300 depending on volume and configuration requirements. The lead-time is 4-6 weeks ARO.

Elma Bustronic, Fremont, CA.
(510) 490-7388. [www.elmabustronic,com].

PC/104 CPU Board with PCI/104-Express Extension Bus

A new PC/104 CPU board is based on the COMexpress module Microspace SMX945-xxx from Digital-Logic with different Intel processors, a memory capacity of up to 4 Gbytes, two clock rates of 1.6 GHz and the i945GME chipset. Equipped with the Intel Core 2 Duo L7400 CPU, the new PC/104 CPU board features a wide variety of interfaces with up to six USB V2.0, one PS2, two COM, one LPT and one 10/100Baste-T LAN port. In addition, it has optional DVI and CRT/LCD interfaces (dual screen) and one AC97-7.1/HAD sound controller. For connecting mass storages, one P-ATA and two S-ATA interfaces are available. For displays, the MSM945 board uses the graphic controller of the i945GME chipset with up to 224 Mbyte video memory. The PCI/104-Express bus (PCI & PCI Express) and the USB interfaces are available as functional extensions.

The MSM945 runs on all common operating systems like Windows XP, QNX, Linux etc. Equipped with Flash BIOS, the CPU board allows the operating system to boot from different media such as hard disk, floppy disk, compact flash, USB, or LAN. Power consumption, cooling method, ambient working temperature and performance are directly dependent on the smartModule945-xxx. The MSM945 was designed for low current consumption and thanks to its high video performance, it represents the ideal solution for applications in the field of video processing, video streaming, biometric data processing, home automation and entertainment, as well as remote management of IT applications.

Digital-Logic, Luterbach, Switzerland.
+41 (0)32 681 58 40. [www.dgigallogic.com].

6U CompactPCI SBC Scales Core2 Duo/Core 2 Duo/Celeron M

A new 6U single-slot CompactPCI SBC supports a variety of Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors from the high-end 2.16 GHz T7400 to the low-voltage dual-core versions down to a selection of Celeron M types. It is designed especially for embedded systems that require high computing and graphics performance and low power consumption. The D9 from MEN Micro offers a 32-bit/33 MHz system slot CompactPCI bus interface or can be used without a bus system.

A total of five PCI Express lanes for high-speed communication (such as GB Ethernet or graphics) are supported on the D9. 2 x1 PCIe links are used for the two onboard Ethernet interfaces, another 2 x1 links support the XMC slot and 1 x1 link is available on a specific mezzanine card. Further serial interfaces include two SATA ports for connection of an onboard hard disk (instead of the PMC or XMC) and a second one on the transition module at the rear. Alternatively, one of the two SATA ports is available via the mezzanine card. One PATA interface supports the on-board CompactFlash slot.

A total of six USB 2.0 are supported at the front, on the rear I/O transition module and on board the mezzanine card. Four of the onboard USBs can be used to realize two UARTs on a mezzanine card and another two UARTs on the rear I/O transition module. The standard I/O available at the front panel of the D9 includes graphics on a VGA connector, two Gigabit Ethernet and two USB 2.0 interfaces.

Supervision of the processor and board temperature as well as a watchdog for monitoring the operating system complete the functionality of the D9. The D9 operates in Windows and Linux environments and under RTOS systems that support multicore architecture.

For use in harsh environments the D9 is equipped with soldered DDR2 DRAM (up to 4 Gbytes) to guarantee optimum shock and vibration resistance. It comes with a tailored passive heat sink within 4 HP height. However, forced air-cooling is always required inside the system. Its design makes the D9 especially suited for rugged environments with regard to extended operation temperature, shock and vibration according to applicable DIN, EN or IEC industry standards. It is also ready for coating for use in humid and dusty environments.

MEN Micro, Ambler, PA. (215) 542-9575. [www.menmicro.com].

PC/104 Analog Output Module Is RoHS-Compliant

A PC/104 module for embedded computing applications offers a convenient and cost-effective method for adding I/O functionality in Single Board Embedded Computing applications. The VCM-DAS-3 from Versalogic features 16-channels of 12-bit analog output and 24 digital I/O lines. In addition, the VCM-DAS-3 is designed and tested for extended temperature operation (-40° to +85°C) and is fully RoHS-compliant.

The rugged VCM-DAS-3 is designed to provide capabilities beyond what is presently available on the market while maintaining drop-in compatibility with current industry standards. Its enhanced features include: independently software programmable output ranges, software calibration, the ability to reset to zero scale on power-up, read back of DAC and SPAN codes for simplified programming and setup, and latching 2 mm headers. Legacy features include 8-bit ISA compatibility, jumper configurable output ranges in groups of eight, and the ability to reset to mid-scale on power up. Both unipolar and bipolar operations are fully supported.

The VCM-DAS-3 is well suited for OEM applications such as process control, data monitoring and collection, security and medical equipment design. Pricing for the VCM-DAS-3 starts at around $400 in OEM quantities.

VersaLogic, Eugene, OR. (541) 485-8575. [www.versalogic.com].

Software Development Kits for Use with Multi-I/O Avionics PMC

Newly enhanced software development kits (SDKs) for MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 data bus applications allow users to develop “C” source code to simulate, monitor, or troubleshoot 1553 and/or 429 data buses simultaneously or independently with support for the latest operating system versions including VxWorks 6, Linux 2.6 and Windows 2000/XP. These SDKs enable users to quickly integrate DDC’s multi-protocol avionics PMC (BU-65590F/M) into their “C” code applications. A common SDK exists across all operating systems allowing the programmer portability across multiple platforms. The easy-to-use high-level functions abstract all low-level hardware accesses and memory allocation such that specific hardware knowledge is not required.

The BU-65590F/M is a multi-protocol PMC card that provides up to four dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 channels, sixteen ARINC 429 receive channels, six ARINC 429 transmit channels, six user programmable Digital Discrete I/Os, two RS-232 Serial I/O channels, two RS-422/485 Serial I/O channels and an IRIG-B time synchronization input. Each 1553 channel supports new standard features such as 1 Mbyte RAM with parity per channel, 48-bit/1μs or 100 ns time tag, and built-in self-test. An intelligent hardware offload engine provides extremely low PCI bus and host CPU utilization while storing 1553 Monitor data in a convenient IRIG-106 Chapter 10 format. The industry-standard IRIG-106 Chapter 10 format is commonly used for digital flight data recorders. The card can be ordered with either rear or front panel I/O and is available for convection or conduction-cooled applications.

Data Device Corporation, Bohemia, NY. (631) 567-5600. [www.ddc-web.com].

AdvancedMC SAS Module Offers Up to 146 Gbytes

As customers realize the potential of AdvancedMC and MicroTCA platforms, they are uncovering enterprise-class applications for which those platforms are suited creating requirements for a reliable, scalable, high-performance solution for critical applications that demand leading-edge system storage capabilities including blade servers, network and telephony routers, and video streaming or surveillance. The Telum 210 from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, and AdvancedMC system storage module, provides an onboard 73 Gbytes or 146 Gbytes serial-attached 10,000 rpm SCSI (SAS) hard disk drive with an LSI 1064E SAS/SATA 3 Gbit/s controller.

The LSI 1064E controller supports PCI Express Hot-Plug control, making the Telum 210 hot swap capable and field-replaceable in accordance with the AMC.0 R2.0 standard. The Telum 210, which has an estimated MTBF of 1.4 million hours, supports single- and dual-port SAS drives, and also supports RAID with integrated striping and mirroring firmware (no software support required).

By combining the controller and hard disk drive on a single AdvancedMC module, the Telum 210 is highly space-efficient—allowing optimum use of the chassis—while freeing host processor resources. The AMC.1 PCI Express implementation provides greater bus bandwidth by providing eight PCI Express lanes at a transfer rate up to 2.5 Gbits/s per lane, full duplex. Four AMC.1- and AMC.3-compliant SAS channels are provided, with support for up to two off-board channels. For maximum system design flexibility, the module is available with either a mid-size or full-size faceplate. Conformal coating is optional. The Telum 210 provides support for Solaris, Linux, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

GE Fanuc, Charlottesville, VA.
(800) 368-2738. [ www.gefanucembedded.com].

Custom Embedded Interfaces Cover a Range of Industrial Networks

A family of customized embedded communication interfaces offers easy integration into automation devices. The customized interfaces, called Anybus from HMS Industrial Networks, are available for 18 different industrial networks including Profibus, Profinet, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP and Modbus. The customized modules are based on the proven Anybus standard communication modules; tailor-made for specific requirements such as high mechanical ratings (IP65), special form factors or board sizes, non-standard connectors or power supply requirements. Typical applications are automation devices such as drives, welding controller or industrial weighing equipment.

Customized Anybus interfaces always use the standard Anybus software technology and have the same software interface as the standard Anybus modules. Customers benefit from short development times, low development risk, fixed development cost, and moreover, get the advantage of continuous software maintenance by HMS without any additional cost.

After development is completed, HMS produces the customized network interfaces in-house and delivers the boards in accordance with the specifications of each customer. Producing customized Embedded Solutions will extend the application range of the proven Anybus technology. HMS has been providing this service for selected OEM manufacturers for over 15 years. The new Anybus NP30 ASIC now enables a platform that can offer this service on a much broader scale. With customized standard products, customers get an individual but already proven solution without any risk and at fixed development cost.

HMS Industrial Networks, Halmstad, Sweden.
+46 3517 2900. [www.anybus.com].

CompactPCI Board Sports Dual 45 nm Quad-Core Xeons

A 6U CompactPCI processor board features two 45 nanometer quad-core Intel Xeon L5408 processors complemented by the power-optimized Intel 5100 Memory Controller Hub (MCH) chipset and Intel I/O Controller Hub 9R. With eight processor cores on one board, the CP6014 from Kontron now opens up new markets and gives new and existing CompactPCI customers a wide range system upgrade opportunities. The processor board targets applications in storage, wireless infrastructure, security, voice and the medical market segments. Taken in conjunction with the potentials of Virtualization software, the Kontron CP6014 can now address new data-intensive applications such as video recognition and medical imaging.

The quad-core Intel Xeon processor L5408 interfaces to the baseboard via the 771 land socket and is based on 45 nm technology, which reduces power consumption, increases switching speed, and significantly increases transistor density over the previous 65 nm technology. The L5408 has a power envelope of 40W and supports a core frequency of 2.13 GHz, a Front Side Bus of 1066 MHz and an on-die L2 cache of 12 Mbyte (2x6 Mbyte).

The CP6014 is an 8HP dual-slot solution designed with a multitude of onboard I/O functionality. To eliminate the bottleneck of a parallel bus structure, the CP6014 supports a local PCI-X 64-bit / 133 MHz on PMC-slot or a PCI Express x4 on the XMC. For faster memory performance, Kontron’s 6U CompactPCI board supports up to 32 Gbyte DDR2 memory (4 DIMMs sockets) at 533/667 MHz and Intel I/O Acceleration Technology (Intel I/OAT) DMA for fast data transfer. There is additionally a VGA interface and a VGA controller on a PCI-E bus ATI M72 that supports CRT.

The CP6014 also takes advantage of the Intel 5100 MCH chipset, which contains two main components: the memory controller hub (MCH) for the host bridge and the Intel 82801IR I/O Controller (ICH9R) for the I/O subsystem. Additionally, the CP6014 uses onboard flash, provides six SATA/SAS ports onboard (mezzanine and rear I/O), two COMs RS-232 (one front and one rear I/O), three USB 2.0 ports (one front and two rear I/O), dual 1 Mbyte BIOS Flash (FWH) and support for IPMI V1.5 implementation.

Kontron, Poway, CA. (858) 677-8077. [www.kontron.com].

New Networking Cabinet Provides Choice of Cable-Management Accessories

Schroff has introduced a new networking cabinet that can be specified with a comprehensive range of accessories to enable the implementation of an orderly and reconfigurable cable-management solution. Known as Varistar NET from Schroff, the new cabinet uses a closed rolled-steel frame construction that not only provides a high load-bearing capacity but also has smooth, rounded edges to prevent damage to Cat 6 and optical-fiber cabling.

Designed to maximize the available cabling space by removing all obstructions to the cable paths, the cabinet comes in two versions—one with a single 19-inch plane and the other with two 19-inch planes and a base plinth. Varistar NET offers a choice of slim-line or heavy-duty frames for static load-bearing capacities of 400 kg or 800 kg respectively, and it is available in a variety of sizes ranging from 1200 to 2200 mm in height, from 600 to 1000 mm in depth, and in widths of 600 or 800 mm.

The line-up of cable-management accessories includes plastic or steel 100 mm-square cable hoops that simply clip into the cabinet frame, cable ducting, optic-optic cable brackets, C-rails and associated clips, cable support rails, cable panels and cable ladders—all of which have been designed for quick and easy installation into the cabinet. To complement Varistar NET, Schroff also offers a server cabinet—Varistar Server—and together they provide a complete and integrated datacom solution. Full technical specifications of the Varistar NET cabinet can be found in Schroff’s Datacom, Server and Cabling Cabinets’ catalog or online at www.schroff.co.uk.

Schroff, Warwick, RI. (401) 732-3770. [www.schroff.us].

Two New 6U VMEbus Single Board Computers Offer Core2 Duo

Acknowledging the increasing importance of I/O connectivity in today’s demanding applications for embedded computing, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced the V7768 and V7769 6U VMEbus single board computers. The two new boards, which extend the company’s established VME64 roadmap, also provide evidence of the company’s commitment to supporting the latest Intel processors and mobile chipsets

Both single board computers offer the Intel Core2 Duo processor operating at 2.16 GHz and the Mobile Intel 945GME Express Chipset. The dual slot V7769, which provides dual SAS (Serial-Attached SCSI) connectors on the front panel, can optionally be configured with an onboard 2.5” SATA hard drive. It features three PCI-X PMC slots, allowing for maximum user-defined connectivity. The single slot V7768 can also be expanded via the PMC237 mezzanine board to provide legacy PMC functionality.

The V7768 and V7769 are the first products from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms to leverage the power of Intel’s dual core architecture in conjunction with the Universe II PCI-to-VME bridge from Tundra Semiconductor. This provides not only an easy, software-compatible upgrade path for existing users of the VME64-based V7750, V7751, V7805 and V7851, but also a range of solutions that offer significant choice in terms of price/performance.

Up to 4 Mbytes of Level 2 cache and up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2 SDRAM are provided by each board, as are two Gigabit Ethernet ports via the front panel. Two SATA ports, two serial ports, four USB 2.0 ports and PS/2 mouse/keyboard ports are also standard. Operating system support is provided for Windows XP, Windows Vista, VxWorks and Linux.

GE Fanuc Intelligent platforms, Charlottesville, VA. [www.gefanuc.com].

Starter Kit for Adding Digital Audio to Embedded Designs

A Starter Kit for developing digital audio using Microchip dsPIC DSCs comes with complete development software and hardware including the USB-powered Digital Signal Controller (DSC) board with integrated debugger and programmer. The board is populated with a 40 MIPS dsPIC33FJ256GP506 DSC, which has 256 Kbytes of flash program memory and 16 Kbytes of RAM, a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and peripherals that support audio pulse-width modulation (PWM). Additionally, the board has 4 Mbits of serial lash memory to store audio messages and a 16-/24-/32-bit audio CODEC with sampling frequencies up to 48 KHz. The demo board also includes a 100 mW headphone amp, and microphone and line level inputs, along with a sample program for recording custom audio content.

All of these features demonstrate the potential of dsPIC DSCs, while showing how easy it can be to add high-fidelity audio to embedded designs. This Starter Kit’s integrated debugger/programmer makes entering the world of digital audio singularly simple. Packaged with Microchip’s tools—the MPLAB IDE, MPLAB C30 Student Edition C compiler, and hardware debugging and programming solutions—this new kit contains everything needed for dsPIC DSC code development at the lowest possible cost. The MPLAB Starter Kit for dsPIC DSCs (part # DM330011) is available today for $59.98.

Microchip Technology, Chandler, AZ. (888) 628-6247. [www.microchip.com].

Micro PCs Target Decentralized Control Applications

A family of ultra-compact computer systems for decentralized control applications is based on the 3.5” single board MSB800 computer from Digital-Logic with all its interfaces. The three members of the family are the MPC21, MPC21A and MPC21B. In addition to the functions of the MSB800, the MPC21 has two COM ports (1x external, 1x internal), one LPT interface and a PCI/104 slot available. The video input allows connecting a camera. A MiniPCI socket permits the integration of WLAN or field buses. In addition to the functions of the MSB800, the MPC21A system features four COM ports, one LPT interface, four relay outputs and four optically isolated inputs. As an option, COM3/4 can be fitted with a galvanized, isolated RS-422/485 interface. The MiniPCI socket also serves for the integration of WLAN or field buses. Beyond the functions of the MSB800, the version MPC21B has two COM ports, one LPT interface and two CAN ports with galvanic isolation. In this model the MiniPCI socket allows the integration of WLAN. All computers are able to boot from CompactFlash, LAN, USB or the optionally integrated 2.5” 40 Gbyte hard drive.

The MSB800 board contains an AMD Geode LX800 processor running at 500 MHz. As a chipset the SBC uses the Geode CS5536. The main memory can be equipped with DDR RAMs from 256 Mbytes up to 1 Gbyte. The 3.5” SBC provides all common PC interfaces, two 100/10Base-T-Ethernet LAN ports, four USB 2.0 interfaces and VGA. In addition, there are a stereo I/O and a P-ATA hard disk interface. For display, the systems use the video controller integrated within the LX800 processor. This controller has a 16 Mbyte (UMA) video memory and supports VGA resolutions.

Housed in robust metal cases, the miniature computer systems fit in dimensions of only 165 mm x 110 mm x 46 mm (WxDxH). The systems require no cooling fan, relying solely on passive cooling techniques. This makes them a suitable solution for reliable, cost-effective long-term operation in industrial and commercial applications. MPC21/21A/21B run with all PC-compatible operating systems, such as Windows XP, QNX, Linux, etc. and work with any application software written for PCs. Power is supplied directly with 12/24V or with a 110/220V power supply. Designed for low power consumption (typically 10 watts), the systems operate within the temperature range of -25°C to +70°C.

Digital-Logic, Luterbach, Switzerland.
+41 (0)32 681 58 40. [www.digitallogic.com].

Core 2 Duo Processor Comes to PICMG 1.0 Systems

Now making its debut on PICMG 1.0 boards, the Intel Core2 Duo processor is built into the PCI-759 PICMG 1.0 slot CPU board from Kontron. The long-lifetime PCI-759 offers high processor performance at an attractive price/performance ratio for industrial-grade embedded applications such as process control, test & measurement and vision systems. The PCI-759 is a good choice for PCI and/or ISA-based, cost-sensitive embedded applications that rely on multiple application-specific I/O cards and require high data processing performance without the need for high-speed PCI Express features. Based on the Intel Core2 Duo processor up to the E6400 (2 x 2.16 GHz) and a TDP of only 65 watts, applications benefit from double the performance with power consumption similar to a Pentium-4. Since the PCI-759 conforms fully to the PICMG 1.0 specification, upgrading existing systems is quick and easy. The price/performance ratio also makes the PCI-759 the perfect fit for cost-sensitive applications.

Designed around the Intel 945G chipset with 1066 MHz front side bus and Intel ICH7 I/O controller hub, the Kontron PCI-759 slot-CPU board offers scalable processor performance based on the Intel LGA7555 socket up to the E6400 (2 x 2.16 GHz) Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Support for up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2 dual-channel RAM boosts performance even further. Application flexibility is provided by a range of I/O interfaces: 4 x 3 Gbit/s SATA II for fast hard drive access, 2 x GbE (internally connected via PCI Express x1 to the southbridge for optimal data throughput), 7 x USB 2.0, one parallel and two serial interfaces. Additional interfaces can be implemented via the mini-PCI Type IIIA connector. Kontron offers additional assemblies for LAN, WLAN and SCSI.

The integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics Media Accelerator supports VGA resolutions up to 2048x1536. There is also 24-bit LCDS via DVO that supports resolutions up to 1600x1200. Furthermore, an integrated onboard socket for a Compact Flash module makes it possible to build maintenance-free systems without rotating non-volatile memory. The PCI-759 PICMG 1.0 board is available with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Linux software packages. Additional operating systems are possible on a project basis.

Kontron, Poway, CA. (858) 677-0898. [www.kontron.com].

High-Availability Management Solution Includes DSP Management

A new middleware platform for building carrier-grade network equipment provides a number of key features that enhance service availability, including a full implementation of the SA Forum’s Availability Management Framework (AMF), support for in-service upgrades, and the ability to manage DSP farms in the user plane. Enea Element 3.0 provides core services for instrumenting, monitoring and synchronizing applications spread across multiple operating systems and processors. It also provides network supervision, fault management and shelf management services that make it easier to monitor, repair, configure and upgrade live systems as they operate in the field.

Enea Element 3.0 enhances fault management flexibility and maximizes up time by providing full support for the SA Forum Availability Management Framework, the most mature component of the SA Forum’s Application Interface Specification. Included are new redundancy models for 2N, N + M, N-way and N-way-active configurations, fail-over modes that enable active and stand-by components to reside on the same or different nodes, and flexible, configurable, “health monitoring” capabilities. Developers can now map the best redundancy model to their application, thereby reducing development time and cost, and enhancing performance.

Element 3.0’s in-service upgrade feature also reduces downtime associated with system upgrades by providing the ability to selectively load and restart individual components (and other affected nodes) in a coordinated fashion on a system-wide basis, thereby increasing service availability and simplifying both upgrades and system maintenance.

Element 3.0 provides full support for the Enea Platform, which features DSP management and debug services such as start up and configuration, monitoring, event notification, logging, tracing, diagnostics, statistics and remote debugging. This integrated management solution, the first of its kind to span both the “control plane” and the “user plane,” provides fault detection, DSP core isolation, recovery, coordinated restart and notification features that enable DSP failures to be contained and repaired—limiting packet loss and network degradation.

Enea, San Jose, CA. (408) 383-9480. [www.enea.com].

6U CompactPCI Express Carrier Brings PCIe I/O Boards into CompactPCIe Systems

A 6U CompactPCI Express (CPCIe) carrier board allows the use of a PCIe I/O board in a CPCIe system. OEMs can now access the growing supply of PCIe I/O boards on the market today and use them in their latest CPCIe systems. Introduced by One Stop Systems, this Type 2 board supports a PCIe short card, usually in PCIe x8, x4 and x1 configurations. While the carrier board is equipped with a PCIe x16 connector, it communicates at x4 speeds. Most PCIe boards, though rated at x16 or x8, will “train” down to x4 or x1 speeds. This allows the carrier board to be used universally as long as the board fits into the short card form factor.

The 6U CPCIe carrier board is a part of One Stop’s larger family of CPCIe products, including switchboards, backplanes, CPU boards, chassis and I/O boards. One Stop Systems designs and manufacturers an array of standard, custom and semi-custom boards and has determined that the supply of PCIe add-in cards on the market is still growing. The carrier board addresses the need for more compatible products for CompactPCIe, making it attractive to OEMs. The 6U CPCIe Carrier Board lists for $575 and is available immediately.

One Stop Systems, Escondido, CA. (760) 745-9883. [www.onestopsystems.com].

48-Bit Digital Input Board for UEI’s Cube and RACKtangle Series

A series of high-density digital input boards, the DNA-DIO-448 and DNR-DIO-448 from United Electronic Industries, are compatible with UEI’s Cube and RACKtangle I/O chassis respectively. The boards read all 48 bits at sustained rates in excess of 1 kSample/s. Input switching levels and hysteresis are software selectable from 0 - 28 VDC with 25 mV resolution. As part of UEI’s Guardian Series, the boards use an A/D input approach that offers a great deal of input flexibility. A diagnostic input mode measures the analog voltage at each input, allowing quick and accurate detection of short and open circuits as well identifying marginal or failing drive circuitry. The analog input capability is also a powerful installation, diagnostic and data acquisition tool.

Software for the DNA-DIO-448 is provided in the UEIDAQ Framework. The Framework provides a comprehensive, easy to use API that supports all popular programming and operating systems including Windows, Vista, Linux and most real-time operating systems (e.g., QNX, RTX, RT Linux). The board is fully supported by LabVIEW, MATLAB/Simulink, DASYLab or any application supporting ActiveX, OPC or Modbus TCP control. Pricing for the DNA-DIO-448 (Cube version) is $1,200 and for the DNR-DIO-488 (RACKtangle version) is $1,350.

United Electronic Industries
Walpole, MA.
(508) 921-4600.
[www.ueida