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PXI Controller Combines Mobile Intel GME956 Chipset with Core 2 Duo T7500

A PXI controller combines the latest Intel Core2 Duo T7500 2.2 GHz processor Mobile Intel GME965 chipset and 4 Gbyte 667 MHz DDR2 memory to provide performance for high-end test and measurement applications, including RF testing, sound/vibration analysis and automatic optical inspection. The PXI-3950 from Adlink Technology is also designed with the combination of Mobile Intel GME965 chipset, which supports the latest Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor. It provides an overall 10 to 15 percent performance improvement over the GM945/T7400 configuration through faster CPU and memory clocks and greater front-side bus bandwidth.

In addition, the PXI-3950 incorporates a dual Gigabit Ethernet port configuration, which allows the use of one GbE port for LAN connectivity and the other port for a determinative bandwidth and latency connection with LXI instruments. The PXI-3950 is an ideal controller for Adlink’s PXIS-2558T 8-slot 3U PXI chassis, which includes an embedded 8.4” LCD touch panel screen and features smart chassis status monitoring and control, an operating temperature of 32-131°F, a quiet 41.6 dBA operating noise level and a lightweight 13-lb rigid construction for both bench-top and portable test and measurement applications. The PXI-3950 system controller has a list price of $3,650. The PXI-2558T portable chassis is also available at a list price of $2,495.

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

5.7-Inch TFT Touchscreens Offer Sunlight Readability

Displays used by those deployed in rugged environments need more than the ordinary display technology. Feeding such needs, Phoenix Display International (PDI) has introduced a new line of sunlight-readable 5.7-inch TFTs with QVGA (320 x 240) resolution. The sunlight-readable 5.7 QVTA TFT module offers improved contrast, color saturation and response time over CSTN products. PDI also offers the 5.7 QVGA as a standard transmissive module with or without a touchscreen.

PDI achieves sunlight-readable performance by manufacturing the TFT cell using high-aperture panel technology, high-transmittance color filters and a unique anti-reflective polarizer scheme. The result is a clear and extremely bright display that is ideal for high ambient light or outdoor, high-brightness applications.

PDI’s sunlight-readable model of the 5.7-inch QVGA TFT (model no. PDI-T320240SR-5.7) is illuminated with high-intensity white LEDs and offers brightness of 300 cd/m2 (typical). The unit features a contrast ratio is 400:1 and a response time of 15 ms. This model also utilizes the HX8218A (Source) and HX8615A (Gate) drivers from Himax. In 1,000 quantities, Phoenix Display offers the 5.7-inch QVGA transmissive at $62.50 each, the transmissive with touch model at $71.85 each and the sunlight-readable model at $87.25 each.

Phoenix Display International, Tempe, AZ.,

(630) 359-5700. [www.phoenixdisplay.com].

VXI Card Provides up to 0.005-Degree Accuracy

VXI remains the proven choice for VME-compatible instrumentation work. Supporting that area, North Atlantic Industries (NAI) offers a high-density, DSP-based, single-slot VXI card whose modular design provides up to four synchro/resolver instrument-grade measurement channels and up to four synchro/resolver instrument-grade stimulus channels; or up to eight synchro/resolver embedded-grade stimulus channels; and up to six programmable reference supplies. All functions of the 65CS4 are independent, user-programmable for either synchro or resolver format, and may be formatted for single-speed or multi-speed applications. The unit also incorporates an internal wrap-around self-test function that does not require external hardware or software.

Synchro/resolver instrument-grade measurement and stimulus accuracy is to within 0.005 degrees. Embedded-grade stimulus accuracy is to 0.015 degrees. Instrument stimulus and reference outputs provide 2.2 VA of drive and are programmable from 47 Hz to 10,000 Hz. The 65CS4 is available with an operating temperature range of 0° to +50°C. Pricing for 100 pieces starts at $10,000 each.

North Atlantic Industries, Bohemia, NY. (631) 567-1100. [www.naii.com].

UDE 2.4 for Freescale MPC5510 32-bit MCUs with Unlimited Multicore Debugging

A Universal Debug Engine (UDE) supports Freescale’s MPC5510 Power Architecture 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) family. The high-performance automotive MCUs, with an operating frequency of up to 80 MHz, are–depending on the device type–provided with: one or two Power e200z cores, up to 1 Mbyte of flash with error correction coding (ECC) and up to 64 Kbytes of SRAM. Moreover, the MPC5510 family of devices–designed specifically for use in body electronics–provides extensive communication interfaces (FlexRay, MultiCAN, LIN), DMA, low-power mode and additional typical peripheral units such as timer, analog-digital converter, etc.

One of the important aspects is the modular construction of the UDE from PLS Development Tools, which allows real multicore debugging within one user interface. This is particularly useful with the dual-core versions of MPC5516 and MPC5514. For example, the four code breakpoints and two watch points per core, which are supported via on-chip hardware, can be used by the developer diretly in the program and watch window of the corresponding core. All further on-chip trigger options of the MP5516 are also fully supported by the Universal Debug Engine 2.4 (UDE 2.4). In the process, the debugger automatically allocates the necessary on-chip debug resources.

The connection to dual-core devices, such as the MPC5516, typically takes place via a single JTAG interface. In combination with PLS’ Universal Access Device 2+ (UAD2+), download rates of up to 1 Mbyte/s can be achieved with the UDE 2.4. This guarantees users of the MPC5510 family a fast flash programming and also a short turnaround time during development. The existing Nexus unit on all devices of the MPC5510 family enables memory access by the debugger during run-time. For example, this feature can be used for real-time visualization of variables and expressions of them to represent measured values. Furthermore, in this way, a virtual input/output interface is implemented via the JTAG debug channel.

The core architectures Power e200z1 and Power e200z0 support variable length encoding (VLE). This alternative instruction set consists of 16-bit and 32-bit wide instructions and enables a high code density. The Universal Debug Engine provides transparent use of VLE. An additional feature is the support of the most important compilers. Freescale’s CodeWarrior for MPC55xx devices as well as Wind River’s PowerPC Compiler and the GNU implementation can be used together with PLS’ UDE 2.4.

PLS Development Tools, San Jose, CA.
(408) 451-8408. [www.pls-mc.com].

Rugged, Fanless PC/104 Card Sports Pentium M

A PC/104 module tackles space-constrained, power-constrained applications. MPL has rolled out its MIP10, a fanless PC/104 solution with a standard wide temperature range from -20° to +60°C as well as in extended temperature. The solution is also available with conformal coating. The MIP10 is a complete Industrial PC on a footprint smaller than two credit cards. The design is based on the Intel Centrino Mobile Technology. The Board incorporates the low-power embedded Pentium M 1.4 GHz with 2 Mbyte L2 cache. The MIP10 comes with a full set of PC features including Gbit Ethernet.

The board provides soldered-on CPU and ECC protected SDRAM, Compact Flash slot and SATA interface. Also included are two serial ports integrated next to four USB ports. The MIP10 can be expanded for all requirements over PC/104 as well as PC/104-Plus. All interfaces are available on lockable headers to ensure a safe connection even in areas where vibrations cannot be avoided. The MIP10 is designed from scratch to operate under extreme and normal conditions without the need of fans or without de-rating or throttling. The MIP10 is rugged enough to be used in any application.

MPL, Dättwil, Switzerland. +41 56 483 34 34. [www.mpl.ch].

DC/DC Modules Provide 28V Input, Up to 225W

Applications deployed in the field and in industry increasingly call for unique and highly reliable converters with multiple independent outputs. Martek Power Abbott has announced the addition of two high-power, multichannel models to the 28V Input DC/DC converter family. The new models, CB150D and CB225T, are available at 2 VDC, 3.3 VDC, 5 VDC, 5.2 VDC, 12 VDC, 15 VDC, 24 VDC and 28 VDC outputs, expanding the choice of output power of the CB series DC to DC power converter to a range of 5 to 225W.

Measuring 2.28 x 2.90 x .0.50 inch (57.9 x 73.7 x 12.7 mm) in size, the CB150D is a 150W device with two independent 75W output channels. The CB225T, measuring 2.28 x 4.35 x 0.50 inch (57.9 x 110.5 x 12.7 mm) in size, is a triple output module with three independent 75W output channels. Both DC/DC converters feature a wide input range of 16 to 40 VDC and a power density of 45W/in3. These together with full specified performance over an operating temperature range of 55° to +100°C from no load to full load make the two new models unique in the mission-critical market segment. Pricing of the CB150D and CB225T in the quantity of 50 to 99 are $495 and $675 respectively.

Martek Power Abbott, Torrance, CA.
(310) 202-8820. [www.martekpowerabbott.com].

RadHard Transceiver Supports Multipoint RS-485

A high-reliability, radiation-hardened, general-purpose, high-speed, balanced interface is targeted for multipoint applications. The RadHard ACT4485 monolithic dual transceiver from Aeroflex addresses multipoint data transmission in RS-485 applications. The ACT4485 meets the requirements of the TIA/EIA-485 Standard, which specifies low-voltage differential signaling drivers and receivers for data interchange across half-duplex or multipoint data bus structures.

The ACT4485 has several features that support the high-reliability application. The receiver has a fail-safe condition that guarantees a high output state when the bus is open or shorted. The driver maintains high impedance in tri-state or with power off supporting up to 32 bus transceivers connected to the bus. Manufactured in Aeroflex Plainview’s Mil-PRF-38534-certified manufacturing facility, the transceiver is built with Dielectrically Isolated Bipolar technology, operates at -55° to +125°C and is screened in accordance with MIL-PRF-38534, Class K. The ACT4485 is $599 in lots of 100. Prototypes and production units are currently available.

Aeroflex, Colorado Springs, CO. (719) 594-8035. [www.aeroflex.com].

COM Express Module Enables Ultra Mobile, Internet-Connected, Battery-Powered Apps

A low-power COM Express type 2-compatible design is based on the Intel Atom processor Z500 series with the new Intel System Controller Hub (SCH) US15W. The Express-MLC COM Express module from Adlink Technology is a highly integrated off-the-shelf building block based on PCI Express bus architecture that plugs into custom-made, application-specific carrier boards. Express-MLC allows for innovative designs in the area of mobile and “light” computing needs, including: portable and mobile equipment for the automotive and test and measurement industries; visual communication in the medical field, such as home care and video conferencing; entry level public gaming devices; and public points of communications. Using the Intel Atom processor and Intel SCH US15W chipset, developers can rely on a wide variety of mainstream software applications and middleware that will run unmodified and full function on this platform and that end users are familiar with already.

Although much smaller, Intel’s Atom processor shares the same architecture as the new Intel Core 2 Duo processors and additionally supports Hyper-Threading Technology, a feature earlier introduced with the Intel Pentium 4 processor, allowing more than one code thread to be executed simultaneously on a single core processor. The Intel SCH US15W, the single chip chipset accompanying the Intel Atom processor, offers an integrated 3D graphics core with dual independent display support on either the integrated 24-bit LVDS or through dual SDVO extension. The true power of the US15W’s graphic core, however, resides in the built-in video hardware decoding that offers acceleration for MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264, WMV9 and VC1. The integrated hardware decoding enables the system to achieve high transfer rates under very modest CPU loading.

The Express-MLC will be available in a “basic” version that simply supports the feature set Intel Atom processor with the new Intel System Controller Hub US15W. The basic version supports two PCI Express x1, LVDS, SDVO, 8x USB2.0, SDIO, Audio and LPC-bus. The same module is also available with as an “Extended” feature set and offers in addition to the basic features: PCI bus, PCIe-based Gbe LAN and PCIe-based SATA.

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

NVIDIA G73M Graphics Climb Aboard XMC

Graphics processing silicon developed for the gaming realm are used extensively in graphics implementations for industrial, communications and public information applications. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has announced its first NVIDIA G73M-based graphics display control card, the XMC-710 XMC mezzanine module. This new COTS graphics card is the company’s first designed to the new advanced XMC (VITA 42.3) open standard architecture, and is designed for use in VME, VPX and CompactPCI systems.

The XMC-710 graphics accelerator provides dual output and video capture capability. The card is powered by the NVIDIA G73M supported with a 128-bit local frame buffer interface with up to 512 Mbyte DDR2 frame buffer. To support customers with unique requirements, the XMC-710 was designed to adapt to and interoperate easily with different systems. An example of this built-in flexibility is the card’s I/O mapping architecture, which simplifies adaptation to a specific host card’s unique pinout configuration to ensure optimal I/O routing and video signal integrity. This flexibility enables system integrators to cost-effectively deploy the XMC-710 on third-party basecards. Pricing for the XMC-710 starts at $4,580. Evaluation units are available now, with production unit availability scheduled for Q2 2008. Both air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions, according to CWCEC ruggedization guidelines, are available.

Curtiss-Wright Controls
Embedded Computing,
Leesburg, VA. (703) 779-7800.
[www.cwcembedded.com].

Rugged High-Speed, Dual-Channel 16-Bit Digital Receiver Sports Virtex-5 FPGAs

A rugged and compact high-speed, dual-channel 16-bit digital receiver XMC/PMC mezzanine card supports analog sampling rates of 160 Msps and speeds the integration of high-performance signal acquisition into rugged deployed COTS VPX, VME and CompactPCI subsystems. Designed for demanding signal acquisition applications, the XMC-E2201 from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is suitable for use in radar, software defined radio (SDR) and signal intelligence (SIGINT) platforms.

Based on twin Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs, the XMC-E2201 combines input bandwidth in excess of 700 MHz, industry leading signal-to-noise ratio rated at >77 db, and high spectral purity. This small form factor mezzanine card delivers high dynamic range for sophisticated digital signal processing. Its twin FPGA architecture dedicates one “DSP” Virtex-5 FPGA for high-speed acquisition of the dual analog channel inputs. This FPGA also features 16 Mbytes of ZBT RAM memory and may be optionally configured with dual GC4016 Graychip co-processors to enhance its built-in DSP capabilities. The card’s second “Command & Control” FPGA provides high-speed I/O, including 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X. An eight-lane PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect provides direct high-speed off-board data throughput rates up to 2.5 Gbytes/s. The board, which currently supports FPGAs rated at 160 Msps, is designed to support 180 Msps devices when they become available in the second half of 2008.

To ease the integration and development of signal acquisition applications, the XMC-E2201 is supported with a Firmware Development Kit (FDK) that includes VHDL modules for interfacing the card’s ADCs, DDC, control FPGA and local bus to the user FPGA. Additional software support includes device drivers that are available for VxWorks and Linux operating environments.The XMC-E2201 is designed to operate in rugged environments and is available in a range of air- and conduction-cooled formats. Pricing starts at $9,620.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA. (703) 779-7800. [www.cwcembedded.com].

PMC Pair Targets Graphics and Comm Applications

PMC remains the most popular mezzanine module standard used in the board-level computing industry. Because of this continued popularity, Cornet Technology is offering the CPMC-722 and CPMC-DSCC, the first of the company’s PMC offerings. The CPMC-722 (shown) offers a variety of graphics display options for CRTs and LCDs. The board’s 8 Mbytes of internal SGRAM video memory improves the graphics controller performance by making the read/write process more efficient. It supports up to 1280 x 1024 x 24-bit color resolution, which is ideal for viewing on 19-inch monitors. For those requiring advanced graphical display applications, the CPMC-722 comes with a 128-bit 2D/3D floating-point rendering engine for enhanced precision display. The CPMC-722 is available now. Price starts at $600. An extended temperature version is also available.

The CPMC-DSCC provides up to 10 Mbits/s for synchronous and 2 Mbits/s for asynchronous communication transfers. The board supports a full range of protocols including HDLC, SDLC, LAPB, LAPD, PPP, ASYNC and BISYNC. The CPMC-DSCC is available now at a starting price of $800.

Cornet Technology, Springfield, VA.

(703) 658-3400. [www.cornet.com].

XMC Blends Four Channels of 24-bit A/D Conversion

A mix of fast, precise analog-to-digital conversion is key in applications where vibration, acoustic and high dynamic range measurements are required. A new XMC I/O module from Innovative Integration features four simultaneously sampling, sigma delta A/D channels. The X3-SDF device has programmable output rates up to 24 bits at 2.5 Msamples/s and 16 bits at 20 Msamples/s using the programmable filter in the ADC. The X3-SDF module was developed in response to requests for DC-accurate measurements with very wide dynamic range at sample rates up to 5 MHz.

A precision, low-jitter time base or external clock is used for sample rate generation. Sample rates up to 20 Msamples/s, with less than 10 kHz programmable resolution, are supported as well as external clocking. Trigger methods include counted frames, software and external triggering. Data acquisition control, signal processing, buffering and system interface functions are implemented in a Xilinx Spartan-3 1-million-gate FPGA. Two 1Mx16 memory devices are used for data buffering and FPGA computing memory. Quantity one pricing is $2,125.

Innovative Integration, Simi Valley, CA.
(805) 578-4260. [www.innovative-dsp.com].

Boundary Scan Platform Extends Analog/Mixed-Signal Test Capabilities

A new JTAG/boundary scan I/O Module (SFX-Module) features eight independent analog I/O channels with additional digital resources and supports application-specific in-system reconfiguration. The SFX-6308 module is a new addition to the hardware platform Scanflex from Goepel Electronic. The SFX-6308 provides four output channels with extended current yield of up to 200mA at ± 10V and four bipolar input channels with a range of ± 10V. All channels have a 12-bit resolution and can be disconnected from the UUT via relays. The module can be combined with any Scanflex controller (available for PCI, PCI Express, PXI, PXI Express, FireWire, USB and LAN). Standard features such as programmable range selection, external triggering and VarioCore technology make the SFX-6308 a versatile tool to test a variety of circuit functions, such as analog/digital converters, DC/DC transformers, digital/analog converters, digital potentiometers and extremely low-resistance input stages in interaction with boundary scan operations. The reconfiguration of the integrated module resources additionally allows the programming of complex dynamic I/O functions that can be run autonomously, further extending the achievable fault coverage.

SFX-6308 is fully supported in the industry-leading boundary scan software system Cascon from version 4.x on. Module configuration and handling of analog/digital test data are based on user-friendly CASLAN instructions. CASLAN is a powerful boundary scan programming language with several hundred commands supporting IEEE1149.1, IEEE1149.4, IEEE1149.6, IEEE1532 and JESD71 as well as mixed signal operations. By simultaneously using multiple SFX-6308 modules, the channel count can be extended as needed. The modules are automatically identified in System Cascon by the AutoDetect feature. Furthermore, System Cascon executes application-specific VarioCore module configurations based on user input.

Goepel Electronic, Jena, Germany. +49-3641-6896-739. [www.goepel.com].

1553 PC/104-Plus Card Boasts IRIG-106 Chapter 10 Support

1553 has graced just about every flavor of embedded form factor, and PC/104 is no exception. Exemplifying that trend, Data Device Corp. (DDC) has introduced newly enhanced Software Development Kits (SDK) for MIL-STD-1553 PC/104-Plus and PCI-104 cards. The SDK allows users to develop source code to simulate, monitor, or troubleshoot 1553 data buses with support for the latest versions of operating systems including VxWorks 6, Linux 2.6 and Windows 2000/XP. This SDK allows users to quickly integrate DDC’s 1553 cards into their “C” source code applications. A common SDK exists across all operating systems allowing the programmer portability across different 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-65578C PC/104-Plus card provides up to four dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 channels, five user-programmable digital discrete I/Os, selectable external or internal time-tag clock, and an IRIG-B time synchronization input. The card has an intelligent hardware offload engine that dramatically reduces PCI bus and host CPU utilization, while storing 1553 Monitor data in a convenient and portable IRIG-106 Chapter 10 file format.

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

Dual-Core PrAMC Configured for ATCA and MicroTCA

ATCA and MicroTCA are slowly but surely gaining traction in markets beyond the NEBS environment. Emerson Network Power has announced the PrAMC-6210, a next-generation AMC available for a volume price of under $2,000. Available in both full and mid-size versions for AdvancedTCA (ATCA), MicroTCA and proprietary architecture systems, the PrAMC-6210 is based on Freescale’s MPC8641D PowerPC dual-core processor.

Developed by the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power, the PrAMC-6210 is designed to provide modular, upgradeable, computing power. OEMs can use the PrAMC-6210 to boost the performance of their existing Power Architecture applications, such as protocol processing, packet processing, data management and I/O management, while lowering their total cost of ownership by consolidating hardware. To support high-speed packet data transfers on and off the card, the PrAMC-6210 features Gbit Ethernet and PCI Express interfaces to the carrier or backplane. With ever-increasing application and data transfer requirements, this combination of more traditional GbE interfaces and the emerging PCIe interface allows developers to easily migrate existing applications. Emerson expects PrAMC-6210 modules to be available in the second quarter of 2008.

Emerson Network Power.
Tempe, AZ. (800) 759-1107.
[www.emersonnetworkpower.com].

Low-Cost ATCA Blade Features Two Quad-Core Xeon Processors and Dual AMC Bays

A next-generation AdvancedTCA CPU blade features the latest Intel 5100 chipset, two quad-core LV-Xeon processors, and two AMC bays for enhanced performance, integration and flexibility. By incorporating Intel 64-bit extended memory technology, aTCA-6900 from Adlink Technology provides telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) with a cost-effective solution that offers increased memory capabilities, storage and connectivity options.

The aTCA-6900 series of CPU blades supports up to eight CPU cores. The series also supports a flexible Fabric Interface that includes dual 10GbE Fabric Interfaces, dual PCI Express Fabric Interfaces, dual Fibre Channel Fabric Interfaces, two mid-size AMC bays for I/O and/or storage expansion and an onboard 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch for flexible traffic routing. Through these features, aTCA-6900 series CPU blades offer both increased density and performance, while providing flexible I/O and storage options.

The aTCA-6900 features the latest Intel 5100/ICH9R chipset, with dual 64-bit dual dual-core 2.33 GHz LV-Xeon processors with 1.33 GHz FSB and up to 32 Gbytes of DDR2-667 REG/ECC. In addition to supporting the latest generation of Intel processors, the design also supports next-generation 45nm processors. A flexible riser card supports a variety of Fabric Interfaces including PICMG 3.1 option 1/2/4/7/9 or PICMG 3.4. The two single-width AMC.0 Mid-size AdvancedMC bays are compliant with AMC.1 P1, AMC.2 E2/Type4, AMC.3 S2. Onboard storage options include 4 Gbyte USB flash, 2.5” SATA/SAS HDD, AMC-mounted HDD and RTM-mounted HDD. Front panel I/O includes video, 3x USB 2.0, 2 x RJ-45 Ethernet, RJ-45 serial port.

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

Portable Interface Tool Links 1553 to USB

With over three decades under its belt, the venerable MIL-STD-1553 bus still dominates as an internationally accepted data bus standard for many military and aerospace platforms. For applications where data integrity and low latency are the priorities, MIL-STD-1553 is likely to remain the interface of choice. Meanwhile Fibre Channel, Ethernet and Extended 1553 top the list of possible upward migration paths from 1553. Although fundamentally an avionics bus, a wide variety of systems such as tanks, ships, missiles, satellites and even the International Space Station, rely on 1553.

National Hybrid Inc. (NHi), a division API Nanotronics, has developed an affordable, portable 1553 to USB interface. NHi’s 1553/USB Pocket Pal is a redundant 1553 BC/MT/RT Terminal with 64K words of internal ram. It interfaces to a 2.0-compliant USB port, enabling a laptop computer to function as an autonomous 1553 Work Station. Weighing less than 7 oz., and small enough to fit within a shirt pocket, allows the user to take this 1553 USB anywhere. NHi’s 1553/USB Pocket Pal features include: Hardware and Software development, Bus Exercisor, Bus Evaluation and Troubleshooting. Bus management and bus integrity analysis are also key applications for the Pocket Pal.

API Nanotronics, Hauppauge, NY.
(631) 582-6767. [www.apinanotronics.com].

Gigabit Managed Switch Delivers Redundant Ethernet

A compact and industrially hardened switch offers advanced traffic control for optimum network performance and security, along with rapid self-healing fiber-optic ring capabilities to ensure network uptime in adverse environments. The EKI-7656C 16+2 combo port industrial managed redundant Gigabit Ethernet switch from the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech features 16 Fast Ethernet (10/100Base-TX) and two combo gigabit (1000Base-T) ports, which support both copper (RJ-45) connections and optional industry-standard Small Form factor Pluggable (SFP) modules. This gives users the power and flexibility to configure the switch for their unique application requirements.

About the size of an “AA” battery, SFPs are available in single-mode and multi-mode fiber models, for fiber connections ranging from 500M to 110 km (1,800 feet to 68 miles). To meet the real-time, fault-tolerant needs of embedded networking, Advantech developed the ultra fast X-Ring, which in the event of a fiber cable fault or similar problem, switches to the backup connection in less than 10 ms, ensuring solid and reliable network communications. Ideal for demanding environments, the EKI-7656C features industrial-grade components, is designed to withstand extreme shock and vibration, and includes redundant 12 to 48 VDC power inputs.

Advantech Corporation, eAutomation Group.
Cincinnati, OH. [www.advantech.com].

Z500 Module Hikes Performance, Lowers Cost Down for Small, Low-Power Devices

A smaller, pin-out compatible variation of COM Express delivers manufacturing and size efficiency with the energy-efficient performance of the tiny but mighty new Intel Atom Z500 processor. The Procelerant Z500 from RadiSys is an 85 mm x 70 mm module compatible with the Type 2 COM Express pin-out. Manufacturers of handheld and mobile equipment for industrial automation, gaming, test & measurement and military applications now have an ultra-low-power module, based on the high-performance Intel Atom processor Z500 series. This new module enables equipment manufacturers to shrink devices, stretch battery life and increase processing performance while also cutting manufacturing costs.

The Procelerant Z500 module offers feature support specifically for handheld and mobile applications, such as 1 Gbyte memory, a MicroSD socket, a slim line profile and an extended input voltage range for battery power. In addition, the module incorporates General Software Embedded BIOS with accompanying design tools that supports fast and effective implementation of a smart battery subsystem and thermal management, further enhancing flexibility for mobile designs. The Procelerant Z500 module also adds capabilities to the highly integrated processor and chipset, such as SATA storage support and Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity. The size and price point of the Procelerant Z500 module also provides an attractive crossover point for customers looking for alternatives to legacy ETX designs.

RadiSys, Hillsboro, OR. (503) 615-1100. [www.radisys.com].

Low-Cost Evaluation Kits for PowerPC 460EX and 460GT Processors

Two low-cost, easy-to-use evaluation kits for its Power Architecture 460EX and 460GT processors accelerate customers’ system development time. The new evaluation kits from Applied Micro Circuits provide users with a comprehensive set of resources including custom-designed evaluation boards, industry-standard software development tools, sample applications, system-level benchmarks and hardware design files.

The “Canyonlands” 460EX evaluation board, with a 7” x 7” form factor, includes an AMCC 460EX processor operating at a clock frequency of 1.0 GHz. Other hardware features include 256 Mbytes of DDR2 SDRAM, 64 Mbytes of NOR flash, 32 Mbytes of NAND flash, two 10/100/1G Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 host port, a USB 2.0 OTG port, two PCI Express connectors, a PCI connector, a SATA connector, two serial ports, a JTAG connector and a trace connector. The NOR flash image includes Linux (2.6 kernel) and U-Boot boot firmware, both provided by Denx, along with a file system that incorporates a range of AMCC-developed sample applications, benchmarks and utilities.

The “Glacier” 460GT evaluation board has a similar feature-set, adding two additional 10/100/1G Ethernet ports in place of the SATA and USB ports that are present on the 460EX Canyonlands board.

The Resource CD included in the kits contains industry-standard benchmarks for use in processor performance analysis, such as TTCP, DBench, HINT, STREAM and MPEG-4. Once customers progress to the software development phase and before their own target hardware (prototype board) is available, the Resource CD offers a wide range of sample applications that can be used as a starting point for customers’ software applications, as well as various utilities to aid in system configuration. The 460EX and 460GT evaluation kits are configured with the Linux 2.6 kernel along with U-Boot boot firmware, both provided by Denx. The suggested distributor resale price for each kit is $995.

Applied Micro Circuits, Sunnyvale, CA. (408) 542-8600. [www.amcc.com].

GPS Receiver Works off Single Satellite

GPS receiver technology is becoming an increasingly popular feature in a wide range of mobile embedded applications. A high-performance, precision timing GPS module from U-blox is capable of a (compensated) time pulse accuracy of up to 15 ns and needs just one satellite to operate. The LEA-5T is a cost-efficient, compact and easy-to-integrate solution suited for telecom network synchronization such as UMTS, CDMA or the Chinese TD-CDMA, as well as for applications that need time-accurate data communication between geographically dispersed systems and devices such as NTP servers.

The LEA-5T features a time mode function whereby the GPS receiver assumes a stationary position, which can be programmed manually or be determined by an initial self-survey. Stationary operation enables GPS timing with only one visible satellite and eliminates timing errors that otherwise result in positioning errors. A built-in time mark and counter unit provides a globally synchronized time-stamping and time-measuring functionality useful in applications such as seismic sensors or other applications with wide-area synchronization needs.

The module is powered by the 50-channel, U-blox 5 positioning engine. With SuperSense KickStart weak signal acquisition technologies, U-blox 5 GPS chips and modules offer an acquisition and tracking sensitivity of -160 dBm that enables fast, uninterrupted operation, even in challenging, weak signal environments like indoor locations.

U-blox, Reston, VA. (703) 483-3180. [www.u-blox.com].

Compact Module Based on Intel Atom Processor Z500

An extremely low-power-consuming COM Express module features the brand new Intel Atom processor Z500 series and the Intel System Controller Hub US15W. The Conga-CA module is a 95 x 95 mm (3¾ x 3¾”)-sized COM Express module from Congatec that has a typical power requirement of less than 5 watts. Combining this with ACPI 3.0 battery management, ultra mobile embedded applications are now possible.

The Conga-CA supports up to two PCI Express Lanes, eight USB 2.0, two Serial ATA, one IDE Interface and Intel High Definition Audio. Two onboard SDIO sockets allow for flexible expansion. Additionally, it features PCI bus, multi master I²C bus, LPC bus, fan control and Gigabit Ethernet. The Conga-CA is available in two different CPU variants. The Conga-CA eco version is powered by the Intel Atom processor Z510 with 1.1 GHz and 400 MHz front side and memory bus. The high-end version is powered by the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor Z530 with 533 MHz front side and memory bus. Both versions are equipped with 512k L2 cache and can access up to 1 Gbyte onboard DDR2 memory.

The Intel System Controller Hub US15W features the Intel GMA500 graphics engine. This 3D-capable onboard graphics utilizes up to 256 Mbytes frame buffer and supports DirectX 9.0E and OpenGL 2.0. It also enhances video playback applications with the use of MPEG2 and MPEG4 hardware decoding. Graphic output provides either a 1x24 Bit LVDS channel or a single SDVO port. The Conga-CA implements the EPI (Embedded Panel Interface) standard allowing for automatic recognition of the attached flat panel display. Support for the new VESA standard named “DisplayID” will also be provided.

All Congatec modules are equipped with an embedded BIOS and a board controller that enhance embedded features such as system monitoring, watchdog timer and the I²C bus. With the ability to be isolated from the main x86 processor, these features are also available in stand-by mode, hence promoting further power saving functionality. In addition to enhanced power management, the Congatec Embedded BIOS supports ACPI 3.0 with battery management. The Conga-CA will be available starting in July 2008. The single-unit price based on the Intel Atom processor Z510 with 1.1 GHz is $320 U.S.

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

Integrated Fibre Channel over Ethernet Adapter with Hardware Offload

An integrated single-chip solution delivers Fibre Channel over lossless Ethernet (FCoE) functionality and can reduce the number of adapters, cables and switches while improving the total bandwidth available with the potential to consolidate all of the traffic types over the same Ethernet link. The ConnectX dual-port 10GigE “converged” NIC from Mellanox includes support for both TCP/IP stateless offload and Fibre Channel transport in hardware.

The FCoE hardware offload includes processing of all CPU-intensive FC and SCSI processing tasks as currently available in high-performance FC HBAs, avoiding per-packet processing in software. This improves performance across the entire fabric (Ethernet and Fibre Channel) delivering significantly higher IOPs, throughput with better CPU utilization and reduced latency for networking, storage and clustering applications. ConnectX EN dual-port FCoE adapters, with support for PCI Express 2.0, are available today with various media interconnect support including XFP, SFP+, CX4 and 10GBaseT.

Mellanox Technologies, Santa Clara, CA.
(408) 970-3400. [www.mellanox.com].

Smart Network Triaxial Piezoelectric Accelerometer Includes Programmability

A 3-axis piezoelectric accelerometer with a fully digital communication interface includes all electronics for analog signal conditioning, analog-to-digital conversion, digital signal processing and RS-485 network communications. The full scale range, filter corner frequencies and sample rates for the accelerometer are all programmable. The accelerometer from Vip Sensors provides data in engineering units, corrected over the operating temperature range to improve accuracy, and stores TEDS (transducer electronic data sheet) information for complete identification of each sensor connected to the network. The Smart Network is a multi-drop transducer communication bus with a high data throughput that supports high-frequency measurements and a high level of synchronization for all channels connected to the network. A Smart Network controller card and PC software is used to communicate with all sensors channels connected to the network, for sending commands to each sensor and receiving and storing sensor data.

Vip Sensors offers a range of Smart Network Sensors products and accessories in addition to the standard piezoelectric and voltage mode accelerometers, signal conditioners and cable assemblies. Shock and vibration calibration services are also available for all types of accelerometers.

Vip Sensors, San Clemente, CA.
(949) 429-3558. [www.vipsensors.com].

Real-Time Java VM Pico Provides Support for Wind River VxWorks

PERC Pico, a virtual machine for real-time Java, is now available for use with Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) and Wind River Workbench development suite. The joint offerings provide developers with the resources to design complex mission- and safety-critical software within large teams where modular design is essential. With PERC Pico, the same Java language advantages of portability, scalability and modularity can be designed into applications from top to bottom, thereby streamlining application development, debugging and ongoing program maintenance.

The PERC Pico development environment is geared toward the creation of resource-constrained and deeply embedded hard real-time applications and components, and is based on the emerging Java Specification Request (JSR-302) for development of hard real-time safety-critical code. PERC Pico allows Java developers to write low-level Java code such as device drivers and interrupt handlers, telecommunications control plane, and signal processing for multimedia. It offers a memory footprint measured in hundreds of kilobytes in comparison to the tens of megabytes required for other Java solutions as well as boasting performance, latency and determinism comparable to C.

PERC Pico 1.1, with Eclipse plug-ins, offers Java application developers plug-and-play access to the power and real-time characteristics of the VxWorks RTOS and Workbench Eclipse-based development toolset. PERC Pico analyzer, a new memory-use analysis tool, enables developers of real-time Java systems for the first time to statically analyze memory requirements and memory footprint implications associated with source-code changes without resorting to traditional test and debug activities. PERC Pico tools enforce programming disciplines that enable the PERC Pico analyzer to calculate the stack memory requirements for running threads. This kind of analysis and enforcement is extremely beneficial to development of deeply embedded, real-time systems where memory allocation and predictability are essential.

Aonix, San Diego, CA. (858) 824-0212. [www.aonix.com].

New LED Lightpipes from Elma Prevent Color Mixing

A new line of lightpipes from Elma Electronic provides distinct color output. The Elma lightpipes have optional barriers that prevent color mixing from adjacent rows. Each pipe in the LED array can block interfering light from other pipes. Sometimes these pipes are too close together and the colors can blend. The lightpipes have thin polycarbonate barriers, which not only block intruding light from other tube lanes, but also add strength. This is particularly important for lightpipes that are especially long. The result is clear, segregated color definition and a more rugged LED solution.

The barriers for the light-up protected LEDs are configurable. Customers have the flexibility to have barriers between some or all of the pipes, allowing the ability to mix and match. Slide covers that completely enclose the shaft of a lightpipe tube are also available. A slide cover allows only the end of the lightpipe tube to be seen and prevents light interference in all directions. Elma’s Lightpipes are approximately priced at $0.30/ea. in volume, depending on configuration.

Elma Electronic, Fremont, CA. (510) 656-3400. [www.elma.com].

Low-Power ARM Processor Board with StackableUSB

A network-ready controller on the 104 form factor comes with seven USB ports: five host ports through a StackableUSB connector and two separate client USB ports. The RCB1626 from Micro/sys is based on an ARM core and has dual network processing engines to drive the 10/100 BaseT Ethernet allowing embedded system users to offload networking tasks from a server, such as Ethernet filtering, which enables higher throughputs. The RCB1626 board is suited for remote, low-power applications since it consumes only 385 mA typical in its basic configuration. Applications ranging from industrial controllers to protocol converters to gateways can all be implemented on this ARM single board computer (SBC).

In addition to its networking features, the RCB1626 also features 24 digital I/O lines, eight readable DIP switches, eight LEDs for application use and four RS-232 serial ports, one RS-485 configurable. With 128 Mbytes of SDRAM and a 64 Mbyte resident flash array, high-performance control or data communications systems can be implemented with feature-rich operating systems without the need for external storage devices. There are board support packages available for Linux, Windows CE and VxWorks. The RCB1626’s Compact Flash socket supports storage devices as well as I/O devices, such as Wi-Fi cards. The basic RCB1626 starts at $450 in single quantity. An extended temperature (-40° to +85°C) version is also available.

Micro/sys, Montrose, CA,
(818) 244-4600.
[www.embeddedsys.com].

Low-Power, Large-Memory 16-bit USB MCU Family with OTG

A 12-member, 16-bit USB microcontroller (MCU) family comes with 2.6 µA standby current, large memory (up to 256 Kbyte Flash and 16 Kbyte RAM), and is the only 16-bit microcontroller family with integrated USB 2.0 device, embedded-host, dual-role and On-the-Go (OTG) functionality. The PIC24FJ256GB1 family from Microchip Technology makes it cost-effective and easy to add advanced USB features to embedded designs. Additionally, the integrated Charge Time Measurement Unit (CTMU) peripheral–along with the royalty-free mTouch Sensing Solution software development kit–enables designers to add a capacitive-touch user interface without any external components. When combined with Microchip’s free Graphics Software Library, engineers have access to a complete, USB-enabled and cost-effective user interface solution.

USB embedded host functionality and capacitive-touch interfaces have become critical elements for a large number of embedded designs, driven by the demand for increased user friendliness, upgradeability and expandability. Now, applications that previously required a high-end chip can utilize the cost-effective, low-power 16-bit PIC24FJ256GB1 family to easily incorporate both advanced USB OTG and capacitive-touch functionality. Additionally, Microchip provides complete software support, via free USB class drivers and USB applications. And, the PIC24FJ256GB1 has ample code space for these advanced applications, while providing up to four UARTs, three SPI ports and thee I2C ports to expand control capabilities and eliminate the space and cost of support chips.

The MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC24F comes with the USB-powered MCU board, the MPLAB IDE and MPLAB C30 C complier, documentation, sample projects with tutorials, schematics and 16-bit compatible peripheral libraries. Microchip also provides free source code for USB software stacks and class drivers to enable designers to get a head start on the development of their USB applications. Microchip’s free USB Host Stack, Device Stack, USB OTG Stack, Class Drivers (HID, MSD, CDC, Custom) and File Management software are available now. The 12-member PIC24FJ256GB1 family is offered in 64-, 80-, or 100-pin TQFP package options. Pricing starts at $3.47 each in 10,000 unit quantities.

Microchip Technology, Chandler, AZ.
(480) 792-7200. [www.microchip.com].

VPX SerDes Modules Directly Test Channel Compliance

With architectures moving to higher-speed Serial RapidIO, InfiniBand, PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet and other serial fabrics, it is increasingly important to measure the signal performance of the system. New SerDes Test Modules for VPX systems are being offered by Elma Electronic in partnership with DFT Microsystems. The SerDes modules are designed to plug into VPX backplanes and directly test the channel compliance. They can be used to test VPX switch and node cards and/or the backplane channels without requiring external equipment or special test fixtures.

Many Time Domain Reflectometers (TDRs) and Oscilloscopes in labs today cannot handle the massive density of high-speed serial signals used in architectures like VPX. Plugging directly into the backplane/chassis, the modules allow quick and easy characterization of the signals and eliminate the need for SMA connectors, cables and capital-intensive measurement hardware. With a USB connection to a laptop or desktop computer, it is easy to create Eye Diagrams, measure Bit Error Rates (BER) and jitter and more. Plus, the module kit includes software with a simple GUI interface. Within minutes, the user can plug the cards into the test chassis, connect the USB cable to a laptop, download the GUI software and begin measurements.

The first in the test module series is an 8-channel version for 6U cards. With a scalable design, configurations in 4-channel, 12-channel, or 16-channel are available upon request. Elma also offers an E-frame VPX test chassis with dedicated cooling and power options for VPX. The chassis is offered separately, but can be purchased together with the SerDes test cards. The SerDes test technology that is deployed in the VPX Test Modules is modular and can be affixed to various form factor carrier boards. So the modules can be designed for other architectures. A MicroTCA test card for AMCs is planned to be released in the summer of 2008. Pricing starts under $22,000 depending on configuration.

Elma Electronic, Fremont, CA. (510) 656-3783. [www.elma.com].

6U CompactPCI Express CPU Board Supports Five CPCIe Boards

Targeted for OEMs migrating from CPCI to CPCIe, a new 6U CompactPCI Express board supports up to five CPCIe add-in boards and four CPCI boards. The 6U CPCIe from One Stop systems offers two PCI Express x8 (PCIe) links plus four PCIe x4 links to the backplane while providing a Core Duo processor running at 1.66 GHz. The accompanying rear transition module (RTM) provides two Gbit Ethernet ports and two USB ports in addition to the one of each on the main board. In addition, the RTM supports a CompactFlash module and/or a 2-1/2” SATA hard drive using the hard drive mezzanine card. The main board also provides a video port to the onboard ATI Rage Mobility graphics controller in addition to one PMC site and one XMC site.

The 6U CPCIe CPU board provides the performance required to power all slots of One Stop Systems’ 8U hybrid CPCIe/CPCI platform. Six individually hot-swappable blowers provide superior cooling to all boards while a system monitor supplies data on the health of the system. The 6U CPCIe CPU board is competitively priced in OEM volumes at around $3,995, depending on the configuration.

One Stop Systems, Escondido, CA. (877) 438-2724. [www.onestopsystems.com].

PMC Modules Interface I/O to Virtex-5 FPGA Optimized for Ultra-High-Performance DSP

A set of new PMC-VSX modules features a DSP-optimized Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA that is reconfigurable for high-performance I/O processing and user-developed algorithmic computation. For fast data transfer in and out of the FPGA, the PMC-VSX from Acromag provides large banks of DDR2 DRAM and dual-port SRAM for high-speed DMA transfer to the PCI bus. A PCI-X interface ensures plenty of bandwidth to rapidly move data. An assortment of plug-in I/O extension modules offers flexibility to interface various analog and digital I/O signal types.

The PMC base card provides 64 LVDS I/O channels accessible via P4 rear connectors. Inserting optional front-connecting AXM I/O extension modules augments I/O processing capabilities with an efficient interface for 16-bit 105 MHz A/D conversion, CMOS digital I/O, RS-485 differential signals, or extra LVDS I/O lines. Typical uses include video, imaging, radar/sonar, electronic warfare, signal intelligence and communication processing.

This PMC module employs Xilinx’s VSX95T Virtex-5 FPGA with 95,000 logic cells and 640 dedicated 18 x 25 DSP48E slices. The DSP48E slice simplifies implementation of high-performance filters and complex math functions. These performance-tuned DSP engines perform up to 352 GMACs at 550 MHz for execution of the most compute-intensive algorithms.

For connectivity with real-time application programs, Acromag offers C libraries for VxWorks, QNX and other operating systems. The libraries provide generic routines (source code included) to handle reads, writes, interrupts and other functions. Demonstration programs enable the developer to quickly exercise the I/O modules before attaching the routines to the application program. This diagnostic tool can save hours of troubleshooting and debugging. Free Linux example programs are also available. Boards start at $6,750 with extended temperature (-40° to 85°C) and conduction-cooled models available.

Acromag, Wixom, MI. (248) 295-0310. [www.acromag.com].

VPX Card Boasts Quad FPGAs and Dual FMC Sites

A new FPGA processing engine with support for the new FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) standard integrates four Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs with two FMC I/O sites and VPX high-speed serial backplane connectivity, allowing I/O and processing capabilities in a single 6U slot. The FPE650 from VMetro is available in air-cooled and conduction-cooled rugged versions and is designed to tackle demanding digital signal processing applications such as electronic counter measures (ECM), signal intelligence (SIGINT) and electro-optics (EO).

At the heart of the FPE650 are four fully interconnected user-programmable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs. The FPGAs sites can be fitted with Virtex-5 SX95T, LX155T or FX100T platforms enabling the FPE650 to be optimized for DSP or logic-centric designs. Each FPGA has four directly connected banks of memory to maximize performance. Two of the FPGAs interface to four banks of 9 Mbyte QDR2 SRAM memory; the other two FPGAs interface to two banks of 9 Mbyte QDR2 SRAM memory and two banks of 640 Mbyte DDR2 SDRAM memory.

The balance of processing performance, modular I/O and VPX connectivity is important for demanding applications. The FPE650 allows sensor I/O or system data to be delivered directly to the FPGAs. The FPE650 is pioneering use of the new FMC I/O mezzanine standard, opening the door for a new generation of products, such as ADC and DACs, tightly integrated into the FPGA resources of the carrier board without the overhead of protocol translation required by other mezzanine standards.

The FPE650 addresses the I/O and data bandwidth requirements of high–performance digital signal processing applications with three interconnects features – through FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) sites for front panel I/O, through a non-blocking crossbar to help optimize the FPGA topology, and VPX/VITA 46 connections for backplane I/O. For front panel I/O, each FMC site has 68 differential signal pairs supporting 2 Gbit/s data rates per pair and four full duplex multi-Gbit/s connections to enable very large amounts of data to be moved between FMC modules and the onboard FPGAs. For onboard data movement, high-speed serial links from the FMC sites, the FPGA and the backplane are routed to a non-blocking crossbar switch. By configuring the crossbar switch, the connections between these resources can be configured specifically to meet application needs. For backplane I/O, each FPGA has two x4 full duplex multi-Gbit/s serial ports routed to the VPX backplane with each x4 port able to move over 1 Gbyte/s of data. The FPE650 also provides backplane parallel I/O directly connected to two of the FPGAs.

A Software and HDL development suite for the FPE650 is provided by VMetro, including IP blocks such as DMA and memory controllers and sophisticated examples and utilities for FPGA configuration and development. The majority of the resources on all the FPGAs are available for user applications.

VMetro, Houston, TX. (281) 584-0728. [www.vmetro.com].

FPGA Mezzanine Card Debuts as A/D Module

FPGAs keep gaining functionality and permeating designs, often in place of processors. Now an FPGA mezzanine card (FMC) has appeared in the form of an A/D module–not with FPGAs on it itself, but to specifically serve the I/O needs of FPGAs on a baseboard. The ADC510 from VMetro supports two Texas Instruments ADS5463 ADC devices with each device supporting a sampling rate up to 500 MSPS and providing 12 bits of digital output. The ADC device interfaces are routed to the FMC connector to enable an FPGA on a baseboard to directly control and receive data. There is a choice of sample clock sources for the ADC510 including an onboard source that supports sampling rates of 300, 320, 400 and 500 MSPS as well as the ability to utilize an external sample clock. Input and output triggers are provided to enable multiple ADC510 modules to be synchronized to increase the number of input channels.

FMCs address the needs of FPGA-centric I/O by enabling I/O devices that reside on an industry standard mezzanine card to be attached to, and directly controlled by, FPGAs that reside on a baseboard. The benefits of FMCs are a small footprint, reduced I/O bottlenecks, increased flexibility and reduced cost by removing redundant interfaces. An FMC module is about half the size of a PMC mezzanine module. To maximize data throughput and minimize latency, the FMC connector has many pins that support high-speed signals for moving data between the FMC and an FPGA on the baseboard. FMCs are ideal for high-speed analog I/O, digital I/O, fiber-optics, memory or even a DSP co-processor. VMetro makes available HDL example code for the ADC510 for integration into the HDL development suite for VMetro FPGA baseboards.

VMetro, Houston, TX. (281) 584-0728. [www.vmetro.com].

Mobile CAN Interfaces for USB with Linux Driver Support

A low-cost, single-channel USB-to-CAN compact and the dual channel USB-to-CAN II interface device includes a layer-2 Linux driver free of charge. This interface from IXXAT enables the development and the usage of customer-specific analysis, configuration and test applications on notebooks and other mobile systems. Due to the common driver interface, an adaptation of existing Linux applications to support the USB interfaces can be made very easily.

The Linux driver provides all functions necessary for the initialization of the CAN interfaces as well as for the transmission and reception of CAN messages. The easily configurable filter functions and message queues reduce the implementation effort considerably. The driver is delivered as source code and can be used flexibly by customer applications or adapted to specific customer needs. Besides Linux, IXXAT supports its interfaces with drivers for Microsoft Windows and VxWorks.

IXXAT, Bedford, NH. (603) 471-0800. [www.ixaat.com].

Smart Network Three-Channel IEPE Interface Module

A 3-channel IEPE interface module with a fully digital communication interface incorporates all electronics for analog signal conditioning, analog-to-digital conversion, digital signal processing and RS-485 network communications. In the Model 6006 from Vip Sensors, the gain and offset, filter corner frequencies, and sample rates for the accelerometer are all programmable. The module provides data in engineering units, performs self-testing functions of its electronics, and stores transducer electronic data sheet (TEDS) information for complete identification of each sensor connected to the network. The Smart Network is a multi-drop transducer communication bus with a high data throughput that supports high-frequency measurements and a high level of synchronization for all channels connected to the network.

A smart network controller card and PC software are used to communicate with all module channels connected to the network, for sending commands to each module, and receiving and storing sensor data. Vip Sensors offers a range of smart network sensors products and accessories in addition to the standard piezoelectric and voltage mode accelerometers, signal conditioners and cable assemblies. Shock and vibration calibration services are also available for all types of accelerometers. The company’s strength is in