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Extension Kit Expands Measurement and Automation Systems from a Laptop

A multi-slot ExpressCard-to-PXI extension system extends more PXI slots from an ExpressCard-based laptop computer via a shielded cable connection up to seven meters (23 feet) in length. PXI devices installed in the extension PXI chassis behave and work as if they are directly installed in the host system and do not require any additional driver or software installation. The EC-8560/PXI-8565 from Adlink Technology expands the I/O capability of measurement and automation systems from a mobile device such as laptop computer.

At the same time, it provides a ruggedized extension kit that can withstand high temperatures and harsh vibrations so that a host computer with an ExpressCard interface can both be located at a safe distance from such environment and directly control remote PXI devices. It also offers isolation to minimize the effect of high frequency interference from the CPU, memory, or chipset of host system on PXI cards

The EC-8560/PXI-8565 implements PCI Express-based control of PXI modules and consists of the EC-8560 ExpressCard extension card installed in a laptop computer, a shielded cable, and the PXI-8565 PXI remote extension card. The EC-8560 is in the ExpressCard/34 form factor, uses one x1 lane, and communicates with the extension PXI chassis via a shielded twisted copper cable. The PXI-8560 remote extension card then converts the PCI Express signal into a 32-bit/66 MHz PCI interface for additional PXI slots.

ADLINK, Irvine, CA. (949) 423-2354. [].

5-Volt 1553 Transformer Features Compact Footprint

For situations where data integrity and low latency are the priorities, MIL-STD-1553 still remains the interface of choice. Beta Transformer Technology is introducing the MLP-2205. It is a compact 0.4- x 0.4-inch footprint, 0.185-inch maximum height single channel transformer. A pair of MLP-2205 transformers can be used for dual channel applications yielding an overall footprint that is smaller than industry-available dual transformers. The MLP-2205 is available in ratios compatible with 3.3, 5, 12 and 15-volt transceivers.

The 0.185-inch height makes it particularly attractive for today’s smaller MIL-STD-1553 board topologies and it has ratios to meet both transformer-coupled and direct-coupled applications. The MLP-2205 uses a robust header-style design that meets all the requirements of the MIL-PRF-21038 specification. It operates over the full Mil-temp range of -55° to +130°C. This series is also available using tape and reel packaging.

Beta Transformer Technology, Bohemia, NY. (631) 244-7393. [].

PC/104-Plus Card Supports ARINC 429 and 717

The multi-function I/O subsystem trend is building steam in the design world. Ballard Technology has released its PM429-2, a PC/104-Plus-compliant card for ARINC 429 and ARINC 717 avionics databuses. The PM429-2 offers up to 16 ARINC 429 channels and 4 ARINC 717 channels on a PC/104-Plus platform. Another attractive feature of the PM429-2 is its universal API library, which allows developers to program software on a commercial or other Ballard product such as an Ethernet or PCI card and seamlessly import it to the PM429-2.

In addition to these capabilities, the PM429-2 provides an IRIG timer and 16 input / output avionics discrete I/O signals. The discrete I/O can be used as general-purpose I/O or as trigger inputs and sync outputs for protocol functions. The PM429-2 discrete output circuits are open-ground switches capable of sinking up to 200 mA and can withstand up to 35 VDC applied to the pin. The discrete I/O are capable of interfacing with industry standard avionics discrete signals.

Ballard Technology, WA.
(425) 339-0281.

Small, High-Performance Coaxial Resonator Oscillator in .38 x .38-in Package

A new coaxial resonator oscillator is packaged in the super-compact 0.380-in. x 0.380-in. x 0.220-in. SMD package, achieving 42% space savings over the standard 0.5-in x 0.5-in package. The CVCO38CC-3660-3700 from Crystek operates from 3660 MHz to 3700 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.3 VDC to 4.7 VDC. (The CVCO38CC family is available in models that operate from 2.2 GHz to 4.4 GHz in bands.) This coaxial VCO features a typical phase noise of -108.69 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity.

It exhibits an output power of +4.0 dBm typ. into a 50 ohm load with a supply of +5.0 VDC and a typical current consumption of 30 mA. Pushing and pulling are both minimized to 1.0 MHz/V and 2.5 MHz, respectively. Second harmonic suppression is -15 dBc typical. The CVCO38CC-3660-3700 is suitable for use in applications such as digital radio equipment, fixed wireless access, satellite communications systems and base stations. Pricing for the CVCO38CC-3660-3700 will start at $15 each in volume.

Crystek Ft. Myers, FL. (239) 561-3311. [].

Small FHSS Radio Module Boasts 60-Mile LOS Range

There are a growing number of applications where size, weight and power consumption are critical design issues–unmanned vehicles, robotics and portable devices–to name a few examples. Feeding that need, Intuicom has announced the C1000μ, a micro-sized, high-performance RF transceiver module for OEMs. This ultra-small, low-weight FHSS radio module enables long-range, networked LOS & BLOS datalink communications for embedded applications. The module features up to a 60-mile LOS range (extendable to “Beyond Line of Sight” with repeaters) with data rates up to 1.2 Mbit/s. The C1000μ is 2.00 x 1.42 x 0.38 inches in size and weighs 18 grams. The unit offers 128-bit AES encryption, secure 900 MHz Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology and is configurable as a master, slave, repeater, or slave/repeater. Its power consumption is a low 6 mA at 3.3 VDC in sleep mode and features -40° to +75°C operation.

For defense contractors desiring to bring their products to market on a “fast track” timeline, Intuicom offers engineering services for custom integration of the C1000μ into OEM systems. Intuicom has expertise in adding application-specific capabilities such as GPS Blue Force Tracking, sensor integration, and multi-port functionality that enables video, PTZ command and control, and remote position reporting from a single radio module. The C1000μ is offered in two configurations. Available in late Q2 ’08, the standard version provides up to 115 Kbit/s throughput for backward compatibility with legacy Intuicom infrastructure. The high-speed 1.2 Mbit/s version will begin shipping in Q4 ’08. Single unit pricing starts at $400.

Intuicom, Boulder, CO. (303) 449-4330.

30A Half-Brick DC/DC Converters Are 93% Efficient

Once treated as an afterthought, power system design is becoming a more critical issue in the eyes of system designers. They’ve come to realize that power supply efficiency can have a direct impact on system operations. Lambda has expanded its line of DC/DC converters with the launch of the new iHG series of 100W fully isolated, single output, half-brick devices. Providing exceptional thermal performance, using the industry standard half-brick footprint with no base plate, the modules are ideal for engineers designing low-airflow, high-temperature, 48V power systems. The initial product offering includes 5V/10A, 5V/20A and 3.3V/30A devices, with further products planned.

The single board construction combined with up to 93% efficiency delivers a very high level of useable power in convection-cooled environments, particularly where airflow rates are low. The iHGs operate over a wide input range from 36V to 75 VDC and feature a very wide output voltage adjustment/trim range from about 50% to 110% of its nominal output voltage. Operating temperatures can range from -40° to +125°C, measured at the module. Safety approvals for Lambda’s new iHG family include UL60950 (US and Canada), VDE 0805, CB scheme (IEC950) and CE Mark (EN60950). The iHG series is available now and priced from $62 each in 1k-unit quantities.

Lambda, San Diego, CA.
(619) 575-4400. [].

3.5-Inch SBC with Geode LX800 Processor Takes 10W

A 3.5-inch single-board computer (SBC) based on a 500 MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor is said to provide performance equivalent to that of an 800 MHz chip. To optimize cooling, the processor is located on the underside of the board, enabling a direct connection to the housing. So passive cooling does not have to be set up.

The new MSB800UL from Digital-Logic provides standard PC interfaces and an additional 10/100BASE T Ethernet LAN. In contrast to the PC/104-Plus cards, all interfaces are connected to standard plugs; this means low-cost, cable-free housing integration. The SBC uses the Geode CS5536 chip set. The main memory of the MSB800 can be equipped with SODIMMs in the range of 128 Mbytes to 1 Gbyte. The video controller that is integrated in the Geode processor supports VGA displays with up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. The video memory, with a maximum of 16 Mbytes, is UMA (Upper Memory Area) shared with the main memory. For optional assembly with solid-state memories, the SBC includes an EIDE CompactFlash type II slot. The MSB800UL facilitates individual expandability by an optional MiniPCI socket and two USB interfaces.

The SBC has dimensions of 146 mm x 102 mm x 20 mm (L x W x H) and weighs only 0.2 kg. It is compatible with every PC compatible operating system such as Windows XP, QNX, Linux, etc. and works with all application software written for PCs. The board allows booting the operating system from different media such as hard disk, CompactFlash, USB, or LAN. An integrated long-range power supply provides a voltage feed of 8V to 30V so that cost-effective power supply units can be used. Designed for low power consumption (typically 10 watts), the MSB800UL operates within the temperature range of 0° to +60°C. A MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) value of more than 200,000 hours confirms the high level of reliability and the long life cycle of the single board computer.

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

Solid State Disk PCI RAID Adapter Boasts High MTBF

A high-performance PCI 64-bit, 66 MHz, 4-channel SSD RAID adapter supports data rates of up to 533 Mbytes/s. The LT-PCI-CF from Lauron Technologies is a single-slot adapter available in 2 Gbyte to 128 Gbyte capacities and is populated with a fast, reliable Compact Flash module. Since the adapter houses all SSD memory, the LT-PCI-CF provides a single card solution for non-rotating media requirements.

The unit has an MTBF greater than 1,000,000 hours provided by built-in EDC/ECC and Wear Leveling algorithms. The endurance with Erase/Write Cycles is greater than 1,000,000. The benefit of the Built-in Flash SSD controller/bridge is that it supports Ultra DMA modes, which yield data transfers at speeds of up to 133 Mbytes/s per channel.

The LT-PCI-CF supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5 or JBOD. Stripping modes transfers data to all four channels simultaneously while mirror modes transfer data on both channels. The LT-PCI-CF is shipped with Windows and Linux Device drivers along with RAID management utilities. Delivery for the LT-PCI-CF is 2 weeks ARO.

Lauron Technologies, Naples, FL. (239) 431-6237. [].

1U Microchassis Aims at Rugged Apps

The 1U “pizzabox-style” form factor is quickly gaining popularity in a host of military applications. Triple E’s rugged 1U microchassis addresses inherent problems associated with electronic systems configured for military, aerospace and other harsh environment applications. The microchassis meets IEEE1101.10 and IEEE1101.11 mechanical requirements. Configured with VME64X, cPCI or PICMG 2.16 backplane, the unit allows for up to two 6U x 1.6 mm x 160 mm size boards in front, and two 6U X 1.6 mm x 80 mm direct plug-in rear transition boards. Weighing 10.75 lbs., the unit measures 19-in. rack mount (L-R) x 1.73-inches high x 11.25-inches deep. Construction features 0.036-inch thick zinc plated steel for structural integrity, durable powder coat finish and removable side walls for easy maintenance.

Unlike units with plastic card guides, this design features a patented all-extruded aluminum 901 Series card guide cluster providing exceptional stability to protect boards from vibration damage and maximum cooling airflow between slots to guard against heat buildup. The unit complies with UL, EN and CE safety specifications, and conducted and radiated EN Class B and EN ratings. Costs for units configured with cPCI backplane start at $1,650.

Triple E, Lowell, MA. (978) 453-0600. [].

3U CompactPCI-based Pre-Qualified, Pre-Configured Subsystem for Rapid Deployment

The first member of a new family of Packaged COTS (PCOTS) fully integrated rugged subsystems has been rolled out by Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. The new Power Architecture (PowerPC)-based Multi-Platform Mission Computer-9350p (MPMC-9350p) and Intel-based MPMC-9350i PCOTS subsystems are flexibly configured five-slot 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) subsystems housed in a sealed, lightweight, compact chassis fully preconfigured with power supply and a wide range of I/O. Designed for high availability in the harshest field conditions, the MPMC-9350p and MPMC-9350i deliver a fully qualified, off-the-shelf solution designed to speed deployment of critical applications for space, weight and power (SWaP) constrained platforms such as combat vehicles, helicopters and UAVs.

The MPMC-9350 has been designed to meet or surpass DO-160E Environmental Conditions for Airborne Equipment. It has successfully passed numerous environmental tests including Temperature, Altitude, Shock, Vibration, Fluid Susceptibility, Voltage Spikes, Electrostatic Discharge and more. Circuit cards installed in the sealed compact chassis (10.72”L x 5.11”W x 7.62”H) are completely isolated from external environmental conditions such as humidity, dust and sand. Optimal system cooling is ensured via thermal transfer between the card edge of its conduction-cooled 3U cPCI cards and the chassis’s side-walls, and a rugged integrated fan provides the necessary cooling air across the walls. EMI filters and gaskets provide increased system security and reliability.

The main processing power of the MPMC-9350p is provided by up to three Freescale 7448 PowerPC-based DCP-124 and DCP-124P single board computers (SBCs). The DCP-124P peripheral-only processor is a variant of Curtiss-Wright’s standard DCP-124 SBC and supports PMC I/O, dual Ethernet channels, and a USB 2.0, RS-232 and dual RS-422 ports. The MPMC-9350i features up to three Intel Core2 Duo-based DCP-1201 and 1201P SBCs. In addition to running Windows, the SCP/DCP-1201 runs both Solaris 10 and WindRiver GPP Linux 2.6 operating systems. Support for real-time applications using VxWorks 6.x OS is planned. Most configurations of the MPMC-9350p and MPMC-9350i are priced between $40K and $60K.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing,
Leesburg, VA. (613) 254-5112. [].

Power Modules Boast Densities up to 390 W/in³

More efficiency and more flexibility: those are the watchwords when it comes to robust power supply subsystems. Feeding those desires, the Brick Business Unit of Vicor introduced an advanced modular power platform: the VI BRICK. The VI BRICK family incorporates the superior technical attributes of VI Chip technology and a robust packaging that facilitates thermal management and through-hole assembly. VI BRICK BCMs provide a highly efficient solution for Intermediate Bus Architecture or point-of-load (POL) designs that require multiple output voltages. They are available with nominal input voltages including 48 VDC (11 models) and high voltage up to 380 VDC (three models), and a wide array of output voltages from 1.5 to 48 VDC. The efficiency and compact size of these modules yields power density up to 390 W/in³.

VI BRICK models are available in a base temperature grade of -40° to +100°C, operating, and -40° to +125°C, storage, with a slotted-flange baseplate and through-hole pin style. All modules of the VI BRICK family are RoHS-compliant and compatible with lead-free wave soldering processes. Pricing for modules of the VI BRICK family ranges from as low as $33 in OEM quantities.

Vicor, Andover, MA. (978) 749-8359. [].

Digital-to-Synchro/Resolver Converter Rides PC/104

Offering 16-bit resolution and 1 arc-minute accuracy provided at 1.2 VA output drive, North Atlantic Industries (NAI) has announced the availability of a 3-channel Digital-to-Synchro/Resolver Converter on a PC/104 card. The DSP-based 73DS2 includes up to three independent, transformer-isolated, programmable Synchro/Resolver simulation channels. Each channel has 16-bit resolution, ±1 arc-minute accuracy, and a short circuit protected output with 1.2 VA drive capability. The unit requires +5 VDC and ±12 VDC power supplies, and operates over a frequency range of 47 Hz to 10 KHz.

The 73DS2 provides continuous background Built-In-Test (BIT) on all functions and channels, including reference and signal loss detection. The BIT is totally transparent to the user, requires no programming, and doesn’t interfere with the normal operation of the card. Each Digital-to-Synchro/Resolver Converter channel is self-calibrating, without requiring removal of the card. The 73DS2 PC/104 card is ideally suited for military and commercial programs, including airborne, shipboard, ground mobile and C3I applications. The 73DS2 is available with an operating temperature range of -40° to +80°C. Pricing for 100 pieces of the 73DS2 starts at $3,300 each.

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

Multicore Industrial Servers for PICMG 1.0-based PCI/ISA Apps

A range of 2U and 4U industrial servers brings Intel Core2 Duo processor performance to PICMG 1.0-based PCI/ISA applications. These long-term available, ultra quiet (<35 dB) industrial servers from Kontron are especially designed for applications that require high data processing performance without the need for high-speed PCI Express features.

Designed around the Intel 945G chipset with 1066 MHz front side bus and Intel ICH7 I/O controller hub, the KISS PCI-759 industrial servers in various rack mount heights (2U and 4U) offer scalable processor performance based on the Intel LGA 755 socket up to the E6400 (2 x 2.16 GHz) Intel Core2 Duo processor. Support for up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2 dual channel RAM boosts performance even further. With a TDP of only 65 watts, the Intel Core2 Duo processor brings double the performance with power consumption similar to an Intel Pentium 4 processor. The KISS PCI759 servers are therefore the ideal choice for either upgrading existing applications or for implementing new, power-sensitive industrial PCI/ISA systems.

Thanks to the flexible design and the backplane concept of the PICMG 1.x standard, servers can accommodate a large number and variety of PCI and/or ISA-based extension boards. Even if a PCIe card is required at a later date, the upgrade from PICMG 1.0 to PICMG 1.3 is easy: simply change the backplane, use a PICMG 1.3 SHB, design in the new PCIe card and leave everything else as it is. This concept makes PICMG 1.x one of the most future proof standards since upgrades can be carried out without producing sunk costs for previous investments.

The KISS PCI759 industrial servers offer a range of I/O interfaces: up to 4 x 3 Gbit/s SATA II for fast hard drive access, 2 x GbE, 7 x USB 2.0, one parallel and two serial interfaces. Kontron also offers additional assemblies for LAN, WLAN and SCSI. The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (Intel GMA 950) supports VGA resolutions up to 2048x1536. There is also 24-bit LCDS via DVO that supports resolutions up to 1600x1200.

The KISS systems come with either a desktop housing or a housing for mounting in a 19-inch cabinet. The lockable front panel offers IP5x protection. Designed for continuous operation, they are CE certified and UL suitable. The KISS PCI 759 industrial servers support Linux, Windows Vista and Windows XP software packages. Additional operating systems are possible on a project basis.

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

GPS Receiver Climbs Aboard StackableUSB

The young but emerging StackableUSB technology ruggedizes USB in a compact form factor enabling the USB technology to move into harsh environments. Micro/sys’s USB1700 is the smallest StackableUSB Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver board on the market. At 1.85 x 1.78 inches, the USB1700 is one quarter the size of the PC/104 footprint. The USB1700 is RoHS-compliant, operates from -40° to +85°C (ET version), and provides OEMs with 12-channel, WAAS-capable GPS functionality for space-sensitive applications.

The USB1700’s compact form delivers proven performance for a new generation of position-enabled products with revolutionary technology for extremely fast startup times and high performance in foliage-canopy, multipath and urban-canyon environments. The board is shipped with a passive antenna included. A development kit that includes sample software and full documentation is free for new customers. Standard USB cables are also available for use with the PC attached version of the board. The basic USB1700 starts at $230 in single quantity. An extended temperature (-40° to +85°C) version is available.

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

19-Inch Enclosures Feature Thermal Management

As processors get ever more powerful, power dissipation in the form of heat becomes a real challenge. Addressing that issue, a series of 19-inch and half-width desktop cases, 19-inch vertical and horizontal caseframes from Verotec offers outstanding versatility and thermal management. Available in 3U, 4U, 6U and 9U heights and depths of 322, 422, 522 and 622 mm, the Diplomat cases are equally suitable for use during system development and as a housing for production status units. The caseframes provide direct mounting for Eurocard format PCBs in an easily configurable subrack system; the cases accept any standard 19-inch component. With power densities steadily increasing, effective ventilation is of paramount importance.

All horizontal versions can be fitted with an optional 38 mm deep filtered ventilation plinth that replaces the standard base cover, allowing cool air to be drawn into the unit from below. The ventilation plinth increases air throughput and provides a uniform airflow across the full width of the unit. The cool air is drawn into the unit through a removable filter in the plinth, and is then directed through the active board area by a rear duct plate that blanks off the space behind the circuit boards.

Verotec, Eastleigh, Hampshire, U.K.
+ 44 (0)2380 246900.

OEM Version of IP-Based Wireless Sensor Network Technology

A new family of OEM products allows integration of low-power mesh networking directly into sensing/control devices. System integrators can embed the PhyNet wireless sensor network (WSN) technology from Arch Rock into their offerings, creating high-volume, low-footprint sensing and control solutions that are based on ubiquitous Internet standards and can be seamlessly folded into the enterprise IT infrastructure. A broad array of devices that were previously either “offline” or connected via wires, expensive and power-hungry cellular technology, or proprietary wireless mechanisms, can now become part of large, resilient and secure router-based wireless mesh networks, communicating via standard IP protocols over IEEE 802.15.4 low-power wireless radio.

PhyNet OEM Edition includes the embeddable PhyNet OEM module, which runs Arch Rock’s WSN software suite that includes an implementation of the IETF 6LoWPAN standard for IPv6 communication over low-power radio, high-performance mesh routing protocols, full TCP/UDP services, ICMP/DHCP management and embedded Web services. PhyNet OEM Edition is available in two versions. The PhyNet NP (Network Processor) Engine is targeted primarily at existing sensor environments where the devices possess computing intelligence but no wireless networking capability. Consisting of a hardware module running the Arch Rock software suite, the PhyNet NP Engine acts like a network interface card (NIC) and provides access to its functionality via a serial connection.

The PhyNet IE (Integrated Execution) Engine is intended primarily for design into new sensor solutions, where integrators want to work in a single, shared hardware/software environment and create custom embedded applications that run directly on the Arch Rock engine. The PhyNet IE Engine consists of the same hardware module and networking software suite as the NP Engine, but also includes memory space for custom application development, as well as an application programming interface (API) rather than a serial connection.

Arch Rock is also offering a PhyNet OEM Edition Development Kit for solution prototyping and testing of both the NP Engine and IE Engine products. The kit includes a PhyNet Server, a PhyNet Router, six development boards and software development tools. Users can set up a six-node working WSN mesh connected by the router to server-based management functions. The kit is priced at $4,995, with additional development boards available for $199 each.

Arch Rock, San Francisco, CA.
(415) 992-3735. [].

1 Gbyte Ethernet Controller in PC/104-Express Format

A 1 Gbyte LAN controller in the new PC/104 Express form factors addresses applications in high-speed networks and video transmission. The MSMGE104EX from Digital-Logic is based on an Intel 82573L PCI-Express network controller, supports data transmission speeds of 1000/100/10 Mbit/s and by means of the PCI Express bus (2.5 Gbytes/s) provides full utilization of the bandwidth of the 1 Gbyte network. For network access it is equipped with an RJ-45 port. Drivers are available for Windows and Linux.

The card is connected to the PCI Express bus via a lane and requires an MSM945 CPU card. Both USB channels of the PCI/104 Express bus are connected to corresponding plugs. The MSMGE104EX has dimensions of 90 mm x 96 mm x 17 mm (W x L x H) and a weight of 120 grams. It requires a 5V/3.3V power supply and operates within the standard temperature range of -25°C to +70°C (1 Gbyte). The MTBF (mean time between failures) is specified with over 100,000 hours. For shipments of 100 units or more, Digital-Logic offers the MSMGE104EX at starting prices of 129.00 Euros per unit plus VAT.

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

600-Watt MicroTCA Power Modules for AC or DC Input

A series of compact, self-contained power solutions for MicroTCA systems is compliant with the PICMG MicroTCA.0 Revision 1.0 specification. The new MTC600 series power modules from Emerson Network Power are available in AC-input and DC-input versions. The MTC600 series MicroTCA power modules are high power density, single-width units; the AC-input MTC600-AC version is 12 HP high and the DC-input MTC600-48 version is 9 HP high. The MTC600-AC has an input range of 90 to 264V, making it suitable for use with single-phase supplies virtually anywhere in the world, while the MTC600-48 has an input range of -39.5 to -72V, which accommodates both -48V and -60V battery plants.

Both versions of the MTC600 power module provide 16 output channels, each capable of delivering 12V @ 7.6A of payload power and 3.3V @ 150 mA of management power. This is sufficient for a complete MicroTCA system comprising up to 12 AdvancedMCs (AMCs), two MicroTCA Carrier Hubs (MCHs) and two Cooling Units (CUs). The MTC600 module automatically provides power for the MCH and CU system elements at power-up; all other MTC600 output channels are controlled by the carrier manager, which communicates via the power module’s built-in Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI).

All MTC600 series power modules support N+1 output redundancy and hot-swap operation; removing or adding a power module will not cause a fault or out-of-regulation condition. Furthermore, the power modules implement both module-level and channel-level fault isolation, which means that if one module develops a fault, it will not cause the other to shut down.

The power modules meet EN55022 Class A conducted and radiated emissions standards, and comply with applicable EMC immunity standards, including EN61000-4-2, -3, -4, -5 and -6. The modules carry IEC 60950-1 safety approvals. Pricing starts at $865 for the MTC600-AC and $825 for the MTC600-48, in 100 piece quantities.

Emerson, St. Louis, MO. (314) 553-2000. [].

Modular Line of Mobile Command Center Consoles

A new line of consoles, desk systems and enclosures for the mobile command and communications markets addresses applications in mobile communications/broadcast, battlefield command, law enforcement/HSS, emergency services, mobile labs and more. The Mobile infrastructure solutions from Optima EPS include full command centers down to cabinets geared for mobile applications. The command centers are based on the latest human engineering concepts and ergonomic designs to ensure optimum “usability.” Based on standard modules, the range can easily be modified to suit most applications and ensures optimum access to critical information in command and control environment. Optima’s full range of cabinet enclosures can be ruggedized for mobile applications. This provides a wide range of highly ruggedized, Mil-Spec, seismic, datacom, or cost-effective standard platforms to choose from.

The command centers come in versions including: single, two or three tier viewing levels to suit varying application requirements. Viewing levels and angles are designed to ensure operator comfort. Monitors can be supported on adjustable shelves and are dressed with custom Plexiglas front bezels to provide an attractive appearance for any brand of monitor. Optima’s console design permits peripheral equipment to be installed using standard EIA rack mounting rails that can support over 300 lbs of equipment. Highly ruggedized versions are optional. Pricing for basic configurations of Optima’s command centers starts at under $3,000 and varies widely depending on size and design needs.

Optima EPS, Tucker, GA. (770) 496-4000. [].

Fanless, Rugged Display Computer for Harsh and Mobile Applications

A fanless display computer that is both rugged and maintenance-free, combines the new Intel Atom processor with aluminium construction to provide a low-power, highly reliable computer that withstands the harsh environments found within many mobile, mission-critical and harsh applications. These include transportation, avionics, medical engineering and industrial automation. The DC1 from Men Micro features a total power dissipation of 20W, operates over an extended temperature range of -40° to +70°C and for 15 minutes up to +85°C according to railway standard EN 50155, class Tx. Because the control electronics are located directly behind the display, the DC1 employs conductive cooling between the electronics and the display, eliminating the need for a cooling fan.

The DC1 enables variations in display resolution and size, processor type, I/O configuration and power supply, so users can tailor the system to specific applications. The DC1 comes standard with a 15” display with optional display sizes from 12” to 19” available as well as with a wide-range PSU from 9V to 36V or, optionally, 18V to 75V and 36V to 154V. The design is also tamper-proof to deter vandalism. An integrated Ethernet switch transfers signals from computer to computer. Remote upload of new display data is possible via optional wireless functions such as WIFI, WIMAX, GSM/GPRS and UMTS implemented via a MiniPCI Express card slot. As an option, the DC1 can also control a remote display with the same or different content via DVI-D.

The DC1 is based on an Intel Atom processor with a frequency of up to 1.6 GHz, 1 Gbyte of working memory and a 4 Gbyte USB-controlled flash Disk supply with enough capacity for every application. Standard I/O includes two USB ports, two Fast Ethernet ports and an optional UART port as well as binary inputs and can be optionally extended by HD Audio or IBIS field bus functionality. All components of the IP54-protected DC1 are soldered and only M12 or D-Sub I/O connectors are used. The electronics are prepared for coating to withstand humidity. Pricing for the DC1 is $3,132 for a single unit. Delivery is from stock ARO.

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

High-Performance AdvancedTCA Processing Blade with 32 Cores

A new multicore ATCA processor blade is equipped with dual Cavium Octeontm Plus sixteen-core processors to enable network equipment to handle both data plane and control plane applications on the same hardware, improving the price/performance ratio and helping NEPs to focus on delivering new and differentiated services faster and more cost-effectively. The ATCA-9305 from Emerson Network Power achieves significant increases in packet and control processing capability along with advanced integrated hardware acceleration to make this second-generation blade useful for data plane elements in applications such as 4G/LTE wireless, WiMAX and IPTV. The blade also is appropriate for control plane applications, network gateway and edge functions, and security processing. In addition, the multicore technology built into the ATCA-9305 benefits both the customer and the environment by saving energy through increased application performance per watt compared to general-purpose blades.

New features include reduced latency dynamic random access memory (RLDRAM), which enables the ATCA-9305 to be optimized for deep packet inspection in telecom networks, and the availability of onboard 10GbEthernet switch, which allows more flexibility as customers can select the routing of the data path. In addition, a PCI Express x4 port lane enables the design of a custom rear transition module (RTM) with storage.

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

Small Wireless Module Targets M2M Applications

An embedded serial-to-WiFi module connects embedded devices running machine-to-machine (M2M) applications to 802.11b/g wireless LANs with minimal programming. The Mini Socket iWiFi from Connect One is only 31x41 mm and the antenna connector is integrated onto the module extremely. Based on Connect One’s iChipSec CO2128 Internet Protocol (IP) communication controller chip, Mini Socket iWiFi includes a full suite of Internet protocols and applications, enabling immediate and full-featured connectivity for embedded solutions. Mini Socket iWiFi includes the latest wireless and SSL encryption algorithms and serves as a firewall, protecting the embedded application from the Internet.

The Mini Socket iWiFi supports seamless roaming between access points. With several sleep modes and the ability for the host application to turn off WLAN, power requirements are kept to a minimum. In deep sleep mode, the Mini Socket WiFi’s power consumption is only 30 micro-amperes, allowing battery operated devices to use the module for extremely long periods of time.

Designers do not need to significantly reprogram their applications to connect WLAN using the Mini Socket iWiFi. Driven by simple text commands, the Mini Socket iWiFi offloads the WiFi drivers, WPA supplicant, Internet security, networking protocols, and all communication tasks from the host application. This frees up host processing time and simplifies the wireless design process. As a coprocessor with remotely updateable firmware, new security or connectivity protocols do not require application redesign, increased memory or faster processor speed to meet future wireless demands.

Mini Socket iWiFi supports 10 simultaneous TCP/UDP sockets; two listening TCP sockets; SMTP, MIME, POP3, FTP, Telnet and HTTP/HTTPS clients; an embedded Web server with a website for the host application and one for configuring the module; and SerialNet mode for serial-to-IP bridging. Mini Socket iWiFi supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA1 and WPA2 encryption, AES-128/256, SHA-128/192/256, 3DES; the SSL3/TLS1 protocol for a secure client socket session and a secure FTP session. The module operates at an industrial temperature range of -40° to 85°C (-40° to 185°F) and is RoHS-compliant. Pricing starts at $59.

Connect One, San Jose, CA. (408) 572-5674. [].

4A Multi-Cell, Multi-Chemistry Battery Charger Controller

A fast-charge, high-efficiency switchmode battery charger controller capable of 4A for multiple battery chemistries minimizes power dissipation without compromising board space. The LTC4009 from Linear Technology supports Li-Ion/Polymer, NiMH, NiCd and sealed lead acid battery chemistries in multi-cell configurations. AC adapter current limiting maximizes the charge rate for a given fixed input power level, allowing the end product to operate at the same time the battery is charging without complex load management algorithms. The IC operates from input voltages up to 28V and is intended for applications including portable computers, portable instruments and battery backup systems.

Final float voltage accuracy is specified at ±0.5% and charge current is programmable with accuracy of ±4%. The LTC4009’s quasi-constant frequency PWM architecture guarantees no audible noise operation and minimizes filtering needs, while the high operating frequency of 550 kHz allows the use of small inductors and capacitors. The LTC4009 consumes <20 uA in shutdown, increasing battery runtime in portable applications. For safety and autonomous charge control, the IC includes battery float voltage over-voltage protection, reverse charge current protection, charge current monitoring, soft start, ac adapter present indication, and current limit indication. The LTC4009 is guaranteed for operation from 0° to 85°C ambient temperature. Pricing starts at $2.95 each in 1,000-piece quantities.

Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA.
(408) 432-1900. [].

PMC Carrier Cards Provide I/O Expansion for 3U CompactPCI Systems

New AcPC4610 Carrier Cards provide an easy and low-cost solution to expand the use of PMC mezzanine modules in 3U CompactPCI computer systems. The carrier cards act simply as an adapter to route PCI bus signals to and from the PMC module through the CompactPCI card slot edge connector. A PLX Technology PCI6540 bridge device provides a transparent 32-bit 33/66 MHz PCI/PCI bridge for data transactions from the PCI bus (system host) to the PMC site. Two models are available for air-cooled (-40° to 85°C range) or conduction-cooled applications. All Acromag PMC modules and those from other vendors are compatible. 3.3V and 5V DC signaling are supported.

Front and rear-panel access to field I/O signals are accommodated. The air-cooled carrier card has a front panel cut-out providing access to a PMC module’s front I/O connector. Alternatively, all I/O signals can be routed through the carrier card’s rear J2 connector. An air-cooled rear transition board, Acromag Model TRANS-C4610, is available to map the field I/O on the PMC module to the rear of the CompactPCI card cage.

The conduction-cooled model employs a heat frame with wedge-locks and thermo bars for use in applications where ambient or forced air can’t provide adequate cooling. This unit is designed to meet ANSI/VITA-47 Environmental Class ECC4 standards and is ideal for airborne systems, deployment in battleground equipment, and other situations with advanced thermal management requirements. Field I/O signals are routed through the carrier card’s rear J2 connector. The carrier cards start at $600.

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

Rugged XMC Mezzanine Card Offers Choice of Three Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs

An XMC mezzanine card lets developers choose from a selection of three Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs in response to the growing importance of FPGA technology to military and aerospace customers. The XMCV5 from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is designed for a wide spectrum of digital signal processing (DSP) applications in ground mobile, airborne fixed- and rotary wing and naval applications including radar, sonar, signals intelligence (SIGINT) and image processing.

In demanding signal processing applications, many customers are turning to FPGA technology because of the flexibility and performance it brings. The XMCV5 gives customers the flexibility to strike the right balance between hardware-oriented FPGA-based computing and software-based application code running on either PowerPC- or Intel-based platforms as part of a solution based on a range of rugged single board computers, carrier cards, multiprocessors and sensor I/O products.

Available in five ruggedization levels–allowing for deployment in the harshest environments–the XMCV5 is the first rugged XMC to harness the power and flexibility of all three Virtex-5 FPGA families with build options for the Virtex-5 FX100T, SX95T and Virtex-5 LX110T, enabling customers to field the right solution with this leading-edge COTS platform. It can be mounted on a broad range of GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms 3U and 6U single board computers (SBCs), including the VMEbus PPC9A and VPX SBCs such as SBC610 and SBC310. It is compliant with the VITA-42 XMC mezzanine card base standard, and is available in both VITA 42.3 (PCIe) and VITA 42.2 (Serial RapidIO) configurations. The XMCV5 is available in a range of configurations for rugged air-cooled systems as well as in conduction-cooled form factors.

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

32-Channel VME Analog Output Cards Feature High Output Current

Two new VME analog output cards provide high-current analog voltage output in a 6U form factor. The VME boards from Precision Analog Systems are the PAS 9915/AO, which provides 32 twelve-bit analog voltage output channels, and the higher-power PAS 9912/AO, which provides eight twelve-bit analog output channels.

Eight, quad high-speed voltage output DACs, with 10 uSec settling times provide the PAS 9915/AO with a total of 32 analog output channels. Voltage output signals on both cards are available on the a and c rows of the P2 connector. For the PAS 9915/AO, four analog output ranges are available under program control, which allows the card’s output voltage to be tailored to your application. Bipolar ranges from +/- 10 volts to +/- 5 volts and unipolar ranges from 0 to 10 volts to 0 to 5 volts are supported. All output ranges provide a minimum of 10 milliamps of output current, double what is typically offered on an output card.

The eight-channel high-power version, the PAS 9912/AO, provides +/- 40 mAmp output drive capability and is available in +/- 25 volt and +/- 15 volt versions. Eight high-power operational amplifiers buffer the DAC output signals and provide a gain of either 1.5 or 2.5, depending on ordering option.

Both cards support A16, A24, or A32 addressing, and data writes of 16 or 32 bits. External synchronization signals can be connected to the P2 connector through jumper plugs, if required. Additional features include board identifier registers, control and status register, and DAC loop back registers. The PAS 9915/AO and PAS 9912/AO are designed for long-term availability and can be customized for your application. Both boards are priced at about $1,600 in 100-piece quantities.

Precision Analog Systems, Plantation, FL. (954) 587-0668. [].

Server-Class AMC Card Provides High-Density, Low-Power 64-bit x86 Dual-Core Computing

A single-width, mid-size AdvancedMC processor module combines a dual-core 64-bit low-power processor and server-class integrated 3100 chipset to optimize power consumption, computing power and I/O bandwidth. The AMC-1000 from Adlink Technology combines dual Gigabit Ethernet links, flexible PCI-E x8 bandwidth and a UXGA high-color analog display. It provides AdvancedTCA and MicroTCATM adopters with flexible, high-speed data transport configurations that are ideal for the communications, military, medical and industrial automation markets.

The AMC-1000 features a 64-bit Intel CoreTM2 Duo 1.5 GHz processor with 4 Mbyte L2 cache and 667 MHz Front Side Bus. Its dual-core architecture offers advanced processing speed while addressing the power and heat constraints of the mid-size AMC form factor. The Intel 3100 chipset combines server-class memory and I/O controller functions into a single component, providing low-latency, high-throughput data transfer capability without CPU intervention. Specifically optimized for embedded communication applications requiring high bandwidth, the AMC-1000 is built with an industry standard DDR2-400 SO-RDIM socket that supports up to 4 Gbyte system memory with ECC protection.

Features such as a soldered down 4 Gbyte USB interface NAND flash, an onboard PLX PEX8508 PCI Express switch and an ATI ES 1000 graphics controller, make the AMC-1000 an optimum choice for various applications on AdvancedTCA or MicroTCATM platforms. The AMC-1000 supports eight AMC.1 PCI Express lanes, which can be configured as two x4 or eight x1 PCI Express ports. It also supports two Gigabit Ethernet SerDes ports compliant to AMC.2 E2. In addition, two SATA v1 .0 ports compliant to AMC.3 S2 SATA support off-board storage. Supported operating systems include Windows XP Professional, XP Embedded, Server 2003, feature Pack 2007 and RedHat Enterprise Linux.

ADLINK, Irvine, CA. (949) 423-2354. [].

Multiphase Step-Up DC/DC Controller Delivers High Power

A 2-phase step-up (boost) DC/DC controller delivers high output power in a compact footprint. With the LTC3862 from Linear Technology, up to 12 power stages can be paralleled and clocked out-of-phase to minimize input and output filtering requirements. The 4V to 36V input voltage ranges and a wide range of output voltages that are dependent on the choice of external components cover a broad range of high power boost applications. The LTC3862 can regulate a 48V at 5A output with up to 97% efficiency from an input source ranging from 12V to 36V using only two-phases. Applications include high power audio amplifiers, automotive fuel injection systems, networking and industrial power supplies.

Multiphase operation is enabled using the SYNC input, CLOCK output and PHASEMODE control pin, allowing 2-, 3-, 4-, 6- or 12-phase operation. The LTC3862 utilizes peak current mode architecture for easy loop compensation and multiphase operation with phase-to-phase current matching. The fixed operating frequency can be set with a single resistor over a 75 kHz to 500 kHz range or can be synchronized to an external clock using the internal phased-lock-loop over a 50 kHz to 600 kHz frequency range. A current sense resistor is used in each phase to provide a precise cycle-by-cycle current limit. The onboard CMOS gate drivers minimize switching losses and allow the use of multiple MOSFETs in parallel for even higher current applications.

The LTC3862 is offered in a narrow SSOP-24 and 5 mm x 5 mm QFN-24 package. Three temperature grades are available with commercial grade operation from -40° to 85°C, an industrial range from -40° to 125°C, and a high temp automotive range of -40° to 150°C. The 1,000-piece price starts at $3.29 each.

Linear Technology, Milpitas, CA. 408) 432-1900. [].

Server-Class 3U CompactPCI Core 2 Duo Processor Blades Fit Harsh Environments

A high-reliability 3U CompactPCI CPU blade combines energy-efficient computing with dual-core and server-class chipset performance and gigabit connectivity in a rugged design to meet the demands of next-generation transportation, defense electronics and industrial automation platforms. The cPCI-3 920 from Adlink Technology is available in 4HP(cPCI-3920A) and 8HP (cPCI-3920B) cPCI form factors, as well as an RTM configuration (cPCI-R3920T). The new CPU blade supports Intel Core2 Duo, Core Duo and Celeron M processors in an FC-BGA package. In addition, it leverages advanced DDR2 architecture, with soldered register and ECC memory at 400 MHz for up to 2 Gbytes. These innovations enhance system response and offer optimized performance while complying with the industry’s power-saving measures.

Optimized for stability and packaged in a rugged format, the cPCI-3 920 is built to withstand even harsh environments. Featuring dual PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet ports, configurable to front panel or RTM by software, the blades are equipped to provide both reliable network connectivity and superior remote management capabilities. For added flexibility, the cPCI-3920 also accommodates four COM ports; up to five, front-panel USB 2.0 ports; a front-panel VGA port; and PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports.

With multiple storage options to meet a wide range of customer requirements, the cPCI-3 920 offers a pin header and mounting space within 4HP form factor for an onboard USB NAND flash disk with up to 8 Gbytes of memory, and one Serial ATA interface with mounting space for a 2.5-inch hard disk drive in the 8HP form factor. The RTM model is also designed with three ports for external 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drives. The cPCI-3920 supports Microsoft Windows, Linux Kernel 2.6 and VxWorks 6.6 operating systems.

ADLINK, Irvine, CA. (949) 423-2354. [ ].

MicroTCA Chassis for Low-Cost Connectivity Solution

Targeted for applications in VoIP nodes, modular telco line units, Wi-Fi and Wi-Max radio boxes, Ethernet hubs and fiber-to-the-curb optical network units, the 650 Series MicroTCA chassis from Carlo Gavazzi Computing Solutions is engineered to be an economical connectivity solution. Thanks to an innovative power supply configuration, the 650 Series is available for half the cost of comparable products.

The 650 Series, offered in a 2U 19-inch rack mount configuration, features a single 6HP MicroTCA Carrier Hub and a 12-node backplane. The backplane supports a range of customizable configurations for full- and half-height Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) slots. Designed to include a low-cost power supply, the 650 Series offers a single fixed, rear-mount MicroTCA power controller. The forced evacuation and pressurization cooling design manages temperature with eight fans for up to 40 watts per AMC slot. The 650 Series MicroTCA chassis is available beginning at $2,500.

Carlo Gavazzi Computing Solutions, Brockton, MA.
(800) 926-8722. [].

Rugged Conduction-Cooled Dual-Core CompactPCI CPU Boards

A range of 3U CompactPCI CPU boards features three types of single and dual-core Intel processors in four different designs, including a rugged conduction-cooled version for reliable operation in even the harshest environments. Equipped with the latest dual-core 1.5 GHz Intel Core2 Duo LV

processor, the Kontron ITC-320 CompactPCI CPU board is able to meet highly demanding signal and data processing requirements. Using the 1.2 GHz Intel Core Duo processor on the Kontron ITC-320 provides the performance-per-watt ratio for applications that need to balance computing performance with low power consumption. The Kontron ITC-320 series also supports the 1.0 GHz Intel Celeron M processor, which is an appropriate choice when power dissipation is a critical issue.

The Kontron ITC-320 series features all the I/Os that are available on the latest laptop PCs such as the UXGA graphics controller with PCI Express, two Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces configurable by software either on the front RJ-45 connectors or on the rear J2 connector, quad SATA 150 ports and quad USB 2.0 ports. An onboard USB connector is able to support a standard USB flash disk module within the 4HP form factor. The onboard SATA 150 connector extends the storage capacity of the Kontron ITC-320 Compact PCI CPU board with the use of a 2.5’’ device in a larger 8HP form factor. Furthermore, the Kontron ITC-320 can easily run high-demanding applications with its high-performance and PCI software backward compatible PCI Express port, which is configurable either as x4 or quad x1.

The rugged conduction-cooled version of the Kontron ITC-320 series of CompactPCI CPU boards enlarges the application range of the product for harsh environments. The RC design supports operational temperatures ranging from -40°C to +85°C according to VITA 47 recommendations. It uses the same printed circuit board as the commercially built product in order to guarantee full binary compatibility between versions.

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