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System Monitoring Solution in a Single Chip

A single-chip solution that monitors multiple computing processes simultaneously is designed to watch the voltage, processor operation and temperature in any type of computing system, including servers, routers, storage area networks and POS registers. The device prevents these types of systems from operating in error or unsafe modes, thus eliminating potential system damage and performance errors. The 9WDV3501 system monitor device from Integrated Device Technology is pin programmable, allowing customers to purchase a single device that meets all of their system specifications rather than purchasing several individual devices–each with separate functionality. This in turn gives customers greater design flexibility while lowering design and inventory costs.

The IDT system monitor features a power-on reset function that holds the reset pins in active mode when the user first turns on the power switch, allowing the power supplies to reach maximum levels. This helps prevent incorrect system starts, protecting against potential system errors and unnecessarily restarting the system. The device also features a watchdog timer that monitors the control microprocessor to ensure it is functioning correctly. Acting as a system failsafe, the device monitors an I/O pin on the microprocessor, and if that I/O pin doesn’t pulse in a specified period of time, the system monitor assumes it is in an endless loop and resets the system.

In addition, the system monitor has a power supply monitor that continually checks the voltage levels of the system to see if any of the power supplies go below a specified minimum voltage, which could keep the logic or microprocessor from functioning correctly. If power supply levels reach the minimum voltage specification, the system monitor resets the system and keeps it reset until the power levels reach a safe condition, helping increase system reliability and preventing system parts from failing. The IDT system monitor is priced at $2.05 for 10,000 units.

3U cPCI Card Blends Synchro/Resolver and LVDT/RVDT Sim Functions

The magic of semiconductor integration has fueled the emergence of multi-function boards. Exemplifying that trend, North Atlantic Industries has announced the availability of a 4-channel Digital-to-Synchro/Resolver or Digital-to-LVDT/RVDT Converter on a 3U cPCI card. The 75DS2 3U cPCI card is ideally suited for industrial and commercial applications. The DSP-based 75DS2 includes up to four independent, isolated, programmable Synchro/Resolver or LVDT/RVDT simulation channels. Each channel has 16-bit resolution, ±1 arc-minute accuracy, and a short circuit protected output with 1.5, 2.2 or 3.0 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 75DS2 provides continuous background Built-In-Test (BIT) on all functions and channels, including reference and signal loss detection. 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 and Digital-to-LVDT/RVDT Converter channel is self-calibrating, without requiring removal of the card. The 75DS2 is available with an operating temperature range of -40° to +85°C or 0° to +70°C. Conduction-cooled versions with wedgelocks are also available. Pricing for 100 pieces of the 75DS2 starts at $2,495 each.

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

PCB-Mounted Motor/Actuator Pushes 2.5 Foot-Pounds

A wafer-thin, credit-card-sized motor/actuator can produce a 3/8-inch stroke at 2.5 foot-pounds. The MigaOne from Miga Motor Company is a powerful but lightweight (less than .5 oz.) linear actuator built directly onto a PCB substrate. This new motor, now being adapted for use by NASA and Boeing, is wafer-thin and smaller than a credit card, with a force/weight ratio that is unprecedented in the motor industry. This performance with a thickness of less than 0.1 inch is a result of MIGA’s patented shape memory alloy (SMA) technology, which uses SMA wire as the driving element. The innovative flat motor design opens up a new world of product concepts previously not possible with traditional motors and solenoids.

The MigaOne also enables design engineers to build a motor directly onto their own PC board with a proprietary electronic circuit. This yields a single board solution that carries out all the electronic signal processing and delivers the end-result: smart mechanical movement.

Other key advantages of MigaOne include controllable stroke that allows a precision velocity profile and non-magnetic operation to drastically reduce EMI. Operation is silent to ensure discretion and comfort and the design eliminates bulky gears and leadscrews. The MigaOne comes in with less than 10% the weight and volume of a comparable motor or solenoid and its scalable design can be easily adapted to customer needs. The MigOne has applications in smart electronic locks/latches, air duct vanes/ shunts, valves, advanced robotics and a wide range of biomedical equipment. The MigaOne motor is priced at $39.95 each.

Miga Motor Company, Berkeley, CA.
(866) 644-2726. www.migamotors.com].

PC/104-Plus Module Combines Location, Data Acquisition and Wireless

A complete vehicle communications manager implemented in a single high-performance PC/104-Plus module combines all the essential functions for vehicle location, engine data acquisition and wireless/cell phone connectivity. The Locator-G3 from Advanced Micro Peripherals features two independent CAN controller buses for linking to the vehicle networks, a 20-channel GPS receiver for acquiring location information, a 4-band GSM radio for data and voice communication over the cell phone network, and GPRS for a high-speed, always-on wireless link. It also has an RS-232 port, and an RS-485 port running at up to 10 Mbits/s. Locator-G3 operates from a single +5V power supply, consuming less than 400 mA during normal operation.

The GSM hardware features support for quad GSM modes, hands-free voice and SMS capability. It accepts 1.8V or 3V SIM cards. Locator-G3 operates GPRS Class 8 or GPRS Class 10 at up to 85.6 Kbits/s and supports DataFax transmission. The GPS location is acquired with a 20-Channel SiRF-Star3 receiver with a hot start time of less than 2 seconds and an interface speed of up to 57.6 Kbits/se. The receiver also features a real-time clock and alarm. The optional CAN Bus interface uses dual SJA1000 CAN 2.0B Bus Controllers providing two independent full-duplex channels with Basic and Extended (Pelican) Mode support.

The Locator-G3’s compact, low-power, high-performance design is targeted for telemetry, security, transportation, position tracking, fleet management and automotive applications. The product is delivered with drivers for Win XP/NT/2000 and Linux, and a sample GPS/GSM application in C/C++ source code.

Advanced Micro Peripherals, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, UK.
+44 (0) 1353 659 500. [www.ampltd.com].

Low-Power PMC Supports Dual Graphics Heads for Harsh Environments

A blend of graphics and video performance is vital for advanced sensor fusion, image/frame capture and recording in applications avionics and moving map applications often deployed in harsh environments. Aitech Defense Systems offers a high-performance 3D graphics and imaging functionality available in a single, low-power PMC. Based on the ATI M9 graphics processor, the new M590 Multi-standard Graphics and Video PMC uses dual independent graphics heads to simultaneously output information from two separate data streams to two different monitors, whether analog or digital.

Designed for harsh environments, the PCI-X Rev. 1.0b and PCI Rev. 2.3-compliant M590 supports advanced 2D/3D video displays and image capture/frame grabbing with overlay and underlay for high-resolution man-machine interfaces with resolutions of up to 1536 x 2048 at 30 to 200 Hz refresh rates and up to 32 bits per pixel (Truecolor+). A host of channel-independent analog and digital video input and output formats are provided, including DVI, LVDS single/double link, progressive RGBHV/RGsB, RS-343 and composite/S-video supporting RS-170, NTSC and PAL, as well as internal or external sync. The M590 is available in commercial, rugged and military temperature ranges, and in either conduction-cooled or air-cooled versions. Pricing for an M590 starts at $3,440 in OEM quantities.

Aitech Defense Systems, Chatsworth, CA. (888) 248-3248. [www.rugged.com].

Quad-Core PICMG 1.0 SBC with Latest Intel Q35 Express Chipset

A PICMG 1.0 full-size single board computer is powered by the next-generation Intel Core2 Quad/Duo processor on 45nm process. Featuring a 1333 MHz front side bus and Intel Q35 Express chipset, the NuPRO-935A from Adlink is specifically designed for high-performance computing applications such as industrial automation, intelligent transportation, medical and Computer Telephony Integration (CTI). With processor speeds up to 3 GHz, the board is designed to be a high-performance industrial computing solution. High-bandwidth dual-channel DDR2 800 MHz memory up to 4 Gbytes is supported, meeting high-speed data transfer requirements.

By applying the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 (Intel GMA 3100), the NuPRO-935A is able to provide integrated VGA functionality and excellent graphics performance. For data protection, the NuPRO-935A supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware security chip, which is used for disk encryption. TPM offers hardware-based facilities to effectively secure the data on your platform. The PICMG 1.0 SBC offers an ample range of I/O ports for data processing and storage. It provides up to five USB ports, two Serial ATA II storage ports, five USB 2.0 ports, two 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet ports, one RS-232 port, one RS-232/422/485 port and one parallel port. Other features include a PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, Watchdog timer and Hardware Monitor.

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA.
(408) 360-0200. [www.adlinktech.com].

SATA Solid-State Drive Family Meets MIL-STD-810F

Flash-based solid-state drives are rapidly growing in capacity to where rotating disk solutions are now needed for only a shrinking niche of rugged military systems, but the capabilities are attractive for embedded applications in all kinds of rugged environments as well. Apacer Technology has introduced the SDM (SATA Disk Module) to meet an expanded range of SATA storage demand applications. The new SDM SSD (solid-state disk) series is available with a 7-pin or 22-pin connector that is oriented at 90 degrees or 180 degrees and is designed for a variety of housing configurations adopted in embedded computers. Supporting SATA 1.5 Gbits/s and read and write speeds up to 35 Mbytes/s and 25 Mbytes/s respectively, the SDM offers outstanding reliability based on high-speed SLC (Single Level Cell) flash memory in capacities of 128 Mbytes to 4 Gbytes.

For strict rugged requirements, the SDM offers competitive and innovative features based on Apacer’s advanced technology. Certified for MIL-STD-810F shock-resistance and anti-vibration, the SDM is suitable for harsh operating conditions in extended temperatures of -40° to 85°C, and includes industry-leading 8-bit ECC (Error Correcting Code) for high reliability. With less than 300 defective parts per million (DPPM), the SDM has undergone on-going reliability testing (ORT) to guarantee product dependability and longevity, with a mean time between failures (MTBF) of two million hours.

Apacer Memory America, Milpitas, CA. (408) 586-1291. [www.apacer.com].

PCIe x8 Gen2 Cable Adapter Delivers 40 Gbits/s

With what may be the first x8 Gen2 PCI Express host cable adapter, One Stop Systems enables high-speed expansion over a PCIe cable from a host system at 40 Gbits/s to a PCIe downstream device or expansion chassis. The PCIe x8 cable adapter provides greater bandwidth for applications demanding high-speed throughput such as video, imaging and audio devices and requires no additional software or drivers to operate. The PCIe x8 Gen2 cable host adapter is based on redriver technology. No switches are involved, thus there are no latency obstacles to throughput. The half-card form factor makes it easy to install in any space-constrained slot. It can be fitted with standard-height or half-height slot brackets. The PCIe x8 cable connector on the slot bracket and the PCIe x8 edge connector are routed directly to the Pericom 5804 redriver chip. In host mode, the add-in card will accept a clock as an input. In target mode, the add-in card will drive a clock.

A target version is available to be used with the OSS 2-slot Gen2 backplane (OSS-PCIe-BP-2000) and then cabled to the host version installed in the host system. A PCIe I/O board can be inserted in the second slot of the backplane. The card then operates on the PCIe bus as a component of the host system. A good example is a PCIe RAID board installed in the second slot and then connected to drives in a drive array such as in the OSS 3U 12-drive RAID array (OSS-PCIe -3U-RAID-12-x8). This provides faster throughput of data to the RAID board, which can then provide more data faster to a greater number of drives. The PCIe x8 host cable adapter lists for $750.

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

MIL-STD-1553/ARINC 429 AMC Card Targets Mil/Aerospace Applications

A new Multi-I/O 1553/429 AMC card provides up to four dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 channels operating in BC, RT, MT, or RT/MT modes, eight ARINC 429 receive channels, four ARINC 429 transmit channels, six user programmable Digital Discrete I/Os, two RS-232 Serial I/O channels, two RS-422/485 Serial I/O channels and an IRIG-B time synchronization input. The BU-65590A AMC card from Data Device Corporation provides an innovative solution by combining multiple protocols on one card saving valuable space, power and weight in a MicroTCA or ATCA system. These features make it ideal for use in navy applications, flight data recorders, ground vehicles and other embedded systems that require an AMC card. The card has a PCI-E back-end interface and provides front panel I/O using a rugged micro-miniature D connector.

Each 1553 channel supports enhanced features such as 1 Mbyte RAM with parity per 1553 channel, 48-bit/1 microsecond time tag and built-in self-tests. An intelligent hardware offload engine provides extremely low host CPU utilization while storing 1553 monitor data in a convenient IRIG-106 Chapter 10 format. The industry standard IRIG-106 Chapter 10 format is commonly used for digital flight data recorders.

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

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

AdvancedMC Board Uses the 64-Core Tilera TILE64 Processor

Based on a new 64-core processor, the TILE64 from Tilera, an AdvancedMC (PrAMC) platform, offers 64 cores of general-purpose and signal processing compute power coupled with over 20 Gbits/s of full-duplex I/O. The T6M-100 from JumpGen supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces addressing growing market requirements for IP networks. The T6M-100 enables equipment manufacturers to reduce their time-to-market and fulfill the growing demand for converged, content-aware IP networks that accommodate data, voice and video. The board’s dual 10Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and 64 processor cores make it attractive for hosting high-bandwidth embedded communication applications such as wireless radio network controllers (RNCs), multimedia gateways, media transcoders/transraters, session border controllers, modular servers, firewalls and deep-packet inspection appliances.

The T6M-100 is supported by the Tilera Multicore Development Environment (MDE), an integrated set of tools and libraries that brings simplicity to multicore programming and helps programmers harness the full potential of their processors. The MDE offers full support for C/C++, standard programming paradigms, and the most advanced multicore debugging and optimization tools.

The RoHS-compliant T6M-100 features the TILE64 processor with 64 cores running at 700 MHz, 2 Gbytes of ECC DDR2 memory running at 800 MHz, and up to 8 Gbytes of persistent memory. It incorporates dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces (AMC.2 Type 6 or AMC.2 Type 5 with 10 Gbit/s SFP+ on front panel) as well as dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces (AMC.2 Type E2). The front panel I/O includes an RS-232 Serial and an optional SFP+ for 10 Gbit/s fiber connection. The T6M-100 is available in both full and mid-size AMC configurations for AdvancedTCA (ATCA), MicroTCA and proprietary architecture systems. A complete set of tools and runtime software stack is provided by the Tilera Multicore Development Environment.

JumpGen Systems, Carlsbad, CA.
(760) 931-7800. [www.JumpGen.com].

Atom Processor Climbs Aboard Nano-ITX

Low-power systems and handheld mobile devices are one of the most active areas of embedded development using small form factors. Feeding those needs, American Portwell Technology has announced the NANO-8044. This is the first embedded board using the Nano-ITX form factor that is based on the Intel Atom processor Z510/Z530 and the Intel System Controller Hub US15W. At a mere 120 mm x 120 mm (4.72 x 4.72 inches), the compact NANO-8044 measures only 50 percent of the standard Mini-ITX. The NANO-8044 is specifically designed to operate at very low power consumption (less than 10W at full loading) and low heat, so it can be a truly fanless configuration and battery operated.

It supports 1 Gbit Ethernet, audio, 6 USB and dual display by LVDS and SDVO connector. The NANO-8044 supports one 200-pin SO-DIMM memory slot for DDR2 SDRAM up to 1 Gbyte and comes with one IDE, one Type II CompactFlash socket, one SD card and one PCI-E expansion slot.

American Portwell Technology, Fremont, CA. (510) 403-3399. [www.portwell.com].

Nano-ITX Board Boasts All-in-One Media System Processor

A compact, low-heat, power-efficient Nano-ITX board is suitable for compact industrial PCs and embedded automation devices. The addition of the Via VX800 media system processor, an all-in-one chipset solution that provides an extensive feature set while using less real estate, helps to make the EPIA N700 from Via Technologies an attractive choice for developers of compact systems.

Measuring only 12 cm x 12 cm, the Via EPIA N700 board is the lowest profile Nano-ITX board yet. VGA, USB, COM and Gigabit network ports are provided on the board to help reduce system footprint size and eradicate cluttered cabling for improved air-flow and enhanced stability in always-on systems. The Via VX800 offers an integrated DirectX9 graphics core and excellent hardware accelerated video playback for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9, VC1 and DiVX video formats. An onboard VGA port is provided along with support for DVI and a multi-configuration 24-bit, dual channel LVDS transmitter, enabling display connection to embedded panels.

The Via EPIA N700 is available with either a power-efficient 1.5 GHz Via C7 or 500 MHz Via Eden processor, supports up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2 system memory and includes two onboard S-ATA connectors, USB 2.0, COM and Gigabit LAN ports. Expansion includes a Mini-PCI slot with an IDE port, additional COM and USB ports and PS/2 support available through pin-headers.

VIA Technologies, Fremont, CA.
(510) 683-3300. [www.via.com.tw].

MXM Adapter Connects High-Performance Graphics to PC/104 Express

A Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) type II adapter for the connection of a graphics module to the PCI/104-Express bus allows for an easy change of the graphics as with desktop systems. The Microspace MSMMX104EX from Ditial-Logic is connected to the PCI Express bus via a PCI Express for graphics (PEG) slot with 16 lanes. The adapter is equipped with an ATI E2400 MXM graphics module, a high-performance graphics processing unit, which delivers 2D, 3D and multimedia graphics performance, and 256 Mbyte video memory.

Besides the MXM port there are two other interfaces for DVI-I (digital + analog), LVDS and TV-out on the peripheral card. Software support is available for Windows XP and Windows Vista. A flexible heat pipe solution coupled to a thermal interface is available that allows the housing to be used for cooling. The MXM adapter 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 and 12/3A power supply and operates within the standard temperature range of -20° to +70°C. Typical applications are high-performance graphics, H.264/MPEG4 decoder and direct X10. Quantity 100 unit pricing for the MSMMX104EX starts at 128.00 Euros.

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

DC/DC Converters Provide Brown-Out Protection

Embedded systems deployed in outdoor, harsh or remote areas must often wrestle with uncertain and unreliable power conditions. Serving that need, Calex has announced its Hold Up and Hold Up Light product offerings. The Hold Up modules are designed for use with Calex DC/DC Converters to protect against brown-out and temporary power loss conditions and provide a clean, uninterrupted source of power for downstream circuitry. The Hold Up model, part number HU-28, provides a complete turnkey solution for easy design integration. The Hold Up Light model, part number HUL-28, requires the use of an external capacitor bank in addition to the HUL module.

The HU-28 and HUL-28 have an input range of 15.5 VDC to 36 VDC. Both the HU-28 and HUL-28 offer user programmable hold-up trip voltage. Both modules have two modes of operation: “stand-by” and “tripped.” During stand-by, the module charges the hold-up capacitors to 45V and maintains that voltage. When tripped, the module stops charging the hold-up capacitors and connects them to the Vout pins. The operating temperature range for both models is -40° to 100°C.

Calex, Concord, CA. (925) 687-4411. [www.calex.com].

Capacitive Touch Demo Board Simplifies Integration of Interfaces into 16-bit MCUs

An easy-to-use demo board for developing and trying capacitive touch interfaces is being offered by Microchip technology. The PICDEM Touch Sense 2 board comes with the updated, royalty-free mTouch Sensing Solution Software Development Kit (SDK) and is populated with a 16-bit PIC24FJ256GB110 microcontroller (MCU), which features an integrated charge time measurement unit (CTMU) peripheral for fast capacitive touch sensing. This is also a 16-bit MCU family with USB On-The-Go (OTG).

The board and supporting materials provide a complete platform for implementing capacitive touch-sensing interfaces, without the need for external components. Additionally, with the PIC24FJ256GB110 family’s rich peripheral integration and 256 Kbytes of flash memory, and Microchip’s broad portfolio of free and low-cost software libraries, embedded designers can use a single MCU to cost-effectively implement a wide variety of additional user-interface functions, including QVGA touch-screen displays.

Many applications in the consumer, appliance, medical, industrial and automotive markets are rapidly adopting capacitive touch-sensing technology for reasons such as aesthetics, maintenance, cost and cleanliness. Expanding on Microchip’s existing 8-bit PIC microcontroller-based mTouch development tools for capacitive touch, the PICDEM Touch Sense 2 Demo Board enables designers to implement this user interface with Microchip’s wide portfolio of 16-bit PIC24F MCUs. Equipped with capacitive touch-sensing keys and sliders, the board allows designers to evaluate this interface in their applications using the Windows-based mTouch Diagnostic Tool, an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) that is included in the mTouch Sensing Solution SDK. The software libraries, source code and other support materials that come with the board further shorten development time and reduce design costs. Single unit pricing is $99.99.

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

 

Linux Board Support Package Rolls for Sidewinder SBC

Embedded system developers have found the Linux operating system a dependable choice to get started with. It lets them begin software development without committing to any one commercial embedded OS vendor. VersaLogic has announced the release of the DEV-CD-L5, a Linux quick-start Board Support Package (BSP) for their “Sidewinder,” a VIA Eden-based single board computer. Using this BSP streamlines the hardware setup task by eliminating the need for Operating System (OS) configuration and driver installation. This allows embedded developers to create applications in a shorter time frame and reduce time-to-market.

The package is based on the popular Debian Linux 4.0 (etch/stable) product running Linux kernel 2.6.25-2. The bootable CD has been configured for easy installation and support of the Sidewinder’s basic hardware features, including Ethernet, audio, video, USB and serial communications. Three stable images are provided to meet a range of functionality requirements. Additionally, an Advanced User Package (AUP) is available containing kernel sources, a customized config file, and driver patches for users who wish to run a Linux distribution other than Debian. The DEV-CD-L5 BSP is available immediately to qualified applicants for a nominal charge.

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

Slot-Card Disk Drive Offers New Media Options

The rise in software-based functionality in embedded systems is driving demand for ever more programs and data storage. VMetro has added new storage alternatives for its VMDrive. The VMDrive 6U VME/cPCI slot storage products now include rotating media options as well as several larger capacity solid-state storage options. The rotating media VMDrive offers 300 Gbytes or 450 Gbytes storage capacity. This dual-slot VME or cPCI alternative is available in commercial air-cooled models. The VMDrive rotating media version stores data at 100 Mbytes/s via dual channels of 2 Gbit/s Fibre Channel. For demanding applications that require solid-state storage, the VMDrive is available with dual channel 2 Gbit/s Fibre Channel interfaces using both high and low-density media.

The low-density VMDrive stores data at 60 Mbytes/s and is available with up to 256 Gbytes of storage capacity. The low-density models occupy a single VME or cPCI slot in air- and conduction-cooled versions. High-density VMDrives offer 146 Gbytes and 500 Gbytes storage capacity. Available as a dual-slot, air-cooled solution, the high-density solid-state stores data at 120 Mbytes/s.

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

AdvancedMC Processor Module for Multiple Markets

A new Advanced MC processor board is targeted for use in multiple markets that require multicore performance and high data throughput, plus PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet and SATA connectivity via the backplane. The AM4011 AdvancedMC processor module from Kontron is available with the LV Intel Core 2 Duo processor representing substantial processing power and maximum MIPS per watt for both AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA system designs. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor, in tandem with the Intel 3100 server-class chipset, takes advantage of processor performance and the high-speed FSB. The Intel 3100 chipset is a space-saving, two-in-one solution that combines both the Intel Memory Controller (E7320/E7520) and the Intel I/O Hub Controller (6300ESB).

Designed for compute-intensive applications, the versatile Kontron AM4011 may be used as a main controller, data server, traffic processor or media processor in any single-width MicroTCA platform deployed for applications in the 3GSM, triple play, military, police, government, defense, transportation and avionics market segments. Carrier-grade telecommunications, as well as image and video processing applications in the medical, industrial quality management and simulation markets also benefit from the processing power and communication capabilities of the Kontron AM4011 AdvancedMC processor module.

The AMC.1/.2/.3-compliant AM4011 has full hot-swap capabilities for replacing, monitoring and controlling the module without the need to shut down the AdvancedTCA carrier board or the MicroTCA system. A dedicated Module Management Controller (MMC) is used to manage the board and to support a defined subset of IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) commands and PICMG (ATCA/AMC) command extensions, which enable operators to detect and eliminate faults faster at the module level. IPMI enhances the board’s availability while reducing the overall operating costs and mean-time-to-repair.

The Kontron AM4011 AdvancedMC processor module is highly integrated and available in both mid-size and full-size form factors. It also includes up to 4 Gbytes of memory (DDR2) with ECC running at 400 MHz, plus up to 8 Gbytes of flash memory via an onboard USB 2.0 flash controller. Four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces–two available on the front panel, two in accordance with AMC.2–provide comprehensive networking capabilities. Furthermore, the Kontron AM4011 offers connectivity in accordance with AMC.1 (PCIe x4) and AMC.3 (2x SATA).

Kontron, Poway, CA. (858) 623-3006. [www.kontron.com].

Second Gen 5U Horizontal AdvancedTCA Chassis Boasts Full Redundancy

A new 5U AdvancedTCA Chassis features full redundancy, giving the unit high-availability features in a compact horizontal format. The 2nd Gen 5U AdvancedTCA Chassis from Elma Electronic offers dual redundant fan trays, shelf managers and A/C power supply options. The system platform features side-to-side cooling via plug-in fan trays with dual 170 CFM fans with PWM (pulse width modulation) control. The redundant push/pull configurations of the fans offer higher levels of reliability. The fans reach the back of the chassis for cooling the rear I/O slots. The 5U chassis offers dual 1200W AC power supplies and dual shelf managers, which are all front pluggable above the card cage. DC power versions are also available.

The 5U ATCA Chassis is a 19” rackmount unit with rugged steel construction. The system platform features a second-generation shelf manager with bused or quasi-radial IPMB (Intelligent Platform Management Bus) routing. A unique 5-slot ATCA backplane provides specially placed connectors for pluggability. Full Mesh, Replicated Mesh and Dual Star topologies can be implemented on the same backplane. The backplane utilizes the common AMC connector for plugging to Elma’s 2nd Gen Shelf Manager. A 6-slot backplane is also optional in certain configurations.

Elma’s board mating receptacle on the card guides provides secure grounding, accurate alignment and accepts wide tolerances of the alignment pin spacing. Other chassis features include dual on/off switches on each side of the rear of the enclosure and NEBS-grade washable air filters, which are attached via Velcro to the filter trays. For serviceability, the filter tray and fan tray are separately removable. Pricing is under $2,500 depending on volume and options.

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

Power Manager ICs Aim at Li-Ion/Polymer Battery Apps

Power management circuitry that used to require several components is now possible in one chip. That’s a great benefit for space, weight and power constrained battery-power devices. Linear Technology has announced the LTC3586, its most highly integrated PMIC in a family of multi-function, compact power management solutions for Li-Ion/Polymer battery applications. The LTC3586 integrates a switching PowerPath manager, a stand-alone battery charger, always-on LDO and four high-efficiency synchronous switching regulators: one buck-boost, one boost and two buck regulators, all in a compact, low-profile 4 mm x 6 mm QFN package.

The LTC3586’s PowerPath control seamlessly manages power flow between multiple input sources such as a wall adapter or USB port and the Lithium battery while preferentially providing power to the system load. In addition, its “instant-ON” operation ensures system load power even with a dead battery. For fast charging, the LTC3586’s switching input stage converts nearly all of the 2.5W available from the USB port to charging current, enabling up to 700 mA from a 500 mA limited USB supply or up to 1.5A when wall powered. The LTC3586 is available in a compact, low-profile (0.75 mm) 4 mm x 6 mm QFN-38 package. Pricing starts at $5.30 each for 1,000-piece quantities.

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

USB-to-Serial Adapters Is Software Configurable

Embedded applications are rapidly finding ways to use USB for functions once served by serial ports. Sealevel Systems announces two additions to the popular SeaLINK USB to serial product line, the SeaLINK.SC and SeaLINK+2.SC. Offering one or two serial ports that are software configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485, the adapters eliminate the need to open the enclosure to change jumper settings or dipswitches. The devices maintain their electrical interface settings locally, allowing the host computer to be repaired or upgraded without reconfiguring the serial ports.

The serial ports on each SeaLINK adapter appear as standard COM ports to the host computer enabling compatibility with legacy software. All Sealevel SeaLINK USB serial adapters use a state-machine architecture that greatly reduces the host computer’s overhead when communicating over multiple serial ports simultaneously while supporting data rates to 921.6 Kbits/s. Status LEDs on the front of the enclosure indicate serial data activity, electrical interface and power. Standard operating temperature range for SeaLINK products is 0° to 70°C, and extended temperature range (-40° to +85°C) models are available. Both are available immediately from stock priced at $259 for the SeaLINK.SC (Item# 2123) and $309 for the SeaLINK+2.SC (Item# 2223).

Sealevel Systems, Liberty, SC.
(864) 843-4343. [www.sealevel.com].

ATCA Blade Features Intel Dual Quad-Core Processors

An AdvancedTCA node blade supports Intel Xeon processors coupled with the power-optimized Intel 5100 Memory Controller Hub (MCH) chipset operating with up to 1333 MHz Front Side Bus. The PRA-200 from JumpGen Systems features dual 10 Gbit/s fabric interfaces and may be deployed with 1 or 2 quad-core processors to host high-bandwidth embedded communication applications. The PRA-200 design may be configured with an AdvancedMC, PMC, or SATA hard drive expanding customer deployment options. The PRA-200 is one of several JumpGen products that support 10 Gbit/s fabric addressing growing market requirements for IP networks.

The PRA-200 features one or two low-power Intel Xeon L5408 quad-core processors running at up to 2.13GHz or Intel Xeon dual-core L5238 processors at up to 2.66 GHz or yet other Intel Xeon processors 5400, 5300, 5200 and 5100 Series. It includes the Intel 5100 Memory Controller Hub supporting Front Side Bus up to 1333 MHz. The blade supports up to 32 Gbytes of ECC DDR2 memory running at 667 MHz and up to 16 Gbytes of SSD, also useable as persistent memory. The PICMG 3.1 dual 10GigE ATCA Fabric Interfaces can also function as 1GigE. The front panel I/O includes 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet, RS-232 Serial and USB, and the board is RoHS compliant

JumpGen Systems, Carlsbad, CA. (760) 931-7800. [www.JumpGen.com].

Fanless Ultra-Low-Voltage Celeron M PC/104-Plus SBC

A fanless PC/104-Plus embedded single board computer (SBC) boasts the processing power of Intel’s ultra-low-voltage Celeron M CPU, but operates without a fan and uses only eight watts of power. The new Cheetah EPM-32v from VersaLogic is targeted at applications such as medical, avionics, navigation and tracking, system monitoring and security/homeland defense that require substantial processing power and low power draw, as well as extensive features in a rugged, compact design. The Cheetah is especially well suited for embedded control applications requiring a very small footprint, which the 3.6” x 3.8” (90 mm x 96 mm) size provides.

Standard onboard features of this RoHS-compliant SBC include two COM ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, IDE, LPT, audio and PS/2 keyboard/mouse support. The board also features integrated high-performance video with support for both analog monitors and LVDS flat panels. The Extreme Graphics 2 video processor includes high-speed 3-D rendering, full-motion video and MPEG-2 decoding. The PC/104-Plus interface supports both ISA and PCI add-on modules. Standard pass-through connectors allow the board to be used above other PC/104 modules. It may also be used as a CPU module for larger systems, by plugging it into a proprietary base board that includes specific user I/O circuitry. As with other VersaLogic embedded computer boards, the fanless Cheetah includes a customizable, OEM-enhanced BIOS that is field-upgradeable. It is designed to work with embedded operating systems, including Windows CE/XP/XPe, Linux, VxWorks, QNX, DOS and others. The EPM-32v is available starting at $1,170 in OEM quantities.

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

PC/104-Express Card with Intel Atom Processor 4x COM and GPS

Based on the latest Intel Atom processor, a PC/104-Express board can be used for applications in battery-powered mobile computers, information terminals with video displays, game systems with music output, measuring instruments and telecommunication devices. Besides the fast CPU, the MSM200X/XL/XP from Digital-Logic provides all standard PC interfaces required for such demanding applications, including Ethernet LAN, an audio controller (HDA-AC97), four RS-232 interfaces, two SATA and one PATA interfaces.

In addition, the PCI/104-Express bus (PCI + PCIe), PCIe Minicard and six USB interfaces are available as functional extensions. The PCIe Minicard permits extending the board with GSM or WLAN functions. Optionally the MSM200 can be equipped with a GPS receiver (COM4). The typical power consumption of only 4W or 5W allows passive cooling within a very broad working temperature range.

All three options (X, XL and XP) are equipped with the SMA200 Atom Z510/Z530 processor (1.1 or 1.6 GHz) and offer up to 1 Gbyte RAM. The XL version is a low-cost variant without battery or sound codec, while the XP version features a 4 Gbyte SDD on board (optional for the two other variants). The versions MSM200X and MSM200XP are also available for the extended temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. The boards have dimensions of 90 mm x 96 mm (W x L) and a weight of 105 or 115 grams respectively. The MSM200 is priced starting at 364.00 Euros in quantities of 100 or more.

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

Test and Verification Suite Now Covers DO-178B

A software verification and test tool suite has extended its complement of programming standards and code coverage up to DO-178B Level A certification, an essential certification level for the avionics sector. This latest version of the LDRA tool suite from LDRA Software Technology adds TBreq v2.2, LDRA’s requirements traceability tool, and TBvision, a tool designed to increase visibility for industry standards compliance, security vulnerability and defect and fault detection. The integrations enable LDRA tool suite to verify all aspects of software development from requirements through run-time while easy-to-read graphical reports and other enhancements boost development team productivity.

TBreq, LDRA’s collaborative, requirements-focused development and verification solution enables project teams to automate the processes of requirements verification and traceability, solving some of the most difficult aspects of software development. TBvision enables developers to see how the source code performs against security vulnerabilities, fault-detection, and adherence to the required quality standards. Aimed at enhancing collaboration and communication between development teams, TBvision enables managers, team workers and individual developers to collectively monitor testing and quality metrics.

During software development, requirements traceability, static analysis, dynamic analysis and testing strategies contribute significantly to software quality and fault reduction. With the additional requirements traceability and graphical reporting in LDRA tool suite v7.7, developers and testers can now enjoy an extremely mature integrated product, capable of identifying faults earlier in the development process and of tracking projects requirements. With faults minimized, fault handling at run-time secures safety-critical software from unforeseen events that can creep in during the operation of complex software applications.

LDRA Software Technology, San Bruno, CA.
(650) 583-8880. [www.ldra.com].

Full-sized, AdvancedMC SBC Features Core 2 Duo

A full-sized AMC single board computer module features an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz processor and is designed for MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA applications. The AMC122 from Performance Technologies adds another high-end offering to the company’s wide line of processor AMCs targeted at emerging design applications in telecommunications, aerospace and defense, enterprise and industrial settings. The AMC122, when combined with Performance Technologies’ MicroTCA platform, the MTC5070, and Carrier Grade Linux OS, NexusWare, offers a ready-to-use solution for next-generation MicroTCA-based applications, such as communication servers, security, and data acquisition and processing applications.

Key features include the 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 dual-core architecture processor, and up to 8 Gbyte DRAM. An onboard MiniSD card site with program and operating system storage space enables the module to boot without an external connection. The architecture includes enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology for more efficient power management. The board also provides TCP/IP Offload (TOE), iSCSI and RDMA on Ethernet Channels

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

Time and Frequency Synchronization OEM Board for Digital Broadcast and WiMAX

A highly reliable, versatile and readable time and frequency engine for digital broadcast and WiMAX applications is a competitively priced, fully integrated GPS synchronization solution in a board ready for integration. The EB03 from Spectracom boasts a state-of-the-art, compact design that is suited for digital broadcast single frequency networks as well as emerging WiMAX infrastructure.

The EB03 can also use an external 1PPS or external 10 MHz as its reference in place of GPS. For instance, it switches automatically from one reference to another while minimizing phase jump. Depending on the customer’s configuration, the connectors can be positioned on the top or bottom of the board in the factory before shipment for maximizing space. The EB03 features remote management via SNMP. From the convenience of a PC, hundreds of transmitters can be monitored and configured regardless of their geographic location.

For best WiMAX performance, the EB03 can be configured with a low-cost oscillator resulting in competitive pricing, which is critical for successful WiMAX implementation worldwide. For the most precise performance, mandatory for digital broadcast, a high-performance OCXO oscillator is available. The EB03 is RoHS compliant.

Spectracom, Rochester, NY.
(585) 321-5800. [www.spectracomcorp.com].

SATA Disk Module Expands SSD Solutions for Industry and Embedded

A new SATA Disk Module (SDM) meets an expanded range of SATA storage demand applications. The new SDM SSD (solid-state disk) series is available with a 7-pin or 22-pin connector that is oriented at 90 degrees or 180 degrees and is designed for a variety of housing configurations adopted in industrial, embedded, and commercial computers. Supporting SATA 1.5 Gbit/s and read and write speeds up to 35 Mbytes/s and 25 Mbytes/s respectively, the SDM offers high reliability based on high-speed single level cell (SLC) flash memory in capacities of 128 Mbytes to 4 Gbytes, particularly well-suited for applications such as POS, kiosk, gaming, digital signage, STB, low-cost NB surveillance systems and Thin client.

Certified for MIL-STD-810F shock-resistance and anti-vibration, the SDM is suitable for harsh operating conditions in extended temperatures of -40° to 85°C, and includes 8-bit ECC for high reliability. With less than 300 defective parts per million (DPPM), the SDM has undergone on-going reliability testing (ORT) to guarantee product dependability and longevity, with a mean time between failures (MTBF) of two million hours. The SDM delivers the many benefits of solid-state disks, including shock and vibration resistance, durability and energy-saving. Extensive reliability tests, such as temperature, humidity, vibration and impact, are performed on SDMs to ensure the highest quality.

Apacer Technology, Taipei, Taiwan.
+886-2-2696-1666. [www.apacer.com].

Timing Card for PCI Express Offers Flexibility and Low Cost

A new bus-level timing card for the PCI Express peripheral component interconnect standard is targeted at synchronizing critical operations in embedded computing systems for industries such as aerospace, defense and industrial automation. The new TSync-PCIe time code processor from Spectracom is based on the company’s new time synchronization platform that offers the most flexibility including the ability to add features in the field from future development and changes in user deployment.

The TSync-PCIe comes with a comprehensive set of standard features to allow users to read and generate time codes, program timing and frequency signals, and time-stamp events with greater flexibility than before. The card has the ability to read multiple prioritized time codes, generate multiple time codes and other synchronization outputs, and time tag multiple signals at a maximum rate over 50,000 events per second.

Not only does the TSync-PCIe support a large variety of synchronization needs, it easily integrates into the software environment of the application because it is supplied with drivers for the latest versions of popular operating systems including Linux, Windows and Solaris. The time code processor is offered with an option for enhanced timing accuracy in case of loss of the synchronization references. Synchronization to GPS is available via an onboard or remote GPS receiver.

Spectracom, Rochester, NY. (585) 321-5800. [www.spectracomcorp.com].

Fanless PC/104 Card Sports 500 MHz Geode LX800

The PC/104 form factor with its compact size and inherent ruggedness continues to be a favorite for space-constrained industrial applications. Diamond Systems announced its latest PC/104 form factor single board computer, Rhodeus, based on the AMD LX800 processor. Rhodeus offers mid-range computing power in a compact, low power consumption and low cost PC/104 single board computer.

Rhodeus is based on the AMD Geode LX800 processor operating fanless at 500 MHz. It includes 64 Kbyte L1 cache and 128 Kbyte L2 cache. The board supports up to 1 Gbyte of DDR SDRAM using a SO-DIMM socket. It provides both IDE and CompactFlash mass storage options. Video consists of an integrated VGA controller with 2D acceleration and support for high-resolution CRT and LCD displays. A full set of I/O is provided to support application requirements, including Ethernet, UDMA-33 IDE, two USB 2.0 ports, one RS-232 and one RS-232/422/485 serial port, floppy, legacy keyboard and mouse, and programmable watchdog timer. Power consumption is 5W typical, and operating temperature is 0° to 60°C. The board includes the PC/104 ISA bus for additional I/O expansion. The Rhodeus single board computer is available immediately. Prices start under $350 in small quantities for models with 256 Mbytes of DDR SDRAM.

Diamond Systems,
Mountain View, CA.
(650) 810-2500.
[www.diamondsystems.com].

45nm Dual-Core Processor Powers 6U CompactPCI Board

Representing a higher performance-per-watt standard in the 6U CompactPCI class for rugged reliability, availability, scalability, manageability (RASM) applications, the new CP6016 from Kontron is based on the high-performance and low-power 45nm Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400. This CompactPCI board excels over the previous 65nm Intel Core2 Duo processor T7500-based board with up to 25 percent faster core speeds (2.53 GHz), 50 percent more L2 cache (6 Mbytes) and a 60 percent faster FSB (1066 MHz) with similar energy consumption.

Designed for densely packed, thermally constrained CompactPCI systems that require the most performance in a typical 50 watt or less power envelope, the power-optimized CP6016 enables out-of-band communication with all hardware components through the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). It thereby meets standards for the management of high-availability applications and there is an onboard Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) for data and software protection. This makes the CP6016 board exceptionally attractive to multiple markets, including highly sensitive, security-relevant telecom and datacom applications. Bandwidth-intensive image processing, multimedia and test and measurement applications will also benefit from the 6 Mbytes of L2 cache and up to 16 Gbytes of registered DDR2 ECC SO-RDIMM memory.

For additional application flexibility the Kontron CP6016 CPU board comes with an extensive range of interfaces: 6x SATA ports with RAID 0/1/5 functionality for enhanced data security, 7 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 RS-232 ports, VGA and High Definition Audio (HDA) interfaces as well as 5 x Gigabit Ethernet interfaces connected via PCI Express to meet the high-performance requirements of communications applications. One of the 6 available SATA ports can be used for an onboard 2.5-inch SATA hard drive. An XMC socket (via PCI Express x8) and PMC socket for mezzanine cards ensure plenty of room for customized expansions. An onboard USB flash option completes the feature set of the CP6016, which can be used in a system or peripheral slot.

The CP6016 CompactPCI 6U processor board runs with Linux, Microsoft Windows XP, XP embedded or Windows Server 2003. Highly integrated support packages support all onboard hardware devices, and also specific features like Hotswap, IPMI, power and thermal management, enabling effortless integration among scalable multi-CPU systems.

Kontron, Poway, CA. (888)-294-4558. [www.kontron.com].

Module Enables ZigBee Network Control from a PC

Based on a 2.4 GHz ZigBee-compliant radio transceiver and featuring mesh networking using the latest EmberZNet 3.1 ZigBee PRO software, the ETRX2USB stick from Telegesis is an attractive complement to the Telegesis range of Zigbee mesh networking modules and provides an easy route to Zigbee-enable a PC or any USB device to monitor and control a ZigBee network.

Success in reducing all critical dimensions of the assembly has resulted in a new slimmer, smaller module making it suitable for applications where physical size is important or where the ETRX2USB must reside in close proximity to other USB peripherals. The height of the new USB stick has been reduced by over 30% and overall volume is reduced by over 40%. Additionally, a new redesigned light pipe in the casing allows a clear visual indication of ZigBee network activity via an onboard LED.

The ETRX2USB module is a full-speed USB2.0 device; powered by the USB bus, the module supports low power modes and can be configured as a ZigBee coordinator, router, or end device. The new stick is also available as a PA version with additional power amplification offering a boosted output power. To reduce time-to-market and simplify design, the ETRX2USB module utilizes the Telegesis AT style command line interface, which allows a designer to quickly integrate ZigBee meshing radio technology into a design without the need for complex programming or RF design experience. The USB stick acts effectively as a USB2.0 to serial bridge, and by using a virtual COM port, the AT command set can be easily accessed by host application software.

As a starting point for designers, Telegesis supplies its “Telegesis Terminal” software with the ETRX2 USB stick. This application is specifically designed to let designers quickly gain an understanding of how the Telegesis AT command set is used to manage a network of Telegesis ZigBee ETRX devices and helps in connecting to Telegesis wireless ZigBee modules by sending commands and viewing responses received from remote ETRX ZigBee devices. Designers aiming to develop custom firmware are also well supported by the addition of an in-circuit Programming/Debugging header accessible under a small rubber seal on the side of the USB stick.

Telegesis.
Marlow, UK.
+44 (0) 1628 894347.
[www.telegesis.com].

Switching Power Manager with USB On-The-Go and Overvolt Protection

A multifunction power management IC is aimed at Li-Ion/Polymer battery-based applications such as HDD-based media players, digital cameras, personal navigation devices, PDAs, smart phones and automotive-compatible portable electronics. The LTC3576 from Linear Technology features a bidirectional switching power manager with input overvoltage protection and USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality, a stand-alone battery charger, three high-efficiency synchronous buck regulators, an ideal diode, I2C control, plus an always-on LDO, all in a compact, low-profile 4 mm x 6 mm QFN package.

The LTC3576’s USB-compatible bidirectional switching regulator features programmable input current limits of 100 mA and 500 mA, as well as a 1A wall adapter input current limit. For fast charging, the LTC3576 converts nearly all of the 2.5W available from the USB port to charging current, enabling up to 700 mA from a 500 mA limited USB supply and up to 1.5A from a wall adapter. The bidirectional switching regulator can also take power from the battery to generate 5V and deliver up to 500 mA for USB OTG applications without any additional components. The IC provides an overvoltage protection (OVP) control circuit that prevents damage to its input from the accidental application of voltages as high as 66V. The OVP circuit can protect the USB port even when the IC is providing power for USB OTG.

The LTC3576’s PowerPath control with automatic load prioritization seamlessly manages power flow between a variety of input power sources such as a wall adapter or USB port and the Li-Ion/Polymer battery while preferentially providing power to the system load. The IC’s "instant-ON" operation ensures system load power even with a discharged battery. An internal 180 mOhm ideal diode plus optional external ideal diode controller provide a low loss power path from the battery to the load when input power is limited or unavailable. Pricing starts at $4.80 each for 1,000-piece quantities.

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

Increased Capacity and Performance Target Card for Use in Professional Video

Speed and capacity keep leapfrogging in CompactFlash memory. The SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash (CF) card is the latest addition to the SanDisk Extreme III line. Combining very high storage capacity with fast data transfer rates, the new memory card is designed to meet the demands of professional digital videographers and photographers. For many cards, an increase in storage capacity often comes at a cost to speed, but the 32 Gbyte SanDisk Extreme III CF card at 30 Mbytes/s offers customers the best of both worlds.

The 32 Gbyte SanDisk Extreme III CF card provides increased capacity for longer-duration filming, and its 30 Mbyte/s (200x) read and write speeds enable users to record and transfer content quickly and reliably, thus maximizing critical workflow. These complementary features make the new card especially attractive to field producers and camera crews who typically operate under tight deadlines.

The 32 Gbyte SanDisk Extreme III CF card also benefits professional photographers, who often shoot strictly in RAW format. RAW images demand up to ten times as much space as regular JPG images. Photographers often use continuous shooting mode during high-action situations such as sporting events or theatrical performances, and the high-resolution photos add up quickly. SanDisk Extreme III CF cards have a guaranteed operating temperature, ranging from -25° to +185°C). The manufacturer’s suggested price in the United States is $299.99.

SanDisk, Milpitas, CA. (408) 801-1000. www.sandisk.com [http://www.sandisk.com].

HMI Development Software Features Enhanced Local & Remote Security

A suite of fast HMI application development software features a combination of HMI functions, including multimedia capability, remote PC access, high-speed device linking and a built-in control logic editor. The GP-Pro EX software from Pro-face America is designed to speed application development for both OEMs and end-users who need to standardize on one HMI package that supports both Microsoft Windows-based systems and dedicated operator interfaces.

New security features in GP-Pro EX applications reduce system tampering and provide a safe machine environment by managing access to both the local machine and remote maintenance and control tools. The addition of object-based security at the HMI screen level means key individuals have access to critical controls, greatly reducing development time. Tampering and accountability are reduced using an operation log that tracks operator changes that have occurred via data entry or with the editing of any object on the screen.

GP-Pro EX’s new Smart Simulation feature allows developers to test entire projects on their laptops–at their desk or on a plane. No external hardware or cabling is required. The software simulates HMI screens, ladder logic and external devices. Once complete, a tested project can then be e-mailed to a customer.

The new Object Animation feature changes the appearance of objects on the screen based on plant conditions or the security clearance of the operator. To simplify operator interaction, objects on the screen can disappear when not needed, moving or rotating parts can be animated, and tank colors can change in accordance wi