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One Stop Systems Purchases Ciprico Storage Product Lines

One Stop Systems has purchased the exclusive manufacturing rights to Ciprico’s MediaVault, Talon 4, and DiMeda product lines, thus offering a full line of storage options including commercial RAID arrays, rugged mobile storage and network attached storage. In addition to assuming the existing product order backlog and inventory, One Stop Systems will fulfill new orders for products from customers and distributors, will manufacture the products taking on all aspects of the manufacturing process including material procurement, fabrication, assembly and test, and will provide technical support to customers and distributors.

The MediaVault products are direct attached storage devices used in commercial applications such as radio and television broadcasting and video imaging. They include a 5-drive desktop RAID array (OSS-4105), often paired with Apple systems, a 10-drive rack mount version (OSS-4210) and a 40-drive RAID array (OSS-4440). All of these are offered in SCSI320 or Fibre Channel interfaces. In addition, an 8- and 16-drive PCI Express-based RAID array (OSS-5108, OSS-5116) provides even higher bandwidth data storage.

The Talon 4 RAID line for military systems meets the stringent standards for shock, vibration, and severe environmental and temperature changes typically found in airborne, shipboard, fixed and mobile ground-based installations. The Talon 4’s dual controllers meet the Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) 2.0 specification. The Talon 4 is ideal for streaming data acquisition C4ISR (command, control, computers, communication, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) applications, such as mission planning, intelligence gathering, image processing and data archiving.

The DiMeda NAS (network attached storage) appliance (OSS-1716) offers performance levels reaching 700 Mbytes/s supporting high-performance file sharing and video streaming applications. The 1716 supports both SATA and SAS drives and offers a greatly enhanced RAID feature set. It is ideally suited for the digital cinema market as well as any application where multiple systems are accessing high-speed data transfers.

Elma Electronic Acquires ACT/Technico

Elma Electronic has announced the acquisition of ACT/Technico. ACT/Technico, as a part of Elma, will continue to provide the same embedded, open standards-based products and subsystem integration services to customers in the defense, semiconductor equipment, transportation, communications, medical imaging and homeland security markets.

The acquisition enhances Elma’s system integration capabilities and adds an extensive product and partner portfolio to the company’s already wide offering. Both companies are renowned in the market for their VITA-based, PICMG-based and other standards-based products and solutions. Combining Elma’s system platform packaging expertise with ACT/Technico’s embedded integration skills provides a formidable range of capabilities from components to fully integrated subsystems.

The acquisition provides Elma with enhanced expertise in markets from telecom to medical to mil/aero, and in architectures from VME to VPX and from AdvancedTCA to MicroTCA. ACT/Technico also manufactures single board computers, mass storage, networking, device drivers, PCI mezzanine cards and more.

Established in 1978, ACT/Technico is located in Warminster, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. The company will continue to operate from its current location as a part of Elma’s System Platform division, specializing in integration and board-level solutions. Elma’s other product divisions include backplanes, enclosures & components, cabinet enclosures and rotary switches.

InHand Launches Eco-Friendly Initiative with InHand goes Green

InHand Electronics has launched InHand goes Green, taking steps to decrease the environmental impacts of embedded technologies. InHand goes Green will promote eco-friendly practices within the company, with customers and throughout the embedded industry. As part of the initiative, InHand will offer customers energy-saving, RoHS-compliant components and systems, while taking more steps internally to reduce impact on the environment.

InHand’s power-saving BatterySmart creates energy-efficient platforms and devices. RoHS-compliant parts and products are used and created by InHand, meeting demands to decrease the environmental impact of technology on the Earth. While working toward a more eco-friendly business model externally, InHand will also promote green living internally. Internally, the company will reuse and recycle shipping and packing materials, switch to biodegradable, starch-based packing peanuts and eliminate the use of Styrofoam products. Other steps include: exploring and utilizing alternative energy sources such as solar power, working with an environmentally responsible printer, recycling, plans to provide interested customers with Material Declaration Data Sheets (MDDS) and raising eco-awareness among the embedded industry.

Hybricon Awarded Liquid-Cooling Patent

The United States Patent & Trademark Office has awarded Hybricon a patent for Liquid-Cooling Technology, U.S. Patent No.: 7,450,384 B2. The patent, entitled “Card Cage with Parallel Flow Paths Having Substantially Similar Lengths,” recognizes Hybricon’s liquid-cooled technology.

This technology has been implemented in both standard and custom Liquid-Cooled ATR solutions. The technology provides for superior thermal properties, while dramatically reducing the pressure drop of the coolant flow path. This technology further cements Hybricon Corporation as the industry leader in standard and custom solutions for electronic packaging needs.

The inventors of this patent developed this technology to optimize the fluid flow paths for thermal performance while minimizing fluid pressure drop. Although developed initially for high power dissipation applications, the technology is applicable in lower power applications as well. This technology is currently deployed on several mission-critical applications.

Mitsubishi Electric Extends Partnership with Lantronix

Lantronix has announced that Mitsubishi Electric has selected Lantronix’ XPort embedded networking connectivity module to further provide remote management and monitoring capabilities for its high-volume projectors. Already using XPort to provide networking capability for its high-end DLP projectors, Mitsubishi has recognized the benefits the solution can also add to its lower-cost, higher-volume line of projectors. XPort enables serial-based devices to communicate over a local area network/wide area network (LAN/WAN) or the Internet. XPort allows Mitsubishi customers to access, monitor and control equipment from any location via the Internet, providing an unprecedented level of real-time business intelligence.

In Mitsubishi’s case, a custom software program, ProjectorView control system, was developed to easily display the status of each projector. Utilizing XPort’s built-in Web server, a remote user is able to access the ProjectorView screen via their PC browser. This allows for proactive monitoring of each projector’s performance, including its lamp and internal temperature, how long the lamp has been running, last maintenance and installation data in real-time. In addition, ProjectorView allows each customer’s maintenance personnel to remotely operate fundamental functions of each projector over the Internet.

The system can easily diagnose the status of each projector and should any problem be detected, an e-mail notification can be sent directly to each customer’s service personnel, instantly alerting them to problems, such as projector overheating, lamp life expiration or command errors. When required, service calls are more efficient because the nature of the problem is known when the technician is dispatched, reducing the need for multiple visits.

Orion Vehicle Digital Video Systems Built with Integrity RTOS

Green Hills Software has announced that Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation is using Green Hills Software’s Integrity real-time operating system in Ecliptic’s next-generation RocketCam Digital Video System (DVS). Integrity manages all DVS command and telemetry functions as well as demanding, real-time video processing tasks in a rugged environment. The Integrity-based RocketCam DVS is being successfully applied in NASA’s Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle capsule Pad Abort Test program, employing high-speed digital video cameras to capture onboard video of Orion’s parachute deployments during each test flight. This test program is being managed by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California.

RocketCam DVS consists of imaging sensors connected to a Digital Video Controller (DVC). The DVC provides power and power control, supports stored and event-driven DVS sequencing, controls all sensors, ingests and manipulates their output data streams and affiliated engineering data, and compresses, stores and outputs these data to the host platform or directly to a transmitter for downlinking to end users. RocketCam is used to observe staging and propulsion events; observe spacecraft separation, deployments and operations events; characterize operational environments; support anomaly investigations and failure reviews; and support other engineering and project outreach objectives.

NEC to Distribute VaST Electronics Virtualization Solutions for Automotive MCUs

VaST and NEC Electronics America, Inc have announced an agreement for NEC Electronics America to distribute VaST virtualization technology with advanced automotive MCU products.

The agreement is an advancement in an effort that VaST undertook almost two years ago to change how electronic systems are developed in the automotive industry. Beginning in May 2007, VaST instituted a series of partnerships to deliver system and processor models to several electronics suppliers and original equipment manufacturers. The earlier announced availability of NEC Electronics’ V850-based MCU models was an important first step.

Electronics virtualization breaks the dependency on hardware prototypes. Companies develop virtual system prototypes–timing-accurate, high-speed simulation models of their electronic systems–for use in design and supply chain enablement. Using virtualization, customers develop software before hardware and enable early software development by ecosystem partners, which cuts time-to-market by 8 months or more.

This agreement goes beyond NEC Electronics MCU model availability and includes sales and distribution of VaST electronics virtualization tools by NEC Electronics America to its customers. This agreement equips NEC Electronics America with leading virtualization tools that allow end customers to develop software for NEC Electronics microcontroller-based systems in a more productive and cost-effective manner than conventional methods. NEC Electronics America’s sales team will improve their tool offering to showcase and sell their leading MCU products, and in turn VaST receives a wider market reach for promotion and sales of their tools.