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NEMA 16-Channel Optically Isolated Input / Relay Output Modules Require No PC

A pair of intelligent 16-channel wireless digital I/O units communicate directly with each other. Each unit contains 8 Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relays and 8 optically isolated digital inputs. When an isolated input is toggled on one of the units it will cause the corresponding relay to switch on the other unit. No software or PC connection is required as this solution is completely self-contained and operates autonomously. The Model WWP-IIRO-8 units from Acces I/O Products are packaged in small, rugged, NEMA4 enclosures; suited for remote installations in harsh atmospheric, industrial, or marine applications. This product offers a low-cost alternative to costly signal wire installations in applications such as agricultural and irrigation systems, building management and control, security and factory automation.

The units can operate at distances up to 7 miles line-of-sight via a 900 MHz wireless connection (up to 20 miles with optional high-gain antenna). The 8 isolated inputs can be driven by either DC sources of 3-31V (or higher by special order) or AC sources at frequencies of 40 Hz to 10 kHz and are not polarity sensitive. The WWP-IIRO-8 is useful for monitoring controllers and equipment status without needing an available auxiliary contact. Just connect the contactor coil, or other monitoring point, across the input and that’s it. Whenever the coil is energized the input is on. For dry-contact monitoring applications, simply wire the power supply voltage into the switch circuit.

A microcontroller gives the WWP-IIRO-8 the capability and versatility expected from a modern, stand-alone, distributed control system and allows custom firmware useful for a variety of OEM products. No software is required. The WWP-IIRO-8 was designed to work without the need of any additional software. No PC connection is required! Simply connect the supplied power supply, wire via the removable screw terminal board provided, and operate. TheWWP-IIRO-8 Wireless 16-Channel Input / Relay Output Pair is priced at $795.

ACCES I/O Products, San Diego, CA. (858) 550-9559. [www.accesio.com].

System for Rugged Applications Adds Military Connectors

A rugged COTS military computer from ADlink leverages the proven design of the company’s RuffSystem 800 by adding to that system’s rugged enclosure MIL-STD-D38999 connectors instead of PC-style connectors to maximize the reliability of connections between the computer system and peripherals for the most extreme environmental conditions. MilSystem 800 consists of the Ampro LittleBoard 800 single board computer (SBC) in a MIL-STD-810 tested RuffSystem enclosure. The system supports up to a 1.4 GHz Pentium M CPU and provides conductive cooling, requiring no fans or holes for ventilation. MilSystem 800 is dust-proof and splash-proof.

MilSystem 800 comes in a 8” x 10” x 3” conductive-cooled enclosure that has been tested to MIL-STD-810 for shock and vibration, and tested over a wide temperature range of -40° to +75°C. The short height allows installation under seats and in other locations where cube-shaped and rack-mount systems cannot fit. Built-in I/O includes Gigabit Ethernet, 10/100 Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, four serial ports, video, audio and PS/2 keyboard-mouse all on two MIL-STD-D38999 style 55-pin connectors. A third connector is available for an additional 55 I/O signals.

MilSystem 800 supports up to 1 Gbyte of DDR memory and can be configured with any combination of up to 32 Gbytes of rugged solid-state drive, up to 16 Gbytes of rugged-grade CompactFlash memory card, or an extreme environment hard drive. MilSystem is offered with Embedded Linux, Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, and Microsoft Windows CE operating systems.

Adlink subjects Extreme Rugged SBCs to voltage and temperature margin testing and HALT testing in order to fine-tune the design for harsh system environments, including shock, vibration, humidity and -40° to +75°C operation. Extreme Rugged SBCs target applications where failures would have dire consequences

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

Development Kit for NFX Managed-Memory Token

The line of NFX Managed-Memory Tokens from Datakey Electronics now has a development kit that supports the latest release of the NFX family of Tokens and includes an improved sample application (with source code), which illustrates how to use each of the commands included in the DLL. Also new is a command line utility that allows for simplified testing and configuration of the NFX Tokens’ unique OEM and security features.

Designed for OEMs requiring long-term availability, the NFX Tokens have an internal file management system that allows embedded developers to access the memory using high-level commands that are guaranteed to be stable over time. Capacities range from 128 Mbytes to 1Gbyte. The NFX Tokens feature solid over-molded construction and IP-rated Receptacle options, which allow them to operate reliably in the harshest environments. Typical applications include: data logging, firmware updates, parameter uploads/cloning, data transport, etc.

The development kit provides documentation on how to develop applications for both embedded and PC platforms. Because the NFX has both SPI and USB interfaces, it can interface with an embedded microprocessor through its SPI bus and/or with a PC or embedded computer through its USB bus. This provides an effective form of data transport in applications or environments where networking is impractical or impossible.

The NFX Development Kit includes: 2 NFX Tokens, 2 mating Receptacles (1 panel mount and 1 PCB mount), software CD, user manuals, and an NFX Memory Interface box with USB cable. The software CD includes all documentation, a sample software application with source code and drivers, and a command line utility for easy testing and configuration.

Datakey Electronics, Savage, MN.
(952) 746-4066. [www.datakey.com].

Hot Swap PMC Carrier for AMC

A double-width, full-size PMC carrier for AMC supports one single-width PMC module. The TAMC260 from Tews Technologies is a solution to upgrade well-known legacy PMC I/O solutions to the high-performance AMC form factor. PMC modules provide modular cost-effective I/O solutions for applications in process control, medical systems, aerospace/defense COTS, telecommunications and traffic control.

32-bit PCI accesses are supported on the PCI bus at both 33 MHz and 66 MHz. The PLX8112 PCIe-to-PCI bridge provides the real connection between the primary PCIe link and the secondary PMC slot. The bridge controls all PCI accesses and sets the frequency for the PMC access. The TAMC260 supports front panel I/O, and additionally a 68 pin SCSI-V type connector provides access to the PMC P14 back I/O lines. In compliance with specification AMC.0, the TAMC260 provides an IPMI-compliant Module Management Controller (MMC) with temperature monitoring and hot-swap support.

In order to support long-term programs, the new TEWS’ modules have a 5-year warranty. Software support for major operating systems including Windows, Linux, VxWorks and QNX is available.

TEWS Technologies, Halstenbek, Germany.
+49 (0) 4101 4058-0. [www.tews.com].

Atom-Based Mini-ITX Board Features 12 VDC Power

A Mini-ITX motherboard utilizes the 45nm 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor with Intel 945GSE Express chipset and ICH7M I/O controller hub. Exhibiting a total system thermal design power (TDP) of less than 15 watts, the NP101-D16C from Itox Applied Computing provides higher performance-per-watt than previous mobile platforms. A single energy-saving 12 VDC power input further reduces overall system configuration and operating costs.

In addition, this motherboard utilizes one 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket supporting up to 2 Gbytes of economical DDR2 400 or 533 MHz memory. Other significant NP101-D16C features include an 18-bit LVDS display interface, VGA graphics interface, and an SDVO connector for optional DVI or 24-bit LVDS display interfaces. This mini-ITX motherboard also provides 2 SATA ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 Serial COM ports, 2 PCI Express Gigabit LAN controllers, 1 PCI Express x1 slot and 1 PCI slot.

The Itox NP101-D16C Mini-ITX product is suitable for cost-sensitive applied computing and x86 embedded systems applications including medical electronics, industrial control, security & surveillance, telecommunications, ATM/POS, digital signage, gaming and kiosk systems. It also has guaranteed availability for seven years to continually save customers the time and expense associated with additional product testing and verification processes. A standard ATX power input model, NP100-N16C is also available with the same features as the NP101-D16C. In addition, the NP100-N16C Mini-ITX board includes an onboard DVI graphics port and CompactFlash socket.

ITOX Applied Computing, East Brunswick, NJ.
(732) 390-2815. [www.itox.com].

Boundary Scan Platform Extends to Universal Fixtures

A series of universal board fixtures for the Boundary Scan hardware platform is called Scanflex Board Grabber and is comprised of three models in different sizes that are compliant with IEEE Std. 1149.x. Especially with complex boards, the professional mechanical handling of the design verification in the stage of development is often difficult. The Scanflex Board Grabber from Goepel Electronic not only solves this problem but offers the possibility of easily and reliably generating signal probing.

The Scanflex Board Grabber was specifically designed for the support of laboratory verification and programming of prototypes; it is also applicable at repair stations. It brings along a width adaptable fixture, which can hold PCBs of different sizes. While the L-version can hold boards of 300x300 mm, the XL-version allows dimensions of 495x340 mm and the XXL-version dimensions of 555x440 mm. Due to the integrated pivoting mechanism it is easily possible to reach the top side and bottom side of the board.

All Board Grabber have pre-assembled interfaces for Scanflex TAP transceivers. Over these interfaces, the IEEE1149.x TAP signals are provided as well as additional analog and digital channels. Up to eight independent parallel TAP are supported. The connection of all signals to the board can be handled over clips, probes or precast connection cables.

Moreover, with the Scanflex Board Grabber up to 50 needle probes at each side can be applied. They enable extremely reliable and convenient contact of signals via the smallest contact area or directly at the pin on the top side or bottom side of the board. The needle probes can be used to connect to oscilloscopes, logic analyzers or other test instruments in addition to Boundary Scan applications.

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

1U Box Offers Seamless PCI Express Expansion Solutions

A simple, cost-effective solution for seamlessly expanding the available PCI Express slots of desktops, workstations, servers and laptops is aimed at server manufacturers, system integrators and audio/visual or storage solutions providers. The ExpressBox2 (EB2) from Magma can also provide up to 2 PCI Express slots for plugging in graphics or other I/O cards to attach to laptops via an ExpressCard interface. This allows for significant cost savings to organizations, since it eliminates the need to invest in new computer hardware in order to be able to accommodate the growing need for I/O expandability.

Magma’s EB2 is housed in a 1U form factor and allows the extension of a system’s backplane and/or I/O fabric via cable to an external chassis that can take 2 PCI Express I/O cards. This chassis allows for space and power to accommodate up to 4 hard drives. Further, the chassis can be daisy-chained to allow for the extension of 2 PCI Express slots per chassis. It also supports the ability to connect to laptops through ExpressCard interface

Key features include a communication bandwidth supported between host and EB2 chassis that is up to 20 Gbits/s in each direction, in simultaneous transmit and receive mode and the ability to daisy-chain as many slots as the host configuration will allow. The EB2 supports automatic power-up control of the chassis by the host as well as hot-swappable PCI Express slots. The EB2 consists of a PCI Express host card, cable and chassis, and is automatically configured by the system BIOS, making all of the slots transparent to the host computer including automatic powering up of the chassis from the host.

Magma, San Diego, CA. (858) 530-2511. [www.magma.com].

LED Assemblies Offer Custom Brightness Options

A set of LED assemblies and arrays from Elma Electronic can be customized to include different levels of indicating brightness for each LED within the same unit to meet a specific indicating goal. For example, a dual LED assembly may have one continuously lit dimly to indicate normal conditions. When triggered, the second LED within that assembly would not only illuminate a different color, but also a different brightness to indicate the severity and urgency of this problem.

The injection molding system used by Elma allows quick and cost-effective modification of their LED and light pipe products. Therefore, a wide range of sizes, colors, brightness and options is available, even in small quantities. Standard color options include blue, red and green. Customized colors are also available such as orange, amber and white. Most LED designs are available in surface-mount or through-hole styles. Elma’s LEDs are priced from under $0.99 in volume.

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

Core 2 Duo Rugged System Delivers Highest per Watt, per Cubic Inch Performance

A new rugged, ultra-small, Core 2 Duo-based system is being presented as delivering the highest processing power per cubic inch, per watt in the world. The S705 “Raider” from General Micro Systems is based on the P70x module, which is a Core 2 Duo processor providing up to 2.16 GHz of power and 4 Mbytes of L2 Cache, and up to 2 Gbytes of 667 MHz DDR-2SDRAM. The S705 is available in a variety of configurations to be completely upgradeable and compatible along the Intel migration path. Due to its power and expandability, Raider provides performance levels equal to full-size ATR systems.

An almost limitless range of application possibilities comes from Raider’s capacity to support five different expansion buses, a vast array of I/O, and numerous video and audio options. Adding to the system’s versatility is its super-small envelope (single drive is 4.6 x 4.6 x 1.6 inches, weighing only 2 lbs.) and dramatically low power requirements (as low as 15 watts total).

Raider has the ability to support up to six wireless radios on four to six antennae feeds. This built-in functionality enables simultaneous monitoring and tracking of phone, wireless, CDMA, TDMA, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth or others. Other key features are Dual Gigabit Ethernet with a TCP/IP offloading engine, high-performance video, Dual Com ports with 232/422, four USB ports, full audio for VOIP applications, full BIT and EBIT testing, and thermal management for safe thermal operation.

Additionally, Raider’s facility for rugged environments (-40° to +85°C, MIL-STD 810F), along with its ability to operate from a single voltage source (+16 to +28 VDC), makes the S705 suitable for demanding applications such as the UAV contract for which it was originally designed. Two optional 256 Gbyte solid-state disks can be fixed or removable, offering the ability to store ½ Terabyte of acquired data for security purposes in sensitive operations. Single quantity pricing starts at $8,300.

General Micro Systems
Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
(800) 307-4863.
[www.gms4sbc.com].

Atom-Based COM Express Module Boosts Graphics Performance

Continuing its rollout of embedded computer modules based on the Intel Atom processor family, congatec has introduced the conga-BA945, a COM Express module with type 2 pinout that conforms to the specified COM Express basic size of 95x125 mm².

The Intel Atom processor N270 has a clock speed of 1.60 GHz, as well as 512 Kbyte cache and a 533 MHz front side bus speed. Despite the high processing power, the processor gets by with a maximum power dissipation of 2.5W. Thanks to the power management provided by the congatec embedded BIOS, the actual values reached during practical use remain well below this maximum level. The congatec conga-BA945 supports Intel Hyper Threading Technology, which means with the appropriate software it has the capability of running two operating systems in parallel and completely independent of one another.

In contrast to the recently announced conga-CA945, which is an even lower priced and more compact COM Express compatible module featuring an Intel Atom processor, the conga-BA945 makes use of the more powerful Intel 945GME chip set versus the Intel 945GSE used on the conga-CA945. The 945GME chip set facilitates the parallel use of two memory modules, which allows the memory to be expanded to a maximum of 4 Gbytes and makes dual channel memory access possible.

In terms of graphics performance alone, the performance increase thereby achieved is more than 50%. The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics controller integrated in the chip set can access up to 224 Mbytes of video memory with a 10.6 Gbyte/s bandwidth. Output for the two independent graphics channels can be via 2x24 bit LVDS, SDVO, TV-Out or analog VGA. The conga-BA945 uses the EPI graphics standard and the VESA DisplayID definition for automatic recognition and configuration of flat panel displays.

In order to allow rapid system expansion, five PCI Express lanes, a PCI Express graphics slot (PEG 1x16), eight USB 2.0 ports, two serial ATA ports and the signals for two ExpressCards are provided. The range of functions is rounded off by a fan controller, the LPC bus for slow extensions and an HDA interface that can provide powerful digital audio. The maximum power dissipation of the conga-BA945 during practical operation is considerably less than 10W and it is therefore ideally suited for all mobile and fanless applications with high demands on graphics performance. The conga-BA945 is available now with evaluation unit pricing of $362 each.

congatec, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA.
(760) 635-2600. [www.congatec.us].

PCI Express Digital I/O Interface with Optically Isolated Inputs

A PCI Express digital I/O interface adapter provides 16 optically isolated inputs and 16 Reed relay outputs. The DIO-32.PCIe from Sealevel Systems can be utilized for PC-based control and automation of equipment including sensors, switches, A/V studio automation, security control systems and industrial automation systems. Sealevel PCI Express serial boards are designed for computers with X1 PCI Express slots. Software for standard PCI boards will also work with PCI Express boards, simplifying your transition to this next-generation PCI bus.

The isolated inputs protect the PC and other sensitive equipment from the voltage spikes and ground loop currents that are common to industrial environments. The board is available in two versions with inputs rated for 3-13V or 10-30V. Socketed dip resistors allow user configurable input ranges from +2V to +30V. The outputs provide high-quality, long-life, dry contact switch closures suitable for low-current applications. The highly reliable 10VA Reed relays are normally open and close when energized. Sealevel SeaI/O Classic software drivers and utilities are provided for installation and operation using Windows 2000, XP and Vista operating systems. Software support for Linux is also available. The DIO-32.PCIe is available immediately from stock priced at $479.

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

GPS Cards for Mobile Computers Fight off Noise and Jamming

Two GPS PCI Express Mini cards enable next-generation laptop, netbook, mobile Internet device and Ultra Mobile PC OEMs to provide GPS and location-based services such as personal navigation, services/people finder and geo-tagging. The PCI-5S and PCM 5S PCI Express Mini Cards from u-blox are based on the industry-leading u-blox 5 positioning engine delivering the world’s fastest Time-to-First-Fix (<1 sec). Requiring only an external antenna, the card comes in two sizes—PCI Express Mini Card (PCI-5S) and PCI Express Half Mini Card (PCM-5S)—to accommodate OEMs’ diverse needs. The cards implement u-blox’ unmatched SuperSense technology, which can track extremely weak GPS signals to -160 dBm as well as the Kick Start feature for a fast Time-to-first-Fix at weak signals. This allows seamless navigation in dense urban environments, even when using low-cost antennas.

Thanks to u-blox proprietary anti-jamming algorithms, the products are highly immune to noise generated by the PC bus, mobile phones and local electronic devices. The drivers support Windows XP and Windows Vista. A driver for the upcoming Windows 7 is in preparation.

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

1U Networking Appliance Supports Core 2 Duo, Q35 Chipset and 10 x GbE

Designed around the Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Intel Q35 chipset, the PL-10570, a new 1U rack-mount network appliance from WIN Enterprises, delivers outstanding performance for mainstream applications and is cost-effective enough for entry-level networking solutions. The Q35 chipset features on-chip PCI Express x4 and x1 lanes. The highly efficient 45nm Intel Core 2 Quad / Duo processor supports a maximum 1333 MHz front-side bus speed and 800 MHz dual-channel DDRII memory. Designed for a broad range of networking applications, the unit can support UTM network management, load balancing, WAN acceleration and VoIP gateway uses

The device features a maximum of 10 x GbE. There are 6 PCIe x1 GbE copper 82573L LANs on the board, and the option of one of two expansion modules. One module has 4 GbE copper LANs using two 82571EB PCIe chips. The other module has 2 GbE copper LANs and 2 SFP GbE LANs using two 82571EB PCIe chips. Linux, Windows Embedded XP and FreeBSD are supported. PL-10570 is available as a commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) platform or it can serve as the basis for a custom OEM design. Unit pricing begins at $1,033 in OEM quantities.

Win Enterprises, North Andover, MA. (978) 688-2000. [www.win-ent.com].

Atom-Based Qseven Module Mates with Carrier Card

A Qseven family of embedded system solutions is based on Intel’s Atom processor. The Qseven module was initiated by congatec AG and SECO, and enhanced by Portwell in response to market demand for an even smaller form factor to take advantage of the Intel Atom processor’s already compact design. At a mere 70 mm x 70 mm—30 percent smaller than COM Express—and with a power consumption under 12W (+5V input), the Qseven is an appropriate module form factor to implement the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series and Intel System Controller Hub (SCH) US15W in terms of space, power consumption and thermal and expansion interfaces.

American Portwell Technology’s new Qseven family is a solution to enhance applications in the medical device, industrial control, gaming machine, portable device and COTS military markets. The interconnection between the Qseven module board and the carrier board is the MXM (Mobile PCI Express Module) edge connector. Introduced by NVIDIA and leading notebook manufacturers, MXM provides faster time-to-market for the latest notebook graphics. Common signals between the two boards include PCI Express x1, LVDS, SATA, SDVO, HAD, Gigabit Ethernet, Low Pin Count bus, Secure Digital I/O, SMBus and I2C bus.

The Qseven module board is installed on top of the carrier board for improved mechanical stability. This means a small keep-out zone that leaves more space on the carrier board for additional devices. It also means that the carrier board itself can be smaller. Either way, it makes the Qseven an even more economical solution.

Portwell’s Qseven family consists of the PQ7-M100G (Intel Atom Z5xx CPU module board) and PQ7-C200 (Mini-ITX carrier board). The PQ7-M100G features Intel’s Atom Z510 or Z530 processor and SCH US15W integrated GMA 500 Graphic, and supports LVDS/SDVO and LVDS/VGA dual independent display. The PQ7-C200, based on Mini-ITX form factor, serves as a development kit carrier board to the PQ7-M100G and includes all the necessary connectors, such as VGA and PCI-E x1.

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

16-Channel VPX SerDes Test Module for VPX Systems

A new 16-channel version of SerDes Test Modules for VPX systems allows testing and pre-emphasis of the SerDes signals to ensure signal performance of the system. The 16-channel SerDes modules from Elma Electronic are designed to plug into VPX backplanes and directly test the channel compliance. They can be used to test VPX switch and node cards and/or the backplane channels without requiring external equipment or special test fixtures. The modules provide a quick and efficient look at the “vital signs” of the signals in the VPX system.

The Bustronic SerDes test modules also allow pre-emphasis tuning of VPX cards. The modules allow the user to measure the initial performance of the VPX boards and fine-tune them for optimum performance. Plugging directly into the backplane/chassis, the modules allow quick and easy characterization of the signals and eliminate the need for SMA connectors, cables and capital-intensive measurement hardware. With a USB connection to a laptop or desktop computer, it is easy to create Eye Diagrams, measure Bit Error Rates (BER) and jitter, and more. Plus, the module kit includes software with a simple GUI interface. Within minutes, the user can plug the cards into the test chassis, connect the USB cable to a laptop, download the GUI software and begin measurements. Pricing for the 16-channel SerDes test modules starts under $30,000 depending on configuration.

Elma Electronic, Fremont, CA.
(510) 490-7388. [www.elma.com].

XMC I/O Card Combines User Programmable FPGA with Configurable I/O

A new high-performance I/O mezzanine card combines a user-programmable FPGA and configurable I/O on a single compact, rugged card to deliver an enhanced level of I/O flexibility and processing performance. The XMV-FPGA05D from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is a PMC/XMC card, available in both air- and conduction-cooled versions, that takes full advantage of its onboard Virtex-5 FPGA to control the I/O interface. It can deliver up to 138 signals, such as ADC, DAC, Camera Link, RS485, LVDS, from its front panel, and up to 64 signals from the backplane via the host card. The XMC-FPGA05D combines the latest generation reconfigurable FPGA processing with fast data paths to simplify and speed the integration of high-speed I/O into embedded subsystems for a wide variety of applications, including imaging, direct sensor interfacing and system control for radar, telecommunication (SDR), tracking systems and SigINT platforms.

The XMC-FPGA05D accommodates high-density application-specific I/O schemes supported by front-panel I/O personality modules. Personality modules are available from Curtiss-Wright for ADC, DAC, LVDS, RS485, Camera Link and other popular I/O types. Non-front-panel I/O is supported through the PMC P14 and XMC 16 I/O.

The XMC-FPGA05D routes two x8 Virtex-5 FPGA RocketIO HSS ports to the XMC P15 and P16 connectors enabling the card to be used with a variety of protocols and connectivity types. The card supports a x8/x4 PCI Express (PCIe) channel through its primary XMC P15 connector using the Virtex-5 FPGA’s built-in PCIe end-point block. Alternatively, the XMC P15 and P16 connectors can be used to provide user-defined protocol support over the data links, such as Aurora for higher-bandwidth, lower-latency operation. A PCI/PCI-X interface to the PMC connectors supports up to 64-bit, 133 MHz PCI-X operation. An onboard switch is used to determine whether the board powers up using the PCI-X or PCI Express interface.

Software support for the XMC-FPGA05D includes software drivers for VxWorks, Linux and Windows operating environments. In addition, Curtiss-Wright’s FusionXF development kit provides software, HDL and utilities complete with reference designs, to ease development with the XMC-FPGA05D. FusionXF includes a C programming language API, driver framework and sophisticated DMA support. Pricing for the XMC-FPGA05D starts at $7,250. Availability is Q2 2009.

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

2480-2960 MHz VCO Targets Wireless Apps

Designed for use in applications such as digital radio equipment, fixed wireless access, satellite communications systems and base stations, Crystek’s CVCO55CC-2480-2960 Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) operates from 2480 MHz to 2960 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~18V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -106 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +7 dBm. The model CVCO55CC-2480-2960 is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5-in. x 0.5-in. SMD package. Input voltage is 8V, with a max current consumption of 35 mA. Pulling and Pushing are minimized to 1.5 MHz and 0.5 MHz/V, respectively. Second harmonic suppression is -15 dBc typical. Pricing starts at $18.46 each in volume.

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

Packet Processors Reduce Network Load on Servers

A pair of intelligent, high-performance packet processors is designed to allow customers to respond to the rapidly increasing network traffic loads that are a result of growth in the use of search engines, cloud computing, mobile devices, Web 2.0 and online gaming. The new WANic 56511 and WANic 56512 processors from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms offload processing from the host system, allowing for more cost-effective, higher performance expansion of capacity. Target customers include system design engineers, system architects and product managers building networked communications systems based on the PCI Express architecture who need secure IP communications and 10 Gbit Ethernet packet processing for commercial, telecommunications and defense applications.

The WANic 56511 and 56512 are the first PCI Express packet processors to feature the Octeon Plus CN5650 12-core 750 MHz processor from Cavium Networks and 10Gbit Ethernet interfaces, enabling them to deliver high performance at minimum cost. The WANic 56511 has one 10 Gbit Ethernet interface, an eight-lane PCI Express host interface and a 12-core, 750 MHz Octeon Plus processor. The WANic 56512 has two 10 Gbit Ethernet interfaces, four lanes of PCI Express to the host and a 12-core, 750 MHz processor.

Other key features of the WANic 56511 and 56512 include up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2 SDRAM packet memory and up to 4 Gbytes of flash disk, providing the fast storage necessary for optimum throughput. A fully featured software development package provides comprehensive Power On Self Test (POST) firmware embedded in the hardware, while a Linux Support Package (LSP) and sample application code allow customers to shorten development times and thus minimize time to revenue. Both products are designed for enterprise and NEBS-compliant telecom class applications.

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

1U Rackmount Networking Platform Features 8 x GbE

A 1U rackmount networking and network security platform is based on the Intel EP80579 integrated processor, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that integrates CPU, North Bridge, South Bridge and optional Intel QuickAssist accelerator technology on a single chip. Compared with three-chip solutions, the EP80579 offers more performance per watt and application-specific performance in less space than traditional designs. The platform offers a choice of processor performance of either 600 MHz or 1.2 GHz, a high-bandwidth DDRII DIMM slot with memory up to 2 Gbytes, and a full set of VPN functions such as encryption, hashing and public/private key generation. Storage features include one 3.5” SATA HDD and CompactFlash.

The platform offers five GbE Copper and a maximum of eight GbE Ethernet ports via PCI-E by 1 or by 4 that are accessible on the front-panel. To prevent network problems when the platform shuts down, PL-8000 supports one segment of LAN bypass function through WDT and GPIO pin definitions. The front panel also features an USB 2.0 port, a RJ-45 console port and LED indicators to monitor power and storage activities for system management, maintenance and diagnostics. The PL-8000 supports two PCI-E by4 slots. The unit is RoHS, FCC and CE compliant. The PL-8000 is available as a commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) platform or can serve as the basis for a custom networking or communications design. Pricing for the unit with onboard processor begins at $435 in OEM quantities.

WIN Enterprises, North Andover, MA. (978) 688-2000. [www.win-ent.com].

Reflective Memory PMC Increases Data Security, Extends Capacity

A new reflective memory PMC provides real-time redundant memory storage across multiple computers in a networked system. In addition to high transmission speeds and exceptional flexibility, the 32-bit/33 MHz P512 from Men Micro offers increased data security as well as expanded memory capacity, since memory elements can be read from and written to different processors simultaneously and shared among PCs providing a redundant memory architecture. The P512 is widely used in a variety of mission-critical and data-intensive applications including data acquisition, test and measurement, industrial automation and control as well as in the medical and aerospace industries.

Each P512 module offers 32 Mbyte soldered, FPGA-controlled DDR2 SDRAM and an LVDS channel with a connection speed of 230 MHz and 86 Mbytes/s. The PMC supports multi-mode transmission up to six feet, so it can be integrated into a mesh connecting all modules of the network to each other. For this, each system CPU needs a PMC module for the connection to the other computers (e.g., for two SBCs—one PMC module per SBC, three SBCs—two PMC modules per SBC, etc.).

The P512 operates from -40° to +85°C (-40° to +185°F) with qualified components as is suitable for any PMC-compliant host carrier board in any type of bus system (e.g., CPCI, VME or on any stand-alone SBC). Appropriate PMC carrier cards in 3U, 6U and other formats are available from MEN Micro and other manufacturers. Pricing starts at $2,123.

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

Qseven Starter Kit for Mobile, Embedded Applications

Supporting development for the recently available Qseven form factor is a complete rapid prototyping package for battery-powered, embedded systems called the Qseven Mobility Starter Kit from congatec. In order to minimize the development effort required for such systems, congatec has bundled all the necessary components in a comprehensive starter kit. In addition to a compact Qseven carrier board and a 5.7” LVDS touch display with an LED backlight, the starter kit includes a battery manager module with a smart battery. A cable set is also supplied, which makes it possible to build a compact, mobile demo system in a matter of minutes.

With dimensions of just 95 x 140 mm and a range of interfaces, the Qseven carrier board is easy to integrate. It includes 6 USB interfaces, an Ethernet port as well as LVDS and DVI display interfaces. The power supply is 19 VDC (as used by most notebook computers), which provides the option of using low-cost power. The carrier board also has other standard interfaces, such as a Mini PCI Express slot for WLAN expansions and a high-definition audio interface. Mass storage is provided by a solid-state disk integrated with the Qseven CPU module and the SATA and SD card interfaces on the carrier board.

Due to the 5V power supply of the Qseven module, it is possible to implement the battery system using small, dual-cell smart batteries. The entire charging circuit is a separate, additional module, meaning that it can be integrated flexibly in housing designs. Communication with the battery system is implemented as standard if the user’s operating system is ACPI-capable. As an option, the Qseven Mobility Starter Kit’s battery system can be integrated directly with a customer-specific carrier board. For this, congatec can supply an integration kit that includes all connection schemes, the source files for the microcontroller program and complete development documentation. Pricing starts at $1,000.

congatec, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA.
(760) 635-2600. [www.congatec.us].

PCI Express Frame Grabber Utilizes Full Potential of Camera Link-Compatible Cameras

A powerful image processing solution for Camera Link-compatible cameras comes in the form of a PCI Express frame grabber from American Eltec. The PC_EYE/CL supports base, medium and full configurations. The PCI Express interface with four lanes (x4) delivers data rates of up to 1 Gbyte/s for maximum speed cameras with full interfaces. The frame grabber delivers speeds of up to 680 Mbytes/s. The PC_EYE/CL frame grabber has inputs for digital video data compliant with Camera Link standard Version 1.2. Since each of the two onboard Mini-Delta-Ribbon 26-pin connectors supports four ports, a total of eight ports (A-H) can be used. This makes it possible to either connect two independent Base cameras, using ports A-C each, or one Medium (A-F), or one Full (A-H) camera. Each 8-bit-wide Camera Link port uses a high-speed 7:1 multiplexing scheme with a serial transmission rate of 2.36 Gbits/s for optimal utilization of cable capacity.

This DMA controller consists of two independent controllers, capable of transferring two video data streams into two independent memory regions. Image data is transmitted by DMA directly into the main memory or into the graphics card. A DRAM-based FIFO consisting of 1 Gbyte DDR2 RAM is available for applications with higher bandwidth requirements. Consequently, loss of image data can now be eliminated even if the PCI Express Bus is unavailable for periods that exceed one second. The video data interface, FIFO control, DMA and PCI Express x4 are all implemented in a flexible and powerful Arria GX FPGA by Altera. Firmware updates are controlled via the software. The system also supports PoCL (Power over Camera Link). Trigger and optically insulated I/O signals are routed through a 26-pole internal flat cord plug connector, while a sub-volume of these signals is transferred by a 9-pole micro D plug.

DLL format drivers for Windows XP/Vista and Linux are at the user’s disposal as part of the Frame Grabber Basic Tools. They are available as 32- and 64-bit versions. A set-up program supports the test and the configuration of the board under Windows. A reduced version of the Frame Grabber Basic Tools portfolio is available for real-time operating systems such as VxWorks or OS-9000 upon request. In this case, the parameters are simply integrated into the configuration files. This solution does not include display routines. Pricing for the PC_EYE/CL frame grabber is $1,260 in single piece quantities.

American ELTEC, Las Vegas, NV.
(702) 878-4085. [www.americaneltec.com].

CANopen Stack Supports SocketCAN Drivers for Linux

The popular CANopenRT protocol software from IXXAT now supports the most recent implementation of the SocketCAN drivers for Linux using the Sysfs virtual file system. SocketCAN is a set of open source drivers and a network stack that extends the Berkeley sockets API in Linux by introducing a new protocol family: PF_CAN. Main components of SocketCAN are the network device drivers for different CAN controllers and the implementation of the CAN protocol family. The SocketCAN framework has become part of a vanilla kernel starting with 2.6.25.

IXXAT’s CANopenRT software has supported multiple user application threads interacting with one CANopen core stack module since its initial release. The abstraction of the CAN controller as a Socket interface now offers the possibility to run other CAN-based protocols, such as SAE J1939, on the same CAN interface in parallel to CANopen also on Linux platforms, similar to the versatility that is already available on Microsoft Windows systems with CANopenRT for the IXXAT VCI V3 driver. CANopenRT has been tested with SocketCAN drivers for NXP SJA1000 and Freescale MSCAN for Linux distributions based on the kernel version 2.6.

IXXAT, Bedford, NH. (603) 471.0800. [www.ixxat.com].

PMC Card Offers Time-Triggered Networking

TTP is a communication protocol for design of fault-tolerant distributed hard real-time systems with clean definition of key system interfaces. TTTech has developed a PMC Card with TTP communication controller and a PowerPC host processor. TTPPMC Card enables time-triggered and deterministic networking for complex distributed systems. It has been designed for the use of all kinds of standard modules with PMC interface. System configuration with TTP-based PMC cards allows customers to benefit from faster time-to-market and reduced lifecycle costs.

Distributed embedded computing with TTPPMC Card enables development of distributed applications independent of the underlying communication architecture, physical layer, topology or embedded host hardware. TTPPMC Card makes application design as easy as possible. It contains an Austriamicrosystems AS8202NF communication controller and a standard Freescale MPC5567 host processor on board. A TTP network facilitates the development of reusable platforms and supports full separation of application design from system interfacing details.

TTTech North America, Tucson, AZ.
(619) 994-8626. [www.tttech.com].

USB Module Aids Connectivity for RS-232-Based Apps

A USB to single-channel RS-232 level serial UART from Future Technology Devices incorporates FTDI’s FT232RQ IC, which handles all the USB signaling and USB to UART protocols. The modules provide a fast, simple way to connect devices with an RS-232 level serial UART interface (9 way standard D-type connector) to USB (type B socket). Supporting communications with any RS-232 device, the module’s RS-232 port provides full hardware handshaking capability and a data rate of up to 1 Mbit/s. It also has three LEDs that indicate power and give a visual indication of traffic through the module. The FT232RQ is an industry standard USB to asynchronous serial interface IC.

Device drivers for all current Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems are available for free. The USB-COM232-PLUS1 module has a wide range of operating temperature from -40° to + 85°C making it suitable for applications in harsh environments. Likely applications include industrial machinery such as CNC machines and lathes, retail equipment such as point of sale scanners, printers and other data collection devices. Other target sectors include medical monitoring devices, sports equipment and many other home automation and person electronic devices. A fully enclosed adapter version of this module, offering different mounting options, is available from FTDI’s group company Easy Sync.

Future Technology Devices International
Glasgow, Scotland. +44 (0) 141 429 2777. [www.ftdichip.com].

Real-Time Messaging Middleware Meets Secure Linux

The Linux operating system has a firm foothold in the embedded arena. Software developers like the fact that they can start developing with Linux without the overhead of a commercial OS to consider. Real-Time Innovations (RTI) has announced that RTI Data Distribution Service, its real-time messaging middleware, has been integrated with Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux). This combination provides real-time and high-performance distributed applications with the ability to securely distribute data by combining RTI’s high-performance network communications with the extremely flexible Mandatory Access Control (MAC) facilities of SELinux.

RTI Data Distribution Service allows distributed applications to securely exchange messages and data by authenticating peers and encrypting information that is sent over the network. The MAC capabilities of SELinux add several additional levels of protection against misconfiguration, software errors and application vulnerabilities: System-wide security policies control which applications are allowed to communicate with each other. Even applications with the appropriate credentials and keys can communicate only if explicitly provisioned to do so. Files containing keys, configuration information and logs are protected from unauthorized access. RTI Data Distribution Service and a reference SELinux security policy are available today from RTI.

Real-Time Innovations, Sunnyvale, CA. (408) 990-7400. [www.rti.com].

ECX Board Operates at under 10W

SWaP—or Size, Weight and Power—issues have moved to the top of the priority lists for many system designers targeting rugged mobile applications. American Portwell Technology offers Portwell PEB-2738, which utilizes the Intel ECX form factor and supports the latest options of the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series and the Intel System Controller Hub US15W, including industrial temperature range and a larger footprint version with 1.0 mm ball pitch. The PEB-2738 is specifically designed to operate at a very low power consumption of less than 10W at full loading. It supports dual independent display by LVDS and SDVO daughter card (DVI/VGA/LVDS, project-based).

Based on the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series platform, the PEB-2738 takes advantage of the low-power processor, ground-breaking power management techniques and wide temperature range so it can be a truly industrial temperature and fanless configuration. In addition, the PEB-2738 supports one SO-DIMM memory slot for DDR2 SDRAM up to 2 Gbytes, and comes with one IDE, one CompactFlash socket, one SDVO connector, one TPM, PCI-E x1 golden finger, two RS-232/422/485, audio CH5.1, six USB2.0 and one SDIO connector.

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

DSCC Approved 32 Mbyte & 64 Mbyte Hermetic Flash Multi-Chip Modules

Two new DSCC approved 32 Mbyte and 64 Mbyte hermetic flash multi-chip modules (MCM) are available in a 66PGA or 68CQFP low-profile ceramic package. They feature a reliable non-volatile high-speed memory access of <70 ns, very low operating (120 mA max) and standby power (150uA), -55° to 125°C temperature operation and boot block sector architecture. Ideal applications for the MCMs announced by Austin Semiconductor are core program boot code storage, navigation / GPS / radar, missile control & guidance, automotive & industrial applications, as well as weapons control & guidance.

Major features of the modules include:

• DSCC SMD 5962-09205 Approved (1M x 32)

• DSCC SMD 5962-08245 Approved (2M x 32)

• 32 Mbyte device: total density, organized as 1M x 32

• 64 Mbyte device, total density, organized as 2M x 32

• Bottom Boot Block (Sector) Architecture

• Operation with single 3.3V Supply

• Available in multiple Access time variations

• Individual byte control via individual byte selects (CSx\)

• Low Power CMOS

• 100,000 Erase/Program Cycles

• Minimum 100,000 Program/Erase Cycles per sector guaranteed

• Sector Architecture: One 16 Kbyte, two 8 Kbyte, one 32 Kbyte and thirty-one 64 Kbyte sectors (byte mode)

• Any combination of sectors can be concurrently erased

• MCM supports full array (multi-chip) Erase

• Embedded Erase and Program Algorithms

• Erase Suspend/Resume: Supports reading data from or programming data to a sector not being Erased

• TTL Compatible Inputs and Outputs

Austin Semiconductor, Austin, TX.
(512) 339-1188. [www.austinsemiconductor.com].

Fully Integrated MIL-STD-1553 Terminal

A fully integrated 1553 terminal consolidates all the necessary MIL-STD¬1553 components within a single, small, cost-effective PBGA package. The BU-64843T Total-ACETM from Data Device Corporation comprises a complete interface between a host computer and a MIL-STD-1553 bus that simplifies design, procurement and qualification processes.

The Total-ACETM integrates dual transceivers, dual transformers, protocol engine and 4K words of internal RAM, and is fully software and hardware compatible with DDC’s Enhanced Mini-ACE series of devices. The BU-64843T is powered entirely by +3.3 volts, and offers an extended -40° to +100°C industrial temperature range. Additionally, the Total-ACETM is DO- 254 certifiable, and is available in RoHS-compliant versions.

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

Low-Power Replacement for High-Powered VME SBC

A drop-in replacement for the end-of-life SBS VR7 VME board from Xembedded is now available, but with much more processor power. The XVME-689-VR7 is a powerful, very low-power single-slot 6U single board computer with the same VMEbus P1 and P2 pin outs as the company’s VR7.

The XVME-689-VR7 VMEbus processor integrates an Intel Celeron M processor running at 1.0 GHz with up to 512 Kbytes of level 2 cache and a PCI-to-VMEbus interface. 512 Mbyte or 1 Gbyte ECC or Non-ECC DDR, 266/333 MHz SDRAM are available on the XVME-689-VR7. The XVME-689-VR7 has VGA Graphics out front panel or rear video support (Pixel resolution up to 1600 x 1200 at 85 Hz).The EIDE Ultra-100 DMA controller supports up to three EIDE devices, one PMC 32/64-bit 33/66 MHz site (IEEE P1386/P1386.1) with front panel I/O bezel and user I/O on optional P0 rear connector.

Additional options available on the XVME-689-VR7 are EIDE onboard 1.8” hard drive, CompactFlash carrier, two Serial ATA150 (SATA150) external devices and a floppy disk interface. SCSI can be added with the use of a SCSI PMC board. This XVME-689-VR7 processor module allows users to take advantage of the low-power, multiprocessing capability of the VMEbus while using standard off-the-shelf PC software, operating systems and VMEbus I/O modules.

Xembedded, Ann Arbor, MI.
(734) 975-0577. [www.Xembedded.com].

Extended Temperature Module Based on Atom Z5xx Series

Utilizing the new industrial temperature versions of the ultra-low-power Intel Atom processor Z5xx series and the System Controller Hub US15WPT, a new COM Express module is geared around low power consumption and the industrial temperature range. All components used for the high-density design conga-CAx from congatec are specified for an ambient temperature range of -40° to +85°C. Typical power requirements for this module are less than 5 watts. When combined with ACPI 3.0 battery management, ultra-mobile industrial applications are now possible.

The conga-CAx is available in two different CPU variants. One version is powered by the Intel Atom processor Z510PT with 1.1 GHz and 400 MHz front side and memory bus. The other version features the1.33 GHz Intel Atom processor Z520PT. Both variants are equipped with 512k L2 cache and can access up to 1 Gbyte of rugged onboard soldered DDR2 RAM.

The Intel System Controller Hub US15WPT has an integrated Intel Graphics Memory Accelerator 500 graphics engine. This 3D-capable onboard graphics utilizes up to 256 Mbyte frame buffer and supports DirectX 9.0E and OpenGL 2.0. It also enhances video playback applications through the use of MPEG2 and MPEG4 hardware decoding. Graphic output provides either a 1x24 Bit LVDS channel or a single SDVO port.

The conga-CAx also offers a rich connectivity feature-set. This includes up to 2 PCI Express x1 lanes, PCI Bus, EIDE interface, Gigabit Ethernet, High Definition Audio and 8 USB ports. The onboard IDE flash drive provides up to 2 Gbytes of mass storage and is also specified for the full industrial temperature range.

The congatec In-Vehicle Infotainment starter kit is a typical application for the conga-CAx given that automotive applications always require extended temperature components. Due to its small size, low power consumption and 2 Gbyte onboard IDE flash disc, the conga-CAx is also suitable for industrial applications such as PLC devices. The single unit price of the basic variant based on the Atom Z510PT with 1.1 GHz is $450.

congatec, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA. (760) 635-2600. [www.congatec.us].

Atom-Based Mini-ITX Motherboards Boast Power Savings, Rich I/O

The perception of Intel CPUs as more power hungry than their competitors is in full retreat now that the Atom family of microprocessors has entered the game. Riding that wave, Advantech announced production of its first Intel Atom industrial grade Mini-ITX motherboard. The AIMB-210, with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, features a super low-power design, but without sacrificing performance. Rich connectivity with up to eight USB 2.0 and six COM ports is integrated in a standard 170 x 170 mm form factor.

The AIMB-210 incorporates an Intel Atom 45nm processor, and is designed to enable space-efficient solutions with a power-saving feature. Equipped with the Intel 945GSE chipset, total power consumption comes in at around a mere 14W. The AIMB-210 has a 533 MHz Front Side Bus and up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2 533 SDRAM. The AIMB-210 supports dual display with multiple display types, such as CRT + LVDS, TV-Out + LVDS, or LVDS1 + LVDS2 (optional) with TV-out via S-Video/Composite Video connections. Video output is complemented by HD audio for a complete audio/visual solution.

Advantech, Irvine, CA.
(949) 789-7178. [www.advantech.com].

1.6 GHz Atom N270 Processor Powers a Cool VME SBC

With a power consumption of under 20W, a new ultra-low-power VME single board computer is based on the Intel Atom processor. The VP A45/01x from Concurrent Technologies uses the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor N270 and the Intel 945GSE Express chipset both from the Intel embedded roadmap, ensuring long-term availability. With 2 Gbyte DDR2-533 SDRAM, this ultra-low-power board also supports a variety of peripheral I/O ports, flash drive, CompactFlash site and PMC/XMC modules. Commercial and extended temperature versions are now available, and ruggedized, conduction-cooled or air-cooled (to VITA 47) versions will be available shortly. The 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor N270 (soldered), based on Intel’s 45nm process technology, provides 512 Kbytes L2 cache and supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Virtualization Technology. The GS45E Graphics Memory Controller Hub and ICH7-M IO Controller Hub are used to complement the processor to deliver a good performance-per-watt.

With a wide range of flexible I/O, the VP A45/01x supports a PMC/XMC site with front I/O and P2 rear I/O (VITA35 P4V2-64ac) plus a second 33 MHz PMC site with front I/O and rear I/O via the optional P0. The first PMC site supports up to 100 MHz PCI-X operation as well as a x1 PCI Express XMC interface. A range of onboard I/O is available to the user: two Ethernet interfaces, a USB 2.0 port and an RS-232 interface via the front panel, whilst the rear panel I/O includes digital 3D graphics (2048 x 1536), keyboard, mouse, four GPIO signals, two USB 2.0 ports, an RS232/RS422/RS485 port and two SATA150 interfaces. The optional P0 also supports two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Other features provided are a PC real-time clock, watchdog timer and long duration timer and LAN boot firmware. Optional rear transition modules are also available.

For embedded applications, the board supports an option for an onboard 2.5-inch SATA150 mass storage drive and as standard, a removable Flash Drive Module and onboard CompactFlash socket, both via an EIDE interface. The VME64 Interface supports A32/A24/A16/D64/D32/D16/D8(EO)/MBLT64 and includes support for fast hardware byte-swapping. For ease of integration the VP A45/01x supports many of today’s leading operating systems, including Linux, Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, QNX and VxWorks.

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

Integrated Radar Input and Scan Converter

A new radar input and scan converter VME board set provides an open standards-based high-performance solution for capturing, converting and mixing radar video. Designed for demanding military radar applications, Cougar from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing speeds and simplifies the integration of advanced radar image processing and distribution functionality into deployed embedded systems.

The flexible, two-slot VME modular Cougar system provides the functionality required to integrate and implement a wide range of radar input/scan conversion configurations. Its four PMC/XMC expansion slots are used to host the user-selected mix of mezzanine modules appropriate for their particular application. Available mezzanine modules supported by Cougar include Curtiss-Wright’s Osiris B radar video input card, XMC-710 video capture & graphics display card, Eagle-2 radar scan conversion module and an optional PMC-659 mixer card.

Key features of the Cougar include its two-slot 6U VME form factor, an Intel Core 2 Duo-based Host Single Board Computer and Windows or Linux software support with RVL+ API for ease of application development and configuration. Applications can be executed locally on the Cougar or remotely via a network for which an API is provided. In addition, a range of ruggedization levels include air-cooled and conduction-cooled. And it is possible to send digitized radar video over an Ethernet network

The Cougar consists of several component modules including the Osiris B radar video input processor, the Eagle-2 radar video scan converter, an XMC-710 high-performance video card and an optional video mixer card. Additionally, integrated mass storage can be integrated on board or via a rear-transition module.

Osiris B radar video input supports two independent radar channels inputs at rates up to 16k samples per return. The supported inputs include radar video, triggers and azimuth turning data for RADDS, ACP/ARP and other specialized formats. The Orion has sampling rates up to 50 MHz on each of two analog inputs, which can be mixed with up to 8 digital radar inputs.

After digitizing and processing, the Orion outputs two streams of radar video directly to the host processor at rates up to 25 Mbytes/s per channel. Additional features include dual trigger input, gain control as a function of range, range and azimuth correlation, digital filtering, a built-in test generator, dual azimuth input and interference suppression. Software support for Cougar includes drivers for Windows and Linux operating environments. Pricing starts at $19,000.

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

VPX Load Board Helps Verify Power Spec Conformance