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Amrel offers lightweight rugged tablet computer

Amrel Corp. in Arcadia, Calif., is offering the Rocky Patriot IV rugged military-grade tablet computer for military and government applications. The 3.7-pound tablet computer meets MIL-STD 810F, and Industrial Standard IP54 for water, dust, shock, vibration, and temperature resistance. The machine also meets MIL-STD 461D for electromagnetic emissions shielding. Other features include military-green magnesium casing, military AC connector, resistive touchscreen, internal vehicle adapter, precautionary port covers, hot-swappable batteries, and Intel Pentium II 500 MHz microprocessor. For more information contact Amrel by phone at 626-303-6688, by post at 11801 Goldring Road, Arcadia Calif., or on the World Wide Web at http://www.amrel.com/.

Vicor offers power architecture to replace power 'bricks'

Leaders of Vicor Corp. in Andover, Mass., are unveiling a power system architecture based on proprietary power-conversion technologies called Factorized Power Architecture (FPA). The enabling technology of the new architecture is the Vicor V-I Chips, which company officials say will supersede "high-density" DC-DC converter "bricks" and non-isolated point of load converters. V-I Chips process as much as 200 Watts of power in a power ball grid array measuring 0.25 cubic inch and weighing less than 13 grams. For more information contact Vicor on the World Wide Web at http://www.vicorpower.com.

Stratos Lightwave announces new fiber optic connectors

Leaders of Stratos Lightwave Inc. in Chicago are announcing new high-density backplane and panel-mount fiber optic connectors based on LC ceramic ferrules. These multi-fiber connectors are for optical backplanes, switches, cross connects, flex circuits, and parallel processing systems. The Stratos PHD backplane connector is for blind-made conditions where ribbon-style fiber optic cable is common, as an alternative to MT-type interconnects. The PHD panel mount connector, which provides from four to 64 separate channels in the same size as a standard D-subminiature connector, is rugged, all metal, with metallic shutter. For more information contact Stratos Lightwave by phone at 708-867-9600, by fax at 708-867-4140, by post at 7444 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60706-4549, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.stratoslightwave.com/.

Raytheon to develop mobile missile defense radar system

Designers at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems unit in Tewksbury, Mass., are set to develop a missile defense system radar, under terms of a $350 million sole-source contract to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in Arlington, Va. Raytheon experts say they will use existing technology from their open-architecture family radars, which include the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar, the Ground Based Radar prototype, the Sea Based X-Band radar, the SPY3 radar, and the sea-based High-Power Discrimination radar. For more information contact Raytheon on the World Wide Web at http://www.raytheon.com.

Gowanda Electronics offers shielding for tight board integration

Officials of Gowanda Electronics in Gowanda, N.Y., are offering a new series of surface-mount inductors called the SMRF 5025S with shielding to reduce RF interference on printed circuit boards. The shielding can enable board designers to reduce the surface area of their boards to shrink size or increase board functionality, company officials say. The 5025S series is for RF applications where coupling between board components is a concern because of board density. Candidate applications include RF signal circuitry in communications equipment, test and measurement, aviation equipment, navigation, industrial process control, and security systems. Gowanda experts shield their inductors by placing a sleeve of magnetic material directly over the coil winding. For more information contact Gowanda by phone at 716-532-2234, by fax at 716-532-2702, by e-mail at sales@gowanda.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.gowanda.com/.

High-temperature power inductors available from J.W. Miller

Officials of J.W. Miller Magnetics in Gardena, Calif., are offering the 2100HT, 2200HT, and 2300HT series of high-temperature, high-current toroid power inductors for applications in the military, aerospace, automotive, and oil industries. The through-hole devices, which are particularly appropriate in applications that generate heat intense heat, will operate in temperatures from -55 to 200 degrees Celsius, company officials say. The inductors come in horizontal or vertical mounting in applications such as DC-DC converters, differential mode chokes, EMI filter, and energy storage. For more information contact J.W. Miller by phone at 310-515-1720, by fax at 310-515-1962, by post at 306 E. Alondra Blvd., P.O. Box 2859, Gardena, Calif. 90247-1059, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.jwmiller.com/.

Thales to support U.S. Army Land Warrior program

Thales Communications in Clarksburg, Md., is helping to choose and install a Leader Radio Subsystem into the U.S. Army Land Warrior system as it evolves and is integrated into the Army Stryker combat vehicles. Thales is working with General Dynamics Decision Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., which is responsible for Land Warrior under terms of a $59.9 million Army contract. Land Warrior is to improve the lethality, survivability, battle command, mobility, and tactical awareness of U.S. soldiers. On the Stryker vehicle, the capability will enables soldiers to send and receive data throughout the combat area. For more information contact Thales Communications by phone at 240-864-7000, by post at 22605 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Md. 20871, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.thalescomminic.com/.

Rockwell Collins to provide avionics for 767 tanker aircraft program

Leaders of the Boeing Co. in Chicago are choosing Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to provide avionics and support for the new 767 jet tanker transport program. Rockwell Collins will provide communications and navigation equipment for the 767 tanker transport, as well as modify the commercial 767 display systems for military tanker missions. Commercial displays that Rockwell Collins will modify include the 767-400 Large Format Display System and 767-200 Electronic Flight Instrument System and Engine Indication and Crew Alert System. For more information contact Rockwell Collins by phone at 319-295-1000, by post at 400 Collins Road N.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52498, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.rockwellcollins.com/.

Dynatem unveils VME-based data handling center

Designers at Dynatem in Mission Viejo, Calif., are offering their low-voltage Intel Xeon-based data handling center (DHC) VME board. Its E7500 chipset supports a PCI-X expansion bus that can use two gigabit-speed Ethernet ports available on the card with no data transfer bottleneck, company officials say. The two 1000BaseTX ports, an SVGA port, and two USB ports for mouse, keyboard, and other I/O are accessible from the board's front panel. On-board compact FLASH helps users do single-slot booting. PC I/O is available with the rear I/O module and a second PMC expansion module. For more information contact Dynatem by phone at 949-855-3235, by post at 23263 Madero, Suite C, Mission Viejo, Calif. 92691, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.dynatem.com/.

Teledyne Relays offers plastic solid-state relays for military applications

Designers at Teledyne Relays in Hawthorne, Calif., are introducing their Series ZD solid-state relays, which come in plastic 6-pin dual in-line packages for commercial, military, and aerospace applications. The 1A 80-volt DC relay uses a power field effect transistor switch and operates in the full military temperature range of -55 to 125 degrees Celsius. The relays also have short-circuit and overload protection that detects a short in the circuit and trips the relay off. For more information contact Teledyne Relays by phone at 800-284-7007, by e-mail at relays@teledyne.com, by post at 12525 Daphne Ave., Hawthorne, Calif. 90250, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.teledynerelays.com/.

Thales unveils graphics-acceleration PMC for harsh environments

Engineers at Thales Computers in Raleigh, N.C., are introducing the PMC-DGX graphics-acceleration PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) for driving SXGA displays in harsh-environment console applications. The daughtercard has dual-independent display capability that can accommodate old analog CRT as well as DVI-compliant digital video input flat-panel displays. The card comes in convection- or conduction-cooled versions, and operates in temperatures between -40 and 85 degrees Celsius. For more information contact Thales by phone at 800-848-2330, by fax at 919-231-8001, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.thalescomputers.com/.

IEC software group gains SEI level 3 rating

Software developers at Interstate Electronics Corp. (IEC) in Anaheim, Calif., have achieved level 3 certification for the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model. Certification came after a week of audits last May. The SEI is in place to advance the practice of software engineering by promoting the evolution of software development from an ad hoc, labor-intensive activity to a discipline that is well managed and supported by technology. IEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of L3 Communications Corp. For more information contact IEC by phone at 714-758-0500, by post at 602 East Vermont Ave., P.O. Box 3117, Anaheim, Calif. 92803-3117, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.iechome.com/.

DDC introduces harsh-environment motor controller

Leaders of Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y., are releasing their Python Motor Controller for harsh military and industrial applications. Python has a digital signal processor that DDC officials say provides the intelligence necessary to implement a single-axis motor controlled drive system. The controllers come in stand-alone versions and integrated versions with companion three-phase power stage. Users may configure the Python to control torque, speed, or position applications. Motors may be brushless DC or induction type. For more information contact DDC by phone at 631-567-5600, by post at 105 Wilbur Place, Bohemia, N.Y. 11716-2482, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.ddc-web.com/.

Universal Air Filter offers mil-spec filters

A new line of military-specification air filters is available from Universal Air Filter Co. in Sauget, Ill. The filters are for electronic equipment that operates in harsh military environments. The filters protect electronics from harm in environments where heat, humidity, explosions, fungus, vibration, shock, and electromagnetic interference are present. The filters use Quadrafoam, an open-cell polyurethane foam treated with a thin layer of flame retarding. For more information contact Universal Air Filter by phone at 800-541-3478, by fax at 618-271-8808, by post at 1624 Sauget Industrial Parkway, Sauget, Ill. 62206, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.uaf.com/.

Tobyhanna experts to upgrade mobile satellite terminals

Engineers and technicians in the Satellite and Communications Systems Directorate at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa., are set to upgrade AN/TSC-85 and AN/TSC-93 ground mobile forces tactical satellite communications terminals under terms of a $38 million service life extension program contract. These terminals, which Army leaders fielded in the mid-1980s, will receive commercial off-the-shelf and non-developmental-item components to upgrade difficult-to-support old components, Tobyhanna officials say. In addition to rendering the terminals easier and less expensive to maintain, the upgrades also will enable them to send data substantially faster than the old terminals, Army officials say. Scheduled replacements for the terminals have been temporarily delayed.

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