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Austin Semiconductor unveils 3.3-volt CMOS memory chip

May 1st, 2003

Austin Semiconductor unveils 3.3-volt CMOS memory chip

Engineers at Austin Semiconductor Inc. in Austin, Texas, are introducing a 3.3-volt version of the 512K by 32 static random access memory (SRAM) module — the AS8SLC 512K32 — for military and industrial applications. The chip, which offers high-speed access, low power consumption, and high reliability, comes in 68-lead ceramic quad-flat-pack and 66-lead pin-grid-array packages. The devices are available in extended-, industrial-, and military-temperature ranges of as extreme as -55 to 125 degrees Celsius. Austin is certified to the U.S. government's Qualified Manufacturing List. For more information contact Austin Semiconductor by phone at 512-339-1188, by fax at 512-835-8358, by post at 8701 Cross Park Drive, Austin, Texas 78754-4566, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.austinsemiconductor.com/.

Broadax offers rugged portable computer server for military use

Designers at Broadax Systems Inc. in City of Industry, Calif., are offering their rackmount portable server for military and other demanding applications. Called the PServer R9, the computer has dual 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processors, as much solid-state memory as 12 gigabytes of double-data-rate SDRAM, and four drive bays for hard drives, DVD, DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW drives. These computers are appropriate for military and industrial applications such as military aircraft, naval and Coast Guard vessels, military deployment, and oil exploration. For more information contact Broadax by phone at 626-964-2600, by fax at 626-364-2665, by post at 17539 E. Rowland St., City of Industry, Calif., 91748, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.bsicomputer.com/.

BAE changes name of newly acquired optics and networking company

Executives of BAE Systems North America finished their $27 million cash acquisition of Advanced Power Technologies Inc. in Washington, and are changing the acquired company's name to BAE Systems Advanced Technologies. The new company will be part of the BAE Information and Electronic Warfare Systems business unit in Nashua, N.H. The acquisition will strengthen BAE's growth strategy in information operations and network-centric warfare, company officials say. The core competencies of the new BAE Advanced Technologies unit are RF and optical engineering, communications and networking, signals and data exploitation, and knowledge creation.

SBS single-board computers to support Green Hills Integrity

Officials of SBS Technologies in Albuquerque, N.M., and Green Hills Software Inc. in Santa Barbara, Calif., recently inked an agreement to use the Green Hills Integrity real-time operating system on SBS single-board computers. The royalty-free Integrity software is available on the SBS RL4, K2, CK3 and VG4 single-board computers. Integrity uses the hardware memory protection facilities of the processor's memory management unit. Integrity builds a firewall between the kernel and user tasks that prevents errant code from corrupting user data, the kernel, interprocess communications, device drivers, and other user tasks. Integrity also enhances reliability by running with interrupts continuously enabled and guaranteeing access to the CPU and memory for critical tasks. For more information contact Green Hills by phone at 805-965-6044, by e-mail sales@ghs.com, by post at 30 West Sola St., Santa Barbara, Calif. 93101, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.ghs.com/.

Aved Electronics offers military-grade cable assemblies

Component designers at Aved Electronics Inc. of Lowell, Mass., are offering custom-engineered cable assemblies for military ground combat vehicles, airborne systems, and related equipment. The company's military cable assemblies are made with mil-spec wire, cable, boots, transitions, tubing, contacts, terminals, connectors, backshells and adapters, company officials say. The assemblies are hand-soldered certified to MIL-S-45743, MIL-STD-1460, and MIL-STD 2000. For more information contact Aved Electronics by phone at 978-453-6393, by fax at 978-453-6470, by e-mail at info@aved.com, by post at 59 Technology Drive, Lowell, Mass. 01851-2729, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.aved.com/.

Amphenol introduces rear-release connectors for rugged applications

Officials of Amphenol Corp. in Sidney, N.Y., are introducing a series of rear-release connectors with reverse-bayonet and rear-release metal clip contact retension systems. These features are for easy insertion, positive stop, and secure mating. The GTC-M rear-release connectors are for applications that require heavy-duty connections, such as military, railway, mass-transit, commercial, and geophysical systems. For more information contact Amphenol by phone at 607-563-5895, by fax at 607-563-5157, by post at 40-60 Delaware Ave., Sidney, N.Y., 13838-1395, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.amphenol-industrial.com/.

Tyco manufacturing facilities qualified for military applications

Tyco Electronics of Harrisburg, Pa., received qualifications from the U.S. Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) in Columbus, Ohio, for two Tyco factories in Hermosillo, Mexico, and Mount Joy, Pa. The Hermosillo facility has qualified with military specification MIL-PRF-39012 for high-reliability RF connectors for military and aerospace applications. The Mount Joy facility won certification to Category-2 Plant Move Qualification for RF products associated with MIL-PRF-39012, MIL-C-83517, and MIL-PRF-55339 for use in military communications, missiles, aircraft, and other defense electronics.

Teledyne Relays offers new family of surface-mount relays

Engineers at Teledyne Relays in Hawthorne, Calif., are offering their Series GRF100 and GRF103 nonlatching electromechanical relays for surface-mount solutions with improved RF signal repeatability over the frequency range. The relays have a butt-lead mounting schedule, ground shield that insulates and shields each lead, as well as contact-to-contact and pole-to-pole isolation. These devices are for use in RF attenuators and other RF applications that require dependable high-frequency signal fidelity and performance, Teledyne officials say. The relays are hermetically sealed to offer shielding from shock, vibration, temperature, and electromagnetic interference. For more information contact Teledyne Relays by phone at 323-241-1264, by fax at 323-779-9161, by post at 12525 Daphne Ave., Hawthorne, Calif. 90250, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.teledynerelays.com/.

MEMS-based digital quartz IMU available from Systron Donner

Engineers at the BEI Systron Donner Inertial Davison in Concord, Calif., are offering their Digital Quartz Inertial Measurement Unit with solid-state quarts micromachined inertial sensors. The devices are for guidance, navigation, and control for military, aerospace, and commercial applications such as unmanned vehicles, aircraft, missiles, marine and land navigation, imaging, camera stabilization, vehicle dynamics testing, and self-guided systems. The inertial sensor assembly combines with the miniaturized electronics to provide temperature-compensated digitized outputs using the company's proprietary signal processing technologies, company officials say. The six-degree-of-freedom design measures 43.2 cubic inches, uses 17 watts of power. For more information contact BEI Systron Donner Inertial by phone at 925-671-6400, by fax at 925-671-6647, by e-mail at sales@systron.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.systron.com/.

Northrop Grumman to upgrade Air National Guard targeting pods

The Northrop Grumman Corp. Defensive Systems Division in Rolling Meadows, Ill., won a U.S. Air Force contract to upgrade Litening targeting and navigation systems of by the U.S. Air National Guard to the new Advanced Targeting (AT) system configuration. The $19.7 million contract includes the retrofit of 45 Litening II and 19 Litening Extended Range (ER) pods to Litening AT status, along with training and other support and options for additional retrofits. The AT version includes enhanced image processing, multi-target cueing, precision target coordinate generation, and improved air-to-air capabilities. The Northrop Grumman Litening AT is a self-contained, multisensor laser target designating and navigation system that enables fighter pilots to detect, acquire, track and identify ground targets for highly accurate delivery of conventional and precision-guided weapons. Litening AT features include a 640-by-512-pixell forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera; charge-coupled device television; laser spot tracker/range finder; infrared marker; laser designator; and two-level maintenance previously fielded with Litening ER.

Liberty offers new shoe-cleaning system for aerospace cleanrooms

Officials at Liberty Industries Inc. of East Berling, Ct., are offering the 2001-TB shoe cleaner that they say cleans all types of contamination from most shoes. The cleaning machine, which has instructions printed on the front, is for the aerospace, cleanroom, hospital, and related industries. The 2001-TB has four motor-driven brushes that clean the sides, tops, and bottoms of shoes. A control switch is located on the top of the operator handle, which helps to maintain operator balance. For more information contact Liberty by phone at 860-828-6361, by fax at 860-828-8879, by e-mail at libind@liberty-ind.com, by post at 133 Commerce St., East Berlin, Ct. 06023, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.liberty-ind.com/.

Reynolds Industries to make high-voltage connectors for NASA

NASA experts are turning to Reynolds Industries in Los Angeles to develop a new line of miniature high-voltage connectors for use on deep-space missions. NASA officials, who are awarding Reynolds a phase-one small business innovation research contract, expect Reynolds to build even more robust mechanical designs for easier assembly and longer life than the company's connectors are today, NASA officials say. Reynolds connectors are in instruments and radar systems on satellites, rockets, and the International Space Stations, and are altitude rated to operate at voltages a strong as 5 kilovolts DC over the full military temperature range of -55 to 125 degrees Celsius. For more information contact Reynolds by phone at 310-823-5491, by fax at 310-822-8046, by post at 5005 McConnell Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90066, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.reynoldsindustries.com/.

Air Force information tool helps with space shuttle investigation

The Air Force Space Command's Space Analysis Division team used timeline analysis technology developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., to prove the Feb. 1 breakup of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The technology combines data from various sources to create a visual timeline of events. It was made available to the Space Analysis Center after Maj. Gen. Paul D. Nielsen, AFRL commander and a former commander in Rome, offered WebTAS to members of the Air Force investigative board assisting NASA in the Columbia investigation. WebTAS is helping to correlate, validate, and visualize several different databases of U.S. Department of Defense sensors and related information. A wide variety of data from different orbital analysis tools is being correlated with sensor data by WebTAS to visualize the dynamic nature of Orbiter events across the mission timeline.

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