New Products

June 1, 2004

Integrated circuits

Digitizer cards with proprietary data-conversion ICs

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Acquiris USA in Monroe, N.Y., is offering digitizer and analyzer cards with ready-to-use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) instruments. The 8- and 12-bit cards have sampling rates from 100 megasamples per second to 4 gigasamples per second, and bandwidth as fast as 1 GHz in PCI or CompactPCI. These cards acquire signals and analyze results quickly for laser radar, radar, semiconductor test, biochemistry, and scanning acoustic microscopy applications. The cards and their proprietary ICs acquire data, condition front-end signals, convert signals from analog to digital, and distribute clock and trigger signals. For more information contact Acquiris online at


Family of flat-panel-display kiosk monitors

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Three-Five Systems Inc. in Tempe, Ariz., is offering a family of flat-panel-display kiosk monitors with wide viewing angles, high contract, fine resolution, and durability for space-constrained environmentally demanding applica-tions such as security monitoring, industrial process control, and clean rooms. The TFS family of displays comes in 12.1-, 15.1-, 17.1-, and 20.1-inch sizes, and is available in rack-mount versions. For more information contact Three-Five online at


Java 2 micro addition for OSE real-time operating system

Enea Embedded Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, is offering a Java 2 micro addition (J2METM) based on IBM's WebSphere Micro Environment (WME) for the OSE real-time operating system (RTOS). This will allow OSE users to use IBM's Java-powered technology to interoperate with a wide variety of devices. OSE support also includes development tools based on IBM's WebSphere Studio Device Developer. WebSphere Micro Environment is a Java run-time environment for embedded devices such as phones with tight size and memory constraints. The J2ME solution has Java IDE and accessory plug-ins such as profiling and system analyzing, all based on IBM's WebSphere Studio Device Developer. These development tools are for target as well as host environments on a PC or workstation. For more information contact Enea online at

Power electronics

DC-DC converters for military and aerospace applications

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VPT Inc. in Blacksburg, Va., is offering a low-voltage-output DC-DC converter for military and aerospace applications such as new aircraft and weapons. The DVHF 1.9-volt DC-DC converter is qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 and MIL-STD-883, offers as much as 8 watts of output power, 15 to 50 volts input voltage, fault-tolerant magnetic feedback circuit, lack of optoisolators, undervoltage lockout circuitry, high-input transient-voltage tolerance, and is available in custom and radiation-hardened versions. For more information contact VPT online at

Enclosures & chassis

Durable 19-inch cabinets for security, laboratory, and medical applications

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Schroff of Warwick, R.I., is offering durable 19-inch cabinets for packaging electronics in offices, computer rooms, and other indoor environments. The mid-size Minirack and full-size Eurorack cabinets will also display electronics components and enclosures. The Minirack and Eurorack have self-supporting inner frame construction with aluminum die-cast top and bottom bolted to four extruded aluminum uprights. The Minirack can hold as much as 440 pounds, while the Eurorack holds as much as 880 pounds. They meet ANSI/EIA RS 310D, and have removable side panels and/or doors. For more information contact Schroff online at


Uncooled thermographic infrared cameras

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Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH in Jena, Germany, is offering hand-held thermal imaging cameras — the radiometric infrared camera series VarioCAMÒ — to the American market. This uncooled thermal imaging camera is for surveillance and predictive maintenance. Features include wide temperature measuring range from –40 to 1200 degrees Celsius, short working distance of 0.3 meters to infinite, and hardware-based optical resolution enhancement function from 320 by 240 to 640 by 480 pixels. Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme is a fully owned subsidiary of the Jenoptik technology group, which develops laser sources, optical components, modules, and systems for precise measurement, imaging, structuring, and analysis. For more information contact the company online at

Test and measurement

Avionics Internet analysis and test tools

Condor Engineering in Santa Barbara, Calif., is offering avionics full-duplex-switched Ethernet (AFDX) bus analysis and test tools to the aviation industry. Condor BusTools/AFDX is a Windows-based application to monitor, test, analyze, and simulate AFDX network traffic. BusTools/AFDX allows users to view AFDX at multiple levels from a single flexible graphical interface, configure and view AFDX message structures using functional data sets, monitor bus activity with "instant-on" traffic sorter, configure and view virtual links and AFDX port traffic, view AFDX port messages in engineering units, resize and simultaneously view multiple window displays, trigger and filter (multiple levels) to quickly reduce data, and log data to disk. It provides a graphic user interface for generating simulated AFDX bus traffic. For more information contact Condor online at


Vehicle-detection sensor for security applications

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Banner Engineering Corp. in Minneapolis is offering the M-GAGE S18M vehicle-detection sensor for security applications. The sensor uses magneto-.resistive-based passive sensing technology and reliably detects three-dimensional changes in the Earth's natural magnetic field in the presence of large metal objects such as cars, trucks, and rail cars. The sensor "learns" its own environment to determine ambient background characteristics and stores them in the sensor's on-board nonvolatile memory. The sensor operates from –40°C to 70°C and receives pro-gram commands through a portable programming box, or on the sensor itself. Contact Banner online at

Board products

Reconfigurable FPGA PMC I/O modules

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Acromag Inc. in Wixom, Mich., is offering customizable PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) digital I/O modules with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for applications such as software radio and radar. The PMC-DX500 and PMC-DX2000 modules have Xilinx Virtex II FPGAs with 500,000 and 2 million system gates, respectively. The modules enable systems designers to configure custom I/O boards using application-specific instruction sets. The PMCs offer as much as one megabyte of on-chip memory and 9 megabytes of on-board SDRAM memory. For connectivity with real-time applications, the devices come with C libraries for VxWorks, QNX, and other operating systems. The boards are also compatible with Windows. For more information contact the company online at


7-16 male to N female adapter

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Spinner North America in Norcross, Ga., is offering a series of 7-16 male to N adapters with notable RF performance for applications such as RF laboratory testing, production applications, and field use. The Spinner part #194400 is made from silver-plated brass, and operates in the DC to 8-GHz bandwidth with third-order intermodulation at –165 decibels referenced to the carrier, and a voltage standing-wave ratio (VSWR) of more than 1.02 to 1 at 2-GHz DC. For more information contact Spinner North America online at

Navigation & control

Self-contained programmable inertial measurement system

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Summit Instruments Inc. in Akron, Ohio, is introducing the 6521A 6-degree-of-freedom inertial measurement system, developed with the U.S. Navy. The system, which is a self-contained 6-axis digital output unit, meets military specifications for temperature, FM frequency, as well as measures acceleration as fast as plus-or-minus 40 Gs and rates as steep as plus-or-minus 1,200 degrees per second. The system has three gyros, three accelerometers, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, two temperature sensors, and optional FM transmitter. Its built-in telemetry includes a programmable IRIG-106 PCM encoder and automatically generates TMATS code. For more information contact Summit Instruments online at

To submit new products for consideration, send them to John Keller by e-mail at [email protected], or by post at 98 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, N.H. 03062. Please include a high-resolution color photo.

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