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The design of radio equipment for the military market has evolved significantly from the use of transistor-based circuits to specialized and powerful integrated circuits (ICs). Designs may be geared towards rigid, single-purpose platforms or towards flexible, application-agnostic systems with dedicated digital signal processors (DSPs), such as software-defined radio (SDR). The one thing all of these approaches have in common: difficulty in estimating and understanding the cost/performance trade-offs of new designs.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Sept. 21, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the launch of its Diagnostic Support Tools (DST) software suite, which provides the capabilities required for customers to build a robust subsystem Built-In-Test (BIT) for system integrity during system boot and application execution. Compatible with Mercury’s BuiltSECURE™ infrastructure, DST provides comprehensive, non-intrusive fault detection across processor boards, graphics cards, I/O modules, networks, backplanes, operating systems, and applications.

The DST suite delivers an extensible platform for all three stages of BIT operation: Power-on BIT (PBIT), Continuous BIT (CBIT), and operator Initiated BIT (IBIT). PBIT support includes tailored tests of Mercury’s hardware built-in self-test (BIST) results and software bring-up. CBIT supports continuous testing with a high level of test coverage due to the low-overhead implementation, and is tunable depending on the hardware and software requirements. IBIT supports running full diagnostics during application execution or while in a halted state for debugging or triggered events.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Sept. 19, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $3.8M order from a leading defense prime contractor for high-performance radio frequency (RF) and microwave modules integrated into an advanced electronic warfare system. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 first quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

The Company’s leading portfolio of RF and microwave solutions include products addressing applications from 1 to 140 gigahertz (GHz) frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum. State-of-the-art design tools minimize development time and enable a rapid transition from prototype to high-volume production in Mercury’s Advanced Microelectronics Centers.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Sept. 14, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the availability of its BuiltSAFE™ GS Multi-Core Renderer. Part of the BuiltSAFE Graphics Suite, the software renderer runs on a multi-core CPU and is certifiable to DO-178C at the highest design assurance level (DAL A) as well as ASIL D for automotive safety. The multi-core implementation overcomes the performance issues typically associated with software-only graphics solutions. By using scalable CPU-based graphics, this software-only solution eliminates the need to certify GPU hardware for the highest levels of safety and address the obsolescence issues associated with GPU devices and the associated graphics memory chips.

For systems that include a GPU, the BuiltSAFE GS Multi-Core Renderer can be part of a hybrid solution that uses software-based graphics on the CPU for DAL A level processing and GPU graphics for the highest performance where only DAL C or lower levels of assurance is required. This configuration can be particularly useful in avionics systems where the primary flight display elements need to operate at DAL A whereas the mission display elements can operate at DAL C and can benefit from increased graphics capabilities.[Continue reading →]

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As the first commercial SSD supplier to achieve this significant milestone, customers and NSA-trusted integrators of CSfC-compliant security solutions can leverage Mercury's NIAP-certified SSD for data at rest protection for classified, secret, and top secret programs according to CSfC program guidelines.[Continue reading →]

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Wolfspeed has introduced a new series of 28V GaN HEMT RF power devices, capable of higher frequency operation to 8GHz with increased efficiency and higher gain as well as best-in-class reliability for commercial and military wireless communications and radar applications.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - September 11, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a $8.0M order from a leading defense prime contractor for BuiltSECURE™ high density secure memory devices manufactured at its DMEA-trusted facility in Phoenix, Ariz. The high-speed memory devices will be integrated into active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems deployed on an advanced airborne military platform. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 first quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

The Company’s entire portfolio of BuiltSECURE high density secure memory devices use Mercury’s three-dimensional packaging technology to transform a two-dimensional array of discrete memory devices into a single, vertically stacked, dense ball grid array (BGA) package. Delivering space savings up to 75%, the memory devices are also precision engineered to withstand the harshest of operating conditions encountered during military operations. [Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Sept. 5, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a $2.0M follow-on order from a leading defense prime contractor for high-efficiency, SWaP-optimized GPS filter amplifiers for a munitions application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

“Receiving this significant order from our valued customer further reinforces Mercury’s market-leading position as a trusted supplier of high-performance radio frequency, microwave, and millimeter wave components and subassemblies supporting our nation’s military forces,” said Charlie Leader, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mercury’s Advanced Microelectronics Solutions group. “With three domestic Advanced Microelectronics Centers equipped with state-of-the-art RF and microwave manufacturing capabilities, Mercury delivers the most contemporary portfolio of affordable, proven solutions to the defense industry today.”[Continue reading →]

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Richard Warren, Cambridge Pixel’s director of software in front of an unmanned boat (Bladerunner). • Cambridge Pixel’s software processes radar video from Navico’s Simrad 4G or Halo radars and provides a fused track (as ASTERIX or TTM format) into ASV’s control software

• Cambridge Pixel will be showcasing its radar products on stand S4-352 (South hall) at the DSEI Defence and Security show at the ExCeL Centre, London from 12-15 September 2017.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Aug. 30, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced that it recently received Aerospace Standard 9100 (AS9100) certification for its Mercury Defense Systems Advanced Design Centers located in Cypress, Calif., West Lafayette, Ind. and Huntsville, Ala., as well as its headquarters facility in Andover, Mass. These recent certifications add to the existing certifications the Company currently holds at many of its sites in the U.S. and Europe.

The aerospace and defense industry is highly regulated and demands the highest level of quality standards for the development and manufacture of products. Established by the International Aerospace Quality Group in 1999, the AS9100 Quality Management System (QMS) standard is recognized globally and has been widely adopted across the aerospace and defense industry to promote quality, safety and continuous product and process improvement. Mercury’s AS9100 certification validates that the Company has the necessary processes in place to meet the aerospace industry’s demand for safe, reliable products that meet or exceed the requirements of customers and regulatory authorities.[Continue reading →]

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MINNETONKA, Minn., August 14, 2017 – Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced the immediate availability of the Digi XBee® SX 868, a surface mount (SMT) radio communication module with industry-leading interference blocking for noisy wireless environments. Deployable in several regions throughout the world and with pre-certification for EU countries, the module offers extremely reliable long-range, low-data rate connectivity for industrial IoT applications such as agriculture, heavy equipment, transportation, and energy/utilities.

The compact SMT module, measuring about 22 x 34 mm, operates in the 863 - 870 MHz frequency band (K, L, M, N, Q/R) and combines tuned Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filtering as well as intelligent Listen Before Talk / Adaptive Frequency Agility (LBT/AFA) technology to avoid connectivity issues caused by external radio interference. The patented frequency scan occurs automatically without performance impact by listening to the radio environment before any transmission starts, automatically shifting to a new channel when a interference source is detected.[Continue reading →]

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EnSilica has announced two senior-level appointments designed to significantly boost its rapidly expanding full System-on-Chip (SoC) services as the company continues to expand its base of customers seeking complex, full-service custom analog and mixed-signal chip design and supply. EnSilica has appointed David Tester to the newly created position of Director of SoC Architecture and Patrick McNamee to the newly created position of Director of Silicon Operations.[Continue reading →]

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- Luxoft recognized as global leader in ADM services by ISG - The Company will host two webinars moderated by ISG along with offering a downloadable reprint of the ISG Provider Lens(tm) ADM Archetype Report with an ISG-authored preface on Luxoft - Luxoft's automotive technology practice focuses on digital cockpit, navigation and ADAS, under the hood, diagnostics, and advance software development and verification capabilities[Continue reading →]

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CHANDLER, Ariz., Aug. 1, 2017 — The SAM D5x and SAM E5x microcontroller (MCU) families are now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP). These new 32-bit MCU families offer extensive connectivity interfaces, powerful performance and robust hardware-based security for a wide variety of applications.

The SAM D5/E5 microcontrollers combine the performance of an ARM® Cortex®-M4 processor with a Floating Point Unit (FPU). This combination offloads the Central Processing Unit (CPU), increasing system efficiency and enabling process-intensive applications on a low-power platform. Running at up to 120 MHz, the D5x and E5x MCUs feature up to 1 MB of dual-panel Flash with Error Correction Code (ECC), easily enabling live updates with no interruption to the running system. Additionally, these families are available with up to 256 KB of SRAM with ECC, vital to mission-critical applications such as medical devices or server systems. [Continue reading →]

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Modern radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems rely on sophisticated signal processing and complex radio-frequency (RF) modulation on pulse. Without proper signal design verification, these techniques may not be effective during critical engagements, which could be catastrophic for the operator. Determining the radar's ability to successfully detect and track targets or an EW system's ability to identify threats and avoid detection or tracking can be challenging. Advanced RF signal analysis and RF pulsed signal capture techniques (variable segment length, de-interleaving, duplex IF real-time analysis) that enable designers to measure signal parameters and confirm the proper operation of their radar or EW systems.[Continue reading →]

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• IIoT platform "toii" is an in-house development that connects machines of different makes and generations • Due to predictive maintenance the platform is also supposed to forecast the necessity of machine services in the future • Processes can be planned and coordinated optimally and flexibly[Continue reading →]

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The DAPtools for Python software from Microstar Laboratories enables intensive data acquisition from Python applications on desktop GNU/Linux systems. Operations with strict time constraints are delegated to the embedded DAPL environment, running on a Data Acquisition Processor board, while less time sensitive data management and display features run in parallel under the Linux kernel. DAPtools for Python is included in the DAPtools Basic package, provided with each DAP product at no added cost. This combines the best of both worlds: the regularity and precision of DAP systems, the flexibility and versatility of the Python environment.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - May 25, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $4M order from a leading defense prime contractor for an advanced defense application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter.

“With this order, Mercury is delivering on its commitment to provide state-of-the-art radio frequency solutions required for our military forces to maintain a strategic and tactical advantage,” says Charlie Leader, Senior Vice President of Mercury’s Advanced Microelectronic Solutions group. “Our customers and our warfighters can count on Mercury’s next generation business model to continue delivering advanced commercial technology innovations that matter to the defense industry.”[Continue reading →]

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TORONTO, ON, May 25th, 2017 - Peraso Technologies Inc., a leader in Wireless Gigabit (WiGig®) chipsets, will be demonstrating a wireless gaming solution ideal for VR / AR applications, amongst numerous other 802.11ad applications, including 4K wireless display and Wi-Fi networking at Computex 2017. The demonstrations will be driven by Peraso's Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGigTM W110 USB 3.0 adapter and their W120 WiGig phased array chipset, both designed to help drive the WiGig Ecosystem forward with unprecedented speed and functionality.

With the growing demand for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, emphasis is now beginning to shift toward finding a wireless solution that will untether the headset from the PC. WiGig (802.11ad and the upcoming 802.11ay) technology is the immediate solution, providing the bandwidth, power and super low latency needed to make this application viable, on the uncongested 60 GHz band. [Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - May 23, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received the 4-star Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business unit. This prominent award recognizes the Company’s facilities in Hudson, N.H. and Phoenix, Ariz. for operational excellence while delivering advanced microelectronic solutions and processing subsystems in support of Raytheon’s business objectives.

Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business instituted the annual Supplier Excellence Awards program to recognize suppliers who have provided outstanding service and partnership in exceeding customer requirements. Award candidates are judged on certain criteria, including overall quality and on-time delivery. Mercury was one of 84 companies recognized by Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business for 4-Star honors. [Continue reading →]

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Extending its expertise in high-brightness microdisplay technology for augmented-reality and other applications, Leti will demonstrate the world's first wide video graphic array (WVGA) GaN microdisplay with 10-micron pixel pitch during Display Week in Los Angeles, May 21-26.[Continue reading →]

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Unprecedented growth of over 80% this year at EnSilica has created a further requirement within the company for a major recruitment drive to fuel its continued expansion in the next 12 months and beyond. The company is seeking experienced chip designers with analog, mixed-signal and RF expertise and has also launched a graduate recruitment scheme.[Continue reading →]

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SCADA, CIS, ICS and similar Modbus protocol communication based industrial systems become much more vulnerable due to their increasing connection to the Internet. The protocol lacks built-in security measures, which makes it easy for cybercriminals to exploit industrial systems and networks and take full control of critical infrastructure. Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity now provides a critical IT security solution for secure Modbus protocol communication that protects the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) against cyberattacks and espionage.[Continue reading →]

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Electronic warfare (EW), the use of the electromagnetic spectrum to foil enemy forces and protect friendly ones, is perhaps the most time-sensitive of all the weapons in the military arsenal: a matter of nanoseconds could make the difference between life and death. That's why latency is so critical to EW processing systems. If a radar-guided missile is heading for your aircraft at Mach 5, the aircraft's radar jammer had better be quick - quick to take in the signal, manipulate it, and retransmit it to fool the adversary with false targets or misleading data on size, distance, heading, speed. Digital RF memories (DRFMs), the specialized RF jammers that do just that, require receive-response latencies of 20 to 100 nanoseconds. Compared to radars - which transmit pulses and receive echoes - DRFMs - which receive pulses and retransmit the signals modulated with jamming techniques - have much more stringent latency requirements.[Continue reading →]

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Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, is marking its 50th anniversary this year during industry events and workshops in Grenoble, Tokyo, and Taipei and at both SEMICON West and IEDM 2017 in San Francisco.[Continue reading →]

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Vpai and HTC Vive Taipei, Taiwan, March 22, 2017 - VIA Technologies, Inc., today announced that it will be demonstrating its first generation of Vpai 720-degree cameras at the HTC Vive Ecosystem Conference 2017 that takes place from March 27th – 28th in Shenzhen, China.

“With their ability to shoot and render stunning panoramic video on the fly, Vpai 720-degree cameras open up exciting new possibilities for creating captivating visual experiences for the HTC Vive,” said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “We look forward to exploring opportunities for cooperation with developers at the HTC Vive Ecosystem Conference 2017.” [Continue reading →]

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Taipei, Taiwan, March 22, 2017 - VIA Technologies, Inc., today announced the launch of the first generation of Vpai 720-degree cameras in China. The devices can be ordered online in China for prices of less than US$100.

Available in a choice of stylish ultra-portable form factors, the seven models enable consumers to easily capture, view, and share their experiences in stunning panoramic image and video formats. The user-friendly Vpai app combined with Wi-Fi and USB connectivity options makes operating the cameras a snap in any environment, whether at a dinner with friends or out on the hiking trail. [Continue reading →]

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New York, March 7, 2017 - MicroMax today introduced two new high-end, high performance rugged systems based on the VITA 75 standard. The M-Max 871 EP4/MMS and M-Max 771 PR7/MMS both employ the newest M-Max V75 chassis.[Continue reading →]

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Based on the Hyperstone U9 Flash controller, Micron's new eU500 is a fast, reliable and small embedded USB device which provides a highly reliable Flash storage system targeted at telecommunication, networking, industrial/embedded and IoT applications.[Continue reading →]

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TE KILOVAC KCS01 Contactor TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has released an additional size for the KILOVAC current-sensing [KCS] high-voltage contactors. The KILOVAC KCS01 contactor is a compact power-switching solution with an integrated current sensor and current trip function. These contactors are suited for applications in harsh military and commercial electric vehicles, power distribution, energy storage and battery storage systems.

For over 35 years, KILOVAC products have been used to deliver high-voltage switching capabilities demanded by aerospace and defense applications. KILOVAC contactors are highly specialized for use in critical applications with high current systems. The KCS01 contactor extends the KILOVAC contactor line abilities with its ruggedized lightweight design. These contactors are hermetically sealed to optimize and extend performance in harsh, explosive and corrosive environments, even after periods of non-use.[Continue reading →]

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uCOM-AL6C Ubiqconn Technology, an innovative manufacturer specializing in Embedded IoT and Industrial 4.0 solutions, today introduced its COM Express Compact Type 6 module - uCOM-AL6C, empowered by the latest 14nm Intel® AtomTM E3900 series processors, formerly Apollo Lake-I. The adoption of the latest Intel® AtomTM CPUs offers enhanced processing power, real-time computing and lower power consumption on a compact 95x95mm2 COM Express module. uCOM-AL6C is designed to fit the demanding requirements in Embedded IoT, smart factory, smart edge gateway and other Industrial 4.0 related applications which design of power and space is critical.

Intel® AtomTM x5-E3930, x5-E3940, or x7-E3950 SoC processor offers frequency up to 2.0GHz and TDP as low as 6.5 Watt or above. The adoption of the new Intel® 14nm AtomTM SoC series also delivers IoT-oriented platform features including DDR3L-1,600 SO-DIMM up to 8GB, conflict-free Embedded Options Available, Intel® Gen9 Graphics 505/500 with 4K support and Intel® Quick Sync Video. These technological enhancements enable uCOM-AL6C to function as a core in Embedded IoT and Industrial 4.0 applications, such as production system gateway, automated factory monitoring, real-time sensor data processing, and factory control box.[Continue reading →]

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., February 14, 2017 – General Micro Systems, Inc. (GMS) today announced the S1U-MD, a 1U rackmount, multi-domain server and managed Ethernet switch/router based on the Intel® Xeon® D server CPU. S1U-MD boasts 12x the performance of traditional blade-servers, but in one-twelfth the size of traditional systems.

Isolating Red and Black domains to ensure security or designing for redundancy is normally accomplished with one full-depth box for each Red and Black domain: 1) two physically separate servers, 2) two separate Ethernet multi-port switches; and 3) two separate routers. Putting this capability into a single, 1U high and 17-inch deep (Short Rack) server blade is another GMS engineering phenomenon in small form factor rugged systems. S1U-MD takes one-twelfth the rack space of a competing multi-domain solution.[Continue reading →]

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KILOVAC KCS03 CURRENT-SENSING HIGH-VOLTAGE CONTACTOR HARRISBURG, Pa. – February 7, 2017 – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, recently introduced the KILOVAC current-sensing (KCS03) High-Voltage contactor, featuring an integrated current sensor with current trip function. KILOVAC current-sensing contactors eliminate the need for discrete current sensors, saving weight and space in military and commercial electric vehicles, power distribution and energy storage systems.

TE’s current-sensing contactors simplify configuration needs within rugged applications through its small size and flexible configuration. The sensor function includes a programmable trip, which allows immediate, delayed, or disabled trip. These contactors are hermetically sealed for reliable performance in most harsh, explosive and corrosive environments. [Continue reading →]

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Libelium brings over the Internet of Things to Industry 4.0 offering new applications for factory automation, automotive applications, industrial networking, building and infrastructure, transportation, energy applications and military uses. The compatibility added with new industrial protocol modules and API libraries for Plug&Sense! Sensor Platform allows connecting to the Cloud sensor information coming from industrial devices.

The new modules support the most widely used industrial communication network protocols such as RS-232, RS-485, CAN Bus, and Modbus, used for process as varied as industrial automation, building automation and automobile applications, for sensor network capability in remote or factory floor environments. In conjunction with the new modules, Libelium has released a special Plug & Sense! model to connect 4-20 mA sensors (current loop), the most commonly deployed in industrial environments.[Continue reading →]

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High performance embedded computing (HPEC) system designers tasked with architecting large-scale supercomputer-class processing systems for radar, signal intelligence (SIGINT), and electronic warfare (EW) applications depend greatly on the software development tools available to them. The choice of development tools - such as debuggers, profilers, and cluster managers - can result in an intimate relationship; often the choice means the success or failure of the system design.[Continue reading →]

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Opticon has expanded its range of OEM scan engines by introducing an ultra-thin 2D Imager: the MDI-4100. With its extremely small size measuring just 10mm thickness, the MDI-4100 can be easily integrated into the most compact devices and spaces such as POS Systems, PDA's, companion scanners, handheld terminals and ticket readers.[Continue reading →]

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The European INSPEX project will develop a multi-sensor and low-power spatial-exploration and obstacle-detection system for applications that guide the visually impaired, as well for robotics, drones and smart manufacturing. It will provide real-time, 3D detection, location and warning of obstacles under all environmental conditions.[Continue reading →]

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• Industrial Internet Control System from GE greatly improves operational equipment efficiency and enables quantum leaps in productivity • Unique solution combining connected machine controllers with cloud connectivity, advanced analytics software and apps for plant and asset control in real time[Continue reading →]

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ANSYS 18 delivers a new approach to engineering by deploying simulation across the entire product lifecycle - referred to as pervasive engineering simulation. Pervasive engineering simulation performs a central role in all aspects of the product lifecycle - from concept, through engineering design and into operations. Engineers, from the novice to the highly experienced, can now use engineering simulation software across the entire product lifecycle with the newly released ANSYS® 18. This next generation of ANSYS’ (NASDAQ: ANSS) industry-leading engineering simulation solutions builds upon decades of cutting-edge technology for the most complete and accurate digital prototypes across all major physics, electronics and embedded software areas. This feature-rich release expands the boundaries of simulation upfront in the development process to digital exploration as well as downstream with digital twins, expanding simulation to the operations and maintenance of products.

Today’s industries are undergoing a fundamental transformation in manufacturing and product development. Trends like the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing and machine learning are merging the physical and digital worlds, creating an unprecedented pace of product innovation. The opportunity is immense, but also creates incredible levels of complexity across the entire product lifecycle.[Continue reading →]

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – January 31, 2017 – TE Connectivity (TE) (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has released its next generation ACT composite connectors within the DEUTSCH MIL-DTL-38999 series. The ACT series circular connectors are among the most versatile and popular circular mil spec input/output connectors in the world. These circular connectors offer composite shells providing up to 40 percent weight savings over aluminum connectors.

MIL-DTL-38999 connectors are widely used throughout the world in military, defense and commercial avionics applications. TE’s DEUTSCH group created one of the original composites in 1990, and has continued to upgrade and improve its products to match industry standards. The ACT series composite shells are among the lightest weight, the most resistant to corrosion and the most durable, offering 1,500 mating cycles.[Continue reading →]

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Rueil-Malmaison, France, January 31th 2017 - SBG Systems releases a new version of the Ellipse Series, its popular product line of miniature inertial sensors. The Ellipse has been greatly improved, showing unmatched performance in attitude measurement while adding Galileo constellation to its GNSS receiver.[Continue reading →]

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ADQ7 in MTCA form factor ADQ7 in MTCA form factor SP Devices, an e2v company, has launched the ADQ7, the first digitizer to offer an unrivalled combination of 14-bits vertical resolution and a sampling rate of up to 10 GS/s.

The ADQ7 hosts a powerful Xilinx Ultrascale XCKU060 FPGA which is made available to the user through a firmware development kit. In addition, to help shorten design time, there are a number of optional stand-alone firmware packages containing application specific, real time signal processing functions. These flexible firmware solutions make the ADQ7 the perfect platform for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) integration.[Continue reading →]

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Jan 30, 2017 - Addressing the need for tighter in-vehicle security, Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), today announced the CANGuard™ security suite, a unique software solution designed to protect automotive vehicle data networks. The Company also announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with a leading automotive electronics manufacturer to enable the integration of CANGuard software into existing vehicle control units as well as future units.

Security breaches of in-vehicle onboard computers and networks are becoming more prevalent. Recent demonstrations range from remotely shutting down an engine to causing vehicle brakes to malfunction. Such attacks are enabled by the lack of built-in security for the vehicle’s controller area network (CAN) bus—the technology linking most onboard computers. CAN has been a reliable workhorse for the automotive industry for decades, yet it was developed before the Internet, so its inventors never considered malicious remote actors having access to the bus. By compromising a network-enabled onboard computer, a sophisticated hacker can gain access to other critical vehicle systems via CAN, leading to the dangerous security breaches recently reported in the media.[Continue reading →]

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The latest 7th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor running with Intel C236 chipset, fanless -40°C to 75°C extended temperature, workstation-grade system performance, all-in-one integrated features, 10 independent GigE LAN with 4 X-coded M12 IEEE 802.3at PoE+ and 4 PoE+, 4 SSD trays, 2-port CAN Bus, outstanding mobile availability, smart manageability & power protection, and rugged reliability, Vecow IVH-9200MXC and ECS-9200MXC Series Fanless Embedded Systems are your performance-driven solution for real-time Industry 4.0/Industrial IoT applications.[Continue reading →]

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The MIPI® Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, today released MIPI I3CSM, Improved Inter-Integrated Circuit, a sensor interface specification that streamlines sensor integration in smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and automotive systems.

“Today’s release of MIPI I3C is an important milestone for MIPI Alliance and the developer community because it brings together multiple sensor interface approaches around a unifying specification that provides conveniences and system-level benefits for many applications,” said Joel Huloux, chairman of the board of MIPI Alliance. “We expect MIPI I3C will play a fundamental role in expanding opportunities for sensor-based applications in mobile, mobile-influenced and embedded systems markets.”[Continue reading →]

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Workstation-grade Intel(r) Xeon(r) processor running with Intel(r) C236 chipset, fanless -40°C to 75°C extended operating temperature, excellent system performance, all-in-one integrated features, 4 SSD trays, 6 independent GigE LAN with 4 M12 IEEE 802.3at PoE+, outstanding mobile availability, smart manageability, 6V to 36V power input with 80V surge protection, ignition power control, intelligent circuit protection and rugged reliability, Vecow IVH-9200 Series Fanless Embedded System is your performance-driven solution for real-time Industry 4.0/ IIOT embedded applications.[Continue reading →]

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LoRa Alliance(tm) members myDevices, the Internet of Things solutions company; Senet, the first and fastest growing North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long-range Internet of Things (IoT) applications built on the LoRaWAN(tm) protocol; and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, today announced that they have collaborated to showcase demonstrations of the first real-time, multi-target location tracking using the LoRaWAN low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) protocol along the Las Vegas Strip during CES 2017.[Continue reading →]

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The ASUS Zenfone AR is the company's first smartphone with support for Google TANGO augmented reality technology. A key part of TANGO is a depth-sensing camera module design with the Infineon REAL3 image sensor.[Continue reading →]

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Unprecedented growth of over 80% this year at EnSilica has created a further requirement within the company for a major recruitment drive to fuel its continued expansion in the next 12 months and beyond. The company is seeking experienced chip designers with analog, mixed-signal and RF expertise and has also launched a graduate recruitment scheme.[Continue reading →]

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today introduced a new PSoC® programmable system-on-chip that simplifies the design of next-generation industrial, home appliance and consumer systems that require multiple sensors. Many Internet of Things (IoT) applications require multiple sensors and can benefit from dedicated coprocessors that offload sensor processing from the host and reduce overall system power consumption. The new PSoC Analog Coprocessor integrates programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block (UAB), which can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom analog front ends for sensor interfaces by allowing engineers to update sensor features quickly with no hardware or host processor software changes, while also reducing BOM costs.

For example, in home automation applications, engineers can easily configure the PSoC Analog Coprocessor to continuously monitor multiple sensors, such as temperature, humidity, ambient light, motion and sound, allowing the host to stay in a standby low-power mode. Future design changes to support new sensor types can also be easily implemented by reconfiguring the programmable analog blocks. Cypress will demonstrate the PSoC Analog Coprocessor, along with its PSoC, FM Flexible MCU, Bluetooth® Low Energy and Energy Harvesting Power Management IC solutions at Sensors Expo from June 21 to 23 in booth 416 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. More information on the PSoC Analog Coprocessor is available at www.cypress.com/PSoCAnalog.[Continue reading →]

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Microchip announced the MCP9600--the world's first thermocouple-conditioning integrated circuit to combine precision instrumentation, a precision temperature sensor and a precision, high-resolution analog-to-digital converter (ADC), in addition to a math engine preprogrammed with the firmware to support a broad range of standard thermocouple types (K, J, T, N, S, E, B and R).[Continue reading →]

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CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced the uClamp3601P – a 33V, high-performance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device for protecting industrial sensors.

The single-line uClamp3601P achieves the low-clamping voltage performance needed to safeguard today’s small form factor proximity sensors from ESD, EFT and low level surge transients. [Continue reading →]

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Microchip\'s new DACs are ideal for applications in the consumer and industrial markets, such as wireless microphones, mp3 player accessories and blood glucose test devices and applications such as motor control, instrumentation, sensor calibration, set point/offset trimming, among others. The integration and feature set of Microchip\'s new DACs offers customers system flexibility and power savings while simplifying their design efforts. CHANDLER, Ariz.[NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the expansion of its non-volatile Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) product line with the MCP47FEBXX devices. The low-power, single and dual-channel DACs feature 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution, integrated EEPROM and an I2C™ interface, and are offered in 8-pin TSSOP packages. The DACs are ideal for applications in the consumer and industrial markets, such as wireless microphones, mp3 player accessories and blood glucose test devices and applications such as motor control, instrumentation, sensor calibration, set point/offset trimming, among others.

The integrated EEPROM enables DAC settings to be recalled at power up, for added system flexibility. The choice of 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution provides flexibility with design requirements and cost. The various shutdown modes significantly reduce the device current consumption for power critical applications. These devices offer customers the ability to utilize the internal bandgap for device voltage reference, simplifying development and lowering system cost, or use an external voltage reference source in order to optimize their design.[Continue reading →]

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High-definition (HD) digital electro-optic and infrared sensors are shoveling evermore data into the battle space. How can soldiers get that information quickly enough to act on it in a timely manner?[Continue reading →]

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Over the past few decades, mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) design has been one of the most exciting and technically challenging segments of the semiconductor industry. Despite all of the advances that have occurred in the semiconductor industry over that time span, the one constant need is still to ensure the analog world we live in interacts seamlessly with the digital world of computing, a requirement especially driven by the current pervasive mobile environment and the rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT) "re-evolution."[Continue reading →]

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Microchip\'s new MCP3919 and MCP3912 AFEs integrate three and four channels of 24-bit, delta-sigma Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC), respectively, with industry-leading accuracy of 93.5 dB SINAD, -107 dB THD and 112 dB SFDR for precise signal acquisition and higher-performing end products. AFE completes Microchip’s MCP391X family, which spans 1 to 8-channel members for single-phase and poly-phase energy measurement. CHANDLER, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the completion of its high-accuracy, 1-8 channel, single and poly-phase MCP391X energy-measurement Analog Front End (AFE) family. The new MCP3919 and MCP3912 members integrate three and four channels of 24-bit, delta-sigma Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC), respectively, with industry-leading accuracy of 93.5 dB SINAD, -107 dB THD and 112 dB SFDR for precise signal acquisition and higher-performing end products. These are the optimal numbers of channels for single-phase energy meters with neutral monitoring (3-channel); or single-phase, three-wire energy meters (4-channel). The high level of integration on the new AFEs also includes a low-drift voltage reference, programmable gain amplifiers, phase-delay compensation and cyclic redundancy check (CRC).

As the energy-metering infrastructure is being upgraded worldwide, designers are demanding increased AFE accuracy and integration to develop the latest generation of smart meters. These features are also required by the designers of advanced power-monitoring systems for applications such as server power supplies and power distribution units, electronic circuit breakers, smart power strips and other data-acquisition products in the industrial, commercial and consumer markets. Microchip’s newest AFEs improve application performance with their industry-leading accuracy, high integration and optimal number of channels for single-phase energy measurement. Additionally, the high AFE accuracy facilitates energy-meter calibration, which reduces production costs.[Continue reading →]

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When designers are trying to select a component in the signal path of a satellite system, it is often difficult to find a device with both the radiation tolerance and accuracy required. Signal integrity is, after all, the key specification when designing an analog signal chain. The main causes of error to the integrity of the signal chain can be divided into two categories: inaccuracies due to noise and inaccuracies due to shifts in voltage. While it is important to consider all components in the signal path, one component is the most critical in achieving precision performance: the voltage reference.[Continue reading →]

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DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) is enabling system designers to reduce the size of their industrial monitoring and control applications with its newest successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). The ADS7042 is the industry’s smallest and lowest-power 12-bit SAR ADC, and the ADS8354 family includes the industry’s smallest 14- and 16-bit, simultaneous-sampling SAR ADCs. For more information about the ADS7042 and ADS8354 family, visit www.ti.com/saradc-pr.

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PC/104 Sized Microcontroller with PIC32 Micro/sys recently released a low-power single board microcontroller with fully integrated web hosting, networking, and analog I/O on a PC/104 form factor (3.775” x 3.55”). Featuring Microchip’s 80MHz PIC32® microcontroller, the USB3032 is an ideal COTS solution for applications requiring low power in -40˚C to +85˚C operation. USB3032 includes access to Microchip’s easy-to-use and widely supported IDE tool suite and protocol stacks, which, combined with Micro/sys’ 10-year product availability and attractive OEM pricing, allows designers to shorten time-to-market and maximize development productivity while keeping overall system production and maintenance costs low.

With this simple microcontroller, designers can communicate via different communication protocols while their production, security monitoring, data logging, or test and measurement control application continues running. Some mix-and-match protocol conversions available are Ethernet to CAN, CAN to USB, and USB to RS232. For example, a user might want the USB3032 to communicate via 10/100 Mbps Ethernet to an internal IT intranet to transmit instructions for controlling the on-board D/A, A/D or I/O in the field, then forward the results via CAN down-stream to other processes for control. USB3032 performs well in such environments by storing up to 1024 messages in 32 buffers while offering user-selectable filter-to-buffer mapping with 32 filters and 4 filter masks. For maximum data processing over Ethernet and CAN, USB3032 offers a built-in DMA interface.[Continue reading →]

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CHICAGO – Design engineers looking to extend the capabilities of FPGA/CPLD boards with mixed-signal/analog integration can now take advantage of Analog Devices PMOD Compatible Reference Design Boards from Newark element14.

PMODs are small I/O interface boards that offer an ideal method for extending the capabilities of FPGA/CPLD boards. Analog Devices PMOD-compatiable modules offer a wide variety of solutions that provide quick and easy access to leading analog and mixed-signal reference designs.[Continue reading →]

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Simulation tests of aerodynamics are conducted to improve the physical designs of a variety of products so as to enhance overall safety, comfort, and performance. The larger the object being tested, the more complicated the test will be. Test and measurement solutions based on PXI Express (PXIe) architecture can help to simplify and speed up system installation.[Continue reading →]

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The DS-MPE-DAQ0804 offers 8 16-bit analog input channels, 4 16-bit analog output channels, and 21 configurable digital I/O lines in a PCIe MiniCard form factor with an extended operating temperature of -40oC to +85oC.[Continue reading →]

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Electronic Warfare (EW) system designers are taking advantage of the performance leaps in commercial technology, driven by high-volume commercial markets such as telecommunications and cloud computing. These components such as FPGAs combine speed, high connectivity, and low power consumption for signal-processing intensive EW platforms such as fighter aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).[Continue reading →]

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Geneva, March 11, 2014 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a raft of analog and mixed-signal devices targeting the rapidly growing market for wearable technology. These devices include current sensors, audio amplifiers, op amps, analog switches, and battery gas gauges enabling ST to offer the industry’s most complete set of building blocks for creating innovative wearable applications.

Wearable applications are making a growing impact in markets that range from new healthcare technologies including remote heart-rate monitoring to consumer applications such as smart fashion accessories. These applications represent a range of current and future markets that market analysts Strategy Analytics projects to grow by more than 70% through 2017.[Continue reading →]

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Modern radar and electronic warfare designs rely heavily on embedded computing systems that leverage high-speed commercial processors and FPGAs to find every target or signal and enable the warfighter to respond in real time. Meanwhile, signal processing system designers are cutting costs by using parallel compute platforms such as OpenCL that work across multiple chip platforms.[Continue reading →]

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Increased competition, more dense designs and integration of different technologies in a small space combined with market regulatory pressures are creating new challenges for original equipment manufacturers. As a result, implementing the necessary transient immunity protections to prevent application malfunction due to transients on power and signal lines is becoming ever more challenging. The impact of increasing microcontroller (MCU) sensitivity and low-cost application design is being felt in all markets: consumer, industrial, automotive, etc. While there are significant differences in the design and use of products for these markets, the susceptibilities induced in all microcontroller-based applications are essentially the same. Typical susceptibilities include unexpected state changes on input pins (reset, interrupt request, or general purpose inputs) and corruption of on-chip clock signals, which can all cause various operational issues on the design itself, in addition to resulting in failure to meet regional compliance regulations for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).[Continue reading →]

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This White Paper describes the implementation of the Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) FSVR’s realtime capabilities. It shows fields of application as well as the technical implementation. The measurement speed available in today's spectrum analyzers is the result of a long evolution. But one property has survived all evolution steps: even the R&S FSV does not detect signals between the end of one sweep and the start of the next one. This gap in data acquisition, the so called "blind time", has decreased with each new spectrum analyzer generation, but it is still present.

The keys to a real-time spectrum analyzer are: · Parallel sampling and FFT calculation: The data acquisition continues while the FFTs are performed. · Fast processing of FFT algorithms: The computation speed must be high enough to avoid that "stacks" of unprocessed data are being built up. Slow FFT computation will result in an overflow of the capture memory and a subsequent data loss (= a new blind time).[Continue reading →]

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The Symmetricom(r) QUANTUM(tm) Chip Scale Atomic Clock (SA.45s CSAC) delivers the accuracy and stability of an atomic clock to portable applications for the first time. That means that when it comes to the next era in atomic timekeeping, the clock is already running.[Continue reading →]

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This application note along with its corresponding white paper 1MA207 show how to use the Rohde and Schwarz radar product portfolio to tackle test and measurement tasks in modern radar technology. Target groups are students who want to become familiar with radar issues as well as radar professionals who want to solve certain test and measurement tasks.[Continue reading →]

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This 60+ page brochure leverages Freescale's rich history of innovation in motor control processor solutions to simplify and speed up your motor control design projects. Learn about motor control techniques such as encoder signal processing, advanced synchronization, trapezoidal back EMF BLDC motor control, torque generation, sensorless field oriented control and more. Links are provided for reference designs, tools and processors to implement many of the described techniques.

Motor control methods described include brushless DC (BLDC), permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM), AC induction motor (ACIM), and switched reluctance motor (SRM). Specific solutions are described for appliances, fans, compressors, air conditioners, industrial drives, servo robotics, medical pumps and respirators. [Continue reading →]

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The data busses in aircraft and spacecraft require very high quality in transmission and reception since proper communication of commands and data are crucial to operation. The ARINC 429 standard used predominately in commercial aircraft and the MIL-STD-1553 bus used in military avionics and space vehicles (military and commercial) have some common characteristics as well as important differences. This paper will give useful examples of how to view, test and troubleshoot these busses using digital oscilloscopes.[Continue reading →]

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National Semiconductor Corp. has announced the availability of seven new 24-bit and 16-bit multi-channel sensor AFEs (analog front-ends) to enable designers to easilly configure signal paths from interface sensors to microcontrollers.[Continue reading →]

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Texas Instruments has announced availability of the new TRF7970A NFC (near-field communications) transceiver, which they claim offers the industry's lowest power, extending battery life "up to 2 times longer than competitive products" by virtue of eight selectable power modes. TI is also offering royalty-free software stacks for the TRF7970A to developers, which they say are compatible across a broad range of the company's MSP microcontrollers.

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Conexant has announced the launch of a new audio playback product line acquired from Keterex to play 8 KHz audio data directly to an external speaker via an on-chip digital audio processor and class-D amplifier.[Continue reading →]

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The 23rd annual Hot Chips conference at Stanford University held a series of talks that were billed as a "tutorial" on Package-Scale Power Management. In actuality, the talks were less tutorial and more of a review of the challenges, and current and (potential) future solutions for power management in heterogeneous multicore designs. One common thread that ran through each of the presentations... integration of more complex and higher performance analog circuits is an absolute requirement. Digital needs analog more than ever.

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Daniel explains why wireless and medical imaging systems cannot simply appropriate data compression technologies, such as MP3, used in other fields, elaborating on why compression technologies fall short for higher-performance applications. He then describes a new compression algorithm that can keep pace with sample rates of up to 40 gigasamples per second.Today’s Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) using Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) in wireless infrastructure and medical imaging applications are adding more channels while at the same time increasing both bit-resolutions and sampling rates, causing a data explosion at the system level. All this data must be transported from the DAS, where it is acquired, to processing devices such as FPGAs or CPUs, where the raw data is processed. This “data pipe” uses many device I/Os, crosses various interfaces and busses, and often includes different forms of storage along the way such as DRAM or disk drives and RAID. Over the years, the brute force approach to increasing the size and capacity of this pipe was to throw more hardware at the problem. Indeed, ADCs grew wider in bits; FPGAs grew larger in density, and memory requirements increased accordingly, with the same thing happening to a lesser extent in I/O as well. Systems grew more complex, used more power, and saw overall higher bill of material costs.

Dealing with this data explosion without increasing complexity and cost in FPGA-based designs means adopting some form of data compression in the FPGA, usually with IP algorithms. Real-time signal compression of the data sampled in systems such as wireless and medical imaging can take on the data geyser, at the same time reducing system complexity, power, and costs.[Continue reading →]

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Advances in technology have brought with them ever-increasing demands for more compute power in multiple application areas. Many, but not all, of these high-performance applications are related to telecommunications, and they face similar computing problems: [Continue reading →]

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Maxim's Pocket IO PLC Development Platform provides designers and industrial engineers the flexibility to experiment, to find the best solution for reduced power dissipation and small form factors in PLC designs.[Continue reading →]

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Latency, or the time between input and output, can be very important, depending on the application. For processing of communications intelligence (COMINT) like audio conversations, text data and the like, relatively long latency is tolerable. For applications like Radar and Electronic Warfare (especially Digital Radio Frequency Memory or DRFM), just a small amount of latency is problematic, due to the necessity of quick response times.

Similarly, these demanding applications require very high bandwidth (throughput) due to the volume of data involved. Low latency without high bandwidth (and vice versa) is a waste of performance, as it won’t deliver mission success.[Continue reading →]

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RFEL will be launching its latest core at EW Europe. The new Fractional Rate Resampler IP core, which was originally part of the company's multi-award winning ChannelCore Flex(tm) product, is now offered as a stand-alone IP core for FPGAs in response to customer requests.[Continue reading →]

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To perceive is to assign meaning to what we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Similarly, perceptual computing offers users a more natural way to interact with machines. Today's platforms have the ability to go well beyond simple facial recognition, which is becoming quite common today as a way to replace passwords. In fact, recent developments in software technology made practical by advanced graphics processing units (GPUs) are expanding perceptual computing to new levels of functionality in embedded applications.[Continue reading →]

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USB Type-C standard enables reversible connectors and 10 Gbps data transfer speeds with support for new bi-directional USB power delivery[Continue reading →]

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It is the purpose of this primer to instead describe digital oscilloscopes, which have for practical purposes replaced their analog predecessors in the vast majority of applications. Covered here is a short description of the oscilloscope's origins, its transition from analog to digital, types of digital oscilloscopes and their major subsystems, key benchmark specifications, and measurements.

Whether analog or digital, the oscilloscope is a versatile piece of test equipment. Even though its basic function is to measure and display voltage, its capabilities are vastly greater. They range from automation of the measurements described here, as well as signal detection and analysis in commercial and defense systems, and a wide array of others.[Continue reading →]

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Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is no longer relegated to the realm of the specialist. A new class of CFD analysis software is proving to be highly effective at performing heat transfer analysis, enabling mechanical engineers to accelerate key decisions at their workstations and without the need for CFD specialists. Embedded into the MCAD environment, this intuitive process allows designers to optimize a product during the design stages reducing manufacturing costs across a wide range of mechanical designs and systems.[Continue reading →]

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The M5U2203 is the first and most powerful rugged rackmount server optimized as a GPU supercomputer supporting four double-wide plug-in cards in x16 PCIe 3.0 slots and with Intel's latest E5-2600 processors[Continue reading →]

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., July 24, 2012 -- Video service providers are increasingly turning to Digital Adware for their new modular ad insertion platform, AdSync. Launched last year, AdSync presents small and mid-sized video providers with an affordable digital ad insertion solution, allowing them to maximize profitability from local ad sales.

"The ability to insert ads into digital cable and IPTV platforms has always been available, but the cost of the equipment and licensing fees required has put it out of reach for many smaller carriers," said Brian Stuart, President of Digital Adware. "AdSync is not only priced considerably lower than products of its kind, but it also facilitates splicing and multiplexing functions, eliminating an array of licensing fees, offering a true one box solution."[Continue reading →]

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Whether for noise removal or feature abstraction, selecting correctly between a linear or nonlinear filter for image processing applications could be the difference between "getting the picture."[Continue reading →]

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Washington, D.C.. STM Group, Inc. has announced today, at the Satellite 2012 tradeshow in Washington D.C., that it is now shipping its SatLink® family of VSATs and Hubs with support for the new DVB-RCS2 standard for general availability. STM is the first company in the industry to support the "RCS2" standard. In June of 2011, STM also lead the way with the first public demonstration of the major high-performance features in the new RCS2 standard, just a few months after approval by the DVB organization.

DVB-RCS2 provides for higher order modulation and coding along with many other elements contributing to much higher throughput, better bandwidth efficiency, and improved link availability relative to legacy VSAT systems. Modulation and coding from QPSK 1/3 up to 16QAM 5/6 is provided for TDMA burst mode carriers with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) controlled per burst for each VSAT. The other elements include a 16-state Turbo Code FEC and highly efficient Return Link Encapsulation (RLE) for IP packets imposing about 2% overhead.[Continue reading →]

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DVB-RCS2 provides for higher order modulation and coding along with many other elements contributing to much higher throughput, better bandwidth efficiency, and improved link availability relative to legacy VSAT systems.[Continue reading →]

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Being the first microwave radio systems provider to introduce 2048QAM, NEC can deliver up to 40% per-channel capacity increase to its customers, relative to the systems commonly in operation today which employ up to 256QAM.[Continue reading →]

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Photovoltaic (PV) power systems, including solar power inverters, are expected to operate reliably and at full rated output for a minimum of 25 years, so they need highly efficient inverters that run cooler, last longer and generate cash savings for the PV system manufacturer and user. Download this white paper from Silicon Labs to find out how advanced digital isolation technologies boost solar power inverter reliability.[Continue reading →]

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This white paper discusses the behavior of the Intel Core i7 processor, as implemented on the Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing multi-processor CHAMP-AV series products at elevated temperatures, and how to take advantage of board features to maximize the performance potential of the system.[Continue reading →]

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With mission critical software, development teams are tasked with looking for ways to accelerate innovation, improve product value, and lower software change costs. This white paper shows how Deos™, a time and space partitioned RTOS, allows this by providing the ability to decompose the software system into discrete, separately verified, binary re-useable components. In short, Deos provides tools and technologies to help a development team reduce the fear of post deployment changes and improvements that often grip mission critical projects.[Continue reading →]

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SDR (Software Defined Radio) has revolutionized electronic systems for a variety of applications including communications, data acquisition and signal processing. This handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters) and DUCs (Digital Upconverters), the fundamental building blocks of SDR, can replace conventional analog receiver designs, offering significant benefits in performance, density and cost.

In order to fully appreciate the benefits of SDR, a conventional analog receiver system will be compared to its digital receiver counterpart, highlighting similarities and differences. The inner workings of the SDR will be explored with an in-depth description of the internal structure and the devices used. Finally, some actual board- and system-level implementations and available off-the-shelf SDR products for embedded systems will be described.[Continue reading →]

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To realize the full potential of multicore systems, many usage scenarios require using multiple secure computing domains, often managed by different operating systems, on the same physical device. This can be accomplished by dividing the cores, memory and I/O devices of a system into secure, logical partitions. The partitions need to operate independently of each other, and operating systems must be able to access and manage the hardware resources belonging to the partition with little or no overhead.[Continue reading →]

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Today, manufacturing organizations world wide are working on reducing complexity in the manufacturing process and increasing the transparency of processes throughout the enterprise. The ability to communicate data from any part of the enterprise to any other part of the enterprise is core to making modern manufacturing work.[Continue reading →]

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This handbook shows how digital receivers, the fundamental building block of software radio, can replace conventional analog receiver designs while offering significant benefits in performance, density and cost. The inner workings of the digital receiver are explored and actual digital receiver systems and commercially available products are described. [Continue reading →]

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This paper provides an introduction to the use of re-configurable FPGA devices on a PMC or IP mezzanine module as an alternative to dedicated DSP hardware.

The development time, cost, and ease with which DSP solutions can be deployed has improved considerably since the introduction of high performance FPGA components from companies such as Xilinx® and Altera®. Modern FPGA devices now offer extensive support for DSP applications. In this paper, we will discuss these advances, current trends for implementing DSP applications, available development tools, and the benefits of using FPGAs for DSP.[Continue reading →]

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Migrating code to multi-core processors has become a major design decision for embedded developers. To help simplify migration efforts, operating system vendors have introduced solutions for asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP), symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), and bound multiprocessing (BMP). However, once the basic multiprocessing model is chosen, the real work begins. It isn’t enough to get software to run on a multi-core processor — the key to success is optimizing the software to make full use of all the processor’s cores.

This paper examines various techniques for optimizing code on multi-core processors. It addresses threading models for multiple concurrent tasks and parallel processing for increased performance. It discusses how to minimize lock contention with mutexes and semaphores by engineering the appropriate levels of lock granularity. Finally, the paper explores methodologies for resolving performance problems that result from inefficient use of CPU cache. [Continue reading →]

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Quite a bit of technology needs to surround and support new high speed A/D converters in order to deploy them successfully in realtime systems.

A complete signal acquisition plan must be developed. It should include frequency content of the signal, voltage levels, accuracy and bandwidth.[Continue reading →]

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