New Products

Barometric Pressure Sensor

Bosch Sensortec (Reutlingen, Germany) has introduced a new high performance barometric pressure MEMS sensor, the BMP388. The BMP388 delivers outstanding altitude stabilization in drones, where accurate measurement of barometric pressure provides the essential altitude data for improving flight stability and landing accuracy. The new barometric pressure sensor is part of Bosch Sensortec's comprehensive sensor solution for drones, which includes the BMI088 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for accurate steering and the BMM150 geomagnetic sensor for the provision of heading data.

The BMI088 is a 6-axis IMU, consisting of a triaxial 16-bit acceleration sensor and a triaxial automotive-proven 16-bit gyroscope. The BMM150 is a low power and low noise triaxial digital geomagnetic sensor designed for compass applications. Due to its stable performance over a wide temperature range, this geomagnetic sensor is especially suited for determining accurate heading for drones.

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3U VPX I/O Boards

The first two products in Concurrent Technologies’ (Johnstown, PA) new range of 3U VPX™ I/O boards include a multi-channel serial board and a multi-channel Gigabit Ethernet board. Both boards require a single 3U VPX™ slot and are available for both air and conduction-cooled applications.

BA 2TR/501 supports up to eight serial communications ports for applications that require multiple serial ports within a single slot. Up to five ports are available on the VPX connector for rear communication and three are available on the front panel in the air-cooled variants along with optional cables (with screw locking connectors). The serial ports can be configured to support RS232, RS422 or RS485 standard interfaces.

BA 2TR/502 supports a quad-port Gigabit Ethernet controller for applications that require additional network interfaces within a single VPX slot. Up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports are available on the VPX connector for rear communication; alternatively the four ports can be routed to the front panel via standard RJ45 connectors for use in air-cooled applications. Both BA 2TR/501 and BA 2TR/502 link to a host processor board via PCI Express.

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Memory and Data Exchange System

The Memory Division of Kaman Precision Products, Inc. (Middletown, CT) recently announced the AMADEUS – the Advanced Memory and Data Exchange Universal System. The AMADEUS includes the Model 9740 Multi-Port® data transfer unit which includes four removable memory cards (RMC) and a mini-Ground Station Adapter (GSA). The Model 9740 provides simultaneous data interface over 10GB Ethernet, Mil-Std 1553, RS-232/422 as well as options to record multiple SMPTE 292 and NTSC (RS-170) video/audio channels.

Each Kaman RMC boasts a capacity of 2TB with AES 256 encrypted data-at-rest. This small card is packaged in rugged and hermetically sealed stainless steel. The pocket-sized GSA facilitates expeditionary operations and enables the operator to connect with virtually any computer via USB 3.0. AMADEUS is engineered to align with Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) and flawlessly perform in the harshest military, aerospace, and industrial environments.

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Digital Oscilloscope

RIGOL Technologies (Beaverton, OR) has announced a significant addition to its oscilloscope portfolio with the introduction of the New 7000 Series Digital Oscilloscope. With 10 GSa/sec sample rate and up to 500M record length, the 7000 Series can deliver 20X oversampling on a 500 MHz signal providing unmatched signal resolution while still capturing a full 50 ms.

The core of the 7000 Series Oscilloscope is RIGOL's new UltraVision II architecture and its Phoenix chip-set. Two custom ASICs provide analog front end and signal processing performance. These chips are surrounded by a high-performance hardware design including Xilinx Zync-7000 SoC, Dual Core Arm-9 Processors, Linux +Qt Operating System, High Speed DDR System Memory and QDRII Display memory. This architecture enables a high waveform capture rate of 600,000 wfms/sec, color graded intensity display, and outstanding time-base accuracy and jitter performance.

The 7000 Series comes with a next generation user interface giving the customer five unique ways to interact with their instrument. A vivid 10.1” (1024 × 600) display supports a responsive and intuitive touch navigation. The 7000 Series is available in 8 Models (100MHz, 200MHz, 350MHz, and 500Mhz) with or without the Logic Analyzer (MSO).

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IR Camera Core

Lockheed Martin's (Orlando, FL) new μLAD SW/MW IR camera core brings big-sensor cooled performance to tiny platforms. Powered by Lockheed Martin Santa Barbara Focalplane's large format, small pixel nBn detector technology, μLAD runs at high operating temperatures, resulting in a compact package ideally suited for applications such as missile seekers, weapon sights, remote weapon stations, small gimbal or gimbal-less (e-stab) platforms, and tactical air and land sensor systems for OEM and military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Lockheed Martin's dual-band μLAD camera core delivers high-definition SW/MW IR imagery at 1280-by-1024 pixels (1.3 megapixels) with the same high-speed digital output (up to 10 Gbps) as a single-band MWIR offering. Pixel pitch is 8 μm. Integration time is <0.1 μs to 200s. F# is 2.3. Input voltage is 5V and 12V, 12W steady state. The camera features a Stirling split linear closed-cycle cooler, and command and control is via an RS-422 serial interface over camera link.

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High Voltage Power Supplies

TDK Corporation (Neptune, NJ) has introduced the FLX-HV Series of high voltage programmable AC to DC power supplies with standard features including USB/LAN digital interfaces and active power factor correction. The FLX-HV Series covers output voltages of 10,000, 30,000 and 50,000 volts, at power levels of 200, 500 and 1,000 watts. The unit is housed in a compact, lightweight 2U rack-mount package that incorporates front to back cooling with a variable speed fan for quiet operation.

Standard features include a user-friendly multi-function display with coarse and fine output voltage and current controls and integrated LAN and USB digital interfaces. All models (and power levels) include active power factor correction with wide range 110-230 VAC input and a power factor better than 0.95 and high efficiency greater than 85 percent. Low output ripple of 0.1 percent peak to peak. Digital interfaces include resettable arc count functionality, programmable fine/coarse control steps, 16-bit ADC-DAC resolution, detailed unit status outputs and many other commands and features.

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Rugged Ethernet Switch and Router

OnTime Networks (Oslo, Norway) is supplying its fully rugged military grade CR-6224F4-MIL series Gigabit/10 Gigabit Ethernet switch and router solution for use in a new wheeled (8x8) ground combat vehicle program. The Cloudberry CR-6224F4-MIL version is a fully rugged layer 2/3 switch combined with a router and an accurate network time server (IEEE 1588 PTP, NTP, IRIG, 1PPS) for military land, sea and air applications. The integrated GbE/10GbE switch provides a total of 24 Ethernet ports, of which 20 ports are 10/100/1000 BASE-T ports and 4 ports are 10/100/1000 BASE-SR. The CR-6224F4-MIL enables secure managed network routing and GbE switching capabilities for the vehicle's onboard communications and computing subsystems.

The CR-6200 Series router implementation is based on a separate router board with an Intel Atom processor and can either be equipped with the OnTime Networks router package providing routing speeds of up to 800 Mbps or with the Cisco® 5921 Embedded Services Router (ESR) Advanced Enterprise router package, providing up to 500 Mbps of routing speed. Its modular rugged design, enclosed in a completely sealed housing against dust and water ingress (IP68), requires no active cooling and provides MIL-DTL-38999 connectors.

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PXI, LXI Switching Solutions

BRIC™ Ultra-High-Density PXI Matrix Modules (model 40-559) from Pickering Interfaces (Clacton-on-Sea, UK) are robust 1Amp/20W switching modules, with up to 4,096 crosspoints. Constructed with Pickering Electronics’ new miniature 4 mm × 4 mm reed relays, these new 1 Amp matrices have similar switch densities compared to 0.25 Amp, 0.3 Amp or 0.5 Amp high-density matrix solutions on the market, providing far more robust and reliable switching in the same footprint. The matrices are available in 2, 4, or 8-slot PXI sizes and are designed for high-performance matrix requirements. With their high level of switching density, these PXI matrices allow a complete Functional ATE system to be housed in a single 3U PXI chassis and allow the use of much lower cost 8 or 14 slot PXI chassis.

Pickering's High-Density Scalable LXI Ethernet Reed Relay Matrix Solution (model 60-2xx) combines their latest LXI Chassis with their new plug-in matrices. The range comprises four models covering matrices of up to 1,536 × 4 in increments of 128, 768 × 8 in increments of 64, 384 × 16 in increments of 32, and 192 × 32 in increments of 32.

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Secure Intel Xeon-based VME Single Board Computer

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Andover, MA) announced the planned availability of the Ensemble® 4000 Series SBC4510 VME single board computer (SBC) module with an Intel® Xeon® E3 v6 processor. The new SBC will enable technology insertion of modern high performance and system security engineering solutions into existing VME-based sensor processing systems.

Based on an open systems architecture and targeted for applications supplying 50W or less, the single-slot SBC is designed to be compatible with all legacy VME64 systems. Together with support for both Linux and VxWorks, an available secure hypervisor further enables legacy applications to run in their own container independent of the underlying system software and hardware. Multiple applications can run in a virtualized environment to take advantage of the increase in performance of the Intel Xeon processor. The Ensemble Series SBC4510 VME SBC features a PMC/XMC mezzanine site for I/O expansion and will be available in air-cooled or conduction cooled versions at various levels of ruggedization.

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