New Products

Wideband RF Transceiver

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) has introduced a new wideband transceiver within its RadioVerse™ design and technology ecosystem. The ADRV9026 is designed to support base station applications including single and multi-standard 3G/4G/5G macrocell base stations, massive MIMO (M-MIMO) and small cell systems. The new software defined transceiver supports both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) standards.

The ADRV9026 is available in a 14 × 14 mm BGA package. Key features include: Qual-channel transmitters and receivers with dual-channel observation receivers; LO frequency: 650 MHz to 6000 MHz; 200 MHz maximum receiver/transmitter bandwidth; 450 MHz maximum observation receiver/transmitter synthesis bandwidth; multichip phase synchronization for all local oscillators and baseband clocks.

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RF Surge Protectors

Fairview Microwave Inc. (Irvine, CA) has unveiled a new line of coaxial surge protectors created to guard valuable communications equipment from power surges and indirect lightning strikes. Fairview’s new RF surge protectors are offered with either male-to-female or male-to-male 4.3-10 connectors. This product line features low insertion loss, maximum input power as high as 500W and multi-strike capability. It also boasts VSWR as low as 1.12:1, a surge current rating of 20kA and the lowest let-through energy in the industry. The models in this line also have a waterproof IP67 rating and are CE & RoHS compliant.

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High-Speed Comparators

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) is now stocking MAX4002x comparators from Maxim Integrated. Among the fastest low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) comparators on the market, the MAX40025 and MAX40026 single-supply, high-speed comparators deliver fast propagation delay for distance sensing, time-of-flight (ToF), and high-speed test and measurement instruments.

The Maxim MAX4002x devices are single-supply, highspeed comparators with a typical propagation delay of 280 ps and an extremely low overdrive dispersion of 25 ps (typical). The devices are compatible with the outputs of several widely used high-speed transimpedance amplifiers, such as the MAX40658, due to their input common-mode range of 1.5 V to VDD+0.1 V. Both the MAX40025 and MAX40026 run from a supply voltage of 2.7 V to 3.6 V. Maxim’s MAX4002x comparators are available in a space-saving, compact, 1.218 mm × 0.818 mm WLP package (MAX40025) or an AEC-Q100 automotive qualified 2 mm × 2 mm TDFN package (MAX40026).

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OpenVPX Switch

Annapolis Micro Systems (Annapolis, MD) has developed a next-generation WILDSTAR 100GbE 6E10 6U OpenVPX Switch. It is SOSA-aligned and VITA 65-compliant. The 6E10 Switch provides up to 6.4 Tb/s of switching between backplane slots of multiple channels of 100Gb Ethernet. It also has front panel I/O to connect to external data sources.

The 6E10 is a turnkey solution with dense, flexible I/O. Customers have the option for seven 40/100GbE optical interfaces to VITA 66, or four 40/100GbE optical interfaces to the front panel. The rugged high-performance switch is readily integrated into any SOSA-aligned 6U VPX system, or deployed within Annapolis' proven WILD100™ EcoSystem. Annapolis has also developed a 3U VPX switch that is SOSA-aligned, the WILDSTAR 3E10 3U OpenVPX Switch.

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Airborne Missile Protection System

BIRD Aerosystems (Herzliya, Israel) recently introduced the AeroShield(M): a compact version of its combat proven all-in-one AeroShield pod Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), designed for narrow and wide-body aircraft. The AeroShield pod offers comprehensive anti-missile protection by using both BIRD’s SPREOS DIRCM and Flares, enabling customers to fly fully protected in the most challenging theaters.

AeroShield(M) is tailored to support the installation of BIRD’s AMPS on medium size VIP jets such as the Falcon and Gulfstream. Easily installed, the compact AeroShield(M) POD integrates Missile Launch Detection Sensors (MILDS) and Flare Dispensers and can incorporate either the MACS sensor or SPREOS DIRCM – according to the specific needs of each customer.

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Miniature Dual-Loop Coupler

The new AM90CD-LP miniature narrowband dual-loop coupler from microwave component manufacturer Link Microtek (Hampshire, UK) enables designers to incorporate forward and reverse power monitoring in military or commercial microwave systems that are subject to tight space constraints. With flange dimensions of 41.5 × 41.5 mm and a waveguide length of just 33.6mm, the device is fabricated from lightweight aluminum and can be pressurized up to 30 psig making it suitable for airborne applications.

Capable of handling 15kW peak power and 400W average power, the AM90CD-LP delivers a nominal coupling factor of 40dB. As a dual-loop device, it monitors both forward and reverse power at the same time, utilizing the two SMA ports on each side, one of which is fitted with a termination. The device is finished with chromium-free passivation, for enhanced corrosion resistance, and satin black epoxy paint.

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AI Embedded Computing Kit

congatec (San Diego, CA) and the Japanese AI experts at Hacarus recently unveiled the world’s first embedded computing kit for Artificial Intelligence (AI) that uses Sparse Modeling technology. Sparse Modeling is a data modeling approach that focuses on identifying unique characteristics, essentially interpreting data similar to the way the human brain does.

Sparse Modeling needs little training data to make highly accurate predictions. With Sparse Modeling it is possible to create a new inspection model starting with 50 or even fewer images. This is significantly less than the 1,000 or more images required for traditional AI. The Sparse Modeling Kit, available from Hacarus, can be used stand-alone or as an addon to existing inspection systems.

The new starter kit based on congatec hardware and Hacarus software can instantly be deployed and tested in any GigE and USB 3.x environment. Designed on the basis of palm sized Computer-on-Modules, the system measures 173 × 88 × 21.7 mm (6.81 × 3.46 × 0.85 in) and offers the latest Intel Atom® and Celeron® processors (Codename Apollo Lake). Standard interfaces are 2 × GbE application ready for GigE Vison, 1 × USB3.0/2.0, 4 × USB2.0 and 1 × UART (RS-232). Extensions are possible with 2 x Mini-PCIe with USIM socket, 1 × mSATA socket and 16-bit programmable GPIO. The wide range DC voltage input is 9V-32V.

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C4ISR Demonstrator System

Pentek. Inc, (Upper Saddle River, NJ), Herrick Technology Laboratories, Inc. (Germantown, MD), and Kontron (San Diego, CA) have developed products aligned with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard that are used in a new 3U VPX demonstrator system designed to illustrate the capabilities of open systems architectures. This 3U VPX system is ideal for electronic warfare (EW), SIGINT, radar and communications applications. The flight-qualified chassis utilizes open architecture modules, from multiple suppliers, for a complete functional demonstration system.

The C4ISR demonstrator system, in an HTLv-C-19 chassis, with 16 payload slots and 3 power supply slots, includes: two slots with Kontron VX305C-40G SBC utilizing 12-core Intel® Xeon® D processors and Pentek Model 71813 digital I/O XMC modules with Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGAs; eight RF/payload slots with multiple HTLv-1 and HTLv-2 dual and quad channel HF/VHF/UHF transceiver modules; one slot with an HTL PNTRv Precision Navigation and Timing Reference module providing a radial clock with position, navigation and timing; two slots with 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet switches; two slots with PCIe Gen 4 and 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet switches; and three power supply slots providing 100+W of power per slot.

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PCI Express Test Solution

Anritsu Company (Allen, TX) introduced its new PCI Express test solution supporting the Gen5 Base Specification Stressed Receiver Test featuring the Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A Series with installed automation software for base specification calibration and BER measurement software supporting the SKP Filter. The Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A Series is a multichannel BER tester meeting the design and verification requirements for highspeed bus interfaces, such as PCI Express 4.0/5.0, USB3.2/4, and Thunderbolt, as well as next-generation network interfaces, such as 200G/400G/800G Ethernet.

The MP1900A has a built-in Pulse Pattern Generator for generating high-quality waveforms such as Intrinsic Jitter of 115 fs rms, plus a high-input-sensitivity Error Detector. It also has a high-accuracy Jitter generation source (SJ, RJ, SSC, BUJ), CM-I/DM-I/White Noise source, Link Training function, and support for LTSSM analysis. Software expandable functions support PCI Express 1.0 (2.5 Gbit/s) to 5.0 (32 Gbit/s). The MP1900A supports real-time oscilloscopes from three main manufacturers, for automation of measurement procedures for complex Rx tests, meaning end-users can integrate the Anritsu PCI Express test solution into existing test systems to conduct measurements up to PCIe Gen5.

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Rugged Supercomputing Servers

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Andover, MA) recently unveiled the Enterpris-eSeries™ RES AI rugged rackmount server line, bringing High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities to aerospace, defense and other mission-critical applications at the edge. Powered by NVIDIA Volta, Pascal™ and Turing™ architecture GPUs, Mercury’s subsystems harness parallel processing to maximize throughput, boost productivity and push the boundaries of compute-intensive applications. A single RES AI 4U server supports up to eight NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs.

Field-deployable RES AI servers incorporate patented technologies and design features to withstand shock, vibration, dust, sand, and temperature extremes, and are certified to multiple military (MIL-STD) and commercial (IEC) environmental specifications. For security-imperative applications, Mercury’s servers can be customized with U.S. designed and manufactured motherboards and unique hardware and software protection layers that safeguard critical IP. When configured with Mercury’s self-encrypting, defense-grade solid state drives (SSD), RES AI delivers data-at-rest protection. A multi-platform compatible, secure hypervisor option that guards against cyberattacks, is also available.

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RF Processing System

Abaco Systems (Huntsville, AL) recently announced the industry’s first 6U VPX implementation of the Xilinx® 16 × l6 RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) technology combined with the Xilinx Ultrascale+™ FPGA with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). The VP460 Direct RF Processing System is aligned with the SOSA™ standard and complements the previously announced VP430 3U VPX Direct RF Processing System. The VP460 features 16 integrated analog-to-digital converters at 2 GSPS, and 16 digital-to-analog converters at 6.4 GSPS. Also included are a user-programmable FPGA fabric and multi-core Zynq® ARM® processing subsystem. The HBM VU37P device features the speed and capabilities of an UltraScale+ FPGA together with integrated DRAM in the FPGA package and is capable of up to 460 GB/s on-chip data transfer rates.

With 16 ADCs sampling at rates up to 2 GSPS with two bytes per sample, even the modern PCIe Gen3 high speed data connection is too slow for a direct transfer. To overcome this challenge, the VP460 includes – in addition to the PCIe Gen3 data plane - up to 64 high speed serial lanes to the Xilinx Virtex™ Ultrascale+ HBM device, supporting protocols such as PCIe Gen3, 10/40G Ethernet, and Aurora.

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Flexible Force Testing Systems

The L.S. Starrett Co. (Athol, MA) has introduced a flexible selection architecture that enables the range of Starrett force and material testing software programs to be compatible with its different test frame series. Starrett L2, S2, L2 Plus, and L3 software are now compatible and interchangeable with all Starrett Frame/Stands Series (FMM, FMS, FMD, MMS, MMD). In addition, Starrett L1 and S1 software is compatible with FMM Series Frames.

Starrett FMM Frame Testers are compact and designed for high volume, lean manufacturing production. Starrett FMS and MMS Frames accurately determine simple load, distance and break, or more complex material testing applications such as Young’s Modulus, tensile strength, stress or strain. Starrett FMD and MMD Series Test Frames are suitable for simple force and distance measurements, as well as more complex material testing applications.

Starrett L1 Software is designed for quality control and incoming inspection. Starrett L2 Software is suitable for demanding force measurement testing to create complex testing methods or when using standard Starrett test templates. Starrett L3 Software is optimal for users involved with material testing and characterization, research and design engineers, quality control, and test technicians. Starrett S1 Software is a basic digital testing solution for compression and extension springs. Starrett S2 Software is an application-specific solution for testing compression and extension springs, enabling spring rate, spring constant, initial tension, free length and more.

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Multi-Axis Gimbal System

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (Arlington, VA) introduced a new multi-axis gimbal system for military applications such as counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and air defense operations that offers a combination of reliability, precision and affordability. The SPS-1000 is Cobham’s next-generation sensor positioning system (SPS) that accurately acquires, tracks, and points a variety of sensor payloads in harsh land, sea and airborne environments. The new positioner maximizes use of Military Commercial Off-the-Shelf (MILCOTS) components, leading to significant cost savings and lead-time reductions. Two key benefits of the SPS-1000 modular design approach are integral field-replaceable control electronics, which eliminates all external cables and a reconfigurable design allowing for utmost payload flexibility.

Cobham’s scalable, modular, lightweight sensor positioning systems can easily support payloads ranging from five to 2,000 pounds. Designed to support payloads up to 150 pounds, the new SPS-1000 features brushless direct drive DC motors; absolute optical encoders; C-based firmware; as well as gyro stabilization/slip ring and customer I/O interface options.

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Low-Viscosity Polyphenylsulfone

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) is expanding its Ultrason® P product range with a particularly low-viscosity grade. The new polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) Ultrason® P 2010 is characterized by improved flow behavior in injection molding while maintaining the mechanical properties of Ultrason® P. It is, therefore, possible to manufacture larger, complex-shaped components such as heat-resistant containers with sophisticated, thin-walled geometries, for aircraft applications. The tool also fills up at lower injection pressures and processing temperatures.

The new material combines the notched impact strength and stability of the already available Ultrason® P 3010 with high chemical resistance, good hot steam sterilization at 134°C and inherent fire resistance. The Charpy notched impact strength is almost ten times higher than that of other amorphous high-temperature materials. Even the combination of aggressive cleaning agents and disinfectants, water and extreme heat does not affect Ultrason® P 2010. Ultrason® P 2010 is available in transparent and opaque.

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Inertial Measurement Systems

Two all-silicon inertial measurement systems, developed to meet the specific demands of the small satellite and launch vehicle markets, have been introduced by Silicon Sensing Systems Ltd. (Devon, UK)

The new RMU30 combines below one-watt power consumption with performance that is comparable to much larger and higher consumption fiber optic-based gyro systems. This is a small, lightweight, 3 axis micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) device incorporating three Silicon Sensing high performing sensor heads manufactured at the company’s foundry in Japan.

Also introduced is the new IMU20 high-end, industrial grade MEMS IMU that can withstand extremely high shock environments and has a dynamic range that makes it ideal for use on satellite launch vehicles. This device combines three of the company’s gyros with Silicon Sensing’s own highest performing MEMS capacitive accelerometers.

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Open-Source XR Software Development Kit

Charles River Analytics Inc. (Cambridge, MA) announced the release of the Virtuoso Software Development Kit (VSDK). VSDK is a Unity-based extended reality (XR) SDK that lets developers quickly build augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) experiences. This XR developer resource enables rapid and consistent development of naturalistic user interactions and support across a wide variety of XR devices and peripherals for their custom AR/VR applications. VSDK is free and open-source under the MIT License.

VSDK includes support for major off-the-shelf XR systems—including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest—as well as more innovative peripherals for haptics and hand tracking, including the bHaptics TactSuit, Leap Motion, and ManusVR gloves. Device interoperability includes plug-and-play for a variety of XR systems including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest, and peripherals to increase hardware flexibility and reduce repeated work.

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OPEN MIND Technologies AG (Needham, MA) has introduced hyperMILL® 2019.2, a new version of its advanced, comprehensive CAD/CAM software suite. The latest hyperMILL® software has a range of new features including high-precision 3D finishing, 5-axis tangent machining, high-performance turning, and new CAD-for-CAM technologies. When using the 3D shape Z-level finishing cycle, hyperMILL® 2019.2 now offers a “high precision surface mode” option that ensures ultrasmooth surfaces with tolerances in the micron range. The “Smooth Overlap” function also improves surface finish and is available in many cycles.

In hyperMILL® 2019.2, the hyperCAD®-S “Global fitting” function is directly integrated into the CAM strategy for 5-Axis tangent machining. With this function, multiple faces can be joined into one face with a controlled ISO orientation. The principle of using CAD elements for CAM programming is also applied for example, to an automatic face extension where the bounding surfaces are automatically extended during programming to improve the edges of the machined surfaces.

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Embedded Services Router

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) now offers a fully EN 50155-compliant NetSys-5304 that facilitates seamless, secure communication in rolling-stock applications that involve vehicle positioning, monitoring, speed control and collision avoidance. Designed to deliver secure IP-based data to mobile transportation applications, the NetSys-5304 is based on Cisco’s 5915 Embedded Services Router (ESR) with Advanced Enterprise IOS and Mobile Ready Net capabilities. An onboard hardware encryption engine ensures secure, uninterrupted handling of all data, video and voice.

Layer 3 routing protocols quickly and seamlessly establish ad hoc networks as nodes shift relative to positioning in and out of the range of fixed networks. The NetSys-5304 also includes radio aware routing, quality of service (QoS) support and a dynamic link exchange protocol. These routing optimization protocols ensure sufficient bandwidth to critical wireless nodes in the time and sequence necessary to support network communication requirements.

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24-Channel ARINC 429 Board

United Electronic Industries (UEI) (Walpole, MA) announced the release of the DNx-429-516 ARINC 429 interface for use with UEI’s Cube and RACKtangle chassis. With 24 RX and 16 TX channels coupled to a high-performance FPGA, the board provides flexibility to record, playback, process, and test their ARINC-429 traffic. The DNx-529-516 board supports high speed (100 kHz) and low speed (12.5 kHz) operation, selectable on a channel by channel basis. The channel speed can be set to frequencies other than 100 and 12.5 kHz to support legacy devices that “push” the ARINC 429 standard.

256-word FIFOs on all channels ensure data integrity in both directions. The board includes an ARINC 429 receiver connected to each transmit channel. This allows the application to confirm the correct information has been written to the ARINC 429 bus. The TX drivers on the TX/RX channels can be disabled on a channel-by-channel basis allowing TX channels to function as RX. Channels may transmit asynchronously or based on a hardware-controlled scheduler supporting up to 256 unique schedules.

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