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Graphics PMC Pulls Together Advanced Features
Built around the Carmine MB86297 GPU, the third generation of high-end graphics products developed by Fujitsu, a new COTS graphics PMC provides multiple features including geometry processing for 2D/3D graphics, pixel processing hardware and video capture. The IC-GRA-PMCa from ACT/Technico is an IEEE 1386-compliant PMC that also offers 3D performance of up to 10 Mpolygons/s, the highest rendering performance available in the embedded market, with the lowest power consumption.
The IC-GRA-PMCa features a 128 Mbyte DDR memory at 266 Mbits/s, two video output channels with resolutions of up to 1280 × 1024 pixels at 60 Hz and multiple interfaces (DVI, VGA, RGsB, STANAG). Each digital video output port allows transparent processing, such as an overlay display up to eight layers and alpha planes for four layers. The IC-GRA-PMCa has a DVI 1.0-compliant digital interface or a VGA-compatible interface. The VGA interface can be routed on the DVI-I connector or PN4 I/O connector through a video multiplexer.
Two video inputs support an SVGA capture resolution. The board has two CVBS/S-Video/YUV capture interfaces. A video decoder automatically detects and converts standard analog signals compatible with established NTSC, PAL and SECAM video broadcast standards.
Current software support is available for Linux-based platforms with support for VxWorks and other operating systems available upon request. The board will be manufactured and supported for a minimum of five years. Pricing starts at $2,500 per unit. A conduction-cooled version is also available.
ACT/Technico, Warminster, PA. (215) 956-1200.
Non-Intrusive Recording of High-Throughput Data to Distributed Real-Time Systems
A software solution for logging the high-throughput data, events and messages that drive the behavior of distributed real-time applications can be used for future analysis and debugging, regulatory compliance, and replay for testing and simulation purposes. RTI Recorder from Real-Time Innovations is designed to be non-intrusive and can record high-rate data arriving in real time while having minimal impact on system behavior. RTI Recorder can record about 15,000 messages per second with a message size of up to 256 bytes.
Uses of RTI Recorder include:
• Financial trading – Recording market data, analytic results and trade decisions so that algorithm and real-time performance can be analyzed and optimized, providing playback for testing software and algorithm updates, and demonstrating best execution per regulatory requirements such as Reg NMS and MiFID
• Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance – Recording data for post-mission analysis, particularly when network connectivity is not available during a mission, is unreliable, or is not of sufficient bandwidth to stream available data in real time
• Combat management – Recording of mission or exercise data for later analysis, testing of system upgrades and optimizations, and simulation
In addition to user data, RTI Recorder can log system data and metadata, such as when applications join or leave a system, which Quality-of-Service (QoS) settings each application uses and microsecond-resolution timestamps for each message and data update. This provides tremendous visibility into system behavior and allows developers and system engineers to optimize efforts based on real-world performance. Recorded data is stored in a platform-independent file format and can be accessed using an included SQL interpreter or converted into popular, interoperable file formats such as Comma Separated Value (CSV). RTI Recorder is available for $24,000.
Real-Time Innovations, Santa Clara, CA. (408) 200-4700.
4-Axis Stepping and Servo Motion Control Card with Modularized Design
A 4-axis pulse train modularized motion control card for controlling steppers, servos and linear motors delivers high-frequency pulse rates of up to 6.55 MHz. The PCI-8154 from Adlink Technology also features a hardware-controlled emergency stop to terminate movement in case of system malfunction, a software security protection to prevent illegal copying of custom software, and a card index switch to support multiple cards in a single system.
The card is compatible with Mitsubishi, Panasonic and Yaskawa servos and steppers, the PCI-8154 allows for movement through multiple axes with linear and circular interpolations using continuous contouring thus providing smooth motion control for a wide-range of manufacturing applications. The PCI-8154 also offers 13 homing modes to support a variety of applications, backlash compensation for improved movement accuracy, and performs simultaneous starting and stopping of multiple axes in a single card or multiple card configurations.
The modularized design of the PCI-8154 supports extension boards that can be attached for distributed I/O control, high-speed triggering and ECAM control. Combining centralized 4-axis motion control and distributed I/O via the extension board simplifies integration by reducing controller requirements. With a high-speed triggering extension board, the triggering output frequency can reach 2 MHz and the onboard SDRAM can store many more compare points, making it ideal for high line rate line scan applications. Pricing starts at $850 with volume discounts available.
Adlink Technology, Irvine, CA. (949) 727-2099. [www.adlinktech.com].
Series of Media Processing Modules Provides Voice Quality for VoP NEMs
A series of PTMC media gateway modules offers a set of VoP features that carrier and enterprise VoIP and VoATM media gateway manufacturers require. The OCT9400 series from Octasic is designed to be a building block to reduce time-to-market. Powered by Octasic’s carrier-grade OCT6100 echo cancellation and OCT8304 packetization/aggregation devices, these modules deliver voice quality and advanced packet-handling capabilities.
The OCT9400 Series of modules provides a low-cost, scalable solution that offers excellent voice quality and that includes low bit rate codecs such as G.729AB and fax and modem transport. With features fully enabled at power-up, the OCT9400 is an autonomous addition to an OEM solution.
The OCT9400 Series of PTMC media gateway modules for compressed VoP offers densities up to 672 voice channels with 128 ms tail echo cancellation on all channels. Advanced voice features include conferencing, G.729AB, G.723.1, T.38, tone detection, message playback and Caller ID. The module is also available with MEGACO (H.248) pre-loaded.
OctWare, a subsidiary of Octasic, provides software solutions for VoIP end-user communication equipment. Its flagship product, SoftEcho, is optimized for softphones, Asterisk IP PBXs, IP & speaker phones, handheld devices and Integrated Access Devices (IAD).
Octasic, Montreal, Canada. (514) 282-8858.
Fanless Industrial Computer Powered by Geode LX800
An industrial computer with a compact footprint that allows customers to mount the unit in the most convenient location is powered by the low-power AMD Geode LX800 processor running at 500 MHz. It can be mounted to walls, under counters, on tabletops, or to DIN rails using available optional brackets. The Relio R1300 from Sealevel Systems boasts fanless operation, which significantly improves reliability in industrial environments where dust and airborne particulates are present. Plus, the fanless Relio R1300 is rated to operate from 0° to 50°C, which accommodates harsh industrial environments.
To achieve maximum reliability customers can opt for a solid-state solution by operating from CompactFlash. The Relio R1300 supports both XP Embedded and embedded Linux operating systems. Customers using Windows XP programs can engage Sealevel technical support to assist in migrating applications to the XPe platform. Customers requiring disk storage can select optional high-temperature hard drives.
Standard I/O features include two 10/100BaseT Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, 8-bit GPIO, a parallel printer port and four serial ports. Local or remote I/O expansion is available using Sealevel SeaI/O modules that are available in numerous configurations including optically isolated inputs, Reed and Form C relay outputs, TTL interfaces, A/D, and D/A. The Relio R1300 communicates with SeaI/O devices using Modbus RTU allowing one or more SeaI/O modules to be located with the computer or remotely up to 4,000 feet. The Relio R1300 base price is $679 and product is available for shipping.
Sealevel Systems, Liberty, SC. (864) 843-4343. [www.sealevel.com].
Data Acquisition Analog Outputs with Isolated Grounds; No Phase Errors
A new data acquisition processor (DAP) board can eliminate two serious potential problems - ground currents and phase errors—from analog outputs in applications. The MSXB 076 from Microstar Laboratories includes eight single-ended analog outputs with an isolated ground for each output. Eight boards in a 19-inch rack-mountable industrial enclosure can connect to a single DAP board. Additionally, multiple DAP boards can work together in a PC and across a network as a synchronized system. MSXB 076 boards, as output boards, do not themselves include signal conditioning. They do, however, share significant aspects of the new engineering design implemented in the input boards in the signal-conditioning family that they complement. Specifically, they offer high signal density, they enable high channel counts, they include an isolated ground for each channel, and they allow for simultaneous updates across all channels.
MSXB 076 boards slot into a backplane in a standard industrial enclosure like other signal-conditioning products that conform to the external hardware specifications of the Microstar Laboratories channel architecture. A backplane connector on each board connects it to a digital backplane factory-fitted into the industrial enclosure. An interface board that also plugs into the backplane receives digitized waveforms from a DAP board in a PC.
Every DAP board includes an onboard processor running a real-time operating system, which Windows applications that support DLL calls can communicate with and control. DAP boards also communicate among themselves independently of Windows to synchronize their clocks with one another. They then all work synchronously as a networked data acquisition system. The MSXB 076 board is priced at $695.
Microstar Laboratories, Bellevue, WA. (425) 453-2345.
Handheld Terminals Support Bar Code and RFID for a Seamless Logistics Solution
With a secure built-in wireless module, a set of mobile terminals is designed to significantly improve logistics operations. Operators can easily access real-time data from warehouse management systems, giving them the capability to immediately locate and identify stocks. Support for 1D/2D barcode protocols and RFID enables massive volumes of data capture, making improved efficiency and productivity in warehouse management a reality. Manufacturers with huge warehouse inventories need monitoring systems for tracking production for each day. Usually this requires recording all materials in a host database, and assigning each item assigned its own control number. However, with large numbers of employees accessing the database, such a system can become extremely error-prone.
The Advantech MARS-1030, a portable data terminal bundled with a proprietary data collection system along with a wireless link, can solve all these problems. A handheld terminal can simplify the daily work of operators by providing comprehensive data collection capability and instantaneous processing, all the while offering genuine mobility on the job. Operators can apply barcode scanners or RFID, both on the production line and in the warehouse. With MARS-1030, when parts for components are incorrectly mapped to the wrong production line, the system automatically generates a warning message, allowing the operator to quickly note and rectify the mistake. Also, after line operators access and request materials, the accounting system is automatically alerted of any shortfalls in remaining stocks, thereby anticipating the time required to order additional supplies. When the central host system receives the alert messages through a wireless link, the factory manager can quickly place real-time orders for new materials and parts, according to the manufacturing schedule. The planning process for production line management becomes much more efficient and far less stressful than ever before. The MARS-1030 comes in two versions, the MARS-1030N numeric keypad version priced at $950, and the MARS-1030F full alphanumeric keypad version priced at $1,100.
Advantech, Irvine, CA. (949) 789-7178.
PC/104 Plus and PC/104 Express SBCs for Full Industrial Temperature Range
A new single board computer line for highly demanding, embedded applications from Fastwel is designed in PC/104-Plus (CPC1600) and PC/104-Express (CPC1700) formats. The boards feature Intel Pentium M processors up to 2.0 GHz and with a 533 MHz front side bus. The 82915GM Chipset and ICH6 dual-channel memory interface provide for access to up to 1 Gbyte of PC4200 DDR2. A conduction-cooling solution provides effective heat dissipation from CPU and GMCH to external enclosure to ensure fan-free operation through the full industrial temperature range of -40° to +85°C. All components including CPU and memory are soldered on board to provide reliability in high shock/vibration environments.
A video system supports two independent displays, CRT or flat panel and an LVDS interface; resolution is up to 2048 × 1536. Peripheral devices can be connected to the boards through four high-speed USB 2.0 channels. Input/output capabilities can be expanded by means of additional features: for CPC1600 a 32-bit, 33 MHz (3.3/5V) PCI interface, for CPC1700 a x4 PCI Express interface. Two Gigabit Ethernet channels and 16-bit ISA interface make these SBCs perfect for developing communication and
I/O-intensive applications and most suitable for use in compact computing systems in ground vehicles, ships, aircraft and other vibration- and shock-intensive environments, as well as in industrial applications.
Additional reliability of CPC1600 and CPC1700 is provided by a hardware monitoring subsystem, watchdog timer and reserved copy of BIOS in CMOS memory. The boards are available in two versions—for industrial temperature range (-40° to +85°C) and for commercial temperature range (0° to +70°C).
Fastwel, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 554-3686. [www.fastwel.com].
6U CompactPCI Express Core Duo-Based CPU Board
A 6U CompactPCI Express (CPCIe) Core Duo 1.66 GHz CPU Board features front panel IO with standard interfaces including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two Serial ATA ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one RS-232 port and activity LEDs. It also includes a SXGA-compatible display interface and onboard Compact Flash interface. The CPU board supports up to 4 Gbytes of DRAM.
The board can accept up to four Gbytes of PC2-3200 registered DIMM and supports 1280 x1024 SXGA graphics via a high-density D-sub 15-pin female connector. According to One Stop president Steve Cooper, the 6U processor with all the features of standard CPCI and the bandwidth of PCI Express is the first of several CPCIe CPU boards One Stop Systems will introduce this year. The board provides basic tools for developers and a solid work engine for high-speed applications. The 6U CPCIe IntelCore Duo CPU Board lists for $4,595.
One Stop Systems, Escondido, CA.
(760) 745-9883. [www.onestopsystems.com].
Clock, Sync and Gate Distribution Board Synchronizes 2 GHz A/D Modules
A 2.2 GHz clock, synch and gate distribution board for synchronizing multiple I/O modules facilitates sampling and timing for a wide range of multichannel, high-speed data acquisition, DSP and software-radio applications. Configured as a 6U VME board, the Model 6890 from Pentek synchronizes up to eight modules, each receiving a common clock up to 2.2 GHz along with timing signals for synchronizing, triggering and gating functions. The Model 6890 currently supports Pentek’s Model 6826 Dual 2 GHz, 10-bit A/D Converter VME board.
The Model 6826 features single- or dual-channel data acquisition at 2 Gsamples/second with 10-bit resolution using the Atmel AT84AS008 A/D device. By accepting single-ended transformer or DC-coupled inputs, the board preserves signal integrity across a variety of analog signal sources. The AT84AS008 combines dynamic performance, compactness and ease of use to speed system development with Pentek’s high-performance VME board.
Developed specifically to address the critical timing needs of synchronous multichannel data acquisition and DSP systems, the Model 6890 board simplifies system integration tasks. For example, when combined with eight Model 6826 Dual-Channel 2 GHz, 10-bit A/D Modules, the resulting system provides 16 A/D converters all sampling at 2 GHz, plus eight FPGAs with a total of 352,000 programmable slices and 800,000 logic cells. Additional resources of up to 8 Gbytes of DDR memory and 128 Mbytes of flash provide a complete real-time data acquisition and DSP environment for extremely wide band signals. Pricing for the Model 6890 starts at $4,995. The single-channel version of the Model 6826 starts at $19,345.
Pentek, Upper Saddle River, NJ. (201) 818-5900. [www.pentek.com].
Dual-LAN, Dual-LVDS Mini-ITX Mainboard
A new Mini-ITX mainboard based on the VIA CX700 system media processor incorporates a number of features for the x86-based embedded market, such as greater device performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies, and an I/O set including two LAN ports and native support for two LVDS panels, four COM ports, a PCI slot and up to six USB 2.0 ports. Project-based customers also have the option of a VIA CX700M2 version with added TV-out functionality.
Incorporating the ultra-low-power consumption VIA C7 processors at 1.5 GHz or fanless at 1 GHz, the VIA EPIA LT-Series platform provides high performance per watt and a feature set dedicated to connectivity. Supporting up to 1 Gbyte of 533 MHz DDR2 memory, the VIA CX700 drives a range of connection options including dual LVDS support and two 10/100 fast Ethernet modules, with a Gigabit option, two SATA connectors and up to six USB 2.0 ports.
Digital multimedia is provided with VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP, featuring MPEG-2 video decoding acceleration and 2D/3D graphics, plus a built-in HDTV encoder up to 1080i for MPEG-2 HD DVD playback, while the VIA Vinyl Multichannel HD audio chip also provides an exceptional listening experience. Additionally, the boards will support the forthcoming MFX module for greater system security, energy efficiency and data protection, featuring key storage, wake-up and event logging functions.
The VIA EPIA LT Mini-ITX mainboard is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000/XP, XPe, CE and Linux, as well as being fully compatible with all Mini-ITX, FlexATX and MicroATX chassis and associated accessories.
VIA Technologies, Fremont, CA.
(510) 683-3300. [www.via.com.tw].
Compact, Versatile Embedded Web Controller
An embedded Web controller module specially designed for industrial control and communications includes processor, RAM and flash memory along with a number of serial interfaces, system clock generation and GPIO. The IPC@CHIP SC23 from Beck-IPC addresses applications that benefit from the use of a pluggable embedded module for convenience in manufacturing and service. The module combines an SC186 processor at 96 MHz with 8 Mbyte RAM and 2 Mbyte flash with its pluggable DIL32 housing. The 3.3V design reduces the current consumption and the parallel address/data bus was replaced with a modern and fast SPI and I2C bus interface. RS232/TTL interfaces are provided as usual and 17 GPIO pins enable the direct control of the local I/Os.
In addition there are 2xCAN2.0 interfaces with optional CANopen stack, a USB 1.1 Host/Device interface, a 1x hardware SPI and a 1x hardware I2C interface. The module includes 17 GPIO lines, three interrupt inputs and two programmable hardware timers. A development kit, the DK55, will be provided to enable fast entry and an immediate start on your application development.
The DK55 development kit will be available in December 2007. The SC23 will be supplied as a series product from January 2008. Preliminary versions of the development kit and SC23 samples are already planned for October 2007.
Beck IPC, Pohlheim, Germany. +49 6404 695-225. [www.beck-ipc.com].
USB-Based Sensors Provide Simpler Power Measurements without a Power Meter
A series of USB-based power sensors is more affordable and lighter weight than typical power meters and similar power-sensing solutions. The sensors can be used with a variety of Agilent signal sources, spectrum analyzers and network analyzers, extending each instrument’s capabilities to perform accurate average-power measurements. In addition to fast and easy setup with plug-and-play USB connectivity, the sensors also ease monitoring and troubleshooting with the N1918A Power Analysis Manager software.
Because the Agilent U2000 Series sensors are USB-powered and provide built-in triggering, they don’t require external power adapters and triggering modules for synchronization with external instruments or events.
The Agilent U2000 Series currently includes four models that deliver up to 250 readings/s, 9 kHz to 24 GHz frequency range and -60 dBm to +20 dBm power range. Each sensor includes a high-speed USB 2.0 interface for simple, quick setup. With internal zeroing capability, calibration can be done without disconnecting the sensor from the device under test, hence reducing test time and sensor wear and tear.
The sensor displays power measurement results on a PC or selected Agilent instrument with the N1918A Power Analysis Manager software. On top of the normal waveform monitoring option, the software also eases monitoring and troubleshooting with functions such as limit and alert settings, record and playback, multiple-list view, overlay and channel mathematics. Pricing starts at $2,300.
Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA.
(408) 345-8886. [www.agilent.com].
Intelligent Plug-in Servo Drive for Limited Space Integration
An intelligent servo drive controls DC, brushless, linear and step motors up to 75W (24V, 3A) and embeds motion control, drive and PLC functionalities in one open-frame unit (size 59 x 42 x 20 mm). The PIM2043intelligent plug-in module PIM2403 from Technosoft is based on the MotionChip drive technology. Typical feedback devices include incremental encoder, digital and linear Halls. Distributed control is done over CAN, CANopen, RS-232 networks, or Ethernet through an external adapter.
The drive is programmable in EasyMotion Studio with Technosoft Motion Language (TML) and graphical tools. It is best valued in systems with distributed intelligence, where the motion application tasks are split between master and drives. Its embedded motion controller offers the same high-level motion language for all motors, making their technology differences transparent to the user. Complex movement sequences can be programmed directly on the drive, while system control functions are handled from the supervising PC/PLC. Motion modes such as contouring, profiling, gearing, electronic camming and PVT are easily executed in stand-alone or multi-axis operations. Libraries for C, C++, C#, Delphi, Visual Basic, Labview and motion libraries for various PLCs are available for quick integration into applications.
Technosoft, Bevaix, Switzerland. +41 32 732 55 00.
PICMG 1.3 Backplanes Optimized for 2U Chassis Applications
Two new PICMG 1.3 butterfly form-factor backplanes support SHB Express system host boards and a variety of PCI Express (PCIe) option cards. The BPG6741 and BPX6736 from Trenton Technology are optimized for use in 2U chassis systems that operate in graphics-class or server-class embedded computing applications.
Side A of the BPG6741 graphics-class backplane supports one PICMG 1.3 SHB and one x16 PCI Express option card slot. This slot is driven by a x16 PCIe link from a graphics-class system host board and is designed to support x16 PCI Express option cards such as those used in video, graphics and vision inspection systems. Side A also includes the USB Audio interface. Side B includes two x8 PCIe slots driven with x1 links from an SHB like a Trenton MCG-series system host board.
Side A of the BPX6736 server-class backplane supports one PICMG 1.3 SHB, one x16 and one x8 PCI Express option card slot. These two option card slots are each driven with a x8 PCIe link from a server-class system host board. The side A slots of the BPX6736 are designed to support two PCI Express option cards where multiple high-bandwidth, server-class option cards are needed in the application. Side A also includes the USB Audio interface. Side B includes two x8 PCIe slots driven with x1 links from an SHB like a Trenton MCX-series system host board.
A new feature on the Trenton BPG6741 and BPX6736 is the USB Audio Controller. USB audio takes advantage of the optional USB edge connector routings between a PICMG 1.3 SHB and the backplane. This allows a designer to implement system audio with a minimum of cables and without the added expense of an audio option card. USB audio also has the net effect of freeing up an option card slot. The backplanes are available now and typical pricing starts at $316.
Trenton Technology, Atlanta, GA. (770) 287-3100. [www.TrentonTechnology.com].
Data Recorder Slurps up 480 Mbytes/s
A new high-speed recorder provides over 480 Mbytes/s (3.8 Gbits/s) recording and playback performance in a space-, weight- and power-efficient package designed for remote or portable applications. The Big River LTX2 from Conduant can operate as a stand-alone system with network control or can be directly connected to a host computer via its StarFabric PCI bridge interface. The 1U (1.75”) high chassis, which is less than 16” in width and depth, accepts sixteen 2 1/2” disk drives for up to 3.2 Terabytes of storage capacity. The user may choose lower-cost, high-performance rotating disk storage or solid-state drives for more environmental tolerance such as shock, vibration, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure, depending on the user application.
The Big River LTX2 is based on Conduant’s StreamStor Amazon architecture, which supports a wide variety of external, interchangeable interface mezzanine cards including FPDP, FPDP2, LVDS, Serial FPDP and Camera Link. Command and control functions can be performed through the StarFabric interface or through an Ethernet connection. Connectivity to a host computer using the StarFabric interface provides full PCI performance for data retrieval at 200 Mbytes/s. The Big River LTX2 Software applications can also utilize the StreamStor application program interface (API) from a network connected host computer for control of the device from a remote location. Base pricing starts at around $28,000 for a 1.6 Terabyte system.
Conduant, Longmont, CO.
(303) 485-2721. [www.conduant.com].
4-Ohm Quad SPST CMOS Analog Switches
Two new series of quad SPST CMOS analog switches combine high switching speeds with high signal bandwidth for use in a wide range of switching applications, including audio, video, data and power. The Vishay Siliconix DG451 and DG454 series of devices has four independently selectable 44-V SPST switches, each with a typical on-resistance of 4 ohms and a typical flatness of 0.2 ohms, ideal parameters for low-distortion audio signal switching.
The DG454 series does not require a logic voltage pin. The advantages of this feature include no requirement for a 5V power supply to operate, no need for a PCB trace connecting the logic voltage pin, and no need for power supply sequencing. The DG451 and DG454 are normally closed, while the DG452 and DG455 are normally open.
The new switches are optimized for analog switching, including audio, data, video and power switching, and data acquisition in audio and video systems, precision automatic test equipment, data acquisition systems, relay replacement, communications systems, automotive and avionics systems, and sample and hold systems. Pricing is $1.95 in quantity 1,000.
Vishay Intertechnology, Malvern, PA. (619) 336-0860. [www.vishay.com].
Multichannel Analog Capture Modules Feature 8-bit 3 Gsample/s ADCs
Two ultra-high-speed analog capture modules featuring the latest Giga-sample Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) from National Semiconductor have been introduced by Nallatech. The new products offer customers multiple ultra-wide-band analog I/O capture channels directly coupled to a Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA—a combination suited for addressing the processing requirements of demanding embedded applications such as SIGINT, RADAR and LIDAR (light detecting and ranging).
The Nallatech BenADC 3G features two National 8-bit 3 Gsample/s ADCs, an external clock input and digital trigger. Each ADC083000 ADC can achieve up to 7.0 effective number of bits (ENOB), 44.5 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and 54.5 dB spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) when sampling a 748 MHz input signal at 3 Gsample/s. Trigger and clock signal inputs allow simultaneous sampling of both channels, enabling synchronous data acquisition on a single card. Two banks of DDR-II SRAM memory are directly coupled to the user FPGA allowing algorithm and ADC data to be locally buffered. National’s LMX2531LQ1500E delta-sigma phase-locked loop and voltage-controlled oscillator (PLL+VCO) integrated circuit is also featured on the BENADC-3G module. It provides a very stable, low-noise clock source in order to achieve the highest SNR (or ENOB) possible from the Gsample rate ADCs.
The BenADC 1.5G features the same FPGA and memory back-end as the BenADC 3G, however it utilizes two ADC08D1500 National ADCs providing users with four 8-bit 1.5 Gsample/s analog capture channels as well as external clock and trigger inputs. This product is the ideal solution for applications such as beam forming that requires a high number of input channels per FPGA. This product will be available Q3 2007. Both products are available with a choice of Virtex-4 SX55, LX100 or LX160 user FPGAs.
Both products are delivered with a suite of optimized IP cores and reference designs. Xilinx System Generator library components are also provided allowing non-VHDL users to target the hardware using Simulink. Software support includes Windows, Linux and VXWorks.
Nallatech, Inc., Eldersburg, MD. (410) 552-3352.
96-Channel PCI Express Analog Input DAQ Card with SSI Bus
An ultra-high-density analog input data acquisition card combines high density with high bandwidth via an x1 PCI Express bus. The DAQe-2208 card from Adlink is capable of sampling up to 96 single-ended AI channels at 12 bits and 3 Msamples/s with different gain settings and scan sequences. It offers differential modes for 48 AI channels to provide optimal noise elimination, making it compatible with ultra-high-density analog signals with various input ranges and sampling speeds. The DAQe-2208 features also include analog and digital triggering and 24 programmable digital I/O lines.
The DAQe-2208 offers a system synchronization interface (SSI) bus to allow up to four cards to be synchronized for simplified expansion of testing capabilities, auto-calibration that adjusts the gain and offset to within specified parameters to ensure testing accuracy regardless of the environment uncertainty, and scatter-gather bus mastering to allow the acquisition of large amounts of data at a high speed by transferring data directly to and from the memory through the DMA controller. The DAQe-2208 supports Windows, including Vista, and Linux, and also comes with software support for LabVIEW, MATLAB, .NET, Visual C++ and Visual Basic. Single unit pricing starts at $1,095.
Adlink Technology, Irvine, CA. (949) 727-2099.
Safe CAN-Data Transmission via Fiber-Optic Line
A fiber-optic repeater for the transmission of CAN messages in an environment with high electromagnetic influences as well as the dependable galvanic isolation of subassemblies has been introduced by IXXAT. The new CAN-CR210/FO offers a lineup version of its approved FO-Repeater. Several CAN-CR210/FO can be connected via the integrated backbone bus, which allows the set-up of a star-coupler with an almost unlimited number of channels.
The CAN-CR210/FO allows the automatic recognition and separation of a defective segment from the rest of the network, so that the remaining network can continue working. After elimination of the defect, the segment is automatically switched into the network again. The CAN-CR210/FO has one high-speed CAN interface (ISO/IS 11898-2), an integrated backbone-bus and a fiber-optic interface (50/125 μm duplex). For the fiber-optic interface, a version with FSMA or ST-Socket is available. The repeater is delivered in a small plastic case for DIN rail mounting. The power supply can be provided in a wide range from 9 to 35 VDC.
IXXAT, Bedford, NH. (603) 471-0800. [www.ixxat.com].
Simulation and Testing Services for Cabinet Enclosures
A number of design services for cabinet enclosures offered by Optima EPS, an Elma company, include thermal simulation, structural analysis, environmental testing, agency approvals, and more. Using computational fluid dynamics and finite testing, Optima can identify potential hot spots in the cabinet. From there, Optima can use a combination of techniques to resolve the issue. These include fan placement and type, heat exchangers, blocking or redirecting airflow, and more. Customers can be assured of a cooling solution that meets their specifications.
Optima can also provide structural analysis and environmental testing. Also, the humidity, salt fog, corrosion and temperature stresses can be measured. The simulation and testing can be performed on Optima’s various cabinet enclosure styles. The company offers cabinets for Mil/Aero, EMC, Harsh Environments, Seismic, Telecom/DataCom, Industrial and Medical applications. Optima specializes in customization and modifications to its base platforms—in any volume.
Optima EPS, Tucker, GA. (770) 496-4000. [www.optimaeps.com].
FPGA DSP Devices Target Sweet Spot for Wireless, Video, Consumer Apps
Shipping in production, the Spartan-3A DSP platform from Xilinx offers 20 GMACs for under $30 for a wide range of low-cost, data-intensive applications including wireless, video surveillance, personal medical and consumer applications. The Spartan-3A DSP platform is part of the Xilinx XtremeDSP solutions that provide developers with a complete portfolio of programmable logic devices, IP, development tools and a third-party DSP ecosystem.
The Spartan-3A DSP platform gives developers the opportunity to leverage the flexibility and inherent parallel processing capabilities of FPGAs in low-cost and mobile applications. The platform is based on Xilinx’s Spartan-3 generation FPGAs, with the added power management and connectivity features of the Spartan-3A platform. At the heart of the Spartan-3A DSP architecture is the XtremeDSP DSP48A slice that enables designers to implement many independent arithmetic functions.
Xilinx XtremeDSP solutions come complete with silicon platforms, design tools, development boards and kits, reference designs and a host of signal processing IP for wireless and multimedia video applications. The XtremeDSP silicon portfolio delivers three device platforms: the Virtex-4 SX platform with over 250 GMACS at 500 MHz, Virtex-5 SXT platform for ultra-high-bandwidth with over 350 GMACS at 550MHz and integrated low-power serial connectivity, and the Spartan-3A DSP platform with over 30 GMACS at 250 MHz. The 3SD1800A device is priced at $29.85 and the 3SD3400A device is priced at $44.95. Pricing is for 25,000 units in volume production, end 2008.
Xilinx, San Jose, CA. (408) 559-7778. [www.xilinx.com].
4-Channel Video Frame Grabber in PC/104-Plus Format
For high demands in security and surveillance applications, image recording (digitizing) and image evaluation, Advanced Digital-Logic has developed the video frame grabber, Microspace MSMG104+. The PC/104-Plus extension card is based on a BT878 frame grabber with 4-channel video multiplexer. Three video cameras (CVBS) and one S-Video camera can be connected to the product. The compact video frame grabber supports common image formats like PAL and NTSC. Software supports toggling between both formats. The bandwidth for PAL resolution is 30 frames/sec. The 32-bit/33 MHz PCI bus permits simultaneous operation of two video streams in PAL resolution. More cameras (3-4) are possible with a reduced number of frames or lower resolution or by using multiple MSMG104+ cards respectively. Drivers for Windows and Linux are available. The card is connected to the 32-bit PCI bus and requires only one PCI resource.
The MSMG104+ requires a 5V power supply and operates within the standard temperature range of -25° to +70°C. On request, it is also available for an extended operating temperature range from -40° to +85°C.
Digital-Logic, Luterbach, Switzerland. +41 (0)32 681 58 00.
Modular Flat Panel Computing Fits Industrial Environments
A flat panel touch-screen computer combines an AMD Geode processor with a wide selection of touch-screen LCDs and I/O expansion modules. The modular design of the SeaPAC-LX from Sealevel Systems gives designers a wide range of configuration options and makes field maintenance and upgrades easy. SeaPAC-LX systems are suited for a variety of operator interface and machine control applications requiring small size and versatile I/O connectivity.
Powered by a fanless 500 MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor, SeaPAC-LXs are equipped with a robust standard I/O feature set. Dual 10/100Base-T Ethernet, four serial ports, four high-speed USB 2.0 ports and eight-bit general-purpose digital I/O are available on each system. For flexible local and remote I/O interface, SeaPAC-LXs expand using Sealevel’s SeaI/O data acquisition modules. Designers can choose from Reed and Form C relays, optically isolated inputs, TTL, A/D, D/A and serial options. The SeaPAC-LX’s processor communicates with SeaI/O devices using Modbus RTU allowing one or more SeaI/O modules to be physically attached to the SeaPAC-LX or located remotely up to 4000 feet away.
SeaPAC-LX systems are available with displays ranging from 6.4 - 17” and include a rugged panel mount bezel that provides Nema 4/IP65 protection from sprayed liquids on the front surface. The optional resistive touch screen enables intuitive operator interface and offers years of durable service. SeaPAC-LXs are powered by 12VDC, and power is provided to SeaI/O expansion modules using convenient pass-through connectors. The system is rated for 0°-50°C operation, and a VESA bracket allows attaching to a mounting arm. SeaPAC-LX systems are priced beginning at $1,495, and product is available immediately from stock.
Sealevel Systems, Liberty, SC. (864) 843-4343. [www.sealevel.com].
AdvancedTCA Packet Processing Appliance for Multi-Service IP Networks
A low-profile bladed ATCA packet processing system delivers up to 20 Gbits/s of deep packet inspection capability in a very compact system. The ATCA Packet Processing Appliance from Continuous Computing supports all the quality of service (QoS) and traffic engineering functions required by telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) in order to rapidly deploy multi-service Internet Protocol (IP) networks and meet time-to-market requirements. To complement this new system, Continuous Computing also offers a range of ATCA FlexChassis options, including 12U, 5U and now 2U/3U chassis, to address the scalability and pricing needs of the next-generation telecom market.
Continuous Computing’s integrated ATCA Packet Processing Appliance comes with a suite of Trillium software including control plane, networking and routing protocols—such as SIP, Diameter, IPv4, IPv6, IPSEC, IGMP, BGP and OSPF—as well as customized Trillium Professional Services. Each low-profile system contains a FlexPacket ATCA-PP50 deep packet inspection blade and a FlexCompute ATCA-XE30 general processing blade, both housed in either a carrier-grade 2U DC-powered or a 3U AC-powered ATCA chassis.
A key element of Continuous Computing’s new security appliance, the FlexPacket ATCA-PP50 packet processing blade incorporates two XLR732 multicore MIPS devices from Raza Microelectronics, Inc. (RMI) that deliver packet processing and security at line rates up to 20 Gbits/s. FlexPacket supports a dual redundant 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) backplane fabric with a range of 10GbE and 1GbE ports to the front and rear depending on a customer’s specific cabling requirements. Each XLR732 multicore MIPS64 processor supports up to 8 Gbytes of memory (16 Gbytes per blade) and can connect to mezzanine sites for supporting TCAM and dedicated content processors via the on-chip HyperTransport interface.
Continuous Computing, San Diego, CA. (858) 882-8800. [www.ccpu.com].
Low-Cost Motion Control Cards Deliver High-Speed Motion Trace
Two motion control cards from Performance Motion Devices provide real-time, high-speed servo trace capture with 40 Kbytes onboard dual-port memory. This trace feature allows up to four motion variables to be stored at the same time. Each variable can be either 16 or 32 bits in size. Twenty-eight separate parameters can be selected for trace such as position, velocity, acceleration, servo lag, and much more. The capture “trigger” for the trace feature is programmable, and can be based on a variety of conditions such as motion start or external signal change. The captured data is automatically loaded into an external RAM chip, and may be downloaded by the host during capture, or after capture is complete.
Designed with PMD’s Magellan Motion Control IC, the Prodigy Motion Cards provide board-level, multi-axis motion control for DC brush, brushless DC, step and microstepping motors. They are available in PCI and PC/104 configurations, and provide 1, 2, 3 or 4 axes of control. In addition to trace capture, Prodigy cards provide motion control features including trajectory generation, servo loop closure, quadrature signal input, motor output signal generation, on-the-fly changes, commutation, and much more.
Additional features include S-curve, trapezoidal, velocity contouring, electronic gearing and user-generated profile modes. The cards accept input parameters such as position, velocity, acceleration and jerk from the host, and generate a corresponding trajectory. Instantaneous on-the-fly changes can be sent by the user, and external signal inputs can be used to program automatic profile changes. Prices start at $380 in OEM quantities.
Performance Motion Device, Lincoln, MA. (781) 674-9860. [www.pmdcorp.com].
Core Duo EPIC SBC Boasts Dual Display Capability
A stackable EPIC single board computer with onboard Intel Core Duo processor is built entirely with industrial-grade components and special vibration-proof connectors to provide a rock-solid, reliable embedded platform suitable for high vibration and wide temperature range applications. The PCM-4390 from Advantech can support dual independent LVDS (36-bit/ 48-bit) displays. The module is compliant with PCI-104, PC/104+ and PC/104, allowing additional I/O expansion modules to be easily stacked for greater functionality.
PCM-4390 is designed with industrial-grade components for higher reliability and a wider operating temperature range. It is also equipped with robust connectors: male and female connectors with locking clasp to enhance anti-vibration capability. To further enhance its robustness, PCM-4390 uses a USB-DOM Solid State Disk (SSD) solution. USB-DOM supports quicker boot-up and read/write performance, an improvement over CompactFlash (CF) and regular Hard Disk Drives (HDD).
PCM-4390 comes with Advantech Secure and Unified Smart Interface (SUSI) support. SUSI is a suite of APIs that simplifies hardware and software application implementation. It additionally supports socket SODIMM DDR2 400/533/667 MHz SDRAM up to 1 Gbyte. It also has two SATA II ports, dual BroadCom Giga LAN, eight GPIO, four COM (3 x RS232, 1 x RS232/422/485) and eight USB 2.0 ports. PCM-4390 offers a choice of a fanless solution and/or Windows XPe.
Advantech, Irvine, CA. (800) 866-6008. [www.advantech.com].
Time-to-Digital Converter for Precise Timing-Measurement Applications
A time-to-digital converter (TDC) features six independent stopwatches for precise timing measurements from a common start event to multiple stop events at a high resolution. The TC890 from Agilent Technologies is designed for precision time measurement applications, including laser detection and ranging (LIDAR) for 3D mapping and navigation, fluorescence lifetime spectrometry and ion counting in time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS). Many pulse-timing measurements, such as period, frequency and time interval analysis (TIA), also benefit from the new TDC’s precise measurement technology.
The TC890 records multiple events or hits on each of its six input channels, with a timing resolution of 50 picoseconds and a mean dead time between sequential pulses on the same input (double pulse resolution) of less than 15 nanoseconds. Running at full speed, the instrument offers a 25 million events-per-second data-throughput rate. It enables event counting or histogram creation for easy data and spectra comparison. Pricing starts at $13,700.
Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA.
(408) 424-4536. [www.agilent.com].
Embedded Device Networking Module/Web Server with Advanced Security
A turnkey, application-ready programmable device server module delivers secure Ethernet connectivity and advanced Web server capabilities for under $40 in volume quantities. The MatchPort AR from Lantronix enables OEMs to rapidly network-enable their products with the ability to send serial data over standard Ethernet with virtually no programming required. Running on a 32-bit processor with the Evolution OS operating system, MatchPort AR provides performance that allows it to address data-intensive machine-to-machine (M2M) applications such as medical, security, retail/POS, industrial/building automation, metering, gaming and signage applications to name a few.
The MatchPort AR provides a platform for secure networking with SSH and SSL protocols, advanced Web services such as AJAX, a full-featured protocol stack and SNMP device management capabilities. Now OEMs have the ability to rapidly develop network-ready, Web-enabled devices by simply connecting the host microcontroller’s serial port to one of the MatchPort AR’s two available serial ports.
MatchPort’s Evolution OS offers a variety of data encryption and authentication options including industry-standard secure SSH v2 and SSL v3 protocol support with a choice of AES, 3DES encryption coupled with SHA-1 or MD5 authentication. In addition, the MatchPort AR optionally provides end-to-end FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard -197 Compliant) AES encryption. The Evolution OS also supports public/private key infrastructures and provides the flexibility to use any key size to deliver ease of integration with host applications. Evolution OS was also designed with defenses to hostile Internet attacks such as denial of service (DoS) and port mapping.
MatchPort’s integrated advanced Web server can transform a stand-alone device into a fully functional network node that can be remotely managed, monitored and configured via a standard Web browser—from anywhere in the world. Users can remotely monitor and collect information from the device in real time using the CGI (Common Gateway Interface)-compliant server, and send the information to dynamic Web pages. Its integrated AJAX support delivers an intuitive and dynamic user experience for data acquisition and display. Additionally, it supports open standards such as “Cisco-like” CLI, XML and serial and Telnet management options, enabling users to easily configure the MatchPort AR. A software development kit (API) will also be available to enable OEMs to customize their delivered applications. Pricing will be below $40 to qualified high-volume customers.
Lantronix, Irvine, CA. (949) 453-3990.
3U Carrier-Class NEBS-3 Server for High-Availability Apps
Boasting space-saving size—3U high by 20 inches deep—a 3U Carrier-Class Rackmount Server from One Stop Systems fits easily and comfortably in a telecom rack. The server can withstand extreme heat, humidity, altitude and zone 4 earthquake shocks. With an intelligent alarm management system, the 3U NEBS-3 certified server provides visual, audible (optional) and simple network management protocol (SNMP) indications of faults when conditions warrant administrative attention. These features are consistent with the rigid requirements of the telecom Central Office environment.
The 3U server employs easily replaceable fan filters providing greater cooling capacity. The dual hot-swappable power supplies provide redundant power, further extending the system’s service life. The 3U server offers ample expansion capabilities with two PCI Express (PCIe) x8 slots, two PCIe x4 slots, one PCI-X 100/133 MHz slot and one PCI-X 100 MHz slot. The 3U Carrier-Class Server lists for $11,950.
One Stop Systems, Escondido, CA. (760) 745-9883.
PC/104+ Fanless CPU Module Hits Cost/Performance Sweet Spot
A PC/104+ fanless single board computer designed to meet the requirements of various types of industrial computing is a suitable solution for communication, gaming and medical applications that require flat panel support using digital displays with TTL interfaces. For superior performance and low power consumption, PCM-4153 from Advantech uses an AMD Geode LX800 processor clocked at 500 MHz in conjunction with onboard DDR333 system memory. With a convenient connector layout and easy assembly, PCM-4153 is a good choice for customers wanting easy system expansion.
It is equipped with multiple I/O ports for flexibility, including two 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet, four USB 2.0, one RS-232/422/485 and three RS-232 ports. For applications situated in harsh environments, PCM-4153 is designed to be of industrial grade, with an operating temperature ranging from as low as -40° up to 85°C.
Advantech, Irvine, CA. (800) 866-6008. [www.advantech.com].
VXS DSP Card Blends Dual Core PowerPC, Dual Virtex-5 FPGAs
A rugged COTS DSP processing card integrates a Freescale MPC8641D processor, two Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs and a VXS-based high-speed serial interconnect fabric. The VPF2 from VMetro tackles both high-bandwidth preprocessing and demanding back-end processing in one 6U VME64/VITA 41 product for advanced DSP applications such as real-time video processing, surveillance, radar and others that demand the extremely high levels of flexibility and performance.
The processing heart of the Phoenix VPF2 is a Freescale MPC8641D dual-core processor based on Power Architecture technology. The cores run up to 1.25 GHz with 2 Gbytes of memory to support operating systems such as VxWorks and Linux. Integrated within the MPC8641D processor is a complete I/O subsystem, including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, serial I/O, dual DDR/DDR2 memory controllers, VME interface and independent x8 PCI Express links to the Xilinx FPGAs and the XMC/PMC site. The VPF2 has Ethernet options that support both RJ45 and optical interfaces or backplane I/O.
Closely coupled to the MPC8641D are two Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T FPGAs, optimized for DSP performance, or LX110T FPGAs, optimized for high-performance logic. With their on-chip serial transceivers, either of the Virtex-5 FPGA options provide high-bandwidth off-board serial communications channels to processing and I/O subsystems. Since the FPGAs connect to fast I/O streams, they can preprocess incoming data in real time without bottlenecks.
The FPGAs are fully user-programmable and can be configured from flash memory. VMetro speeds up the development time by providing TransComm, a data streaming communications toolkit. This toolkit simplifies connecting VPF2 FPGA-centric systems together allowing the user to focus on key IP core development. Both FPGA devices are supported with 4x 4M x 18-bit banks of QDR SRAM and 2x 64M x 16-bit SDRAM. These memories allow large data sets, such as frame buffers or large FFT information, to be stored locally for maximum FPGA performance. The VPF2 will be available in a number of environmental build options ranging from air-cooled commercial to rugged conduction-cooled.
VMetro, Houston, TX. (281) 584-0728. [www.vmetro.com].
Nano-ITX Mainboard for Healthcare, Retail and Industrial Apps
Measuring just 12 cm x 12 cm, the VIA EPIA NR is a Nano-ITX mainboard that natively supports LVDS in two single or one dual-channel monitor configuration without the need for a daughterboard. This makes it suitable for a wide range of ultra-compact embedded devices requiring two displays, such as healthcare, industrial control, retail and signage systems. It is powered by a fanless 1.0 GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor with a maximum CPU TDP of just 9 watts and average operating power of well below 1 watt. Coupled with up to 1 Gbyte of power-efficient DDR2 533 system memory, the VIA EPIA NR mainboard operates at an average of below 15.5 watts for regular applications.
The VIA EPIA NR also provides considerable storage options, with Serial ATA and IDE hard drive connectors for mainstream systems and Compact Flash for local OS storage in industrial automation. The
I/O set includes broadband Ethernet as well as a mini-PCI port, USB2.0, COM, LPC and Super I/O headers; while WLAN connectivity can be supported through an add-in card for greater flexibility in system design.
Additionally, the VIA EPIA NR leverages the display, storage and I/O flexibility of the VIA CX700 system media processor, the all-in-one, highly integrated embedded chipset featuring the VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP graphics core, to provide embedded developers with an extensive range of options enabling highly customized systems. There is also an optional upgrade to Gigabit Ethernet support. Expansion is easy through an array of compatible VIA accessory cards, including a further 4 COM ports (through the LPC interface), and both USB and mini-PCI-based wireless modules.
VIA Technologies, Fremont, CA. (510) 683-3300.
Modules Allow Fast Integration of DeviceNet Fieldbus into OEM/Embedded Systems
A new BradCommunications DC100DN OEM module for the DeviceNet Fieldbus has been added to the DC100 product family of OEM modules from Woodhead Industries. The modules are characterized by small size (90 x 40 mm) and provide a connection to a choice of field buses (CC-Link, PROFIBUS-DP, DeviceNet). The DC100 modules are designed for machine builders, system designers, and operator interface manufacturers who want to implement a field bus connection in their products quickly and at a lower cost.
The modules of the DC100 family are interchangeable, interfacing with the host system through a 60-point connector. Its pin-out is identical regardless of the type of module used, requiring minimum effort by system designers to integrate the entire range of DC100 modules. The data exchanges and the various network services (configuration, diagnostic, etc.) are carried out directly through dual-port memory (DP-Ram), reachable via a generic library of functions. The DC100 modules include 256 Kbytes flash memory for storing configuration data and a dedicated processor for managing communication protocols. This embedded architecture provides optimal performance in data acquisition without overloading the host system.
Woodhead Industries, Northbrook. IL. (847) 272-7990. [www.woodhead.com].
6U CompactPCI Board Monitors and Communicates System Parameters to Remote PC
A new 6U CompactPCI (CPCI) System Monitoring and Control Board monitors the health and status of chassis systems, making it perfect for telecom, datacom, ISP and wireless server applications that require monitoring of critical system parameters.
The 6U SYSMON II from One Stop Systems installs in the system enclosure and communicates to a remote PC via a 100Base-T Ethernet connection. It monitors eight fan tachs, eight temperature sensors, up to eight voltages and eight inputs and eight outputs. All configuration parameters are stored in non-volatile flash. The 6U SYSMON II provides a complete system package for applications requiring continuous operating computing. It lists for $1,280 and is available immediately as part number OSS-CPCI-6U-SYSMON2.
One Stop Systems, Escondido, CA. (760) 745-9883.
Rugged Ethernet Switches Target Harsh Environments
A series of industrial Ethernet switches from Moxa Technologies come in an IP67-rated housing for ruggedness, and are designed to be resistant to the effects of dust, dirt, humidity, vibration and shock. The EDS-305-M12 series of 5-port industrial unmanaged Ethernet switches with M12 connectors is designed for the toughest industrial applications. The rugged design makes the EDS-305-M12 switches suitable for use in outdoor environments, such as in the transportation, mining, and water and wastewater treatment industries.
The EDS-305-M12 switches use M12 connectors for the Ethernet interface. M12 connectors can ensure a tight connection and keep Ethernet connections from popping loose in high-vibration applications, such as in moving vehicles. In addition, the EDS-305-M12 switches have received industrial and safety approvals, such as UL508, Class 1, Div. 2, and will also receive DNV/GL maritime certification for specialized applications. Two models are available. One model has an operating temperature range of 0° to 60°C, and the other model has an extended operating temperature range of -40° to 75°C.
Moxa Technologies, Brea, CA. (714) 528-6777.