Rohde & Schwarz’ extremely low-noise power rail probe, the RT-ZPR20, offers 2 GHz of bandwidth and 1:1 attenuation to ensure high sensitivity. A ± 850 mV dynamic range and ± 60 V offset range permits analysis of the smallest disturbance signals during power integrity measurements, even on dc power supplies with a high voltage level. An integrated high-precision dc voltmeter allows simultaneous measurement of a power supply's dc component, irrespective of the offset voltage, allowing the dc level and ripple to be measured in parallel when qualifying power supplies for highly sensitive electronic components such as CPUs and FPGAs.
Built to assess the quality of dc power supply networks, particularly in IoT components with fast digital interfaces, as well as for fast memory chips and highly sensitive analog circuits components, the probe is designed for power integrity measurements in combination with the R&S RTE and R&S RTO2000 oscilloscopes. The RT-ZPR20 2 GHz power rail probe is available for order now. Deliveries will start within the first quarter of 2017.
In support of the MAV and IoT markets, Gumstix is now offering the AeroCore 2 for Intel Joule module expansion board, with module integration into their Geppetto Design to Order platform. The expansion board can be copied, customized and ordered online in Geppetto D2O, allowing small form-factor expansion boards to be designed and manufactured for drones, robotics and IoT devices.
Featuring an ARM Cortex-M4 MCU running NuttX RTOS and an integrated connection to the Intel Joule compute module, the board provides a complete Linux or Windows IoT installation on a PX4-compatible platform. With the inclusion of the NimbeLink Skywire LTE modem, the board is suited for MAV projects requiring a remote high-speed LTE connection for texting and data streaming. USB 3.0 and micro-HDMI are also now included.
The Joule module can be customized to specific design requirements in the free online tool, Geppetto D2O. Complete custom BSPs and documentation are available with orders and production quality boards are shipped in 15 business days. The AeroCore 2 for Intel Joule module expansion board is priced at $179. The initial total manufacturing cost is $1,999 with reduced rates for quantity discounts and repeat board spins.
Logic Supply’s new Extrovert line of 4G SIM card-based modems are pre-certified to link industrial embedded systems to the 4G LTE cellular network. The platform-agnostic system allows connection of Logic Supply hardware to the network, no matter which software, computer model or configuration is used. SIMs may also be preloaded from a range of carriers and accounts established directly with the cellular service providers.
The modems combine modules from Sierra Wireless or u-blox with a SIM slot, integrating both into the Mini PCIe expansion card standard. The result is a module that fits inside small form factors, including Mini-ITX, NUC and other Logic Supply compact embedded box PCs.
The Extrovert lineup includes two core modem models, the NWK100 and NWK200. The NWK100, based on the u-blox TOBY-L2, offers connectivity to the AT&T and T-Mobile networks and adds $191 to the price of compatible systems. The in-development NWK200, powered by the Sierra AirPrime EM/MC module, enables connectivity to the AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon networks, as well as European carriers like Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica.
Texas Instruments’ new 0.33" DLP Pico full-HD chipset, consisting of the DLP3310 digital micromirror device, DLPC3437 display controller and DLPA3000 PMIC/LED driver, enables the creation of portable small form factor, low power and high resolution full-HD displays for applications such as mobile smart TVs, battery-operated pico projectors, smart home projection displays, signage and industrial solutions. The DLP3310 DMD is a digitally controlled MOEMS spatial light modulator which, when coupled to an appropriate optical system, produces crisp, high quality image or video.
Key features and benefits of the 0.33" 1080p display chipset include: fast switching speed enabling each mirror to display two distinct and unique pixels on screen during every frame; DLP technology delivering high color fidelity (up to 16M colors) for vibrant images; and power efficiency that meets the demand of battery powered devices adding display capability. The 0.33" DLP Pico full-HD chipset and the associated components will be available in 2H17.
Z-Wave Products’ new diagnostic tool for Z-Wave networks, the Z-Wave Toolbox, allows troubleshooting of issues such as interference, range issues, weak links and connected-device placement. The toolbox allows stress testing of Z-Wave networks, both residential and commercial, and produces colored Network Health Symbols that indicate current performance, allowing potential issues to be identified and remedied before they occur.
A flexible web-based device, the self-contained toolbox will work with any OS in addition to smart phones and tablets. The product contains three major applications: the Network Health Tester, which can determine link stability, quality of service, latencies and help troubleshoot, optimize and deploy the networks; the Z-Wave Packet Analyzer allows the user to see traffic and troubleshoot connections, identify abnormal device operation and pinpoint weak spots; and the Spectrum Analyzer scans frequencies close to Z-Wave frequencies for any interference.
The Z-Wave Toolbox is available exclusively through the Z-Wave Products website for $249. Future offerings will include an optional trace-reading service as well as toolbox accessories, such as a battery pack.
A new version of ams’ time-to-digital converter, the TDC-GPX2, improves speed and precision together with low power consumption while featuring standard LVDS and SPI interfaces. The IC improves LIDAR and laser-ranging devices, in PET medical scanners and in ATE applications with increased resolution up to 10 ps and a sampling rate of up to 70 Msamples/s.
The integrated four-channel converter IC offers single-measurement resolution of up to 20 psrms per channel in normal mode, and a maximum resolution of 10 psrms with 5 ns pulse-to-pulse spacing in dual-channel high-resolution mode. The converter uses between 60 and 450 mW of power in normal operation, and draws 60 µA in stand-by mode.
The combination of higher precision and a higher sampling rate allows: LIDAR systems in cars, drones and robots to achieve better object detection and avoidance; virtual- and augmented-reality applications to support real-time 3D image rendering in greater detail; and PET scanners to achieve greater contrast while reducing the patient’s exposure time.
The GPX2-EVA-KIT evaluation kit includes a programmer and GUI software for PCs, enabling configuration and connection of Start and Stop signals. The TDC-GPX2 time-to-digital converter comes in a 9 x 9 mm QFN64 package and is available now in production volume.
The EC500 from DFI Tech features 22 nm Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 and 6th/4th gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors offering a rugged small form factor system to satisfy mission-critical. The conduction-cooled system supports dual 16 GB DDR3 SODIMM, a 2.5" SATA drive bay with SATA III capability, and 1 mSATA module via Mini PCIe socket. The unit also provides a 24-bit VGA port with up to 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and comes with Intel HD Graphics.
The rugged embedded computer meets IEC68-2-64 for operating vibration and can withstand 3 G of operating shock at half sine wave 11 ms in 3 axis. The SWaP optimized unit measures 235 x 63.2 x 222 mm and offers a range of processor options from 35 W to 45 W. Other features of the EC500 embedded computer include 9 V - 36 V dc-in, GbE port, Mini PCIe expansion and 2 LAN, 6 COM, 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports.
The COPious-PXIe from Innovative Integration, an 8HP PXIe-compatible plug-in card, employs the Xilinx Z7045 (Zynq) SoC processor to provide dual, floating-point, ARM A9 CPUs and a large user-programmable FPGA fabric. The plug-in card incorporates a high pin-count VITA 57.1-compliant FMC module site, compatible with Innovative’s FMC modules and tools. FMC peripherals are directly controlled by the on-board FPGA fabric, enabling deep integration of sophisticated, user-customized DSP algorithms. Consequently, real-time, DSP and mixed-signal applications such as software-defined radio, RADAR, LIDAR, optical control and other demanding applications may be efficiently addressed, even in conjunction with conventional PXIe system controllers running non-real-time Oss.
The product runs bare-metal C/C++ applications in core 1 and the PetaLinux core/applications core 0 and, providing zero-overheat interrupt processing and real-time code execution in conjunction with high-level Ethernet, USB and disk connectivity. PetaLinux boots from an on-board eMMC flash drive, providing bullet-proof autonomous operation and fast local storage. The COPious-PXIe plug-in card can be tailored to applications such as embedded instrumentation, remote, autonomous I/O, mobile instrumentation and distributed data acquisition.
Infratek is introducing its latest power analyzer, the PC11 Spectral Power Converter, available in three-, four- and six-phase versions, and equipped with 0.08% or 0.02% accuracy. The converter is provided without display and therefore turns your computer into a power analyzer, running on the PC11 software. The high precision power converter measures 280 electrical quantities on every phase. Calculation of all quantities of power electronics including energies, harmonics, motor and transformer values, power sums, power ratios, analog and frequency inputs and speed can be read via interface at any time.
Features include dc to 2 MHz wide bandwidth, wide current inputs and 18-bit measurement resolution with high accuracy at 10% full scale. The concept of the instrument is extremely flexible and upgrading is feasible due to its modular concept. Areas of application target inverter drive systems, electric motors, automotive and standby power. The PC11 Spectral Power Converter is available as a 3-, 4- and 6-phase instrument, and high-speed data acquisition software is available for efficient production testing of 12 or more single phase apparatus.
Infineon Two new LED drivers, the LITIX Power Flex TLD5541-1QV and LITIX Power TLD5190QV, specifically designed by Infineon for automotive front lights, address flexible dc/dc driver solutions supporting LED systems of up to 50 W and above. The synchronous H-bridge dc/dc controllers offer integrated protection functions, A/D dimming and an adjustable switching frequency in the range of 200 to 700 kHz. Application setups can vary between many medium-power LEDs with string voltages of up to 55 V and few LEDs with high currents of up to 3 A and more. The LED controllers provide high-efficiency full-LED front light applications for cars, as well as being suited for motorcycles’ space limitations in the handlebar’s headlamp.
Designed for driving high-power LED configurations with maximum system efficiency of over 92%, the TLD5541-1QV includes an SPI interface, and with its optimized spread spectrum switching frequency, helps reduce EMC emissions to fulfill CISPR 25 class 5 EMC requirements. The LITIX Power family of dc/dc controllers targets medium-power applications such as daytime running lights and low- and high-beam lights. The latest member, TLD5190QV, packs the same features as the TLD5541-1QV, but without an SPI interface it particularly suits LED control electronics where no MCU is needed.
The TLD5541-1QV and TLD5190QV LED drivers are in volume production and available in VQFN-48 packages.
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