Connection for inspection
Extech Instruments: METERLiNK
One of the hassles with recorded info of any type is figuring out exactly what else is going on with the observations when something is seen or heard on the recording. Time-stamping readings can be correlated later, of course, but that takes time. Connecting cables is also no fun when it c...
ARM9 core, configurable assist
Texas Instruments, Inc.: Sitara processor family
Texas Instruments is continuing to grow its ARM offerings with new devices in the Sitara processor family. This time, TI is targeting industrial apps with an ARM9 core and peripherals such as SATA, USB 2.0, 10/100 Ethernet, MMC/SD, and a unique new feature to help designers configure I/O....
Programming the power line
Cypress Semiconductor: CY8CPLC20 PLC Application Kit
Cypress Semiconductor’s PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 devices have been out for a while now, but with the current push for developing smart energy applications, it’s noteworthy that the company’s new application kits for the PSoC are targeting Power Line Communication (PLC).
Atom on the go
American Industrial Systems: Rugged Panel PCs
Panel PCs are pretty common, but taking the features found in most and making the unit MIL-STD-810 and IP65 compliant is more interesting.
American Industrial Systems has integrated the Intel Atom N270 processor into a line of rugged panel PCs designed for vehicular applications. With a c...
Atom on the edge
Edge platforms are where sensors and devices meet the network. The job involves capturing data, aggregating it, and then distributing it back to the cloud for sharing and decision making.
Eurotech has come up with a small platform, the Helios, based on an Intel Atom Z5xx processor running...
Making sense out of taps
We’ve been covering MEMS accelerometers for quite a while, and we’ve been looking for companies to do something interesting by embedding processing directly on the sensor module. Kionix has introduced the KXTF9 with an integrated feature called Directional Tap/Double-Tap detect...
Get data outside
National Instruments: NI 9921 and 9922
National Instruments recently announced additions to its line of Wi-Fi data acquisition modules. In thinking through the solution for customers, the company introduced new IP54-rated enclosures for those modules, enabling any of the Wi-Fi DAQ devices to be installed in harsh environments....
Grab frames with fewer wires
ADLINK Technology Inc.: PCIe-CPL64
The Camera Link specification was recently enhanced to incorporate Power over Camera Link (PoCL), which as the name implies allows power to be delivered to a camera over the Camera Link cable without the need for a separate power connector. A Safe Power mode determines if a camera is PoCL...
See data outside
Stealth Computer Corporation: TT-840
Once data and images are acquired, showing them is important, and that display might have to be located in the same harsh environment. Stealth Computer’s new TT-840 comes to work with an IP68 rating (immersion proof) and an 8.4" sunlight-readable LCD.
The display is 1,000 nits bright...
A very different battery
Onboard battery power can be a headache – or worse. In addition to disposal problems, conventional batteries can leak or even explode. SNAPHAT packages are relatively bulky and a hassle to replace. Super caps lose storage life because of leakage currents.
Cymbet’s EnerChip batt...
Take a pic, make a GUI
Amulet: Amulet Next-generation IP
Amulet Technologies is putting its LCD driver chip and Graphical OS in Silicon firmware expertise into next-generation IP running on an Atmel ARM-based CAP7 microcontroller.
The new IP supports a color LCD with touch-panel capability and has been fitted into an Atmel CAP7 customizable MCU,...
LocoLabs: LocoLabs GCE
Designing a dynamic digital signage system or a Point-Of-Service (POS) kiosk? The Green Calliope Engine from LocoLabs is based on a Marvell PXA310 application processor coupled with a Marvell 88DE2710 1080p HD video processor and the Marvell 88W8688 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip. Other I/O in...
Java powers M2M box
AVIDwireless: AVIDdirector-M2M Model 200
Put together an Imsys Java processor, Cypress PSoC mixed-signal array, and connection options including a wide selection of cellular, Bluetooth, ZigBee, 900 MHz, and other wireless radio technologies, and you get a powerful Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interface platform.
Big, big rackmount monitor
Chassis Plans: CPPM-8U23
Bigger monitors are the trend, and this one is really big. The CPPM-8U23 from Chassis Plans is an 8U 23" TFT LCD display with native WUXGA 1920 x 1200 resolution at 60 Hz – 75 percent more pixels than a 1280 x 1024 19" display. Viewability is great with 400 nit brightness, 700:1 cont...
Cube PAC now 8x faster
United Electronic Industries: Cube PAC
Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) continue to improve. United Electronic Industries’ UEIPAC runs Linux with two Ethernet ports, a serial port, an SD card interface, and an inter-PAC sync interface. It provides either three or six slots for I/O boards, including analog input,...