New Abaco Systems FPGA-based embedded computing board for EW, radar, and digital beamforming

Abaco Systems in Huntsville, Ala., is introducing the VP889 high-performance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) embedded computing board for electronic warfare (EW); radar and sonar processing; satellite communications systems, multi-channel digital transmission and reception; and advanced digital beamforming.

The VP889 has the latest Xilinx Ultrascale+ FPGA and Zynq Ultrascale+ technology for advanced security, and is a form, fit, and function upgrade for the Abaco VP881.

Next-generation signal processing systems require bandwidth, low-power processing capability, and small size on an open COTS platform. With FMC+, customers have as much as 300 gigabits per second digital serial bandwidth to and from modular I/O devices.

 Integration is simplified, and time to market reduced, via the VP889's Board Support Package which enables engineers to get started quickly and focus on their value added and proprietary IP rather than hardware implementation details.

Related: FMC RF conversion module for wide-bandwidth multi-channel radar receivers introduced by Abaco

The embedded Zynq ARM Processor included on the VP889 eliminates the need for a single-board computer in many systems, reducing system size, cost, and power consumption.

Configurable serial interface options, as well as a variety of FPGA densities to choose from, provides customers with the flexibility to select the device size and family that best fits their application technical and cost requirements without the expense associated with custom board development.

The FMC+ site supports all Abaco FMC cards as well as third-party solutions that comply with VITA 57. The VP889 can be populated with I/O capable of greater than 5 gigasamples per second data rate or modules with as many as 16 channels per card. The flexibility of FMC gives customers the ability to address several system parameters from wide-band low-latency to multi-channel coherent systems.

New Ametek Asterion 1U/2U

NEW - Asterion  3kVA High-Power AC Sources Offer High-Power Density and Touch Screen Simplicity

AMETEK Programmable Power has added three new models to its Asterion line of AC/DC power sources.

The Asterion 1503 supplies up to 1,500 VA or 1,500 W.
The Asterion 2253 supplies up to 2,250 VA or 2,250 W.
The Asterion 3003 supplies up to 3,000 VA or 3,000 W.

All three units come in a 2U enclosure and are user selectable between single and three phase.

The key to Asterion's outstanding performance is AMETEK's iX2tmcurrent-doubling technology. With iX2, as the output voltage decreases from the maximum value to one-half the maximum value, the available output current increases up to two times the rated output current. This allows Asterion to maintain maximum power through the widest range of voltages to test more with a single solution. Contact us today to learn how Asterion can solve your greatest test challenges.

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New Anritsu MP1900A

Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A

High-performance BERT

Anritsu's NEW Signal Quality Analyzer (SQA) MP1900A BERT is a versatile solution than can measure next-generation PCI Express Gen 4 and Gen 5 buses, as well as the latest 400 GbE/200 GbE Ethernet Networks. With comprehensive interface support, the MP1900A is an all-in-one solution that accurately measures next-generation high-speed electronic and optical devices, and optical receivers used in high-end servers, communications equipment and optical transceivers/modules, including those for M2M and IoT applications.

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New Pickering 4-Slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis

The new 4-Slot Modular Chassis (model 60-105) complements Pickering’s 2-slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis (model 60-104) in that they both offer a small, lightweight form/factor ideal for portable, benchtop and space restrictive applications. These chassis are designed for desk or rack mounting and feature remote control via USB or LXI Ethernet. Remote control over a network enables the switching function of a test system to be located as close as possible to the target equipment. 

The new 4-slot chassis supports between one and four of Pickering’s 3U PXI modules. Possible systems include switching matrices up to 2208 crosspoints or up to 72 channels of programmable resistor/sensor simulation. 

The chassis is USB 3 compatible and has a fully compliant LXI interface. These communications standards enable the chassis to be controlled directly through standard interfaces found on most personal computers and tablets that support HTML5, allowing for a very practical route into a variety of applications in the modular test and measurement market. 

Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of their manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support. 

Yokogawa Test & Measurement Releases the new AQ6360 Optical Spectrum Analyzer

Yokogawa Test & Measurement Corporation announces the release of the AQ6360, an optical spectrum analyzer for production line applications that employs the dispersive spectroscopy technique* and covers optical communication wavelengths in the 1200–1650 nm range. With its compact, lightweight design and optimal performance specifications for production line applications, the AQ6360 is an ideal instrument for the production line testing and inspection of the semiconductor lasers used in optical transceivers, optical amplifiers, and other types of optical communications devices.

Development Background
The ever rising use of information technology and communication services continues to drive the construction of new networks, data centers, and other technology infrastructure. Combined with the shift toward the use of optical communications networks to connect data centers, there is a rising demand for transceivers and other types of optical transmission devices.

As manufacturers of optical transceivers and other types of optical transmission devices continue to add to their production capacity, they have a rising need on their production lines for an optical spectrum analyzer that is compact, inexpensive, and easy to use. The new AQ6360 meets all these requirements.

Product Features
1. The right specifications at a low price
As its performance specifications have been optimized for the production line testing and inspection of semiconductor lasers, the AQ6360 costs approximately 30% less than our high-performance AQ6370D model.

Major specifications:
Wavelength resolution: 0.1 to 2 nm
Level sensitivity: +20 to −80 dBm (dBm: decibel per mW)
Dynamic range: 55 dB

2. Stable measurement independent of optical fiber type
The AQ6360 features a unique free-space optical input. As no fiber is mounted inside the instrument, the AQ6360 can accept light signal inputs from both single-mode and multimode fibers, ensuring stable measurement independent of the optical fiber type.

3. High-speed measurement
The AQ6360 can measure optical signals approximately two times faster than the AQ6370D.

4. Compact
The AQ6360 is compact, measuring just 426 mm (W) × 459 mm (D) × 177 mm (H), and it weighs only 15.5 kg. It is approximately 20% shorter and lighter than the AQ6370D.

* A technique for the extraction of a narrow range of wavelengths by passing light through a diffraction grating and a narrow slit

Major Target Markets
Manufacturers of semiconductor lasers, optical transceivers, optical amplifiers, and other types of optical communications equipment

Yokogawa’s Commitment to the Field of Optical Spectrum Analyzers
In 2006, Yokogawa released the AQ6370 optical spectrum analyzer, a high-performance instrument that employs the dispersive spectroscopy technique. Since then, the Company has added models to this series that accept wavelengths in the optical communications, visible light, near-infrared, and mid-infrared ranges. Our optical spectrum analyzers are widely used in the development of optical devices and instruments. The new AQ6360 is a compact and easy-to-introduce instrument that costs less, has the same usability and reliability as the AQ6370 series, and has the right specifications for use in production line testing and inspection. With a versatile lineup of optical spectrum analyzers that meet a wide range of customer needs, Yokogawa is a leader in this global market. The company’s products are ideal for a wide range of applications, from research and development to production.

SMART High Reliability Solutions Announces Availability of its New Highly-Ruggedized, Highly-Secure HRS-M4 Solid State Drive with Opal 2.0

Designed to meet applications where temperature tolerances and resilience to extreme environments are as important as high-performance and reliability, the M4 is a security-rich, 1TB, multi-level cell (MLC) technology solution.

Gilbert, AZ, September 26, 2017 - SMART High Reliability Solutions LLC ("SMART HRS"), a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ: SGH), and a provider of current and next-generation solid state storage solutions specializing in ruggedized, high-performance and high-capacity solid state drives ("SSDs") for defense, aerospace and industrial markets, today announced availability of its new HRS-M4, a 1TB, 2.5" SATA SSD with Opal 2.0. The M4 is one of SMART HRS's most feature rich SSDs yet, boasting resistance to extreme temperatures, ruggedization, gold plating and a multitude of security options.

The new MLC based HRS-M4 is available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and one terabyte, and has read/write performance of 500MB/s and 260MB/s respectively. The M4 is designed for land and sea applications with key features including an industrial temperature operation of -40 to +85 degrees Celsius, a highly-ruggedized enclosure designed to protect against harsh elements while withstanding vibration and shock up to 1500g. Design options include Opal 2.0, staking, conformal coating, leaded process, extended burn-in and specialty firmware if the applications demands.

In addition to Opal 2.0, security features include AES 256b, write protection, and an external HW erase trigger. The M4 also features Mil erase sequencing that adheres to NSA-9-12, DoD NISPOM, and other specific NSA and armed forces security and encryption criteria.

"While SMART HRS designs SSDs with a focus on a variety of applications, some very specific," said Michael Guzzo, General Manager of SMART HRS, "we believe customers will get an enormous amount of flexibility out of the new M4 as it is one of the most comprehensive, MLC SSDs we've ever introduced."

Review and compare the new HRS-M4 product specifications, feature sets, capabilities and more vs SMART HRS's entire product line by viewing the Product Comparison Chart which lists all of SHRS's product specifications and attributes.

SMART High Reliability Solutions' Director of Engineering, Chris Budd, will be speaking at the conference, "Using MLC Flash to Reduce System Cost in Industrial Applications," on Wednesday, October 25 at 11:00 AM in the Bronze 3 ballroom.

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About SMART High Reliability Solutions
SMART High Reliability Solutions (SHRS) is a market pioneer of secure, ruggedized solid state drives (SSDs) and continues to be a technology leader, employing current and next-generation defense-focused designs. Utilizing Flash technology backed with proven world-class support, SHRS designs and manufactures high-performance military and industrial SSDs with additional attributes such as encryption, secure data elimination and write-protect features. SHRS understands and solves customers' key requirements, leveraging its long heritage of established, generational and robust SSD design. SMART High Reliability Solutions is a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc. See for more information.