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Aug 07. Hybrid truck power from Eaton. Eaton Corporation says its medium-duty hybrid power systems are now commercially available. The firm expects to start deliveries in 2008 to International Truck and Engine Corporation, Kenworth Truck Co., Peterbilt Motors and Freightliner Corporation. This follows more than four years of development and two million miles of successful evaluation and field-testing in North America, Europe and Asia, involving over 220 trucks. Kevin Beaty, manager of Eaton’s Hybrid Power Systems business unit says the firm plans to make several hundred systems in 2007 and increase production capacity over the next three years. Fleet customers for Eaton hybrid power have so far included FedEx Express, UPS, Coca-Cola Enterprises, the Pepsi Bottling Group, and 14 public utility fleets. Daf Trucks is involved in the European programme. (Source: Transport News Brief)
30 Aug 07. GE Fanuc Embedded Systems announced the SBC310 3U VPX single board computer – the first 3U VPX single board computer to feature Freescale’s dual core PowerPC 8641D and to provide support for a PMC/XMC site. With up to 1 GByte of SDRAM, the SBC310 is the tenth member of the GE Fanuc Embedded Systems family of VPX products – a family that includes 3U and 6U single- and quad processor single board computers based on both Intel and PowerPC architectures, graphics processors, switches and storage, as well as the MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer. The SBC310 is optionally available in any of five ruggedization levels, making it suitable for deployment in the harshest environments.
Aug 07. Linx™ DVI Matrix Switcher. The Linx is a high-performance non-blocking switcher, with eight inputs and eight outputs. All inputs are available to any or all of the outputs. The Linx delivers pure digital switching and routing of DVI signals. When combined with digital signal sources and digital displays, it allows for fully digital end-to-end signal distribution.The Linx switcher accepts input signals up to 1600 x 1200 and 1080p, and supports the full 1.65 Gbit/sec DVI standard. In addition to switching picture information, the Linx supports pass-though EDID DDC allowing for transparent communication between output and input devices. The Linx also provides for programmable or manual override of the EDID. Maintaining digital signal integrity is crucial in a digital switcher. The Linx is unique among DVI switchers in providing optimal signal fidelity. The Linx corrects jitter and signal distortion errors with both bit and pixel reclocking. RGB Spectrum is the first to offer this dual reclocking capability. The Linx also offers built-in cable equalization on all inputs to extend cable lengths up to 50 meters without the need for external signal extenders. The front panel LCD touch screen provides convenient control. On-screen menus allow changes to the switching matrix, singly or in multiples, with a single button push. A status screen graphically displays all connections between inputs and outputs. Remote control is via Ethernet and RS-232 serial ports. RGB Spectrum’s WCP server for control of the switcher is accessible from any web browser. No special software is required on the user’s PC. Single or multiple point control is available, managed from a password protected configuration screen.
17 Aug 07. International Business Machines Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., longtime rivals, said IBM will become the first major hardware vendor to resell Sun’s Solaris operating system. The deal will allow IBM customers to buy Solaris on selected Big Blue server systems, starting with those that use the x86 chip design offered by Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. IBM and Sun executives added that the software may later be offered on IBM’s popular mainframe systems. Such cooperation is becoming increasingly common as customers pressure competing vendors to offer more-