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24 Jan 08. Latest draft of federal IPv6 profile released for comment. The
National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the latest draft of proposed standards for IPv6 networking and security products, a project intended to support the adoption of the next generation of Internet Protocols in government networks. Comments on the draft profile are due Feb. 29 and should be e-mailed to sp500-267-comments@antd.nist.gov. Among the changes in the second draft of Special Publication 500-267, titled “A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government — Version 1.0” are initial plans for the test program that will ensure the compliance and interoperability of products built to this profile. NIST has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the IPv6 testing program on Feb. 19. The profile is being developed in response to the Office of Management and
Budget mandate that agencies enable their core networks to handle IPv6 traffic by the end of June. As part of this process, agencies must procure IPv6-ready products. This requires a working standard for the requirements products must meet. NIST is developing a technical-standards profile for government acquisition of IPv6 hosts and routers, as well as a specification for network protection devices. The host-and-router profile includes a set of requests for comment published by the Internet Engineering Task Force encompassing basic IPv6 functionality, and specific requirements and key optional capabilities for routing, security, multicasting, mobility, network management and quality of service. The network protection device profile contains a set of capability requirements for IPv6-aware firewalls and intrusion detection systems. The profile also addresses how such systems can interoperate and co-exist with the current IPv4 systems. Agencies with unique information technology requirements will use the NIST profile as a basis for further developing their own specifications and policies. (Source: GCN)

Jan 08. New from Link Microtek is a solid-state high-power amplifier module that has been designed for broadband linear applications at UHF and VHF frequencies.
Manufactured by Empower, the BBM2E3KKO module is particularly suitable for applications such as mobile jamming, which require high efficiency, long-term reliability and ruggedness. The amplifier module has an operating frequency range of 20 to 520MHz and achieves an output of 100W with low distortion, Class AB linearity and wide dynamic range. Operating from a 28VDC supply, the module has a typical noise figure of 7dB at minimum attenuation, while its TOIP is specified as +56dBm. Built-in control and monitoring circuits provide protection against input overdrive, any load VSWR and thermal overload.

28 Jan 08. Aonix has extended its latest version of ObjectAda to the Sun Solaris Platforms. ObjectAda, an Eclipse-based development environment, provides an enterprise-level environment for development of native Unix applications using Ada. The new version provides Multilanguage native embedded software development along with dynamic debugging in which developers gain run-time debug capabilities that can even be attached to a running process in an application. Additional tool sets such as AdaNav (complete system HTML source-navigation capabilities) and ObjectAda Test Pack (a world-class testing tool that significantly reduces the time, effort and cost of testing Ada software
components) round out the offerings of the new ObjectAda platform.

22 Jan 08. RGB Spectrum announces the introduction of its XtendView® DVI fiber optic cables with electronics integrated in the head shell. The cables are available in two models, XtendView Plug & Play™ and XtendView InstallEase™, specifically designed for threading through conduit. XtendView DVI Fiber Optic Cables deliver flawless, noise-free digital connection up to 100 meters. Fiber cable eliminates the

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