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14 Aug 08. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the DSC-2300 Series high performance signal conditioning systems. Developed to satisfy the growing customer requirement for powerful, modular signal conditioning solutions that are programmable and network-centric, the DSC-2300 is housed in a compact 3U, 16-slot rack-mountable chassis. With a smart Ethernet-based controller to allow for integration within any data acquisition environment, the programmable DSC-2300 Series is designed for a broad range of testing applications including jet and rocket engine testing, vibration testing, acoustic chamber monitoring, wind tunnel testing and other challenging applications requiring high performance.
19 Aug 08. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the Telum™ ASLP11 high performance processor AMC module. With up to 4 GBytes of ECC memory and currently featuring an Intel® Core™2 Duo L7400 1.5GHz CPU (which will be regularly upgraded to take advantage of new processors from Intel), the ASLP11 is a single width, full- or mid-sized AMC processor board and is designed for distributed ATCA/MicroTCA processing applications such as wireless base stations, voice over packet, test and measurement, server blades and other enterprise-wide computing.

18 Aug 08. Northrop Grumman Corporation has performed all preliminary design review requirements for a rugged beam control subsystem for the U.S. Army’s High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL TD). As a mobile, solid-state laser weapon system, HEL TD will be mounted on a tactical ground vehicle to counter rockets, artillery and mortars across the spectrum of conflict. The company’s design incorporates expertise and technology understanding gained from its work on legacy laser weapon and laser programs.

19 Aug 08. Hypres Inc., a leading developer of superconducting microelectronics technology and the Digital-RF (TM) product line, delivered two Digital-RF (TM) receiver systems to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). The systems are designed to serve as versatile test beds for evaluating Digital-RF technology for wireless communications applications such as satellite and tactical communications, signals intelligence, electronic warfare, and software defined radio.The ONR will locate the Digital-RF receiver system test beds within facilities at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and prime contractors as directed by ONR. Hypres has been working closely with SPAWAR on a number of contracts related to the continued development of Digital-RF technology.
“Delivering the test bed systems is an outstanding achievement for our entire team and a key milestone for Hypres,” said Richard Hitt, CEO of Hypres. “The systems can efficiently evaluate the chip design upgrades we develop when configuring our receivers for customers’ specific operating parameters.”
Work on the two test bed systems was supported through an ONR Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase 3 contract valued at $650,000, with an exercised option of $75,000 to develop an improved analog-to-digital converter (ADC) chip. Each Digital-RF receiver system features a pre-characterized low-pass single-chip digital-RF receiver, a cryocooler with two temperature stages and appropriate cryopackaging, temperature controller, interface amplifiers, dc bias current source, FPGA-based data acquisition hardware, data acquisition software and graphical user interface, and operating manual. Of note, these systems include an additional temperature-controlled stage to permit integration of a high-temperature superconductor analog filter with Hypres’ low-temperature digital electronics.

14 Aug 08. Saab TransponderTech AB, the leading company in marine Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology for more than 15 years, has introduced a new Class-B AIS transponder for smaller commercial vessels and pleasure boats

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