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03 Jul 06. Portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, navigation devices, personal organisers, cameras and watches could soon incorporate QinetiQ’s award-winning Global Positioning System (GPS) technology following the signing of an agreement between QinetiQ and C&N Inc, based in Tokyo, Japan. Under the agreement QinetiQ and C&N will optimise QinetiQ’s Q20 high sensitivity GPS technology for the consumer electronics market and develop integrated circuits to support the use of Q20 in location search systems. QinetiQ’s Q20 GPS chip is one thousand times more sensitive than standard GPS devices and enables satellite tracking in extremely low signal environments including inside buildings. A new version of the Q20 technology launched last year uses minimal power – an important consideration for portable electronic devices. Q20 has a variety of applications from high-value asset tracking to security. QinetiQ already sells GPS modules to Sepura for use in TETRA hand-portable radios, but the agreement with C&N Inc represents the first foray into the consumer electronics market.

23 Jun 06. The R&S ESU from Rohde & Schwarz is a new family of CISPR16-1-1-compliant EMI test receivers that meet all civil and military standards for electromagnetic interference measurements. New FFT-based test methods speed up the measurement. With the time-domain scan, users can perform overview measurements up to 100 faster than on previous EMI test receivers. The instrument also features comprehensive test functions such as a complete set of parallel detectors including the new CISPR-RMS detector, RF scan, IF analysis and numerous report functions. The R&S ESU is available in three models with the frequency ranges 20 Hz to 8 GHz, 26.5 GHz and 40 GHz.

30 Jun 06. Enabling the vision of networked defense platforms within the Global Information Grid (GIG), Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has announced the embedded military and defense industry’s densest 6U VME64x SVME/DMV-682 FireBlade Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) multilayer switch. Used to architect secure high performance IPv4/v6 Intra-Platform Networks (IPNs), the SVME/DMV-682 can also be used to cost-effectively transform legacy ‘bus-based’ VME systems into high performance ‘network-ready’ switched system. The SVME/DMV-682 FireBlade provides wirespeed performance, delivering 24x1GbE ports and 2x10GbE ports in a single VME slot. Each of the 24 1GbE interfaces can individually auto-negotiate 10/100/1000 Mbps operation in a non-blocking manner, while the card’s two (2) 10 GbE ports can be used for architecting a high performance 10G platform backbone, a redundant fail-over network, or can be used as an inter-switch stacking solution that can scale to higher port counts for larger systems. Alternatively, the VME-682 FireBlade can be scaled down to provide lower port count combinations for smaller systems. Following the success of the earlier VME-680 SwitchBlade’s flexible port count architecture, Curtiss-Wright’s SVME/DMV-682 FireBlade is available in 12/20/24 GbE port counts. Four (4) of the FireBlade’s GbE ports can optionally be configured as Fast Ethernet (10BaseT/100BaseTX) to the rear panel, GbE Ethernet (10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000BaseT) to the front panel, or optical fiber (1000BaseSX) to the front. Each version of the FireBlade is available in either fully managed or unmanaged versions.

30 Jun 06. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has significantly boosted the signal processing performance of its industry leading CHAMP-AV IV VME quad PowerPC DSP engine with the addition of FreeScale’s most advanced 1.25 GHz MPC7447/7448 PowerPC processors. Test results, comparing the performance of the new quad 1.25 GHz 7448-based version of the CHAMP-AV IV with the previous 1GHz 7447-based version, show greatly increased speed for signal processing functions. For example, the increased clock speed of

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