New Products

New Products

Robert Goldberg

Please send all “New Products” information to:
Robert M. Goldberg
1360 Clifton Ave.
PMB 336
Clifton, NJ 07012 USA

E-mail: r.goldberg@ieee.org

High-Power Programmable AC and DC Cabinet Test Systems
Pacific Power Source has announced a complete range of high-power AFX Series integrated cabinet test systems. The systems consist of two or more integrated AFX ac and dc capable programmable power sources in a parallel configuration for power levels of 18 kVA and higher. All of the sources are completely prewired for ac input and AC/DC output and ready to use out of the crate. AFX power sources use a proprietary, all-digital, power conversion technology delivering much higher power density than previously available, allowing a 45 kVA system to fit in a 33-inch bench height cabinet, for example.

All AFX cabinet systems feature active power corrected ac input with a wide input voltage range that allows them to be deployed anywhere in the world. Voltage, waveform, current, power, phase and frequency are programmable with 99 non-volatile setups that can be stored for quick recall as part of a test protocol to reduce remote control overhead.

Other features and capabilities include a 15 Hz to 1200 Hz frequency range, single 300 VRMS constant power mode voltage range, programmable RMS or dc and peak current limit functions, and included PPSC Studio Windows control software. All of this capability is easily controlled by the user through an intuitive front panel with a large, full-color, LCD display. For ATE applications, the AFX series offers a LAN interface with LXI compliance and IVI instrument drivers.

Cabinet systems from 18 kVA to 45 kVA are packaged in a small, 33 in tall, 19 in cabinet with casters for easy mobility. Systems above 45 kVA are provided in a 56 in tall cabinet. Also available in kit form without a cabinet, these AFX systems can be integrated into a new or existing ATE system as needed.

For more information on the new AFX Series, visit the Pacific Power Source website at www.pacificpower.com.

6 GHz Lab Oscilloscope for Multi-Domain Applications
Rohde & Schwarz has added a new 6 GHz model to its R&S RTO2000 Oscilloscope series, opening up measurements on fast communications interfaces and IoT applications. The characteristics of the compact R&S RTO2000 lab oscilloscopes make them suitable for demanding measurement tasks such as power integrity measurements.

The new R&S RTO2000 model with 6 GHz bandwidth allows developers to test the radio interfaces of 802.11ac WLAN components for IoT modules in the 5 GHz band as well as fast communications interfaces such as USB 3.1 Gen 1 with data rates of 5 Gbit/s. With its multi-domain functionality, only a single compact instrument is needed to analyze power supplies, processors and sensors with up to 6 GHz bandwidth. Synchronized time, frequency, protocol and logic analyses results allow users to debug at the system level.

Up to 16-bit vertical resolution in high definition mode enables developers to detect even the smallest of signal details. R&S claims the RTO2000 is the only oscilloscope to offer one million waveforms per second, allowing fast identification of even the most sporadic signal faults. The integrated spectrum analysis and spectrogram display make it possible to observe the signal path in the frequency domain as well as over time.

The zone trigger for the time and frequency domain supports developers in their day-to-day tasks. This unique function lets them isolate events graphically in the time and frequency domain, for example, to separate read and write messages from memory interfaces. The R&S RTO2000 offers a 2 Gsample memory, so users can analyze even long pulse and protocol sequences. They can also use the history function to retrieve previously acquired waveforms. The high-resolution, 12.1 in touchscreen and the color-coded controls make the R&S RTO2000 especially intuitive to use. The app cockpit provides direct access to all available applications, such as trigger and decoding functions, conformance and signal integrity tests, I/Q analysis and even customer-specific development tools.

For more information about Rohde & Schwarz oscilloscopes, visit
www.rohde-schwarz.com/ad/press/rto2000.

High-Density 2 Amp PXI Multiplexers
Pickering Interfaces expands their range of High-Density 2 Amp PXI Multiplexers with this new range of High-Density 2 Amp PXI Multiplexers (40-614 family). They are available in 20 different configurations and are designed for signal routing in Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) and data acquisition systems. The range uses high-quality electromechanical signal relays, allowing each channel to switch current up to 2 Amps and voltage up to 200 VDC/140 VAC.

These PXI Multiplexers may be operated as conventional multiplexers with break-before-make action when a new channel is selected. In addition, multiple channels may be simultaneously selected on the 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32-pole versions. Large multiplexers may be constructed by daisy-chaining the common signals from multiple PXI modules.

The product range is also supported by several Pickering software and hardware tools; eBIRST Switching System Test Tools - these tools provide a quick and simple way of finding relay failures within the modules; and Switch Path Manager, for simplified signal routing through complex switching systems.

Additional information is supplied on their website at www.pickeringtest.com.

New Software for PicoScope Oscilloscopes
Pico Technology has added CAN FD decoding to its PicoScope 6 software. This software, available free of charge for all PicoScope oscilloscopes, delivers advanced features such as serial decoding, channel math, mask limit testing and spectrum analysis, while maintaining a clear, uncluttered display with easy-to-use controls.

Serial decoding is an essential component of the PicoScope software and allows you to see the decoded data on the same timebase as the analog waveforms. Bit fields within frames are color-coded for easier identification, with errors highlighted in red. Click on a decoded frame, and PicoScope instantly highlights the same data in a table below the waveform. You can search and sort the decoded data, export it in text format, and display optional measurements such as peak voltage, packet duration and start and stop times.

PicoScope 6 runs on Windows PC, making it easy to share waveforms – just email a “.psdata” file or a screen shot. You can also export waveform data in a range of binary and text formats.

PicoScope 6.12.7 is available for download now, free of charge, from picotech.com. It runs on Windows 7, 8 and 10, 32-bit or 64-bit, and is compatible with all PicoScope oscilloscopes.

More information on Pico Technology can be found at: www.picotech.com.

New PXIe Test Instruments
Astronics Test Systems has introduced two new test instruments. The new PXIe-1802 Arbitrary Waveform Generator and the new PXIe-1803 Digitizer deliver advanced test capabilities and measurement accuracy in a compact, robust PXI form factor for aerospace, defense, communications, and other high-reliability applications.  

The PXIe-1802 Arbitrary Waveform Generator (AWG) offers both speed and performance for output frequencies of up to 125 MHz. With built-in waveforms, high signal quality, high density and modularity and a host of other convenient features, this AWG delivers dual 14/16-bit waveform generator channels, bandwidths of 90-140 MHz, synchronization, and 250 μV measurement accuracy.

The PXIe-1803 is a 130/180 MS/s dual-channel digitizer providing industry-leading speed and performance for input frequencies up to 175 MHz. With notable signal integrity, high density, and modularity, this new digitizer provides a dual-channel 14/16-bit digitizer configurable as separate or fully synchronized channels. Other features include waveform bandwidths of 65-175 MHz (typical), 64 Megabytes of waveform memory per channel, and relative accuracy of up to 0.006%.

For more information, visit www.astronics.com.

Thermographically-Calibrated Thermal Camera
Sierra-Olympic Technologies infrared (IR) and thermal imaging components, cameras, and systems solutions for innovative imaging applications, introduces the affordable Viento-GT, an easy-to-use, thermographically-calibrated thermal camera. Available in two form factors, enclosed or split board, the feature-rich thermal imager is available with either 320 x 240 or
640 x 480 pixel resolution. The Viento-GT is a highly reliable, high resolution and low-cost thermal imager that can deliver thermographically-calibrated digital data for every pixel. The camera is easy to power and control via a single Ethernet cable using the Gig-E Vision® and Power over Ethernet (PoE) standards. 

Applications include temperature measurement, aka thermography, real-time process monitoring, non-destructive testing (NDT), hot-spot detection, bio and medical imaging, industrial inspection, quality control and assurance. With proprietary image contrast enhancement (ICE) and a wide array of lens options, the compact, low-power Viento-GT is suitable for thermal monitoring applications where affordability and high performance are key considerations.  The Viento-GT thermal camera comes with a 1-year warranty.

For more information and to learn about easy export camera models, please visit http://www.sierraolympic.com/products/lwir-optics/viento-thermal/.

New CW UV Laser at 266 nm 
TOPTICA launches their first member of the new TopWave ultraviolet CW laser series that aims at industrial applications. The “TopWave 266” provides 150 mW CW output power at a wavelength of 266 nm and < 1 MHz linewidth. It stands out with excellent power stability, ultra-low noise operation and a premium beam quality. 

The TopWave laser series incorporates successful building blocks from TOPTICA’s scientific tunable UV lasers (e.g., the SUV cavity design) and takes the performance of these lasers to a plug-and-play level. The entire UV beam path is enclosed in an especially sealed compartment. In combination with a fully automated shifter of the SHG crystal this enables a typical lifetime > 10,000 hours, which is key for the use in any industrial application.

Due to its reliability and industrial endurance behavior, the TopWave is a notable addition to the CW DUV laser market. Future power upgrades and additional TopWave models with other UV wavelengths will be released in the near future. The TopWave product line is well suited for applications like semiconductor inspection, optical lithography, Laser mastering and Raman spectroscopy. 

Find more information at www.toptica.com.

Laser Scanning Technology for Portable Coordinate Measurement Arm
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has announced that its new laser scanning technology is available for the portable ROMER Absolute Arm with Integrated Scanner (SI) series. The innovative RS4 scanner offers completely new optics and electronics, delivering a major performance leap with a scan rate nearly 60 percent faster than the previous model. The fully integrated scanner is optimized for measuring objects with challenging surfaces such as carbon fiber or machined steel. The complete scanning system delivers accuracy that is fully verifiable and traceable, ensuring complete confidence in the exactness of measurement results. The ROMER Absolute Arm SI with the RS4 scanner is suited for point-cloud inspection, product benchmarking, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, virtual assembly and CNC milling. The solution provides tactile and non-contact dimensional measurements for applications in aerospace, automotive, power generation, medical, heavy equipment, defense, consumer products, and more.

The new RS4 scanner introduces an ultra-wide laser line nearly double the width of its predecessor, which translates to larger surface coverage and faster data collection. With a higher point resolution, ROMER users can obtain greater point cloud detail in significantly less time during a scanning session. The newly designed profile of the RS4 also allows users to scan more deeply into difficult-to-reach cavities than ever before, with no reduction in accuracy performance. Users of the portable measuring arm can switch seamlessly between tactile probe measurements and laser scanning to acquire 3D point data from a wide variety of surface types. As with every ROMER Absolute Arm model, scanner warm-up and time-consuming calibrations are not required, dramatically reducing set-up time. Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is the only metrology OEM in the marketplace that certifies volumetric performance of its arm/scanner combination.

The new laser scanner is available as a retro-fit product for existing ROMER Absolute Arm SI owners looking to upgrade their scanning performance. For more information, visit www.HexagonMI.com.

Mini Linear Positioning Stage
The L-402 compact linear stage is the newest addition to the suite of motion control solutions available from PI (Physik Instrumente). This affordable miniature linear positioner is suited for micromanipulation, test systems, and opto-mechanical alignment automation applications.

With a travel range of 0.5 in (13 mm) and velocity to 0.2 in/second (5 mm/sec), the L-402 delivers high accuracy and smooth motion for loads up to 1lb with minimum incremental motion and repeatability down to 0.5 microns. The closed-loop version provides encoder resolution of 0.12 microns.  Long service life and excellent guiding accuracy with minimum backlash are guaranteed by creep-free crossed roller bearings. The clever stage design allows for XY and XYZ stack configurations without the need for adapter plates.

The stage comes with the choice of two direct-drive motors, a dc servo motor with closed-loop encoder and 2-phase stepper motor. Other encoder options for OEMs are also available.

Noncontact, optical limit switches and reference point switches with direction sensing in the middle of the travel range simplify use in automation tasks.

Find more information at www.pi-sa.us/products/Compact_Positioning_Stages/index.php#L402.

Boundary Scan Products
A large number of today's electronic designs feature JTAG/boundary-scan components that provide valuable test resources during hardware debug, manufacturing test and even depot repair. JTAG Maps is a simple extension to the Altium Designer tool suite that allows the user/engineer to thoroughly assess the capabilities of the JTAG/boundary-scan resources on their design - before committing to layout.

Until now engineers could often spend hours highlighting the boundary-scan nets of a design manually to assess the fault coverage that boundary-scan testing could bring a specific design. Today the free JTAG Maps for Altium, application extension, does all this and more, freeing up valuable time and allowing a more thorough design-for-test and speeding time to market.

Boundary-scan device models (BSDLs) are pivotal to any JTAG/boundary-scan process as they indicate precisely which pins can be controlled or observed by JTAG/boundary-scan. However, BSDL models are not always available in a timely manner. To overcome this potential problem, JTAG Maps for Altium includes an 'assume scan covered' feature enabling a view of potential boundary-scan coverage without a specific BSDL. This feature can also be used to indicate fault coverage to a connector (set to assume scan covered) or to highlight the differences in fault coverage between two equivalent parts, one with and one without built-in JTAG/boundary-scan.

JTAG Maps for Altium will automatically detect the scan chain path (or paths) with no limits to the number of paths (aka TAPs) in the design. The nets associated with the TAPs will be highlighted separately from the 'testable' nets using different colors.

While most users will want to simply use the quick coverage report that JTAG Maps for Altium can provide, it is still possible to import a more accurate picture. After exporting a JTAG ProVision project, the data can be sent to your local JTAG Technologies office, Approved Application Provider, or approved JTAG representative for further analysis. A simple message file containing full fault-coverage information can then be read back into JTAG Maps for display/highlighting.

For more information, please visit www.jtag.com.

Unprecedented Infrared Emissivity for Blackbodies and Cold Shields
Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. announces a new ultra-black surface coating technology that improves infrared emissivity in the midwave-infrared (MWIR) and longwave-infrared (LWIR) spectral wavelengths. The unprecedented effective emissivity utilizes the Vantablack® S-VIS coating from Surrey NanoSystems (United Kingdom) for blackbody calibration sources and cold shields. In the MWIR (from 3 to 5 microns), emissivity is greater than 99.8 percent (± 0.1 percent); in the LWIR (from 8 to 12 microns), it is greater than 99.5 percent (± 0.15 percent). SBIR now offers the Vantablack coating for terrestrial blackbody applications worldwide under an exclusive licensing agreement with Surrey NanoSystems.

Vantablack is the world's blackest surface coating material for the ultraviolet (UV) to far-infrared (FIR) spectrum. It employs an innovative nanomaterial structure that absorbs virtually all incident light. Developed for space-borne imaging applications, it offers exceptional IR absorption and excellent thermal, mechanical and environmental stability, making it ideal for the most demanding applications. The new material has already achieved space heritage with its recent deployment on an Earth-observation satellite.

The previously-unachievable emissivity levels on a flat-plate blackbody source provide improved radiometric accuracy for the calibration of IR cameras.  Additionally, stray light reduction in baffles for cold-shield designs and IR radiation applications will also benefit from this novel technology.

For a close-up view of a Vantablack coating, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGjJLl2JYpE.  For more information about Santa Barbara Infrared’s blackening coating technology for blackbodies and cold shields, please visit:  www.www.sbir.com.

Monitor System Voltages
The Texas Instrument TPS3890 is a precision voltage supervisor with low-quiescent current that monitors system voltages as low as 1.15 V, asserting an open-drain RESET signal when the SENSE voltage drops below a preset threshold or when the manual reset (MR) pin drops to a logic low. The RESET output remains low for the user-adjustable delay time after the SENSE voltage and manual reset (MR) return above the respective thresholds. The TPS3890 family uses a precision reference to achieve 1% threshold accuracy. The reset delay time can be user-adjusted between 40 µs and 30 s by connecting the CT pin to an external capacitor. The TPS3890 has a very low quiescent current of 2.1 µA and is available in a small 1.5-mm × 1.5-mm package, making the device well-suited for battery-powered and space-constrained applications. The device is fully specified over a temperature range of –40 °C to +125 °C (TJ).

Find more information at www.ti.com/product/TPS3890/datasheet.

Square Body Gas Discharge Tubes Protect Against Overvoltage Transients
Littelfuse, Inc. introduces the smallest (5.0×5.0×4.2 mm) squared Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) with a 5 kA surge capability and a ≤0.7pF off-state capacitance value available in the market today. The SH Series GDT is designed to provide high levels of protection against fast-rising transients caused by lightning disturbances.  Its low off-state capacitance is compatible with high bandwidth applications and this capacitance loading value does not vary if the signal voltage across the GDT changes. It was specifically designed for protection of electrical, multimedia, and communication equipment against overvoltage transients.

SH Series Gas Discharge Tubes offer these key benefits:

  • High surge withstand capability in a miniature package makes them ideal for high surge, high density layout applications such as radio base station power and cable modems.
  • Low off-state capacitance (≤0.7 pF) minimizes insertion loss. Also, this value does not vary as the signal voltage varies, so it does not demodulate the signal of interest. These features make it compatible with high speed, wide bandwidth applications such as G.fast, xDSL equipment, and cable modems.
  • The square body and terminals of the SH Series make the pick and place process simpler during automated PCB manufacturing, compared to cylindrical body GDTs.
For more information, please visit www.Littelfuse.com.
 

ATI Industrial Automation

MegaPhase

Trimble Navigation Limited

Astronics Test Systems

Marvin Test Systems

Mini-Circuits

Omega Engineering, Inc.

Virginia Panel Corporation

Robotdalen

Astronics DME Corportation

Pickering Interfaces Inc.

RADX Technologies, Inc.

Zurich Instruments AG

To all Companies,
Please send your “New Products” information for possible inclusion in the IEEE I&M Magazine to:

Robert M. Goldberg
1360 Clifton Ave.
PMB 336
Clifton, NJ 07012 USA

E-mail: r.goldberg@ieee.org