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Friday, June 1, 2007

New Products

Development Kit

Acqiris, Monroe, N.Y., released its firmware development kit (FDK), which simplifies application development on the embedded field programmable gate array (FPGA) of its SC240/210 streamer analyzers and AC240/210 analyzers.

The FPGA design kit expands the capabilities of streamer analyzers and signal analyzer cards, which are targeted for real-time signal acquisition and processing applications, such as radar, electronic warfare and industrial process control.

The FDK provides VHSIC Hardware Description Language for all on-board addressable resources, which include local databus interface, memory controllers and the front panel I/O controls interface. Visit www.acqiris.com.

USB Device

Data Device Corp., Bohemia, N.Y., introduced its BU-65590UX multi-protocol USB device, which the company said provides new levels of performance and flexibility for systems interfacing to a Mil-Std-1553 or ARINC 429 data bus.

The company said the device’s features include 1 MB memory per 1553 channel; USB or external powered; built-in self test; 48-bit /1µs time stamp. Visit www.ddc-web.com.

Shield Terminators

Tyco Electronics Corp., Harrisburg, Pa., introduced the S200 line of Raychem brand shield terminators, which the company said provide a low-cost method of terminating cable shields in aerospace and defense related applications.

The company said the devices provide environmentally protected shield termination on cables with a minimum temperature rating of 150 degrees C and silver or nickel-plated shields. They are designed for applications requiring a maximum operating temperature of 200 degrees C. Visit www.tycoelectronics.com.

Backup Power

Mid-Continent Instruments, Wichita, Kan., released its Emergency Power Supply (EPS), offering lightweight, fully automatic backup power to its electric attitude indicators and lighting power to the attitude indicator, airspeed and altimeter.

The MD420, which weighs 3.2 pounds, includes a panel-mounted, mini-annunciation switch, which controls testing function and optional manual operation of the battery.

The Mid-Continent EPS arms automatically at the beginning of flight, recharges during flight and shuts off after flight. It activates instantly upon power loss via an internal airspeed switch or optional switch input. Visit www.mcico.com.

Map Systems

Flight Display Systems, Alpharetta, Ga., announced new features for its Flight Display Moving Map — the introduction of aircraft icons and a Flight Information Data Bar.

Sixteen aircraft icons are included with the new software upgrade, including Falcon, Citation, King Air and Gulfstream aircraft.

The new data bar displays pertinent flight information at the bottom of the cabin screen, without having to hide the moving map. A standard blue statistics page is still available for operators who wish to enable the traditional data page. Visit www.flightdisplay.com.

Mil-Std-1553 Terminal

API Nanotronics said its National Hybrid division introduced a Mil-Std-1553 integrated terminal available, with a footprint less than 0.6-inch square.

As part of the NHI-PBGA family of Mil-Std 1553 products, this terminal is targeted for high-volume defense markets such as GPS-guided vehicles, allowing sophisticated programmed instructions and data to be downloaded from stationary or airborne control centers.

The Multi-Protocol Mil-Std-1553 Data Bus Interface addresses the critical problem of solder shorts between balls by providing oversized solder balls with a generous pitch.

The company said the PBGA family is designed as an autonomous interface between host processor and the terminal that unburdens the CPU. The ET versions function as a programmable BC/ RT/MT or simultaneous MT/RT. The RT devices operate as Remote Terminal only. The highly reliable plastic construction of the product allows it to meet harsh environmental requirements, while remaining cost effective in high-volume markets. Visit www.apinanotronics.com.

Voice/Data Network

TrueNorth Avionics, Ottawa, Canada, released its Simphone Integrated Cabin Environment products, a line of voice and data system networks for the business jet market.

The line consists of the Simphone Solo, a cabin communication solution for Inmarsat and Iridium; Simphone Duo, which offers the features of Solo and includes an integrated dual channel Iridium transceiver for voice and data; and Simphone Chorus, the fully integrated solution, which combines the features of Solo and Duo with integrated Wi-Fi, data routing and firewall capabilities for high speed data and future broadband.

Simphone Alto is an IP multimedia handset featuring a large sunlight readable color display with a noise-canceling microphone. Visit www.truenorthavionics.com.

FPGA Modules

Acromag, Wixom, Mich., introduced PMC-CX, a series of user-configurable FPGA modules featuring conduction cooling and differential digital I/O.

The four models feature Xilinx Virtex-II FPGAs with either 11k or 24k logic cells. The modules have the ability to configure I/O boards using application-specific instruction sets. Typical applications for the modules include avionics, military vehicles, communications and systems without adequate cooling airflow.

Models feature a PCI interface with 32-bit, 66MHz bus mastering, and support dual channel data transfer to the CPU. Visit www.acromag.com.

GPS Receiver

United Electronic Industries (UEI), Canton, Mass., released its DNA-GPS GPS receiver system, a unit that adds GPS technology to the company’s PowerDNA, UEILogger and UEIPAC data acquisition and control cubes. The unit provides location, velocity and UTC real time, and is useful for a large variety of mobile and in-vehicle testing applications.

The DNA-GPS is built around the Garmin GPS 16-HVS, which provides location information with a positional error less than 3 meters in areas served by the Wide Area Augmentation System, and 15-meter accuracy worldwide. Steady state velocity measurements are provided with an accuracy of 0.1 knot.

The GPS 1 PPS (pulse per second) output is synchronized to UTC time within ±1 microsecond. Visit www.ueidaq.com.


Sporty’s Pilot Shop, Batavia, Ohio, updated two of its GPS techniques DVD programs — "GPS En Route" and "GPS Approaches." Sporty’s said the "En Route" program shows viewers how to get the most out of its GPS. It emphasizes flight plan functions and shows ways to make flying safer and more efficient when dealing with terminal areas, weather, TFRs and special use airspace.

The "Approaches" program includes a new section on WAAS approaches and discusses various approach modes. The DVD also discusses when to use various automatic waypoint selections. Visit www.sportys.com.

Seat Warmers

Emteq, New Berlin, Wis., won an initial contract from Hawker Beechcraft for installation of its new FAA-certified seat heaters aboard Beechcraft King Air aircraft, with plans to later include Hawker 400XP/800/850XP, Beechjet 400/400A, Baron and Bonanza aircraft types.

Emteq said its Elements Seat Heating Products, designed for corporate, VIP, business and air transport aircraft, will also be available for retrofit and forward-fit installation on aircraft types outside of the Hawker Beechcraft family.

The company said the overall design and installation of Elements are such that the seat heater modification should not invalidate the seat TSO.

Hawker Beechcraft operators may contact RAPID (Raytheon Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution), with orders accepted about this year, the company said. Visit www.emteq.com.

Flight Deck

American Aviation, an FBO located at Hernando County Airport in Florida, announced the availability of Alliant King Air 200 integrated flight deck conversion.

The panel, part of a nose-to-tail updating of the 1982 King Air 200, features dual-redundant Avidyne EXP5000 Primary Flight Displays (PFDs), a large-format Avidyne EX5000 multi-function display (MFD) and the S-TEC Intelliflight 2100 Digital Flight Control System.

The Alliant package includes Mid-Continent two-inch standby instruments, and interfaces to popular traffic, terrain, lightning, radar and radar altimeter systems.

In addition, the Alliant package comes standard with Avidyne’s CMax electronic charts and MultiLink support.

CMax electronic charts display Jeppesen’s approach charts and airport diagrams on the MFD. MultiLink supports the display of XM WX Satellite Weather and provides Avidyne’s FlightCenter text messaging and flight tracking services.

The Alliant system uses Avidyne’s Cross-Compare System to monitor the dual-redundant, solid-state air data and attitude/heading reference system (ADAHRS) and aircraft navigation systems, and provides visual alerts in the unlikely event of any discrepancy.

Each Alliant 10.4-inch PFD is integrated with an independent ADAHRS providing full redundancy as well as higher reliability than traditional mechanical gyros. Either ADAHRS may be selected for display in reversionary operations. Visit www.americanaviation.com.

Missile Warning System

Israel-based Elisra introduced PAWS, an infrared missile approach warning system. Drawing on its all-in-one concept for cost-effectively integrating multiple capabilities, Elisra’s IR solutions offer: Missile Approach Warning, Panoramic Display, Collision Avoidance, Small Arms Fire Warning and Detection.

Elisra said software integration of these capabilities eliminates the need for multiple units on airborne platforms, saving space and reducing costs. The line of products, which includes versions for helicopters, fighter jets, transport aircraft and commercial airliner protection, features real-time identification of incoming missile direction. Visit www.elisra.com.

Recording Software

Pentek, Upper Saddle River, N.J., released the latest version of its SystemFlow real-time recording and development software for Pentek’s family of RTS systems.

SystemFlow provides a rich set of features for controlling data acquisition and recording functions. The company said RTS systems are flexible and deployable real-time recording systems for acquiring, processing and analyzing signals, and are ideal for high-performance radar, wireless, military communications, SIGINT, telecom and satcom applications

New to the Model 4990 SystemFlow software suite are a File Manager that simplifies file and data management and a Signal Viewer with enhanced display and analysis functions.

In addition, the RTS systems now support both RAID and JBOD Fibre Channel disk arrays, boosting real-time recording capacity to 6 terabytes or more. The new GUI (graphical user interface), now written entirely in Java, broadens host software support from Windows to new host platforms, including Linux. Visit www.pentek.com.

Battery STC

Securaplane Technologies said its Hawker 43Ah steel case, sealed lead-acid battery received a supplemental type certificate for installation on the Boeing 747-100, -200 and 300 aircraft.

The company said the batteries offer performance enhancements compared to other batteries, including 99.9 percent pure lead construction and 30-month replacement warranty. Batteries are shipped ready to install. Visit www.securaplane.com.

Cirrus Retrofit

Avidyne Corp., Lincoln, Mass., and Southern Star Avionics, Mobile, Ala., introduced the Envision integrated flight deck for retrofit installation in Cirrus Design SR20 and SR22 aircraft.

The first single-engine piston implementation of Envision applies to about 700 aircraft delivered prior to the introduction of the Avidyne Entegra integrated flight deck in factory-new Cirrus aircraft in 2003.

About 250 Cirrus aircraft were delivered before 2003 with traditional analog instrumentation, while another 450 were built with an Avidyne EX5000 multifunction display. In addition, some Cirrus aircraft delivered between 2003 and 2005 used analog engine instrumentation. Visit www.avidyne.com.

Service Partnership

AEM Limited, Essex, U.K., has service station rights for DME Corp.’s SRB-406 MHz S-type Emergency Locator Transmitter products.

DME Corp., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said the limited service station agreement provides DME customers an opportunity to obtain Emergency Locator SRB-406 406 MHz Transmitters, spares and service. Visit www.aem.co.uk, www.dmecorp.com.

Signal Conditioner

PCB Piezotronics, Depew, N.Y., introduced Model 482C54, a compact, full-featured, benchtop signal conditioner for ICP, IEPE and charge output piezoelectric sensors.

The signal conditioner is compatible with accelerometers, microphones, pressure transducers, force sensors and strain sensors. Also, the company said, it can accept a direct voltage input signal, allowing it to be used with most voltage sensor signals. The unit has been designed for use in general purpose vibration testing, automotive and aerospace component testing.

The 482C54 conditioner features four simultaneous operating channels, built-in charge converters, fine gain adjustment (x0.1 to x200 gain in 0.1 increments), fourth-order, 10k Hz low-pass Butterworth filtering (with other filter values optional), a low noise floor and TEDS sensor support. The unit has a frequency range of 0.05 to 100k Hz, with a ± 10 V input voltage range and ± 100,000 pC input charge range. Visit www.pcb.com.

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