Flight Recorder

Smiths Aerospace has introduced its new Model 3257A series of flight recorders into the civil market. The recorders support existing and future requirements for solid-state cockpit voice and flight data recorders and combination cockpit voice and flight data configurations. The Model 3257A meets the latest ED-55, ED-56A, TSO-C123a and TSO-C124a requirements and ARINC 757-form factor. See www.smithsind-aerospace.com.

ADC for Gulfstreams

Honeywell recently received technical standard order (TSO) approval of its AZ-960 advanced air data computer (ADC), specifically designed for the Gulfstream II and IIB. Compatible with Honeywell’s legacy SP-50G and SPZ-800 autopilots, the AZ-960 will allow operators to fly in airspace designated for reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM). Honeywell claims the AZ-960 is smaller, lighter, and has a lower power requirement than its predecessor AZ-224/844 air data computers. See www.honeywell.com.

DC Power Supply

Diversified Technologies Inc., Bedford, Mass., now offers a 40-kw DC solid-state, transmitter power supply for radar applications. The high-frequency, high-accuracy switching power supply, designated the PowerMod HVPS-40, features low ripple (1 volt peak to peak) and full arc protection without a crowbar. The HVPS-40 is priced from $100,000. For more, see www.divtecs.com.


Sony Precision Technology America Inc. has released its advanced YF10 non-contact 3-D video coordinate measuring machine (VCMM)–a high-speed machine, equipped with an IEEE1394-interface digital CCD camera and advanced metrology software. The YF10 is a bridge-style VCMM equipped standard with Sony 0.0001-mm resolution digital scales. It can be used for a variety of inspection lab applications. For details, visit www.sonypt.com.

Guide for Engineers

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has published a book entitled Intellectual Property: A Guide for Engineers. It was produced in collaboration with the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law. Developed to assist engineers in this Internet-based, global environment, the 74-page guide covers such topics as patents, copyrights and trademarks. It costs $10 for ASME members and $13 for non-members. For more information, call 800-843-2763, or visit www.asme.org and click on "Publications Catalog."

Communications Library

SKY Computers Inc., a unit of Analogic Corp., announced the release of SKYscl 5.5, the latest version of the company’s communications library. SKYscl 5.5 allows developers of large multiprocessor systems to build their application using a virtual configuration that describes data synchronization and data movement across processor nodes for higher performance communication and faster development. SKYscl 5.5 is a middleware library that includes a standard set of function calls, which automatically selects the most efficient communication method, based on the user defined physical configuration. For more information, contact Dianne McDermott Capps at 978-250-1920, or direct e-mail to [email protected].

Optical Transceivers

Stratos Lightwave LLC introduces new "rate-agile" optical transceivers for high-performance fibre channel applications. Available in both small form factor (SFF) 2×5-pin and small form-factor pluggable (SFP) versions, these transceivers can operate at either 1x or 2x fibre channel (1.0625 or 2.125 gigabytes per second), depending on the system board into which they are installed. These transceivers are designed to interoperate in systems designed for speed auto-negotiation. For additional information or samples, phone 708-867-9600, send e-mail to [email protected], or visit www.stratoslightwave.com .

Model 7269 Accelerometer

Endevco Corp. has released the Model 7269 miniature, triaxial piezoresistive accelerometer, which measures three orthogonal axes simultaneously. The product’s small size and light weight (0.4 grams/0.015 ounces), make it well-suited for biomechanics applications, such as the testing of ejection seats and head-up displays. The sensors include integral mechanical overtravel stops that allow the accelerometer to withstand shocks of up to �2000 Gs. In addition, internal diodes provide protection against the harmful effects of electrostatic discharge. Full scale output is 400 mV, using 10 VDC excitation. Visit www.endevco.com for additional information.


Tyco Electronic Corp. now offers its AGASTAT line of relays. These relays encompass a broad range of products, including electropnueumatic and electronic time delay relays. The brand also includes protective relays such as undervoltage monitors and three-phase power quality monitors. For further information, phone 800-522-6752, or send e-mail to [email protected].

Rugged Notebooks

Logic Instruments, a European manufacturer of transportable computers, recently introduced its first rugged notebook, powered by the Pentium III processor. The TetraNote was designed for engineers and technicians working in the field. It is expandable to 256 Mb SDRAM memory and two 18 Gb hard drives. Optional are LS120 drives, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. Built around a magnesium alloy case, the TetraNote will survive in temperatures ranging from -20� to 50�C. For more information, contact Rob Williams in the UK, fax (44) 20 7235 2773 or e-mail [email protected] .

Switching System

Racal Instruments has introduced its 1256 switching system for GPIB switching. It is designed for the dual role of bench-top and rack-and-rack instrumentation applications in a 2U-form factor. Visit www.racalinstruments.com.

Circuit Breakers

E-T-A, Altdorf, Germany, recently added the American M3320 to the list of approvals for its 4120 series of aircraft circuit breakers. The E-T-A 4120 is a temperature-compensated, single-pole thermal circuit breaker intended for commercial aircraft applications. It is qualified for operation in ambient temperatures ranging from -55� to 125�C. For more information, phone (49) 1296 420 366 or fax (49) 1296 488 497.

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