Editor's Note

New Products

By | March 1, 2003
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Fox Electonics, Fort Myers, Fla., claims to have the world’s smallest oscillator. The new F330 series measures 0.126 by 0.1 by 0.047 inches (3.2 by 2.5 by 1.2 mm). It is half the length of previous oscillator models, making it appropriate for wireless, portable and handheld applications. The F330 oscillators are available in frequency ranges from 1.8 to 50 MHz. Pricing starts at $1.82 per unit. Visit www.foxonline.com.


Multifunction Display

Honeywell is introducing a low-cost multifunction display (MFD) for general aviation aircraft. Scheduled to be available this spring, the Bendix/King KMD 250 MFD can display information from a number of sources, including data link weather, lightning detection via the Goodrich WX-500 Stormscope, and traffic through the Bendix/King traffic products. The color, active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) measures 3 inches (7.6 cm) high. It has a the QuickTune feature that allows pilots to load frequencies directly into a KX 155A or KX 165A nav/com. Pilots can point, scroll and move a cursor around the screen, using a joystick/knob. Visit www.honeywell.com.


Harness & Assembly Catalog

Tensolite has published a catalog that showcases its cable assembly products. It includes solutions for precision harnesses, electromechanical assemblies, high-level probes, over-molding/injection-molding, RF/microwave assemblies, and custom 2-mm high-density products. Visit www.tensolite.com.


Controlled Impedance Cable

Emteq has introduced controlled impedance cables for system installations such as ADF, attitude heading reference system (AHRS), electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) displays and symbol generators, Ethernet/local area network (LAN), high-speed data, low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS), and all ARINC 708 and 453 displays. Emteq cables are available with 70-, 77-, 78-, 100- and 125-ohm impedances. They are designed to reduce the need to build repetitive wire bundles and harnesses. The shielded cables–which come in coil cords, flat ribbon, composite and multiconductor configurations–also eliminate the need for marking wires, as the conductors are color-coded. Visit www.emteq.com.


PowerPC Processor

Santa Clarita, Calif.-based Vista Controls, a Curtiss-Wright company, has introduced the PPC G4D COTS (commercial off the shelf) single-board computer, designed for implementing complex avionics mission computer OFPs (operational flight programs), among other applications. It uses the latest generation G4 Motorola 7455 series PowerPC and AltiVec RISC (reduced instruction set computer) microprocessors. Vista claims it is the first PPC 7455 COTS processor with speeds of 1 GHz and the first processor with a 600K-gate, user-programmable, field programmable gate array (FPGA). Visit www.VISTAcontrols.com.


Integration Software

Telelogic recently released new integration software to bridge between two of its product families: Telelogic DOORS, for requirements management, and Telelogic Tau Generation2, for visual development. This bidirectional integration software provides a role-based interface that allows users to bridge the gap between requirements and standards-based systems and software models. It was designed to provide greater life-cycle accountability, automatic error checking and rapid, early prototyping. Telelogic is based in Malmo, Sweden, with facilities in Irvine, Calif. Visit www.telelogic.com.


IFE Software

TEAC now offers AirTrack 3-D Flight View software, designed to present computer-generated topographical route maps to airline passengers. The maps can appear three-dimensional or two-dimensional. The program continuously updates the maps and advances the aircraft symbol as the flight progresses. AirTrack is loaded on the in-flight entertainment (IFE) video file server, and the airline can preprogram up to four different 3-D simulated topographical views. The program even includes simulated landing and takeoff views customized to each airport. Visit www.teac.com.


Rotary Transmitter

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Magtrol Inc. has introduced a way to transmit electrical measurement signals from a rotating part to a stationary measurement system or personal computer (PC). Used in aerospace and other applications, the rotary transmitter features four, eight or 12 channels and can operate at up to 40,000 RPM. It reportedly is well suited to transmit electrical signals from thermocouples, strain gauges, oscillation pick-ups and accelerometers. Magtrol’s rotary transmitter can transmit excitation power to these devices and transmit the measuring potentials from them. Visit www.magtrol.com.

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