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Reader O f f er Build your Tower for free To ensure you have a good start in 2015, Freescale is giving away five of its QorIQ TWR-LS1021A Tower system modules, worth USD269 each, for EETimes Europe’s readers to win. The module is the most feature-rich and high-performance Tower system offered by Freescale, enabling compatibility and interoperability with the growing list of Tower expansion modules, offering an easily accessible and interchangeable suite of capabilities and features to support rapid prototyping as well as software development programs. Built around the QorIQ LS1021A processor, incorporating dual ARM Cortex-A7 cores running up to 1GHz and delivering more than 5,000 Coremarks of performance, the TWR-LS1021A is engineered to enable a wide range of applications, from IoT gateways to industrial controllers, secure access points and asset management systems. The board comes with HDMI, SATA3 and USB3 connectors and a complete Linux software developers’ package. Safeguarding the device from the point of manufacture to the point of deployment, security features includes support for secure boot, Trust Architecture and tamper detection, in both standby and active power modes. Check the reader offer online at www.electronics-eetimes.com Thin, fused, undertab tantalum SMD chip capacitors AVX has added a series of fused high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors with undertab terminations. F98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a proprietary lead-frame-less structure with precise dimensions and low stress packaging, an internal thin film fuse that protects against short circuits, and undertab termination technology which enables high volumetric efficiency and high PCB assembly density. Currently available in a 0805 (2012 metric) S case with four ratings (22μF/10V, 33μF/10V, 10μF/16V, and 1μF/35V) and a 0.9 mm maximum height, the F98-AS1 Series is positioned as the smallest and thinnest SMD fused tantalum product currently available. The series is suitable for use in a wide variety of applications in which safety and size are a primary concern. The F98-AS1 Series capacitors are rated at 85°C and are designed for use in temperatures spanning -55°C to +125°C. The series is also lead-free compatible and RoHS compliant. Series extensions currently in development include a 0805 (2012 metric) case 47μF/10V capacitor and 10 capacitors packaged in 0603 (1608 metric) M cases: a 1μF/25V component, a 1μF/20V component, 10V components rated for 2.2μF, 4.7μF, 10μF, 22μF, and 33μF, and 16V components rated for 1μF, 2.2μF, and 4.7μF. AVX www.avx.com Position data via CAN bus Developed for applications in areas like intralogistics, factory automation or vehicle testing, the PCAN-GPS sensor platform from PEAK-System Technik GmbH determines position and orientation of a carrier and transfer these data across a CAN bus interface to a data logger, server or other type of downstream data processing device. Alternatively, these data can be stored internally. Available sensors for the PCAN-GPS are a navigation satellite receiver, a magnetic field sensor, an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope. The satellite receiver can handle signals from the GPS, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS and SBAS systems. For on-device data processing the platform is equipped with an NXP LPC4000 microcontroller. By means of the software library provided by the vendor and by the GNU/ARM tool chain, users can develop their own application-specific firmware. At delivery, the PCAN-GPS comes with a demo firmware whose source code is provided along with further programming examples. PEAK-System Technik GmbH www.peak-system.com 200 MHz scope for service, education roles Rohde & Schwarz is expanding its RTM bench oscilloscope family with a model with features for the education sector. The instrument features a 200 MHz bandwidth and an education mode that deactivates special measurement tools to help students quickly learn how to work with an oscilloscope. A digital voltmeter and frequency counter option also supports users in development, manufacturing and service with fast, precise results. The RTM is suitable for general T&M applications in development, manufacturing and service. Using the RTM B200, B201 and B202 bandwidth upgrade options, the 200 MHz models can grow with future requirements and be expanded to 500 MHz. The RTM-K32 digital voltmeter option has AC, DC, peak and crest factor measurements with three digit accuracy regardless of the oscilloscope’s triggering. A seven digit frequency meter has also been integrated into the scope. The education mode was developed for test and measurement lab teaching and makes it possible to disable all analysis tools (e.g. Autoset and QuickMeas) and automatic measurements. This improves the learning effect as students and learners have to calculate measurement results on their own. The mode is password protected. With a sampling rate of 5 Gsample/sec and a memory depth of 20 Msamples, the RTM’s functional range can be further expanded with additional options, including triggering and decoding serial buses (RTM K1 to K7). With 460 Msample memory depth, the RTM-K15 history and segmented memory option supports seamless analysis of data sequences with long rest periods, such as pulsed signals and serial bus data packets. The RTM-K31 power analysis option provides specialised measurement functions to automatically verify the quality of all components of switching power supplies. Rohde & Schwarz www.scope-of-the-art.com 46 Electronic Engineering Times Europe January 2015 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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