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Eight-channel, 8-bit single slot PCIe Gen2 digitiser delivers 1 Gsample/s Agilent Technologies’ eight-channel version of its U5309A 8-bit single-slot PCIe Gen2 digitiser, that can operate directly in a PC card slot, has on-board processing, and provides new levels of channel density and minimum footprint at this level of performance. Until now, Agilent says, users requiring an eight-channel data acquisition system had to order a three-slot cPCI chassis, including two digitiser modules and an interface card to a computer. Today they can select the single-slot, eight-channel U5309A PCIe digitiser, which has multiple advantages in cost, reliability and performance—as well as the tremendous size reduction into a single slot card. The installation is as simple as a direct plug into the computer PCIe slot, immediately providing eight channels of simultaneous acquisition. The eight channels at 1 Gsample/sec version increases the offering of the U5309A product recently launched with its two-channel version. Channels can be interleaved to reach a 2 Gsample/sec sampling rate. Applications will also benefit from the high data throughput provided by the Gen2 eight-lane PCIe bus and the possibility to implement real-time signal processing algorithms into the on-board FPGA. Custom processing for the PCIe digitiser family (U5309A and U5303A) is created using the U5340A FPGA development kit. Agilent Technologies www.agilent.com On Semi launches industrial image sensor family On Semi has introduced its Python family of CMOS image sensors, which provides global shuttering, 4.8-micron pixel size and is aimed at industrial applications. The first three devices come with resolutions of 300k, 500k and 1.3-megapixels and are intended to address the needs of machine vision, inspection and motion monitoring, as well as security and surveillance applications including intelligent transportation systems. On Semi has patent coverage for in-pixel correlated double sampling, offered in the Python range, which the company claims results in CCD-like performance. The Python pixel combines a read noise of less than 9 e-, with 7.7 V/lux sensitivity and frame rates as high as 850fps (VGA format). A configurable sequencer also allows on-the-fly updates to the sensor configuration. The sensors operate across the -40°C to +85°C industrial temperature range. Specifications for the Python 300, 500 and 1300 CMOS image sensors. Source: On Semi. Resolutions of VGA, SVGA and SXGA are offered by the first three sensors with higher resolutions planned for release. All are pin-to-pin compatible with one-another and with the existing VITA1300 image sensor. On Semi www.onsemi.com Module supports both ANT and Bluetooth Dynastream Innovation’s N548 module is aimed at Internetof things applications. Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51422 SoC, this 2.4 GHz solution is small, future proof and features concurrent support for both ANT and Bluetooth low energy. The N548 is sized for wearable, home and industrial trends in a 14.0 x 9.8 x 2.0 mm LGA (Land Grid Array) package. Its makers say that it is a combination of technologies not previously available, taking ultra low power wireless to a new level of connectivity, and that, “ANT is always focused on simplifying issues for developers and this module offers all of the latest ANT and ANT+ advantages in a turnkey hardware solution.” Designed for manufacturing simplicity, the N548 ANT SoC Module is fully integrated with PCB antenna, 32 kHz crystal time base, DC-DC converter, and 24 GPIOs with six analogue inputs, allowing developers the freedom to focus on their specific applications. It is pre-certified with FCC/IC/CE/JP/AU/NZ designations and Bluetooth qualification. Use it in simple sensors as well as cost-focused applications. The N548 highlights the advantages of the ANT protocol, including its strong position in Android smart phones, while enabling a bridge connection between available ANT+ devices and the iOS platform. Users now rely on ANT to manage multiple sensors in crowded race environments, simple and complex interchanging and pairing of devices, and transferring data from multiple sensors to multiple displays simultaneously. Ultra long battery life and ANT’s efficient, low overhead management of flexible topologies also make ANT the ideal solution for active RFID, smart beacons, asset tags, audience response systems and home automation. Dynastream Innovations www.io-components.com Single-phase electricity meter SoC integrates four 24-bit ADCs The ZON M3 (MAX71315) single-phase electricity meter SoC announced by Maxim Integrated Products integrates four 24-bit ADCs for 4-channel data collection and ±0.1% measurement accuracy over 5000:1 dynamic range. A 32-bit metrology compute engine (CE) ensures high-accuracy processing of all collected data. Its two touch-switch inputs eliminate mechanical switches and improve user experience, and its infrared (IR) communications interface eliminates the typical extra IR receiver module. The chip also includes multiple interfaces (SPI, I2C, and 4 USART) for design versatility, a real-time clock (RTC) with temperature compensation and a digital temperature sensor for highly accurate temperature compensation. Delivered in a 100-pin LQFP package, it comes with ample Flash and RAM memory for long-term service. Maxim Integrated www.maximintegrated.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe May 2014 45


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