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Mixed-signal scopes gain in-vehicle CAN FD/SENT bus options Yokogawa has added trigger and analysis options to its DLM2000 (4-channel) and DLM4000 (8-channel) mixed-signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) for testing the latest generation of in-vehicle serial buses. The new options are specifically designed to address the measurement challenges posed by the CAN FD (CAN with Flexible Data Rate) and SENT (Single Edge Nibble Transmission) bus systems. CAN FD is a higher-speed version (up to 8 Mbit/sec) of the original CAN Bus designed to provide a faster, more reliable and cost-effective solution to the challenge of the increased amount of data traffic in automotive applications such as firmware updating for ECUs (electronic control units). SENT is a point-to-point scheme for transmitting signal values from a sensor to a controller. It enables high-resolution and composite data transmission with a lower system cost in applications such as angle sensors for power steering and mass air flow sensors for engine control. SENT can replace existing analogue or PWM signal transmission, and is considered to be cost-effective compared to other serial buses such as CAN/LIN. When equipped with the new serial bus options, the Yokogawa MSOs will decode the bus signals and display the results in real time. A wide variety of dedicated triggers and search functions is available to aid analysis and troubleshooting on parameters that can affect the bus signals. Yokogawa http://tmi.yokogawa.com/scopes High-speed 5 Gsample/s LXI digitisers For applications where fast electronic signals in the GHz range need to be remotely acquired and analysed, Spectrum has extended its digitizerNETBOX series of LXI based instruments and released eight new models. Available with two, four or eight fully synchronous channels the units feature sampling rates up to 5 Gsample/ sec, bandwidth in excess of 1.5 GHz and on-board acquisition memory up to 8 Gsamples. The combination suits the digitisers to capturing long complex highfrequency signals and for characterising fast timing events that go down to the nano- and sub-nanosecond ranges. Fully LXI compliant, the digitizerNETBOX products allow remote control and data transfer over fast GBit Ethernet. Connect them directly to a Notebook or PC, or in fact to anywhere on a company LAN, and automated data acquisition becomes easy. Offering significant advantages in measurement speed, flexibility, size and channel density the products can be used to replace conventional bench instruments such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, multi-meters, counters, timers and older generation digitiser products. The digitizerNETBOX instruments include Spectrum’s powerful SBench 6 software that allows full instrument control, graphical display, data storage and analysis. Spectrum www.spectrum-instrumentation.com Second Call for Experiment Proposals and R&D Proposals for Public end-user Driven Technology Innovation (PDTI) Opening: May 4th 2015 Deadline: June 23rd 2015, at 17:00 (Brussels time) The competitive call for experiment proposals is related to the EU-funded project ECHORD++ (FP7-ICT-601116). In the context of ECHORD++, small-scale projects, “experiments”, will be conducted, which will use state-of-the-art robotic equipment, addressing one of the following scenarios: Cognitive tools and workers for cognitive factories, general purpose robotic co-workers, cognitive logistics robots for industry, medical robotics, agricultural and food robotics, and urban robotics. Each experiment has a maximum duration of 18 months, the funding of an experiment is expected to be about € 300.000. The total indicative funding for this call is € 4.8 Mio. The competitive call for PDTI R&D proposals addresses healthcare, more specifically Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. The indicative funding for these PDTI activities amounts to 1.2 Mio. €. Find more information at: http: www.echord.eu/pdti The research community, enterprises, and robot manufacturers are asked to submit experiment proposals, written in English only. Please note that FP7 only offers part-funding of research activities. More information and the full call documents, including the guide for applicants and an electronic submission system, can be found on the web site. http://www.echord.eu Contact: info@echord.eu European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development Plus Plus www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe May 2015 33


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