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CMOS and CD image sensors target intelligent traffic and machine vision The KAC-12040 image sensor from Truesense Imaging is a 12 megapixel (4000x3000) CMOS device that combines high resolution and high frame rate with support for multiple regions of interest and interspersed video streams and excellent near-IR sensitivity. The KAI-02170 and KAI-04070 image sensors, part of the Truesense 7.4-micron interline transfer CCD family, offer 1080p (1920x1080 pixel) in a 1-inch optical format and 4 megapixel (2048x2048) in a 4/3 optical format, respectively, with frame rates of up to 60fps and 28fps. Dynamic range of the new devices is 70 dB (and can be extended to 82 dB in binned pixel operation) and they provide -115 dB of smear rejection, allowing them to excel under the most challenging imaging conditions. The new devices are also pin- and package-compatible with Truesense Imaging’s 5.5 micron pixel family of products, allowing camera manufacturers to easily leverage existing camera designs to support the new devices. These sensors ship in monochrome and Bayer color configurations. The KAI-02170 and KAI-04070 devices are also available with Truesense’s Sparse color filter pattern. Evaluation kits are available for all three devices that allow imaging performance to be quickly and easily examined in detail without the need to develop a full camera design. Truesense Imaging www.truesenseimaging.com Pico-ITX motherboard with TI Sitara 3874 boosts efficiency in small, rugged appliances Kontron is accelerating the development of especially robust and energy-saving ARM-based small form factor (SFF) devices with its first extended temperature motherboard design. The KTAM33874/pITX uses TI’s Sitara 3874 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and provides tablet PC class performance and a comprehensive range of standard and embedded computing interfaces. With its Pico-ITX compliance it offers OEMs the possibility to realize cost-efficient SFF embedded appliances based on a standardized form factor. OEMs can now exploit the whole ecosystem which to date has been used for x86 technology. If no individual hardware adjustments are required, then the board, which supports Linux, Android and Windows WEC7 is application-ready and can be immediately deployed. The Pico-ITX board based on the ARM Cortex A8 single-core processor boasts a low TDP (Thermal Design Power) which makes it extremely suitable for compact, fanless applications. It is also the first Kontron motherboard designed from scratch for the extended temperature range of -40 °C to 85 °C. For the KTAM3874/pITX with energy-efficient ARM processor technology Kontron has announced a minimum of 7 years long-term availability. On a 100x72mm sized standard small form factor, the board offers an extensive range of interfaces and on-board Flash memory. A SIM card slot and the low average power consumption of less than 5 watts facilitate the development of appliances in self-sufficient continuous operation in environments without power supply or network lines. The KTAM3874/pITX is available with the single-core Sitara 3874 with 3D graphic acceleration and supports up to two independent displays both with resolutions of 1080p (full HD) connected via HDMI 1.3a and 24-bit dual channel LVDS. Sound is provided by analog audio I/O. Kontron www.kontron.com Single-point status lamp enables touch-based machine activation The EZ-Light K30 Touch from Banner Engineering is a singlepoint device designed for efficient machine activation and pick-to-light operations. Offered in a compact, rugged design, the K30 Touch button provides simple, precise performance, easily changing from green to red with the touch of a finger, hand or whole palm, with bare hands or work gloves. Featuring an ergonomic design, the status lamp requires no physical pressure to operate, preventing stress on hands and wrists from constantly pressing buttons to actuate machines or verify correct picks. Designed for flexible use, the K30 Touch is available in 1- or 2-colour models and offers either latching or momentary outputs. The sealed unit features a housing rated to IP69K, allowing it to withstand harsh conditions and moisture in challenging environments. Its 22-mm threaded base fits most control panels, making it a drop-in replacement for standard pilot lights and push buttons. Banner Engineering www.bannerengineering.com Free direct modelling tool helps engineers with 3D design RS Components has worked with SpaceClaim on a tool to help engineers with the physical elements of their designs, from enclosures to interface panels, without having to learn complex feature-based 3D tools. It can also be used for developing early prototypes, either as a PDF or on a 3D printer. DesignSpark Mechanical aims to overcome the two major barriers to entry faced by potential users who do not currently have access to a 3D design solution: the cost and the considerable investment in learning time associated with traditional 3D CAD tools. Not only is DesignSpark Mechanical free, it uses direct modelling to make it easier to use so that engineers and others involved in product development can become fully conversant with the software within minutes, rather than the weeks or months required to become skilled with traditional 3D CAD tools. The use of DesignSpark Mechanical early in the design cycle can eliminate much of the time-consuming rework associated with traditional product development processes. DesignSpark Mechanical’s STL output format enables direct export of the designs to 3D printers. RS and Allied have also collaborated with world-leading 3D content company TraceParts to provide access to millions of models from the online tracepartsonline.net CAD portal in DesignSpark Mechanical format. DesignSpark Mechanical employs a powerful methodology called ‘direct modelling’, using simple gestures to enable real-time editing. DesignSpark Mechanical www.designspark.com. 44 Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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