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Box PC with Intel IoT Gateway Kontron’s KBox A-202 PC supports Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things. Based on the Intel Atom processor E3800, the 56.8x150x95mm low maintenance, fanless and battery-free machine-to-machine platform is designed to serve as an intelligent gateway in data intensive IoT applications. It supports Kontron’s embedded application programming interface (KEAPI) and Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things. The KBox A-202 system comes complete with a wide range of industrial interfaces for integration of new and legacy installations as well as several connectivity options including wireless LTE (4G), GSM (2G/3G) or WiFi support. For local data acquisition, the Box PC offers a range of industrial interfaces such as 2x Gbit Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, as well as an optional CAN bus and/or Profibus interface, and for legacy installations, two serial interfaces (RS232/485). For wireless connection to the cloud or the local network, the Kontron K-Box A-202 can be equipped with LTE (4G) and GSM (2G/3G) or WiFi. The integrated SSD with up to 64 GB capacity offers rugged as well as fast storage capacity for OS and data. There is an integrated TPM for increased data security. Kontron www.kontron.com 4K video CMOS sensors boast fast autofocus Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its range of high performance backside illumination (BSI) CMOS image sensors equipped with Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF). Designed for use in smartphones and tablets the sensors achieve high performance image capture and low power consumption. The range expansion features the 8 megapixel (MP) T4KA3-121, the 16 MP T4KC3-121, the 13 MP T4KB3-121 and the 20 MP T4KA7-121. Originally developed for SLR cameras, PDAF locks in focus at speeds much faster than the auto-focus systems currently used in smartphones and tablets. Image brightness is boosted by up to four times using Toshiba’s Bright Mode technology and the sensors also support high dynamic range (HDR) to capture natural images of scenes with a high contrast ratio, ending the problem of over- and underexposed images. The T4KA3-121 achieves output speeds of up to 30fps at full 8MP-resolution - with power consumption figures of just 140mW or lower. Full-HD outputs are supported at frame rates of up to 60fps, and HD outputs are supported at 120fps in normal mode and 240fps in Bright Mode. The T4KB3- 121 and T4KC3-121 achieve output speeds of up to 30fps at 4K2K resolutions, Full-HD at frame rates of up to 60fps, and HD outputs at 120fps. The T4KA7-121 achieves output speeds of up to 22ps at full 20MP-resolution 24fps at 18.8MP and 28fps at 16.3MP, with a power consumption of 440mW. Toshiba Electronics Europe www.toshiba.semicon-storage.com Secure solid state drive for embedded applications Positioned by Microsemi as applicable for situations requiring the highest levels of security and reliability, Microsemi’s low power mSATA SSD offers 64 GB single-level cell (SLC) flash capacity in a 50x30mm compact form factor and is 65% smaller than similar 2.5-in. devices. The SSD also features Microsemi’s Armor processor, which the company says solves obsolescence issues common in industrial and defence applications by guaranteeing long-term security and performance. In the advanced deep sleep low power mode the SSD is only using 150 mW and can be ‘instant on’. The device is Microsemi’s newest addition to the advanced TRRUST-Stor family of secure SSDs in a compact MO-300 mSATA form factor. This SSD includes security features such as hardware based AES-256 XTS encryption and advanced key management systems. The Armor III processor also has the capability to sanitise the drive with the NSA 9-12 protocol in less than two minutes. For sensitive applications, a hardware or software signal can trigger an erase of the encryption key in less than 30 msec. A second security layer can be activated to erase the entire storage media in less than 10 seconds, rendering data forensically unrecoverable. Microsemi www.microsemi.com Dedicated controller IC offers real-time characteristics for EtherCAT Trinamic has introduced an IC for EtherCAT networks; the first slave controller IC offering latency-free advanced peripherals; the device is intended to be the first in an Interface Device family The EtherCAT-compliant slave controller IC, TMC8460, incorporates PWM and Step/Dir I/O peripherals that do not require routing through the firmware of an application processor, eliminating latency for applications requiring real-time response. The TMC8460 extends the feature set of the core EtherCAT technology with an array of peripherals and features: an integrated smart peripherals block accessible from an MCU or EtherCAT master and, in addition to a PWM unit and Step/Dir interface, an SPI master and encoder interface that can be directly mapped to the PDO (Process Data Object) by the memory manager. This unique SPI interface enables latency-free read from an ADC or write to a DAC. The IC includes a standalone mode that enables direct mapping of integrated peripherals to bus registers, while in parallel an external MCU can perform higher layer protocol operations. To enable wide interoperability, the TMC8460 communication hardware has been verified as 100% compatible with the existing Beckhoff EtherCAT Slave controller through extensive interoperability testing. The new device meets the -40C to +125C industrial temperature specification. Trinamic www.trinamic.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2015 47


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