ELECTRONICS: White Electronic Designs Corp. has introduced a secure, Single Level Cell (SLC) NAND SSD that provides compact, secure and reliable data storage for embedded military applications in rugged and extended temp environments. The product is available as a 4 Gbyte, 22 mm x 27 mm plastic ball grid array (PBGA) package and supports various PATA interface protocols. A hardware and software triggered security erase feature provides enhanced security for demanding military requirements and assurance that critical data at rest will be removed promptly when required. After the data purge command is initiated, all data is eliminated in less than 10 sec and options are available that also perform sanitization protocols designed to be compliant to the various government agency specifications, such as NAVSO P-5239-26, AR380-19, AFSSI-5020, NSA-130-2 and NISPOM DoD 5220.22-M. This product provides highly reliable extended temperature environment operation for applications such as those used in aircraft, communications and missiles.Constructed using a 32-bit RISC processor as its core storage controller, this SSD provides all the important flash management techniques for delivering a highly reliable solution. Incorporated wear leveling and error correction techniques extend disk operating life. The device provides data protection in the event of a sudden unplanned power loss or disturbance and operates from a single 3.3-V power supply. With its SLC NAND-based storage technology, it delivers significantly higher performance than many other embedded form factor SSDs produced for the general market. SLC flash-based solutions provide approximately ten times more write/erase cycles than those with Multi Level Cell (MLC) Flash devices, thus resulting in the further extension of disk life performance.
The PBGA package is constructed using eutectic tin-lead solder balls on a 1.27 mm pitch with strategically placed signals to extend device life in harsh environments. It supports ATA/PCMCIA 2.1, compact Flash 3.0 and 4.0 compliant interfaces. Additionally, the PBGA saves 150 mm2 board space compared to an equivalent discrete design.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.