MOTION CONTROL: Conemtech announced the new M50 module form factor for high accuracy time and frequency synchronization. The 29×29mm module sold under the name of M50-34 is targeted for time and frequency masters well as time subscribing devices in telecommunications and smart grid networks.
The launch is made after completing the development of a surface mounted device based on the foundation of previous chip and module developments. This latest module brings the complete subsystem for a synchronized network interface down into a singular device incorporating all the electronic components between the Ethernet transformer and the main processor. It dramatically reduces the components count, simplifies the layout and lowers the board manufacturing cost for products requiring external packet based synchronization. The software development time for the customer is reduced to, at the most, implementing a set of high level HMI commands for the system integration to change a default configuration.
This out-of-the-box technology enables any device with an Ethernet interface to synchronize to a PTP master clock in the network at 100 ns accuracy by just re-wiring the Ethernet interface. The M50 presents a stable synthonized frequency and a precise Pulse Per Second and Time of Day to the slave device. The M50-34 can be used as time source backup for a local GPS as it is able to involve a local time source in the selection process of the best clock in the network.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
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