The new 67C3
is a single slot, OpenVPX, 6U, Multi-function I/O and serial communications card.
VME, Gigabit Ethernet and Serial RapidIO (sRIO) or PCI Express (PCIe) control
interface options enable users to take advantage of the higher speed, switched
fabric communication architectures, offering significantly greater capability.
The enhanced motherboard contains six independent module slots,
each of which can be populated with a function-specific module and can now be
controlled by VME, dual Gigabit Ethernet and sRIO or PCIe. This unique design
eliminates the need for multiple, specialized, single function cards by
providing a single board solution for a broad assortment of signal interface
modules such as, Synchro/Resolver/ LVDT/RVDT Simulation and Measurement, A/D,
D/A, Discrete/Differential/TTL/CMOS I/O, RTD, Encoder
and communications such as RS232/422/485, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429 and CANBus.
This approach increases packaging density, saves enclosure slots, reduces power
consumption and adds continuous background BIT testing. Further, the 67C3 provides a
highly cost-effective, off-the-shelf alternative to a custom-built solution.
The 67C3 is available
with an operating temperature range of -40 to + 85C. Pricing for a rugged,
conduction-cooled 67C3, configured with 96 programmable 0 V to 60 V discrete
channels starts at $9,982 in quantities of 100+, with a 12 to 14-week delivery
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
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.
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.