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Computer Productivity Tools

Computer Productivity Tools

Battery-powered Windows CE

TouchLite TL2100 is a battery-powered version of the industrial-strength Windows(R)CE computer called TouchLite. It is designed as a drop-in solution for industrial and commercial applications such as factory floor automation, commercial and agricultural in-vehicle use, process control, route management, field service communications, and data collection. It features up to eight hours of operation through a NiMH battery, a 6.1-inch TFT color screen, sunlight readability, and a variety of interface capabilities.

Two Technologies Inc., 419 Sargon Way, Horsham, PA 19044; FAX 215-441-0423; www.twotech.com.

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LCD panel heat protection

Duralan II Heat Shield(TM) display filter windows are designed to provide protection from heat generated by infrared light. A special film is laminated with other plastic materials. The combination of materials reflects infrared light instead of letting it pass through the filter. At the same time, visible light is easily transmitted through the filter, enabling the display to be clearly viewed. They can also be constructed to provide EMI/RFI protection.

Silver Cloud Manufacturing, 525 Orange St., Millville, NJ 08332-5002; FAX (856) 825-8969; www.silver-cloud.com.

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New IBM PC

In June, IBM will launch this new PC, the first one designed by Richard Sapper, who created the ThinkPad laptop. It measures 16 X 10 X 16 inches, which is 75% smaller than a traditional desktop, and weighs just 19 lbs, which is less than a third the traditional weight, the company says. Additional features include a 15-inch flat panel monitor, and an ergonomic keyboard.

IBM, 3039 Corwallis Rd., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Vision processor

Coreco's MAMBA is an integrated, embedded vision processor based on Intel's Pentium II processor, enabling fast and predictable execution times running on a dedicated CPU. Designed for high performance machine vision and medical imaging applications, it offers data transfer rates up to 200 Mbytes/sec., using the Coreco Auxiliary Bus (CAB), a dedicated high-speed board-to-board communication bus.

Coreco, 6989 Trans-Canada Hwy., Ste. 142, St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada H4T IV8; FAX (514) 333-1388; www.coreco.com.

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Automation management system

The fxManager Automation Management System (AMS) version 1.2 features a new HTML graphical interface that allows users to access applications used throughout a plant, simply by clicking on customized graphical icons of their locations. It is a client/server system with version control, audit trail, security, and scheduling capabilities.

GE Fanuc Automation, Box 229, Whitehall, PA 18052; FAX (610) 437-5212; www.gefanuc.com.

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Design analysis

COSMOS/DesignSTAR 2.0 can reportedly analyze geometry from most CAD programs currently available. Its associativity enables designers and engineers to perform complex assemblies and nonlinear analysis, without having to manually transfer geometry between CAD and analysis programs.

Structural Research and Analysis Corp., 12121 Wilshire Blvd., 7th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025; FAX (310) 207-7805; www.srac.com.

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Graphics accelerator

The Oxygen GVX210 high-end workstation graphics accelerator features new parallel rasterization architecture, on a card that will support two monitors from a single standard AGP slot. It accelerates 3D volumetric textures as used in advanced medical and visualization applications.

3Dlabs Inc., 480 Potrero Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086; FAX (408) 530-4701; www.3dlabs.com.

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Embedded network connectivity

NET+Lx(TM) is an embedded network connectivity system using the Linux OS, providing a single source for manufacturers to build Linux-based Internet- and Ethernet-connected products. NET+Lx combines NET+Works(TM) embedded networking software with the open source benefits of Linux, and a collection of other tools and support. It runs on the NET+ARM(TM) system-on-silicon chip, which contains 10/100BaseT Ethernet, Internet protocols, Web transfer, mail transfer, and file transfer protocols.

NETsilicon, 411 Waverly Oaks Rd. #227, Waltham, MA 02452; www.netsilicon.com.

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Windows CE development kit

This Pentium performance Windows CE development kit contains a complete set of components, based on the SBC-MediaGX processor board, a 233 MHz CPU with PC/104-Plus expansion capabilities. It includes the Windows CE 2.12 kernel pre-loaded into an on-board Flash-based drive, a PS/2 mouse, and connection cables for interfacing to a CD-ROM reader, VGA-CRT display, standard 102-key keyboard, and serial comms cable.

Arcom Control Systems, 13510 South Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64145; FAX (816) 941-7807; www.arcomcontrols.com.

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Application development chip

The Aplio/TRIO(TM) chip-called AT75C310-features an embedded Linux operating system, VoIP (Internet telephony) and audio application software, together with an application development platform. It is designed so manufacturers can launch Internet phones, e-mail, and MP3 appliances at low cost and short time to market.

Aplio Inc., 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402; FAX (650) 655-4065; www.aplio.com.

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Automated design rule checking

The Post-layout Bond Tool automatically checks for design-rule violations while engineers designate the locations of bond wires between die and package lead frames. It also generates a report on the geometric fit of each bond wire, produces a bond wire diagram, and provides the coordinates for driving wire bonders.

Knights Technology, 6024 Silver Creek Valley Rd., San Jose, CA 95138; www.knights.com.

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