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Web-enabled graphic recorder

The 4100G graphic recorder features Web-enabled Ethernet connectivity, so users can monitor real-time process data from any Internet-enabled PC, with no specialized data acquisition software required. Recorder uses an embedded TCP/IP server to transmit data in the form of a chart, bar graphs, and alarm summary, all in a single screen.

Eurotherm Chessell, 8601 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123; FAX (858) 279-6290; www.chessell.com.

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Flexible keyboard

This flexible keyboard measures 19.6x6.9x0.3 inches, weighs 1.5 lbs, works in temperatures from 5 to 50C, comes with a PS/2 connector and 6.5-ft cable, and can be rolled up for easy transportation. It is IP68 waterproof and is washable, for applications in office, industrial, marine, mobile, recreational, and medical.

Man & Machine Inc., 3706 West St., Landover, MD 20785; FAX (301) 341-4078; www.man-machine.com.

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Automated electrode design

QuickElectrode is an automated CAD/CAM tool for automating the electrode process, including burn area selection, electrode design, management, documentation, and manufacture of solid or surface geometry. It is designed to reduce tool manufacture lead times for mold and die makers, and to get electrodes to market faster. And the QuickElectrode Navigator allows several users to work collaboratively on the same part.

Cimatron Technologies Inc., 19500 Victor Pkwy., Suite 300, Livonia, MI 48152; FAX (734) 432-6601; www.cimatron.com.

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3-Watt SBC

The Nimble Engine(TM)single board computer uses just 3W of power, has no fan and no hard drive, and operates on standard 24V dc. It is designed for applications in monitoring and control systems on oil and gas pipelines, water reclamation projects, or other environments dependant on solar power or seldom-changed batteries.

Nimble Microsystems Inc., 300 Commercial St., Suite 27, Malden, MA 02148; FAX (781) 321-8833; www.nimblemicro.com.

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Double data rate memory

The LP-Stack(TM)Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM has data rates up to 266 MHz, and system-level bandwidth up to 2.1 GB/s, for applications from servers to desktop PCs in graphics, telecom, and networking. It works by stacking two 128Mb 66-pin TSOP1, 2.5V SDRAM chips, creating a 256Mb stack in the same footprint. A double 256Mb stack (total 512Mb) is also available.

Dense-Pac Microsystems, 7321 Lincoln Way, Garden Grove, CA 92841; FAX (714) 897-1772; www.dense-pac.com.

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Desktop card reader

The V4HF compact desktop IC card reader is designed for applications in e-commerce and network security. It comes with ActiveX components software, so users can create applications with Visual Basic, Visual C, or other languages. Supporting T0, T1, T14, EMV, and 2-wire and 3-wire memory cards, it has transmission speeds of 9600, 19200, and 38400 bps, with an operating temperature range of 0 to 45C.

Omron Electronics, 1 Commerce Dr., Suite 250, Schaumburg, IL 60173; FAX (847) 843-7787; www.info.omron.com.

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Flash memory chips

The 32Mb Am29BDS323 and 64Mb Am29BDS643 flash memory chips combine simultaneous read/write architecture with a high speed Burst Mode interface and low voltage requirements, the company says. Operating at speeds from 40 to 54 MHz, they are designed for applications in next-generation cell phone technology.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), 1 AMD Place, Box 3453, Sunnyvale, CA 94088; www.amd.com.

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Data acquisition package

The Data Acquisition Omni CD(TM)is a software bundle included with all future deliveries of Data Translation (DT) USB and PCI data acquisition boards. It includes 32-bit WDM device drivers, as well as a TestPointTM evaluation package, and several software programs.

Data Translation, 100 Locke Dr., Marlboro, MA 01752; FAX (508) 481-8621; www.datatranslation.com.

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Multi-channel processor

The HEGD12 is a 2.5 MHz, multiple-channel, 16-bit A/D mezzanine module which supports eight analog inputs, each with its own converter. It allows multiple channels of analog data to be sampled at high speed, then processed in real time, for applications such as underwater sonar. It ships in 1, 2, 4, and 8 channel configurations.

Traquair Data Systems Inc., 114 Sheldon Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850; FAX (607) 266-8221; www.traquair.com.

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Data acquisition board

The PCI-5500MF, priced at $199, supplies a low-cost 12-bit analog input, PCI-bus data acquisition board. Its features include a 90kHz sampling rate, eight analog input channels, 1024 word A/D FIFO, a programmable A/D pacer clock, 16 digital I/O lines, and software compatibility with LabVIEW(R), TestPoint, LabTech Notebook, and LabTech Control.

ADAC Corp., 70 Tower Office Park, Woburn, MA 01801; FAX (781) 938-6553; www.adac.com.

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Laser marking software

LightWriter(R)software offers graphics importation capabilities, high-speed marking, and host communication via TCP/IP networks. It runs on Windows NT(R)and is designed for the semiconductor and industrial markets. A DOS version will be released later this year, the company says.

GSI Lumonics, 105 Schneider Rd., Kanata, Ontario, Canada K2K 1- 1Y3; www.gsilumonics.com.

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DVI connector cable

The MicroCross(TM)DVI (Digital Visual Interface) interconnect line can accommodate video standards including VGA, DFP, and P & D, as well as analog only, digital only, and digital/analog integrated video functions. It offers 2.5 GHz bandwidth, with 4.95 Gbps digital bandwidth over a single link, and 9.9 Gbps over a dual link.

Molex Inc., 2222 Wellington Ct., Lisle, IL 60532; FAX (630) 969-4550; www.molex.com.

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Color printer

The Phaser(R)850 color printer is a solid ink color printer with a maximum color printing speed of 14 pages per minute, and a high-speed 200 MHz RISC processor. It also features ColorStix(R)on-the-fly ink replacement, so important jobs won't be interrupted.

Tektronix Inc., 26600 SW Parkway Ave. ,Box 1000, M/S 60-630, Wilsonville, OR 97070; FAX (503) 685-3063.

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CAD model publishing

The beta release of 3Dpublish.com(TM)is a web-based method of capturing 2D images of 3D CAD models. Users upload their 3D files to the company's secure server, where a 2D "digital snapshot" is taken, and can be used for publishing, sales materials, or archiving. The tool is meant to streamline the digital manufacturing supply chain for teams of design engineers in diverse locations. Check www.3dpublish.com for free samples.

Spatial Technology, 2425 55th St., Ste. 100, Boulder, CO 80301; FAX (303) 544-3001; www.spatial.com.

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Process control software

Synergy 2000(TM)SPC (Statistical Process Control) software is now in version 3, providing Web-enabled, enterprise-wide quality management. The software includes real-time data collection, charting, monitoring, analysis, messaging, and reporting, all between different geographic locations. Version 3 can transmit reports and spreadsheets in HTML.

Zontec Inc., 1389 Kemper Meadow Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45240; FAX (513) 648-9007; www.zontec-spc.com.

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CAD software

DesignCAD 3000 combines 3D modeling with 2D drafting for a versatile solution for many design applications. It offers unique features such as unlimited free tech support, an insert doors and windows command, animation/walk through mode, double line mode, and direct TWAIN scanner support.

Upperspace, 600 SE 49th St., Pryor, OK 74361; www.designcad.com.

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Factory automation software

DesignStudio(TM)version 3.1 provides tools for OpenHMI(TM)(Human Machine Interface) development and system integration, graphics, trending, and logging. It also enables users to create an application on a PC, then download it to a Windows CE workstation.

Xycom Automation Inc., 750 North Maple Rd., Saline, MI 48176-1292; FAX (734) 429-1010; www.xycomautomation.com.

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SDRAM

Stacked semiconductor design technology reportedly makes LP-Stack(TM)compatible with double-data-rate synchronous DRAM offering double the data density of standard SDRAM devices. By stacking two 128- or 256Mb 66-pin, 2.5V chips in two bank configurations for 256- and 512Mb stacks, the company can double memory density without electrical or mechanical redesign. The company reports data rates up to 266MHz and system level bandwith up to 2.1 Gbytes/sec.

Dense-Pac Microsystems, 7321 Lincoln Way, Garden Grove, CA 92841; FAX (714) 897-1772; www.dense-pac.com.

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Compact PCI bus

CPCI-520 four-channel analog output board is configured in a single-slot 3U board outline. It features D/A converters with 2.5, 5, and 10V output ranges. It has executable binary software to run channel selection, time/counter setup, and self-test for Windows 95/98, NT, or 2000.

Datel Inc., 11 Cabot Blvd., Mansfield, MA 02048; FAX (508) 339-6356; www.datel.com.

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Web-based information integration

Windchill Info*Engine release 4.0 features a web-based, platform-independent Java and XML architecture, and supports Asian language character sets. This browser-based collaborative product commerce (CPC) solution can display and allow modification of information from various systems in a single interface. It is available on Windows NT and Solaris, HP/UX, and other UNIX systems.

Parametric Technology Corp. (Ptc), 128 Technology Dr, Waltham, MA 02154; FAX (781) 398-6000; www.ptc.com.

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Online FEA rental

MSC.visualNastran FEA software is now available on Autodesk's Web portal site, http://pointA.autodesk.com. Versions for Autodesk(R)Inventor and for Mechanical Desktop(R)are available for rent by the month, and are downloaded through the portal site. Customers must specify their resellers through a pull-down menu.

MSC-MacNeal-Schwendler, 815 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041-1777; FAX (323) 259-3838; www.mscsoftware.com.

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DSP library

The DSP (digital signal processing) Extension Library is a set of wavelet, image, and signal processing functions designed to provide analysis, iteration, and documentation for electrical engineers. Applications may include telecommunications, controls and instrumentation, defense, multimedia, manufacturing, and medicine. The Signal Processing Extension Pack includes over 70 functions, with functionality for signal filtering, spectral analysis, and estimation and time frequency analysis.

MathSoft, Inc., 101 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142; FAX (617) 577-8829; www.mathsoft.com.

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Keyboard tray

Mounted on concealed slides, this company's keyboard tray features an angled keyboard platform, three typing positions, room on either side for a mouse and pad, and a removable gel or foam palm rest. The 30-inch-wide unit has a curvilinear ergonomic design to minimize repetitive stress injuries.

Accuride International, 12311 Showmaker Ave., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670; FAX (562) 903-0308; www.accuride.com.

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Data acquisition system

The WavePort(TM)high-speed, PC-based data acquisition system is designed for field and portable applications, with either voltage or vibration signal conditioning in a single package. It comes standard with 16-bit resolution, 1 MHz sampling, external clocking, pulse trigger, and up to 24 channels of signal conditioning. Its packaging has enough room to accommodate most user-supplied PCs and power adapters, even with the lid closed.

Iotech, 25971 Cannon Rd., Cleveland, OH 44146; FAX (216) 439-4093; www.iotech.com.

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Memory module

The Micro-DIMM is a 144-pin SDRAM memory module designed for size-sensitive applications in electronics, such as notebooks, palm computers, printers, and set-top boxes. It is available in 64 and 128Mb, and can achieve 250Hz frequency.

Kingmax Micro Technology, 3-B Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92618; FAX (949) 454-9499; www.kingmax.com.

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