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In brief 4-03-00

In brief 4-03-00

04/03/2000 Design News


IN BRIEF: Computer productivity tools

AutoQuant is a Windows-based software package from MIDAC Corp., developed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the automatic collection, archiving, and real-time analysis of gas phase infrared spectral data. It is implemented by an advanced multivariate algorithm to provide quantitative results, concentration vs. time plots, and spectra, all displayed and updated in real-time. The spectra and quantitative results may be archived and exported.

The TSM9925 touchpad module for USB interfaces was developed by Cirque Corp. for applications in industrial, medical, portable, and high-traffic uses such as kiosks. Users can perform both primary and secondary mouse taps on its surface, eliminating the need for mechanical buttons in product designs. And the TSM9925 does not require software drivers.

Beckoff Automation LLC's TwinCAT software-an acronym for "Total Windows Control and Automation Technology"-is a PC-compatible hard real-time control, including I/O interfaces for 11 fieldbuses and PC buses (such as TCP/IP), programming interfaces, and built-in HMIs. It includes an IEC1131-3 Software PLC, and a software-based motion control package designed for Point-to-Point motion and interpolation.

The Windchill Factor! e-Series from Parametric Technology Corp. and Sun Microsystems is an out-of-the-box collaborative product commerce (CPC) solution that allows engineers and designers to share product information and manage product development with their company and across its product network. With its infrastructure of server-side JavaT technology and a SunT server, Windchill's Release 4.0 can scale to support 1,000 concurrent users, with power to spare, the companies say.

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