Analog Devices introduced the 14-bit dual-channel AD9117, 16-bit dual-channel AD9122 and 14-bit single-channel AD9739 transmit D/A converters (DACs). They feature extended operating temperature ranges and high-reliability packaging. The transmit DACs were designed for signal synthesis applications, including pulse-modulated waveform generation and for synthesizing the modulated carrier in quadrature digital architectures. The DACs are ideal for radar, secure communications, avionics, and other defense electronics applications. All three devices are available now. The AD9117BCPZN is priced at $9.50, the AD9122SCPZ is $41.40, and the AD9739BBC is $48.16.
GE Intelligent Platforms introduced the ADEPT3000 miniature rugged automatic video tracker. The ADEPT3000 is designed for the detection and surveillance of a moving object. The SWaP optimized automatic video tracking solution measures 34mm x 24mm (about the size of a microprocessor), weighs about six grams, and consumes minimal power (about 1 watt). The commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) ADEPT3000 is ideal for small unmanned aerial vehicles and man portable devices.
Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) announced that its radiation-tolerant RTAX-DSP FPGAs have completed qualification in accordance with the military and aerospace industry standard MIL-STD-883 Class B specification. This qualification expands Actel’s support of high-speed signal processing applications for space payloads and exemplifies its ongoing innovation and commitment to serve designers of spaceflight systems.
Through its US subsidiary, Kontron has acquired 100 percent of US company AP Labs Group, which is based in San Diego, California. The group, which has two operating companies, is regarded as one of the leading system integrators in the areas of defense and aerospace. Since its inception in 1984 the company has firmly established itself on the market for the development and series production of highly complex and robust computer systems, as well as specialized applications. Kontron anticipates that both new subsidiaries will make an annual revenue of USD 30 million. Kontron intends to integrate AP Labs with its North American headquarters, which is also based in San Diego. Kontron has access to cost-efficient, local production capacities as the result of the company AP Parpro Inc., which also forms part of the group and is located in Mexico, close to Kontron’s NA headquarters.
Advanced Circuits (ACI) announced the acquisition of Circuit Express (CEI) based in Tempe, AZ. With this acquisition, Advanced Circuits, an industry leader for many years in the commercial PCB arena, moves aggressively into the high-reliability, military/aerospace/defense, high-technology marketplace. The acquisition will enable Advanced Circuits and Circuit Express to further focus on their core competencies and immediately begin offering expanded services to their customer bases.
Atego, the leading independent supplier of industrial-grade, modeling and development tools for complex, mission and safety-critical embedded systems and software, has announced the release of Aonix ObjectAda Real-Time for Windows targeting the Wind River VxWorks 653 multi-partition RTOS for PowerPC. This is the first release of the Aonix ObjectAda product with full Ada runtime support for the Wind River safety-critical platform.
Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, announced that following a comprehensive review of alternatives for its ASIC business, it will continue to explore the potential sale of the Company’s Smart Card (SMS) business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, UK and that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its Customer Specific Products (CSP) and Aerospace businesses.
Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT), a leading electronic design automation (EDA) solutions provider, and Aeroconseil, an established aeronautical services company, are combining forces to offer their complementary DO-254 solutions and services to the Chinese aviation market. China is quickly emerging as a key player in the worldwide aerospace development domain, and likely to see great benefit from the streamlined process for DO-254 compliance provided by Mentor and Aeroconseil.